February 17, 2005

the beat goes on

Halfway thru…
Look a lot older and more haggered…
But much happier in so many ways…
(You know who you are x)

October 23, 2004

The life of a trainee

overloaded with information…
burnt out…

But at the same time some great memories have been made with some great people.

Need sleep…
got to work…

September 29, 2004

pgce english/drama so far…

It's a mad and crazy world of objectives, plenaries and differentiation.

Great people though!

...and 'Macbeth'.

Far too busy to write more.

September 22, 2004

My top films

Trying to do a top 10 film lists for me is a real problem…
So… my list is always a bit ever-changing!
My joint top films of all time are:
Withnail & I and Platoon

The rest of the top 8 goes something like:
Forrest Gump
Silence of the Lambs
Back to the Future
Dirty Dancing
It's a Wonderful Life

And then the other films kind of come in and out of the list, depending on my mood and what I can remember!
At the moment they are:
The Hours
Road to Perdition
Lost in Translation

...But I can never decide on my list for long enough for it to be definitive !!

And I know there's 11 there.. ah well!

Oh! This is even forgetting the LOTR films and Scarface and….... damn it!! Think I'll just give up now!

September 08, 2004

I am an Idealist

Writing about web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/whatamilike/

So I am an Idealist... which does make sense when I look at it closely.

Summary of Idealists

  • Make sense of the world using inner values
  • Focus on personal growth and the growth of others
  • Think of themselves as bright, forgiving and curious
  • May sometimes appear stubborn

More about Idealists
Idealists put time and energy into developing personal values that they use as a guide through life. They may seek fulfilment by helping others improve themselves and often want to make the world a better place. Idealists only share their inner values with people they respect.

I do put a lot of energy into my close relationships with people and I guess I do want to make the world a better place... It's all very enlightening to read things like this about yourself.

Idealist Careers
Idealists are often drawn to jobs where they can help people reach their potential. They are also attracted to careers that allow artistic creativity.

Well, I guess this is a good sign... Am doing a PGCE, so it's nice to have it laid out that a good career for my personality type is one where I help people reach their potential! The artistic side to Idealists... hmmm - I have always dreamt of being a writer too.

Fun test!

September 07, 2004

"Welcome to the Bullring… we've got fun and games

Writing about web page http://www.virtualbrum.co.uk/bullring03.htm

So, this is my first Blog entry and I was determined to write something unusual and interesting. Instead I think I'll write about my day-trip to the Bullring in Birmingham yesterday – as a kind of post retail therapy.

Having very little in the way of hard cash, I set out for a day of 'shop till you drop'. I needed a new winter coat for the coming chilly months and with my 20% off for one day only at Topshop, I could not resist the good money saving logic. This is why I found myself in a maze of temptation with nothing but an overdraft to further abuse and guilty feelings to overcome.

I spent a good hour deciding which coat to go for – something which caused a huge headache for my significant other, Rod. I do sympathise with the plight of many a boyfriend/husband in the face of this adversity. It can be all too easy to get caught up and lost in the whirlwind of manic retail, but if you don't want to be there in the first place – well…

The Bullring is, as most people know, huge. I like to think of it as a giant jewel crying out to be looked at or an island of shops waiting to be explored by some poor misguided penniless fool (me).
It sucked me in and made me feel like a child again – "Ooh, that's nice. ... I like that. ... I want that…" Like a childhood fantasy of sweet shop and toyshop rolled into one, only for the 'grown up' me it was Borders, Accessorize and Selfridges.

Only a brief spell in a Vodafone shop seemed to calm me. There was just something very meditative about looking at shiny new phones and, having done my deal a couple of weeks previously, no inner desire to spend at last.

At the end of the day I got pretty much what I went for – a new winter coat, a couple of books for study and a lightheaded feeling when I left.

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