Month: August 2020

August 29, 2020

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‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to heal … break down … weep … refrain from embracing … lose … cast away … rend … keep silence’ (Ecclesiastes 3.1–7). WFH: DAY 124. 7.30 am: Here we are again. I’m alive; and that’s quite something. This is a ‘day…
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August 28, 2020

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‘Can noise, too, be a teacher pointing to Silence that is the ground of all? Is noise also (like everything else that exists) a spoke leading to the hub that is the Centre of us all?’ (Martin Laird, The Sunlit Absence (2011)) Yet do I remember the time past (Psalm 143.5). WFH: DAY 123. 8.30 am: A communion. 9.00 am:…
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August 27, 2020

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WFH: DAY 122: 7.45 am: 8.30 pm: A communion. My paternal grandfather was a Communist, for a while. But, then again, so were many other coalminers in the South Wales’ valleys. My maternal grandfather was a hard-core socialist (as well as a chapel Deacon); a copy of the Daily Worker was delivered to his house weekly. While I’ve never been…
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August 26, 2020

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Enhancing my depth and breadth of awareness; this is what I’m aiming at. WFH: DAY 121. 8.15 am: A communion. 9.00 am: A scan of the inbox and planned prevarication. (I’d deal with them tomorrow.) 9.30 am: A postmortem on the weekly shopping expedition: ‘I don’t mind low-sugar Heinz baked beans.’ ‘How about no-sugar baked beans?’ ‘Never tried, but I’m…
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August 25, 2020

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WFH: DAY 120. 7.30 am: 8.15 am: A communion. 8.45 am: I prepared for a day of postgraduate tutorials, marking, and ‘potching’ around in the studio (recording, modifying, and editing). 9.30 am: The first of the day’s MA fine art tutorials. Currently, there’s a complex of deferrals, resits, and resubmissions taking place under the university’s Covid-19 regulations. In between tutorials,…
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August 24, 2020

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August 23–24: Saturday was set aside for eBay sales. There comes a time when sound equipment that hasn’t been used in years needs to be sold in order to finance new and necessary devices. All gains are ploughed back into the land. Each effects processor and preamp embodies a history of its usage. On Sunday, following a magna-clean around the…
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August 21, 2020

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‘God is an intelligible sphere whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere’ (St. Bonaventure, The Soul’s Journey into God (1259)). WFH: DAY 118. 7.30 am: The clouds moved swiftly from south to north, as though fleeing from calamity. ‘There will be windfall!’: 8.15 am: A communion. 9.00 am: Studiology. This morning, I’d assemble the extracted sub-samples from the…
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August 20, 2020

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WFH: DAY 117. 8.00 am: I awoke. ‘What!’ I faced the fearful prospect of being one hour behind my schedule for the remainder of the day. 8.45 am: A communion. 9.15 am: There were letters related to postgraduate admissions and assessment to send, research admin to commence, and next week’s clutch of resits and resubmissions under the Covid-19 regulations to…
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August 19, 2020

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WFH: DAY 116. 8.15 am: Preparations for Clearing. I’m always a little anxious that the ‘webclient’ portal won’t recognise me. Not that it never has. (My neuroses are very specific.) Our marketing and admissions teams are excellent: informed, clear communicators, courteous, and professional. 10.00 am: Kick off! Participation in my capacity as a departmental advisor is rather like being a…
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August 18, 2020

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WFH: DAY 115. 8.00 am: A communion: The A-level debacle has evolved into the Clearing debacle, as universities now seek to perform the miracle of pouring a quart into a pint pot. Government is supposed to solve problems, not create them. Michelle Obama’s critique, yesterday, of the Trump administration could equally be applied to our own leaders’ performance. The want…
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