Month: May 2021

May 31, 2021

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Much of what happens to us in life is nameless because our vocabulary is too poor (John Berger, Confabulations (2016)). Don’t dunk your biscuit in another person’s tea (Diary, February 23, 2016). Saturday, May 29. 6.45 am: 7.00 am: I determined to put-in two hours on revising the text of the first diary’s posts before returning to module. moderation. The…
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May 28, 2021

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7.00 am: A communion. 7.30 am: I committed two hours to reading and revising the first diary before turning to postgraduate admin and returning to moderation. (In reality, I’m more often that not immoderate.) I posted emails that required tact and sensitivity in my reply. (In the background: Henry Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art (1694).) 11.00 am: I dealt…
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May 27, 2021

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Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished (Proverbs 11.21). Wednesday, May 26. I’d suffered no significant side-effects following my second AstraZeneca jab, other than a sore arm and mild tiredness. 7.30 am: A communion. I determined to get to the end of the diary pages and posts before beginning anything else today. 10.00 am: I’d achieved my ambition.…
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May 25, 2021

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My mind inclined to thoughts about endings: an era drawing to a close, transitions, abrupt terminations, distancing, adjustments, alternatives, and new beginnings (Diary, March 26, 2018). Monday, May 24. 7.30 am: A communion. 8.00 am: I returned to my, what now feels like, eternal review of the first Diary‘s posts. At 9.00 am on a Monday, the week stretches before…
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May 22, 2021

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There’s a poeticism about the blog writing that, I suspect, is closer to your internal ‘voice’ than is the more formal register of academic writing. Henceforth, how you ‘speak’ through words ought to become increasingly analogous to how you visualise with paint (Assessment feedback to student, May 21, 2021). Friday, May 21. 7.30 am: I took up my final-pass review…
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May 20, 2021

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Wednesday, May 19. 7.00 am: A communion. Something about the mood of this early morning cast my mind back to the time when, as a 12-year old, I would walk from my house to that of my friend close-by, before we, together, journeyed on foot to Abertillery Grammar School. Always, his parents would be clearing up the breakfast things when…
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May 18, 2021

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Sunday, May 16. 3.30 am: A glorious afternoon: Monday, May 17. 8.00 am: I returned to the review of posts. My aim was get to the conclusion of the first diary by the close of the Tuesday. 9.00 am: Postgraduate matters were first upon the table. This would be a bitty week. The necessary provision of extensions has meant that…
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May 15, 2021

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Friday, May 14. 8.00 am: I didn’t quite get to the finishing line of diary post reviews, last night. I began work early in order to achieve my goal by 9.00 am. I returned to the first post and made my way forward, one at a time. Again, the questions about imposing a rigorous consistency regarding citations, titling, and so…
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May 13, 2021

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Wednesday, May 12. 8.00 am: A communion. 8.30 am: I wanted to get half-way through the 50 pages of posts that comprise Diary (July 16, 2014 — September 4, 2018) before returning to assessing. By 10.00 pm, the intent had been realised. Having gone backwards into my timeline over the last few days, the past seven years seems, now, to…
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May 11, 2021

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A prophecy: An unusual and foreboding sky – a dark-light – covered the seaward side of the town. The day looked like it was ending, even as it began. Was this a portent of an unsettled period ahead in the national psyche? I recalled how, prior to the English Civil War, many people experienced collective visions of black burning rectangles…
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