[Book Review] Speed Limits: Where Time Went and Why We Have So Little Left, by Mark Taylor

This looks interesting: Howard P. Segal on an examination of the accelerating pace of life whose scope extends beyond fast food and computers In our high-tech culture, speed is all the rage – not necessarily drugs (God forbid) but so much else: communications and transportation in endless forms. We are constantly reminded that our pace of change is unprecedented; that no prior society has ever approached ours in the ability to share instantaneously experiences, feelings, Continue Reading →

30 Things: Living Life to the Full

This year I’ve been particularly working on “living life to the full“, and after hearing about a young man who has died today, this  article came into my inbox – the first is: Remember you will die. Maybe even today. Don’t forget that. Don’t forget to be thankful for your health. For the ability to walk. For the time you get to spend with the person you love. For your siblings. For whatever it is that you Continue Reading →

#BIGRead14: Fullness of Life (including @QuietGardens)

As we prepare for ‘Lent proper’ – today’s poem from Stephen Cherry is short, and focused on a life full of positive thoughts and actions – which first made me think of Jesus calling us to ‘live life to the full‘, and then how often I overfill my life, and therefore need reminding of W.H.Auden’s poem: W. H. Davies: Leisure WHAT is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare?— Continue Reading →

#Giveanhour asks @stephenfry

This morning, Stephen Fry asked us to #giveanhour to help someone else get online: Earlier today, bearing in mind that we gain an hour’s sleep tonight, Stephen Fry has asked us to consider giving an hour of our time to help one of the many people’s who not online, help in the first steps. I’ve already been involved in Social Media Surgeries, and these run on a more organised principle, but still  require free space/volunteer Continue Reading →

Research Students as Teachers?

The following is definitely a real issue for students, whatever the reality, the perception affects their behaviour. Even as someone with 11 years of teaching experience, but not full time within the department,  the students felt cheated that they had not got the tutor that they expected, making it far more difficult for me as the replacement tutor… Universities’ reputations could suffer if undergraduates perceive that the institutions are leaving teaching to “an insufficiently trained, inappropriately Continue Reading →