May 2011

News this month: The new ALT website to which I have contributed has recently launched at and also has some information about me as a member of staff. 
There is also much news on my blog, including an update on my first cucumber plant and various afternoons spend in the garden moving small plants from one pot to another – all of which are signs that the first harvesting of this year’s crop is coming ever closer. 
I have also taken the plunge and am now working on completing my CMALT portfolio, which should help to bring my skills and experience in learning technology into focus. 
The cemeteryscapes blog meanwhile has had some really interesting guest contributions recently, including one on boneyards and homes made from old ships. 

April 2011

Already a quarter of the year is over and the tax year is coming to an end as well, which means it’s time of year end procedures and looking forward. Planning dinner 4-6 months ahead may seem a little excessive, but when you are growing all the non-animal part of your meal, it’s never to soon to start.
Cemeteryscapes is currently running a series of posts on objects and cemeteryscapes, starting with boneyards in the US. If you are interested in the burial, recycling or decay of objects, particularly large ones, this is a good time to send us your contribution. 
My personal blog is also getting ready for the greener time of the year and you can follow my experiments with new plants this year, particularly my first cucumber plants. At the start of March I also celebrated 25 years in education, which not only points to a relief that formal education is for now a thing to be enjoyed by others, but also to the way in which learning never stops.

March 2011

It’s mid-March and I’m afraid this month there’s little news as I have been too engaged with things outside the online realm to be able to do much otherwise. BUT – there is updates to come to all areas of this site within the next month. Enjoy Spring!

February 2011

This month sees the first birthday of my personal blog. To mark the occassion I have written a review of the first year of posting, which you can read here. The review also contains a countdown of the 5 most read and shared posts over the past year: At number five its “Chutney & air travel” (the chutney was a first attempt, but utterly delicious, in case you are interested). At number four – “On happiness on a national scale” – a topic which I am sure we will all hear more about in future. Number three is a seasonal favourite: “Decorating the Christmas Tree“, which I am afraid may become a recurring theme as it’s one of those activities I cannot do without. In second place, and my personal favourite because of the things it made me think about when I wrote it, are my “Thoughts on Education – Standing out from the crowd in 4,000 unformatted characters“. Yet the undisputed front runner and most popular post in the past year has been an unexpected one, one which was about finding something and wanting to share it with you: a knitted sausage dog
Meanwhile Cemeterscapes has also had an influx of contributions on topics such as aerial photography of cemeteriesbirds in cemeteries and a very popular guest contribution from Sebastion Linnerz: 11 ANGELS.
Finally, work on updating and adding content continues and announcements regarding progress will be posted here.

January 2011

First of all, a happy new year to you all and best wishes for 2011. 
This is the month for going back to work, making plans for the next year
and for keeping warm and eating porridge.
Although we’re only a few days into it, this year is already beginning to look busy and interesting and here are a few things which I am looking forward to, starting with the development of 3D printers.
On cemeteryscapes, we have had quite a few contributions for our ‘Cemeteries in Winter’ call and for the next few weeks and months will be looking at contemporary developments in cemetery design and architecture. If you have something to contribute, please contact us. 
For the start of the new year, I’ve also thought about things that don’t change much from year to year and you can read more about this on my personal blog.
More content for this website is also on the way and if you’d like to keep in touch with any news, you can subscribe to the RSS feed for announcements and newshere. 

December 2010

Winter has come and the landscape has been truly spectacular. Stuck in the middle of a rather hectic pre-Christmas rush to get all the work done, there’s a few things to announce:
First, we’ve issued a call for winter images of cemeteries on cemeteryscapes, so get your camera out and send us your snapshots.
Also, I must admit that England’s progress in the battle for the Ashes has been rather distracting, if delightful. As always, this means long nights with Test Match Special 
Finally, to contribute to your festive cheer, have a look at the Sausage Roll Weekend and my musings on Reading and Eating (and playing with one’s lunch). 
If you would like to have an Advent Calendar with a handmade twist, you get a new idea for the Christmas Season here each day.  

November 2010

November is always a busy time and this month I will be leading workshops about CMALT at the Natspec/JISC TechDis event Significant Progress at inspection: the role of technology in supporting ISCs in York at the Higher Education Academy as well as continuing work on some other projects and publications. 
The cemeteryscapes blog has received a high increase in readers, so if you are interested in submitting a guest contribution, now is the time. Just visit the blog for more details. 
On my personal blog you can also read some Thoughts on Education (Standing out from the crowd in 4,000 unformatted characters…) and read about my life-long addiction toSherlock Holmes. 

October 2010

It’s October and the start of Michaelmas term proper this week. Which means that all kinds of lectures, seminars a
nd similar gatherings which I am looking forward to are starting again. Autumn is my favourite time of year and the thrills of new pencils, notepads and books delights me just as much now as they did when I first went to university. Last week’s crop of Oxford’s charity book shops included Flaubert’sSentimental Education, Love in Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford and Jenny Uglow’s A Little History of British Gardening. New reading matter in hand I say “autumn, here I come”. 
N.B. Book reviews to follow… . 

September 2010

Just returned from ALT-C 2010 and had a very emjoyable conference. Information about sessions, awards and other activities I had the priviledge to be involved in, is available via the conference website. This picture was taken at 6.08am outside the campus accommodation while going to breakfast.