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. 

July 2010

This News section of the website will be updated every month with news relating to my activities.

This month: gardening and early veg harvest, launch of this website and writing a few articles for publication this autumn.