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Don't slouch, boy! [Mar. 31st, 2009|07:17 pm]
John the shady indie denier
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I'm alive. Things plod on as ever.

I'm presently temping in the civil service in a charming Edinburgh suburb. In August I'll be starting a PGDE at Edinburgh. Yes, against all odds, I'm going to be an RE teacher. My kids are going to be able to reason properly though, you understand. If they have a position on religion, they'll be able to support it reasonably and rationally. It also means I'll get to teach ethics and citizenship and (wait for it)... sex education. Rock, and indeed roll. Is it bloody mindedness that makes me love how people screw their noses up or give me sympathetic looks when they hear this news? Well, yes - perhaps it is, but what's new there, hey? The poor kids won't know what's hit them.

This has been a hard winter. I don't know how people have lived here in Scotland all their lives, going 6 months without any sunshine at all every single year. Unfortunately, I'm also nearer to the poverty line than I think I've ever been (how was it so cheap to live in mid Wales?...), so even a remedial trip down to England has been more or less off the agenda for the season. Nonetheless, I've survived. Cod liver oil and a good set of headphones has seen me fine.

The Masters, meanwhile, has been pushed further into the future. When they warned me that it had to be completed within 8 years, I thought it was a bit of a joke. Little did I know! If only university education wasn't so friggin expensive...

Oh, and I won my first £50 on the premium bonds.
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[User Picture]From: notdan
2009-03-31 09:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'd almost forgotten you were on LJ!

For what it's worth, I think that RE teaching sounds like a brilliant and extremely worthwhile thing to do - good on you! the_barlow is a recently qualified RE teacher, if you fancy chatting to someone who's been along that path lately.
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[User Picture]From: jpfine
2009-04-04 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thanking you! I'll do a bit of stalking ;)

Hope all is well x
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[User Picture]From: jpfine
2009-04-04 03:15 pm (UTC)
Yes just think of the possibilities for this blog to morph into a 'hilarious things kids say about religion' journal! They are quite literally endless.

Not, literally literally, obviously.
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[User Picture]From: jpfine
2009-04-04 03:17 pm (UTC)
Cheers! :D Hope all is well in the sunny East Midlands...
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[User Picture]From: ataraxia_seny
2009-04-01 10:19 pm (UTC)

springtime

Good news. Eat more fruit. You are missed.
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[User Picture]From: jpfine
2009-04-04 03:19 pm (UTC)

Re: springtime

Our local co-op society were selling blueberries for £1 a punnet. I was eating plenty of blueberries. The following week they had been hiked to £2. My blueberry intake was reduced, slightly. Now - £3! What madness is this.

I've been reliably informed that a teacher's salary will cover all the fruit I could possibly want to eat in a week, but I'll believe that when I see it, frankly.
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[User Picture]From: rough_trader
2009-04-02 07:28 pm (UTC)
nice to see you have not capitulated to the petit-bourgeois-dilettante coven of wordpress!

Stay here plz.
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[User Picture]From: jpfine
2009-04-04 03:13 pm (UTC)
Aye, I will that. Wordpress you say? Bah. Change confuses and enrages me.

Oh no, hang on... I think I'm being ironic.
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[User Picture]From: jakelithethighs
2009-04-05 10:24 am (UTC)
Bah! Wimp!

Actually, Shetlanders say if you make it one winter you'll stay for life, so there's hope for you yet. And just think, in a couple of month's time it'll never get dark :o)
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[User Picture]From: jpfine
2009-04-07 07:53 am (UTC)
Yes, well that will make it all worthwhile, it's true.

It isn't really the cold that's the issue. I'm not nesh at all - i could quite happily stand outside in my boxer shorts shivering like a whippet (ok, 'happily' perhaps pushing it there) - but the dark! The dark!

Still, the sun is out now. The winter may as well have been imagined. Or some such.
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[User Picture]From: jakelithethighs
2009-04-07 08:21 am (UTC)
I agree (actually)

*looks shiftily around to check if Eck or Nicola are watching*

The dark really gets to me - it's when you go entire days without sunlight, it's truly miserable...
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