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Don't slouch, boy! [Mar. 31st, 2009|07:17 pm]
John the shady indie denier
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[music |The Pragmatist - Redcarsgofaster]

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: 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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