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Save Our West Sussex Footpaths!

December 5th, 2011

Just one more “off topic” post and then I’ll return to matters relating to hypnosis and hypnotherapy – promise!

I read an article in the West Sussex County Times (Nov 17th) about the denial of access to Denne Hill via the Old Coach Road and felt saddened and concerned.

I’ve lived in Horsham for most of my life. And ever since I can remember, people have used the Old Coach Road as an access to Denne Hill. I myself would use it once or twice a month en route to the Downs Link path to Shoreham. Never once did anyone challenge my right to do so. When it was closed off some years ago I simply stopped using it on the assumption that there must be some legal basis for the denial of access. But, on further reflection, this cannot be the case.

I am a very keen walker. I frequently walk from Horsham to destinations such as Steyning, Guildford, East Grinstead and Arundel as well as treading the network of local footpaths which are one of the many joys of living in West Sussex. I don’t say that people should have the right to roam anywhere, as I believe they do in Scotland. I think that it is only fair that farmers should have somewhere to graze their dodgy bulls or frisky horses without risk of contact from the general public. I respect the property through which I walk and, in turn, appreciate the efforts of landowners to keep me safe from hazard. Read the rest of this entry »

Any O. U. Students Out There…?

November 15th, 2011

This post has nothing to do with hypnosis or hypnotherapy but everything to do with the cultural and intellectual climate of this country. Off-topic, yes – but important.

In 2012, students in the UK face huge increases in the costs of further and higher education. Tuition fees will rise by 300%

The Open University is also affected by this. The O. U. is set to lose about 80% of its arts and humanities funding. In 2012, the cost of courses will be more than three times the present level, rising from around £750 per course to around £2,500. The overall cost of a degree will rise from around £4,500 to £15, 000.

There are two ways of looking at this. The “upbeat” view is that Open University degrees are only half the price of residential university degrees and students can study from home, without incurring any extra living costs. Furthermore, those studying for their first degree will, for the first time, be eligible for student loans under the same conditions as other full-time students. This can therefore be seen as a wonderful opportunity for the O. U. as throngs of 6th form / college leavers descend upon it to snap up all those cheap degrees…

Meanwhile on Planet Earth the outlook seems rather different. Read the rest of this entry »

Wilfred Owen
1893 – 1918

Futility

Move him into the sun –
Gently its touch awoke him once,
At home, whispering of fields unsown.
Always it woke him, even in France,
Until this morning and this snow.
If anything might rouse him now
The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds,-
Woke, once, the clays of a cold star.
Are limbs, so dear-achieved, are sides,
Full-nerved – still warm – too hard to stir?
Was it for this the clay grew tall?
– O what made fatuous sunbeams toil
To break earth’s sleep at all?

Anthem for Doomed Youth

What passing bells for those who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls’ browns shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

 

 

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A Bad Do from Bandoo!

October 11th, 2011

I’ve owned a PC for about 15 years now. It has become such an essential part of my life that I literally don’t know what I’d do without it. As a hypnotherapist, my clients will often tend to contact me via email or through the contacts page of this website. As an OU lecturer I receive student essays via the computer and usually deal with their problems via email. A good deal of the research I do, whether connected to my therapy work or my teaching, is done online. Those are only three of the uses, but they are central to my work, so if the computer breaks down I’m in real trouble.

I don’t usually have too many problems with viruses, maleware and the like. I don’t download a great deal nor am I the most intrepid web surfer. But the other day I realised I had a problem. Read the rest of this entry »

The Tyranny of Facebook

October 6th, 2011

“The Future of your Business lies on Facebook – whether you like it or not!”

I can’t remember where I read that bossy comment. Or maybe I heard it somewhere or saw in on television. Maybe someone said it to me. I really can’t remember. But I hear similar statements and opinions all the time. The future lies with Facebook. Whether I like it or not. OK: Here I declare, publicly and openly, that I don’t like it! Read the rest of this entry »

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