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food for thought February 15, 2007

Posted by john wright in Uncategorized.

Those bags of ‘sweetshop favourites’ are a good idea in principle, however there’s nothing worse than going for a lucky dip and taking out a cube-shaped object believing it to be a kola kube only to find that it’s a pineapple chunk. It can really spoil your day…unless of course you happen to like pineapple chunks.

The work on installing and configuring Bangor’s Research Archive continues apace. I’m hopeful that we’ll have a live site by the beginning of March, somewhat later than planned but beggars can’t be choosers. Meanwhile I’ve been teaching on the postgraduate ‘Information Searching Skills’ course along with my colleague Eileen. There is just one more lesson scheduled for March when the students present their final work. We have decided to make it a ‘special’ occasion by inviting them to bring food to share which is representative of their respective nationalities. For my part I shall probably take along some anglo-welsh sausage rolls.

How we do our so-called ‘information literacy’ teaching is a big topic at the moment, infact I went on a course which looked at that very subject yesterday which was very interesting. The main thrust of the course emphasised the need to consider the way in which people learn and how we encourage critical and analytical thinking. This is somewhat at odds with a traditional, linear, ‘how to’ mode of delivery.

This weekend I am going over to Nottingham where I shall be playing a gig at a venue called ‘Hotel Deux’.


It will be the first time I’ve played a ‘proper’ gig with a PA and everything, so needless to say I am a bit on the nervous side. I shall have to give the impression that I am experienced by saying things like “a bit more bass on the monitors please”. Yes that will fool them!

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay



1. Jane Williams - March 19, 2007

Hiya John,
They won’t be fooled by”a bit more bass etc..” but then actually there will be no need for them to be fooled either as there is a uniquness about your music and your humility as a musician which makes listening a connecting experience.
best wishes

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