Please stop. Please! Just make it stop!

I wonder if NASA have any vacancies on their next mission because if this nonsense continues, I will have to leave.

Universities are supposed to be seats of academic exploration. Where people can hold opposing views, test each other’s hypotheses, reflect and then refine their own view in light of the results and evidence. That is how enquiring minds are trained and enter society with a quizzical attitude to improve things.

I don’t know, or indeed care what a ‘microaggression’ is. I am not phased if people look at me or not. You see, that is because I am an adult who has matured due to life experience.

I would love to pursue further degrees in subjects that interest me now, subjects I could not abide when I was eighteen and making first degree choices. Yet, if this funded research is all the ‘best of the best’ can offer, I’ll not be spending £9,000 per year with them.

Having seen the video below, I looked around at some other university-based videos. I found people who were unable or unwilling to explain their points of view and how they arrived at their opinions. If that is the quality of 21st Century university education then save your cash and learn something useful like foraging for food. It is a skill we all may need in the future.

Writing

The English Language

Rightly or wrongly, I find myself judging the professionalism of organisations by the quality of the content they put into advertisements, their websites and their social media profiles.

If I am receiving a text message from someone, it is an intensely personal thing. I don’t mind so much if they use text-speak or abbreviations.

In the professional realm, I have much higher standards and your organisation should too.

Back in March, I wrote this post about people cutting and pasting text into job advertisements without checking the result. There were some pretty basic howlers in there.

However today on a professional networking site, I spotted someone asking a question with the most appalling grammar.

Now, keep in mind this was not an informal situation like Twitter, Facebook or a personal blog. This mangling of the English language was associated with that person’s employer, so not only did it reflect badly on the person, but their workplace as well.

It is so important to know the difference between “to” and “too”, “there” and “their”, “were” and “was” as well as “your” and “you’re”.

English is a beautiful, if somewhat quirky language, for those who are prepared to master it.

For those who are not, perhaps you should keep your online activities away from your professional life or even better, hire a professional writer to make those posts for you. 🙂

Canal at Hebden Bridge

One week until the Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival

A week today the Hebden Bridge Folk Roots festival begins with performances from 6pm in venues around the town. If you have not visited the town before why not come along and sample the unique lifestyle of this Pennine town.

There is still time to get your tickets by clicking here.

Or, if you would like more details about the venues or line-up for the festival, visit Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival official site.

Darkest Night podcast

The Darkest Night Podcast

Darkest Night is an audio podcast I recently discovered on iTunes by The Paragon Collective.

Originally released from October to December last year, it is centred around the fictional Roth Lobdow Centre for Advanced Research where the highly secretive Project Cyclops is being conducted.

The supernatural, futuristic science genre isn’t normally my cup of tea, but I have to admit, from the first episode I was hooked.

The strong characters from the well-written scripts are brought to live by the team of actors who all bring credibility and depth to their respective parts.

Unlike other audio drama podcasts, the music and effects all add to the atmosphere without overpowering the performance.

If you like audio dramas, head over to the Darkest Night website and get your podcatcher ready.

Fire

Arson is a serious crime

Just heard the news that a local Bushcraft school has had its entire site destroy by a fire that was deliberately set. On top of that, the scumbags stole all the tools; axes and shovels as well as destroying school educational aids and kits.

What they could not burn, they smashed to pieces.

Basecamp, seating, kitchen all gone.

It is the time of year when there’s normally a spike in outdoor activity so it really could not have happened at a worse time.

I just hope whoever is responsible is caught and they face the full force of the law.