Was v warm today so took a walk around the country surrounding the OU campus. I rarely get out when I’m here, so even a 40 minute stroll was nice. Crossed a bridge over the brook, it all looked tranquil and like you could be in France somewhere. But with bad food.
Went out with [url=https://www.polaroidblipfoto.com/DomPix]Dominic Newbould [/url]and Hannah Gore tonight. Dom joined the OU more or less at its inception, I joined twenty years ago and Hannah ten. So this is like that Three Doctors episode of Dr Who. But with OU people.
Top – taken yesterday, sun was out, put my shorts on. Bottom – today, chucked it down, soaked through. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the British summer right there.
Daughter and I went into town today and had food at the [url=https://www.fiveguys.co.uk/]Five Guys burger [/url]place. This is the trendy new american import. I instantly felt very old on entering. There is a basic menu of burgers and hot dogs, but then a bewildering array of different toppings. You can even have bacon in your milkshake for chrissakes. I didn’t even order fries because I was so confused. It was a very nice burger though and daughter declared it best hot dog ever. But I feel I need to do some preparation before I go in next time. When I was doing my psychology degree there was this idea that we have [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_script]mental scripts[/url] for behaviour which tell us what to do, and the “restaurant script” was a common example. Five Guys caused a failure of my restaurant script.
I decided to shave my beard off today. Two things drove me to it: 1) I saw a picture of Noel Edmunds and felt my beard resembled his too much for comfort 2) I’ve had this cough and caught a reflection of myself coughing in a mirror. I looked like an old tramp.
My daughter was dismayed and has said she won’t give me a kiss until I grow it back.
Did a keynote at Keele University for their teaching symposium. Was in this lovely old building, Keele Hall.
Went to see [url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2326554/]A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night[/url] with Simon Horrocks tonight at Chapter. We had a couple of beers before. Film was great – monochrome, quirky, long shots and a definite visual concept.
Really fancied fruit tonight, so for dinner had a big plateful of assorted fruit. Was yummy, and just the right appetiser for a KFC bargain bucket.
The old mulberry tree at the OU has grown too big and needs to have its limbs artificially propped up. On the day that ministers meet to try to avert the Greek Euro crisis, there’s probably a metaphor for the whole EU project in their somewhere.
Pip launches an attack on Sandy from the vantage point of a rock. Sneaky tactics.