When I was little, distant relatives I hardly ever met would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up. When I met my Aunt Margaret I told her I wanted to be a gypsy. This was partly based on a really cool picture I had in my mind of a Romanian beauty with a horse and caravan. Well anyway, that answer went down like a lead balloon with my step-mum, who I realise now probably had a picture of snotty kids playing on rubbish dumps and driving rusty camper-vans. She asked me, in that despairing tone, why I couldn’t say I wanted to be a ballerina or a nurse.
So, the next time I was asked that question, I naturally said I wanted to be a ballerina. The grown ups laughed, and said I’d have to stop being such a tomboy, and my step-mum reminded me I was booted out of ballet and tap lessons on account of having no grace. That hurt a little.
So, the next time, I modified my answer, and said I’d like to be a nurse. That went down a little better, since I came from a family of nurses. So, since that seemed like an acceptable answer, that’s what I always said from then on. But I didn’t really want to be a nurse. I wanted to be a gypsy.
Now, my lifelong ambition is hopefully about to come true. We are packing up our house and giving most of our belongings away to charity, in preparation for our departure on our 40′ sailing yacht; bound for SE Asia, via Oman and wherever else. Note how I say ‘bound for’, rather than going to. It’s bad luck and tempting fate to say with any certainty that you are ‘going somewhere’. Just listen to the announcements next time you board a plane! ANyway… the point is, the countdown is on. We are gonna be gypsies (Insh’Allah)!
[December 2012] Well, I started this blog as part of my Master of Arts in Online & Distance Education. Well, I am now the official holder of my Masters Degree, so no more studying for me. Yeehah!
[April 2011] It’s been 6 months since I wrote the first ‘About’ – so that means maybe 6 months since I started keeping my blog. Everything I wrote below still stands. But there’s more. I’m doing two other modules now – H807 (Innovations) and H800 (Current Practices) – and they’re being filed under the correct categories over there on the right (usually) >>>>>>
[November 2010] Hey there,
Thanks for visiting my blog. I started keeping it for my Master’s Degree course in Online Education, and it became a passion. Start by checking out “H810 Accessibility Tools”, where I have been keeping a record of the tools which can aid people with disabilities to access e-learning. I have written about the pros and cons of those I found interesting, and I believe it is a sound introduction to the tools available to help us.
If you’re seriously bored, you could even take a look at “H810 Reflections”, which is where I (sometimes) do my course homework…
I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I have enjoyed making it!
[October 2010] Have to admit – I never thought to save my first post….