Category Archives: Familiarity

Taking the long way around: circular routes to learning

I am forever getting lost in Amsterdam, which is odd as it’s quite a small city. The problem comes from the way it’s arranged in a series of concentric horseshoe shapes around the canals. This makes it very pretty, you … Continue reading

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Meaning from chaos: Singapore Diary day 2 (Learning, knowledge and meaning)

This week i am in Singapore, using the chance to explore learning, knowledge and meaning from a variety of angles. Yesterday, we looked at how objects have both tangible and imbued meaning and at how so much of our understanding … Continue reading

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Learning with music

The following article is a collaboration between Julian and Sarah Ackroyd. Sarah is a director of the Centre for Mentoring and Coaching, as well as being a talented musician. Sarah and Julian are both passionate about music. It engages us … Continue reading

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Words about Learning: vinyl

There’s a faint hiss from the speakers the moment i turn them on. As the stylus meets the vinyl, there is a distinct click, then a hiss with regular ‘tick‘… ‘tick‘ sounds from a scratch. When the music comes in, … Continue reading

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Social learning: musical communities on the move

I spent the weekend at a festival with a few musical friends: plenty of time to catch up with everyone in the first patch of sunshine for weeks. One of the nice things about going to festivals is that you … Continue reading

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Tradition: personal, national and organisational history.

We’ve been celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this last weekend with a river pageant, concert in the park and street parties. It’s been a glorious combination of pomp, ceremony, bunting, flags and typically British grey skies. A mixture of the … Continue reading

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What colour is Google? How we are incredibly efficient at remembering not much at all.

Last night i went to a pub quiz with some friends. Now, i don’t know if you frequent pub quizzes often, but the key to success, in my experience, is to include at least one nerd in each key subject. … Continue reading

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Phase disclosure: why little and often can be good for you.

I watched a programme about the London Underground last night. Two hundred and seventy four stations, five hundred trains and millions upon millions of passengers every week. It’s quite an operation, constrained as it is by ageing stock, crumbling infrastructure … Continue reading

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Heading North: the joy of scrabble.

Scrabble is a strangely antisocial game. As the three of us sat playing, there was no conversation (except ‘is “jo” a word?), but rather intense concentration. Everyone focused on the board in the middle and their rack of tiles. Last … Continue reading

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Words about learning: Tea

Tea is my favourite drink. For preference, strong builders tea, although maybe Earl Grey in the morning. This week, i thought, it’s time for change. So i got some ‘silver tip white tea’ from the local aspirational deli/hippy market, made … Continue reading

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