Category Archives: Permanence

Notions of Permanence: photography

I was chatting to Paul last night about photographs: he recounted the tale of a small sepia picture, a treasured heirloom, passed from his grandmother to his mother. Being a digital child, he scanned it, enhanced it and reproduced it, … Continue reading

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Adaptation: a social learning skill

I was at a gig last night at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge, a great venue, with it’s brick arches and high ceiling. As the name implies, whilst these days it plays host to assorted musicians, comedians and performers, it’s … Continue reading

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The skyline of London: to learn is to change

Walking through the city this morning, i was looking at the skyline: some familiar shapes, famous building, standing iconic like St Pauls in the morning light. Others, new, being shaped as we speak, thrusting up into the air, taller, brighter, … Continue reading

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Can you future proof learning? An exercise in futility

Regular readers will have met Herman before. He is my 1964 Land Rover campervan. Herman is many things: fun, lively and likely to grab attention wherever i stop. He is also desperately unreliable and impractical. In 1964 he was cutting … Continue reading

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Heading North: Painting in perspective

I realise that i’m grumpy when i paint. It’s not that i’m in a bad mood, it’s just that i’m very focused. The thing about watercolours is that they’re alive, or rather, they are until they dry, so you’re on … Continue reading

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The Transient Community. Understanding the role and impact of temporary learning communities and spaces.

Nothing lasts forever, but some things are more transient than others. When learners come together for classes or workshops, they immediately start to demonstrate elements of community building. Through speech, questions, clothing, behaviour and writing, they start to organise along … Continue reading

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The death of knowledge. How to cope when your favourite website disappears.

One day it was there: an erudite blog with poetry, prose, reflections and intuitions. The next, it was gone. It was like being stood up five years into the relationship, but without the mirth of the bar staff. This was … Continue reading

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