Good start to the semester

Second year is certainly a shock to the system. First year at uni was a breeze compared to the amount of work that I’ve got on at the moment.

Had my first assignment result today – a massive 89%! I’m delighted. I’m really enjoying the Network Management module and it was great to see the result of my enthusiasm and effort!


An open letter to Katie Hopkins


Dear Katie,

Earlier today it came to my attention that you had tweeted your opinions about depression – the biggest mental health issue that faces this country, bar your ignorance.

Many believe that the opinions you spout are nothing more than a cry for attention much like when a dog defecates for the attention of its owner, which ironically is a form of separation anxiety.

When I read your tweets I was not surprised that you had decided to shit on the floor in the hopes of a reaction – Something you have done many times and will probably continue to do until you fade away into obscurity.
Unfortunately this is not the Big Brother house so you cannot be voted out and we cannot turn you down as you did to Lord Alan Sugar – because, like a bad smell you return to fill the nose of society with…

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Ouch. Ow, ow, ow.

Yesterday was an interesting day. As a mature student, I’m trying to get the most out of university life so I applied for the Future Leaders programme which is a year long programme and will lead to a highly regarded management qualification. A great thing about UCLan is that any initiatives like this are not just aimed at the young uns, the over 40s are welcome to apply too.

My application was accepted and I was invited to a selection day, held at an army barracks. The location should have given me a clue that this wouldn’t be your typical interview! Plenty of physical and problem solving tasks, teamwork, and a bit of running too. Now I’m unfit, out of shape and middle-aged. I have never been able to run, not even as a kid.

I thoroughly enjoyed trying to solve the problems and I threw myself into the tasks with gusto, I couldn’t let the team down with my general lack of fitness. Unfortunately, my dodgy knee went crunch halfway through the morning and started to get quite painful. One of the lovely team members went out of her way to run with me (slowly!) so I didn’t feel quite so silly at the back. Thank you 🙂

I really know about it today. I’m aching in places where I didn’t even know that I had places. Ouch, ow .

I’ll hear later this week if I’ve been successful. Fingers crossed.

PHP, CSS and web apps

Another day, another lecture! I could definitely get used to the student lifestyle.

Today’s challenge is to work on my web app for one of my modules. I’m starting to get it, PHP is a pretty straightforward language to use. CSS is a lot harder though, especially when the attributes for the elements look right on the code, but give me a completely different affect on the web app.

Here’s how it looks so far.



(Text) Adventures in C#

3rd week in programming and we’re given a task that takes me back to my youth, the text adventure! Brings back memories of playing Sphinx or Adventure on the Beeb, whilst eating Spangles and drinking Quattro, wearing appropriate 80’s attire and listening to Erasure or The Smiths.

1020 lines of newbie code later, I have a working, playable program. Minimal debugging and I didn’t cry or lose my temper once! May the rest of my 1st year programming tasks run as smoothly.

The oldest fresher in town gets a website

Well, I finally did it. At the grand old age of 41 years old, I’ve finally succumbed to blogging. Loving the university life, just a little bit of a shame that I didn’t do this 20 years ago.

On the upside, the technology that I’m dealing with now is far in advance of anything I’d have had my hands on back in 1993. I’d have been writing assignments on my old 286 and still playing games on my beloved BBC.

Just waiting for my results on my first module.