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Rock 'n Roll and Education
3/19/2008 3:18:49 PM
A bit of a mixed bag this time
I mentioned in my last blog that I'd come to a decision, then I didn't get back to tell you what it was. Well, it happened at my husband's nephew's wife's birthday party. That side of the family is very into fifties music and most of them can rock 'n roll, jive and so on. A band had been booked for the occasion called Class of '58, playing music from the era. It was good. Feet were tapping, couples were getting up to dance and then the fun really started. A couple decked out like 1930's gangsters were jiving in perfect synchronicity. They were so technically perfect I had the impression they must be dance teachers. More dancers joined in and the standard was impressive. As the night wore on, a young man took the floor with three ladies, one on each hand, the other behind him, rocking and rolling as they rotated, right hand to left, then behind and so on, all dancing in time and moving round in sequence. It looked wonderful. My four year old granddaughter (see poem I've Seen You in My Dreams) watched them all in awe and whispered to me that she would like to dance like that. I've talked to her parents and am going to book her in for dance lessons as soon as possible.

I've been out gallavanting this week.

A little while ago I decided it was time I got myself some proper official, modern qualifications, so I applied as a mature student at the local university to do a BA in English. Since my former educational achievements occurred when Methusela was first trying to grow a beard, they said I needed to attend an interview so that they could look me over and I could learn more about the course.

Fair enough.

I toddled along yesterday and had a very entertaining hour talking about literature, writing and the motivation of Will Shakespeare. By this point I have to tell you, I was wowing them with my insights. One even suggested I come and teach a class on my ideas. As things got more friendly, the two interviewers let me into the secret of how they came to design the course (no, I'm not going to tell you, it's a secret) and asked why I was coming back into education at such a basic level (had never thought of anything universital as basic). Well we chatted on and I arrived home an hour or two later to find an unconditional offer in my email inbox. All very wonderful, but I didn't respond straight away. Too tired to write a proper acceptance.

The night was a long sleepless one as I turned over the conversations in my mind. What sort of level should I have applied at after so many years out of the learning loop? This morning I emailed and asked the question and received the advice that I should really have gone for a Masters. Coo - that was a surprise, so now I'm looking at clever courses that I can manage, in the knowledge that I should be able to manage the BA without breaking much of a sweat - oh, I mean a glow: I am a lady after all.


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More Blogs by Susan M Phillips
• Interrogating Ali - an interview with percussionist Ali McMillan - Wednesday, September 21, 2011
• Change of continent? - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Book Launched - Saturday, July 02, 2011
• Green Living, Sacred Life launch Sat. 2nd July Nuneaton, UK - Monday, June 27, 2011
• Correction to last blog - Monday, March 21, 2011
• Nearly there - Saturday, March 12, 2011
• Happy New Year - Wednesday, December 29, 2010
• Lost a castle, found a forest - Friday, April 09, 2010
• I found my category! - Thursday, April 08, 2010
• New category needed - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
• Raising money to help the homeless and vulnerably housed - Saturday, January 30, 2010
• Happy New Year - Thursday, December 31, 2009
• Making History - Wednesday, December 23, 2009
• Change of direction - Thursday, December 17, 2009
• French sojurn - Monday, September 21, 2009
• My poem is going into print - Wednesday, September 02, 2009
• new profile, new photo - Thursday, August 27, 2009
• From sprinting to spinning - Thursday, August 20, 2009
• Sprinting to stand still - Friday, August 14, 2009
• The tortuous route from idea to bookshelf - Wednesday, July 29, 2009
• Terror Scibes Rise Again - Saturday, March 07, 2009
• Happy new year - Thursday, January 01, 2009
• Chritsmas Blog - where's the dictionary? - Monday, December 22, 2008
• Off to Oxford Dance Camp - Thursday, July 31, 2008
• Friends and Gravy - Saturday, July 19, 2008
• Phew - Thursday, May 08, 2008
• missing but still alive - Thursday, April 17, 2008
• Poetry to Form - Sunday, April 13, 2008
• So much to tell, so little time - Sunday, March 30, 2008
• Why the Shrew Had to be Tamed - Monday, March 24, 2008
• Happy Easter William Shakespeare - Saturday, March 22, 2008
•  Rock 'n Roll and Education - Wednesday, March 19, 2008  
• About that titling experiment...and the other surprise - Saturday, March 15, 2008
• Surprises just seem to happen - Friday, March 14, 2008
• A day in the life of a domestic goddess - Sunday, March 09, 2008
• Blogless - Saturday, March 08, 2008
• Rose Tinted Billows - Tuesday, March 04, 2008
• Aaaaaaaah! - Monday, March 03, 2008
• And today is....... - Thursday, February 28, 2008
• Chocolate Liquor - Thursday, February 21, 2008
• Dogs more interesting than cats? - Wednesday, February 13, 2008
• Titling Experiment - Monday, February 11, 2008
• phhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhew - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• head shock - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• Prosody and page stats - Tuesday, February 05, 2008
• Warrior Camp Episode 2 - Tuesday, August 07, 2007
• Frogs, Fireside Shrews and Earth Toilets at Warior Camp - Sunday, June 10, 2007
• New Computer, clean slate - Saturday, December 30, 2006
• Forgot to mention - Tuesday, November 28, 2006
• I'm Back - Monday, November 27, 2006
• Seasons Greetings - Saturday, December 24, 2005
• Fame is as fame does... - Tuesday, August 02, 2005
• Fame ? - Friday, January 14, 2005
• Sue Phillips Invites..... - Sunday, August 15, 2004
• Brainless but well booted - Friday, January 23, 2004
• Highs and Lows - Tuesday, January 06, 2004
• The Christmas Question Many Parents Dread - Monday, December 22, 2003
• Building blogs - Coventry revisited - Wednesday, December 17, 2003
• Blogged Down - Saturday, December 13, 2003
• Smoke Blog - Sunday, December 07, 2003
• Blogging on - Tuesday, November 25, 2003
• Tangled Webs - Sunday, November 16, 2003
• Dream Scenes revisited - Sunday, November 09, 2003
• Fire works - Saturday, November 01, 2003


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