As you can tell from the awful layout - I'm under construction until September!

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

New Blog from the summer!

I'll be 're-inventing' the direction and purpose of this blog from the summer!

In the mean time the main updates will be on the right of the page from FB links that feed through.

Lazy I know!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kanye crashes the Apple iPad announcement

Kanye crashes the Apple iPad announcement
Originally uploaded by ghwpix

Ha ha!

"Now Steve Jobs, I'm really happy for you, and Imma let you finish, but Johannes Gutenberg had one of the best reading devices of all time. Of all time!"

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fergie improves with age!

Surfing the web about Giggs and Man Utd I came across this great pic of 'Fergie', the Man Utd manager!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


It's been a busy month!
OFSTED visited, Belle grew.
Missing Wales this week!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pointless blog for the day!

Random thought:
I was wondering if people with 2 left feet have trouble buying shoes!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Are you dreaming of a 'wite' Christmas?

At Bents near Leigh. I wonder how many people have bought them without noticing!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Derren Brown and the Lottery - again!

Having looked at the footage over and over, there is a change in the left hand side of the screen before Derren says '35' as he is reading out the numbers before he moves over to the balls. I am now convinced the left hand side of the screen was frozen for someone to change the balls without being seen.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Derren Brown and the Lottery

Oh well... here is how I think he did it.

I think he gave a few clues away. The first was when he said he may get 5 of the numbers, the second was when he said it took a year of his life.

Firstly, I believe the BBC footage was superimposed onto the TV set, almost certainly from the point where the draw ended. I believe that many possible takes were filmed and the correct one played at the last possible moment after the bonus ball was selected. Derren's 'correct take' starts from the end of the numbers being drawn and of him writing out and reading the numbers before displaying the balls was chosen . Yes the BBC footage was live, but the sequence where Derren writes down the numbers I believe was pre-recorded and was one of many several thousand takes filmed over the year. I calculated that it would take years of consecutive filming to produce all 14 million outcomes, but he may be able to film enough to get his 5 numbers, and 6 if he got a lucky guess - which he did!

The camera slightly moves as the numbers come out, Derren keeps still and has his hand over his mouth, I believe there is a point at which the film changes to the correct selected 'take'. As each ball is drawn this rapidly shortens the list of takes to choose from.

Well done on Channel 4 for a smooth transition on the changeover point!

I will have to wait for Friday before I find out if I am right. What do you think?

For those of you that don't read comments I am adding this!:

He wouldn't need to film 14,000,000 takes, just 1,000,000 in order to cover geting 5 balls correct. He then has a 1 in 14ish chance of getting the 6th ball right - which he did! Either way it is a lot of filming for a year!!

Another theory could be that there is a split screen, where the left hand portion of the screen appears to be live, but it is actually frozen. Some one can walk on without being seen and place the correct numbers there, and then the left hand section of the screen can be 'un-paused' when Derren walks over.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Prefab Sprout - song from new album!

This is 'Let there be music' from the forthcoming album 'Let's change the World with music'
to be released on 7th September.

Friday, July 31, 2009

RIP Bobby Robson

RIP Bobby Robson, I have fab memories of watching England in 1986 and 1990 on the edge of my seat. Still have all the matches on video! A thoroughly decent human who I would love to be even 10% as respected as. My favourite saying of his is 'Don't mistake my friendliness as a weakness', showing he did have the strong edge needed to be a successful manager, he didn't suffer fools. He'll be missed.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Learning with iTunes

Thanks to Ewan for these tips:

The Learning and Teaching Scotland group have opened LTS iTunes U


This is the first iTunes U provider of professional development material podcasts for those working with 3-18 year olds.




The Open University also have a good iTunes library of materials.


Here you can download open educational resources free (to your ipod or computer!) from The Open University.


The Open University on iTunes U:


  • Opens a gateway to informal study
  • Creates an exciting new learning space
  • Provides world class learning, anywhere


You will need iTunes installed on your PC or Apple Mac in order to access these materials.

Open Learn from the Open University

(Most of this text taken from the Open University)

The Open University has begun publishing free courses in topic areas such as:



Arts and History


Business and Management




Health and Lifestyle


IT and Computing




Mathematics and Statistics


Modern Languages


Science and Nature




Study Skills





For example in the Education section there are many useful modules for a range of staff in schools, although anyone will find something to interest them in other sections.


Using open educational and teaching resources

Teachers and other professionals working in education around the world are using open educational resources to keep their knowledge up to date, benefit from the latest educational thinking, gain new knowledge or find teaching materials they can use in their courses. Teachers and educational professionals tell us they use OpenLearn to:

  • Study the education courses for continuing professional development
  • Encourage participation by students in higher education
  • Reduce the costs of their course development
  • Download good quality materials for using in courses
  • Take part in forums and video conferences with other learners and educators
  • Use knowledge mapping to organise the educational resources
  • Upload and share their educational resources in the LabSpace
  • Find other educators with shared interest in their specialist field
  • Collaborate with others on course development
  • Experiment with new technologies for content delivery

If you are interested in creating your own open educational resources we have developed an introductory study unit to help you - Creating open educational resources.

LabSpace - connect, remix, upload

OpenLearn encourages sharing and re-using of educational resources. The LabSpace is intended for educational practitioners and more adventurous learners. It includes all the materials you'll find in the LearningSpace, along with extra materials from courses that we no longer teach at The Open University . 

By publishing our content under a Creative Commons licence we are giving our permission for you to download, amend, reuse and share the materials with anyone. You might want to translate the materials, add a new activity or update some older course materials with the latest thinking. 

The only thing we ask is that you attribute The Open University as the source of the educational material, publish any changes you make to the material under the same Creative Commons licence and that you don't use the content commercially (although feel free to use it in a course for which you charge an admission fee). 

It is also possible to publish your own educational content in the LabSpace and contribute to a growing library of free online materials for higher education.


The Web in Plain English.

If you are interested in finding out more about blogs, wikis and other Web 2.0 tools, have a look at the excellent videos below from CommonCraft. Apart from the useful information they provide, these videos are a great model for explaining things simply.