Right then. It’s been a long time. But this morning I sat the exam for my latest Open University course, A210, Approaching Literature. The exam was OK. Hard questions, but good, you know? Each section had several questions that I could have a go at answering, but none that immediately leaped out and said, “Do me!”
As to the course itself, well… I’m glad I did it, but in many ways I didn’t really enjoy doing it. I think I’m coming to the conclusion that, while I love reading the novels and the poetry and the plays, I don’t really enjoy reading the textbooks. So I felt during much of the course that I only had time — or I only allowed myself time — to study what I needed to write the essays. Which is all very well, and I did well in the essays; but it isn’t an ideal approach to learning, and I thought it would (and I think it did) leave me wanting when it came to the exam.
Still, we shall see around Christmas time, which is when the results come in.
I had hoped to go and see Serenity afterwards, since I had the day off work; but there was no showing at a time I could get to that would also be compatible with collecting the kids later. So it’ll have to wait.
What’s slightly annoying is that yesterday UCI Whiteleys had a showing at 1:20, which would have been perfect; but not today. So instead I went and had beer. In a pub. And lunch. Ihad to try three pubs before I found one that sold proper beer. Can you believe it? What’s West London coming to? And I read Hannu Rajaniemi’s story from Nova Scotia.
Then, since I was in the area, I put The Clash on the MP3 player and went and stood under the Westway. It was curiously like standing under a big, raised road, surprisingly enough. Then I thought that standing near a major part of transport infrastruture with backpack on and wires hanging off me might not be very safe these days (can you imagine trying to explain it to some fresh-faced copper: “Honest officer, there used to be this band that lived near here, and they made the… errm… road… famous… Aw look, just stick these in your ears for three minutes: you’ll understand.”)
So I headed for home. And now something approaching normal service will be resumed.