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Fourth Assignment for Medicine and the Arts (FutureLearn MOOC in association with the University of Cape Town)

Family Origins My father and mother both have very region-specific surnames (the Yorkshire-Derbyshire border and West or North Yorkshire respectively). I haven’t researched much of my mother’s family as yet, although I know her mother also had an apparently local … Continue reading

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Third Assignment for Medicine and the Arts (FutureLearn MOOC in association with the University of Cape Town)

Patients for Clinical Research: “Patients Included” While I’ve been involved in a number of Kickstarter and other crowdfunding drives, mostly related to writing and publishing projects, I was not previously familiar with Medstartr. Browsing the site, I found a wide … Continue reading

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Second Assignment for Medicine and the Arts (FutureLearn MOOC in association with the University of Cape Town)

Games for Children or Team Building for Adults? In the past, even more than today, strict boundaries were imposed between children’s play and the games, sports and hobbies that adults participate in. Amongst adults, there is still much distinction made … Continue reading

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Assignment for Medicine and the Arts (FutureLearn MOOC in association with the University of Cape Town)

Enhancing the Experiences of Leukaemia Patients and their Parents at Two UK Children’s Hospitals Around 1,600 children in the UK are diagnosed with cancer each year, and of those around 500 will be diagnosed with a form of leukaemia – … Continue reading

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S is for Shakespeare

Following on from my first MOOC with FutureLearn, in which I spent six weeks studying Hamlet, I have moved on to a course that looks at Shakespeare’s life and works in their wider context: Shakespeare and his World organised through … Continue reading

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Q is for Question

The world abounds with questions, including ‘why am I writing a post for Q after I already wrote a post for R?’ the answer to which is reasonably simple; although research generally starts with a question, it generally leads to … Continue reading

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R is for Reading (and also for Reviewing and Research)

One tip for writers of any kind that I wholeheartedly endorse is the importance of reading as broadly and as analytically as possible. Reading materials from one’s own field and areas of interest helps to gain a better idea of … Continue reading

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P is for Porsche (and also for Ponies)

Much as I’m devoted to British car manufacturers (those few we still have, although some of the specialist marques can be very attractive if also pricey), I’ve always had a huge soft spot for Porsches. When I was at school, … Continue reading

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O is for Otter (and for Owl)

Finally returning to my plan of blogging my way through the alphabet, somewhat later than anticipated. I’ve now reached ‘O’, and I have an idea that I should write about otters, although I’m just as interested in owls. Back when … Continue reading

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A Time-traveller Reviews Hamlet

I’ve been studying Hamlet with the University of Birmingham, through FutureLearn. One of this week’s tasks was to write an imaginary blog post up to 500 words in length in the person of an Elizabethan spectator who has just seen … Continue reading

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