This is just a note for anyone randomly finding their way to my journal from a community I posted on or something. Hello! I'm Nicola (hence alocin). The 42 references the answer to life the universe and everything rather than my age. I'm from the UK and live in the South West - Bristol to be more precise. I (allegedly) work for the civil service, I have a penguin tattooed on my ankle and am the evil one of a set of twins. There - if you know me in real life then with that it's a pretty safe bet you're thinking of only one person I could be. Hi! :D *waves*
I don't really post in my own journal [much] anymore but I keep it active for participating in communities, posting the odd fic and such. If you need my attention please email rennatalocin - at - hotmail - dot -com. Or send me a psychic nudge. Whatever works best for you.
Up to now a 60 credit undergraduate level course with the Open University cost around £700, so you could do a degree part time over six years for £4,200. From later this year for new students the same 60 credit courses will now cost £2,500. EACH. So a six year long part time degree will set you back 15 grand. Grr to changes in government funding!
Even doing a full degree course aside, £700 is for me a do-able some of money for a nine month long hobby that keeps me out of trouble and my brain ticking over. But £2,500? Holy crap no! I'll just get my learnin's from wikipedia and sod the referencing. Since the change in funding the OU have to go where the money is - younger students who want to do a full degree part time quick snap and over with a bit cheaper than a brick and mortar full time three years, not old crusty folk or weirdos like me who just want to do the odd course here and there. Apparently you're not allowed to learn for fun and personal development anymore, education is solely a financial investment...
It's nearly spring - I swear I saw the beginning of blossom on some trees in the park today. That is A Good Thing.
After a week and a half of lurgy I'm still having violent coughing fits, but I'm starting to be able to taste things again. That is Another Good Thing.
And yet the world feels a little discombobulated... maybe I need less cough syrup and decongestants, and more cute pictures of otters? *runs to google*