Free online distance learning courses

8 02 2013
Back and already hard at work!

Back and already hard at work! (Photo credit: clemsonunivlibrary)

I recently came across the Coursera website and was amazed at the quality of the resources available for free.  Through this site you can enrol on free online distance learning courses on a massive range of topics from some of the top universities from all over the world.

 

Only one of the courses on which I have enrolled  has started so far, but the quality is really impressive.  Aside from the excellent learning resources, the tutors are regularly on hand to answer questions and the course community as a whole is very active in both the discussion forums and the course wiki.

 

As I have said, there is a really wide range of topics, including computer programming, equine nutrition, aboriginal world views, academic writing, maths, history, economics and business management.  Participating institutions include the University of Edinburgh, University of California, Stanford University, University of Toronto, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Michigan and Princeton University, to name but a few.

 

It’s all free and definitely worth a look!

 





“May Not Be Love” – The Beautiful Word

8 02 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve shared an update from The Beautiful Word.

At noon today they released this rather jolly stop-motion video they made. ‘May Not Be Love’ is a track from a 10 track album they are hoping to release this year, produced by Julian Tardo.

If you enjoyed this, the good news is that they will be on tour from 1 April this year. The dates and venues are still to be confirmed, so bookmark their website, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, subscribe to them on YouTube and do whatever you do with people on MySpace and Soundcloud – don’t miss out!

While you’re waiting, why not check out some of their other tracks?





11 Facts About Women You May Have Forgotten

3 07 2012

It may seem that I am stating the obvious here, but judging by things I’ve heard recently a reminder may be in order.

Whether it’s Chris Evans saying that women are much better at making beds than men or a woman’s voice suddenly rising above the murmur on the bus, saying “well duuuh, all women love shoes”, everyone seems to have an opinion on what women are like.

Something I feel sums up society’s view of women is the range and positioning of women’s magazines in the supermarket. Generally the women’s magazines that are placed at the front, at eye level insinuate that women should be interested in: men, fashion, make-up, hair, dieting, weddings, babies, celebrities, keeping house etc. Magazines that deviate from these norms, eg Diva are placed on the top shelf at the back, somewhere on the border between the “Women’s” and “Angling” sections.

So, without further ado, here are a few things you may have forgotten about women:

Continued on the Huffington Post.





What Is Reality? Unplug Yourself and See

29 06 2012

Recently, I have been cycling to work and it has given me more of an opportunity to look at the other commuters then driving did.

I have noticed that the vast majority of them are plugged into some form of media, one way or another.Pedestrians and cyclists have headphones. Many of those in cars appear to be singing along or are laughing at what I presume to be the radio, although it is entirely possible that it’s the sight of my cycling attire that is tickling them. I suppose shorts, a neon cagoule and a pink and white scarf tied around my face does look a tad eccentric, especially when it’s raining. So far it has prevented me from being run over and reduced the amount of time spent sneezing upon arrival at work, so there is something to say for it.

I digress.

Perhaps my view of things is a little skewed, but it seems to me that people can’t have time to think. They are flooded with media.

Continued on the Huffington Post.





The Beautiful Word at T in the Park

19 06 2012

You may remember the launch of The Beautiful Word’s single, Emily, on the 12th August 2011 and the Mirrorball video back in February this year.

The latest piece of exciting TBW news is that they have been confirmed to perform at this year’s T in the Park festival. They will be on the ‘T Break’ stage for new, up and coming artists.

The festival runs from the 6th to the 8th of July 2012. Further details at:

 

 





The Beautiful Word – Mirrorball

2 12 2011

You may remember the launch of The Beautiful Word’s single, Emily, back in August.

Tony Doogan (Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Mercury Prize nominated) now wants to produce their next album and has agreed to attach his name to the project in order to help make it happen. Obviously this is very exciting for them and if it happens they’d want to give the album national exposure. So they are appealing for funding to make and promote the record, from a label, a kind man, Swizzels and Matlow – whoever wants to hear the album.

Please take the time to watch and share their latest video and spread the word.





‘Emily’ – Out 12th August

1 08 2011

The Beautiful Word are an experimental folk-pop 5 piece, the music revolving around the delicate joint lead vocal of songwriters Emily and Megan. They threw themselves into working with each other – finding themselves living together just 3 months after meeting and arranging a tour that summer with guitarist Nelson.

So far they have played over 200 gigs, been Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition Finalists, supported the likes of Ellie Goulding, been Introduced by Tom Robinson of BBC6 music, performed live on BBC Introducing radio and recently wowed onlookers at The Great Escape Festival, all as a DIY unsigned band.

The music they created initially was sweet, melodic and fragile, but with the introduction of a rhythm section the sound has grown up in many ways. Emily teams joyous and raucous aggression with sweet and personal vocals, combining the purity and humanity of British folk with a more powerful rock sound.

For more information please email band@thebeautifulword.co.uk

The launch is taking place on the 12th of August at:

  • The Brunswick
    Holland Road
    Brighton

With support from Zoe Konez and The Title Sequence

‘Lest we forget the stellar performances on the Relentless Hub stage …from Brightonions Common Tongues, The Beautiful Word and Gentleman Starkey amongst others! We thank you very much’ – The Great Escape 2011

‘The Beautiful Word hand-weave some gorgeous tunes’ – Q Magazine

‘Like elves in a fairy garden’ – vocalist Me’sha Bryan

‘their easy going songs betray their compositional skill; these are real songs, expertly crafted, without any excess fat..’ – Julie Andrews, Latest 7 Magazine








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