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SNOW, SNOW…BLOODY SNOW!

Snow is a bit like marmite: you either love it, or you hate it, and your taste changes over time!

I remember when I was younger and how excited I would get at the prospect of it snowing.  I liked the idea of it.  Snow at Christmas is a magical thing.  It is depicted in all Christmas stories, and when (as a child) it doesn’t arrive, one is left bitterly disappointed.  So yes, snow can be great.  I love snow when all you want to do it curl up indoors with a hot cup of tea and biscuits, with a good book in hand, or a good film on the TV.  Snow is great on those occassion’s, and when it is of a temporary nature – here today and gone tomorrow.

However, as I have gotten older, the magic and excitement of snow has gone.  Now I dread the weather forecaster saying that we anticipate snow, and its most likely going to come down in heavy loads.  All I think about now it travel arrangements, and how long am I going to be stood outside in the freezing cold to get to work, or get home.  Snow when its fresh is nice to see, but once it has been trampled on, it becomes a death trap until it is treated, or at best, cleared completely from sight.

So there we have it, one of many more rambles to come.  Am I sounding like an old man?

TUITION FEE INCREASES! ‘The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly’

Well the day had to come where tuition fees would have to be reviewed, and my hearts go out to those who are going to be gravely affected by these new measures.  Yes, change was inevitable.  For Universities to be competitive, to develop and ensure that they continually strive for excellence, more money had to be pumped into the system than had been the case.

However, the rise in tuition fees and the way that it has all be brought about by the Lib/Con government is rather concerning.  This change is not going to affect the rich, as for them it is just money.  It won’t be noticed.  It is going to hit the middle classes, and at the initial stages those from less well off backgrounds.  So care has to be taken to ensure that the implementation is done properly, that people are treated fairly, and that alternative funding means are available (including more scholarships for high achievers).

Looking positively, the change may get rid of degrees such as media studies, which would be better addressed through vocational studies and taking the apprentice route.  University education has been tarnished by such degrees, which are seen by some sectors as a soft touch and a course taken by those wishing to experience the drinking and social side of university, as opposed to taxing and hard core studies such that medicine and law involve.  So yes, it may make people sit up and think and focus on being productive.

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