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December 15th, 2006
04:38 pm

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more GCSE thoughts
It's the natural seeming choice of music which is interesting too, I 'naturally did music' too and have spent a lot of time since asking myself why as I certainly didn't learn anything from it! I wish I'd done something which I'd spent less time doing in my life up to then like art or drama, and not wasted the time having to show that I was good at music and therefore collect my A. I guess it's something to do with how important it feels at the time to do well, if I'd done art or drama I probably wouldn't have got an A which would have felt like a disaster at the time but now seems irrelevant. Why couldn't they just say, yep, you're good at music,probably haven't got much to teach you at GCSE level,so just don't bother about GCSE, instead go and learn something else which you might enjoy too! Or which might be useful in later life, like how to use a sewing machine without breaking the needle.

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September 1st, 2005
01:22 pm

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Off we go...
A few minutes grabbed in an internet cafe, we fly to Seattle tomorrow! We're going to Seattle and Portland to visit J's sister and four-year-old niece. Just 15 hours on a plane tomorrow and we'll be there :)
The countdown is now on to our return to the UK as well, Sept 24th seems very close since we'll only spend 4 days between now and then in Ireland.

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August 18th, 2005
03:36 pm

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Hurray
This is the last hour of my placement. All reports have been written, books returned, groups finished. One of my anger management group told me very nicely that he thought it had all been a waste of time from his point of view. Sometimes I think I agree.
Now I can go home and get on with having a nasty cold which I've been putting off for a couple of days. However, this probably means no more livejournal for a while as we don't have the internet at home, and now I don't have a work to go to! So I shall be silent until connectivity is resumed.

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August 15th, 2005
03:47 pm

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can't wait
Only 3 1/3 more days on this placement, I am sick of it and I can't wait. Just a few more tears to weep (in bereavement), frustration to express (in anger management) and reports to write and then I'll be free! Yippee!

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August 11th, 2005
07:19 pm

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Old friends
This is the week of old friends. Last weekend I saw about 100 people I hadn't met for 10 years, and then on Monday had lunch with katchuri (how do I make that a link?) who wins the prize for my oldest friend, we've known each other since we were in nappies. And now another friend is arriving who was my best frind when I was 10. We lived in Zaire, which is now the Congo, together, and told each other everything for 3 years. Then she went to boarding school, and later I went back to the UK, and we've had sporadic contact ever since. Until now when she is coming to spend the weekend! It's a good feeling to meet all these people from my past, since we moved around so much when I was growing up (11 different schools!) I have lost touch with so many people and will never find them again. It's hard to keep track of who knows who though, and who will be interested in news from who..

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August 10th, 2005
05:53 pm

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Reunion
And on a different note, I went back to my 6th form college for our 10 year reunion this weekend. I went to Atlantic College, an United World College which had about 380 students from 70 different nationalities when I was there. It's in a castle in Wales, and the aim is to promote international understanding and tolerance in its students.
One of the side effects of this wide spread of nationalities is that you don't get to see your friends very often after leaving. So lots of people who I was pretty good friends with I hadn't seen for 10 years. People came from Japan, the US, South Africa, Nepal, Costa Rica, all over Europe, Hong Kong, Canada and loads more places in order to spend a weekend back in Wales. It was amazing. People had changed so much and not at all. The most difficult to comprehend was all the parents, people who I had known as teenagers who were now families with up to three children. They seemed to have a completely different air about them to those of us who have not reproduced, a sort of calmness and sense of being complete. I was impressed and awestruck.

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05:53 pm

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Sudan
If anyone is interested in what my brother is doing, or in what is happening in Sudan, have a look at this link

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4744109.stm#

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August 3rd, 2005
11:51 am

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Bereavement group
i mes you Dad
i mes my Dad
i love him
he love hes pint
i love my family

by a member of my bereavement group, a man in his 40s who has Down's Syndrome.

It was accompanied by a picture of his dad in a coffin with God on a crucifix above, looking down. I was slightly bemused about the inclusion of the pint, but other members of the group who knew his dad agreed that he did indeed love his pint.
I asked them all to draw pictures of what grief felt like yesterday, and almost everyone drew someone in a coffin, often with themselves standing next to it, weeping. It felt like quite a downbeat group to me, but they all said how useful it was to talk about how it feels to be bereaved. Hard to know how to help really.

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July 28th, 2005
06:08 pm

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that thing everyone is doing....
Put '(your name) is' into google and see what comes out!

Naomi is an advanced internet filtering program, easy to use and totally FREE
Naomi is a japanese female name that means "above all beauty"
Naomi is just a little too grumpy
Naomi is using full stops more often but not with certainty.
Naomi is also unusual in having a moveable pickoff mirror to direct light
After fourteen years in bed, Naomi is deteriorating
Naomi is not potty trained
Naomi is also angered by the Israeli policy of demolishing Palestinian homes
Naomi is a very nice lady who has own erotic art museum in her home on the
grounds of Paradise Lakes in Lutz, Florida. Clothing is optional
Naomi is, quite simply, a spectacular human being

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05:55 pm

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and more...
I left him a message yesterday to say I was available all morning, but that from 1 pm onwards I was running my anger management group. No response until 1 pm today when he rang, left a message (as my mobile was running out of batteries) to say that he was there 'all day' and that I should ring him or go and meet him. It makes me so mad - did he just not read my message, or is he deliberately ringing me at the only time I said I was unavailable. I didn't ring him back, I don't want to arrange to meet him, frankly at this point I just want to give up.
Anger management group was good today though, we were talking about being Aggressive, Submissive or Assertive, and how it felt to be assertive rather than aggressive or submissive. We practiced standing in an assertive way, and talking in an assertive way, and did some role plays. They found it very hard to act in anyway other than aggressive. We also talked about what animals might be thought to be aggressive (easy, lions, tigers), submissive (a bit harder, mice, deer) and assertive (someone immediately said an elephant which I quite liked, although they then went on to point out that elephants could swipe you with their trunks!, other people then said camels or kangaroos!). We took the kangaroo idea as everyone really liked that, although I'm not really sure it's the best choice, I preferred camels although they are a bit snooty. What does anyone think would be a good example of a stereotypical 'assertive animal'?!?

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