Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Certificate in Health Sciences

Well, I've done it! Passed my first longer OU course "Introducing Health Sciences: a case study approach" with Distinction, and gained the Certificate in Health Sciences.

The next step will be my first level 2 course, "Human Biology", aiming for the Diploma in Health Sciences.

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Polar travellers

Some weeks ago when I had some time to kill at Rotterdam Airport (flight delayed because of a WW2 bomb found near London City Airport), I headed off on my bike to a local geocache and dropped off my first ever travel bug - "Polar Traveller - Please help a Polar Bear", with the hope that fellow geocachers will help it on its goal to reach Svalbard, in the Arctic.

A week or so ago, I received e-mail notification that it has been picked up, and is on its way to Norway with a family who are vacationing there (come to think of it, I could of cheated and taken it to Norway myself, but that would be no fun!).

Today, Mum, Dad and I attended the UK's first geocaching mega event at Harrogate, in Yorkshire, and whilst we were there, dropped off my second travel bug "Polar Traveller - Pick up a Penguin", whose goal is to travel to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antartica. I wonder if it will reach there before I do?

The event itself was very well attended, and as well as plenty of geocaches in the area (we found three - each of which was marked by a ring of 10+ cachers... not too challenging), there were a number of stalls selling geocaching products. Having seen the new Garmin Oregon, I think I now know that I'll be upgrading my gps in the not too distant future.

Postscript - I received notification this morning that the penguins have been picked up, and will be dropped off in a new location soon.

Friday, 1 August 2008

Forward Prize Shortlist

I'm not really up to date with recent events on my blog, but this deserved immediate attention.

Jen's book Nigh-No-Place has been shortlisted for this year's Forward Prize Best Collection:

The winner will be announced on the 8th of October.