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The PICA PICA project

The Pica Pica Project: Newcastle/Gateshead (Body Worlds, BALTIC and Laing Art Gallery)

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I don’t recall going to Newcastle, either as an adult or a child, so when I decided to go and see the Body Worlds Animal Inside Out exhibition, I decided to make a real trip of it and stay overnight. I’m glad I did; it was a lovely trip. Body Worlds at the Science Centre I arrived in ...

5 Great TV Series

Guest Post: 5 Great TV Series to Binge Watch this Summer

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We’re joined today by Caroline, who is a blogger for Culture Coverage and a self-confessed Netflix addict! Here are Caroline’s picks for 5 great TV series to enjoy this summer… 5 Great TV Series to Binge Watch this Summer Let’s face it: binge-watching is a massive part of modern ...

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The Pica Pica Project: Manchester Art Gallery and The Whitworth

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This week brought a great day in Manchester but I completely ran out of time. So I have a return trip planned and this time I’ll stay overnight. In the meantime, I have to give big shout outs to The Whitworth Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery. I saw some fantastic things in both. Here are ...

Writing

Six Cats and a Black Dog: Poetry: Eat this Fruit and Blank Slate

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Last year I made a Blog For Mental Health pledge. Sadly, there is no pledge in 2016 and the Blog for Mental Health site is no longer being curated, though it is currently still accessible. However, this was a wonderful project (and it ran for several years) and I’m truly glad it got me ...

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The Pica Pica Project: York, Leeds, Sheffield

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I’ve pretty much abandoned the whole concept of a Discovery Day, since I’ve just been going out whenever I can, to wherever I can. It’s just a Discovery Project now. Despite the title of this post, this week was York, then back to Barnsley, then Sheffield, then Leeds, then ...

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The Pica Pica Project: Leeds, Wakefield, Barnsley

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This has been quite a week of discovery so The Pica Pica Project is definitely off to a good start. As planned, I made Wednesday my Discovery Day and took myself off to Leeds for the day. An unexpected afternoon off on Thursday allowed me some time to visit the Civic in Barnsley and then – ...

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Six Cats and a Black Dog: Dude, Where’s My Hat?

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Last year I made a Blog For Mental Health pledge. Sadly, there is no pledge in 2016 and the Blog for Mental Health site is no longer being curated, though it is currently still accessible. However, this was a wonderful project (and it ran for several years) and I’m truly glad it got me ...

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The Pica Pica Project: Thinking about the Days of Discovery

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I’ve decided that Wednesdays (and possibly some Mondays) will be the perfect days for my ‘Day(s) of Discovery’ each week, so I’ve been researching some of the things I’d like to do. I must admit, some things that have made my shortlist are not 100% new to me but I ...

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The Pica Pica Project: A Celebration of the Magpie Within

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So I had in mind that I really wanted to do a summer project, but what? I had my MOOCs – they’ve been an ongoing thing – and #Digiwrimo had inspired me to write again, but I also wanted to get back to some photography. I’ve enjoyed doing a bit of language learning (via ...

Sea

Six Cats and a Black Dog: She Said

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Last year I made a Blog For Mental Health pledge. Sadly, there is no pledge in 2016 and the Blog for Mental Health site is no longer being curated, though it is currently still accessible. However, this was a wonderful project (and it ran for several years) and I’m truly glad it got me ...

15 Brilliant iPad Games: Part Three

15 Brilliant iPad Games: Part Three (11-15)

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I love my iPad and I use it for work, study and for play. Over the last couple of years, it has become my go to choice for game playing because I’m less likely to binge play and more likely to dip in for a few minutes if I need a quick break or I’m waiting for something. Here – in ...

Beach wood

Six Cats and a Black Dog: Forward (or A Letter to Depression)

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Last year I made a Blog For Mental Health pledge. Sadly, there is no pledge in 2016 and the Blog for Mental Health site is no longer being curated, though it is currently still accessible. However, this was a wonderful project (and it ran for several years) and I’m truly glad it got me ...

15 Brilliant iPad Games: Part Two

15 Brilliant iPad Games: Part Two (6-10)

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I love my iPad and I use it for work, study and for play. Over the last couple of years, it has become my go to choice for game playing because I’m less likely to binge play and more likely to dip in for a few minutes if I need a quick break or I’m waiting for something. Here – in ...

15 Brilliant iPad Games: Part One

15 Brilliant iPad Games: Part One (1-5)

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I love my iPad and I use it for work, study and for play. Over the last couple of years, it has become my go to choice for game playing because I’m less likely to binge play and more likely to dip in for a few minutes if I need a quick break or I’m waiting for something. Here – in ...

Banana

Six Cats and a Black Dog: Banana Keyboards and Other Unsettling Thoughts/Dreams

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Update 13/5/2016: After reading this week about how Mendeleev conceived of the periodic table in a dream, I’ve decided to trust my dreaming thoughts a little more. Of course, I’m no Mendeleev, as my “banana notice” dream pretty much illustrates… Go to top Last year I ...

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Z is for Zebra

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Z is for Zoo #atozchallenge

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IntroductionAbout DuolingoAbout A to Z Blogging ChallengeEarlier this year I was inspired by a Twitter challenge (#teacher5adaymflmarch) to spend a few minutes every day using Duolingo. I wasn’t in a position to do the full challenge but I love that it prompted me to try something new, just ...

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