Change of Pace

For the past few days or so I’ve had some time away with a friend in London and enjoyed it although feels there is not much to do. I do miss things such as a DVD player and choice on TV to watch things. There is freeview here and well sometimes there is good things to watch often not. We have been getting back to the flat around 11pm til about 1am as there is nothing really to do when we get back.

Were spending around a week down here in London and so far visted the natural history museum, of which we plan to go back, ate at different places, met with friends and hope to meet with more and later on going out to spend new years eve in London. Its something I always fancied trying and never actually doing it. It will be busy and I hope we get something to eat at some point.

Most of the day has been chilling out, and not really doing anything in particular. I’m feeling the best I have all week. Since boxing day last week I’ve been full of cold and slowly been getting over it. Will be nice to be over it for the new year.

The pace has changed, at home I’ve always something I can be doing – here not so much. Its either travelling to and from places or walking all over the place. Lots to see and enjoy but at the end of it all I do wonder what to do. While I came to London on my own it wasn’t an issue – I would just go online and talk to others as if at home but with others here too its not quite as simple to do so. I also like the ability to get away from everyone else and just be on my own if only for an hour.

Today feels relaxed but lacking at the same time. I feel I should constantly be doing something – to use the time, and not waste it but I don’t have anything I need to get done while I am away so I stop and write and this feels good. I could be doing this at home, but its still something I want to do so it is done now.

What will the new year bring in… Hopefully lots of fun, joy and excitement mixed with friendships and more happyness.

2010 – Migranes gone, so much opertunity to look forward

It is coming to another end of year but I can choose to look at time and see it in sections like years and months, but all I really see is days and even then its not really a set thing. Some days go fast, others so slow but time is there or maybe not at the same time. I hear its a constant but my view of it is constantly changing… can that be a true statement?

I have a few things I would like to do this next year, and many things that I’ve done this past year. Some of the things I want to acheive:

  • Play the guitar
  • Trampolining: Sumasaults with no help
  • Rock Climbing – more technique
  • A new passion in work, or something in life that I don’t want to put down
  • New cooking styles (at least for me, other peoples old styles are great – I just can’t do them)
  • Dance: become more fluid, confident, and relaxed in dance and expand the styles
  • Fitness: Get down to my ideal weight yet increase my fitness level through fun

My past year has been quite a mixed year, I’ve not done all I wanted but have discovered things that have quite litterally changed my life. I’ve struggled with migrane and cluster headaches for many years, and in october discovered the cause of them.

I’ve been ill a lot over the past year (mainly March to November), and much of it was side effects of the medications I was taking to reduce the headaches/migranes – in September while away on holiday, I was ill and not really enjoying the break. So ill that I couldn’t take the tablets as was sick soon after – kinda defeating the point so I stopped taking them and within a couple of days the side effects died down and I enjoyed the last day of my break.

I went through withdrawal from the medication – you are meant to stop taking it over a period of around 6 to 12 weeks, not over night. I also stopped taking anything that I heard could cause headaches such as cheese, caffeine, chocolate & alchol and the next week or two was just evil. So many headaches, feeling nausia, illness and my mood was not so great either (I found out a few weeks later after talking with people at work). I thought I was going through withdrawal for meds, I may aswell go it for everything at once. Not a nice experience but glad its over.

I re-introduced things into my diet but seems caffeine and chocolate are the real killers. I can have a little caffeine like a drink of cola or a cup of caffeinated tea every so often but often get a headache or hanging feeling in my head thats unconfortable for a few days but after about a day… however eat some delicious chocolate and within about 4 hours my eyes are hurting, everything is really loud, nausia and headaches which really sucks because I love the taste of chcolate, especially dairy milk chocolate.

The trade of pain and not being able to do anything for the taste of chocolate. Its amazing to see how many things contain it but the thought to go down to pain for a taste – its just not worth it.

It is the biggest thing I’ve found out this year personally – and since cutting out caffeine and chocolate I’ve been able to do a lot more too. Including regular swimming before work, trampolining and even started the very basics of rock climbing. My co-ordination has amazingingly got quite good and although haven’t danced in a long time feel its something I will get much better at now.

Now that I’m generally off medications, I feel an old side of me has risen to the surface – things I’ve struggled with for years just melting away and returning to a more confident and happy me. While at university, in groups and presentations I was always nervous to talk but one to one, or in small groups I could talk to anyone and I lost that for a long time but its coming back but not just like that – I’m now able to talk in presentations – I still get nervous but have felt while presenting that its a choice to show it or not. I’d never known the choice before – just that I was and felt others could see it. No need now, and knowing that seems to open more posibilities in life even though I don’t know what those could be.

Is £9,000 (Well closer to £50,000) too much for a University Education?

I watched online via various methods the student protests, watching twitter, facebook, the news sites and even parliment channel following the progress of what was being done for the cause of student fees.

There are a lot of sides being spoken but I’m not sure which was the stronger view in reality. Students, all stood together in protest but there.

I don’t agree with the violence but think it is right that people can voice their opinions. There have been hundreds of thousands of people opposing the fee changes but they seem to have been ignored all the same.

I saw a lot of violence on TV within the protests. Many people causing riots and I think getting a publics view that the students are wrong and should be made to pay… but I see it a different way…

What better way to dis-credit a movement than to join in, then cause violence and disturbance gaining great publicity. People don’t look at the thousands of protesters peacefully doing what they do but the few that cause the havoc. I’ve heard the media speak that there are many in the few but even 0.5% of 50,000 is still around 250 People.

The government MPs are meant to speak on behalf of the people they represent. It has been shown in parliment on the 9th December 2010 that many of the Lib Dem MPs chose to ignore their people and follow others.

I guess everyone has a choice, and I think next election many will not trust the lib dems as they have prooven that they can not be trusted to follow some of the basic promises they made pre-election.

I am glad that I have already been through the student part of life, with university so this doesn’t directly affect me in life at the moment. Maybe in the future it will but at the moment, not so much.

It will affect a LOT of my friends, and a lot of friends children. I have many friends with teenage children that now that are unlikely to get to university now.

When I got out of university I had around £7,000 in student loan debts which is a lot especially with it so hard to get a job and all this is getting ever increasing interest. I recall it took me over a year to get any real time job.

I worked all over the place – over 40 different organisations through temp work in agencies. At first I could get nothing – they told me I was over qualified to work a temp job – my thoughts – I need money to pay for life and its a temp job. Its not a career move here. So I did allsorts from a production line job, to lots of admin work and data entry – all on a low wage.

But to think that I’d need to pay back somehow £9,000 per year? That would be impossible I think. I don’t think I’d have even gone. I don’t think I could afford to send anyone else there either. It works out over £170 per week, every week, and on top of that there is all the rates like rent, food, books, equipment, aswell as transport.

I don’t know about you, but 3 years for a standard university education with the posibility of a degree at the end for over £27,000 – Probably closer to £50,000 after adding in all living costs. How long would it take to pay that back, not including all the interest on top of it?

At around £160 per month it would take 25 years to pay it back (No interest charged) or over £400 a month for about 10 years. Its like having an extra mortgage to pay back for how you have learned things.

Seems expensive but what is the price for education. I always though education was meant to be free – everyone is free to learn. Seems the freedom doesn’t count for money.

Your views? Does it affect you? Does it affect people you know?