Words…

I went to a pretty poor school when I lived in Washington Tyne and Wear. Washington Comp. A mixture of old buildings, 1960’s constructions and Pre Fabs. I wasn’t that interested in an education if I’m honest. I managed to leave in 1978 with two GCSE’s. Achieved a C in both Maths and English.

Over the next forty odd years I’ve developed an interest in words. I have Chambers Dictionary on my phone. If I come across a word I don’t understand I bookmark it…

I’d love to send an email that included all these bookmarked words!

Personal Goals 2014

These are my goals for 2014:

Lose 50lbs.
Be in the best physical shape I can be.
Here I am circa 1991, not sure if I can get quite into this shape but I’m going to try my very best!

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Photograph a minimum of 12 personally satisfying landscape images.
I’ve decided I’m not going to have any ‘clients’ – I’ll take photographs just to satisfy me, then pop them onto a web site, if they sell, they sell. If they don’t, then no loss. No more weddings and portraits. Too much pressure!

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Turnover £1200 on Landscape image sales.
I’ll set up a Clikpic site or similar and see if any of my images sell! Simple!

Ascend 24 Birketts.
A Birkett is a fell over 300 metres in height in the English Lake District. Named after Bill Birkett who catalogued them. Here’s the chap himself who I photographed at Friars Crag, Derwentwater.

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Read 12 books.
I love to read, both fact and fiction. I’m currently reading this…it’s heavy going 🙂

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What are yours?

Mapping The Mind – Rita Carter

Just finished reading this book…really enjoyed it…

 

Extract from Amazon.com

The brain has been the last “terra incognita” of the body for medical exploration, largely because its matter is so different from that of the rest of the body. In 1986 the eminent evolutionary biologist John Maynard Smith identified the problem of how the brain works as one of the two outstanding problems in biology (along with how a simple egg develops into a complex adult organism). Most of us have experienced some apparently inexplicable quirk of the mind, such as selective memory loss. Without obvious “hard wiring”, anatomical “labels” or other guiding features, medical scientists have struggled to identify its parts, their functions and connections to the mind. Not that this has stopped curiosity; there is anthropological evidence dating back some thousands of years for crude but sometimes successful attempts to open the skull and get at the brain.

Rita Carter is an award-winning medical writer. (Medical Journalists’ Association prize for outstanding contribution). In Mapping the Mindshe explores the landscape of the brain and its connections with the mind. We should all be enthralled by this adventure for “it is giving us greater understanding about one of the oldest and most fundamental of mysteries–the relationship between the brain and mind”. Carter introduces the subject with the historical background of anatomical discoveries and emerging theories of brain/mind connections. The famous tragic story of the 19th-century American railway worker, Phineas Gage, is here. An iron rod blasted through poor Phineas’s skull. It entered below his left eye and exited through his skull roof, removing a large chunk of his forebrain. Amazingly, Phineas survived but his personality was radically changed, as was reported by his doctor, John Harlow.

 

In this fascinating and well-illustrated book, Rita Carter shows just how far we have travelled in our understanding since the mid-19th century world of Dr Harlow and gives a sense of how far we still have to travel. As she says: “The world within our heads is more marvellous than anything we can dream up”. The last few decades have seen a revolution in non-invasive brain mapping thanks to the scientific miracles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and associated technologies. It is now possible to see which part of the brain responds to specific stimulation in real time.

 

What to read next?

Been reading ‘Task Force Black’ for ages now – I usually enjoy military books and did enjoy ‘Big Boys Rules’ by Mark Urban a while ago, however, there is a lot of ‘politicking’ in this book over ‘action’…finished it now though…20111126-121938.jpg

So, what to read next?
‘A Sense Of An Ending’ by Julian Barnes…
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Or, ‘Mapping The Mind’ by Rita Carter…?
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I’m lucky to have such a wide choice in my ‘library’…

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Update : Sunday 27 November:

Have decided to start ‘The Sense Of An Ending’…