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Blogging and Studying

I promised I would make a concerted effort to keep this personal blog going, so as summer gradually disappears without a trace, I thought it might be worth taking some time to let everyone know where I’m up to. Firstly, my writing.

I have continued to write articles for Passing Nightmare, with pieces on the war in Libya, two film reviews, an analysis of the dodgy media reporting on ESA claimants and a discussion on the recent UK riots. A rough estimate indicates that I have written just over 27,000 words for the site since it went live in January.

This month also sees the first publication of my work on another political website. New Left Project commissioned me to write an article on Free Software, with a brief history of the movement followed by an analysis of how the political left can best utilise the possibilities of open code to free themselves from corporate control. You can read the article here.

After a 6 month break, my Open University studying continues. Having awaited the results of the fee increases I was pretty shocked to discover that the cost of a £700 course would be rising to around £2,500 from 2012. Thankfully those already undertaking a degree would be allowed to continue on the old fee structure as long as they continue to take at least one course each year.

This is good news, but means that it would be rather risky for me to attempt a specialised Politics/Economics degree,  so instead I have opted for the standard BA/BSc in Social Sciences.

My next course is DD203, entitled ‘Power, dissent, equality: understanding contemporary politics’. The course begins in October,  the content looks fantastic.

My final bit of news is that I will be heading to London in October to attend the Rebellious Media Conference and do a spot of sightseeing. I’m planning to write a report on this for Passing Nightmare and I hope to be able to meet up with some friends whilst wandering around the big city.


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