If I was (40 years younger)

Anyone got a spare rejuvenation chamber, or something? Because, believe me, if I was 17, and not 57, I’d be getting signed up for the Electrical Engineering course at Loughborough as fast as I could! Yes, the day really was that interesting, and as for the labs, and things… 😉

Fine, if things play out, and I can start the Foundation course this year, at 57, it might yet happen. But in all honesty, I’m not sure how the brain is going to react to being reintroduced to serious studying after 40 years, which might be a snag. Of course, if someone wants to give me a neural upgrade, an implant, or just a good dose of suitable AI, hard wired into my mind, I’ll take it, happily! Yes, I really was that impressed with the place, loved Will’s enthusiasm (and he’s a lovely guy, full stop), and the labs looked amazing, and one or two chambers, and machines certainly tickled my fancy, I must say! Yes, fine, both to work on, and to work on me, oh, I wish!

Yes, thats a big if. 99% of the people at the Open Day are looking to start courses in 2016. I might not have been the only one hoping to start this autumn, but there would only have been very few, at this point hoping for that. Will is going to check for me, and see if there are still vacancies on the Foundation course for this year, and if there are, the temptation may be too great. Though given its been 40 years, and I have forgotten most of the ‘clever stuff’ I learnt back then, it may be a step too far, if I’m being realistic.

If its next year, then I suspect it wont happen, assuming I’m not made redundant again at the wrong time! Clearly, if I am in a mundane job, I might throw it up, and start studying, but 4 years, from the age of 58, sounds even crazier to me! Mind, its pretty crazy contemplating it at 57, I guess?

But yes, regardless of events, whether I ever get to go to a University or not, ever again, I’m glad Will talked me into going, it was a marvellous experience, so glad I did it. Of course, if I got connected up to one of those delicious machines, my intelligence might get a considerable boost, and I could succeed, but this is science fact, not fiction lol! Or yes, get me in a rejuvenation chamber, make me 17 again, and I’ll crack it for myself.

Thanks to all at Loughborough University, for the whole experience

The video, yes, the clue, for once of late, is in the title

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Dinner At Eight (1933)

Just a little extra, from the Classic Movie History project

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This posting is an added extra bonus for my readers, as part of the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon, wonderfully run by Movies Silently, Once Upon A Screen, and Silver Screenings. Well, fine, thats their Twitter tags, I know them by other names too, but for you…that will do.

So, in no great shock horror moment, I’ve picked a Harlow movie to review. To be honest, it was a toss up between this, and Bombshell (where Jean pretty much plays herself) for my choice, and Dinner At Eight won out, probably because of the closing line, at her expense.

Its said that MGM tossed a pile of stars at this movie, and it shows. 2 Barrymore’s amongst many, and of course, Jean Harlow. Funnily enough though, for me, its none of them that steal the movie, its Marie Dressler, as Carlotta, and Wallace Beery, as Packard who do that.

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Anyone got a schoolgirl uniform?

And before anyone starts looking for an adult sized version of one for me, I am joking! Mind, if anyone wants to offer me said modelling session, then just maybe? But me, studying again, yes, its going to happen, regardless of whether I go to university or not, and thats still a possibility. But before then…

So fine, this stage of diligent schoolgirl life is actually potentially job related, not university wise!

This all started this morning with a phone call (not the last of the day, by a long stretch, poor thing) from an employment agency that I’d applied for a call centre role with. Yes, they like my CV, and yes, they want me to go to the next step. No, not an interview, as you might have guessed by now. I have got a 2 hour awareness event in Leeds tomorrow lunchtime, to learn about next week, when I will be doing a pre work training course! It does culminate with a proper interview on Friday week, but in the meantime, a bit of studying to do.

Oh, and equally before anyone gets any ideas, I’m assuming the training methods are of the traditional kind, sadly.

So what looked like a calm patch, with just signing on at the Job Centre on Friday morning, and then Loughborough University open day on Saturday, has become a manic week and a half! And then at the end of the day, I had contact re another job I’d applied for, easily passed the tests, and a phone interview will need to be sorted out for that, at some point!

So no, I have no plans to do my hair up in pigtails, put on a schoolgirl uniform, or anything else, but I will be studying. Well, unless a photographer wants me to, at another point in time…? 😉 But yes, it looks like I’m in for a crazily busy period, ah well. Like London buses, nothing for a while, then everything comes along at once!

The video, well, I thought this had happened for me, but its beginning to look just the opposite. A live version from 1990, an impressive one.

Well, one thing has been decided at least!

And no, its not yet which job from millions of offers that I’m going to accept. I wish! Though today at least, I didnt get a job rejection. Didnt get offered a job either, but I’m on a reserve list at least, having impressed a potential employer, so we will see, and hopefully that will mean I’m pre approved the next time they’re looking, anyway. Yes, its a job in the financial industry, so if someone fails their credit test, then I’m ready to jump in. Well, thats the hope, and the plan at least.

No, what has been settled, and booked, is the fact that I’m going to New England in September, regardless. Yes, the flight is now booked, the train fare, and hotel the night before, so its going to happen, definitely. Hey, who knows, it might be just before I start University life!

But yes, I’ve held back long enough, trying to get things sorted, but the deed has now officially been done! And yes, I’m really looking forward to it, and seeing Kate again. No, I dont know what she has planned (beyond a fairly relaxing time), but thats nothing new!

Flying with American Airlines, via JFK, in the seats with a bit more leg space. At least that gives me something good to look forward to, guaranteed.

Right, tonight, you get a choice of videos, or of course, you can play both. The first is the official video for the song, but I’ve used this before, a while back

But if you dont mind non moving pictures, this is McColl, and Billy Bragg, live!

Maybe I can upgrade myself?

So yes, an update on a recent posting.

That open day, to look at the possibility of becoming a student, studying electrical engineering, yes, I’m going. All booked up for next Saturday, including a hotel for Friday night, on the campus at Loughborough University, so I can make a full day of it. Yes, I really am that serious about it. Who would have thought it, me becoming a student at 57! I know, I never do anything in the normal way, so I guess its typically me?

But looking forward to the day there, and where it might lead, absolutely!

You’re right, the comment about it leading to me upgrading myself is a light hearted comment, though it would be nice. Yes, create a nice 20 something Jean Harlow robot body, download my mind into it, and see where things go from there. Oh, I wish! Maybe 20 or 30 years from now, it might be possible, but I’ll be very old, or more likely dead by then!

But it has to be said, the challenge of doing something like this, making something of myself, and all that appeals no end, even more so given I might just raise the average age of students at Loughborough University somewhat! But the more I’ve thought about this, and the more I’ve found the challenge of finding a job at my age, with my qualifications, then yes, if I think I can make it work, I will probably go for it!

The beauty of it, is that beyond the cost of getting there, plus the hotel stay, if I decide it is too crazy, I’ve lost nothing. After all, who expects anyone to become a student at 57? Well, one lovely gentleman at the University, that I know as Will does, but beside him…?

The amazing thing I have realised, is that a lot of what I saw as science fiction 15 years ago, either is, or is becoming reality! Alright, as yet, I dont think we’re close to turning humans into robots, but a lot of the other stuff I have suggested…getting there, or even got there!

Who knows, before I get to retire (on current status, in about 10 years from now), maybe I will have begun to create the robotisation process, or a means to download the human mind, into a robot/computer, but probably not. But a girl can dream, and maybe envision it.

Regardless, next week may mark the first step towards me making that happen. Now wouldnt that be great?

The video. Well I did mention upgrading, and when I think of that, I think of Cybermen, and Dr Who! So, I offer a Dr Who tribute, set to the 12″ version (far superior imo) of the Timelords song.

A Sat-Nav wearable?

Oh please, that would be wonderful, though I have no idea how you would keep it charged, but anyway…

Seemingly part of the ‘entertainment’ of job interviews, is finding the place where the interview is being held. No, I dont mean in the sense of not being given an address, and having to guess where it is, just that its so well camouflaged that you can get within 100 yards of the place, and not see it.

And of course, given I’m the one person in the world who doesnt believe in owning a mobile phone, I cant just ring up, and ask for directions. I do tend to check these things out before I leave home, but doing that, and trying to find some places in person…rolls eyes.

Yes, its getting such an issue I’m seriously thinking of getting a mobile phone, not to make calls, but to use the map apps! Its a bit of a Catch 22 thing, I dont want to spend money on a phone while not working, and of course, once I have a job, I’ll know where I’m going!

But yes, fine, I’d love a wearable device that gave me directions, or even better, an internal chip that did the job for me! Ah well…

Given that both of the places that were impossible to find dealt with cars, either in an insurance sense, or a recovery sense, this seemed apt. Even more so considering Sir Paul is 73 today!

Never too old to study?

Its fair to say, that at 57, I had assumed my days as a student were well and truly over. Given the last examination I took, was in 1976 ( An A grade in Accounts O Level), a reasonable conclusion, you might say. Yes, I am that old, and it has been that long!

Thats right, GCE (as they were back then) O Levels is as high a standard of education as I own, as I had to go out to work as soon as I’d finished my O Levels at school, in 1974 (the last one was at a local college, night course), as my mother was a single parent, so it was fait accompli.

Its why it took me 29 years to do what most do in their gap year after school to travel, and see a bit of the world (several months in the US), because it was only at that point (after her death) that I was able to take some time out, and do it! Apart from a Christmas seasonal job, I’d had to stop work for a while, so it seemed the obvious time to do it.

But study again, at my age (even then I was 45), seriously, no! Until now!

Its fair to say that while I was working, any thoughts of studying were put on the back burner, as I was earning money, had a settled life, and all that, until recently, when I was made redundant. A friend posted about an open evening, at a seminary, in the US, and studying there. I joked I was too old, but he disagreed. And yes, it struck me what a wonderful move that would be, both personally, and religiously. But the complexities of needing degrees, and the acceptance of me being allowed to study in the US made that all a bit of a step too far.

As people also know, I have a bit of an interest in science matters, especially anything involving electrics, though most of what I’ve written about until now has been purely fiction, though I suspect that in the next 20 years or so, some of it will become science fact! But when a Twitter contact mentioned an open day, at his university, for courses on Electrical Engineering, I again said I’d love to do that, if I was younger. Again I get told that you’re never too old for these things!

So now I’m considering going to an open day, in a fortnights time, and signing up for a foundation course in Electrical Engineering. Who knows, even at my age, maybe I can really make something of myself? Wouldnt that be something?

Well, it would certainly be something different, which is what I wanted, for sure! And no problems with working, and living in the UK either! Fine, I’ll check the trains! 😉

The video, a live version of a very obvious song! (To say, video includes strobe lighting)