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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Forever and ever

Its funny how these things happen, if you are patient enough, something comes along that really makes your day. No, I didnt win the Powerball lottery, or even the UK lottery lol. As I dont do either, it would be pretty tricky to do so anyway.

But in a sense, something that arrived in my email box this morning is far more precious to me than that. What you may be asking yourselves? 2 photos of someone I never met, and never will now, in this world at least. Yes, I finally know what the late ‘Sara Castle’ looked like, as I was sent 2 pictures today by a mutual friend, thanks go to Kim for that. At the same time, its a bit of a funny feeling seeing her now, only after she’s gone from this world. And no, I’m not posting a picture of her here either, for the most obvious reason.

I may never have actually met her, but we chatted by email for years, about good things, bad things, and plenty else beside, some of which you’re better off not knowing about lol! And to save you asking, it was the big C that got her, even though she managed to hide the worst details of it from her friends until quite literally, she was gone from us. If I’d known, I could have gone and visited, she was in the UK, if at the opposite end of England to me, but for her it would have been a trip I would happily have made. But no, given we only found out just how serious it had been after she was gone, it wasnt to be.

Funny thing is, I still have the very last email I sent her, though she never saw it., Thats right, it was sent after I knew she was dead, to her email box, just so I could say the right words before tying up those ends, and starting again. Sadly I dont have the last email I sent her that she had read, I accidentally deleted that a long time ago, nor do I have the last one she sent me either unfortunately.

But at least now, I have 2 pictures of her, to keep for as long as I’m around, and thats something special for me.

The video, a very young Midge Ure, in his first group, with lyrics and a title that seem quite apt