I am not a number! I am a free sample!!!!

I’m really fond of those British 60s shows like Randall and Hopkirk Deceased and The Avengers, though my favourite show of that time and ilk has to be The Prisoner.  I first watched it nearly 20 years ago when it was repeated on Channel 4, and its sinister tone and underlying symbolism (are we all prisoners of our own design? Is the pennyfarthing really a useful form of transport?) blew my mind.  I was especially struck by “The Village” – the iconic setting for the show and, as a result, one of the best examples of man being held hostage in a gilded cage I’d ever seen. I always vowed to go to Portmeirion (the show’s North Wales setting) and last week I finally had the chance to visit.  The fact that it was so quiet (only a handful of visitors were roaming the silent streets) really did make it feel vaguely sinister, but also meant that the shops were closed.  Bit of a shame, as all I managed to come away with was a bowl of mushroom soup and a fridge magnet. Pah!

Moving on…tomorrow I start teaching the City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector.  I’ve taught this in the classroom and on moodle for several years now, so this in itself is nothing new…but tomorrow I will start teaching it in Second Life.  I’m still not sure whether real life teaching skills can be delivered in a virtual world then transferred sucessfully back into the real world classroom – I was positive they could until yesterday when an educationalist avatar in SL said he didn’t think it could be done, as ITT needed to be delivered in a face to face setting (though my moodle -heavy versions of the course only have 4 classroom – based sessions, and have all been successful).  So now, at the eleventh hour, I am sure I am going to fall on my face rather than my feet. Gulp…

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