Month: Nov 2017

PAIN:LESS British Pain Society looking for partners 

British Pain Society – a UK charity have launched a new campaign this week – looking for partners (not just cancer but all chronic pain) https://www.britishpainsociety.org/painless-campaign/

Russia trip – gaps 

The crisp air after leaving the plane on arrival in St Petersburg, my driver talking about how he doesn’t drink vodka any more but likes whisky if he drinks (not whilst working). Also apparently there is a museum of umbrellas and museum of mittens….

St Peterburg – so friendly for a big city #Russia trip 4

International tourism awards well deserved. Only had the morning & woke later than planned but walked from hotel in centre to Russian Museum of Political History – an educational visit here should be required for foreign media as part of their visa (their wealthy…

Novgorod,Valday, St Petersburg

The bus left Novgorod at 6.50 and sunrise around 9.15 (due Valday 9.20) so got to see dawn as we neared valdaisky national park which was a fairyland of snowy forest and snowy wooden dachas. Valday is smaller than I imagined but pretty with…

St Petersburg and Velikhy Novgorod 2

This morning again found very helpful Russians when I got off bus in the wrong place and additional bonus – a visit to Peryn Skete and church of ‘The Nativity of our Lady’ which is very peaceful with a friendly monk and had tiny chat about…

St Petersburg & Velikhy Novgorod 1 – it is ok to visit in November

Russians as beautiful, friendly and helpful as ever. Flew in yesterday afternoon and was recommended Faberge museum which has late opening hours on Saturday (different museums have late openings on different days). The art & craftwork in all of the museum is fantastically intricate….

EU / UK data protection and learning management systems

In December, I’m chairing (but not presenting) a panel at a small pan-London get-together for learning specialists using Moodle. First thoughts are (e.g. for doing a privacy impact assessment) What are the changes – overview What types of data do you have and what…

Tai Chi,  Chi Kung links

Cloud Hands (Mike Garofalo) has lovely form posts and the best resource I have found online for tai chi http://mpgtaijiquan.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1 If you’re ever in Scotland or Wudang – Rachel Dunsmore & Soenren. I saw her perform Chi Kung forms once, it was amazing and…

Several updates

Off to Russia in under 48 hours – just short  visit as planned – St Petersburg and Novgorod. Usual friendly efficiency from Visit Russia office. My work office mate possibly influenced location choice – he has never been to Russia but really likes Orthodox…

Cancer Pain update from Matt Brown and Paul Farquhar-Smith

Saw this via cancerpainres twitter list and posting here too – I don’t know either author but they both work at the Royal Marsden. Article: Pain in Cancer Survivors – filling in the gaps https://academic.oup.com/bja/article/119/4/723/4111210#.WhQmdBS0IHM.twitter Abstract: Cancer survivorship represents a growing clinical challenge for…

impact of learning technologies and psychology

‘Guest lecturing’ next week – will be delivering a talk then running a hands on workshop for a group of psychology students on 1st December. Will be doing a quick rattle through the last couple of decades and then explore some of the issues…

Foreign influence, Brexit and social media

Having been on twitter since 2007, also worked/ing in online collaboration in a professional context and I voted Remain btw and would again…   My country and especially the US have wasted an opportunity to use social and mainstream media for positive online international…