Open day

After this morning’s run…

…I spent the afternoon at the Newcastle University Postgraduate Open Day in order to find out about doing a Masters in creative writing. It was odd sitting in lecture halls and listening to talks. Other than the odd occasion when I’ve sat in on Geth’s evening lectures, I haven’t been in lecture halls since I graduated in 2008!

It was a really interesting afternoon though. I spoke to a few students who are currently doing the course, went on a tour of the facilities, and attended a couple of general talks on studying at Newcastle and funding sources. I went away with a huge amount of bumpf to read and a lot of things to look into over the next few days!

I then headed to ukulele class, which was as fab as ever. Really enjoying the songs we’re doing this term.

It’ll be another busy day tomorrow, as I need to catch up with day job work in between going to weigh-in and the gig that Geth and I are attending in the evening.

Tote bag
I also got a free tote bag to carry all my open day bumpf in. I don’t really need any more of these, but I always appreciate a nice goodie bag!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Stinx – ‘Why Do You Keep On Running Boy’*
Del Amitri – ‘Nothing Ever Happens’

*For the uninitiated (i.e. those who weren’t living in Scotland around the turn of the millennium), this was a parody of Britney Spears’ ‘…Baby One More Time’ that featured in a legendary HEBS (Health Education Board for Scotland) advert from 2000, aimed at discouraging teenagers from smoking. The advert was renowned as being absolutely genius (I did a day of work experience at the BBC during this period and they were all raving about it), and I sang the song in the school corridors every breaktime with my pals for about three months solid.

Didn’t discourage me from smoking, though.

Worth a watch if you’ve never seen it, if only for some prime nostalgia:

In non-running news…

Because I’m running every day at the moment, I feel as though I’m spending most of these diary posts talking about my daily run. As such, I decided to move most of my day-to-day running rambles to video form, so that you can skip over it if you’re not interested in running minutiae!

Today’s non-running stuff involved finishing off some more admin and getting my notes together for going to the Newcastle postgraduate open day tomorrow. I’m looking at options for retraining at the moment and so I’ve booked to go to the open day in order to see if a postgraduate course would be helpful in that respect. Quite excited!

I’ll update about that tomorrow night 🙂

The Ouseburn
My recovery mile route isn’t particularly pretty (especially not with all the roadworks going on at the moment) but you do get some nice views of the Ouseburn occasionally!

Today’s earworm playlist:

Carter USM – ‘And God Created Brixton’
Vangelis – ‘Chariots Of Fire’
Bill Conti – ‘Gonna Fly Now’
Duran Duran – ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’