#followfriday: @sjbatch

 

 

You shouldn’t necessarily follow Stephen Batchelor because of his Twitter account as it is, but rather what it could be, if encouraged.

As a Teacher/Learner he was my first Boss and I find him insightful, often funny and rarely dull. ‘The Batch’ is the Director of H.E at MidKent College and the nearest I’ve had to a mentor in F.E. Whether he wanted to be or not. I wouldn’t have my teaching qualification without him. Thank you good sir.

Essentially, when they come for me, and they will, I can say it was his fault.

The author of Dummy books and occasional blogs, about History, go say hi and tell him I sent you.

 

As a Bonus; from the archive… https://audioboo.fm/boos/22883-iphone-monologues-the-thief

 

 

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#followfriday: @mrssarahsimons

As part of #followfriday rather then just give you a list of names, I thought I would name one a week and why I follow them, and by default from a Teacher/Learner perspective, so should you.

Sarah Simons

Now the number one reason to follow Sarah isn’t because she once lived with Ken Barlow, although I can understand that you would think it might be.
The reason that I follow Sarah on twitter is because she is a, if not the, driving force behind #ukfechat as well as a writer on FE for the TES and producer of its FE focused podcast.
So you see if you are a F.E focused Teacher Learner, you will soon see that Sarah is a nexus point around which current FE debate and discussion occurs. As well as fighting the ongoing battle to teach Functional Skills (English) and develop resources so that others can do so as well.
Sarah can often be found harnessing people to lead discussions every Thursday at 9, but I also had the pleasure and opportunity to meet her in person at last years Sunday Times Education Conference, where she was as delightful in person as she appears online.
On a personal level as I continue to develop and drive my own Teaching and Learning forward, Sarah, whether she likes it or not, has become somebody for me to seek the opinion of and guidance from, and for that I am grateful.

#followfriday 15th May

Follow Friday is a twitter trend to promote Friends, like minded people, people of interest, on Twitter.

Les Cochrane quite rightly noted that a random list of names means nothing, he’d much rather have a select few names and a reason why they’d be good to follow.

I decided to do a bit of both, and use my blog to talk about those on Twitter I follow, and why I think you should follow them too.

I’ll only recommend a maximum of ten per week and will set up a category so you can find them should you so wish.

Todays #followfriday is dedicated to those funny, interesting cats who have yet to break the magic 100 Followers and I honestly feel that you and they would be better off if you just tweeted them to say Hi…

Some of them may not have tweeted that much, but im sure with your support…

Andy Walker: KMFM radio’s morning DJ and fellow Lecturer.

Andrew Ireland: Undergraduate Dean at Bournemouth Media School and Director of the a Cheeky Girls Musicc Video.

Andy Mac: Maybe you can bring him out of his cave. He has known to be funny, and even have an opinion or two.

Matt ‘Cherub‘: Guitarist in Mind Without Maths. Lock up your daughters.

David Skelton: Co-Founder of LeMonday, Nice Facist, recent Father and connected to the mysterious Sheep of Justice.

Rachael Lewis: She helped to bring about the end of the world. but otherwise is really great, she needs your followship. But don’t try and hug her.

Ed Holden: Film Editor at MSN.  Watch him try and interview Russell Brand, when his ‘striking’ trainee enters the room. http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-gb&vid=9f4c716e-71c5-4d2d-bfaf-c69ec6384d1d

#followfriday 8th May

Follow Friday is a twitter trend to promote Friends, like minded people, people of interest, on Twitter.

Les Cochrane quite rightly noted that a random list of names means nothing, he’d much rather have a select few names and a reason why they’d be good to follow.

I decided to do a bit of both, and use my blog to talk about those on Twitter I follow, and why I think you should follow them too. 

I’ll only recommend a maximum of ten per week and will set up a category so you can find them should you so wish.

This weeks 10, are fellow graduates of Bournemouth Media School, and in no particular order;

Helen Thornber: Aspiring writer and recent returnee to the North. http://www.helenthornber.com/

Katie McCullough; Theatre addict, script writer and she’ll read your scripts. for a fee. http://www.katiemccullough.co.uk/

Amy Harrison; recently gone freelance writer. You’ll find her on twitter but she whishes it was CB radio.http://www.harrisonamy.com/

Richard Knowles; ex-housemate, (in a non BB sense) Comms manager at BT and sports fan. 

Sian Fever; video editor, stranger to daylight and recent addition too the population of London.http://sianfever.blogspot.com/

David Williams; London resident, Digital manager and wisher of a better Libdem party.http://www.dpwilliams.com/

Tom Lane; Teacher, writer and self confessed geek. http://holdingpatterns.hwcommunity.com/

Joe Tunmer; Director of short films and music videos. http://www.digitalsneakers.co.uk/ltd/Joe_Tunmer.html

Mel Hodson; Filmmaker, promoter of John ‘Captain Jack’ Barrowman and runs her own production company at  http://www.movinglightproductions.co.uk/

Lucy Vee; Script reader and blogger http://www.lucyvee.blogspot.com/

#followfriday

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Follow Friday is a twitter trend to promote Friends, like minded people, people of interest, on Twitter.

Les Cochrane quite rightly noted that a random list of names means nothing, he’d much rather have a select few names and a reason why they’d be good to follow.

I decided to do a bit of both, and use my blog to talk about those on Twitter I follow, and why I think you should follow them too. 

I’ll only recommend a maximum of ten per week and will set up a category so you can find them should you so wish.

This weeks 10, i went with the first ten people I followed on Twitter and so this is actually just as much a gateway into their online presence which is why I followed them and continue to follow them;

@warrenellis: Internet Jesus and Acclaimed writer of Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Global Frequency and the recent GI Joe: Resolute. www.warrenellis.com

@stevegarfield: One of the Internets first Videobloggers and passionate about Online Video. www.stevegarfield.com

@casymckinnon: The former Miss Kitka and award winning producer of Galacticast and a Comicbook Orange. She has also written about online media for the Guardian. www.caseymckinnon.com

@gapingvoid: Inspirational writer, artist, new media and wine marketer. www.gapingvoid.com 

@zefrank: an American online performance artist, composer, humorist and producer of The Show. during which he inspired an Earth Sandwhich, a Song for Ray and Ugly Myspace. Go to www.zefrank.com and all will become clear. 

@rudy: The writer producer of Galacticast and ‘walking media production house.’ Check out the episode looking at Abrams pitch for Star Trek. www.rudyjahchen.com

@zadi: The co-creator and host of the award winning Epic Fu. www.zadidiaz.com

@wilw: Star of Stand by Me and famous for his role as Wesley Crusher in ST:TNG. He emerged as a vocal member of the Geek community. www.wilweaton.net

@amazingamanda: One of the first videobloggers to bring new media to the the general public appearing on ABC News and CSI. www.amandacongdon.com  

@xenijardin: Blogger and tech culture Journalist, as well as Co-editor of the award winning blog Boing Boing and Executive producer of Boing Boing TV. www.xeni.net 

 

Thats all folks, more next Friday.

Food From Home

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Zack Braiker asked Steven Garfield to pass this along for his client, to help raise awareness about family homelessness. Zach writes on his blog:

I’ve always respected people who do. And it just so happens, that one of my clients, Trish Karter, is one of these people. She’s the CEO of Dancing Deer, an avid cyclist who runs a double bottom-line company. Dancing Deer’s corporate cause is family homelessness, and Trish Karter is advocating for that cause in a unique and real way.

From April 22-May 6 she’s climbing on her bike, travelling more than 1,500 and staying at homeless shelters along the way. The purpose of this ride is to raise awareness about family homelessness, and my company, refine+focus is helping introduce Trish to people on social networks for whom this cause is important.

dder

Food From Home:

We’d like to know what food reminds you of home and hear your comfort food memories and recipes.


Tell us in a tweet or a blog post. And when you do, tag 7 friends as well.
Together we’ll use our tweets and blog posts to raise awareness about family homelessness, our company’s cause.
Now, we’re going to pass the torch to these people:

1.       Christian Payne www.ourmaninside.com @Documentally

2.       Zadi Diaz http://epicfu.com @Zadi

3. (Dana) http://www.blarmcast.com/ @wankergirl

4. Richard Smith http://www.simplysyndicated.com @techsupportrich

5. Rudy Jahchan http://galacticast.com @rudy

6. Casey McKinnon http://www.caseymckinnon.com/ @caseymckinnon

7.       Steven Keevil www.stevenkeevil.wordpress.com @onmejack

**And the rules**

Link your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.

* Share what food reminds you of home

* Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.

* Let them know that they’ve been tagged

*Please Copy and paste the description below:

Dancing Deer’s Sweet Home Initiative raises money for scholarships to help educate homeless women and end family homelessness. As a part oft his initiative, our CEO, Trish Karter, will be riding her bike 1,500 miles from Atlanta to Boston visiting family shelters in each city to raise awareness about this cause (see: http://tinyurl.com/dzynh5 ). She’ll also be recording stories from the women she meets along the way asking them about their experiences. One question she’ll ask them are what foods remind them of home.

Food that reminds me of home is Toad in the Hole.
My mom makes the nicest batter mix and always puts too much marmite in the gravy. Ive tried getting her to cut back. To no avail.
Can be served with vegatables, but I love it on its own with onion gravy.

 

Found this Toad in the hole recipe on the bbc website and going to make it as soon as possible.

Ultimate toad in the hole

Ingredients

FOR THE BATTER

· 100g plain flour

· 1 egg

· 300ml equal mixture milk and water

FOR THE TOAD

· 8 rashers streaky bacon

· 8 good-quality pork sausages

· 1 onion , thinly sliced

· 1 tbsp vegetable oil

FOR THE GRAVY

· 2 tbsp vegetable oil

· 1 onion , thinly sliced

· 2 tsp plain flour

· 2 tsp ready-made English mustard

· 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce

· 600ml chicken or vegetable stock

1. Preheat the oven to fan 200C/conventional 220C/ gas 7. Sift the flour and a make a well in the centre and crack in the egg. Beat lightly,then gradually pour in half the milk and water, beating all the time to form a smooth,thick batter. Continue for 2 minutes,then stir in the remaining liquid. (The batter can be made several hours ahead of time, although contrary to popular opinion it is not improved by standing.)

2. Wrap a bacon rasher around each sausage then put them, spaced apart, in a large roasting tin (preferably metal). Scatter over the onion and drizzle with oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the bacon and sausages are starting to colour and the onion is tinged brown at the edges.

3. Remove from the oven and quickly pour the batter over the sausages. Return to the oven for a further 35-40 minutes until the batter is crisp and well risen.

4. Meanwhile,make the gravy. Heat the vegetable oil in a small pan, add the onion and fry gently for 5 minutes until softened and lightly coloured. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the mustard, Worcestershire or soy sauce and stock and bring to the boil, stirring. Simmer for 15 minutes, then taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve the toad with cabbage or broccoli and lashings of gravy.

 

Tagged:

Amy Harrison

Les Cochrane

David Skelton

Phil Campbell

Helen Thornber

Richard Knowles

Ian Sharmen