Vinyl Trap – Part 2
Teacher Phili
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2w ago
In the Vinyl Tap, Preston, August 2023. Introduction This short, reflective post has nothing to do with my recent cancer diaries. However, it does refer to a 2013 book entitled ‘1001 albums that [you] must hear before you die‘. So, with my recent cancer prognosis, and not knowing how long I’ve got left to live, the title has become more apposite. Over the past few weeks, I have been struggling with getting a full night’s sleep, with steroids and other medications that I have been taking causing some ‘insomnia’. As the late Maxi Jazz of Faithless once sung, ‘I can’t get no sleep‘ or as Mick Jag ..read more
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My Cancer Diary – Part 3
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by teacherphili
2M ago
Introduction Booklets, leaflets and letters in my black folder, which I originally bought for being organised at work, but never got round to using. Introduction This is the third part of my cancer diary which covers the past month or so. It includes post-operation injections, living with a stoma and scans. It also includes sections on diet, finances, a shocking revelation and my emotional reaction to it. As before, I publish this because it is quite tiring to provide a running commentary, giving updates, so it is easier for me to collect my thoughts into a monthly diary such as this and share ..read more
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So Serious
Teacher Phili
by teacherphili
3M ago
Note: This is a flashback, nostalgic post that has nothing to do with my new diary series. The next post in December will hopefully be part 3 of that ongoing diary. A few years ago, I wrote a very brief post and a recording about an album that I was involved in making. It was a live recording of a short-lived traditional jazz band.  It was the final gig of a quintet who used to play at the Golden Fleece public house in Wells-next-the-Sea.  I played keyboards and was 24 years old at the time. In the post, I made an ever briefer reference to a slightly earlier album that I r ..read more
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My Cancer Diary – part 2
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by teacherphili
3M ago
Waiting at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, 4 November Introduction This is the second part of my cancer diary, which details the past month. The first part of my cancer diary was published on this WordPress blog on the evening of 14 October.  Over the course of that evening and the next day alone, my blog received 220 unique visitors and 684 views. This is the most ever in the first 48 hours of a publishing a new post! Visitors naturally dropped off the following week, but it clearly resonated with people. It has encouraged me to continue to publicise what would otherwise be ..read more
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My Cancer Diary – part 1
Teacher Phili
by teacherphili
3M ago
Northern Movement: Waiting for some blood tests and a CT scan at Royal Preston Hospital, 29 September 2023. Introduction When I put together some brief reflections on Preston recently, having moved out of the city last month, I half expected my next post to be about a new ‘cracking’ adventure. Aside from returning home to North Norfolk, I knew that I would soon be applying for new roles. I did not know where I would be living and working, or whether that adventure would be an extended trip abroad or some other kind of challenge. I began to feel that excitement once more of not knowing. However ..read more
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My Cancer Diary – part 1
Teacher Phili
by teacherphili
4M ago
Northern Movement: Waiting for some blood tests and a CT scan at Royal Preston Hospital, 29 September 2023. Introduction When I put together some brief reflections on Preston recently, having moved out of the city last month, I half expected my next post to be about a new ‘cracking’ adventure. Aside from returning home to North Norfolk, I knew that I would soon be applying for new roles. I did not know where I would be living and working, or whether that adventure would be an extended trip abroad or some other kind of challenge. I began to feel that excitement once more of not knowing. However ..read more
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Reflections on Preston
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by teacherphili
6M ago
Preston Bus Station and Sign Move to Preston In September 2021, I moved to Preston, Lancashire. I drove a loaded van up from Wells-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk to the city, with a stopover in Doncaster. I collected my new flat keys on 9 September and moved into a block of flats beside the historic Winckley Square and close to Avenham Park and the train station. I spent a few days and evenings unpacking all my stuff, orienting myself with what was within 5-10 minutes walk away, buying stuff from Wilko (now sadly closing) and getting mentally ready to start my new job. On my second full day, lo ..read more
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An Exploded View
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by teacherphili
6M ago
[note: This post was originally written and published in May 2023] PROLOGUE In June 2010 I was working at The Leys school in Cambridge, for Bell Educational Trust. One of the excursions we took the teenagers on was a trip to London, a regular journey that summer. There was always an educational aspect shoehorned into any Bell trip and, although most of the middle-class European kids wanted to visit McDonalds or go shopping in Oxford Street, on more than one occasion we took them to the Tate Modern. Whilst they wandered around aimlessly with clipboards, I got side-tracked by a room which featu ..read more
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Talkin’ Bout A Revelation
Teacher Phili
by teacherphili
6M ago
WHAT IF I’M OK? Image by John Hain. Pixabay. Free licence. PROLOGUE On Sunday 5th February this year I did something which I have never done before. Actually, that’s not strictly true. I have done something like it before – last October. Except on that occasion it didn’t involve ‘medicine’. It was called a ‘Gong and Didge Sound Journey’ led by practitioner Tony Abram and his lovely wife, Sammy (Energy Vibes Medicine). It was held at a church meeting room in Ingol, Preston. The next morning, having experienced something pretty good, a water pipe in my rented home burst and I woke up to the soun ..read more
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ParkRun
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by teacherphili
6M ago
Volunteering at the Preston Park Run on 11 February 2023 At school, the only sport I was ever any good at was cross country. A solo, non team activity. I had two left feet, could not score open goals and was, in addition, scared of the rugby ball. Running was the only thing I excelled at. I distinctly remember my first cross country run at Alderman Peel High School in North Norfolk – now a leading Sports Academy in the county. It was 1982* or maybe early ’83. I was cold in my tight shorts and an ever tighter green vest that represented ‘Coke’ house. I came second in the winter run, to Paul Co ..read more
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