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Ron Donaldson
In parallel with the practicing of Cognitive Edge methods my interest in music attracted me to the idea of running discos for our local play group and school. As Dave was telling his story of the children’s party I found lots of parallels with my discos which as my final guest blog I would like […]
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Ron Donaldson
Its Halloween and we just got back to Peterborough in time for our usual trick or treaters. When the kids were younger we always did the house up like the Adams family home with strobes, and candles and plenty of eery sound affects. Here is one of the few genuinely chilling stories I collected on […]
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Ron Donaldson
Driving round Sunderland this week has brought back so many memories of my youth, none more than all the bands I used to go and see. Knowing this is the killer conversation whenever people of my age meet, I apologise in advance for such indulgence but here are a few of my recollections. At what […]
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Ron Donaldson
“Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” So said G. K. Chesterton in an oft used quote that supports the theory that fairy tales are an important method of patterning young minds. I recently read the inspirational book, […]
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Ron Donaldson
The venerable Bede was a constant presence in my upbringing in Sunderland, I went to Bede School and I was born a couple of hundred yards from St Peters Church (pictured above) where in 680 AD at the age of seven, Bede was entrusted to Abbot Benedict to be educated. Only recently have I begun […]
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Ron Donaldson
Arrived in Sunderland (on the north-east coast of England) to look after my Dad while the rest of the family go off on their half term holidays. I left the North-East back in 1980 because of the awful job prospects in this area after the closing of the Shipyards. Sunderland in 1850 was the largest […]
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Ron Donaldson
The first little neural correlate deserves a hat tip to PsyBlog for linking to an interesting and very relevant piece of neuroscience research originally reported in Science Magazine dated 3 October 2008 Hagar Gelbard-Sagiv et al report that as we experience anything memorable, the storage of the memory of that event can be monitored as […]
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Ron Donaldson
I have for a long time been a fan of the Riverford Farm and its organic veg boxes (source of my BatMilk story) which has led to a franchisee called Rivernene Farm which now supplies the Peterborough area where I live. What interested me most was the way that alongside the sumptious box of vegetables […]
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Ron Donaldson
Something vibrant and visual to cheer you up. I stumbled upon this prototype of a Flickr search engine called Hive Mind. Take a look at the results when you search for ‘fractal’
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