i love tea

mrscruff-teaSince I’ve started my new job and re acquainted myself to life in London, my brain has been finding it hard to cope.  When I’m not at work, I have been wondering around in a daze.  It’s like my brain is conserving energy when it doesn’t have to actively concentrate on the all the new things I am learning in my new research role. And I tell you what I am learning an awful lot. So my brain goes into shut down at all other times.  I must look quite odd with a completely vacant expression on my face.  Usually I would be getting very excited about the prospect of all the new exhibitions that I can pog around in, but alas that has not happened, too much brain weakness for that. I’ve also recently become disillusioned with my Google reader feeds. Very disappointed, I can normally find something that sparks my interest, but not for a good few weeks has that occurred. What is a actually gone ‘dumb blonde’ to do?  Well there have been three things that have been keeping me sane.

Firstly: tea. I love tea. Yes it’s official.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been working really hard in my new job, meeting new people, learning new concepts, starting new research, and its all been a bit stressful.  My brain feels well and truly saturated.  But what is easing the burden is tea. It is brilliant stuff. I don’t know if it’s just a northern thing, but tea solves every problem imaginable.  I bought some beautiful Cornish tea, yes Cornwall makes tea, back in the Penzancian days.  A place called Tregothnan, http://www.tregothnan.co.uk/ and it produces some beautifully fragrant teas.  Not only that but the little specialist tea and coffee shop in Penzance (I’m actually beginning to miss Penzance, shush don’t tell anyone) that I bought it from also sells goods from the tea appreciation society and I got myself a nifty I love tea bag, which has been going down a storm in Camden, comments and praise a go go. So yes, tea is a fantastic thing.

Secondly: culture shock. This is a brilliant initiative fronted by (in my opinion the gods of the museum world- some Geordie bias there but hey) Tyne and Wear Museums. It is attempting to discover and record digital stories that have been inspired by North East Museums. My personal favourite being the inspirational stories arising from baking apparatus.   What with this, the Great North Museum grand opening and Museumnext, Newcastle is really beginning to show what its capable of in the museum world (rather than just being known for its greatness by the few)

Thirdly: wordr.  This is still very much in alpha, but its awesome. Its inconsequential, playful,  and its fun!  Twitter is 140 characters right? Well wordr, is you guessed it just one word (28 characters is that right?). Its amazing what you can express with just one word. I can track what I and others have been doing in a day and what mood I have been in a beautiful way (ok so beautiful is a bit strong but I am very much enjoying the freedom of single wordyness). A prime example is during the Mr (im not a racist, oh wait, actually I am a racist) Griffin on BBC questiontime last week.  Instead of going on a rant like quite a few (by quite a few take that to mean lots of) people, I was able to some up my feelings with one word ‘berk’. That makes me unbelievably happy. I’m also able to boast that I hold the position of the 1000th word of wordr which is ‘gin’. Again this makes me happy, and for all the people who actually know me, this three lettered word expresses my personality quite aptly.   And what’s the most posted word on wordr to date? Another three letter word… tea.

Goodbye Geevor…hello London!

claire down the mineToday’s my last day at Geevor! My time here as flown by! It only seems like yesterday I arrived smartly dressed, bright eyed and bushy tailed and excited about the project ahead. The smart clothes went out the window straight away! (there is no place for shirts and heels at a mine on a cliff edge).

I have certainly left my mark at Geevor, mostly dents in doorways where I have banged my head so many times, earning my title as possibly the clumsiest person in the world. I’ve also brought my special brand of endless enthusiasm and my extreme tea and cake eating abilities to Geevor.  Especially with the girls in the learning team, hopefully Claire S will carry on this tradition with style.

I’ve loved working here, it hasn’t been easy and yes I have ranted and raved, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and can not thank the University of Exeter, Geevor and KTP for giving me this opportunity.  I have made some good friends and even more great colleagues, I have so many thank yous I’m not even going to begin, but I thought I’d leave you with some of my best bits….

  • The Blog! I love it! it shows a side to Geevor that you don’t get to see when you visit! A behind the scenes look at the goings on at Geevor. It also gives you an insight into the sense of humour of the staff, Bill’s posts make me laugh so much.
  • Flickr and Twitter– brilliant tools that are encouraging Geevor to interact with the outside world, and for you guys to interact with us! Some of the photos on the Geevor Flickr group are truly inspirational.
  • Banging my head on one of the new cases in the Hard Rock Museum a week before the grand opening and getting concussion. Nick T being more concerned that I’d got blood on the case, before tending to the egg shaped lump on my head and taking me to hospital.
  • Bringing an ethos of ‘tea?’ to the learning team. What on earth did you do without me and tea?
  • My endless enthusiasm, no matter what gets thrown my way.  I am excited by everything and love the potential that Geevor has. I hope this pro active and opportunistic mentality sticks with Geevor as the go from Strength to Strength.
  • And finally, the website! It was hard going and I’ve done my best with the resources and time available! Its not bad for someone with no web experience what so ever! Dress the miner seems to be going down well, and my favourite is the whoosy image thing (lightbox that does cool things to see the image better).  As I said in a previous post on the Geevor blog, there are so many things I would like to develop and improve on, but I now leave it in Geevor’s capable hands and look forward to watching it grow.   I hope you like it.

And where am I going? What am I doing next?

Moving back to London that’s what!? After two years in idyllic Penzance, I’m moving back to the big city,  back to UCL! Im gong to be working on a project call Linksphere looking at virtual learning environments and social media.  I get to geek out basically, looking at how/if academics are using blogs, twitter, wikis and facebook.  Yes I am a nerdosaurs.  I’m very excited about it.  but it doesn’t mean I will forget about Geevor. .. I’ll be keeping my eye on you….