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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Readers mine, I live in Scotland once again! Life since May began has been decidedly hectic, when I handed in my notice to Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where I have been the Assistant Librarian since January 2008, within a week of returning from France (the two events are not causally related, merely temporally adjacent). Since leaving work at the end of June, I was packing up and saying “Cheerio, not goodbye!” to the six and half years of my London life, and for just over a week now I have since been living in Scotland once again. I didn’t leave the Institute to work elsewhere in London; I left it as part of a larger change in lifestyle. Having been asking myself the question “where do I want my life to be, in the main?”, for a couple of years now, and the obvious follow-up question, “what then must I do to achieve that?”, moving to Scotland was the first part of the answer. It’s about life, not just about work. London was never a permanent move, I always knew that, and I cannot express how strongly I disagree with Samuel Johnson’s famous quote as given below

when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

There is a significant difference between not wanting to live in London and being tired of it. It’s always accessible, always there, and I’ll never stop visiting it. I’ll never stop missing my friends who live there. But there is so much to do, so much to see, here in Scotland. Besides, I needed to get back before September 18, after which the borders will of course be closed :). I jest, of course, but it’s definitely an interesting year to be in Scotland, and I want to be able to have a say in the future of my country. (more…)

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Get off the computer now and again – good advice from Lizzie Stewart

There has been a significant delay in my posting any blog entries, even those unrelated to CPD 23. My most important real life network has been taking precedence over everything else, but things are beginning to appear gradually more tranquil in that particular arena. So it’s back to blogging! Have you missed me?

CPD23 Thing Seven is all about real life networks, following up on Thing Six’s emphasis on virtual networks. I expect that many other CPD23-ers will share my experience of the boundaries between real life and virtual networks being rather blurred; several have fed into one another, from both directions and sometimes it can be difficult to assess which came first – the virtual or the real? (more…)

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