STILETTO – a high pointed HEEL on a woman’s shoe or a small dagger.
WHEELS – a medieval instrument of torture or a vehicle for personal mobility.
Who would imagine that finding a stimulating home study course could be so difficult? Despite my disappointment with the first OU course I took, I enrolled on a few more of them – mainly because of the lack of alternatives for degree level academic study online but also because they had to get better at this online stuff, no?
2001 Philosophy and the Human Situation: course abandoned due to relapse around assignment three
2003 Philosophy and modern art: course abandoned due to yet another relapse around assignment two.
2004 Literature and psychology: I didn’t even start this one - after receiving all the materials, I lost the use of my hands!
After five frustrating years, I accepted that I could not commit to a long academic course due to the uncertainty of my health…but still I needed intellectual stimulus, so, yet again, I went back to the OU:
2006: Short creative writing course: relapse in the fifth (of ten) week - course abandoned.
I did find that the OU, slowly, managed to get online in a much bigger way but I found their software clumsy; it’s interaction – slow; the courses far from enjoyable as a result.
Between OU courses, I also tried a few other ‘intellectually stimulating’ activities:
2003 I started a book club, reading ‘Lolita in Tehran’: ten people said yes; five turned up; two had read the book; one got to page 100; one to page 50; one hadn’t bought the book. It was a great read; the discussion was limited. The book club was abandoned...