The Modern Misanthrope

WHEN WE HAVE CEASED TO LOVE THE STENCH OF THE HUMAN ANIMAL, EITHER IN OTHERS OR IN OURSELVES, THEN WE ARE CONDEMNED TO MISERY, AND CLEAR THINKING CAN BEGIN

Grammy Award-Winning Superstars The Klezmatics with Special Guest Joshua Nelson – Appearing Live at the Gordon Center MLK Weekend Sunday, January 18, at 7:00pm


Owings Mills, MD (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

On Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 7:00pm, the New York-based Klezmatics along with special guest Joshua Nelson will take over the Gordon with a brilliant live performance entitled Brother Moses Smote the Water. This multicultural performance will blend age-old Hebrew Passover songs and Nelson’s unique brand of kosher gospel, interwoven with traditional Yiddish anthems.

The Klezmatics erupted out of New York Citys East Village in 1986 to revitalize klezmer for a new generation, performing music steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, and blending themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism with eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk.

Brother Moses Smote the Water highlights Joshua Nelson, an African-American Jew known as the Prince of Kosher Gospel. A former Hebrew School teacher, Nelsons Judaism goes back six generations to West Africa. He was recently referred to by Oprah as the next big thing in music.

In the Brother Moses performance, the Klezmatics and Nelson join forces to explore the complexity of Jewish identity, Black identity, and human identity.

If you love Klezmer, soul, and the fusion of multiple musical styles, then you will love this performance, said Randi Benesch, Managing Director of the Gordon Center. This is the perfect event for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The Klezmatics are internationally renowned. They have played with Arlo Guthrie, Itzhak Perlman, and the Ben Folds Five. They have literally reached millions and now we have them here with Joshua Nelson, all to ourselves, for one incredible evening at The Gordon.

To understand the music and energy you will experience when you see The Klezmatics and Joshua Nelson live, please check out the Brother Moses video https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B2SuxeXYC5SfTW9TU2RtWi0weFU&usp=sharing&tid=0B2SuxeXYC5SfU3dNTXdtSUh1ZFU

And, on this wonderful multicultural evening, the Gordon is proud to present, as very special guests, Baltimores Bethel AME Church Outreach of Love Gospel Choir.

2014 World Series Game 4 Tickets Available to Last Minute Buyers For Both KC Royals & SF Giants Now at TicketProcess.com.


(PRWEB) October 26, 2014

Tickets to this somewhat unlikely best-of-seven matchup have been in high demand since the two teams were determined coming out of the league championship series. Now that the final series is tied 22, it has essentially been reduced to a best-of-three, providing fans who purchase tickets access to a mini-tourney where every pitch could be the difference between victory and defeat.

AT&T Park in San Francisco and Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City are both great venues to watch a ballgame, and no one would be surprised if it took all seven games to determine a winner. By now, every baseball fan around the nation who has tuned into this matchup is well aware of the many talented players that will ultimately determine the outcome. TicketProcess.com is ready and waiting for fans who want to make dreams come true by witnessing one of the final World Series games that will ultimately determine the best team in all of Major League Baseball in 2014.

*TicketProcess.com is not associated or otherwise connected in any form with the college or professional organizations, teams, artists, bands or other performers featured on this site. Additionally, TicketProcess.com has no affiliation with any of the venues listed on the site. Names and titles used in this press release are solely for descriptive purposes and do not imply, suggest or indicate that any type of endorsement or partnership is in place.

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Since early in 2010, TicketProcess.com has been a secondary ticket exchange for both brokers and consumers. By offering a large selection of inventory to an array of the most exclusive sports, live concerts, theater events and other live entertainment, they have established their place as a reputable source of quality, guaranteed tickets for fans around the United States and beyond.

Seven-days-a-week customer service combined with a 100% satisfaction guarantee has proved to be a simple yet effective strategy for the constantly growing online secondary ticket market. All fans of live entertainment are openly welcome to visit the easily accessible site and purchase their tickets with the confidence that comes with a proven track record.

Following TicketProcess.com on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ will give you direct access to exclusive announcements and free discount codes, allowing you to access to all possible advantages in terms of purchasing the best ticket at the best possible price.







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Tutorteddy.com providing Statistics Help to Coursera and edX students

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) October 25, 2014

Boston Predictive Analytics and TutorTeddy announced today to help students (Face-to-Face and One-n-One) who are taking Coursera, edX, Udacity, Khan Academy, OpenCourseWare, Udemy, Flooved, Tufts OpenCourseWare, Eliademy, iversity, and other online classes.

Survey shows that Coursera, edX and similar free online courses from some of the world’s top universities are changing the definition of higher education, democratizing the playing fields for a lot of students from different countries. However, the same survey shows that human one-n-one support is still a key component that is missing from the process. Without that, some students are losing motivations for learning or finishing a course.

With today’s announcement from TutorTeddy and Boston Predictive Analytics, that will change for some students who will look for help. After paying nominal fee or sometimes no fee (for quick, less involving help), students can get explanations and answers to their burning questions from a team of experts in the field. Experts use whiteboards to explain difficult concepts.

In coming weeks, there will be sessions in Cambridge and other cities in the United States, for the following classes,

http://www.tutorteddy.com/courses/coursera-course-help.php

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R Programming

Getting and Cleaning Data

Exploratory Data Analysis

Reproducible Research

Statistical Inference

Regression Models

Practical Machine Learning

Developing Data Products

Data Science Capstone

In addition to that, students can get Statistics Help here,

http://tutorteddy.com/site/free_statistics_help.php

For Accounting help, and help in other college subjects like Finance, Econ, http://tutorteddy.com/free_accounting_homework_help.php







Princeton Review Tabs SIUE School of Business Among Nations Best


Edwardsville, Ill. (PRWEB) October 09, 2014

The Princeton Review names Southern Illinois University Edwardsvilles School of Business as one of the best in the country for the ninth-consecutive year. The education services company features the school in the new 2015 edition of its book, The Best 296 Business Schools.

It is an honor to be a part of this prestigious list for the ninth-consecutive year, said School of Business Interim Dean John Navin. It speaks well to the high quality of our programs, and the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff to provide an exceptional education for our students.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, We recommend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 296 schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey for the book.

The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life, admissions information and graduates employment data. In the SIUE profile, The Princeton Review editors describe the school as offering an exceptional and…convenient MBA program with courses in evening and weekend formats on the Edwardsville campus. This up and coming school offers a well-rounded program that is taught by professors with real world experience.

SIUE students in the publication are quoted as saying professors, relate the course-work to everyday life, know how to communicate their information to their students effectively and they seem to truly care about students learning and being able to apply information in the real world.

One admiring SIUE student added this comment about the professors, Their ability to answer questions from their experience in the field has earned my respect.

Another SIUE student said, Most of my professors still consult in their respective industries. They are very current on business trends and developments.

The Princeton Reviews survey asked 21,600 students at the 296 b-schools their opinions of their school’s academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys analyzed for this edition were all completed online and conducted during the 2013-14, 2012-13, and 2011-12 academic years.

The profiles also have rating scores in five categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2013-14 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. Rating categories are: academic experience, admissions selectivity, career, professors interesting and professors accessible.

The Best 296 Business Schools is one of more than 150 Princeton Review books published by Random House.

The Princeton Review is also known for its guides to colleges and to standardized tests, its classroom and online test-prep courses, tutoring, and other education services. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

SIUEs School of Business and the accountancy programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review lists SIUE as one of the top 296 business schools in the U.S. for the ninth-consecutive year. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in accounting, computer management and information systems, economics, finance, management and marketing. More than 20,000 alumni have earned degrees from the SIUE School of Business. For more information about the School of Business, visit siue.edu/business.







Udemy and 3DTraining.com have Recently Launched Four New Courses with Live-Online, Instructor Led Workshops


New York, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

3DTraining.com and Udemy are proud to announce they have recently partnered to offer 3D design & animation courses with the first live online instructor led workshops in the Udemy Platform! To celebrate the launch of this unique offering, Udemy and 3DTraining are giving students the opportunity to register for Autodesks 3dsMax, Maya, Revit, and Inventor programs for only $ 19 for a limited time. This training, a $ 199 value, includes two hours of self-paced video instruction and a four hour live online class with an actual instructor.

Through the 3DTraining.com and Udemy partnership, students will be able to experience the best of online learning. Students will register for a course through the Udemy Platform, watch the specially prepared, interactive videos and complete a 3D project. Students will then sign up to attend a four hour live online, instructor led class where they will receive feedback on their project, get questions answered, and be taught how to produce high quality 3D work with industry insider tips and tricks. This will help anyone who is interested in finding out if they enjoy working with 3D software and if this is a viable career choice for them.

During this course, students will get a chance to try out the 3d software (Autodesk is providing a free 30 day trial of 3ds Max, Maya, Revit, and Inventor), get to experience live online learning, and find out more about the booming career opportunities within the 3D field. For anyone who has ever wondered where the jobs are in the 3D field and if they could learn the necessary skills to become a 3D professional, this is the perfect chance to explore these possibilities and talk with industry experts.

Right now there is a huge demand for 3D professionals in movie studios, video game companies, medical illustrations, advertising, architecture, construction, real estate, legal re-enactments, product testing, and government simulations. Theres also an infinite number of entrepreneurial possibilities through owning your own animation company and 3D printing. says Ben Katt of 3DTraining.com. All of these areas are expected to increase exponentially in the coming years.

3DTraining.com has over 15 years of experience training people in Autodesk software. They have developed a proven training methodology that teaches 3D software in a simulated production environment. Students learn the software skills from watching interactive proprietary videos, practicing on projects, and meeting with their supervisors in a live online production session that simulates a real world working environment. Students are able to talk directly with the instructor and show their projects through special screen sharing technology.

Udemy is at the forefront of providing educational opportunities and courses to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. Udemy students are able to find free or reasonably priced courses online in a wide range of subjects. Bringing a diverse array of courses to anyone around the world is part of the exciting new world of learning. Udemy and 3DTraining.com are also committed to making 3D animation and design courses affordable and available to almost anyone in the world.

Udemy is dedicated to connecting people with the skills they need to achieve goals and excel in their career path, says Frank Visciano, Director of Content at Udemy. Through this exciting partnership with 3DTraining.com we are able to make high quality education in the booming field of 3D animation and design accessible to interested students all over the world.

If you or someone you know are interested in learning more about 3DTraining.coms 3D Animation and Design workshops, click here to sign up for the software of your choice, and use coupon code LEARN3D19 to redeem your $ 19 workshop.

About Udemy

Udemy is the leading marketplace for online learning, offering people everywhere the opportunity to advance their careers, change professions, develop their personal passions or simply learn something new. With an ever-growing offering of 20,000+ courses, students can transform their lives by learning any subject they chooseat their own pace, on their own time, on any device. For companies, Udemy offers instant access to a comprehensive course library and easy-to-use course-creation platform. Founded in 2010, privately owned Udemy is funded by Norwest Venture Partners, Insight Venture Partners, Lightbank, MHS Capital, Learn Capital, and 500 Startups, among others. Udemy is headquartered in San Francisco.

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About 3DTraining.com

3DTraining.com is the leading provider of short-term production-based training programs in Autodesk Software. Popular trade magazines have recognized 3DTi as “One of the top schools, where students can put their careers on the fast track.” 3DTraining.com was one of the first companies to offer simulated on-the-job training in a live online production environment and is an authorized Autodesk Training Center (ATC). For more information, visit http://www.3DTraining.com.







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eSchoolPLUS and PerformancePLUS Recognized in 19th Annual Education Software Review Awards Program


Bethlehem, PA (PRWEB) October 21, 2014

SunGard K-12 Education today announced two of its solutions, the eSchoolPLUS student information system and the PerformancePLUS assessment and curriculum management system, were named Best Online School Management Solution and Best Online District Management System, respectively, in the 19th Annual Education Software Review Awards Program (EDDIE Awards).

Sponsored by ComputED Gazette, the EDDIES target innovative and content-rich programs (including apps for iPad and Android) and websites that augment the classroom curriculum and improve teacher productivity, providing parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Some selection criteria are academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach, and management system. Winners were selected from titles submitted by publishers worldwide.

Part of the PLUS 360 suite, eSchoolPLUS is a comprehensive student information management system that helps K-12 schools and districts manage student administration, monitor student performance, and facilitate communications between district staff, parents, and students. The software solution includes a powerful classroom management tool that provides just-in-time insights that help teachers support student achievement. It also offers online enrollment, a parent portal, and mobile access. eSchoolPLUS was named to District Administrations Top 100 products list and was a finalist in the 2014 CODiE Award Program.

Also part of the PLUS 360 suite, PerformancePLUS provides school districts nationwide with a single connection point for anywhere, anytime access to all of their assessment data. The software helps track longitudinal assessment results through interactive graphs correlated to state standards. Teachers and administrators have the ability to aggregate and disaggregate assessment data and use this information to establish and monitor goals, modify curriculum, and ultimately enhance the teaching and learning environment. In addition, PerformancePLUS offers educators a simple way to create, score, and analyze local assessments, making them a powerful solution set to help guide instruction.

Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Educations director of product management, says the K-12 administrative software solutions provider is honored by these recognitions. eSchoolPLUS provides educators access to information and tools that help support student achievement. PerformancePLUS arms them with information to make data-driven decisions that enhance instruction and help increase individual student achievement as well as overall district achievement, says Hames. With eSchoolPLUS and PerformancePLUS, educators quickly glean insights that help support the on-the-spot decision making necessary for teaching and learning.

About SunGard K-12 Education

SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. The PLUS 360 products are a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suitewhich provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district informationcan be deployed to work together to help meet educational goals and requirements or implemented as stand-alone systems. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at sungardk12.com.

About SunGard

SunGard is one of the worlds leading software and technology services companies, with annual revenue of about $ 2.8 billion. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education, and the public sector. SunGard serves approximately 16,000 customers in more than 100 countries and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit http://www.sungard.com.

Trademark Information: SunGard, the SunGard logo, eSchoolPLUS, PerformancePLUS, and PLUS 360 are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

Online classes: Students, teachers adapting to demand for online learning

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Waldorf College Offers Public Safety Announcement on Smoke Alarms

FOREST CITY, IOWA (PRWEB) October 03, 2014

Waldorf College recently partnered with the Alabama Firefighters Museum and Education Center to produce a public service announcement for National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11, and Fire Prevention Month (October).

Sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association, Fire Prevention Weeks goal is to educate and assist citizens, particularly children, in learning the basics of fire safety and planning. This years theme is Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives.

In promoting this valuable message, Waldorf asks all media outlets and websites to air the PSA in support of smoke alarm safety. The 30-second video features Billy Hayes, a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Firefighters Museum, offering instructions on testing and maintaining smoke alarms.

To download the PSA, visit http://www.waldorf.edu/firepsa2014. Specifications can be adjusted if needed for video formats.

Based in Forest City, Iowa, Waldorf is a liberal arts institution that offers regionally accredited residential and online degrees that address popular career skills such as organizational leadership, criminal justice, fire science, communications, human resource management and more.

The Alabama Firefighters Museum, which will be established in Calera, Ala., will house an expansive collection of artifacts documenting the history of firefighting in Alabama while honoring past and present fire and rescue heroes and providing interactive fire prevention and life safety education.”

To learn more, visit http://www.alabamafirefightersmuseum.org







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Washington Adventist Universitys School of Graduate and Professional Studies Starts Fall 2nd Session Classes Oct. 19

Takoma Park, Md. (PRWEB) October 12, 2014

October 19 marks the start of the second session of fall courses offered by Washington Adventist Universitys School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS). The adult evening program, now in its 30th year, offers 11 accelerated undergraduate programs and eight masters programs.

Anyone interested in earning a new degree or completing one that is still unfinished should call the SGPS office staff at 301-891-4092 for assistance in finding the program and schedule that best suits their needs.

Former Washington Adventist University (and Columbia Union College) students who have already completed at least 75 percent of their degree program can benefit from the universitys One Step Away Program, which helps returning students reach their degree faster and with greater ease. It provides credit for life experience and offers classes on campus and online. Financial assistance is available to eligible students in the form of application fee waivers and scholarship funds. The program also offers participants academic and writing support, along with tutoring services. Anyone interested in matriculating under the One Step Away Program should contact Sharon Grey-Coker at 301-891-4163 or onestep(at)wau(dot)edu

The SGPS office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. During those hours, SGPS advisors will be on hand to answer questions and help with class registrations. New classes start the week of October 19-23.

The university campus is located in suburban Takoma Park, Md. near the intersection of Carroll Ave. and Flower Ave. with convenient, free parking and easy access to bus stops and a Capital Bikeshare station on campus. The Takoma Metro station is 1.5 miles away.

For more information, go to http://www.wau.edu .

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Washington Adventist University is a four-year private college that is part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education. The university has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nations capital. A total of 1,185 students of all faiths participate in the universitys eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:

Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews(at)wau(dot)edu

Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler(at)wau(dot)edu







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Election

ImageIt begins. The first couple of weeks of college have, perhaps predictably, been difficult. The dentistry’s taken care of, at least for the moment, but there’s been a horrible cold going around, bad enough to keep me out of college for two days feeling miserable, and rob me of a nice weekend. But the upside is that I’m back, although still not feeling great, and come the 18th I’ll be running for election as student LGBT officer.

I already know the post’s going to be contested, so unlike the leader of Glasgow City Council (who sees fit to send me flyers about it) I won’t be running unopposed and get in automatically. Those who know me know that I have a wicked competitive streak, so it’s certainly tempting to wheel out the deranged bloodlust and vow to make a sandwich spread of the crushed spines of my enemies. But I’m not going to, on something vaguely approaching principle. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of a bunch of (largely) teenagers and tell them why you think you’re awesome enough that they should support you. So anyone who does that has my admiration to a certain extent. I’m fairly certain most, if not all, of the candidates for the various posts will be younger than I am, and they cared enough to run for them instead of just doing joyriding or flavour crystal meth or dubstep or whatever it is the kids do these days. That’s awesome.

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Thy Venom’d Stang

Well, of course I was going to pay for my arrogance, wasn’t I? I have three and a half hours before I have to leave for my first day at Langside, and for the past week or so I’ve been having progressively worse toothache. I’m not sure if it’s wisdom teeth, general neglect, or both, but the entire right side of my face hurts like a bastard, as well as my throat. It’s not swollen or anything, I just look like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle. That’s about how I feel, too.

I’m just about getting by due to magical painkillers, but if it doesn’t recede on its own at least a little bit, there’s no way I can go in today. I’ll be trying to provoke neds into punching me in the face to get rid of all my teeth at once. Either that, or a complete zombie. So I’m waiting for 0830; that’s when I should be leaving, but also when the Glasgow Dental Hospital opens. If I’m not feeling any better by then, I’m making myself an appointment and not going into college until I can actually sit through a lesson or get any sleep without painkillers.

Fuck.

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Unconditional

I’m in. Now I just have to stay that way. I have a student ID card with a ludicrous photo, a small mountain of paperwork, and just under a week before my classes start. Since you didn’t ask, I’m enrolled for Highers in English, History, Psychology, Sociology and French. That’s a huge workload, complicated significantly by anxiety and having forgotten all the French I’ve ever learned.

Told you it was bad.

Of course, there’s more. There always is, with me. In a few weeks, elections for student government start. Compared to Croydon, it actually seems like it’s organised properly; affiliated to the NUS, proper positions and everything. So in keeping with my habit of getting overconfident and overextending myself, I’ve decided I’m going to stand. On the off-chance I actually win, you might be looking at the next LGBT officer. I mean, it’s not like I ever desperately wanted a position of responsibility in the past to satisfy my own insecurity and ego.

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Back to School

I have kind of a storied history with education. I went to an expensive, if second-flight, public school (public as in private, Americans) in south London, only to drop out at seventeen. I’ve always been highly-strung and weird. Highly-strung and weird and gay was not really a combination suited to that environment. Add in the pressure of A-levels, and it’s not wholly surprising. I had something like a nervous breakdown, spent what felt like six months in bed crying, and that was it.

I’ve spent basically the last five years trying to get back into education. Problem is, mental illness keeps getting in the way. My last attempt, at Croydon College, went pretty much the same. Stayed six months, and then essentially collapsed right before exams started. But, I’m either persistent or stupid, because I’m trying it again. This time at Langside College in Glasgow. Now, granted, I can cope with stuff a lot better now, and I actually have a support network in husband-shaped form. But I guess it also brings to mind an old idea; the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

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An Approximate Scot

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the mess that is the Scottish independence debate. Partly, that’s due to my own particular identity crisis. I’m half English and half Scottish, with a fair amount of Irish mixed into the Scottish side. I was born and raised in London, but most of my family are clustered around the west of Scotland. And for the past two years I’ve been living in Glasgow. That’s an uncomfortable confluence of circumstances, especially when forms ask me for my nationality and ethnicity. The first seems like an obvious ‘British’, but is that an ethnicity?

There’s a perennial thing in the British press about what, if anything, ‘Britishness’ means. For me, it’s a nebulous sort of catch-all. Am I proud to be British? Of course, history of violent colonialism and boy bands aside. I can’t really be proud to be Scottish, because until fairly recently I’d never lived here. My accent certainly marks me as English. But what’s Englishness? The playing fields of Eton? Grandmothers bicycling to church? I’m several counties and a couple of generations away from that seeming even faintly plausible. These days, ostentatious Englishness seems to be wholly the province of fat-headed racist morons and Morrissey. But I repeat myself. So fuck that, right?

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Stranger Here Myself

I can’t say I’m back by popular demand, because I’m not. Probably, on reading the tagline, a handful of people will have the same unspoken thought: “Who invited her?” I also can’t say I’m back because I had burning insights to deliver about the state of the world today, because I don’t. My name is Alex, and I have some opinions. I don’t particularly expect anyone to care much, but I’m writing them down.

I used to write a moderately successful blog about being seventeen and insane. I stopped being seventeen but kept being insane. At age 19, two years ago, I moved from London to Glasgow. I made a vague attempt to keep writing about it, and then… radio silence. I disconnected myself from the outside world; not wholly intentionally, but after a while it stops making any difference. I grew my beard, smoked a lot and wrote precious little. I did this because I don’t like people – not in the abstract, anyway. Certainly there are people I like, I’m just not very good with the species as a whole. Sometimes that means my relationships with people I care about suffer. I’m not very reliable. But I’m also 21 and (still) insane. I’m learning, and this is a part of that.

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