Times change

I felt the need to express how I was feeling and facebook didn’t seem the appropriate place. As for talking to people/friends well that means getting into a conversation, and then me sounding all woe is me. So, instead I figured here is better, it’s short, concise and you don’t have to read it if you don’t want to. 

I used to find solace in my academic work, but now it’s just getting me down.
For one, this year has been so rushed there has been no time to enjoy learning it’s all been one massive cramming session, and that includes the present. Also I guess there are more exciting things to be doing in life whereas two years ago there wasn’t particularly (is this because I’m not as interested in this work, or because the majority of my social circle do not study and having a job is a lot less time consuming than studying). Having to say goodbye to friends, hopefully see you in the future but who knows, quite frankly sucks.

Mushroomy Mushrooms will be Mushrooming until they are fully Mushroomed

As bizarre as this post may seem to be, or seem like a really mundane topic and you’re thinking what on earth is she going on about mushrooms for? Was she on magic mushrooms when she wrote this? Just for the record, no. I was reading a journal article the other day and came across the word “mushrooming”. My first thought being: Since when is mushroom a verb? How does one “mushroom”? Then in the same night when reading an article on the CNN low and behold I came across it again:

Can we know what is art? There’s now a whole field called neuroesthetics devoted to the neural basis of why and how people appreciate art and music and what is beauty. Semir Zeki at University College London is credited with establishing this discipline, and says it’s mushrooming. Many scientists who study emotion are collaborating in this area. Zeki is studying why people tend prefer certain patterns of moving dots to others.


Coincidence? I think not. So I looked up the derivations of mushroom. (I actually did this after my first encounter with it.) Mushroomy is a given, and if there is mushrooming then there must be the past tense form of the verb as well; hence mushroomed. If you’re interested then below is what it means, which does seem pretty logical. However finding etymological information proved to be difficult. It could be a colourful use of verbing which is common place in the development of language, or its genesis is rhetoric in the use of anthimeria (changing a words grammatical class to alter its meaning). On a final note I do realise that I may probably should get out more….


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  • 1increase, spread, or develop rapidly:environmental concern mushroomed in the 1960s
  • 2form a shape resembling that of a mushroom:the grenade mushroomed into red fire as it hit the hillside
  • (of a bullet) expand and flatten on reaching its target:these are high-performance bullets which mushroom upon impact
  • 3 (usually as noun mushrooming) gather mushrooms:he went mushrooming with his father




Used figuratively for something or someone that makes a sudden appearance in full form from 1590s. In reference to the shape of clouds after explosions, etc., it is attested from 1916, though the actual phrase mushroom cloud does not appear until 1955.
“expand or increase rapidly,” 1741, from 


 (n.). Related: Mushroomed; mushrooming


And now just for  a laugh….




A Mind Splatter on: “Friends come and go but family is forever.”

The proverbial saying:

“Friends come and go but family is forever.” Anon. 

Has proven itself to be obsolete in the 21st Century. The family bond can only be considered in terms of “forever” through genes and DNA since these will never change and not even after death. However, friends are “forever” , for a lifetime, because if they are not then how can they be considered a friend?

Sometimes friendships breakup and the friendship is indefinitely finished. There are two lines of thought to this one is that the friendship was not actually real or never really happened, but this is a hard one to digest. The other line of thought is that friends are forever for as long as you are friends with them… surely then that’s not forever? Well, friendships have the potential to be forever and as long as the friendship does last the friends will be there for each other. Whereas family is predetermined to be forever but the family may not be there for each other throughout this “forever”.


As mentioned in the title these are  just thoughts of mine – they have been different in the past in respect to this topic and may well change again in the future. For now here you are, thoughts and comments are most welcome.

Back to University! This time to study the Neuroscience of Language.

The title says it all really, therefore I will not be posting much on here for the time being. Although, I do have some little gems coming up soon, I am just waiting for the right time of year: In other words the posts will be more relevant.

See you soon in the cyber-world 🙂

For now I will leave you with this: Something which I am sure to be expecting within the coming months!


Seven Things About Me Award

This comes with thanks to David Cummins who has nominated me for the ‘Seven Things About Me Award’. My reaction to this was feeling flattered and pleasant surprise. I figured rather than writing seven things directly about myself that I would list seven books which have without doubt influenced my life or way of thinking from the time of reading them. If you are interested to know in what way they influenced me then I suggest that you read them yourself! So in no particular order, apart from separating fiction and non-fiction are seven books.

  1. Celtic Myths and Legends (particularly Irish and Welsh)
  2. Carmilla  by Sheridan Le Fanu (fiction)
  3. The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo  by Stieg Larsson (fiction)
  4. Living Druidry  by Emma Restall Orr  (non-fiction)
  5. Wolf Within  by  Shaun Ellis  (non-fiction)
  6. Further Along the Road Less Travelled  by  Scott Peck  (non-fiction)
  7. Metaphors We Live  by  Lakoff and Johnson (non-fiction)

And so, with no further ado are my nominees for the ‘Seven Things About Me Award’:

The Rules for the Award are:

1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you.

2. Share Seven Things about yourself.

3. Nominate other bloggers you think deserve the award, and post on their blog to let them know they’ve been nominated.

If you eat fish then read this!

Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious marine wildlife and vital fish stocks. We are losing biodiversity at a rate never witnessed before at huge cost to ourselves. If our oceans are to cope with what the future we need to act now. We are all connected to the sea in ways we may not realise, and the health of our seas is key to a rich and productive future.

Marine Conservation Society

Please send this letter to 1 or both of the addresses listed below. Parts in italics need amending. 

Your Name
Address line 1
Address line 2
Address line 3
Address line 4 

Jonathan Shaw, MP
Minister for Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs
Nobel House
17 Smith Square

10th July 2012

Dear Mr Shaw,

UK Marine & Coastal Access Act 2009

In November 2009 the Marine and Coastal Access Act was passed and was said to be in full operation by the end of 2012. However the government has announced delay in the implementation of this Act. Your reticence is killing and destroying marine life as we know it.

If overexploitation of the seas continues there will come a time when there are no fish left to fish for. The fishing industry will collapse and the rate of unemployment will once again rise. You can’t generate a stock of fish from nothing, but you can when you have something to work with, which there is at present but not in the foreseeable future. In authorising the 127 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) within the United Kingdom, you will allow the fish population time to breed so it can actually self-sustain. The longer you delay the harder it will be to overcome the damage to the marine habitat, fish population and economy.

The survival of the United Kingdom’s marine environment is in your hands. Buying MCS certified fish produce certainly helps the situation, however if our sees are continually over fished then this will not be enough.

Permitting MCZs is in the best interest for you, the fishing industry and consumers. This is because the authorisation of MCZs is an investment for all of the above. It is an investment that will allow marine wildlife to restore itself which will create a secure economy for the future and thus generate more money than at present.

There are ways to develop sustainability while keeping industries afloat. This involves using fishing methods that cause minimal to no damage to the ocean and have the lowest risk of bycatch. Using electrified ticklers on beam trawls rather than chain ticklers, since chain ticklers have a huge bycatch rate, and needlessly kill non-target species which are imperative for the marine ecosystem to stay alive. The same applies to trawling and dredging and pelagic long-lining. This has been known since the 14th Century so is it not rather primitive that such methods are still in common use? More up-to-date methods are bottom long-lining, handlining, trolling, pots and traps, drift nets with ‘pingers’, farmed mussels and dive-caught seafood (shellfish, lobster).

Efficient economy is vital and growth is essential for economy. Therefore my proposition is: Authorise the 127 proposed MCZs and enforce the use of sustainable fishing methods. This allows marine wildlife to grow as you cannot reap what you have not sown, and this will ensure a maintainable future. This makes certain our escape from the annihilation of the fishing industry.

I am not advocating the idea that fishing should stop. Rather I am promoting the idea that current fishing methods are changed. This way the fishing industry will survive and thrive.

I am not some vegan hippy that has got on their high horse about this rather I am a fish eating British citizen with an occupation unrelated to the fishing industry; that cares for the environment and its future.

Yours Sincerely,

Your Name

Defra’s Marine Biodiversity team
Zone 1/05,
Temple Quay House,
2 The Square,
Temple Quay,

Jonathan Shaw, MP
Minister for Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs
Nobel House
17 Smith Square

Poetry Notes

Notes to accompany the poem Cinnamon Answers 

“These are my answers in cinnamon”
Because the ‘answers’ (aka poems) are not always happy nevertheless they are my response (answer) to a situation.

“lemon…and Mancunian honey”
Honey is eluding to Volume 2 – Sweet. In contrast lemon is referring to Volume 1 – Spice, so OK lemon is sour and not spicy, but both are savoury and acquired tastes. [If that’s not enough I challenge you to the Cinnamon Challenge; for those who haven’t attempted this I will tell you that Cinnamon – that benign spice that you put in tea or in confectionary – burns!] Also lemon and honey together make a traditional medicine to sooth the throat, and hopefully both volumes of Cinnamon Answers also work together, to idealistically make crappy life events and emotions seem less problematic and hindering. In my opinion, only Volume 2 has any positive themes, but it’s through the comparison of the volumes that gives rise to this: this is how negative, morbid and unproductive thoughts can be (Spice) on the other hand I could take a grounded productive approach to life and think like this (Sweet).

“Such tree bark of cinnamon”
The herb Cinnamon comes from tree bark.

“Crushed upon nouns, words and verbs/And adjectives not like any other herbs”
…what can I say, I like to personify grammatical categories – see there’s a first for everything! I got this idea from the poem “Name” by Carol Ann Duffy which I fell in love with the first read. Listen and read it here.

“From melancholy to passion”
Volume 1 to Volume 2

“Held in total ambiversion”
A personality that is equally introverted and extroverted.

“Where emotion is my enhancer”
Without emotion how could anyone write poetry?