An Incredibly Eventful Week...

Updated: Mar 10

Good afternoon,

I hope you are all well, I'm feeling better than I did throughout the duration of this week, so let's find out why!


On Sunday, I continued to work through my rather large pile of past and present work and assignments.

By the end of the weekend I finished two lots of previous assignments meaning I had one previous piece left and two for an upcoming News Bulletin - annoying, but better than where I was heading into the weekend.

Also on this day, was a very special anniversary for Kabort. It was one year since Adam Pearce (the team principal) revealed his "Circle K" Concept to us...

In a commemorative post I wrote on the day, I said

Wow. I cannot believe it.
A year today, the Circle K idea was bought into fruition - It's crazy how time flies and how much things change over a year
From Adam's own words a year to this day "Something a bit different to fill in my Saturday afternoon. Very early WIP"
I don't think he envisioned doing all the LMP's, GTE's, GT3's, GT4's, V8's and TCR's in this scheme when he first announced it to the server!
Happy First Anniversary Circle K!!!

I then laid my head to rest.

The day went pretty normally...until I was asked to stay behind after the lecture (which was incredibly interesting as it was on Blogging and how to boost your blog/writing in search results and how to become a better writer.

At first, I thought it was going to be a discussion about my Blog or how I'm getting on in the current year...but no.

It was about my attendance. My attendance dropped to below 80% - which concerned and confused my lecturer/s...until we found out what had happened.

I failed my Public Affairs course in my first year - passed everything else with (pretty much) flying colours - so much so that I got 100/120 - had I got that 20 (from Public Affairs), there would be no issue - but I had to re-take it (In the second year, the year I'm in now) and unbeknownst to me, since the 25th January, 2022, I had lectures that I should have been attending, yet I wasn't.

My understanding of the situation (up until Monday) was that it was a first-year course/module, and because it didn't go towards my final grade, attending the lectures and trying the work was enough, obviously it wasn't.

On top of having Dyspraxia, the lecture clashed with my Tuesday's Photojournalism Module/lecture - which could have been a reason that I didn't flag it immediately.

Finally, at the start of every academic year, I take a mental note of my three courses and where they are/were - other than Photojournalism (the odd one out) they were all (x2) in the same room - as I wasn't aware of the Public Affairs re-take (at the time) - up until that point, I hadn't a clue which room it was in.

In supporting this, my lecturers usually (at the start of the year) publish announcements, these usually reminding me of my lectures (date and place) -

Truth be told, the the first proper time I properly thought anything was "afoot" was only the week prior when I got an email saying "Today's lesson is on now" and something about BigBlueButton/Online Meeting - I made note of it, but didn't "lose sleep" over it.

Prior to that, there was only one previous canvas announcement (in the Public Affairs module) on the 6th February - so, I guess it's like repeatedly getting slapped in the face and hoping one of them wakes you up.

My lecturer was very kind about the whole situation and insisted I was not in trouble - and was just relieved that we had caught "it" in time before I got in serious trouble/difficulty (had I caught it in Year 3, and had to re-take another in Year 3, there would be a huge risk of everything imploding and me not being able to focus on my final year/graduating.

It's like someone dolloping a load on your plate at an all-you-can-eat buffet "I can't manage this!"

Despite the topic, it was a very good and productive chat, and he said he'd talk to my other lecturers - on a downer, I left the classroom (and critically my laptop charger). I'd later receive an email saying I was to attend the lecture the next day (Tuesday) and complete both Public Affairs assignments - the first being due on the 14th March, less than a month away. I closed the email, clicked my neck, and fired up into my "IMIAM" (Immediate Mass Information Absorption Mode) and studied the night away.

Eventually, I managed to finish 4 weeks worth of content and be up to date on "Attempt 2 Of Public Affairs"

Upon looking at the calendar, I was hesitant, but knew I had to attend to ensure I passed Multimedia Journalism.

"2pm - 5pm: Photo-Journalism"

"4pm - 7pm: Public Affairs"

02/22/2022 - Twosday.

After a leisurely morning, my rather hectic afternoon began.

I packed my bag and headed to my lecture. I knew that today was going to be different (with the two lectures), but HOW differently it'd go, I'd only find out on the day.

Usually I walk along the road to get to my lecture building, but this time, I felt adventurous and decided to take a little detour, up some stairs I'd usually walk past.

Upon walking through the (lower) Campus, the many stairs and railings reminded me of parkour videos, and how this'd make a legendary parkour course...but then I realised for actual walking purposes, this was like driving around Monaco, tight and twisty, and certainly a slower way to my lecture building.

Upon arrival, I looked in my bag for my laptop charger, and realised that it wasn't in there...I swore I put it my bag that very morning (I later found out that I was remembering Monday morning)

The lecture itself was an absolute blast - and I'm going to say that sparingly - my lecturer for Photojournalism is great, it's just photo-journalism is a very technical course, and all about composure and taking the photo/analysing the photo, as opposed to "slapping a picture of a Morgan on the front cover of a magazine and calling it a day."

The reason this lecture was so good was because it was crystal clear - and I understood all the terminology/topics taught. Essentially, it was about signs, symbols and icons and what they resemble.

One of the things I was taught was the difference between the signifier and the signified - one being the sign's physical form (a sign with a deer on it), whilst the other (signified) is the representation behind it - the triangle shape represents an advanced warning (using a code we've learnt) so it's an advanced warning of a situation involving a deer or other wildlife - in turn, the viewer would have to be wary of potential deer - because it's woodland/natural deer grazing ground.

We - well, no, I (nobody else turned up for the first 50 minutes) learned that to get meaning - you need two things: context and information.

May 9th, 2016.

Take this date. I've given you (the reader) no context or information, it's just a date and meaningless.

If I now show this image - it gives you meaning and information, but not context - what is happening in this image? What is the significance of the date? How do these two correlate? Is it the finish date of the construction site?

That's where information comes in - The information is that on May 9th, 2016 a landslide killed 31 people.

with context and information, you/the audience can piece together the story and see that the MEANING of the image is the diggers helping the clean-up operation of the landslide.

The difference between information and context is simple - information is facts/stats/a statement, whereas context is the background.

Take the word "banger" - in three different scenarios/situations it could mean three entirely different things.