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My 16 weeks of “exercise by referral” has ended and I mostly enjoyed it.

Unfortunately the final 3 weeks were a bust as life prevented me from getting to the gym. The good news is that my employer has come up with a corporate deal at the local Esporta and so I’m fully signed up and attending there – it’s amazing how much pain you can be in from exercise after having taken 3 weeks away!

All this can only be good though. Saturday (Nov 26th) is my next grading day for Tang Soo Do – this time it’s for my green belt or 6th Gup. From here on in it gets real serious and I need to know the Korean for everything rather than asking for a translation or demonstration …. anyone got a Learn Korean quick lying around? The children won’t be joining me this time as they couldn’t quite get to grips with the required form – Pyung Ahn O Dan. However ma’am tells us this is the hardest Pyung Ahn form we will learn and next grading the children get to do a much easier form. Coel was devastated but I’m hoping it’s a valuable lesson learned.

Jenna is loving year 6 at school – she was one of the comperes for their Coychurch has got talent in aid of Children In Need. Kathryn again helping Coel with a fabulous idea where he pretended to be a mini James Bond and finished by delivering a box of Milk Tray to his teacher … with appropriate music and voice over. We’re told he stole the show!

Kathryn has now re-taken her Stage 2 Signing exam module that she failed last time around and we should know the result by Christmas – she’s also stepping away from the slave labour that is her Thursday afternoon at work. It’s not worth all the extra grief, stress and hassle for an extra few pounds in the purse

Owen meanwhile has launched himself into Uni and in his own words is “happy and having a real good time”. He’s on top of his projects and excited about the potential of his Industrial Year. For those that haven’t heard he’s applied to spend the year at Cern. Although he’s dropped the physics for now he still loves the subject matter and the idea of being there for a year is a real draw. His Uni was only too happy to get behind his application and they have thoroughly praised h and recommended hi. They also told him they don’t let just any student wistfully apply to Cern and he’s one of a very select few that have been allowed in Cern’s history.

So if any of you know somebody there that could help him out then do tip them the wink – he’s under no illusions though that he’s guaranteed a place.

In all the hassle and frenzy of life and the usual merry go round of things I’ve completely forgotten to update one and all on Owen’s future choices.

After many hours of agonising, asking lecturers and listening to his parents Owen has decided on his future place of learning ….. Aberystwyth on the wet and windy west coast of Wales! The choice of course is a joint (or double) honours in Computer Science and Physics.

Owen, according to his computer teacher, is the brightest computer student he’s ever had and he is allowed to do what he wants these days as his knowledge has, in his teacher’s own words “far surpassed that of mine” to which he said it’s not surprising considering what I do. However he also loves Physics and was loathed to give that up which made the choice of Uni’s somewhat easier as only three of the seven we went to do the joint honours course and two of those are in Wales with the third being in Scotland. To be honest it only matters where he goes in terms of will he enjoy it and can his mother get reasonably quick access to him! Mothers!

The two things that helped push his choice to Aber was the whole “Welsh” life thing they have going there and Owen is hoping to re-pickup his Welsh. The second aspect was that his current stated ambition is to leave Uni as a Dr. Dyckhoff and we pointed out that he doesn’t have to do his doctorate where he does his degree. It might be prudent but not necessary and as his big love in Physics is particle and nuclear physics (currently) then Swansea has a really good setup for these and also have a large part to do with the Hadron Collider at Cern. So realising he is able to change locations after his degree and loving the Welsh aspect and I guess the fact that Aber got Number 1 Student Experience of the year last year all helped make dis decision.

Now we just need to organise him to get there, claim the relevant support he’s allowed, apply for this, apply for that … thankfully one of his good mates at school is also doing Comp Science at Aber and is telling him what he needs to be doing and by when.

Keep praying for him though please.

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