Welcome to justthoughtsnstuff

I started posting to jtns on 20 February 2010 with just one word, 'Mosaic'. This seemed an appropriate introduction to a blog that would juxtapose fragments of memoir and life-writing. Since 1996, I'd been coming to terms with the consequences of emotional and economic abuse that had begun in childhood, and which, amongst other things, had sought to stifle self-expression. While I'd explored some aspects of my life through fiction and, to a lesser extent, journalism, it was only in 2010 that I felt confident enough to write openly about myself. I believed this was an important part of the healing process. Yet within weeks, the final scenes of my family's fifty-year nightmare started to play themselves out and the purpose of the blog became one of survival through writing. Although some posts are about my family's suffering - most explicitly, Life-Writing Talk, with Reference to Trust: A family story - the majority are about happier subjects (including, Bampton in rural west Oxfordshire, where I live, Oxford, where I work, the seasons and the countryside, walking and cycling) and I hope that these, together with their accompanying photos, are enjoyable and positive. Note: In February 2020, on jtns' tenth birthday, I stopped posting to this blog. It is now a contained work of life-writing about ten years of my life. Frank, 21 February 2020.

New blog: morethoughtsnstuff.com.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

new blackberry, spring weather, oclw blog, weald snowdrops

New Blackberry.

Wanted a Q10 because of the keyboard, as much as anything else. I can't get on with the virtual kind.

I was surprised that EE couldn't get me a Q10 and that their independent partners couldn't either. Vodafone came up trumps, though, so I've switched to them.

Rather more virtual features than the Bold but they are well thought-through and I love the improved keyboard and the bigger screen.

I was also able to transfer my calendar across easily, which was a huge relief. Compatibility problems have meant I've had to do this manually when changing smartphones in the past.

Meanwhile, some gorgeous weather this week, which has made me feel much better. Still not right but greatly improved on last weekend.

Btw just had an email reminding me of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing blog. Well worth checking out - obviously:  

Saw this clump of snowdrops near Weald (the hamlet on the Clanfield edge of Bampton) when cycling this morning.

Frank Egerton

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