1. Hay, still alive here, no idea who else is. Nothing much changed here: still volunteering with the equines and enjoying every minute of it.

    Thursday, 11-Sep-14 18:03:10 UTC from web
  2. @trixie yes, it's called 'pizzicato': plucking the strings with your fingers. If you listen to the intro of - for example - Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbzxhZT6akk&list=PLDCC6BDCAF4AD95D5) you can hear the cellos and double base doing this pizzicato just before the violins and violas start a melody.

    Thursday, 05-Sep-13 14:42:33 UTC from web in context
  3. Next Discordian twist here: first orchestra rehearsal of the autumn season. Ten minutes into the rehearsal, when we were having a go at Smetana's 'Vltava' I heard a snap: cover on the tip of the cello bow broke, the wedge was launched and all hairs got loose. Yesterday I took the bow in for repair. Until it's back I'll keep myself to the pizzicato parts :/

    Thursday, 05-Sep-13 14:36:29 UTC from web in context
  4. # I know I'm not smart enough to be (like) Twilight and I know I am not working hard enough to be (like) Applejack. Yet I would love to be like them, or simply to be with them.

    Wednesday, 04-Sep-13 13:35:45 UTC from web
  5. !applejack hello all, just wanted to say I'm happy I found this group :-)

    Tuesday, 03-Sep-13 16:05:20 UTC from web
  6. Hmm... August was one weird month. I got an apprenticeship working and living on a competition yard, but after a week the manager and I decided a competition yard isn't the best place for me. So I'm back again where I used to live before I went there. To translate it into Equestria context: perhaps I'm better off living in Twilight's library...

    Tuesday, 03-Sep-13 13:17:29 UTC from web
  7. @ceruleanspark If I may post links: www.rda.org.uk. In my case the children are special needs pupils (e.g. diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, autism, etc.) of a local school. I also have heard of such lessons for adults, but I think one has to go via the local health trust to see whether there is funding and a place available.

    Friday, 19-Jul-13 18:45:49 UTC from web in context
  8. @ceruleanspark Indeed. I'm one of the volunteers for Riding for the Disabled. Some of these children turn out to be very good riders, but the most important gain is that through riding and equine care they learn empathy and responsibility, and they open up to their surroundings. Such work - or Equine Assisted Therapy - would really be ideal, but funding is an issue here as well.

    Friday, 19-Jul-13 18:41:34 UTC from web in context
  9. @ceruleanspark Sociological Studies. I explored children's perceptions of 'the rural' in Belgium and the Netherlands. For many years I thought I would do policy-based research, but with the current budget cuts... Difficult... The PhD brought me to the horses though: I volunteer with (therapeutic) riding lessons, so perhaps now I should try to become a qualified riding instructor instead of trying to stay in academia.

    Friday, 19-Jul-13 17:29:03 UTC from web in context
  10. @ceruleanspark Thehard part? That has been going on since 2003 when I first started to apply for graduate jobs.

    Friday, 19-Jul-13 16:20:24 UTC from web in context
  11. Last week I had my PhD graduation ceremony. It was rather warm in the fancy red robe and academic hat (that tuft, could it be used to keep flies away, or am I thinking too equine here?) but it was great. Family came over and well... bit weird feeling now: PhD done, still looking for work, and still more leaning towards working with horses than with people. So, big question now: where to go from here?

    Friday, 19-Jul-13 15:24:22 UTC from web in context
  12. The more I study people, the less I understand them and the more I want to be with my favourite pony. Indeed, pony. Not somepony. This is for her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFF1wJN75Z0

    Friday, 05-Apr-13 23:29:22 UTC from web
  13. Well, after 3 months I lost my job already. Back on unemployment would mean a huge (financial) setback, and in Yarmouth I don't have as many friends - on 2 legs and on 4 legs - as in Yorkshire. So, while planning to return to the Yorkshire hills and vales I got invited to try-out another equine job. In Yorkshire... It's good to be home again :-)

    Saturday, 02-Mar-13 00:27:35 UTC from web
  14. Oh, and before I hit the hay here a song I haven't heard in a long time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdcnfJamqtk

    Monday, 24-Dec-12 23:38:11 UTC from web
  15. And of course (I derpied with hitting the Enter too soon....) happy Hearts Warming Eve to everypony here. :)

    Monday, 24-Dec-12 23:31:25 UTC from web
  16. So, last week I bought a car, and I already had to get the rear windscreen replaced: after a 2 hour drive it just snapped just as I got back at my place (which I still don't consider home). Then sorting out car insurance in the UK..... I never expected having a PhD would not be sufficient to understand the logics and reasonings behind getting an insurance sorted. Anyway, it only took a week and a masive phone bill to have it sorted. And the day before yesterday I went to the Netherlands to visit family and friends for the holidays. By the time I went through reservations at the port of Dover Chris Rea was singing his Driving Home for Christmas...

    Monday, 24-Dec-12 23:30:33 UTC from web in context
  17. Got a job relocated, and after a week I'm back online. Job is great, but I miss my friends (manely those on 4 hooves :P ) in Sheffield a lot. Good thing: many new potential (four-hooved) friends at work :)

    Friday, 07-Dec-12 23:36:35 UTC from web
  18. !eastangliaponies Hello all. Soon I'll be moving from Yorkshire to Norfolk, so I decided to join the group here. I hope you all are doing well :-)

    Sunday, 11-Nov-12 22:07:22 UTC from web
  19. !yorkshirebronies Hello all, it has been way too long I posted something here. And well, some things happened here: after 3 years of job applications I finally got a job, in Norfolk. So soon I'll have to leave these rolling hills and my friends (both those on four hooves and those on two feet) to start a new life. I never like to say goodbye, so I won't. After all, I can always come back oop north to visit. And knowing that I am going to work with ponies, horses, and donkeys is something to look forward to.

    Sunday, 11-Nov-12 22:01:28 UTC from web
  20. @abigpony Tedious? That wasn't my intention. What I wanted to point out is that all interviewed children broadly categorised animals as either pets, farm animals, or wild animals. Each category has its own moral realm. However, the boundaries between those categories are blurred, and animals can move from category to another, with equines being a prime example: these days we don't use horses anymore to work the land, nor do ponies pull the coal carts in the mines. Thus, where we position animals will influence our moral concerns towards them, and it's even possible to stretch these changing moral attitudes towards changes in what society will accept from e.g. farming practices

    Saturday, 29-Sep-12 11:24:07 UTC from web in context
  21. Last 'summer' I went to the ISAZ (International Society for Anthrozoology) Conference in Cambridge to do a presentation on child-animal relations and interactions. The organisation uploaded most presentations to youtube, and here is mine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9FNjExLqMuw I hope you like the shirt :p

    Saturday, 29-Sep-12 11:11:05 UTC from web in context
  22. Had a good look in the mirror today, and I've come to the conclusion I've to change my mane colour from chestnut to roan: there are some white hairs appearing. Whereas for some that might be a reason for distress I'm fine with it. Nothing is better than growing old with my very favourite somepony <3

    Sunday, 19-Aug-12 16:36:44 UTC from web in context
  23. Yesterday I received my voting ballot for the Dutch general elections, so it must be that time of year again... Filled in my vote and it's now in the dedicated hands of HM Royal Mail. I still find it strange though: so I can vote for a parliament that has dole-all to decide about me and my future, but I'm not allowed to vote for the parliament that actually makes decisions (and U-turns......) that influence my life and future. Ah well, those are the blessing of being an expat so it seems. Can't wait until I get a new passport (read: nationality of the country I'm living in).

    Saturday, 18-Aug-12 01:14:54 UTC from web
  24. @elscire In my humble opinion it's a combi of both my style and their forum rules. I carry my heart on my tongue, and because UKoE wants to be PG-13, I did adjust my style accordingly, but apparently not enough; to take into account any kind of interpretation people might get of my words is a mission impossible for me. So, instead of risking a ban I chose to pull the plug myself. Perhaps I do take it personal, although knowing it isn't. When I signed up there I obviously accepted the forum rules. Based on my experiences with other forums I didn't expect any issues. However, issues arose. I tried to figure out where the rules set the limits, but imho I didn't get a clear answer. I cannot follow guidelines when these are not clearly specified. Thus, I cannot accept their forum rules, meaning I shouldn't post there. That's all, and no hard feelings towards UKoE. I know meets are shown here to. Whether I have the will to attend.... enthusiasm is a bit dented at the moment... :-(

    Sunday, 12-Aug-12 01:38:58 UTC from web in context
  25. !yorkshirebronies After 2 months I decided to leave UK of Equestria forum, for which I subscribed to get info on meets. (This is also why I mention my departure from UKoE here). The reason? A while ago an image I posted there (my desktop) got deleted because of it's content. I didn't mind it got deleted, but I felt I was unable of obtaining better or more detailed guidelines on which images are considered ok to post. Earlier this week one of my posts was deleted because people might interpret the content in an inappropriate way. I have been advised to bear in mind how people might interpret my writing. Unfortunately, I cannot take into consideration all interpretations and associations people might get from my posts. These two incidents made me realise my style doesn't fit in with UKoE, and it made me feel not welcome. It hurts to say goodbye to UKoE, but I simply don't dare to post anything anymore. Whenever there are meets, I guess I have to check it out here instead.

    Friday, 10-Aug-12 13:09:48 UTC from web in context
  26. @purplephish20 Congrats to them! Well done!

    Wednesday, 01-Aug-12 11:28:53 UTC from web in context
  27. It's 1st of August now. Counting the days to the 9th when I'll be in London, watching the Dressage Final. Whether 'we' win any medal is not my top concern. I'll be there to watch the horses, riders, and the teams horses and riders make.

    Wednesday, 01-Aug-12 11:26:46 UTC from web
  28. Well, back after a birthday weekend. Baked my own apple pies, but decided to keep the candles away from it: 34 candles will create a lunar landscape between the apple slices.... Meanwhile I'm abroad for a while, visiting relatives in the Netherlands. On August 7 the airplane will touch down at Manechester Airport, so I'll miss the big meet in Leeds. So, have fun there! And me? Ah well.... me and people do not always go well together. Forget the PhD in my name, I want to work with ponies and horses.

    Wednesday, 25-Jul-12 10:10:21 UTC from web in context
  29. @purplephish20 Maybe it's me being cynical, but yet I wonder: do these bronies (who are they anyway? How do they assume they represent the entire brony community/communities? Who is paying for the commercial?) want to commission a commercial to genuinely thank The Hub, or do they do so in order to get their names on the telly? Hopefully somepony can prove my cynicism being wrong, but over the years I've seen many occurences of people getting on tv or radio just for getting there, regardless of whether they genuinely have something to say.

    Wednesday, 25-Jul-12 10:06:08 UTC from web in context
  30. @hakupony Well, I already have a MSc and almost a PhD. Theory I have enough, but practical experience... Also, getting funding for yet another Masters... Besides, not everybody with a PhD ends up in academia. It is through the PhD that I discovered my love for (working with) horses and ponies. I looked into the possibility of doing an Anthrozoology MA in Exeter. However, I fear adding another degree to my list would be a handicap. You would be surprised to see how many highly-qualified anthrozoologists there are. Just do a search for the Anthrozoös Journal. Anyway, there is a 2nd reason why I leave academia: I don't like to live a life doing job applications every 1 or 2 years. The more I work with people the more I long to be in the stables. Despite being a sociologist I have huge difficulties interpreting human body language, but no problem with horses. This is also why I am more and more convinced my future is somewhere with the horses, and hopefully with Equine Assisted Therapy.

    Wednesday, 11-Jul-12 20:45:36 UTC from web in context