Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I live a very, very, very wild lifestyle

Listening to: 'Pass Out' by Tinie Tempah [The Disc-Overy]

Can I just say...oh boy am I loving this tune! Tinie Tempah is the latest grime artist to reach the mainstream airwaves...and his first offering is impressive, to say the least. I was listening to Nihal's review show last night and Jay Sean said that this could be the track to take grime to the US. I dunno if I'd go that far...I mean, "I've been Southampton but I've never been to Scunthorpe"...?! Most people outside the UK don't even know that Scunthorpe exists! But I agree that the combination of jungle beats, Soulja Boy/Kid Cudi-esque melody and (omg how awesome) drum n bass ending give it a broader appeal than your average grime track.

And there's a funky acoustic version he did for 1Xtra's Live Lounge here!

But erm yeah, back to what I meant to talk about in this post. I did three consecutive hours of teaching today. It was supposed to be two, but due to a certain lack of foresight on everyone's part, I spent three hours running from whiny student to whiny student, trying to mark off their coursework. I know procrastination is part of the undergrad experience, but this is just taking the piss! I mean did each of them seriously think they'd be the only student needing help during the last session? I felt bad that the kids that just needed to get signed off had to hang around for so long...but what could I do? I'm not Superwoman. I think as students, it's easy to forget that teachers/supervisors/demonstrators are human too. In fact I ended up snapping at a few of the kids who were whinging a bit...and they were the good kids! They just happened to grumble in the wrong place at the wrong time. Anyone who knows me well enough to have been on the receiving end of my wrath...you know it's not pretty. I hadn't lost my temper in a very long time, and while this was a whole lot calmer than past episodes, I still felt pretty shitty about it. So I just sent those students an email to apologise. Is it normal for teachers to apologise to students? I dunno. I did what I felt was right at the time. Hopefully they'll appreciate it. Even if they don't, my conscience is clear.

But you know what the weird thing was? After the three hours, I was knackered, dehydrated...and totally fired up. It was the biggest adrenalin rush I've had in a while. Some people get their kicks from falling backwards into the sea, others from embellishing their job interview stories (to hilariously epic proportions, mind you)...and I get mine from teaching? Evidently so. With every incident I'm more and more convinced that this is what I want to do in life...if only I can find a place that'll suit my 'master plan'!

Anyway, after that session, there was lunch with the labmates, writing up coursework for my teaching course, a visit to M&S for some chocolatey snacks for the lab, a cycle home via Sainsburys, and playing the role of agony aunt while I had my dinner. And now this post. I probably should've done some work on the thesis today but my brain has gone to sleep. Tomorrow eh? (Yeah, procrastination isn't just an undergrad affliction.)

So yeah...'very, very, very wild lifestyle'? I think not, Mr Tempah. But that suits me fine.


  1. Awww it's nice to see you that what you have decided to do for the rest of your life is something you clearly love :)

    61500, child! No room for procrastination!



  2. Haha, I'm with Sabby on the spanking! lol >;)

  3. Love this tune! It's been on my FB wall for a while! Don't know if you listened to Chris Moyles this morning but he did a remix - so funny! :) iPlayer it! :)

  4. PR, reading the 2nd part of your post was like listening to my heart speak out... I too get SUCH a kick out of teaching, and am seriously wondering how it can be a bigger part of my job and my life...

    Feel weirdly like weeping on your shoulder... :S sorry....

  5. T - it's good eh? :D

    Sabby - it's a good feeling :-) and lol yes mother! :D

    Chavie - oi :P

    Scrumps - I heard it! So funny.

    Angel - Awww *hugs* hope things are looking up for you now!


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