Wednesday, 24 September 2008

THE PRINCE & THE PAUPER!

'Benefits should be conferred gradually;

and in that way they will taste better.'

~Niccolo Machiavelli~



How apt that statement seems........the 'powers that be' have cocked up had a technical hitch and not paid out the student loans. I don't intend to go on to much about it as, otherwise, I really enjoyed my first day at Uni. Let's just say there were a lot of long faces in the first seminar....and when we can all afford to go shopping I'm sure the food will 'taste better' as we will have waited so long to buy it!


I'm sure our lecturer never expected that one of Machiavelli's quotes would be used to complain about Student Loans not arriving!


As I hinted in my last post....I really know so little about politics, past or present...but the seminar was fascinating. We looked at some parts of 'The Prince' and had some lively discussion about the rights and wrongs of some of Machiavelli's ideas. As soon as I got home I couldn't wait to get on the computer and start 'googling' around to read more. I found some great sites and so many differing points of view.....exciting stuff! If Hobbes, Locke etc etc stimulate me as much I think I'm going to enjoy this module much more than I expected.


Tomorrow we have our first 'Introduction to the study of drama' and 'From Cradle to Grave' lectures. 'Greek Tragedy' and 'mortality in the 16th century'.....what a cheery couple of topics....LOL
I'm sorry this is only a short post but I want another quick look at 'Antigone' before I go to bed. I can't leave wihout posting a photo though.......so here's a photo of a Cinnabar Moth...for no other reason than it's the first time I've ever photographed one!

10 comments:

Tony said...

wow... wonderful... nothing like the big brown thing flapping around our bathroom currently..
:o)
T

Sheila said...

First time I've seen one of these.What a colourful specimen.
Well done on the studies. I think it would be way beyond me now, I admire your dedication and success.
hugs
xx

CG said...

What a lovely moth...can you eat him until you get your loan sorted?? Good luck with the studies...sound fascinating.

Akelamalu said...

Why do the powers that be always cock up something that people REALLY need????

Glad you enjoyed your first day at Uni Ruth, hope you can afford to eat soon. ;)

Love the photo.

Libbys Blog said...

Oh criky, is that country wide I wonder?? I must get K to check and warn her landlord not to take there rental cheque out!!
Glad your enjoying it so far!

mrsnesbitt said...

Way to go Ruth! So wonderful to see you back!

Anonymous said...

Always a treat to visit your blog!
Good luck at the university with your studies. The political course sounds like it will be challenging and interesting.
Jon at Mississippi Garden

Neva said...

It's a great picture and you almost make me want to go back to school....almost!!! It has been years since I have considered anything about Machiavelli.....

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

NEH Ruth you are never boring No way! But that you have frost already now this time of the year... How are you doing and your study?

I'm Just letting you know that I am shocked by very sad news (see my blog) not able to say more,

JoAnn's D Eyes

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