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Rossie
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Posted -  29/12/2007  :  16:34
As there seems to be quite a bit of artistic talent around here, I thought I would start a pencil sketch section .....


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Stanley
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Posted - 28/02/2011 : 06:36
Belle, no reason for it to be a secret. I've put my money where my mouth is and two signed prints are in the post for me. I think you might be able to guess which ones they are! When the Lad gets too famous to talk to us and forgets all about Conor's Corner my daughters will be able to cash in after I die!


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Posted - 28/02/2011 : 07:32
Will you be exhibiting them Comrade? Nolic


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Stanley
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Posted - 28/02/2011 : 10:54
Yup, call round for a coffee when they are hung, I'll let you know.


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Posted - 28/02/2011 : 11:10
Will do. Nolic


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conty
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Posted - 28/02/2011 : 13:16
im so confused.com what do i do????

i went in school to tell them im leaving and they dont want me to, they have sent me home to have a good hard think but my mind was made up now i just dont know what to do!! ergghhhhhhh HELP


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Posted - 28/02/2011 : 13:46
Conor, only you can make the right decision. One of the things you need to consider is that you are only young, you have such a full and eventful life and despite what you might think you do have plenty of time to do all the things that you want to do. So try and think what decision will give you the greater options and opprtunities not just for next month, year etc but for the next 10 years. 

I know your parents are supportive and want you to make the choice but somtimes us oldies need to take the options away from you for all the best reasons.

 I'd be saying all these things to Dan if he were in your position - and then telling him, he had to get back to school. Nolic

 


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moh
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Posted - 28/02/2011 : 15:00
A levels are important - I know you have a lot of things going on at the moment, and you have an extraordinary talent in your art work.  Think though - the commissions may dry up - then how would you earn your money?  Do consider it carefully, the school obviously think it is a mistake, it probably feels hard doing all the studying and the work.  You have a long life ahead of you,  as Colin says, to do the things you really want to do after you have got your qualifications.  I wish I had stayed on to do my A levels and gone to college to be a teacher, something I always wanted, but I persuaded my parents to let me leave school - most of my contempories were earning money - and I have regretted it ever since.


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belle
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Posted - 28/02/2011 : 15:17
Tricky this decision making...there are all sorts of things to consider.1) Do A levels count for anything? well yes, they may get you better jobs but more importantly you can't access higher education without them. They can be got later ( as i did but that takes a lot of time and money!)
2) Are you unable to fill commisions whilst studying for them?...hard to be honest with ourselves when looking for good reasons not to revise, (it's so tedious all that stuff) but I think we both know you could probably work for Alevels and paint..perhaps at a slower pace, but not for long, so they aren't really stopping you are they? (maybe they are, you will have to argue it out with yourself!)
I have had these sorts of conversations with all 4 of mine, some were head strong others took a telling, all had to go back and study one way or another to get anywhere. One of the greatest and hardest lessons to learn in life is to do something we don't want to do, and do it well. In the end it's your decision, all I would advise is once you have made it get your whole weight behind it, whichever way it is, or you will loose impetus swithering about whether it was right or not.


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Stanley
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Posted - 01/03/2011 : 05:53
Good advice all round. All I'll add is that in 1953 they wanted me to stay on at school and try for university, a biggie in those days! I declined and went farming etc and never regretted it but in 1979 guess where I was? At Lancaster enjoying a degree course. I often think that we set out academic careers like hurdle races and tell kids the date they have to jump each one. If you decide to opt out there is nothing to stop you climbing back on board again later on. On the other hand, why not do the A Levels first and then drop out? You'll have your qualification then if you ever need it.

Give it some thought, make sure you can justify your decision to yourself and then go for whatever you decide 100%. It's your life! The main factor that has guided me has been avoiding the dreaded 'what might have been' syndrome.


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Posted - 01/03/2011 : 17:01
Conor, I left school with three O levels and went off to work in a factory office as a clerk because I hated school and my parents had no background of academic things therefore universities were unknowns to us. I'd done well in science and began to realise that was what I wanted to do, not work as a clerk so I looked elsewhere. Boots Chemists took me on as a trainee dispenser, then I got a job as a technician in a brewery lab, slowly getting more scientific.

By then I knew science was for me and I swotted like mad and got two more O levels and then two A levels by part-time study (it's amazing what enthusiam does and I much preferred tech college to school!). I applied to a college to do HNC in Applied Biology, they said why not a BSc? Shock, horror, me do a degree? If you want to escape your little island you have to risk going into the swampy ground, so I said yes. A BSc followed, then a PhD, and then jobs in academia, industry and then my own small company. I often think that I should have worked harder at school and gone straight to university...but then perhaps I wasn't ready for university and it needed those years in employment to sort me out. Some of us follow a straight path through life and others, like me, bounce about like a bluebottle between the window panes.

What do you really, really want to do? Decide that, then go for it 100%.


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frankwilk
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Posted - 01/03/2011 : 20:25
Conor
I know people say you have plenty of time to still do what you want to do, But and in life there are always But's & If's

It's not easy to go to College when you may have a Wife and a couple of Children to feed and a Mortgage to pay !!!!
Do the A levels and get them out of the way, it's much easier  and ( cheaper ) at 18 than it is at 28 or  even 38.
But it's your decsion and no one else's.



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conty
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Posted - 01/03/2011 : 21:29
thankyou everyone for your input and advice, i have talked to my headmaster and teachers, mum and dad and i have taken on board what you have all said and i have decided to finish what i have started. 

its only about 8 weeks before the exams so i would be foolish to walk away now when i am so close to getting my As levels. and i can see everyones point of veiw. but as my parents say it still has to be my choice, that i have to want to do it otherwise 100% wont be put into it and then fail, so it has to come from within, not from someone elses choice for me,  

although i will be putting in all my efforts now into 6th form. (drawing on the side lines for 2 months) my plans still stay the same when the exams are over. 
 
both of my parents are pleased with my decision to continue, they smiled when i told them my decision, they said they knew they could trust me to do the right thing.

i have designed my own web site and have purchased my own domain ready. so i am still excited but its just going on the back burners for a bit. just geting prepared!! hehe 



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belle
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Posted - 01/03/2011 : 23:51
I think you have made the right decision, everything you want will still be there waiting when you're done, good luck with the revision and the exams.Thumbs-up


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Stanley
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Posted - 02/03/2011 : 05:26
Sounds good Conor, you're not wasting the effort you have put in and as David Moore once told me, having recognised qualifications is like having a handle welded on the back of your neck, it makes it easier for people to grab you and help you up the ladder.

I had a wife and three children when I went into Lancaster, never too late. There's another aspect as well. Confirmation of excellence by examination and degree honours is fine and an honourable route. Just as valid is work done and results recognised. I'm still researching and learning at 75 but have no interest in the formal route. I've been told I am wrong to look at it this way but on the other hand my old mentors are simply delighted that I'm doing the work and disseminating the results. Horses for courses!


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Posted - 02/03/2011 : 07:24
Good lad Conor. Nolic


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