Open University students will know that the acronym ‘TMA’ stands for ‘Tutor Marked Assignment’.

Anyone who’s read deeply of Arthur C Clarke (author of many SciFi classics and founding father of diverse sub-sets in the genre) will know that ‘TMA’ stands for Tycho Magnetic Anomaly.

Yeah, you do; you know what one is.

It’s caused by the large black obelisk discovered on the moon (in Tycho crater – get the naming convention now?) in the book, film (and T-shirt) ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ .

But back to the other kind…

TMA01 was presented to the OU this evening; it is an almost incisive, not terribly witty (I thought it might be best for the time being to hide the shallowness of my intellect and keep my sense of humour powder dry) examination of how the author of a lacklustre ‘set piece’ uses language to highlight and contrast scenes of an exceptionally moribund piece of naively packaged, anthropomorphic, idealistic, drearyism it’s been my misfortune to read since…

pause, itch, scratch, ponder, doze…

Well, a very long time.

It’s not badly written, as such.

Just boring.

And all of the other things above.

But it was fun, writing the essay. It was a challenge.

I’m looking forward to the next part – Art History.

Speaking as someone who would, if he had one, wear an ‘I Love Brian Sewell’ T-shirt and, also speaking as someone who thinks Gainsborough is the wittiest artist we’ve ever produced, I think I’m going to find Art History a bit of an uphill struggle too.

I have a tutorial next week.

I have to slog all the way in to Brum on Saturday for said tutorial.

Bearing in mind how mentally worn out I am by the time Saturday comes around, I’ll probably end up presenting myself in a slightly less favourable light than Eddy Grundy at parents evening.

Oh well.

They’ll just have to take as they find.

Alright Clarrieluv?


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7 Responses to TMA01

  1. Mya says:

    Brian Sewell. I miss him – he used to make me howl. He has a way with words, don’t you know. I think his favourite one is panjandrum. You sound incredibly busy Brennig – do you ever stop? Good luck with the essay.

    Mya x

  2. Brennig says:

    I think it was The Welsh Windbag (John Humphries) who described Brian Sewell as ‘the only person who can make The Queen sound common’. 🙂 But I love his observations in the same way that I love Jonathan Meades’ ascerbic sideways glances. Busy? Well you know, time is money. 🙂 Bet you have busy spells too, no?

  3. froggywoogie says:

    Having been in Brum last Saturday I can tell you, get prepared for a hell of a traffic jam if it’s the same as it was then. Think about it if you have an appointment 🙂

  4. Brennig says:

    You should have let me know… Could’ve bought you a cafe au lait and a croissant or something similar!

  5. froggywoogie says:

    Aww so kind of you, thanks.
    Never mind I had a Guinness. I love to adapt with the local culture, I call it politeness : )

  6. Clara Jameson says:

    Here’s an idea – try getting over yourself!!

  7. Brennig says:

    Here’s an idea for you Clara.

    As you found this blog with the search terms: ‘edward thomas sonnet february afternoon’ (typed in lower case precisely like that) I can only surmise that you were looking for some help – in a ‘trying to cheat by peeping at someone else’s work’.

    Whilst it’s obvious from just your search term composition that you do indeed need help, I really would suggest that you grow up and learn a different method of attempting to get people to help you out.

    Or perhaps I should make your search details available to your tutor…?