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October 31, 2007

Another chance to not work seized upon…

Right, been bleedin’ ages since the last time I’ve updated this, and for all the times I’ve thought ‘hmm, that’ll do ok for a blog’ I’ve completely failed to do so and in fact can’t remember any of them. Anywho, what am I up to?

Well almost finished the training as a forecaster, being sent to Yorkshire on completion. To prep for the second bout of training I’m starting up on the frequent runs and doing 100 press-ups, sit-ups and squats – absolute bugger doing them after a day shift let me tell you.

Got RYA level 3 in windsurfing, which was fun, might delay until the summer on pursuing that further, being kept rather busy work wise until then. Erm… well, thats about it I guess, couple of trips up to Scotland to see my mum since she decided to go north too, Stirling is a great lil place, I’ll be up there come new year too, so we’ll see if I divert to Edinbourgh or not.

Moving to the York/Harrogate area is playing on my mind, due to moving around quite so much I’ve been somewhat unable to set up much of a social life which didn’t depend entirely on the mess, a major problem recently as the mess has grown quieter round here, guess it’s just been the first time for a long time where I’m looking at moving to an area where I either don’t have an established group of friends or at least the knowledge that there’ll be people of similar age to me at work (current office I was youngest by over a decade until a week or two ago), ach I’m moaning. I know I’ll get a social cirlcle fast enough so long as I get my arse in gear and don’t mope in my room, not something I’m prone to, although finding like minded fools to go to rock clubs and gigs is generally a little harder.


September 13, 2007

Bored – I know

Well it’s been a while since I updated this so I reckon it’s about time. Might be one of the final times too as I’m fairly sure my membership of WGA lapses soon thus severing me from my blog – question is do I retain my membership and the blog? Begin ranting on Facebook? Or perhaps cease my ranting in general and merely moan in the direction of friends?

Anywho, I’ll just have to assume when WGA want more cash they’ll say. For now what have I to report? Well the doc said my knee was ok, gave me an x-ray and got told it was an old fracture to my knee. Basically meaning I bust it back in May but was too stubborn to check it out, but it seems to have healed well. Half marathon was done in 1:40 (I initially thought 1:38, but according to my chip my £5.99 cheapo watch was wrong – shock horror).

Windsurfing goes well, have booked a course which’ll take me to level 3 by RYA reckoning, a point at which I hope to be able to decide as to whether I wish to splash out on all the gear I’d need. (Pun unintended, but now I see it I quite like it. Why are puns always excused? Why don’t you ever see ‘pun intended – hilarious innit?’ after something?)

On the work front all goes well enough. Unfortunately after I qualify it looks like I’m to be sent around the country for a while rather than straight to a permanent base, so thats me living out of a suitcase of no fixed abode for best part of 6 months (2 months roaming, 3 doing training residentially, though not massively comfortably I suspect, then finally settling – hopefully)

I’m sure I’ll enjoy it anyway.


August 14, 2007

What I Did On My Holidays…

Well I’m back from a week off, relaxed and refreshed (wasn’t really stessed before but shifts take their toll) – weathers decided to turn all messy to welcome me back which is a bit of a pain, but heck, it’s what I’m here for.

Well as to the subject of this post (kudos if you get where I take the title from). Good week overall, I stand by my comment that this is a small country but Portsmouth to Stirling is not perhaps a journey I’d reccomend on a regular basis, but definitely a lot of scenery.

Started off down Swanage with my bro and dad for the last day of the carnival (bit of a regular thing with us), great fireworks, bit of golf and the ‘alt blues’ band were pretty cool too (bought their CDs). Then a few days round Portsmouth seeing friends and strolling around the city.

Then came Tuesday and the big trip. Picked the cat up from the cattery after a months incarceration, dosed up on Prozac for the journey (the cat not me), and off we went. The cat basically was normal after about 20 mins, and then began meowing (odd for a basically silent cat) – for 8 hours. I let him out twice on the way so he could stretch and tried to stop quite regularly but not bad overall (ok I confess I speeded for a fair while, but then it was rare that my speed was unusual for the other cars. Mum seems quite happy up in Scotland, Stirling not quite what she’s after so a move to the Highlands probably in the next 12 months. For my part Stirling seems great, hills just next door (had a good hike) and a proper town with clubs, pubs, shops, history too. Her new place is nice, no cat flap which will be a bit difficult, especially now the cat seems to have learnt to meow.

Then it was down to Ripon to check out Dishforth/Harrogate as thats where I’m off come December.Ripon is a bit small but Harrogate looks great so I’m quite looking forward to that. It’s a bit odd but being Southern in the North didn’t feel particularly out of place, but in Scotland I was well aware I was in a different country (I may insist on being called British, but theres no denying sometimes you can only be English), not unwelcome, just aware of difference. Also a lot of beautiful women [always had a soft spot for a little Celtish look, can trace that back to a pretty girl I knew way back (yr6 I think) who I consistantly fancied through school (though not my major crush I confess) come a sixth form party the girl actually sat and talked to me – whether just curious or chatting me up I don’t know, as I was drunk as a Lord and slid under the table, she then left, oh dear (whereever you are I apologise Miss Kendall)], and not many bottle blonds either.

So then I returned here, saw a couple on super cars on Sunday and prepared for work today. Good things about today, booked some windsurfing lessons (I’ll get there eventually), not so great I changed doc so as I can get my knee checked as it’s been niggling for months now and I need to know how serious it is ie can I run? 1/2 marathon? fit for RAF?

We’ll see


July 16, 2007

Just up the Road

Got a spare moment so I thought I’d just say that after passing up going to the air tattoo, or a Summer Ball – I had an awesome weekend just meeting up with uni pals. Finished up just feeling generally happy, just completely relaxed and chilled with friends, can’t be overrated.

Also got to wander round Brum for a bit including the sea life centre (otters rock, Sea turtles bloody cool too (or should that be ‘totally awesome and like bodacious dude!’ – Finding Nemo has a lot to answer for)) and watching the latest Potter film too, pretty good a lil cliched in parts but then so was the book.

And all just 2 and a bit hours down the A14/M6 – nice seeing quite how small this country is (makes it ok in my mind to be moving to Yorkshire come end of year – 4 hours North or South to my Mum or Dad respectively – friends scatterd between those extremes). Oh yeah and I really hate the number of cameras on the A14, and where there’re stripes but no camera is just plain annoying.


July 06, 2007

Back again

Well I’m drawing to the close of my first night shift back and it’s gone alright, there’s a stonking great whole in the clouds which makes my forecast look shite – but a glance at the horizon and satelite puts my mind at ease. Life is good, most of my mates from last time are away now so the social life is alittle quieter than I’d grown accustomed to, but then again there’s plenty opportunity to make up for that.

Went wandering in Ipswich before shift, I’m sure there weren’t so many good looking women here in February (although I’m of the opinion there’d be more if they smiled more, dour lot). 3 possibillities by my mind, 1) there really has been an influx of the young and the beautiful, 2) Summer changes the female wardrobe and attitude much to the good, or 3) I really have become more desperate in the last few months. I’m going for a combination of options 2 & 3.

Not a lot else to report really, I can but hope for more to report soon. Perhaps a meet with friends from uni (or if that falls through maybe last minute attendance of the summer ball here – the two clash unfortunately, but you’ve gotta keep up with the old friends or there’s no point in getting new ones).

Later


June 03, 2007

Revision, water, pain, booze and women – what more could you want from a week?

Sitting in work atm (only way of getting online don’cha know?) revising for the big ole exams in a fortnight, before doing a little simulated forecasting and then heading back to sunny Ipswich come August.

Spent last weekend (you know the windy and rainy one) camping over in Croyde which was good fun, learnt the basics of surfing, did some kayaking, coasteering and being dragged behind a power boat in the wind and rain (great fun, basically a challenge to hang on) – whilst also consuming an indecent quantity of rum.

The last week of work has been ok, had a mates birthday on Tuesday which involved a certain amount of partying, rolled backwards over a sofa when someone told me to (what can I say, I’m easilly led) which resulted in me bashing my knee and limping for the rest of the week, still am a lil bit. Not fantastic news considering I began windsurfing lessons again ( I reckon I’d like to be planing before I head off to Ipswich) on Saturday, but I Ibuprofened up and did it anyway, twere awesome. Although having also worn a wetsuit in Croyde I now have a marked tan on my hands, feet (slight burn actually) and face.

So with red face and hands I went off to a friends birthday who was apparantly trying the Topsham 10 (you can prob guess) but that got to about 5 and a few shots before taking the train into Exeter. Where upon a bouncer took offence at something, barred us entry to a club I wasn’t too keen on, and so off we went once more to the Cavern, happy days all round.

Oh yes, the unmistakable highlight of the evening. Met a great girl, chatted for ages (always good when you know you could hear someone talk for ages and stay interested) flirted and eventually kissed (first time in far too long). Always being backwards at being forwards I could’ve gone for a kiss much earlier, and a bloody phone number, but I guess I’m just going to have to see if I can get in contact and find out if it was a one night only affair or if there’s a chance of a date. Oh yeah and another mate told me ‘purely to boost your ego’ that some other girl thinks I’m quite fit, so naturally my head’s expanded to doorframe challenging proportions today – finding it hard to revise too, hmmm.


May 23, 2007

Carrying on

I thought I’d write an entry for that good old reason that it’s been ages since the last, that and I’ve nought to do at the moment having just given a brief presentation (went well).

Erm, well after all my ranting about half marathons I did the Exeter one in 1:36 which isn’t too shabby by my standards, and now there’s little to prepare for barring the windsurf training I’ve booked (started in October, so thought I’d see if I still like it before spending a load on equipment) and another half in Bristol come September.

Also I suppose I’d like to be better at general fitness before returning to the station in August so I don’t look too out of place too much (that and I’d quite like to beat some of the ergo scores people have set here at the office)

Ooh an offer of a lift… gotta go.


April 08, 2007

Happiness

It’s a strange old thing, but I swear I am now more so now than for quite some time. I’m back home with my friends, I’ve achieved something like closure on an old issue (such a cliche, but hope sometimes isn’t all it’s cracked up to be ya’know?) plus I’m off to sunny Exeter to be paid to learn for a few months, absolutely frickin’ awesome.

Yeah I don’t have quite everything I want, but who the hell does? Besides, the things you really want, you go out and get – so I bloody well shall. So, not a lot else to say ‘cept off to a house party tomorrow (which isn’t a house party apparantly because we’re too old for that now (tell that to the girls I went out with a few weeks ago!)) which ought to be good.

Oh yeah, prep for half marathon going not too well, no running since being home, but did set a pb for going round the airfield before I left Ipswich, so not too bad.


April 02, 2007

Another entry

Bored, thus I blog.

Went to London on the weekend to watch the HORR and go to a party. HORR was good met up with some friends and chatted about stuff, saw a few boats sink (lots of safety boats around so it’s funny) as it was too windy to race, a fact which was quickly realised as boats came back at a more sedate pace once it was cancelled.

Party was good fun too, only knew the birthday girl (well one of them) but was madeto feel universally welcome which was cool. Sunday was staggering to Liverpool street station, taking a bit of a touristy diversion at times, before heading back to sunny Ipswich (was too, especially today, gorgeous day it were).

Besides that alls good here. Back to Exeter soon which’ll be fun. There’re a few things playing on my mind which I have a feeling won’t have me dancing in the streets when I conclude them – but I reckon as there’s little I can do about them for now it’d be foolish to dwell on things from the past and how little I can do about them for now.


March 28, 2007

Start of Summer

It’s summer! Hey- hey, been going into dinner and it’s light outside, awesome. Wandered around Ipswich at 4-5pm and was very chilled watching everyone leave work (I love working shifts, get random times of the day off – although bit of a bummer that all my mates are at work (nice though when the weekend starts Friday morning and not evening, this weekend too actually)). Summer the time when, lets face it, women look all the better for Springtime wear. Am reminded of an old piece of advice – get your girlfriend in the Winter and it just keeps getting better as the year progresses – get her in the Summer….

Funny really as I seem to recall writing an entry saying how great going into Wintertime was – I guess I just enjoy the moment. Oh yes one negative of Summertime, it’s a right bugger having an office that runs on UST (Zulu time) when the rest of the world (including lunch/dinnertimes) works on Local (still start/finish on local times, just disorientating whilst in).

This time last year the centre of my life was a teacher (well trainee at that time) and I was in regular contact with 1 or two others, but only now do I feel the loss of these close contacts so poignantly – yes I’m faced with one of the great questions in life…

What the hell do I do with all these bloody Tesco vouchers??!!!

Erm, anything else? Well I’m approaching the end of my first stint in Ipswich now, start 4 months of Exeter soon (basically academic training at HQ), so I’m off (temporarily at least) before returnng for Aug-Nov.

There’s more to say I guess, but that’ll do for now. ‘Cept London this weekend, watch the HORR, then a birthday party, wahey!

edit: CAKE! CAKE!! There’s cake in the office! Hurrah! (Just thought I’d keep you all updated on the important events in my life ;) )


March 18, 2007

Notes on a small island…

Just to say I had another top night out in old London tahn the yesterday and as I wandered across Putney bridge I was surprised to see rather a lot of boats. It was of course the Womens HORR, something I’d completely forgotten about (despit knowing the date of the Mens HORR for ages, erm…). Anyway had a chat to a friend I saw on the bridge, used to be UWBC, which was cool. Then went to a pub to watch the rugby and got introduced to the gf of a friend who was from Portsmouth way which aided conversation a tad. Guess it does underline how it’s not that big a country – although both of the groups mentioned there do come from fairly small groups (rowers and the mil.).

Besides that not a lot to say, think I’ve figured out what has to be done on certain fronts, although time frame could run to months atm. Erm, nothing else really – been watching a bit of rock on music telly so I’ve renewed some of my musical tastes too(pocket full of CDs atm).

Anywho, should bugger off home and go for a run before the weather turns cruddy.


March 13, 2007

Weekend antics

Well, as ever I’ve little actual news to impart – so instead I shal rant about my recent activities and see if I actually mention anything pertinent.

Well firstly I’ve finished writing up my NVQ unit 1, which appears to me to be 2000 words of claptrap. Unfortunately as the boss is skiing atm I’m not entirely sure if what I’ve done is appropriate.

Went into Ipswich on Friday, it is indeed a little chavvy in places (there’re all these nice people at lunchtime wtf do they go on a saturday night???!) but I had a good night. Heck even had a girl chatting to me – first in a very long time – but as I’m not hanging around Ipswich much longer (for now) and I’m still basically in 2 minds about if I want another relationship right now, I wasn’t too fussed when she said she was leaving. Saturday began with the obligatory hangover, before wandering into town to sit in Starbucks and write the annual letter to my Mum for mothers day (well only been doing it 4 years now, but it’s a nice thing and beats a phonecall I reckon). Bought 2 dvds on Amazon one Pans Labyrinth +2 other films, and the other Season 1 Boston Legal, they’ve gone home – the letter says one’s hers the other’s mine her choice (Spannish horror/fantasy not her thing so I reckon BL).

Saturday evening I was sat in the dining room and one of the guys came over and asked if anyone was up for a visit to London. Was in two minds at first, but lets face it the more you put yourself forward the more you get out of life – so I went :)
Didn’t really know anyone there (heck only vaguely knew the guy who invited me, but everyone was really friendly (even had my job described as glamourous, although I’m slightly convinced the girl was nuts). Couple of bars then wandering around London till 3am looking for a bed/sofa/floor at one of a number of peoples houses.

Sunday, what a day! Up about ten, walked to a nice cafe by the side of Clapham Common and sat down for about the next 4 hours drinking coffee and tea and unashamedly watching a stunning number of beautiful women walk by (not that I would regularly, I was led astray damnit! Was a beautiful day though). Then played cricket for a bit (4 of us, 1 ridiculously good, 1 good, 1 bad, 1 bloody awful (a girl ;) ) – I was the bad one), which was fun. Then wander up to North Clapham to a pub to watch the rugby (England have been really mediocre all tournament, but that was an awesome game) – stayed there pretty late. Met some great guys, including a self employed merchant banker who was a nice bloke too and a Scandanavian helli instructor – last seen comatose on the back seats of the pub as we left.

[OK, leaving a guy absolutely off his face in a pub is bad (bar maids weren’t too impressed either – apologies) – but as was pointed out to me, he has a reputation of doing this a lot, knows London very well and is, let us say, well versed in survival skills and training]

So then it was last train home time and to bed. Did mean I’d broken the rule of three (nights in a row) so my system was a little screwed yesterday, but otherwise all is well.

Running didn’t happen on weekend and being rather delicate hasn’t happend this week so far either, but should sort that soon (1/2 marathon seems to get a day closer every 24 hours strangely).

Plans for future? Erm, well I’ll prob play next weekend or so by ear (heck it worked this weekend), plus at the end of the month I’ve got a party in London to go to. Seems I’m the only Warwicker to have confirmed so far (for shame! I’d have attended if it were 1/2 way up the country, admitedly it’s only a lil over 2 hours by train from here), but it should be cool, plus after the last weekend I’m a lot more confident about knowing practically no-one at first.

Ooh-eck, that was a lot. Later.


March 06, 2007

NVQ write up

Well I’ve been sat here all day in the office writing up some infernal paperwork for the NVQ I’ve got to complete as part of my training. It’s not that I dislike doing the actual stuff, heck it’s an NVQ level 4 – interesting stuff by and large (hardly NVQ1 woodwork here), it’s just that I’m not keen on writing it up. 2000 words for this unit shudder, best part of 2 days.

Heh, I remember the last time I ranted about writing loads, when I was going out with a wonderful young lady who could ‘accidentally’ write almost that much over a word limit, whilst I struggled on a few hundred per day. Yup you guessed it – art student ;)

Anywho, thats all I wanted to say, really just wanted to type something that required no thought and had no relevance to work. Besides that all goes swimmingly and I’m back on shifts for the next 2 days. It’s weird going from shifts to admin days – 8.5 hours seems like nothing after you’ve been doing 12and a bit hour shifts.

Anywho, it’s the end of day (hence why I can write this) so I’m going home (well to the mess at least)


February 28, 2007

Meanderings of a mind

It’s been a funny old day today, basically I’m on night shift tonight so I spent the first half of the day in town, including a brief visit to an internet cafe just to make sure that my hotmail account didn’t delete itself, so I got to catch up on some things, plus wandering around town alone generally sends my mind off wondering itself.

I guess it just got me thinking, some good stuff, some sad stuff and a few musings over what the future will hold. Some of it was personnal, some more proffessional, some linked, I guess I just got to wondering what I really want. It doesn’t help that I have little idea about where my permanent station will be in the new year, although I was reassured by the fact I could make ipswich to nottingham in around 3 hours including a break at the services (admittedly basically due to the A14, but even when restricted to 60mph roads you can’t help but remember this is a small country – not hard to be at one place when you finish work and another when people are heading out onto the town), basically geography shouldn’t be too much of a barrier to communications with friends etc.

Night flying has ceased for the night so rest of the shift looks fairly simplistic tonight, just gotta march on through to 8am now (although lunch is effectively collapsing into a bed for an hour or two)

Not a lot to say really, one of my more cathartic entries I guess, only other things happening in my life are a possible swing round back home on the weekend and perhaps a run into Cambridge the weekend after, oh yes and prep for the Exeter half marathon goes appalingly badly – will try to rectify at some point.

later


February 15, 2007

What's in the sky?

Is it a bird?
No

Is it a plane?
No

It’s a bloody cloud you nit.

Thats the long way of saying that I’ve passed my observing exam and technically am now on course to continue with forecasting training, taking closer to a year rather than the few weeks it took to get this far. The place where I work is great, good guys in the office, great ones in the accomodation. Ipswich isn’t as bad either (barring the recent murders (and not just the prostitutes)) as I’d been led to expect, mind you when it’s Pompey setting the bar I suppose the competition ain’t so fierce.

Besides that not a lot to say, ‘cept meeting some guys from uni this weekend which’ll be cool. Oh yeah and no valentines, which isn’t much of a surprise really as I’ve been far too mobile recently to gain any affections, let alone cheesy devotion.

I shall blog again when I have something to say.

Well ok maybe before then, else It’d be ages till the next one no doubt.


February 02, 2007

Random update

Well it’s been a while since I updated this, basically because I was worrying like crazy over something and wasn’t about to bore the random masses with the intricacies of my career prospects. Suffice to say the selection process is over and I find out if they think me good enough in the next few weeks, it’s not the end of the world if they say try again next year (although that would screw me over a bit) but if it’s an assessment aying ‘try in 2 years’ or ‘never darken our doors again’ I is screwed totally and may have to alter the grand plan a tad.

In other news the old Micra died a death when the bearings went in the gearbox, followed about a week later with half my gearbox dropping onto the M3 and the gearstick feeling like it was stuck in rubble, car would only budge if the clutch was down after that, even if it was in neutral. Anyway as luck would have it my mum was about to sell her Skoda Fabia for an automatic as her knees and elbows aren’t up to a manual anymore, so I stepped smartly in and got a very nice deal on ‘family rates’ to get a car I would otherwise have had to save for over the next few months.

Besides that work continues with training (even though my long-term position is a lil wavy atm), and I’m decamping to Ipswich as of Monday, so that’ll be fun. Also as it’s an outstation and actually achieves something it will technically be the first time I’ve actually done anything productive since starting work in November, heh.

About sums it up I guess, I may well blog when settled in Ipswich although I’ve nafc if internet is viable where I’m staying, guess there’s always work during a dull night shift if I get desperate.


December 30, 2006

They happen in threes…

Earlier this week I received an email from a friend at work reporting the death of her car halfway up the M6 to Scotland.

A few days ago da Widge also reported the death of his car.

Today mine has just taken to emitting a whining noise when accelerating in 3rd or 4th gear. I am reliably informed (by a guy who knows cars fantastically well) that I’ve lost a bering in the gearbox. This is either a job of replacing the gearbox (and anything else that the new gearbox requires eg new clutch or complete engine) or getting a new car. Suffice to say both are somewhat expensive. Oh yes and when I say ‘new’ gearbox I do mean salvaged from some other car.

Bugger, bugger, bugger.

Now I just wait for a quote and decide which I want to go for.


December 28, 2006

Aristocratic mumblings

Ooh, just watched ‘The Aristocrats’ on More 4, I guess it’s funnier when you know what you’re going to get, but I must say I loved it. So yes I may be a slightly warped and sick bastard, but at least I’m not the one coming up with the stuff. I love just seeing how far each of the comedians can take it, the ability to cross so many boundaries in one conscious thought as a way of proving skill, one-up-manship or just taking the most Freudian scatological nightmare and calling it family entertainment. Awesome. oh dear, oh dear, what has become of me

In other news, erm not a lot, twere a bit different having Christmas as a true holiday – a break from work rather than education (although I guess work atm has a pretty hefty whack of learning atm, but that’ll ease up soon enough). Not so much a Holy-day, so my occasional Christian leanings are a bit bruised (who am I kidding, you did read the first paragraph right?), but there’s still a feel to the season I guess. Here’s to a happy new year, especially for those folks who had cause to be glum in the past one – I guess I’m thinking about the Gulf and Afghan, but I suppose that feeling applies closer to home too.

Ooer, bit low that. Be happy people it’s Christmas! And if your humour’s already in the gutter you could do with a dose of the Aristocrats to make the yuletide bright.


December 23, 2006

Home again

Well it’s Christmas and like so many others I have returned home for a bit. Not that I really had much choice this year mind, corporate accomodation has a habit of ceasing to be so accomodating when you no longer have a job in the local area – although I shall be returning to sunny (and hopefully not so foggy) Exeter come the Spring. For now its home for two weeks, then Lincolnshire before settling in Sufolk for a while at least, I’ve gotta say its all been rather interesting.

Had the big exam on Thursday, weird really, there’s nothing like the pressure of ‘If you fail theres a goodly chance we’ll give you a P45 for Christmas’ and yet I almost certainly did the least revision and was the most laid back. Fair bet that that’ll have to change for the next assessments which I’ve been assured are appropriately harder.

Naturally enough having had our last full day on thursday, plus an exam and the fact my birthday got ignored earlier in the week as people were too busy studying – we all got absolutely wasted. Twere lots of fun – even managed to convince my mostly non-rock colleagues to go to the local rock club, although it was rather light that night.

...As opposed to my head the next morning. Tequilla is not your friend. Never the best at hangovers though I am I did manage to struggle in to work to collect results, which as everyone passed was a rather nice way to round out things.

Got my mum to tape ‘Hogfather’ whilst I was away, just watched it. I’ve always been on at her to read one of the books if only to understad where half my references come from. Rather a good adaptation I thought – not as good as the book, but then what TV/film version is? Although this does now mean that my mum thinks I’m even weirder than before – as I said about halfway through ‘welcome to my moral compass since I was 9’. I do love those books. Anyway hope you have a merry Christmas, you deserve it if you’ve managed to read this much codswallop.

Here’s to the sun rising tomorrow ;)


December 15, 2006

Destination

Well a few more days have passed and I have finally been told where I am to be posted for the majority of 2007 (bar the few months midway where I’ll be back in Exeter), I’m off to sunny Wattisham, in Suffolk – a mere stones throw away from that den of iniquity Ipswich (hope that gets sorted soon). Apparantly it’s helicopter central so it kinda fits with what I was after proffessionally even if its bloody miles from anyone I know.

Besides that pressure mounts on the exam front, next thursday morning is the biggie, after which I can chillax for a bit – before stressing out like a stressed person for selection at the end of January.

Although having said that I have gone out twice this week and it looks like twice this weekend too, plus a Christmassy meal on the Sunday which all my classmates are helping out with. Burning the candle at both ends plus a bit in the middle then, but I’m fairly sure I’ll be sorted for the exam when it hits.

Think that about sums things up for now with the exception that I don’t have a clue what I’m doing for new years and am completely without pressies for family still, ah heck – it’s gonna be me and every other bloke in the country this Saturday at the shops.

Later


October 11, 2006

fffwwwaaaanng …............ and relax

the above title is just conveying a certain amount of relief I am currently feeling at being able to take a break from flinging myself about the globe. so to speak.

have just arrived at my aunty Anne’s house in Tauranga (few hours East of Auckland) in New Zealand – said 3 years ago that I would be back – and I am :)

just felt a good time to pull up a pew / put my legs up / get off the road / chill for a while – I’ve had a wonderful time in the USA, Cook Islands, Fiji – and I love being back here in NZ too – just need the break I think.

will also be able to sort out some accomodation in Sydney hopefully, and possibly look into some additional PhD options / after gap year stuff. Also need to do some DVD photo burning.

arrrghhh 2 and a bit months already gone. flown by. shiiiiiiit

still doesnt really feel like I’ve changed yet (just 3 months in NZ did me wonders last time). Maybe I need something tougher – eg Asia? – to do that….

last 4 days I have been feeling decidedly “chippa” about things / life. also am v glad I’ve got rid of my bloody cold. well just about. anyway, I’m happy (like I was in USA, and improvement on Fiji).

still aint “found” anyone yet. a fair few cuties, but you know me – need a couple of weeks at least. unlikely…. (unfortunately I know me too). Would help if I actually knew how to flirt. Seem to have forgotten somehow / never really learnt properly. As it was v aptly put to me last week, the worldwide search for a woman continues….

anyways – shall be writing an email containing stuff/crap/info from last 3 weeks shortly. oh yeh – its my 22nd birthday on saturday. bugger. old.


September 14, 2006

oh herro !

well hello there one and all

am sat in the main town in the Cook Islands – a bit poorly (on antibiotics) – and thought I would revive my blog now its been “graduated”

has been fun here – great weather – I have a nippy wee scooter to bomb around the roads on – and the hostel is basic but really cool. got a bit sunburnt a few days ago when snorkelling – oh well.

anyway – I’m sure my emails are jealousy inducing enough as they are – so won’t put anything more here atm. just having “great fun” trying to extract the files from my MP3 player to burn a backup DVD to send home – none of the computers on the island have the necessary drivers….

Fiji on Saturday for 3 weeks (2 tours) – should be able to drink alcohol by then. Oh yeh – Monday – me and a girl called Jo won a local dance contest – prize – more alcohol…....

Hehehe – the irony….
Ric


August 01, 2006

packed and ready to go

well this is unusual – Taylor is on time for something. no last minute panics. no stressing. all chilled. plently of time before an early night to send some emails.

flight early tomorrow down to Cat's – 4 days there including her paaarteh – then off from Heathrow on the 6th. dead exciting. although hasnt hit yet. still feels like a uni holiday…..


July 30, 2006

just a little bit of fun – try it yourself !

ok so I was making some passport photos (about 20) using a digital camera, a light and a white sheet – so that I could print them off and take them round the world during my gap year for all the visas and forms I'll be filling in.

and I got bored. I mean really bored. basically ready to go, hence the work to do always expands to fill the time – correct? having installed 3 velux blinds I was looking for something more fun…..

soooo – I decide wouldnt it be fun to chop my face in half – then produce mirror images of each half and create 2 new Richard Taylors. I really wish I hadnt. Its scary…....

(this comes with a disclaimer – the original photo below is the one I'll be using/taking with me – and its at a very slight tilt – so chopping in half required angled boxes – and so the final mirrored images might be slightly thinner faced to get the perfect overlap. even so…)

passport photo

now if you take MY left hand side of my face – you get:

my left hand side doubled over

and my right you get this result:

my right hand side doubled over

so perhaps ignoring the hair – that's just scary. friggin freaky. and my left side's wishing I hadn done this now…. I like my right side…..

in order, final thoughts on the matter above:
errr me
britain's most wanted
soon to be the face of some designer brand or something


July 17, 2006

yay for graduation and cool friends

well – what a fantastic week !
JUST what i needed too – see everyone again, going out, having a laugh….

so grad week rocked, babyB was visited twice, one night was spent crashed on a Redfern floor after late night 4player Gamecube madness, i pikyed many a lift to and from campus (huge thanks guys), did some serious cycling again, and convinced another person to join me treking in Nepal (now me, my dad, and Dave Frost)

then nifty lift over to Cambridge (Royston in fact), and party preparations aplently, then excellent party thrown by my old housemate (cheers Gianna), never eaten so much!
next day was hangover (gav and i had been drinking for 14 hours) and tidy up, today was wee wonder about the country, before 2 hr delayed train journey….. anyway, am back in edinburgh, all bouncy.

sad to say goodbye to some people (2 espec), but shall be seeing many people again in 2 weeks before i go…. 20 days left….