July 02, 2005

Deutschland!

Spent a couple of days in Germany earlier this week, for a bit of sightseeing and to watch the Confederations cup final between Brazil and Argentina.
We flew into Cologne on tuesday evening, with just enough time to check out the cathedral --->(which is pretty big) and have a couple of beers before bed.

Wednesday morning we made our way to Franfurt, about 100 miles south of Cologne. We then spent the rest of the morning and some of the afternoon checking out Frankfurt. It was very hot and sunny most the day, which made lunch in a cool old german pub all the more satisfying (accompanied by some Frankfurt cider of course) Frankfurt has a fairly distinctive skyline compared to many German cities. These are a few pictures of the skyline, town hall and the river running though the city:

Later in the afternoon we headed to one of the main sqaures in Frankfurt where they were showing the Germany - Mexico game on a big screen. There was a decent atmosphere, with quite a few Brazil/ Argentina supporting germans also gathering before the final. We made our way to Frankfurt's stadium at half time, and unlike in English grounds, you go through the turnstiles a fair while before you get to the stadium, so you can hang around outside without having to worry about still having to queue to get in.

At this stage, the sun was still shining, and it looked like being quite a nice evening. Almost as soon as the game kicked off however, a huge thunderstorm started outside. I guess they must have know it was coming as the roof of the stadium had already been closed. The problem was that being a brand new stadium, the roof hadn't been tested be anything nearly as severe as this storm, and half way through the first half it sprung a leak! It made a huge puddle near the corner flag near us, and caused great amusement in the crowd whenever the ball was anywhere near the puddle!! We also suffered from the rain because the back of the stadium doesn't meet up with the roof, so when the wind blew, it blew the rain onto the back few rows, where we were situated. Quite a number of people moved further down the stadium when this happened, but it just reminded me of what watching football was really like! Nothing like getting rained on on a midweek evening :) Whoever was in charge of the half-time music had a sense of humour though, as with water pouring through the roof the PA system was blasting out "raindrops keep falling on my head.."

At least the game was good. In fact it was bloody awesome. The way that Brazil tore Argentina apart was incredible and some of their counter-attacking was simply breathtaking. If they play like that next summer i'd challenge anybody to pick anyone else to lift the world cup. Even their defence played well!!!

Thursday morning we saw a bit more of Frankfurt, including a pretty impressive Euro symbol outside the European central bank, and then made our way back towards the airport in Cologne. This time however, we took the road alongside the Rhine instead of the motorway, and got to see a whole load of castles which had been built overlooking the river. The Rhine is one big, wide river!! We stopped off in Coblence , where the Rhine meets the Meine, which is a quite impressive sight, before getting to the airport and coming home.

A few things about Germany in general; of course the trains ran mostly on time (except when we were waiting outside in the rain once..) and I was on a double-decker train for the first time. Finally they do not like you crossing the road unless you're at a crossing and the man is green! Really. I swear that if you went round Germany taking away all the lights for pedestrians, there are some of them that would never make it to the other side of the road again.


June 24, 2005

Result!

Algebra 1: 81 (predicted 70)
Analysis 3: 85 (predicted 60–65)
Vector Analysis: 67 (predicted 65–70)
Algebra 2: 73 (predicted 70–75)
Differentiation: 67 (predicted 65–70)
Metric Spaces: 74 (predicted 70)
Applied Analysis: 62 (predicted 45–50)
Essay: 67 (predicted 60–65)
Mod Nat: 66 (predicted 55–60)
MP 2: 78 (predicted 70–75)
Acc/ fin: 60 (predicted 70–75)
Math Stat A: 57 (confirmed)

Seymour average of 76.7

Just gutted that some of my friends didn't get the results they deserved


June 18, 2005

More of the same please

Australia embarrassed by Bangladesh, lets hope their form continues for the rest of the summer and that this is a familier sight…

June 07, 2005

Day 2

Follow-up to Week of doom: Day 1 from Jimmy's Blog

Wooo

The worst two exams are now both out of the way, and despite the fact that my applied analysis mark will be challenging my worst ever mark in any exam ever, I actually feel really pleased about how today went. Diff probably went about as well as I could have expected it to, and my aim for applied analysis was simply to pass, which I think I might have just managed… (please!)

I've now got exams thursday afternoon, friday morning and afternoon, and finally saturday morning. Hang on, that doesn't really leave much room for revision… eek. Anyway, I don't care, i'm taking a break tonight I think. All that work for today has really fried my brain!

I did start thinking during this afternoons exam, do the lecturers check through all the blank pages of exam scripts just in case you've written something? I was quite tempted to put a huge BOO! on one of the later pages. I actually had to stop myself laughing at this thought in the exam.. Not good. I think i've been revising for too long!!

Finally, my camera should be with me by thursday. Yay.


June 06, 2005

Week of doom: Day 1

'That was a negative, and right now I need TWO positives, you know, one to cancel out the negative, and another one, just so that I can have a positive..'

Ok, this week I have 6 lovely exams, starting tomorrow, finishing saturday. Luckily the worst two are both out of the way tomorrow. I say luckily, but this does of course mean that I have 2 evil exams on the same day :(

Anyway, despite all of this, and a complete lack of motivation yesterday, the week has already started prettty well. This morning I have ordered my new digital camera. Canon Ixus 40 for, and this is the best bit, £20.75!!! Admittedly this is because it's from the insurance people after my old camera had an accident, but considering that one was only insured for £100, means that getting a £200 camera and only having to pay my excess is a bit of a bargain :)

Another positive will be a certain announcement at Ashton Gate in about 10 mins…. :D

I think this morning could well be the highest point of the week until 11.30 saturday


May 31, 2005

All eyes on the 7th…..

Was going to write a long entry on my exams, but i'm too lazy.

Algebra II was pretty good, confident that this will be one of the better ones this year.
Now I can fully focus on next week, 6 exams, 5 days… First up Applied Analysis and Differentiation on the same day!! aaaarrggghhh!

Despite this, i'm not doing any work tonight. Top gear and the football for me. :)


May 25, 2005

Revision sucks…

especially today.

May 22, 2005

Only 100 minutes….

…to wait until Top Gear returns.

yay!


May 12, 2005

Confusion

I have 3 seperate sources of notes for my revision of Algebra 2. The notes I made myself during lectures, although these probably have a stupid amount of errors and gaps because half the time we couldn't read a work that was being written, then there is the set of printed notes for the course, and the revision guide. Great. Surely from these three there must be more than enough material to be able to work out exactly what is going on…

Wrong. The problem is that all three seem to be telling me different things!! Some of the time it is obvious which is right, ie when my notes say A=>B, when it's clearly the other way round, but there are other times when i've got no idea what he was trying to do. It doesn't help also that all three sets of notes are in a different order, so the challenge half the time is working out which bits of the notes correspond to each other!! It's all getting a bit confusing.

On a brighter note, i'm going to have a look at applied analysis tomorrow…....


May 11, 2005

Ouch!

Paper cuts, or plastic cuts, or whatever it was that cut my finger so, bloody hurts.

:(


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