October 08, 2005

Beer Review (1): Guinness

Here comes the first part of a loose series of short beer reviews. The test object today was actually not a British beer, but an Irish: Guinness

1. External characteristics:

Its colour is black, the froth is beige and is actually not a 'real' froth, but has more or less the consistency of cream, looks a little bit ugly when it comes out of the tap.

2. Taste:

The froth tastes as bad as it looks like. The beer itself is much better, although for me it is a little bit too bitter. Especially the aftertaste is … well, could be better.

VALUATION:

All in all: 6 out of 10

-> http://www.guinness.com/


20% of term over!

Yeah, that's right: 20% of the term is already over! I nearly cannot believe that… time passes really fast here. But as I feared, the relaxed part of the term is gone by now and lectures/seminars require quite a bit of work…
Additionally, I did some sports this week – went again running several times, joined the Sports Union and played Squash! That's really fun! I'm going to do that more often now and perhaps I will even find a nice racket in Birmingham tomorrow.
I also visited the Bible Study group (just a couple of hours ago), which was a very nice meeting (and also nice food/drinks).
Afterwards, I wanted to play pool in 'the bar', but we didn't find a free pool table – it's really annoying that they block the whole students' union when there is a party… all the pool tables there… empty…

OK, that were the most important things of my week so far, I guess.


October 04, 2005

Green Day – American Idiot

Just a view words to their latest album:

I like it.

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WARNING: Before you go on reading: No stupid comments about this entry, I am only an amateur expressing his opinion! I do not even possess a copy of the album, just heard it over itunes network (thanx to 'Owner's limewire tunes'!).
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It is their typically Green Day style of fast beats, distorted guitar chords and front voice, which makes it easy to recognise their music. The ones who loved older songs will (most probably) also love the new ones. My favourites are American Idiot, Holiday, Boulevard of Broken Dreams (although it's always in the radio!), but also the slower ballades Give me Novacaine and Wake me up when September ends (-> that would be now! ;-) ) are not bad. So, if you have some pounds too much, buy it.


New week, new chance

I finally have collected all necessary signatures of the professors and lecturers of the modules I want to attend. That process took me about a week now… As annoying it might be to run from office to office, it also has its good sides: Most profs take their time to get to know their students. They are (or at least pretend to be) interested and friendly. That really impressed me! OK, there are also nice profs in Germany, but compared to here, the ratio (nice prof to ***hole) is definitely worse…
Besides having completed my examination registration form, I had another course today (my third one), signed up for the sports union (quite expensive though), was running in the morning (or 'jogging', only for 20mins on my usual tour), had a delicious meal (rice, chicken and a sauce with an unrememberable name from Tesco) and did nothing for my courses… However, that WILL CHANGE! At least, it will have to change.

Btw: I had a nice weekend – Silvi was here and I could show her our cool campus. Yesterday, we visited the chaplaincy and joined the lunch afterwards. I liked both.


October 01, 2005

Short week review

First week of term is over… So what did I learn in the past few days?

  • They don't take it too seriously here: Although term was supposed to start, I only had two lectures. However, most of my relaxing time is over now, I guess… Next week, hard life starts.
  • Lecturers are really nice in England! That was the good side of the annoying task of collecting signatures of nine different profs… they seem to be interested in their students.
  • One can kill time with lots of useless things… and at the end of the day one has not finished the one important task…
  • A kitchen is overloaded when 26 students try to prepare their dinner…
  • A kitchen can be a dirty place at weekends, when cleaners do not have to work
  • Swedish prisons for women could be worse (our student dorm. was designed after one)
  • Swedish jails could be accousticly better isolated.

So far the lessons for this week…


September 29, 2005

Book review

Title:
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

This is a really good book! Although it might be a little bit overexaggerated or unrealistic at times, you cannot lay it back until you've finnished reading it… That's actually the biggest problem – you should bring enough time with you, i.e. más o menos two or three days… during this time you won't be able to do many other things!

The only two things I did not like:
1. The only German appearing in this book is a fat and ugly man hanging around with a prostitute… Nice image of the Germans…
2. The description of the Giralda tower in Sevilla is wrong – there are no stairs in this tower, only ramps

However, it is really worth reading it!!


September 28, 2005

First typical English day…

Today, we had our first typical English day – cloudy wheather and rain from 4 to 11… Nevertheless, it wasn't too bad. I had no class today (same as tomorrow, btw), and therefore could concentrate on doing other things, for example shopping or collecting signatures from my lecturers. Yeah, that's right! I have to run from prof to prof just to make them sign my "Module selection form"... little bit annoying, because it doesn't make sense. However, I collected ONE signature – seven to go…
Yesterday, I had my first class – it was OK, although I do not know much more about the topic than I had known before… it was mainly introduction and video-watching (interesting, though). I think it's not getting too hard, but you never know…
It was also the second day that I was running in the morning! I am really proud of me… ;-) I am planning to join the sports union and do some squash. Would be fun.
I am looking forward to seeing more comments! Thanx for the ones you wrote up to now!

September 26, 2005

Flop Banana

That is meant to be the coolest party of the week – "Top Banana". To be honest, I've got no idea, how it really is/was, because the queue was just toooooo looooong. You would have been waiting for hours! That's just crazy.. However, I had a nice time with my friends at Rootes Social Bar. The rest of the day was pretty easy – ich hatte noch keine Kurse und hab mich hauptsächlich damit beschäftigt, Formulare auszufüllen, im Internet zu surfen, die library anzuschauen und mein Buch zu lesen. We'll see what tomorrow brings…

September 25, 2005

Birmingham

Ein sehr schönes WE in Birmingham liegt hinter mir. Endlich weiß ich nun auch, wo Silvi in nächster Zeit wohnen und leben wird. Sie hat echt Glück gehabt mit ihrem Zimmer (im Vergleich zu meinem riiiiesig…) und ihren Mitbewohnerinnen (von denen ich bisher eine kennen gelernt hab). Aber auch die Aston Business School scheint ganz gut zu sein – auch wenn mir natürlich die WBS besser gefällt. ;-) Aber mal sehen, der term beginnt ja erst morgen! Bin echt schon gespannt darauf, aber wie ich festgestellt hab, beginnt meine Montags-Veranstaltung erst nächste Woche – naja, auch nicht schlecht, dann hab ich morgen noch Zeit für organisatorischen Kram, von dem es auch hier genug gibt…
Jetzt les ich noch ein bissle in meinem neuen Buch ("Digital Fortress") und klappe dann die Augen zu.

September 23, 2005

Welcome to my blog!

So, I've finally done it – I have my own blog.
Although I'm very tired after a long day and a short party (I am not the party-guy, as most of you know), I am trying to start the first entry of my new blog here at Warwick.
Until now I really like my stay. I had some very nice days, well-organised, informing, interesting. Today, I got to know how the choice of modules (the lectures and seminars I will have to attend) works: I will have to pick them, talk with the module tutor and my personal tutor (who is a professor that I will meet on Tuesday) and hand in some forms. Sounds as if it was some work… and I figure, it will be wearisome…
Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the start of the term! More than that, however, I am looking forward to seeing Silvi tomorrow.
Goodnight to everyone…

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