April 11, 2005

Monday Mutterings

Hm, haven't blogged for a little while. I suppose I haven't had much inspiration for the last week or so – largely due to not doing anything interesting! I'll shortly be heading onto campus and to either the Learning Grid or the Library. Am I motivated? No, but it has to be done.

I never was one of those who could pass exams with a minimum of revision. Some people ask me how long it takes me to revise a subject. Well…from the day I start it til the day of the exam, usually. I can't revise a course for 3 days and then say "right, done that one. Next!" Doesn't really work. Nor am I disciplined enough to stick to a revision timetable, so I don't bother making one up. Ah well :)

Went to see Grimethorpe yesterday at Symphony Hall, as part of the Brass on Sundays thing. They weren't bad, I guess :-). Ok they were amazing, and we had pretty good seats – in the centre, at the back on the ground floor. The best thing was the relaxed attitude of the band…due partly to their conductor's light-hearted public speaking. Damn, I wish I could do that. But with an accent like mine there's only so much you can do…

I've missed the Edinburgh Chess Congress this year. I must have played in it for the last three years. But not this time. I haven't been playing regular chess in the last year, and I don't have the spare time (or money) to trot up to Edinburgh for a weekend. I've managed a few games roped in for the University A Team (possibly the worst A team in the club history – jeez, I was on it!), usually ending in spectacular blunders and defeat. It's funny, in chess a bad mistake is called a "blunder". Embarrasing, huh?

In my defence I must say I won at least 2 games. Against children. One of them quite a small child actually. Um. Oh dear… :-)

It's a pity though because, unlike in the local area down here, there's quite a friendly atmosphere in the chess scene in Edinburgh. The Scottish Championships this year are going to be held in Oban. It's a tempting prospect, but it's the week after the tour to Germany! Plus paying for a week's accomodation in Oban? Ouch, maybe not. (And don't tell me you don't know where Oban is. Grr :P)

Alas for being a student eh? Empty pockets all the time, and an alarming, ever-growing overdraft. Tsk.

Still, a week more of vacation and then I'll be quite busy enough, I should think. The exams are starting to make me nervous. They always do. Grr…exams.

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  1. I misread it 'as the Edinborough Cheese Congress' at first.

    11 Apr 2005, 16:32

  2. Not only that, but misread Edinburgh as Edinborough as well!

    12 Apr 2005, 16:20

  3. You beat me at chess last time you played me, and I'm not that much of a child… Well, most of the time I'm not!

    13 Apr 2005, 17:06

  4. If you ever want to feel better about your chess-playing skills, feel free to challenge me to a game. The problem with being blonde is that you think through all the possible moves … except the one that's going to lose you the game! Ah well.

    I also must sympathise with the feeling of empty pockets. How do you survive a 5 week holiday on only £20? I've no idea, but apparently I just managed it! There's a youth hostel in Oban, BTW - I've stayed in it and it's very lovely… and cheap!

    14 Apr 2005, 09:42

  5. Lucy Griffiths

    And you can beat me at chess! Not that I'm any good…

    21 Apr 2005, 13:15

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