February 12, 2007

Paul Collingwood: The Owen Hargreaves of cricket

So, England have managed to win something in Australia, and the unlikely hero is that ginger bloke from Durham. A man who, before the Ashes had the reputation of being that bloke who would come in to the team if someone was injured, but nothing much was really expected from him. A man who, as Shane Warne pointed out in one of the better reported pieces of sledging this winter, got an OBE for scoring 10 in the final Ashes test in 2005. And now he’s scored a double century in the Test England really should have won and been instrumental in the one dayers with bat, ball, and in the field, and is probably now an automatic selection for the England XI.

Sounds very simillar to a certain Canadian and events in Germany last summer.

January 05, 2007

Exeter Christian Union suspended from their SU

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6232869.stm

Didn’t something similar happen with Warwick’s about 5 years ago?

October 27, 2006

Today I met..

The Shadow Chancellor.

Our local MP, Robert Syms, came to visit our office and he brought his friend George Osborne with him. They watched a song about cheese.

September 14, 2006

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink

Writing about web page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Vennegoor_of_Hesselink

A group of us in the pub for the United-Celtic match last night were wondering how Celtic’s Dutch striker got his unusual surname. Wikipedia provides the answer. The word ‘of’ is actually Dutch for ‘or’, and so his name is actually Vennegoor or Hesselink, which is a Dutch equivalent of a double-barrelled name. So he’s really just Jan Vennegoor-Hesselink, which doesn’t sound nearly as interesting.

September 07, 2006

Lack of goats

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/5322302.stm

Has to be the strangest excuse for speeding ever, surely?

September 06, 2006

For the mathematicians

The Finite Simple Group (Of Order 2)

July 18, 2006

Someone likes me!

Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/amcfarland

I just discovered in the About Me section of this blog a nice little link telling you who has your blog in their favourites. So I checked mine and the list looked pretty much as I expected, consisting of people I know, and then I found this one. Apparently my blogging has been good enough to persuade one person I don't know and have (probably) never met to add me to their favourites. Yay for me! And thank you to Andrew McFarland, whoever you are.

July 07, 2006


So, it's my 4th blog entry after coming back from tour, so maybe I should write a bit about tour. Photos can be found here.

So, tour. It started at a ridiculous hour early on Saturday morning, when after telling the man at University House that I was there to pick up a van for the Brass Society, he gives me the wrong set of keys. Of course, I didn't discover this until after I'd walked through the rain to the car park and tried to open the van with them. Five minutes later I'd managed to get the right set of keys and was able to get the van down to the Music Centre to start getting everything loaded on to it.

The journey down was fine. The roadworks on the M5 happened during the shift I wasn't driving, so I didn't have to worry about those. The roadworks on the A30 happened when I was driving, so I got stuck in a queue there for a bit, which was annoying. But we got to Nine Ashes eventually and met up with the Thora Hird tour before moving off to Launceston for the joint concert with Launceston Town Band.

Sunday was a fairly quiet day. Rehearsal followed by lunch followed by driving people to the pub to watch the England game. At this point I notice that changing gears in the bus I was driving is sounding louder than it should be.

Monday, the Eden Project. Preceded by the clutch going in one of the minibuses, the one that felt dodgy when I drove it on Sunday. Fortunately I wasn't in that bus at the time, so it wasn't my problem. Anyway, it got sorted out and shuttle runs were made to get everyone to the Eden Project, which was similar to how I remember it from when I went there previously, except that the man who talks about bananas wasn't there this time.

Tuesday. Down to Falmouth for a Symphonic gig at Pendennis castle in front of an audience consisting almost entirely of castle staff and groupies. Followed by some time in Falmouth and another minibus clutch going on the way back to the campsite. Fortunately by this time the garage had phoned Rebecca to say that the first minibus was repaired and ready to be picked up, so it didn't really put us in a worse situation to what we were in already.

Wednesday, St Austell. Brewery tour first, which wasn't as good as it was last time I went, probably due to the tour guide. the beer as nice, and the rum was as strong as I remembered (71% abv, nice). Followed by some time in the town itself, a lot of which was spent bowling. I managed to score an aggregate of over 200 in the two games, as well as getting a double strike, but congratulations are due to Kel for her 140–something in the first game, and Craigy for 150–something in the second game, which included not missing a pin until about the 7th frame.

Thursday: Bandstand gig in Newquay. Managed to stall the van four times reversing it up a steep slope out of the council office car park to take all the instruments down to the bandstand. After the gig we played Crazy Golf, and i won out of our group with 56, including a hole in one at the last. Then met Spooner, who'd finally managed to make his way down.

Friday, Hidden Valley. Cue bad Richard O'Brien impressions as everyone went round the site trying to find all the crystals. The prize at the end was very nice. Followed by the end–of–tour meal in Wadebridge and a last night campfire back at the campsite.

Saturday. Pack up, leave, get stuck in roadworks on the M5, eventually arrive back on campus at 4, unpack the van and get to the Union at half time in the England–Portugal game, watch the game, come home.

As for what I've been doing this week, I've kind of already blogged that. I had a job interview on Tuesday and got offered the job on Thursday, see my previous entry for more details.

July 06, 2006


So, I'm finally sorted (almost) for next year. I have a job offer for a position as an Analyst/Programmer at a small company called Dorset Software, based (surprisingly enough) in Poole, Dorset. So, subject to suitable references, I will soon be earning £20,000 a year down on the south coast. Yay!

July 05, 2006


Writing about web page http://o.tearne.org/G103/

During the course of the second term, I was involved in the making of a film by the Maths Department to be used to show prospective undergraduates what an average day in the life of a maths student is like. This film, called G103 has now been finished and is available online here. My role is as an extra in the lecture scene and also in the scene labelled "Dance of the Mathematicians".

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