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July 02, 2005


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


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


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.


May 12, 2005


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


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


May 10, 2005

The feud is over!!

At the end of last summer I made a new acquaintance. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

We've spent hours together, just messing about, especially when I have work to be doing. I've taken them all over the place with me, and from time to time they can even help me with my work. Although more often than not, as hard as they try not to, they just end up distracting me :) In short, we've had a great time together.

There was a problem however. You see, before I met this new friend, there this another friend. With whom I had always played around with long before this new friend. I hadn't ever really taken them anywhere, however, as they unfortunately just didn't have the mobility to travel, but we'd spend many happy time-wasting hours just sitting in my room.

So when this new friend came along, I desperately wanted the two of them to be friends ,to get along and share everything with each other. I knew that they could be compatible, despite what others might have thought. Unfortunately, after a brief conversation on their first meeting, it all went downhill. They would refuse to talk, and even refused to believe that the other even existed.

For a while I didn't even attempt to patch things up, but then today, I thought i'd give it another go. I sat them both down together, and after a great deal of trying I got them to accept the existance of each other. Shortly after this, with a little more effort I got them talking, and finally, they are both ready to share things with each other!! YES!!

Yes that's right. I've finally managed to work out how to transfer files etc between my lovely iBook and my PC :) When I first bought my iBook I had this grand plan that I would be moving files backwards and forwards between the two (They're more compatible than you might think!)
I managed to see my PC on my mac the vey first time I hooked them up, and transfered some stuff over, but since then i've failed to remember how I did it, and had not been able to see it since. Likewise on my PC I had even less luck in finding my mac, so hadn't been able to transfer the other way (not that I had much need back then!)
However, in my escape from revision, I hooked them up again, and i've finally managed to view both from the other machine, and transfer files like there's no tomorrow!! Woo!

Now I can finally watch anything that I downloaded to my PC in halls last year on my laptop without having to worry about fitting it onto a CD!! It also means that I can create some free space on my poor PC to get it to clean itself up a bit!

Cheers Tony!!

Follow-up to Gah, 'On hold' from Jimmy's Blog

What's this? A customer sales person who actually knows what he is talking about???!

Seing as I am completely unmotivated towards revision today, i'm sorting out some bits and pices that have been waiting for ages:

  • Camera (see previous enry) seems that the reason nothing was happening was because the idiot I made my claim to didn't actually record it! And they wonder why customer sales people have a bad reputation…...

  • Phone tariff. I've been meaning to change my plan to an anytime one for months so that I no longer avoid calling people during peak times, and finally did today. The O2 guy, Tony, was amazing! He actually knew what was going on, answered some of my stupid questions, and explained everything brilliantly. So as long as he actually puts it into his computer correctly, it should all be sorted! :)

Now all I have to do is get on and sort out my passport for my escape from the country at the end of term….

Gah, 'On hold'

Currently trying to get hold of Endsleigh after they apparently haven't passed on the details of my claim on my camera, and i'm on hold….. currently listening to S-club 7, hang on, make that Ronan Keating… woo…

Just got through, but within a minute, back on hold….........


May 09, 2005

I must be bored..

I've just noticed that a bit of bad code in an entry can change everything in the page underneath it.. So if I wanted to I could make everything after this word bold! (Annoying huh?)

I'll change it back in a bit, i promise

Edit: looks like someone up there didn't like me doing that…
It's changed now


I've just run out of chocolate biscuits..

I need chocolate biscuits.

This is not good news for my revision.

What am I going to do?!!!

P.S. I'm too lazy to go to the shop and get some more today

Revision 'Strategy'

I've never been a fan of revision timetables. Probably because I know that the chances of actually sticking to one are between 0 and ..err 0. So rather than wasting time on devising one just for the hell of it, i've decided that i'm just going to have a pretty vague strategy:

  1. By around the middle of week 5 (18th ish) i'm going to try to have gone through all my notes for every module (all 7 of them.. aaargh!) and hopefully condense my notes a little. Then,

  2. Split the remaining time between all my subjects for properly learning everything and doing questions, oh and fiitting in some exams too.

Looking at it this way, it seems like I should be able to revise at a fairly leisurely pace and still fit everything in comfortably. I'm sure it won't work out like that, but it makes me feel better than having a stupid timetable in front of me, making me feel bad when i'm not keeping up with it.

Next task is going to be getting out of bed before 12 today…

May 08, 2005

End of the Season

This weekend, as far as i'm concerned, has marked the end of the current football season. Yes, the big boys and the teams in the play-offs are still going, but Bristol City are done, and so that's it as far as me not being able to fully concentrate on anything come Saturday afternoon.

Not a particularly memorable season, although it was nice to finish off the season on a high at Hillsborough, especially with the last goal of the campaign being put past Peacock!!

At least this year I can concentrate on my exams now, rather than spending too much time concerned about the play-offs like last year!

Although my attendence was a bit poor this season (not too sure my season ticket was justified in the end) there were some momorable experiences throughout the season. Beating Hull and Brentford at home comfortably and celebrating a last minute winner at Walsall were probably the highs. Losing too easily at home to Bournemouth and away to Brentford were the lows (although at least we had a bit of a laugh during the latter game) Sitting with the opposition fans for the first time ever at Hull was different (especially the looks when we celebrated our equaliser!) and you've never really seen it all unless you've sung "6–5, we're gonna win 6–5" when 5–0 down away from home!!

In regards to other teams; I was glad to see Reading miss the play-offs again (Lots of people back home support them, and I was always slightly jealous after they left us behind a few years back despite our regular beatings of them!) I was also amused more than anything about Wigan's promotion today. Will they actually fill their ground now that they've hit the big time?
Would have been nice to see MK Dons go down, partly because of Danny Wilson, but mainly because they shouldn't be able to do what they've done to that club over there, and relegation would have reduced the chances of anything similar ever happening again.

Apart from that, it wouldn't have been a bad weekend of football, City winning :) and Reading missing the play-offs. If only that silly £$%* Earnshaw hadn't scored and denied me the best part of £100. grrrrrrr

In a final attempt to wind up any Wendies, I hope that either Tranmere go up (they were the third best team after all and after the last two years I know what it feels like to finish there and not go up), or Hartlepool do (given how close they were to the final last year before we scored 2 in stoppage time to beat them!)

Roll on 2005–6!

April 24, 2005

Happy Birthday to….

..Radio 1's Comedy Dave!!

Oh, and me!! :D

April 23, 2005

24 hrs to go!!

Having lots of work to do, plus the comment earlier today 'you haven't updated your blog much recently..' have forced me to make a new entry.

Anyway, we've just moved into my final 24 hours of my teenage years, and do I feel reflective of how I have spent those past 7 years? Well no, not really. I'm currently contemplating the way in which i'll be spending those last few hours of youth(!), and indeed the way in which I shall be spending my birthday. Unfortunately, there are no fun decisions to be made, no exciting activities to consider and no wild parties planned (not yet at least). Instead I shall be spending the next few joyous days continuing work on our Modelling Assignment!

Let's be honest, it is my own fault for having done very little over the holiday, but that's not the point. It still sucks. Welcome to the real world I guess! People have said I should take Sunday off from doing any work, but I don't really see having to work extra hard at the start of next week as much of a reward, so I shall be working away on my 20th (Albeit with a couple of hours break to watch the Grand Prix in the afternoon, maybe even with a beer or two..)

The consolation will be that it does mean that I get to spend all day with my friends, and to be fair we always manage to have a good laugh when we work together anyway (sometimes too much…) so it should still be a fun day! Then of course there is apparently some suprise in store next thursday when our assignment is done and dusted, which if people's excitement so far is anything to go by should be pretty good!

On a completely different subject, if you ever think you've seen everything..;
"Have you ever seen a man eat his own head?"
"So you HAVEN'T seen everything!"
(Team America, boy was that a funny movie!)

So there you are, I've updated my blog. Happy now? (you know who you are!!)

Happy St George's Day!

Happy St George's Day

Would just like to say that it would be nice if we celebrated our patron saint's day a little bit more here in England. I think it was Jack Dee who said on tv the other day "Scotland; St Andrew's day, big piss up. Wales; St David's day, big piss up. Ireland; pay day, big piss up.."

But seriously, all the other home nations make a big deal of their days, celebrate their nationality and generally enjoy themselves, especially St Patrick's day which even we try to celebrate! What do we do come St George's day? Not much to be honest. I mean I wouldn't be suprised if a good number of people didn't even realise it was! (Maybe I only remember because it's the day before my birthday..)

Even for the rest of the time, English people seem a lot less pround of their background. The Scots, Welsh and Irish all seem far more connected to their respective countries, and I get the impression that few consider themselves to be British. Whereas in England on the other hand, i'm sure there are a great number of people for whom when it comes to filling in the nationality part of any form there is always a 'British' vs 'English' debate in their head. We even have trouble trying to display St George's cross flags in public for fear of being branded as a racists! It's pretty ironic really that whoever it is that used the flag as a symbol of their racist beliefs (I can't remember exactly who it was right now) have really only been succesful in managing to rob the country of celebrating its individuality.