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December 17, 2004

Bored, So I'll Do This

Everyone else is doing these weird questionare things so who am I to follow the corwd (baa)?

What's the strangest thing you've brought with you to university?
Torch glasses. Glasses frames with two torches, one on each side. Very very useful despite being ridiculous.

Would you renationalise the railways? Why (or why not)?
Yeah probably. I just want the trains to run on time. I like trains and it pains me that they aren't as good as they could be.

Whose thoughts would you most like to read?
My mum's cos she's psychic. Or Housemate:Els cos then maybe I could understand the madness.

What have you lost that you'd most like to retrieve?
My penknife. It was an impulse buy but it served me so well and I want it back. I also want to money I've earned this winter which was taken as emergency tax back as I kind of need it to live.

What's your favourite red thing?
A Manchester United shirt with Cantona 7 on it being worn by the man himself scoring many wonderful goals.

If you had the power, what laws would you make, or change, or repeal?
More tax to be paid by the stupidly rich, less sending to jail of drug addicts (more treatment) and more moeny into research to find a chocloate which isn't bad for you.

What are some things that make you nervous?
Standing up in front of groups of people and giving presentations. Mind you I do like the adreniline kick I get from it as well…

What's the best tasting food you've ever eaten?
Chicken Korma from the Shazam in Rusholme, Manchester. Mmm…

What's your favourite boy's name? Girl's name?
Mmm, I think I blogged this one once before

Why did you choose the course you're studying?
I love history. I love it cos it's basically a chance to listen to stories about the past and learn random facts and this is my idea of happiness.

What's on the walls in your room? Why?
Oooo, big one this. Ok, One wall has posters of bands and pieces of art I really like, I guess this is an attempt by me to show off my taste. One wall has a huge variety of newpaper cutttings, cards, tickets from events and the like, this is so I can either read something entertaining or remember a cool event, it is also a way of showing people what I think about. One wall have two large flags, one English and one Irish cos I have a dual nationality and love both countries. One has a huge display of photographs so I can see exactly what my friends, family and randoms look like and what silly things they have done in the past.

Name a CD you own that's a guilty pleasure (one you adore, but pretend not to for fear of irreversible negative social consequences). Why do you like it?
Mel C- 'Norther Star'. The title track is superb.

What item of your friends' would you most like to have for your own?
Housemate:Els's scanner so I can get my art onto my laptop with no hassle.

Where will you be in five year's time?
Dunno, here probably or in the area. I do history, no one on my course knows where they're going.

What one thing would you most like to accomplish with your life?
See above but whatever it is I want someone somewhere to be glad I was alive.

What's your favourite scary movie?
I don't get scared by movies but I thought Alien and Aliens were superb pieces of filmmaking.

Who's funnier, Jim Carrey or Bill Murray?
Mmm, overall Murray, but 'The Mask' is the funnist film I've seen either of them in.

Have you ever been in a school play? Was it good? Were you good?
I bloody wrote two in primary school! I would have ideas and occasionally be able to persuade my fellow pupils into doing them. On a couple of occasions we got so into it, rehearsals in the playground and such, that the teachers gave in and made them official. One was about the history of our hometown and included a battle scene between the Romans and the Celts, and the other was a comedy about our departing headteacher for which I had to drop my trousers in a kung fu scene. Rock and roll!

What's the furthest place you've ever travelled to?
Chicago but I want to go to Japan.

Have you ever won a trophy? What for?
Once for the school Laureatte Award. Our English teacher told us to write an entry for homework on the theme of 'How to deal with exam stress' but I didn't want to so I did a cartoon instead as a protest and won!

Name a book you'd recommend to a friend. Why?
'Mrs Dalloway' cos everyone should read it.

What's the stupidest thing you've ever done?
I started breathing before I was born and was therefore born with two lungs full of gunk. This resulted in me spending my first ten days in Great Ormond Street Hospital.

What's your favourite cartoon? Why?
Anitmated-Simpsons cos it's the best.
Written-'Watchmen' cos it's a classic.
Satirical-Steve Bell in the Guardian, cos it's true.

Which animal do you most resemble in both appearance and habit?
Some of my friends have me in their phone books as "Magpie". Appearance-wise I have almost black hair and the palest skin you will see on a person, and I wear black and white a lot. Personality-wise I am irrrationally attracted to shiny objects as my sliver football training shoes will demonstrate.

What mesmerises you?
Shiny things.

Which other universities did you apply to? Why did you choose Warwick?
York-Rejected me. Tossers.
King's College London-Lost my application. Rejected me. Tossers.
Durham-I refused to apply to Oxbridge so applied to the next highest grade uni just to see if I'd get in. Got an offer. From the all-gilrls college. Tossers.
Leeds-Not overwhelmed despite lowest grade offer. Local residents hate students. Tossers.
Nottingham-Very nice, was a close thing between here and Wazza. Came to Wazza. Notts women's football team then beats us a lot at football. Tossers.

Name something about yourself that people don't expect.
I am actually quite a talented freestyle rapper but I don't like rap music much and rarely do it in public. This is true, I'm not joking this time.

What's your favourite place on campus? Why?
In spring, before the weather gets too hot, there is nowhere better than on the Cryfield ptiches playing football. Nowhere.

If you won 5 million, how would you spend it?
Holiday with friends, pay off parents' margage, buy car and save the rest.

If you could invent a piece of technology that would improve your academic life, what would it be and why?
A book-ike tablet which can change its layout to look like the page of a book onto which you can download every book you need for your essay without having to fight others in the SRC for the only copy of the text.

What everyday item is the most well designed? (Fit for purpose and aesthetically pleasing.)
My waste paper bin is stylishly simple but elegant and works.

What's your favourite time of day? Why? Late at night/early hours of the morning when the lack of sleep makes everything that bit more magical and all the streetlights are so fascinating. And shiny.

Describe what you consider to be the most beautiful view in the world.
Looking out over a large urban area at night and just seeing all the lights. That the view in question is usually ugly as hell in the day makes it more impressive. Best example? Vienna from the hotal I stayed in up a nearby mountain about 4 years ago. Hence also my ambition to go on the London Eye at night some time.

What are your strengths?
I'm good at drawing, I have an incredible memory for facts, I'm a nice person, I am willing to learn, I can speak Spanish.

What is your favourite artwork on campus? The big, ugly bugger by the busstop. Fun to play on.

Which issue would make you want to become a politician?
Racism and inequality. There aren't amny people in this world I actively dislike but Nick Griffin from the BNP and Ian Paisely from the DUP are two.

Which union society would you make every other student join?
The Boar, they they'd stop bitching about it. And RAG cos that makes sense.

  • What is the best place to live: Leamington, Coventry, Kenilworth or on campus?*
    Leam, but I like campus too.

Which book has helped you most with your work?
So far this term the best one has been A. Pettegree's 'The Reformation World' but there'll be others.

What is the best thing you have done in a seminar?
A presentation on Irish politics in the late 19th century. I have yet to do anything at uni which matches my A level repsentation on the Ranters (16th century religious sect in England) which included stickmen pictures to demonstrate such sins as swearing, drinking and orgies.

What is the best moment you have had in a lecture?
The time Patrick Major pulled out an antique gun in a lecture. Or Sarah Hodges waving a model dinosaur at us whilst imitating a stuffy Oxbridge don.

What would convince you to choose a specific career?
It would have to show me that I was required to both think and move. I will not be happy in an office, but I will not be happy doing something which requires no thought. Plumber looks good.

Which module would you make compulsory?
Languages. We should learn other languages.

What was your biggest mistake in your first year?
Wasting my first term and a half through disoragnisation. It's a mistake I appear to be repeating.

List your top ten revision tips.
1. Don't get a blog.
2. Don't revise with friends.
3. Erm… dunno, just take regular breaks and keep it organised and be flexible. If you remember something straight away you will not need to go over it so revise something else.

Phew, I don't know why I did this, I just did.

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