December 17, 2006

Got nothing to do, so here's a blog entry

Hello all once again!

I’ve been back at home for a week now, and had 5 Tesco shifts (with 5 more next week), which, to be honest, haven’t been too bad, but Tesco isn’t exactly my favourite place in they world (as you may already have guessed!). Still, it’s either that or have sod all money to spend next term! It’s nice to be at home again too, especially in my nice and comfy bed (my mum reckons my uni bed is comfy, but I really don’t get how she comes to that conclusion!), the shower which now seems super-powerful compared to the uni-shower (which is quite an achievement) and our home stairs almost seem flat in comparison to uni house stairs! And has our bathroom décor always been this horrible shade of green? Apparently so!

Anyway, I thought I’d have a bit of a reflection on last term, so here goes….
I feel that last term has been my favourite term so far at uni, for a number of reasons. Firstly (and I’ve probably said this before), I’m definitely preferring living in a house to living in halls, mainly because I found (particularly in Term 3) being on campus almost all the time extremely annoying, although I do miss the convenience of everything this year (Tesco, lectures, the union et al), but I can easily live with that. The bus ride is (for me at least) kind of pleasant in a way, although it can be frustrating at times (why an Optare Solo at 8:30 in the morning going to Uni?), but, to be fair, Travel Coventry aren’t that bad! Plus I’ve found living in a house more fun, as I’ve got to know the people who I’m living with alot better I feel this year, and, to be honest, although some people say they met loads of friends in halls, I found the whole environment intimidating and not very ‘cosy’, for want of a better word. And, despite what I initially thought, I still get to see my main non-house friends just as often, and friendships haven’t suffered as a result. In fact, they’ve probably developed even more since last year. Plus I’ve made a few new friends as well, which is great.

My penultimate weekend was probably one of my best since I started uni. The Warley model railway exhibition was as good as I expected (I lost over 5 hours in there without trying), where my parents let me do my own Christmas shopping, so, there I was excitedly exploring with a whole load of money that wasn’t mine to spend on whatever I wanted! Paradise! I (eventually) settled on a Transpennine Express Class 158, a Freightliner Class 66 and the Quail Track Plans Book for the Midlands & North West. Needless to say, I practically skipped by Coventry (not while I was on the train, though). Then, in the evening, my housemates and I went out for a meal, followed by going to see Mitchell & Webb at the Arts Centre. I think M&W were pretty good, although not quite as good as I’d expected. Was still worth going to see though! Then the last week saw the last Reckless Moment of term on Monday, then a pub trip on Friday, before train home on Saturday.

Anyway, I’ve got plenty of work to be getting on with over Christmas. I’ve got a second year essay draft (which I fear will end up being heavily plagiarised), Modelling Nature’s Nonlinearity assignment and Math Stats revision for my exam when we get back. No rest for the wicked…

And that’s just about everything going on in my life at the moment!

Until next time, farewell!

December 03, 2006

I may have got there wrong end of the stick here, but…

Writing about web page

.... reading this sentence taken from the above link for the page for the end of term party:

“This is a special fundraising event and all bar and ticket sales will go back towards union activities”

Erm…. isn’t that what always happens?

November 30, 2006

Advent Calendars at the ready!

Doesn’t time fly when you’re studying Maths? I can’t believe that we’ve only got a week and a day left of this term, then it’ll be the Christmas holidays, which, coincidentally, are lined up to be work-wise the worst Christmas holidays ever. What with a draft of my Second Year Essay to do, an assignment for Modelling Nature’s Nonlinearity and revision for my Math Stats A exam in the first week back in January, I’ve got plenty of Uni work to do. And if that wasn’t enough, I’ve got 1-2 weeks of Tesco as well! Can’t wait…

I’m really dreading the whole essay business. I haven’t had to do any extended piece of writing since, well, my A-Levels, so I fear I may just have forgotten how to do it. And I’m also worrying that I’m just going to be sat there without a clue where to start desperately trying to avoid the temptation to just copy everything out of a book. At least I’ve got as far as the (provisional) title which is (hold onto your hats):

Single Server Queueing Systems

That is, of course, subject to my tutor’s blessing, when he gets back to me. Hopefully it’ll be OK, as I find it very hard to find any areas of Maths which I can be motivated to write about, and Queueing Theory was just something that jumped out at me in the library (not literally, of course).

I’ve got a really exciting Saturday coming up this weekend. Firstly, during the daytime, it’s the Warley National Model Railway exhibition in the NEC in Birmingham, this year featuring (I read somewhere) a whopping 75 layouts! If you were me, you’d be wetting yourself with excitement. OK, it’s not that exciting, I suppose. Then later on it’s off for a meal at Nando’s with my housemates, followed by Mitchell & Webb in the Arts Centre. I hope they’re as good as they are in Peep Show and That Mitchell & Webb Look, and I can’t wait to see Numberwang live!

Probably going an above average Saturday, at least!

Anyway, just filling y’all in on my current to-ings and fro-ings.


November 23, 2006

I know I'm losing it because…

... I tried to have a conversation with my voicemail this morning.

November 20, 2006

My faith in humanity is restored!

Finally, someone has decided to stand up, use common sense and not bow to the fair trade/make poverty history brigade and campaign for something not to be banned:


You have no idea how refreshing this is to me, when the current trend is to just jump on any bandwagon that comes along to boycott some multinational for some ridiculous reason. ¡Viva a revolución!

Note: I’m not against the principals of Make Poverty History and Fairtrade, I’m just against the attitude that people generally seem to take that these are the be all and end all and will solve global poverty overnight, when, in actual fact these are not, in my opinion, proper solutions.

November 11, 2006

Supermassively Forgetful

It’s kind of weird – I’m off to see Muse on Wednesday at the NEC, which I’m dead excited about, but I keep forgetting about it. Every now and again, it just comes back to me and I think ‘Oh yeah, I’m giong seeing Muse next week!’ I’m just worried that come Wednesday night, I’ll be sat in my room on my computer knowing that I’m forgetting something but being unable to put my finger on it, then it suddenly dawning me about 8 o’clock, promptly causing me to think ‘Oh Shit!’, followed by the fastest run to Coventry station ever. Hopefully, at least one of John and I will remember, so there’ll be no problem. In theory at least…..

Looking back at this year (and my blog), I can’t quite believe the amount of live music I’ve been to this year (which is alot by my standards, having been to almost none previously) – there was Feeder, the Chili Peppers, the Leeds Festival (inc Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand), Robbie Williams (my Mum’s birthday present) and now Muse. Quite alot really!

In other news this week, I went to the ever-excellent Reckless Moment on Monday, and an unprecedented two cinema trips in two days to see the excellent Thank You For Smoking on Thursday, and the absolutely bloody hilarious Borat on Friday. It’s very nice! Then it’s the Cooler Comedy gig again tomorrow night, with the return of Lloyd Langford as MC, which should be good. And hopefully I’ll actually remember to take the tealights for a change this week, rather than walking out of the house, then realise I’ve forgotten them and having to run back – the first time I looked like a right lazy-arse as I had to get off the bus after just 3 stops! I’ve kind of got a weird feeling something else exciting is happening this weekend, when there isn’t. Maybe it’s Muse that’s doing it…

Also, I got round to writing an e-mail to Travel Coventry complaining about there use of an Optare Solo (one of these if you’re not familiar with makes of buses) on the 0808 journey from Pool Meadow to Uni every morning. It comes past the Earlsdon Avenue stop full up every day – is it so hard to substitute a double decker off some more lightly used route, or would that be being too sensible? Curse National Express group!

I think I’ll leave this transport-related rant there before I get too worked up! And, while I’m at it, as I’ve covered just about everything interesting that’s happening in my life at the moment, I’ll leave the entry here as well.

Until next time, adieu!

p.s. The rhyming in the tags in unintentional. Honest!

November 10, 2006


Borat: Cultural Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
5 out of 5 stars

This is the funniest film I’ve ever seen – almost continuous laughs from end to end, with dozens of classic lines and hilarious scenes. Go and see it – I doubt you’ll regret it!!

October 30, 2006

I have Internet!!

Woo hoo! Now I have my lovely new computer, I can now pick up our house’s wireless network, and now I don’t need to depend on the Maths computer room/John’s computer any more. Brilliant!

Mind the bollards

Check this out! It’s a video of some motorists trying (and failing) to get through the bollards in Manchester City Centre (which are only passable by the Metroshuttle buses).

Don’t you just love idiot drivers?!

What a Week!

Deary me! I’ve finally got some restbite and a chance to write a blog entry! Woo Hoo!

Today I finally hand in my Analysis III and Algebra I assignments which seem to have been getting on my nerves all week due to a couple of quite tricky questions which have kind of been getting me down a little bit as I’ve been struggling with them. Thankfully, I do now have some answers which seem correct, so that’s one worry behind me at last! I now get to enjoy a whole early afternoon with no compulsory assignments to do until we get the next Vector Analysis one in the lecture this afternoon. At least it should be (as I understand it) the only one in for next Monday, and I’m just hoping it isn’t a bitch!

Last monday saw The Reckless Moment in Leam, featuring, amongst others, the sick but awesome Gary Delaney, the weird Pete the Meat, Prince and MC Tom Hughes (who even bought me a drink – wasn’t that nice of him!). I even got to try a sweet which tasted of soap! But then I got a Cadbury’s finger afterwards too! Anyway, if you’ve never been, I strongly reccommend giving it a try, and if you’re a Comedy Society member, you get discounted admission! PLUG PLUG PLUG!

Also, I went to Go Society for the first time to give it a try. I played two games and lost miserably in both. I attribute this to two factors:_

1) I hadn’t played for 4 months, so I was a little rusty.
2) I’m crap anyway.

Nevertheless, it was good fun, and I’ll probably go again at some point.

And in yet another first, I went paintballing on Saturday with some friends. I a little confused about what was going on at first, but it turned out to be pretty good fun. The highlight was probably the end game of Trenches, with something like 180 people on two teams shooting at each other in one tiny little arena. Bloody brilliant. I got shot twice in that game, plus twice from other games, one leacing a rather lovely bruise on my arm. And I killed someone in one game as well. From quite a distabce away too! I was pretty impressed by that!

And finally, it was Cooler Comedy last night, with MC Al Pitcher (who I didn’t like that much, possibly because he picked on me a little), Rob Rouse, who was pretty good, Julian Deane, who was good, and a musical double act whose name eascapes me at the moment who were OK, although with a few pretty good songs!

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed my little catch up on my week. This week should see the return of the internet in my room with my new computer ready. I was seduced by the offer in the shop at the bottom of our street, so decided to plump for it. No more Maths computer room!

Adios for now!

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