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February 04, 2008

Election Continuation

I apologise. I was all wrong on my opinions of Mo Surve. I apologise for possibly misleading you into believing that he did have some form of personal integrity. Why? Well, it’s just that I’ve since discovered that he is using the obvious pun of his name on his publicity:

Damn. I knew it was too good to be true.
Anyway – I now present today’s poster-al discoveries:
Firstly, these signs from ‘Tommo’, running for president, that have sprung up all round campus:

My personal favourite is the one that he’s tied to the Belisha Beacon on the zebra crossing next to Humanities. Perfect for confusing motorists and causing accidents. However, there’s one massive flaw that he seems to have overlooked – when I last read the Highway Code, it said that triangular-shaped road signs are ones that are giving warnings of potential hazards. Not thought that one through properly, have you now? However, he does raise a good point with the issue of the unnecessary printer credit pages that print off every time you print something. He’s even gone to the trouble of going round the computer rooms collecting a load and sticking them up:

I actually went at looked at the names on each page to see if one of mine was on there, and if so, I could take legal action against him suggesting that I support his campaign, but it wasn’t to be. But I advise everyone reading this to do the same, you never know!
Ty Hayes seems to have a theme running through his posters:

Yes, well done you, that’s very good.
My favourite slogan of the day (well, I did see it on Friday, but forgot about it), and the most nonsensical one so far is:

This is mainly because I can’t fathom what the frig the slogan is supposed to even mean, so, Lucy, if you’re reading – try harder next time! Obviously the she found the ‘socs’ pun so amazing, she rushed into producing the posters without stopping to consider whether she was talking bollocks.
The most indegistible poster so far comes from one Chris Baker:

Can I be bothered to stand and read this? Umm, no! The only thing that I could be bothered to look at were the balls he’s used as bullet points. Well, at least I should be thankful he’s not followed the trend and used a dirty slogan.
However, his poster isn’t as off-putting as James Marvin’s – he’s depicted himself wielding a megaphone, so he’s bottom of my list.

Now, if a candidate were to suggest banning the use of all megaphones in a 5-mile radius of Campus, they’d get a sure-fire vote from me. When a girl from Warwick Snow started yelling though one in Cholo last week, it only went to reinforce my view that anyone who uses one should have it shoved up their arse at the earliest possible opportunity for the sake of mankind (and some peace and quiet too). Sorry, went off on a bit of a rant there. Also we have a very arty and trendy (i.e. on cardboard) portrait of welfare candidate Matt. And I love the terrible formatting by Nut Boy on his (surprise, surprise) cardboard poster:

I think he wrote ‘ISTACHIO’ and ‘RESIDENT’, and forgot to put the ‘4’ (shudder) in until it was too late. Anyway, at lunchtime today, I ended up being present at the candidates Q&A session in the marketplace. I wasn’t there intentionally. Honest! I was going to South Central, so ended up observing proceedings from the balcony. I caught the end of the Presidential debate (ooh, sounds really American!), which featured Pistachio, James the Conservative, Road Sign Tommo, and, surely the best candidate of all, Philip T. Woolley, dressed as Caesar. Seriously, anyone that couldn’t really give much of a crap how the Union is run next year should vote for him. Why? Let’s see some of his suggestions (from both his manifesto, and the Q&A):

    • Replace One World Week with a Blood Sports Week

    • Convert Union North into a Casino (on the grounds that there’s no alcohol there), and use the profits to buy the University, and give everyone 2:1s, so we can just have a 3-year piss-up

    • Take a ‘Yeah, Whatever’ stance on everything

    • Tackle environmental concerns by releasing statistics that the Union has 0% emissions

    • Tackle bureacracy by eliminating paper from the Union

    Plleeeeaaaseeee vote for him – it’ll be bloody funny if he wins!
    I also caught the Education debate – launched by Mo Surve, who walked on stage to a cheer when shouting his ‘Here to Surve’ tagline. The thing is, I’m worried people were actually falling for it… Then came Mr Zaw, who had a well-prepared speech, but was blown apart by actual questions. It turns out he’s anti-9am lectures, which, as I discussed last year, makes him an idealistic pillock. Speaking of Zaw, he’s also got a tagline in his manifesto: I Came, I Zaw, I Conquered. That’ll seem silly if you don’t get elected…
    And finally, we had Peter the Conservative (we have a trio of them, by the way – who, confusingly, say they’ll bring us an ‘Independent’ Union). He definitely had the mannerisms of someone wishing to exact revenge on someone/something – so there may be violent consequences if he wins – so vote for him!

    April 06, 2007

    It's officially summer

    I have come to the above conclusion for three reasons:

    1. It was still light at 8pm last night
    2. My Dad has started sitting in a deckchair in front of our garage
    3. A Chavling was in Tesco the other day walking round topless in the way that only Chavs do (i.e with their stripey jumpers folded incredibly neatly over their left shoulders).

    Oh, and sleeveless tops are out as well too. The thing is, it’s not even warm yet!

    March 13, 2007

    Calm down dear, it's a blog entry!

    Wow. For about the first time since January I have both a) The time to write a proper blog entry, and b) The energy to write a proper blog entry. So here we go!

    Firstly, I just cannot believe how fast this term has gone. One minute it was January, then I recall blinking, and now its almost the middle of March! Maths has been getting steadily more and more depressing all term, and I’ve had an ever increasing backlog of non-assessed assignment sheets to be getting on with (which over the last few weeks I’ve simply not had the time or energy to actually do), and the assessed ones haven’t exactly been fantasic fun either, cough*algebra*cough, excuse me. I survived (just) my essay presentation two weeks back, although I’m fairly sure that I was pretty much completely incomprehensible to everyone else in the room. But I survived, that’s all that matters, and my essay is very close to completion too (just a few tweaks to go then done!). I’m pleasantly surprised how easily the essay flowed out in the end, seeing I was dreading even choosing a topic and fearful of not having the foggiest where to start!

    Over the easter ‘holiday’ I’ve got plenty to do, including finish my essay (although I aim to have this done by Friday), do my MNN assignment and revise for 3 exams the first week back. Lovely. And if that wasn’t enough, it’s back to the wonderful world of Tesco too!

    Away from Maths, I’m starting to have a pretty good time at Uni. I’ve just had a very fun weekend, with two pub trips, going to Metropolis and the Reckless Moment last night. And I now actually have some decent photos of myself on Facebook!

    I’m looking forward to going home now though, if only for a rest, as I REALLY need a change of scenery for a while to get away from Uni and all the stress associated with it, although I think I’ll miss my friends more this holiday than ever before. This is simply because it feels like over the last term, I’ve developed my friendships substantially more than in the past, particularly with my housemates and a few other close friends, and I feel that I’ve come out of my shell a little and become a more outgoing and interesting (to others) person, and I hope people have maybe discovered more about me too.

    Anyway, I’m just enjoying a bit of a wind-down at the moment and not going too overboard with work for a while (although I want to get as much MNN and essay done before the holidays as possible), so hopefully I’ll be refreshed slightly once the holidays start and I can get some good revision done for my April exams.

    That’s the plan at least! And hopefully I’ll be back soon with another entry. The key word being ‘hopefully’!

    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!

    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 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!

    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!

    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!

    October 10, 2006

    Let's have a little reflection shall we?

    Firstly, apologies for the slight gap in bloggings. My laptop has decided that, for some reason, it will detect every other wireless network in the universe besides the one in our house. Even restoring it to factory settings didn’t solve the problem – so the only thing left to do now is to take the possibly slightly O.T.T. step of just selling my laptop and buying a new one (if the process doesn’t cost me too much money, that is!). Either that, or live without the internet for a year, which I think would actually drive me insane! Moving on….

    It’s been a slightly hectic couple of weeks since I got back. With meeting up with everyone again, going to lectures, going shopping, going to the pub plus all the comedy society-related stuff that’s been going on, things have been pretty chaotic by my standards. Thankfully, we seem to be being eased back into work fairly gently to begin with, so there’s none of that ‘in at the deep end’ feeling as when starting the first year! It’s been pretty fun so far, and I think I’m enjoying house living much more than living in halls. I’m nice and settled in now too – I even did some laundry the other day! Mind you, I had been recycling underwear for several days before then!

    Oh well, I’ve gotta shoot off to take a book back to the library, then meet Nikki for dinner (i.e. lunch), so I’ll be off now! Bye for now!

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