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October 05, 2006

New: Brasssoc Board Game

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with immense pleasure that Brasssoc Services Group Airline Pilots and Garden Labourers division announce the release of the prototype of the all-new BRASSSOC BOARD GAME. This fun and unique creation came about as a result of many hours of hard work and imagination having nothing better to do.

An action-packed and family-friendly game, the designers hope that the game will be perfect entertainment at social gatherings such as Cheese and Beer evenings, end of year parties and quiet afternoons in the Graduate. It is also hoped that it will educate new members of the Society in a little bit of its history and events gone by; older and ex-members, meanwhile, will no doubt have some of their happiest memories brought back to them.

[Disclaimer: BSSG accepts no liability for any consequences arising as a result of involvement in this game. Individuals partake in the entertainment entirely at their own risk. You’re all allegedly grown-ups now. Woodwind players should play with extreme caution. This affects your statutory rights considerably. More seriously, the Brass Society does not condone irresponsible drinking. This production is a independent creation of an ex-member and does not reflect views or opinions of the Brass Society in any way. For further guidance in responsible drinking in the event that this game is actually played, see the edits after rules.]

Now that’s out of the way, click the image below to expand the board. A full-size version can be e-mailed on request; Warwick Blogs doesn’t seem to want to support it in full 3485×2362 resolution and is limiting it to 1280×868 on my machine. The captions, however, are just about legible.

So that’s the board, and now for the rules:

What you’ll need:

  • For a start, some way of actually committing the board to paper. For this to come out properly, you will probably need the full size version from me. It should fit nicely on four sheets of A4. I would suggest printing it out, laminating each sheet individually and blu-tacking them together. It shouldn’t cost too much (and anyway, what is the Socials budget for?) Note: This assumes you’re not lucky enough to own printing and laminating facilities that go up to A2 size.
  • Some sort of small counter for each person playing. Preferably nothing sharp like a drawing pin; BSSG Airline Pilots and Garden Labourers division can accept no responsibility for injury caused due to use of inappropriate apparatus.
  • A die. (Or a dice, for those that prefer using the plural despite only meaning one.)
  • A large container of Brasssoc Cocktailtm.
  • At least four 3 litre bottles of White Lightning.
  • Lots of beer. And I don’t just mean a couple of packs, I mean CRAP LOADS of the stuff. If every player hasn’t downed at least 10 pints by the end, something’s gone wrong. It doesn’t hurt to buy too much – whatever you have left can be used next time. Helpful hint: don’t try using gassy lager. Once you’ve read the rules, you’ll understand why.
  • A couple of empty buckets in close proximity.
  • A coin may be required in the event that a player lands on square 101.
And now, the most important bit:

Rules of the Game.

  1. Everybody get a pint. The order in which players play is dependent on who downs the initial pint the fastest.
  2. Players take turns to roll the die (dice) and move their counter along the board the number of spaces indicated. The object of the game is to be the first to the finish square.
  3. Follow all instructions given on the white squares.
  4. The automatic penalty for not carrying out a direction on a white square is downing a pint.
  5. Pints must be downed without stopping. Hence the advice above about using gassy lager. If you are directed to down a pint and don’t manage to complete it without stopping, you must then down another pint. Without stopping. Etc…
  6. In the event that a player is directed to drink pints of White Lightning, the above rule is suspended for that player.
  7. Without intending to promote any gender divide whatsoever, blokes are expected to drink pints. Women are also expected to drink pints; however, if they really are unable to do so and would otherwise be unable to take part, bottles of VK, Smirnoff Ice or Reef (i.e. “girly drinks”) are acceptable on the proviso that they are consumed using the “strawpedo” method.
  8. Any player landing on a space which mentions an act or situation they have been directly involved in him/herself must down an extra pint.
  9. Fun must be had at all times. It is suggested that having “Brassed Off” on TV might provide some nice background atmosphere.

Enjoy. And if anyone has any suggestions or amendments, I will certainly consider incorporating them.

EDITS made since original release of board and rules.

[EDIT: I should also point out, in case anyone from the Union reads this, to my knowledge square 111 has never actually happened.]

[EDIT 2: Considering the remote possibility that this game really does get played at some point, which I didn’t expect it would, in the interests of promoting sensible drinking on a society blog feel free to substitute “pint” with “2 fingers worth of drink” if you so wish.]

[EDIT 3: In fact, unless you’re seriously hardcore and have the drinking capacity of a camel, I strongly insist that “downing a pint” becomes “drinking 2 fingers worth of drink” if the game really gets played; if someone landed on square 119, they’d probably end up in hospital shortly afterwards if they had to keep downing pints. So please do bear that in mind. But now I’ve made that concession, it has to be a proper 2 fingers – not just a little sip! IMPORTANT: the penalty for not complying with any direction given on the board is still downing a pint, regardless of this edit.]

[EDIT 4: I am aware of a few errors in certain squares on the board, plus a few formatting errors. These will be corrected soon.]

October 01, 2006

Start of term rehearsals

Just to let people know that the Brass Society rehearsals start soon for the new year.

Brass band rehearses on wednesdays 5-7.30, normally in the ensemble room but this week in the Butterworth Hall. We welcome players of all abilities and can provide instruments from all sections for those who do not have their own. This is done on a first come first served basis. As usual we’ll be following rehearsal with drinks at the graduate. I hope to see players old and new on wednesday.

Symphonic Brass Ensemble is a 10-piece group comprised of trumpets, trombones, french horns, and tubas. They rehearse fridays 5-7:30pm beginning in week 3 in the ensemble room. Again we have instruments to offer people if necessary, and it’ll be followed by drinks in the bar.

New for this year we have Beginners Brass which is a group for anyone who wants to take up a brass instrument. No knowledge is necessary,and we’ll provide the music, instruments and tuition. This will take place on wednesdays 1:30-2:30 in the ensemble room, beginning in week 3.

All of our ensembles are active both socially and musically with many concerts on campus and in the local area, for details of our forthcoming concerts please see our website

August 30, 2006

Update (V, Poppers, Car, Thesis)

I haven’t blogged for a while (mainly due to manic thesis writing) and to be honest I haven’t got much to say. Having said that I did attend the V festival in Stafford where Radiohead where amazing as expected, We Are Scientists were brilliant (which was a little unexpected seen as they had managed to lose their guitars somehow), Bloc Party were good (but not as good as I had hoped), and Hard–Fi were crap. Groove Armada were great and we were right near to the front but some twat who was stoned off his face pushed forward and behaved like a fucking moron. Can anyone tell me the point of Poppers? Sniff this chemical (that resembles the alcohols in glue if I remember correctly) which will fuck up your nose and make you light headed an woozy just like you have the flu. Pillicks!
I have also bought a new car. To replace the one I bent slightly (well Ok wrote off). It’s a white Citroën Xsara. It’s slightly bigger than the Polo but not as big as a Golf… but yer, its French.
My thesis is due in on Monday, though I had to go and get the forms for submission from Registry my self as they are about a month and a half behind, so my supervisor doesn’t think I should worry too much about meeting the deadline. One question though… I’ve had one year to do this MSc and I’ve had to write a thesis that is half the length of a PhD thesis and I get absolutely no writing up time… Is that fair? I think not… though if you started a PhD this year your writing up time will be a maximum of 6 months due to new research council guidelines (and you will have to apply for it here).
I notice a fad a while ago that made Blog reading much quicker and somehow its faded out… so I want to start it up again… so…
The Stanbury: Not blogged for yonks, went V, bought car, writing thesis.

August 18, 2006


The summer is rushing past so its getting to be time to think about next term.
We're looking to buy/borrow new music and so want your suggestions of things to play. Ideas are very welcome for:

  • Concert pieces
  • Testpieces for Leamington (2nd/3rd section)
  • Christmas items (Please do your duty to save us from 'Instant Christmas'...)
  • Pieces suitable for beginners band.

We'll be buying a selection before the start of term, but also if anyone can borrow good pieces from bands at home that's always appreciated.

July 25, 2006

Quiz thingy magig bout Majors

You scored as Mathematics. You should be a Math major! Like Pythagoras, you are analytical, rational, and when are always ready to tackle the problem head-on!





























What is your Perfect Major? (PLEASE RATE ME!!<3)
created with QuizFarm.com

I guess this means that I should have done something that involves Maths and Engineering and the main bulk but ask (and usually solves) all the big questions about the world asked by Philosophers… hay wait… thats PHYSICS!!!!

Soya? Is it bad for you?

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/food/Story/0,,1828158,00.html?gusrc=rss

Apparently, if you feed Soya beans to Canaries it kills them, or a least makes them infertile. Soya contains plant oestrogens which heavily disrupt the hormone balance of the birds. Yet Soya is used heavily in all processed food. Soya is also seen as a healthy replacement to milk. The arguments for it contain references to the health of the orientals who include it in their diet. But traditional Soya is fermented for approximately 18 months to release the proteins and remove the anti–nutrients and the only reference to raw Soya consumption comes from the monks who used it to remove the libido. So Soya could just be another health fad gone wrong!

July 19, 2006

Window Live Messenger

Ok, I’ve been putting off upgrading to Windows Live Messenger for a while. Mainly because they ruined my Hotmail account with Windows Live Mail (could only log in from IE not Firefox). But now that is up and running smoothly I thought i might as well upgrade messenger so that it checks my emails (as the old version of MSN messenger doesn’t like Windows Live Mail but it seems to be only me that this has happen to).
So clicked on the link from the Live people about upgrading and 30 sec later was installed and signing in. Then crash!
Grrr, not a good start!
So after reboot its signing in again….................................. goes to make cup of coffee…........ has a sandwich and then finally it signs in to a total of 1 contact! What where have my contacts gone?
So I sign out and sign in using the original Windows Messenger and few all 39 contacts are still ok.
So trying Live again…. oh 13 contacts… better but hay wait 6 of them are E-mail only so that only leaves 7?
So after 20 minutes of Google searching in the depths of some sort of slightly official windows live blog I find that they are having trouble with people timing out and hence if you are using a wireless network for you might not be able to see all your contacts all of the time. Cheers for the warning guys!

July 14, 2006

Project (RED) Bandwagon – Personal attack on myself

I'm not a big fan of Bono methods of pushing aid schemes onto the western world however I have just received a Motorola Red phone. As you can guess this has caused a bit of a personal debate. Have I just jumped onto a corporate bandwagon that is nothing more than a scheme to sell more mobiles? I decided that the arguments for and against needed to be raised so that I could form a justified opinion (as long it was for the phone so be warned this is probably highly bias).

Getting a RED mobile is just jumping on the bandwagon. My first justification was that I am getting a new phone anyway and I didn't like the Nokia's that the phone company was offering, but I did like the SLVR. So I had the choice between a standard SLVR and the RED SLVR. So where choosing the RED was jumping on the bandwagon, not choosing the RED would say that I am not willing to give the tuppence to RED which just seemed tight!

But Motorola are a huge Chinese company so I am effectively funding part of the Chinese industrial revolution that is going to see the production of a coal powered power station a week for the next ten years. I justified this with “but at least 1p in every £1 goes on improving peoples health. But it could be worse. I could be donating nothing.”

OK so the correct thing might have been to give all the money for the phone to charity and remove Motorola from the picture but as this was a free upgrade this isn't an option. And if I do that the extra money that the phone company will give to RED whilst I'm using the phone they will get to keep.

Bono, when asked if he was being used as an advertising stunt just pleaded ignorance and claimed that if millions of pounds are raised for AIDS, TB and Malaria who cares if it has come from the man (well he actually said that if it is the case “I'm not a cheap date” which the press assumed he meant that it will cost the man). And so far this is the best argument that I've heard. OK the phone companies might be bad but even if I help just a tiny bit I have done something slightly useful.

Sorry, about the rambling style of my entry but I needed a platform to craft my arguments when I get asked about the phone. I didn't want to look a complete fool when someone comes up with a negative argument about the phone and just say “well it looks nice” follow shortly after by a damming thought that, yet again, I'm a huge 'pillick'.

July 05, 2006

Graduations 2006

Friends and members of Brasssoc,

If you're graduating next week, please leave a comment to let us know which ceremony you'll be at – this way the quintet will know who to look out for and when!

July 04, 2006

Why not?

Writing about web page /creay/entry/end_of_uni/

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

Best day: Hard to think of one as most of my really good evenings have had crappy mornings and vice versa.

Worst day: Another hard one. Pick pretty much any day in July 2005.

Best decision: Signing up for counselling

Worst mistake: Russian for Scientists II

Craziest on–campus antic: Sure there were plenty, but I was too drunk to remember them clearly

Favourite place on campus: Probably Social Studies before they started all of the building work. I used to go for a walk and sit there for a bit many nights in my first year.

Most painful experience: Wasn't the most painful at the time, but in terms of residual scarring due to lack of closure, I'd have to say when Hannah and I split.

Favourite lecturers: Any of them that kept me awake

Worst lecturer: Bit of a toss–up between MacKay, Reid and Mond

Biggest waste of time: Going to lectures for modules that I later dropped

Most valuable use of time: Music stuff. Took up one hell of a lot of time, but worth it.

Shortest time between beginning an assignment and handing it in: 40mins.

Average time spent awake during a one–hour lecture: about 45mins

Number of Pub Jogs completed: none. Was gonna do one, but decided moving was too much effort to drank the equivalent drinks in just one place.

Number of times drunk: lost count

Number of exams sat: Can't be bothered to count. About 30–35.

Number of times expelled from Students Union: None, but I was once asked by a member of staff to consider going home.

Cars crashed: 0

Cars owned: 0

Friends for life: Hopefully some.

Best Friends: Oli, I guess. I'm a bit too much of a floater to gather a proper "best friends" group.

Girlfriends: 1

June 23, 2006

Nathan's Gala Concert Photos

Check out Nathan's Blog for some great photos here

I particularly like this one of the cornets and Simon. Sorry, I didn't make it. Was really meaning to go but I had lots of things to tie up at Uni before tour and hence I wouldn't have been able to get there until really late!

EDIT: Removed apostrophe from the word "photo's

March 06, 2006

saturdays are so much fun!!!

i went horse-riding wiv Alice 4 the 1st time ever on saturday…..needless 2 say i was pretty scared of falling off and gettin trampled on…..but it was so much fun!!

i had "Shamrock" who was possibly the fattest horse i've ever seen….she was much better than "Cracker" (Alice's horse) who altho mite've been the tallest horse ever, was really lazy

my legs hurt a bit now tho….i've been using muscles that i didn't even know existed!!! owchie!!!

anyway….i've got my impossible Fourier Analysis to do…..last thing tho:

ever get that feeling wen u're so totally happy that absolutely nothing can possibly get u down and u don't want 2 do anything but think about what's making u so happy??

me too

January 03, 2006


i think i've caught a serious bout of panto-fever

i've just seen Dick Whittington at the Cambridge Arts Theatre

"he's behind you!!!"

"oh no he isn't!!"

"oh yes he is!!!"


December 29, 2005

saturday night fever

i know it's a thursday, but i went 2 see saturday night fever last night (a late xmas present from my wonderful girlfriend alice)


if u love 2 dance along 2 70's music then go along…..so good

picked up a few new moves which i'll soon b trying out….oh yeah

October 18, 2005

Sam's alphamambet

Writing about New Alphabet from The Drunk Drummer

A: The most Audacious thing you’ve ever done

I once ran down the street wearing nothing but a shirt chasing after a woman just because I thought she was pretty

B: Favourite Badger joke

They're all good

C: Favourite Curry

I like to vary it a bit. Jalfrezi is always good.

D: Number of drinks it takes to get utterly Drunk

I always used to expect the hips to come into play at about 4½

E: Your most Effeminate characteristic

You have met me, right…

F: The last thing that you got for Free

I got a big shiny parcel – it's a birthday present and I haven't opened it yet

G: Number of times that you’ve visited a Gym


H: Where you call Home

I suppose Leam, as Oxfordshire is home home.

I: (leaving things open for dodgy minds…) Any Instruments that you play

Tuba. Also got a kazoo somewhere

J: (and again…) Favourite Juice

Grape, apple and raspberry

K: Song that you would sing Karaoke to

Don't like singing.

L: Number of times you’ve Laminated – and if you’ve achieved your laminating qualifications from the MC Office yet

Lost count. Former Librarian, thus well and truly laminator qualified.

M: (As seen on the BBC News website:) How much Money do you think you’d need to be happy?

If money can make me happy…

N: Favourite Naan to have with aforementioned curry


O: Your Oldest possession

Oldest as in one I've had the longest would be my monkey. Oldest as in oldest would probably be one of my books. My copy of Les Mis is pretty ancient.

P: Your worst Phobia


Q: Something that makes you feel Queasy

For some reason, certain pieces of music have started making my stomach clench

R: Recent New Year Resolutions made, and how many still going

By recent you mean 10½ months ago? Well, about half of them have been completed and the other half broken.

S: Favourite Season

Early Autumn

T: Number of cups of Tea consumed per day (on average)

None. I do not drink tea. Perhaps an average of 1 bottle iced tea per 3 weeks.

U: The most Useful lesson you’ve ever learnt:

ALWAYS piss on the cat.

V: Number of Valentines cards received (either in your life or in the last year – depending on how popular you are!)

This year, 0. Total, about 4.

W: A film that can make you Weep

It's a wonderful life

X: Have you ever dyed your hair to become Xanthocomic (Blonde: link)


Y: Your Youngest memory (removed the yeti question now I’m afraid!)

Riding my bike round in circles on the back patio

Z: Favourite animal you could see in a Zoo

Wooly monkey

NEIGHBOURS IS 20!!!!!!!!


neighbours is 20!!!!

a special neighbours day!!!! breakfast on bbc even had a special show!!! with andi peters!!!! yes…andi peters!!!! this day doesnt get much better…....the wonderful union of andi peters and neighbours…..brings a tear 2 your eyes doesnt it??!! :'-)

everyone rejoice!!!!

best day EVER!!!!

i'm so happy!!!

August 25, 2005

holy moly!!!

for anyone wiv a sense of humour and who isn't easily offended click this link:

hollymoly personality test

also check out c**t's corner

if anyone is easily offended then easily offended people click me


August 23, 2005

it's my birthday

and i'm NOT getting old!!!!
no matter how many people tell me i am!

i'm still gonna watch bob the builder and none of u can stop me!!

so blurgh!!!

August 17, 2005


just watchred the "highlights" of england's thrashin at the hands of the danes

i used 2 like sven's i'll-experiment-as-much-as-i-can-during-friendlies-because-im-swedish-and-like-it attitude to friendlies but 2nite i was well &truly flabbergasted (hope that's actually a word…..find myself sayin it quite alot recently…..dunno y!!)

2 suffer our worst defeat 4 25 years!!!! owch!!!!

and seriuosly now…...as much as i like the guy and as well as he plays in the premiership…...y does david james still make appearances??!!!
i dont rate him that highly as a player but on some occassions he's been "ok" 4 city…..but never ever has he been great 4 england and i think 2day summed it up…...his teammates dont hav the confidence in him…...the supporters dont hav confidence in him…...i doubt even he has confidence in himself wen it comes 2 internationals…....yet sven insists on givin him match-time

stupid swede

im not dissin any other swedes or the family of vegetables …...(i quite like swede the vegetable tbh)...... just sven

i dont want 2 rant 2 much more cos i mite get angry…...u won't like me wen im angry….gggggrrrrrr

July 12, 2005


1 bottle down…...3 to go…....gotta try and save them…..but so they're good!!!

weissbier's so goddamn beautiful

July 05, 2005

news just in…..well….sort of

just read on teletext (yes….im bored…..being bored is wot summer holidays r all about!!!)

a hacker got into our unitemps thing and deleted some files and shit …....police don't think anythin was copied but they're obviously not ruling that out
he/she got access 2 loads of info and bank account numbers!!!!

just thought i'd better spread the word 2 let people know

unitemps hacked!!!

June 16, 2005

cash cab

those 2 guys just won a grand in a taxi ride…...i love tv!!!!

love it!!!

finished my exams…..

had maccy's 4 lunch…..

had a nap…..

remembered i left my lion mcflurry from lunch in the fridge (which i'm currently scoffin down).....

watchin cash cab…..these 2 business men r doin fuckin amazin

well good

June 12, 2005

moon powered by the sun

just heard possibly THE stupidest thing…..EVER

rue (part of "rue and james" on mercia fm) thought the "moon was powered by the sun"

that is stoopid…..VERY stoopid….. i can understand that "arty-farty" arts students might not understand basic physics…...still

moon powered by the sun???!!!!


any stupider comments would b welcome cos im worried about the intelligence of our radio broadcasters

"the moon's powered by the sun".......4 fuck's sake

"you selfish twat

the note left under my wipers after parkin in abbey fields car park

in my defence…..someone else did it right in front of me too and he thought i would've been ok

turns out someone else didnt….haha….:-P

at least they didnt slash my tyres