October 04, 2008

Fire alarms and oily hands

I’ve been cooking. It’s very nice and relaxing.

Before we get on to that, a brief update on the life of the James.

Term has begun; we’ve had our first week and it has been a raging success. I like many of my modules, although I missed all of Friday’s lectures due to feeling too ill to attend them. Friday was spent in bed reading though, so it was not all bad.

Chamber Choir has lots of new members and is all very exciting. Paul let in loads of people so I now need to go and generate some more music for them all, which is a slight inconvenience. They are all great however. I even managed to get myself married (on facebook) to one of the freshers. We had a social after the first rehearsal on Thursday and all had a good laugh.

Opera Warwick (the new name for Warwick Student Opera) had their first meet yesterday, and also has lots of new members, which can’t be a bad thing. Auditions for Dido are over the next week, and we’ve now had our first Cox and Box rehearsal, at which I discovered that actually learning my music beforehand appears to have been over-preparation.

On Monday night we had the first bridge match of the season, which we (unfortunately) lost 7-5. Still, it could have been worse and it’s early days.

Today I bussed onto campus (a luxury) and the Octet had its first rehearsal of the year. It sounded great (considering three of us were in nowhere near good voice), and we’ve got some really good music to do. We’re hoping to spend a weekend doing some recording next term.

On returning home, I did some work, sorted out some of my music (still a lot to go though!) and cleaned the bathroom. When it came to supper time, I had some wraps that I needed to use the rest of, so I dug around in the freezer for a bit and found some pork chops. I still vaguely remember buying them (because they were on offer) in term 1 of my first year. So I chopped one of them up and stir fried it with veg and soy sauce and ginger and it was mighty fine.

Wondering what to do with the others, I decided to have a go at making a marinade. So I’ve now got two pots in the fridge, one with a curry-style concoction in it and the other with a weird mix of things inspired by Chinese cuisine. Both look and smell very tasty, and both were satisfyingly squidgy to mix with my hand. Although I had no idea what I was doing, so heaven knows if they’re going to taste OK.

It was, however, great fun to be creative.

Tomorrow holds the delights of a bridge exec meeting, along with the first meeting of the club. Should be a laugh. Then it’s home for pork curry or chinese-style somethng or other…


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  1. The Fatherhood

    I’ve read this post quite carefully and the reference in the title to Fire Alarms has got me a little confused… (not that this is unusual). There does not seem to be anything in the post about Fire Alarms. Is this a teaser for future posts?

    06 Oct 2008, 13:07

  2. Aah, that was a reference to the cooking.

    Our fire alarm has a tendency to go off if there are any naked flames (including the ones on the hob, but especially the grill) within a 12-mile radius. I didn’t really make that very obvious did I?

    06 Oct 2008, 14:01

  3. Ant

    Yawn.

    Slacker =P

    27 Oct 2008, 11:28

  4. archies friend

    working on the basis that you don’t even consider updating before you have collected 4 comments, here is number 4

    29 Oct 2008, 11:47

  5. The Fatherhood

    ...and here is no. 5. The blog needs an update, my boy.

    29 Oct 2008, 21:12

  6. archies friend

    comment 6 : is it now one post a month?

    01 Nov 2008, 07:31

  7. Herself

    OK, now I am starting to wonder whether you are still alive. Or whether your apparent married state (ref Facebook) has removed your ability to blog. Or whether you’ve become addicted to some bizarre drug, or maybe to an online computer game. Or whether you have been abducted by aliens and taken to planet Zog.
    Or perhaps you’re doing some studying?? But no, I’m sure if it was that, you’d have at least one bored moment per month to blog.

    07 Nov 2008, 11:21

  8. archies friend

    5 weeks

    08 Nov 2008, 06:29

  9. a

    did the pork curry or chinese-style something or other kill you off?

    11 Nov 2008, 20:50

  10. Very briefly because I can’t sleep,

    I have come down with a rather nasty viral infection and am quite ill. I am under instructions to stay in bed for the next couple of days and drink 20ml of lemonade every 15 minutes.

    Love you all, I’ll update when I’ve recovered a bit,

    James xxx

    11 Nov 2008, 23:12

  11. archies friend

    What has happened to this morning’s comment about the beneficial effects of lemonade?

    17 Nov 2008, 16:21

  12. archies friend

    time to start nagging again?

    23 Nov 2008, 15:40

  13. The Fatherhood

    It is now two months since this blog was updated. Your performance as a blogger is way below what is expected in this family.

    Keep well. See you soon.

    04 Dec 2008, 10:01

  14. Herself

    Two months is quite bad you know. However busy you are. And you’re only increasing the pressure on yourself to make sure your next post is a really witty and funny one.
    Perhaps the rest of us will start leaving amusing comments, just to try to retain your audience?
    x

    06 Dec 2008, 09:44

  15. archies friend

    Are we really expected to believe you have done nothing worth writing about for the last TEN weeks?

    12 Dec 2008, 14:21

  16. The Fatherhood

    I’ve deleted this blog from my bookmarks as nothing new has appeared for months…

    19 Dec 2008, 13:07

  17. Emma

    Let’s hope Charlotte doesn’t read this. Just being referred to as a ‘fresher’. She doesn’t even get the joy of a name! Not married anymore either, just ‘en couple’ according to my French fb – when did this transition take place btw? You are correct, however, in saying we are all great! Yay, I was at that Opera Warwick first social too (as well as the CC one) – do you remember me being there?
    I don’t believe you’d already learnt your Cox n Box music at the beginning of October. Seriously, over-prepared. Esp given what happened with the other two roles. Aah I miss our Opera funtimes. I hope next term even if I don’t get into whatever we’re doing (which is highly likely given how lame my singing is and how hardcore it’s going to be, is it still Die Fledermaus?) that we still have socials and whatnot, coz I still want to see everybody all the time.
    Have fun in Cambridge? Your reply to my text made me laugh muchos. However, I ‘had indignation’ (pardon the phrase) at your suggestion that I ‘get mine out’ – you’re used to Charlotte’s, and as I said to her, that would put anybody to shame!
    I haven’t been on blogs in ‘bare times’. I meant to try and do it regularly, but I have so much to do and so little time. Though now it’s the hols I haven’t much excuse. Update yours mister, I’d like to nose into your life. Not that I don’t hear pretty much everything that goes on via Char. With girly buddies, no information is safe! Yes. Be worried.
    Jokes she hasn’t described your netherregions and created a scale model or anything, so don’t be too worried!
    Anyhow, keep in touch, and Merry Chris-moose.
    xxx

    19 Dec 2008, 18:21

  18. Herself

    Brother dearest,
    it’s coming to something when I’m visiting this page to see if there are any new comments – and finding that they are interesting!!
    Do chrimbo pressies have to be withheld in order to get an update?
    There must be photos of the show, or of Cambridge, you could post???
    H

    22 Dec 2008, 14:41

  19. The Fatherhood

    I think I’ve solved the problem. I’ll write your blog for you in the form of these comments. This will keep your readership informed and you only have to correct the more outrageous errors.

    You have now been home for a while, been to Cambridge to see Charlotte, sung lots, both in rehearsals and at Carol concerts, and you’ve gained a car, which thanks to Kuldip next door has a CD player in it.. Your bedroom is still a sh*theap and you are expected to tidy it.

    You’ve got on well with your brothers so far this holiday and you find it hard to believe that Robin and Paul will be arriving this evening…

    That’s about it for now.

    23 Dec 2008, 09:22

  20. The Fatherhood

    Well, another day has gone by. You got up late and messed around most of the day. In the evening your sister and brother-in-law arrived and we played Trivial Pursuit, which Jammy Robin won.

    This morning, you were going to get up early and come swimming, but you forgot and went back to sleep, so Robin and Dad went without you.

    Life is hard!

    24 Dec 2008, 10:02

  21. archies friend

    well it is now Christmas morning. James has promised to update his blog as “a present to the family”. cheapskate.

    We have started the 10 for 10, and a wonderful singing and dancing animal has been won. I plan to play it so much that no-one will ever dare to include anything like it again. Plan somewhat scuppered when Thomas discovered it also has an off switch.

    The seasonal personage has visited, complements of a very kind family member so we mustn’t be too unkind about James – who has just come in and read comment over my shoulder. He objects to cheapskate. I presume that means he has been his usual thoughtful and generous self and has bought presents aswell.

    25 Dec 2008, 10:41

  22. archies friend

    James had an enjoyable day yesterday with his family. He ate lots, drank sufficient and played silly games. The presents were good and he has (recorded) Dr. Who and Wallace and Grommett to look forward to.

    26 Dec 2008, 06:16

  23. archies friend

    James had a very pleasant boxing day. UP arrived in the afternoon and yet more presents were exchanged, with some very good music received by James. He will need to be up soon – he has to catch a train to London where he is to spend 3 days playing bridge. There has been no sign of the promised present of an update!

    more soon, though probably not till after the bridge. unless I make up a wild and exciting tale of his time in London

    27 Dec 2008, 08:28

  24. Ant

    Well, James did get up in time to catch his train to London, but had a bit of a senior moment and decided to wait on the platform that went towards Birmingham as opposed to London, so had to watch the first London train leave from the other platform.

    He still managed to arrive in time, and drop his stuff in the B&B, which is fairly non-descript. It’s nice and close to the the venue but very small, so small in fact that we have to tip the wardrobe over a bit in order to allow to swing the door open. It’s clean and tidy, and the beds are comfy – although James has managed to bag the larger one!

    First day of bridge fairly disappointing, we made plenty of costly mistakes (my experimental Lebensohl on a 3=3=3=4 4-count didn’t go so well) and the opponents ‘lucked out’ on several occasions, but this does mean that we’ll have an easy(ier) time of it tomorrow – for it is a Swiss movement – and hopefully rise through the ranks to a respectable position.

    27 Dec 2008, 23:29

  25. archies friend

    Well come on Ant. We now all want to know how yesterday went. We will do our bit and tell the world (at least the small bit that is interested) about James’ life when he is here, but it is up to you when he is away from us. – unless you can convince the lazy so and so to accept his responsibilities and post himself!

    29 Dec 2008, 07:26

  26. Herself

    C’mon Bruv, it’s surely time for you to post???
    Or else the rest of us will start making it up…

    29 Dec 2008, 22:20

  27. Ant

    Hey hey,

    Well James is too engrossed with his Sherlock Holmes to blog, so it falls to me again. Apologies for missing out yesterday – alas we continued our poor performance and finished rather badly in the end. Today was a whole new event, so a brand new start. Weirdly enough the main mistakes today came from misunderstandings during the bidding, which is surprising as we’ve been on the ‘same page’ for a good while – yet today about three times neither of us had a clue what the other one was doing. We did ok in the first session, slightly worse in the 2nd and overall just below average overall, which I think we’d have taken after the weekend’s performance!

    On the plus side the cleaner seems to have moved the wardrobe enough to allow the door to open now, and we’ve just had a very pleasant evening in the pub with the other junior bridge players, so we’re all reset for tomorrow’s event. Unlike the last two days of “pairs” bridge, which is certainly not our forte, we have a “teams” game tomorrow. The down-side is that we have random teammates, so who knows what might happen. I guess it’s a good job that we’re not taking things too seriously!

    30 Dec 2008, 00:18

  28. archies friend

    Thank you Ant. James may not be reliable himself but at least he has some reliable friends.

    30 Dec 2008, 06:51


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