All entries for August 2007

August 21, 2007

Mid August

10th August

So today was the CEH BBQ and Sports day.

It was really good – the intention was to have an event where the people transferring from Banchory could get to know the people at Edinburgh. The sports may have been more divisive but there we are! For me it was ample opportunity to actually learn some people’s names! Hurrah!

The BBQ started at about 1pm, with lots of salad, meats, crisps and puddings, most of which was made by peoples own fair hands. Then everyone was divided into 4 teams for the sports.

Games included, egg and spoon, sack race, three legged race, wheelbarrow race, football relay, dizzy lizzy relay and…. SUMO SUITS!

Three Legged CEH Race

Yes, some people (not I) embarrassed themselves in sumo suits! I however just took part in the three-legged race and the dizzy lizzy relay. Our team came second and last respectively – but it is the taking part that counts!

Hairspray!

Well, I was a little unsure about this movie, but thought I would give it a go. I don’t like John Travolta so I’ll gloss over him, and just say that it was really really good – I love musicals! It wasn’t quite as naff as High School Musical – but then I do have that on a pedestal!

Jody Kamali: Backpacker

I went to see this ‘comedy’ at the Edinburgh fringe tonight. Now I didn’t do much research into the show, but I thought the premise was good, and it looked like it would be funny.

It wasn’t. Not really, some of what the guy did was amusing, yes I will grant you, but most of it was just acting and crap acting at that. Not £7.50 worth at all. Moreover it was tipped as one of the top 100 things to see at this year’s fringe, hmmm, if it wasn’t ranked at 100 someone needs a head butt!

1 Star.

Damascus: David Greig

I went to see this play with people from work, which was nice. We met at the theatre (eventually we found everyone!) before going to get our seats. Only the theatre appeared to have overbooked and was packed so we didn’t all end up sitting next to one another.

The play itself was really good. I wasn’t too sure what to expect, as I haven’t seen any other plays by Greig. It was really witty, with some good one-liners, with an over-arching moral tale. It’s refreshingly modern, with references to the current political climate (Iraq, terrorism etc.) but based upon a Scot trying to sell an English foreign language course to the Syrian government. The Ukrainian pianist narrator was a little odd though…

4 Stars.

Alan McD’s leaving evening!

Today was Alan’s last day at CEH before he moves to SEPA. So he organised a bowling / pub evening to celebrate. Bowling was good, Neil was a pain in the arse, but then he has a gob the size of the Firth of Forth so what can I say? Anyway, the first game I was second last, the second game I came first, including 3 strikes. Get me!

We then went to the pub which was really nice, socialising with everyone from work, learning some more names, just generally getting to know people, what’s good in the city etc etc. It’s a shame Alan’s gone now though…

The Threepenny Opera: Bablake Secondary School, Coventry

I love musical theatre and this is a piece of theatre that I have seen before and immensely enjoyed. This was no different.

Although obviously amateur the school put on a really good show, in particular I thought Mrs Peacham was particularly well cast. Boy could she belt out a tune (not always on key, but fantastic none the less.) It was a shame that the girl playing Polly therefore had a relatively weak voice (and distinct lack of singing ability) as she has to sing alongside Mrs Peacham a few times throughout the production and just paled into insignificance.

Mack the Knife was also really well cast with a good voice and acting ability. Not all the cast were of the same calibre. Mr Peacham for example, along with the strange ‘cockney’ accent, didn’t sing well, but I wasn’t sure if it was the actor, or just the way the character was supposed to be portrayed. Never the less, I thought it was particularly well done and had a fantastic time. What I want now is a professional production please!

4 Stars!

The Bourne Ultimatum

This was a fantastic movie! I loved it – especially the action sequences shot in London, which were a little scary. It’s all action, which was great, and in my opinion, far better than the previous 2. I only hope they don’t make a fourth!

4 Stars!


August 19, 2007

July / August

Well apparently things move at quite a rapid pace up here in Edinburgh, so it’s been a while since I last made a blog entry. (Also I am lazy and on dial up – so everything takes an age to load… roll on broadband if I ever get around to ordering it!)

21st July

Harry Potter! Well I didn’t queue up like some people (TA, Mark from work (he even dressed up like Harry for the occasion!), I just went to Sainsbury’s on Saturday morning to buy a copy. By 2am on Sunday I had read it, having exchanged text messages with many people during the day ascertaining where they were up to! To be honest I didn’t really like it, I wasn’t impressed. I’m not convinced she always had a plan of where the books were going, it seems to me she decided after book three, when all the hype had got going. Anyway, I can see it being highly impressive on the big screen – so roll on films 6 and 7!

29th July

Today I went to see the new Transformer’s movie. I can’t say I have watched much of the cartoon (bit before my time, although I did have a transformers backpack when I was at primary school! I digress…) so can’t really compare it. I really enjoyed the first 2/3 of the movie, I thought it was quite funny in places and generally just pleasing.

I absolutely hated the ending, I thought that they should have killed prime making a gutsier ending. I absolutely hated the “Yay America’s Military” and the ghastly voiceover bit by Prime at the end which just made me want to vomit. Bleugh.

Oh and the whole thing was one big GM advert not to mention the apple laptops dotted all over the place…

5th August

Quite upset today – I shrank my £50 Jaeger jumper in the wash! More noteworthy is that i saw the Simpson’s Movie. Quite good, very funny first half, but overall I think I prefer half-hour chunks of the Simpsons!

7th August

Stupid fast ticket machines!

So I am off to Bangor tomorrow, so though that I would book tickets online and collect them from the fast ticket machines at the station. To save time in the morning (what with the early start!) I decided that I would collect them tonight!

So I book them, note the booking reference and set off on the 25-minute walk to the railway station. I get there, (eventually) find the fast ticket machines, and pop in my credit card and reference number. Nothing – doesn’t recognise my booking reference. I try another machine – nothing. So I reach for my mobile phone to check my booking reference, only I’ve left it on the coffee table in my flat, 25 minutes walk away.

50 minutes later, having walked back to my flat, printed my reference (having had to change the ink cartridges in my printer because they were empty!) I put my credit card into the fast ticket machine – only for the blasted thing to print my tickets automatically, WITHOUT my sodding reference number! God damn it!

Stupid fast ticket machines.

8/9th August

I’m in Bangor for the meeting of CEH Local Health and Safety Advisors. It’s a bit weird – everyone else is a) middle aged (nothing wrong with that in itself), and b) vastly more experienced as they have been doing the job for MANY years. I feel I have a lot of work to do on this when I eventually take over from David.

Anyway – a long train journey (6 hours) sees us arrive in Bangor to see the new CEH building (impressive and eco friendly!) and start the meeting. In the evening we went to Beaumaris where the hotel was and sat and had some drinks in the garden before dinner. 4-course meal paid for by the government – thank you – Melon and Prawns to start, followed by Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soup, Welsh Beef with Potatoes and Vegetables and a Chocolate Fudge Cake desert. All very tasty. This was followed by coffee before a trip to the pub!

More meeting on the Thursday before another 6-hour train ride home! Wales was brilliant though, the weather was really warm and sunny – we haven’t seen much of that in Scotland, so it was a refreshing change!


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