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August 03, 2005

Badminton with the President

Yes it's true. I played badminton today, with the President….of Wind Orchestra. Whilst I consider myself to be an adequate player, I found myself playing to a good player today. Although Andy has only played twice in the past two years (last week, and today), he gave me quite a scare at points.
Suffice it to say, I won, but we are on unequal terms at the moment. Give it a few more weeks, and he'll be frightening me into losing!

Other than this, I went to see my beautiful girlfriend over the weekend, and we had a fantastic time in the Lyceum theatre watching the Lion King. It was fantastic. The staging, the lighting, the sound (apart from the young Simba microphone drop-out), the costumes and props were all AMAZING! The character Zazu was brilliant, and stole the show in my eyes. Our weekend was great. It was so nice to see her again, and have chance to catch up on my kissing and cuddling!

And it was only when I briefly looked at the programme, that I realised that one of my favourite choral/orchestral composers did the additional music – Hans Zimmer. Famous for the music from Gladiator.

I'm off to eat pasta now. Soon.


July 05, 2005

Post tour work

In a word… ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH! (not enough A's perhaps)

Germany has not been good for my post tour sanity. Upon my return to work, I have realised that taking a holiday is a bad idea – even though I was paid the whole time I was there (hahaha)... There was more ex-tree in my in-tray than was used to make the table I work on! I long for the care free days of Traben-Trabarch and the wine and beer of the hostel. My payroll has gone a bit screwy because of certain mishaps, but hey… these things happen. Instead I have caffeinated mornings and bacon batches in replacement of music and alcohol.

Whilst there are a few things I am glad to be back for (Lia), I would still love to be workless. I will definitely miss those people I was hanging around with, and also miss the gossip that spreads like wildfire through the Music Centre people!

It seems to be that Music Centre couples that start out on tour, last for a couple of years (if not longer)... so the new couples (you know who you are ;-)), good luck to you!

Keep in touch people!

July 03, 2005

Post–tour come–down Germany and Brussels

Well, what a tour. That's probably the most fun I've had crammed into one week…. well, almost.

I had a fantastic time touring Germany and Belgium with the Wind Orchestra and Brass Band. I must admit, the people I know from these societies are among the best friends I have ever had.

My tour highlights were abducting Barry the Squirrel, and giving him an adventure, with Colin, Joe and Naomi; getting wasted on 'free' wine, getting one of the kit parts right that I had not got right previously(!), and getting absolutely hammered on wine on the last night with Joe, Lu, Mark, Lesley, and Naomi.

I am sad too that I am unlikely to see a few people who I consider close friends, again, such as Racquel, Alicia, and Mark, amongst others. Thanks to everyone who still 'accept' me as part of the Music Centre, even though I am not a student anymore! Will I ever leave?? Great Job on a tour well done to the committee, and to the Ents organisers. Good luck to everyone who is not here next year, and I'll see most of you in September hopefully.


April 06, 2005


As everyone knows, Superheroes are beings of imense power or with special innate abilities whose driving desire is to protect the weak and innocent. For this reason I decided that for my 22nd birthday me and my friends should dress as superheroes of our own creation and go out and protect the innocent. That and it seemed like it would be good for a laugh.

And so, on the weekend of my birthday Cheese Man, Milk Boy, Budgie (in a Robin costume) and the Raging Inferno gathered at an undisclosed location (along with Leopard and Butterfly Girls, but they didn't go out with us so don't count), and made plans for that evening / drank beer and home-made punch. Then, after copius amounts of alcohol to help keep out the chill, the four brave heroes of the people set out from Leamington to their destination – that den of evil, the Union of Students! The bus ride was amusing to say the least, and although by the time we reached campus we were somewhat colder than we would have liked (tights really aren't very warm – we have no idea how women can stand to go out in skirts!), but soon got the blood pumping strutting our stuff on the dancefloor.

[more will be added later]

Suffice to say that looking back at the night not all that much can be remembered by any of us, although recolections of various heroic poses continue to haunt me…..

April 05, 2005

Ultimate Frisbee

To all those who already know the joys of Ultimate Frisbee, there is no need to read further. For all those who do not know of the satisfaction of a pull landing in the corner of an endzone, or sliding a sidearm down the line for an assist, please read on.

Up to now you have probably only known such inferior sports as football, rugby, basketball, netball, american football, lacrosse, polo, water polo, ozzie rules, darts, snooker, pool, swimming, or any of a large range. Well, Ultimate Frisbee (as is suggested by its name) is the ultimate sport. It consists of two teams on a rectangular pitch, each trying to pass the frisbee (or disc) between themselves and catch it in the oppostion's endzone. Rules include no moving whilst holding the disc (pivoting allowed) and if the disc touches the ground it's a turn-over.

There are no referees present – the game is all about spirit, and all disputes are sorted out on the word of the parties involved, which means that the whole Ultimate community gets on very well.

For a better description of the game you can visit the UK Ulitmate Association website at "http://www.ukultimate.com/":

There is also a huge student Ultimate community – the current Warwick University Ultimate team's website (the Warwick Bears) can be found at "http://www.munkeyrah.co.uk/bears/":

Hello peeps

Dear All,

This is my blog, I don't know what I will put on it or even if I will ever visit it again myself – only time will tell.

Enough about my site – it's now time to talk about my favourite subject – me! If I had to liken myself to anyone it would have to be God. This is for 2 main reasons – the first is that I am awesome, and the second is that the first reason is true. I am "into" stuff in general – no particular preferences in music – if I like it then I'll listen to it, if it's crap I won't (e.g. all dance/trance music), I hate Scott Mills, I like chips, I hate raw cheese, I play Ultimate Frisbee, I drive a Peugeot 106 (quite old, falling apart, need a new car). Series on TV/DVD I particularly like are 24, Family Guy, Black Books, Red Dwarf, generally Star Trek or other Sci-Fi rubbish. Stuff on TV I hate includes, but is not limited to, holiday programs, everything on channel 5, etc, etc…..

For more information on any or all of these issues, plus others not mentioned here, please see other entries in my blog. Alternatively piss off.