December 12, 2004

The Football Derby

Now what football fan out there doesn't love a local derby, there were many this weekend alone, but forget for one second the London derby or the Birmingham derby, easily the most important one this weekend (to me at least) was the East Midlands derby; Derby County – Nottingham Forest!!

We thrashed the forest 3–0, come on the rams!!! Now to just beat them again in Feb and Leicester in March and us Derby fans can be happy – providing there is no relegation scrap yet again!!

3–0!!! 3–0!!! 3–0!!!

November 28, 2004

Kate's 19th Celebrations

Oh what a night!! Great turnout, was so cool to see so many people again – all together at the same time, almost all the old group reunited (with a few notable exceptions missing) Nathans shock arrival was just that – a massive shock – none of us were expecting to see him til Christmas!! A few freaky flashbacks to a year ago and some history most definately repeating itself!! Copious amounts of alcohol were consumed by many (not me, I was driving) and muchos 'bad' dancing in Barracuda as always.
All in all an excellent night out and glad I decided to go what with everything going on I needed some resembelance of my life back for a night and it was worth it!!
Happy Birthday Mate!! I know you had a wicked time and enjoy Grease that Rob's taking you to.

November 06, 2004

The Return to Spoonies….

It's the morning (well technically afternoon) after the night before, seems a little weird to say that when you were a) stone cold sober and b) designated driver. Last was so much fun, back at good ode Spoonies; 3 uni students and 2 rowers had a good laugh.
Sadly Sam's gran had died earlier yesterday so she was unexpectedly home and in need of a night out (or to get pissed more like). I'd place money on the fact that she was already pretty drunk when I picked her up from her house though she swears blinid she hadn't been. I've seen a Drunk Sam enough times to recognise her me thinks. Anyway we met Nathan and Dowell in the Sir Nigel (after I again got stopped at the door for I.D. – I was even wearing a Warwick hoodie for God's sake!!) for a while before Dowell had to leave and Kenny – complete with shocking Paisley shirt from the leavers prom – arrived tanked up on a half dozen or so Stella's.
So the drinking commenced and I, once again, was stopped at the Bar, for looking underage – am getting totally sick of this!! Now I know this wasn't just because I was drinking coke only but Kenny didn't seem to shut up at all, if it wasn't rowing or pumpkins he was talking about then it was pumpkins or rowing!! I must have caught Nathan rolling his eyes a good twenty odd times!!
I got introduced to Strawpedo – at which was Rob was mightly impressive with a Reef. I don't think I've ever seen anything drank so quickly including Nathan downing his trademark DVRB in less than 15 secs!! Then later in the night as we walked down the High Street Kenny started doing cartwheels in his intoxicated state – how he didn't end up flat on his arse I shall never know!!
After Spoonies had closed them came the enviable task of trying to get these pissheads home; Kenny insisted on walking so Rob went with him to make sure he actually got home, Sam on the otherhand wasn't too willing to go back to the car as she didn't seem to want to go home. Eventually, after lying on the floor outside the Sir Nigel and 'pole dancing' around a bollard (at which a pervy taxi driver flashed his lights) Nathan and I had managed to get her back to the car to go home.
All in all an excellent night – who says you have to be drunk to have a good time and that being the only sober one is no fun!! Pictures most definately to follow…

November 01, 2004

F1 Countdown…

Only 124 days until Melbourne – I can't wait, Webber in a Williams should be interesting.

119 days 6/11/04 Hakkinen NOT returning to F1 next yr

Top Gear

I wanted to write this last night, but I couldn't add to my blog for some reason :(

Quite simply Top Gear is one, if not the best, kept secret on the BBC. The brilliance the show delievers each week is simply awesome. Its not a show thats advertised to death or talked-up, but simply goes about its business each Sunday on BBC2 while its legions of fans tune in to see comical brilliance of the 3 guys.
Who else but Rich Hammond could make a Porsche 911 obsession both amusing and worth-watching? Jeremy Clarksons sheer arrogance at times over the 'Cool Wall' – though of course the DB9 does deserve its own fridge and I agree with him over the Ferrari Enzo (the F1 fan in me is so anti-ferrari) but some cars he just has wrong!!
The attempts to destroy the land rover (edit: sorry pick-up truck my mistake) , the caravan target practice and theice cream vans over the bouncy castles make this show worth watching all on its own.

Top Gear, proof that a car show doesn't have to be serious or boring!!!

October 29, 2004

"What type of learner am I?" from all the way back in week 1!!

You have a low preference for being an Activist
You have a strong preference for being a Reflector
You have a strong preference for being a Theorist
You have a strong preference for being a Pragmatist

Your strongest preference was found to be: Reflector (74%).

Reflectors like to stand back to ponder experiences and observe them from different perspectives. They collect data, both first hand and from others, and prefer to think about it thoroughly before coming to any conclusion. Because the thorough collection and analysis of data about experiences and events is what counts, they tend to postpone reaching definitive conclusions for as long as possible. Their philosophy is to be cautious. They are thoughtful people who like to consider all possible angles and implications before making a move. They enjoy observing other people in action. They listen to others and get the drift of the discussion before making their own points. They tend to adopt a low profile and have a slightly distant, tolerant, unruffled air about them. When they act it is part of a wide picture which includes the past as well as the present and others' observations as well as their own.

How reflectors learn best
Reflectors learn best from activities where:
They are allowed to watch/think/chew over activities.
They are able to stand back and observe; observing a group at work, watch films/videos, etc.
They are allowed to think before acting and have time to prepare.
They can carry out painstaking research, investigation and probing.
They have time to review what has happened, what they have learnt.
They are required to produce carefully considered analyses and reports.
They are helped to exchange views within a structured learning experience.
They can reach a decision without pressure within their own time.

Advantages of being a reflector
See new ways of doing things
Come up with creative solutions see long-term implications of things
Can see the total picture
Are unhurried, donít get in a flap
Listen to others and share ideas
See connections between different subjects being studied
Present work in novel and artistically appealing ways
Are good at coming up with new alternatives
Pinpoint important new questions

Disadvantages of being a reflector
Canít see the Ďtrees for the woodí Ė forget important details
Wait too long before getting started
Can be uncritical of ideas
Donít organise work well
Donít like work or revision timetables
Only work in bursts of energy
Forget to bring key books, etc. for homework
Are easily distracted from the job in hand
Donít rework notes or classify material
Are too easygoing, not assertive enough with friends or teachers

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