June 21, 2007


Follow-up to MISSING – One Conductors Baton from Life, the University, and Everything!

Anyone seen a lonely conductor’s baton? (see linked blog entry)

June 18, 2007

MISSING – One Conductors Baton

If anyone finds a Conductors Baton, 12” to 14”, in a clear plastic tube, then please contact me using the link above.

Last seen on Monday 18th at 1:45 ish between the Arts Centre bus stop and the Arts Centre iteslf. (During the heavy rain shower).



May 20, 2007

Atomic Ball 2007

An absolutely brilliant night!

The company was great, the food was awesome, the venue was gorgeous! All in all, a great evening :)

My photos are available here…


A video of who was at my table is below…

Simon, George, Suzi, Aruna, Helen, Lara, Gareth (and then back again).



March 18, 2007

My Exams Are Over! :D

I finished my 3rd year exams on Friday. They’ve not been that good, tbh, but Friday’s felt like my best. We shall see when we finally get the results at the end of term 3.

Now I have one of the busiest Easter’s EVER! Thank goodness I don’t have revision on top of everything else :)

I should now have time to start blogging again! Yey! Procrastination returns!

March 05, 2007

My First Exam Looms…

I have an exam starting in just under 2 hours. And I’m absolutely bricking it.

I have (stupidly) just looked at a past paper, and have realised how little of the material for the 2 modules I’m about to be assessed on I actually know.


This is not going to go well :(

And this is followed by my audition to be a student conductor of Wind Orchestra next year!

Today is not going to be good!

March 04, 2007

British Beer

I’ve just seen an advert for Carlsberg Beer featuring old England Football legends. “The Beer of England”. And it’s a Lager!

So, is this a British beer?

Well, we know Carlsberg isn’t, but I’m talking about Lager in general. Well, what came first? What was the first beer to be brewed or drunk in Britain?


So why is the Football team associated with Lager? It annoys me!

We don’t appreciate British beer enough. It is something to be proud of, not to be hidden away.

It’s a lot better than it used to be. CAMRA (Campaigh for Real Ale) has grown in popularity, and promoted Ale to everyone. We’ve just had the Real Ale society’s festival, and by all acounts it was very successful. We do seem to be drinking Ale, even the young ones among us.

Ale is no longer just something you see old men in their local pubs. It is a much loved beverage by many people. Even without the backing of national advertising, its popularity still grows stronger.

Let’s hope it continues!

January 28, 2007

I think I have Damp :S

Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/mcooper/gallery/damp_28th_jan_2007/

07 - The gap between my chest of drawers (right) and the front wall of the house (left).


January 11, 2007

Pro–Test: Supporting Animal Testing

Writing about web page http://www.pro-test.org.uk/index.php

“[Pro-Test] are an Oxford-based group campaigning in favour of continued animal testing and in support of scientific research. [They] aim to dispel the irrational myths promoted by anti-vivisectionists and to encourage people to stand up for science and human progress.” (1)

Visit their website here and read about the group and their aims here.

(1) Stolen from the Pro-Test website homepage.

December 12, 2006

Holidays Are Coming

The Long One:

The Church Bell One:

The Grandad and Grandson One:

December 08, 2006

Token End of Term Entry

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about anything, and even longer since I’ve talked about my life. So here’s a quick recap of the first term of my 3rd year.

Term started with an evil timetable (Four or five 9am lectures a week), and never really let up. I was at Wind Orchestra and Brass Band rehearsals almost every week, and tried to go out with mates at least one other night a week. This all led to me being absolutely shattered by now.

I’ve got through a collection of concerts and contests, all by the skin of my teeth. My playing isn’t really at the standard it could be, but motivating myself to better this is difficult. I (usually) enjoy playing my Tuba in groups, and have never liked the solo side. This term I’ve been the only Tuba in Wind Orchestra, and in Brass Band I ended up being relied upon as well. This meant I was playing solos :S I guess the fun of playing was lost by the fact I was on my own (for wind orch at least) and my part was actually important, rather than a bit of fun as I’d always had previously.

But life was good, my work was limited (I’m so glad I didn’t take Communicating Science) and my friends were brilliant, though my course is still a cloud of mystery. Ah well, it can’t all be great! Someone even commented that I was looking happier than I had done in a long while!

And it was through Music that I met Steph, a percussionist and fresher, who I was going out with for about a week. And that was a really good week. It was all too brief (“Living the fresher lifestyle single”) and life was back to it’s old self.

I’ve finished far too many lecture courses this term (8) and next term manage to finish the rest of them (3) before my exams at the end of term 2!

Third year Chemistry exams at the end of term 2! This could be interesting!

On top of all this, I’ve been accepted onto the Student Associates Scheme, where I get a chance to do some teacher training type stuff and go into a school (Myton, in Warwick). That’ll be over the whole of next term, and ridiculously tiring it will be. With this, as I am a Chemist, I can do “Introduction to Secondary School Teaching”, which is worth 24 CATs. That’ll come in useful. So it means I can drop a couple of Chemistry modules, though no idea which ones as yet.

I applied for campus accommodation for my final year with 4 other Chemists, and we have been offered a place! We won’t find out for a while where they’re going to put us, but hopefully it’ll be Redfern. There are 5 of us and Redfern is made up of 5 person flats. We’ll see what happens when they (finally!) announce where we have been allocated.

So there’s my term’s worth of life. All in all I’d say it’s been good. As usual there were ups and downs, but what is life if it doesn’t have those? Now I’ve got to figure how long I’m going to stay in Coventry before I go “Home Home” to London.

Oh, and by the way:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Here ends the blog, according to Matthew


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