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August 13, 2007

Orange Squash

Orange Squash

I’m quite keen on my orange squash as most of you know. Those of you who know me well will also know my particular fondness of Robinson’s Orange Squash.

Recently they have changed their label from the one in the photo. Why change a label? To attract attention to the product to re-promote it? To accompany a change in flavour or ingredients?

My guess is the latter because it is now necessary to dilute the cordial in slightly different proportions in order to remove the slight aftertaste of pinapple that is otherwise noticable. When I first tried the ‘new’ orange squash I thought I’d picked up the wrong bottle from the supermarket as Robinson’s do indeed sell an orange and pinapple version….

Anyway, I checked and I definitely have the orange (no added sugar) squash and with a little bit of experimentation as to proportions of cordial to water it’s all sorted.

The point of this entry….. none really other than to fill time and hopefully keep you amused for all of 2 minutes!!

August 03, 2007

Latex and graphics :–(

Follow-up to The joys of LaTeX from Laura's blog

Thank you for your help if you commented on my first entry about Latex and graphics. I’m still stuck I’m afriad. I’ve converted the image to a .pdf and then written \usepackages{graphicx} at the top and then typed \includegraphics{Normalisedzscores.pdf}

When I did this to start with, it said it needed to know the dimension of the bounding box so I altered it to \includegraphics[bb = 4 4 5 5]{Normalisedzscores.pdf} which runs fine, but in DVi I get the following error message:

Error: /undefined in obj Operand stack: --nostringval-- PermitFileReading --nostringval-- PermitFileWriting --nostringval-- 1 0 Execution stack: %interp_exit .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- false 1 %stopped_push 1 3 %oparray_pop 1 3 %oparray_pop 1 3 %oparray_pop 1 3 %oparray_pop .runexec2 --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- 2 %stopped_push --nostringval-- --nostringval-- --nostringval-- Dictionary stack: --dict:1057/1123(ro)(G)-- --dict:0/20(G)-- --dict:70/200(L)-- --dict:95/300(L)-- --dict:42/200(L)-- Current allocation mode is local MiKTeX GPL Ghostscript 8.01: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

Any ideas? Thank you for your help.

P.S. Apologies to anyone reading my blog hoping for something exciting!

August 01, 2007

The joys of LaTeX

Last year I wrote my dissertation in TeX. This was a major faff as I was incapable of making contents pages and bibliographies in it. Therefore I’ve decided to learn how to use LaTeX. So far, it’s great! I’ve worked out contents and bibiliographies without any bother and can do tables and everything I need. However, graphics seem to be beyond me! I’ve got the graphics saved as .wmf as they were what I needed for TeX, however, it seems that these are unsuitable for LaTeX. Equally, I’ve tried converting them to .jpg and .pdf and using pdflatex in the latter case, but it still won’t put graphics into my document.

Any ideas?! Thank you.

July 09, 2007

Today's a very sad day

All but a very few, select soft toys have been taken from me :-(

Apparently, because I’m 21 and want to be treated like an adult, I have to act like one. It appears that in order to act like an adult you have to be parted from nearly 100 soft toys and redesign your room so that it looks like a room in a show house and not like a room anyone lives in.

At least my 30 favourites are safe (currently in a box waiting to go back to university which isn’t great, but at least they’ve avoided being sold.)

June 18, 2007

Number 0 in the queue

Today I had the most comedy phone conversation ever. I dialled the relevant number and after two rings, a voice announced “I’m sorry all our operators are busy at present. Please hold until the next available member of staff becomes available. You are number zero in the queue.” This is itself is amusing as how is it possible to have an empty queue? Also, if I’m in an empty queue why is noone answering the phone?!

A few minutes later my call was answered. The helpdesk I was ringing is one which sorts all things technology based. Consequently I was very surprised when they said they weren’t reading emails today. (I sent them an email initially to explain the problems as that’s what I was told to do when I rang them the first time.)

I was even more surprised when I had to explain their mailing system to them!!!!

It made for a very entertaining phone call that’s for sure!

May 06, 2007

I don't like Sunday evenings

Why are Sunday evenings so gloomy? I went out for dinner this evening, however, I was home by 9.00 so have had to fill the remaining hours before I can accept defeat and go to bed ready to wake up for another day’s revision.

MSN’s quiet today too, as it is every weekend. I guess people have more of a social life than I do. I finished another book today though and have been watching the snooker, so I can’t grumble too much.

Bank holiday tomorrow. It’s just like a Sunday all over again which isn’t a good thing in my opinion. All of you who work Monday to Friday will no doubt dispute that point, but for someone like me who works everyday, Bank holidays are just another reason for places to be shut and people to be busy doing things they want to do as opposed to have to do!

February 22, 2007

The Future's in Our Hands!

The Future

MONDAY 26th February (week 8), 7pm in the Butterworth Hall within Warwick Arts Centre, the University of Warwick Wind Orchestra and massed choir of 250 7-11 children from local schools come together to perform for your entertainment. We will be playing pieces ranging from Hobbits from Lord of the Rings, to a medley of Beatles songs. Other tunes include ‘The Future’s in Our Hands’ featuring the massed choir and Siyahamba as well as My Fair Lady medley, Scramble! by Nigel Hess, Overture to ‘Candide’, Holsts’ first suite in Eb….. Something for everyone!

Tickets are only £3 for concessions, £5 otherwise!

Please come along and support the choir and orchestra in what promises to
be an excellent night’s entertainment for a very reasonable price!

Tickets are available from Warwick Arts Centre Box Office: 024 7652 4524 or http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/events/id/3133

September 10, 2006

An observation

I think the title should actually read, ‘observations’ but nevermind.

Has anyone listened to the Gladiator soundtrack recently? If so, have you noticed the uncanny resemblence of one of the tracks to the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack? I know that Klaus Badelt was involved in the score production for Gladiator, but did he really use the same theme in both soundtracks?

A slightly less geeky observation: drinking too much alcohol isn’t good; for the person, the people they are with and the people that are around them. To explain, a party of promers who set up their rug next to our ‘camp’ came dressed in their finery (black ties and silly dresses.) They all then consumed lots of alcohol, but one man in particular became very drunk to the level of almost being unconcious. Personally I can’t see the point, but that is just me.

Thirdly, has anyone noticed how quickly someone can sober up if they need to?

Right, that is enough philosophical views for the time being!

Bye for now!

August 15, 2006

T'Other's holiday

I went on holiday to the Lake District with Mum's Mum, Mum's Mum's Mum and Dad and Tom and Babe and Patch. It was very fun.

Babe, Patch and me were put in charge of choosing all the walks.

Me choosing a walk

We walked 26 miles. It was hard work. Here is a picture of me on a walk around a place called Blea Tarn.

Me at Blea Tarn

On 1 of our walks, we saw sheep playing football. You can see the goal keepers in the pictures below.

Goalkeeper 1
Goalkeeper 2

One day we went on a boat. It was very windy and cold and I thought I was going to go for a swim.

Me on a boat

I have also been on a train.

Me on a train
Me on a train again

My holiday was very fun.

May 27, 2006

We lost

Humph – it is raining, revision is not going well, and to top it all, Leicester Tigers were beaten by Sale in the Premiership final.


May 16, 2006

My parcel

Yesterday, when I came back to Liberty after Wind Orchestra, I found that they have rearranged reception and now have the post boxes in the main corridor to all the blocks (which also happens to be the thinnest corridor here, but nevermind!)

Anyway, I found my post box and in it, I found a parcel – yay, I like parcels! It was from a friend back at home. Now, had I the technological ability to take a photo and upload or scan the contents of the parcel I would. Instead you will have to suffice with a description:

It is a 'fridge magnet with a photograph of a pigeon sitting on the top of a stone statue of a female. The quote to the side of the picture reads – "Some days you're the pigeon, some days you're the statue."

It made me smile a lot, as it is so true! Hope that makes you smile, even if it is just a tempory feature!

May 13, 2006

A confession!

5 out of 5 stars

Yes, I know, my exams start in 3 weeks, and so I really should be using every available moment to revise. However, I'm just not in the mood today. It is past 4:15 and so far today I have only done 3 hours work. Still, there is time before bed yet to get a few more hours in!

Anyway, the point to my ramblings, instead of revising I nipped into town for a wander and an attempt to spend some of my Christmas tokens that I still have! So, I went into HMV and bought 'ikon' by The Sixteen under the direction of Harry Christophers. It is amazing. It is quite eery and is the sort of music that gives you goosepimples.

So, I can now spend at least the next three hours revising whilst listening to some very very cool music.

April 24, 2006

It's all go around here!

Writing about web page http://iccoventry.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100localnews/tm_objectid=16985691%26method=full%26siteid=50003%26headline=city%2dstudents%2dcaught%2din%2dhigh%2drise%2dfire%2dterror-name_page.html

Ok, so the article is exaggerating slightly, but 1 whole block was evacuated, there were 2 fire engines, 1 ambulance and 1 police car.

But, all in all, at 11pm, everyone had returned to their flats, apart from the people in the involved flat and they were rehoused in a nearby flat. Today, there are lots of people here repairing the damaging and replacing windows etc.

April 02, 2006

Bonnett Catering Corps.

For those of you who haven't heard of the Bonnett Catering Corps., it is a small family run, non-profit organisation that cooks lunch in Knighton Parish Centre for between 60–80 people every so often.

To mark the departure of the curate and for the AGM, Dad, Mum and I have just prepared, bought, cooked, served and cleared chicken caserole and bread and butter pudding for 70 people. Needless to say, I am now quite tired!!

The three of us make a good unit really – Dad is the brains behind the operation and comes up with the menus and the portion sizes and hence the shopping list. Mum and I are the do-ers. We go shopping for 14 pints of milk, 15kg carrots…. and do all the preparation. On the day, Dad does the cooking while Mum serves and I wash up. Just for people who don't do washing up very often, plates, cutlery, serving dishes and saucepans for 70 people, takes 1 person 2 hours to wash, and a further hour to dry and put away!!!

So, if ever you fancy having private caters in for an event you are holding, look no further!!!

March 22, 2006

Distinctly Unimpressed

So, it is 8.16 and I have just been woken up by 2 workmen. Usually I hear the workmen from the construction site opposite coming to work and generally making noise. Normally, however, they are not banging on my door at 8am in the morning.

I, understandably, was asleep, not having got to sleep until about 1.30am. So, I had set the alarm for 9am. So, I AM NOT AMUSED, at having been woken up. Admittedly they have come to fit a new shower for me but I asked for it to be replaced from tomorrow onwards when I will be at home for a fortnight. When they knocked on my door, I didn't answer – because I was asleep. And so, they banged a bit louder and started shouting at me through the door. Only when they barged into my room did I get out of bed!

Needless to say, I am now awake and sitting here at my computer, in my pijamas waiting for them to fit the new shower so that I can get ready and start my revison. Oh yes, and they don't seem able to actually fit the new shower, so it looks like they are going to be here a while. I have a feeling today is going to be a great day – Not!


EDIT: It is now 8.40 and they are on their second shower, apparently the first one was a defect. However, they now can't find hot water. I am not a happy bunny.

EDIT 2: 8.57 am. They have left and I in theory have a fully functioning, brand new shower. I say they have left, they have also left muddy footprints in the bathroom, a flooded floor, a trail of litter…... STILL not happy.

March 08, 2006

I'm seeing badgers!

Currently, I should be revising for my metrics test on Friday, proof reading my coursework due in tomorrow and attempting to do the other 2 pieces of coursework sitting in my 'to-do' pile. However, I have week 10-itis!!! I really can't be bothered, what's the point and who cares all seem to be phrases I'm using a lot recently!!

This blog is however about much more exciting things than work! Last night I played Mahler's 1st Symphony in the SO and Chorus concert. Now, I may be going slightly mad as a result of too much maths, not enough sleep… however, I am sure that I saw badgers in the light/sound box at the back of the Butterworth Hall.

During the opening bars of the piece I happened to be looking up to see where the green flashing light was coming from, and unless I am loosing any remaining marbles I have (which is possible!) I am convinced I saw This and Thatz watching the concert from on high.

I was planning to ask them today whether they were there, just to check that I am still a bit sane (although, on reflection, talking to badgers isn't the most normal of things!) however, they have gone on holiday – alright for some!!

If any other orchestra members happen to have seen This and Thatz during the concert, please let me know!

Thank you – happy hols for anyone I won't see before you go home.

February 18, 2006

There's one born every minute

Why am I not in bed? Because, I have just done what I said I would never do, and watched a film on my own.

I get scared in films like Ice Age and Finding Nemo and yet did I turn this film off when within the opening 15 minutes, 39 people were killed? No, I carried on watching it and now can't go to bed – argh!

Just in case anyone was interested, the film in question was Final Destination, and irrespective whether or not it is meant to be scary – I was petrified.

January 31, 2006

An attempt to do less work

Good morning all,

In a bid to do slightly less work, I am writing a blog entry! I have also completed a killer Sudoku as well. Why I couldn't just have set the alarm for later I am not sure, but nevermind – lesson learnt!!

The problem with blogging is that you actually have to have something to say, and it would appear that I don't!!

In semi-exciting news (for some that will understand!), Thatz came to WO last night, and sat in the flute section for the first half and in the euphonium section for the second. He is also going to the ball and has recently been on a trip to London. I'm not sure all this excitement is good for such a young badger!!

Having now bored you all rigid, I shall return to my metric spaces assignments!! (and, yes, before you ask, they are non-assessed and hence do not need to be completed!)

January 18, 2006

Beach Party

I haven't written a blog entry in a while, possibly because I don't have anything exciting to say, possibly because I am a bit busy currently!

Anyway, this evening deserves an entry. Lu will be my witness to this should it be necessary. The car park at Liberty Park has become the place for a beach party. Hence, at the moment, there are in excess of 20 people dressed in rubber rings, shorts, tshirts etc, dancing to loud music and drinking copious amount of alcohol outside my window. What fun!

The reason for this entry? To complain? No. To fill time until the music and the screaming stops and I can go to bed!

Sleep well all,


January 03, 2006

A word of warning!

I hope that you all had a good Christmas and holiday. Happy New Year to those of you I have not already spoken to you!

I feel it necessary to explain the following however revolting, as a word of warning to prevent anyone experiencing the same as I did! Before Christmas, Mum kindly offered to buy food for me for this term and put it in my freezer so that it was here when I moved back in. What a lovely gesture, saved me having to buy it and had the added bonus of Mum buying better the Tesco Value items.

What therefore is my word of warning? Always check whether the power is going to be turned off to your 'fridge and freezer if you are going away for over a fortnight. You will be in for a nasty surprise if the powers goes off, I can assure you!

Never before have I seen or smelt anything as disgusting as I did when I opened my freezer after 2.5 weeks without power. I won't go into any detail as it was utterly revolting, but suffice it to say, i hope I never have to see or smell anything as bad, ever again.

See you all soon.