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November 08, 2005

Rainstorms, virtual crashes and a great concert.

Well last weekend's gliding trip wasn't such a great success. I decided to take a trip on saturday rather than my usual sunday as the forecast didn't look very good for the latter. A whole two people signed up for the saturday trip and by friday the forecast for that looked awful aswell so I e-mailed the two members and asked if they really wanted to bother. Niether did and so the trip was cancelled. Of course, saturday's weather was actually quite good so I became annoyed and decided to ask Chris (another gliding club trip leader) if he wanted to make an unofficial trip on the sunday. So he stayed here on saturday night with the intention of us both actually getting to fly on sunday. We woke up at 07:40 in the middle of a storm so went back to sleep… and woke up at 12:00. Ooops. Even so, nothing much missed as the weather was still awful and so we didn't bother.

Instead we played around on a gliding simulator I've found. After he left I tried out some of those things I'd never dare todo in real life. There are some bizarre screenshots of my virtual antics here: http://gliding.oliford.co.uk/simulator.

The rest of the week has been much the same as usual except that, on monday night I went to see the Brass Band and Wind Orchestra's concert in the Arts Centre. Now, you must understand I have absolutely no musical ability myself and don't usually listen to such music but I was convinced (extremely easily mind you, I quite fancied something different) by Andy Ingles and Chris Jackson. I have to say it was excellent and well worth the minescule £3 to get in. I especially liked, I think it was: 'The Gael' by the brass band and the last pieces: 'Windows of the World' by the wind orchestra. It was also great to see Andy conducting. Since I know him mostly from lab last year which is never a place to bring out one's enthusiasm it was different to see him up there obviously enjoying himself (and without any tea!).

Also Gareth and Steph should be mentioned aswell, since I've know them from physics for a few years and didn't even realise they were in the orchestra.


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