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July 12, 2006

finally all finished

well – weren't that nice. graduation that is. thin disguise for WGA plugs and money–spinning photos etc, but all worth it to celebrate the 4 most excellent years I've had.

best bit was actually seeing everyone on my course & corridor again after 2 weeks in scottish isolation, though this did slightly interfere with my attempt at eating the buffet lunch, I care not. nice to see others' families too.

so with parents in tow, camera in hand, phone in pocket, I ended up watching a day fly by me before I really realised it had started. but it were fun.

mixed feelings i think that quite a few people were covering today too:
happiness that we've all done so well and had such a good time at Warwick, combined with the sadness that sets in when you realise you aint going to see half your course probably for a very long time / if at all again. Although they may not have been your bestest buddies / know your secrets – they are your friends who shared many experiences with you, worked with you, and they're all lovely decent people, who I shall miss having round.

as for the other half and other special peeps – well – its depressing when you know you'll be saying goodbye to your best mates – but at least its going to be in dribs and drabs over the next few weeks, each person on a certain date, so I'll therefore get a chance to say goodbye to each properly / should have some time. Not easy. Lots to say. Tears will mosts likely be shed. They are an amazing bunch (you know who you are), who I've been truly honoured to know. Love you all. Think I've grown too attached – last 2 weeks have been been the start of weaning me off. And I dont like it.

however, as the VC said, looking forward…. Next few days I'm on campus seeing other peoples' graduations, meeting up with people, umpiring a hockey match, some cheeky drinks – and generally having a good time again. yay.
then off with Gav on friday to an old friend's houseparty near cambridge (on the saturday), and home to scotland on monday.

home = gap year organisation = buying lots / spending money. something i am particularly loathe to do atm, since I am convinced I dont have enough before I go travelling as it is. however, sister is back from her South America trip at the end of the month – so shall see her for a few days –then I'm off down south to Cat's 23rd party, before off up and away for 11 months…......

also other news – am looking at PhDs again, because will need one if I'm serious about a career in new energy technologies (or something on those lines). have been speaking to various people – not sure its going to be easy to sort something over 12 months in advance though. not sure I want to do a PhD yet. there be 3 out of 15 people in our course who still havent decided what they want. I be one.

anyway – negative has been bit too highlighted up to this point, so I shall finish by saying WOOOOOOO ! finished degree. and getting excited. 26 days to go…....

July 02, 2006

killing some time…

How many keys are on your keychain?

What curse word do you use the most?
fuck i think. i've fallen into bad habits. although maybe its bloody hell

Do you own an iPod?
not yet – am about to order an mp3 player tho

What time is your alarm clock set for?
its not set to anything atm – tho my body seems to be waking itself up at 2pm everyday

How many suitcases do you own?
a few grips, but nothing solid per say

Do you wear flip–flops even when it's cold outside?
yep and shorts too. hardy scot

Where do you buy your groceries from?
was always tesco at uni, now–a–days the parents occasionally sucker me in to going to our local sainsburys

Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture?
if its pictures of people, then i think i'd prob like to be in it. maybe both – ah timers…

What was the last movie you watched?
Cruel Intentions. damn thats a good film

Do any of your friends have children?

If you won the lottery, what's the first thing you would buy?
not buy as such, but i'd most likely share some of it with my closest friends, and my family

Has anyone ever called you lazy?
almost daily

Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep faster?
nope – only times i cant get to sleep straight away is when its too hot (easily solved) or when brain is buzzing / too active.

What CD is currently in your CD player?
soundtrack to Troy

Do you prefer regular or chocolate milk?
hmmmm blue full–fat milk

Has anyone told you a secret this week?
not really a secret, but my old headmaster told me something new my mum (an ex–doctor) had said when i was hospitalised with my burst appendix (A–level time) along the lines of "why didnt i spot it earlier, and i'd never forgiven myself if he hadnt made it"

When was the last time someone hit on you?
night before new years eve. the barge pounced.

What did you have for dinner?
meat fondu. just my kinda meal – eat as much as you can

Do you wear hoodies often?
yep – my warwick hockey one

Can you whistle?
out and in. so could go on for eeeeever

Have you ever participated in a protest?
no. although have filled in online thingies against top up fees etc

Who was the last person to call you?
chris, our downstairs neighbour, wanting to play golf

What is your favourite ride at an amusement park?
the one with the largest g–forces

Do you think people talk about you behind your back?
of course – tis only natural. pissed me off something rotten in term1 tho

What post code are you in right now?

Did you watch cartoons as a child?
good god yes. all of them.

How big is your local mall?

How many siblings do you have?
1. and she's merrily skipping her way across South America as we speak. off to be an arty–farty person next year in London

Are you shy around the opposite sex?
yes when i first meet / see them

What is your biggest regret?
not sticking my neck out enough. and missing opportunities

When was the last time you laughed so hard your sides hurt?
probably one of the many times last term when someone (myself included) came up with a tear–inducing "quote". hehehe

What film do you know every line to?
could prob join Gav in his Lord of the Rings recital

Do you own any band t–shirts?
no – but intend to get a ReplicaX one

When was your last plane ride?
i fly all the time – easiest way to get to scotland and back. so end of easter hols would be the answer

How many chairs are at your dining room table?

Do you read for fun?
yeh if the mood strikes me

Can you speak any languages other than English?
somehow scraped an A at French GCSE french. I know about 5 words in Greek and Polish too. So no basically

Do you do your own dishes?
i have been doing my fair share of house–hold chores since i got back

What colour is your bedroom painted?

Have you ever cried in public?
yes. end of the last song on the last night of uni. also outside on the piazza.

Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
desktop. ps – NEVER send a PC via Royal Mail – no matter how well packaged.

Which do you make, wishes or plans?
plans. lots of them. tho takes a while for me to actually get round to implementing

Are you always trying to learn new things?
totally – its what i love the most. perhaps why i want to do a PhD now

Do you shower on a daily basis?
always in the morning. sometimes in evening too.

Are you currently wanting any piercings or tattoos?
cant say ever really thought about them

Do you believe that the guy should pay on the first date?
in principle yes. tho suppose it depends. cant say ive ever taken someone out on a date before already going out

Can you skip rocks?
14 is my record

Have you ever been to Jamaica?
nope. shall be dream island hopping soon enough though.

What to snack on at the movie theatres?
either nothing – or full thing of salted popcorn and drink

Who was your favourite teacher?
Dr Brookman. was the guy who got me enthused about maths. Ah the memories of "Fun Maths" class on Fridays

Have you ever dated someone out of your race?

What is the weather like?
damp and cool

Would you ever date someone covered in tattoos?
no probably not

Do you have an online journal?

What was your favourite class in high school?
Biology. had a lovely elderly teacher, who when he had a bike accident, I got to teach his 10year olds class for a term.

Do you enjoy travelling via airplanes?
kinda bores me now

What personality trait is a must–have in your preferred gender?
i personally think there is nothing better than someone who can and isnt afraid to absolutely rip the piss out of me, i.e. intelligent wit

Have you ever been attracted to someone physically unattractive?
straight answer – no. different answer – i can only feel attraction once i know someone properly.

When was the last time you slept on the floor?
hmm last summer when working in the City, when came home from work at midnight and found i had been locked out by the builders. hurrah for under–street wine cellar + portaloo

What is your favourite alcoholic drink?
cointreau + amaretto + lemonade

Does your closest Starbucks have a drive–thru?
as much as that appalls me, i might just have to look out for them in August

Do you like your living arrangement?
err tis home. comfy, free, good food, lots of sleep.
dont really have the choice tho. would rather be back in uni halls really – however.

What is your mother's hometown?
Arasaig – tiny town on the far west coast of Scotland.

How many hours of sleep do you need to function?
i do well on 8. learnt to live with 5 over last summer. am currently getting about 11 :D

Do you eat breakfast daily?
only way that i can function an hour later / rest of day

What was the last thing to scare you?
the sight of the end of uni rushing towards me at the rate of 7days/week
and my lack of self–confidence

Are your days full and fast–paced?
no longer

Did you ever get in trouble for talking in class?
i was an annoying goodie–two–shoes at school. and first year of uni. then travelling changed me for the better.

What is your favourite fruit?
grannie smith apple

Do you pay attention to calories on the back of packages?
no. but the more the merrier i say

How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
22. sigh

Are you picky about spelling and grammar?
yes. hence the proof–reading king. well sorta.

Do you believe in life on other planets?
i'd say there was a fair chance it could exist

Have you ever been to Six Flags?
nope. might be tho.

Who was the last person to piss you off?
my dad – but only cause he was giving me a hard time about my unpacking going v slowly and hence still all over the hall

Do you believe that God has a gender?
if there is one – then id say no gender

What was the last thing you ate?
a bread roll

Do you get along better with the same or opposite sex?
thats a tough one. if you'd asked me 2yrs ago, I'd have said opposite definetly, since all my closest friends were. now–a–days i would probably give the same answer, although its now a lot more even. Indeed a nice thing to have a good mix of friends.

What did you dress up as for your first Halloween?
can't remember my first – parents probably took us round. tho i do tend to go for vampire. also do a mean zombie

How did your parents pick your name?
no idea. although my middle names….
Hugo since that was my uncle (never met him)
Syme since that's a bit of a family tradition / my great–great uncle

Do you like mustard?

What do you tell yourself when times get hard?
hmmm. remind myself of what i have. good health, body, mind etc and an amazing bunch of friends.

Would you ever sky dive?
already have. and intend to again. massive rush. hehe :D

Do you sleep on your side, tummy, or back?
usually my left side

What character from a movie most reminds you of yourself?
given my "deprived childhood" of not watching enough films – i.e. the regular occurence of "nope havent seen it" – cant really say. Maybe John Nash from A Beautiful Mind (but not that extreme obvs)

Have you ever bid for something on ebay?
cant say i ever have

What do you think of Angelina Jolie being pregnant?
erhm – who cares?

Do you enjoy giving hugs?
loads. and recieving. hugs RULE

Would you consider yourself to be fashionable?
clothing–wise: ish. cant say i've ever thought about it too hard

Do you own a digital camera?
a recent pre–gapping birthday prezie, yes

If someone you had no interest in dating expressed interest in dating you, how would you feel?
embarassed and tad awkward / apologetic. cant say that flattered really crossed my mind at the time.

What celebrities have you been compared to?
Tim Henman for a time. quite appropriate really.

Who is your favourite Star Wars character?

Does it annoy you when someone says they'll call but never do?
not really.

What books, if any, have made you cry?
think that a couple have in the past

Do you think you're attractive?

What are you allergic to?

Are you a jealous person?
didnt used to be, was for a bit, now no longer

What's your opinion on sex without emotional commitment?
pretty pointless

Do you ever feel guilty after eating meat?
yeh, guilty that i finished it all (not). give me more!!!!

If you were born the opposite sex, what would your name have been?
either Emma or Elizabeth (my sister's first few names)

now that really did kill some time….......

July 01, 2006

sort of uni–sick

something that a lot of people have said to me / commented on:

i know exactly what all those graduating mean about it currently not feeling different to any other holiday – to me it feels like in a month or so that all my friends and I will be back in Claycroft again having a good time…. hasn't hit me yet uni is over.

then i thought about it properly – and realised it probably won't hit me or sink in until i go off on my gap year (6th august). ah the emotional confusion that will then commence, being home–sick and uni–sick and UK–sick i suppose.

June 26, 2006

In denial

Ok – still hasnt hit me that uni is over now that I'm back home.

I did have a good blub or two during last term and the very end – but that was a more emotional saying goodbye thing / knowing that it was ending etc, not ITS OVER. Just feels like another uni holidays at the moment, and that I'll be back next term seeing my friends soon enough. But thats not the case…..

Perhaps graduation week is slightly blurring the reality that faces me – but graduation I can imagine is just a "final hurrah" and not really spending any quality time together as a group of friends. It'll be too rushed. Bit like the last 4 weeks of term. Grrrr

Wish we hadn't had that data analysis sheet to hand in middle of week 9, as 1% of your degree kinda takes the edge off the enjoyment after exams – knowing there's still a little more to come.

So, back home, awesome food, comfy bed, world cup on tele, sleeping lots etc – all good – but not really what I love (having a good time with my friends). Parents have already got me thinking about what I shall be doing after my gap year – VERY tough question really – given that I'm pretty uncertain about what I even want.

Dream job would be to discover a new source of energy to solve the world's energy crisis (which will prob occur in our lifetimes). However, this route will involve doing a lot of looking into current research and good places – along with a PhD, which I'm not sure I want. Ok, nice to be a student(ish) again I suppose, but its very different, and rather focused / narrow – and I tend to get bored of most things after a while (applys to several other areas in life too…..). Need to find something after my gap year that will continue to challenge me, and change or be broad enough a subject/career/route to keep me interested. Plus there's the added problem that I dont like doing something I'm not good at (e.g. languages) – so starting on a completely new eduational path is not really an option.

Anyway – I have time to think at least. And time to prepare, buy some more gap year stuff, enjoy graduation and a couple of house parties down in England, hopefully see some friends, and make some big life decisions (the scary bit…). Gap year doesnt scare me – can't wait for it to start :D cause it'll be brill. Will come back broke – but sooo worth it.

Gap year will also meet new people – possibly the only thing that's been missing / lacking this final year at uni – not had the opportunity or confidence to really get to know many new people. Going out with various groups of friends and hockey has been awesome, with some fantastic memories – but since the issues in term one I'm still yet to wander up to a complete stranger and strike up a convo – or even go on the pull. Gap year (as I found out from my trip to NZ) will kinda force me to take opportunities – which helps with the confidence.

Who knows, I might even find someone I like…. Ok – I'm not THAT picky – just didn't find "the one" whilst at uni. With only one girlfriend, can't really say I was looking too hard. But then being forward's not me. Just gotta be patient / be happy being single until I find someone I spark with I suppose… And learn to not miss chances (have become rather adept at not realising / being too shy, but looking back afterwards and going "oops"). Anyway….

Apologies for long blog – good to get some stuff out. Over and out

June 24, 2006

one awesome final week

Well – some tears that its over – but wow – what a way to end it. Tomorrow along with the rest of my packing is going to suck.

I truly have an awesome bunch of friends, that I'm going to miss very dearly indeed – one other reason that I'm going to be here for the whole of graduation week. Happy memories from hockey and related tours, from 3 peaks and football, even the odd lecture – as well as many many nights out. Also some surreal and very funny memories this week, from going to a theme park hungover, to jumping into the maths pond, leaping over (into) hedges, and watching others race starkers. Hehe. Student life – ah how I shall miss thee.

Well in summary – my time at Warwick – I've got a First, I've made some amazing friends, played a shed load of hockey, and I'm off on a gap year – I kinda feel like I've achieved basically everything I set out to do when I came here.

Am going to pop into my old school on Tuesday just to say hi to my old teachers etc – will be nice to see how the Academy's got on.

Some things I've learnt about myself and life in my time here:
In the real world, its mostly who you know not what you know
Nothing is more important than having friends around you who you know you can trust and call upon at any time
I'm not a person who can go on the pull / am slow to fancy someone
Regular sport kicks arse for a general feeling of well–being
Money is something that should only be saved to be spent
Weekends feeling alone can be pretty darn boring
Computers are brilliant yet very very time consuming
Sadly, academic success is often simply determined by birth – sometimes even inhumane amounts of effort cant do it
Alcohol is something that should be treated with a certain amount of respect, but with a whopping great slab of enjoyment too
All nighters / lack of sleep are fine during the new day in question – its the day after that sucks
Being right all the time is not something you want to be
Its good to have a cry sometimes
Enthusiasm is infectious
Be yourself

Anyway guys – all the best to those who are leaving, if I know you, it indeed has been an honour – for those who are staying, I envy you and good luck next year. I'm sure I'm going to see plently of people in the next few weeks before I head off travelling…..

June 21, 2006

hmmm cold hard cash

what ever happened to the days of book tokens eh ? well to be fair got a fairly heafty dictionary/thesaurus too…

all good basically. yay. First

June 18, 2006


one week left. ever. aaaaaarrrrrrgggggggghhhh

June 17, 2006

the afternoon after the day before

ouch + sweaty + knackered = 3 peaks challenge.
but we won it, and in a time somewhere under 20 hours. yay.

June 14, 2006

next few days

So – finally finished my degree today by handing in my last 1% as a crappy little data analysis sheet. Feels good to be done. Though wish I could just have another few months here.

Next few days I have Final Fling, then up early (to be breathalised) and drive up to Scotland, Friday up stupidly early to start 3 peaks challenge. Finish on Friday night (hopefully) / Sat morning, and get back and sleep. Then Sports Fed, which will be awesome too.

Basically lots of money spent. To add to the additional £415 from today (for more gap year stuff)..... :S oh well…..

Week 10 is shaping up to be busy too – our scientific paper we're publishing has just about had its final minor changes made to it, but little bit of work still left to do.

My great–aunt in Kenilworth passed away on Saturday – very sad, she was much loved by all her family – most of what I've been able to achieve throughout my education has been due to her. Funeral on Tuesday – everyone coming down, flying in etc. Also got Claycroft BBQ that day to run – could be interesting.

I will have my car (for the first time ever) at uni in week 10 – with the sole purpose of loading it up and taking all my stuff home at the end – not a day im looking forward to at all. Definetly not. Meeeep!

June 12, 2006

hey big spender

In one go.
Gap year paid for.

(my switch said ouch – i could swear it did)

June 09, 2006

booked !

Follow-up to gap year from Indeed

woooo excited ! and tad relieved its finally done too (better late than never)

also dont want to go on about it too much, since i'm sure people are going to get fed up hearing about it. Hence shall blog and leave it alone.

06Aug 06: Fly to New York
Trek America (ie camping) for 3 weeks across the US going west
spend a week in San Francisco
06Sep 06: Fly from LA to Tahiti for 3 days
15Sep 06: Fly to Cook Islands (1 week there)
23Sep 06: Fly to Fiji
One tour round the mainland for a week, then 2 weeks bumming around out in the island chains
08Oct 06: Fly to Auckland – and head to Auntie Anne's for my 22nd birthday (3 yrs ago I said I would be back) – then next 4 weeks travelling around the lovely country that is New Zealand
10Nov 06: Fly from Christchurch to Sydney

then I've got 3 months to work (hopefully waiter/barman), and then a month to travel up the East coast of Oz. Also should be meeting up with 2 uni mates (Mike & Lewis) who are going to be in Sydney from Jan–May 07

08Mar 07: Fly from Brisbane to Kathmandu
next 2 weeks trekking in the Himalayas, up in the Annapurna Sanctuary, possibly with my dad (50th birthday)
then an overland trip from Nepal across India to Delhi

10Apr 07: Fly from Delhi to Bangkok
Meet up with Kate Frost (an old friend whose quit job and taking a gap), and head East through Cambodia (Angkor Wat temples), and into Vietnam. Then 2 weeks cycling up the country on the coast in early May, before heading West into Laos, and back into Thailand. Then south to the beaches in June, and on to Malaysia.

27Jun 07: Fly home from Singapore.

So 11 months, 14 different countries, and a load of fun (I hope!). Flights were £2000 alone. Jabs and medicine are going to be another £500. Insurance £400. Reckon its going to cost me £13k total – switch card taking a beating. Might just have enough to get by on if the job in Oz pays well. Eitherway – I'm going to be stoney broke when I get back. Hehehe…..

June 03, 2006

a nice week in fact

yeh – one week ago i finished my exams – havent achieved anything really since then.

ok gap year plans are basically finalised – but still plans (not much action). Shall be resolved soon once I can get in touch with fellow traveller lady for May–June07.

other than that….. couple of ok / quiet nights out, generally not drinking toooo much. Although score on wednesday was a definite exception – 7pints at a small circle, followed by a whole heap of laughs and fun and dancing to cheese – brilliant night out (even tho union wasnt exactly full). Maybe for first time ever saw one or two of the advantages of being single. Shock.

anyway – just thought I'd blog as I haven't for a week.

May 26, 2006

all done

finished my finals – feeling a little drunk – and not a sodding care in the world.

life is great

May 25, 2006

birthday blog

one year ago today, "Indeed" was born – i was bored of revision and needed to procrastinate. hmm… deja vu

just spent the last half hour reading through all the entries and comments – quite nice to look back at stuff that otherwise i would have forgotten

ok – there have been quite a lot of changes in my life in the last year – but ive been my usual busy self, and i cant say i havent learnt from the experiences. i realise how lucky i truly am to have such awesome friends, who have made everything at uni such fun (and helped me when needed).

my final final tomorrow – and then the glorious 4 week holiday / bum around that is the end of the year (& sob uni). Plan to enjoy it as much as possible - but not spend too much – am also going to get a digital camera next week (early 22nd pre–gap prezie) and take some good pics of peeps and places. Also 3 peaks too

other than that, June is a month of decisions – gotta actually pay for gap–year stuff now (tis getting close) – and decide and investigate possible career paths for afterwards. BIG stuff.

anyway – otherwise quite happy to just go with the flow – gave up looking for someone a few months ago – feeling more settled and a happy single now if that makes sense. i am indeed a gregarious creature – i think my only wish at the moment is to savour the end of uni outside in the summer sun surrounded by my mates (& some beers)

May 20, 2006

resnet really does suck

im sorry – im not usually one to complain – by why is it that every weekend that campus internet falls over? this time it was dead by 4am saturday morning…

im only able to post this blog by the use of a proxy, which currently is only allowing access to warwick uni local sites (eg no msn messenger)

grrrrrrr. nash teeth / wail etc. and why do we have to individually claim for compensation – when its pretty clear its been mucking up the whole of campus on and off all year??

i need my number one procrastination method… :D

May 05, 2006

it really is genetic

craziness that is. This is my brother's costume for a fancy–dress bop (yes, they're called bops in Oxford. it's a weird place) with the theme of "around the world".

He picked a thing that literally goes around the world.



see the similarity? well, no, because he didn't look up what Sputnik actually looks like until after he'd made the thing, but the idea's there.

Bless him and his crazy cotton socks.


how is it that CSI manages to be awesome even well into it's 6th series, but CSI Miami is shit?

I don't just mean that Miami is a bit worse than Las Vegas, it's actually rubbish. The script goes from cliche to cliche, the plots are uninteresting and unoriginal. The characters are boring and subplots are weak. It's an appalling show.

Yet, simultaneously, CSI has interesting people, crazy plots and doesn't feel like it's bullshit from start to finish. Yeah, I know the way they've made DNA tests look like they take 20 minutes is a bit stupid and nobody can really enhance video like that, but still, it's a great show. It really bears no resemblence to its Florida cousin.


April 07, 2006

facebook geekiness

log into facebook to find I am connected to 2^10 people!

So I thought i'd celebrate this random moment with a blog. and a picture, of course.

facebook randomness

April 06, 2006

learning grid woes

learning grid. ideal for leaning one would think. yes, it is pretty good here. I concentrate, I get work done and only minimal procrastination. I have a few gripes though

1) ringtones. I must admit to being guilty of this one once, but usually my phone's on silent because I know nobody really wants to hear swim by in flames (as awesome as the song it) played on crappy mobile speakers. irritating jingly ringtones are worse. grr.

2) people who speak louder when they're on the phone. mobiles are good. you don't need to shout. if you find you do have to shout, leave the grid. It's just polite. And as for reading out your credit card details, address and everything in a loud voice, well that's just plain dumb. I hope that girl gets her identity stolen!

3) the coffee's too expensive here. Though it is very very yummy.

4) i can't find the copy of the quantum text book that first got me to the grid. Either it's the most popular book in the world or someone's pinched it. I'm assuming the latter. Not a happy cat.

other than that, I like it here. I think you have to get here stupidly early to get a good spot, but tis nice when you do. I'm currently occuping 2 spaces to save a bit for gav who has gone to meet someone more interesting than me.

Now, fundamental group. prepare to meet thy doom.

February 15, 2006




Dear Miss Rawlinson,

I have just been speaking to Dr. Janette Dunn and our Admissions Tutor, Professor Bryan Gallagher, and they have asked me to enquire whether you would like us to issue you an offer (conditional on you obtaining a 2(i) or higher in your Finals) to work with Dr. Dunn on a PhD project on vibronic coupling in fullerenes. If you would like this offer to be issued, I will set the wheels in motion and it will appear on your online application page in around a week. You are still welcome to visit and discuss research with Dr. Dunn if you would like.

Conversely, if you would like to visit to see other research areas/projects first, before the issue of any offer, please let me know. However, Dr. Dunn is willing to offer you a place now if you would like.


am happy Cat _ No interview, just an offer. Squee is the word. It's not just from the strength of my appication though. I've met Dr Dunn before (at postgraduate open day) and discussed possible research with her. My current project supervisor also acts as an external marker for her, because he researches the same stuff, so a good reference from him must have really counted in my favour.

Now I just need Rich to be offered a place and we're all sorted! I'm really hyper!

This has been a really good day
1) I got to play with my bike and my new socket set. Man, that thing's the most useful christmas present ever! I've used almost every type of tool in it in 1 day! Bike battery is charging up in claycroft as I type and cat will be back on the bike tomorrow!

2) MPs have sense and have voted in favour of a blanket smoking ban. margin of 200 too. excellent. no longer will my freedom to choose not to inhale cigarette smoke be impinged upon by freedom hating smokers. (I don't hate smokers, i just think it's a bit rich that they argue against a ban by "freedom of choice" arguments)

3) Pink Spider and A Day Remains went through in battle of the bands. Don't know who was first and who was second (I wouldn't like to choose between them) but at least the best 2 bands went through.

4) See above

(these are in order of when I found out about/did them)

January 25, 2006


Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/vfcarroll-battaglino/entry/many_students_here/trackback/

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

attempting a trackback…. hope it works. (should trackback to Gav aswell, but as everyone in the university seems to read his blog, I don't think I need to)

yeah, good assessment of the situation. stupid bloody pedestrians. I figured I'd add my own rant, as I started commenting and it became an essay rather rapidly.

Slow walkers: as long as they're not in groups of a million, I don't really care. I often make dissatisfied noises from behind if I can't get past. Saying "excuse me" in that tone that says "I'm in a hurry and you're blocking my way. What do you think you're doing?", then barging past works well I find. But still, slow walkers shouldn't be out at beginning of lecture time. It's just annoying.

Corridor blockers: GAH! I have been guilty of running into people on the stairs by kaleidoscope (cafe library my arse) and blocking the path for a few seconds; but it doesn't take long to step aside and create person-flow space. Why do people not manage this? I blame first years. No respect.

Large groups of people blocking paths: The worst one for this is the path across the field outside maths. It's wide enough for 2 people and that's it. Plus, mud on either side. [1] So obviously it's fine to walk along here 2-abreast and not move out of the way when you see 2 people coming towards you who have moved to single file. Why, they must be going into single file to allow you to stay alongside each other. Obviously. No dumbass, it's because that's a stupid narrow path! grrrrrr

Actually, I have a good tactic for these people. When I'm on the bike (it's a bit too cold to be fun at the moment) I often go to lectures in bike gear. The jacket has armour in elbows and shoulders. mmmmm. So, see large group of people failing to get out of my way, eyes ahead, brace and BAM! Inconsiderate wanker gets a bruise. mwa ha ha. Evil? Maybe; but I love it.

The one that pisses me off the most. The people for whom I have no time. The group that causes me the most anger and gives me ulcers:
People Who Stop Walking For No Reason And Just Stand There. I know we've all had those moments when we realise we've left our hat on a seat in L4, or that knot theory is in Ramphal, not Humanities. In these cases, a quick exclamation and a turn around is allowed. It's when people just stop and stand there, seemingly for no reason, that my blood boils. Why do they do it? It's like the gears in their head that tell them to walk forward (albeit slowly usually. Guilty of one crime often means guilty of another) just stop working? Or are they receiving commands from a higher place? I don't know; but I wish they'd stop doing it!

[1] They should have built it a bit wider really. There isn't really any reason for it to be so narrow.

November 25, 2005

Moi, myself and Crystal

So, as I don't have anything written about myself I thought I may as well and do it here

Name: Crystal (no, I'm not an exotic dancer)

Age: 21 (and growing younger)

Where do i come from: Kent/ South East London Massive

Hair colour: Dark brown (yes, that's right, poo coloured, as somebody once told me)

Eye colour: Dark brown (poo coloured also)

Hobbies: Erm, netball. Yeah, that's right. Socialising when I want to..

Subject: Maths and Physics (I'm in my 4th year, because I love my subject so much!)

Pet hates: Erm, not having enough food! The person that's lying in my bed(will be kicked off there soon to the more comfortable place of the floor).

I love: ASDA's cream of tomato soup. Um mm. Tastes so good.

Can't think of anything else to put down at 2:30 ish am. Too tired.

Please leave any messages after the beep.


November 24, 2005

My blog

This is my blog.
Thought I should write something in here as I've had it for over 6 weeks.
Enjoy it – but hopefully not too much.

May 31, 2005

Personality test thingy

Disorder | Rating
Paranoid: Moderate
Schizoid: Moderate
Schizotypal: Low
Antisocial: Low
Borderline: Low
Histrionic: Low
Narcissistic: Moderate
Avoidant: Low
Dependent: Moderate
Obsessive-Compulsive: High

URL of the test: link
URL for more info: link

I could have told you that. Could have been worse I suppose. I'm going to restring my gutiar before tonight's gig or Hywel might castrate me.

May 26, 2005

New S.I. unit created ?

Ok, so I clearly started this blog at the start of revision time when I was in 'work avoidance' mode. This quickly progressed to anxiety, fear, terror, and finally actually doing some work. Hence the lack of interesting blog entries. Only 2 exams left now though, then I can start wasting time on a regular basis again.
So anyway, whilst learning some fluid dynamics I came across several marvellous mathematical models such as the plughole that never actually drains and the Jumbo Jet that had a 26m fuselage. I also came across a cup of tea undergoing spin-down as a result of Helmholtz theorem (it's boring don't worry). This made me think, clearly all physicists want to have a theorem or unit named after them, and I may have found my chance here…....
The new official unit for rate of caffeine consumption is: Dowdalls
1 Dowdall is equal to one cup of tea (made with Tesco tea bags, in a normal half pint mug) consumed every hour.
I will be submitting a paper at some point to those people in France who are in charge of the Standard Internationale crap. Until then, you may as well start using this convention because it is sure to revolutionise the relatively new field of Beverage Physics and you will all look like fools if you aren't up to date with the latest research.
[ I will also be publishing a joint paper with some very esteemed colleagues some time next year entitled: Elementary Bitch Theory and It's Applications]
If anyone would like to make a contribution to either of these fields then please leave a comment.