November 30, 2004

On Warwick Accomodation

So I'm living in Tocil this year, and while it is infinitely preferable to that cesspit that is Coventry, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t moan, regardless. Here is a little list of things anyone thinking about living in Tocil next year should consider:

There are no sinks in the rooms. Ok, this is not actually something I can legitimately get worked up about, because they tell you in advance. If you look carefully.

The curtains do not fully cover the windows, despite the curtain rails being more than long enough.

The radiators. Where to start? Well, for the first 7 weeks of term they just didn’t work. The best you ever got was lukewarm. But recently they have been “fixed”. This means they work, to a painful level of heat, but you have no control over them. Turn the knob fully in one direction, they stay on. Turn it fully in the other direction, they stay on. Turn it to the middle…you get the idea. And you can’t vary the heat. It comes in one setting: Sauna. I think maybe they turn them down a bit during the day, but that seems unlikely as I can currently feel the heat radiating from the thing a meter away.
Oh, and they click all night too.

The windows are those annoying sliding things, not the honest, decent push-open-pull-closed standard jobbies. And of course, as I live on the ground floor, I can’t leave them open while I’m out of the room, which exacerbates the Radiator Problem. (Good word huh?)

And now onto the most annoying thing of all. The desks are NAILED TO THE WALL! This is annoying for two reasons.

  1. You cannot rearrange the furniture to any extent.
  2. If, like me, you have a large, boxy, LOUD computer, you can’t put it under the desk. It sits just on my right, whirring away – another heating device in my room, ripening the fruit and melting chocolate that I carelessly place near it. And of course there are wires trailing EVERYWHERE. (For those of you who haven’t realised yet: desk nailed to wall = no room for wires to go down the back of desk = impossible to put computer on floor)
    The room setup is made even worse by the positioning of the network socket and the double power-point, namely behind the bed on the opposite side of the room. As you only get one other plug socket in the room, I seriously suggest you invest in multiple splitters and a 5 meter Ethernet cable if you plan to live here next year.
    And maybe a power drill.

Footnote: This was meant to be a bullet point list, but after 15 minutes flicking to and from preview, some grinding of teeth and, at one point, the ACTUAL pulling out of hair (albeit only the one hair), I decided to give up. Pffff useless system.

- 4 comments by 1 or more people Not publicly viewable

    • Bullets are easy.
    • Just Like This.
    • Ta daaa!

    30 Nov 2004, 13:45

  1. Yeh it was all working fine until i got to the radiator bit, then it went wierd.

    I guess i should do it manually in future, rather than using the stupid format section

    30 Nov 2004, 13:52

  2. Big (ok little) Sis

    Tee hee hee. Next time you whinge about me and DIY I will remind you of the benefits of having (and using) power drills, getting electricians in and having a desk not nailed to your wall which actually (a stroke of genius this) has a long hole at the back for wires! Just one thing – keep losing pens down it…

    02 Feb 2005, 20:44

  3. Yes. You would think the monkeys who designed this place could at least manage that…but no. And of course, we aren't allowed to do it ourselves.

    02 Feb 2005, 21:48

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