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May 16, 2007

Weekends Away & Graduation Times

A couple of weekends ago I went to visit my friend James in Southampton. It was a good trip down, 2 hours on the train. During the weekend we went shopping, had a BBQ and sat around at home playing a network game of OpenTTD (Transport Tycoon Deluxe). The journey home was a little more eventful. I got a train from Southampton to Winchester. I then had to get a bus from there to Reading and a train from Reading to Leamington Spa. I was dreading the bus ride, expecting it to be a cramped bus full of people. It was instead quite a nice coach and only about 10 or 11 people so it was quite a pleasent journey.

TableAlso, while I was there we worked out that all of our friendship group graduate from Uni at the same time, despite all our differing situations. The diagram below should explain that nicely.
The reason Matt has 2 1st years is that he started a course he didn’t like, dropped out, re-took some exams and then started again in the course he originally wanted.

I went away again this weekend. I went home for my brother’s and nan’s birthday. My brother’s birthday was on the friday when I went home so I didn’t see much of that. My nan’s birthday was on Sunday. We went over to whitstable and had dinner in a nice hotel with the other side of the family. I was expecting the journey to be relatively unevenfull, Maidstone -> Victoria, Victoria -> Euston then Euston -> Coventry, the same as it has been evey other time.
I got to Euston, via Cannon St instead of Victoria, only to find that the train was delayed, along with a load of others. Trains then started being cancelled left, right and centre. Someone had decided to throw themselves off of a bridge at Milton Keynes and had got hit by a train. In my boredom I had some dinner at Burger King and then went back down to the underground station to buy myself a pay-as-you-go Oyster card.
Black Books 3
I also spend a little time finding where the external shots for the Channel 4 program Black Books were filmes. I did find it and took a couple of photos, despite the rubbish camera and the rain. Click the photo to see the other 2. I eventually got home at about 2pm, 2 hours later than I was expecting to, and had to go to a lecture at 3.


May 01, 2007

Bits & Bobs

On Saturday there was a RaW OB (Outside Broadcast) for the Uni open day. We had 3 shows live on air from the piazza and then the Wind Orchestra and Rev (Revelation Rock Gospel Choir) performed and I played some music while they were setting up and afterwards. It was quite fun but I did get sunburnt on the back of my neck and my forearms.

Later that evening I went to a pub in Cov with Ian where I helped him drink some of the 8 free pints that he had won in the pub quiz. We then went onto Jumpin Jaks. I’ve never been to a Jaks before, we have one in Maidstone but I never went to it. It’s slightly different to what I was expecting and has really over-priced drinks (>£3.30 per bottle & £3.10 for a pint of coke) but was quite a fun night.

We left at about 2:30am, Ian got a taxi back to campus and I walked home via a chip shop. I got in at about 3 and then didn’t get up again ‘til midday. ‘Twas a good night.

This morning I woke up to what sounded like someone bouncing a ball agains the wall next door. It just kept going “ba-dum” every few seconds, the stopping for a bit and then starting again. When I was a bit more awake I noticed that I coincided with cars going past the front of the house.

It turns out that they have put one of those traffic survey things in the road just outside the house. You know the sort, one of the things with 2 rubber pipes across the road. Now everytime a car goes past I can hear it go “ba-dum” over the pipes. As soon as the recorder has gone I’m going to go out there are remove those pipes any way I can.

Ken and I have managed to organise a time to go and see James and Fi in Southamton this weekend, and then next weekend I’m going home for a few birthday celebrations.

Anyways, the new guy in our house is arriving tomorrow so I need to be awake when he arrives :) Night all.


April 11, 2006

Long Time No Blog

Havn't blogged for a little while so I thaught I should do so now.

At the moment I am sitting in a room at Southampton University. The reason for this is that I am at the SRA Spring Conference. It is currently the 2nd day of 3 and all the sessions are over for today. We now have 2 hours to get changed into 70's gear and then head back to the SU for dinner at 20:00.

Dinner is Roast Chicken with baby onions, bacon and red wine sauce. Dessert is Limoncello and Amaretti Torte with a fruit compote followed by Tea or Coffee with chocolate mints. Mmm sounds good.

Living in Rootes at Warwick I am used to the SU being 2 mins away, but here it is a 15–20 min walk or a bus ride. I think today I'll take the bus back as it appears that the much talked about April showers have just hit.

I havn't really bothered with the 70's costume, I just brought my bright orange shirt with me so it won't take me 2 hours to change into that. I will however be leaving at about 19:15 to get the bus back to the union for 19:30 rather that the one that is supposed to get in at 19:55, a bit close I think.


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