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February 11, 2006

A Different Type of Holiday

A few things have come together recently that have made me think i want to go away sometime, but I don't want a conventional holiday. I went to Budapest with my friend Elin last year and, while it was a fantastic holiday, I felt a bit of pretty building fatigue. It was as if every step we took had been choreographed by the various guide books we'd read, and even though we may have seen the best sights in Budapest nothing surprised me or took my breath away. It was great fun for the company and the food and the experiences, but it wasn't quite how I'd imagined. This contrasts with a visit to London where I arrived an hour early for my meeting and so decided to walk from Euston to Westminster, taking rough directions from a map in the station. After half an hour I turned a corner and suddenly Trafalgar Square was in front of me, it is surely less attractive than some of the sights in Budapest but I felt as if I'd discovered it, the surprise of finding it made it much nicer.

The second influence was meeting various backpackers when I was on Jailbreak. While I don't share their opinion that getting stoned with other travellers in various capitals amounts to seeing European culture, I was impressed with the fact that they had no timetable and were in no hurry, they'd earned their money for the trip and were going to travel until it ran out.

Thirdly I'm enjoying my running more and more these days. When I was 14 I tried meditation for a few weeks, I didn't stick with it because I found it very difficult to clear my head, but I do feel like I've meditated after completing a long run. I think of very little when I run and I always feel refreshed after I finish, particularly if I really push myself. This week I've been training myself to run regularly, I ran 35 miles between Saturday and Wednesday running at least four miles on each of the days, not sticking to a predetermined route but going on whatever footpath took my fancy.

So I think I'm going to take myself off on a different type of holiday after I graduate in a years time. I will continue to work on my fitness over the next year, hopefully completing the Loch Ness Marathon in October, and I'll earn a bit of money this holiday. Next year I'm going to go running somewhere, possibly Wales, and I'm not going to look at a guide book to do other people's walks and see their sights, I'm just going to run wherever I fancy running. I'm not going to decide now how long or far I'm going to run, that's really not what it's about, and I'm not going to do it for charity or anything cause that puts pressure on me to do it a certain way. I'm just gonna pack a fleece, a spare pair of shorts, a book and my harmonica into a bag and get on a train to somewhere and just run where I want to go, its gonna be awesome.

Is My House a Hotbed of International Terrorism?

Those reading my blog may have seen that last week I reported a suspicious looking van parked outside our house. Today I must announce that the situation is far worse than anyone could possibly have imagined. Yesterday the van was outside our house for about six hours, and while I didn't get a good look at the driver I suspect he may well have looked a bit like Jack Bauer. Certainly there was very little customer service to be done sitting in an unbranded van outside a cemetery.


Then this morning the mystery deepened. Those who wish to become fully immersed in the story may wish to imagine strange music in the background while reading the next passage. Dave, Ollie and I were out at lectures when there was knock at the door. Adrian answered to find a shifty looking bloke with a large package that could well have been a box of anthrax. "I've got a package for Hugo Fernandes" says the shifty looking bloke with a wink. He didn't actually wink but I think it makes him seem more suspicious. Since neither Dave, Ollie or I answer to the name 'Hugo Fernandes' Adrian sent the man away.

So the big question is which of my housemates are involved in international terrorism that has attracted the attention of the FBI? Which of my housemates uses the cover name Hugo Fernandes? Vote now.

Ollie BeardDave Beard

Chief suspects are Dave (left) and Ollie (right). They don't actually have beards but Ollie was bored during exams last year and had some fun with Photoshop

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