Wednesday, August 31, 2005

always look on the bright side of life

had a chat about the accommodation with james e last night. he didn't get what he wanted either - he's got to share his room with someone else (a complete stranger!) and he said to me "at least you've got your own room". there's a few nice ensuite rooms left but they're sharing only (twin beds) and they're being taken fast, so i think i'm going to stick with my standard single room (student standard = grotty, as everyone knows, but hey, it's cheap...).
saw an old friend, emma o, the other day. she got AAA too and is going to sheffield uni, to do law as well. she went to college with someone called maria who was in my class at high school, and we all went to the same first school too. i asked where maria was going cos her proud mother said (boasted?) that she's doing law too, but emma said that she's doing "some obscure subject" (hinting that it's probably a doss?) at bristol. i am not surprised really, because altho maria isn't stupid and does work reasonably hard, she's not that smart either, even though loads of people at high school thought she was brilliant for some reason. she got a special award at the GCSE prizegiving ceremony even though there were other people whose results were just as good, but that school always seemed to favour her for a lot of stuff.
there's the A-level prizegiving at school on the 15th of september, which i think should be a little more interesting than the GCSE one, as there's fewer people. instead of just reading out a long list of names (boring) as they do with the GCSEs, they read out the names and say little things about each pupil, and i'm interested to hear what they say about me. i'm also curious to see who gets special awards this year, too. over the years i have noticed the blatant favouritism that a lot of the teachers have, particularly in the high-school part of the school (altho not so much in the sixth-form college part of the school, thankfully), so it's not too hard to predict who gets what awards - not just in the GCSE/A-level prizegiving ceremonies but other prizes as well, like the ones they give out to the high-school kids at the end of each term. it's really unfair cos there are people who never got awards, and people who got them all the time, and though some of the people who never or rarely got anything really deserved some kind of recognition. it's probably because it's a small school, so the teachers (think that they) know everyone. i hope that people get the recognition they deserve this year...

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

well... i suppose it's not too bad...

...at least i got accommodation, even if it's not the best in the world. i was just checking the details of the accomm to see whether or not i'm allowed to stick posters and photos on the walls or not, and i noticed that the price is a lot lower than the posh en-suite accommodation (i'm saving around £900 a year now!) and it includes a mini fridge (the same as the posh accomm does, so that's good). The mini fridge isn't all that "mini" either, it's a lot bigger than the mini-fridges you get for £20-£25 at woolworths that loads of people in my year had in their study-rooms at sixth form (those were truly tiny little fridges, you couldn't fit a lot in them, a bit pointless really)... my brother has seen the fridges they give you at Exeter and they're proper decent-sized fridges!

On a completely different note, for some reason i have been listening to the spam song, as featured on the legendary monty python, quite a lot lately. you can find the sketch, lyrics and a wav file of it here.
and, while i'm here, i would also like to add links to the badger song and the llama song - two strange, animated little ditties, featuring mushrooms, snakes, ducks and a heck of a lot of other living things, as well as badgers and llamas of course. you may laugh. you may wonder who made these things (and why). you may find them a bit annoying, weird, or "random". (why is "random" now the most overused word in the english language, at least by people my age?) One of my personal favourite animation-type-things (of sorts), starring one of my personal favourite people, is Morrissey dance, from the creator of the wonderful, sublime Toothpaste for dinner web comic. enjoy, bloggers.

traditional grotty student accommodation

today started nicely - had a good amount of sleep without having to sleep til noon (i was downstairs and dressed and everything at 9 o'clock, without anyone having to wake me up... unusual for a lazy person during the summer hols), had a decent breakfast, and watched a few music videos and an episode of father ted (all on dvd of course... good old digital versatile discs!).
then the post arrived...
a big envelope from exeter, including a letter saying that the nice new posh accommodation is way too oversubscribed this year so i haven't got any of the 3 halls i applied for, and they'll have to give me the grotty old halls instead. (they didn't quite phrase it like that, but it was words to the same effect).
the room i've been given for my first year is a "standard" room (legend has it that the traditional standard student room is horrible. i am already imagining a scene not unlike the tv show the young ones...). i was hoping to brighten it up a little by covering every conceivable surface with pictures, posters and photos, but then i read in the handbook that if any damage is done by them and the uni have to repaint the walls due to paint being ruined by sellotape, pins, etc., i will have to pay for it. the only upside is that grotty halls are supposed to have the best social life to make up for the general grottiness of it all.
james e from school is also going to exeter this year, and i hate to sound nasty cos hes a nice bloke, but im half-hoping that he will join me in the grottiness, so at least i will have some company. (it would be nice to see a familiar face around, as long as it isnt frowning.)

Monday, August 29, 2005

woohoo!

that formatting bar is back again! now i will edit some of my old posts to add different colours and maybe fonts and bold/italic etc., to make it all a bit easier to read...
still hard to believe that in approximately 28 days i will be off to university! brilliant! but i need to get ready, so much stuff to buy and prepare... mustnt forget anything...
anyway, now i've got the format toolbar back, i think i'll do a brief "latest musical purchases" post... went to MVC the other day cos there was a sale there and we were going shopping in town anyway, found quite a few goodies (although there was some stuff that i wanted, like a couple of british sea power cds and a dvd of monty python and the life of brian, which they'd normally have but had flown off the shelves this week, due to the spending frenzy normally induced by big sales...) including...

(the vines cd was only about £3 as well!)

as well as music of course, i also got a dvd of the first series of father ted (classic comedy) which i've so far watched most of (will watch the rest tomorrow probably).

there's some more cds i'm planning on buying that so far i haven't been able to find in shops here or anywhere, so i'll probably have to buy them on the good old internet:

...plus this dvd...

Friday, August 26, 2005

thoughts/rants

:-( Still don't have that formatting toolbar back, so now my blog will be all in black and white again... boring. i think that if i occassionally add colour, different font sizes, pictures etc. it kind of breaks it up and makes it easier to read.
anyway, i'm going to type some stuff, and if i later get that toolbar back again, i'll just edit this post (and others) and add colour, pix, etc.
I'm really annoyed that most of my friends seem to have forgotten me already, probably cos they are so wrapped up with their holiday romances, or maybe the fact that they're all 18 now so they no longer need me (one of the eldest in the yeargroup) to help them buy alcoholic drinks. (some friends!)
However, last night i did go out with my brother and 2 of his friends, went to a chinese restaurant and a few pubs and then to the house of one of them, we had a good time, so maybe not all is lost. although i think all hope is lost for most of the population, due to reasons such as increasing chavdom. while we were outside a chinese restaurant, deciding whether to go there or to another one, this massive bunch of young chavs walked down the road and they were dressed like complete fools. the front doors of this restaurant had these door handles which were painted gold, and a few of the chavs (who probably thought they were real gold... maybe thinking, "blingin', innit," or words to that effect) actually tried to nick them!
Another problem for the country is people's ignorance of politics. ok so it may not be the most interesting subject in the world but it's still really important, it affects all out lives, all the time, so it's important that people are politically aware. i was helping my old friend tara with her personal statement for university and she wrote in it something about how interested she is in world politics. later on we were chatting and i mentioned something about the republican party in america and how the right wing is getting so obsessed with "preserving family values" (i.e. discriminating against homosexuality etc.) that they are even criticising innocent TV shows like "Spongebob squarepants" for supposedly "promoting homosexuality to children". she'd never heard of stuff like this before and said she thought i was making it up, she didn't even know words like "republican", and she got a bit pissed off with me and said i was lying. she's hardly informed about world politics if she doesn't know what republicans are, is she? still, she's probably a lot more politically aware than your average idiot chav.
I'd also like to say that i have the impression that girls are not really expected to be as politically aware or interested as boys are. yes, we are supposedly in the age of gender equality, but there are still a few stereotypes left. for some people, at least, it seems that girls are not really expected to be interested in politics, music or football, or have a good sense of humour... and i'm the complete opposite of that stereotype! there is also this idea that we are all fascinated by the lives of celebrities and spend all day poring over magazines like "heat"... i'm sorry but i'm not really all that interested in spending what little cash i have on paparrazzi photos of former "big brother" contestants. does the fact that i don't conform to my gender role make me abnormal or something? no, i think it just means those ideas of what women should/shouldn't do are just stupid.
(edited on 29/8/05 - text formatting added - colours, bold, italics, etc - got that toolbar back! when i originally posted this, on the 26th, i'd lost the toolbar and couldnt do this sort of stuff, you see.)

star war: backstroke of the west

found these chinese mistranslations of "star wars: revenge of the sith" on the internet. even the title is mistranslated, becoming "star war: backstroke of the west". absolutely hilarious.

damn you blogger

where has the formatting bar for this thing gone? i can't change fonts or colours or see a preview or add pictures or links or anything now... bugger.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Procrastination strikes again

i really ought to be working on learning law so that i'm prepared for my degree, i started some work on contract law a few weeks ago, but i can't be arsed to finish it. i don't seem to have much of an attention span during the summer.
it's quite hot and i feel like water - not just to drink, but to go to some source of water (i haven't seen any in ages - the sea, a swimming pool, a lake... i only have the murky green water of the garden pond for comfort!)... i haven't been swimming in ages, would be nice to go... or boating would be pretty cool too...
(i apologise if the coloured text in my blog appears a little random, but i'm just trying to make it look a bit more interesting.)

Monday, August 22, 2005

"life is very long when you're lonely..."

to quote a line from the Smiths' psychadelic epic song "the queen is dead": life is very long when you're lonely!
the weather is grey and dull and a bit rainy outside. i think im becoming addicted to the net (especially blogging) cos of the nice bright colours (much better than the grey grottiness outside)! i think i will start typing my blog all in rainbow colours, maybe that will cheer me up.
Mum and Rob are in London, and should be off to Durham later (rob is visiting the unis), and dad is at home (day off work) and we are both getting a bit depressed. he's knackered and stressed, and i'm alone cos most of my friends are either (a) on holiday, (b) busy searching for uni places in clearing, or (c) too cool to care (they're the people who get boyfriends/girlfriends and spend all their time with them, and end up neglecting all their old friends). we are also having trouble deciding what to cook for dinner.
i think i will try and lift my spirits with a couple of pictures...


News: Stop stealing our Fucking signs!

'Stop stealing our F**king signs'
The mayor of an Austrian town called 'F**king' has appealed to British tourists to stop stealing the road signs.

The Austrian town of 'F***ing' is asking British tourists to stop stealing their road signs .

Siegfried Hauppl said the small town always attracted a lot of attention from tourists driving up from nearby Salzburg to pose for pictures in front of the signs.

But he said that, while the money they spent in the area was welcome, locals were fed up with having to replace the signs because people had been stealing them as souvenirs.

He said: "We had a vote last year on whether to rename the town, but decided to keep it as it is.

"After all, F**king has existed for 800 years, probably when a Mr F**k or the F**k family moved into the area. The 'ing' was added as a word for settlement."

Apparently the villagers didn't find out about the English meaning of the word until British and American soldiers stationed in the area in 1945 started arriving in large numbers.

Hauppl said: "We all know what it means now, but for us F**king is F**king - we don't give it a second thought."

Franz Duernsteiner, an expert on bizarre Austrian village names, said the residents of F**king were actually very "conservative" people.

He said: "Most of them can speak English, and when someone asks them where they come from they are a little ashamed to say it."

Residents of two other Austrian communities, Windpassing and W**k on the Lake, suffered a similar reluctance, he added.


update: see http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1509431.html

preparing for uni

got tons of stuff from Exeter University in the post this morning - forms to fill in etc.
I forgot to mention here in my blog, i got my place there! I had to get minimum AAB and i got AAA - and of course i'm very happy about it! :-)

Saturday, August 20, 2005

spam, spam, spam...


i've been spammed! someone has put an advert for timber in the comment of one of my posts and i'm trying to figure out what the hell that has to do with my blog. oh well.
it's been a while since i posted pictures so here is one of a mr potato head dressed up as darth vader! (darth 'tater, ha ha...)
rather cute actually.

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