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Tuesday, September 23, 2003


Had such a long day today, managed to pop home at lunch but left at 8:45am and didn't get back until 9:45 in the evening! Work was fine though and college uneventful. There's a respite from Mr. Johnson's Maths lessons for the next two lessons but I'll be joining a class studying P3 soon I think, and as Mr. Johnson starts P4 again I might end up with a completely packed timetable! Hopefully the P3 revision will be of use though.

I had a look at my paycheque from the Sunday I worked and I got £66 for the single day - more than I get for a week at the moment, so I think I'll enquire about the possibilities of working Sundays, which could hopefully prove lucrative and free me up some time on Tuesday evening!

I'm off to sort out a few notes from todays Economics lesson, which reminds me there'll be some updates to the notes up here soon...

A "Binary Calculator" and an interesting page explaining binary are two suitably random links that came up in conversation with Simon the other day.

Also looks like I probably won't get a 20" apple flatscreen after having noticed for the price I could get two Samsung 18.1" tft's! The Grand Canyon looks attractive, but I'm not sure my finances can strech quite that far.

Honk if you love peace and quiet

I should probably be updating this more reguarly, but anyway. Yesterday in the Guardian's G2 supplement there were a few extracts from Schite's Unoriginal Miscellany, a spoof of Schott's Origional Miscellany. Have a look here, my favourites include "Rock is dead - long live paper and scissors," "Honk if you love peace and quiet" and "I Find It Difficult to Believe That This Is Not Real Mashed Potato," an unlaunced brand of potato mash which Will has now adopted as his MSN name (must buy a copy of that book).

Not too much has happened over the past week, on Monday I went to the dentist who took out a couple of teeth. I had thought she was going to take out three, and it didn't hurt too much either. I got most of the day off college so managed to get round to spending some time on Matt's site, so that's about a third done now having sorted out all the problems with the code it's the hard bit that's done - I hope!

College is going reasonably well, I computing I've just written a "Salary" program, so it's time to kiss SAGE goodbye, as Jono neatly summed it up. Well, at least I haven't got stuck yet and the lessons aren't tedious as I had feared they could well be, which is a good. Physics has livened up a bit, one of the teachers is still covering kinematics and after having done both M1 and M2 it's reasonably easy so not too stimulating, but the Materials lesson today was quite a bit better. Economics is fine and Dad has given me a few extra books that he gives his students. Having two perspectives will hopefully make revision more interesting. Maths is going well too, in P4 we are doing the MacLaurin series which is really interesting, and M2 is good revision. A lot of the work is rearranged differently throughout the modules or taught in a slightly different manner so hopefully that coupled with some revision of the previous M2 work will give me a good chance in January.

Sunday, September 14, 2003


Has been ages since I've updated this, haven't had a lot of time and also ntl have been playing up. Can't seem to access loads of websites recently, hopefully will start working soon though.

College hasn't been very eventful, although the way my maths is working out at the moment one teacher is covering S2 and another M2, meaning that I don't need to go to either of the lessons (covering S2 next year, and already done M2) so I've got 12 free lessons a week, which meant I have only had two or three lessons most days this week! I think I could get used to this...

At Wednesday lunch went to the first CU meeting and found out which group I'm in, and I'm with Simon which is good, although not Matt. Earlier in the day though the first 5-a-side football enrichment was with Matt which was a nice suprise as I had assumed I would be all alone.

Went to the gym on Wednesday evening with Will and Simon, although Will had hurt himself so went home earlier, although he is feeling better now. Guitar is going well too, been given some new pieces although I'm not too keen on the exam board, it seems that the effort for Guild Hall in both time and money might not be worth it so I'll talk it over with my guitar teacher I think.

Piano however was fine, my teacher was really pleased with me working on Toccata and Fugue and was enthusiastic about starting a few new pieces which was nice. Friday I only had two lessons so went into town in the afternoon, got the score for Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" which I'll start this week and Delirious Access:d from Wesley Owen. Youth group in the evening was good too, football rather tiring mind.

Following on from this I didn't manage to get up until 6:15 on Saturday which meant I was in a bit of a rush to get to work in time, and although I enjoyed the extra sleep not sure the panicked rush made it worthwhile. Work was fine, although it was rather busy and Alan didn't clean the mincer before he left and after I left no one could get it undone, seems it had got stuck. Not the start to the day those working on Sunday were probably looking for!

Today I've been at all day, Will couldn't come and play Badminton as we had hoped but I've got up to date on college work, spent some time reading in the garden as the weather has been nice too. Ben made some sausage rolls which were really nice, yesterday I bought a few cumberland chippolatas and took the meat out from the sausage so he could make them today, and they turned out really well.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Hills Road

In Computing discussed definitions of a few terms, seems like GCSE ICT is revisiting me, but the course looks promising. The second economics teacher we have seems really enthusiastic and good, and I didn't go to the first M2 lesson, still deciding the worth of going to further M2 lessons.

At work we were heading for a really early finish when Adam broke one of the panes of glass in the fish counter. Shattered into loads of tiny pieces which took forever to clean up, meaning I was late coming home then half way back I noticed I'd left my book on top of the lockers whilst I was changing, so went back but there was no one around to let me in so I'll have to pop back tomorrow morning.

Anyway, something that made me laugh:

A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks in front of him. He asked, "What are all those clocks?" St. Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone whoever lived on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move." The man noticed a clock a clock stuck on 12 o'clock. "Oh," said the man, "whose clock is that?" "That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie." He noticed another one at 2 minutes past 12. "Incredible," said the man. "And whose clock is that one?" St. Peter responded, "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life." "Where's Tony Blair's clock?" asked the man. "Blair's clock is in Gods' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan.

Monday, September 08, 2003

Year 12

Had my first Physics lesson earlier, which wasn't particuarly eventful. In Computing had an introduction to Delphi which was nice and easy and in Maths finished off "Mathematical Induction" as the class is now beginning M2. This could mean, if I choose not to go to the M2 lessons I end up having 12 free lessons a week for a while. I guess I could get used to it.

Sunday, September 07, 2003

Billy Connolly

A few Billy Connolly classics that made me laugh earlier:

  1. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time....I know where my watch is pal, where the **** is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where the toilet is?
  2. People who are willing to get off their arse to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually.
  3. When people say "Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too". ******* right! What good is a cake if you can't eat it?
  4. When people say "it's always the last place you look". Of course it is. Why the **** would you keep looking after you've found it? Do people do this? Who and where are they?
  5. When people say while watching a film "did you see that?". No ******, I paid 10 quid to come to the cinema and stare at the ******* floor.
  6. People who ask "Can I ask you a question?". Didn't really give me a choice there, did you sunshine?
  7. When something is 'new and improved!'. Which is it? If it's new, then there has never been anything before it. If it's an improvement, then there must have been something before it.
  8. When people say "life is short". What the ****?? Life is the longest damn thing anyone ever ******* does!! What can you do that's longer?
  9. When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks, "Has the bus come yet?". If the bus came would I be standing here, ********?
  10. People who say things like 'My eyes aren't what they used to be'. So what did they used to be? ears, Wellington boots?
  11. When you're eating something and someone asks 'Is that nice?' No it's really revolting - I always eat stuff I hate.
  12. People who announce they are going to the toilet. Thanks that's an image I really didn't need.
  13. McDonalds staff who pretend they don't understand you unless you insert the 'Mc' before the item you are ordering.....It has to be a McChicken Burger, just a Chicken Burger get blank looks. Well I'll have a McStraw and jam it in your McEyes you ******* Mc******.
  14. When your involved in a accident and someone asks 'are you alright?' Yes fine thanks, I'll just pick up my limbs and be off.

My day hasn't been particuarly exciting. Written up the first notes for the economics section which will soon find their way online, and spent time on maths, computing and economics homework. I also rang my piano teacher and rearranged my lesson, so now it's not until 6:15 which makes life a lot easier for me on Thursdays. I also got an e-mail from Christian Union (managed to check the rest of college e-mail too, which will prove useful) and so will find out what day's I've been put down for.

Saturday, September 06, 2003

Debt free!

At last I've paid off all the money I owed my parents for my computer, so I'm now free of debt which is a nice feeling. First time in at least two years! No crazily large purchases lined up too soon either so hopefully I'll have some money soon.

Anyway, since 7:00 this morning I've been at work - on Meat and Fish all day today. A few funny customers (that's strange, not humerous, unfortunately) including one lady who I could have convinced wasn't actually talking... she was soo quiet. I saw Max at lunch, played pool with him and saw Sky later.

Just watched the second part of "The Debt," recorded from Monday evening, which was rather good. I've got quite a bit of work so not sure I'll see anyone tomorrow but I need to get some new trainers too, my feet are hurting after using mine at the moment.

Friday, September 05, 2003

Photos updated

At last I've uploaded the photos from the GCSE Results morning, they've been a long time coming for various reasons, and unfortunatlely aren't amazing, but worth a look. Most of the photos are reasonably early on as I neglected to clear the card before using the camera, so didn't have the ability to take as many photos as I would have hoped, but most people came to Nick's afterwards anyway and are in that section.

Today consisted of an administrative period at the beginning of the day when we got our timetables, and then 5 shorter than usual lessons. As one of the Maths lessons was cancelled (teacher in London), and Mr. Johnson is teaching S2 I only had two lessons - 2nd and 3rd leaving me with a free afternoon. Economics was reasonable, not particuarly exciting but hopefully it will get better as we start doing more work. Computing was an explanation of the course, didn't go as far as logging in even.

Spent lunchtime with most of the people from Netherhall which was nice to see everyone again, came home for the afternoon and sorted out a few things round the house before playing Tennis with Dimitri. I get the impression he is considerably better than me, but hasn't played for quite a while so he wasn't too good. After Dinner I went to Friday Club, discussing Phillipians, a letter from Paul about the spread of Christianity. The football was good, although there were only enough of us to make it 3 v 4 this evening.

Haven't heard anything else about the stabbing outside Hills Road although apparently it wasn't anything to do with students. has a story published about the event here and the BBC here.

Work tomorrow at 7:00 so I'm off for an early night.

Thursday, September 04, 2003


Maths went quite well, followed all the P4 on "Mathematical Induction," and P3 Calculus is coming back, but there's still a lot of work on P3.

After college I came out and saw a police line, appears there has been a stabbing or something. A few abulances and I saw someone being strechered off, not sure exactly what's happening though as there's nothing on the local news sites, radio or TV. Apparently the pricipal was outside asking people to move out the way, "a serious incident had happened and 4 people were taken to addenbrookes hospital." Hope it wasn't anyone from the college...

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Hills Road

Really tiring day yesterday, wish Nick didn't live so far away. Would make it a lot less hassle to see him. Anyway, work was reasonably uneventful, a few nice customers but nothing special.

Today was the first day at Hills Road, didn't get any lessons, just spent the day on forms, assemblies and getting shown round the college. No one knows anyone in my form, which is nice as then everyone is the same. Finished rather early as after looking round the activities fair the afternoon was over. I signed up for the Christian Union, I'm not sure I'll have time for other things what with work, piano and guitar. Thinking of guitar I've got my first lesson back today, and haven't done hardly any practise as after cutting my finger on Saturday it kept bleeding when I tried to play.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003


Another two maths lessons today. P3 revision too this morning, which I certainly wasn't prepared for - having taken P4 with me. I then went to Nick's and picked up the second lot of photos from results day. Unfortunately there aren't as many as I thought there would be as I had neglected to clear the card in the morning, but there should be a few more to add soon. Another maths lesson this afternoon and then off to work. First full day and Hills Road tomorrow too.

Monday, September 01, 2003

Starting maths again

Had my first maths lesson this morning, which went reasonably well. The work is at a low slower pace, but I'm still going to need to catch up on a lot of it. In the evening I met up with Will and played tennis. He had a flat wheel so we called in at Simon's on the way back, but couldn't get it sorted so I guess he has a puncture. Was good to see him again though, talked for ages and he gave me a few books, a comedy computer book (not intentionally... just very old) and the second Dirk Gently by Douglas Adams.