Monday, 15 December 2008
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Friday, 5 December 2008
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
It's the 1st of December and I have seen the famous Coca-Cola Christmas lorry advert... this means that Christmas has officially arrived once again!
I seem to be more excited about Christmas than usual this year. I think this is because I have entered the mundane world of working 9-5 and therefore I need a little excitement. Shockingly, I have already bought a good chunk of Christmas presents and I dished out Christmas cards & candy canes to the office first thing this morning. I'm such a keeno.
Christmas highlights this year will include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. My London Santa Run with Sean & Mark (see below).
2. The German Christmas Market.
3. The Nottingham outdoor ice rink.
4. The Doctor Who Christmas special.
5. The Nottingham SU Christmas staff party.
6. Staying with the Clark's in Cornwall before Christmas.
7. The exciting, Radio-1-fuelled, driving home for Christmas magic on Christmas Eve.
And today we are decorating the office. I'm loving the festivities and it's only Day One!
Friday, 28 November 2008
This is exciting stuff, I'm sure you'll agree.
To celebrate, here is the awesome trailer for Pixar's new movie, Up. It looks incredible and will be the first Pixar film to be released in 3-D.
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
- I ran Birmingham half-marathon in 1:54:10. This is about three minutes slower than the Nottingham half-marathon but to be fair, I was stuck behind lots of fat people.
- I was coerced by Sean to sign-up for the London Santa Run --> www.justgiving.com/santabanter
- I have rediscovered my love for reality TV via X-Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and I'm A Celebrity...
- I attended an audition for The Weakest Link with nine others. This involved playing a mock-version of the game and having a camcorder interview.
- I was ill for three days and therefore did not see a single firework around November 5th.
- We have been having board game nights at Ellen's house. Highlights include Scrabble and Monopoly.
- I got well drunk on mulled wine last Friday with the girls, Marc and Steve. My mojo is returning.
- I have seen every Deal Or No Deal for the past three weeks.
- I bought Friends Scene-It and Laura Clark spilt orange juice over it. Grr.
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
- flawless plasterboard.
- a lovely new blue colour.
- energy-efficient lights.
- dual-flushing toilets.
- separate urinals.
- more cubicle space so you don't have to edge around the toilet door when closing it.
- and most excitingly, a dyson airblade hand drier (see right).
Friday, 3 October 2008
- electronic superstores.
- a heck of a lot of comic book stores.
- drinking wine from a wooden box.
- dropping by the hotel from the aforementioned film.
- and maybe trying my hand at the infamous Japanese karaoke.
Monday, 29 September 2008
- The flight from Calais to Dover covered a distance of 22 miles.
- It was postponed twice last week due to bad weather.
- The 49-year-old began the flight by jumping out of a plane more than 8,200ft in the air.
- Rossy reached speeds of up to 125mph.
- The entire flight took less than ten minutes.
- The wing had no rudder or tail fun, so Rossy had to steer using his head and back. It is the closest anyone has ever come to flying like a bird.
Mr Rossy's name will now be up there with all of the best aviators: Superman, Boba Fett, Buzz Lightyear.
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
Friday, 19 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Monday, 15 September 2008
UPDATE: I have now discovered that I actually completed the half-marathon in 1 hour, 50 minutes and 48 seconds. My original time includes the time it took me to get to the start line, so this recent update is more accurate. So basically, I gained another nine seconds!
Friday, 12 September 2008
It's amazing how obsessed I was with the Beijing Olympics and then for some reason I missed the whole first five days of the paralympics. And they are awesome!
Not only do you get to see the classic olympic games given an innovative and inclusive new twist - but you also get to see Great Britain beat America!
At the time of writing - the end of the Sixth Day - Great Britain are second in the medal table, tailing China by just four Golds and beating the mighty USA by a solid ten Golds!
Thursday, 11 September 2008
- It is the largest and most expensive machine ever created by man. It cost 2.5 billion dollars! It is mostly funded by America - surprise, surprise.
- It throws particles at 99.99% of the speed of light. Or 670 million mph.
- These particles will collide with each other producing 800 million collisions per second.
- It is circular and underground - like the Circle Line on the Underground map. And it is 17 miles long.
- It stretches across the Franco-Swiss border (pictured right) and lies 100 metres below Lake Geneva.
- Stephen Hawkings bet £50 that the scientists wouldn't find this fabled 'God particle'. He also said that he hopes they don't because that will make things more interesting.
- We won't actually be able to find this particle for at least four years anyway.
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Apparently... the world is going to end tomorrow. This would mean that all of my marathon preparation would have been for nothing. And that would be rubbish.
This massive disaster is imminent because the world's most brilliant minds have assembled in Geneva and built the Large Hadron Collider - a ridiculously advanced particle accelerator that can recreate the conditions that existed just after the Big Bang occurred. And it achieves this by smashing parts of atoms together at high speeds.
The reason for doing this is because the Collider might be able to show us one of the most elusive particles in the Universe: the Higgs boson - otherwise known as the 'God particle'. This observation is supposedly worthwhile because it will confirm the Standard Model of Physics by unifying three of the four known fundamental forces - electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force. It only leaves out gravity. Bless.
High speeds? Smashing? The Big Bang? God? Is this really necessary just to confirm stuff that we already know happens? And it only confirms 75% of these fundamental forces anyway. Pretty big risk for a half-assed job.
The primary reason people are panicking however is that a side-effect of this little experiment is that the Collider could produce a frickin' Black Hole. Error Geneva.
Admittedly, this is only a one-in-a-billion chance... but considering it could swallow the planet in less than a second, I really don't like those odds.
And unsurprisingly, everybody is looking back to see what old Nostradamus was talking about all those many years ago. Amongst his many ramblings you will find this:
"Leave, leave Geneva every last one of you,
Saturn will be converted from gold to iron,
'Raypoz' will exterminate all who oppose him,
Before the coming the sky will show signs."
Well, Geneva gets a mention. The sky will show signs? Well, it's been raining non-stop. And Sky News will no doubt be covering the event. Not too sure who this Raypoz character is though.
Either way, we won't know if the world ends so why worry?
See you tomorrow - hopefully.
Monday, 8 September 2008
Friday, 5 September 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Friday, 29 August 2008
- I started my new job at Nottingham Students' Union as their JCR Development Worker.
- I bought a car - a blue five-door Vauxhall Corsa.
- I visited Helen's house in Maidenhead for her Homecoming Party/Liz's 22nd.
- I rediscovered my PlayStation.
- I visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and saw fourteen plays in three days!
- my mate Alex came back from Japan to visit.
- I had a Sabb reunion with Laura, Naush and Will in Birmingham.
- and tonight I am going camping for Cahley's birthday.