Thursday, December 29, 2005
I was going to write a really long catch-up entry but I'm sure people don't want to know all the details of my week in the middle of nowhere. Suffice to say: concerts, carols, relatives, hilarious card games, walks and lots and lots and lots of food! Yay.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Yesterday was brilliant, and it reminded me why I love Leamington so much. I went out to do so many things and they were all within a 10 minute walk. First I did my food shopping for the week, then I bought my tree from the man at the end of the road who even carried it home for me and put it in my living room! I then did all my Christmas shopping (or at least I thought it was all of it until I got home and remembered some people I'd forgotten, grr) including wrapping paper and tags. After that I went to the hairdresser and got my hair back to a reasonable length, as well as booking my ball appointment, yay! After lunch I put on my CD of Christmas music (carols conducted by John Rutter) and decorated my tree, wrapped my presents and wrote my cards. Finally, after a yummy dinner, I went out to a fab party at Julia's house, via a catch-up with Juicy and Stu. The quote of the evening definitely came from Josie: "I want to f*** a Muslim!" and the outfit of the evening was Juicy's without question - she was a most excellent Mrs Claus complete with the ultimate in FMBs.
I'm now looking forward to watching Sports Personality of the Year tonight, and I'm very excited about the fact that I only have 7 working days left before Christmas! Plus it's our Christmas do at work on Wednesday (we're going to the greyhound track, should be comedy!) and then our Secret Santa/food thing on Thursday which means no actual work from about 3pm. Hopefully there'll be some sort of going out thing on Friday, then I'm going to Bewdley for mum's Christmas concert on Saturday which is the real beginning of my Christmas every year (I can pinpoint the exact moment in Oh Come All Ye Faithful and everything!) and then it's just 2 more days of work before my brother comes to visit me for an evening of highly fatty food and disaster films...and then it's back to Bewdley. Christmas is going to be even more special this year now that Simon and I don't live there for most of the year - having the four of us all together will be just brilliant, and I'm looking forward to that much more than presents. Sitting down to our turkey and champagne with lots of laughter and my mum's unbeatable cooking...can't wait!
Right, I have no idea why anyone other than me would want to read this waffle so I shall stop writing it. At least I've blogged now which I hadn't done for a while. Is it too early for dinner yet? Mmm, stirfry.
Friday, December 02, 2005
Just felt the need to share that with you all.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Lucy: "I'll flirt with him until he gives it to me"
Lu: "He's a trumpet player called Matt...that's good enough for me"
Me: "Ooh, we're dancing to an invisible Beatles song!"
I have also decided it is necessary to compile a list of things that are officially Recommended. This will be updated in future postings as I discover new Recommended things. Currently my list is:
Drinking through cream
Coffee with Tia Maria
and of course Going out with the girls, which is truly fabulous. Ladies, you rock!
Only one more day at work and then I'm having Friday off! Yaaaay!
Life is officially great.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Firstly I feel you should know that I have thrown large quantities of water down my pyjamas just now.
Anyway. We had a pampering party thanks to the lovely lady from Mary Kay cosmetics, and I spent far too much on a glitter set and a handcare set, although the latter is my mum's Christmas presnet on which I'm going halves with my brother. When I phoned to check with him about this he provided the first quote of the evening:
"To be honest, I'm so ratarsed that I really don't care. Never drink a centurian with 7.5% chav lager". Oh dear...may have to check up on that one tomorrow!
After this we finished Juicy's bottle of wine and sampled my chocolate Mozart balls liqueur, before going to Voodoo where me and Juicy had the most fabulous shots, made up of butterscotch liqueur, Baileys and squirty cream on top! This brought on the second quote of the evening, from me:
"Drinking through cream. Recommended."
We then moved on to The Lounge, which was closed, and then to Robbins Well which was most definitely open, hurrah. On the way Juicy and Kelly between them concluded that Juicy is a man with breasts. But we love her anyway!
After another drink at the Well I left the lovely ladies at the bus stop (goodness knows where they are now...) and made my way home. A fabulous night, which I feel can only be beaten by School Days tomorrow which should be legendary. Be there! I will be (in a see through shirt...oh dear).
See you all tomorrow! xxx
Monday, November 07, 2005
Hope you all enjoyed celebrating afterwards - sorry we didn't stay, but Mark and I had the 22.08 bus to catch! An A46 bus that leaves in 6 minutes time with a gap afterwards of 50 minutes is definitely not to be missed. However, I will catch up with some of you at the curry on Saturday which Raquel and I are gatecrashing before going on to the legendary event that is School Days. Hurrah!
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Today I'm having a lovely day in - I've finished the cleaning now and after lunch I'm going to read my new Jane Austen book that Raquel gave me and listen to piano music. I love hiding indoors when it's raining, and snuggling up all cosy and warm. Yay.
Good luck to everyone in WO and Brasssoc for tomorrow's concert - I'm sure it will be fab. I'll be in the audience and I'm sure I'll see most of you in the interval or afterwards.
See you then!
Saturday, October 29, 2005
If money doesn't grow on trees then why do banks have branches?
What disease did cured ham actually have?
If a 999 operator has a heart attack, who do they call?
Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these dangly bits here and then drink whatever comes out?"
Why do toasters always have a setting which burns toast to a horrible crisp that no-one would actually eat?
The toast one is particularly interesting. Can anyone hazard a guess?
Friday, October 28, 2005
Working on a Saturday...is baaaaaad. Damn open day. If there is anyone at all out there in the whole entire world who isn't recovering from beer and cheese on Saturday night and wants to go out, please let me know! I really want to go out and can't find a single other person who does. Silly silly Saturday work! :o)
Monday, October 24, 2005
I had such a good evening on Sunday! I met my parents in Symphony Hall at 5, then we went for lunch at The Locks in Brindley Place. I had a spritzer and we ate yummy wraps, then we had hot chocolate and I had a brownie and icecream! Yum. It was lovely to catch up in such a nice setting - my parents are so cool! They had been to the British Museum the day before to see the new Persian exhibition, and showed me some postcards of the amazing gold goblets and statues that they saw.
After dinner we went back to Symphony Hall to see Ex Cathedra, a really fab Midlands choir, perform Haydn's Nelson Mass and Mozart's Requiem. The performance was just perfect with real energy, and the choir, soloists and orchestra were all excellent. The conductor interpreted it really well and the whole thing was just complete class. It was brilliant to sit in such a gorgeous hall and listen to such wonderful music. Hurrah for cultural evenings, especially ones of real quality. I'm really looking forward to doing it all again in November when we go to see the City of Birmingham Choir and CBSO do the Verdi Requiem - Verdi rocks anyway and when combined with a meal out and a parental catch-up it will be just fab.
Back to work this morning: rain and wind and mank! I did lots of data entry which was quite fun and went to a couple of meetings. We have another open day at the end of the week so it's another 6 day job - arse to 1 day weekends! But that's the last one of the year now which is good. I started feeling manky towards the end of the day and got home feeling really crap, but I've now eaten yummy sausage casserole and cuddled up and now still feel rancid but also happy. Plus I've mended my trousers which broke in quite an embarrassing place last week, so it's all good! :o)
I shall cease these pointless ramblings now.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
A: The most Audacious thing you’ve ever done
Hmm...really can't think of anything! A rather bad start.
B: Favourite Badger joke
I may have to adapt one of my many elephant jokes for this purpose.
Why did the elephants come over the hill?
Because it was Thursday.
C: Favourite Curry
Many at different times, but currently Chicken Karahi
D: Number of drinks it takes to get utterly Drunk
A bottle and a half of wine. I think everyone knows this one!
E: Your most Effeminate characteristic
Well I'm female so pretty much everything! Probably my tendency to cry at almost all films.
F: The last thing that you got for Free
The work jolly I've just come back from! A night in a £145 per night double room with huge bathroom and enormous quantities of extremely delicious food. Not only was this all free but I actually got paid to be there! Definitely worth all the work we had to do while we were there.
G: Number of times that you’ve visited a Gym
Twice, to go to aerobics on campus. Will hopefully be going to regular classes at the work sports centre from next week.
H: Where you call Home
The lovely Leamington Spa.
I: (leaving things open for dodgy minds…) Any Instruments that you play
Perfectly innocently: oboe, bass oboe (for 3 weeks...beef), piano, descant recorder, tenor recorder, bass recorder (badly), Irish whistle (extremely badly), violin (between the ages of 9 and 13. Error.)
J: (and again…) Favourite Juice
The lovely Juicy Young!
K: Song that you would sing Karaoke to
An interesting question. I've never thought about this one! Something extremely cheesy. I may have to get back to you!
L: Number of times you’ve Laminated – and if you’ve achieved your laminating qualifications from the MC Office yet
Oh many many times. I believe I gained some kind of graduate qualification after becoming the first person to laminate Shreddies in the shape of Stuart Dunlop's initials. Happy days...
M: (As seen on the BBC News website:) How much Money do you think you’d need to be happy?
Enough to live in a really nice flat with a new kitchen and bathroom, to be able to afford clothes when I need them, to be able to go out, to be able to have one foreign holiday a year and to be able to have the occasional treat. To be fair, I have enough money now to live happily but I can't yet buy everything I'd like.
N: Favourite Naan to have with aforementioned curry
Don't actually like naan! Except in India when it was the only way of taking away the heat of the curries.
O: Your Oldest possession
My teddy bear, Benjy. He was made for me before I was born and has movable joints. His blue colour has now gone rather brown but he is still lovely.
P: Your worst Phobia
Q: Something that makes you feel Queasy
R: Recent New Year Resolutions made, and how many still going
Didn't make any. I did decide to lose weight in February though and am still going on that one.
S: Favourite Season
Hmm. They all have their merits but I would have to say the carefree spirit and beautiful weather of summer (all 2 weeks of it!)
T: Number of cups of Tea consumed per day (on average)
None! No coffee either. You may stone me for heresy now.
U: The most Useful lesson you’ve ever learnt:
Do not drink a vat of wine! No, actually I'd say the fact that I can live on my own and I am perfectly capable of budgeting, running a home and getting a better paid job, and impressing the people I work with. Oh, and the fact that I have the best friends in the world!
V: Number of Valentines cards received (either in your life or in the last year – depending on how popular you are!)
4 in my life, all from one person.
W: A film that can make you Weep
Practically any film ever made - see above. However, I did cry about 10 separate times in Love Actually.
X: Have you ever dyed your hair to become Xanthocomic (Blonde: link)
I've never dyed my hair.
Y: Your Youngest memory (removed the yeti question now I’m afraid!)
Does this mean youngest as in most recent, or the one from when I was youngest? Assuming the latter, I remember eating scrambled eggs with my mum before going out, before I was at school, and I remember the day my brother was born which was also before I was at school.
Z: Favourite animal you could see in a Zoo
Penguins! They're cool.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Do not drink a vat of wine.
I feel that if I had worked this out earlier I wouldn't have had to be manoeuvred home by Dave last night (thankyou Dave, you are a star) due to not actually being able to stand up. Also I would not have got in the house too drunk to even blog, which is a first, and I would have been able to do more than leave a trail of bags, keys and items of clothing between the door and the bed before collapsing into said bed and passing out. Also, this morning I would not have felt so ill.
But now I feel better (Ibuprofen, you are my friend) and happy and excited. I'm still such a little girl when it comes to birthdays! And apart from the end result, last night was brilliant and I had such a good time. Lu - thankyou for being such a good girly friend! Alicia and Andy - thankyou for looking after me and for the lift there and back, and for the mysterious bag of parcels which appeared in my flat and which I assume were from you! Dave - as above. Sorry! And Rachel - thankyou for such lovely thoughtful presents. We will find our Mr Darcys!
Right, time to dry my hair. I shall see most of you tonight! xxx
Friday, October 14, 2005
Ooh, and Happy Birthday to the lovely lady herself! Lu, you rock. xxx
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
In other news, I've started my job and it's going very well. I haven't really had anything to do yet but everyone has been lovely to me and they're all fab people. They also seem to enjoy their work which is a good sign! I have a desk and a computer which is apparently a good sign as most people don't have these when they start, and I might even have a login code soon... I also have an ID badge which isn't yet activated but will soon allow me to actually get into the office. Unfortunately I didn't brush my hair before I had the photo taken so I look like something out of the 70s. Actually I look a lot like my mother! We're going on a team building course next week, so I get to stay in a hotel for a night with free food, and we're having spa treatments between the course and the dinner on Monday. I'm having a water bed massage!
The down side of this is that I have to work at an open day on Saturday. I do get time and a half pay though! Then I'm going out with Lu for her birthday and then it's my birthday! Woo. Next week should be fab too - apart from the awaydays I'm going to a makeover party which will be a lovely girly evening. And this week it's Chelsea's birthday bash which should be excellent. Hurrah for friends and fun.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Ok so this is shamelessly copied from Ben's blog, but I thought it was fun. And to be fair it's the first one of these I've ever done.
A – AREA CODE YOU ARE IN RIGHT NOW:
16th October (this Sunday!)
C- CURRENT CRUSH:
None, very boringly. Although I did used to fancy someone at work...
D- FAVOURITE DRINK:
Actually can't answer this! Depending on my mood: white wine, Baileys, any creamy cocktail
E- LAST THING EATEN:
Cod, new potatoes, broccoli and peas all covered in lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Balsamic vinegar rocks.
F- FAVORITE FOOD:
Roast chicken with my mum's legendary bread sauce
G- WHAT GRADE ARE YOU IN:
Arg! Feel highly elderly having left education over a year ago now...
H- CURRENTLY HATE:
Hmm. Don't hate things as such, just take dislikes to lots of things throughout the day and then forget them! Today's was buses that turn up late - still made it to work on time though.
I- I THINK:
I am happy and cosy and content in my living room, and wouldn't want to be anywhere else!
J- CURRENT JOB:
As of this morning, I'm a Recruitment and Admissions Assistant at Coventry University. It rocks!
K- ANY KIDS:
Nooo. No plans to have anything to do with these until I'm at least 29!
L- I LOVE:
My family, my fabulous friends, my flat, icecream (darn diet), shopping (darn lack of money), cocktails and going out all dressed up.
M- FAVORITE MOVIE:
N- YOUR PHONE NUMBER:
Don't really want to put that on a public blog! If I know you and you haven't got it then let me know.
O- OVER OR UNDER:
Not sure what this is supposed to refer to! Is it meant to be dodgy? Or have I just acquired the filthy mind of Juicy having spent too long in her presence? I'll say under.
P- FAVORITE PERFUME/COLOGNE:
Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana
Q- ANY LITTLE QUIRKS ABOUT YOURSELF?:
I talk to myself constantly, both in my flat and while walking along which is v embarrassing when someone comes round a corner unexpectedly and I've got a bit loud.
R- LAST ROAD TRIP:
Well I can't drive and haven't been on a proper road trip - I reckon the last long journey must be tour.
S- DO YOU SMOKE?:
No and I never will.
T- FAVORITE TV SHOW:
The X Factor! Yes I am sad and have no taste. I do also like proper intelligent programmes but The X Factor is currently the only thing on that I absolutely have to watch.
U- COLOR OF YOUR UNDERWEAR:
V- LAST TIME YOU WERE IN VEGAS:
Never been and don't particularly want to go.
W- YOUR WISH:
That my friends and family will stay healthy, and that one day I will find a lovely man to marry. Ok so that's two wishes, but they're the only two I would make even if I was offered three.
X- X-RAYS TAKEN THIS YEAR:
Never had one in my life! I'm very healthy.
Y- NAME THAT STARTS WITH A Y:
Yolande. How random.
Z- ZODIAC SIGN:
Libra. Like it matters.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Alicia: "I was in A&E and a lady came in with something stuck inside her".
Andy H: "Was it a Nokia 8210?"
Alicia: "Andy's new name is Agent Head".
Andy R: "That sounds like a really shit brand of toilet cleaner".
Dave: "Put Agent Head under your rim".
All in all a fantastic evening. Kudos to Andy Lay for managing to create a sentence totally devoid of innuendo out of the dirty fridge magnets, and to Stu for mixing such great cocktails. I may have only had 2 but they were both yummy! It was great to see Jo and Mike again, and to have a brilliant girly chat with Lesley on the bus home - looking forward to the weekend in Manchester! I also got to dress up which is always a bonus. I finally finished my film so pictures will be up tomorrow! Hurrah.
There should be more parties like this one. Well done to the fabulous Juicy, Stu and Craig for putting on such a great night for us all!
Friday, October 07, 2005
Mmmm, had soooo much fun. Yaaaaaay.
PS My dress actually creates the illusion that I have boobs!
Must go to bed.
Friday, September 30, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Yesterday was my housewarming! Had an absolutely fab evening with my friends who are all great. We managed to get through the 6 boxes of party snacks and 4 pizzas with hardly any leftovers, and I now have a large collection of empty bottles to illustrate the amount that was drunk. The fabulous Jo came all the way from Ely to see me which was lovely, and so many different people dropped in during the night to say hello, including the bloke from upstairs who brought wine but only stayed 5 minutes - free wine and not too long making awkward conversation! Bargain. I cleared up the mess in very quick time this morning too, and I didn't have a hangover! All in all an excellent party.
Finally, today I took my film in to be developed and spent time this afternoon putting pictures in my album and in frames, and laughing hysterically at all the many wonderful photos of Juicy in various states of drunkenness. Never before has one girl been comically pissed in so many pictures. Juicy, you're fab and we wouldn't have you any other way. Said photos will be up on my MSN space very soon so you can all appreciate them. Other comedy highlights include Lu after fruit wine (nice) and Colin Dean. Of course I am aware that there are some great pictures in existence of me, the most recent being the one taken on Friday night of me thinking about Mr Darcy (yum again) and so I don't really have any room to make fun of others - but I don't care, comedy pictures are brilliant no matter who they're of.
Right, I'm going to put pictures online. Miss Young beware! :o)
Thursday, September 22, 2005
I think I will now eat all the bad things that I have in my freezer so that they have gone away and are no longer there. Especially the free tub of icecream which my freezer appears not to want to freeze so has become a tub of slush. I don't mind as it was free, but it does taste much nicer frozen! The only other bad thing I have is a garlic baguette which is so lovely but really bad for you. It keeps staring at me every time I go in there. Hmm, what to do...I don't want to eat too much as then I will not look as good in the dress (which I have to hold my tummy in in anyway, to prevent icky bulgy bits) but I do so like eating and once it's gone it can't tempt me anymore. Arses to dieting, can't wait till it's over, but if I keep being naughty it never will be!
But happy thoughts, I have a new outfit! Yay!
Hmm, it would appear that my blogs when sober are of no better quality than when drunk. Clearly I have some rambling gene that cannot be overcome. Solution: ice cream and crappy tv! :o)
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Well of course the big news is that I have a new house and a new job. I absolutely love living in Leamington, where the shops, bars and train station are all within 10 minutes walk, and I especially love Bar 44 where Juicy, Julia, Lesley and I spent a rather fabulous evening last Thursday drinking the best cocktails ever - I highly recommend the one that tastes of liquid After Eight mints and the shooter that's a mixture of butterscotch and Baileys. I'm also highly excited by the new job which I'm starting in 3 weeks time - I will be a Recruitment and Admissions Assistant at Coventry Uni. When I went for the interview the people there were really nice and the job sounds so interesting. Plus I get more lovely money! Yay. And yes, for the 2% of people out there who haven't yet pointed this out to me, I have just moved out of Coventry and will now be working there. But I don't care!
The other piece of vaguely exciting news is that I've been invited to our department's awards ceremony. I'm organising it so would have gone anyway, but the fact that I'm invited means I'm nominated for something and can therefore dress up properly and enjoy it knowing that it's a recognition evening for me as well as for everyone else there. What a fab excuse to go shopping - I think a little black dress may be required.
Finally, everyone who hasn't read their email or whose address I don't have is most welcome to come to my housewarming this Saturday (24th) from 7pm. Bring your own drink and I will provide party food. Email me if you need directions.
Right, am off to surf the wonderful internet and enjoy my return to civilisation. Hurrah!
Friday, September 02, 2005
Saturday, August 27, 2005
In my life this is a major event. No really. It's at least as significant as the time Heat got a new look.
Moving house in 10 days! :o)
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Sunday, August 14, 2005
To fix that last problem I filled in applications for 2 more jobs today. I've decided I really do need to move elsewhere in order to have a decent standard of living once I'm living on my own. Filling in application forms is also a really nice way to spend time as you get to write about how great you are!
I'm looking forward to this week - I have lots to do. I'm spending Thursday and Friday doing a training course which means I'm not technically working, although I did have to do 15 hours prep for it last week! It's an EFQM assessor training course so I may have to do some thinking but it should be interesting and will be a really useful thing to have. (I'm not telling my manager I want to leave until I've completed the course!) I'm also going for curry tomorrow which will be fab, and I'll be seeing some friends I haven't seen for a while. Then I think Julia might be cooking for us on Tuesday so that's another night out. On top of all that, I hope to be seeing a flat at some point and it's in a good location with a bedroom and hopefully some furniture! I'm really hoping this is the one so I can get on with moving out and moving on.
And now I'm watching a programme about the nation's favourite number ones on Channel 5. Nice.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Of course, it could be because I was hungover this morning, something which is always guaranteed to make me feel weird all day. I think I need to go to bed.
I really want to go dancing!
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Chelasea is a legend. she opens her house to us eevry thusday and we drink wine. lots andl ots of wine. ooh dave sait hwas on our bus on the way hoe. and now i ahe a text message. yay. was from julia.
am not as pissed as i sound! have regained hte abnility to type now. can't be arsed to delete mistakes.
mmm wine. julia is great. asll my friends are bantastic. julia espciecially grea. neet to be able to go ack and delate but don';t want to. finders not working. arse.
need bed. have exel retaining tgomorrow. arse. can't tpe at all. arse.
ooh arse. yum.
may have to edit this entry tomorrow.
think everyone should beel as happy as i do. being faboulsou is fab. everyone should try it.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
By the way, lots of my photos are now up on my MSN space - if you have the new MSN, you can get to this by clicking on the little yellow star that should appear next to my name. I've put them on there because it means only people on my contacts list can see them, and I won't have a load of randoms looking at them. If you do know me and you're not on my contacts then let me know and I'll add you. Warning to people like me who don't use Internet Explorer - photos can only be viewed using Explorer (damn Microsoft) and when you close the window it appears to crash your whole computer. Nice.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Really, really not recommended.
Friday, June 17, 2005
One slight drawback...my other 3 beautiful dresses are now either a bit too big or large enough to fit a small family. Error.
Also...I now have to iron the red one. Arse.
Friday, June 10, 2005
Monday, May 30, 2005
Also bought a lovely tshirt for £7 (another bargain) and a pretty shirt for work with slightly shiny bits on. I love shopping, even more so now I only get to do it once a month (soooo need to get paid more). I also love bank holidays! Hurrah. And I also love girly rock (have the Ny-Lon soundtrack on at the moment) and baked potatoes with prawns. Life is rather fab today.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Won't be doing that again...
Friday, May 27, 2005
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Barnamint Baileys - Baileys, mint liqueur, vanilla icecream, Oreo cookies.
Screaming Orgasm - vodka, Kahlua, Amaterro, Baileys. Apparently this is long and creamy!
FBI - Baileys, Kahlua, vodka, vanilla icecream. Stands for Frozen Black Irish.
Silver Mercedes - vodka, cranberry juice, orange sherbet, Champagne.
Anyone fancy a home cocktail-making session?!
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
The other thing I have difficulty with is that they're so shut away in their monasteries. Surely it would be better to go out into the community and help people? Is praying for the world really as valuable as going out to trouble spots and working to help improve lives? I can certainly understand why people would feel called to do that.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
An interesting thought...should voting be compulsory? I strongly believe that it's the obligation of everyone who lives in a society that allows them to vote to do so, and that there can be no valid reason not to. If everyone was made to vote (don't ask me how this would work!) would we get a true picture of what people thought? I think there would have to be a "None of the above" option otherwise people would vote randomly, but at least it would be an accurate reflection of who feels unable to choose a party to represent them and who just hasn't previously been bothered. This would of course have to be coupled with a proper programme of political education in schools, so that people could learn about the views of all the parties and about the history of political representation both here and abroad. I'm sure if everyone was able to understand the joy of the black people of South Africa or the women of Britain at being able to vote for the first time they would make more effort.
This post is a bit of a departure from what I usually write about, but I just had to rant about this somewhere because I get so cross when intelligent people come up with rubbish excuses for not voting, or don't bother to inform themselves of the facts. Voting is your obligation to society and to the people of the world who have no voice. It's not too late to go online, read up on the policies of all the parties and make your mind up. Please vote tomorrow, make your voice heard and use the precious opportunity that you are so lucky to have.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Hurrah for Saturdays. I love days when I don't have to do anything, but I still get lots done: I feel productive and happy, and I also have plenty of time to sit and play computer card games as well as being busy! Yay. I also love lie-ins, of which I don't get many these days. Tomorrow I have to get up to go to a rehearsal at 10 in Birmingham, which isn't too early but I have to factor in the trains. I hope this one goes better than last week's - although I should get enough sleep this time so I'm bound to at least feel better. (Last week I went to a rehearsal at 9.30 in Solihull, which meant getting up at 6 on Saturday morning after getting back from Prague and going to bed at half past midnight!)
Hmm, back to the card games methinks!
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Anyway, fish is yummy! I just had cod and potatoes and peas and it was v nice. Plus it's healthy. I am doing Weight Watchers and would definitely recommend it - have lost 10 pounds so far, hurrah.
Can you tell I'm a little short of things to blog about?! I'd really like to try to write something interesting but am lacking inspiration. I'm looking forward to only having a 2 day working week - it makes the minibreak (yay!) a double bonus. I may well have more to say when I come back from Prague so will stop now and write more then.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
Friday, April 08, 2005
Friday, March 25, 2005
So all in all it's been a very nice day so far. I have had the thought that if I suddenly keeled over, no-one would find me for at least two days which is slightly concerning. I shall just have to concentrate very hard on not keeling over! :o)
Hmm, I think it's time to see if anyone else has blogged recently.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
The Sound of Music (for obvious reasons)
Sleepless in Seattle
The Wedding Singer
The Truman Show
A Knight's Tale
50 First Dates
Chariots of Fire (fab)
Bridget Jones 1 & 2
Shakespeare in Love
10 Things I Hate About You
Never Been Kissed
A Muppet Christmas Carol (yay again)
The Lion King
Beauty and the Beast
And if I had to pick one...I'd pick three, namely The Sound of Music, Chariots of Fire and Apollo 13.
Colin Firth (drool)
David Beckham (when I was 13 and no-one else knew who he was and he had good hair)
Leo DiCaprio (I actually won a competition in Bliss magazine and got a free book of photos of him!)
Alexei Nemov (Russian gymnast blokey)
Michael Vartan (out of Never Been Kissed...which is a fab film. Ooh, must do a film list)
Actually this is a lot harder than I thought it would be! I had crushes on everyone when I was at school and have now forgotten them all. Hmm, will have to bring my old diary back from my parents' house and look at all the lists in it. Could get very embarrassing...
Oh yes, Ian Woan. He played for Nottingham Forest. I fancied him for about half an hour. He was a minger.
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Am having my definition of a very nice evening indeed. I just cooked dinner but it mostly came out of a jar so it was easy and tasted nice, and we sat and ate it at the table with floating candles and music in the background. It's warm and cosy and lovely. Today was sunny and bright and felt like spring, and the other day I smelled cut grass which is just wonderful. I am feeling happy and positive and content! Hurrah.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Have been thinking about alcohol. Drinking it is fun at the time and being drunk is quite jolly, but I'm enjoying the part where things go fuzzy less and less. I think it's more fun to not get that bad. Plus hangovers just screw up your whole day which is not fun. This is therefore a request to people at large to stop me drinking so much! And this isn't even a "morning after" thing - I think I actually mean it.
Hmm. Not sure what else to write about really. So might stop. Sorry for the boring entry!
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
I used to have some quality crying-to-music sessions in first year - far too many emotions going on! I've been feeling a bit weird lately actually: it's nearly the end of term 2 which means there's only one more term of having all my friends here before everyone disappears and life changes. I am definitely not a fan of change. I love my life at the moment and I'm not sure what it's going to be like in the future, so Leaving on a Jet Plane is quite a good representation of things. I feel like I don't want to waste any of this year because it will never be quite so easy again to see everyone and have a fabulous time. I've always wanted to do the whole girly nights thing and never really made good enough friends to be able to, and this year has been really great for finally doing that - I don't want everyone to disappear so quickly! Severe danger of great emotional outburst here...must stop! Apologies to any men reading this who really have no idea what I'm on about...I think it's definitely a girl thing. :o)
I decided that waffling randomly about my diary may not be very interesting to anyone, so I'd do a random entry on love songs (insert flashing pink writing and little tweety birds here). I LOVE love songs. They are possibly the best thing ever! (for all of about 5 minutes until I think of something else that's the best thing ever...a very overused phrase for me). Of course the absolute best one is She by Elvis Costello, which is the song I'm having my first dance to at my wedding (must do a wedding entry at some point, have been obsessed for years...). But there are many other great songs out there so here is a list. I'm sure it's by no means complete and will have to be added to as I remember other fab ones that can't possibly be left out! Anyway, in the order they randomly occur to me, here goes...
She - Elvis Costello
The Way You Look Tonight - Tony Bennett
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden
Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
Thankyou For Loving Me - Bon Jovi
Always - Bon Jovi (again - power ballads rock!)
Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warner
Your Song - Elton John
The Last Night of the World from Miss Saigon
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
The Young Ones - Cliff Richard!!!! (highly highly embarrassing but I like it)
Love Changes Everything - Michael Ball (again, highly embarrassing)
I'm Kissing You - Des'ree
Love Is In the Air - Cat Stevens
Unchained Melody - loads of people, but Robson and Jerome are the best!
Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield (fabulous song)
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Flying Without Wings - Westlife (a classic, no matter what anybody says!)
Come What May from Moulin Rouge
Don't Marry Her, Have Me - The Beautiful South (quirky, maybe not a normal love song but irresistably catchy)
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
You've Lost That Loving Feeling - The Righteous Brothers (fab)
When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating
I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane - John Denver
Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
Can't Help Falling in Love - Andy Williams
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Andy Williams (fab sober, fabber drunk!)
You Were Always On My Mind - Elvis Presley (ah, the memories of Baileys-fuelled sobbing)
I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher (the old ones are the best)
Flowers in the Window - Travis
A Whole New World from Aladdin (hurrah for Disney)
Words - Boyzone (if only for the teenage memories)
hmm, I've exhausted my Windows Media Player list now. But I think that's quite enough to be going on with! I'm sure there will be updates as I think of more absolute classics.
In case you hadn't guessed, I may well be the world's most hopeless romantic (and have quite appalling taste in music!). But I wouldn't want to be any other way! It seems to me that a world without romance would be a truly hopeless thing, but one with it provides endless possibilities, golden memories and a reason to look forward to every day. So I'm afraid I shall keep believing in love!
That's probably quite enough for this entry. Do remind me of any fab songs I may have forgotten...
Sunday, February 27, 2005
I've spent today watching Friends and playing computer games - quite sad but very relaxing. I've also been to Tesco (again) and phoned my parents. My brother is 18 next week and I've been trying to think of something to buy him - it has to be rowing related as he's mad about it. I'm now filling time before my quintet rehearsal at 3.30 - we're playing in the Wind Orch concert next week which could be interesting...
This is quite fun, writing stream of consciousness waffle! Not sure why anyone would ever want to read it, but I suppose it's always interesting getting an insight into someone's life. Or maybe we're all just bored!
Have to go back to work tomorrow - although I do get a lie-in, hurrah! I'm going to Leamington first to drop off my course handouts, and I don't have to be there until 9.15 so I get half an hour extra in bed. Of course everyone else I know will still be asleep when I leave the house, but never mind! It's the WO AGM in the evening which I'm quite looking forward to - I'm sad and enjoy AGMs. Won't be quite so much fun this year though as I don't get to count the votes!
Lalala. Gosh, the World of Lady Lloyd has been quite uneventful so far, hasn't it?! I'm sure things will get more exciting soon...maybe...
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Don't have much else to talk about at the moment - think I'll go and explore more of the settings on this blog. May well return soon!