Further Updates on My Life

26 05 2010

This first part was written on 16th of Feb 2007, and the 2nd on the 13th August 2008

1997

For some reason I was thinking what I was doing a decade ago:

I was at college studying English Language, P.E. and Law.

I had a part-time job at Homebase

I was listening to Radiohead OK Computer, Blur by Blur, the Fat of the Land by the Prodigy.

I learnt to drive and had a brown Mini, with a tape player that I used to make tapes for

I rode my mountain bike, that summer I was doing 200 miles a week

I used to play roller hockey with my mates Lee and Nick

I first went to the pub

I got mugged

I  lived with my parents

2007

A decade has gone by now and what the hell has changed in my life.  I finished College with 2E’s and an N.  I lost all faith in the English legal system as a result.  I went to university and started studying forestry, which I then changed to get a 2:2 in Geography.

I work for a charity called the Tropical Forest Trust, having left Homebase after 8 years.

I have actually just listened to tracks off of all of those albums on my mp3 player

I still have no claims and now drive a Ford Fiesta, I long for the day that I can afford to buy a mini as a 2nd car

My mountain bike hasn’t been out of the shed for 3 years

I had to get rid of my blades, and Lee and Nick are both married.  Lee lives in Chichester and Nick lives in Aberdeen.

I still enjoy going to the pub

Haven’t been mugged since

Due to a series of unfortunate incidents I am back living with my parents

So have I developed as a person in 10 years, I really hope so.  Who knows!  Am I better off?  Yes, but i’m buying a flat, so that’s going out of the window.  I’m certainly more world wise, I know that.

So why am I thinking all of this?  I have no idea, it just seemed like a good idea at the time.  That and the fact that im sat at home on a friday night alone is also a kickback to 10 years ago.,

13th August 2008

After problems at work, and my role changing I have left the TFT, and am currently temping in a metal factory.  I have an interview today for a job that I don’t really want and am not that confident of getting anyway.

I havn’t bought any music since May, which is really sad, and it’s probably been that long since I went to a gig too.

I still have no claims and now drive a Ford Fiesta, I long for the day that I can afford to buy a mini as a 2nd car.  My car is however gradually falling apart.

My mountain bike is on the landing, and I ride it regularly.  I am in the early stages of training to ride from Lands End to John O’Groats (or the other way around).

I had to get rid of my blades, and Lee and Nick are both married.  Lee lives in Chichester and has a Kid called Evelyn Louise, and Nick lives in Aberdeen.

I still enjoy going to the pub but haven’t been for a while.

I own my own flat with the housemate, although depending on finances in a few months I may have to move back in with the parents and rent out my room.

So there you go, just a quick update, not sure what will happen in another 18 months time.  I will keep you informed.

26th May 2010

I am now 30.  Woo hoo, where did that time go.  The last 18 months has flown by.  The biggest thing in my life is that I am engaged to H.  This came as a bit of a surprise to me, but I really couldn’t be happier about it.

I have been working at the University of Portsmouth doing Admin work, I don’t particularly enjoy it, but in the current economic climate a job is better than no job.  I also really like the people, which helps more than you can imagine.

I am still buying Music, most recently that fantastic High Violet by the National. 

Still no claims on the car.  It is however still falling apart.

H and I go out on our bikes whenever the sun is out, and we are enjoying getting fitter together.

For a year I had a decent quiz team that would go to the pub every Tuesday, however that has tailed off now that one has moved to London, the Boy Lord has moved to Korea, and Ahab is going back to sea.

I didn’t have to move back home, but a move is on the cards as H and I look to move in together before the wedding.  We have set a year, so 2012 it is. 

I have taken up photography as a hobby instead of more energetic pursuits.

All in all I can conclude that my life is pretty darn good now.  Much better than it has been in previous years.





Quizaroo Answers

9 04 2010

Food    

1)If you were eating Cuy in Peru, what pet would you be eating? Guinea Pig  

2)In Cambodia, what delicacy is known as A-ping? Tarantula    

3)Which American State eats the most Spam? Hawaii    

4)The root of the Blue Agarve cactus is fermented to produce what? Tequila  

5)The famous Cheesesteak Sandwich is named after which American city? Philedelphia

 Festivities

6)What is the Encerrio of the Festival de San Fermin, held in Pamplona every year better known as? Bull Run

7)In What month is the Rio Carnival? February 

 8)In Which country would you find La Tomantina tomato fight? Spain

9)What do Canadians Celebrate on the 2nd Monday in October?  Thanksgiving

10)El Dia De La Muertas is celebrated in Mexico.  What does it translate to? Day of the Dead

Buildings

11)Emperor Shah Jahar built which famous building for his second Wife Mumtaz Mahal? Taj Mahal

12)How tall is the Eiffel Tower to the nearest 50m? 324m 274-374

13)The Djenne Mosque in Mali was built in the 12th century and is still standing.  What is it made of? Mud

14)The Worlds Smallest Theatre is in Which English town famous for its spring Water? Malvern

15)The Biggest hotel in Las Vegas is modelled after which European city?  Venice

Sport

16)Which  race has been won by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckyx and Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain 5 times each?  The Tour de France

17)In which sport would you find the Deccan Chargers? Cricket

18)David Beckham Plays for which 2 club Football teams? AC Milan and LA Galaxy (point for each)

19)Where is the World cup being held in 2014? Brazil

20)In Which City did Mohammed Ali fight Joe Frazier in 1975 for the third time? Manilla

Europe

21)What is Europes most Westerly Country? Iceland

22)In which City would you find the Ponte Vecchio bridge, Duomo and the Accadamia which holds Michalangelo’s statue of David?  Florence

23)In Ulm (Germany) there is a statue which consists of One Stone on a plinth.  Which scientist’s birthplace is it commemorating? Albert Einstein

24)The Bishop of Rome is otherwise known as What?  The Pope

25)Which Capital City holds the worlds Heaviest Building?  Bucharest

Place names

26)What animal is the Arctic named after?Bear (Arktos is Russian for Bear)

27)What is Uluru better known as? Ayres Rock

28)What is Rapa Nui better known as? Easter Island

29)Which city was formerly known as Leningrad? St Petersburg

30)Which Country used to be known as Ceylon? Sri Lanka

Seconds

31)What is the Worlds 2nd Longest River?  The Amazon

32)What is the Worlds 2nd Highest Mountain? K2

33)Where is the worlds 2nd largest Coral Reef?  Belize

34)Second largest Island? Greenland

35)Second largest Continent? Africa

Capitals

36)What is the Capital of Slovenia?  Ljubliana

37)What is the Capital of Morocco? Rabat

38)Tanzania? Dar Es Salaam

39)Indonesia? Jakarta

40)Fiji? Suva





Quizaroo

8 04 2010

Tuesday night was my debut as quiz master in the Sunshine inn.  It was down to me as we won the quiz the month before.  The winner of the first quiz each month has to write the quiz for the next month.   After much Umming and erring I decided that I was going to do a travel quiz.  I managed to do 9 musical intro’s of songs with place names in the titles, varying from Led Zeppelin (Kashmir) to Stiff Little Fingers (Alternative Ulster) and Editors (Munich).  I think it all went down quite well.   The picture round was on famous buildings and the cities that they are in.  So there were pictures of the Taj Mahal., Brandenburg gate, Eiffel tower and Burj Al Arab hotel, as well as a few more obscure ones.    The main quiz was divided up into sections with 5 in each group.  I have posted the questions below.  People told me that it was interesting and they enjoyed it, which I am glad about.  

Food    

1)If you were eating Cuy in Peru, what pet would you be eating?

2)In Cambodia, what delicacy is known as A-ping?  

3)Which American State eats the most Spam?     

4)The root of the Blue Agarve cactus is fermented to produce what?

5)The famous Cheesesteak Sandwich is named after which American city?

Festivities

6)What is the Encerrio of the Festival de San Fermin, held in Pamplona every year better known as?

7)In What month is the Rio Carnival?

 8)In Which country would you find La Tomantina tomato fight?

9)What do Canadians Celebrate on the 2nd Monday in October? 

10)El Dia De La Muertas is celebrated in Mexico.  What does it translate to?

Buildings

11)Emperor Shah Jahar built which famous building for his second Wife Mumtaz Mahal?

12)How tall is the Eiffel Tower to the nearest 50m?

13)The Djenne Mosque in Mali was built in the 12th century and is still standing.  What is it made of?

14)The Worlds Smallest Theatre is in Which English town famous for its spring Water?

15)The Biggest hotel in Las Vegas is modelled after which European city? 

Sport

16)Which  race has been won by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckyx and Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain 5 times each? 

17)In which sport would you find the Deccan Chargers?

18)David Beckham Plays for which 2 club Football teams?

19)Where is the World cup being held in 2014?

20)In Which City did Mohammed Ali fight Joe Frazier in 1975 for the third time?

Europe

21)What is Europes most Westerly Country?

22)In which City would you find the Ponte Vecchio bridge, Duomo and the Accadamia which holds Michalangelo’s statue of David? 

23)In Ulm (Germany) there is a statue which consists of One Stone on a plinth.  Which scientist’s birthplace is it commemorating?

24)The Bishop of Rome is otherwise known as What? 

25)Which Capital City holds the worlds Heaviest Building? 

Place names

26)What animal is the Arctic named after?

27)What is Uluru better known as?

28)What is Rapa Nui better known as?

29)Which city was formerly known as Leningrad?

30)Which Country used to be known as Ceylon?

Seconds

31)What is the Worlds 2nd Longest River? 

32)What is the Worlds 2nd Highest Mountain?

33)Where is the worlds 2nd largest Coral Reef? 

34)Second largest Island?

35)Second largest Continent?

Capitals

36)What is the Capital of Slovenia? 

37)What is the Capital of Morocco?

38)Tanzania?

39)Indonesia?

40)Fiji?

Answers are being posted tomorrow.





2 In A Row

4 11 2009

We had a stormer of a Pub Quiz last night.  We won for the second week running.  This time by 9 points.  We got 5 wrong, which is amazing.  We were let down by 70’s tv theme tunes. 

 





Stop The Pigeon

28 10 2009

That was our Team name at the quiz last night.  We did very well on the music round 8 1/2 out of 9.  It would have been 9 had they been a bit kinder with their marking. The picture round fell into our favour too, being name the airlines from their plane tail markings.  Between us we had been on over 10 of them.

In the quiz proper we did alright too.  Laura got 5 out of 5 on the Pseudonym round. Do you know what Demi Moore’s real name is?  Nope nor did I.

We won by 4 points in the end, which is really good considering we thought that there would be a lot of people getting high scores.  Just goes to prove that Andy’s knowledge of cheesy pop music does coem in useful.





Graduated

21 10 2009

A while back I was at Flat 6 with Afro Aid, Andy and Stu watching the Graduate.  Dave was there too.  For some reason this film (a classic) made Dave Irate, really really angry.  He wanted to leave twice but we told him it was a good film which it is.  Still he hated the film, and it turns out that he has no empathy for the character of Dustin Hoffman and he hates the female lead for going back to him even though he has treated her like an idiot.

Anyway, last saturday the Daily Fail  was giving away a copy of the film free on DVD, so we all bought a copy.

Last night at the pub Quiz we decided to give them to him, we cunningly hid them in his coat pockets while he was at the bar, and then called ourselves Check Your Pockets Dave.

He didn’t find it funny.





Quizzing

23 09 2009

As last night was tuesday, our depleated team made its way to the pub.  Myself the Housemate and Flat 6 Andy were the only ones there.

The picture round was flags of the Middle East and Asia, we got 9 out of 20, which was a bit of a fluke.  The Music round was even worse.  It was on 80’s and early 90’s hair metal (Van Halen, Kiss, Def Leppard and the like).  We got 2 and a half, getting Faith No More in there was a blessing.

In the ordinary rounds we came good, we even got 5 out of 5 for Art and Literature.  We didn’t think that we would win with a score of 47 and a half, but what do you know, we did, by 1 and a half points.  Its the first time in ages we have won.  Which was nice.

Victory for Haaaaave you met Ted!