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It’s been awhile

14 Oct

It’s been nearly two years since I last posted on this blog. Since then a lot has happened. I’m not going to go into all of that now however. Today I just wanted to say I’m back.

Thanks to all those that have read this blog and left comments during that time. I do check my blog stats every now and then and I do see every comment I get.

So hello again to everyone that is reading this. Stay tuned for some further updates soon!

New summer job

29 Jun

Today was the third day of my new summer job. I just wanted to take this post to talk a bit about what I will be doing over the next few months.

From this week until mid September, I will be working in the accommodation office at my university. I have to admit that there hasn’t been a lot of time between finishing writing my PhD thesis and starting this job. I had originally envisaged myself having a nice relaxing break between the two. In reality, it was just a day or so.

My main role with the job will be to deal with first year students applying for university accommodation. This includes dealing with telephone and e-mail queries, working out who is eligible to stay in accommodation and assigning rooms to students. So far it has all been good. Whilst quite quiet at the moment, the pace is sure to pick up in a month or so when exam results are released.

For me, the most challenging thing about the job is the 9am start. I know this is not considered early by ‘normal’ people, but remember, I have spent the last four years going to bed and getting up when I like. I am getting better at the whole sleeping at normal hours thing though, last night I even managed to be in bed by 1am. Tonight I’m aiming for 12.30am! Wish me good luck…

Olympic tickets – an update

27 Jun

In April, I applied for Olympic tickets in fifteen separate sessions. In the subsequent ballot, held a few weeks ago, I got allocated exactly zero tickets! In total, 20 million applications were made for the 6.6 million tickets. This left most of the 1.8 million people who applied ticketless.

All was not lost however. Last Friday, the second round opened for the remaining tickets. People, like me, that had not got any tickets in the first round were given the first chance of getting these. The down side, of course, was that none of the tickets for popular events, like athletics, were left. Also, the second round ticket window opened at 6am!

So, at 5.30am on Friday I got up and logged onto my computer. Along with thousands of other people, I rushed through the application process, applying for tickets in table tennis, beach volleyball and hockey. I finished my application by 6.03am. By that time, the website had ground to a halt under the weight of all the traffic. Thinking that I had failed to apply, I spent a further two hours trying, with no luck, to refresh my application. I was worried that I would miss out again.

Yesterday, I finally received an e-mail saying I had been successful in applying for all three events! I am particularly looking forward to the beach volleyball which is to be held at Horse Guards Parade in the evening and the hockey which will allow access to the olympic park.

I’m back

20 Jun

It’s been a long long time since I posted anything on this blog. To my regular (as regular as you can be on such a sporadic blog) readers, sorry about my long absence. Recently, I have been finishing off writing my PhD thesis. I hope to finish making all the final checks tomorrow. After then, I will just wait for my supervisors to have one last look through the whole thing before handing it in. I have also had a bit of a break over the last week or so, visiting a few places in the UK. Hopefully I will get hold of some photos soon.

Next week, I will be starting my new summer job, working in the accommodation office of my university. Whilst I will be working from 9 to 5, I still think I will have time to come and post here, as well as checking out other blogs.

Kayaking along the canal

16 May

I went home last weekend. On the Sunday, since the weather was nice, I took my Dad’s kayak for a short paddle along the local canal.