The week started off very well – I attended my university’s first debate, about whether my university should be privatised. It was very stimulating to hear different arguments and formulate my own view (against the motion) and I should think I’ll attend those every week, apart from tomorrow where I’ll be going to the first trial to be part of the university’s ‘University Challenge’ team! Looks set to be a failure but will happily give it a shot.
On Tuesday I investigated things at the Officer Training Corps, and went to one of their introduction evenings. Needless to say, the things they do there look pretty spectacular – being paid to go to California to do Sky Diving probably says it all. Next weekend I’m going on a ‘selection weekend’ and, if I pass that I’ll be in. I’m cautious – I’ll see if I like it, and if not, I think I’ll be fairly comfortable in saying the Army is not for me.
On Wednesday I went to see The Lion King and the Lyceum theatre – it was spectacular, the performance really absorbed you and the music sent shivers down your spine. Despite having not seen the actual film (I know!), I really enjoyed it.
Thursday and Friday were rather absorbed by university work but on Friday evening my girlfriend came down, which made me very happy indeed! On Saturday evening we, and some university friends, went for a wonderful evening at Pizza Express and had a lovely time chatting and eating wonderful food. Puddings especially. Sunday was more work but we did find time to wonder through Camden Market together and promised ourselves that next time we’d have the liquid nitrogen ice cream. I was sad to see her head back off but we’ll see each other in two weeks!
It was good to break the ice and finally get the first day back at university done and dusted. Had a really nice time catching up with friends not seen over the summer, and the day wasn’t too intense – well received, I must say. In the evening the ‘Science Museum Lates’ was being held, that a friend of mine was helping out at. It was great fun. Essentially you are partaking in research projects that are deemed ‘fun’, for example one lady was conducting research into the senses and was asking people to mould any shape they wanted to out of clay, but they had to be blindfolded. Another involved judging whether a face was ‘trustworthy’ or ‘aggressive’ with the ultimate (perhaps strange) result of predicting your loneliness. Alcohol was also available so you could take tests when under the influence to see how that changed you! It’s held on the last Wednesday of every month.
On the 29th it was Fresher’s Fayre and I unscrupulously got what I could out of the free Celebrations and Roses on offer. Consequently my email account soon exploded with all the new societies I’d signed up to. Needless to say, I do want to make the most of this year and I hope that signing up will aide this! On the 30th I went to a ‘Ceilidh’ which is a type of Irish dance. Absolutely amazing fun, a great way to relieve stress and try something new (although this was my second time since I enjoyed the first so much). It’s a real ‘merry jig’ type of dance with fiddles and drums and guitars – you could very much imagine it taking place in the highlands of Ireland, and Scotland (I believe it also has a presence there) and a great escape from being in the centre of a huge city. The weekend has been mainly work orientated (I’ve done perilously little, despite this aim) but I did go with the ‘photography society’ to a walk around Regent’s park which was terrific. The whether was absolutely baking hot and it was tremendous to see everyone out enjoying themselves, much like The Green Park. Today I was much the same but I did try out ‘Chin-Chin Laboratories’ which is an ice cream shop in Camden with a difference – the ice cream is made using liquid nitrogen. The result, apparently, is an ice cream with no ice crystals since they have no time to form and hence a deliciously smooth taste. It was pretty special watching it being made and it didn’t taste half-bad either. Lamenting the working week ahead, but had best get on with it!