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Archive for September, 2001

argh! i just cannot be on time!

Thursday, September 27th, 2001

ok, thursdays and mondays is start at 9am days, so in preperation for this, i got up at 7:45, go ready and then left for 8:15, giving me 45 minutes to get to uni.

except, i was still late :( but REALLY late, i got in at 10:10!!! i could have gone to the other half of my lecture, but didn’t want to look stupid walking in so late (i think i had missed the break)

anyways, rantings out of the way.

yesterday we went out for tom’s birthday tea at the argentinean (is that how you spell it?) restaurant on battersea rise. the steaks were huge and it really tasted nice :) but like, it was a steak, so not really much to add :) (just wanted to put in the tom’s birthday bit).

uni has got better, i went to my first lecture on tuesday and it was generally ok. i will need a bit of time to adjust but should be fine. the workshops are the problem though and the bit i’m not too sure about. got one of these after lunch, so i will know then :)
about the gallery’s, i’ve updated how they work and the video’s are now stored on seperate pages along with the file sizes. bear in mind 1Mb (megabyte ;)) will take about 3/4 mins on a 56k modem, and about 5/6 on a 33.6. anything faster will obviously be a lot quicker. its also advisable to save them straight to hd incase the player crashes :)
so whats going on then? well tonite, borka had asked if i wanted to dj at guilford and i did honestly think about it. then i chickened out. (i had done a 3.5 hour set yesterday to practise and it was ok, so i dunno why i wont mix out). i think i want to do some house parties first, just to get my confidence up you see :) and i also need to buy my deck cases (nice aluminium boxes which will protect everything). i can get these with my tax rebate :) hurrah!

erm, been looking through my old CaT stuff, and got a patch to allow the old pascal bits and bobs to run, which was very interesting and allowed me to reminice over my old work (goes back to jan 1997!) when i was able to distro files all over the world and had a name for myself :) hurrah!

i’m actually thinking of putting the BBS back on my computer just for old times sake and to show gowry so she can understand what i;m talking about! :)
i’ll go to kingston soon to go hmv and stuff, but first i’ll wait for everyone to come out of lecture to meet up for a drink, hurrah!

i’ll give it a go, but i don;t like it :)

Monday, September 24th, 2001

yes, here i am, still at kingston, i’ve been persuaded to give it a month or so before i give up. went to first workshop today after changing groups, better, but still hated it.

i’m hoping its just because i am tired and not in the right frame of mind, as i’m skipping a lecture now, just not in the mood.

i know it will get better, just need to get my swing as it were, but i can’t help but feel i’d be more happy on a training course and then going straight into a job.

however, i’ve siad i’ll test it, so i will. tomorrow is programming essentials, which should be a lot better, at least i HOPE its a lot better as thats my motivation.

hopefully i can do a borka and never do anything and still get through ;)
anyways, almost finished putting all my 140 something holiday photos online, so you can go and see millions of pix of us :)
now off to buy some paper and pens and things, then go see gow 4 lunch…. what a hard life huh? ;)

ho hum…

Friday, September 21st, 2001

well, holiday was great! really good and stuff, but i’ll tell you about it another time.

where am i now? university of kingston and although i’ve only been here a week, i hate it, i want to leave and i’m not sure if this feeling will go.

ever since last year when i left southbank, i always wondered whether uni life was the life for me. i didn’t really want to go for any other reason than to meet people.

except when it comes down to it, i don’t.

being thrown into something where you feel you need to meet loads of people or not be able to fit in is not how i expected it to be.

i think work is where i belong, and perhaps should instead go. take the two years out as a test, did they make me want to go uni? nope, they made me more want to NOT go.

anyway, i’m going to go home now, so i’ll catcha later.

its getting better…. just :)

Monday, September 10th, 2001

well, i’m sure you are all dying to know how everything has been getting on for the week we’ve been here…

well, we’ve had a lot of thunder storms and lightning, and then a massive power cut which took out the whole of san an (we saw everything across the bay just shutting down!) and we were wondering for a while whether it would ever get better!

it has now though and its nice and sunny… :) oh zak, btw, i havent had time to mail you personally, but cause you read this i thought you would be ok :)

heres me and gow in the cafe, “hello!”

Spaced Camshot @ Plastic Fantasic

jamie arrived on monday, and we saw him for a bit (read, little bit) and have met up once more (friday) which was nice, got a bit drunk etc :D

thursday was gowrys day, so we went to twiceasnice in es paradis. now, i was a bit apprehensive cause i don’t really go for that sorta music (garage and rnb) but was determinded to make an effort for her :)

however, it was great, they had dane bowers doing a live set, and this great black bloke with a bald head that was really quite good! (although they did over use ’spinback’ and sometimes kept stopping the musak part way thru, although gowry tells me this is ‘good’ and should be appreciated :)) so that was quite a good nite.

then friday was my turn, and to make up for sat (dp) we were going to xtravanagza (cause blank and jones were there) at privilege. we had a few doubts (cause they weren’t advertised) but thought it would be ok.

privilege itself is the worlds largest club and it really shows. its got loads of seating (woo hoo!) although the dance floors ain’t really that big. and the sound system… eden was bad, privilege was worse. though the place was so nice that we forgave that. until we realised the music was just as crap too. blank and jones weren’t there, and it was instead of a ‘trancy’ night, a ‘progressive’ night, which i hate… although gowry claims she thought it was ok.

so it was more of a bad mood starter for me (i had already lost £20 somewhere :() and i winged a lot (As gowry kept pointing out! :P) but i did hate it :(

so i’m now disheartened about clubs, though it would be nice to find one that was good, so i could say ibiza clubbing was fun. ironically, jamie has been to a load of different ones to us, and from what he describes, and know i likes, i would have loved them, so perhaps its just a case of being very unlucky :)

last night we thought, drink, that will be more fun, and yes it was! we had a really nice dinner from the indian/chinese place (which was huuuuuuuuuuge!) and then just drunk some more!

tonite we’re here in san an, probably gonna eat in a minute, then drink drunk drink, perhaps stopping off at simples or nightlife before we go home. (although j/jules was at eden tonite, i didn’t want to risk it, especially as i don;t like the place, and gowry has very kindly offered to come when we get back to england) so things are looking up :) woo hoo, althoguh she has now just denied she ever said it…. hmmmmmm…..

we’re maybe going to the water park tomorrow, if we get up early enough (today we were lucky to get clean sheets atall, 3 days withough :( eugrh!)

and then we;ll see what happens for the rest (of course i’ll report here :))


calling you all from ibiza!

Monday, September 3rd, 2001

yes fellow chums, me and gowry are now in ibiza and ‘aving it large (As it were :)).

I’m writing to you from ‘plastic fantastic’ which has an internet cafe bit in it (about £1 per 15 minutes) and i know i could be writing individual emails, but its much easier just to write one entry!

so, whats it been like? this is our third day here, and we’ve done quite a bit. first nite, was just crash out, like cause we need sleep :) (we arrived at 5am ish) but second day we decided to club it.

dave pearce euphoria at eden, which was ok (in theory) but the best bit… MARCELLA WOODS live!!!! now to you people i guess you don’t know that much to me, but marcella woods (in conjunk with matt darey) sang ‘beautiful’ the greatest song of all time!! and we were gonna see her live!!!! WOW!

anyway, we got in to ibizas (apprently) newest super club, and to be honest, it wasn’t really what we expected. well me at least, it was no better than n enlgish club. in fact, i preffered camden :) no seats and i got tired waiting for marcella to come on (5 hours!) there was one hour of good music, and the rest was crap.

i feel a bit more sorry for gowry though, as she hated all of it! except marcella bit. matt darey, instead of playing the sort of music he writes, played a variation of hard house, made harder with anything resembling a tune, taken out. so we left! :P even more funny though was we got our hands stamped on the way out…. yup, you guessed it, we could have gone out for a bit and came back in :)
oh, and just for the record, the dress code, trainers = OK, shorts = OK, tshirts = OK - football shirts/shorts = NO and beachware = NO (so like swimming trunks etc).

what else we been doing then, hmmmm, drinking a lot of vodka and lemon (which gets you drunk as you get soooooo much vodka for about £2.20),chlling on the beach (and going in the sea) which is great cause gowry looks well HOT :) in a bikini,,, rmm, rmm, ! :)
and basically thats about it, cause we’ve only been here three days, but i’m having the best time of my life and although its ibiza, it feels very special and i feel very close and in love to gowry :) xxxxxxxxxx 8)
of course, the holiday would not be complete without hoops, and i am very happy to report that they are still here, and although gowry was a bit reluctant to pay for them, i got her round in the end, and now she is like a little puppy on a leash.

in fact she can now have her own icckle slot - take it away:

hi! he is very mistaken to think that i’m a puppy on a leash. for now he knows that he will get beaten up. and it is him is is wrapped around my little finger!
oh and it very nice here lookin forward to twice as nice. bengy will have to keep up with me!
thats my little bit for today
thankin you xx

well there you have it :) ok, well only got three minutes left now, i think i’ll email home just to say hello..

check the photos when we get back! woop woop!