Tuesday, October 31, 2006

WARNING : PINK SOUP

Recently I went to a formal dinner and experienced one of the weirdest things ever. To fit into the not very apparent Polish theme we had cold beetroot soup. And yep, it was bright pink!

Unsurprisingly there was a protest against the soup with about half the room not even dipping their spoon in it.



Here I am with all my Uni friends.



Oh, there they are.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

A Deeper Look at Sam's Town

As you know I love finding out about the inspirations behind my favourite albums just as much as I love the albums. So I've just been reading about the influences spurring on 'The Killers' in an article on the Guradian's website. Why not give it a read - quite interesting - although I've got to be honest and admit to not having read every word!!

Highlights for me included the leadsinger, Brandon Flowers, describing the new album as a 'spiritual autobiography'. It expresses Brandon's Mormon faith which'comes through in his lyrics sometimes, but not in an overt or preachy way'.

For example, I don't know about you, but I've always been intrigued by the line 'He doesn't look a thing like Jesus' and come up with my own interpretations as to what it means whenever I sing along. And most importantly I guess, the following is a little extract giving Brandon's reason behind the line:

But Flowers is quick to attest to his faith: "I can't ever escape my Mormon roots. Even on the first album, Hot Fuss, it informed songs like All These Things That I've Done. On the single When You Were Young, there's a line I sing, 'He doesn't look a thing like Jesus.' That's about growing up in a religion where Jesus is considered a saviour and also realising people can be saviours, too, whether they're your wife, your best friend or your next-door neighbour. He can come in other human forms.'

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Need a Conversation Topic Tonight?

Shock, horror, I've actually been doing some Maths recently.

So here's one for you to discuss with the family over dinner tonight.
This is taken from Number Theory Example Sheet 4.

Given that 2 is a primitive root of 5, find a primitive root b of 25 (b is of the form 2+5x). Is this same b a primitive root of 125?



Nope, I've not done it yet either...

Monday, October 16, 2006

The Influence of Television

Just been to a lecture on the impact of violence shown on television. It obviously has some influence but the clever ones couldn't decide how much.

Do you remember watching educational videos at school that were always atleast 10 years old? and you spent most of the time laughing at the poor graphics, cheesy themetune and in particular the fashion sense - especially the glasses that people wore.
Well, today in a university lecture hall, we watched a Panorama documetary from 1994. This contained the dangers of 'Power Rangers', the threat to society of pirate video cassettes and some researchers in distatefully coloured shirts and overly sized glasses.

I think those glasses affected me more than any violence shown!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

DELIRIOUS LIVE - Always something special

So my incomprehensible week came to a fitting end last night with a remarkable gig by the one and only Delirious. It was a gig packed with so many special moments. Some moments got me jumping for joy, others brought water droplets to the base of my eyes. They played nearly the whole new album mixed in with some old ones and I'm pleased to report the new songs worked so well live, despite their tender nature on the album. And it was so much more than an awesome practical performance; there was no holding back when it came to the singing of, 'Jesus, Jesus, Jesus' within the concert hall context, where 'The Kooks' had played only the night before.
My one regret is I forgot my camera so I've found these pics on the web:
Nice white suits.
Comedy moment of early nineties classics played on £15 keyboards.
New videos for most songs were impressive - added something new to the ultimate 'History Maker.'

And a certain Daniel Bedingfield made a guest appearance to sing one verse and chorus!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Bands, Albums, Gigs etc.

It's taken a few days but I've finally got into the new Killers album. I do like it but other than 'When we were young' none of the lyrics have got wedged in my head yet. I'm sure with more time that'll change.


I don't know if I've mentioned before my favourite album of 2006 other than Snow Patrol. That's 'The Feeling' - now there's a feel good sing-a-long album for you that never gets boring!

Oh, and I'm so loooking forward to going to see Delirious on Saturday - an awesome live band!

Monday, October 09, 2006

For the first time in a while I've included some links in this post

A lot of my time at the moment seems to involve my new role as a leader of a Fusion cell in Homerton. Tonight we've got a massive trip to Pizza Hut which should be a really good opportunity to get to know people.

Personally I don't really know what I'm feeling about cell leading this year. I'm just not sure what to expect so maybe I've switched off my feelings about it???
But last night we started a week of praying round Homerton at midnight. Possibly for the first time (maybe since Momentum?) the anticipation and excitement for what this year could involve kicked in....

For a further expansion on this check out the blog of Joel, who's raw 'no holds barred' attitude never fails to inspire.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Self-esteem

Back to lectures today. Fascinating Education one on how humans view themselves. There was loads about what influenced self-esteem. I guess it was fascinating cos everyone can realte to it.
And then I went and played football, which I want to have a proper go at this year. But in semi-heavy rain it was hard work and to be honest I wasn't very good.
But I won't let it affect my self-esteem!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

FRESH

All the Homerton Freshers arrive today and it's time once again to meet loads of new people! ahhh! Tonight the bar will be packed with complete strangers who need to get to know each other. What an opporunity for people watching!!!
Some will be overthetop friendly.
Some will be drinking loads to look good.
Some will be looking at the floor nervously.
Some will be really flirty.
Some will be striding round like they own the place.
Some will chat to the same group all night, others will drift round.
Some will welcome people in, others will dominate and shut people out.
Some will be in their room!

It's all about first impressions but will anyone actually be themselves?!!!

But the real tricky bit comes when you get to the 4th question.
If the conversation gets past: 'What's your name?' 'Where you from?' 'What subject do you do?' then you're doing well!