Friday, June 17, 2005

Don't worry little Stefan...

I'm fine. Just very very very very busy.

I came to realise that four week holidays don't pay for themselves and I decided to take on a little extra-curricular marking activity to fund our trip to the USA this summer.

All in all I signed up to do: 150 papers marking for OCR, 350 papers marking for AQA, 50 hours of online marking for Edexcel, 400 pieces of coursework marking for Edexcel and moderate 11 schools worth of portfolios for OCR. And mark another 50 exams for OCR when they asked me nicely (and offered me £300).

It all seemed like a good idea when I added up the potential earnings and signed the contracts, but it turns out its quite a lot of work... Good thing my full time job isn't really a full time job.

Normal Debbie service will resume in around two weeks time.

Friday, June 03, 2005

The Big Brother Argument Game

After arriving home at around 2am last night, John and I invented the Big Brother Argument GameTM as a tribute to those freaks and weirdos in BB at the minute. The object of the game are to turn anything anyone is saying into an argument. We didn't really figure out how to win, but I think the last person to start laughing is the winner.

As an illustration here are some possible manouvers to take when discussing apples.

Comment 1: "I like apples"
Model response: "Why do I care if you like apples or not. You can't bear not being the centre of attention can you? Its all me, me, me with you. Well I like oranges and do you hear me talking about it all the time?"

Comment 2: "I don't like apples"
Model response: "I can't believe you're telling me you don't like apples, well I like apples, and if I want to talk about apples I'll talk about apples, no one tells me what I can and can't talk about..."

Comment 3: "Would you like to share this apple?"
Model response: "I can't believe you're playing up to the camera by offering me apples. You're so fake, why don't you just act yourself and eat the whole apple yourself? Everyone knows how selfish you are anyway..."

Why not play it yourself? Its lots of fun, especially after several bottles of beer.

Thursday night drinking - I've missed you

Last night Tom was in town, which is a novelty for a Thursday these days, so John organised a night out. It turned out being just me, John and Tom, although we did see Tracy and friends in Voodoo, because others were busy eating puddings (hi Gary!) or such and such.

We wandered up to Voodoo and made our way to Mirage via Satchwells and the Lounge. When we got to Mirage we made use of my Leamington connections to skip the queue and get in free. It made us feel special.

As usual we drank too much £1 beer in Mirage and my recollection of the evening is slightly blurry. But I do remember...
  • Insisting we stay in Mirage until the Medley of Doom was played
  • John and I attempting to record the Medley of Doom on our phones
  • John posing with some skimpily dressed members of Warwickshire Police (drinking in Mirage, not fighting crime)
  • Buying a kebab from Tarsus/Tarkos on the way home and finding out why it changed its name. Something to do with an uncle and someone's initials I believe
  • Watching Big Brother when we got in
  • Inventing and playing the Big Brother Argument Game