Title: James C
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Tom - September 14, 2006 08:40 PM (GMT)
Keep us up to date James...
James - September 20, 2006 01:05 PM (GMT)
Today, I woke up at 10:30 having gone to bed at 1:05 after watching a double bill of Sugar Rush on E4. I thought I had a French lesson, but excitingly, I didn't, due to a tutor period. I then watched Spiderman on VCR (because I'm old skool) and had breakfast at 1:45. I came onto the internet to try and find a phone number for Frankie And Benny's. Later on, I MIGHT (ooo the excitement in my life) get a haircut.
Oh, and I start my job later.
Well, that was exciting, wasn't it?
James - September 24, 2006 03:08 PM (GMT)
Mmmm... cash in hand....
Nice and legal, totally above board, gotta love it.
James - September 26, 2006 01:56 PM (GMT)
Had my hair cut today, a lot shorter than I wanted it really, but that had something to do with the fact that Hair It Is is STILL closed (grr). Had an hour in school in the pleasant company of Monsieur Pearson, but no work tonight. Already thinking about working in Tescos in the evenings or something like that, although they would tax me! :D Despite this, they would give me more regular hours and I wouldn't have to phone them up to ask when I was working each week...
So basically, I'm pretty much ALWAYS bored during the day.
James - September 30, 2006 11:48 AM (GMT)
Actually got to serve people at work last night, so bonus. I've got work tonight as well, and have just got back from football training, which was postponed for 15 minutes when a massive thunderstorm was literally overhead... scary stuff! Said goodbye to Liz yesterday, so now it's just the Blandford crew left.
Have literally nothing to do on Monday. That's not gonna be fun.
James - October 4, 2006 12:11 PM (GMT)
Well, on Monday, I did nothing except from go to my amazing music lesson coupled with re-writing my fantastic Personal Statement. Man did that rock.
On Tuesday, didn't have any lessons again, so went to play squash with Pat. Unfortunately, but still amazingly, the courts were in use, so we are playing tomorrow instead. Then I went out with the Blandford crew to Pizza Hut and to see 'Click', which wasn't too bad... but fantastic at the same time.
Today, so far, I've been into a lesson and to talk Statementage with Johnno. What a lovely and wonderful woman she is. And my French class rock too.
That's all for now, join me again, same time, next time I write my diary.
This diary is certifiably 100% happier than Mr Wyatt's.
James - October 5, 2006 10:19 AM (GMT)
I injured myself whilst running home from t'pub last night, now I can hardly walk. Means I can't play squash today. Grr.
James - October 13, 2006 06:01 PM (GMT)
Well, today was the first time I'd driven on a motorway by myself, and evidently it was the first time I'd driven up to London by myself.
Didn't get lost at all, thoroughly enjoyed the drive and it was only two and a half hours - which included two stops (one for petrol after having forgotten to buy any in Blandford) and one about half way, where I bought myself a coke and a Galaxy Muffin. Mmm.
Apart from that, this week I worked a bit, went into school a bit, had lunch with Kate twice and saw Pete once. Oh, and got mightily pissed off and the England match. Hey ho.
James - October 18, 2006 01:45 PM (GMT)
So there's a lot to update:
Saturday, went to Thorpe Park with da crew. Only went on five or six rides, but luckily didn't go into the 'lets queue a long time to get frightened' Asylum bit. Was cool to see everyone again, EVEN Tom (I spose... :P)
Sunday, first day back at work. Dragon's 'Death Trap' Fury had only JUST reopened (it was closed for about half a month before I left) and was there all day. Good to be back though.
Monday: did nothing. Literally. Watched some cricket on TV, and then Spooks. Rock and roll.
Tuesday: Started the long and arduous 'capital to capital' journey. Everything was going fine until I had to run for my train to Caerdydd, thus I got not reading material for my 2.5 hour journey. Luckily, Nick was perhaps just as bored as me, and we had a sporadic text convo for the entire journey. As I entered Wales it was pissing it down, but luckily I didn't get splashed by a lorry, unlike Sir Nick :D Went back to Nick's small flat (he's not joking, it is small), met some of his flatmates, and then onto the social, where we ate a very cheap meal (which wasn't at all bad) and also watched the Arsenal first half.
We set off for Ninian Park to see the mighty Saints play, and it was probably 3 or 4 miles - quite a hike. We bumped into Nikki Barr on the way, who is at UWIC. She asked after everyone and told us how the 6th Form Party on Saturday had resulted in fights and only a £50 profit due to the amount of damage caused at Gorcombe :D We then watched the match, which Saints (imho) undeservedly lost. We then hiked back, and met up with Marriott. We had a drink in the social, before turning in for the night.
Today: Woke up on Marriott's (hard) floor at 8:30ish. Walked down to the station, this time buying a newspaper. Got into Paddington, had a Burger King (cuz I had the urge) and then came back here.
Wow, long AND not too boring! Rock and roll.
James - October 22, 2006 10:29 PM (GMT)
Worked over the last three days, Thurs and Fri until 5 but yesterday the park shut at 8... that's effectively an eleven hour day. Very tiring but thinking of the money... despite having four in a row starting on Tuesday! 8pm closes that is. I think I might die... :o
Today had a day off, so obligingly woke up at 10ish - not too late, but I did go to bed at 11 last night! :D Watched Manure pwn Liverpool, and then moseyied on up to meet Mark and go to Madame Taussauds, which was free and pretty cool, despite Mark forgetting his camera!
Then Mark's parents came up and we went out for a meal. Bearing in mind Mark lives in Kensington (very posh), his halls look as though they should be owned by people who have loadsa money. His room is about five times the size of Nick's, although he is sharing. Also, walking along the road outside, nearly every car is either a Merc, a BMW, an Audi, a Ferrari or some other amazing car. It's ridiculous. Also, he's working in the Waitrose where Roman Abrhamovic shops. THAT'S posh.
Now I'm back here, contemplating what to do tomorrow. Probably nothing.
James - October 28, 2006 08:02 AM (GMT)
Well, I finished my killer four day shift. My feet did feel as though they were about to fall off last night, but I saved them on time by sleeping.
So over the last four days I have clocked up 45 paid hours of work and have been at Chessington for a total of 51 hours. Yesterday my day broke down thus:
midnight-7:30 sleep (7.5 hours)
7:30-8:15 Preparing for day (.75 hours)
travel 8:15-8:45 (.5 hours)
Chessington 8:45-8:45 (12 hours)
Travel 8:45-9:15 (buying fish and chips too) (.5 hours)
Eating and watching TV 9:15-11:15 (2 hours)
Sleep 11:15-midnight (.75 hours)
My point being, I spent exactly half a day there, and most of the rest of the time I was sleeping. But luckily I don't have to do it again. I may go into work tomorrow, probably will because I will be bored here otherwise, and then two more days on Monday and Tuesday. And then Saints on Wednesday! Woo!
James - November 3, 2006 09:39 AM (GMT)
Finished Chessington on Tuesday, after many very long days (as mentioned before), but I should've made beaucoup d'argent, which is always good. I went to see Squire Tom on Wednesday (ahhh, inside joke!) where he did indeed save my life, which was nice of him. We ate at an Aussie themed bar, which according to Tom will put me into good practice for my excursion next year. As Tom said, Saints did beat a very average Wolves side, with two good goals.
Yesterday was back to the daily grind, with lessons and work in the evening. Work again this evening, but also Staff Football, which is nice.
I've set in progress my way to the land Down Under, by sending an email to the person who is my connection there, and applying for both a new passport and a visa, which will cost £80! Crazy. More on that when I get a reply.
James - November 14, 2006 11:56 AM (GMT)
Now, I can't remember what I did a couple of weekends ago, but I reckon it may well have been that: I went to see some fireworks on the Sunday in Charlton Marshall, with Kate, Wyatt, Pete, Steve, Simon and a girl, who I forget the name of. We then went back to Wyatt's to have takeaway - it is, after all, the 'takeaway house', and to play a game where you sing and it gives you points. Needless to say, I was the champ... :) Actually, it was just me and James sitting at the back and generally laughing at each other/everyone else. Twas very funny :D
This week has previously been dubbed 'the week of boredom' due to my three lessons. I don't remember what I did really - I went to Pete's on Wednesday night, and didn't see Kate for lunch, which is quite unusual. So I was probably bored quite a lot of the time.
On Friday, the majority of the PFS crew came home! Woo! So we hit The Railway on Friday night, which was goood fun. I worked on Saturday evening, where I earnt £6 tips, so bonus. Then, on Sunday, I whisked myself up to Scotland...
Having left home at 12ish, I was sat in the deprture lounge at B'mouth airport watching Weymouth on the telly provided for quite a while. The plane was packed - which was suprising - and arrived 15 mins ahead of time. Then I had an average but nonetheless filling meal at the airport, and set off for Edinburgh.
Emma met me at the station, and we went out for a drink, having dropped off stuff at her accomodation. It's bigger than Tom's, but doesn't have en suite - although she only shares with two other girls. Also, I'm on her wall at least 10 times, which is 5 times as many as Nick's wall, and an infinite amount more than Tom's. Points in the Edinburgh box.
The next day I got an extenisve tour of the city. Unlike any other city uni I'd been to, everthing is really close - five min walk to the library and lecture theatres. Edinburgh is also very small - and not particularly well guarded, despite the fact that the queen lives there for two weeks a year. But very nice nonetheless.
Left Edinburgh at 3, got back into Poole at 10:30. Loooooong day and tiring, but fun.
James - November 20, 2006 01:54 PM (GMT)
Highlight of last week was definitely seeing the Borat movie. It was 'niiiiiiiice', or something :)
We also had Gemma's birthday meal, which was fun. Seemed weird with only 6 of us there though. Something we're gonna have to put up with, methinks.
Apart from that, didn't do a whole lot. The T-man came back for the weekend, and on Friday night, me and Simon headed on round to pwn Tom at all of his games. And pwn him we did. Man he sucked :D
Then, everyone else buggered orf for the weekend, so it was probably good that I had a whole lot of pub work to do. Which I don't this week. Hmm.
Informative and amazing, as always, my diary is at 100% capacity.
James - November 28, 2006 11:10 AM (GMT)
This week has been so exciting I can hardly put it into words.
So here are a few things that I did:
-Went to bed at 3am
-Went to Wyatt's on Friday night to watch everyone getting wasted
-Got my visa application to The Land Down Under accepted
-Did some pub work
-Did some school work
Seriously, non stop fun.
James - December 4, 2006 04:04 PM (GMT)
This week was mainly the dull monotony in which I usually live my life, although this week was slightly different insofar as I was an extra in a film for C4...
Although I got up at too early am (around 6), I was suprisingly awake when I arrived at Holton Heath (nr Wareham). My hair was cut in a '40s stylee', which essentially is short back and sides. Then I was dressed as a Nazi soldier, right down to the itchy shirt! Then into the first scene, in which I (hopefully) can be seen flirting with this girl - although eight takes of non-stop smiling over two minute periods was really quite painful. Then we were 'packing up' in the background for another scene, which the director described as 'fantastic' after three takes... before going on to shoot another five! Grr.
Lunch was from a trailer and wasn't particularly nice, but in the afternoon I was promoted to an Allied lance corporal - score! In this scene I can be (hopefully) be seen flirting again with some nurses... the 'Extra Director' guy (I was quite suprised that the extras had their own director, but I suppose the main guy has too much to worry about) seemed to like the idea of flirting. We finished at 7 - 12 hour day - and I got £30 for my troubles, which is better than a kick in the teeth.
Things I learnt: there are LOOOADS of takes for EVERYTHING, which can be pretty boring. The wardrobe department went to a LOT of trouble for EVERYONE, which I though was pretty cool.
'The Relief of Beslan' will be shown around April on C4. I will be in Australia then, and you probably won't even be able to see me. But try anyway :D
Also saw possibly the best football match I've ever seen at SMS. Unfortunately, Tom was there... :P 4-3 Saints, what a game. 13 goals in four games now - we're going up.
For the rest of the week, I did five shifts at the pub as well as some school work. This week it's down to three. With Chrimbo coming up, that's quite annoying.
James - February 10, 2007 09:11 AM (GMT)
Right, I've been here a week, time to update y'all.
Flights were good, mainly because of the vast inflight entertainment, but the food was, stereotypically, shit. Cold vegetable sandwich anyone? (not raw, but cold.) No? Ok, thought not. And my plane to Oz was delayed by 2 and a half hours, which was annoying because I'd forced myself not to sleep, and I could've done. Never mind.
So, last Sunday, was just a case of gettng up at 3pm, and doing nothing. This week, I've been in and out of Fremantle (the nearby town) and Perth looking for jobs. I've applied all over, to Subway, to bars, to cafes... But no luck yet.
Last night went out to a church youth group (I can hear you laughing) but apart from the fact that they prayed a lot, they were nice people and I've been given an open invite to an AFL game, which I fully intend to take up.
Here are some other things I've noticed:
-The sport here is mental. I went running in the nearby park, and I saw no less than five sports being played: Ozzie Rules, football, cricket, tennis and hockey. They are fanatical about sport here, in the same way that people in Blandford consider shooting up a sport.
-The public transport system is really good - you buy a ticket which lasts two hours for about 1.20, and you can get anywhere around Perth. Also, some of the buses in Perth are free.
-The weather - the Aussies complain when it's not over 25 degrees. They don't consider that warm enough for the beach. Mental!
I like it here.
James - February 28, 2007 01:44 AM (GMT)
So, as there were no jobs in and around Perth, seemingly, I decided to head south to a town called Dunsborough. It's about the same size as Blandford, only warmer and by the sea. Despite the backpackers website saying they had internet, they blatantly don't, so I have to pay for the privilige. God damn.
So I've been here for a few days (since Friday). I've been a few walks through the bush and on the beach, where I saw kangaroos and a ray respectively. The ray was mental - literally 5 metres from the shore. I got some (hopefully) nice pictures of it.
Job wise: I'm waiting on a call back from a five star resort up the road, who want me maybe to do some bar work, which would be cool. It's pretty well paid too. If not, then I'm probably gonna go fruit picking for a while, before heading over to the east coast and Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne. To meet Harold Bishop! Woo!
Oh, and there's a Subway across the road from my accomodation. And it's cheaper than English Subways, even though when selecting cheese they give you the choice of 'English' or 'Cheddar'. I haven't had the heart to point out their foolish mistake just yet.
And despite how it sounds, I'm actually really enjoying myself here. I reckon that sometimes it comes across that I'm complaining all the time, but the weather's really nice, the beach is lovely, the scenery is beautiful and the people are great. PLUS I don't have any work to do - I reckon it's like being a student who does, for instance, photography or something :P
James - March 20, 2007 12:39 AM (GMT)
Wow, nearly a month since my last entry. Let's see now...
As y'all know by now, I got that job, which for the last week I was moved onto mornings, which is annoying because it means I get up at 6am. Which is no fun at all. However, on Friday I did 14 hours and on Sunday I did 16 - started at 7, was meant to end at three, was told I could leave at seven but couldn't get a lift, and so finished at 11:30. With one 1/2hr break. In total this week I will have worked more than 60hrs. Loadsa money.
I also got to stay in a villa this weekend on the resort, which was nice. The beach up there was really beautiful, and they had Fox on the TV (not the Nintendo character) so I got some sport/Simpsons/crazy American program watching in. Yesterday (my day off) I went to the beach where I saw the ray, and saw a huge school of green fish. Also went to Simmo's, which is the nicest ice cream I've ever had, and played giant Jenga. I was proclaimed the 'Jenga King' by my fellow competitors after removing a seemingly impossible piece. Man I rock... :D
This coming week I think will be more work, my ETD from Bunker Bay (the resort) is just after Easter, but I need to sit down and work out timings and stuff. I get back to the UK on the 25th May, and start at Chessington on the 6th June. So enough time to recover from jetlag etc.
James - April 25, 2007 07:09 AM (GMT)
Right, despite all the abuse I got for the kilometres/miles debate, here is what I've done in the past ten days.
I set out for Perth on Sunday night, having completed my six week stint at Bunker Bay resort, a five star resort in Dunsborough, about three hours south of Perth. I'd managed to blag a lift for my two travelling companions (Matt and Ellie, from Teeside) and myself. The first problem we encountered was that there were literally no beds in Perth anywhere, so we ended up sleeping (or in my case, watching our stuff) on the station floor.
We picked up our campervan and headed north to Geraldton on the Monday, arriving just in time to watch the sun set over the Indian ocean. We covered 420km and felt that we'd done well.
On the Tuesday we headed further north again, to a place called Kalbarri, where we'd been told there were 'canyons'. Unfortunately, there weren't, but we did stop off at an interesting sea horse sanctuary, with Ellie declaring they were her 'favourite animals.' We stopped off for the night at a place called Hamelin Pool, a ranger station in the outback, run by an eccentric but friendly old couple. In the morning we got up to see the nearby stramatolites - every geographers dream - as they were only found there and in the Bahamas, or so we were told. From there we headed up to Eagle Bluff, where we saw sharks and rays, and onto Shell Beach, a beach where (you'll never guess) there were lots of shells. Then we moved onto Denham, where we went to an outside shark aquarium, before finally arriving at Monkey Mia for a drink and bed.
We woke up at 7am to get down to the beach for the daily dolphin feed, which was incredible - the dolphins came about 2 metres to the shoreline and were fed with fish. There were also massive tame pelicans. We also got to see a bilby (like a possum with big ears and a long tail) and a wombat. From there, we drove to Carnarvon, where there was literally nothing to do - even the guidebook said so! But we did have a very nice sea food meal.
The next day we finally arrived at our destination of Coral Bay, 1730km (or 1065 miles) north of Perth, and over the tropic of Capricorn, so nice and warm! We spend the afternoon on the beach, before turning in early.
The next day we were given the all clear for the snorkel with the whale sharks. We were told that it usually takes about 4 or 5 hours to locate one. Just as we were being told this, one was spotted, 10 minutes in - a new record! So we got the briefing quickly, and got to dive in. It was only a little one - 4m long, they grow up to 18m - but it was an eerie and spectacular site, and well worth the $330 I had paid. Then in the afternoon we were taken for a snorkel on the reef, which was just as good - the snorkelling here allegedly matches that of the Great Barrier Reef, with the added advantage of being literally just off the beach. A brilliant day all round.
We headed back south, to stop off along the way at the blowholes in Carnarvon, only to arrive back in Perth yesterday, for a total of just over 3000km. A loooong way. And now I'm in Adelaide, going on a 'world famous Barossa Valley wine tour' tomorrow. So should be good.
And now you know :D
James - May 5, 2007 06:57 AM (GMT)
So you've probably been wondering where I've been for the last few days. Actually, given that you've all got exams (at least the people doing real courses have (:P)) you've probably got better things to be thinking about. But you're gonna find out anyway.
So, yeah, did the Adelaide wine tour in the rain, had a very nice three course meal and went to some particularly good wineries. I was only in Adelaide for three days, and the next day it was raining too, so I took in a film, and had a walk around. It's quite a pretty city, but didn't have a lot to it.
Matt and Ellie (couple from the north east) caught up with me in Adelaide (it wasn't pre-planned), and we soon discovered we would be travelling to Melbourne together, which was cool. Got into Melbourne, and saw that 'my' AFL team were playing - the West Coast Eagles - at the MCG (somewhere I wanted to go) for only $20! (8 quid). So I went along - MCG is huge, capacity of over 90,000, and had a really good time, the atmosphere was pretty good (although it doesn't match football), and the Eagles won, so bonus! The next day I headed to the Melbourne Gaol, where Ned Kelly was incarcerated and eventually hanged, and saw his death mask. Then a quick jaunt across the city to the Melbourne Tower (tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere to see some pretty damn good views of the city. That night, Matt and Ellie came over to my hostel (which was VERY good) for some free comedy, which was pretty hilarious. But I was looking forward to the next day, dubbed (in my mind) 'Neighbours Day.'
The bus was 30mins late picking me up, but that was ok. Our tour guide told us that we would be 'meeting a star', but didn't say who. As we were pulling in at 'the bustop', who walked onto our coach, none other but Jackie Woodhouse, better known as Susan Kennedy/Kinski. So we got our photos and autographs, and headed over to 'Ramsay Street' to get photos there too. And then back to the hostel for an afternoon of waiting around for the evening. Matt and Ellie had booked onto the evening too, and it was a corker. Alan Fletcher (Dr Karl), accompanied by Dylan and Libby Kennedy (I forget their 'real' names) were walking round, signing and photographing and (in the case of 'The Fletch', kissing) as we continued with our trivia. Then Dr Karl's band, Waiting Room, came on, and it was really good. Loads of covers to get the crowd going (all the old favourites - Don't Look Back in Anger, Tainted Love, and an amazing slow version of Livin' on a Prayer) as well as some modern stuff, like the Fratellis, mixed in with their own rocky style music. What a day!
The next day, Matt, Ellie, a German guy called Moritz and myself had gotten a campervan relocation, which in the end cost a super-cheap $15 each - the cheapest way of getting between Melbourne and Sydney by miles. We stopped off for the night in a place called Glenrowan - where Ned Kelly was caught - and got talking for three hours to the local barman, who end up giving us a free 6 pack of 4X - rubbish lager, but it's the thought that counts! We arrived in Sydney without any problems.
I woke up the next morning to find my new 'dormies', Emma (from Surrey) and Pierre (from Toronto, although not French) planning a day out, which they invited me on. So we went down to the harbour to see the bridge and the opera house, for which I was lambasted for 'not being excited enough' by the 27yr old Emma, who was gleefully running up and down the steps. From there we went on the ferry to Manly, to get really cheap (but still brilliant) views of the harbour, after which Pierre and I went to the aquarium, which housed a really good shark aquarium, as well as a platypuss (not in the same place, obv) which was cool, as I'd never seen one before! In the evening we headed out to a club (I know, you're thinking 'Whatever could make James go to a pub?) answer: free food and drink. No catches either - it was brilliant! :D
The next day (yesterday) we headed over to Bondi for four hours for sunbathing in the 25 degree heat - lovely! We also headed to Mrs Macquaries Point, THE spot for the pictures of the bridge and Opera House in the same pic. We went at sunset, so I've got ten different pics of varying degrees of sunlight over the harbour on my camera - Emma took at least 50, and Pierre had forgotten his camera! So if mine don't come out, Emma's sending me her pics. Went to bed early, too tired after a brilliant two days.
Said goodbye to Matt and Ellie this morning, after nearly 3 months of being with them 'twas quite hard. But now I'm in Brisbane for all of a night, before heading to Fraser Island, which will be brilliant. Less than 3 weeks left now - where has the time gone?!
James - May 18, 2007 08:27 AM (GMT)
Was it really two weeks ago I was in Brisbane? My God, time has flown.
Anywhoo, from Brisbane I headed up to Fraser Island. My group was alright, however they seemed intent on getting as drunk as possible as fast as possible. Despite this, Fraser Island was a really beautiful place, and the fresh water lakes were amazing. I still have sand everywhere though! (Fraser Island being the biggest sand island in the world.)
From there I headed up to the Whitsundays, with an altogether more relaxed group, although they still drank a lot. The weather was, shall we say, not at its best, but Whitehaven beach was really nice and the snorkelling (on the Barrier Reef) surely doesn't get much better anywhere in the world! Used up an entire film of underwater camera, but I'm not sure how well the photos will come out - it's very hard to see through the viewer with a mask on!
And now I'm in Cairns, which is 30+ every day so far. Yesterday I went white water rafting, which was mental, but luckily we didn't flip the boat... unlike some of the other crews! Today I went skydiving in the morning (the quickest minute of freefalling I've ever experienced in my life, the ground just rushed up towards me - what a rush!) and bungee jumping in the arvo. That was a hell of a lot scarier, given that the instructors don't push you, you have to go on your own steam - diving off a 44m high board connected to a piece of elastic isn't the most natural thing to do! But what an incredible rush again, I'm surely gonna crash really early tonight!
Tomorrow I'm spending all day on some island, I've paid for it as part of my package, I think I can hire snorkelling stuff, so that should be goooood.
I'm home in a week! I can't believe it!