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Tuesday, 7 June 2005

In the swing of things (Tag 3)

Today seems to have gone very quickly; I try to get up at about quarter past seven, so I can shower and pop out for some breakfast (there's a bakery round the corner that serves breakfast - a selection of large rolls filled either with meat or cheese. I made my selection (although I can't recall what it was called) and sat with a cup of coffee, listening to some old Radio 4 comedy on my iPAQ, before returning to the hotel and listening to Today until the taxi arrived.

Mobile phone houseMuch of what we did on the course today was revision, although there were a few bits on the new technology, and we were able to simulate a server crash - which, for obvious reasons, we couldn't do in real life - to see how the backup database kicks off (well, it kind of didn't in this case, but the lecturer put it down to some of his colleagues fiddling with the settings... a lesson for us all there!) before we made our way down the hill back into town.

On the way I saw a remarkable sight - considering the uproar about the supposed effects of the radiation, I was very surprised to see a mobile phone mast sticking out of the roof of a fairly standard townhouse; perhaps they're getting a special deal on their mobile (or at least taking advantage of the good reception!) It put me in mind of an episode of The Simpsons, where Lisa's bedroom is turned into a transmission room for a cellphone company.

After a quick trip to Aldi for a light tea, I tried to get some music done. I have the makings of a rather silly song called "earworm" although without a musical keyboard, sequencing it in Logic was a bit cumbersome. When Ade called me to ask if I wanted to pop out for a drink with the boys, therefore, I found it difficult to refuse...

Much like English pubs are, on the whole, the same wherever you go, it's also the case with German bars - I suppose apart from the decor (they like orange and brown for some reason) there are plenty of similarities, including - unfortunately - the smoke. I had a couple of glasses of wine and then wandered back to the hotel; it's nice to be able to amble round a quiet town - unfortunately, I wouldn't think twice about avoiding Luton at night, and even Bexhill has its share of nutcases who are only out to cause trouble.

I'm walking up to VCS tomorrow morning - I'd like to get back into town a little earlier if possible, so I can buy a couple of small presents for the children. Who knows what strange (obviously only strange to a foreigner like me!) things I'll see then!

Posted by james at June 7, 2005 9:19 PM

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