Thursday, 19 October 2017

"Oxygene, Pt. 17" - Jean-Michel Jarre

Taken from his nineteenth studio album, Oxygène 3 (2016), here is Jean-Michel Jarre's "Oxygene, Pt. 17":


Oxygène 3 is the follow-up album to both Oxygène (1976) and Oxygène 7-13 (1997). I possess Dad's Jean-Michel Jarre albums, as I wanted to keep them along with a few other of his CDs. Dad was a fan of Jarre and had even seen him in concert at the London Docklands concert in the 1980s. Evidently, he never heard Oxygène 3 but I think he would have enjoyed the album.

Prior to this evening, the last time I wrote about Jarre was in this post.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Close to bug-free

At long last, I have nearly recovered from my colds. I'm coughing a little bit but compared to how I felt two weeks or even two days ago, I feel great. In fact, I've felt good these past couple of days with the exception of my dodgy throat and coughing.

What will be most pleasing is going into my Monday lecture in good health. These past three have been ruined somewhat by my colds.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The burnt garlic bread

One of my housemates accidentally burned some garlic bread this evening. While he was able to immediately quell any fire, the resulting smoke overwhelmed the entire bottom floor of the house, which set off all the smoke alarms and it became necessary to open all the windows.

While the house is no longer filled with smoke, the smell nevertheless remains. At least the house and everyone are okay - it was just burnt garlic bread, which was easily dealt with! Disappointing that the smell of smoke overpowers the smell of garlic.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Liveland History: 16th October 2014

It was three years ago today when my Pre-Access classmates and I visited London as part of a course trip:


We visited the Imperial War Museum and then the two friends with whom I spent the day and I walked to area where the Palace of Westminster is located. I later posted some pictures of the trip.

My first-ever term at Central is almost a "forgotten term", as it was the only term that occurred before Dad's death. Quite a few events occurred during that term but given what happened in January of 2015...

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The long-awaited walk

For the first time in well over two weeks, I walked to the city centre from here in Clifton. A major factor of my recent colds were that they sucked away my energy and along with it, my wanting to exercise.  Finally, this afternoon, I once again had the energy and it was pleasant outside, so being cooped up inside wasn't at all desirable.

In addition to achieving a long walk, when I made it to the city centre I encountered a university friend, who subsequently invited me to a small gathering she was attending with mutual friends. I stayed for an hour and a half before I returned to Clifton. Much as I would have liked to have joined them at a pub quiz they were attending, the fact I am still coughing occasionally was enough to make me decide to leave before they moved to that venue.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A Saturday of rest

As I have no immediate reading to complete, I decided to spend today resting as to help finish off my bug. While I'm still coughing somewhat, today is the best I've felt in two weeks - I felt so great, in fact, that I was able to go for an hour-and-a-half long walk around Clifton, which was my first long walk in over two weeks.

With regards to tomorrow, I'll sleep in again as well as go for another walk but I'll also have to start my next batch of reading for next week.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Client-led workshops

The workshops for my Client-led Media module began this afternoon. Unlike last year in my video project module in which I knew most people in the session and the group I entered into consisted of fellow English and Media students, I knew no one in today's workshop and only met the lecturer yesterday afternoon. In these workshops we can plan our videos and edit them there but we can do this anywhere if we choose to do so; the workshops are merely the officially timetabled sessions for this module besides the lectures.

Still, several groups formed from the students in attendance and the group I'm in consists of four women from East Asia and me. At least one of them is from Hong Kong, which makes her the first person I've met who lives there who isn't my uncle or cousin. I've only met three of the four because one wasn't in due to illness but she is a friend of one of the others.

I wasn't sure about this module when I realised that I would not be with my exact coursemates but I'm happy with how it's turned out so far. It should be interesting and productive.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

No loss of appetite

A consequence of my now-fading cold is that I had little energy during the height of it; this meant I didn't go out for my usual walks and instead I spent the extra time resting when I would otherwise have been exercising. As such, the past 10 days is the most inactive I've been for months.

At the time same, my cold did not affect my appetite; while every other part of me felt terrible, my stomach was very much in good working order. Thanks to no drop in appetite combined with an increase in sugars, such as having a lot of tea, I have gained some weight. To lose this weight quickly, not only will I have to start walking again but I'll also have to drastically cut back my diet; I wanted to do this, anyway, as I already had extra weight I wanted to shed but now I have some more I need to lose.

I shall do it; it will be good for me to lose the extra pounds and get back down to the weight I was at 2-3 years ago.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The pizza night

The housing manager for my accommodation paid for a pizza night; this is what he did last year except back then it was held in the first week rather than this far into October. Nevertheless, the effect was still the same: We had the chance to meet other residents of the student village and ate pizza for dinner.

In addition to being a pizza night, the event doubled as the occasion where we handed in our inventory forms to the housing manager; however, I did not need to do this because I gave it to him last week when he was here briefly for another reason.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Flat-Earthers

On Facebook, I follow some pages that are to do with photography or science. Something that has concerned me in recent weeks is the prevalence of "Flat-Earthers" commenting on them. I don't mean people commenting jokingly about how the Earth is flat but people who genuinely think that this is the case.

Pun partially intended but what on earth is this nonsense? How can anyone, is this day and age, think that the Earth is flat? There is zero evidence to prove the flatness and plenty to prove that it's a sphere. An obvious example is watching a ship on an ocean: As the ship descends over the horizon, it's because it's travelling the curvature of the planet.

Has idiocy increased or is it just becoming more obvious because of social media? Anyone who believes that the Earth is flat and insults others for understanding that the opposite is true deserves to be laughed at as though they're an imbecile - because they are.

Monday, 9 October 2017

More vindictiveness - and environmental damage

The current administration in charge of the United States is continuing its unhealthy obsession of undoing everything the previous administration achieved:


How vindictive. And bad for the planet. The current president and his party have long talked about this mythical "war on coal", so rolling back these environmental protections is part of that as well as getting revenge on the previous administration.

We all share this one planet, despite what they think. The damage done to it affects us all.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Liveland History: 8th October 2014

 It's been three years since I froze some brownies:


I froze them because I had an excess of brownies and they were starting to go mouldy faster than my grandparents and I could eat them. The freezing experiment was a success but to my recollection, I have not frozen any brownies since then.

Also of note in that post from three years ago was the small part about walking and weight gain. It was much easier for me to keep weight off back then than it is for me now.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Pale Waves

Thanks to a YouTube recommendation, I came across the band Pale Waves this afternoon. Their song "Television Romance" was recommended...


Followed by their song "There's A Honey":


Pale Waves are new on the big scene and are from Manchester. They have worked with The 1975, who are also from Manchester; The 1975 produced "There's A Honey" for Pale Waves and directed the video for "Television Romance".

Pale Waves will be going on tour later this month and one of their venues will be Bodega, which is here in Nottingham.

Friday, 6 October 2017

End of week 1, university year 2

Today marked the end of my first week of my second year at university. My lecture today was for my sole English module for this half of the year and it was followed up with the first seminar of said module.

So far, I'm happy with my Year 2 modules. The workload appears to be what I expected and the topics are more interesting than I had anticipated. I'm looking forward to the upcoming lectures, seminars and workshops that the first half of the year has to offer!

The only downside to this week is that I have been ill with a bug I caught last weekend. I thoguht I was on the mend but I've been sneezing today and my nose has been running this evening, so it's either showing more symptoms or I've picked up another bug!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Client-led

My lecture today was the start of my client-led video project module, on the Media side of my course. This module is similar to the video project I did in my first year except this year we're making a video for a client; this client is the university itself.

The three subjects we can choose to make a video about are student living, the student societies or healthy living. Depending on what my group thinks - when we from groups next week - making a video for mature students would be a good idea, for I don't think there is enough information out there for mature students.

If a video is considered worthy enough, NTU will use it in its marketing programmes.