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[Oct. 23rd, 2009|12:06 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
If you're like me (grouchy, and despite self-professed liberalism depressingly intolerant of the minor failings of strangers) you'll want to avoid the Nationwide cash machine in London Bridge underground station. It seems to have had whatever computer runs it removed and replaced with something from Manchester University in 1948, and the resultant lethargy it exhibits - routinely taking 30 seconds or more to respond to a keypress - made me feel that the queue's eyes were burning into me as mine do when someone ahead of me seems to be trying to arrange a mortgage at the machine.

Anyway, enough of moaning, because I really don't have that much to moan about at the moment (annoying smugness may follow). This week's been a bit of a social whirlwind:

Monday - I went to Sandpit at the BAC where I played a political game, discovering that the campaign slogan "Dinner but not glory!" isn't as popular as it should be. Then I played several_bees's game of secret love, where my true love turned out to be a bloke called Steve. Nobody uncovered our nefarious assignation though, so that was okay.

Tuesday - I drove a car! I joined Streetcar a couple of weeks ago, and as I hadn't driven yet they gave me an introductory offer for two free hours. I used them to go to IKEA to buy Swedish food. My current IKEA obsession are those little tubs of crunchy roasted onions they do - is there anywhere easier to get to than IKEA that sells the same thing? I went to Tesco too to buy heavy food that would normally be a pain. Driving modern cars is very easy isn't it? It was so quiet too, but VW lose marks for incorporating the boot opening mechanism into the badge which took me a while to work out.

Wednesday - is dodgeball night. Some of the softball teams have set up a dodgeball league to provide an alternative thing to do during the off-season. It's been going for three weeks now and it's great fun. And after three weeks, the mighty Ninja Pirate Penguins are unbeaten and top of the league.

Thursday - Last night was Karaoke Circus. There were excellent turns from Josie Long, Richard Herring, Robin Ince and particularly Dave Gorman stage diving, Chris Addison's terrifying Common People and Jessica Hynes belting out a tremendous version of a song I didn't know1 but it was very good. From the amateurs strange_powers, offensive_mango and ozgirlabroad all gave excellent performances, but unfortunately there can only be one winner on the night though, and last night it turned out to be, um, me. Blimey. I sang It Must Be Love, which was tremendous fun with the big band, sax, strings and all behind me. As the winner I had to sing the closing song, which was God Gave Rock 'n' Roll To You, and it turns out that I only really know the chorus. Never mind, eh? Big thanks as ever to martylog for organising it, and to diamond_geyser for the tickets. As I was waiting to go in I heard Martin say "My god, I've created a monster!" as he looked into the packed out room, but its an event that totally deserves its success - it's a fantastic night out and I urge everyone to go along. After I've booked my tickets for the next one, that is.

There's no rest for the wicked, as tonight is a work outing to the Bavarian Beer Hall place near Old Street, where instead of beer I'll go for the food - German food, essentially being meat and potatoes is excellent. Tomorrow I'm off to Northwich for one of the biggest games yet in FC United's short history - it's the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup which means that if we win we'll be in the hat on Monday with real teams. There's a possibility of being 90 minutes away from a game with such clubs as Norwich, Southampton, Charlton, Sven's Notts County or even Dirty Leeds.

I may not leave the house all day on Sunday.

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[User Picture]From: pink_weasel
2009-10-23 11:44 am (UTC)
All natwest machines are like that. You can hear the cogs turning and the little man in the back doing the paperwork for a bit before he pushes the cash back out.
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[User Picture]From: tonight_we_fly
2009-10-23 11:48 am (UTC)
...depressingly intolerant of the minor failings of strangers

Hmmm, that got me thinking. In fact, you nearly got me started there, but I think I may write something about that in my world this evening instead. You will be fully credited if I do of course...
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[User Picture]From: oldbloke
2009-10-23 12:01 pm (UTC)
there can only be one winner on the night though, and last night it turned out to be, um, me

I have not the words.
Respec!
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[User Picture]From: miss_newham
2009-10-23 12:28 pm (UTC)
Aw, congratulations! I wish I'd seen your winning turn!
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From: alnya
2009-10-23 12:37 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Would have loved to have been there to see that.

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[User Picture]From: martylog
2009-10-23 12:43 pm (UTC)
Well done fella!

Jess's song was the Aretha Franklin tune Ain't No Way. The version last night was a slightly more rambunctious pub rock version of the cool jazzy original.
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[User Picture]From: k425
2009-10-23 01:43 pm (UTC)
little tubs of crunchy roasted onions

How have I not seen these?

Congrats on the win!
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[User Picture]From: nikh
2009-10-24 02:25 pm (UTC)
Not sure what the IKEA ones are like (and therefore whether these are the same thing), but the lovely Scandinavian Kitchen on Great Titchfield Street certainly sells very nice tubs of crunchy onions.
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[User Picture]From: nikh
2009-10-24 02:32 pm (UTC)
Just mentioned this to Emma and she reckons she's seen them in Morrisons. Again, can't vouch for their similarity to IKEA's offerings.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2009-10-24 10:40 pm (UTC)
Ta for the tips, I'll have a look. Which bit of Morrisons?
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[User Picture]From: nikh
2009-10-25 02:56 pm (UTC)
Apparently the same bit as pickled onions.
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