Friends, tea-parties and Pride and Prejudice

I’ve not done any work for the past two days. Saturday was spent seeing friends – in the morning, I went to see Mary and her friend Zoe at Queens. I was in China with Mary so it was good to catch up with her again. On the way out I had a nice chat to my friend Andy Grenfelt who I’ve not seen for a while. I was then going to go on to a day about Christianity in France, but didn’t for a number of reasons. Instead, I went home and messed around until the Sidney/New Hall/Fitz international tea party at 3.

The tea-party was good fun, we had 3 people come, all from Sidney. I think it was the first time I’ve met a person from Lithuania – he’s a first year mathmo/compsci and seems very keen! After this, about 8 of us went out to see Pride and Prejudice at the cinema. I thought this new adaptation was quite well done especially for the modern audience, with whom the love vs. money dilemma is not as clear as to the original readers. We had dinner at Burger King because it was raining outside and none of us had bought our coats. Even having dinner did not stop the rain, so we got soaked as we walked home. Once we had dried off and changed etc, Tabs and I went to see Zishan and we had a good evening with him playing a strange Indian game (can’t remember the name) which is kind of a cross between pool and tiddlywinks but using draughts pieces. It was quite good fun, even though I was not very good at it.

Sunday morning I went to see my friend Toby get baptised at City church. When I arrived I discovered Alistare from Sidney was also getting baptised too, so that was good. I stayed around afterwards seeing loads of friends and then myself and Patrick stayed for the student meal. I went home and messed around for a few hours and then went to the Holy Trinity International Tea-party at a really nice house on Park Parade, overlooking Jesus Green. Cheng-shi came along to this and I also met a really nice Ugandan pastor called Kenneth and caught up with Min from Korea who I’ve not seen for ages.

After this, I went to Eden for the evening service where there was a Mexican dude speaking about the work his Christian charity does amongst street kids in poor places in Mexico. It sounded very good, although he did speak for quite a long time – he’s obviously very passionate!

Mmmm pizza!

Term started on Thursday, so I managed to spend about 7h on work – 6 of those in bed with my laptop and a pile of books; making notes and doing research etc. The other hour was running around the UL collecting books – I took my first 4 out which make me feel like a real 3rd year!

In the evening, I went to the Barn and met a really nice guy from Taiwan called Cheng-Shi. We chatted for the whole time about the Bible and he was very full of questions about Jesus and Christianity. About half-way through, Frank, a fellow taiwanese guy with whom I had spoken at some length about 6 months ago came in and helped explain some things in Chinese! He’s been going to some Bible Studies at StAG and seems to know a lot now. It was all very exciting. I also met lots of people I’d not seen in ages and Pablo, a Christian from Mexico, whom I had met at Eden (my church) on Sunday also came along. We had ‘International Dance’ evening which was really good fun and then we advertised Harry’s.

After the Barn had finished, we went to the 11pm showing at the ADC of the footlights’ latest production “Under the blue, blue moon”. Footlights is the Cambridge comedy society which has produced the likes of the Monty Python crew. There were some quite funny bits eg “Are you the man who’s stuck in the water pipe?”, but I don’t generally find things like that particularly funny and I was quite tired anyway.

Today, I spent most of the day in bed again, doing more research. I’ve discovered that the exact area I was going to do my dissertation on has already been covered by several people including one 300-page PhD thesis… D’oh. I also had a meeting about my Judaism and Helenism paper which sounds quite exciting. Even though it’s coursework, the topic areas are very broad and it covers a period from 200BC to 200AD.

In the afternoon, I went to the first Harry’s of term and spent the whole two hours talking to Cheng-Shi again! We’ll be meeting up to do some Bible study on Monday I think – he’s so full of questions! After Harry’s, 11 people came back to mine and we had some pizza 🙂


Yay! Internet!

Finally got the internet in my room.. 🙂 There goes any hope of doing work this term…

Had quite a busy day today; I went out with Tabs from 10 until about 11:30 and we visited language schools to advertise Harry’s as it’s starting again this Friday. I then bought some standing lamps from Argos to make my room brighter and headed to the CU evangelistic event at 12. Left that early as there was a Harry’s prayer meeting in my room from 1 until 2. I then went down to Sidgewick and tried to get the various people to sign my dissertation form and renewed the library books etc. Then got back and Zishan came round. Probably go to the CU tonight and maybe a film afterwards…

Posters! Big Issue! Dissertation…

Sitting in my room and listening to the competing cries of the Big Issue seller (“Buy my Big Issue to show I don’t smell”) and the Poster Crier (“Turn your delapodated room into a Cistine chapel”), I managed to do some work on my dissertation this afternoon. I arose at 6:30 this morning to have Greek Bible study with Patrick and Angela. We then had a large breakfast in hall, and then I mostly messed around with paper work and putting the final touches to my wonderful, large room. I also wrote a short article about china for my college.

Yesterday was spent visiting more people that I havn’t seen in ages and generally messing around on my guitar and so on. In the evening, I went out for a Harry’s team meal where we discussed what we would do this term.

I’ve also just discovered my new timetable for this term, which is really good – I have 5 lectures spread between Tuesday and Wednesday! Wooo! 5 day weekend… something like that at any rate 🙂

Back to Cambridge!

Again, apologies for the lack of writing in the past few days.. Still no internet in my room. I’m amazed at how the computer officer here can spend so much time seemingly doing nothing and then take all of 10 seconds to connect someone to the internet, but only after they’ve had to wait for a week. Most other colleges in Cambridge have near-instantanious connections to the internet, it seems to just be ours that has any sort of problem…

Anyway, my rooms for this year are very nice. I have a quite large main room with a window seat and fire place and then a smaller bedroom, also with a window seat which overlooks the chapel court. Anyone in Cambridge must come and visit me sometime – the room is F1, above the Sidney porters’ lodge.

I arrived in my room on Friday and did a little unpacking and poster hanging. I spent a while cutting up poster hanging clips to fit my posters. I had to use a pair of pliers because I couldn’t find any hacksaws around the place unfortunately. However, now my room is all nice and decorated with various posters and paintings from China, Hungary, France and Italy.

On Friday afternoon, Ruth and Natalie came round for a few hours and we just sat around chatting about China and so on, and then in the evening I went out to Christina’s house and had some dinner with her and Ellie. On the Saturday, I spent quite a bit of time unpacking and then went to see some of the freshers. It was quite funny because all the freshers arrived and then at 2:30 we had the usual garden party. The weather was a bit shaky, but there was only a small amount of rain during the garden party until the speaches started at about 3:30 and then the heavens opened half way through Keith’s speach. He struggled on for about 10 minutes and eventually everyone dispersed to the various pubs and festivities that await the new freshers. I went back to my room as there were no new Theologians and myself and Lydia, although engaged had forgotten to put our names down on the list of people to be married and have college children this year! I went round to see various people, Heather, Emma and Dave Mac. I ended up spending the evening with Dave chatting about most things and having some food togeather.

On Sunday, I awoke to the sound of fire alarms in the distance. It turns out that overnight, some freshers had climbed onto the roof of the new Blundel court building and tripped a fire alarm wire. This was about 1am, and the electrician who was “on call” had his mobile turned off. The fire alarms went off at 1am, 3am, 3:15am, 5am and finally every 15 minutes from 6:30am onwards. Everyone seems rather quiet today, rather surprisingly.

I went to Eden as usual and we had a nice communal lunch. There didn’t seem to be too many freshers there, although this evening I met 5 exchange people from America, including one girl who’s going to be studying theology here. From what I understood, they are 3rd years in America but will be doing 1st year over here. I also met a guy from Mexico today who’s studying English over here – he’s only been here a week, but his English seems good, so I invited him to Harry’s and perhaps he will join the team.

After this meal, I went to Holy Trinity to see if Liz had arrived from America. Turns out she had, and a group of us went back to my place and sat around chatting for a while. I went over to Liz’s room after that and had a nice chat with her – it’s strange to see her after a year apart! I then had a bit of a nap and read some books. About 4:30, Richard Trimble came round and we had a bit of a chat until 5:30 when I went to Eden again. Nice student dinner after that and then I went to Macdonalds to see the HT people again. Tab arrived, and I saw her in MacD’s and then we went back to my room to have a catch-up until about now… I should really go to bed, good night!