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01:39 pm - Phone Post: Phonepost from Chris and Gareth
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“Hello ! This is Chris here, ah it-it's a Sunday afternoon - I'm with Gareth, that's LJ user equals s-i-r-underscore-g-a-r-e-t-h, also known to the rest of the world as Sir Gareth, who is an old friend from school. And yes, he is an old friend from school - he is both a friend from school and he's old. And he's in town at the moment - uh - from com...coming across. And so while he's in this neightbourhood he came to see me.

Haven't seen Gareth in... ooh... many years. Definitely 4 years, probably 5 or 6. I have a suspicion that the last time I
saw him would have been in a pub at the Angel Islington, North London.

That was a lot of fun and it's been nice catching up with him.

And, umm... Oh, the wonderful thing that happened yesterday. This is also just to confirm I am in fact still alive. And the reason why I'm not posting to Livejournal is mostly because I'm busy having too much fun. The reason I'm having too much fun is I am speaking to my lovely girlfriend Meg an awful lot, who I love extrmely much.

And a trememdous assistance towards facilitating this love, shall we say, is that yesterday I made the most fantastic disovery, it is a telephone service which lets you call from the UK to the US and a number of other countries for less than an 0870 rate, less than an 0845 rate even. Not even 3 pence per minute, not 2 pence per minute
not even 1-and-a-half of your Earth British pennies per minute. One penny a minute every day, day or night !

It as cheap as... not cheap as chips because chips aren't that cheap... It is one penny a minute, it is Turn of the Century, it's... <pause> Urm, I was going to do a quote there which I think is ill-advised.

Anyway w-w-w-dot-t-e-l-e-d-i-s-c-o-u-n-t-s-dot-c-o-dot-u-k, telediscounts.co.uk, telephone number is 08448 610610. And so this means I'm not posting to LiveJournal because I'm having too much
fun and I'm talking to Meg.

And so all things considered thats - uh -that's part of the reason why with exceptions I'm damn happy at the moment and seeing Gareth makes me even damn happier still.

I've been cracking him up, I don't know how...

I'm going to pass the phone over to him and he's probably going to be like a startled rabbit.

GO !

Hello Livejournal users, this is Sir Gareth uh reporting live from Middlesborough in my usual news style here [Chris in the background - loud: WOOOHOOO !]

Chris took me out to a wonderful local pub and I got my fix of roast lamb and all the fixings [and] Yorkshire pudding as sunday lunch.

Good old Middlesborough, it's great to be back. Great to see Chris, he's looking very healthy and, uh, very happy. So, umm, I'll probably post phone-wise to my own journal in a little bit. So for all you avid readers, listeners whatever - umm, tune into that one too.

But, uh, for now I hope everyone's well and healthy and...

Here's Mr. Jiggery Pokery hiiiiiimself !

Hello I'm reminded particularly at this point of the fact that Gareth looks very very much like a younger Bruce Forsyth. And I've said this and Gareth has never been very happy about the comparison. But the older Gareth gets, the truer the comparison sort of gets. I'm going to go, going to go and get the copy of Bruce Forsyth's autobiography. Which - I should point out - is crap. It's lousy, don't waste your money. But is has got some nice pictures of Brucie through the years.

So I'll show Gareth and he'll go "No Chris, I look nothing like that."

No Gareth you do, look, this is you ! This is you and this is how you used to look. Because really, it is. Gareth's looking very unconvinced by this. But there's only one way to find out. And Perhaps he'll tell you about that when he makes his own phone post.

But just to say It's not too bad here, we're coping, we're getting by.

And it's been nice talking to you and I look forward to making a proper post soon.

Love you all, 'specially Meg ! Cheerio !”

Transcribed by: bateleur

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Date:April 11th, 2004 08:25 am (UTC)
You two crack me up! Too, too funny. I'm sitting here plowing through teaching hospital website after teaching hospital website, and bemoaning my general library-school-student status - thank you for the ever-so-lovely distraction. :)

Love you, too. :) Talk to you around three! :D I think I'll go start that ham soon....
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Date:April 11th, 2004 12:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I can help, but why are you looking at teaching hospital websites?

Aside to Chris - I'll mention that site to Mark, maybe it is cheaper than 1010987 from the US, which is what we've been using lately. Thanks!
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Date:April 11th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, my final project for my OIS (Online Information Services) class involves performing a contracted search for a client - my group is working to compile a comprehensive list of hospital medicine/hospitalist training programs for inclusion on the Society of Hospital Medicine website. We've divided up the lists of teaching hospitals and medical schools on the AAMC website alphabetically - I've got Iowa through NY, which is a bitch because Chicago, NYC, and Boston all fall into that category - and I've spent hours yesterday and today combing through med school catalogs, fellowship and residency information, and other fun websites in search of hospitalist programs. It's taken me eight hours to get through the list - approximately 35 med schools and 65 hospitals - and now I have to summarize the nine programs/courses that I found so that I can circulate them to my group tomorrow in class.

And that's officially more than you ever wanted to know about my end-of-term project (and explains why I wasn't online last night - sorry!!) Five weeks from today, I will be gradumatated. :) Which reminds me that I've got to book a hotel room for my parents....
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Date:April 11th, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay - I was hoping that maybe my experience working in a medical school library or my current position working in healthcare data would be of some assistance, but it doesn't sound like it. :)

And don't worry if you don't have time to talk yet - I remember what it was like in my last month or so of grad school. Just keep plugging away and we'll chat sometime soon!
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Date:April 11th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
Your boy is too cute!

Date:April 11th, 2004 10:01 am (UTC)
hey Chris its Sir Gareth's mum....what a great treat to hear you both having such a wonderful time and I'm ecstatic I got the phone post to work for the first time. Lamb and Yorkshires sounds yummy and I say roll on June when I'll be doing some sampling myself.
Congrats on your wonderful Meg.......I hope it continues "make your day"

[User Picture]
Date:April 11th, 2004 11:27 am (UTC)
It was so great to hear your charming voice again!
Am thrilled to see you so happy.
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Date:April 11th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC)

URL correction!

Crikey. Thanks, Dom! You must have been bored... :-)

Gareth and I were talking about how many words there would have been in that phonepost. The word count suggests 710, but I don't know exactly what it's counting.

I erred with the URL - not a big error, but a miss is as good as a mile with a URL. It's http://www.telediscount.co.uk/ - telediscount singular, not telediscounts plural. The service works very nicely indeed. I rang the operator to check how much making a call to that line would cost; the operator claimed no knowledge at all of the 0844 prefix, wondered whether I meant 0845, and even his manager knew nothing about 0844. Looking through the Oftel Ofcom site, I discover that 0844 means "no more than 5p per minute". Accordingly, we only have telediscount's word for it that they really are a penny per minute - but the bill will arrive and provide confirmation soon. In addition, there's the old "checking your bill online" thing.

Countries that you can call for a penny a minute on 0844 8 610 610 are: Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Spain and the USA. (Canada, Mexico and the USA even let you call mobiles there for a penny a minute - the other countries have more expensive rates for calling mobiles, rather than charging their recipients.)

There are some 0845 numbers for other countries so you can call for a penny a minute at the weekends and during the evenings, and a staggering 3.95p per minute during weekdays. These are: the well-known country of Alaska, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the similarly well-known sovereign country of Hawaii, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur! - New Zealand, Norway, Kuala Lumpur!, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and 102% of the UK (in fact, the greater UK telephone system including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands). China, Hong Kong and the - er - upper 2 (as opposed to the "lower 48") include mobile phones, the rest are landline only.

Fun fact(*): the fourth result for "Kuala Lumpur" on Google is the famous song.

(*) OK, fun false fact. Though that really is the first result for "scampi", rather than anything to do with the fish.
[User Picture]
Date:April 11th, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)

Thanks, Dom! You must have been bored...

Nah - just thought that deserved a wider audience. Definitely the best use of phonepost I've heard to far.
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Date:April 11th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
Date:April 11th, 2004 04:03 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that things are going well! I *have* noticed your conspicuous lack of posts, but all things considered, I'd have to say that is okay. :-)
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Date:April 12th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)


Yup, that was my reaction to this post. So, so happy to hear of your happiness. Yay!
Date:April 13th, 2004 12:39 am (UTC)
Hey Chris!

I'm glad you're feeling better *nods* and I'm looking forward to more of your great posts. I'm happy for you and Meg; I'm glad you finally found someone who you care about and can share your life with.

Did you think about my Snitch plan? Do you have any modifications to ponder, tweaks made, etc.? So far I've got no new "breakthroughs" like my last one, but I'm figuring we just need to tweak my last idea to make it fit, and we will be golden. Quaffle rules also need definite tweaking, but lets perfect Snitch first =)

Oh, and:
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Date:April 14th, 2004 08:21 am (UTC)
A little bird has told me that continuing this discussion with you either in public or in private may make you ineligible to play Quidditch (possibly any of the games?) at TWH, which is not what either of us want. So I apologise, but please forgive a non-response here, both now and over the remaining 18 months.
Date:April 14th, 2004 08:28 am (UTC)
That's a bunch of absolute crap. I believe it was stated right after Nimbus 2003 that Quidditch was a group effort, and that no one person or group would "claim" it as their own, it is a group effort to perfect and promote. I have every right in the world to post MY THOUGHTS AND THEORIES on a game I played IN 2003; doing so should have NO BEARING whatsoever on anything else. This game is equally mine as it is anyone elses.

THAT'S the way it is. This now ticks me off. I want to have a nice little chat with whoever dares imply my ineligibility for DEBATING RULES on a game I played almost a year ago. I might understand (slightly) why I wouldn't be able to play if I worked on the staff, but for discussing it on LJ? Bullshit.

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