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August 24th, 2003

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02:42 am - Another MSO day, another game show host
Better day at the MSO, which should hopefully result in a more interesting bulletin than the past few days. Three good stories: Jeremy Beadle attends the British Quiz Championships, someone breaks a world record in the Memory Skills Championship by remembering 3,180 binary digits (which is about half as good as a ZX-81) and lots of people play Caribbean style dominoes at great volume.

Kind of been in a bad mood for much of the evening, though. Called home and the mood was not good. (Shouldn't've left it this long.) The newsletter is getting rather erratic, possibly problematically mistake-loaded. I had to produce the newsletter all by myself tonight without any bosses proof-reading it, so there could be any number of errors or comments that shouldn't be there in there. However, I'm off tomorrow to a wedding in London of a close off-LJ friend.

Actually, the coach leaves in 3½ hours. I'll try to get a quick nap now, but getting to the bus station may be tricky; the hotel is *here* - waves left hand - the bus station is *here* - waves right hand - and the several blocks which have been closed to the public because of the large Europride party are right in between. On top of that, we can confidently expect traffic to be absolutely awful - the roads are normally super-busy this weekend and the train situation will make them even worse. At least I have left four hours between the coach's scheduled arrival and the start of the wedding. I'm just banking on sleeping on the coach, which is... probably safer under the circumstances than usual.

Finally, here's a work-safe pic of me presenting a programme with Jeremy Beadle.

OK, that's actually "me presenting Jeremy Beadle with a programme". Jeremy actually said "I'm normally the one presenting the programmes".

Smashing bloke. Does a load of work for charity, extremely friendly, hugely knowledgeable and well-read, very much into quizzes. Hosted Win Beadle's Money, the UK version of Win Ben Stein's Money. Exclusive gossip: he never got to meet Ben Stein. They were knocking around the concept of a special where Jeremy was going to go and try to win Ben's money (presumably alongside all the other international WBSM hosts like Roy and HG from Australia?) and Jeremy accepted, but it never happened.

I've been distinctly less happy than I feel I ought to have been for a few days now. Will really have to seriously look into whether it's clinical depression and if so whether it might be treatable, or whether it's just other unhelpful/depressing aspects of my personality manifesting themselves particularly strongly right now due to the situation.

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Date:August 23rd, 2003 07:24 pm (UTC)
Dude, that's awesome that you got to meet beadle. I'm rather impressed with the guy based on the ep of WBM you gave me.

Sorry other things aren't so great.
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Date:August 24th, 2003 02:06 am (UTC)
OK, I'm glad it's not me. When I first saw Charlie's Angels, I thought "What the blazes is Jeremy Beadle doing in a Hollywood movie?". Of course it didn't help that I'd only previously seen Tim Curry in Rocky Horror and Clue in both of which he's somewhat younger and less Beadle-ish.
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Date:August 24th, 2003 04:34 am (UTC)
Ha! I've never noticed this before but now it's been pointed out...
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Date:August 23rd, 2003 08:04 pm (UTC)
Called home and the mood was not good. (Shouldn't've left it this long.)

Freshman year of college, my fencing team went on a four-day trip to Chicago for a tournament. I was supposed to call my parents whilst I was gone, but I'd forgotten where I'd put the prepaid phone cards and couldn't call. When I did finally get home, find them, and call home, my parents wouldn't speak to me. They were so upset that I hadn't taken the time to call on the trip that they just said, "We don't really have anything to say to you." I started crying, hung up, and we didn't talk for a week, until I finally broke down, called, and apologised.

Just, um, yeah -- I know what that feels like. *hugs*

Sorry you are feeling unhappy, glad MSO is still being fun and you are meeting nifty people. Am thinking happy thoughts in your direction. >:D
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Date:August 30th, 2003 07:18 am (UTC)
Thanks, appreciated. :-) (Things have been rather better since I returned. Not good - not really good for some time, but definitely better.)

The two posts I made were probably at my low points of the whole event. Taking a step back, I'm rather happier with what I've produced. Remarkably similar to my Nimbus experience, really, and not a million miles away from my attending-t00bage experiences this year, too. This is an identifiable pattern, which somehow feels like something I ought to be able to do something with. At least I ought to be able to expect it and plan for it next time, though I'm not sure quite what can usefully be done differently should it manifest itself again in the future.
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Date:August 24th, 2003 02:44 pm (UTC)
Fewer than 25, but all the usual suspects. John Wilson won.
Date:August 25th, 2003 06:05 pm (UTC)

Jeepers creepers, where'd you get those peepers?

Love the glasses, Chris-- they're keepers.

- Peter(TGR)
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Date:August 30th, 2003 07:19 am (UTC)

Re: Jeepers creepers, where'd you get those peepers?

Will probably get ones in a similar style but without the tinting next time. Actually, it's time for a new pair and has been time for a new pair for a while, simply because I don't see as well at distance as I used to. However, when I did get my eyes tested about 3-12 months ago, it seemed that my eyes had got no worse, just the direction of the astigmatism had changed. I am somehow not quite as confident with this as I'd like to be before getting new specs.

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