Category Archives: Imhotep

Acting Debut & The FUTURE!

I’ve been part of the University of Surrey’s Student Television Station since it began a few years ago, but I’ve always focused on the technical aspects such as filming and editing… but this week, in a bizarre role-reversal between Mike and I, I presented and he edited. So I present to you my first (who knows their may be more…) foray into news presenting…

Charles Gray uncovers plans for the old bookshop to become a strip club after it’s refurbishment… or at least it should according to one student. In a MADTV EXCLUSIVE we tell you what is actually to become of our once loved book shop.

In other news, that I haven’t presented to camera, I went to London last weekend and saw some mates from way back when in Sixth form. Brought together with our love for Nando’s free whole chicken, we sat, gobbled and gobbed for hours. It’s always interesting to stay in touch and see what all your old friends have achieved with their lives. Ben, who has already graduated from an Accounting degree, has found himself working in the Pensions department at Wandsworth Council… I wonder where I’ll be in a years time? Back at Sony? Another broadcast company? McDonalds? the street? Like recycling, the possibilities are endless…

But that’s a while away yet, what about the immediate future? Well I’m off to W-hey-mouth this weekend to see the lovely Charlotte :D After that?

  • 4th December. My parents come to Guildford for Christmas dinner cooked by my housemates and I.
  • 15th December. Going to see Matthew Bourne’s Nutcraker in London!
  • 22nd December. The usual trick for Christmas commences… up to my sisters in Chesterfield for the festivities and prevailing jokes.
  • 29th December. The usual trick for New Year… Jake and I hit up London for a ‘small’ party with friends while the parents are away…
  • January. Exams, coursework, projects… back to normality, for my last year at University!!!

Some of you may have heard that I made a new years resolution for 2011 to not buy any chocolate for the whole year, and those people will also know how impossible this challenge should prove to be… well I’m still at it, but the going is getting tough with just 6 weeks to go! I started the year with a chocolate stash (below) to get me through, but this week that stash was depleted to zero. So now, as Boyzone once said, the going gets tough…

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  • Happiness. 8 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 1 out of 5
  • Workload. 6.5 out of 10
  • Last Meal. A hobnob
  • Song of the day. Ed Sheeran – The A Team
  • Thought for the day. I thought love was only true in fairy-tales, meant for someone else but not for me…
  • What I’m Doing Now. Packing for the weekend

Dressing up

First off I forgot to mention that last weekend in Cardiff I also was in London to see Bruno Mars:

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Despite the long bus journey from Cardiff to London, and closures on the Victoria line, it was well worth it!

By the way, all this travelling the last year has taught me a few top travel tips to save:

  1. Check MegaTrain a few weeks (ideally 4-6) before you travel and see if they are offering your journey for less than the rail operator.
  2. Also use MegaBus if you can bare the thought, it’s a fraction of the price, and on Sundays it can actually be quicker thanks to Sunday trains stopping at every station under the sun.
  3. If you’re still drawing a blank, or would prefer to use the train, then you can still save money by using your Tesco Clubcard points to get triple discount on rail tickets! I know, epic. Just follow these instructions and you are quids in!

Anyway, back to last weekend:

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I went out as a mad professor for Halloween on Friday night!

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The house as a whole was looking pretty dapper… except Will, he looked like death :D

cocktails

On Saturday night we had a cocktail party at our house. 5 cocktails: Martini (gin), Daiquiri (rum), Cosmopolitan (vodka), Margarita (tequila) and Old Fashioned (whisky). It was a very classy evening… until we all ended up pissed and rolling around all over the place…

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All in all a mixed weekend, but certainly one I won’t forget in a hurry :)

  • Happiness. 7 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 3 out of 5
  • Workload. 6 out of 10
  • Last Meal. Chicken Korma curry (not fish and chips!) 
  • Song of the day. Skylar Grey – Love The Way You Lie
  • Thought for the day. I must try using a head massager in the bedroom…
  • What I’m Doing Now. Working before going to see the King Blues tonight at the Roundhouse in Camden! Yes!

Rum and Coke, Myfanwy

Hello all,

Yes I am still alive… very much alive in fact. I’m back to normality now after 4 weeks at university. Lectures and coursework and not a flight to Switzerland in sight! I still haven’t spent two consecutive weeks sleeping in the same bed yet this year! It might happen before the years out!

Other than that I’ve been keeping myself to myself and taking things as they come. Last weekend I was up in Cardiff to see Jake for his girlfriend’s birthday… much fun and rum was had by all :D

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Getting involved in MADTV once again…

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Celebrating Halloween in style tonight for the first time ever! And then the house is having a private ‘invite only’ cocktail party tomorrow. Good times are ahead :)

  • Happiness. 7 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 5 out of 5 (sleep is a struggle…)
  • Workload. 6 out of 10 (but it’s all really interesting at the moment)
  • Last Meal. Fish fingers and chips (i know! 2 posts in a row!)
  • Song of the day. Ellie Goulding – Lights (Bassnectar Remix)
  • Thought for the day. I could be a pilot!
  • What I’m Doing Now. At Sony for a day to catch up with people :)

The Final Countdown…

Final year is here! This has been my first week back in lectures for a very long time, but so far it’s been very exciting, and even fun at times :D

I’m very happy with my switch from the Digital Media Engineering course to Electronics and Computer Engineering, since it is far more established and has more specialists at hand to answer questions. Overall, the course change is almost arbitrary, since they are so similar, but it has allowed me to choose the modules I want to study in final year.

The last few days of the InterRail trip in Venice were amazing, it’s such a crazy place. The small canals and busy grand canal just ooze beauty even during rush hour!

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Coincidently, you can see more of the InterRail pictures on Facebook:

Copenhagen to Vienna and Budapest to Venice

This is the first time since last September that I can safely say I will be in the country for the foreseeable future, and it feels good! Getting to live with my housemates and already having lots of good times and banter. Which reminds me I haven’t shown you round our house! That’ll come very soon :D

Finally, I’ve started my final year project! The “dissertation” of the Electronics department where you take on a technical project and ultimately write about your findings. I want to dedicate a bit of space for explaining what it’s all about, but it’ll wait… OK, here’s a sneaky peek :p

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Until next time,

Charles

  • Happiness. 8 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 1 out of 5
  • Workload. 3 out of 10 (the return of the workload!)
  • Last Meal. Fish fingers and chips :)
  • Song of the day. Athlete – You Got The Style
  • Thought for the day.
  • What I’m Doing Now. Heading off for a 4 hour lecture/lab combo!

Very Alive

Hi all,

I’ve been very alive recently and I have lots to say, but as usual recently not enough time to do it justice:

  • I moved into my new house, IMHOTEP (I don’t know why, but it needs to be in capitals…) Read all the build up in the posts below, and rest assured a full on post with pictures and maybe even a video is on its way… but not for a few weeks because…
  • I’m off to Switzerland again tomorrow, for the last time. In 3 weeks time I finish an amazing year at Sony, and the next 2 weeks of those will be spent in Switzerland.
  • In just 3 short weeks I start my inter-rail trip! I know, another thing I need to seriously bring you guys up to speed on, but rest assured that the trip will be covered very frequently when I’m on it! We’ve already worked out a system where there is a post (hopefully with pictures) on here every few days :) But the trip is going to be epic! Seriously, 10 major European cities in 32 days! 5 international trains and a boat!

And to finish off, some recent pictures:

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^ Jake proving he can eat an entire scone (and get his entire weekly GDA of fat) in one mouthful. Family reunion in Sheffield.

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^ The entrance to a secret cocktail bar (The Mayor of Scardey Cat Town)! Very cool and HIGHLY recommended when you’re next in London. 2 cocktails for £10 too!

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^ Mike sporting my new desk chair!

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^ Homemade rocky road ice cream! Katherine and I don’t need Giraffe to get fat :D

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^ Sophie’s 21st BBQ and general jolly japes

  • Happiness. 8 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 2 out of 5
  • Free Time. 0 out of 5 – more final report joy
  • Last Meal. Steak and chicken pizza
  • Song of the day. The King Blues – Everything Happens For A Reason (new album!! Seeing them live in November!)
  • Thought for the day. Why do schoolgirls dress like hookers, and hookers dress like schoolgirls?
  • What I’m Doing Now. Thinking of inventive ways of displaying pictures in my room without damaging the wall… So far I have this. Any other ideas?