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Wednesday, 28 June 2006



I’m in a bit of a pickle now, to be honest, because I just realised that I’m spending my entire University fund on this trip to Brazil. So I’ve written a letter to my former employer (who, granted, I’ve never met) to ask him for sponsorship, as it will be really good publicity for the shop. Then I can organise a concert, ask all of my friends and family, and maybe do a Read-a-thon (although that just seems like cheating!). Still, who knows how depleated my University fund may remain. Never mind, it’s all part of the fun.

All of this distraction means I’ve still not handed in my coursework, which was due last week, and it’s my last day of school today. I got an e-mail from my maths teacher:

I do not seem to have a copy of your continued fractions coursework. Could you
email me a copy. This must be done by the end of this week or you will need to
do a new piece next year.

When he says “the end of this week”, I wonder if he means today, it being the end of the school week, or Friday. Should I take my chances?

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Tuesday, 27 June 2006

Who ever said my life was boring?


Well, who ever said my life was boring? steve can feel very proud of himself, as this is really his inspiration. He explained to me on Saturday how money doesn’t have to be bad, and actually it can help people, so… I’m investing my money in a week-long trip to Brazil, where I can help a local community in Salvador (remember the Bonfim wrist-bands?) This is all through Cross-Cultural Solutions, a bit like the Peace Corps. Normally they only accept volunteers over 18, but 16 and 17 year-olds can apply, and we have to fill in a special application to prove we’re mature, etc. Anyway, I just had my Application for Minors accepted! Yay! So now I need to enrol, pay, buy my air ticket, and fundraise! My stint there will start on the 20th August. I finally feel like I’ll be doing something with my summer. Thanks for the advice, steve.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2006



Well, my life is getting interesting again; on the other hand, I’m bored enough to start writing my blog again. Actually, I’m just procrastinating: I have several pieces of coursework due in before the end of term, and I can’t be bothered to do them.

This evening I helped out at the judging of a poetry cometition at school. It was organised by the head of the English Department, Dr. Greenhalgh (buy his books here
!), and apparently 400 poems were sent in. He then “longlisted” twenty poems per age group (Under 11, and Under 13), and another teacher shortlisted 10 from this. These students, from local-ish prep and primary schools, came and read their poems, which had already been judged by Hugo Williams (don’t worry, no blatant advertising this time, although I did think his poems were fantastic!). After Hugo had announced the winners, he read some of his own poetry, which was really enjoyable. He is an excellent poet, winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal and the T.S. Elliot Award. He has his “roots” in acting, so it wasn’t one of those boring geeky readings.

I’ve been attending Dr. Greenhalgh’s Creative Writing group this year, so it was nice to stumble across his critique of other people’s poems! The exercise described there is one of the first things we did. This Friday, renouned poet Simon Armitage is reading some of his poetry to us at school, and he is doing a workshop just beforehand with about twelve of us. I’m really looking forward to it, actually - so maybe my life is getting interesting, after all!

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