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19th-Apr-2007 06:53 pm
Looi Kin-Ming
Have posted off application form for shotgun certificate and certificate to receive explosives, all for the purposes of Civil War re-enactment musktery. Think I've left it too late to get it done in time for Lulworth but we'll see. Had the expected giggles from colonel_maxim and cadddyman when I asked the former to sign off that he knew of no reason I should not be permitted to handle a shotgun...

When I went to post the forms off, there was a chap practicing the bagpipes in the park. Well, he was very enthusiastic...

Think Graham and I amused Tim on Tuesday after fencing at ULU. Graham asked if I was going to Collectormania. No, I replied, off to kill Royalists. Tim wasn't entirely sure which was sadder... It's a bit quiet at ULU right now, most of the students are off wigging out about exams.

Otherwise, brain's a bit fried from wading back into the financial model from last project in a tearing hurry. Feeling slightly smug because a lot of the things I did when I first constructed it seemed a bit like over-engineering but it's really paid off for the extensions I've had to make. And, best of all, just the one trip to Reading to date and probably won't be any others as I'm in the frame for a project manager slot on a long-ish project in London so hopefully no seething at being halfway round the world from cons or musters this Summer.

Oh, top this for obscure events: there's a 20th anniversary T'pau con/event being organised. Am I thinking about going? Could be...

I also seriously need to sort out my BT line. I know I need it broadband and for low-cost incoming calls but latest bill shows I made a grand total of £0.88's worth of calls (yep, I am clearly a prime example of fixed-mobile substitution)! There must be some ultra-low user option!
19th-Apr-2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
dont forget my birthday party on Saturday night!!!!
19th-Apr-2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, right. Er... minor issue - I'm already committed to *two* Birthday bashes on Saturday, not to mention another tomorrow. Is there some sort of strange significance to this time of year?
19th-Apr-2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
well both gaspode and I are april 20th...
are all your other birthday people short and loud too??
20th-Apr-2007 09:45 am (UTC)
Short: 1/3
Loud: 2/3

Looks like there's not much of a correlation there ;-)
20th-Apr-2007 06:42 am (UTC)
Tempted by the T'Pau thing, but it's a bit too close to Connotations for my liking.
20th-Apr-2007 09:46 am (UTC)
Tempted by the T'Pau thing

Really? No kidding? Huh. Nice to know I'm not *quite* alone!
20th-Apr-2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
I have very wide, and slightly random, musical tastes.

Oh, and advance warning: I'll be in London on July 21st for Othello at the Globe and may need entertaining after as the others are going on elsewhere without me. Any suggestions of things to do before I head back to Hampshire?
20th-Apr-2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
Strong Dutch and Belgian beers? ;-)

Regretably, I'm going to be away that weekend (well, actually, that week) at the War and Peace Show at Beltring camped out amongst more tanks, APCs and other military vehicles than you can shake a stick at!
20th-Apr-2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
Military vehicles sound fun. Can't you steal one and come back early in it?
21st-Apr-2007 07:37 am (UTC)
They are an impressive sight. Another fun bit is that, last few years, we've gone kitted out as Battlefield-style UNIT troops and it's fun seeing the expressions on people's faces as they try to figure out what unit (no pun intended) we're re-enacting!

Can't you steal one and come back early in it?

Main problem would be that these things aren't generally designed for a quick getaway!
21st-Apr-2007 10:35 am (UTC)
Ah, well, I'll just have to settle for photos in that case.
22nd-Apr-2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Nice icon!

I can provide lots of photos of green (and brown) vehicles and chaps in strange uniforms from previous years...
22nd-Apr-2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yes please!

Some interesting vehicles lurking around here too. I'll have to remember my camera next time I'm out and about.
23rd-Apr-2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Check this out, there's 5 albums for Beltring, 2002-2006. They're pretty much all the ones I took there so there is some weird stuff e.g. contents of Belgian ration packs!
23rd-Apr-2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
Some great vehicles there. Thanks for sharing.
23rd-Apr-2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there were - was particularly taken with the WWI tank. Problem is I'm not sure I can see myself ever owning one. Despite occasional yearning for a Pig, they're not terribly convenient for parking in East Finchley. Closest I can imagine would be maybe a jeep in ARVN colours but even that's dubious.

Heh. First visit to Beltring, a friend of a friend said he could get me a Chieftain for £50k (as long as I had a class A firearms license, apparently!). My first reaction was "No way, I could get a Merc S-Class for that!"
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