Thursday, February 19, 2009

Week 6

Apparently it’s week six tomorrow in Cambridge. I’m not sure why, but for quite some time I’ve been unaware of when in the term I am exactly. Might have something to do with supervisions not being regular anymore. Instead of it being once every two weeks or so, this year we have more leniencies in when and with whom we are having supervisions with. Which reminds me, I need to finish the last rheology supervision leftover from last term.

I just came back from a talk about Gaza. This one’s organised by the Cambridge University United Nations Association and it focused on the international law and legalities of the conflict in Gaza. Quite an interesting talk and though as usually the case with law people might end up more frustrated or have more questions than what they start with, it does raise some good points and provide some insight. In fact, I think one hour is too short for the talk, and considering we ran over by about twenty minutes I guess it doesn't take a genius to figure that out.

In another news: last Friday night. Volleyball match. Lots of people can’t come. I pleaded on Facebook. Still not enough people. We lost. By default. Sad.

Oh well, I’ll be sure to recruit some more people in advance for next time. Especially for the match with Leys School. We lost to them the last time, and losing to a secondary school team doesn’t bode well with me. Grrrrrrr...


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Winter Cuppers

Last Saturday was the volleyball winter cuppers in Cambridge. As usual for the winter cuppers, it was held indoors at Leys School.

(Slightly off topic, but I wish the University of Cambridge would just build a sports complex already so that we don’t have to borrow other places’ facilities to host events like this, or to have to swim with the local people in a packed pool. Didn’t they just raise at least £800 million for the university’s 800th anniversary? What the heck are they waiting for?)

Anyway, back on topic, Trinity entered two teams for the cuppers. However, due to reasons which may or may not have anything to do with the fact that it was held on a Saturday morning which happened to be Valentine’s Day, only me, Lennart, and four other people from Trinity were there. Hence, we had to withdraw one team from the competition. But apart from that, it was great fun. We beat Pembroke and one other team (was it Emmanuel?), which means we’re qualified for the semifinals next week.

The cuppers only lasted until midday, but I had volleyball practice in the afternoon, so at the end of the day I was all sore with bleeding thumbs and everything. Not that I can escape the practice, seeing that I’m the one in charge of the balls. Nor would I want to, as I have a lot of things to say about this year’s UCCMixed attendance record, but we’ll save that for another day.

In any case, it was quite a fun morning, and it made me really look forward to the summer cuppers in Easter term. Can’t wait!


Monday, February 02, 2009


This was what I was greeted with when I woke up this morning.

The weather forecast did mention that it will get very cold this week, but I never imagine it would be like this. The snow fell sometime yesterday night and now it’s the afternoon and it’s still snowing! This is certainly better than anything we had last winter break.

This is how the Trinity Great Court looks like this morning. I arrived early enough for breakfast that they haven't started shovelling the paths yet.

Talking about snow and winter, the volleyball winter cuppers will be held in two weeks time. I always thought it’s funny to call it winter cuppers when it’s in February, but now it sounds fitting.