johncoxon: (Default)
So, it's been almost two weeks since my last update to LiveJournal, and that doesn't bode well for the rest of 2010, but let's try to rectify that now.

The night of the last entry saw me go out for drinks with my friend Jim and his girlfriend, whom I had not met before (even though they've been dating for about a year now!). There were a couple of other people there, but both of them had to leave fairly early and quite a few other people couldn't make it, which was a shame. Other than that, my last days in Peterborough passed fairly uneventfully, much to my disappointment, and a date I was supposed to have never got back to me (although such things are always a good way of weeding out the people who don't have the manners to let you know!).

On the university front, well, I went back to Leicester on Wednesday 6th January to hang out with uni people and get some revision done. The revision, I think, went well – I'm hopeful that I got a 2:1 in that module, but we shall see. I don't want to hex it! Had a meeting with the supervisor for my second semester project, which sounds really interesting, because it's about the effects of a star's rotating magnetic field on its protoplanetary disc. Also had an interview (which turned out to be an oral exam in disguise!) about my first semester project, which was interesting but really boring simultaneously. Lectures start again properly on Thursday or Friday next week, so hopefully I can write some of my assignment before that happens (but then again, pigs could fly...).

Gamesoc starts up again on Monday, which is the day I return to Leicester for the Lent term. I'm looking forward to this term, but unfortunately, the rebuilding of the Union is playing havoc with our established calendar of events. This term, I'd like to see the return of both the charity boardgames social and the Geek Quiz, but there's nowhere in the SU that could realistically host either event, which might make things significantly more difficult! I'm sure we'll muddle through.

At the moment, I'm sharing a room with my oldest brother, and all four siblings are in Peterborough together. The youngest of us had an A-level exam, which I don't think he was very confident about, but I'm sure he did well. Dave's going back home tomorrow, I believe, and James leaves on Monday. We have had a good laugh whilst they've both been visiting, and it's always hard saying goodbye to James because I very rarely get to see him and I miss him quite a lot most of the time! Obviously, I'd never let that slip, though...

I don't think there is really anything else to report at the moment. I'm still looking forward to seeing someone when I get back to uni, and I'm currently listening to some music which is something I don't do enough of. I bought The Hangover: Unrated on iTunes today so I want to watch that at some point, but apparently James didn't find it very funny, so I'm not sure I'll be able to do that before getting back to Leicester. I'm also going to treat myself to a new TPB tomorrow afternoon, I think.

I'm sleepy, but I don't want to stop listening to music. Annoyingly, I can't take my headphones out because I'm sharing this room. I'm sure I'll work something out, though, so until next time, ciao!

Milkshake!

Oct. 31st, 2009 07:39 pm
johncoxon: (Cricket (Vaughan Batting))

This weekend my family and I are visiting my Great Auntie Margaret in Southampton, and so last night I spent the night in Peterborough and this afternoon has been spent wandering around Southampton city centre.

Some of the people reading this will live in cities that have a proper milkshake shop, like Shakeaway -- indeed, some of you may even have a branch of that particular business! My parents and I were introduced to milkshake shops by Shakeaway in Bournemouth, and my mother is rather partial to the chocolate & cherry flavour. In fact, she's made it her mission to visit all of their branches (not entirely seriously...).

When we got to Southampton, our first port of call was the bigger of the two Shakeaway outlets (one is a shop, the other is more a counter in a shopping centre), in which I had the milkshake photographed below:

It was lovely, but they did it with Milkybar instead of Milky Way, which made it a bit sweet for my taste. Afterwards we explored more of the city, discovering that the new Magic Mouse is alright but not as good as I hoped; that Hotel Chocolat do chocolate nibbles for dinner parties; and that Italian hog roast apparently means "no stuffing or crackling". I also didn't buy a Beach Boys album.

Then, Dad suggested getting another milkshake, and since I have no self-control, I plumped for a chocolate and peanut butter one this time around:

(The thumbs in the background are my Aubtie Jennifer's, and the milkshakes are chocolate with cherry, peanut butter and ginger respectively.)

Then we went to actually visit Auntie Margaret, and now we're preparing to go our. All in all, a good day!

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Maths

Sep. 11th, 2008 10:59 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
My little brother just asked me for help with the first chapter of AS-level Mathematics (perpendicular lines and suchlike)...I am so proud of him sometimes, he's going to do very well.

Norwich!

Aug. 10th, 2008 05:17 pm
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I've been in Norwich this weekend visiting my half-brother (which has been brilliant!) and we went to the third Norwich Comedy Festival. There were three acts, plus the compere, and everyone performing was really good. The compere was a chap called Sully O'Sullivan, from New Zealand, who was really very good, and two of the acts were Paul Sinha and Rainer Hersch who were both funny but not as good as the third, who was Mitch Benn!

It was really awesome, and I chatted with him afterwards, and got the Official Bootleg of the Edinburgh 2007 show. A really good evening followed by a party at a house in Norwich which was brilliant. There are also 53 elephants, all painted to different designs, which is, er, random. There's one that has Stephen Fry riding a hippo on the side...

Party

May. 11th, 2008 09:14 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
So, yesterday was occupied by [livejournal.com profile] stefzilla and [livejournal.com profile] jamesb's birthday party at Stef's in Uxbridge. It was a good party - I watched Doctor Who with [livejournal.com profile] dougs at the appropriate time (that's traditional, or something) and I felt that it was a bit flat, really... also, [livejournal.com profile] hawkida and I got engaged on Facebook. The reason I love my parents is that my mother's reaction to my engagement was simply to send Max a Facebook message to congratulate her.
johncoxon: (Default)
Today, I have eaten a custard tart for breakfast (after getting up and stuff), read LiveJournal, sent messages to the people I needed to send messages to, called my brother a twat three times before lunch (he did call me sir afterwards, that mollified me a bit) and tried to decide whether to watch Doctor Who, BSG or Equilibrium first. Then, after I've decided which to watch first, I'll watch the other two and I might even (whisper it) get some degree work done.

I am also realising rapidly that life is good, the world is good, my friends are great and I am made of the proverbial awesome. This is a viewpoint I hope will last until the exam period.


Also, I have two spare tickets to go see The Unbelievable Truth on 16th April (so, er, Wednesday, sorry about the late notice) - [livejournal.com profile] hawkida and I will be attending and anyone who'd be interested in going should comment ASAP - as in last time, winners of the random draw-o-matic will be notified by e-mail (probably tonight, since it is quite late notice). We'd be meeting on Euston Road at 18:00 (Max and I will be slightly earlier because that's how we roll).

For those who don't know about the radio show, here's the blurb from the ticket (and if it doesn't sound all that good you can trust me - I've heard it before and either the episode I heard was unusually brilliant or the show's a pretty damn good one): "The new panel game where four comedians tell lies and compete against each other to see how many unlikely truths they can smuggle past their opponeents. With chairman David Mitchell, series panellists include Alan Davies, Jo Brand, Phill Jupitus, Tony Hawks etc."

Family

Apr. 14th, 2008 12:42 am
johncoxon: (Breakup)
Tonight is a night for my brother, and no power in the Universe can stop us.

EDIT: We're singing Tribute out of sync, that's how we roll.
johncoxon: (Default)
We're at a restaurant. Dave told the staff it was my brother's birthday. It isn't. The look on his face was brilliant. Adam Hills next!
johncoxon: (Default)
So, firstly, the degree. In all the work I've handed in, in only one unit of Maths and in the Labs module (Labs make Baby Jesus cry, btw) have I achieved below a first-class mark, about which I am extremely happy. [touches wood] Max [livejournal.com profile] hawkida has posted a video of me technobabbling at her, which honestly isn't that impressive, since it's just the first three weeks of an undergraduate degree and anyone who's done Physics to A-level probably knows most of what I'm talking about anyway...

Speaking of which, Max came to Leicester to see me this weekend! It was very fun - we went into Leicester from the train station initially to do some low-level shop browsing (essentially, I went to HMV to ask a question and to KRCS to buy a software suite for the MacBook that's currently in Apple's 'orders yet to ship' list. Max went to Primark). After that, we went to see some zombie films at Day of the Undead - it was very, very good fun. We bumped into Simo, who was in attendance for the first couple of films, and said hello. Max and I saw the first and last films, skipping Versus in order to go and grab a bite to eat at Bella Italia, which was great. The films themselves, well, I'm not really an expert on these things, but I did like the zombie cows from the Irish film Dead Meat and the genius quote, "I kick ass in the name of the Lord!" which came from Peter Jackson's Braindead (which had some really funny bits).

Then we went back to my room, and I showed Max my TARDIS, and then we went to bed and woke up and went to Asda before coming back to cook brunch, which was in the shape of an omelette each. Not just any omelette though - these had mushroom, bacon, sausage, black pudding and cheese, and they were three eggs each (because I forgot I already had six eggs, and thus bought six more...). As a result, I now have a full freezer (partly because I froze the leftover bacon and a pack of sausages, mostly because I got to the 'Reduced to Clear' section just as they were filling it up and managed to acquire several extremely cheap ready-made things for days when I forget to go to dinner and end up being hungry).

Then we went into town, and Max had some trouble with trains, which is detailed on her journal, and I won't bother to document it. After Max had finally managed to stick two fingers up at Leicester public transport and actually manage to use it (I swear the city council here have designed the transportation system to put people off...) I headed to the pub just up the road from the station, where I met Gramps, his girlfriend and my girlfriend, Claire (!) and we had a couple of pints together whilst talking happy amounts of toot about anything that crossed our happy little minds. (Arsenal drew with Liverpool, if anyone's wondering.)

After that, Claire and I went back to hers, and watched an episode of Green Wing before sort of falling asleep on her bed and deciding we really should be going to bed. And, as such, I am updating LiveJournal. I have a fuckload of work to do tomorrow afternoon if I want to go out on Tuesday night... two units of first-year Maths, one unit of second-year Maths and one unit of Physics. At least it's dynamics, and not electromagnetism, which is made of fail (although I remain fairly confident that I got most of the questions right when I handed them in last week, it's just such a difficult topic compared to, well, the rest of Physics generally. Although I'm quite happy that my tutor is teaching one of the modules I'm taking next semester, because it'll be much easier to follow with the lecturer helping out...! Also, he hadn't done electromagnetism in a while when we asked him questions, which makes us hopeful that some branches of astrophysics won't have any electromagnetism in them).

But life, as they say, is good. I am going to be seeing two of my brothers next weekend when I go to Norwich, The Long Road Out of Eden is finally released tomorrow (I ain't getting the special edition that's released a fortnight later, as I've got the two songs that are added onto the special edition already through The Complete Greatest Hits, so the incentive to wait a fortnight is, at best, slim) and my new MacBook and iPod should be arriving either this week or the next. Oh, and I have a girlfriend, it would appear.

Win! :D
johncoxon: (Default)
The new iPhone commercial has someone in it who is somehow related to a play called My First Time. I've just been looking at this page on the website, which includes the line, "In 1998, a decade before blogging began..." Quick, everybody! Blogging hasn't begun yet! Hide the social networking sites til New Year's Eve!

I got taken to dinner yesterday by a thoroughly exammed out Richard [livejournal.com profile] archaro, we went to Pizza Express for lunch and it was jolly nice, indeed. We went to Leicester Cathedral, and glancing at a list of those members of No. 207 Squadron (RAF) revealed a family connection (see below). I also finally managed to close my Abbey account (it's gone downhill since they changed their name, really) and discovered that if the Royal Mail and the university get their act together, I should receive the latest Zelda game today...fingers crossed!

Now, however, I must go to uni - I have to go through some seminar questions that stumped me with my coursemates and then I have two hours of lectures before we go to Gramps' house to play some GoldenEye (he's probably going to pwn us, but we'll survive).

And, before I go:

Pilot Officer Geoffrey Lewis Coxon was killed in action serving king and country on 22nd September 1943. He was twenty years old. May his soul rest in peace.

Brothers

Jul. 16th, 2007 11:27 pm
johncoxon: (Dave)
It is a law of the Universe that when my half-brother has too much to drink in a social setting he will eventually start to take his clothes off, culminating in total nudity. It is another law of the Universe that this may also happen when he hasn't had too much to drink. It is a third law of the Universe that he's awesome. I love my brothers. They are possibly the only people in the world more awesome than I! :)

Penis

Jun. 19th, 2007 07:50 pm
johncoxon: (Cricket - Sidebottom Celebrating)
Dave: "Whoever goes to uni with you had better watch out for your pants!"

He's also got a bookcase bigger than his penis! How big is that? He wants you all to give me values for how large you think his penis is. If you guess right, you get a picture of his penis. Can you tell we're related?!
johncoxon: (Dave)
I'M JUST COMING IN THE LIVING ROOM WITH MY BROTHER THIS WEEKEND! WOOOOO! yey for half-brothers! :D Oh, I'm celebrating some random bint's engagement (my half-brother knows her friend, or something, and I'm going to their small, exclusive meal, apparently. Although he doesn't seem to be sure) as well. I need one sleeping bag and a sleepover kit.

Also, apparently I don't want to meet his housemate Mark. When pressed for details, he responded with "hur hur hur. I know what's best for you, don't worry!" And no, to the people who have asked, he doesn't like the idea of being one half of a Coxon sandwich.
johncoxon: (Default)
me: "I thought I'd just say to her at the beginning of the evening 'you look very pretty tonight' and then wait a couple of hours and come in with 'I'm not wearing any underwear today'."
Dave: "Well, try it, then let me know how that goes... I can see you wearing a drink by the end of that night."

Hence, a poll. Dave wants to know how many of my flist think that this is a smooth chatup line, so here we go! )

me: "It's all going downhill."
Dave: "We're at the end of the hill, we're now BASE jumping off!"
me: "We're a bit random sometimes, aren't we?"
Dave: "Just about every time we talk!"

Alarms

Mar. 9th, 2007 08:02 pm
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The alarm goes off to notify us that the cooker wants attention.
Dave: "I don't know whether Dad wants that turning up or left or right or down."
Me: "All he said was let Carole in, and that ain't Carole."
Dave: "You're going to do well at uni, aren't you?"

Later, the doorbell rings whilst I am on the phone to Nina.
Dave: "That's not the oven!"
Me: "Well done, David, that is indeed not the oven!"
Nina: "What...?"

Family!

Mar. 9th, 2007 06:54 pm
johncoxon: (Default)
My half-brother David's here! Yeah! He has really, really sexy trainers, and says I'm a manwhore (various reasons). Ain't family great?

Weekend

Feb. 20th, 2007 04:51 pm
johncoxon: (plokta.con pi)
"Giggety giggety! Oooohhhhh yeah!" For those of you who are wondering, that was the battlecry of Stef as we went on a quest through London to see who was noseworthy and who was not. Still need more information? Then I'll begin...

So, last week was half-term. My half-brother James came over for most of the holiday (Friday to Thursday) and my other half-brother, David, came on the Wednesday to say hello as well. Both of them witnessed my driving and haven't died yet, which is an achievement from my point of view! Nothing much happened, to be honest - I worked a few shifts, I mucked around with my half-brothers, I went into town more times than I can count and I ate, drank and slept. It was a great week in that it consisted of just existing with my half-brother, and as such any reports of proceedings are liable to be slightly dull.

Saturday, however, saw the oncoming of Picocon at Imperial College, whereupon I got to see lots of fannish-type people (including those such as [livejournal.com profile] despotliz who I hadn't met before) and had a thoroughly good time carefully avoiding the programme by loitering in the bar area and The Other Bit. I also drew on two glasses and a rock in order to create a shrubbery, but that was ruined by Stef doing a similar thing first (they thought I was ripping him off!). It was on this day that I purchased my Big Red One (Comic Relief's red nose for 2007). Wearing this, Stef and I went up to various people (although Stef was, I admit, slightly more daring) to ask them to "touch my nose!". Most of these people did happen to be attractive young bints (weird how that worked out, huh?) and so the expression of someone as being "noseworthy" and the cry of "get your nose out!" - used to describe and to point out attractive ladies respectively - were born.

We went for Chinese food and then went back to James' before drinking some alcohol and eventually falling asleep. The next day, Max, James, Tamar and I went to a carboot sale, at which some of us bought things and I didn't. Later on, James, Max, Stef and I went to see Hot Fuzz which was excellent and terrific and generally awesome (James suggested having a slouch to the place in which it was filmed) before James gave me a lift to the station and I caught some trains to allow me to pull into Peterborough at 19:30. Cue lots of chatting online and catching up with e-mails before some well-earned sleep (although I did happen to stay up til 02:00).
johncoxon: (Don't Panic)
While listening to Somebody Told Me by The Killers, the following conversation came about with my half-brother James:

"This song reminds me of you."
"Why?"
"It just sounds like something you'd do."
"What, have a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend?"
"Yeah."

Thanks, bruv.
johncoxon: (Default)
I wrote this for [livejournal.com profile] lettergraveyard, but I figure I might as well post it here, too.

Cut for length )

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