Antics and Ramblings of Kat

Friday, June 30, 2006

Goodbye 116...

Tonight marks my last evening living on Basingstoke Road... and I have to admit I'm quite sad about it all. I've enjoyed living with Jess, Tracy, Gemma and Rachel and getting to know them all. Today has been spent in a veritable cleaning frenzy in readiness for our house inspection - which turned out to be a cursory look around the house. To be fair, it is gleaming and lemony fresh - and we've worked hard to gain our deposits back!

This evening only Tracy, Gemma and I remain in our lovely house and intend to reward our hard work with Harry Ramsden's fish and chips along with watching Big Brother together for the last time. The best part? No cooking or washing up to do on our last night!

It's been so great living here. God totally provided for me when he placed me into this house. Housing arrangements have never been straight forward for me, but God has been working for my good and his glory the whole time, hallelujah! I'm excited about moving into Pitcroft Avenue with Susan, Fiona and Katey for the next academic year... God's got it all in hand, and has put me there for a purpose... and if this last year has been anything to go by, I'm in for a fantastic year!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

"Don't worry, it's ok, I'm fine; I have a bowl!"
David Surtees, 23rd June 2006

Thursday, June 22, 2006

'Black Tie and Diamonds': RUCU Ball '06

[The full original versions of these photos (and a few others) can be found here :) ]

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Summer days, drifting away...

Ahh... the end of the summer term. There's nothing quite like it for the feeling of anticipation before the seemingly endless summer holiday arrives and the blissful (relative) freedom from academic work. Oh yes, and the occasional realisation that results will be published next week... but that's a minor point! It's great to finally have the time to relax, read books, watch DVDs and hang out with friends without the 'guilt factor' of revising and deadlines. I fully intend to enjoy it while it lasts!

Having been at home last week, it's just great to meet up again with my "Reading-friends". Lunch in Cafe Mondial and playing pool yesterday with Dan and Anna, just chilling out, having a laugh and reflecting on the last year and what lies ahead. On my way home, stumbling upon a game of ultimate frisbee on the sports field that various St Pats residents, past and present (plus a few others!) were playing... good times. Including being rugby tackled to the floor by Andy and being hit in the head by a frisbee by Miri! (No sign of a bruise just yet... we shall see!) And of course, the day was rounded off by watching the highs and lows of the England match in Sherfield Hall JCR, with housemates Gemma and Jess amongst others. All in all, a fabulous summer day. Even if summer doesn't quite seem to want to properly come out and play just yet!

Tonight heralds the RUCU Summer Ball... which promises to be a great night of fun and frivolity. Photos to come tomorrow, I promise!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

All the small things...

Isn't it funny how little things can remind you of someone?

My grandma passed away a week ago today... and ever since, little things have reminded me of her, almost everywhere I go.

* Strawberries. She always used to buy them in the summer.

* Carnations that she used to buy for my mum when she came to visit.

* Shopping in Sainsbury's... and the pork breakfast sausage she always bought, which me, my sister and cousin all love.

* The sunshine, and how she loved the sun and going on holiday and being in the garden.

It's just the little things, that make me think of her and smile and wish she was still here. It's the hardest thing to realise that I won't see her again, and that she won't be at my wedding next summer.

I hope I hold onto the little things... because those are the special things, the special memories that I never want to forget.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

So Beautiful

Darren Hayes. I wonder if you've heard of him? He was the front man of Savage Garden, but went solo since they split a few years back. You probably remember Savage Garden. The classic love song band - Truly Madly Deeply, and all that kind of thing. I really loved Savage Garden for their albums though, the darker album tracks that most people have never heard, but I love and treasure.

I kept following Darren Hayes after the band split, from the global success to now when his record company doesn't really bother to promote him anymore. Darren's not popular in the mainstream really these days... sure, his singles make the Top 40 (for what that's worth these days... I'm not entirely sure that it's that meaningful - and I certainly know that I lot of the music I love would never enter that particular measure of 'success') but you generally won't hear him played on the radio, or on many TV programmes. But I love Darren and his music. I love that he's not afraid to be experimental. Or subversive. He's charismatic and a generally funny and witty, down to earth guy. Not at all hung up and obsessed with being a celebrity. I've seen him a few times on tour, and those gigs have been the best that I've been to. He's immensely talented lyrically and vocally (and I have to confess I'm a bit of a sucker for a falsetto!) - and I think he's underrated.

I love meaningful lyrics. With a story. Things I can relate to, and see that they ring true with life. And I find that with this artist.

Anyway, this video of a performance of 'So Beautiful' at the Zulu Awards last year... the single reached some mediocre position in the UK. But you know what? I don't really care. Because I quite enjoy knowing and enjoying lesser-known artists. Hidden gems. It makes the music more special to me, somehow.

You may not agree with me. You may hate the song, and the performance and the guy. But isn't that the beauty of our individuality? The ability to appreciate and enjoy different things and other peoples' tastes.

I decided to share this with you - because I could.