Journal – May 2003

Here we go again, with another bundle of journal posts. My time was mainly spent revising for my upcoming exams this month, but there has also been an IQ test on TV, the most recent Bond film, a list of the worst Britons, and our now infamous Eurovision performance that earned the UK “nul points”. So I hope you enjoy!

Thursday May 1, 2003

I’ve got another couple of results now, so here’s the full list so far, with the new ones in bold, plus the exam dates:

Management Accounting:

  • Essay – 70% (worth 10% so approx. 7% of module mark)
  • Group project – 69% (worth 10% so approx. 6.9% of module mark)
  • Exam – To be taken on Wednesday 28th May (worth 80%)


  • Group project – Currently ongoing, presentation next week (worth 20%)
  • Exam – To be taken on Wednesday 4th June (worth 80%)

Financial Accounting:

  • Essay – 55% (worth 20% so approx. 11% of module mark)
  • Exam – To be taken on Monday 9th June (worth 80%)


  • Essay – 67% (worth 20% so approx. 13.4% of module mark)
  • Exam – To be taken on Thursday 12th June (worth 80%)

Information Systems:

  • Essay – 62% (worth 20% so approx. 12.4% of module mark)
  • Exam – 67% (worth 80% so approx. 53.6% of module mark)
  • Final module mark – 66%

All in all, not bad so far. Hopefully the exams should go well. I’m confident enough of passing at least (I need 40% minimum to pass on anything).

Local elections are being held today. Now I’m over 18, I can vote. I’ve already voted by post, so I don’t have to worry. No, I’m not telling you who I voted for. A lot of people my dad knows didn’t vote though. That’s a shame, as they’re passing up the opportunity to get a council they want, or even to chuck out one they don’t like and try another!

Monday May 5, 2003

It’s May Bank Holiday, so I get an extra day off. Today’s lessons have been moved to Wednesday, but not until the afternoon, so I don’t have to get up really early until Thursday and Friday.

Last night we had Test The Nation on BBC1, a national IQ test. I got a score of 62 out of 70, and that makes my IQ 130 apparently, which is a great score.

There were lots of statistics during the night. There were a selection of groups in the studio taking the test, out of which mechanics came bottom (average IQ = 92), then body builders (95), musicians (100), blondes (101), celebrities (102), tax inspectors (108) and city traders at the top (111). Blondes were not bottom this year, which they were last time, so they’re dispelling the stereotype, which is good. In the UK, Wales were bottom (103), then England (104), Scotland (105) and Northern Ireland were top (106). The best UK region was the South with 107, and the lowest was the South East with 103. Cardiff was the worst capital city (103), while London had 105, and Edinburgh and Belfast tied with 106.

Those people who were heavier at birth appeared to have higher IQs. If you listen to classical music, you should have a higher IQ, while pop & dance music had the lowest. Rock was in the middle. A strange outcome was salaries – the higher your salary, the lower your IQ. You’d think you would have to be intelligent to earn a higher salary, but perhaps some elements are not so important. As they said on the show though, if you have a high salary then IQ doesn’t matter anyway! Also, those people who drink alcohol have a higher IQ than those who don’t, apparently.

In the celebrity section, Matthew Pinsent was 2nd with 120, and Paula Radcliffe was 1st with 125. And finally, males and females were also compared. The females got 102 and men got 106. We won again, although it doesn’t prove anything. They’re only statistics, and the whole show was just a bit of fun, nothing to be taken too seriously.

Apart from that, having bought the DVD on Friday, I watched the new James Bond film Die Another Day last night. Me and my Dad were both a bit disappointed really. It was a good film, but not one of the best. Pierce Brosnan is a good Bond, but not the best either (Sean Connery was the original and still the best). And John Cleese was great as Q, his interactions with Bond were very funny.

Most of the special effects were good, but some were, as critics stated, a bit ropey. That’s not a problem, but it is true that on the ski slope section, the effects were so obvious and didn’t look realistic enough. The locations didn’t feel right for a Bond film either, perhaps being a bit too unrealistic, and the story felt a bit too far-fetched this time. They seemed to go for a story that relied on special effects rather than being particularly interesting. Plus, what is that theme tune? It’s awful! Madonna’s getting a lot of attention at the moment, but I don’t like her music much. The theme for Die Another Day is the worst Bond theme yet I think.

Overall, it’s a good film for anyone that’s not seen it, and Bond fans will like it on the whole. But it was still lacking something special this time.

Thursday May 8, 2003

We did our group presentations for Auditing today, and they went well. The results will be with us next week. Things are really coming to a close at uni now. One lesson is definitely finished with, meaning I get Tuesdays off as well as Wednesdays, plus 1 lesson in the morning on a Thursday, compared to 3 during the day. Then the week after next most of those stop too, because the exams are getting closer. I also bought Series 6 of Minder on DVD today.

Sunday May 11, 2003

Nan came down yesterday to stay over for the weekend, my Aunt and Uncle brought her down. So she’s going home today. As for me, I’m doing some work this weekend, and the next few weeks at uni will get shorter and shorter, giving me more free time for revision.

Channel 4 did another of their list programmes, as they fill up a few hours in the schedules, and last night it was the 100 Worst Britons. Candidates had to be British, living, and not in jail, which leaves Jeffrey Archer out, otherwise a lot of people would have voted for him I suspect. Here’s the list:

  1. Tony Blair
  2. Jordan (Katie Price)
  3. Margaret Thatcher
  4. Jade Goody
  5. Martin Bashir
  6. Gareth Gates
  7. Alex Ferguson
  8. H from Steps (Ian Watkins)
  9. Geri Halliwell
  10. The Queen
  11. Liam Gallagher
  12. Chris Evans
  13. Victoria Beckham
  14. Rik Waller
  15. Anthea Turner
  16. Bernard Manning
  17. Robbie Williams
  18. Peter Stringfellow
  19. Neil & Christine Hamilton
  20. Jim Davidson
  21. Charlotte Church
  22. Darren Day
  23. Lady Victoria Hervey
  24. Prince Charles
  25. Anne Robinson
  26. Edwina Currie
  27. Chris Moyles
  28. Jamie Oliver
  29. Cliff Richard
  30. Max Clifford
  31. The 3AM Girls
  32. Naomi Campbell
  33. Simon Cowell
  34. Sara Cox
  35. Harry Potter
  36. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
  37. James Hewitt
  38. Andrew Lloyd Webber
  39. Catherine Zeta-Jones
  40. Prince Edward
  41. Tracy Emin
  42. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
  43. Mick Hucknall
  44. Michael Winner
  45. Pete Waterman
  46. Prince Naseem Hamed
  47. Ainsley Harriott
  48. Trinny & Susannah
  49. Peter Mandelson
  50. Ken Livingstone
  51. Darius Danesh
  52. Amanda Holden
  53. Zoe Ball
  54. Martine McCutcheon
  55. Elton John
  56. Ant & Dec
  57. Alastair Campbell
  58. Ozzy Osbourne
  59. Stephen Byers & Jo Moore
  60. Richard Madeley
  61. Vinnie Jones
  62. Alan Titchmarsh
  63. Sophie, Countess of Wessex
  64. Chris Tarrant
  65. Ben Elton
  66. Jeremy Clarkson
  67. Jeremy Spake
  68. Carol Vorderman
  69. David Dickinson
  70. Frank Skinner
  71. Paul Burrell
  72. Tom Jones
  73. Sarah, Duchess of York
  74. Carol Smilie
  75. Elizabeth Hurley
  76. Princess Anne
  77. Guy Ritchie
  78. Delia Smith
  79. Jonny Vaughan
  80. Peter Tatchell
  81. Sting
  82. Gordon Ramsay
  83. Mick Jagger
  84. Damien Hurst
  85. Julie Burchill
  86. Richard Branson
  87. John Prescott
  88. Judith Chalmers
  89. Cherie Blair
  90. Nigella Lawson
  91. David Beckham
  92. Will Young
  93. Vanessa Feltz
  94. Ann Widdecombe
  95. Davina McCall
  96. Chris Eubank
  97. Lord Irvine
  98. Craig David
  99. Iain Duncan Smith
  100. Atomic Kitten

Make of that what you will! I do agree with some of it, but some of them are a bit unfair!

Friday May 16, 2003

All my lectures and tutorials have finished for this year. All I have to do now is revise for the exams. The first is not until the 28th, so I’ve got 12 days.

We’ve also had the results for the Auditing group project we completed last week. The overall mark for the project, which goes towards the overall module mark, was 73%! So that’s great, obviously. I’m also told that for the presentation part itself we got 88%! That’s even better!

Tuesday May 20, 2003

The revision’s still going well. 8 days to go until my first exam. There isn’t really much else happening at the moment, but I thought I’d share an amusing news story.

On the Isle of Wight, many children at one school, especially boys, have been playing up – threatening, vandalising, etc. The new deterrent? An old pink bus! The school got the oldest bus from the local company, removed all the comfortable seats and put in others, removed the heating system and installed CCTV. And they painted it bright pink! Any kids who misbehave then have the choice of walking, hiring a taxi, or travelling on the bus to get home. Most will, therefore, go on the bus (walking is too far and taxis cost money). The pink bus journey does take longer though, on purpose.

And it’s working! The kids bob down below the windows to stop being seen! Plus, if they misbehave on the way to school or on the way home, the driver stops for 5 minutes each time, making the journey home even longer. I think it’s a super idea, and the parents are supportive I believe. It’s helped bring down the problems enormously I gather. Maybe the idea will be adopted elsewhere.

Sunday May 25, 2003

Well, what can I say? In Eurovision last night, Turkey were the champions, with Belgium second and Russia third. And the UK, for the first time ever, came last with 0 points. Yep, nothing, nil. Some are blaming it on a backlash over the Iraq war, which could partly be right, but even if that wasn’t the case we still wouldn’t have done well, as our performance was dismal. They were badly out of tune, out of step and looked very wooden on stage, and it just wasn’t a good song. Sorry Jemini. Luckily, we can’t be eliminated even for coming bottom, because we are one of the big countries who put a lot of money into the contest, so we’re always part of it.

t.A.T.u. were also there, performing for Russia. I’ve never heard a whole song of theirs before, nor seen them much apart from when they’ve been on the news. The impression the media gives of them is big-headed girls who want to be controversial. They refused to rehearse, and promised to be raunchy on stage, although the BBC were ready to cut them out if necessary and show some video of them instead. They needn’t have worried though, as somebody obviously gave them a good talking to before the show. They didn’t do a proper dance routine, and instead just walked around. When one of the two wasn’t singing, the other just walked off towards the back and waited for their go, looking rather fed up. Plus, am I the only one who thinks they can’t sing? They sounded awful! The song wasn’t much anyway, even in terms of the lyrics. I’m astounded as to how they reached 3rd.

It says something about the quality of all the songs, though, that I can’t remember any of them. Not one song stood out. I do remember, though, that I liked the Irish, Icelandic and German songs, even if I can’t actually remember them now.

As for the Austrian entry, what was that about? Rabbits and birds and things? It was such an odd song!

I’m not complaining, really, I know it’s a bit of fun. And the voting hasn’t been fair for a long time, it’s so haphazard. But it’s good for a laugh, and we like to see the funny side of it here in the UK.

Wednesday May 28, 2003

The Management Accounting exam was ok today. It was quite long, and I think I made one or two silly mistakes at the end because of that, but overall I’m happy with it. The next exam is for Audit, and that’s next Wednesday. I bought Series 1-3 of Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em on DVD today too, it’s a very funny sitcom.

Author: Glen

Love London, love a laugh, love life. Visually impaired blogger, culture vulture & accessibility advocate, with aniridia & nystagmus, posting about my experiences & adventures.

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