October 2020 Introduction:
We’ve made it to another year in my series of journal posts from the old Bolt social media site. And 2004 was a particularly significant one for me, with the conclusion of my university studies and my subsequent search for a job. But that’s all still to come, as we need to get through the first half of the year before we reach that new chapter in my life.
This month I stayed with a friend at Bournemouth University for a few days, continued my own studies at Exeter University including another exam, got addicted to another video game, and bought a few more DVDs. Plus there’s another top 100 list, for which I take no responsibility if you willingly explore the links and come away with any unwanted earworms. So let’s crack on with it, and I hope you enjoy!
Thursday January 1, 2004
Happy New Year!
Well, here we are in 2004. We didn’t go anywhere last night, just stayed indoors and watched Jools Holland’s Hootenanny on the TV. We had champagne too, and there were fireworks nearby that we could see, so we got a free display!
And as for the year ahead, I’ll be finishing uni and hopefully getting a job as a result, and I’ll turn 21 in August as well. But that’s all in the future. Right now I’ve got one and a half weeks left of my holiday, and Nan goes home soon. And next week I’ll be going to stay with my best mate at Bournemouth University, so that should be good fun.
Friday January 2, 2004
Channel 4 have been continuing their obsession with Top 10 and Top 100 list shows lately, all of which are voted for by the public. For instance, we’ve had the 100 Greatest TV Treats of 2003 – which was won, not surprisingly, by the England World Cup Rugby victory. There’s also been the 100 Greatest Musicals, won by Grease, and it was good to see Rocky Horror reach Number 7. And there’s been the 100 Greatest Sexy Moments, won by Honey Ryder emerging from the sea in Dr No.
And then last night we had the 100 Worst Pop Records of all time. There are certainly some awful tunes in there, most of which I agree with. But there are also a few good songs which don’t really deserve to be included. So as I’m a music fan, I thought I’d print the full list. See if you agree with them:
- The Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum) – The Cheeky Girls
- The Millennium Prayer – Cliff Richard
- Agadoo – Black Lace
- Candle In The Wind 1997 – Elton John
- Fast Food Song – The Fast Food Rockers
- Mr Blobby – Mr Blobby
- Because We Want To – Billie Piper
- Barbie Girl – Aqua
- Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
- Jenny From The Block – Jennifer Lopez
- Orville’s Song – Keith Harris & Orville
- Look At Me – Geri Halliwell
- Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – Bombalurina featuring Timmy Mallett
- (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams
- Sacred Trust – One True Voice
- Against All Odds – Mariah Carey & Westlife
- Who Let The Dogs Out? – Baha Men
- 5, 6, 7, 8 – Steps
- Living Next Door To Alice (Who The Fuck Is Alice?) – Smokie featuring Roy Chubby Brown
- Anyone Can Fall In Love – Anita Dobson
- There’s No One Quite Like Grandma – St. Winifred’s School Choir
- Teletubbies Say ‘Eh-Oh’ – The Teletubbies
- Earth Song – Michael Jackson
- The Lady In Red – Chris de Burgh
- My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
- No Way No Way – Vanilla
- Wannabe – The Spice Girls
- For All Time – Catherine Zeta Jones
- Mama – Who Da Man? – Richard Blackwood
- Can I Touch You… There? – Michael Bolton
- The Birdie Song – The Tweets
- Suspicious Minds – Gareth Gates
- Diamond Lights – Glenn Hoddle & Chris Waddle
- Lucky – Britney Spears
- Long Haired Lover From Liverpool – Little Jimmy Osmond
- Believe – Cher
- Macarena – Los Del Rio
- Boys (Summertime Love) – Sabrina
- Just Say No – Grange Hill Cast
- Y Viva España – Sylvia Vrethammar
- Unchained Melody – Robson & Jerome
- Can We Fix It? – Bob The Builder
- Fog On The Tyne (Revisited) -Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne & Lindisfarne
- Shaddap You Face – Joe Dolce
- Chick, Chick, Chicken – Natalie Casey
- Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
- Touch Me (I Want Your Body) – Samantha Fox
- Grandad – Clive Dunn
- Puppy Love – Donny Osmond
- Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday – Boney M
- I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
- Dick-A-Dum-Dum (King’s Road) – Des O’Connor
- Girl You Know It’s True – Milli Vanilli
- Out Of Your Mind – True Steppers & Dane Bowers featuring Victoria Beckham
- Mysterious Girl – Peter Andre
- Back Home – England World Cup Squad
- Every Loser Wins – Nick Berry
- MMMBop – Hanson
- Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Middle of the Road
- I Wanna Be A Hippy – Technohead
- Don’t It Make You Feel Good – Stefan Dennis
- I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) – Meat Loaf
- We All Stand Together – Paul McCartney & the Frog Chorus
- Star Trekkin’ – The Firm
- Perfect Moment – Martine McCutcheon
- Doop – Doop
- We Are The World – USA for Africa
- Give Me Your Body – The Chippendales
- I Should Be So Lucky – Kylie Minogue
- Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
- The Floral Dance – Terry Wogan
- I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper – Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
- We Will Rock You – Five & Queen
- Dirrty – Cristina Aguilera
- Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
- No Limit – 2 Unlimited
- I Wanna Sex U Up – Color Me Badd
- The Laughing Gnome – David Bowie
- Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet
- So Macho – Sinitta
- American Pie – Madonna
- Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? – Rod Stewart
- We Built This City – Starship
- Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble – PJ & Duncan
- Love And Tears – Naomi Campbell
- Save Your Love – Renée & Renato
- Saturday Night – Whigfield
- Hello – Lionel Richie
- Remember You’re A Womble – The Wombles
- MacArthur Park – Richard Harris
- I’d Rather Jack – The Reynolds Girls
- Vindaloo – Fat Les
- Ebony And Ivory – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
- My Toot Toot – Denise LaSalle
- Ebeneezer Goode – The Shamen
- Making Your Mind Up – Bucks Fizz
- Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid II
- Rabbit – Chas & Dave
- C’est La Vie – B*witched
- Spaceman – Babylon Zoo
Friday January 9, 2004
I’m back from Bournemouth. It’s been a good few days, and it was great to see my best friend again. I arrived at the Bournemouth University campus on Tuesday night, and we had a pizza at the university bar, which was delicious. While we were there, a lady approached us and asked if we would do an interview about our sight problems, for a university radio show she’s working on. So we agreed, and we did it the next morning. Also on Wednesday we went to a meeting of a community volunteer group that my friend is a member of, and they do all sorts of interesting projects and activities.
On Wednesday night, he took me to a couple of nightclubs, which was good fun. They were having a retro night in one of them, so they had various songs that we remembered. Then on Thursday a mate came down from Portsmouth to join us. We had a look around the town and then went ten pin bowling.
We also saw Bruce Almighty on DVD during my stay. I’d never seen it before, but it’s a good film, starring Jim Carrey. it’s light-hearted, funny, and a good way to kill an evening, and makes some good points too. And we played a PS2 game called Burnout 2, mainly on the Crash stages, which are very addictive and great fun.
My mate’s got a nice house, which he shares with two others. He’s on the ground floor, with an en suite bathroom. The only gripe I’d have is that the lighting in that area is terrible at night, so it was hard to find his house – and that was with a taxi driver helping me! But talking of taxis, they are very good in Bournemouth. There are taxi ranks in all the important spots, or you can phone for a taxi which will arrive very quickly. All the taxi drivers I met were very polite and helpful, and the fares were reasonable. And all in all Bournemouth is a nice place. I’ll hopefully be going back there again to visit later in the year.
Tuesday January 13, 2004
Things are going fine after my first two days back at university. We’ve pretty much finished International Accounting now, and my exam’s on the 29th. It means I have one less subject to attend next week. The week of the exam is a reading week, so we don’t have any lectures or tutorials. Then we go back for the rest of the term, which lasts about 7 weeks, and we’ll be getting into a new module to replace International Accounting, called Financial Statement Analysis, which might not be too bad.
Friday January 16, 2004
You’ll be pleased to know that our oven is now fixed, after it broke last month. The part they sent this time wasn’t strictly the right one, but the engineer put it in the other way around and it works perfectly safely like that. Apart from that, uni’s going fine. And I’ve actually got a reason to use MSN Messenger at last, as a couple of old school friends have got in touch, so I’ve downloaded version 6 now.
Friday January 23, 2004
That’s another week at uni over, and we get a week off now. I’ve got my International Accounting exam on Thursday, so I’ll be revising for that mainly.
I’ve bought some more DVDs this week. It’s typical, nothing decent gets released at Christmas, and now quite a lot of great stuff is coming out over the next couple of months. So I bought series 3 of Ever Decreasing Circles, and series 3 of The Brittas Empire.
In the news there’s been no contact with Beagle 2, the British craft on Mars. NASA have been doing well with theirs though, called Spirit, and some good pictures have come back, but now they’ve lost contact with that too! And back on Earth in the UK, the naked rambler has finished his trek from Lands End to John O’Groats, even though he was arrested many times. The strange things people do!
Tuesday January 27, 2004
As I’ve got a free week, my parents and I went out shopping yesterday, and I bought Burnout 2, which I had played when I stayed with my friend earlier this month. Sure, it is fairly old now, but it’s part of the Platinum range, meaning it’s £20 cheaper. I completed the training part (all Gold medals, easy), and I’ve opened up all the Crash levels, as I love that part of the game. I’ve tried doing races as well, but I’m certainly going to have to get used to them. It’s so annoying when you’re doing so well, only to crash into something that appears out of nowhere, especially if you’re going over a hill! But the crashes do look cool, so it makes up for it!
NASA have got their second probe, Opportunity, on the other side of Mars successfully, although they’re still having trouble with the first one. Still, they have found ice on the planet, which is interesting, and means that some sort of life could or did exist.
Apart from that, my revision’s going well I think. We won’t know if I’ve revised the right things until Thursday, but fingers crossed!
Thursday January 29, 2004
The exam went well today, it’s probably the easiest of all the ones I’ll have to do this year. I’m not sure when the results come out, but I expect it’ll be a few weeks at least. I go back to uni next Monday for another 7 weeks.
I’ve also continued playing Burnout 2 with a passion. Crash mode is extremely addictive, and I’ve already got Gold Medals on all 15 levels. That opens up a cheat called Runaway which, when turned on, has the same format and levels as Crash mode, but with faster speeds, and the car will go off on its own if you leave it alone. I’m now going to concentrate on races and championships, although I’ll keep coming back to Crash Mode as it’s such fun.