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Printers – Scum of the Earth

26 Mar

I hate printers! Despise the buggers. Within the last week alone I’ve had issues with more than one of the bloody things. First off, trying to use the library printers to print something in colour, first it was in colour, but double sided( which isn’t aloud when handing work in) then it was black and white not double sided, then black and white double sided and finally I managed to get it right. Cost me a bomb in printer credit, and considering I’m low on money that was shitter.  And just today I tired printing off a job application and my CV and my own printers buggered. It keeps shouting at me that there’s a cartridge jam. There isn’t!

It seems like this post is going to be a bit of a rant post. Well a lot of a rant post really.

  • I can’t find my holdall to pack my stuff (I’m heading home at the end of the week.)
  • I’m short on boxes to use because I can’t find my hold all.
  • I need to get an essay done in the next two days, or at least the majority of it and all of the library work, and my work ethic at the moment is less than zilch.
  • I need to use the bloody printers again. Stupid bloody things.
  • Hypocrites all around at the moment too.
  • And selfishness, can’t stand it.
  • I’m going to have to spend my last couple of quid on printer credits because of that faff with the printers the other day.
  • And finally last night I whacked my leg on the heater and have a massive bruise.

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I’m right in the mood for a row. A right slinging match!

I’m going to go calm down now.

-C

Guest Post: Introducing… Ang

24 Mar

As a child, playing games was all about hide and seek, snakes and ladders and making dens. Then you grew up, started university, lost all innocence and discovered drinking games!

Here are my top 5 for your enjoyment and intoxication needs:

5. Beer pong

This game will test your bouncing ball skills and your alcohol endurance. No chundering now! It is the perfect game when there’s a big group.

Tip: Vary the strength of the drinks in the game, so some terrible Lambrini, shots of vodka, whiskey, maybe some Smirnoff ice? (You get where I’m going…).

How to play: 

  1. Divide yourself into 2 teams and stand at opposite ends of a table, each group with 6 -10
  2. The first person throws a ping pong ball at the other team’s cups. If it lands in one, a person from the other team must down the contents-simples.
  3. As the cups get emptied, the remaining ones can be moved closer together.
  4. The losing team is the first one to finish all their beverages. As a punishment, they must then drink everything left in the winning team’s cups as well.

pong

4.Never have I ever …

This is one of the easiest drinking games around, and is also a great way of finding out all your friends best kept secrets! (Although you’ll probably expose your own in the process…)

How to play: 

  1. Going round in a circle, each person takes it in turn to say “Never have I ever…” followed by something they haven’t done (the more shameful the better).
  2. Anyone who has done whatever activity is named has to consume their drink. That’s pretty much it – the fun of this game is what you learn about your friends!

never

3. 21’s

How hard can it be to count to 21, right?

How to play: 

  1. First player chooses the direction e.g. “1 to my left…”
  2. Players then continue counting. If anyone says two numbers e.g. “3, 4” the game changes direction, if someone says three “5, 6, 7” then it carries on in the same direction but skips a player.
  3. Anyone who screws up drinks.
  4. Whoever ends up as “21” also has to drink (It rarely gets that far!).

twenty

2. G’day Bruce

The game gets pretty complicated as everyone’s name changes and you have to remember who you’re introducing!  Aussie accents must be used at all times.

How to play: 

  1. Sit in a circle. The first person says ‘G’day Bruce’ to the person on their left, who replies ‘G’day Bruce’. The first person then gestures to the third person along, saying ‘Say g’day to Bruce, Bruce’.
  2.  The second person then turns to the third and says ‘G’day Bruce’. The third player replies ‘G’day Bruce’, and then, as before, the second person points to the fourth saying ‘Say g’day to Bruce, Bruce’.
  3. This goes on around the circle until someone makes a mistake, at which point they must drink and their name will change (start with Sheila, then Kylie, Jason, Lou, Harold, Madge and Dingbat etc. etc.)

 bruce

6. Ring of Fire

There are plenty of variations on these rules (same results), but this is how I tend to play:

How to play: 

  1. Arrange a pack of cards in a small circle around a pint glass, all face down.
  2. Sit in a circle around the cards. Take it in turns to pick a card, making sure you don’t break the circle (if you do, you must immediately down your drink).
  3. For each card, there is an action:

2: You – Pick somebody to drink

3: Me – You have to drink

4: Whore (girls) – All girls in the group drink

5: Thumb master – The person with the card can wait as long as they like before performing the action. They just put their thumbs up, last person to do this has to consume.

6: Dicks (men) – All guys in the group drink

7: Heaven –  The person with the card can wait as long as they like before performing the action. They just point up to the ceiling, last person to do so has to consume.

8: Mate- Have a gulp of your drink, whilst making a friend do the same!

9: Rhyme – Whoever picks the card must say a phrase. The next person then says a phrase that rhymes and so on until someone screws up (they have to drink).

10: Categories – Similar to 9, although this time the first person names a category (e.g. cars, U.K. cities, types of beer) and everyone has to name something that fits into it. Again, whoever messes up first drinks.

Jack: Rule – The picker gets to think of a new rule for the game.

Queen: Question Master – Picking this card means you become Question Master. Ask people questions, and if they don’t answer back with a question, they have to drink. The Question Master title passes on as soon as someone else gets the Queen.

King: Drink in the cup – The first three people to pick up a King add some of their drink (whatever it is) to the pint glass in the middle – the fourth person drinks the dirty pint.

Ace: Waterfall – Fill your drinks up, then everyone in the circle starts drinking at the same time. The person who picked the Ace can continue drinking for as long as they want, but the second person cannot stop drinking until they have, the third person cannot stop until the second has and so on. Whoever picks the Ace chooses which direction the waterfall goes in.

 ring

So there you have it, 5 of what I believe to be the best drinking games around! Enjoy…

-Ang

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Live in Pride with our Survival Guide – Part 4: Getting your shit done

19 Mar

Good start on the ‘blogging on certain days of the week’ thing. I’d totally forgot that I’d been nominated for Tuesdays and I don’t have anything prepared. So going off the survival guide theme we’ve had in the past few weeks and as deadline time is fast approaching I’ll write a continuation.

How to get through deadline time

1. Don’t leave it until the last minute – You’d think that this was an obvious one, but a fair portion of the people I know do just that. (*Cough cough* Benson There’s a deadline for our creative portfolio module on Friday and Chopstick is currently sat in the library coaching him through getting it done.) You need to get the work done as soon as possible, or at least the bulk of the prep work and plans. It just makes it so much easier when you come to write it.

2. Decide on a topic or question and stick with it – Don’t go changing your question half way through, or even worse just before the deadline, again I know people who have done this and then they panic when they’re still writing an hour before deadline cut off and then are rushing to get to the office to get in it.

3. Actually go to the lectures/seminars – They help. Not only do you get straight up information from the lectures, in seminars you get discussion from not only the teacher, but the other students too. These discussions are really good for getting different interpretations and totally new points you’ve not thought of and that you can discuss in the essay, giving you much more scope.

4. Find a place where you can actually work – Some people work better at home, others outside, and some work better in the library. Personally I work better in the library, less distractions. The xbox isn’t there for a start, there’s no TV, you can watch Youtube and what have you in ours I suppose, but still there are less distractions.

5. Use resources – There’ll be a library at the university. Use it. Our university – if not all – have online resources too, which means you can access journals and whatnot at home. if you’re one of those who works better in comfort. Online recourse’s are particularly good as you have the CTRL+F function where you can search for a certain word without having to faff wading through everything. Plus, take a look at this infographic on how to use google search effectively.

So, that’s my contribution for this week.

Good luck to all those suffering with Deadlines at the moment too.

-C

 

End of the blogging frenzy

16 Mar

It seems last week was a flurry of blogging for us! This week however, things have simmered down a bit for us. Once again,we’re stuck in the library getting work done. I’ve just printed a load of work for my creative portfolio, and Chopstick is writing a article to go in for editing so that it can then appear on Urban Times. So we’ve not had all that much time to get anything else done. However, in one of our small breaks from work we’ve decided to set specific dates for when we post a blog, so that we keep the content updated and don’t end up relying of Sunday guest posts. Tuesdays and Thursdays have been voted in as the winners. I imagine there will be other posts in between those too to be honest.

I’m afraid this is just a short update post, once deadlines are over, we’ll probably be back to regular broadcasting. I needs to get on with another essay now. Laters

-C

Guest Post: Introducing… BROWS

10 Mar

Hey guys, Brows here (and if you think that nickname’s odd, you should know they used to call me Miles for my apparent resemblance to Miley Cyrus)! I was asked to write a blog post for the ever-witty ‘Chopstick and Chunks’, so I thought I’d write about something that plagues a great many of students and young adults – finance.

I’ll take that £2.27 – That would buy me a pint!

From a student perspective, it’s easy to run out of money. Whether it’s rash spending (I’m a beggar for buying books and alcohol – an odd combination, perhaps, but that’s English Literature students for you!) or those pesky nights out that start with a sensible ‘I’ll just have one or two’, and escalates to buying everyone in the bar a sodding drink. Even if you’re the most sensible student on earth, accidents happen, and you’ll more than likely end up broke and living on 15p noodles at some point.

Prevention is kind of obvious – cutting back on the booze, getting a decent shop in when your money first comes in, crap like that – but that’s not going to help when your money’s already gone. So, I thought I’d put together some tips for what happens when you hit panic mode.

1)      DVDs and GAMES. Have a large collection? Selling your DVDs is an easy way to make cash when you’re broke. Places like CEX are excellent for this, especially since you can check on their website how much they’ll buy them for. Just ask yourself – does my flatmate have this DVD? Do I really need it? Can I watch it online instead? Depends how cautious you are on the last one, I guess! But a small stack can make you a pretty penny if you need it – and you can always buy it back later. Games tend to fetch more if they’re recent, so it’s always worth considering.

2)      BOOKS. Got a ridiculous sized text book from your first year, or something relevant to student studies? Most universities hold book sales in their on-campus libraries. I know with the two universities I have been to, you handed your books in along with how much you wanted to sell them for. At my last uni, if they weren’t sold you got them back – bonus, since if all else fails you can flog it on eBay. Ever had a book that cost forty-odd quid? Think how many students will want it if you sell it for £20. Even if your uni doesn’t run one, it’s not hard to club together with mates to hold your own, and there are shops that will buy off you. It’s worth checking for a local buy-and-sell Facebook group, too – or Gumtree.com if you can’t find one. I’ve made a pretty penny both ways.

We need a banana for scale here.

3)      CLOTHES. These can be a bit harder to sell unless you go on eBay. While worth it, eBay can be a bit of a hassle, so it’s worth having a nose around your local town or city. Most places will have boutiques that take in your clothes to sell on, and pay you a percentage of the profit once they’re sold (usually around 60%, which isn’t bad). Handy if you’ve got a nice jacket you’ve outgrown, or something new and unworn that your grandma sent you and you hate. Not the most instant way to make cash, but if you hit the fashion trend, you’re gold. A lot of small retro/vintage boutiques have sprung up that specialise in this, and since vintage seems to be the in thing of late, you can make a killing. It’s worth tapping into Google, too, since there are a few online places for this – something I know my sibling uses for survival!

4)      BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION. Now, this is up to your individual conscience for this one. If you have a British Heart Foundation charity shop nearby, it’s worth signing up for a donation card. Costs nothing, it just means that with it, the BHF earns more from selling donations. What it also means, however, is that your details are one file. So if you have clothes or books you can’t sell elsewhere, donate to them, and a little while later, you’ll get a letter through the post. This letter will tell you how much profit was made, and tells you to get in contact if you want all or part of that money. Pretty nice of them, huh? I personally couldn’t do it and let them have it, but it’s good to know that it’s there if you’re desperate.

Bart tells another incredibly amusing fart joke as Lisa plays air guitar.

5)      ACCOMODATION POSTERS. You may have noticed that electrical devices are really frickin’ hard to sell – charity shops and the like don’t take them, and very few people will buy a spare toaster off eBay.  It’s worth advertising in your student halls, if you live there. I recently sold my printer using that method. However, here’s an important tip: if you’re advertising by poster, DO NOT put your number on it. You’ll get pranked the hell out of, I guarantee it. Instead try your email address. Much safer. Of course, when it comes to phones/game consoles/music devices, it’s worth trying places like CEX first. But if it’s not going to earn you much, this method is handy for spendaholic students passing by (much like ourselves!). Try the communal areas for this.

6)      RUMMAGE! My last proper tip is to look through your old baggage. Do you have stuff left at your parent/family’s house? If you’re anything like me and my mates, you probably still have a good few boxes of stuff hiding under your old bed. Have a think about this. If it’s not in your flat, then do you need it? Are you missing it? I tend to find it’s mostly CDs, since they’re all burned onto your laptop anyway. These are best flogged on eBay for £2-3. Sounds cheap, but if you think – sell five and you have a tenner. Sell ten and you have £20. Beautiful! But yeah, if you’re not using it, chances are you don’t need it. So next time you visit your mum, have a poke through it.

There! These are the tips I’ve used to minimize my own damage. Prevention is better, but mishaps happen to the best of us. Sell your rubbish, buy the cheapest stuff, and you’ll be financially healthy in no time. And try to limit those mad nights out, eh?

All the best,
Mr. Brows.

Live in Pride with our Survival Guide! – Part 1: What to bring?

5 Mar

Chopstick here!

Recently, we had a friend come to Lincoln for the day as he’s due to start university here with us next year. We were discussing things that, as a new university student, you should be aware of. There are so many things to list that it actually became impossible to keep track of all the things that were going on. As a result, we’re going to post a few lists over the next couple of days which – if you’re planning on going to university this year – you should really keep in mind.

This will be you in your first university week!

To bring:

  •  Spare bedding – Blankets, duvets, pillows and under-sheets. If you get wasted during Freshers and you vomit all over your only set of sheets, you will not be a happy bunny.
  • Tin openers – Some houses supply them, some don’t. However, if you intend to buy cheap foods, many of the cans don’t have ring-pulls – thus, need for tin opener. Beware!
  • Wet wipes – What if your shower packs up working? What if you need  to get clean quick but don’t have time to shower? What if you’re getting intimate and need a quick wash? All these ‘what if’s can be solved with a wet wipe.
  • All your important documents – when you first enroll into university, chances are you’re going to need some key documents. Include your birth certificate, a bank statement from the last three months and all your housing documentation. You may not want it, but you’ll probably need it. When travelling to university, it would also be wise to bring it up in the car with you!
  • Stationary – During the first week of uni, all of the good stuff gets snapped up. Get it early!
  • Stamps – They sound like an unnecessary thing, but they last forever and sending off forms becomes vastly easier when you have stamps to hand.
  • Food – Fresher’s Week wipes out the supermarkets and clogs up the roads, so you aren’t going to want to go shopping for a tonne of food when you’ve spent all day unpacking. At the least, bring pasta, bread, milk and butter.
  • Alcohol – It can be awkward meeting new people for the first time. As soon as you start drinking, you don’t need to worry about awkwardness.
  • Basic tools – This can range from person to person, but I’ve found bringing an Allan key, a flat-headed screw driver, Blutak, lightbulbs and sellotape to be the most effective kit.
  • Washing-up liquid and toilet roll – Many houses share these products, but you can’t be presumptuous; strangers might not want to share their necessities.

There are so many things people use to bring to university with them that they consider an essential, it’s difficult to compile an accurate list! For more information – or a To Do List – for when you get there, read Chunk’s post here.

WHAT DID YOU BRING?

Take care! CS. c

Guest Post: Introducing… TITS MCGEE

3 Mar

When Chopstick and Chunks ask you to do a guest post on their blog, you obviously say yes. There’s no question about it – any other answer would be insane. What you shouldn’t then do is leave it for over a month before you actually start writing it. I tell you, I have been stalked, threatened and held at chopstick point until this moment – because I am finally typing – even if I suspect one of the deadly duo are hanging around here somewhere, weapons at the ready.

So the only question is – what to talk about? I’ve been reading back through all the posts so far and I realise it’s pretty difficult to follow something these guys have said because they’re either hilarious or helpful and I am neither of these things (unless you have some sort of problem you need to discuss).

Maybe I should get them to put up one of those sections where you write in and some weird aged man writes back pretending to be your ‘Aunty Jim’. For those of you who are Dawn French fans, yes, that was a reference to Vicar of Dibley. I miss that show. I particularly miss when she got married to the GORGEOUS Richard Armitage. NOM. So this entire section is turning in to me just rambling on about anything and everything. I need a topic and since this is supposedly about health and wellbeing I suppose it should be on that. So here goes.

Arm-mmmmmm-itage.

GO TO THE GYM.
Helpful huh? I went to the gym on Friday and then to dancing on Friday night, followed by teaching a dance lesson on Saturday and another trip to the gym today. I’m exhausted but I’ve got this amazing energy at the same time – like I’ve got rid of all my stress when I’ve been working out. It’s brilliant.

Studies show that exercise releases endorphins which make you happy, so I guess that must be why I’m feeling so good right now. But I don’t actually care about the technical stuff as I’m sure you don’t either. I just want to know why I should try going to the gym when I could be eating cake and watching TV.

Well, the simple fact is that no matter how much someone tells you how good it is for you, that you need to lose weight or that you need to be healthier, you’re not going to do it unless you have the motivation to do it. But if you find someone to go with – not to chat with in the gym – just someone who you can walk there and back with; it makes it easier. It feels less ‘I have to do this’ and more ‘I want to do this’.

Agree to go once or twice a week and you really start to feel the benefits. You have more energy, more confidence and less need to eat because you have nothing else to do. That’s why I snack – because I get bored. But going to the gym takes up the boredom time and you find you have more structure to the day – to get things done – and then you don’t feel bored at all.

It sounds all ‘self help advert’ but it is working for me. I remember the amount of times I used to think ‘I’m bored’ to myself in a day, and I see how much that has been reduced just because I have something else to do. So I fully recommend going to the gym whenever you start to feel bored, when you’re stressed or when you’ve been working hard on that essay all day. It helps.

So thanks for listening to me ramble – I hope it was helpful. Oh, and I am unaware of how I’m supposed to sign off, especially since my nickname was missed off the list (HINT HINT) so I’ll just do it anyway, but there’ll be no explanation. Even though it’s pretty obvious.

I hope to write to you all again!
Tits McGee.
(P.S Yes. You read it right. Think how that feels when you’re being introduced to people by your nickname.)

— Note from Chopstick: you won’t be able to tell this from the nickname, but Tits McGee has massive tits. I mean, absolutely massive. They’re beautiful…