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[09 Jan 2005|03:05pm]
I'm back! ^_^
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[30 Sep 2004|07:41pm]
Anybody here know how to dye clothes lol?, just wondering.
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Hello from Brum [26 Sep 2004|03:59pm]
Almost the end of my first week here, wont bore you with the details but my lectures start tomorrow, completely terrified now >_
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HHEEELLLLPPPPP!!!!!!!!!! [01 Sep 2004|08:30pm]

Right, Im turning up on the 20th, I need to know, and in ALOT of detail (you have no idea how stupid I am) what to do after turning up.

Specifically, where to go to get my flat key, where and what to do about A)My Busury (the money I get off the uni cause I have to pick it up immediatly after turning up or I will lose £2000) and B) My Loan. THEN I need to know where to register to the univeristy itself and what else I have to do after arriving.

Im not bothered with Freshers week, socialising and dont see ANY societies on the list I like SO 'please' only list Academic stuff.

PLEASE help.
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Exam results [19 Aug 2004|02:37pm]
I passed, BCE, not great but it means Ive got the necessary grades. After checking the site it seems Ive been accepted for 3 days. So Im in ^_^
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[11 Aug 2004|08:49pm]
Just letting you know, Im skipping Freshers week, just going to start into work lol. My results are out in 8 days, I'll post the results here.
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Housemate wanted! [04 Aug 2004|02:08pm]

Does anyone know of anyone looking for a house for next year? The girl we were hoping to live with has pulled out, so we need to find someone asap!

Ideas, anyone?
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And the winner is..... [29 Jul 2004|10:23am]

[ mood | thoughtful ]

... Dr Jonathan Reid MRSC, who has won the RSC Marlow Medal for firing lasers at water droplets (of course!)...
... Professor Peter Knowles CChem MRSC, who has won the RSC industrially sponsored award for computational chemistry...

And what is the link between these two individuals?

They've both just left Birmingham Uni to go to other unis south west of there...

Hmmm... Have I chosen the wrong uni to go to after all??

It could be worse... Allemann could be in charge of the department!

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Woo [16 Jun 2004|03:28pm]
Finally got everything sorted yesterday, now, all I have to do is find something to do for the next three months lol.
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Big decision... [06 Jun 2004|10:31pm]

[ mood | Indecisive ]

Well... I had to decide this weekend whether to go to Bristol or stay at Birmingham for my PhD...

It was one of the hardest decisions in my life, the most likely to have a major effect on my career...

I have finally decided...

... To remain a member of Brum_chemists, with everything that that requires!

So I guess I'll be seeing a lot more of you guys next year :-)

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Hey Hey [04 Jun 2004|08:24pm]
In the middle of my A levels at the moment, and from what the teachers have been telling me Im on my way to getting the grades (probably even better) than I need to get in.

So I'll be seeing you soon ^_^
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Stupid idiot [13 May 2004|10:36pm]

[ mood | Thick... ]

Oh, man I'm thick!

Ok, so we already knew this, but today I proved it...

The entire "it's better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt" quote was particularly applicable...

For those of you that I haven't mentioned it to every few seconds for the past couple of weeks, today was my PhD interview at Nottingham University. In the previous emails I had exchanged with one of my potential supervisors they had sounded like the position was mine if I wanted it, and today was more of a formality than anything, and a chance for them to convince me to go there. How wrong could I be?

So the day started at 7am when I got up and had breakfast with my brother and sister-in-law, whose house I was staying at due to my parents being in Rome (plus I was building a PC for my brother) I got up and ready, went and got my hair cut and read the paper that they had sent me telling me it was part of my project. This was also not entirely true as I found out later. It had useful background information in it. Bugger.

My interview was due to start at 11.30, so I got to the School of Chemistry for 11.20, at exactly the same time as my co-supervisor arrived from the School of Pharmacy. Nice.

For starters they told me a bit about what my project would involve on a very general level, trying to avoid specifics as much as they could. I asked a few relevant leading questions at the right points to make it sound like I knew what I was on about. Whilst I was still wondering about quite what it was all about, they started asking me questions. First of all it was general research-interest-type-questions, then they started asking me about my fourth year project and my experience of computational chemistry. Most of these questions I answered fairly easily, although they kept asking me about the methodology I had been using which I was less sure of. The answers I gave were not from my project (as I had not been studying this aspect of the research) but from the computational organic chemistry module, so I was starting to worry that I might get out of my depth. I threw in a couple of questions about whether the PhD would involve any work like this, and they found ways of avoiding the questions. I really wish they hadn't.

Next they asked me if I was interested in developing the methodology I was using, particularly involving computer programming. I replied that I was more interested in using existing methodologies to do new things, but that I was open to suggestions. Thick thing to say #1. They then revealed that my project was likely to involve a fair amount of programming, and that if the only languages I had to learn were Fortran, C/C+/C++ and Perl I would be lucky. Pants.

Now came the uber slip-up. More of a slip of the tongue than anything, it sounded completely different in my head. At this point it should be mentioned that this interview was with a Dr from Pharmacy and the Professor of Theoretic Chemistry, both of whom are leading lights in their fields. They asked me if I was interested in experimental work. I replied that I wouldn't mind doing some proper experimental work. That wouldn't be so bad, but it sounded more like I thought that only chemistry that actually involves chemicals is "proper chemistry". Not the best thing to say to the Professor of Theoretical chemistry. They spent the next 10 minutes taking the piss. Raaah! Raaaah! Gaaaaah! Why do I have to be so stupid? Just cos that's kinda what I actually think, doesn't mean that I should go saying it to these people! Crap crap crap.

They spent the rest of the interview part trying to catch me out and make me say something similar again. They asked me where else I had applied and why. I mentioned the biological NMR that I'm interested in, to which they pointed out this is completely different and involves "proper" chemistry. Oops. The rest of their questions I did not fall for and nearly managed to pass myself off as a proper theoretical chemist. Better.

After that they took me for lunch and I was able to keep up a conversation with them. This is impressive as I'm not Lynn and they are potential bosses so I was a bit stuck for things to just chat about. I generally really struggle to talk to people I don't know, and I still fairly nervous, all of which is not a great combination. They then showed me round their departments and introduced me to some of the people I would be working with, who then took me for coffee. They seemed to be a nice bunch and I could imagine working with them, and they were positive about the boss. However I was still quite unsure about the type of research I would be doing. To be fair, it's not "research" as I would define it, maybe "development"...

At the end of it they said they'd be in touch. I'm not sure if this means that they're going to say "we don't think your research interests and ours match up". If they do, that just makes my decision a bit easier. Oh, well, bring on the Bristol interview. At least I have a place at Birmingham where I know I like the people and the research. So there's quite a strong change that I will remain a Brum_Chemist for quite a while. If today was anything to go by, maybe forever as I may never get a job at Nottingham Uni now. Oh well! I like Birmingham!

Anyway, gotta go revise for tomorrow's viva... Gaaah!

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Imcompetent little...... [08 May 2004|02:54pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Ive been wondering why the laon application forms havent been sent to me yet so we phoned up the head office. It turns out that there was a mix up with the computer and no one has been sent them but its just been sorted so the forms should be here soon.

Youd think theyd would be more careful about these things.

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Live jazz @ The Bell [20 Apr 2004|01:38pm]

[ mood | mellow ]

Live jazz is just great!!

We went out to a live jazz night that's on every Monday and Tuesday at a pub in Nottingham... Whenever I go to live jazz I wish I could play jazz at all really... I now wanna learn the clarinet as well as the saxaphone... Maybe I oughta get somewhere with my trumpet first though....

I've said it before, but we really have to go to the Jam House... Who's up for it at some point after exams? ;)

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[31 Mar 2004|03:11pm]

[ mood | pessimistic ]


What am I doing next year????

Dr Wilkie's not sure about whether or not he's gonna get funding for me...

I really have to apply elsewhere ASAP


Where else do I apply anyway? And will there be any places left by this stage?

I may not be eligable to be a member of Brum_chemists if I'm not careful... :(
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Hi everyone [18 Mar 2004|12:14pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Well Im not there yet but I plan to do Pure and Applied Chemistry at Birmingham university next year so I though Id join up and say hi=)

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Make Matt Marshall [05 Mar 2004|09:34am]

Voted in the elections yet?  If not, then vote Marshall for VPE - if for no other reason than this
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Welcome [04 Mar 2004|10:15pm]

[ mood | productive ]

I have been meaning to do this for a while, since I seem to be acquiring more and more chemists on LJ, muahahahaha. So post. You know you want to!! Even if the only posts here are "coffee break at x time. Lets go to Sues!". *pout*

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