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Prom-ice and Gromit

So recently work’s become more and more hard-work. I told our boss on 1 May that I couldn’t believe how fast the year has gone and that I’ll be going home to the UK on 29th. Her reply was ‘Yes, but lots to do before then’. Shit on my parade, eh love? I know they’re gonna milk us as a resource for as much as they can before we leave. And I’m not wrong, had a few times this week asking us to do an event, Info Day preparation, EAT Party, EAT Farewell Party with Chatteris, Promotion Video filming, and lots of extra workshops. They’re definitely getting their money’s worth. Despite knowing that the last 3 weeks here will be nothing like the last 3 weeks were at Primary School, or at Uni, the sun’s really bloody hot these days and we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

On Tuesday 31st, we had a surprise half day birthday surprise for Jade round at the MAJJ Party Palace. Aaron had organised a Jade-Olympics which saw our team of Tone, Aids, Jack and me win at cups, beer pong and win a striptease; before we ended up in LKF. A great night made better that the 1 May Bank Holiday was taken on the Wednesday so no work!!  The rest of that week was taken up with workshops, modelling for a student’s fashion presentation (in which they said I’d put on weight since last time, cheers guys) and doing the Chatteris Yearbook with Jade (which is looking excellent now thanks to everyone who’s contributed).

Friday night was a quiet one round our new local pub, the Chaffee Brandish with Tone, Aids and Flintoff. We asked the owner where the name was from (it has a picture of a warship) and he just said ‘Is American Ship’. Google had nothing, only that ‘Chaffee’ was an American Naval Lieutenant and a type of tank named after him used in WW2 and a few post-war conflicts like Korea and Algeria. Definitely some sort of dodgy tax-avoidance thing going on. But pints were 4 for the price of 3 and some family next to us bought us shots so not all bad.

Saturday 4th was the long-awaited Chatteris Prom. Down in Sheung Wan, at a place called Les Boules, it was ‘Shanghai Nights’ themed and the open bar was a real open bar with every drink up for grabs, not just a selective list. We had a great time there, with massive thanks to Nat Belbin and Ian and everyone for organising it. Can’t remember much, but the photos from the photo booth show it was sick. Even got a waistcoat for the occasion, and little dicky bow…
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Work’s then been pretty standard this week. On Tuesday we had our Extreme Travel Party where kids had to design a trip to Everest/Amazon/Ocean Floor or Space. They mostly understood but a few thought UK was IN Australia while others thought Hawaii was in India. One kid didn’t even know they spoke Spanish in Spain. I swear this organisation needs to spend less money on computer programmes or Chinese DVDs that no one watches, and buy the kids some bloody atlases. I’m also doing a workshop on Spanish which I’m so shit at – my pronunciation is so bad my colleague had to help me, as did Google Translate. But it’s a lot of fun with the language workshops cos the kids like to respond more.

Anyway, I’m off to play footy tonight which will probably be out last game, at probably the best venue – Happy Valley. We’re hoping for a second win of the season which I’m sure we all hope for, but should be a laugh anyway!

Also 12 days left of work, 4 weeks until I’m back home. Start doing a big shop please Mum….

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St Patrick’s Day in HK

Been a long week in HK this week. The week started OK, Monday morning blues aside. On Tuesday though I left work early and went to the Doctors, feeling faint, dizzy and nauseous. He (his name was Dr Buddy – I thought he’d be like Will Ferrell dressed as an Elf…) said it was Gastro-Flu, some bug that’s been going round, and gave me meds. Spending the equivalent of £55 for the Drs consultation and meds renewed my massive appreciation for the NHS. I was off work on Wednesday and Friday because of this (stupidly braved it on Thursday but that didn’t help).

On Wednesday night however, we had our Spring Ball at our campus.  Basically, everyone in Chatteris is encouraged to do a ‘Development Project’ – something unique that helps out the programme in different ways, so Holly and I repeated last year’s Spring Ball and wanted to improve it massively. Months of preparation, paperwork, reservations, sign ups, posters and $3000 on food/drink had gone into it, so no chance I was missing it. We had students from all other IVEs come to our campus too, and had over 60 kids there (a bid ask since it was 5:30-7:30pm). We did Ceilidh Dancing, Venetian Waltz and a Group Dance Off (massive thanks again to Molly, Jack and Mirella for helping lead these, and the 21 CNETs who came along to help us!).

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Luckily, I was near enough 100% better by mid-Saturday so got to get out the house a bit. We went round to Molly’s place that evening for a St Patrick’s Day/Emily and Gill’s birthday party. Not much to add apart from it was pretty sweet, had a great time, Sunday was a write-off. Most productive thing was putting some pants on and going to 7/11 for some chocolate. Lazy Sundays are the same in every country.

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