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Botley crew - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
Botley crew
Whew! Sorry it's taken me so long to get round to posting this announcement, but addedentry and I are now officially resident at:
Flat 6
Elms Parade

[How to find us: google maps]
And I'm coming up to the end of my second week at UCISA.

I'll post more when I get time, but in summary: the flat is spacious, quirky, rather noisy, and full of boxes and badgers; the job looks set to be varied, challenging, and interesting (but is currently feeling quite overwhelming); and Oxford is much as it always was, which is great.

There will be a proper housewarming towards the end of January, but in the meantime, visitors are always welcome (provided they don't mind boxes).

And if anybody feels like giving me a crash course in Zope/DTML (yes, I have found the Zope book) I will pay them generously in beer or equivalent local currency.


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bellinghman From: bellinghman Date: November 16th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)
You too are moving to Botley?

(Admittedly, you're the opposite side from Cedar Road, and the people moving there haven't completed yet.)

bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: November 16th, 2006 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, it's the same side as Cedar Road. About five minutes' walk one way, fifteen the other, IIRC. :)
bellinghman From: bellinghman Date: November 16th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking one was north side, one was south side. Both, I agree, the same side of the main road.

But pretty close.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 16th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Who's moving to Cedar Road? (Am I being dim?) I think it's quite near us actually... do come and say hello if you're round that way!
bellinghman From: bellinghman Date: November 16th, 2006 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
knell and tla, as it happens. And if they get the place, we'll probably be visiting.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: November 16th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay. And I said to imc off the top of my head "they live right above [fill in store here]", and I don't think he believed me until we stood outside your front door. :D

Want to join a choir now you're settling in? See dreamingspires or oxonians...
j4 From: j4 Date: November 16th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry we weren't around when you stopped by! It was all a bit of a faff with moving on two weekends and me being away for most of the first week. You'd be very welcome to come round another time but I should warn you that the house isn't really very child-friendly (or even, to be honest, very adult-friendly!) yet -- it's all half-unpacked boxes and heavy things balanced in stupid places... :-/

Tell me more about the Blackbird Leys choir! When/how often does it rehearse? What sort of things are you singing? (And if you don't need to be able to read music, how does that work -- not singing from music at all? Or just lots of note-bashing in rehearsals?)
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: November 16th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Note-bashing. We're singing from sheet music, and those who don't read music are spending a lot of time listening to CDs (this is mostly sops so it doesn't make too much difference to the tune they learn).

Two Verdi choruses, four chunks of Bernstein, possibly a Nunc Dimittis but I forget whose, and a voice piece (i.e. no words to learn) being written for us, which we should have before Christmas. Director's a lovely chap, professional, and we have various visitors (last night was a professional tenor who's mostly done musicals, who was fascinating; we've had a sop and a conductor too so far). It is a little more enthusiasm than talent, but there are some lovely voices in the choir too. Now the cameras have gone all the 'make me a star' people dropped out and those who are left are those who really enjoy what they're doing. It would be lovely to have you, do come along at least once! (I'm not going to be at tonight's rehearsal; normally it's Wed/Thurs and occasional Saturday workshops, which are a hoot.)

No prob re. visiting, we went down to Argos anyway so figured it wasn't much faff to pop along and see if you were in. :)
j4 From: j4 Date: November 16th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll come along next week if I can! Just let me know where & what time...
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: November 17th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Wed 6.30-8.30, at Orchard Meadow Primary School. Parking available, or it's two minutes' walk from a bus stop.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 21st, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool -- looks easy enough to get to (am I right in thinking the number 5 goes from the station to BBL?). If I've got over the cough/cold I seem to have picked up, I will come along on Wednesday!
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: November 21st, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent! Yes, the 5 goes from the station up to BBL. You can always give me a call if you get any problems with the geography but it's pretty walkable from all of the stops on the estate TBH. (If in doubt hang on until you get back around to the beginning of the estate and get off there; it's just a short walk back along Cuddesdon Way.)

If you're feeling ok to go out but have little/no voice, do still come along; I think Andy (Choir director) would be pleased to see people anyway, and you can get a feel of what we're like.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: November 21st, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I should tell you which stop you want really, shouldn't I?

Best stop for Sawpit Rd is on Balfour Rd, the stop immediately after the shops. IIRC you pass Sawpit Rd/the RC church just before it; if not, it's just after it. Walk up Sawpit Rd and the school's fairly obvious on the right. If you reach Cuddesdon Way/the park you've gone a little too far. ;-
j4 From: j4 Date: November 22nd, 2006 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for all the directions! I am going to try to come along tonight but I'll have to see how I feel when the time comes -- I'm still feeling pretty rotten off and on. :-/
imc From: imc Date: November 16th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Huh? What you said was "they live right above a newsagent's" and I had no reason to disagree with you.
bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: November 17th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Then you have a very doubting expression you're not aware of.
half_of_monty From: half_of_monty Date: November 16th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, end of January! I'm back then!

(the world currently seems to be full of parties that I can't go to; even parties here in Stockholm that I can't go to...)

Horay for successful moving! Boxes are a very desirable form of interior design.
aardvark179 From: aardvark179 Date: November 16th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Are the badgers in the boxes or roaming free?

I meant to grab one of the Year of the Teledu posters at Novacon to send to you, on the grounds that you may not like fandom, but silly things to do with Javan Stink Bdagers would probably amuse you.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 16th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
The badgers are nearly all ensconced in their travelling box, which is a large cardboard box marked "BADGERS!" on the outside, but one or two have escaped and started wandering around the house...

Javan Stink Badgers sound, er, smelly. :) But I can never have too many badgers, so if you do see one kicking around, I'd be delighted to add it to the collection!
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 16th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're back in Oxford!?! Fantabulous! I should pay more attention.

When are we meeting up for lunch?
j4 From: j4 Date: November 16th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whenever you want! :) Though in practice that's probably 'some time next week' as I have a 'to-do' list as long as my arm... When's good for you?
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 16th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
works for me. How does Tuesday sound? Since I have to be in Summertown at 2:30, I can be in town directly before that.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 20th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Tuesday's good for me -- lunch at 1pm? Pick a location... (I'm on Banbury Rd if that makes a difference)
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 20th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
How does Brothers Cafe in the covered market sound?
j4 From: j4 Date: November 21st, 2006 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)

BTW I should probably warn you that I am quite lurgified at the moment. If you'd rather not risk catching my lurg, let me know.

In case one/both of us are off LJ between now and then & you need to change plans, my mobile = 07813 691 046 (I don't seem to have a mobile number for you any more...)
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 21st, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
07837 88 44 76
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: November 16th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's OK, we all know the delay in the announcement was coming up with a suitably good pun for a title. *hug*
j4 From: j4 Date: November 16th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
The worst of it is, you think you're joking! I've been known to stall for two weeks on posting something because I can't think of a witty enough subject line. It's positively pathological.

I need more icons. A wordy one, and a procrastinationy one, the latter of which I might have a go at doing soon -- maybe tomorrow...
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: November 16th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I tried to teach myself Zope once. I gave up because I didn't want that much pain in my life.
anat0010 From: anat0010 Date: November 19th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back !
From: kitdawe Date: November 28th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

I've actually begun posting!

Hope you are feeling better, and that the evil sniffles have been defeated! I have actually (after many moons of having a dormant account) begun posting here. Hope you don't mind me friending you!
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