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Orchestral manoeuvres
Grrrr. Email this morning:
Firstly just to say thank you to everyone who came to the last rehearsal. We really made some fantastic progress and I think that we can all look forward to an excellent concert. However, there are very few rehearsals left - the concert is this week! So please make sure that you come to the rehearsal today (Monday 2nd June). There will also be a rehearsal this Thursday (5th June) and a rehearsal on the day of the concert (Saturday 7th June). It is essential that everyone attends these final few rehearsals.
Is this a different sort of "essential" from all the previous rehearsals, I wonder? Also, I think they must have been at a different "last rehearsal" from me; and/or perhaps they're going to a different concert. I mean, there probably are some excellent concerts coming up in Oxford.

Also, no, I can't do an extra mid-week rehearsal with three days' notice, but at least I have a cast-iron excuse.
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bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: June 2nd, 2008 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
We have a concert on Saturday 7th June. I very much doubt that will be 'excellent' either. :(
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: June 2nd, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's undergraduate 'essential', meaning "if the choice is between writing an essay or rehearsing, rehearse, but if you have another non-academic prior commitment, we'd understand if you'd prefer that but really we need you to blow that off as well, mkay?"
j4 From: j4 Date: June 2nd, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I thought undergrad 'essential' meant "if you're not doing anything else, please come along for a bit, even if it means ambling in halfway through with no excuse except that you were asleep, and we will still be obsequiously grateful that you've bothered to honour the commitment you made when you signed up to this".

The preacher at Evensong yesterday (some kind of OICCU student preacher) went on and on about how busy student life was, compared to a normal job, which never spilled over from the nine-to-five. I'm afraid I may have snorted in a most unchristian manner (I think I succeeded in disguising it as a cough, though).
vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: June 2nd, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
snorted in an unchristian manner --- no, no, it isn't unchristian to exhibit disbelief in the face of assertions made by people who have never HAD a real 9-to-5 job. But you get points for christian tact and kindness :-), at least on my scoresheet.
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