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Monday, January 30, 2006

Just and update

So...I am now back to lectures and in constant rehearsals for my play not to mention filming for the adventures of Jeff. I went shopping at the weekend and bought exciting things like food, a sword, a raggy rug, rainbow coloured arm things and a cool elfy jumper (as worn by Jeff). I also had a rather painful incident with my blasted tesco value peeler and am now finding it difficult to type - I even had to have 2 plasters as I had just removed the little round one before bedtime and the stupid finger started bleeding again! You don't realise how important the very tip of the little finger of your left hand is till you can't use it...how do you do capitals??

Today I went to lectures on Animal Diversity, Cell Biology and Geology:the history of the earth. I was very annoyed because I specially got up and printed out the lecture notes before hand and then the lecturer gave copies to everyone anyway AND he told us there were these 2 books we needed to buy. This after I had got somebody to give me a completely different book for Christmas! He said that it was ok because one of them was only £25 but when I went to the bookshop later it was £48!!!! Not a happy bunny!

Rehearsal went well tonight ...for me anyway...although I only had to say 3 (long) lines in the whole scene and those right at the end! STELLLAAAAAAA!! he he (not my line by the way!) By a random coincidence I have found out that our stage manager (who keeps forgetting to come to rehearsals!!) is also the guy who I am in contact with about University Challenge!! Hmmph...I did rubbishly on that today by the way :( Bother...I was all happy before I started writing this post!

Ah this is happier...brilliant email I got today:

You know you're a 90's kid if...
You can sing the rap to "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air".
You've worn leggins and felt stylish.
You yearned to be part of the Baby-Sitters club.
You use to love playing with your MY Little Pet Shop.
You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons. You wore a ponytail on the side of your head and had scrunchies.
You remember reading "Goosebumps".
You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, wax off".
You have pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school.
You remember the craze then the banning of yo-yo's.
You still get the urge to say "NOT" after (almost) every sentence...Not...
You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the green Ranger were meant to be together.
You collected pokemon cards.
You wore socks over leggings scrunched down.
You knew what it meant to say "Care Bear Stare".
You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell".
You played and or collected "Pogs".
You used to pretend to be a MIGHTY MORPHIN Power Ranger.
You had at least one GigaPet or Nano and brought it everywhere
You watched the ORIGINAL Care Bears, My Little Pony, and Ninja Turtles
Yikes pencils and rubbers were it.
You remember when the new Beanie Babies were always sold out.
You used to wear those stick on earrings, not only on your ears, but at the corners of your eyes. You've gotten creeped out by "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"
You thought it would be so cool to be Alex Mack.
You know the Macarena by heart.
"Talk to the hand" ... enough said.
You thought Brain from 'Pinkey and the Brain' would finally take over the world.
You were made to wear a pair of leggings with the straps on the bottom.
Bum Bags, or whatever you called them.
You collected tazos.
2 words ... SPICE GIRLS...
peace out xx

Brilliant...he he he!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Further Adventures of Jeff

After the amazing success of Jeff's first adventure a new blog dedicated entirely to recording the activities of this stripily clad hero has been produced. Check it out at http://theadventuresofjeff.blogspot.com!!!

Friday, January 27, 2006

The Adventures of Jeff the Fearless – Part 1

Jeff the Fearless was sleeping dreamily in his bed when he heard a sudden scream, it was his beloved, the princess Josephina! Leaping to his feet Jeff dashed to the window and looking out into the darkness. To his horror, a terrifying monster was carrying off the beautiful Josephina in its gigantic claws! Luckily Jeff always slept in his knight-wear and so, stopping only to whistle for his trusty steed, he hastened into the night!

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For 7 nights and 4 days Jeff and Trevor galloped across the snow capped mountains (Trevor doing most of the galloping) chasing the monster, which dominated the stormy skies (above him). Finally the monster began to descend and hiding behind a rock Jeff and Trevor watched as the monster entered a corridor cut deep into the mountain. Leaving Trevor cowering behind a signpost, which read “The Infinite corridor of Infinite Torture”, Jeff followed the monster into the oppressive darkness!

Jeff hurried along the corridor, which was illuminated dimly by what appeared to be bioluminescent algae on the walls. Looking closer however Jeff saw to his horror that they were in fact radioactive cockroaches, “Yuk,” said Jeff, “I hate cockroaches!” The pulsating walls appeared to be moving closer together as Jeff bravely strode onwards. Nestled between two blue doors labelled the rooms of Impending Disaster and Impending Despair Jeff found “The Room of Doom”. Comforted by the fresh scent of the pine door, its pleasant rhyming scheme and the lack of the word Impending in the title, Jeff entered!

The door slammed shut behind him and through the murky darkness he heard an ominous snorting sound. Suddenly Jeff felt hot breath on the back of his neck, “Josephina?” he whispered as the shirt was ripped from his muscular torso, “I don’t think this is quite the time or the place!”

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Waking up, Jeff looked around groggily, he appeared to be bound to an office chair and gagged with his own shirt. “Josephina,” he struggled to say through the thick gag, “ This REALLY isn’t the time or the place.” Suddenly the walls burst into light and Jeff saw the enormous bulk of the dreadful monster lurching towards him, casting huge shadows all around. As the monster’s claws descended upon him Jeff muttered the secret words he had promised never to share with anyone (not even the narrators)!

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On a far away cloud, Fluff the fairy was gazing dreamily into the sky, her translucent wings fluttering in the gentle breeze. Suddenly she leapt to her feet, “I’ll help you Jeff,” she cried waving her wand in the air, “be not afraid fearless warrior!”

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Immediately Jeff found his bonds were loosed and he was fully armoured, holding a sword and magic shield, “I’m not quite sure about the pirate hat,” he said. Gripping his sword firmly Jeff struck out at the monster, hacking at its body and wings. Suddenly the monster gave a roar of pain and fell to the floor, leaping on it Jeff gripped his sword in both hands and stabbed sharply downwards straight through the monsters heart!

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Leaving the monster a mangled heap on the floor Jeff carefully wiped his blood stained sword clean and strode onward. Heading through another door marked “This way to the cave of mirrors” he found himself in a wide hall faced by 2 large metal doors. “Ah ha,” said Jeff, “This must be the way to the cave of mirrors.” Jeff pressed the strange buttons next to the doors but they remained firmly shut. “There must be a key,” Jeff said to himself, “But how will I ever find it?” Jeff sat dejectedly by the tightly closed doors, which he knew were the only thing keeping him from Josephine, suddenly a mystical key card appeared before him floating in the air, Jeff turned quickly, but there was no one there!

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Slightly freaked out by the magically appearing key Jeff quickly poked the key card in the gap between the two doors. They slid gently open revealing a huge metallic cave, the walls covered in mirrors. Jeff could see Josephine tied up in a corner but the mirrors multiplied her a hundred times, imprinting the picture on his memory for future reference Jeff dashed forward groping to find the real Josephine. At last Jeff found he was groping the real Josephine. “ Hurry,” Jeff yelped as Josephine slapped him, “We must escape this terrible place!”

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Jeff and Josephine dashed back through the great hall, over the monster and down the long dark corridor. Finally they saw a gleam of light in the distance and as they staggered from the tunnel, blinking in the daylight they saw Trevor waiting for them. “ Oh Josephine,” cried Jeff, “Oh Jeff,” cried Josephine, “my Hero!”

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Dear Jessica-Ann,
Excuse my exclamation but WOOHOO!!!! And now that's out of the way, let me explain. Only two other individuals have applied, so we're slowly creeping up to that magic figure of five (one back-up person is required). I'm desperate for this to happen, so I'm glad people are starting to take an interest. Weirdly, no teams have applied as yet. If you would like to arrange a time for you to come and see me in the office then please feel free to suggest an appropriate date and time for you, because my time is relatively flexible. The TV company sent me a preliminary test for you to sit, so be prepared!

Best wishes,


Tuesday, January 24, 2006


delirious? are coming to Swansea on March 7th!...I'm so excited...I want to go! Anybody else want to go? You can come visit and sleep on my floor...well not too many of you..and only people I know...but yay!

Monday, January 23, 2006

I bought a naked calender!

And I look truely awful..I think I was attempting to pout...but I just look half scared, half grumpy...ah well...all for charity!! He he he...I have displayed the calender in the kitchen to await comment!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Has to be watched...


Thanks to my dad for this one...I'll be adding it to the "Some things to keep you amused" section of my blog as well!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Oooh the temptation:

Got this in my inbox today!


Is that Sunday night quiz down the local pub easier than warming up yesterday’s pizza? Fancy a shot at geeky celebrity status? How about buzzing for a starter for 10 before being shot down by Jeremy? Come on, come on!!!

It’s that time of year again when the BBC are looking for the nation’s finest tax-dodgers to compete in a new series of University Challenge, the quiz that inspires your bum to hug the sofa to see if you have any hope of passing your exams.

Pre-formed teams are preferred, but if not enough individuals show interest then we can compile a team. Entrants MUST be either undergraduates or post-graduates during the 2006/2007 academic year. The show producers advise is that you have a good grasp of general knowledge and that at least one of you is a scientist, or has a good A-Level grade in a science subject. Your Students Union is keen to have a team take part in the show, so if you’re interested then please contact Owen Morris, the S.U. Treasurer to arrange your preliminary application.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Just in case you were wondering

I realise that there are many people who probably do not know what I am actually studying at University so I thought I would just give a few details of what zoology envolves. It does not involve this:


That would be C102 Zoology and Genetics whereas I study C300 Zoology see here:


Zo·ol·o·gy n.; pl. Zoologies. [Zoo- + -logy: cf. F. zoologie].
That part of biology which relates to the animal kingdom, including the structure, embryology, evolution, classification,habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct.

If anyone is interested enough to have read this far in this boring post may wish to read the following article:

However, the real reason I study zoology is so that I can go to thrilling talks about otter poo as I did in a break from revision today! Hurrah! Yep 30 minutes about soldiers and otter poo...it was great!

Hmm...this is such a rubbish post...and you just read all the way down to here...sorry!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Jess the floor rep strikes again!

Life as a floor rep is supposed to be simple, once a term you find out who is staying over the holidays and that's it! Well...that should be it! I returned from the Christmas break to discover the handles removed from the kitchen door, the door frame cracked and a broom propping the door open!

I discovered (through my amazing detection skills - as used in the case of the unidentified vomit) that during the holidays a fault had occured in the lock trapping a number of students inside the kitchen. Fortunately they were rescued by our residences tutor who SMASHED IN THE DOOR! I wandered down to the lovely porters to inquire about the situation and was shown not only the poor dismantled lock but also the incident report sheet - broke down door to release trapped students - satisfied that the situation was under control I went back to my revision.

Yesterday a porter came to visit, he looked at the door, looked at us and sighed (you'd think we were trouble makers!) then he disappeared again. In the evening no less than 4 fire alarms went off (we thought they might be having drills) across the campus. When there are fires on Campus we become the fire departments priority as we have high rise buildings..except the alarms were only caused by people burning sausages so their time was being wasted.

This morning I logged on to University email to find 2 emails from our lovely friend a.h.kassem (see October posts):

Dear Langland, Caswell, and Oxwich Residents,The Fire Services Department came again today to inspect the premises, to see whether it is complying with the Fire Regulations. Unfortunately they raised the same issues as last term.1_ student are not allowed to leave their room doors open even if they are inside the room.2_ kitchen doors MUST NOT BE WEDGED OPEN at all at any time.From now on any report I receive from the porters or the cleaners regarding the same issue I will be issuing fines to the responsible students, the fines will be 15 - 20 - 25 and so on. (cap locks have NOT been added in!)

This email seemed rather pointed to our humble floor the problem was however...we have no choice. I wandered down to the porters again (yay my parcel had arrived, thank you daddy) where they were in discussion with...FIRE OFFICERS!! Anyway, um...I may have mentioned our little door problem in front of them...well..ok...yes I did..but I was actually asking for a piece of rope which we could use on the door so that it was no longer being propped open. I discovered however, that a temporary handle should have been put on our door already and with a bit of a grumpy look at me (and then the fire officers (oops)) the lovely Porter promised to affix a handle this morning...hurray!!!!

Jess wins again! (and will humbly offer cake to porter)

The amazing story of my student card!

Student Cards are very important things, they are a valid form of student id, they allow you to borrow books from the library, photocopy, print and most importantlyMUST BE TAKEN TO ALL EXAMS!

As you can imagine, the loss of a student card during exam periods is a definite cause for alarm...enter me!

Earlier today I headed over to Presili to check the post. I took my student card as identification just in case somebody had sent me a parcel. Travelling back to my halls of residence (no parcel :( only bills!) I met Sarah and Claire who were on their way to buy chocolate and post a letter in Fulton House. The sun was setting sending pink streaks across the darkening sky, the air was fresh and a stroll seemed the ideal past time. We meandered down to Fulton house stopping to greet one of my cast members enroute. After posting the letter we headed upstairs across the walkway and continued up to the Level 2 shop where a chocolate bar was purchased.

As we returned to Caswell suitably refreshed from our outing I glanced down at the pile of bills in my hand, my keycard gleaming in the lamplight and the gap where my student card was not (gleaming that is! OR doing anything...quite simply...IT WAS GONE!!!).

Steps were retraced. The keycard was not in Presili, or in our post safe, or on the path, or by the post box, it had not been handed in at Fulton House, it was not on the walkway, the steps, the shop, the other steps...it was in every sense...GONE!

Suitably distressed we discussed the possible places a wandering student card might like to visit however the only place we came up with was the floor of the pub when very drunk (there are a string of lost cards hanging in JCs the Fulton House pub) and as I was a) not drunk and b) not in a pub we decided this was highly unlikely.

Sitting in my room back in Caswell I pondered what my own actions would be upon discovering a student card on the floor. I would (of course) hand in the card at a suitable place, memorise the student number and e-mail whichever student happened to be so unfortunate as to have lost said card. Could someone possibly have found my student card, handed it in and emailed in under 15 minutes? Well...no harm in checking...

"Your student card has been handed in at JCs!"

HURRAH...returned to the bosom of its owner..after only a brief trip to the pub!

He he...the fire alarm has just gone off in the residence next door...unlucky...or drat...tomorrow is wednesday..the fire alarm will be tested...eek...I hate the fire alarm.

Ok...enough blogging for one day (unless something else truely thrilling happens)...I'm off to study enzymes!

Jess x

Long time no blog!

Hullo everybody, merry christmas, happy new year and all that Jazz, welcome back and apologies to all those of you who asked for there to be a celebrity bug brother...ok so that would be nobody...but there's still time!

Anyway..I am back in SWANSEA...huzzah where it is all lovely and cold and wet and full of exams! I am over 1/3 of the way through the xams (pronounced zams if you were wondering!) however la timetable is/was as follows:

Monday 16th January - 2.00pm
BI-104 Microbiology - 1hr 30mins
BI-105 Terrestrial Plants - 1hr 30mins

Friday 20th January - 9.30 am
BIB-111 Macromolecules form and function - 1hr 30mins
BIB-113 Biochemistry of Biological systems - 1hr 30mins

Wednesday 25th January - 2.00pm
GEL101 Geology - 1hr 30mins

Friday 27th January - 9.30pm
GEG103 Human Impacts - 1hr 30mins

TA DAAAA... There was also Core Skills for Biological Scientists but that is all done, finished with and passed HURRAY! (83%)

In other news... I will probably be joining my church in Swansea on February 5th (finally), my play is scarily soon and I've heard nothing from anybody on the cast, I may have found housemates for next year...um...and...the end of lost was rubbish!

No really..the end of lost...what was with that! Chris hurry up and bring me the first 12 episodes on DVD...I have withdrawal symptoms...eek and desperate housewives is coming back and will draw me in and distract me from revision....oh pants pants pants! He he...it's very difficult being a student you know!

Ok...I must go and eat lunch and return to revision and stop jabbering...back to DNA...which (by the way) was not discoverd by Watson and Crick in 1954 but was first isolated in 1869...which was a really long time ago! And the third base in every codon is called a "wobble base"...he he ...that amused me!

There we are...a totally crazy post for all of you to enjoy.
Jess x