Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Here's a fun web site, courtesy of my friend and colleague, Hayley. It's a short quiz to see if you can tell the difference between serial killers and programming language inventors: Geek or Freak. I got 7/10, so apparently I know my Java Beans from my fava beans.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Just come back from a lovely weekend oop North with Edward, which included a trip to Holmfirth, where they film the BBC TV series Last of the Summer Wine. I'm not a big fan of this series -- in my opinion they should have wound it up ten years ago -- but it's a lovely little place, and they do a mean Horlicks in Sid's Cafe. The trip there from Manchester via Tintwistle is breathtaking.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Oh yes, and I'm in the process of updating the Meet The Lads section of the LGMC web site. It's terribly dated. I took the liberty of removing the e-mail addresses on the web site. It's supposed to be promoting the Chorus, not encouraging vile practices and licentiousness between our members and the general public :-)

My pre-New-Year's resolution is to try and get to the gym at least three lunchtimes a week. That leaves one lunchtime to hear all the latest goss from Hayley, and one to do my Christmas shopping... which is going surprisingly well this year, I must say.

I have been assigned my own "personal training consultant" at LA Fitness, the sprightly Danielle. She said that rowing "came naturally to me", but didn't comment on my sweating and going red-in-the-face after a couple of minutes on the treadmill. Anyway, I have my short- and medium-term fitness goals set out now. I want to lose a stone and improve my flexibility. And still be able to eat a pound of lard a day.

Friday, November 07, 2003

Tsk tsk, naughty John-John isn't updating his blog again. Well... I've not been idle. I guess the more time on your hands, the more you can blather on about nothing in particular in your blog.

I've always been a very "active" member of the London Gay Men's Chorus, but since April, I've been extra-busy behind the scenes. As well as successful concerts in Milton Keynes, Dublin, London and Manchester, I've also been working hard as a section representative and music support person for the Baritones.

It is very strange to go from being a quiet, retiring person to someone who stands in front of thirty men and solos Va Pensiero from Nabucco (albeit badly).

I've also been spending a lot of time acting as the membership database administrator for the Chorus, and helping out with the Members Only web pages, including a brand-new sheet music library! Phew.

Oh yes, and had my quarterly visit to the gym on Tuesday. No sign of the paunch evaporating yet. Must be the free cheese-tasting they have in the foyer.

Finally, a plug for the next concert. It's on the 30th November at the Theatre Royal, Brighton. Here's what the BBC and Crawley News (is this some sort of worm-fancier's magazine?) have to say about it all.