I'm a geeky Engineering undergraduate.
I'm a Humanist. Yes I rant about religion a lot but it's such a big problem in the world I don't see as I should be quiet about it.
I love the outdoors and outdoors pursuits, I did my DofE and I've been involved with the Scout movement for 4 years. My main sport is climbing but I have a mental to do list in terms of adventure races / fell running / hiking.
The title of this blog is a nod to the late Christopher Hitchens a personal idol, I aspire to be able to argue like him , to have the courage to say what needs to be said regardless of the prevailing opinion. And I owe a lot to his book "Letters to a young contrarian"
My opinions can be quite radical and I make no apology for that, intelligent response and debate is welcomed. But don't get angry and use anecdotal evidence because that doesn't constitute a good argument; the plural of anecdote isn't data.
If you're offended that isn't my problem, offence is taken not given. And if you have a right to be offended then I have a right to offend you , it's a two way street.
I love to teach people things and explain stuff , and just generally get people to think differently. If someone leaves a discussion with me more knowledgeable than they started it then I've achieved something.
Talk to me, I'm not always a miserable angry bastard.
Hitchens in his most perfect form.
This would be me in a gym…
Today I got 76% on a bit of coursework worth roughly a third of a module.
I worked out I could not attend any of my exams and still pass this year with at least a 2:2
I need to work fairly hard to get the first I want
I understand jackshit of control (one of my biggest exams) I spent far too much time this semester: drunk/hungover/sleeping/shagging when I should have been doing control. And it was a hard module before all that….
Basically sport’s awards for the Uni.
My club, got an award for the best administered club.
FOR THE YEAR I WAS IN CHARGE!!!!!
I’m so so proud of everything I’ve done this year in the club. We got keen fresher’s in, we achieved what we set out to.
And to get an award recognising that me and the rest of the committee did good is the icing on the cake.
If I could do it all again I 100% would without any question.
ACDC - You Shook Me All Night Long.
I love ACDC, their music makes me want to do things! Such a good get up and go song. My ideal playlist for getting hyped for a night out contains ACDC. This is one of the first songs I heard by them.
Rowan Atkinson - The New Archbishop.
This got panned when it was on Red Nose Day - something like 2000 people complained it was “offensive”. CHANGE THE CHANNEL! Just grow up, I don’t find this hugely offensive but I wanted to post it because the real version was taken off of youtube. And also I enjoy anything that mocks religion, I mean offensive, really?
Paul Simon’s Graceland album in full.
I really really just adore this album. It’s one of the few albums I can just put on and listen to track by track.
My mum introduced me to this and I’ve grown up with it. It’s so diverse and the lyrics are all so interesting.
I really love the African influence on the sound of some of the tracks.
Everything aches. I climbed a bit today but felt pretty shitty and I was pretty grumpy when I was doing it. Despite Izzy’s unrelenting cheerfulness. I intend to fix this with Mr Daniel’s Amber restorative and some music.
Or maybe a film.