Sunday, 21 March 2010

The Blog about the Epic Spaced Flashmob!!!!!

Date: Saturday 22nd March 2010
Time: 10:40am
Rendezvous Point: Twickenham Train Station
Partners in Crime: Megan Bailey, Edward Anthony and Benjiman Abbott aka the Simmies Spaced Pack
Jaffa Cakes: Were found in my bag after the event!!!

The day started of windy, a little cold and very drizzly (by this i mean the weather couldnt make up its mind it was very much "Ooooh shall I rain or shall I rain ,maybe I'll provide an annoying combination of both!!!") however this did not dampen our spirits!!!
Today was the day that we re-created a scared and payed homage to one was the best voted sitcomes for twenty somethings!!! For those of you I realise have never have heard of 'Spaced' here's a quick run down.

"Spaced revolves around two idle twentysomething flatmates-immature skateboarding would-be comic artist Tim (Simon Pegg), and moody, responcibilty shy writer Daisy (Jessic Stevenson), and their self-induced lack of sucess in employment, relationships and life in general.  Together with their oddball assortment of friends and neighbours: Marsha, Brian, Mike and Twist, they exist in a world perched precariously on the edge of normality."

The idea of this gun fight comes from Tim's best friend Mike who is counter arguing Brian's comment about women being supior to men. By having the gift to create life and sycronize menstral cycles if they spend long amounts of time with eachother. In this clip it then leads to Tim and Mike showing Brian the inate knowledge of unspoken telepathy that all men share, which is just as powerful as this.

From this later on in the episode there is a blockbuster of gun fight between the main protagonists Daisy and Tim and some Romford know what check it!!

This is something that everyone who particpated all wanted to create and have fun with and it was a dead cert that it was going to be fantastic.

So there's the "theory" behind it..back to Saturday we met Ben at Clapham Junction and from there we went onto Trafalgar square. We were told via the facebook campagne to be around the fountain in Trafalgar Square at 1pm.  We were amused to see that there was a speaker at the base of teh lion statues preaching about violance...the irony of this amused me greatly knowing what was about to happen, i then wondered what his reaction to the flashmob would be!! When we got there we were not surprised to find a crowd of around 200 people standing around chatting, joking and just general loytering.  As the Simmies Spaced Pack found a spot to stand it became obvious to me, who was waiting for the flash mob and who were generally just happened to be around. I know your probably thinking that this would be pretty obvious Siobhan to work out, but i know this will sound strange but i'm going to argue that just the simple eye contact that i made with other Spaced fanatics there was definatly the unspoken telepathy between us. As each Spaced fan came into contact with each other there was a smile, respect for one another and a sense of love for this television show.

As the clock struck 1:15pm it began.....

The fight was spectacular but my "death" was even greater, not only took down the person who shot me but  i also managed to get another five people .It started so slow but ended all too fast and yes me being the weird person i am the video above i am in YES!!! if you want to play Where's Siobhan? look at 2mins 45sec... I wont tell you where iam but im there, but if you really can't find me here's a clue i'm wearing a blue hat and I join in on one of the lines!!!  If you were wondering about the preacher that i mention before he still carried on talking while it too place...although i doubt that anyone heard him above all the noise that we made!!

It was such a fantastic experiance and i would suggest to anyone to get involved in a flashmob if you find one around!! You feel privilaged to be part of something so unique and special. Plus not only do you get to be part of it with friends but for moment in time and space your sycronised with 200+ people..and that my friends is pretty cool!!!

That was the end of a fantastic day and this is something that i will not forget...

Friday, 19 March 2010

The Blog about the Sucess and the Stress....

Ola Blogging world,
This week has been very stressful for me as there has been so much to do and so little time to do anything, but im pleased to say that i have powered through and have got some positive results!!!

Firstly on Wednesday Megan and myself went and had a meeting with Sue Whitham the manager of Student Services.  During this meeting we discussed the accomedation for Ed and Laura, in this meeting we raised our questions and we got our answers and a result. It turns out that the student services have seven contracts, which all end at different tiomes of the term. As we are part of the undergrate ba programmes terms ends for us on the 21st May so anyone in Halls must leave by the 22nd May but seeing as we were only needing to be there up until the Monday Sue managed to work it out that Ed and Laura can still have halls till then and that they wont have to pay a single penny. However they will need to be out by 8am so that the cleaning of their halls can take place!! So all in all good progress was made.

After this meeting Megan, Ed, Emily and myslef, ventured once again to Ham House for a photo shoot for the new picture for the poster. It was a lovely day and Christine came down and got a lovely couple of shots of us and Gary and Jorge and other helpers at Ham House.

In other news its now 5 days till our Mexican Spring Break Night at the Su, im sure its going to be a fantastic night and that lots of people will turn up and have a ball of a time!!!

Tomorrow Ben, Megan and Myself will be attending and taking part in a Flash Mob to try and get some inspiration for one that we can create!! Iam very very excited about this!!
Well that's all for now, Blogging world

Monday, 15 March 2010

The Blog about the Last Meeting...

At the last meeting on Thursday only nine people turned up and they also included the house liason team although they had a meeting of their own to get to at 5pm! To see so few faces at the meeting as time is running out was deeply frustrating, i understand that people had genuine reasons for not comingh but as a class of 20 plus only nine tuned out is not a good statisic in my book!!! Plus the design team had come along ready to do a workshop with us and i felt terrible for them as each week they come wanting to show us these nice things which they have learnt how to make and every week its the same people that attend these sessions.
 So can everyone please try their best to attend the meetings as we have less than 10 weeks to go before Ham day...(yes that is what i shall be calling the event from now on!)

So in this meeting we came up with an order for the Parade (not procession) and we also mangaged to get another confirmed group in the form of a morris dancers group...well done Zoe :) . We also contacted more groups to be part of the Ham day!!! Ben and myslef also began trying to work out how my flash mob idea could be put into Ham day, plus we are both going to attend a flashmob in london next week to get a real feel for it!!  For those that don't know what a flashmob is have a look at this very popular flashmob that we have seen befiore:

For more info on what we have doen its in the email account so please please please read it!

We soon called it a day after doing a lot of work and getting extremely hyperactive i feel that although the meeting didn't go to plan we ended up getting a whole load of work done!
Well that's all i have to say for now
Auf Wiedersehn!!!

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

And Last but not Least...

Today I feel has been a very productive day, Megan and myself had a meeting with Trevor today about the accomodation and Ham House problem.  While talking to him it became aprant that Megan and myself need to step up recruiting process a step as we only have four people on our list that live in halls. So my new worry is that if there are more that want to get involved won't have any where to stay. As we were talking to Trevor he too also thought that it was highly unfair that if we need to stay in halls that we would have to pay conferance fees. So Trevor is kindly getting in contact with the lovely Kevin Germain head of student services to see if there is anyway we could pay student fees for the extra two fingers crossed!!

I also went to Christine yesterday from reprographics and we have arranged a photo shoot at Ham House for friday afternoon at 2pm for the poster as Ham House wanted a photo which had a more community friendly feel, so if anyone is free at this time can you please let me know as I will be unable to attend due to family commitments...(sorry guys)

Oh and i have mangaged to get the dance society on board and i will get numbers etc for the next meeting

well that's all i have to say for now untill next time!!

Bell Ringing...

Right so last night Zoe, Claudia, Megan and Myself went bell ringing at All Hallows Church in Twickenham. We went as would be the perfect oppertunity to meet our one of our first confirmed guest for the project.  In all honesty when it came time for me to make my way to the Church i really couldnt be bothered to go but i forced myself to go and im very pleased that i did.  The lovely people of the Bell ringing association welcomed us all in with excitement and were really pleased to see us. One thing that i did notice when i spoke to each person was there joy and delight for their hobby which soon rubbed off on each of us as were talking to them. However this feeling was then joined by a slight bit of terror and vertigo for me when it came to climbing up the tower to where the session was. Those of you that don't know i really really really hate heights, so going up then winding staircase really didn't help me at all.

We eventually got to the top and the practise began the bell ringing was absolutly lovely and i found it theurputic until that was when we could all feel the tower swaying and i began to feel incrediable ill. But i didnt let that stop me and i managed to learn quite a bit from the evening. Zoe had fun ringing a bell and we all took great delight when we found out that the bell that she rung was the same weight as a mini!! Claudia was next up and i wish i had a camera so that you could all see the look of terror, excitment and shock on her face as she was doing was priceless and very rare :) . I would have loved to have had a go but i was stuck firmly to the seat in a state of terror alomost like a deer frozen in head lights,,,,it was sad when it all came to an end as it was such a  nice evening ...apart from the vertigo but im pleasedto say that i learnt something new and almost relinquished a fear!!

Monday, 8 March 2010

Ham House, Sun,Thai food, Meetings, Blag It and a Pool recruitment Challange!

So in the time between this blog and my last blog a lot has happened in the weird and crazy life of Siobhan Bellot. So too kick things the end of february began with a road trip to Ham House we had a new addition to our car pool in the form of Ben Abbott, with a car ride full of shocks, surprises, laugher and the sunny weather we were all lookibng forward to going to Ham House once again. It was great to get into the grounds to see the space which we have to work with.  While walking through the grounds it became aprant that on the eight patches of grass we could have more than one active/performance etc could happen on the space. It was lovely to get back into the house after such a long time and it was great as we could really visulise what we wanted to happen.  Megan and myself also decided that when we have finalised numbers of people who would like to be involved with the project from university that we should arrange another visit for them so that they too could see the space.

After our look around Ham House we went to the Fox and Duck pub for some lovely Thai Food and to discuss any thoughts from looking at the house.  The food and company was amazing those that weren't there we really need to do it again as we really bonded and we had a laugh while discussing the project!  As i said before the food was amazing the only thing i didn't like was the fact that i kept forgetting what i ordered and so when each new plate arrived and it wasn't mine i was hit with a wave of dissapointment...but i will say this it was worth the wait!!!!!

Then on thursday Megan and myself held a meeting to try and get more people within the university involved unfortunatly only four people turned up...but as my mum says 'Every dissapointment is a blessing' and in this case she was right, the four people who turned up could all play instruments and were all willing to be involved...oh happy days :).

More good news was seen on Saturday when Megan, Ed and Myself took part in this years RAG week Blag IT event. We were driven away from campus and we had to make our way back to the SU with out any money. The lond and short of the story after this eventful day Megan and myself decided to relax for a while in the SU and we managed to get another five people on board with the project, while challenging them to many games of pool (and yes we lost spectacularly and spent god knows how much on the pool table!!) and we also had a lovely bonding seesion over Chinease. While doing so we discussed with them the types of things which they would like to do for the project...whoop whoop!!

During the beginning of the week i also spoke to Ben (Su Pres) and he has given us his full support and backing with the accomedation issue which we have been having, so the next stepo is to arrange a meeting with Trevor which i'am a little bit aprehensive about if truth be told, so wish me luck!!!

Also the final point in this epicly long blog in today's meeting Mark mentioned that he woyuld like to
 see some sillyness in our presentation like the one that he posted in his blog a few weeks ago, from this i came up with an idea of some sort of Flash Mob of Simmies students...thoughts? Am i being a bit too random or is this a good idea?

Well thats all i have to say for now
Aur Reviour for now!!