almaviva90: (Wellington2)
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LONDON...ooh, and probably the rest of the UK, e.g. Durham, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, perhaps also Scotland too. I'd go mental going round all the museums (I simply have to go to Apsley House and the Royal Opera House), theatres, sites, cathedrals, second hand bookshops (people are probably going to go 'WTF?' at the last place) etc. Then a massive book/souvenir shopping spree will ensue methinks. XDDD

I'd probably take my mum but she's technically more like family though I would really consider her my friend too. I'd go with [livejournal.com profile] enserric but I'm not sure how that will work seeing that she's already in the UK!
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I think the saying's true: that you CAN learn something everyday.

Because I found out that TA was actually the model for the character Billy Elliot in the play/movie/musical of the same name. See here: www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/3667821/If-Billy-Elliot-had-been-a-painter.-.-..html Reading the synopsis again on Wikipedia, it makes sense (because the setting is in Durham [which I didn't know before], there's a mining community [also related to TA since his family was mostly made up of miners] and that there's this boy striving to do something artistic when it's not really done or praised in that sort of community [dance and music are similar enough to make a connection, lol].

Interesting. =D

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THANK YOU, GOD (or whatever/whoever almighty being is up there)! I'M IN FOR DURHAM!!!!

*jumps around like a madwoman*

Ha, so now I can legitimately say I'm a member of the uni and University College...=D


And I can't believe what I did in the early hours of the morning before falling asleep round 6/7am and waking up at 10.20am...I actually watched a 3 hour long DVD of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' just because it's got Sir Thomas Allen playing Don Giovanni in it...gosh, and this coming from a person who not too long ago hated opera...O____O

I think I'm becoming toooooo much of a fan of Thomas Allen...haha...I even wanted to BUY OPERA CDs just because he's in them...

Ooooh...and I think I might be in the SCMP tomorrow and some other Chinese newspapers because the lady who was handing out the results suddenly randomly showed them first to a woman beside her before giving them to me when I wanted to collect them. Then the woman told me to stay behind and stand around for a photo 'because they wanted to get a picture of those got the best results'...and I think in my total happiness I said I got 4As instead of 3 (I forgot that GS wasn't an A2 level)...oops...I only realised AFTER they finished... *slams head on desk*

But screw that...it's my day to be as happy/stupid as I want...
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Durham sent me another letter today...talking about almost exactly the same of sort of stuff that UCAS sent about the clearing, the procedures they will do on Results Day, etc and the fact that they will automatically get the results if I do one of the many upon many different exams upon the attached list. It's nice that they actually have a site online that will tell me [as well as the rest of those who got offers] on Thursday, 14th August whether they've confirmed my place or not...they even gave the exact time...11.00 am. Now, if only I can remember the way I figured the times over there in England relative to over here when my mum visited London all those years ago. I know that if I add 4 hours to the time we're getting over here in HK and reverse whatever time of day it is e.g. if it's evening over here, it must be like afternoon/morning over there. (I know that relative to HK, UK time is slow)...so 11.00 am UK time on 14th August means...*calculates frantically*...3.00 am HK time on 15th August? *fails* I always knew I was crappy at maths and still obviously am. -___-

Also, the funny thing was that the letter from Durham [which naturally was supposed to be sent from the place of origin] was sent via Belgian mail...WTF? Thank God I can read French since I was really confused/puzzled when I saw 'Belgique/Belge' on the post mark and the French version of 'In case of non-delivery, please send it back to P.O Box, etc, etc, BRUSSELS AIRPORT" WTFx10000...(and being the history freak I am, I noted that Wellington fought the Battle of Waterloo to stop Napoleon from entering Brussels...*sad*) Hmm...maybe the sender (the Head of Undergraduate Admissions) was on holiday in Belgium or something is definitely, utterly wrong with the Royal Mail over there in the UK when a letter from England has to be sent overseas via another country's postal service. O__o

Oh, and Edexcel STILL hasn't sent me my bloody username and password for the ResultsPlus service...

Musings...

Apr. 8th, 2008 02:32 pm
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Lol...still can't get over the fact that I might be going to Sydney and see Phantom in July! *grins broadly* And [profile] richrose0107was obviously delighted as I was (mostly because she just wants to see the pictures...hahaha) And it really is a race as to who can see Phantom first...she wants to go to Broadway and I seriously want to see it in London mostly since it was technically there in 1986 that POTO first opened...so much history...*sigh*

Grr...just a short note of realisation...was just browsing through the famous HEAP guide to Degree Course Offers in the UK [2008 edition] in the Careers centre today and realised that while Cambridge had an average of 4 people competing for one History place, Oxford had a 39% success rate (come on, NINE people for one place as in my chosen Oxford college to FOUR people at Cambridge...my God, I should have applied to Cambridge instead based on that record had I known of it earlier!). And both surprisingly and not so surprisingly, Durham had an average of FIFTEEN people competing for ONE History place...so I guess I should consider myself extremely lucky and fortunate in this light of things...lol. =D

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Gah...there are times when I don't like English...especially when the commentaries/textual analysis becomes such a tedious experience sometimes (plus the fact that my assigned 'study buddy' is the one person I detest...and that just gave everyone the excuse to suppress chortles and laughter when they realised who I was assigned with... -___________-;;)

Yeah, that sounds like heresy to some people but maybe that's the reason why I didn't choose English as my uni subject. History seems to always hold something interesting for me no matter how boring it can sometimes get but I always manage to get it done...and usually very well. I have this horrible fear of struggling with uni History assignments...I mean last year I just managed to scrape an A in my Mussolini paper -- and that was scary. Well, I just have to get my arse off my chair and get moving and working, I suppose...I certainly know that I'm not doing my ultimate best just yet and I sure as hell wanna do that. I'm soooo obsessed with Durham that I've actually listed myself as a member of University College on my facebook profile...as well as joining the Durham University Incoming Freshers 08-09 and the Castle Freshers 08-09 groups...XD And I haven't even done the exams yet! Lol.

Was walking around Victoria Park yesterday and my mum stopped me at this random tree and pointed out the single yellow flower that grew amongst the greenery. She said it was amazing that that single flower was strong enough to grow and stand on its own and somehow related it to my being prematurely born and exceeding expectations when I survived...O_o...er, thanks Mum. =) So I just took the pic with my camera phone...

 

I dub the picture: "Survival of the Fittest"...XD Geez, so Darwinian...lol

Grr...why, oh why does English C/W have to be due tomorrow?! Plus why, oh why, do I have to meet up with my one detested study buddy to discuss the English poetry essay tomorrow during my second free period? *sighs*
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I've finally made my UCAS decisions...decided to forget about HKU which will be my ultimate backup if all goes awry and anyways, I'm sure I'll be going to the UK nonetheless for university. I must! =)

So here they are...

Durham University - History V100 - Firm

Royal Holloway, University of London - History V100 - Insurance

King's College, London - History V100 - Declined (sorry, KCL, but since you switched the module options this year, the course looks somewhat ill-suited for me...I mean, a third-year dissertation on the themes of intimacy, migration and other random topics in history? So weird.)

University of East Anglia - History V140 - Declined

So I'll have to work my arse off now in order to get into Durham, lol...*hopes that she'll get the 3As they're looking for*

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