Birthday Fun

Yesterday was fun. It was slightly weird waking up and being on my own, but I got over that when two parcels were delivered 🙂

I spent a fair bit of time deciding what to do in the evening. Last year there was a handy circus in town, but nothing obvious suggested itself this time. Eventually I spotted the local newspaper’s front-page article, which detailed how the local civic hall had taken down a Hilter-d poster for an ‘Allo ‘Allo adaptation:

the civic hall removed the posters to protect a local group with such a good reputation until we’d spoken to them.

No more details were forthcoming – must be the local Nazi Youth. Whatever, the play was being shown that evening. Great! I was in Solihull at the time, so phoned to book tickets and got a message saying “leave your details and we’ll phone you back, or book online”. No option to wait, unfortunately. The online system wasn’t automatic – it just sent an email to the box office – but at least it would get my request into the queue. I got in 45mins before the time deadline, but didn’t hear anything back. When we arrived at the hall that evening they had no record of my reservation, and were full. So that was annoying. The Da Vinci Code was similarly fully booked, so we went to Pizza Hut instead 🙂

Edit – I do the civic hall a disservice. I just found a voicemail on my home phone saying there were no tickets left. I don’t know how they got that number as I only gave them my mobile, but at least they did try to contact me.

I was then amazed to find that pretty much everybody there had pooled with my parents to get me a Topfield 5800 PVR! It has two freeview tuners and a hard drive so I can catch Lost while recording CSI:Miami, for example. It’s all set up now and is great indeed. Many thanks to everybody for that – I’m sure I’ll get huge amounts of use from it.

Today is all about Eurovision, and I’m going to a party this evening. Mum and Dad say that twenty years ago nobody would have considered admitting they watched Eurovision, but now it’s a big thing. Admittedly, I’ve had a couple of people look at me with barely veiled contempt over the last week, but other than that there seems to be a spirit of fun about the whole thing. Which is cool, because it is fun 🙂 It’d be a great show to live-blog, but I’ll probably be expected to, you know, socialise or something. Come back later today for the twice-triumphant Eurovision Song Content Decision Making Tally Counting Act Judging Generator Machine, which I’ll first tweak using the latest statistical techniques and psychological writings.