My first day back at university turned out to be one that was not too bad. Out of the two module options I had to chose between for this year, Chemical Engineering is definitely the one for me. There looks set to be a good deal of calculations and problem solving but that will be with the sort of maths that isn't too daft! I know I'll be much happier with this than the other one, which is smelly biology. ;-)
I found out last week that the first year labs I'm supposed to be retaking clash with the second year labs. I went along to talk to the tutor in charge of those labs about how to manage it. He didn't have time to talk to me the first time I went as he was busy sorting out something for another group so I had a brisk walk home for some lunch and then back to uni. We couldn't find a way for me to be able to do both labs, unfortunately. But, as I attended most of last years labs, he said we should be able to find a way for him to get me data to do the work from.
Inorganic looks to be treading over old ground for the time being. Our current tutor for that module spent the two hours going over the d-block, d-orbitals and quantum numbers. It was a bit boring but likely useful to be reminded of them.
My renewed obsession with Classic Doctor Who continues. My loan coming through meant I could afford to splash out on a few different DVD's, books and audios of the episodes the BBC wiped
its bum with
from its archives. I must give all the ones I've read, watched and "watched". I've also spent tonight making random quick icons from screencaps of the Two Doctors
I found here
. I don't have time at the moment to do anything fancy with them so I'll upload them sometime this week.
I went back home to Sheffield over the weekend to see John Simm playing Hamlet. I was looking forward to it very much as it was one of the plays I studied at A level and John Simm is, of course a brilliant actor. He made a splendid Hamlet and it was great seeing a play at the Crucible for the first time since it's been done up. My mum and her boyfriend were on the front row and were sat right next to the passage where Hamlet hid while spying on Ophelia's funeral. Mum was very pleased to have been that close to John Simm, let me tell you! I was on the third row so I was very close to the action too.
Given the sort of thing that interests me, I was naturally curious to see how Hamlet and Horatio would be portrayed together. They were indeed close but had nothing on the two in the 1960s version (with Nicol Williamson as Hamlet, Gordon Jackson as a very Scottish Horatio and Marianne Faithfull(!) as Ophelia) I saw on DVD back when I was studying the play. On the night I was there, I have to admit any Hamlet/Horatio I could see, with or without looking at them through a slash filter, was a bit beaten by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern having a good cuddle in the middle of the "man delights not me" scene.