Friday, 29 May 2009

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so alot has happened in the few days since my first entry. I have promised myself that ill keep posting on this blog for no one to read except myself. but it gives me something to do at least.
it seems destiny is leading me back to Aberdeen, I received a very nice letter from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, thanking me for my interest but they are unable to offer me a place.
in other words, thanks but no thanks.
I thought the interview went well, we had a long talk about tv and i pitched my idea for a tv show to them and they seemed interested. but never mind.
So Aberdeen here i come. Although not till the end of August

My induction is on August 27th and my lease is up in edinburgh on August 18th. Being the good little restaurant bitch that i am, i told my boss i would stay until the end of august to help get through the festival, its going to be a bit mental in my restaurant in august, there is talk of keeping the kitchen open until after midnight which means we will get all the drunkards in. still the money should be good.
Im hoping to crash on a friends couch for the week after my lease ends so i don't have to pay for a B & B or something like. Then its up to Aberdeen.
The flat hunting starts now!! I am unsure about how to proceed about that. I have no idea what would be best. I would like to get a one bedroom flat in the city center but the rent plus the bills are going to be too much, my income is gonna be quite small, ill be studying full time and working part time if at all, i was considering trying to get a mortgage while im still working. I will still be employed full time for the next 3 months and the bank don't need to know im going to become a student. but to be honest i have no idea about mortgages. all i know is you need one to buy a house. due to finances i think renting is my best option and it looks like im gonna have to share, ideally with students as there will be n council tax issues then. so m gonna be scouring the internet for flats in aberdeen for the next 3 months.
The course in the college is Television operations and production HND, from the day i spent there in my interview it seemed quite good and you get a 6 week work placement which sound good, and once suitably trained you can take out the equipment and do all your own stuff. I am quite keen on this as i have written a couple of scripts now. I am glad in a way to be returning to aberdeen, there is a college in edinburgh which does the same course but i think aberdeen is a slightly better option for me. All my friends are up there, i know the city. I know the college from when i did my course years ago and i can go back to work at my old restaurant. Im sure they would have me back part time and work around my college hours.
so thats my predicament at the moment, have to find somewhere to stay in aberdeen, have to try and figure out a budget in order to survive, i need to get all my stuff back up to aberdeen.
Been thinking abut buying a car. I know that sounds stupid when i just mentioned figuring out a budget but with trying to work full time, and view flats in aberdeen and get all my stuff up there it might be worth while, especially if i get a place outside the city centre, it all depends on where i manage to get a flat, i was even thinking of getting a scooter. I once promised myself i would never drive such a thing but they are very cheap to run and if its just for getting from a flat in the suburbs to the city centre it might be a good little investment. it all comes down to the flat. So if you hear of anything let me know (as if anyone actually reads this, Andy ur a muppet sometimes).
In the short term got a lot goin on. for some strange reason i have been given today( a friday) off, its weird as i have alot of weekends off just now for the various stag do's & wedding stuff and i expected to be workin more to make up for that but apparently not. I'm not complaining tho. Its a beautiful day in edinburgh today, took a walk down to ocean terminal this afternoon and got some new shades. cleaned up the flat a bit and then might go to cinema tonight, its a cracking day off. I do feel slightly bad tho, as i know work is crazy busy tonight with big parties. o well good luck to them.
i just have to do saturday and sunday then i have my week off. I can't wait. gonna take a couple of days to chill out and relax then head up north to aberdeen to see a couple of mates and then on friday morning its the start of the away leg of the Marks Stag Do. Some idiot(not me) gave it away at the home leg, we are heading to poland for 3 days. Im really looking forward to it. Jonny the best man is organizing it and i'm sure he'll make it a weekend that will talked about until the end of time.
on that note i'm off, im starvin and there's a pizza in the oven.
have a nice
Andy G

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

First entry

Welcome to the blog of Andy G
how are you today? you look great!
well i say you look great, lets be honest you might not, and thats assuming that someone other than myself is reading the drivel im typing.
it has been suggested to me that i should keep a blog, im not sure what your meant to put in a blog so i guess il just have a blether and stop typing when i get bored. If you the reader of this blog you can stop reading at anytime, but you never know there might be something interesting coming up.
So what to write about? well i've just finished another shift at the wonderful spanish restaurant which is good enough to employ me.
i am getting sick of eating tapas all the time, the menu has changed so i get to try a couple of new things but im sure ill be bored of them in a couple of days.
It was my first day back to work after 4 days off, which were four AWESOME days off!

i had my big interview for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, i think it went well, we just basically had a chat for 45 minutes about the kind of tv i like and why i like it. I was nervous when i walked into the building and noticed everyone there looked like they were 17 but im hoping my age will be an advantage. I did bring up in the interview that obviously i am a tad older than most of the students but i do have considerable life experience, i have been living life in the outside world as a "grown up" for nearly a decade. Fortunately they don't know me very well and that nothing could be further from the truth. After the interview i met up with Ved the bosnian Magician and had a cracking chinese meal and a couple of beers before returning to our nations capital.
Friday was a return to aberdeen for me. got a lift up from the legend that is richard williams jones and crashed at my mate jonnys place . Had a few beers on the friday night and slept on jonnys couch.
Saturday was the "Home Leg" of the stag do of my good friend Mark. It was legendary. After fueling up on bacon rolls and a cup o tea at marks house, 18 of us drove down to St Cyrus (just outside Montrose) for a truly brilliant day. we started with Mini highland games, for this we split into 2 teams, The Family and The Friends. The games played were

Toss the Sheath: throwing a sack over a high bar using a pitch fork and raising the bar each time

barrel roll : rolling a barrell (with a yellow line painted thru the centre) round a sawdust track without the yellow line leaving the sawdust.

hammer throw: throwing a big hammer as far as you can

tossing the caber : tossing a caber

The haggis Shotputt: like shotputt but with a haggis

the wellie throw : where you get blindfolded spun round ten times, then you need to throw a wellie through your own legs and get it as far as possible ( its alot harder than it sounds)

Tug of war : we stood no chance at this marks family are big guys!!

it was a great afternoon of games, even tho marks family were cheating at everything.
after the games there was a packed lunch and then onto the paintball.
for this we stayed in our teams the family vs the friends, the friends i am proud to say KICKED ASS!!
it was great fun and i only got shot three times which is pretty good considering we played 6 games and some guys got shot 20 times. The friend team played particularly well, especially considering we were a person down, one of our team claimed t have an ankle injury, altho he seemed to be fine when he had to run to the car to get something. i think he was a bit scared of being shot by a paint ball after he saw someones bruise after being shot.
it really was a great afternoon
after the paint ball a bbq was put on for us and a few beers, then after getting all the tents pitched came the evenings entertainment.
Her name was Barbie, she seemed quite pissed off. she was led to believe she would be performing in a large heated marquee, not a field with a couple of tents and a bonfire. she still performed though. but only after she got all the men to strip to there boxer shorts. If anyone was driving past i can only imagine what they must have been thinking. a big fire in the middle of a field with 20 almost naked guys watching a woman take her kit off. After the show mark thought it that was it and had no idea what was coming next. We arranged for the stripper to get him into a Mankini( like what borat wore) he thought it was just for a funny picture.
We tied him to the back of a pick up truck and "blackened" him. he was covered in curry sauce, baked beans, custard, treacle, ketchup, yoghurt, mayonaisse, flour, sugar and anything else we could find. then it was time for a drive. Still tied to the truck we drove him to the nearest town (5 miles away) and paraded him for about 2o mins, we drove all over the town forming a convoy, there were 6 cars following him honking the horns. it was the funniest thing i have ever seen, The people of montrose were lovin it!! we even passed 2 police cars and weren't stopped. it was BRILLIANT. after returning to the campsite it was drinking games galore. was a fantastic night.
I really enjoyed the trip, it was great to see all the aberdeen boys again. Its really sad because a few couldn't come due to financial reasons which is fair enough, but i do miss all my friends up north. I always seem to be leaving aberdeen, even when i lived there i worked too much too everyone which is a big regret of mine. well come september im going to be loving in either in aberdeen or glasgow and if it is aberdeen then im def gonna try and make more time for my mates, im gonna be a poor student so hopefully i can get them to cook me dinner.
I can't wait for the "away leg" of the stag do to see everyone again.

bloody hell i wrote alot more than i thought i would
i wonder if anyone will actually read this bollocks?

o well off to bed now
Andy G


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