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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

5 fun games to play in the car

Directions: pull over and ask a passerby for directions in a hurried, panicked voice. Wait for them to start talking before looking over your shoulder, shouting "shit they're onto us" and driving off rapidly. You'll leave them mightily confused and looking around for the police (or possibly the mafia).
This game went very wrong when we asked this one guy for directions to the A14 from Robinson College. Not only did he gave us completely wrong directions, he repeatedly told us that he only had one arm, and then demanded money for his disability and for giving us (useless) directions. We drove off pretty quickly.

Trailing: find a car, pretend to be a gangster and trail it around town until the driver gets nervous. It's super effective if you switch your lights off. We made the mistake of following a BMW with blacked-out windows, and it was only when he started to double up his route and take us down one-way streets with no escape routes that we got worried and realised that he actually could be a gangster. Again, we drove off pretty quickly.

Adverse Camber: this game relies on the fact that a lot of people aren't entirely sure what an adverse camber is. Find a stretch of roads with an adverse camber (we used a bridge with roadworks) and, as you drive across it, frantically warn passing cyclists and pedestrians to watch out for the adverse camber - "be careful mate, watch out, there's an adverse camber ahead!".  If they don't look worried or confused enough, all lean to one side of the car to emphasise the point.

The Yes/No Game: this one's simple. Wind the windows down and drive around rating members of the other sex.  It's especially amusing when you come across, say, a group of 5 girls, and Rob leans out the window and picks them off individually: "No... NOOOO.... She's a definite Yes.... You at the back, NO .... Yes!" The game can be spiced up by rating out of 10, rather than just a simple yes/no.
Don't make the same mistake as Dingly, who insulted a cyclist just before we pulled up to a red light. Cue the hilarious image of him frantically trying to hide under his seat and wind his window up as the cyclist approached.

Official Race Car Game: Find a jogger, put your hazard lights on, slow down and shout motivational slogans at them: be their official race car.  Ian and Rob accompanied Horrocks (down Burrell's walk!) in Romsey 3.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Dingly not drinking milk (NEW VIDEO)

Typical Dingly: lies and a milk belly.

New video below, or click here.

Democracy Alive and Well in Robinson College Law Society

On Oct 27 2008, Dr Isabella Alexander wrote:
Subject: RE: Consultative committee

Dear all,

You may remember that some time ago I emailed asking for a volunteer for the Staff-Student Consultative Committee at the Law Faculty. Nitish responded first, so I was minded to give him the job. However, Carl also responded and apparently there have been some concerns that appointment to the committee is not democratic (not in this college, as far as I know, but from other students). If you would like to hold an election, please let me know!!
If I don't hear from anyone seeking to exercise their democratic rights by the end of the day, then Nitish can be our representative.

Best wishes,
Isabella


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Hi, no problem with letting Carl take the post on the consultative committee.
No need for an election!
Nitish

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Stew, Hirst and I would rather there was an election, to be honest, but we're prepared to let it go on this occasion.
Ian

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Dear all,
Since everyone is being so diplomatic, perhaps we should have an election. To make life easier for all, I shall put a voting slip in each of your pigeonholes. It will have a number on it but I won't correlate the numbers to the person so voting will be anonymous. Anyone who wishes to vote should fill it out and give it to the porters to be put in my pigeonhole by 9am on Thursday morning (30 October). Obviously there is still some room for
vote-rigging but I am sure everyone will be honest! Let me know if this sounds like it might be a problem.
Best wishes,
Isabella

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In the circumstances perhaps we ought to have manifestos (let's keep them short - say 3000 words max) and hustings?
Jim

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I may be going mad but who is Hirst? And why is he on my list?  
Isabella

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Hirst? He's a third year lawyer, sits with me and Stew. Changed over from Nat Sci I think.
Ian

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Well, he'll have to go back to nat sci. I can't handle any more lawyers - especially if they're friends of you and Stew! And the same goes for Rob Ward, who also seems to have miraculously appeared on my list.
Isabella

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How strange, there must be a virus in the email list or something! I'll tell Hirst he can't change. He was so looking forward to studying Civil Law II as well...
Ian

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Dear all,
After campaigning resembling that taking place currently across the Atlantic, we have a close-fought electoral victory of 7 votes to 6. Hereafter, Robinson shall be represented on the Staff-Student Consultative Committee by Nitish Upadhyaya. God bless democracy.
Isabella

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... recount?
Jim

SNE5

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Bley Day (and a new video)

To celebrate the momentous occasion that is Bley's birthday, ZD Studios has released a video in his honour (see below):

'Bley
aka: the Social Hand Grenade, the Grenade, the Social Trebuchet, Trebu-bley (and Crummers to a select few).

Bley is an absolute weapon in a social situation.  If not carefully supervised, he's liable to go "BOOM" at any moment.  He's not even a cool weapon like a flick knife or a neutron bomb. No, he's more like a landmine detonating during a kid's party: conversation comes to a standstill and small children are left traumatised and limbless.  Hence the inspired naming of Bley as "the Social Grenade", which quickly evolved into "the Grenade" and even "the Trebuchet" when he's on devastatingly bad form.

Bley, never one to mince his words, came to a memorable (and accurate) conclusion about Lord Boredom's character, saying "Stew has a vanilla personality. I don't remember him very well." He had more luck with Ian, another reprobate who's not adverse to social detonation.  As is his way, Ian added Bley on Hubclub months before actually meeting him in Upper Reality.  After hearing the "vanilla personality" story, Ian said "Bley remembers me, and I've never even met him!". Ward replied "that's because you make a nuisance of yourself on Facebook and invite yourself to his house." When they finally met at Desh's birthday, they both remarked that it was as though they'd known each other for years. Thus two weapons were beautifully fused together, like a bayonet fixed atop a rifle, or a pitbull equipped with throwing stars: Happy Bley Day everybody!

Monday, 22 March 2010

Ethics and the Criminal Law: Euthanasia

This essay* was published by ZD MMP in April 2009.  It was instrumental in persuading the Director of Public Prosecutions to change his policy in respect of cases of encouraging or assisting suicide and has since being cited with approval in the higher courts (in Middle Reality, naturally).

Ian Sadler, the author of the essay, is a regular contributor to ZD.

*full title: Does A’s earnest, considered and rationally understandable request to be killed (or helped to die) make the criminalisation of B–who provides the requested assistance–impermissible?

Monday, 15 March 2010

dureX Factor

ZD has an exclusive, behind-the-scenes video of Tom Hirst (who nearly got to the first stage of auditions for X Factor 2008!) chillaxing in the garden with fans and working on new material.  Hirst is one of the more successful musicians in the ZD stable, with a string of hits including The Way I Hirst, Bohemian Hirstody, 50 May Ball Tickets and backing vocal credits on the worldwide phenomenon Yeoh Technology.

It's viewable now on youtube and at Hirst's hubclub fan page.
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