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8:09pm on Friday, 6th July, 2007:

Portsmouth Vignette


I went on a lightning trip to Portsmouth again yesterday/today, to be the Award Examiner. This entails looking at 120 or so student marks, agreeing with what the computer says they deserve (which in practice means a minimum of a 2/2 if you passed all your units, and sometimes even if you didn't). I was put in room 210 in the hotel, just to keep me confused.

Even though I wasn't there for very long, I nevertheless observed some oddities:

A girl wearing all pink but carrying a blue umbrella walking past another girl going in the opposite direction wo was wearing all blue but carrying a pink umbrella.

A cyclist using an umbrella. The wind was in danger of inverting it, but he didn't seem to mind. I gave him a very wide berth as I drove past.

I bought a couple of CDs, but couldn't find the one I particularly wanted. The guy on the counter asked, "Did you find everything you wanted?". I replied, "No". The guy said, "No? You didn't find everything you wanted?!". It was as if nobody had ever answered in the negative before, and he didn't know what to do about it. I assured him I'd find it on the Internet.

The hotel has a list of "local attractions" that consists of:

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