Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Frank Mortons @ Newcastle

The night started at the Imperial College Union, 3 busloads of crazy chem engers were squeezed onto the waiting coaches.. 106 ppl only actually, so not really a squeeze... anyway.. we made our 6 hour journey from central London to nowhere in Newcastle. Unlike the rest of the people on the second year bus, the 4 of us, Nigel, Ke Lun and Ricki sat on 2 seats each! smart a plan it was as one seat alone was made backs ache. Im still having neck aches even after 2 weeks! some lousy seats.
Arriving at Newcastle, first thing we did was GET LOST. Even with the high tech GPS navigation, there is no substitute to good planning. Imagine 3 buses circling the stadium like flies before dawn. We finally stopped infront of st jame's stadium, home of Newcastle FC! we four guys could not help but take a pic of the coat of arms in the lobby. Cold.

Next order of business, Frank Morton's Sports day, where almost all the chemical engineering departments from around the UK gather to beat it out on the field and trek. Frank Morton is a chemical engineering lecturer in the university of Birmingham who likes sports i guess. Winning for 6 times was enough for Imperial I guess as the university of Manchester swept the overall trophy this year of 2009.

However, It was a real interesting experience playing dodgeball!! Was a really fun game and although i was really blur in it, I hope i made my team proud. We were knocked out after 3 games but was good for noobs! I might blog about it some other time when i feel like it.
Newcastle is a really small place. But in any place, its really bad to leave your friends without charging your hand phone battery!! Ended up walking around newcastle alone for the evening after the games. Yet, the city has some amazing sights to offer, particularly its architecture which is to die for.
The bridges offer such a spectacular sight as they span half a kilometer 50 feet in the air. The lights were traditionally English and gave a really romantic feel about it. I would take my girlfriend to visit this place just for the photography!
Did'nt i tell you? such a romantic sight Newcastle is at night. The lights and the serenity. The colours of the sky. Anyone who visited the place would be amazed. Sadly, in the midst of things, I forgot to drop by the castle. It was not even lit in that time so I guess round 2 is calling!
After skydark, I managed to meet up with my buddies again. Nigel, ke lun, ricky and Kuo Jian, aka CISM. We had dinner at a local Italian restaurant right after meeting up at some Epsom square. The diner was homely and there was this gorgeous waitress that nigel kept asking her to take pictures for us.
Our bus did not leave until 2 am that morning so we decided to go walk around Newcastle. Took some pictures at the Hilton hotel and more pictures on the bridge! there were 4 bridges close to each other but I managed to walk on all of them! yay, no better things to do!
If there is one lesson learnt in organising, it is never ever send the bags of 3000 people into 1 nightclub... it would be utter chaos when everyone needs to claim their bags at the same time. The club was called Liquid (has chains all over the UK) and i guess they were pissed. Luckily I took my bag along with me while I went sight seeing!
Battered, tired and frustrated, we left at around 230 and and reached london at 9.00am on wednesday. just in time for PDC lectures!!

Newcastle - I give it an 8 out of 10!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


敬爱的马来亚佛总理事先生Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia佛寺理事先生以及佛教信徒.

自从Yip Kum Fook (MCA Gombak Chairman)当任主席, 有预谋的迫走本地和尚(吉兰丹), 而遠聘缅甸和尚, 当任主持之后Samnak Sambodhi Thai Buddhist Temple No: 19 Jalan 38 Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia(暹廟)就一直发生种种的是是非非, 以引起方民間議論纷纷.

其因是Yip Kum Fook (MCA Gombak Chairman)所领导的理事会, 勾结外耒的缅甸和尚, 以啇業経营, 不依佛法的精神办事, 只借宗教之名捞取权和私利所引起………. 最近又自行一套商业手法, 规定任和人, 若想出家当和尚修道者, 必先供给RM400大元, 否则免谈. 這种啇業手法, 已引起广大的信徒愤怒而不满.

Samnak Sambodhi Thai Buddhist Temple (暹廟)是佛总之联会, 而身佛堂之主席Yip Kum Fook (MCA Gombak Chairman)不以佛陀的教誨, 修心養性, 却反其道而行, 接着权势, 无悪不做, 三妻四妾, 骗财骗色, 破坏別人的家庭.....现在他的排聞满天飞, 不但给佛寺帶耒不好的名声, 也間接的耻辱佛教信仰者.

所从我们祈望马来亚佛总与Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia理事同仁, 给以关注, 共創義举, 维护佛法

此致, 并
祝安康, 工作愉快.

Please translate in Bahasa Malaysia and English, and send to everyone, Thanks

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