And this is my week off in Newquay.
On Monday morning we get up and go over to this place in West London where I’m told you can hire a car and then we hire a car, a car that is silver. I don’t know any more details apart from it also has a CD player, which I’ve put together three CDs for.
Two of the CDs include songs that I like and I think other people should also like (i.e. they are educational) and the third CD is a bonus one, which includes songs I can personally take or leave (mostly leave really) but Scott likes. And on Monday it is Scott’s birthday after all.
Two and a half songs later we abandon my CDs (“too miserable”) and we spend the rest of the drive flicking between the Birthday CD and West Country regional BBC radio stations: BBC Devon? BBC Cornwall? BBC County Durham? I’m not really listening.
A short five hours later we’re in Newquay, which is absolutely packed because the Rip Curl Boardmaster 2008 event is on, which is (and I’m quoting from their website – I’m clueless otherwise) Europe’s largest surf, skate and music festival. I don’t know anything about surfing of course, I’m not interested in skating and I don’t like the bands that are playing (Groove Armada, Pigeon Detectives, Zutons, Futureheads), but this is the week that I have to be there, no other week will do.
Anyway, we get to the same B&B that we stayed last time, get talked at for fifteen minutes by the oversized overly chatty landlady who is under the false impression that we are people who are friendly, go up to our room and change into wetsuits, head to the beach where it’s obviously raining, but I don’t really mind.
Then we go back to the hotel where we try to find out what’s on TV in order to arrange our schedule around that, go back out to the supermarket to buy a bottle of vodka and some ginger beer, I get asked for ID by the checkout woman (“you have a young face, do you have any ID”), we go back to our room, I put some bleach in my hair which turns it light brown, we watch Big Brother, Scott drinks a third of the bottle of vodka, I drink nothing, we hit the bars…
…where hundreds of straight boys and girls from every corner of England aged 16 to 34 are painting the town red in various states of undress / sluttiness / surfiness / being drunk (even though I’m willing to give average scores of 8 out of 10 / 7 out of 10 / 9 out of 10 / 10 out of 10 respectively), as we go from bar to bar and watch them.
Then we go back, watch some more TV and sleep.
In other news:
a) For the people who've asked about the London Preppy "scrapbook" where I'll print out some posts, bind them, personalise them and send them out - I'm in the process of putting together my favourite posts, this is still happening. I'll be done soon and give more info then. I'm only making three of these by the way
b) The Olympics have started and I'm not even going to pretend I'm not obsessed with them, so yes I guess I am. Also I'm very impressed by the fact that the first athlete who was found doped up and was sent home is Greek (loving those Greeks). Anyway, my question is: I'm following them on the BBC website and on the official Olympics website, but (if anyone Greek is reading this) can you recommend a website that focuses on the Greek athletes' performance/results? Cheers