Neddy has a severe case of the squeaks. The fan belt has been slipping for a while now, but just lately it has got really bad. I did go to Halfords to try and get a replacement, but they said they’d have to order one in. Although to be honest, I’m not sure I could fit it even if I had bought one, as I don’t currently have a Haynes manual to tell me how to do it! From looking at it, it doesn’t look like something as simple as just taking the old one off and putting the new one on – I suspect I’ll have to remove part of the fan too, which would actually require me having a lot more tools to hand than I currently own. Suffice to say, I suspect this will mean a trip to a friendly garage to get them to fit one for me, much as it pains me to give in. On the other hand, I’m planning on going to the Colchester Mini Club meeting tomorrow evening, so maybe someone there will be able to tell me what to do. I’m looking forward to that, actually, chatting with other Mini folk!

Tonight, however, was orchestra. The rehearsal went quite well today, and we had more strings than I think we’ve ever had in all the years I’ve been here! We had three first violins, two seconds, a viola, and me on cello, plus a clarinet and a flute. We’re making a fairly passable sound already, which is really encouraging. We’ve got a concert on the 18th Feb, which although it sounds a long way off actually only leaves us four more rehearsals! Scary! And I’ve also been persuaded to premier my cello composition that I did in my first year. That should be fairly exciting, although I need to rewrite the middle section of the piano part as it’s currently rather boring, and it needs a name too! Still, I’m sure that will come in time. Speaking of music, I really must finish writing the music for Anne-Marie’s play, which is being performed in a couple of weeks’ time…

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Phill · 6 December 2005 at 11:32 pm

Is this a university orchestra, Matthew? I was saying to Phil earlier, it would be nice if there were a few more classical music concerts around, there don’t seem to be many at the moment ­čÖé

Matthew · 7 December 2005 at 9:55 am

Yep, this is the university Classical Music Society orchestra. I was in it in my first and second years, but it stopped meeting after that until this year. We’ve got a concert in February if you’re interested, and the Lakeside Theatre sometimes does classical concerts other times too.

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