On Saturday I went to lunch with Ellie, her Dad and stepmum, which was very pleasant. We went to the Playhouse in town, which is a Wetherspoons pub/restaurant done up like the inside of the theatre, so we ate on the stage. We also went to Colchester Castle in the morning, which was very interesting – it wasn’t your traditional “wander round an old castle”, but rather a complete history of Colchester that happened to be using the inside of the castle to house it. There wasn’t much focus on the castle itself, but it was quite densely packed with interesting history about the local area. For someone who isn’t normally at all interested in history, I thought it was pretty impressive!

In the afternoon I had a meeting with a potential new client, someone I knew from Colchester Mini Club. She came round and we had a nice chat about what we could do with the web site, and she seemed to go home happy. Unfortunately I got an e-mail on Sunday to say that sadly finances wouldn’t permit a new web site right at the moment, which is a shame. Still, you can’t win them all!

Yesterday I spent mostly at Berkeley’s house. After church I was invited back for lunch and a game of Risk, which is a board game where you try to take over the world country by country with armies of little men, with the outcome of battles being determined by the roll of dice. It took a while for me to get the hang of it, and of course I had to rely on other people to do the maths quite often, but I ended up winning, which some something of a surprise! We also went on to play a couple of rounds of Jungle Speed, which is like a variation of Snap; I won both rounds of that too, which was sort of embarrassing… I’m not normally the type to win games, and I’m certainly not the competetive type. We finished off by watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which was a bit of a laugh. Then, when I got back home I had was on the phone to my Mum and Dad and my brother for about an hour and a half, which was really nice, before finishing off the evening by watching The Italian Job (as in the new one). Not the best film in the world, and certainly nowhere near as good as the original, but still not a bad film in its own right.

Categories: Miscellaneous


Phill · 30 October 2006 at 12:45 pm

You won at Risk on your first go? Impressive! Risk is very much a game of strategy, although there is quite a large element of luck involved in some respects.

I thought pretty much the same as you about the new Italian Job – not a bad film in its own right, but you can’t really compare it with the original!

Oh, by the way, you forgot to put a title on this blog post … You also need do change your default WordPress category from “Uncategorized” 🙂

Simon · 30 October 2006 at 1:32 pm

Actually, The Playhouse IS the inside of a theatre – it just happens to have a pub in it!

Matthew · 31 October 2006 at 2:22 pm

Thanks Phill for pointing out that I forgot to put a title in for this post! I’ve rectified that now with a suitably off-the-wall title.

And Simon, I think I’m right in saying that the Wetherspoons Playhouse used to be a cinema, not a theatre. The ceiling above the stage isn’t high enough for it to be a cinema, and there is no backstage area. That said, I’m told that the original Playhouse theatre was indeed a theatre, but that was in a different building elsewhere in Colchester. All rather confusing really…

Simon · 31 October 2006 at 9:10 pm

I think you’re getting confused between the building that houses The Playhouse and the building that houses The Hippodrome…

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