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The boarding house I was in last term was right by the train line, and we could hear the train all night. My roommate liked to have the windows open as well, so between the cold, the noise, and the emergency light, I didn't often get the best night's sleep.

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I've never been one for hot brown drinks, but it did make me smile when the train I was on the day before yesterday announced there was coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. :)


I don´t like hot chocolate any more than milky coffee (it has to be black) or non-herbal tea. But am surprised they would announce coffee before tea on a train, since the latter has always been the favourite British hot drink.

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I've never been one for hot brown drinks, but it did make me smile when the train I was on the day before yesterday announced there was coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. :)


I don´t like hot chocolate any more than milky coffee (it has to be black) or non-herbal tea. But am surprised they would announce coffee before tea on a train, since the latter has always been the favourite British hot drink.

I think the reason they do it in that order is that if you are making an announcement the rhythm, or more correctly prosody, of "Coffee, tea and hot chocolate" is easier both on the ear and the tongue of the announcer than "Tea, coffee and hot chocolate". Taste it and see..... :D

(Strangely, if you drop the third drink, then "Tea and coffee" becomes more pleasing than "Coffee and tea"....)

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I can't remember if that even was the right order (Hot Choc was last, though). And on the way back it only mentioned 'hot and cold drinks' IIRC. Trains make me feel like I am a competent adult who deals with their own stuff. And I can read or play on my DS (I call it Dessy). I like trains. *gets hit by train*

All these stories about disturbed sleep make me think of the student halls I was in during my first year of uni. The fire alarm was a little bit faulty and during the autumn semester it seemed like it went off once a week, sometimes in the middle of the night. It was loud which was a good thing if there'd been a fire, but really what would happen was that you'd be foisted out of your snuggly warm bed into the cold night until the alarm stopped and then have to climb three flights of stairs back up and try to get to sleep again after (I am not very good at that bit...). Ah, good times... :wink: :lol:

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Lol that sounds very familar, even now certain fire alarm sounds send me back to wandering about in my dressing gown and getting fed up with people who had been cooking toast badly at 3am just before exams. Think student halls are a bad thing that way, as it sets you up to doubt all fire alarms ever being real in future !

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The fire alarm was always going off in my hall of residence. On one occasion, some of the boys set the alarm off in the middle of the night so that they could see the girls come trooping out in their nightwear! These were people of 18/19 and supposedly high intelligence :roll: .

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Our hall of residence had an extremely sensitive fire alarm as it was a grade II listed building.

It was linked directly to the Fire Station and the only benefit from being jerked awake and forced out of your nice warm bed was the guarantee of seeing lots of hunky fireman and at least two fire engines.

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One girl used to set the fire alarm off all the time making toast. After she set the alarm off in the morning and in the evening told everyone in the common room to waft smoke away from the fire alarm whilst dangling her toast out the window in panicked fashion, we banned her from making toast. However, toast is such a central part to our culture that she can always find someone to put in an extra slice for her. Once, we were congratulated in a house meeting as the fire alarm was set off by someone in the other half of the building!

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The boarding house I was in last term was right by the train line, and we could hear the train all night. My roommate liked to have the windows open as well, so between the cold, the noise, and the emergency light, I didn't often get the best night's sleep.


My first term of boarding school was like that, but I got used to it fairly quickly. Good thing, given that in my final year I was directly opposite the church, which chimed not only the hour but also the quarters...actually, I really missed it when they silenced the bells for a while to do some work on the steeple - it seems I'd internalised the quarter chime and grown accustomed, and as soon as it wasn't there any more my sense of time passing went out of the window!

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I can't remember if that even was the right order (Hot Choc was last, though). And on the way back it only mentioned 'hot and cold drinks' IIRC. Trains make me feel like I am a competent adult who deals with their own stuff. And I can read or play on my DS (I call it Dessy). I like trains. *gets hit by train*

All these stories about disturbed sleep make me think of the student halls I was in during my first year of uni. The fire alarm was a little bit faulty and during the autumn semester it seemed like it went off once a week, sometimes in the middle of the night. It was loud which was a good thing if there'd been a fire, but really what would happen was that you'd be foisted out of your snuggly warm bed into the cold night until the alarm stopped and then have to climb three flights of stairs back up and try to get to sleep again after (I am not very good at that bit...). Ah, good times... :wink: :lol:


I havn't been on an intercity train for many years, used to like observing the passing landscape, but I can't remember the announcements. Being in a remote rural area with no trains or much traffic nearby, and no church bells, my boarding house (and the whole school) would often have been utterly silent at night. Except at weekends (especially in summer), towards the end of term, and (especially) the period after most summer exams were over, when there may have been noisy (if not drunken) pupils either quite close outside or being somewhat loud indoors. I think older pupils sometimes took a dim view of lower forms messing about at night, though.

And obviously no-one wanted to really annoy the staff and potentially get into trouble, so they usually went somewhere well secluded in the woods/by the stream or loch, indoors they normally kept quietish. Toast making was mostly a sixth form privilege (except for some who got enough "pluses" under the school's academic achievement recognition system) but it presumably must have set off the fire alarm on occasions.

If however, everyone was genuinely fast asleep, it would have been slightly eerie getting up in the middle of the night to go to the loo! Though I experienced that feeling as well in all university halls, that felt perfectly normal in daylight. Especially when living at the top of an old Victorian building, but also even in a tall modern building where I was for a year in Germany.

Sadly from a social point of view, it was the last residence at that uni with traditional communal kitchens/washrooms, and was about to be renovated to a more self-contained layout. It also had a tabby cat, who was fed by the caretaker but had no name. I don't remember any fire alarms in Germany but am sure they went off a lot in the UK, mostly drills just like at school, but some must have been because of students being stupid. IIRC it was because of so much frequent general ambient noise at uni that I first started using earplugs, and unless I fall asleep accidentally (which does happen), always still do so.

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I was in a hotel once and the fire alarm went off. I was in the bathroom at the time, getting ready for bed, hearing aid out. I did hear something, but I thought it was the plumbing, so I did nothing... apparently it was a malfunction.

Does make me wonder what kind of alarm they've got, because I'm not *that* deaf - I can hear the phone ringing or the oven timer going without the aid in at home, and you'd imagine a fire alarm ought to be louder!


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If however, everyone was genuinely fast asleep, it would have been slightly eerie getting up in the middle of the night to go to the loo! Though I experienced that feeling as well in all university halls, that felt perfectly normal in daylight.

Some years ago I had to spend a few days at Cambridge University, in connection with an academic project I was involved with. I was given a room in Girton College. It was the Easter vacation and there were very few other people in college.

One evening I got back there a bit later and found my usual way in was closed. I had to go in a different door and up a different staircase. I wasn't at all sure where I was, ended up walking round three sides of the quad trying to find my room. It was just getting dark, and I didn't see or hear anyone else; I might have been alone in the building. It was quite creepy, not helped by having read Gaudy Night so many times.

Fortunately, my room was en suite, so once I found my way back there I didn't have to leave it again until morning.


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Donald Trump is making me Very Mad at the moment. :evil: :evil: :evil: Just all the crap that he is doing, it's just...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :bawling: :bawling: :bawling: :bawling: :bawling: :bawling: :bawling: :bawling: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :screen: :screen: :screen: :screen: :poke: :poke: :poke: :megaphone: :megaphone: :megaphone:

Ahh I feel a bit better now, no thanks to fucking racist orange climate-change-denialistic idiots. Phew.

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We can only hope Mrs May sorts him out.


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Does this help at all?

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We can only hope Mrs May sorts him out.


*hollow laughter*

Sometimes when I want to pretend nothing bad is happening I watch this http://explore.org/live-cams/player/kitten-rescue-cam . It's a webcam of a kitten rescue centre. I know it won't solve anything but sometimes they do really cute stuff.

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I actually like raging in a way; it's cathartic. We are talking about a man who can't spend two minutes without getting involved in some lawsuit or another, so maybe that will bite him in the arse. :dontknow:

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Calm yourself, Minim, someone will probably shoot him, very, very soon.

And please don't use such language again.

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I'm too tired for raging; it's very annoying! Still, we can only hope he gets bitten in the arse by something... :?

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