Diary 17th And 18th November 2016

Diary, spaghetti, pub signs, Preston, opportunity,
Preston, England
November 18, 2016 3:45pm CST
Diary Thursday 17th November 2016 A final visit this year to the job club academy events which was quite relaxed and though not much use in getting my work skills improved, rather fun today. We did a team-work exercise where the teams we were divided into had to build a tower out of raw spaghetti strands held together with marshmallows. The team with the biggest tower that could stay up more than 30 seconds would win. We saw immediately that the opposition were being over-ambitious with a tower likely to collapse quickly so we built quite a small structure that held up well. As it was the last week of an eight week course, the centre staff treated us to sandwiches and French fries afterwards. I then did a quick tech-rehearsal for my pub signs talk which was finally coming up tomorrow after wees of preparation. Diary Friday 18th November 2016 The day of my talk, and my last visit to the community centre in Ingol Preston this year. I woke to horrendous rain which made me fear no one would come to see the presentation, but about twenty people did come along, including a friend from the creative writing group I attend and a professional local historian. Several of the centre’s staff popped in too amidst their various duties. It was a very relaxed and lively audience who seemed genuinely impressed by my talk and interaction with them. The centre provided a lovely buffet too. I hope to present talks there again in the new year. A massive thank you to everyone who supported this golden opportunity for me. Arthur Chappell Photo taken by me – Spaghetti Tower
10 people like this
11 responses
@cindiowens (3841)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
18 Nov 16
Wow, do you always get fed like that???
3 people like this
• Preston, England
18 Nov 16
@cindiowens sadly not lol though I did eat some of the marshmallows
1 person likes this
@Corbin5 (106277)
• United States
18 Nov 16
Oh, I am thrilled the talk you gave went so well!! Wish better weather was in the works, but you had a nice group anyway. Your group's tower is marvelous!!!
2 people like this
@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
21 Nov 16
sounds like some fun days! J hosted a larp event, which I took part in, getting slowly into that, fun, just forcing me to stretch outside the norm
1 person likes this
• Preston, England
22 Nov 16
I have done some LARP'ing - great fun @Jessicalynnt
1 person likes this
• Centralia, Missouri
24 Nov 16
@arthurchappell I am, slowly, getting my feet under me. Hard coming into preformed groups and finding a nitch, and this has rules, turns and stats and whatnot, that part confuses the cheese outta me
1 person likes this
• Centralia, Missouri
26 Nov 16
@arthurchappell I am currently running the same character in 3 larps, and there really is a huge difference in a 3
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Nov 16
That's great that your talk was so well received after all your hard work on it. Congratulations. You'll be pleased no doubt to have finished with the job club academy for a while.
1 person likes this
• Preston, England
19 Nov 16
@JudyEv though it isn't too helpful in the long run it is nicely run and the people organizing it are genuinely helpful - though answerable to some extent to welfare they run things quite independently
1 person likes this
@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Nov 16
@arthurchappell I was thinking of the place where they put you through the hoops. I'd forgotten about the job club.
1 person likes this
• Preston, England
19 Nov 16
Actually safe from welfare for now as my temporary work sorting xmas mail wih the post office starts on Tuesday and runs to December 23rd - won't have to face welfare hearings until January now @JudyEv
1 person likes this
@celticeagle (118254)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Nov 16
You didn't say if your group won the structure competition. I take you did. So great to hear how your talk went so well. That's wonderful!
1 person likes this
• Preston, England
18 Nov 16
@celticeagle we won yes - no prizes though
1 person likes this
@celticeagle (118254)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Nov 16
@arthurchappell ......Winning is nice.
1 person likes this
• Rochester, New York
18 Nov 16
That's wonderful! Perhaps you could post a video of your lectures on here so we could see them.
1 person likes this
• Preston, England
18 Nov 16
it wasn't filmed sadly though a few photos were taken for the centre's Facebook page
@sol_cee (15446)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
19 Nov 16
More talks to come! And hope the weather cooperates next time.
1 person likes this
@kevinakash (1947)
• Sri Lanka
19 Nov 16
i'm so happy to hear that.
1 person likes this
@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
19 Nov 16
It's wonderful that you had such a good turnout.
1 person likes this
@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
18 Nov 16
Glad to hear that everything went well at your talk today. Sounds like a good two days.
1 person likes this
@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Nov 16
Congratulations on what sounds like a great gig.
1 person likes this