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I’ve been meaning to write a bit of an update since I got to Durham, but I have been very busy with admin (10 days’ fighting with IT to have an e-mail address, for example) and social things the first 10 days and then was quite sick (flu + bronchitis) for almost two weeks and I am now trying to recover and get things done.
I am living in my college, the College of St Hild and St Bede, in an old building with 9 other postgrads and it’s extremely quiet. It’s the furthest away from college and the city centre and up an enormous hill, but it’s nice otherwise. It’s also cavernous and laid out in a way very conducive to studying as it’s quite long, so I have bed in one end and desk at the other end. Both ends have enormous windows. The best part is the view (roughly northwest) of the Cheviot Hills out my front window, as depicted to the right.
The college is enormous and the pictures on the website are better than any I’ve taken, but we do have access to a lot of the river, although it’s not safe for swimming.
It a fun challenge to create a group of friends, but I’ve spent a lot of time with a group of postgrads (known affectionately around college as the Chucky Brownsword Colloquium (or CBCers) after an esteemed and perhaps mythical member of my college) . Most nights we can be found easily by looking for the noisiest and most jocular table in the canteen or our college bar, the Vernon Armitage (or ‘The Vern’). We also have lively academic colloquia and several of us attend the many lectures of medieval and early modern history around the university.

I have been making some nice connections in college and have been nominated to be the new Postgraduate President for Hild-Bede, which is an enormous honour. The rest of my free time is usually on the tennis court or as a photographer for various Durham sports, including the hockey team, for which my friend Marc is defensive force. I’m going to learn how to play field hockey as several of my friends are quite keen on it.

I know myself well enough not to promise regular updates, but they’ll be here when they happen. Stay in touch!

Written by Gabriel Fidler

October 25, 2013 at 12:04

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Top 20 (Dec. 2-Dec. 8)

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20 (18). Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
19 (NR). The Joy Formidable – A Heavy Abacus
18 (15). Atlas Genius – Trojans
17 (16). Royal Teeth – Wild
16 (NR). A Silent Film – Harbour Lights
15 (NR). Wombats – Jump Into the Fog
14 (11).  Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together*
13 (9).  Tristan Prettyman – My Oh My
12 (12). Morning Parade – Headlights
11 (10).  Tegan and Sara – Closer
10 (5).  Youngblood Hawk – We Come Running
9 (6).  Ballpark Music – Nice to Be Alive
8 (8).  Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
7 (7).  Grouplove – Itchin’ on a Photograph
6 (13).  Chevin – Champion
5 (4). Blondfire – Where the Kids Are Running Free
4 (14).  Bad Books- Forest Whitaker
3 (2).  Metric – Breathing Underwater
2 (1). Lumineers – Ho Hey
1 (3).  Capital Cities – Safe and Sound

*GPOTW

Written by Gabriel Fidler

December 10, 2012 at 01:23

Posted in Weekly Chart

Top 20 (Nov. 25-Dec. 1)

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20 (18). Matt and Kim – Let’s Go
19 (8). Of Monsters and Men – Mountain Sound
18 (5). Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
17 (7). Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
16 (NR). Royal Teeth – Wild
15 (17). Atlas Genius – Trojans
14 (16).  Bad Books- Forest Whitaker
13 (19).  Chevin – Champion
12 (14). Morning Parade – Headlights
11 (11).  Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together*
10 (12).  Tegan and Sara – Closer
9 (10).  Tristan Prettyman – My Oh My
8 (15).  Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
7 (13).  Grouplove – Itchin’ on a Photograph
6 (9).  Ballpark Music – Nice to Be Alive
5 (4). Youngblood Hawk – We Come Running
4 (3).  Blondfire – Where the Kids Are Running Free
3 (6).  Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
2 (2). Metric – Breathing Underwater
1 (1).  Lumineers – Ho Hey

Written by Gabriel Fidler

December 1, 2012 at 04:39

Posted in Weekly Chart

Top 20 (Nov. 18-Nov. 24)

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20 (13). Passion Pit – Take a Walk
19 (NR). Chevin – Champion
18 (12). Matt and Kim – Let’s Go
17 (NR). Atlas Genius – Trojans
16 (16). Bad Books- Forest Whitaker
15 (NR). Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone
14 (14).  Morning Parade – Headlights
13 (18).  Grouplove – Itchin’ on a Photograph
12 (15). Tegan and Sara – Closer
11 (9).  Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together*
10 (5).  Tristan Prettyman – My Oh My
9 (8).  Ballpark Music – Nice to Be Alive
8 (11).  Of Monsters and Men – Mountain Sound
7 (6).  Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
6 (10).  Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
5 (4). Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
4 (7).  Youngblood Hawk – We Come Running
3 (3). Blondfire – Where the Kids Are Running Free
2 (1). Metric – Breathing Underwater
1 (2).  Lumineers – Ho Hey

Written by Gabriel Fidler

November 24, 2012 at 04:07

Posted in Weekly Chart

Top 20 (Nov. 11-Nov. 17)

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20 (20). Grace Potter – Stars
19 (15). Phillip Phillips – Home
18 (18). Grouplove – Itchin’ on a Photograph
17 (16). Demi Lovato – Give Your Heart a Break*
16 (14). Bad Books- Forest Whitaker
15 (NR). Tegan and Sara – Closer
14 (10).  Morning Parade – Headlights
13 (12).  Passion Pit – Take a Walk
12 (11). Matt and Kim – Let’s Go
11 (17).  Of Monsters and Men – Mountain Sound
10 (13).  Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
9 (8).  Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together*
8 (9). Ballpark Music – Nice to Be Alive
7 (7).  Youngblood Hawk – We Come Running
6 (3).  Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
5 (4). Tristan Prettyman – My Oh My
4 (1).  Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
3 (5). Blondfire – Where the Kids Are Running Free
2 (6). Lumineers – Ho Hey
1 (2). Metric – Breathing Underwater

Written by Gabriel Fidler

November 17, 2012 at 04:00

Posted in Weekly Chart

Top 20 (Nov. 4-Nov. 10)

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20 (20). Grace Potter – Stars
19 (17). Chappo – Come Home
18 (18). Grouplove – Itchin’ on a Photograph
17 (19). Of Monsters and Men – Mountain Sound
16 (13). Demi Lovato – Give Your Heart a Break*
15 (7). Phillip Phillips – Home
14 (16). Bad Books- Forest Whitaker
13 (15). Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
12 (6). Passion Pit – Take a Walk
11 (9).  Matt and Kim – Let’s Go
10 (14). Morning Parade – Headlights
9 (12).  Ballpark Music – Nice to Be Alive
8 (8). Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together*
7 (11).  Youngblood Hawk – We Come Running
6 (10). Lumineers – Ho Hey
5 (6). Blondfire – Where the Kids Are Running Free
4 (3). Tristan Prettyman – My Oh My
3 (-). Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
2 (9). Metric – Breathing Underwater
1 (1). Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

Written by Gabriel Fidler

November 10, 2012 at 03:59

Posted in Weekly Chart

Top 20 (Oct. 28-Nov. 3)

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(Previous week’s chart position in parentheses with red to show dropping and green rising.)
20 (19). Grace Potter – Stars
19 (). Of Monsters and Men – Mountain Sound
18 (15). Grouplove – Itchin’ on a Photograph
17 (11). Chappo – Come Home
16 (16). Bad Books- Forest Whitaker
15 (17). Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
14 (8). Morning Parade – Headlights
13 (5). Demi Lovato – Give Your Heart a Break*
12 (12). Ballpark Music – Nice to Be Alive
11 (14). Youngblood Hawk – We Come Running
10 (13). Lumineers – Ho Hey
9 (4). Matt and Kim – Let’s Go
8 (2). Taylor Swift – We Are Never Getting Back Together*
7 (10). Phillip Phillips – Home
6 (7). Blondfire – Where the Kids Are Running Free
5 (6). Passion Pit – Take a Walk
4 (3). Tristan Prettyman – My Oh My
3 (). Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
2 (9). Metric – Breathing Underwater
1 (1). Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks

*GPOTW

Written by Gabriel Fidler

November 4, 2012 at 16:26

Posted in Weekly Chart