Jesus May Ball 2014

I’d never been to Jesus May Ball before, but several friends were going this year, so I decided to jump on the bandwagon too.  I was slightly nervous as HL was in charge of getting my ticket, and he’d not collected them, so the fact that I was in the queue without an actual ticket was slightly disconcerting – but of course he picked it up for me without any trouble.

Jesus has the advantage of being larger than Robinson, so the queue outside the college was for wristbands and security.  After getting through this, there was another queue inside where everyone waited for the doors to open.  There was however food and drink provided in this second queue, so it didn’t seem to take too long.  At 20:00, the doors opened, and we all streamed in.

The theme this year was “Lost in the Woods”, and it was extremely well done.  The variety of food and drink on offer was astonishing, and it was difficult to know where to begin.  However, at May Balls, particularly at the beginning, there’s often a queue at each of the food and drink stalls, so the trick is to find one without a queue.  I spent the ball with HL and his two younger brothers, and we first got a coconut drink thing and a hog roast tortilla, which was rather nice. We spent the majority of the first few hours eating and drinking our way around all the different areas, and we were extremely full towards the end.  Deciding to take a quick break, we elected to go on the ferris wheel and dodgems which was a lot of fun.  After that, HL found a giant chess set, and played a game.

Once the game was over, SL (HL’s immediate younger brother) and I went to tackle Churchill Casino (who were here as well).  This time, we did much better at blackjack, and ended up actually winning the £10,000 on several games of roulette, which was great (so we entered the prize draw).

It’d been so busy up to this point, so at 01:00, we all went to watch some of the comedy.  One of the Footlights was hosting, and two professional comedians (who’d been on television) did their sets and were very entertaining.  Once they’d finished, at around 03:00 or so, we headed over to get some more food (in the form of a kangaroo burger) to the silent disco for an hour or so, before heading out to listen to some more live music in the form of a ceilidh band.

Once that’d finished, at 05:30 or so, it was time for the Survivors’ Photo, and then we all headed back to get some sleep.

Robinson May Ball 2014

As promised, here’s the first of two write ups for the two May Balls I went to this year.

Robinson was pretty good as usual, and was essentially very similar to last year.  The theme was Japan, and there was a lot of good stuff going on.  Lots of my friends didn’t want to go this year (owing to it “always being the same”, which strikes me as a shame really, given that it was their last opportunity to go as undergraduates).  AC came down from London, along with GD.  Having queued from fairly early on, it did not take long to get inside.  Once in, we headed straight for some cava, and then out to the college gardens to grab something to eat and listen to the music.

At 22:45, the traditional fireworks display kicked off on the other side of the lake, and we were very close to the front (allowing an unrestricted view of the display).  Unfortunately, it also decided to rain at this point, but that’s hardly unexpected (this is Britain after all)!

Once the fireworks were over, we headed off to see some of the comedy.  The first duo were alright, but weren’t brilliant.  Indeed, the hecklers were often funnier than the comics.  After this warm up act, the Footlights did their show, which of course was excellent.

Stocking up on a few more drinks, we promptly headed to the casino (run by Churchill College students).  You get given “£500” worth of chips, and have to try to win £10,000 worth, which if you succeed, enters you into a prize draw.  Unfortunately, I’m not very good at blackjack, and the house won (as always).

The remainder of the night was spent having several drinks and chatting with friends, before we all headed back out into the gardens at around 04:00 to eat breakfast and listen to the final act on the main stage – an Abba tribute band.  After that, it was just the matter of the Survivors’ Photo before heading to bed.

Busy Times!

Well, what a lot has happened since I last posted around three weeks ago!  Exams came and went, the viva voce came and went, and results also came and went.  I’m pleased to say that I got a 2.i, so that was an enormous relief.  I opted to wait for the results to be posted publicly on the Senate House boards, rather than check online which was a bit scary, but definitely worth it I think!

It’s currently May Week here, and I’ve been lucky enough to go to two May Balls (Robinson and Jesus).  A great time was had at both, and if I get round to it, I’ll do a write up of each (maybe).

Apart from that, I’ve been relaxing a lot, eating lots of good food (the highlight being some fried wild mushrooms that JW collected), along with the usual post-Cambridge exam Pimm’s and croquet combination. Oh, and visiting the pub, a lot.

Anyway, today’s the Sedgwick Club “May Ball”, so that ought to be a lot of fun.

Looking ahead to next week, known as “Grad Week” (as it’s the week where everyone except the graduands leave Cambridge), I’m off to Wales for a Part III holiday from Sunday to Tuesday.  Then my graduation takes place on Saturday week which is quite a sad moment really, as it means I’ll be finally leaving this amazing place, and will no longer be in statu pupillari.