A few days ago 20 Mech Engers went karting in Streatham. I’m very much a newbie at karting, so this was an excellent way to learn something new. Besides I really needed a short break from the coursework, tutorial sheets, design projects etc.
If you haven’t been go-karting before, you really should. It was extremely fun! We had a sort of ‘Grand-Prix’ amongst us Mech Engers. Despite coming last (well, ok second last) it was really thrilling. I think I had a fastest lap time of around 30.2 seconds. The best lap time of the night was around 27.1 seconds, set by a little blonde girl called Katie in second year. Made me wonder what exactly powered her car, was she hiding a secret jet engine or something? Anyway, kudos to her!
The best part of the race was the final. Eight people raced against each other, and you can imagine what sort of chaos ensued. At the first hairpin I spun, and there was a massive pile-up. Everyone was making angry signals at me (aka Jenny) but I couldn’t do much in my position until the Karting supervisor came and sorted us out.
And just as I was about to escape the pile-up, someone (who shall remain unnamed, partly because I don’t know who it was) came from behind and viciously bumped into me. Well, he/she forgot to brake I guess. I’m glad I was able to act as a suitable buffer (that’s not sarcasm). I was thrown onto the steering column and received a massive bruise on my thigh. I mean, it was comparable to the size of China. I complained about to everyone who would listen in my ‘wounded soldier’ voice. And throughout the past few days it has been going through the various colours of the rainbow.
Anyway, it was a great way to spend the evening away from the worries of the course.
Also, a few days ago, I received tickets to go to a BBC live recording show! Ever since I came to London, one of my wishes has been to be a part of a live audience to a BBC show like ‘Have I got news for you’ or ‘QI’ etc. The tickets are free but the waiting lists are humongous. Anyway I got four tickets to see a BBC Three comedy panel show, ‘The King is Dead’. Seems like it will be really really interesting. I’ll definitely tell you all about the experience in my next post (well, as much as I’m allowed to divulge). The shooting is on Thursday, can’t wait for it!