Last night the ULIP Freshers Brigade shook off their hangovers, donned their finest World-themed fancy dress costumes and wound their ways to Corcoran's, the Irish bar spitting distance from the looming Sacré Coeur.
With free shots for Facebook check-ins, Jager Bombs and cheap cocktails galore, we danced the night away (well not quite away, it was still there when I left), first of all to the DJing stylings of former ULIP SU Commander in Chief, Joe Lennard (a small sample of what we'll all be experiencing come the Freshers Ball this Saturday), then to one of Corcoran's own Jockeys.
As you'll see in the photos below, we had some very fine efforts, I thought I'd keep the number of photos on the blog itself as low as I could but the rest will be forthcoming soon.
I hope you all enjoy your day of rest and are ready and raring to go come the Ball, which is set to round of the week in style.
One night, Momami discovered a curious thing. She simply could not work out what it could possibly be.
"Could it be an earring?"' She thought, bewildered. "It' is very big but maybe it belonged to a very big person? Maybe it's an elephant's earring?" Momami thought about this for a while but she couldn't think of any elephants that she knew who wore earrings.
"Maybe it's a key?" Thought Momami? She tried it in all the locks she could find in Odéon but to no avail. It simply wouldn't fit!
Momami asked some friends but they were as stumped as she was. She had come across a simply impossible problem. She resolved to think about it a bit longer.
So, she thought.
And thought and thought.
"Sod it." Thought Momami. "Where's my pint?"
Last night, the intrepid ULIP Freshers team met its hardest challenge yet: 6 bars in 4 hours. Weathering the onslaught of beer and spirits, fighting nobly through their list of challenges at each successive bar, ducking and diving through a battlefield of Strawpedos and Irish Car Bombs, we cast off the label of children and proved ourselves of men and women of high calibre and superlative quality.
It all began at the Moose Bar, with the soon to be victorious Manchester United facing Liverpool in the background, the omens were good. Decked out in our immensely fetching, and often artistically customised, ULIP Freshers t-shirts, we set out in to the night, splitting in to groups and painting the town red, though not quite literally as Paris' finest were out in force, sporting their best robo-cop regalia.
The events of the Bar Crawl in their totality are far too numerous for me to report so I invite you to comment below and share your experiences (you can hide behind a shield of anonymity if you like). Here is a small sample of what we saw though:
Below is a section of photos from last night (more on their way at the end of the week), hope you enjoy and see you at Corcoran's!
The energy and the willingness of a large part of the participants to drink a large quantity of alcohol carried on undimmed as Freshers Week entered its second day.
This time, a quiz in the ULIP Library (we are sadly Canteen-less whilst the building works are going on) written by Pub Games Society head honchos Hannah Cartwright and Neil Fulton, testing the knowledge of the assembled Ulippers on topics ranging from Belfast slang to recognising Arrested Development quotes.
Much merried each other's company (though the wine may have helped) we ambled on to the Highlander where we were given reasonably priced drinks, served by our own Campbell Findlay. Here did we remain for a few hours, games of Paranoia were played, strong cocktails were consumed, the glass-walled fumoir was enjoyed.
Hope you enjoyed it and we'll see you tonight at Odéon for the Bar Crawl!
Here are a selection of photos taken last night with more to follow come the end of the week!
All eyes on ULIP today as Freshers and buddies descended upon its high-ceilinged halls. Some early drama with the Parlons team who through a heroic effort incurred by their own relative lack of organisation, managed to edit, compile and print most of the Fresher's Guide in 2 short hours. After a talk from the Dean (he did the bit where he talks in French then back in to English, which still manages to be funny), we were on our way, metroing off to all corners of Paris with groups visiting as far afield as la Mosquée, the Canal Saint-Martin and the Bois de Boulogne (pictures will follow later in the week!).
We then made our way over to 25 Est on the Place de Stalingrad, with its beautiful view over the beginnings of the Canal and a setting sun, it was sufficiently pretty to merit a wide range of clichés, which you're welcome to detail in the comments below. A delicious meal ensued, with pasta for the veggies and nice chunk of beef for the carnivores. A good time was had by all. Well, at least most, I didn't really carry out a survey.
Next stop Room 106 tomorrow evening for the ULIP Pub Games Society to delight, inform and entertain us with its Pub Quiz.
See you there,
P.s. If you'd like to buy tickets, I'll be around uni tomorrow and will be able to hook you up.
Today we did a fashion shoot with ULIP's librarian Erica Burnham and SU Vice President Calum Paramor.
Alright, calling it a fashion shoot is stretching the definition of the term to breaking point somewhat but I'm straying somewhat from the point. Designed by our very own Hannah Cartwright and accepted with great aplomb upon delivery by the Student Services team, here is a nice photo of the t-shirts that'll become a common sight in the week to come. Enjoy.
ULIP Fresher's Week, for Him and for Her.
P.s. Copyright on the photo is Nick Kent's.
The good people at Magners France are kindly sponsoring this years Freshers' Ball!
They'll be providing us with a considerable amount of their lovely cider, which we'll all be able to taste and enjoy come the finale of Freshers' Week. We really are very grateful, such a contribution puts a big dent in our expenses and will help make us able to make this Freshers' Week even better.
To find out more about Magners France, visit their website.
Sorry for anyone who's been trying to access the site for the last three days, we've been offline (until now, hurrah, hurrah). The problems we had been having have now been resolved and we're back!
In ULIP news, Lisa Sinclair (BA3) has set up a ULIP Feminist Society (see on Facebook for more details) and the designs for this years Freshers' t-shirts are being mocked up by Hannah Cartwright (BA2 rep) and are looking very good indeed (I have seen early versions, they are ace).
That's all for now,
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