Back in the day, when my moustache was but a mere collection of small whiskers, I used to live and study in The University of Nottingham.
Many things happened to me there – things that I’m not going to discuss here. Suffice it to say that I had some great times there, and some really tough times too.
Anyway, this post is a result of coming across two blogs on PPS today: Buttshaker, and manusia gelabah. Both posts were about the annual Nottingham Malaysian Games held in Nottingham U, which brought together Malaysian students all across Britain to compete in various sports and of course to partake in the makan sessions. (There’s also another post on the games at Idlan’s blog.)
I participated in two Games, the first as one of the umpires during the badminton matches (where I quickly learned that my understanding of badminton rules was non-existent), and the other as a co-organiser of the badminton tournament. It was all immensely fun.
Anyway, reading the above blogs got me thinking about my old pictures that I used to snap around the place. My camera back then was the typical point-and-shoot film cameras, and all my pictures are now safely stored away in photo albums which are now kept under lock and key in a castle surrounded by a moat and guarded by hungry dragons with short tempers.
Some of them, however, are also stored in digitised format in my harddisk. I had scanned these pictures when I first started my webpage in Geocities all those years ago. That website is gone now (or is it?) and these pictures have remained hidden all this while. Until today lah.
An so I present to you some of the pictures from my days wandering around Notingham Uni. Click on the thumbnails below to see the larger version.
A note about the dates on the pictures, though – the clock on the camera was screwed up. Most of the time, I did not even realise the date setting was wrong until the pictures came out.
Aah, whatever did we do in the days before digital cameras, eh?
Pictures of Nottingham
Click on the pictures below to see larger versions
The CAL (Computer-Aided-Learning) lab. I spent many late nights here surfing the web. One of the things I really loved about the campus was that you could gain access to most computer rooms 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, using an electronic key. Awesome.
The three main buildings that made up the Engineering Faculty.
The Diwali celebrations hosted by the Malaysian-Singaporean Society (MSS) at Florence Boot Hall.
When the currency crisis hit Malaysia, the then-Education Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak visited the campus and talked to Malaysians about how to deal with the situation. Those were tough times – suddenly the cost of everything doubled overnight.
The City of Nottingham celebrated it’s 100 years as an official city in the UK with a series of celebrations throughout the county lasting for quite some time. This was an open-air concert. I think there was a bhangra performance.
The Showcase Cinemas. I cannot count how many movies I’ve watched in this cinema located just outside the campus grounds – and not all the movies were actually paid for… heh heh heh…
This was the official university off-campus accomodation grounds. Generally peaceful and quiet, except for the occasional bicycle thefts and sounds of people bonking upstairs.
The definitive Nottingham U landmark – the Trent building.
The Trent building by night.
Fellow Malaysian student and friend, Warren Soh, standing in front of the Science and Technology Park. The big building directly in the background is the George Green Science library.
This is where I lived during my first year – Willoughby Hall.