Although I went to bed at a comparatively early 1.30am, I got up at 5.50 in order to leave the house at 6.35 and get to the station to get a ticket to Preston, and get the 7.06 train all the way there. As I was settling in to my seat, Robin just got into the train as the doors were closing, he'd got the train down from Darlington. So I didn't get a peaceful time... Robin is an enthusiastic talker and we had a year to catch up on!
So we were soon in Preston, and we got a taxi to where we thought the venue was, but it wasn't and we got taken down to another part of the campus. I got changed quickly and proceeded to do a lot of devilsticking and a bit of unicycling in the area where new students were arriving with their parents, luggage, sometimes siblings. This Freshers Weekend is a regular event at UCLAN... except that this year it's just the Saturday.
I enjoyed the various bands and musicians, devilsticked to the music, made balloon animals for some of the staff and existing students and Student Union people, as well as the children tagging along with their older brother or sister starting Uni this weekend. I had a lot of fun greeting the 6 or 10 year old and welcoming them to University, asking them what they were going to be studying, and more silliness. I had quite a long lunch, 45 minutes, in a room out of the way, before embarking on my second 2 and a half hour slot of zany, clever, silly, colourful, quick-witted and quick moving entertainment.
I got away (in costume) just before 4pm, and scurried down to the station on foot, as I wanted to get the 4.10 train. I got there and it was cancelled, so got the 4.23 instead. Once my ticked had been checked, I got changed in the carriage toilet, and then dozed til Manchester... New Scientist sending me to sleep.
At Manchester I went to Cafe Nero and met up with Laura, who was with Ian, and Janie, who had her friend Jonathan there. It was good to see both my friends and these new friends. A bit later, Laura took me to the Arndale Food place, where she had noodles and bones and I had a baked potato.
Then back to the station, and I got on the 8 something and was back in York soon after 10pm, after a noisy journey and sympathy from/with my neighbour, Sally, a student of 3D wallpaper!
Later still, had a long type-chat with Ali, whom I haven't chatted with for ages. Really good to catch up.