Monday

The second day without our Team Leader, all content that could go up went up by 2pm, so started on finishing the File and Directory view for the SSAGO Resources section. There are still a few bugs but I’ll tidy them up tomorrow if we finish as early again.

Having spent all this time listening to Dave and Simon battle with the server to keep their ad hoc CMS working and coding the resource viewer its got me thinking about using my new freetime post Jamboree to ‘make’ my own, it’ll have everything all my current sites have plus I’ll be able to easily refine it rather than having to learn everyone elses work first. Plus if its good enough I could offer to lend it to GGUK for their Jamboree in 2010 which if I managed to get the honour would be pretty awesome.

Anyway, thats a long term project such as the guy who wrote a novel on his mobile phone so don’t expect much on this for a while.

Left early for dinner, almost didn’t have anyone to sit with, not for being late but for being early! Luckily I managed to spy Beck and we had a pleasant conversation about sectioning of Girlguiding and Scouting and how Scouting chose to be all inclusive and GGUK do not. I wonder whether 12% of the people at the GGUK Jamboree will be Scouts? Thats the percentage of Guides in the UK Contingent to the World Scout Jamboree. Can’t really complain too much I’m in GGUK after all, Unit Leader, yay!

After dinner bumped into Jess, I’ve seen her alot around the Jamboree much more than Mary which is good I suppose because these days if Mary is around me to much I might just explode, that and Jess encourages the child in me which helps with the unwinding each evening.

Jess had with her Lucy, someone named after the Lucy in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

After a extremely long wait for the Badminton court, we managed to get a few games in before the pub quiz. Now I’ve been to a few pub quizes in my time and I’ve never had one as hard as this, name the “longest rivers in these continents”, “name the currency in these countries”, “what country hosted the Jamboree in which year?” the one we actually did best in was “name that flag” that was our only 100% round, although we scored bonus points for our tinfoil B-P hat. Our team was a bit of a mismatch, Jess, Lucy, me, some random guy called James, Andy (later), Amanda and 2 other people I don’t know by name, still! One was John, I think :S

After the Quiz Jess and I had a little rumble with our lightsabers and Lucy recorded it, what can I say? We were high on Irn-Bru!

Sunday

Arrived rather late, no body cared, shows how important this crumby job is. Got into work cut-out the articles from Today’s newspaper, filled the paperwork and passed them to the photo tray for someone to resize which I can’t do because I’ve still not been given photoshop.

Steve not in during the day, he did pop in during the evening to check on how things were going, we had a rather good system, Tony and Andy doing the paperwork, I was ripping the articles out and hoppo was doing the image resizing and passing on to whomever was available to put the article online.

During this little conveyor belt of workforce co-ordination Tony graciously offered to buy everyone working a round of “99’s” under the premise that ‘his house is paid for’. Must be marvellous to be able to do that on a whim, certainly going to try to do that when I get a job.

I’ve finished the resources page generator for the SSAGO, its been long overdue but its one of those tasks I’ve left till my 2007-8 term of office so there will be a real contrast between what’s been achieved in one compared to the other.

On the SSAGO website there is someone from Coleraine (Ireland) that wants to join a SSAGO Club. This poses some interesting opportunities for the Exec, there hasn’t been a club in Ireland from a fair few years now and if one can be setup they can be used as a shining example to other Irish Universities to get themselves going. Possibly opens the likelihood of a purpose to go there, I mean if I’m going to go on a plane Ireland isn’t my first thought.

Yesterday in the evening I was happily in the mood for a Guinness but Nick deterred me with the satire comment that “I must be feeling rich” but today with the realisation that I only had 5 tokens left it made more sense to spend them all rather than have 1 left over.

I managed to swap one of my UK Contingent Pins for one of the American World Scout Jamboree pins, I was beginning to think that I wouldn’t get to trade any of them and that I had wasted my money ordering them in the first place!

After we’d had some of Bart’s Birthday cake and Jess and I had both finished our drinks we head-off for Harbour sub-camp to see her old friend and my relatively (we only met at EuroJam 2005) new friend Merry AKA Lisa. It was dark when we arrived but luckily there was a lighthouse on the main entrance to guide us in! They had a mentalist, or at least some sort of person doing thinking stuff to the watching participants, I much prefer this sort of entertainment to what we’ve had so far, it seems more…intimate the audience are far better involved in the act than just spectating. We eventually found ERIC, Essex R.I.C something or other where Merry and her group were staying.

Friday

If anyone has ever had to experience “split shifts” they’ll know how frustrating they can be, up at 7am work half an 8 hour shift then do the other half at the end of the day. Essentially giving you a very long lunch and a very long day. Today was such a day for me, 7 till 11 in the AM and then the same hours int he PM. This had the benefit of opening up the entire day to browse Hylands Park and the bus loads (literally) of activities going on.

Morning shift was a little lame as I still didn’t have any login details so until someone else arrived I could do nought but sit around reading. The time quickly flew by and I was soon touring the site. To give myself some purpose I decided to make it my mission to photograph at least once all of the different sub-camp entrances, first destination though is the Promise PM Radio Station for my Internationally broadcast (via Internet and 87.7 FM) interview about working on the ‘Build Weekend’ and Working on the IST so far. I didn’t freeze up until the end when I forgot which track they were going to play for me instead of Learn to Fly but they did have my backup choice of I’m a Believer by the Monkees.

Went back for the evening shift segment with the other contingents arriving the articles from the Reporting team went up a lot so it was important that our 40,000 night website visitors get something new to read.

Work has begun, so lets party!


Liberty X at the World Scout Jamboree

Started off with some rather appalling breakfast, most of the usual 5 hot options where gone leaving me with Tomato, Sausage and Hash Brown! Not impressed proceeded quickly to the lunch queue to pick up some extra fruit to supplement my cooked breakfast alas, nought but water and muffins left. Not a good start to the day!

I managed to get a little work done during my 11-7 shift, it was slow going with having to pop into the newspaper layout cubical to resize images and battle grammatical inconsistencies.

After 3 long days of hearing how when Simon arrives he’ll solve all problems, including World peace I thought his arrival would equate the second coming, alas Dave and I had to cycle to Gate 1 to help him carry his stuff. Enroute whilst balancing Simon’s duffel bag on the handlebars Merry and Becky saw me and came charging after me. Simon and Dave walked on a bit, probably for the best considering how hyper they seemed to see me. It’s nice to be charged at randomly by girls demanding a hug!

Had dinner(s) with Dave and Simon after I caught up with them, then handed over my bike keys as I didn’t need to go back to Marcomms till the morning.

After dinner managed to bump into Vix, Richard and Simon under the IST bar tent, Vix was headed out for a wander to the stage to see her friends and then to the UK Contingent Party which none of the UK IST were invited to! Which this in mind I tagged along hoping that we’d bumped into Mary enroute or find Colin hanging on the outskirts.

In an act of kismet we bumped into Mark, Emma and Amy which where hovering over the South Tropical Hub entrance. We snuck in from the West with just enough time before getting chucked out (for being adults at a party for the UK young people) to see Peter Duncan (Chief Scout), Liz Burney (Chief Guide), Liberty X, Lumar and Anna Foye all on stage. The party was amazing, everyone from the UK was here as the UK Contingent arrived a day before all the other countries Contingents so we could welcome them, to get things going we were hosting a party, woot!

Who wants to Party?

After a thoroughly relaxing nights sleep I felt truly ready to take on this leviathan of a Jamboree. First port of call was breakfast, served by the horrendously bad Sedexo whom served at EuroJam. With the shear volume of Health and Safety regulations the broke; serving mouldy food, appalling menu options and often not enough for everyone, so why they got the WSJ contract I’m flabbergasted. Guess the contract they have at HQ, Gilwell is worth quite a bit.

Anyway, they managed a reasonable attempt, scrambled eggs from powder, bacon, sausage, plum tomatoes and if you could find a serving stall with them rather crispy Hash Browns, not a bad start but does this mean they’ll get better or worse?

Then after a quick shower it was off to the first briefing of the day, Generic IST Training at 9:30am in the Global Development Boulevard. They had planned to show us a video via projector but due to how sunny it is ( don’t let it stop now! ) we could barely see anything. We did manage to hear Peter Duncan (Chief Scout) introduce himself in rather good French and then Bill Cockroft in good French but not with Pete’s funky accent.

It was a nice little bonding session, though it made me feel that with all the work that needed to be done, and with so many people willing to work, why were so many coming into help at the 11th hour?

Upon departure from the GDB we were given a special edition IST Newspaper with a 10 letter puzzle that we had to assemble from finding letter scattered around the entire site, baring in mind that the site is a 45 minute walk across it would probably take 3-4 hours to find all the letters alone. So using cunning an guile I guessed that it would be “onepromise” or “beprepared” but the first letter found in the Adult Island Hub was a “J” so that plan was quickly through out as it made the first 8 letters quite predicable, after chatting around with others that had no large amount of training to do today I was told the remaining letters to be “07” so the final answer is “JAMBOREE07”. Not brilliant considering the first 2 thought up.

At the Media Centre generic training on the Energise activity area I discovered that my generic 04-00 job code actually meant I was on the Web Team and not as I suspected on the Reporting Team. To put it mildly I was pissed off, thejamboree.org website is appalling, home grown code that only the creator can understand, ill formatted CSS, high server load, it would’ve been a millions times better if I’d been more involved in February rather than skirting the edge doing the Official Forum. For someone who has just finished a Computer Science BSc (Hons) Degree and run various National and International websites already (with great success) it’s insulting to be associated with a area that you could do better.

When the key individuals aren’t in the MarComms tent I can’t actually do anything because I don’t have login details and even if I did the servers have crashed and no-one else is allowed to maintain them. 🙁 This however did offer me the opportunity to fix the Go Jamboree forum which went down due to flooding in Gloucester so it’s not all bad.

I dismissed myself at 7pm to go get some much needed dinner which was a disappointment, either some sort of purée meat or pink looking lamb with onions, with Vegetables, Chips, Potatoes or Pasta. Dessert was Pears, or Pears with Chocolate sauce because they ran out of the alternative

This is the last evening with just the UK Contingent on site so we’re having a celebration on the Island Hub to get us all in good moods for tomorrow’s arrivals. The party had a nifty game where you had to find the matching half of a playing card given to you, if anyone has the other part of a Queen of Clubs let me know!