Wednesday

To keep the World as concurrent of events as possible thejamboree.org had to be updated after the Sunrise ceremony so it off to work for a few hours before a cooked lunch at 1pm.

Being the birthday of Scouting I decided to treat myself, and the rest of the Web team, to a soft frozen Ice Cream commonly known amongst other guises as a ‘99‘. Seeing as all the content for the day had been pushed into the Online Jamboree News I decided to investigate the Ice Cream, the ice cream cone originated sometime before 1806 as that is the first known picture of one. The soft frozen ice cream discovery has a far more interesting story, whilst at Oxford University Margaret Thatcher ‘invented’ it, that’s certainly something interesting to remember for a pub quiz.

Having just achieved a warm shower and feeling rather fresh at the time I bumped into Hoppo and others of the Web Team, somehow Hoppo and I drifted out of the conversation and began playing with a novelty flying Halo (Frisbee is a brand name) when several of the Go Jamboree turned up and we started meandering around the Adult Hub.

Some a reason unbeknownst to me we ducked into the Adult Support Centre whilst looking around aimlessly I checked next to my name for post and shockingly I had some, the IST badges had finally arrived! So now I had to track down the 6 lucky owners out of a sub-camp of 8,000! Knowing how long it had taken Members’ Matt to get the WSJ t-shirts out I knew it might take several unfortunate days.

Taking the evening to chill several of the Go Jamboree lot and I sat playing cards in the cafe with a unexpected appearance from the eccentric Caro that prompted a group photo, a prelude if you will to the full shot tomorrow.

Walking around the IST Bar a hysterical Charliestar phoned Mary saying that Coldplay were playing at the Gifts for Peace concert in the main arena. Eventually when everyone had gotten over the hype it turned out to be a tribute band Coolplay which, despite not being there, I believe were a rather good gig.

Tuesday

Decided to sleep in today so only yesterdays leftover Flapjack for Breakfast and lunch, luckily there was plenty of Jammie Dodgers going around the office.

Steve’s day off (Web Team Leader) so we’re working today under democratic rule, basically all the stories from the newspaper were up by 3pm so for the rest of my 11am to 7pm shift I installed Coppermine Photo Gallery on the Go Jamboree website. I suppose if anything this crummy job has the advantage of a lot of free time as the reporters only go frantic around the big events such as the Opening, Closing and Sunrise Ceremonies.

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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!