Today I gave blood for the first time. I was originally intending to just go into Cottingham to pick up a few bits and pieces to make myself some dinner tonight, but when I saw the “Please Give Blood” vans, I felt I should do my bit, especially as I have been intending to pretty much since I turned 18 last July.
The process of registering to give blood was simple and only took about 5 minutes, and included basic personal information including name, age and address as well as some medical history. When I went to return my form to the nurse I was asked if I had eaten in the past two hours, I hadn’t, so I was asked to go and buy a Sandwich and Crisps from the Sainsbury’s from across the road. I didn’t have a problem with this 😉
Once I had eaten, and read what seemed like dozens of leaflets about blood and its medicinal uses whilst waiting for my turn I was shown to a private cubicle to talk about my medical history and to have my blood tested for Iron levels. This was done using a quick prick to the finger and a special solution in which an Iron-full drop of blood drops within 15 seconds. My drop of blood dropped to the bottom of the solution almost instantly, so it seems I have a lot of Iron in my system. :P. Because I’d put on my form that I have had previous “Heart issues”, an innocent heart murmur when I was a child, a more experienced nurse had to sign off my forms.
Once all the formalities of signing forms and talking about medical history were over I was asked to read yet more leaflets, this time on what to do after my blood had been taken, including advice to exercises to quickly get blood flowing around my body and what to do if I experienced any head aches or light headedness. I was then shown to a bed where they took 3 viles and a pint of my blood.
Afterwards I was given a biscuit and allowed to leave. Apparently my blood could be used to save someone’s life in as little as 48 hours, which is an interesting and exciting idea.
The point of this blog post is to try to get some other students giving blood. I didn’t see a single person my age throughout the entire process, which is a bit sad as we’re at the age where our blood regenerates the quickest so we’re in theory the best candidates to give! So go sign up today.
Last night as I mentioned in my previous post I went to spiders with the Rock Society of the Hull University Union and Jess. It was totally different to any club or venue I’ve been to before. Its essentially a big house and garden in the middle of an industrial estate with 3 rooms, each dedicated to a different genre of rock, our favourite of which was the 60’s-80’s room which played classic bands such as Madness, The Selecter and The Ramones. We were also happy with the great variety of cheap drinks available — notably a special called The JUGular — a 6 drink jug containing two shots of your choice, two liquors and loads of soft drink — in our case Coke! It was so tasty, but also incredibly alcoholic! Yum.
Today I spent most of my time in Cottingham and Hull City Centre — with Jess — finding a reasonably priced place we could both eat which with her being vegetarian that was somewhat difficult. Eventually we settled on a small pub which offered a Sunday Roast Carvery for me and a Veggie burger for her. After that we spent a lot of time enjoying the compact, yet full city centre in hull which offers many shops, resturants and facilities. After only being here a week I can safely say Hull doesn’t deserve the reputation it gets, its an enjoyable place to live with great night life, friendly locals and a buzzing atmosphere. Unfortunately Jess also left tonight at 6:30 after a fun filled weekend of clubbing and student life! Fortunately ill be able to see her soon when she comes back to see the amazing Specials in just under two weeks!
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango running on the HTC 7 Mozart
As I posted yesterday I bought a HTC 7 Mozart, originally running Windows Phone 7, on O2 as part of a 24 month contract. Since then I have upgraded the phone to Windows Phone 7.5 using the slightly hacky method documented on WinRumours. The update has bought a lot of functionality that was missing from the original 7.0 release of the OS. Most notably custom ringtone support and multi-tasking, all of which are very well explained and reviewed on Ars Technica, so I wont delve into those so much — however I would like to bring to peoples attention some of the lesser of the 500 updates which I feel have a great impact!
The first thing I noticed when changing from 7.0 to 7.5 was perhaps one of the smallest changes to the OS — Emotions in text messages, whereas before the operating literally showed a string of symbols such as “:-)” if you selected a smiley face from the emotions keyboard it now shows some cool, single colour mango styled faces or icons depending on what you typed. Here is a collation of all the emotions produced by 1800PocketPC;
Another small but notable improvement was the fact that the phone now uses two different tones of your accent colour to differentiate between incoming and outgoing messages, rather than just using left and right. This is excellent UI design and makes reading texts a much more enjoyable experiance.
Other Aesthetic Changes
Another small aesthetic change is the improvement of the XBOX Live logo, which is now a lot more suited to the Metro Design the OS uses, before it felt ugly and out of place, but now it feels like a 1st rate application on the device. Yet another UI design change I like is the fact that Internet Explorers UI is now all at the bottom of the screen, rather than the top — this allows for a larger viewing area and in my opinion looks better. (IE also went from being based off of IE6/7 to IE9, a massive HTML5 powered difference 😉
Windows Phone 7.5 feels complete. In a nutshell it is what 7.0 should have been and is easily my favourite Phone OS due to its simple yet pretty look, mass of features and future potential (due to hopefully an influx of customers when Nokia release their device, and therefore an Influx of money hungry developers). I would definately recommend this OS to anyone — from tech savvy to totally technophobic — because it is simple enough for normal use (internet browsing, sending texts, making calls) but also extremely flexible for those who want a little more from their mobile device.
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