I think it’s really important to maintain a good work(uni)/life balance. Before beginning my PhD I worked for 2 years and the last of these was spent working on a 1 in 4 standby rota – the weekends I did have became very precious as when I was on standby I’d work 12 days straight :(. Now I’m free from standby 🙂 but I try to maintain a “work hard throughout the week and have the weekends as my time” balance in my life. I keep hearing how important this balance is from people who have PhD’s, especially those who have recently finished their’s, so I think I’m on the right track.
With this in mind my boyfriend and I took the opportunity to go and see Chris Ramsey live recently, we’ve never been to one of his shows before but have seen him on TV plenty. We spotted the gig when we went to see Rob Beckett’s tour (notice a theme?). We had a really great night – I expected to enjoy the show but it was even better than I anticipated. The warm up act Carl Hutchinson really fit well with Chris Ramsey’s style – without being too similar. If you’re interested in finding out more about him you can follow him on twitter @CPHutchinson.
Onto the main act! Chris Ramsey (@IAmChrisRamsey for anyone interested) was brilliant! A lot of audience participation, although not in the horribly cringey, picking on people way. He engaged with a lot of people and seemed genuinely grateful that we would all pay to come and see his show. Overall it was one big story with lots of side shoots that ended with the explanation of why Chris Ramsey may be (but probably isn’t in his opinion) the most dangerous man on Saturday morning television. I already briefly knew the story behind the show’s title but it didn’t spoil it for me, and my boyfriend (who didn’t know the story before the show) enjoyed it just as much. Overall it was a really great evening out and I would definitely recommend a Chris Ramsey show! We went to Warwick Art’s Centre as we only live a 30 min drive away, BUT the tour continues! Chris Ramsey will be in Leicester on 21/02/2014 and you can book tickets on his website. I promise I don’t know him or work for him in anyway.
A night out watching comedy at a reasonable price is a great way to relax and remind you to enjoy life. We’ve already booked our tickets to see Josh Widdicombe and Jason Manford next year. While Jason Manford is a big show all the other’s we’ve been to have been fairly small, the comedians are established but not so huge that prices are high – look for these shows and you can get a really great value night out.