This weekend I went to the Leicester Comedy Festival to see some stand up and was really impressed with the standard of the free shows on offer. Every year, Leicester hosts the biggest comedy festival in the UK outside Edinburgh, and as it’s all quite affordable, even for a student budget, it’s a great chance to see lots of people live. Every night there are literally tens of shows, and so choosing what to see was difficult in itself. This year we splashed the cash to see Elis James on Saturday night , and saw three back to back free shows on Sunday afternoon, including Matt Richardson, who I thoroughly recommend, if you’re not easily offended. I had a great time, and the venue, the Crumbling Cookie Coffee bar, with its new comedy basement does the most amazing Brownies. Lots of the comedians do test runs of gigs intended for the Edinburgh festival, which is why some of them are so cheap, for what is really great comedy.
Also this week, I’ve been very busy with fundamental mathematics, our module which studies properties of surfaces and shapes. To understand this topic better,we have been trying to compare the new things we’re learning to similar situations, including tablecloths, fields of cows, and infinitely dimensional donuts. It probably isn’t much use, but it does make everything a lot more fun. In case you’re wondering about the donut, we were trying to create a model of a circle where you folded every opposite point together (try it yourself. You can draw lines from every point, to the point on the other side, and then see if you can fold it together. It took us about 20 minutes with a circle cut out of paper to realise it wasn’t possible). Needless to say, we soon found a much better way of doing it, but the other people in the library must have been very confused to hear our conversations.