2010年 3月 31日, 星期三 - 格林尼治标准时间16:00

Emmet's Student Diary 伦敦学生博客第25周

Emmet Conlon O'Reilly

Wednesday 31st March 2010 - Open Mic Night

Term two is over at last. I've just had a really tough week, ending with an exam on Friday. We have now got an entire month off to rest and to study, or at least to study. But it looks like I'll be just as busy for the next couple of weeks.

I was aware that there is quite often a bit of an anti-climax at the end of term. When everyone goes in different directions it feels like term has petered out.

Emmet and a friend playing guitar at a party

Emmet playing the guitar at an outdoor event

So, I decided to organise an open mic night in student halls, which will take place tonight. This gives all participants a chance to show off their talents. I think there will a decent turn out, possibly as many as 200 people. I play a bit of guitar so I'm going to play and sing a couple of tunes. The last time I played in public is over a year ago so I am a little nervous to be honest.

A couple of friends are playing keyboard and singing, and then there are a few more guitar groups. My friend Shane from the band Bipolar Empire will play, while also appearing on the bill is a heavy metal band, so there is an eclectic mix of music.

The Tower Tavern, London

The Tower Tavern, London

The point of the night is to have a good time and nobody is taking it too seriously. My brother Ruraidh (pronounced Rory) is also in town for the weekend so I might be able to twist his arm into playing a song or two as well.

Tomorrow I start work in another pub. My friends Phil and Kasia are away on their honeymoon for the next two weeks so I volunteered to run their pub while they are in Egypt. The pub is called The Tower Tavern as it is located right at the base of the BT tower – a broadcasting tower which can be seen from all over London, so I certainly shouldn't get lost on the way to work.

Emmet outside The Tower Tavern, London

The Tower Tavern, London

It's a lovely pub, as you can tell from the picture. Phil and Kasia just took control of it a few months ago and already it is getting busier and busier.

Last week I spoke about linguistics being a welcome break from Chinese class. I can say the same for working, as opposed to attending lectures all day.

When I finish in The Tower, I'm returning home to Ireland for two weeks. I live in a relatively rural area so I'm really looking forward to locking my door away from all distractions and getting some serious work done for our summer exams.


anti-climax 低潮, petered out 逐渐结束, open mic night 开麦之夜(自由演唱的活动),show off 展示, decent turn out 令人满意的出席率, heavy metal 重金属音乐, eclectic mix of music 各种音乐的混合, took control 接管, welcome break 备受欢迎的休息, twist his arm 施加压力,硬逼着别人去办事, rural 乡下的,乡村的


Emmet says he hopes there will be a decent turn out at his open mic night. This means that he hopes lots of people will come to it. To use the phrase turn out in a negative way, you can say poor turn out which means the opposite. E.g. "There was a poor turn out at my birthday party, only my parents and my sister came." If somebody is in town it means that they are visiting the place you are. E.g. "My sister was in town for the weekend and I took her to the theatre." Emmet doesn

Question of the week

What kind of music do you like? Do you play a musical instrument? What do you play? Have you ever played in public?

Email Emmet at 按键 chinaelt@bbc.co.uk


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