At last the race is beginning to appear real, an opportunity to visualise in a concrete form, the reason we have been through so many days & nights of faster heart-beats & short breaths
The whole family pigeon, visited together & came out with surprising & mixed responses
We got there half an hour early, with the main hall surprisingly empty & half full at 17:30 p.m. From past experience, I was expecting the "sharp elbowed" middle classes, selfish, hormonal & a touch rude. Glad to say that everyone was much more down to earth & considerate & having a greater mix than last year. There was naturally going to be a slight buzz of tension in the air occasionally, as dps are working hard, with a many a fixed face. I dealt with it by being one of those rare faces with an inane clown-like smile, unnerving I know! My other half dealt with it by going into communications shut down mode & the occasional ever so slightly snappy impatience towards yours truly. Worryingly ultra-self confident & unconcerned detached happy dd to the point of ebullience a.k.a Tigger, withdrew into a limpet-like shell just like my OH. Not only that, when asked to contribute a creative answer to "the moon is" ended up writing "shiny" in comparison to the usual myriad OTT confections
We went around twice, as the first time was a waste of time as far too much traffic to actually gain any idea, stuck cheek by jowl in a traffic jam worthy of the M25 rush hour. Also, the first 2 girls didn't even look back once or communicate to the group & abandoned us dps after losing us at the first room
The 2nd lot of girls were real pros & were friendly & constantly asking dps their feedback
After the tour, we saw the second batch of parents in the main hall, absolutely heaving, if one takes both sets of numbers into consideration. But...we knew that, didn't we?
Despite my better half trying to shut me up, I managed to obtain useful intel.
A very useful interactive chart on display showed where most of the respondent dps had come from geographically. There were 3 main concentrations I.e. Valentines, Seven Kings & Woodford Green. I was surprised as there appeared to be no one from Clayhall, or were they just a more shy bunch of dps?
The girls I asked said that they were getting 80s to 90 on their practice papers during their time. This is direct from the horses' mouth, & chimes with what probably is a more realistic figure. It may be that we on the forum historically generally consist of the most energetic or talkative