Someone set the fire alarm off at 40 minutes past midnight.
So I had to get up from my nice warm seat in front of the computer and head out into the night (and it wasn't exactly warm), after putting shoes, fleece and coat on and picking up keys and cellphone. I did consider taking the laptop, but I currently don't have any DVDs with me, so there wouldn't have been much I could do with it.
Anyway, headed outside with the rest, and then about 30 seconds after I got outside the first wave of flashing lights arrived, which deposited a lass from security to check things over and make sure we had all got out of the house. Since it's after midnight the fire brigade had been automatically called out, and so we had to wait outside for them to arrive.
Apparently, student flates rate pretty highly. The second wave of flashing lights (at about 0050) consisted of one flashing orange light (campus security), and two sets of flashing blue lights (yup, two fire engines) which discharged a bunch of blokes in fireproof suits and hard hats to go and check things over, plus a suit from campus security. They went inside, wandered round for a bit trying to work out what had gone up in smoke (apparently one of Jon's cigarettes held too near a smoke alarm), and then hit the shutup button on the alarm.
Ah. Peace at last. (interestingly, I noticed that the alarms are not quite in sync. They're all the same siren model, but oscillate at slightly different rates. Makes for an interesting effect).
So, the flashing lights vanished off (at about 0054) to wherever it is flashing lights go, and we trundled back in, with Jon panicking slightly over possibly having to pay a fine for being the culprit of all this.
And here I am, typing this in front of my PC, and slowly warming back up. It's nice at times having a dual-screen setup with an Athlon system - it pumps out a fair amount of heat and warms the room up nicely.