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Mar. 4th, 2010


This gives me the fear.


Helen will like it I'm sure.

Sep. 25th, 2009


A speshul link for Hellison


Sep. 4th, 2009



I had the last two days off, it's my weekend (seeing as I have to work Saturday and Sunday). Most of it was spent chilling out and exploring, but a significant portion was finding out about the wonders of "air conditioning illness".

Now I have a splitting headache and a nasty cough. Hurrah.

edit: aww, I went to a pharmacy and explained things, and because I look like an idiot commmunicating a head ache with sign language they gave me effervescent orange flavoured children's asprin :)

Aug. 30th, 2009


So yeah, China.

I'm still not entirely sure how I ended up here, I just went with the general flow of going abroad for another year and somehow ended up in a rather nice job in a rather nice city in a country that will look pretty good on my CV but that speaks a language I cannot understand at all.

The first week was a bit strange, walking far too much in the heat and humidity to the metro stop, everywhere I went seemed to take 10 minute walk at either end, which combined with fresher flu didn't make me feel like exploring much so I survived on MacDonalds and KFC as they're both within spitting distance of the hotel and seem far safer than the street vendors and far less daunting than the crowded canteens the locals seem to use.

I've since come to appreciate the small triumphs, such as recognising the characters of the subway stations, dry shirts, and passing solids again. I've been experimenting with the street vendors, who'll cook you noodles in a burning hot wok for about 30p. Noodles seem safe, and are tasty. The local delicacy is spicy red crayfish (which I'm not brave enough to try from the street guys yet), and everywhere has strage things on skewers which I'm not even contemplating (even Pizza Hut has pizza with tentacles according to their adverts, but I've not seen one of those).

Fortunately there are several places that'll deliver a good meal to work for about a pound, and the various support staff are only too happy to order for me, meaning that I don't have to leave the air conditioning or test out my international sign language - I'm also not in danger of starving, which is nice. There are also 6 or 7 restaurants in my mall my school's in, ranging from traditional, to pizza, to a mongolian hot pot place - the main advantage being that from the moment I arrive at work I don't have to leave air conditioning again until it's time to go home.

It's two weeks now and I'm settled into a flat, small but I don't have to share it with anyone, and it's handy for the metro, no more 10 minute walks in the blistering humidity. I'll probably get around to cooking when I can be bothered to buy pans and things, or maybe I'll just eat out every day, seems lazy, but there's no real difference in price and shopping is annoying. Work is good, everyone is friendly, the school is relaxed, lots of pretty young things to flirt with, and as that seems to be a fairly central part of my job everyone's happy.

Other than that, life goes on much as before. The lack of rugby and motorcycles doesn't seem too bad, the great firewall of china is annoying, no youtube or facebook, but I'm working on getting round that.

How you all doing?
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Aug. 10th, 2009


European road trip.

Well, that was fun. Things that I have learnt include:

The Dutchies are better drivers than the Belgians, who are better drivers than the Frenchies - and while the Germans are better drivers than all of them they choose to use their powers for evil.

We are blessed in the UK that we can get decent coffee pretty much everywhere now, even if it's £3 a pop on the M25 near Dover.

Bits of Germany spell really funny, especially around the plastics manufacturing heartland.

The white cliffs of Dover are actually quite impressive - reminding me of the Langoliers' work from land, and British WWII films from sea. They still don't make me think of England especially.

Heidelberg Castle is worth a visit, or maybe many visits, but the hill above it needs clear weather to be really worthwhile.

Europe has more bikers than the states, but still not as many as the UK.

The Brussels ring road is to be avoided during rush hour.

It'd be fun to ride down next summer.


No more of this for a year:

Apparently motorcycles are banned in Shenzhen.

I wonder how hard it is to get a boat.

Jul. 24th, 2009



Summer job's over. Easy week this one, 5 days, 69 3/4 hours.

Next week, China!

(For a given value of next week. The papers are through, just need a trip to the embassy for the visa and I can book a flight.)
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May. 20th, 2009


At grandpa's funeral.

Alfred Tennyson, Lord Tennyson

Crossing the Bar

SUNSET and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness or farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

Nov. 16th, 2008


Gretchen Wilson

So apparently the Black Crowes have been suing Gretchen Wilson for stealing their song, Jealous again, or just commenting that she's copied them, or maybe just pointing out their influence, who knows?

Here's her song.

Yeah, they have a strong case if they are actually involved and it's not just lawyers doing what lawyers do, but it's still a good song.

How's your weekend going?

Nov. 13th, 2008



Stolen from kelemvor

"If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for? Post this in your own journal after replying and see what crimes are you accused of."

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