Monday, June 30, 2008

'Ello There, Mate

Arrived in Heath row airport just little over 48 hours ago. After a long 13 hr flight, the hour's taxi ride into the heart of London to my grand-aunt Eleanor's house was an hour too long for my liking. But we finally got in and managed to settle in nicely. Her house is in an apartment block right in the centre of London just one street down from Baker St made famous by the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes.

Being so near the centre of town also meant that it's right smack in the middle of all the London attractions that we wanted to visit like the British Museum which we visited yesterday. Spent a good 4 hours walking through the many wings of the museum till our feet hurt.

Spend the day today with some other relatives that I have in London having lunch at a cafe in Regent's Park which is just a five minute walk away from where I'm staying.

Have the coming week's programme more or less lined up and confirmed already. Will be visiting the Drury Lane theatre tomorrow (the oldest functioning theatre in the world, or so I'm told), shopping and a West End musical on Tues and then off to Paris on Wednesday for a short three day trip.

All sounds like a good lot of fun. Am sitting in an Internet Cafe so I am currently unable to upload the many photos that I have. Will do all that when I get back home.

Till the next update.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Crackin' Vids

Freakin' amazing video. Weezer's Pork & Beans off their new album...
Look out for your YouTube favourites like the Canon in D boy, Numa Numa guy, the dramatic chipmunk, the kung fu/karate dude, diet coke and mentos ppl just to name a few. Plus a parody of a certain Apologetic video and a really cool second chorus at 1:48.

and another awesome song from Cobra Starship - Guilty Pleasures.
First you have to watch the original MV...

Then the awesome new remake.

Monday, June 23, 2008

For Sale: 1x Human Brain, almost new hardly used

Working for the last couple of days as a street surveyor, I really got to see a lot of different personalities. Some of them nice, some not so. But what I can say for sure is that this job is not easy. After a couple of hours of rejections and plain dismissals, you really begin to beg for recognition as a human being. I even began saying thank you to those that turned around to reject you with some lame excuse about having to be somewhere five minutes ago for the sole reason that they bothered to acknowledge your existence and that you warranted a response as a fellow sentient being.

I also learnt on the job that if you really want your own personal space in a crowded area, you should carry a clipboard and wear a lanyard around your neck. This got me at least a two metre radius of empty space around me down Orchard Road. Amazing, truly.

Honestly, this whole year so far has pretty much been largely inefficient for me. I haven’t accomplished many of the things that I had set out to do at the start of the year. I’m left with a pretty much emptied out bank account, not much in the way of intellectual growth and zero developments in terms of a personal life. I mean, I’m home on a Monday afternoon trying to figure out what to do with myself.

I’ve actually got quite a lot of things on my to-do list but as Newton explained, inertia retards any efforts to move a stationary object due to the object’s mass. And I have gained a bit of weight in the last few months. So in that sense, I’m actually looking forward to the start of school. At least there will be something that needs to be done and a greater motivation to get off my ass and actually do something for a change. A change of lifestyle will be more than welcomed.

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