Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
When I went down for a coffee break just now.... it was still playing.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
In the space of the last 18 months or so:
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Favourite Posts, July-September 2007
1) Sometimes, just occasionally, the Chinese really bug the crap out of me - 8th September
2) The way I lived then.... - 5th September
3) My favourite runs - 2nd September
4) The Foreskin Post - 31st August
5) Chengdu deathrace blues - 30th August
6) In Memoriam - my lost phones - 27th August
7) Rejuvenated! - 21st August
8) The Expat Ladder - 20th August
9) Invented words - 19th August
10) The acronyms strike again! - 19th August
11) A last haiku - July 27th
12) We apologise for the 'Inconvenients' - 25th July
13) Judgement - 23rd July
14) Another Milestone - 22nd July
15) The Prisoner of Hangzhou (Airport) - 20th July
16) I wouldn't leave without posting a haiku - 13th July
17) Blue metal sheets - 12th July
18) Today in the studio.... - 10th July
19) A cracking game of tennis!! - 9th July
20) (Early) Haiku - 6th July
21) More fun from Japan - 5th July
22) IMLTHO - 4th July
23) Forbidden delights - 3rd July
24) The end of Froog... - 2nd July
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Oh well - I suppose I do need to lose some weight, really.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Yep, it actually included a line about how all the other countries in the region were happy to maintain good relations with China because they accepted that its military posturing towards Taiwan was just and necessary. Rather than vice versa! Rather than being so desperate to suck up to China that they pay lip service to the so-called "One China" Policy, while feverishly praying that it doesn't lead to a war??
A Dangerous Hobby
If you rattle a sabre too often
Its scabbard may come loose
Fall from the belt, clatter to the ground
Finding a bare blade in your hand
You have little choice
But to strike first
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
In William Goldman's hilarious revamp of the 'fairytale' genre, The Princess Bride, (20 years old this year?! God, that makes me feel my age!), the wonderful Mandy Patinkin plays the brooding Hispanic fencing maestro, Inigo Montoya - a man obsessed with finding and revenging himself on the mysterious "six-fingered man" who murdered his father years before. He has a little speech all worked out for when he finally confronts his quarry, which he gleefully rehearses several times during the story: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
Of course, when he finally tracks the guy down, it doesn't go quite according to plan....
(Although, according to my old friend Richard - who used to run the Fencing Club at one of England's leading private schools - 'expert opinion' in the field is that the all-time best film for convincing swordplay is the old Stewart Granger romp, Scaramouche. Best sword-fighting films would make a great 'Top 10' list, but I fear I am ill-equipped to make a judgement... I may undertake some research on this.)
"The world shall hear from me again."
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Bugger, bugger, bugger, bugger......
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Is this my thinnest excuse ever for a post? I fear it is.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
He would declare and could himself believe
That the birds there in all the garden round
From having heard the daylong voice of Eve
Had added to their own an oversound,
Her tone of meaning but without the words.
Admittedly an eloquence so soft
Could only have had an influence on birds
When call or laughter carried it aloft.
Be that as it may, she was in their song.
Moreover her voice upon their voices crossed
Had now persisted in the woods so long
That probably it never would be lost.
Never again would birds' song be the same.
And to do that to birds was why she came.
Robert Frost (1875-1963)
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
Barbara Ehrenreich (1941- )
Sunday, November 04, 2007
10 life-changing moments in the cinema