Thursday, November 08, 2007

All change please!

Not that any one really read this blog with any conviction in the first place but I feel bad about not updating it sooner.

I have made it to London! I am living in South Tottenham which is really nice actually, it’s a very diverse area, with lots and lots of shops where you can buy all sort of things. Even at 3 am when I am walking from the end of the bus line because I fell asleep on the bus there are shops open for me to get any supplies I need for breakfast.

I am also attending university. King’s is a great uni and I feel very well supported with all of the resources that I need. It’s situated on the Strand in central London with views over the Thames and only a stones throw away from Covent Gardens where I managed to find myself a job. I am a part time waiter/grill chef… well its not really ‘chef’ work and I don’t really spend much time on the grill at all! Mainly waiting tables, in the evenings three or more times a week. It’s a good job, not because of the money (which would actually class it as an average job) but because of the people I work with. There are small and some larger dramas along the way, but it all adds to the flavour. Anyway, I’m happy with the job!

Other than that there is not too much going on. Uni work is interesting and time consuming and most of my other time is spent at work or sleeping (which I feel not enough time is spent on).

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Bits and bobs have changed since I last blogged. Since then I have stopped working and am in the process of moving to London.

I have found a place with a friend of my brother and it’s a short walk from his house, which will be nice. Its also close to other friends and its in London, a place where things happen and there are interesting things going on… very much unlike Poole.

I’ve been keeping busy here, reading, cooking, decorating, its all go here(!).

Ever week I think; ‘Oooooo that was probably worth blogging’, but then I don’t get round to it and forget it! There is no time like the present. So this week I am going to produce a long boring blog with all of the exciting things that happened in the past month omitted due to forgetfulness!

A couple of weeks back I went to one of the Proms in the Park. It was held at Meyrick Park, a nice wide open space used mainly for the Rugby Club. I got quite excited when I saw that the main event was Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, which is the piece of music ‘V’ plays twice in the film ‘V for Vendetta’. The whole event was really good! I really enjoyed it. Live music is rarely dull. The conductor was a very amusing Eastern European chap who explained a lot behind the 1812 Overture, which is probably allover the web, so you can check it out yourselves.

I have also finished all series of Rurouni Kenshin, which is a fantastic cartoon series based on the original video animation ‘Samurai X’, which is also a wonderful animation with a touching storyline. I recommend ‘Samurai X’ to everyone! Its great!

Now for the return of the Food/Film review or whichever way round it goes:

‘Twilight Samurai’ (2002) directed by Yoji Yamada, is a great film for all who don’t mind reading subtitles. The story is about a petty samurai (not that he is small minded or anything, but he is a low ranking samurai) who was left with two daughters and a senile mother to look after, after his wife died. He is in debt and has to work long hours to keep his family afloat. The rating for this film is sushi; something that we associate with Japan, is good for you and that I could eat every other day at least!

‘Samurai X’ (1999) directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, is an animated set of 4 episodes, ‘Trust’ parts 1 and 2 and ‘Betrayal’ parts 1 and 2. The animation is very good, it has moments of switching and crossing animation styles, which I am not a massive fan of, but it works okay. The story is set against the bloody end of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the start of the Meiji era, and is centered on a young and very skilled assassin, Kenshin Himura. I rate this as ‘bread’… it really is that good, and when taken with the series, I would say… ‘Sandwiches’ even… ‘Your favourite sandwich’ it’s brilliant.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Recently I went to the station and there was a photo of a boy on one of the pillars supporting the shelter. The next day there were flowers. The boy had died. I over heard that morning that he fell on the tracks, I heard the next day that he was playing on the tracks.

His friends had brought flowers to the station over night, which I thought was nice, but they had also brought with them spray paint and vandalised the station with message of grief and loss. I thought this was a bit bad, cos it really isn’t there property. I saw that in the morning, and when I came back in the evening the flowers were there but the station had been painted. The next morning it was twice as bad. They had come back to undo the work the painters did the day before, must be a bit of a pain really!

All of the vandalism and stories I heard kept chipping away at me feeling sorry for the kids, to be honest, you shouldn’t play on the tracks, aren’t we all taught this? But what really angered me was the fact that the messages had lots of spelling and grammatical mistakes. My spelling and punctuation is bad, and I know! But what I saw made me sick!

The spelling mistake that got me was the spelling of ‘you’, oh dear, I felt sorry and sad when I saw ‘yoe’. And the cards and graffiti had mistakes like ‘here’ instead of ‘hear’ and ‘their’ instead of ‘there’. And these kids must have been 14-16.

Over hearing people saying that the kids deserved it for messing around on the track and seeing these errors made me angry and not sad. Maybe he did deserve it? Maybe it was bound to happen to one of him and his friend and it was just (un)luck of the draw that it was him.

Moral: if you cant spell, don’t play on the tracks.

Thursday, July 05, 2007


So every now and then I have this dream, it seems to blend in with whatever my mind is showing me that night.

I’m standing in front of a mirror… ominous… and I have a razor in my hand. So I start shaving, but I make a dreadful error while shaving! Shock horror, I shave off too much of my beard!!! In fact its so much I try to correct it by evening it up, but I fail and proceed to cut off all of my beard. It’s a very worrying dream; it’s the closest to a nightmare I’ve had for a long time!

I have had some other bad news today. My fish has died. Psycho the fish in Korea died while my girlfriend was at the gym. He was found with his head stuck in the little twirly shell in the fish bowl, the poor poor little beast, drowned to death. I have fond memories of that fish. When I first bought him, I put him in the bowl with another fish I had inherited from Brims. The fish had no name at that point, but seemed so irate at being put into a bowl that he swam very fast round in circles. So fast that he stirred the water and the crap at the bottom of the bowl floated up. The other poor fish was in a state of shock, breathing heavily and cowering in a corner (of the round bowl, but you catch my drift). So I named him Psycho. Psycho got more and more used to me. The first few months went by with him swimming at the back of the bowl when I was near but then he got used to me and came over to the front when I peered in, cute fellow he was. I began to train Psycho a few months later, by putting my little finger into the bowl, and trying to make him come up and give me a kiss. It worked for a while; my girlfriend had more luck with that after I left.

I have a video I will put up on youtube.

RIP my little buddy. Go and join Brian’s suicidal jumping fish ;_;

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Two days at work

Yesterday: This is rubbish I'm sitting at work with little to keep me occupied.
Not that it takes a lot to entertain me. Give me some typing, formatting
or even some photocopying would go down a treat, anything to keep me
awake! The place is quiet.

A real slacker just walked into the office. Nice distraction. I have a
suspicion he works for the 'Estates' department, but more often than
not he strolls in here with no business what-so-ever. Just comes in for
a chat; 'Oh I say!' (his favourite catchphrase).

It's an hour til lunch. That goes especially swiftly, as I have half
an hour kip after eating my gobsmackingly exciting lunch of muesli.

Time for a coffee!

On the contrary, today was manic. With at least three people from Admin off on holiday, there are only two of us handling all of the calls. This was the case yesterday, but today was different! Lots of calls, lots of jobs to do. I gotta relax!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Having been accepted onto the MSc course that I applied for, the easy part is over! Now the real work begins. Going to university is defiantly not only about the academic work that that is evolved, but there is a whole lot more to it. I’ve already been through the process once and it was a great experience! The course I chose, although I would like to go back in time and change my UCAS form, was interesting and challenging and the people I met are simply unique. Along side all of this was the experience I earned by moving out of home and trying to sustain myself. It was all good fun and there were no worries, because it was all new and exciting, but this time there is something different about it all. Now I know what its all about I’m ten times more worried about it.

There are plenty of sites on the net that are helping me out in my search for a place to live. Rent, bills and deposit. Deposit and tuition fees will be a strain on my bank account! But it’s a bit early to be looking for a place to live. Most places seem to be advertised when available or are advertised a week or so before they are available. So I’ll have to be patient on that subject and work on the money situation in the mean time.

Once I have found a place I have to maintain an income of money. All I want is a bar job! Evenings weekends, I’d imagine there are plenty of jobs going in bars. On the other hand I’ve got very limited bar experience, but I can work in a kitchen. Anything that gives tips would be nice. But then again, if I could manage to get a job in the environmental sector that would be great! Chances seem to be slim though.

Then there is juggling studying and working. Because I am studying part-time; it should give me plenty of time to go to work and student independently. I got a pretty low 2:1 last time, so this time I will have to put in a little more effort. Although this time I want it more! With more time, effort and focus, I think I can do it.

Anyways, that’s worrying about the future; I should take some time to appreciate the quiet time I am spending at home with my mum, who is supporting me every step of the way. Its tough to do that, I should try harder.

Take it easy


Monday, May 28, 2007

Another week or two passed, a few little things have changed. I joined a gym, which is actually cheaper than the gym I went to in Korea! Well… I’ve been going quite regularly (for the three days last week). I think the real test comes tomorrow morning; I’ve had quite a long weekend, which was loads of fun! Went up to Reading to see my mates. Lots of fun, there are some picture else where on the web.

I really want these weeks to move on really quickly but then again I should be trying to enjoy myself as much as I can. I feel a bit in limbo, doing a job, which I have no really interest in apart from getting my work done, getting paid and forgetting about it (but that’s the world of work for you I guess). I’m just waiting for the autumn to come really.

Living at home with my mum has had lots of benefits, the best is being around my mum. But it gets a bit boring as I have no friends in the area, but I guess that suits my position well now, just trying to keep my head down and save some cash.

Take it easy!

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