Friday, February 27, 2009

Public Decree Number 3,962

WORDS HENCEFORTH TO BE BANNED FROM ALL PRESS RELEASES:

Excited
Thrilled
Delighted
Welcome
Forefront
Market
Users
Next-generation
Leading (the perennial classic)
Best-practice
Resourcing
Synergy (shudders)
Solution

I thank you.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Adventures in India - Part Two

Do you remember how I once went to India some time ago? And how I promised for the following month to put the second part of the pictures up?

Aha.

"WELL SEE THEM NOW!"

Annie also rightly pointed out I hadn't given any useful information about where I went, so hopefully I'll rectify this now as well.

I tried to do one of those fancy web 2.0 maps which graphically shows where you've been. Only I couldn't make it work. So I haven't. Soz.

So! The tenuous excuse for going was that my Bezzy Mate Lady Donna's sister and her boyf were teaching in a school in Chennai, which we flew in and out of. Chennai looked, well, a bit hectic.

Luckily, when we arrived our hosts were on their holibobs too, so we caught an overnight train (an experience in itself - and something I thought I would never tick off the list of things I really wanted to do). to Varkala. Varkala is very western, to the point where Indian locals get kicked off the tourist bit of the beach. I'm not very comfortable with that kind of thing, but it was a nice gentle introduction to the country.

Then we headed into the Keralan backwaters to spend New Year's Eve, before heading up into the hills between Kerala and Tamil Nadu for jungles, beasties and trekking.

We went to Fort Cochin, for a bit of cultuchaa, then Thanjavur for some amaaaaaazing temples. Felt like Indiana Jones and Lara Croft. Only without breaking things. Pondicherry, which really does feel French, and more beach stuff before jetting back out of Chennai.... Bliss....

I showed my parental units the pictures last weekend. My mum said of the last one below, "It looks just like Berkshire."

Thanks, Mum.















TO CONCLUDE; Boz's quick summary of India:

1. Yes, it is hot..
2. All the people we met were Super Lovely.
3. The South seems 'a bit more chilled out' than the North.
4. Going there for a beach holiday seems like a bit of a waste. Although those bits were nice too.
5. It is still very cheap, but getting a bit more expensive.
6. I liked the temples best.
7. Go, if you get the chance. And if you like that sort of thing.
8. Remember that the sun is stronger at altitude. Ow..

Friday, February 20, 2009

Scallops! Every week! I've never even HAD them...

It's the Masterchef finals next week. I can get a bit overexcited about this, and may be prone to some over-long blog posts.

But it's so good! There were mumblings in the media last week along the lines of who are John 'cuddly bear' Torode and Gregg 'pudding me' Wallace are to go about being critics of other people's food.

But they are so nice! This programme is ace not just because of the food pron*, but because they treat participants so well in the edit; if someone screws up, it's balanced with good compliments. If someone has a good dish, the voiceover questions if it has been enough. The judges always say the decision is a difficult one to make and how these are "EXCEPTIONAL" amateur cooks.

It's nice! More niceness on telly, please.

None of this matters because the real star of the show is India Fisher, whose breathy and sultry tones are served up as the delectable voiceover.

One week, just once, I'm waiting for her to get it wrong...

"IT'S LITTLE CHEF... AND THIS WEEK OUR FINALISTS MUST FEED AFRICA TO A BACKGROUND TECHNO BEAT"

(Incidentally, my money is on Comeback Contestant Andy).

Slice and chop on.



* Inevitably, we are dishing up some lazy salad out of a packet or a takeaway in our flat when it's on.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

It's like watching Anna Wintour eat at Nandos

Get this, right. I think Girls Aloud are proper brilliant. Last album? The Aces. Seriously.

Right, now that that's out of the way, let's all watch the publisher of Vogue squirm as he tries to explain how marvellous it is that Cheryl Cole on their cover boosted sales, while still trying to adopt a posher-than-thou stance more generally expected of his brand:

"I would be worried if the magazine was relentlessly putting a celebrity like that on the cover," he said. "The girl has clearly got it, whatever it is, I was going to say The X Factor, I know that she is on that programme although I never watch it."

One can only imagine the unimpressed look on Ms. Cole's face while reading this. She does brutal put downs quite well, when not encouraging bad singers on the X-Factor. As we can see from the very end of this.

Right. Normal service resumes now. Move along now!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

It turns out 'matic' is still a good suffix

Has anyone else seen Addict-o-matic?

Thought so. I'm usually a hop, skip and a jump behind the times. It's a bit shiny though. And anything that harks back to my old collection of Tomy robots has got to be a big tick my world.

Yes. India pictures. I KNOW. Watch this space.

Not that space.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Boz is really a bit of a loser



YES! YESS! YESSSSSS!!!

I can't make the picture rotate while at work though. Arse.

Move along now..

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Against all preconceptions I'm quite liking the Daniel Merriweather* single

Look at me. Jumping on popular zeitgeist.

Good use of plinky-plink piano.**

Carry on.


* Feat. Wale.
** Grade C GCSE Music, since you ask.

Monday, February 02, 2009

By law, I am required to post snow pictures today

So apparently businesses are suffering because of today's weather conditions.

WHO GIVES A MONKEYS! IT'S SNOW! GLORIOUS, WONDERFUL SNOW!

You would have to be rather curmudgeonly to deny people the sense of fun and joy around today. Snow day snow day snow day! Yippeee!

So on to some 'nice' pictures. Clapham is my muse...






Of course, Boris is in full 'climactic' charge of the situation. (WTF?)

Snowballs ahoy!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

And he could lip-read

India Part Two is on its way.

In the meantime, I am posting up something my flatmate found. He should really have his own blog. He is forever tripping over amazing and cool bits of the internet. I keep telling him this but he won't listen.

Or maybe he is and just not telling me. Maybe he has a blog called 'My Awful Flatmate' or something. Horrors!

Perhaps if I stop moaning at him about it he'll do it. Shushing now.

Anyway, he has found this amazing HAL 9000 project, with a really awesome simulation of HAL, a screensaver and such. HAL is definitely one of the creepiest characters in film, but also comes with some damn good graphics. Someone told me the fact that his name is all is just one letter away from IBM was coincidence. HMMM, I say. HMMM.

See, he would get the kudos for finding this if he had a blog*, but no. I have just stolen it to make me look good instead. AHAHAHAHAHAA.


UPDATE: He just called me a rude word. And threatened lawyers.

* And if he did have a blog, it would look really good too. No pressure or anything.