All entries for September 2004

September 27, 2004

Walking World

Writing about web page http://www.walkingworld.com/home/index.asp

A great days walking was had in the lovely early autumn sunshine of yesterday. The weather couldn't have been better (although its hard to imagine that looking out at a blanket of grey this morning).

Walked from Snowshill- Stanway-Stanton-Snowshill, great varied scenery and terrain with some steep climbs. Woods, banks, open fields and countryside, lovely villages plus masses of pheasant, grouse and even a young deer. The tower at Broadway was in view as we walked back to the village, and to top it all was a gorgeous fire-ball sunset from the Fosseway on the drive back. It was great to be able to walk in such great scenery just an hour from home, and without using any nasty motorways.

It was the first time I had bought a walk on-line at Walking World which is pretty good – you can search for a walk and it gives you directions with photographs, where to park is applicable, a road map and the section of the OS map required with walk marked out. The walk cost 1.50 but you can subscribe and have access to all the walks. All well and good except for the fact that the instructions seemed to miss out a whole section! Good thing we had the OS to give us some bearings!


September 23, 2004

How much can our hearts take: Consuelo Luz

Writing about web page http://www.consueloluz.com/a_music_cds_missing.htm

I heard this powerful song on Johnny Walker yesterday, enough to make me sit in the car outside the house to listen to the end of it! Has a sort of Black Eyed Peas: 'Where is the Love' feel to it. Powerful. Looks like there will be an album next April and available for download now on itunes.

In my itunes collection if you fancy a listen.


September 22, 2004

Bad piercing day?

Working on a photomontage for a Sociology site, I came across this picture and was trying to think of a good caption to go with it.

Any ideas?


September 20, 2004

Cooking up a soup

Writing about web page http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/075220503X/qid=1095689167/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_10_1/202-7314541-3925467


This is such a fantastic soup book, which I've had a while but now intend to use more diligently, epecially since the season of soup is just about here. They are fun and easy to make and can be adapted without having to be too precise. Its also nice to know exactly what is in there! My latest experiment was the Morrocon Chickpea and Spinach Soup yesterday, which is really fruity and tangy with a bit of a chilli and spice kick, and full of lots of good stuff like chickpeas, apricots and spinach.The fun bit is mushing it all up in the food processor. Its a 4 star soup!

September 14, 2004

Toenail clippings to become art

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/3654356.stm

I wonder if the clippings will be accidentally hoovered up by an over zealous cleaner.

A collage of toenail clippings is going on display at Gateshead's Baltic contemporary arts centre. Uruguayan artist Carlos Capelan's clippings feature in Only You, which "playfully explores issues of self, ego and identity", the centre said.

September 13, 2004

New bike

Writing about web page http://www.ridgebackbikes.co.uk/bikes/2004/bike.asp?seriesid=19&index=1

The insurance company provided a new bike pretty quickly – and I now have this bike which is the comparable model to my previous one. Its a Mountain Series MX25 Open Frame. Decided to go for a 'girl' bike this time, largely because I found the distance between the seat and headset too great on the standard bike. This one seems to be a huge upgrade on my previous, with front suspension and a fully adjustable headset, although it does seem a little heavier. Its a fantastic bike, seems much better suited to me, and a lot of fun. I haven't had a bike with front suspension before. Initially it felt as though the front tyre was soft, but it is so much more comfortable and gives a much more enjoyable ride.

September 06, 2004

The man who lost his past

Follow-up to Film review:The terminal from Hannah's handbag

Truth is stranger then fiction…

http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,4120,1298104,00.html

Merhan Karimi Nasseri has spent 16 years living in Charles de Gaulle airport. Now Steven Spielberg's Terminal has catapulted him to international stardom – but casts little light on who he really is. And Sir Alfred, as he calls himself, isn't too sure either. Paul Berczeller, who spent a year with Nasseri, set out to unravel the mystery.


Film review:The terminal

Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) arrives at JFK en route to New York from a fictional East European state, and becomes stranded at the airport when his country vanishes in a coup and he is stripped of any citizenship or rights. He has no passport or legal status so is forced to stay at the terminal, where he becomes quite at home. He builds friendships with a wide range of people at the airport including Catherine Zeta-Jones (Amelia).

Based loosely on a true story of an Iranian refugee stranded at a Paris airport, the film is both funny and poignant. I am a real fan of Tom Hanks, and in this he plays a multi-faceted character that initially arouses sympathy, which then develops into profound respect. Continually rejected in his application to leave the airport he makes the most of a bad situation in the most imaginative ways. Its a feel-good Spielberg film which satisfactorily abstains from a cheesy ending.

Worth a trip to the cinema!


September 03, 2004

I am an Innovator

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

Turns out I am an innovator, which fits in with being a designer and enjoying generating ideas.

  • Energetic and creative taking inspiration from everyone they meet
  • Enjoy flexible work environments with few rules and many opportunities for fun
  • Think of themselves as imaginative, sociable and sympathetic
  • May not think logically about their ideas

Hmm, logic, whats that?


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