August 20, 2005

Body–boarding.

The other day I went body-boarding. It's so much fun and you get to look super funkily cool whilst you do it (and if you happen to go near the actual surfers too.)

The waves the other day were amazing, some really strong ones even being quite near the shore. At first, me and my house mate tried to run into the water BayWatch style but then we got swept off our feet and had to glug to the surface.

Basically, its surfing but you lie down on a board which is a bit short and more square at the top and less tapered. You swim out into the sea (hard work!) and hang around until you sea a wave beginning to form in the distance. Then you get ready. If its a good one, you get the rolling motion and the white horses things. When its nearly upon you you started to swim back in the direction of the shore (whilst on the board of course) and then the wave picks you up and takes you along. After a bit I started to really get the hang of being "taken" by the wave – it helps if you lift the end of your board as you glide more. Sometimes I was thrown off which hurt a little bit. But it was so cool when I went underwater when a wave came over as I could hear it crack underwater!

The best bit though (strangely) was when an undercurrent of a previous wave got me and sent me flying back all the way onto the shore, which I hit as I was thrust off my board. It really hurt (bruises to prove it!) but it was a huge adrenaline rush!

Had a bit of a scary moment when my housemate, Liane, said "oh my god there's something under the water below us." Cue the Jaws music playing in my head. But luckily, it was crab.

Hope it's sunny on Tuesday as I want to go and do it again!


August 14, 2005

Sunday, 30th October is…..

:D :D :D :D

/edit:
In case no one got it, i'm going to see Jamie Cullum – WOO!


August 11, 2005

Location, location, location.

I just did a spectular entry about where I am in the world, including maps and geographical stats and stuff and then the computer wiped it.

In short: Here is a map…

I'm nearest the place labelled Nags Head, on those islands. Those islands are called The Outer Banks.

Forgotten everything else i was going to write….so there is a map…TA-DAAA!


July 23, 2005

American TV is….

…pants.

And its pissing me off! Its the adverts (and amount of them!) which are doing my head in. Take an episode of Friends for example:

Pre-programme adverts.

Go to the pre-credit sequence. Have the credits.

More adverts.

First half of the show. Then have the mid break adverts.

Second half of the show and then the pre-end credits adverts start. Have the last funny bit and then more adverts.

Argh!! So many adverts all the time and the adverts are so badly done. The worst one is a loan one with an old guy trying to open doors and saying "are all doors closed to you?" and then he goes on to explain how you should call J.G. Wentworth. Like you'd want to give him call after that!
There is also this one for Taco Bell which is a restaurant and its two annoying blokes at the counter and the man at the counter is saying "its good to go!" after every sentence.

\Also, I think there must be some weird advertising law for medical adverts having to state the possible complications of taking the advertised drug. For example, there is this advert for heart burn tablets. Its a basic medical advert: person is unhappy, takes pills, person is happy. Whilst they show how happy the person now is (e.g Bouncing around with his dog and kids in the park) the narrator is saying "not suitable for the over 60s, could cause liver failure, an increased dose is more likely to cause more problems, if tablets do not work – go to your doctor, don't take if you have bowl problems such as IBS, if your family has a history of heart burn then do not take these tablets." And the list continues!

The best ones are for birth control. You get a five minute voice over about how taking the pills/whatever might affect your performance, might increase your chance of getting pregnant or might just kill you.

Another strange thing is this: They show films like Pulp Fiction on at 2:00pm on a sunday afternoon. They say that they have edited it and by that they mean that they have put a beep over the F word. They think its ok to leave in the male rape scene and everything else! Personally, i thought it was great to find Pulp Fiction on in the afternoon…but "would somebody please think of the children?!"

And if you aren't a religious person, don't turn the tv on on Sundays expecting to find something other than preacher programmes and raving people tearing out their hair in the hope of getting closer to God. It's really quite freaky…!
The Americans really are very religious. They have "God bless America" written everywhere and on their bank notes they write "In God we trust"...this is also written on car number plates.

If anyone is interested to hear, there is a new dollar coin coming out. Its big and gold and might possibly go into circulation, along with the two dollar note. But what they really need is a 20cent coin. Would be tres useful.

Enough of my witterings.

fin


June 08, 2005

Jumping on the current bandwagon….

Writing about Another plaigurised entry from From tractors to reactors

Well, it's late, I'm ignoring the open folder which is next to me so I decided to do this…...(second blog of the day!)

Ten Random Things About Me

1) I have a scar on my forehead. (Harry Potter's twin? I think so!)
2) I have scars on my knee and wrist.
3) I am nearly 5'7"
4) I did Tae Kwon Do for 3 years. (Scars not related.)
5) When I was younger I played the violin.
6) I love rich food.
7) Thought to be slightly dyslexic.
8) I'm a quarter Scottish…with a bit of Italian thrown in.
9) I have Wallace and Gromit bed covers.
10) I used to want to be a Zoologist. (Until I realised that you have to be good at the things I'm not.)

Nine Ways to Win My Heart

1) Have a brilliant sense of humour.
2) Notice things.
3) Be generous.
4) Love my flaws :P
5) Know yourself.
6) Be intelligent.
7) Be witty
8) Have a fabulous smile.
9) Be someone who I want to be around 24/7.
(And having dark hair is always a plus.)

Eight Things I Want To Do Before I die

1) Get married.
2) Go to Australia
3) Go on a world tour
4) Get published
5) Be an expert in a particular field.
6) Make those cork hats trendy.
7) Meet a few idols in person e.g Al Pacino.
8) Get to a professional level in a sport. (Ha! As if.)

Seven Ways To Annoy Me

1) Pester me
2) Talk to me in the cinema.
3) Bring children into the cinema.
4) Talk down to others and think you are superior.
5) Eat with your mouth open.
6) Talk when there is really nothing to say.
7) Take up all my leg room on public transport.

Six Things I Believe In

1) Cynicism.
2) You get out of life what you put in.
3) Don't be selfish
4) Means to ends.
5) Equal opportunities.
6) That cats are the bestest beings ever. Full stop.

Five Things I'm Afraid Of

1) Illness.
2) Dead Ends.
3) Nightmares.
4) Shattered dreams.
5) Solitude.

Four Favourite Items In My Room:

1) My latop!
2) My little cuddily cat toy.
3) My Michael Buble merchandise collection.
4) A Greek-like vase.

Three Things I Do Everyday

1) Think about the future.
2) Learn something.
3) Eat something delicious. (Well, i try to.)

Two Things I Want To Do Right Now

1) Have a chocolate brownie. (Got a craving.)
2) Watch a film.

One Person I Wish I Could See Right Now

1) My brother.


May 17, 2005

Another baton was passed.

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

A different variation on the music quiz, passed to me by Tom.

Last film I saw at the cinema
I saw 'Be Cool' at the cinema back home. I thought it was pretty good. Enjoyed the Pulp Fiction-like interplay between Uma Thurman and John Travolta. John Travolta = legend. (Despite 'Grease'.)

Last film I watched on DVD/on computer/TV etc
Not having TV reception in my halls is a right bummer. I think the last film I watched on the computer was 'Big Fish'. I'd seen it before. It's quite a good film, but the modern day action is no way as good as the crazy flashbacks. Plus the modern day actors annoyed me.

Films I'm looking forward to seeing
I used to be in the know about films…very clued up. But since University I've lost track. It's very distressing. So i'm not sure what is due to come out. Oh I know! 'Sin City'. I saw the trailer in the cinema and was very impressed…nice style. Looks ace.

Total number of films I own
Left my DVDs at home this term…but at a guess i'd say about 30?

Five films that mean something to me
Errm, I'll take this as 5 films I especially like….

1. The Godfather. I know it's a bit cliched to claim that you really love The Godfather and try to sound intelligent, but I really do love this film. Al Pacino is just stunning in it. I love the idea of the minds behind a crime and I particulary love the character of Sonny – very interesting. It's also so slick…..just so cool.

2. Lost in Translation. I don't know why so many people said this film was crap. It's brilliant! It's one of those films in which nothing happens, and yet everything does. It's also about what doesn't happen.

3. The Fellowship of the Ring. Yup, I'm a Lord of the Rings hardcore fan.

4. The Shawshank Redemption. I know everyone loves this film, but there's a reason for that: It's amazing.

5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. An absolute legend of a film! What else can I say?

Other mentionable films: 'Some like it hot', 'Pulp Fiction', 'The Cider House Rules', 'Spartacus', 'The Indiana Jones trilogy'.
And 'Babe, The Sheep Pig' – it's possibly the sweetest film I have ever seen and I don't care what anyone says about it!

Passing the baton...
The lucky people are…

Chris
Mike
Eleanor
Jill
Gav


May 15, 2005

I got the baton passed to me…

Writing about Musical meme from Syncspeed

Total volume of music files on my computer
Err, 2.04 GB apparently. I prefer putting a CD on. :D

The last CD I bought was
Technically I bought 'The Sound of Silence' by Simon and Garfunkel off Amazon's Marketplace. But it hasn't turned up yet.

Song playing right now
'It's getting better all the time' by The Beatles.

5 songs I listen to a lot or mean a lot to me
Hmmm….thinks

1. 'Moondance'. Originally written and performed by Van Morrison, but I'm in love with Michael Buble's version. First song of his I heard which started my Buble-craziness.

2. 'Lola' by The Kinks. An all-round brilliant song really. My Dad would be proud.

3. '50 Ways to Leave your Lover' by Paul Simon. A recently discovered beauty of a song. Brilliant lyrics, brilliant tune. What more can one ask for?!

4. 'I am the Walrus' by The Beatles. So different from the early Beatles material. I love the video to this song too…it's quite rare and a must see for any Beatles fan.

5. 'The Look of Love' by Dusty Springfield. Just like the song really!

Five people i'm passing the baton onto
Anyone who came to the blog social on Friday 13th May and who hasn't done this already.


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