Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Also, this free internet thingy they have at the airport is pretty nifty - I'm typing these words at a cafe table in the terminal. It's just too stupid that you normally have to pay through the nose for something that ought to be normal courtesy in 2009 for any business of size & repute. Hrmph.
Lest I jinx this trip, let me close by cursing the effin parking house at the airport. Since it's bloody cold and there's lots of snow all over, I thought I'd splurge and park indoors. The sign outside the parking house said there were still a few open spots, so I drove in. Sadly there was not a fuckin space to be fuckin had on account of all the fuckin cunts doubleparked liked fuckin twats all over the fuckin place. I had to park way the fuck up at the back of the outdoors area and drag my way through the snow to the terminal. Curses.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Another exhibition I spent some time at was titled "The Children's War" and focused on the war experience through the eyes of children. An essential element was the relocation of tens of thousands of children from the major cities to the countryside, and even to other English-speaking nations. The experience was diverse in the extreme. Some were poor, dirty, uneducated, often came from homes were abuse was common - and they came to the rich English countryside with space, fresh air, good material living - a long, blissful holiday, really. Others came from good homes and were treated badly - "a rotting matress in a room filled with rat droppings" was one line I remember. Often, children who returned home didn't recognize their parents. Some were sent overseas to South Africa, Canada and the US. As the exhibition makes clear, not all ships made it - some were sunk by submarines. There were also tons of info on everything from school to play, clothes, food, propaganda posters, etc, and of course lots and lots of old pictures (which I love). Highly recommended.
The V-2 and a Russian T-34. Piece of junk made by the Czechs in '55, captured by the Israelis, no doubt never fired a shot. Hehe.
The Sherman tank. Not the best, but easily mass produced by the allies.
Little Boy, the Hiroshima nuke. Sweet Jesus, I was tempted to sneak up behind the Asian guy and pop a paper bag.
Propaganda posters from the Children's War exhibition.
See here, children actually had to fuckin' WORK!
All pics here.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Today I've spent a few delicious hours at the National Gallery, then I went and saw Sherlock Holmes at a theatre in Leicester Square. It sucked. Not hard, but not worth the time and money either. The worst part is, they show scenes in the trailer that isn't even in the fuckin' movie and that pisses me off.
On the bright side, things have picked up at the hotel. The room is tiny, but since the plumber came on Wednesday the water in the shower has been ok and I think I might stay here again next time I'm in London. It's difficult finding decent, cheap accomodation in this city but this is as close as I've ever come.
The Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square and the placard accompanying it:
The obscenely good dessert at the Ciao cafe...
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Then I went back to the hotel for a little rest - such as could be had when there was a plumber fixing stuff and a receptionist knockin over the cupboard so it fell on the bed (good thing I wasn't on it). Hrmph.
In the evening I had a highly (lowly? middling?) mediocre dinner at Garfunkels, then popped next door to The Dominion and saw the musical "We will rock you". Great show, great cast, great tunes.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Today has picked up considerably. I first went and spent some wonderful hours at the National Portrait Gallery, this time mainly the Victorians. Then I had a good lunch at the Ciao, the Italian cafe behind the gallery. In the evening I went out to Hammersmith and saw Jimmy Carr savage a couple of hecklers (he did a lot of other stuff too, but the hecklers were the best part).
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
- My family. You still haven't become rich and died, leaving me a vast fortune to squander as I please. I shall never forgive you.
- My colleagues. I have a stroke, and all you guys can think of is joking about my loss of a driver's license for two months! You've been mean to me, and one day I will come with a shotgun and explain to you exactly how I feel.
- My pupils. Dumb, ignorant, uninterested, ungrateful little bastards you are! Whining just because you have to interpret an English poem or write an essay of more than two paragraphs. Also, the next one of you to spell "with" as "whit" will have your fingers cut off.
- The CIA. You fuckers STILL haven't passed me a suitcase full of unmarked 20-dollar bills, despite all I've done for you. I'm giving fair warning, if an offer comes from the Russkies, I'll contemplate it.
- Mossad. I keep defending Israel, and you kikes STILL haven't given me a pair of über-cool sunglasses and a set of super secretive assassination weapons to use on my pupils. I'm warming to the Arabs is all I can say.
- My readers. You've not kept up the pressure in the comments section on my exercising scheme. I had to go ahead and have a STROKE before I started losing weight. I'm sorely disappointed in you, I had expected better (=worse).
- Barack Obama. Nuff said.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Then on to Prague from Torp Airport in the south on Wednesday the 30th...
Update Thursday: Meh. All of Southeast England is CLOSED for Christmas, so I'm taking a week in London instead.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Not surprisingly, "women are also twice as likely to have consulted a fortuneteller or psychic". This fits with personal experience, which is that women are more into fuzzy, feel-good, new age drivel, while men go more for the institutionalized, impersonal major religions. Regardless, it is a sad fact that Democrats, albeit perceived as more "secular" in their policies, are at least as irrational, ignorant and just plain DUMB as the Republicans in their world view.