Yom Kippur is a long way off but I think repentance is always appropriate.
First, I'm very, very grateful to another GA dude who forgave me in the most gracious way after I offended him badly. I don't share his religion but somehow, someway, I believe he will wear a halo for that.
I am most heartily sorry for all offenses I've caused. I did it, no one else and there is no excuse for giving in to my evil inclination. I void all my vows except this one: I will try to do better.
I saw the best youth of my generation,
laid low not by guns but by desperation.
And still my flag flies black and red
and rainbow freak flag honouring our dead.
I heard the news today, O! Boy!
Another lad dead in good old Manchester.
And though the news was as always sordid,
I could only wonder if the gun's the worst.
I never hated all the chavs; the trash; the scum.
It's easy being good when life is full of sun.
And when I preach the world to come,
I try to keep in mind the awf
Could you forgive your best friend for sleeping with your partner?
Yes. Forgiving I can do. Forgetting may be more difficult.
How old will you be on your next birthday?
Have you ever seen a live bat?
Yeah. Bats are cute. All primates are cute
A bat as a pet would be nice as long as it was a megabat.
Is there anything/anyone you hate?
Well, I'm here in Brighton which is very very lovely. Sunny day; nice and breezy; very Mr Blue Sky. In a move of stunning audacity, my parents have made the Brighton house a computer free zone! Well, not quite, they haven't banned portables but there are no machines in residence here. Which is why I'm in my favourite web shack to catch up on mail and stuff.
We're flying back tomorrow and on Monday a big job starts. We're running a three day MATLAB programme for a company in Sophie Ant
Free Tibet Campaign
I can't really add much to the title right now. I've just seen the pictures of dead protesters in Ngaba, Sichuan.
The gerontocrats in Beijing remain confident that their news blackout and black propoganda effort at home coupled with their political manouveroing and horsetrading abroad will allow them to get away with their actions. I was ashamed to see pictures of Police in Paris arresting protesters, using tear gas, dragging mothers holding children into police van
Thank you everyone who sent messages while I was absent and on my return: it's immensely kind of you. To those who were kind enough to inquire about Nono I'm happy to tell you that he is fine now. I missed a lot of Uni over the last year so I'm pretty busy now and on top of my (now double) degree we are both doing really actual paid labour! We've started a small business (I can't believe it - I'm a capitalist). We're providing specialist IT training (mostly in specialist numeric stuff like M
But once you know the right thing to do you try to do it. Right?
I'm pretty thick skinned. Most of the time I could care less if people insult me or ridicule me. Usually, I don't care if it's personal or if it's generic. It doesn't bother me as an individual when people get a rise out of homosexuals. Most of the time I'm not worried by it - even if it's a joke in bad taste it's still a joke. G-d forbid I should ever support censorship to save people's feelings. G-d forbid I should eve
What do you call it when a country rounds up some of it's citizens - without trial - having decided that they are undesirable and transports them forcibly thousands of miles across the ocean to what is effectively a colony? In England in the 19th century it was called "transportation". I wonder what they're calling it now in the Netherlands where they've decided that Dutch Citizens from the Antilles and Aruba (in the Carribean) who are between the ages of 16 to 24 and aren't working in the con
The weather here isn't as bright as I might hope but I realise when I hear what Nono and the family are getting in London that we're not doing so bad. There really is mist on the beach in the mornings.
Last week we persuaded a couple of friends to drive us to a garden centre and we bought a huge ceramic chiminea which we've installed on the beach-side terrace. It means that even if it's cold we can sit outside comfortably and it's great to cook on. Over the weekend we made kebabs of grill
I actually wrote this on Saturday but forgot to publish it...oh well.
I have just had the most bizarre experience.
I went into the university to do some work on a program for my computational linguistics course. Irrelevant detail, sorry, but it explains why I was in the lab.
So I'm sitting there working away, edit, compile test, edit, compile, test... and I notice out of the corner of my eye that the guy at the PC next to me has messenger open. No shock there - half the students he
that we calculated the millenium wrong a few years back and this is the apolcalypse - or the beginning at least. Oh well soon time to indulge in a millenial orgy of hedonistic pleasure. It's really going to be very tiring.
The weather really has gone mad. I've had three txt messages today from a very excited puppy about snow falling in London. Because they live on the heath that means the possibility of endless cold, wet, messy fun right on the doorstep. Apparently Nono was practically
Well, here it is 2007.
We went to see Pan's Labyrinth this afternoon - a nice big group. It wasn't my first choice but it was enjoyable. We just hung out after doing nothing really just mooching around central London until we started to think about food (again!). We decided to do a little bit of planning because New Year's Eve in London can be a bit hectic. So, we hit a web shack and all piled round a monitor to check out listings for stuff. We decided on a little pizza place in Waterlo
Just catching a minute on-line as we plan our weekend. Tomorrow we're thinking of catching a film. I always find that the thing to do is decide these things by dictatorship if there's a lot of people invited: pick a film and then ring and ask "do you want to come and see X tomorrow". Unfortunately there's already a seven way discussion going on, so I've opted out. There are three main contenders Pan's Labyrinth, Apocalypto or Eragon. Apocalypto is also under attack from a small boycott fact
Well, this is it. I gave into the urge and made one blog entry and now I can't stop.
I got tempted out today to Chinatown for lunch. We ended up at this fantastic little Malay cafe and with my newishly found dietary freedom I had the laksa which was fantastic (a coconut milk based curry soup with rice noodles, bean sprouts, fish cake and prawns). There were five of us - me Seb, Noah, Chris and Rik and the boys - all of them - had to show off and try the Nasi Goreng Kampung which had a fiv
For reasons I have absolutely no clue to, I have been avoiding taking up writing in my blog for, well let's just say for a very long time. This evening however, I'm sitting here back home in London and I feel the inclination.
I must say, the new editing tool is great!
The Kahn-Ametxazurra clan somehow survived the holiday! And actually it was easy. Me, Seb and the puppies just went off to Spain. One of the good things about not having a religious observance to worry about is that no
OK. I actually really intended to switch off my brain and let my body have its time now the exams are over. You, pretend that I'm a dumb jock, reduce my IQ to single figures and really enjoy myself? And then, this morning for reasons I don't understand I started reading a book about the history of gay literature (by Mark Lilly) and then I found myself writing this...
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The General Baccalaureat 2006 is over.
I could barely think by the end of the week.
It started last monday with Philosophy - 4 hours. The essay question I answered was
Do we duties only towards others?
I spent far too longer pondering whether
other than others, is there only myself?
can I have a duty towards myself?
in thinking of a duty towards myself, don't I in fact treat myself as an other?
I'm glad I actually wrote a plan otherwise I'd have just been rambling fo
Sebastian - left for Biarritz Sunday.
School - study leave until bac finals.
Revision - starting again today: the schedule is 4 hours a day.
Wedding plans - currently involve eloping to avoid this whole maelstrom.
Family - having the time of their damned lives.
I'm slowly (ha!) beginning to realise just how much work this all is. We (Seb and I) have enormous amounts to do. We have to get through the exams; find somewhere to live for Autumn; plan our Civil Wedding i
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
I came across this one as I was checking references for literature revision. Just about everything - including this is making me cry right now.
W. H. Auden
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my
Well, I leave for Gatwick in an hour and I've been sitting ready to go since 8 am .
First, for those who celebrate: have a good and kosher Pesach! For those who don't: have a good couple of days off work!
I will be in France until at least next Monday - I haven't bought a return ticket and school doesn't officially restart until 2nd May. My folks really want Seb to come to London for a week but we'll see how it goes.
I will have net.access while I'm away and I can even reach my ow