Sunday, January 29, 2006

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In the days passing to weeks since my last update oh so many numerous awesome things have happened.

I went to Prague incidentally... actually it was awesome. It was also minus 13 degrees some of the time and I also managed to get some sorta acute food poisoning/almost dieing illness that I am still ever so slightly recovering from. But overall it was a truly awesome awe inspiring trip.

The most memorable experience, relatable here, was on the very first night, when Samantha and I were but Czech newbies we stumbled across a Martial Arts shop the likes of which none of you mere mortals will ever come across. I mean they had several varieties of Shu-ri-ken for starters! And there was a Chinese guy guarding the doorway! Well we entered and looked about for a while admiring the shiny shiny shiny blackness of the black ninja stars and the sheer awesomeness that is expensive Katana swords vowing to return at some further point in time to look again/ perhaps purchase something oh i don't know what but it wasn't a sword etc etc.

Anyhow, the basic tale of the next few days, besides the sight seeing and numerous life saving hot chocolate drinks (which in prague seemed to be made out of small discs of some disgusting tasting goop that when melted tasted like your everyday run of the mill hot warming soothing chocolate of goodness but when semi melted tasted like some type of chocolaty disgusto soggy cardboard) was the search for said Martial Arts shop. We never did find it, perhaps that dissappointment was what led me to be ill, sick, dieing. Maybe it wasn't the dodgy egg I ate that morning. Maybe it wasn't.

looking down the tracks I spied...

Well Praha was fantastic, it was great+1 to get out of britain for a week, and now my eyes set their sights on another destination: China

A trip is in the pipeline for a duration of a little over a month, the little being our security blanket for getting back to Beijing to fly home, by all accounts it'll be a 6000 mile round trip, and as a non driver I don't really have any idea of how distance really works in a car sense but that does sound like a lot to me so a few extra days can only seem to help, and perhaps it'll allow us to see some real Shaolin Monks or something. Not like in prague where there wasn't a single Rabbi in sight even though we waited for hours in the jewish quarter.. in the minus 13 degrees cold. dammit.

Anyhow I'm also a Nurse now - for which I am relieved, its only taken what.. 6 months from application to getting a start date, i've heard that that's efficient over here, what with waiting lists and all. I start sometime next week, and i'm being specifically ambiguous about the location so as to add an air of mystique to it.

looking to the future i spied a battle

I might make this my new Profile image, who knows eh? (as thats the Ninja way, not letting anyone else know) I dedicate this image (best viewed large...) to all budding Ninja, remember as Hatsumi Sensei says "Keep Going"

So does that do as an update, have I missed anything out?

Friday, January 13, 2006

Once upon a Wednesday...

Once upon a wednesday I went to the Ballet with Samantha, to Prokoviev's Cinderella in fact. It was awesome, performed by the Ukrainian National ballet troupe and the Prokoviev Orchestra, its awesome to be able to attend so many great concerts over here.

I've basically been busy Ninja-ing. Pretty much everyday, if felt good to get back to training after the long harsh winter break. Oh those long days of waiting, endless waiting ended. In fact those 10 days went rather quickly in r-r-retrospect...

Recently I've purchased many weapons... and am becoming proficient in their uses, several have commented that "you'll cut your arm off" or "what a waste of money", i've replied with "have you ever seen what a Sai looks like when you shove it up someones nose?" (one of the several uses of a Okinawan Sai, among others carrying bales of hay i've been told)

I've also discovered/learned how to create a perfectly acceptable Ninja Hood which is part of my overall Shinobi Shozoku (the classic black suit)

I think Andy and I will be utilising this newfound skill when we take to the mountains on Saturday to Train in the forest.

I've been to see a few fils recently lately... Matchpoint by Woody "did you know i'm jewish" Allen and Brokeback Mountain by Ang Lee.

Well Matchpoint was terrible and by terrible I mean shite. In one word i'll sum it up... *cough* Totalshitewoodyallenhasneverbeentolondonanddoesntknowhowtowriteanymore *cough*

Brokeback mountain on the otherhand.. well its was literally a "touching tail" (i'm making a joke, i know how to spell "tale") of two gay cowboys, it made me feel really sad. it's keyword is most definitely: "GayCowBoys"

I also managed to snap one of my harder than hard white oak staffs in half, "how did he do that" i hear my numerous/millions of reader say in unison, well i used my awesome Chi powers and/or bent it too far over my shoulder. Luckily its still under warranty so i'll get a replacement.

I'm going to prague on monday for a while, by while i mean until friday. I'm going with Sam and I know a few phrases in Czech, which may come in handy.

Lije jako z konve
It's raining as if from a watering can

I think that will be useful, most useful.

Well Avid readers I best be off, but lastly I'll mention Samantha's 21st Birthday party... It involved Chopsticks and 99 red ballons...I'll briefly relate the story...

It was a stormy welsh afternoon as St.John's Clocktower struck 3pm, though Samantha sailed gracefully along the pavement as if it were a calm day. A trip to the bay ensued followed by warm beverages and the greatest cake i have ever tasted (toffee-banoffee pie). Our stomachs filled we headed out to sea, on the £4 return ferry to Penarth, a faraway location that takes 15 minutes to sail to across the most dangerous waters known to Cardiffians, we made it but only just and as such were stranded until the next ferry/bus but discoved a most splendiferous area of expensive yachts and cute houses in the process of exploring to take up time. After the return journey, where how cool taking a boat actually is had finally "sunk" in, we proceeded to head into the bowels of the welsh opera house (the so called millenium centre though i doubt that in a millenium anyone will go there and see crappy musicals) to consume hot chocolate and overly expensive shortcake biscuits (a fu*king pound!!! for 2!?!?!) and absorb the phenomenon that is overly happy jazz music for a while. (the drummer was looking so happy that I actually thought he was retarded for sometime until i noticed that he did in fact possess the ability to close his mouth at intervals and not drool with inane smiling drumminginduced jazzy happiness, i mean it wasn't that great a jazz concert, it was free afterall) Somehow after that we ended up at a Doctor Who exhibit....Then we waited for some other people who arrived and I pretended that we were going all going bowling (Samantha's achilles heel) but no! I was lying! bwuhahaha! and we were actually going for a superawesome superexpensive chinese/thai/japanese meal?!?!?!!

From the menu
...there is no sequence in order - relating to how you could eat desert first and starters last hence no sequence in order. It was a menu of Zenness and was totally awesome.

after the meal we went to toms house and there were 99 red ballons there and an accompanying song that was written, i believe, specifically for this occassion. It was then decided that Sam should run around covered in said ballons until she herself looked like a red balloon, this was achieved and a taxi home was taken as toms neighbours were pissy and middle aged and stuff and we all had to leave.

Yea so thats the story of Sam's birthday.

Joyously I also received my student card renewal sticker today! (my uni are too cheap to send new cards out every year...) specially forwarded by Ullie Koolie for my student discounting pleasure!

In precis, thats what I call a superawesome time.

A View  in the Dark,,,

I took this photo down the bay and dedicate it to all the seagulls and cute baby seals that have lost their homes due to the flooding caused by the building of a big wall of sand designed to keep english people out of Cardiff Bay. May those impoverished seagulls keep shitting on the heads of the politicians who built by hand the wall of sand until the day the wall is broken and may the cute baby seals remain cute and force the politicians to reconsider. amen.

For those of you who have persevered down to here I salute you.

Monday, January 02, 2006

The journey of a thousand miles must Begin with a single step...

Thats from the "Tao Te Ching"...

man i want to take that first step now... or perhaps i already have, in that case i want to walk a bit faster and get away from where I started.

I wish i'd followed my plan on new years, unfortunately i didn't, i planned to go up in the woods on my own, start a controlled fire to warm myself beside and read for a while before heading back down towards the city, but instead i went the opposite direction and headed into the city where there was "people", or at least approximations...

There are only two kinds of people in the world...

Heres to another year...
"Life has no meaning a priori...It is up to you to give it a meaning, and value is nothing but the meaning that you choose." - J.P Sartre