Sunday, December 25, 2005

Bull Fight

I recently went on a vacation to the Andalusician part of Spain this year - it was definiteley an experience when on the back of a bill poster I attended a forthcoming bull fight on the coming Sunday to be held in the stad de central.

Its not for the faint hearted, blood and more blood and guts! The above is a lil taster of the pics I have, the others are a pretty x-rated.

The Six bulls, to be killed by three matadors, are usually required for one afternoon's corrida, and each encounter lasts about 15 minutes.

At the appointed time, generally five o'clock, the three matadors, each followed by their assistants, the banderilleros and the picadors, march into the ring to the accompaniment of traditional paso doble ("march rhythm") music. The matadors wear a distinctive costume, consisting of a silk jacket heavily embroidered in gold, skintight pants, and a montera (a bicorne hat). A traje de luces ("suit of lights"), as it is known, can cost several thousand dollars; a top matador must have at least six of them a season.

I must say, the saying "you have to try things at least once" is definitely one for this category of events.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Season's greetings to all

My Christmas came early when I took a trip to Tesco's and picked up a pair of perfect-fitting jeans for the princely sum of £3 (the full price) ! I remain in a state of shock.

Wishing friends and family a merry Christmas and a very happy new year !

Friday, December 16, 2005


I know, I haven't posted for a few days now. I just didn't have anything to say.

Now, I bring to you a web-site I recently visited: This is cool site that showcases expert photo manipulation. This site itself is a bit awkward, but some of the pictures are genius. Here are some examples for you to enjoy:

and my favourite:

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Tim Westwood and Zane Lowe

(You can find even more Tim Westwood quotes at my more recent post, here)

Listening to Radio 1's 'Westwood' hip-hop show over the weekend, I heard a brilliant and surreal conversation between hip-hop DJ Tim Westwood and Zane Lowe (another radio 1 DJ who plays some quality stuff). I have transcribed it below. Enjoy.

Tim: ...what do you play at your parties?
Zane:'s everything. It's covering all the different genre's that you guy's, you know, expertly deliver, individually and specifically. We're lucky, we get to sneak in to your record boxes every single day and steal only the finest cuts.
Tim: Yeah, I'm with it, I'm with it.
Zane: Then we marinade it, we fry 'em up, we put 'em on a platter, and we all have a big buffet.
Tim: I like your style.
Zane: It's year's of dropping rhymes, Tim. I'm all about the metaphor.
Tim: Exactly, its a smorgasbord, of flavour.
Zane: You're on the smorgasbord man, you are on the smorgasbord.
Tim: Exactly, its selected cheeses, with some biscuits.
Zane: Man, I'm rockin' some mature cheddar right now, I got the finest Feta from France in my back pocket, I'm rockin' a little goats cheese. I mean, I've even got Roquefort, Roquefort in my record box right now.
Tim: Your cheese game is strong.
Zane: My cheese game. It's all about the cheese platter.
Tim: I love how you are getting down in your little buffet of savoury deserts.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Lure of the Black Posion

I found myself staring at a can of Coke today. It was whispering 'drink me', 'drink me'. The lure of the black poison is strong and I very nearly caved.

What's the big deal? Well, I'd already had my self-imposed quota of one caffinated drink a day (when at home) so this would have been the first breaking of the rule. The stand-off wasn't so much between me and a can of coke as it was between my inner strength and my demons of weakness.

I placed the can in the box whence it came and carried on with my daily business.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Gym Psychology

Just a thought. How many times have you missed your scheduled visit to the gym because you just didn't feel up to it? Maybe you were feeling tired, maybe the weather wasn't good, or perhaps there was too much traffic. Excuses are in plentiful supply.
Yet, how many times have you been to the gym and not felt better for it? I can't speak for others but not once in my life have I gone to the gym or popped out for a run, and actually regretted it afterwards.
Maybe its most important to go exactly when you don't feel like going. Because that's when you need it most.

(like the picture?)

A Film for Christmas - Elf

I watched Elf at the cinema about two years ago. If it isn't showing on television over the festive holidays I highly recommend getting a copy from your local Blockbuster. Its a great family film, and the humour is brilliant (well, it's right up my street).

Plot line: A toddler crawls in to Santa's sack when the big man is doing his annual delivery run, and the boy is accidentally taken back to Lapland. Once there, he is raised by Santa's elves. Of course it soon becomes clear that he is not a true elf but a human, and that's when he heads back to find his real parents . Okay, it sounds weird, but trust me, it really is brilliant!

Will Ferrel is a genius.