Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Hmm, maybe I should resurrect my ill-fated Plan.....
Anyway, following on from my gratuitous reference to the great Mr Boitano the other day, here's the song - from the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, of course.
And here's another version, a video from Matt & Trey's band DVDA. Oh, and this one's even better - a live performance by DVDA, intercut with footage of Boitano himself. Priceless.
"No, Brian, those chicken wings are really spicy. Don't eat those."
Saturday, September 27, 2008
If you have a soft spot for this sort of religious kitsch, you must check out this article from The Times and this absolutely hilarious selection of 'Sporting Jesus' statuettes from the stupendously tacky http://www.catholicshopper.com/. (Thanks, yet again, to my friend Tolstoy for alerting me to these gems.)
Friday, September 26, 2008
The player, the cue are ONE:
Zen of the pool room.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Or A Cloak of Supreme Insignificance.
Or A Cloak Of Utter Unfanciability.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Anyway, one of the advantages of this new social bias to my life is that I now get invited to the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China's events - such as last Saturday's 'End Of Summer Barbecue' on Obi-Wan's rooftop, overlooking Xihai lake.
I'm not a fan of that bar in general (STUPID name; and it styles itself a 'Club' - always a bad sign!), but it has a great location, nicely out of the way on the northernmost of the three lakes forming the 'Houhai' area (Houhai is actually the middle lake, but remarkably few people seem to know this). This end of the lakes is still largely undeveloped (although this can cause a problem for a bar here; Obi-Wan's [rather nicer] predecessor on this site, Rain, foundered largely because no-one knew it was there....); the tranquility is appreciated by the hordes of fishermen here, and makes a very pleasant contrast to the frenetic bustle a mile further south at Yinding Bridge.
The only thing we were missing on this occasion was some decent weather - we got one of those beastly, skyless days, cool yet still oppressively clammy (a real rarity for September - but I fear our weather patterns are a bit fucked-up by all the government's attempts to "manage" them over the past couple of months). Ah, well. It was still a damn good time, with several old friends in attendance: Dishy Debs, The Choirboy, Stroppy Tom, Nick O'Pix, Tennessee Tom.... even my nemesis from the Pool Bar, New Dad (and his family).
The ticket was only 180RMB for 5 hours of all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink. I probably got my money's worth on the beers alone......
I wonder when their Christmas party is going to be???
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
When your pockets are empty
And your credit is shot;
When the room starts to spin,
Faces floating around you;
When you can't rise from your stool,
Can barely hold up your head;
When you open your mouth to speak
But each sentence sounds like one long word;
When you're the last person in the bar,
And the dawn's not far away;
When they just won't serve you any more –
That's when you think that you've only just started;
Though, in truth, you've probably had
A bit too much already.
Saturday, September 06, 2008
This is a version by the late Kirsty MacColl (no video, unfortunately). It's quite rare to find it performed by a woman - odd since the song, in part at least, takes the woman's (young girl's!) perspective.
Aha, further investigations have turned up this charming (but rather brief) very early clip of The Dubliners performing it - and cheekily changing the lyric from Belfast to Dublin.
And this is a lovely (though sadly incomplete) performance from The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Monday, September 01, 2008
Froogville set a new monthly record (mainly thanks to the Olympics, of course) of 76 posts and some 26,000 words. I promise not to overdo things so much again, honestly. Let's all relax and cultivate other hobbies a little more this month......
Visitors numbers seem to be increasing slightly, with new log-ins in the past week or so from Santiago, Lima, Helsinki, Hong Kong and Adelaide.