Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Life, The Universe and Everything

So have been away over the weekend - visiting my sister in Cardiff. Always a pleasure! Her house is amazing - I'm very jealous!

We wandered around the city centre and I was personally a little put out by two ostentatious 'stag-nights' that seemed to be 'going down'. I would actually call them stag days because it was only 5pm and they seemed to have had a good run already. So one of the guys is sitting chained to a chair in the pavement between a pub and it's outdoor seating wearing a bra and some other exciting clothing. He leers at people as they walk past and makes some smart comment to my girlfriend. I mean what drives people to want to do this? If you are starting a marriage in this way are you really in the right frame of mind to get married? If marriage is denial of freedom then something is very wrong. Basically it's another commercialisation of a weak tradition (by which I mean it has been adapted to mean something irrelevant to encourage spending). I can't stand it!

Anyway that was Cardiff - the city is still very nice though! Today I bought souvenirs to take to China - for presents or rewards etc. Exorbitant prices - I drew the line at a tacky pen with a flag on it for £2 (check it out: I got my bits and pieces though and the predictable irony is that most of it is 'Made in China'. This, I hope, will amuse!

Oh yeah and went to an amazing Indian yesterday - Tower Tandoori ( near Tower Bridge. The food tasted good and the decor was great. Best part was that they were just really nice people running it. The manager made an effort to brighten the mood at the table as I was late and my girlfriend was a little put out! This for me was great service and it was a fun meal!

Finally... My sister leant me a book - Shantaram - an intriguing story of an escaped convict from Australia who seems to take Bombay by storm. Having visited Bombay it's reminiscent and great fun to read deeper into the city. Every other page I have to remind myself that all these things happened to this guy. Incredible story! (Amazon link).

I fly out to China on Thursday so tomorrow is packing! Enjoy.



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