Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Stone Necklace

Have been drilling holes in stones from Croatia today. Turns out to be relatively straight forward despite assurances to the contrary from a whole variety of 'tradespeople' in Wantage (shoe-repairers, engravers, jewellers, jewellery makers and of course the funeral parlour!). The necklace is looking very nice if a little phallic but I can't change the choice of stones unfortunately.

Also been intensively learning Chinese - this is a challenge and not a challenge. The improvements in the pronunciation are great but the bulk of words and limited time make things tricky. Today it was "What are you doing today" or "jintian ni xiang zuo ma?". Yesterday it was "Ji dian le" (what time is it) and "Ni you xiongdi jiemei ma?" (Do you have brothers and sisters). The chapters are getting much harder and the CD doesn't run through the vocabulary at the start like it did for the early chapters - that's life though I suppose.

Oh yeah - the last part of my activities right now - work - The Company. Won't go into detail but currently worried about getting the website up and running along with sourcing products, finance, expertise, somewhere to work from etc etc etc!!! I am currently working on my positive outlook! At least the competition is pretty feeble.

Thought for the day...

I think that the UK press has meetings every so often and picks a politician to 'murder' for the next couple of weeks/months (depending on how stubborn the politician is). A few months ago it was the Home Office minister. Now they've got their sights set on Tony Blair. Basically this means that every news bulletin and newspaper front page has a mention of the 'leadership crisis' or various misdemeanors. The Mail (I think) produced a 'memo' and within minutes the entire press (including BBC) were reporting the contained information as if it were clear fact. Not a mention of the fact that it could have been made up by the Mail to capitalise on the attention. What a surprise when the Sun managed to produce a date for Tony's departure! point is that politicians are paid through our hard earned taxes in order to improve the running of the country and the lot of the people. No wonder they aren't much use when the press create non-issues just to sell papers. I never read papers and don't watch TV. I urge the nation to vote with their feet and stop reading ALL papars!


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