Just got back from 2 weeks training in Japan that company provided. It was still quite warm over there so I did not not need a long sleeve jacket at all.
Killing Joke still have massive followers all over the world since 80's. Fans grew up together with the band, and now they are middle aged.
Beer guts and bold. Yes most of them are. I saw a couple of young lads who looked like teenagers but they were with their mums and dads. Isn't there a young Killing Joke fan?
I am sure more people can be fit in the venue if they were all skinny kids!
Owner of Malicious Damage record, which is a debut label of Killing Joke, was there too with his wife and his daughter. It is nice to see a rock gig could be a family night out for some.
The band, on the other hand, was looking good for their age too. I was impressed the front man Jazz Coleman, who lost 2 stones recently, were very active on the stage though I always think his dancing routine is a bit boring... or unique?!
It was my first time to see the original base player. He looked very happy being with the band and very active on the stage. But for some reason I felt he was too excited. Almost as if he was a Killing Joke fan who was picked to play with the band recently. Anyway, it doesn't matter.
All in all it was a reasonably good night out despite I am not a Joker fan.
Our weekends are so busy every week. I don't know why.
I wake up before 07:00. By 8:00 or 8:30 we are usually driving down to Oxleas' Woods. Takes only 15 - 20 min. to get there. Walk around in the Woods about 40 min. Sometimes we have a little socialisation at Oxleas Cafe with few usual doggy gangs and their humans.
On the way back, we drop by at Pets at Home to top up Woody's food. Back home around 10:30 - 11:00
Have a breakfast/lunch around 11:00.
Then we can relax few hours. But these days, I am working on my assignments during this time.
Light snack around 13:00
By 15:00, Woody dog is ready to go out again for "migration walk". That's what we call it as it is a long lead walk around our neighbourhood.
It's around 17:00 by the time we get back home from the walk.
Start cooking and eat dinner around 18:00.
Watch TV/DVD afterwards then, go to bed by 22:00!
This is only Saturdays.
Sundays are even busier.
The same until breakfast/lunch. Then we start laundry and go grocery shopping. No relaxing time there!
come back and light snack around 13:00
Finishing off laundries.
a couple of hours rest, then "Migration walk" around 15:00.
Back home 17:00
Watching TV/DVD for few hours. (Recently I am doing some assignment work during this time as well !)
Bed time by 22:00 sometime even earlier because we are so exhausted over the busy weekend schedule !
I had a day off on Friday since I am so busy at weekends and needed solid hours to finish off some of assignments !
Oh shouldn't spend time writing blog like this.... never mind.
"Don't do it, don't, DON'T !!" shout a neighbour, to her grandchild. Then, often crying follows.
There is a couple living near our house whom their grand children visit frequently over weekends.
I am not sure what is wrong with those kids but they seems to be shouted at by the grandmother all the time.
Is it their fault?
Although I am sure children push their boundaries whenever an opportunity arises, it is, I think, down to adults how to handle the situation in a positive way.
Every time I hear her shout, it effects me even though I am not the one being shouted at. Unfortunately, the routine often happens on a lovely sunny weekend when everybody opens windows or chilling out in a garden.
I cannot help wondering how the shout effects these children. When a child gets aggressive or not following what is being told, what would be an effective way of stopping an unwanted behaviour?
I read many dog training books but non of them suggested to shout at dogs. Often it encourages positive reinforcement in a good behaviour to remove an unwanted behaviour as they only go deaf to a handlers command or make them even more aggressive.
I am sure humans are the same. Sad thing is the grandmother does not seem to realise how her behaviour effecting those children... and don't forget, her neighbours too.
They are such a nice couple. I wish I had a courage to tell her to stop shouting, but I will never do it because I am so scared to be shouted at by her !!
Fishy spreads from Scandinavia called Kaviar is always comes in a tube. I think it's smoked cod roe mixed with something like mayonnaise, though I have never figured out what exactly is because ingredients are all written in Norwegian or Swedish. Whatever that is, it is an extremely familiar flavour for Japanese. Salty, fishy smoky, and it goes very well with a toast. Japanese loves salted code roe called "Tarako" which we mainly eat with rice but also used in a variety of cooking.
Few weeks ago, on my way back from Stavanger in Norway, I managed to purchase 3 tubes of Kaviar which I have been enjoying so much on a toast or as a sandwich spread.
I don't know why it does not widely available in UK despite Brits are a nation of fish lovers. I have only seen it once in a Swedish food shop attached to Ikea in Croydon, and it looks like a Swedish shop in London called Totally Swedish sells this as well.
Unfortunately I can't ask my colleagues in Oslo to bring it over since the tube is more than 100 ml which exceeds the onboard limit. I was stopped at an airport security in Stavanger and was asked to check my luggage in. :(
Oh my favourite Kaviar, when can I see you next !?
Click the picture below to watch an advert of Kavia
Woody and I fell in love with Scotland about 5 years ago. Since then, we are visiting “almost” every summer, trying to explore different part of Scotland. The reason we love there so much is the scenery. It's different from England. There are mountains although compare to Japanese mountains they are like hills but yet, they are called mountains, officially.
This year, we booked the same cottage as last year; where it is located in the centre of Spey side distilleries. Despite we are not whiskey drinkers, we do not mind being surrounded by finest whiskeys in the world.
Our cottage is located near Aberlour, where famous Walker’s shortbread biscuits are made. It’s a very small village. You would not believe that the world famous biscuit factory and the head office are located such a rural country side like this. Aberlour whisky distillery is just around the corner from the biscuit factory as well.
As this is second time for us to stay at this cottage, Woody dog settled in very quickly. He did not even mind sleeping separate room from us, which is very unusual for him.
Tomorrow, we will climb Ben Rinnes again. Second try!! Last year, we climbed up and thought it was the summit, but at the end, we found that the summit was further away. This year, hopefully the weather is better and clear view from the mountain. We would definitely conquer the summit as well !!
I was invited for a lunch by one of our supplier on Friday along with my colleagues.
Unlike most companies, their lunch invitation is always strictly to girls. They are working class men working for a small freight forwarding company, who did well and made themselves very rich. They don't pretend being a posh, they are proud of their up bringing and proud of having a good life.
Venue was an Italian restaurant in the city of London. We sat at a round table, started a conversation. I soon noticed that they are all wearing a bling! and behaving like they own the restaurant. (apparently they use the restaurant very often because it is so close to their office)
The lunch reminded me a scene of "the Sopranos". So, if they were the Soprano gang, are we girls from "Bada-Bing" ?? They are very nice people but it was almost like a comic.
One of my colleague from Portugal told them she only drinks Vintage Port. Here, it was a challenge for Tony Soprano, he quickly called a restaurant manager and requested a bottle of vintage port. When my colleague said "it's nice" ...Tony looked so happy and proud of himself.
Ice Cream !
First thing it came to my mind when I stepped outside home this afternoon. We were heading off to Tower Bridge, walking along the river, passing many people sitting outside seats of pubs and cafes, having lunch. June is usual the best time during the Summer in London, unlike in Japan, constant rain through out the month.
So many people were out & about there by the Mayors building. There was a tourist behind me asking if the shop takes Euros.... No lady,no, this is UK. We are refusing to take Euros, why do we have to take yours?? As she sounded like American, perhaps she did not want to waste her Euros before getting back home.
Luckily for me, since I had the pound in my purse, I managed to get my Magnum Ice cream... though it was 1.80 (ouch!), made me happy.
News clip from "Nintendo next generation conference" in October 2007. Sorry 1st video is all in Japanese but it's included some interviews of Nintendo CEO. According to him the secret of Nintendo's success is that they tried to target the people who had never interested in games. By doing so, they expanded the market, and are now lead of game companies.
2nd video is advert clips which reflects the aim that Nintendo CEO explained in the interview.
We had snow last Sunday. Woke up in the white world. It's April, so strange. This year, it's been so warm through winter and suddenly snow on Easter weekend and last Sunday!! Must be the Global Warming.....
"Sorry would've been nice"
When my husband was walking away, the pug owner said it out laud. Just enough to be able to hear it but far away enough from him.
Apparently, the pug was off leash & running up to our dog Woody and gave him a look. Our dog on the other hand performed a usual drama and gave the pug a fight back.
Woody was on the lead, the pug was off. Please somebody tell me whose fault it could be if there was a dog incident there.
The pug owner was only shouting from far away.
"Come over here!!"
It seems that some owners with little dogs think their dogs will not be blamed for whatever they do to bigger dogs. It's not fair.
I know our dog has some issues but that is why he is on the lead in the streets and mostly in the park unless we find suitable environment for him. Being responsible for what he does.
On other occasion, there was a staffy dog waiting his owner out side our local shop, off-lead. Off lead is OK as long as the dog is under control. however when the dog saw our Woody, he tried to make a move. The owner quickly realised and came out from the shop to make his dog sit. Very good so far. But then amazing thing had happened. The owner went back into the shop.
Obviously soon after the owner went inside the shop, the dog was charging across the street(what if a car drove passed!) and tried to gave Woody an attack. Luckily, my husband had managed to block the dog with his leg and made him off course.
The owner was running crossed the street and drag his dog away.....then,
"Suppose it's my fault, is it!?"
as he was walking away, again, laud enough to hear it but far enough from my husband.
No apology, no lead & not taking responsibility.....
I heard, in Philippine, you will need a licence to be a dog owner. Financial check and living environment are checked up. For bigger dogs, owners to be is mandatory to take dog training classes as well. It sounds like a very good idea to me.
As we were just about to proud of ourselves that we had managed to keep Dixie in control during our weekend Woods walk, she disappeared. It was all too good to be true, even towards the end of the walk, Dixie followed us to Oxley Woods Cafe and had a little socialisation with other dogs. We should have hooked her to the lead then. When we moved to the other side where doggy water bowl is, she smelled something and disappeared to the other side of the woods.
We optimistically called her at first, expecting her to appear and come back, but she didn't......for a long time.
It was raining, and everybody felt it was time to go home, except our lady Dixie.
Me and Woody dog were waiting inside the car as soon as I realised that Dixie could be deep into the woods. Woody, on the other hand, stood in the rain and kept calling her. We did not even hear her usual howling sound. Dixie could be anywhere.
Once, we thought we saw her far away in the field, but it was somebody else's dog. 40 minutes had passed with no sign of Dixie, suddenly, Woody heard Dixie howling. She was chasing something. Woody even saw her charging across a small path, so quickly run towards it but lost her again.
Another 5 or 10 minutes later , I thought it's time to get out of the car and look for Dixie. So I attached Woody dog on the lead, locked the car and walked a couple of steps.
Seriously, literally a couple of steps, and there she was, behind a parked car. I quickly hooked the other end of Woody dog's lead to Dixie -thanks to the double ended lead. Dixie looked absolutely exhausted - no surprise. I shouted Woody to let him know I found Dixie.
When we got back home, Dixie was too excited to settle for a long time. Playful and kept circling on her bed. I had seen her like that before when I visited Arundale cottage.
Anyway, it was unexpectedly long woods walk this morning but both dogs did not need second walks today, not even bothered about dinner either. Bless....
OK, at the end, I had to buy a new Laptop PC. My previous one had kept crashing for last 6 month, and god knows how many times we had to use recovery CD-ROM. Even struggled to re-format it. Although I normally love to purchase a small stylish one, this time, I compromised to cheap and solid option.
My new Acer is absolutely gigantic. Far away from what I normally go for. It's desk top replacement laptop and even ten key pad is included. Obviously Vista operating system, which I kind of wanted avoid, but had no choice.
Vista has a fancy graphic effect, but with my minimum 1 GB RAM memory, I cannot appreciate it fully. Some operations like opening/closing software are annoyingly snow. Hopefully,that gets solved once 4 GB RAM is inserted.
My new Acer is so big and solid, I feel like it last for years, and overall it was a good purchase!
Now I found a free software that allow writing a blog off-line. This is my first attempt for using the software. I hope it works. You can download it from here .
Little test for inserting photo and a map as well....
I found this hat in the woods above this morning. Did anybody lose it recently?Flickr Tags: woods,oxleys,london,hat,walk,windows live writer