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August 2005
Fri, Aug. 19th, 2005 05:40 pm

I know I know... where've all the posts gone?

Well these last few days have been hectic, getting references, signing contracts, paying vast amounts of money... but at the end of it I can proudly say "We have a flat!" No longer will I have to worry about living on the streets. Life is good.

Flat in London. Sorted stuff.

Current Mood: excited
Current Music: Backstreet Boys- Incomplete


Tue, Aug. 16th, 2005 06:07 pm

More day time TV - with Scott Baio!

And to make it even better, Dick Van Dyke was in it! And he played multiple roles! How cool is that?! As you can see I'm very excited.

What do you mean "so what?" Scott Baio! SCOT BAIO! Of "Charles in Charge" people! Does anyone apart from me know what I'm talking about [those of you who grew up in Kuwait should know... we were weened on TV family sitcoms like Charles in Charge and Full House... which I must say started the ever so cool John Stamos... STAMOS!] Seriously now - what happened to all those classics? I don't think they even do re-runs of them anymore. Pity. For those of you who don't know who Scott Baio, Dick Van Dyke OR John Stamos are... go educated yourself on imdb.com

Daytime TV. Giddy stuff.

Current Mood: giggly
Current Music: Switchfoot - Only Hope


Tue, Aug. 16th, 2005 10:55 am

How many of you have ever committed intellectual suicide? I have - yesterday...

I was babysitting my cousins [you are around 2 years old] and I made a number of observations. One they had a lot more energy than I did, plus they had become experts at hide and seek [it's not my fault - they're so tiny they can fit anywhere!] My aunt suggested that I read them a book... it's only when I looked at their book collection did the horror set in. Barney books... TONNES OF THEM. Apparently they were fans of this obnoxious purple dinosaur [I really don't like him - to put it mildly... especially his songs...]

So there I was, sitting with them in a circle, reading the above book to them. Intellectual suicide. Though the fun doesn't end there - they got me doing the voice and actions as well [as embarrased as i was to go through with it, I realised that I did actually manage to sound like Barney... years of daytime tv... emotionally scarring].

Intellectual suicide. Not-so-nice stuff.

Current Mood: embarrassed
Current Music: Scissor Sisters - Laura


Mon, Aug. 15th, 2005 11:48 am

There's an AA [Alcoholics Anonymous] in Kuwait!

Bearing in mind that Kuwait's a dry country [i.e. no alcohol whatsover] it has meant that there's quite a large underground bootlegging movement going on [rather like the Prohibition back in the day]. What I'm trying to get my head around is how those meetings would be run. This came to mind.

JO: Hi my name is jo...
AA: Hi Jo!
JO: and I'm an alcoholic...
AA: ...
JO: umm.... alcoholic? drink alcohol?...
AA: ?
JO: Jack Daniels?
AA: HE HAS JACK! Quick get him!!

AA in Kuwait. Redundant stuff.

Current Mood: amused
Current Music: The Wedding - Move This City


Sun, Aug. 14th, 2005 10:47 pm

I have the strangest feeling "hotboxing" isn't what I think it's supposed to mean... hmm

That aside, I was bored. So I decided to play a little "NBA Street V3" on my xbox. As it's one of the few games i've never actually played I found myself at a loss at how to control my character... or me. [I say me because I managed to customise the basketballer to look just like me! except I've got funky basketball gear on.] At present I'm going with the ol button bashing techinque, but in time i should be able to figure it out. It's quite a comprehensive system and the moves seem quite sweet.

Oh - It's also managed to east my time away [I lost 5 hours without knowing it... I may have a problem]

Me as a basketball star. Shiznik stuff.

Current Mood: bouncy
Current Music: a really catchy arabic tune


Sun, Aug. 14th, 2005 11:53 am

I take it all back... everything I thought I knew and figured out.... I didn't

And that's all I'm going to say about the matter.

"Angels & Demons." Great stuff.

Current Mood: shocked
Current Music: the turning of pages


Sat, Aug. 13th, 2005 11:50 pm

I did it! Knew it all along! [Kinda] Dan Brown's becoming predictable in terms of what he does with his characters, though his storytelling still surprises me at every turn.

It has got me all excited about ambigrams. For you viewers out there who don't know what an ambigram is:

"An ambigram is a word or words that can be read in more than one way or from more than a single vantage point such as both right side up and upside down."

I've been trying to design an ambigram of my name... but it's hard work. For those of you who want a visual reference, check out  john langdon's site. He designed the ambigrams for "Angels & Demons" I'll get there eventually... and when i do - it will be cool.

Ambigrams. Flipping stuff.

Current Mood: interested
Current Music: the hum of my pc's fans


Fri, Aug. 12th, 2005 04:12 pm

I haven't shaven in a while... I think I could get used to the whole rugged look. Ofcourse there are those who think otherwise...

With everything that's happened in London I believe my mum was a little worried that i'd get arrested if i went to the airport with a full grown beard [should have taken a picture]. So inorder to put her mind at ease, I decided to shave. The thing is - when you've got a full blown beard, it becomes an extension of your face, so you want to get rid of it carefully. However after looking at myself in the mirror for about 5 minutes i decided it'd be a lot more fun if i tried out different beard styles instead... and so I present to you

BENNY'S BOOK OF BEARD! *queue fanfare* [seriously need to get a camera]
1. The raving fanatic look. I decided that this wasn't going to get me very far in the real world, so i moved on quite quickly.
2. The ryan rynolds look. Tried to do something with my sideburns, so that i'd look like ryan from Blade Trinity? Twas kinda cool... till i decided I looked like a dope. [maybe if i put on a few pounds, had some muscle, maybe some guns, kicked some vampire butt? oh and was white... and rich]
3. The french beard look. Funnily enough - i don't think i looked anything like a frenchman. Infact I think I looked more like a spaniard! Ole! They call me Diego. I had the most fun with this as i spent most of the afternoon prancing around home with a cape on pretending i was zorro. [hey - it was a slow day!]
4. The thin mustache look. Awful. Just plain awful. I felt like a slimy greasy car salesman [no offence to any car salesmen out there]
5. The lone goatee. A look I usually go with. Makes me look somewhere between a rastafarian and an arab. I'm starting to grow out of this style though.
6. The imperial look. LoL. I'm not even going to indulge in how stupid this looked...
7. Stubble. I think I'm quite happy with this. Stops me looking like a 12 year old. I think we have a winner!

Beards. Prickly stuff.

Current Mood: hyper
Current Music: My electric razor


Thu, Aug. 11th, 2005 11:49 pm

Decided to do something extra exciting tonight - and get take out!

It must be said that the home delivery system in Kuwait must be one of the most advanced and efficient I have ever known. They deliver everything! Now that may have something to do with the culture of just being plain lazy and not going out, but that aside it's really impressive. For those of you out there that don't know how the system works - let me enlighten you.
1. Call a single number.
2. Operator on the other end answers... with your name! [They've got information on us all, where we live and what we like... i'm use there must be some sort of data protection violation somewhere]
3. After dealing with the initial problems of finding someone who speaks the same language as you to take the order, you place the order.
4. Put the phone down and bam! 30-45mins later the foods at your door. All good

We decided to go for the Arabic equivalent of KFC here... NAIF. No not NAF... said nay-eef. It's arabic food on wheels! Who can resist? Anyway when I called them they didn't seem to have any information on us, which led to the difficult but necessary exchange of details. Once again I've been recorded down as BANNY [see previous post] and it seems that despite precise directions they still don't know where we live! The following is the conversation that took place when a very confused delivery man called home

Delivery Man [in a thick arabic accent] Hello I dont know where you are?
Me: Alright... do you know where A building is?
DM: No
ME: How about B street?
DM: Eh?
ME: B street?
DM: Sorry
ME: *sigh* okay, so you must be somewhere in C block right?
DM: ....
ME: C block? C BLOOCK? [at this point speaking slower and louder is an exception that works]
DM: Maybe
ME: Argh. Okay do you know where the Crown Prince's Palace is??
DM: Ah yes.. Sheik Saad Al.....
ME: Yes, yes, near there
DM: Which side of palace?
ME: ... How the hell am i supposed to know which side of the palace we're on?? It's not like they allow people to just walk in and figure it out! [i believe the last guy got shot... or something]. Okay okay okay. Look for the big building with the coloured lights on top
DM: Aaaah. A building...
ME: !!! That's what i... it's... yes... yes. There! thank you

Fast food delivery. Greasy stuff.

Current Mood: bouncy
Current Music: The Fast Food Rockers - The Fast Food Song


Thu, Aug. 11th, 2005 10:20 am

For those of you who may have opted for the sun bathing option... congratulations you've attained you lobster tone!

It's called skin cancer people! The heat's deadly over here and it's getting worse [you can forget about SPF 80... just stay indoors, air con is the way forward - temperature regulated living with all the scenery and light included] In fact they've banned people working outside between 12pm and 4pm cause of how hot it can get. However as Kuwait's going through a real estate boom at the moment that means you've got poor labourers working non-stop for peanuts [HR activists would go mental if they knew what the real deal was].

So what do I do? Well at present I've decided to pick up "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown. Now I have to admit - I liked "The Da Vinci Code." Good plot, excellent description, well rounded characters. However I do have one rant about it [and this has more to do with people who read the book, than the book itself]. Dan Brown's already made it very clear that it's a book of fiction with elements of the truth in it, but anyone that's willing to place so much stock in the main emphasis of story [I won't spoil it for those of you who haven't read it] needs help. Next thing you know we'll have kids jumping off buildings with brooms just cause they think they're witches and wizards [a la Mr. Potter]. Seriously guys - everyone knows you can'l fly on a broomstick [hoovers maybe, lawn movers more likely - but not broomsticks... they're just not cool enough]

Going back to Mr. Brown though - he's becoming a little predictable with his storylines and his characters all seem of the same stock from each book. I had already figured out who the bad guy was in "Digital Fortress" - I'll let you know if I figure out who I think it could be in Angels & Demons. In fact that'll probably be something i'll try and do with this journal as well [add that to the list of things i still havent done - see going through CD collection]. I must say though, despite the whole cloak and dagger thing, i'm quite interested in Illuminati and freemason legacy. There was a freemason house in Bristol - quite ominous. Maybe I should start my own secret society [damn it! strike that previous comment]

Secret societies. Shadowy stuff.

Current Mood: relaxed
Current Music: Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath