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By Tonatiuh (Tue Jul 29, 2008 at 11:37:39 AM EST) (all tags)
  • Free movie: El baño del Papa ("The pope's toilet").
  • Free lunch: meetings at $BIG_COMPANY.
  • Free dinner: meeting at $USERS_GROUP.
  • Free opera.
  • Monkey, Journey to the west.

Free movie.

Went to watch the premier of the bitter-sweet Uruguayan film  "El baño del papa",  about John Paul II's visit to a small border town in Uruguay and the fictional account of what the inhabitants did to make business out of the visit.

I got free tickets thanks to Time Out magazine who have ballots for free tickets for premiers in London. Anyway, the movie is melodramatic, funny but without losing sight of the poverty of the main character, his family and friends. It shows the entrepreneurial nature of people in desperate situations, and how the common man raises against all odds in spite that the most likely outcome is failure.

If you get a chance go and watch it, you will not regret it.

Free lunch.

During my time working for several $BIG_CORP  I joined mailing lists from many providers. So around one or twice a week I get invited to seminars, product presentations, etc, which normally include, yes, you guessed it, a free lunch. This comes very handy when you are unemployed and the economy is going down the drain, one makes some new contacts, learns about new stuff and is fed. I hope that when I begin to show as a pauper they will not bee too discriminating.

Free dinner.

Some $USER_GROUP meetings are actually organized by big corps peddling their wares. Apply all of the above to these gatherings as well.

Free opera.

Coming soon to Canary Wharf, live opera, for free. There was also a live broadcast from the Royal Opera House a couple of weeks ago, and the weather, for once, was glorious.


With all the money I saved, I went to see Monkey,  Journey to the West in the Royal Opera House, the website is worth a quick check ( ).

In all honestly I can't call this an opera, the singing is minimal and rather incidental, but as a musical, performance show, or whatever you want to call it, is very pleasing. It combines video, theatre, acrobatics, martial arts and pleasant, uncomplicated music with a kick of avant-garde here and there. An intelligent show worth catching if you can. Worth checking are the pictures of the characters (which will pervade the BBC broadcasts of the Olympic games) and their realization in flesh.

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Opera by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 01:33:03 AM EST
But was it as good as the TV series?

The nature of monkey was IRREPRESSABLE!

Can't say. by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 06:16:38 AM EST
I have not seen the TV series, but the composer and the cartoonist based the show on ideas from that TV series precisely.

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Can't get tickets for it though by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 07:00:51 AM EST

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