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By Tonatiuh (Fri Mar 05, 2010 at 10:11:05 AM EST) (all tags)
  • Revisiting the shinny glass buildings of greed.
  • Hamburg weekend.
  • IT mercenary activities.
  • Film studies.
  • Chile's earthquake.
  • Footy


- Revisiting the shinny glass buildings of greed.

I will be working a few days in Canary Wharf. I really miss the atmosphere of the place: people full of purpose, truly believing in their cleverness, the women sharp as a knife: beautiful, well dressed and slightly frigthening, the lads ready to eat the world in spite of surely knowing they are biting more than they can chew; all of them deluded, because they are just lucky to be here, they are not cleverer or wiser than anybody else as recent events have shown.

I don't see any trace of embarrassment, may the good times for these privileged few roll on.

- Hamburg weekend.

I went to Hamburg last weekend, to visit a few good friends, one of them a ravishing red headed beauty that is a good friend (just friend :-( ), another one, an old lady that is fighting breast cancer, and her husband.

G (her) and W (him) have been together for many many years, she was working for him and then they became first lovers and then a happily married couple. Their respective children didn't like much this, and have disowned them ever since, so now that Death may be calling, they are alone, bar a few friends that wish them all the best. W aged visibly in the last couple of years, he was tall, blonde and boisterous, now his white hair is receding, his smile is forced and ungainly, his walking impaired by a hip problem, and his eyes, his blue eyes unmistakably radiating sadness and uncertainty.

We had a great time eating old time German favourities (Wurschen mit Kartoffen Salat, kessebrot and all the rest) and reminiscing, but it all felt like the last good bye.

I also found time to do some shopping (the good: the excellent quality of German brands of clothes; the bad: some shops don't accept credit cards, but maybe that is why Germans are not up to the neck in debt and look more prosperous than Britons) and to visit a local attraction, go have a look, it is well worth it: http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/, then find some videos in Youtube, all this will awake your long time suppressed inner child.

- IT mercenary activities.

I should be working right now, not Husi-posting, but all my projects are stalled because I am missing an approval, a piece of software or people are out of the office. Still getting paid tough. Sweet. Will this last?

- Film studies.

No time anymore :-( Well, I have time for the theory but not for filming. I let down my crew for our last project, but I simply didn't have any time given the bizarre hours I am working (no more than 40 a week, but in strange shifts).

- Chile's earthquake.

A friend and colleague of mine moved recently to Santiago, just to be greeted by one of the worst earthquakes humanity has ever seen.

I have experienced Mexico City's 8.1 monster of 1985, so I find difficult to imagine how it would be to experience something worse.

He has been twittering about his experiences and was even interviewed by the BBC, he sounded numb and disoriented, but when he writes he sounds well, fortunately he and his family are fine.

- Footy:

Mexico 2 New Zealand 0 : no contest, as long as the footy Kiwi team does not make a Hakka everybody will give them a beating.

The big boys are on the march:

Brazil defeated Ireland (sorry Merekat).
France 0 Spain 2, Spain is the big favourite.
Germany 0 Argentina 1, unbelievable.
and the surprise
Ivory Coast defeated by South Korea at home. It seems Africa will not hold the world cup yet.

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Loftus Road in winter... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Mar 05, 2010 at 10:32:41 AM EST
isn't quite optimum conditions for the Ivory Coast perhaps?

I'm hankering for details of the Germany game... could Argentina be getting things together? 

It will be cold in South Africa by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Apr 03, 2010 at 09:33:42 PM EST
It will be winter down there, so better Les Elefants get their act together soon.

As for Argentina, lets say that the Hand of Dog has spoken.

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shiny glass buildings of greed by gpig (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Mar 05, 2010 at 10:49:34 AM EST
I expect it helps to have a break and then come back. A friend of mine has been programming for finance types for several years now and is planning to get out.

When I asked him why, he simply said "I'm sick of working for wankers". Apparently there are some nice people in the City, but even they have to put on a "shouty tosser" outward persona in order to function where they work, as that is the culture they function in.
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(,   ,') -- eep

Working for wankers. by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #6 Sat Apr 03, 2010 at 09:35:06 PM EST
Just nurse their ego.

Or stand to it.

They like it both ways.

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Chile has pockets of very poor people. by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #7 Sat Apr 03, 2010 at 09:37:05 PM EST
The history of what Pinochet did to the poor of that country has still to be written.

The dispossessed surely tried to grab the "opportunity" I am sure.

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CW by TPD (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 06:04:25 PM EST
shout if you want to grab lunch or pints


why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM
Next time perhaps. by Tonatiuh (2.00 / 0) #8 Sat Apr 03, 2010 at 09:37:41 PM EST
My time there is over for now :-(

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