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New Blog Software

Monday, March 6th, 2006

I haven’t written much in my blog this year. I’m going to blame this on the fact that I was ill for most of January and February. Now that I feel like blogging again I am going to have to learn to use new blogging software. I have been using Moveable Type for nearly four years but whilst I was ill Marty and Tony decided to move all our blogs to WordPress. I had asked Marty not to move my blog as I don’t really like change but he ignored me.

WordPress must be fairly easy to use as the only problem I’ve had so far has been getting the password out of Marty. Well I did manage to mess up. It seems that I published a blank entry by mistake. I’ll need to work out how to get rid of that and see if I can publish this instead!

Christmas Holidays

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

After a rather hectic December I’m just about to leave the office until New Year. The next couple of days will be busy with family and friends to visit. I also have an ice skating exam in the morning which I’m not looking forward to. But after that I’m planning on spending a few days reading and watching all the films I meant to see during the year.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Shopping

Saturday, November 16th, 2002

I’ve just ordered a copy of the Back To The Future Trilogy on DVD.

At BlackStar this costs

Lake Ashi

Monday, August 19th, 2002

I have been told that one of the most beautiful sites in Japan is the reflection of Mt. Fuji in Lake Ashi, Hakone. What I wasn’t told was how rare a sight this is. I’ve been to Hakone three times now and I’ve never even glimpsed Fuji. This time Typhoon Phanfone was to blame.

Hurry Up And Wait

Monday, August 12th, 2002

Universal Studios has implemented a system called “Universal Express” that allows you to get a ticket in advance for a popular attraction. It’s a good idea as there can be a two hour wait for some of the rides. We only managed to get an Express ticket for the Jurassic Park ride. The park was so busy that the tickets we got at 11 o’clock in the morning were for going on the ride sometime between 18:10 and 19:10!


Sunday, August 11th, 2002

War is the work of man. War is destruction of human life. War is death. To remember the past is to commit oneself to the future. To remember Hiroshima is to abhor nuclear war. To remember Hiroshima is to commit oneself to peace.

Pope John Paul II, Feb 25th, 1981

Business Hotel

Saturday, August 10th, 2002

Today we arrived at Osaka. We are staying in a business hotel. I’m quite glad that this is the only one we will be staying in during this trip. I have never been in one before and I wasn’t really impressed. The western style rooms are dowdy and small. Small I was expecting – this is Japan after all – but dowdy isn’t good.

One strange thing the room did have was a TV with a coin slot. If you wanted to watch the TV it cost 100 Yen for 60 minutes. If you wanted to watch the porn channel it cost 600 Yen for 60 minutes. Quite an ingenious way to ensure that your viewing habits never appear on a hotel receipt.


Wednesday, August 7th, 2002

We spent all day today at Disney’s new resort in Japan: Tokyo Disney Sea. I can’t begin to imagine how much works goes into building a resort like this. Every piece of furniture, every plant, every stone was skillfully crafted to blend in with each distinct park theme. I didn’t think that the park had as strong a Disney feel as some of the others but it still had loads of shops selling more Disney paraphernalia than anyone could ever need, a Mermaid Lagoon section based on The Little Mermaid, and an Arabian section themed around Aladdin. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that there were not so many Disney characters present in the park (I think in the 10 hours or so that we were there I only say one Mickey Mouse and one Donald Duck) and sections of the park with themes like “American Waterfront” and “Mediterranean Harbour” didn’t have any obvious disney connection.

One thing that made the day stand out was the excitable and almost child like wonder of the Japenese who found fun in everything.

Piped Music

Wednesday, August 7th, 2002

We were walking through Yanaka last night and I realised that I could hear Hawaiian music. I found this a bit strange, since I’m in Japan, but I thought it was probably one of the smalls vendors getting into the summer mood. I was wrong. The music was’t connected to one store, rather it was being played a series of outdoor speakers throughout the whole area!


Monday, August 5th, 2002

Welcome to Annex Katsutaro Ryokan,full of history and culture amid unsurpassed natural scenery.

The ryokan is great. The futon is much more comfortable than then bed in the hotel in Vienna and the room is really clean. We have air conditioning, a fridge, television, hair dryer, a private western style bathroon and (the reason Marty booked the place) an internet connection in the room.

However, I wouldn’t go so far as to describe convenience stores and food outlets as “unsurpassed natuarl scenery”.