Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Two Times As Splendid

I was absolutely in love with Khaled Hosseini’s first novel The Kite Runner that I became a walking advert for it, preaching to all my friends even lending my copy out to ensure it got read! So when I heard that he was releasing his sophomore novel A Thousand Splendid Suns I preordered my copy (in paperback of course…for the long tube rides) right away and couldn’t wait to get my head around it. I was nervous – at first, as I remembered the emotional adventure that I endured while reading The Kit Runner, could I go through that again? Would my high expectations of the new novel let me down?

When my copy arrived I was giddy as a kid with a ship-it (80’s child!) and couldn’t wait to meet the new characters. From the first sentence I was hooked…"Please, not now I’m trying to read" escaped from my lips more than I'd like to admit – sorry! After reading it cover-to-cover I was sad to let it go....it was another incredible story. The characters are endearing, brought together by unfortunate circumstances; the backdrop is set, once again, in war-torn Afghanistan – first by the Soviets, and then by a civil war. I don’t want to give too much away, as I think it’s better to find out for yourself what happens…but this is one bestseller that should not be missed. My expectations were met; I went on another emotional ride (which almost left me in tears on the tube) and fell in love with two amazing characters.

Some More Splendid Information:

  • The Kite Runner has been made into a movie. At the moment it’s in post-production with Marc Forster (Stranger Than Fiction & Finding Neverland) as the director. Set to release in January 2008….can’t wait!
  • Khaled Hosseini was named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) which is the UN Refugee Agency in 2006.

Monday, 18 June 2007

Would You Like Some Ice For That?

I get that men are naturally the competitive type and from time to time feel the need to prove their man-ness by doing crazing things, but this is ridiculous.

This past weekend in Thailand Jaja Stone pulled a bus in a Strong Man Competition…did I mention that he did it with his PENIS!!! Now here’s my question, how you go about trying this out, do you wake up one morning saying “hey I think today I’ll try to pull a bus…I’ll just attach it to my sturdy penis.” You know this is either his first (and last) attempt or he has had one to many injuries.

My pains seem so manageable now

Friday, 15 June 2007

Geri's Personal Trainer

I just got this from a work mate and couldn't stop laughing...Look how small the dog looks in comparison

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Paris, Je t’aime est magnifique!

Yesterday I was privileged -and quick- enough to see an advance screening of Paris, Je t’aime…thank you Anna! I didn’t know anything about it until that day when I decided to IMDB it. With a bit of background and tickets in hand (and snacks hidden away in my bag) I was ready to watch this loveable, romantic comedy/drama about the different types of love in the city of love…Paris of course. I highly recommend this movie…..it’s a collection of short stories ranging from 5 to 15 minutes, created by 18 directors, each portraying a different dynamic of love, from “disguised, revealed, imitate and sucked dry to reinvented and awakened”….nothing is spared. After the screening a beverage was in order to discuss our favourite and least favourtite ones….

Comes to the big screen in London June 22 and I think it’s already out in Canada (May 4th)

Check out the trailer

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Are You Always Late?

This morning I was late, yet again, for work…twice this week and it’s only Tuesday! My excuses have been train delays, don’t get me wrong this usually is the case - except that time I lost my Oyster Pass and then there’s the time I forgot my running shoes and had to go back. Anyway, that’s not my point, what I’m trying to get at is I wish I sometimes had a better reason…even I’m getting bored with my apologizes . So I did a little research and came across CNN’s top 10 weirdest excuses:

1. I dreamed that I was fired, so I didn't bother to get out of bed.

2. I had to take my cat to the dentist.

3. I went all the way to the office and realized I was still in my pajamas and had to go home to change.

4. I saw that you weren't in the office, so I went out looking for you.

5. I couldn't find the right tie, so I had to wait for the stores to open so I could buy one.

6. My son tried to flush our ferret down the toilet and I needed to tend to the ferret.

7. I ran over a goat.

8. I stopped for a bagel sandwich, the store was robbed and the police required everyone to stay for questioning.
-this actually could have happened

9. A bee flew in my car and attacked me and I had to pull over.
-this has happened to me and it’s damn frightening

10. I wet my pants and went home to change.

Here are some more

Cheers to planning your next trady behaviour!

Friday, 8 June 2007

Bless you!

For those you that know me, you know I love a good sneeze. In fact, I usually sneeze once a day in sets of 3…without fail. Check out this video…I’m not alone

I think I just peed myself!

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

What Were They Thinking?

I’m sorry to have to post this but to be honest I can’t help myself and it is above all my blog (sorry folks!).

Yesterday the 2012 Olympic Games’ logo was unveiled in London to everyone’s surprise. Have a look….what the crap is this? I can’t even read what it says (2012)…they come in different colours as well (electric blue, vibrant green…). How does this “symbolizes the dynamic Olympic spirit and its inspirational ability to reach out to people all over the world" as the Organizers suggest? Can some please explain this?

In contrast, take a look at Vancouver’s Olympic logos for the 2010 games… now that's better!

Monday, 4 June 2007

Bare It All In The Name Of Art

Spencer Tunick is one man who doesn’t squirm at the sight of a penis instead he uses the naked body as an art form; and public space as his backdrop. With male and female volunteers of different ages, Tunick sets out to challenge our opinions of nudity and privacy.

His latest creations include taking over Zocalo square in Mexico City, setting a new record with 18,000 nudies…

And Amsterdam this past weekend…check out this car park

Friday, 1 June 2007

Don’t forget about the Little Ones

The next time you’re hosting a party make sure to stock up on beer for the youngsters (?!?)…well you could if you lived in Japan anyway.

The Sangaria Company has created fake alcoholic drinks for kids…don’t worry there’s a wide range of products to suite everyone’s tastes from beer and wine to champagne and cocktails that everyone is bound to have a good time.

Check out the advert…don’t you just love how happy everyone looks sipping their apple flavoured “beer”? It even comes in a six pack....leave it to the Japanese to think of everything!!

All this talk of beer has made me thirsty!