Spontaneous Trip

Just had a phone call with some friends in Sendai. I thought I would surprise them and fly down tomorrow and spend Saturday night in Sendai, fly back on Sunday.

Checked the airfare, just over ¥50,000 return, checked the rail fare, just over ¥36,000 return. 

Stunned I wondered how much a last minute flight to Korea would be;¥41,000 return.

How is it possible to get to Korea and back for less than a trip to Sendai (and 24 hours in Seoul would cost less than 24 hours in Sendai too).

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Little did you know that the worlds most delicious Chinese restaurant was in a small country town in Hokkaido, Japan.

Little did you know that the worlds most delicious Chinese restaurant was in a small country town in Hokkaido, Japan.

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24-year-old photographer Asher Svidensky recently traveled to west Mongolia with the intention of documenting the lives of traditional Kazakh eagle hunters, people who tame eagles for the purpose of hunting smaller animals.

With the traditions typically laying in the hands of the boys and the men, the biggest surprise throughout the journey was Svidensky’s discovery of a young eagle huntress, 13-year-old Ashol Pan, the daughter of an experienced eagle hunter. These stunning photographs symbolize the potential future of the eagle hunting tradition as it expands beyond a male-only practice.

Eagle hunting and gender role smashing. Best story this week.

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Winter came back. 

And to think I was going to change to summer tyres yesterday. – View on Path.

Winter came back.

And to think I was going to change to summer tyres yesterday. – View on Path.

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Enjoying an onsen, by the beach, surrounded by snow. I feel like this guy. at 岬の湯 しゃこたん – View on Path.

Enjoying an onsen, by the beach, surrounded by snow. I feel like this guy. at 岬の湯 しゃこたん – View on Path.

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Reading Year Zero by Rob Reid

If you are over 35, a tech nerd or geek, someone with a passion for music (especially tunes pre 21st century), a Douglas Adams fan, and you play(ed) RPG games (or a perhaps a mixture of any of the above). This is the book for you.

With the exceptions of some American references it feels like this book was written for me. – View on Path.

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I’d rather be… – View on Path.

I’d rather be… – View on Path.

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I’ve shared 2,342 memories with my friends on Path - see them now at path.com!

I’ve shared 2,342 memories with my friends on Path - see them now at path.com!

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A simple question Mr President

“Our time here is limited and it is precious.  And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives.  Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another,”
President Barack Obama
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How many innocents have died at your orders over the last four years?

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Snow White and the Huntsman

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I have been wondering how I should start this review, and I can’t avoid it. Charlize Theron is way way way fairer than Kristen Stewart. If you are going to cast Charlize as the wicked witch Ravenna, then Snow White has to be extraordinarily beautiful and Kristen Stewart is not that.

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Charlize Theron vs Kristen Stewart - there game is over before it begins.
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Visually this movie is fantastic, the castle, the snowy gardens, the dark forest, Sanctuary, the eight? dwarves all look great. It is truly a work of art. However this is clearly where the budget went as the writing was clearly left to a group of 12 year olds in a joint creative writing class. 

The film is hugely disjointed, breaking all kinds of rules of the universe and time. Fine you might say, it’s a fairy tale, but then it even breaks the rules that itself setup. A simple example is the epic journey/escape that Snow White undertakes, across the land to reach an army of her supporters. It is of Tolkien proportions. Only once she rallies her troops, her army gallops back to face Ravenna and her army in a journey more akin to the trip down to the supermarket. 
Both Ravenna and Snow White deliver speeches that will be appearing on YouTube in the not too distant future as examples of the actresses worst work: I literally cringed and sunk into my seat. The speeches both actresses were solid. The one performance of note was  Chris Helmsworth, the Huntsmen his character was possibly the best written character and his performance the more satisfying. I also enjoyed the dwarfs, great British talent mixed with CGI brought Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins and Ray Winstone down to size, but like their size, their role in the film was diminutive. The dwarves did provide the only humour in the film but, if I recall correctly, it was two laughs only. So out of place was the humour that it felt odd to find a momentary out burst of mirth and for a moment the Time Bandits flashed through my mind. 

As for romance, which ultimately Snow White is all about, Prince Charming kissing the sleeping Princess etc, this movie took it all out. Deleted every last skerrick of romance, and then remembered that it was Snow White and injected a dash here or there. The love triangle Huntsmen - Princess - Prince went nowhere, the Prince - Princess went nowhere and the Huntsmen - Princess went nowhere. All very boring.
I can’t help but feel that this belonged as a TV series. The world created was epic in size, rich and dazzling. TV would have allowed the same development for the characters.

Finally there is that 3D element. If you know me, or follow me on Twitter you will know that I don’t think much of 3D. In fact I loathe it. So naturally I saw this film the way I like my movies, in 2D. But directors and directors of cinematography are so intent on making the most of 3D and having things fly at the audience it all gets rather boring. The Prince’s weapon of choice was the bow, I suspect just so things could go zinging around your head while you sat in the cinema. Hollywood really needs to stop it and get back to telling stories.

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Beautiful Classic Nissan Skyline

If Detective Inspector Gene Hunt* was Japanese this is the car he would drive.

*From the classic British TV show “Life on Mars”
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Beautiful Classic Nissan Skyline

If Detective Inspector Gene Hunt* was Japanese this is the car he would drive. *From the classic British TV show “Life on Mars”

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Beautiful Classic Nissan Skyline

If Detective Inspector Gene Hunt* was Japanese this is the car he would drive.*From the classic British TV show “Life on Mars”

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Christmas Nights Plan

As I sit here in my lovely warm home and listen to the howling wind whipping snow outside my plan for this evening The Cowboy Junkies - Trinity Sessions
Kindle (undecided which novel I shall read)
Enough lighting to read by
and my sofa


This morning being alone sucked. Tonight it is a blessing.

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