Tuesday, October 30, 2007
You can tell from this post that I'm not concentrating on training enough...
Simon and I recently exchanged vitally important comments regarding Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas and Halle Berry. So I've opened a poll (look right).
The simple question is - Fergie or Halle?
Please vote (in the poll on the right!) If Fergie wins, I'll buy Simon a pint.
The only rule is - one vote per person, and Simon & I can't vote.
Monday, October 29, 2007
A deliberately shorter than usual 500m warm-up, to save my poor weak arms for the main set.
- 4 x 100m on 2:50
- 4 x 100m on 2:45
- 4 x 100m on 2:40
- 4 x 100m on 2:35
- 1 x 100m on 2:30
100m breaststroke cool-down then stretching by the pool.
A much better performance than the previous week. Need to stretch arm/shoulder muscles more often.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Halle Berry (see previous post) has caused a big fuss by her "anti-Semitic" remark during an interview that a digitally altered photo of her with a big nose makes her look like "her Jewish cousin".
The irony is that her comment was inspired by a Jewish colleague of hers that made an almost identical comment backstage before Halle went on air!
If I was Jewish I'd like to think I'd be embarrassed by the fuss being caused. God help us all of taking the piss out of someone is suddenly racist and there's an international outcry.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This year's event was my first run over 15km (I did the 20k) and so 2008 will be my first time at the full distance of 30km. I then plan to do my first marathon in KL a couple of months later.
I've also re-jigged my weekly training schedule to squeeze in more hours and km's by making the most of the wasted time spent sitting in some kind of vehicle. So, with the help of Jackie and a neighbour to take the boys to school in the mornings, I'll be able to run to/from work 3 times a week instead of once...thats 42km! ...and I hardly eat into any "family" time. Some good planning is required though!
I've also started cycling to and from my weekly Tuesday night ride to give myself a 57km ride instead of a measly 26km. Mind you Jalan Tun Razak at 7.30pm is a bit hair-raising!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
LOW - I woke up too late on Saturday to ride to work. My plan now is to use this short ride to do some strength training. Lucky this week on my 07/08 Training Plan is still "preparation" (mental and physical!).
LOW - Liverpool snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
LOW - England lost the rugby. Its difficult when the ref and the video ref are playing for the other team.
HIGH - went to the MotoGP on Sunday. The 250cc race was great, with 4 riders forming a pack towards the end. I correctly predicted that one of them would crash about 1 minute in advance! Lorenzo was crowned World Champ and he put on gold boxing gloves and a cape. The MotoGP race wasn't a great one but it's quite a thrill when they all start together - it is as if God is tearing the air apart.
HIGH - no jam on the way back!
LOW - I woke up late and missed the start of the F1. Sounds like Hammo messed up at the start.
LOW - Spurs were hammered by the Geordies last night. What a bunch of LOSERS!!!!!!!!!
Monday, October 22, 2007
In Sideways the acting is so good you won't think they're acting...
V for Vendetta is based on comics, and is by the Wasckckckckowski Bros. (Matrix guys). Portman gets her hair shaved and does a reasonable English accent...
Saturday, October 20, 2007
- Actors / Actresses
- Fitness Instructors / Personal Trainers
- CEO's / Senior Management of a company involved in Leisure / Entertainment / Media / "Fashionable" Industries such as I.T.
CEO, "REALITY" TV Shows Inc.
The Malaysian Polis get a bit of a hard time from the public and the press most of the time but I must confess that my experience of lodging a police report at the Balai Polis Trafik in KL the other day was not bad at all. Apart from not knowing what to do to start with, once I'd found out it was pretty plain-sailing, and the 4 officers I dealt with were perfectly pleasant.
So...kudos to PDRM!
Friday, October 19, 2007
...and I wasn't disappointed. I managed to watch about 6 episodes and they were pretty good, although they all follow an almost identical format. I can see why he's won acting awards for it.
I wonder how many people who watch House are aware of Laurie's acting in Blackadder 3 and 4. Here's a clip from Blackadder 3 from 1987 - wow! - thats 20 years ago!. You will notice Mr Bean (Rowan Atkinson) in there too. Life would be much less bearable without Blackadder, a truly classic British comedy.
Three cheers to Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Tim McInnery, Miranda Richardson, Rowan Atkinson, Miriam Margoyles, Rik Mayall, Ben Elton, Richard Curtis, Helen Atkinson Wood, Tony Robinson!
At both locations I was truly delighted to be faced with numerous vivid and beautifully prepared boards displaying a variety of images of horrifically injured motorists, mostly dead ones. I am sure that the young kids looking at the photos enjoyed them as much as me.
I'd like to know what the purpose of these displays is. Are the families of the people in the photos asked for permission? I doubt it.
The evening before I was asked if I would like to look at photos of Nurin's post-mortem on someone's mobile phone. I declined the kind offer.
As I write I recall the numerous emails that my previous secretary used to send me containing graphic photos of people eaten by crocs, or people who's arm had been chewed up by some industrial machinery.
Then there's the quite literally never-ending stream of horror/ghost movies at the cinemas and on TV. I have complained to Astro about previews of horror movies being shown at all times of day and on almost any type of channel. Cinemas also show gory trailers. Once there was even a prop in the KLCC cinema lobby where there was a bloodied baby in a cot. If you approached it, it would suddenly pop up and frighten you.
I am no psychologist, and I grew up in the UK where we are fairly well protected from gory images (The BBC rarely shows anything remotely unpleasant and the papers never do), but I really can't understand the purpose of displaying gory images - will it encourage people to drive more safely? I am also puzzled by what seems to be an almost childish fascination with death, to the point of prying on others misfortunes for some kind of kick. I really cannot comprehend what goes on in the mind of an adult who chooses to keep photos of the post-mortem of an 8-year old girl on their phone.
I also don't like young kids being exposed to it. Lucas was petrified for weeks after watching a DVD, that I believe showed a beheading, at a friends house. Another 5-year old friend of his has a folder of XBOX games including lots of graphic and violent games.
Oh well, that's my rant for the day. C ya!
A few days ago I exchanged SMS's with someone who's arrival time I wanted to know.
- The first two answers were "On the way".
- The third SMS asked me why I was asking (the reason was that they were already over 2 hours late for an event that my wonderful missus had put a lot of effort into)
- The 4th SMS gave me the answer to my original question!
- England to beat South Africa
- Liverpool and Chelsea both to drop points
- A podium place for Shahrom in the Duathlon World Champs
- Bettini to NOT win the Tour Of Lombardy
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Nice blue sky, and a nice photo if I may say so myself!
Yep - it's Craven Cottage, home to Fulham FC.
As you can see, Lucas was pretty excited.
Warm-up: 8x100m = 800m
Show coach what state I'm in = 100m
With/without pull bouy = 100m
4x100 - 2x200 - 1x400 = 1200m (400m = 10:00)
3x100 - 1x200 = 500m, at which point a sympathetic coach let me stop!
(was supposed to do 2 x 1200!)
Cool-down 100m breaststroke
My first swim in 6 weeks and what a shocker it was! I managed to do a few strokes with a good technique in my warm up but my main set was a nightmare. All my muscles felt tired. My shoulders were hunched and I had zero power. In my last 200m I felt like I was sinking. My 100m time varied 1:59 to 2:30. Simon and Christopher kept overtaking me and eventually Coach Peh relegated me to the cripples lane to ease the traffic!!
Now I know that a 6 week total lay-off isn't such a good idea. In my Tuesday night 51km ride my HR was way higher than usual on the hills.
I don't like Nat West today. They've just charged me RM266 because a cheque I issued caused me to go overdrawn for one day. So I'm writing to them to ask nicely if they can refund the charge. Little do they know, if they decline my request, that I will charge them RM350 for wrongly debiting my account with someone elses monthly pension payment earlier this year. So they will actually owe me money. If they refuse to pay, I will close all my Nat West accounts, and good riddance to them!!!!!!!!!!!
Ahhhhhhhhhhh that feels better!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Apart from George W Bush, another National embarrassment must be the never-ending stream of outrageosuly stupid and frivilous lawsuits in the US that are reported around the World. People around the Globe must really wonder what goes on in the mind of your average US citizen when they hear about lawsuits such as the one below. Shall I follow "suit" - sue my secretary for wasted time and neurological trauma caused by spelling mistakes - sue the parents of the baby I looked after the other day because he farted and caused me significant olfactory distress? Can Americans not solve problems amicably? Who in their right mind spends $27k on flowers when there are kids starving in the World? It is f'ing obscene. Don't forget the lawyer who sued his dry-cleaners for $$$millions (he lost).......read on........
The wedding bouquet has barely faded and already an Upper East Side bride has regrets — not because she married, but because of the flowers.
The bride, Elana Glatt, says her florist committed a series of faux pas at her wedding on Aug. 11. In the most “egregious,” Ms. Glatt says in a lawsuit alleging breach of contract, the florist substituted pastel pink and green hydrangeas for the dark rust and green hydrangeas she had specified for 22 centerpieces.
The florist, Stamos Arakas, owns Posy Floral Design at 145 East 72nd Street. He said that he and his wife, Paula, had done their best to match the color of the hydrangeas with a picture Ms. Glatt had given them, but explained to her that because of the vagaries of nature and the lighting at the reception, the colors might not look exactly the same.
Not only was the color wrong, Ms. Glatt said in the lawsuit, filed on Friday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, but the hydrangeas were wilted and brown, and arranged in dusty vases without enough water.
Their pastel colors clashed with the linens, favor boxes, wedding cake and décor at Cipriani 42nd Street, the luxurious restaurant where she and her husband, David, held their reception, Ms. Glatt said.
“The use of predominantly pastel centerpieces had a significant impact on the look of the room and was entirely inconsistent with the vision the plaintiffs had bargained for,” Ms. Glatt, a lawyer who practices under the name Elana Elbogen, said in the lawsuit, which she filed on behalf of herself, her husband and her mother-in-law, Tobi Glatt, who paid for the flowers.
Elana Glatt said they had reluctantly paid for the flowers in advance, with a cashier’s check for $27,435.14. She accused the florist of a “bait and switch” scheme, and asked for more than $400,000 in restitution and damages for, among other things, “unjust enrichment” by the florist. In a litany of “distressing and embarrassing” offenses, the lawsuit says the florist substituted cheaper orchids than promised in the bridal bouquet and provided the equivalent of $5 roses from a street vendor, but charged $55 to $65 for those arrangements.
Elana Glatt yesterday said, “It was a lovely wedding,” except for the flowers.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Message for little sis, still on a beach in Brasil - where's my suit bag?
Message for Mum - how much whiskey should we soak Xmas cake fruit in?
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I've just had a letter from my sub-con stating that one of his manholes has been buried under a layer of tarmac.
Can someone please tell me at what point in the 21st Century will people stop burying manhole covers under tarmac? Are they blind or totally stupid? What goes through their mind when they cover the manhole? Does anyone realise the time and cost incurred by manhole covers being covered?!??!?!?!
God please help me!