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I went to see “Speed the Plow” the other day. There are only 2 actors and 1 actress on the stage for continuous 90 minutes performance. The plot of the play is simple. A Hollywood producers Charlie and his old mate -Bobby- spend most of their time arguing about Money vs Art, the beautiful secretary, and a controversial book. A book is simply a piece of Art, no Violence, no Sex, no Race, so no catchy script for a Hollywood movie. For the new movie, Charlie is pulled between the two – Bobby, his old mate and Karen, the hot secretary.

Given that there were only 3 of them on the stage, I have to say that their performance was good. Especially, Kevin Spacey (Bobby) was stunning. Eventhough it’s a bit more expensive than I had expected from a £50 ticket (i.e more than €65 or $100 or ¥10,000). But that’s not what I want to talk about.

After the show, some of us were waiting for them to appraise their hard work. Jeff Goldblum (Charlie) went out first with his smile, giving his signatures and talking to people.

About 20 minutes waiting in the cold and wind, Kevin Spacey appeared at the door. Literally, he was behind the door. To me, a cage wouldn’t look too different! (!?)

Suddenly, all my admiration, inspiration, and my sympathy for the guy disappeared. I feel like I’m one those curious people going to the zoo to see a rare species? That was not my idea, I thought I would like to pay my respect to his hard work. I know maybe it’s just another day for him, but I would reckon if he was a celebrity, he should try to be a proper one?

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How was your weekend? “My weekend was quiet” is not a “Kool” answer. Surely I need something like “hammered”, “hangover”, “party”…That’s what is expected or otherwise, people would tell you “Get a life, mate!”.

Well, one should not be surprised to see that Britain is a boozy country. Their statistics show that 60% of the population drink more than 5 units a day regularly… Surely, their livers would like to party!

The last thing I want to see is my boss being drunk, although that could be an entertaining event. The contrast between the black suit and a loose tie, messy hair and red cheeks. The contrast between my professional boss and the “wild – drunken – hitting on – random – girls” guy in the pub.

The classic story that has happened “for real” was when 2 guys in gray suit talking and boozing in Dixie Queen – the famous boat bar on the Thames – often hired by big firms for their employees event. After several rounds, we heard their voices. Suddenly, “Slap”, the old guy fell on the floor. The next day, the young guy had an “urgent” meeting with HR, and his disappearance after that was explained by an HR note “due to poor performance… immediate effect… “.

Morale of the story? I think you can figure it out yourself.

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Londoners are very proud of London Eye, the biggest Ferris wheel around the world.

It might look impressive especially on a foggy night.

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On the other hand, the view would be amazing on a clear sunset. I’ve got the chance to be on London Eye more than once (quite touristic, aren’t I? :-). And these are some new pix I took tonight from one of those capsules:

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I watched a program today on TV about Addicted to Internet. Nowadays, we live in a Digital world where we can connect to the Internet just with a small mobile phone. As they say, “just a button away“… I find it so easy for me to be addicted to things. When I was really young, I was playing games. A bit older, I started chatting. And sometimes, if I felt like a book, I couldn’t do anything before finishing it, now I enjoy blogging, surfing others’ blogs, etc…

I was thinking I might be categorised as one of those, until recently, I went for my holidays (Btw, that was the reason why my blog looked a bit poor for the last week – sorry 🙂 )

For the last several days, I was out of technology, didn’t touch the computer, didn’t know what was going on in the world, just enjoyed the Sun, the Beach and the lovely relaxing holidays.

And now I’m safe to say that I’m not THAT addicted to the Internet. Can you tell?

Take a fun test!

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For me, lavender is a special kind of plant. It’s hard for me to tell enough how much I feel about them. I love looking at their flowers. They are shining modestly in the sun, they are wild and cute, their smell is sweet and divine, their purple colour is just beautiful, especially in the sun and there are bees buzzing about… There’s nothing better than that relax feeling in such a lavender garden, sun glasses on, a cold drink, and a good companion…

I’ve got a tiny pot of lavender in the most sunny spot in my terrace. I’ve been given so much care and love. But sadly, it just won’t bloom…

Why why why???

Of course, I’m living in London. And now it’s end of August. The real summer ended in April… Since then, it has not been sunny long enough, despite my care and its healthy grow, it just can’t release the divine smell or cast a flowery spell… 😦

What else should I do now to save my lavender?

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Last Friday, BBC had an interesting article about Health concerns. It’s read: “Exercise ‘must be tough to work’! ” Sounds hard, isn’t it? After years and years of research, now they have concluded that an easy, gentle exercise (such as ‘a mere stroll to the car park’) might not be enough to keep you fit. As it’s said ‘No pain, no gain’, you need to break into sweat regularly to guarantee your fitness. Unfortunately, sometimes ‘pain doesn’t grant you gain’.

  • ‘Couch potato-ing’: Sitting in a couch, watching telly even sports wouldn’t help you. Seeing Micheal Johnson running at an incredible speed of 10m/s would make you extremely tired and feeling like out of breath, it’s actually not helping you at all. Even if from time to time, you might need to stand up and get some beer or snacks from the fridge, this wouldn’t assure you fitness. (Tough)
  • Going to the stadium for a game? Yes, this involves driving, walking, singing, shouting, etc. This might even make your heart pound extremely hard when your players almost score in the own goal or the penalty is granted for a dive of the ‘opponent team’… All this might be suffering. But it doesn’t mean you would be fit afterwards. (Not yet to mention, if your team wins, a lot of alcohol is consumed) (Tough & Sweat)
  • Going shopping: Going shopping involves a lot of activities, including physical and mental. It would be exciting for girls and exhausting for guys. You have to go in and out the changing rooms, elbow others out in the sale season, surf from one shop to another, even 3 hours of shopping doesn’t necessarily grant you fitness. For many guys, a lot of pain doesn’t mean gain here. (Well, it also depends what he might get from his beautiful companion :P) (Tough & Sweat)
  • Strolling on the beach: One of those sunny days on the beach, you and your pals (preferably of the same gender) have a walk on the beach. Having sneaky looks at people in trunks and tiny bikini might help you to break into sweat, but unfortunately, this doesn’t help you to be fit either. (Sweat)
  • Going to bars: After your roast dinner, you might fancy some pints? This is, surprisingly, a lot of work. You have to stand, order drinks, socialise with your mates or strangers in the bar, get out of the bar, walk a bit, find another bar, enter another bar, be a social charming guy, etc… This could be hard work. But unfortunately, it wouldn’t guarantee you anything healthy but a big beer belly… (Tough & Sweat)

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One of the most repeated apocalyptic scenarios through History has been that of a “superpopulated” world, exhausting resources in an unsustainable growth. Well, recent studies say that the End of the World is not any more. Well, not that way at least.

You might have heard about the Easter Island where, legend goes, a culturally and socially advanced society flourished before the European arrival. The population grew to such extent that they exhausted the resources that sustained them. The 3,200km that separate it from the Chilean shore prevented the emigration, which triggered the dawn of the civilisation, among cannibalism scenes (so the legend says). Some have found this to be the mirror of the Earth, meaning the end of Mankind.

The English economist Thomas Malthus coined the famous statement that says that food grows in arithmetic progression while population grows in geometric progression. In Leyman’s words: the population grows faster than the resources that sustain it. This means that there will be a moment when the Earth will not be able to sustain its population. He justified the population growth with the following words:

“[…]the passion between the sexes is necessary and will remain nearly in its present state”(1)

From this point “Malthusianists” appeared, and the Club of Rome, which proposed the “zero growth” as the pursue of continuous growth is unsustainable.

Malthus also favoured chastity as a way to control population growth (but he didn’t trust this option, as his best bet for population control was periods of famine). But how was he going to foresee that the anticonceptive industry would allow the guy next door to free his passion without that meaning a further burden for poor Earth? The Economist published some days ago that UN reckons that population will reach a peak of 10 billion around year 2050 and then will begin a low descent. Great! No end of the World. No Soylent Green for dinner.

But it seems that this is not reason for happiness. Now, an ageing society will need young brains to keep on creating and more important, pay for the pensions. All this time hoping that the “one child” policy in China worked out to control the population, and now we will have to import qualified labour. Will some countries be left empty? Like those towns where only old people remain. Immigrants, instead of coming in illegal lorries or precarious boats will arrive in business class, paid by the developed countries, to save Humanity. “And do not forget coming with your wives and do not stop making children”.

So long worrying about a crisis for superpopulation, and now I will have to worry about a n infrapopulation crisis. Please, let’s make up our mind!

(1) An Essay on the principle of population, by Thomas Malthus

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