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(no subject) [Jun. 1st, 2007|01:15 pm]
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |White Stripes - Jolene]

The vending machines here sell cans of ice-cold coffee. They're quite brutal but surprisingly delicious. The latte-type ones are just like a coffee flavoured milkshake. I haven't dared try the black ones. A can of cold black coffee... damn. That'll put hairs on your chest.

I had to go into the centre of Shiniizuka today to fill out some forms for my Alien Registration Card. That was fun. Getting the train there was a bit nervous because even though it's only one stop and I knew which direction to go I couldn't work the machine to get a ticket. Nothing was written in English at all. Even the words written in the roman alphabet would have helped. But I finally got the train. Ticket was only 160 yen which is like, 60p. I found the office ok and was quite amused to find that only two people in the whole City Hall building spoke English. Everyone in this country is so unbelievably friendly and they try to do anything they can to make you more comfortable in conversations. This guy was asking me lots of questions about Glasgow while he told me what to write on my form. It was quite cool.

Right next to my apartment is the most awesome supermarket ever. I spent about 3000 yen on awesome looking food and drink. They have a surprising amount of non-asian food as well. Spaghetti, pasta sauces, cookies, cakes, french bakery products and british tea. It's brilliant. As you know I do love my tea and even though Japanese Green tea is fantastic it's not the kind of thing I'd drink several cups of each day. Besides, this Earl Grey is delicious. I bought myself some sushi for dinner tonight. It looks awesome. About 8 or 9 pieces. One of which is definitely salmon eggs which I didn't try the other night. I think tomorrow I might go through to Fukuoka, the nearest really big city and spend the day there. I'll try and find my temporary accomodation which I'll be staying in from Sunday till Thursday next week for my training.

I'm really happy here. I obviously haven't started work yet and haven't really been anywhere. But the apartment and the area I live in has made a really good impression on me. And you gotta love that ice-cold coffee
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(no subject) [May. 31st, 2007|04:49 pm]
[Current Location |My apartment, Iizuka, Japan]
[Current Mood |enthralledenthralled]

For dinner last night I had raw squid foot, fried eel, crab salad, some other delicious raw fish that I can't remember the name of, a shitload of rice and some seaweed. I love sushi. And it was so so cheap. Like, the equivalent of less than $5 for a really delicious and pretty substantial meal. It was awesome.

Spent most of today blasting through the mountains and along the coast on the bullet train. Did a 600km journey in just over 2 hours. Got off the train at Hakata and our group split up and we each went our seperate ways.

I am now in my appartment in Iizuka. My appartment is really nice and the area is very beautiful. I'm the only one here at the moment and I might not have a flatmate for a couple of months. I'm in a quiet suburban and residential area. The train station is a ten minute walk away and from there I go to the next stop and then walk to the office where I'll be working.

This country is quite strange. The cities are really industrial and really ugly during the day. At night the all just explode in all this neon light. The streets of the cities are so busy it's insane. There are advertisements and billboards everywhere and people shouting at you to welcome you into their restaurant or bar or dog-grooming service. When the train was going through the mountains we would pass all these reasonably small mountain towns with traditional pagoda houses and acres of soggy rice fields. I kept seeing bits of scenery which look familiar as if this part of the country isn't that different from the small towns you would find in Europe, but the cities are like nothing I've ever seen. I can't exaggerate how ugly Japanese cities are in the daylight. Also, every available inch of space is used.

It's a very very strange country.

Fuck. I'm actually in Japan. The other side of the world. I've never been this far away from Scotland. This is immense.
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(no subject) [May. 22nd, 2007|03:46 am]
Sectorseven.org right, it's this website which has been designed for the marketing of the forthcoming live action Tranformers movie. Essentially it occassionally updates with small teaser pictures, audio clips and the like. In the recent and absolutely brilliant trailer for the movie there was a hidden code and when you type it in to the website you get access to a series of easter egg videos. Now, I'm pretty sure these aren't actual clips from the movie. They're designed to look lik either CCTV footage or home movies, suggesting that these are sightings from around the world of the robot alien invasion. But still, whether the characters feature in the movie or not, this is a very very important trailer.

In it you will see what appears to be Laserbeak, an Insecticon, Bumblebee in his original form of a VW Beetle, and most pant-wettingly... a Dinobot... motherfucking Grimlock.

I couldn't possibly convey how loud I exclaimed "No fucking way!" after I watched that video for the first time. My god.


Seriously, Grimlock?? No fucking way!
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(no subject) [May. 21st, 2007|08:27 pm]
Apparently the race to be the director of the next James Bond movie has been narrowed down to four people:

Marc Forster (director of Monster's Ball and Finding Neverland. God, how earth-shatteringly great was that movie?)
Tony Scott (director of such predictable Hollywood crap as Domino, Man On Fire, Enemy Of The State and Top Gun)
Alex Proyas (director of I Robot and The Crow)
Jonathan Mostow (director of, oh dear, Terminator 3 and U-571)

Thankfully, Marc Forster is the current favourite. The mere thought of Tony Scott making a Bond movie makes me feel quite ill. I thankfully can't picture just how bad that would be.
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(no subject) [May. 20th, 2007|07:20 pm]
Heath Ledger as The Joker in the forthcoming Batman movie, The Dark Knight. After weeks of crappy hoaxes and fakes, this is finally an official picture.

I've never seen a scarier depiction of the Joker.


He's not grinning and you can't see the green hair, but wow. Seriously, just wow. I really like the look they are going for. The scarring in particular is quite scary. It really fits in with the dark, realistic and ultimately believable look and feel of the world of Batman Begins. The Joker of The Dark Knight isn't a manic clown, he's a terrifying and dangerous psycopath. Of course, he's also criminally insane, so there will still be a lot of laughing from him.

Also, the reveal of this image was quite brilliant. During last week there was a mock website made up in support of Harvey Dent's run for District Attorney in Gotham. Everyone thought, Oh that's quite cool, but didn't really pay that much attention. On his campaign posters is the slogan "I believe in Harvey Dent". Then a website appeared called www.ibelieveinharveydenttoo.com which featured another of the campaign posters. No difference yet. The thing is, visitors were asked to type in their email address and type in the code that they were given. Then X and Y coordinates were emailed to them, along with a link to enter the coordinates. When entered, these coordinates removed a small pixel on the campaign poster and revealed that there was another image underneath. Intriguing eh? After about a thousand people did this the original image is almost completely gone and you can now see the image that lay underneath... The Joker.

Seriously, the internet is one of the greatest marketing tools ever created.
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(no subject) [May. 20th, 2007|06:15 pm]

take me now baby here as I am
pull me close, try and understand
desire is hunger is the fire I breathe
love is a banquet on which we feed

come on now try and understand
the way I feel when I'm in your hands
take my hand come undercover
they can't hurt you now,
can't hurt you now, can't hurt you now
because the night belongs to lovers
because the night belongs to lust
because the night belongs to lovers
because the night belongs to us

have I doubt when I'm alone
love is a ring, the telephone
love is an angel disguised as lust
here in our bed until the morning comes
come on now try and understand
the way I feel under your command
take my hand as the sun descends
they can't touch you now,
can't touch you now, can't touch you now
because the night belongs to lovers ...
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Music videos of the day: [May. 19th, 2007|12:43 am]
The Pogues - Streams Of Whiskey - http://youtube.com/watch?v=tSosX3IOBUM
Estradasphere - Hunger Strike - http://youtube.com/watch?v=yhtDOCoS9Ag
Patti Smith - Gloria - http://youtube.com/watch?v=7mIsN2JHPds
Secret Chiefs 3 (in Ishraqiyun mode) - The 4 - http://youtube.com/watch?v=wK-rSqh2E1M
The Replacements - Merry Go Round - http://youtube.com/watch?v=lxGIsXJHDns

5 brilliant songs. Everything from irish-folk-punk, indie rock, early US punk rock, Persian-influenced genre hopping and the altogether craziness of Estradasphere. Turkish/metal/rock/jazz/blues/swing/surf/experimental music or whatever you want to call them really.

Also, I quite like Patti Smith's version of Smells Like Teen Spirit, which you can watch a performance of hyar - http://www.bbc.co.uk/later/
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(no subject) [May. 18th, 2007|09:15 pm]

You know what's quite funny, people say that this film 'Belle De Jour' is Luis Bunuel's most easily accessible film, but seeing as he was the master of surrealism (and that's not surrealism of the ridiculous and hallucinagenic-laden american kind, but surrealism of the artistic and psychological european kind) this movie is quite a bit far from normal cinema. It could be described as "surrealist-erotica", which is obviously a good thing. Also, Catherine Deneuve at the height of her power/fame/ability/sexiness. Probably the best performance of her career. This was after all how she made her name in cinema; playing these brilliantly sexy and tense icy maidens for Luis Bunuel and Roman Polanski. Watch this movie, Repulsion and The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and it'll be very hard not to fall in love with this woman.

Every movie I've seen by Luis Bunuel I've been really impressed by. I will definitely be checking out a few more. I really want to see The Exterminating Angel about the dinner party guests who dissolve into animalistic chaos when they discover that they're inexplicably trapped in the dining room. Good stuff.
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(no subject) [May. 18th, 2007|12:18 am]

Holy shit

The final theatrical trailer for Transformers. Fucking hell that's awesome.

I'm actually speechless with excitement
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Cinematic proof that all English people do not live in big houses in the countryside. [May. 10th, 2007|07:58 pm]
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Today I went to see what has been described as The Most Important British Film Since Trainspotting. You may have seen me mention it before. That week I went to the cinema every day, I saw the trailer for this every time and thought it looked pretty damn good.

Ladies and gentlemen,


Watch the trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flYdowesHgU

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