[d3v0 lifeblog]

A blog of the newly hedonistic d3vo.

Paris

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I'm in Paris! It is hot and summery! There is a cute but expensive internet place right across the road from my hotel, I expect this will be representative of all my Paris experiences. This will be my most expensive city on holiday by a big margin.

I'm kind of recovering from some bad boullabause (sp?) that I had for dinner last night in Brussles. It is a french dish slabs of fish, prawns, and musscles in a soup. It looks very neandertal because the musscles are still in their shells :)

It came with french bread with delicious mustard spread on it. Out of some sort of enthusias, I had a it with a handle of Stella which I didnt really enjoy.

Some part of that my body didnt like and it decided to eject it over the following 12 hours using method number two.

Before that I had a great last day in Brussles. The Atomium was fun, it looks and feels like slightly ugly industrial design from the 50s. There was this air of the place that kind of reminds me of the sets on Lost, fifties industrialism.

I also went to the Tin Tin store and got some washing done at a Randy Wash!

I took the eurostar at midday today, first class no less due to some sale spotting by my travel agent.

I've had my consumerist Royal Cheese, american influence, Fanta, from german 2nd world war origins, and fries which are pretty french. The dude at the counter was happy to let me order in English, much to my relief. I've got mixed feelings about such globalism in action.

I haven't figured out what Ill do here yet, but I will try to catch up with an old friend.

i'm staying here:


Agrandir le plan

Brussles

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I'm still struggling with keyboards and language barriers, but am making better progress in Brussles today.

I took a Segway tour which was a lot of fun. It takes about 20 minutes to feel comfortable. I rode an old first generation seg, but it was still nice to use.

I'll go to the Tin Tin store tomorrom, the Atomium and also find a laundrette, or laverie.

Brussles; the internot

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Hi all.

Let me start by saying that the internet in Brussles is a tricky thing. First off due to keyboard mapping issues this post will not contain any commas as I cannot find them on the keyboard. The comma is shown on the keyboard but I cannot get it to type.

My first 15 minutes internet access cost me $20 NZD, hotel rates. That lead me to a dodgy internet cafe that is not quite able to load the front page of facebook or google maps. I qm hoping to use it to find a laundry.

My years of using many non pc keyboards, along with every pc keyboard, are serving me well; I am managing to remap my touch typing as I type :)

Im not liking Brussles much yet, but that is because Im a bad traveler, I dont like any unfamiliar place when I turn up.

Tomorrow ill take a river cruise which sounds like fun.

Im off to find a quiet cafe for dinner and to tuck into a good scifi book, just as the alligator suggested.

d.

I should be sleepin'

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I should be sleeping but they are playing good modern jazz in the internet cafe!

Marble Arch
There is this yukki walling off of all the pedestrian access across Oxford St near marble arch. What a pain in the arse that is when you are drunk. You will find yourself skimming the fenceline like a frustrated Kangaru looking for the gap. Naughty road planners!

Walking vs the Tube
At night it is about only twice the time to walk somewhere as it is to take the tube, by my experimented route of Ladbroke Grove to Kings Cross.

Covent Gardens
Covent Gardens does not have any gardens, WTF?

Marylebone
Who was Mary leBone?

Notting Hill Carnival
A lot of speakers, a lot of dub. Every DJ I saw who wasn't jamming on vinyl was using CDJ1000s of some description, every single one! Unst unst!

Frankensense
For that original catholic chruch smell, try frankensense, mmm!

Night all, I'm catching an international train in the morn.

More Lindy Moves

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Mid Swingout Variation
Lead the first half of a swingout as rock step triple step to the 'half open' position. Then rock step back with your right for the 5-6 then rock step forward for the 7 -8. Same again for the 1-2 and 3-4. Then complete the swingout as normal.

To make the thing look dynamic, draw the lead close as you lead backwards, then push the follow back into a swingable position as you step forward.


He Turns 14 count Double swingout variation
Lead the an outside turn for the first 6 counts. In the final 2 counts turn yourself too, keeping your arm close and relaxed to draw her in. Then lead a triple step on one and two to put yourself half way into the swingout position.

As you are drawing the follow towards you and rotating her on the 7 and 8 this should cause her to triple step along with you because it counts as another turn for her.

As you turn on the 7-8 you need to catch the follow early but let go of the leading left hand late.

Tricky move this, but fancy looking, can follow with three six count moves.

Itinary Bits

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I've finished my bits of holiday that are planned in the UK. I'm now out of plans and wasting time :-) I've also forgotten what day it is, what date it is and when I'm meant to be travelling to another city.

I'm still to catch my old friend and collaborator from secondary school, a showing of avenue q, random swing lessons, and the London transport museum, which I hope is open this year.

Friday 22nd August
I have found today :-)
Tonight I'll go to some lindy classes and dancing.

Sunday 24th August
Go to some lindy classes here at Swingland.

Tuesday 26th August
Leave London for Brussles at 10:00 am. I'll be staying at

Place Rogier 1
Brussels
1210
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Saturday 30th August
Leave Brussles for Paris at 12:13 pm.

Wed 3rd Sept
Leave Paris for Vietnam.

Saturday 13th Sept
Leave Vietnam for home.

Wedding

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I can confirm that 2treesandahorse is married, off the shelf and hitched.

Twas a splendid ceremony. Follow by cabarret, of course!

I can't upload photos, I don't have the correct gizmos in tow, soz.

Internet Cafes

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Londons outter zone 1 internet cafes around Paddington Station and Ladbroke Grove offer cheaper, nicer internet access than around Melbourne.

Melbourne: $7 NZD an hour
London: $3 to $6 an hour

Go figure!

Cheers,

Damon

Melbourne (day2)

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I spent yesterday hanging with mr_game_programmer and his friends just about until the sun came up.

We dinned late at a little place that was kind of a cross between a little bar and a resteraunt. It had a short but well priced and delicious menu. There were only two staff at the place that seated about 30 odd.

It was one of mr_game_programmers friends 30ths that I was crashing, but he didn't really seem to mind.

The place had white painted bricks, and was a little bit kitch and a little bit class. The idea was you went there, drank a lot, ate a late dinner, drank some more and then left. Our orders got taken about 8:30 and we ate about 9:30. I tried some local red which was very good.

We then wandered out to a pub called The Old Pub, it was very grungy but welcoming and reminded me of Cuba St in Welly.

We then experienced this weird bylaw. Bars cannot let people in between 2am and 3am, even if there license allows it. This meant we stayed there until 3am. I recall imbibing Drambue and a round of Tequila slammers for the birthday boy.

We headed on from there into what I can only assume is state regulated rain.

Despite the protestations of the locals, it has rained 3 days in a row here. They say that hardly ever happens, I am unconvinced.

Hopefully I will catch another friend tonight, but my organisation will mean I probably miss him.

Onward to the UK tomorrow.

Melbourne (day 1)

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Melbourne is nice. Kinda like an exploded version of Wellington with more trains.

The trains are good but the signage for the trains is very contrary. Most train maps you would name the lines but here. Instead you need to know that the trains is going to Sandringham and that South Yara is on the way to Sandringham.

But what about going the other way. Then you need to know the name of the godforsaken burb at the other end of the line. Once you have that sorted you need to walk up and down to each stupid platform to read the electronic sign to see if goes where you think. Most stations don't have a central billboard, so you have to fall back to a depth first platform traversal.

About to go jogging round the botanic gardens before it rains again, which is seems to do once a day.

I'll try not to get distracted by funky kicks, fitted leather jackets and slim cut mens shirts on the way, the shopping is fab if you are a skinny white guy.

Also bought a posted home a big art deco poster to go in my hall. It matches the porthole light fittings I've yet to install.

Itinerary

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FRIDAY QANTAS AIRWAYS FLIGHT QF 38 CONFIRMED
* Flight operated by JETCONNECT FOR QANTAS
08 AUG 08 - DEPART - WELLINGTON/WELLINGTON I 0605 NON-STOP
08 AUG 08 - ARRIVE - MELBOURNE/TULLAMARINE A 0810 04HRS 05MINS
Terminal: TERMINAL 2
- AIRCRAFT - BOEING 737-400
- CLASS - Economy
- SEAT(S) - NON-SMOKING CONFIRMED 08A

MONDAY QANTAS AIRWAYS FLIGHT QF 29 CONFIRMED
11 AUG 08 - DEPART - MELBOURNE/TULLAMARINE A 2250 ONE STOP
Terminal: TERMINAL 2
12 AUG 08 - ARRIVE - LONDON/HEATHROW,,GB 1330 23HRS 40MINS
Terminal: TERMINAL 4
- AIRCRAFT - BOEING 747-400
- CLASS - Economy
- SEAT(S) - NON-SMOKING CONFIRMED 47A
TRAVEL VIA OWN ARRANGEMENTS

WEDNESDAY QANTAS AIRWAYS FLIGHT QF3625 CONFIRMED
* Flight operated by BRITISH AIRWAYS
03 SEP 08 - DEPART - PARIS/CHARLES DE GAULLE 1915 NON-STOP
Terminal: TERMINAL B
03 SEP 08 - ARRIVE - LONDON/HEATHROW,,GB 1935 01HRS 20MINS
Terminal: TERMINAL 5
- AIRCRAFT - AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A321
- CLASS - Economy

WEDNESDAY QANTAS AIRWAYS FLIGHT QF 302 CONFIRMED
* Flight operated by BRITISH AIRWAYS
03 SEP 08 - DEPART - LONDON/HEATHROW 2200 NON-STOP
Terminal: TERMINAL 4
04 SEP 08 - ARRIVE - BANGKOK/BANGKOK INTL AR 1515 11HRS 15MINS
- AIRCRAFT - BOEING 747-400
- CLASS - Economy

THURSDAY THAI AIRWAYS INTL FLIGHT TG 686 CONFIRMED
04 SEP 08 - DEPART - BANGKOK/BANGKOK INTL AR 1815 NON-STOP
04 SEP 08 - ARRIVE - HO CHI MINH CTY/TAN SON 1945 01HRS 30MINS
Terminal: TERMINAL 2
- AIRCRAFT - AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A300-600/600C PASSENGER
- CLASS - Economy
- SEAT(S) - WINDOW/NON-SMOKING CONFIRMED 32K

SATURDAY THAI AIRWAYS INTL FLIGHT TG 681 CONFIRMED
13 SEP 08 - DEPART - HO CHI MINH CTY/TAN SON 1135 NON-STOP
Terminal: TERMINAL 2
13 SEP 08 - ARRIVE - BANGKOK/BANGKOK INTL AR 1300 01HRS 25MINS
- AIRCRAFT - AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A300-600/600C PASSENGER
- CLASS - Economy
- SEAT(S) - WINDOW/NON-SMOKING CONFIRMED 32K

SATURDAY QANTAS AIRWAYS FLIGHT QF 2 CONFIRMED
13 SEP 08 - DEPART - BANGKOK/BANGKOK INTL AR 1810 NON-STOP
14 SEP 08 - ARRIVE - SYDNEY/SYDNEY KINGSFORD 0605 08HRS 55MINS
Terminal: TERMINAL 1
- AIRCRAFT - BOEING 747-400
- CLASS - Economy
- SEAT(S) - NON-SMOKING CONFIRMED 50H

SUNDAY QANTAS AIRWAYS FLIGHT QF 47 CONFIRMED
* Flight operated by JETCONNECT FOR QANTAS
14 SEP 08 - DEPART - SYDNEY/SYDNEY KINGSFORD 0915 NON-STOP
Terminal: TERMINAL 1
14 SEP 08 - ARRIVE - WELLINGTON/WELLINGTON I 1430 03HRS 15MINS
- AIRCRAFT - BOEING 737-400
- CLASS - Economy
- SEAT(S) - NON-SMOKING CONFIRMED 10A

Vietnam Accomodation

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I'm booked in at
a place called Bong Sen 2 in Ho Chi Minh City.


No google maps, they don't have any streets mapped in Vietnam yet!

Hmm

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I'm about to facebook a person with whom I share a surname in Belgium like I said I would do here.

I am pondering how to start such a random dialogue.

d.

Melbourne Accomodation

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Using the aussie version of lastminute.com I'm booked in here


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arriving Friday 8th of August for 3 nights.

Winchester Accomodation

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I'm booked in here at Lang House in Winchester which is here:


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for Thursday through Sunday, which should cover me even if I can't remember which day of the weekend the wedding is on :-)

Pre Holiday Dinner

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Hi All,

If I haven't already invited you to my pre holiday dinner it is:

Flying Burrito Brothers
8pm Tuesday

Please join me for a late late dinner of mexican, and to play with the hot sauce!

Cheers,

d.

Thunder!

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Tonight there is thunder and lightening. It is about 2 to 3 seconds away from me at the moment, which makes it about a kilometre away.

The rugby was cracker. Some awesome kicking and chasing plays, especially the magical box kick that of Cowens which traveled 40 metres and stopped a foot in from the sideline and a foot in from the tryline. With two fast chasers following the ball hotly, the poor cornered Wallaby was proper *ucked. A try ensued from the following lineout.

Awesome game All Blacks, you had more numbers round the park than a sudoku book.

My First Joke

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My family recalls the first joke that I made up, as a three year old:

What is the *indian word for headache?
Bang-on-head-fall-in-river

* I meant American Native Indian.