Big country, very hot, amazing storms when it rains. Yup, stuck here for another week courtesy of work. Thankfully, the people are amazing. Probably the friendliest I’ve ever met outside of Newcastle (not that I’m biased).

Thing is, there’s not a lot to do in the evenings unless you want to hit bars all the time. And that involves money. Of which I have none. Thankfully there’s satellite telly, and the Africans love their football! Hasn’t been a night this week without a match on.

As my friends will tell you, I’m a notoriously fussy eater. Amazingly, I’ve been OK here this time. Last time I came, I gave up eating after I was served a prawn curry. I don’t like seafood… I don’t like curry. I was living on biscuits.

Instead this time, I’m surviving on a bag of fruit chews I bought at Manchester airport. Only I’m finding that I’m sharing them with some teeny spiders that have managed to get into the wrappers. Little sods – they’re *my* sweets!

Anyway, home on Saturday morning (overnight flight) and I can’t wait. It’s nice over here, but you can’t beat home… with broadband!

Kill Bill Volume 1

Might as well have my 2p’s worth. Not a great film. Ignore the hype. Yeah, it’s worth seeing, but it’s by no means a classic like Tarantino’s other stuff.

What’s The Big Chin famous for? Witty, off-the-cuff dialogue. What does this film lack? Exactly. Of course, it’s got nothing anywhere near as atrocious as Storm’s line to Toad in X-Men:

Storm: Do know what happens to a toad when it gets struck by lightning…?

(dramatic pause)

Storm: … The same thing as everything else!!!!

I mean whuh?!

Anyway, Kill Bill. Sure, there are some stunning set pieces and fights, but the same could be said of the second Matrix film and it was bloody boring because that’s all it concentrated on.

No plot, little dialogue… it plays more like an Introduction than a Volume One. Mind, I’m more inclined to see KB2 than I am to see Matrix Revolutions.

Fuel Fools

Regarding expensive fuel and so forth – for those not in the UK, we’ve got a bit of an issue with the tax on petrol and diesel being somewhere around 85% of the cost. Over the last couple of years we’ve had some muppets organising go-slows and blockades to try and cost the fuel suppliers money. As if that’ll make a difference.

Anyway, in this morning’s news there was the following (from BBC News):


The People’s Fuel Lobby want motorists who are driving at 0830 on Wednesday to stop their vehicles for one minute.

Co-ordinator Andrew Spence said there was strong support for the protest.

“It’s looking absolutely amazing,” he said.

“We have got a lot of haulage companies on board who are planning to go very slow on the motorways.”


Note the “go very slow on motorways” bit. Yes, well done Mr Spence. Why not just piss off all the people trying to get to work in the morning. And at the same time (this is the clever bit), get them to use up more fuel as they have to drive at a slower speed? Amazing.

What got me was the last time this kind of thing happened, he was stood at a roadside as traffic crawled past him, going on about all the horns beeping “in support”. Erm… ever considered it’s people trying to get the damn trucks to go faster so they could get to where they’re going? A beeping horn doesn’t necessarily mean support. It can also mean that said beeper is annoyed!

Amazing how blinkered some people can be.