Archive for the ‘news’ Category

marlin news

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Emma’s folks live in Bermuda – they totally love it there and it sounds like a great place to live. Only problems: the air fares on and off the island, the mystical Bermuda Triangle and the apparently very real prospect of being impaled by an 800 pound marlin.

why i don’t miss scotland much

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

What a sad story, and how pathetic: Scottish attacks on England supporters.

don’t be alarmed

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

It’s a good thing this several million light-year spanning fireball is nowhere near us. Makes you think, though – if it was indeed anywhere near the solar system we’d just be done for and that would be that.

To put the size of this thing in perspective (if that’s at all possible) the sun’s light takes a few minutes to reach earth. This fireball is so big that it would take light three million years to get from one side to the other.

soccer in america

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Before you read any of my nonsense, please read this from Slate – a very funny primer on the popularity or otherwise of soccer in America. Read it now, then come back.

Back? OK. So World Cup fever is approximately underway in the Mogendorff house. I have gone to the extreme step of voluntarily paying more for cable TV, so that we get ESPN and the TiVo doesn’t miss any games. Actually a fair number of big matches are scheduled to be on ABC, a regular broadcast station, including tomorrow’s England opener which I’ll be watching for sure – starts at 8am, and hopefully a good way to start my birthday.

Two of my brothers, Richard and Robin, were visiting last week, hence lack of posts here, and Toby totally loved it. One of his high points was when we took him to the park to play soccer. I took him there again last night, and he’s getting pretty good for a three year old. I persuaded him to follow the ball after he kicks it rather than standing and waiting for it to stop, so he’s now able to dribble the ball, and does so with fair accuracy and great determination (his general approach to life). He’s also getting more power in his kicking, and really enjoys what he’s doing.

The park experience itself was fun. There was a large, noisy softball game going on, and at first Toby and I were the only people playing soccer at the other end of the grass. However within half an hour several other people had arrived for their own kick-arounds (kicks-around?), interestingly all immigrants like us (or at least me – Toby’s not really an immigrant), while the Americans doggedly kept on with their softball.

gator raid

Monday, May 15th, 2006

One thing I forgot to mention in my previous post (and an excuse for that headline) about being in Florida – the extensive news about the unusually high number of alligator attacks in the last week. Three women have been attacked and killed in the last seven days, compared with only 17 fatalities from the animals over the past 58 years. I would assume that none will wander up to our hotel…

license to ill

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

From the news yesterday:Americans ‘more ill than English’ (I notice it doesn’t compare them to the Scots). Here are my thoughts on why this might be the case:

1) Overwork. Americans tend to work more hours than pretty much anyone else. I think that we (I count myself as an American worker) obsess more about work and are “on” much more than British workers – not to say that British workers are slackers, but generally people get more vacation in the UK, and work weeks tend to be a few hours shorter, which adds up.
2) Leisure time. Americans might have a reputation as the people who started “doing” leisure time, but a lot of the time it’s busy leisure – the stereotype is of the parents rushing around taking their kids from one activity to another. I don’t know many people here who just hang around and get bored.
3) Social time. One of the things I miss most here is just going out after work, even for one or two drinks. Americans tend not to do the pint-after-work thing in the same way as Brits, and I think that’s a shame – it’s a great stress reducer.

I have a feeling that diet is probably a part of it too – I reckon Americans probably eat a fair bit more meat and processed foods than Brits. The study says that the numbers aren’t necessarily explained by obesity levels but I have a hunch that more highly processed foods has a fair impact.

Anyone have any other unscientifically proven ideas?

riots

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

Our India office had to close early yesterday because there were riots in Bangalore due to the death of a major movie star. When I say “due to”, nobody has quite explained to me why fans were rioting, but apparently they were. I’m quite glad I wasn’t there – it sounds pretty scary.

crazy, continued

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

In the continuing saga of Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes it seems that they are expecting a baby together. Congratulations to them, although I have previously posted how spooky the whole environment they live in appears to be. Anyway, the reason for the post is the amusingly mixed up grammar in the photo caption on the BBC web page:

Holmes romanticised about marrying Cruise as a young girl

hard to imagine

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

It’s hard to imagine what the people of New Orleans are going through at the moment. Do save a thought for them, please.

after all that

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

So things were seeming quite euphoric in Britain – the success of Live8, the mostly calm start of the G8 conference at Gleneagles, and the announcement that the 2012 Olympics will be held in London. But now this horror. What kind of evil bastards would do this I have no idea, but I hope that they get what’s due to them.