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If you see a man without ..

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seen at a building site.

Written by jk

June 29, 2008 at 7:20 pm

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Street Review

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TimeOut London (a large event/culture magazine for London region) reviewed the street I’m living on as part of their East End special. Now what is surprising is that they chose this road; when I walk down to my flat all I can see are dirty streets, bleak project houses, unappealing shops and bored guys hanging around. However TimeOut managed to describe Globe Road in a positive way — you would nearly want to visit it. Interesting.

They conclude with

Grubby, intriguing and historic, this friendly but edgy area is a worthwhile prospect for those who can see the beauty through the grime and get to the area’s warm heart and lively soul.

Written by jk

June 27, 2008 at 9:15 am

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Massive Attack!

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Am Sonntag ging ich an das Meltdown Festival beim Southbank Centre an der Thames. Bei diesem Festival wird jedes Jahr eine Band als “artistic director” ausgewaehlt, und diese kann dann das gesamte Lineup bestimmen. Dieses Jahr war Massive Attack an der Reihe. Ich sah jedoch nur den Auftritt von Massive Attack und keine anderen Acts. Sie lieferten eine fantastische Show mit einem interessanten Display im Hintergrund. Zuerst dachte man es sei nur eine Art Lampe, mehr und mehr entpumpte diese sich jedoch als hochaufloesender Display.

Hier ein Clip, welcher warscheinlich nicht dieselbe Stimmung rueber bringt (ich habe hier keinen Ton, deshalb kann ichs nicht sagen):

Written by jk

June 25, 2008 at 10:26 am

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Ping Pong Dim Sum

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Yesterday, I was having a quick dinner at Ping Pong Dim Sum at the south bank branch. Obviously, they serve a big variety of dim sums — that is steamed little pockets filled with different Chinese ingredients. There are buns, puff pastry, dumplings and lotus leaves as wrappers. Buns are basically normal pastry, puff pastry are very soft blown up things (man I really lack the words to describe that!), and dumplings resemble transparent fish skins in looks and taste (just more sticky and less delicious I guess!). The different wrappers can then either be steamed, fried or baked, and get served in typical bamboo boxes (see picture). You order about 3-5 different dim sums for a good meal, each of them around £3.50. The variety in food you eat makes the whole meal enjoyable and quite different to a usual dinner. Modern interior and quick service, certainly good for quick dinners.

Written by jk

June 23, 2008 at 7:49 pm

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Summertime & Meltdown

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It’s summer now. The only place you notice that it’s summer is the tube though. From wikipedia:

In summer, temperatures on parts of the London Underground can become very uncomfortable due to its deep and poorly ventilated tube tunnels: temperatures as high as 47 °C (117 °F) were reported in the 2006 European heat wave. Posters may be observed on the Underground network advising that passengers carry a bottle of water to help keep cool.

In the last weeks lots of stuff happened, most of it not really noteworthy though. I started writing a new paper .. perhaps in an another post I can explain what I’m actually doing with it 😉

Tomorrow I’ll be going to the Southbank Centre Meltdown festival where Massive Attack will be playing!

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June 21, 2008 at 12:56 pm

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Hats Off!

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Apparently, as I heard through news stories (which I can’t find anymore) and now saw with my own eyes yesterday night, it’s not allowed anymore to wear hats in (certain?) london pubs/bars/clubs! Due to “security reasons”. So that they can also completely monitor your face indoors, wearing hats is not allowed anymore. When will hats be banned from the streets?

Funny enough, just recently BBC reported that a study showed that the massive spending on CCTV cameras failed to cut crime in UK.

Only 3% of London street robberies have been solved using security cameras

What’s their smart plan? Spending even MORE on CCTV.

Guys, you don’t cut crime by security cameras just like you don’t cut bread by looking at it.

Written by jk

June 15, 2008 at 9:00 am

Posted in english, London, UK

Weird Jelly Jam

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While I’m certainly not a fan of US food I found these two spirit and wine jelly at breakfast quite funny. One has tequila the other champagne and I think you just spread it like jam on a bread .. tasted weird but not bad! 🙂

Written by jk

June 13, 2008 at 3:41 pm

Posted in english, food