There are etiquettical situations that affect us in these days of ubiquitous oriental cuisine which our forefathers did not even realise. They didn’t have to worry about which way to point the teapot in a Japanese restaurant, or remember not to stab the sushi with the hashi, and to put them back on the hashioki. Or that it’s OK to say the “n” word if you mean a slice of raw fish perched punningly atop a blob of rice. Or that the soy sauce is not for the unaga, which has its own sweet sauce. O tempura, o morays!
Category Archives: Default or Miscellaneous
If something appears here, it means I probably forgot to put it in any of the other categories! Either that, or could think of any other to put it in…
Original playout date: 28 February 2008
This is an example of the kind of games we used to play in the early YT community before Google took it back off us and sold it to corporate interests with little thanks for being the ones to really get it going.
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Original playout date: 20 December 2007
This one won’t take up much of your time. What it may need, though is an explanation.
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Original playout date: 15 July 2007
This is Lucka Street in Warsaw, but you’d have been seriously outta luck if you were living here in the Second World War, as it was the site of the Warsaw Ghetto and Jewish people were held captive in their own heighbourhood, awaiting their fate and the final showdown.
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Playout date: 29 March 2007
Once again, this time in my normal voice rather than as Huliganov, I have a chat with a Furby. The difference this time is tat the Furby’s answers are slowed down and the whole thing made black and white to give it a sinister look.
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I am particularly pleased to see a Russian student from Fitzwilliam on the team, although Howe who studies Japanese is also a man of taste with his subject of study as well as his articles of tricotage. Subarashii desu ne!
Here they are again some weeks later smashing Magdalen, Oxford, and doing not only themselves and Fitz but all of Cambridge proud;
And finally they meet their match against Merton:
But an excellent battle and an excellent run, well done!
I thought I would just make a quick post outlining some of the changes you have noticed on this site. Some of these are still ongoing.
Given that it is now a New Year, 2014, I thought it’s about time to refresh this site a little bit. The first thing I did was to alter the colour scheme a little bit and your feedback on the new colour scheme with the maroon and grey of my college replacing the earlier background and tab colours respectively, and the header amber colour matching the colour of the stars which I hope you give five of everytime I write something more…
I repurchased the upgrade for customising fonts, which had lapsed, and chose a new font for the whole site. I hope you are enjoying that and there are no problems in reading it.
In addition I purchased for the first time a new upgrade, namely the no ads upgrade. I don’t know if any of you were seeing much third-party advertising on this site before — the site owner doesn’t actually see it — but if you were you won’t be seeing it from now on.
I’ve also started to add in some of the more recent header photographs – the ones which self select at random at the top whenever you choose a new page or refresh an existing page. I added in 13 new ones and I will start to add in probably another several hundred, I don’t even know where the limitation is as to how many will be allowed. The new photography being added to the headers is all my work and made with my new Canon camera which I purchased in the third-quarter 2013. So far there weren’t any of the Canon photographs included in this blog although some of you will have seen them on Facebook and on You Tube. I also wanted to put into practice some quite interesting hence I had about composition and cropping from a book on photography which I had purchased halfway through last year and only now reading.
Content-wise I haven’t really done anything, bar this update. I’ve tried to catch up with people’s questions. I’ve added into the box file on the right-hand side of the files about the Goldlist method which people have been asking me for. For those of you who are Polish taxpayers and who don’t already have your favourite charity to give your 1% to under the 1% scheme, the Flyers for my dear wife and children are also in that box file. They contain instructions for how to assign a value of 1% of your Polish tax to my wife’s multiple sclerosis needs and my children’s autism needs without there being any costs to yourselves. Taxpayers from other parts of the European Union can under EU law also donate to Polish registered charities like these ones tax effectively, unlike the Polish scheme that would involve you in actually paying your money, and to be honest I prefer to ask people to do things which help me but don’t cost anything more for them. The use of my Amazon store which is also linked on the right-hand side is another example. In this case your purchases cost you know more than they would do if you went directly to Amazon, but I am on 4%. If you don’t feel like enabling either of these forms of support for my family, that is fine. All my language courses and other materials on YouTube as well as the Goldlist method are free and will remain so unconditionally.
I added a few more widgets, especially the ones at the bottom you will see, tidied up some others, and did a little bit of editing and some of the old articles. I hope you get some pleasure from the new look.
New content is on its way and also the project of uploading all of my YouTube videos but properly classified – that will move the head quite quickly once I catch up with my backlog in producing and playing out films. At the moment I have a backlog of just over a year.
You’ll probably notice that some of the style of earlier posts with the enriched content is now gone – that’s been taken away by the programme at WordPress. The earlier articles with enriched content like relevant articles below, pingbacks, links and images suggested by the system – this all disappeared and I can’t find any explanation as to why it did. Nothing unusual there, then. This seems to be par for the course on the internet, unfortunately. It’s not really a big deal though. Blogs are supposed to be about the content made by the blog owner and the rest is icing on the cake. I get that.
That’s all for now, and I hope you remained subscribed and hope to see you regularly.
I’ve just finished watching the main Polish news programme of the day, the evening “Wiadomosci” programme on TVP1, which had as its closing story information about how in Poznan there has been a blitz on people who have dogs and haven’t paid their dog tax. Dog tax is a local tax in Poland, some municipalities charge it and some don’t, and there is a degree of freedom as to how much can be charged, and in Poznan that amount is 55 PLN/year, which is about $16 a year. This is more than I can remember from the UK, but dog tax was abolished there many years ago. During my childhood the amount was a good deal less than that, but maybe comparable if you account for inflation.
The question asked, and answered, in the news broadcast, was how the authorities knew where these dog owners were in order to charge them and take them to court for their missing payments of dog tax. The answer is, some time ago the municipality had a free chipping exercise for dogs whereby owners were given a free ID chip so that their dog could be returned to them in the event of loss. This you can have from any vet, by the way, but then it is a paid service. Not thinking that there is no such thing as a free lunch, and taking this inexplicable magnanimity on the part of the City at face value, Poznan citizens queued up and took part in the action and had their free ID chips with their addresses and telephone numbers, which of course were all put in a big database and reported to the City. The news report didn’t go into detail as to whether these people had signed anything which allowed that to happen or whether it was simply an abuse of privacy and a breach of the Data Protection Law, but when has that ever bothered government anyhow? It’s the little man with his business that has to worry about that, and not the governing elites.
Anyway, the next thing they said is that a number of Polish cities which did not have dog tax before are about to introduce it, citing Krakow as an example. They then also featured a few seconds of a disgruntled dog owner saying how he found it unfair that taxes apply to dogs but not to cats, guinea pigs, or aquarium fishes. I am sure he was about to use the word “”racism” had they only given him time to do it. Read the rest of this entry