Close Encounters of the Weird Kind

January 7, 2010

At least a few true movie buffs will understand that title….

In any case, I can tell you the Aliens are here:

Not my photo, but note the size of the earthlings at the stern

This spaceship-like sea vessel is owned by the Russian oligarch Andrey Melnichenko, gossip here. I had to fix some paperwork and go to Santa Cruz, capital of Tenerife, this mega-yacht was anchored there. If you have £200 million Sterling to spare, you can have one of your own.

But that is not all. I have further proof that the Aliens are here. Here is what I saw next to my hotel the other night:

Alien life-forms, arriving in Garachico, Tenerife, January 2010
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Los Gigantes

January 3, 2010

I have always had a soft spot for sea views.

And the moment I saw the photos in the web-ad for the apartment I was lost. Can you guess why?

I took these pics from my terrace. So my apartment has a stunning view and every night I fall asleep to the soothing sound of the ocean. Just lovely.

Unfortunately, Los Gigantes as a place is less uplifting. It is a very friendly place, but it is a super-touristy resort. A lot of people love this: The restaurants have menus in at least six languages. There are more signs in English than in Spanish. In the evenings he Irish pubs are showing Premier League matches on huge screens. And the streets are filled with echoes of Lady Gaga and karaoke versions of Bono and Frankie boy. Urrrgh!

I have always wondered why people bother to travel thousands of miles just to see, eat and do the same stuff they do every day at home. Me not. So it is not without a bit of remorse that I leave this fantastic apartment and view. But I need something else.

Back soon.


Steven King in bookstore – mistaken for vandal

August 18, 2007

Steven King, introduction redundant, was visiting a bookstore in Alice Springs, Australia. As he started taking out his own books from the shelves and autographing them,he was at first firmly stopped by vigilant staff. They hadn’t recognized him and, quite understandably were a bit upset for this dude writing in some books. BBC story. King, of course hugely famous, by name, but how many of us would recognize him on the street corner café?

Imagine yourself in the position of the bookstore clerk. Having to switch attitude from cold and stern, to submissive and apologetic. And also gathering your wits fast to think of some really interesting questions you would like to ask a guy like that. One chance in a life time, five seconds to use it.

Ah, eh, Mr. King… How do you like Australia?

Not! a good question, but how can you find something more clever in five seconds?


Deus ex machina

August 17, 2007


I recently read this story about a big guy, Thomas Martel, 28, of Bonnie Brae, Colorado, who chose to have surgery in order to alter his thumbs, in order to be able to use his iPhone more efficiently.

So he has a hard time using the features on ever-shrinking user interfaces on devices like his new iPhone. At least, he did, until he had his thumbs surgically altered in a revolutionary new surgical technique known as “whittling.”

Read details on zDnet or the North Denver News.

What is your opinion of this?
Make sure to form an opinion before reading what others have written.


Silence Is

August 17, 2007


Silence, they say, is golden…

Me I dunno, but the rumours of my untimely demise, have (so far) been completely untrue. I was not hit by an 18-wheeler on the highway while training for the Kuala Lumpur Marathon. Nor was I hit bit a freak meteor, while sunbathing on the Mediterranean beaches of Tripoli. Nor, I promise, was I eaten by a Great White Shark while scuba diving leisurely on the coral reefs off Nassau. And: I am sad to admit that these rumours were equally untrue.

So I guess I dedicate the above words, and this post, to my three most loyal fans, Highlander – who always remembers me, Red – who cannot go unnoticed under any alias, and Tom – who likes my photos and I sure like his. Thanks friends for being so patient.

Speaking of gold I just heard this beautiful ballad with these lovely lyrics:

I carry the Sun in a golden cup
The Moon in a silver bag

Lovely. Her name is Carla Bruni, song’s name is “Those dancing days are gone”. Try it out on www.allmusic.com.


Music, Maestro!

April 20, 2007

Just imagine: what do you think would happen, hypothetically, if one of the world’s greatest violinists performed incognito before a travelling rush-hour crowd in the Washington DC subway? Imagine him dressed as an ordinary street musician, playing on a 3 million dollar Stradivari violin. Would people pay attention? Interesting idea methinks. Even more interesting is the fact that exactly this has happened. I urge you to read the Washington Post article.

It is quite long, so make sure you some good amount of time to spare when you read it, because it is really interesting. And the videos are amazing too.