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Archive for October, 2006

Look at me….I’m floating

Posted by weehaggis on Friday, October 27, 2006

Time to see how this blogging a photo from flickr works. This was taken standing on the glass floor from the blob at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. The glass is over a foot thick, but I still had to think twice before stepping onto it. Kinda weird feeling standing on glass looking down from 1,122 ft

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World Trade Center (2006)

Posted by weehaggis on Monday, October 23, 2006

Oliver Stone has been abducted by aliens and replaced by an andriod body double. At least thats the only reason I can fathom why World Trade Center wasn’t penned by Alan Smithee.

…They’re after you. They’re after all of us. Our wives, our children, everyone. They’re here already. YOU’RE NEXT!

This is made for TV…?

nooooooh, worse……its Hallmark TV…….aarrrggggghhh!!

World Trade Center (2006)

Yesterday evening thought I’d take in a movie. Used this neat mobile phone service which allows you to save a few krones on advance tickets. Went for the bus in good time, almost there, speeding past it goes. I forgot. This was Sunday evening. Busses here seem to run a few minutes early. Of course its another story in the morning before work..I’ll leave that for a later whinge 🙂

Without the benefit of hindsight and not wanting to waste the 80kr. ticket money, took the 30 minute walk into town … and it was raining too.

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps is about to start, and then its more Simpsons – gonna have to finish this later.

Ok, back again…. (2 days late)

The film opens well, showing that morning looking just like any other. These opening scenes, along with one of the films closing images of the empty commuter train, I found to be amongst its most effective. The bit in the middle was mediocre at best… made up from some cheap looking sets, lots of cheesy dialog, and a few unintentional laughs.

Most of the movie takes place after the towers collapse, watching two Port Authority police cops (Cage and Pena) jabber away to each other. We frequently cut away to the families of the two cops, frantically waiting for news. Then there’s the story of Dave Karnes, the ex-marine who comes to save them.

Karnes’ (Michael Shannon) character comes across as being really creepy, as some kind of patriotic avenger on a mission from God. In one of his earlier scenes we see him in Connecticut, sitting in church asking God for guidance, then heading off to Ground Zero in New York. Before leaving he finds time to drop in at the local barber for his regulation marine haircut. He also has one of the best lines “We’re not leaving, We’re the Marines, you are our mission” – remember those unintentional laughs I talked about. Addding this to those kitsch and cringe inducing visions of Christ give the whole move a rather disturbing quasi-religious undercurrent.

Stone himself, and others, have claimed this is a non-political movie….bollocks!! It comes across almost as Stones apology to the christian right, after years of being their whipping boy. In the closing credits he even attempts to tie the whole event into Iraq.

All the heroes of that day deserve much better than this.

I wonder if this was really the movie Stone wanted to make, or the one he was told to make. Another conspiracy theory perhaps 🙂

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Today’s Bush-ism

Posted by weehaggis on Thursday, October 19, 2006

On my work desk I have one of those “quote a day” desk calendars – “Presidential Speak – The Very Curious Language of George W.Bush”. On most days these quotes read like some primary school kid learning the basics of English grammar, often giving a good laugh. Of course, if you really start to think about it, you realize its not so funny. Anyway, today’s insightful comment was a classic –

If you can’t read, it doesn’t matter. That’s just as simple as that. I mean, I know it doesn’t sound very nuanced or sophisticated, but it’s true. It’s the absolute truth.

May 12, 2004
Speaking at the National Institutes of Health on the topic of education. Bethesda, Maryland.

It looks like this dude was on a mission. A few days later we were given another pearl of wisdom, which was revealed in last Monday’s quote –

Others may have spent a little less time in the library – a little more time keeping the stools warm down at The Chimes. But you earned your degrees, and you, too, can leave here with high hopes. I speak with some authority here – I’ve seen how things can work out pretty well for a ‘C’ student.

May 21, 2004
Delivering the Commencement Address at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

There you have it….the leader of the free world appearing to champion illiteracy?? If these literacy rate rankings are accurate then he must be proud as punch 🙂

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…another reason why I love living in Norway – part 1

Posted by weehaggis on Friday, October 13, 2006

AftenPosten recently reported on Transit System to launch a courtesy campaign. About time too!! Even getting on and off the train can be a real battle sometimes. Two opposing walls of people push and shove into each other as soon as the doors slide open. Don’t even get me started on the bun fight to get on a bus….

As you probably know…us Brits are usually seen as having a bit of queue fetish. Waiting to get on the train, as the doors open, I politely stand to the side to let folks off. Of course, those standing behind take this as an invitation to rush forward and past you onto the train This is not the fall of Saigon people!!

I have now figured out a strategy on how to get off the train quickly and easily. As the train pulls into your stop, position yourself in the middle of the doorway with a laiden Rema1000 bag in either hand. As the doors open start swingin’ those bags 🙂

Contrary to what some might think, its not always the elderly who are the victims of this predilection for being rude. The boot can often be on the other foot. Just the other morning I was getting off the bus and paused in the aisle to let somebody in front get out. On feeling an impatient push from behind, I spun round, blurting out “will ya ***** wait“. Expecting to see some school kid, a little old lady looked up. I wont say “sweet” , as she gave me that sucking a lemon look…Yikes. Half expected a follow through from the hand bag, but luckily the aisle was now free and I could make my getaway.

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Looks like us bloggers are an ungodly bunch

Posted by weehaggis on Tuesday, October 10, 2006

ooooh…am I a blogger now??? Starting to have second thoughts. According to the words of Kevin Denee, as reported in The Register, I have ventured into the un-Christian world of filthy communication which does not help me to build holy, righteous godly character. Yikes…looks like this is going to another short lived experiment 🙂

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blah…blah…blah…

Posted by weehaggis on Tuesday, October 10, 2006

ie…more boring drivel.

blah

  1. also blah blah : silly or pretentious chatter or nonsense
  2. plural: a feeling of boredom, lethargy, or general dissatisfaction

and now onto the purpose of this nugget. I recently found another example of what others (in this case Brian Kendal), who must have too much free time on their hands, leave around on the web as distractions for the rest of us.

In The Demented Movie saying blah makes ones head explode…literally. This flash animation has been made to look like a feature movie, with a cast of stick characters, its own language, a running time of almost 30 minutes and a plot which borders on being asinine. Sorry, correction, it most definitely crosses that border and is asinine.

But, given all its asinineness (is that actually a word?) it is actually quite funny in a perverse sort of way. Enjoy.

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Find out what your neighbour paid in tax last year.

Posted by weehaggis on Monday, October 9, 2006

Seriously!! Its that time of year again here in Norway, find out what your friends, neighbours and work colleagues earned last year.
A national newspaper invites to find out about your neighbours income and wealth for 2005. For two weeks of the year the tax lists are available on the web….invasion of privacy…apparently not.

Don’t even try to question why this happens. “Its always been this way”. After working here for a while as a foreigner, and usually around this time of year, somebody will say to to you “guess what…”, and the typical response will be….”What the f*** “.
I can see the people back in the UK getting just a little upset about this if it happened there.

Posted in Living in Norway, Nippin ma heid, Privacy | 2 Comments »

WooHoo…got a Blog!!

Posted by weehaggis on Sunday, October 8, 2006

WooHoo, finaly got round to starting up a blog. Not sure why yet, but I hear that anybody who is anybody has one. Looks like it’s the cool thng to do. Even Time invites you to Meet Joe Blog. The final nail in the coffin was another local blooger, Karla, a fiery Texas gal – one of the Cool Folk


Anyway, I am currently living in Norway. For all my sins the company I work for moved me over here from the UK several years ago. If not here then I would probably have ended up in the US. There is a god after all.

Living in Norway isn’t too bad. The winters are almost arctic like and the local beach is a great location for fishing through a hole in the ice. On the other hand, the summers are positvely tropical. Living in a foreign land can be fun and interesting, especially where the folk don’t speak proper like I do 😆

But…big but….there are also quite a few aspects of Noggy life which really nip ma heid!! No doubt I’ll be venting off about some of these in posts to come.

I also like to travel a lot, so I might decide to rabbit on about what I get up to while off in some far off place (where “far off ” could be just round the corner).
Ok…so lets see where this goes….quite probably nowhere.

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