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Every pub should have one

Posted by weehaggis on Friday, August 22, 2008

As you know from prevous post, I’m currently in Krakow. More on that later, but for now I just had to post about someting which i came accross in a bar in Krakow. Now I’m not one to start taking photos in the gents toilet, but I just couldn’t resist snapping this (luckily no one else was around).

Yes, its a big sink. The sort you would normally find in a utililty or laundry room. What’s it doing in a gents toilet? The sign above makes this abundantly clear ๐Ÿ™‚

The vomit trough

Even the plug hole was big enough so as not to get clogged up with those pesky bits of diced carrot and sweetcorn.

I could imagine that things could get quite gross on a busy Friday night or during somebodies stag do.

I wonder if they have one in the ladies too???

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A bit of culture

Posted by weehaggis on Saturday, August 16, 2008

Went to the opera last night.ย  Woohoo….gettin all cultured now ๐Ÿ™‚ย ย  The show, Porgy and Bess, performed by the Cape Town Opera, was pretty damn good.ย  Not much of an opera buff, but this was…..pretty damn good ๐Ÿ™‚ย  The normally staid Norwegians actually gave a deserved standing ovation.ย  Although the applause wasn’t exactly what I would call rapturous.ย  Sounded a bit weird,ย  more like a slightly speeded up slow hand clap.

This was also a chance to vist the new national opera house in Oslo.ย  Recently completed and an amazing piece of architecture.ย ย  The main inside foyer looks really cool in the evening light.

Evening light, Oslo Opera House

Although, I wasn’t too sure about the inside of the main auditorium. It is all in a Scandinavian wood style, but I couldn’t help feeling that I was inside one of those rounded wooden fruit bowls.

Oslo Opera House, Hovedscenen

BTW, this was taken during the interval and its not an indication of how popular the show was ๐Ÿ™‚ย  It was actually sold out.

Finally, off on summer vacation in a few days. Flying into Krackow and then back from Berlin approximately two weeks later. Turns out that Madonna’s latest concert tour will coincide with my vist to Berlin….just had to get a ticket ๐Ÿ™‚

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Off to New York – playing catchup.

Posted by weehaggis on Friday, March 28, 2008

yeah….yeah….yeah……I know……its been a wee while.

Time for a quick catchup.

Back in February I was off to New York….one of my most favourite cities on the planet.

The flight was bought as part of SAS’s annual “Julekalendar” promotion. ie. SAS offer flights to a different destination on their network each day from 1st to 24th December, and all at special rates. Oslo to NYC was about 3400NOK, which is about 1000 cheaper than the normal rate that time of year.

The one downside is SAS fly out of terminal B at Newark. For airside facilities this is simply CRAP!! (Continental flights to Oslo fly out of terminal C, which is far better, with a decent food court, bars and a pretty good selection of shops)

Anyway….New York…..

It was wet and cold, but still a great place to visit. Did the usual stocking up on cheap clothes (note that a pair of normal 550 Levis will set you back about $40 in NYC – full price, while in Oslo they are closer to $160!!!) and also got some new camera lenses. B&H Photo is a must visit in New York for anything camera related. The savings on the two lenses I bought alone were enough to pay for the flight and pretty much most of the hotel costs….I kid u not. Admittedly, they weren’t cheap. But anyway, what I paid $1600 for would have cost NOK 15000 (about $2900) back in Norway.

What else did I do…..

Went up Top Of The Rock at the Rockerfellar Center. Amazing view from the top, although it was bloody cold with a wind to freeze the balls of a brass monkey … as they say ๐Ÿ™‚

Looking over Central Park

Took a bus tour round Harlem….

The Apollo, Harlem

…went across the Brooklyn bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

…and wandered down to Wall Street

Wall Street street sign

I also went to the movies and saw Cloverfield….damn cool movie (todo: got a pretty cool pic of the movie poster on Times Square….will post when I’ve found it and uploaded to my flickr). Pretty weird seeing parts of New York, which I’d been through in the previous few days, get totally wasted. Back on the topic of price comparisons, it was quite funny when on the bus tour hearing the guide complaining about how it now cost $12 to see a movie almost anywhere in downtown Manhattan….pah!!! You can’t even get into a matinee at a second run flea pit back in Noggy land for that price. The local movie house down my way costs 85NOK/$16.50 for a new-ish movie.

By the way, the hotel I stayed at was the Metro Hotel. Highly recommended and got a pretty good price from BritishAirwaysHolidays.

So, that was New York for another year.

Next it was off to Munich and copious amounts of Starkbier….

Update: Here’s the movie billboard pic:

Coverfield  in Times Square

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It got worse!!

Posted by weehaggis on Sunday, December 23, 2007

Continuing on from previous post. You’d think that spending the night in an airport would be the worst of it…not so.

Wandered over to the transfer desk just after 4.30am and found that there was already a fair sized queue. Well, it wasn’t really a queue, just lots of folk parked on the floor in front of the counter. So, I decided to join them and parked my own bum around where I thought the end of the queue was. Actually, on the third attempt I think I found the end of the queue as it wasn’t until then that nobody shouted at me to tell me that there was a queue ๐Ÿ™‚

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The desk was supposed to open at 5.30 so there was almost an hour to wait.

At around 5.40 one guy turned up, but looked like he was only there to switch on the computers. About 10 minutes later a few KLM girls turned up….they looked positively intimidated by the crowd awaiting them. Over the next 3 hours ( the time I had to wait before finally getting served) service was painfully slow. The staff appeared to come and go regularly and at times there were only one or two of the counter positions actually being manned. There appeared to be no urgency whatsoever to the service. This apparent couldn’t-care-less attitude didn’t really help the frustrations and rising tempers of those waiting in line (and it was a long long line).

Anyway, I managed to get standby on the next flight to Edinburgh and just before boarding started got a seat allocation. Next, that flight got delayed and during the delay we were forced to standing in the transit bus for about half an hour with the doors open and sub-zero temperatures outside. And then, predictably, my checked baggage didn’t arrived on the same flight!!!

All in all, a great start to Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

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You thought you’d planned well….then a little fog really fucks you up :)

Posted by weehaggis on Saturday, December 22, 2007

It’s about 4 am and I’m slumming it at a fog bound Schipol Airport. My KLM flight from Oslo was delayed by just over 3 hours – fog there too – and so I missed my connection to Edinburgh. On arrival at AMS the transfer desk was about to close and they were refusing to assist any more passengers. Handed a card with 24 hour KLM help line number and told to call or come back when the desk opened again in the morning (at 5.30am). Put simply, your on your own….”its the weather you see“….”not our fault “. What you do between now and then…..we don’t care!!!

Decided to stick it out inside the airport (airside). It was 11pm and the hotel booking desk in arrivals was probably going to be queued up and any rooms left would likely be miles aways and not too cheap.

Of course, that number on the nice blue card….it was out of service due to “exceptional circumstances”.

I always thought Schipol was one of the better hub airports, a decent place to spend a few hours waiting for flight connections. Of course, a few hours during daytime is quite different from 8+ hours through the night ๐Ÿ™‚ As you can see, looks quite different in the wee small hours and everything is shut.

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Its is bit like that really bad Stephen King TV movie, the one set in a deserted airport (The Langoliers) .

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No tannoy announcements, no footsteps, no chattering voices…..very quiet…..kinda creepy.

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I’m famous….woohoo!!

Posted by weehaggis on Wednesday, November 7, 2007

You’ll never guess what I just received in the post today….a copy of a college/university text book on economics????? No. I’m not going back to school or any such time. Back in December I received an email form somebody asking if they could use one of my flickr pics (above) in a book they were writing. No probs I said. Anyway, today I received a copy of said book. Nothing glamorous.ย  As I said above, its a college text book on economics, “Economie Global“, published in Montreal. BTW….its in French!!! Still, I was chuffed to bits….a book…..a f#!$@ing book ๐Ÿ™‚

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Flickr Sucks

Posted by weehaggis on Thursday, April 26, 2007

Flickr is really startin to piss me off.ย ย  Ok, to be fair, this me not be entirely Flickr’s fault, but I’ve been trying to upload my Riga photos and I’ve only managed a few over the last week or so.ย  Looks like a subset of flickr users (myself included) have been having probs over the last few weeks with dead slow and stop flickr upload connections.ย  When I do manage to upload all my pics, will finish that previous post….promise ๐Ÿ™‚

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oooooh…..sexy box

Posted by weehaggis on Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Just got myself a new ‘puter and it looks kinda cool in its sleek’n’ sexy black box with a sooooothing amber neon down the front ๐Ÿ™‚ Its one of those choose your own bits and build yourself jobs. Although I got the shop to build it – coz when I built my last PC myself I managed to fry the cpu chip just by touching it the wrong way!! My last PC has been struggling for a while. Been treating it as my slave and getting it to do lots of heavy stuff …. couldn’t cope so it had to go …. sigh.

Was playing round with layers in Photoshop and came up with this (which almost killed the old PC) and was kinda chuffed. Got come cool comments in Flickr too ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, thanks to Karla’s Rich, now got the grandaddy version of Photoshop, that’s CS2 (without the Elements ๐Ÿ™‚ ) ย  I had him bring it back for me when he was over in the US ( …. and yes it was over two thirds cheaper than buying it here).ย  Runs like a dream on my new PC too.

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Chicago is cold….but OK

Posted by weehaggis on Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Currently in Chicago. Apparently I was lucky to get here. Karla sent me this news story about the horrendous weather and flights that were being cancelled left, right and center. My flight arrived into O’Hare on time and to sunshine and blue skies (although there was quite a bit of snow on the ground).

Its been mostly dry with a bit of fresh snow but its damn cold, with wind chill down to -4F. Looks sort of photogenic with the steam rising form the street manhole covers….just don’t walk anywhere near them coz they reek!!! Not too windy, but sometimes that frigid blast of wind when you turn a street corner just goes straight through you. After not too long feels like your face is just going to crack up and fall off if you try to move any of those facial muscles.

First night here just had to get me one of those Chicago deep dish pizzas. Luckily Pizzeria Uno was just a few blocks away – one of the many pizza joints laying claim to the “original” deep dish pizza…..whatever!! Anyway, shows just how crappy Peppes and Dolly Dimple back in Norway really are ๐Ÿ™‚

One good thing about eating outย  here is the “doggie bag“.ย  Leave so much as a bit of pizza crust and the server asks if you’ d like a box to take it home. ย  Not sure what the etiquette is on this in Norway, but back in the UK asking for a doggie bag is just not the done thing – its one of the cardinal sins of eating out.

Just posted some photos to my flickr.ย ย  Should be able to get then from the widgetย  on theย  right.ย  Will get round to posting more later.

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Fame at last

Posted by weehaggis on Thursday, December 14, 2006

You heard it here first. I’m going to be famous!!! Well, not quite, but somebody liked one of my photos on Flickr and has asked if they can include it in a book they are writing. Not quite reached David Baliey status (yet) …but hey…I was still chuffed.

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