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1000 books everyone must read

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

I found the title fascinating.

1000 books everyone must read.

I have emphasized on the everyone and must.

Oh, here’s the link to the article, and here’s the list. I linked the “main page” of the article, so that you could browse through all of them.

It was written by the Guardian, a British newspaper.

Basically, the formula is that you read a book a month, and then maybe another extra one during holiday season… Maybe you would be able to read a thousand books in your lifetime. I say, Londoners have no reason to avoid this. Every time I get on the tube, I get so angry with the people who just stare into space, doing nothing. Seriously man, start bring a book around with you and don’t waste time!! I thought to myself once, if there’s one reason to live in London, it is the Underground; so that I would be able to read while commuting to work, instead of in KL, where you would have to drive. Though when I was taking the LRT during my short stint near KLCC, I read while I was commuting, much to the annoyance of other people since I would need slightly more extra space.

Anyway, on the formula. So, the aim is 1000 books… with 13 books per year.

How many years would that take?

1000 divide by 13 would equal to 76.923077; aprrox 77 years.

That is, of course, assuming that you could read from the day you were born. The overall life expectancy in the UK is about 78.7 and79.4… depending on the list you see; I gave you both figures that is listed out in wikipedia. I know; don’t trust wiki too much ladida. I’m not writing a paper here!! For this purposes, lets assume the figure is correct.

Taking the bigger figure, you would only have about 2 years to learn how to read, if you don’t start reading immediately.

Really…

Though, to be honest, I am not really on a mission to mock the figures in the article. Oh no; someone who is horrid in maths and hate the subject shouldn’t be doing that.

I found the list when I was trying to figure out what books should I get before I arrive in London. The Londoner in me see that I would be bored out of my mind there; I haven’t experienced being a tourist in London. Like all “Londoners”, the Londoner in me takes the touristy things for granted. Hence feeling bored out of my mind every time I am there. I usually feel like going to the theatre and just rot at home before that. How exciting!!

I showed to another friend, and we laughed our head offs. These are the books everyone must read?

Okay, fine.

However, quite a number of the books are actually out of print. Which makes me wonder… how are we to read the books if they’re out of print, then? There are quite a lot there are still in print, of course… but… they say must read all 1000 books!!

Of course, there is absolutely no way would I read sci-fi books. Yes, I do read fantasy, and there’s quite a thin line to it, but still!! It is an important line nonetheless.

I am trying to see just how many of the books I’ve read, and how many I do own but have yet find the time to read it. However, it is quite difficult to do, so I’m going to ask my mother to print it out. Oh, the printer at home broke down. Annoyingly, she wants to get an iPhone, which she soooo doesn’t need, but is reluctant to get a printer. Seriously man!!

We’ll see how tomorrow.

I definitely have read at least one of the books… and own at least 10. Oh well… at least. Hehehe.

edit:
OMG they don’t have Life of Pi by Yann Martel!! That book is an absolute must read by everyone!! Tsk tsk tsk.

Categories: Ever ever after

Washing

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

I absolutely adore Thomas Joseph’s creations… The drawings of the Whimsical World of Thomas Joseph. Of course I would; they’re mostly sheep themed drawing. Hehehe. However, I didn’t get any of his stuff, sadly. I regret to this day. *sigh*

And I definitely didn’t follow the instructions of one of his drawings:

hand wash only

Admittedly, my plushie, Gemuk McGrumpy is not from Thomas Joseph’s Whimsical World. Still, he’s a sheep!!

After following me around for 10 weeks (okay, I did leave him at times, especially in London since my bag was tiny), he got ridiculously dirty, though thank God not as bad as my white jacket, which I think I have no hope in having it turn white anymore. Still, I put it to good use while I was in London, so no problem. 😀

I dumped him into the washing machine. Hahaha. Though I made sure he was in a pillow case. Hehehe. And now he is as clean as on the day I got him in Edinburgh. And he didn’t shrink. Hehehe. Thank God. Haha.

Categories: Narcissistic

Roads

June 28, 2009 Leave a comment

They say that you need to drive before you know the roads well.

However, I feel like the city I know the roads best is Glasgow.

Yes, that city which I dislike that is on the West of Scotland.

And I definitely did not drive there. Wouldn’t have had the money to rent a car.

I, however, walked around there.

Heck, I could still tell you how to get to Glasgow Queen Street from Glasgow Central. Walk along the road, turn left, and then second right, and when you get to George Square, turn left and cross the roads, and voila!! Glasgow Queen Street. Apparently, Edinburgher call it the best building in Glasgow, since it gets them to Edinburgh. Hehe. I don’t particularly like that train station; prefer Glasgow Central. For some reason, every time I get lost in Glasgow, I would try find my way to Glasgow Central. I found it comforting, somehow.

I did walk around quite a lot in Glasgow. Of course I was broke, but I hated taking the bus in an unfamiliar city even more. And I underestimated Glasgow’s size quite a bit. Of course, that would be acceptable on your first day… but what the heck were you doing walking around the place for 3 whole days?

Seriously, Nani, you must be insane!!

I, of course, made sure I avoided all the hills in Glasgow. It was impossible to avoid them in Edinburgh, but very possible in Glasgow.

I did walk from Glasgow’s west end to merchant city, which my friend thought insane, especially in the rain. I was soaking wet most of the time I was in Glasgow. You would have thought I was swimming all the time there. I also walked to the east end (which really was like the east end of London), though not on the same day as I tackled the west.

It also helps that I had a map of Glasgow, as compared to a map of PJ.

I was feeling quite panicky last Monday when I was sending the car for servicing. I didn’t recognize the area. Yes, I’ve been there… but… I don’t know. Wasn’t sure. I couldn’t remember the way. I just hoped Google Map was right… but still I panicked, until I saw the big Toyota sign.

I’ve lost count on the amount of times I got lost in KL, regardless of how many times I’ve been there and how detailed the instructions my cousin gave me.

The only places that I am confident enough to drive on my own would be places that I’ve walked around before, or those places that I’ve helped navigate by giving directions.

And even then, sometimes even when I’ve driven there… I still doubt where I am going.

I do find it frustrating, that I know Glasgow, which I was there for only 3 days, better than I know a city which I’ve been living for over 20 years. It is ridiculous. However, I now believe that you need to walk around first before you know the place well.

Pity that the crime rate here is higher than Glasgow. Or maybe not; it’s just that I feel less safe here than in Glasgow. No bloody idea why. Maybe because I felt so much hatred at the place that if someone did approach me there, I would have just bit their head off.

It was as if the dark clouds in the sky wasn’t enough; I had to bring my own.

Probably why it was so rainy when I was in Glasgow. Hmmm…

Sorry, Sumi!!

Oh, wait… I think I know the area around Leicester Square better. Hmmm. However, that area is tiny compared to Glasgow… So, I suppose it doesn’t count. Who the heck would drive around that area anyway? Chinatown there? Hmmm… Ah well…

Catcher in the Rye

June 28, 2009 Leave a comment

It is horrible.

I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and it took me about 2 days. It took me one and a half days to read Twilight, and about 2 days to read the other books in the series; and even then I was doing some other stuff.  Fine, these books are thick, but they do use simple words and sentences, I find.

Took me about 5 days to read The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, minusing the days that I didn’t open it while I was in England and got back to Malaysia, nursing my jet lag. For some reason, I was more interested in reading lighthearted books.

I thought I hated David… but in the end, I hated Norah more. Bitch. Hrmph.

Anyway… Okay, there was the 10 week gap for this book as well… but seriously!!!

I started reading The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger about the same time I started driving again. And that was like, when? December 2008?

It is already bloody June!!

Oh yes, and I have still not finished reading the 200-odd pages!!

Admittedly, I was reading it mostly while I was caught in the jam…

And also, I haven’t opened the book since the 26th of March.

Still, it is horrifying that I still haven’t brought myself to finish the less than 30 pages of the book.

I don’t know why, but I find the book rather… bland. Makes me wonder why people like it so much. I don’t know. Oh well.

I am writing this in the hopes that the possibility of people reading this woule embarrass me enough to finish reading the book instead of starting a new one.

Hopefully.

We’ll see what happens…

Harry Potter

June 26, 2009 Leave a comment

I got myself a copy of CLEO a few days back, and was flipping through it when I saw the seen & heard collumn… And saw “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” amongst the Watch it movies.

I was like… it’s coming out already? But I haven’t read the 6th book!!

I only bought it a few months ago, mainly because I had vouchers from MPH. Was hoping the reduction of pounds would make the book to cost like… I don’t know. RM25, maybe? Though I think I ended up paying less than that… I’m not sure.

I refused to buy the hard cover editions. I bought the 5th book as hardcover, but I ended up regretting it. Admittedly, I got it for less than the price of the paperback now. Still… Anyone who wants a hard cover copy of the adult’s cover of the book, do contact me. Maybe we could come to an agreement about it. Anyway, so yeah, I decided, fine, I would wait for the paperbacks to come out. In the mean time, if I want to read it, I could read the pdf version someone sent me. I have all of the 7 books in soft copies. However, I haven’t read any of them. And since I like books, I would buy them anyway. I would kill trees for this.

So, I thought, fine, I’ll start reading the 6th book. Started reading today.

Funny, that I didn’t feel like reading it when I was in Edinburgh. Well, not really a big fan of Harry Potter (reading it more because everyone reads it. I just like reading what everyone’s reading, so in a way I am one step above them; I’ve read what they’ve read, and I read what I want to read), but most people would want to know about it, right? After all, JK Rowling started writing the books there. During the walking tour, we were shown the birth place of the series; The Elephant House. Apparently, during term time, they have a sign below the “Birthplace of Harry Potter” sign saying “now serving beer” or something along those lines; the best sign amongst all the signs in front of the shop, to the tour guide anyway.

On my last evening in Edinburgh, after coming back from Linlithgow, I got hungry. Was walking along George IV Bridge after going to get a picture of Greyfriars Bobby without a lot of people there, when I saw a cafe with an even better sign than “Birthplace of Harry Potter.”

The sign? Something along the lines of “after 3pm, the cakes (and possibly pastries, I can’t remember) is half priced”. Sweeeeettt!! And it is somewhat just across the road from The Elephant House; nearer to the Royal Mile. So, if you’re from Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar, it is further down. Its name is Caffe Lucano. And the chocolate fudge cake is awesome. Hahaha. Admittedly, I didn’t enter the Elephant House. I was too full with the cake. It was quite a big slice, though I can’t remember the price. So what? It’s half price!! Awesomeness. I love stuff like that. Hehehe.

On the subject of Harry Potter movies… I absolutely don’t get why my cousin and my nieces absolutely love watching the 4th movie. They seem to loathe the 5th one, alright with the 4th, indifferent to the first two. I like the second one, because it has St Pancras there. If I miss the train station, I would watch it for a while; the scenes where they were starting to drive the car. And yes! I did take pictures of King’s Cross and St Pancras to show that the movie did use St Pancras. How dare you say that I lie!! That I do not know that I get off from St Pancras!! Time and again the train ticket states that it is “London St Pancras”, or “St Pancras International” (since now, Eurostar trains leave from St Pancras instead of Waterloo). King’s Cross is an embarrassment of a place; ridiculously ugly and plain and blah. Okay, it is not as bad as the National Theatre on South Bank, but compared to the gorgeous gothic  revival building of St Pancras, it is horrid. Functional, maybe. Not something I would be proud of. Anyway, I didn’t study on the East Coast of Britain or Scotland; I studied in East Midlands. Served by St Pancras, unless I am willing to change trains. Even though I love NXEC and their free WiFi service, the change is just too troublesome. I rather just sit down in the same train for one and 3 quarters of an hour reading a book than needing to change and get WiFi connection.

I’ll try include the pictures of King’s Cross and St Pancras at the end of this entry. Show you just how ugly King’s Cross is, and why, rightly, WB didn’t want to use the real building for the movie. On the numbering of the platform, though… I just don’t get how Rowling could make a mistake in it. It is always an even lower number and an odd higher number would be on the same stretch of platform before being seperated by train tracks. Platform one is always alone. Though, of course, there are exceptions, especially if there is an extra platform in between two platforms, which usually only happens when the train station is not the final terminus of trains. Oh well. And even better, apparently, the train tracks that go up north is from platform 1-8 only; not the ones not in the main terminal (was trying to get in there so that I could go to St Pancras, but there were barriers. So, basically, King’s Cross only has one exit and entry. Sucks!!). Still, if you’re interested–I only found the place because I was too lazy to go back, and thought, maybe the station would be like its superior (in my opinion anyway) neighbor–and is a Harry Potter freak, walk to the end of platform 8… After the place of entry to the actual platform 9-11… I think it is the next turning, which you can’t actually enter… It is the exit, if I’m not mistaken… There you would find them labelling it Platform 9 3/4, complete with a trolley halfway into the wall.

Anyway!! Fourth movie. You know that you’re so bloody jaded of the scenes, that instead of what is showing, you see instead:

– Barty Crouch, Jr doing things really unsuitable for children’s eyes (I suppose, at least not having some random phonebox in it… though it would have been more kid friendly);
– Wormtail chasing Prince Edward and being besotted with Queen Narissa, and have “True Love’s Kiss” played somewhere in the background;
– Barty Crouch, Sr kissing a vicar with a “magnificent bosom”, who brought out a bacon that’s been lodge in between his teeth for a very long time, and keeps giving graphic description of gruesome things to do with animals, instead of constantly fearing something; (Oh wow!! Like father, like son; trying to get God’s servants… tho’ worse in the “son’s” case…);
– Seeing a robot who is a thoroughly pessimistic when you hear Snape speaking (this could have kept the phonebox company, though I absolutely refuse to watch the show where the phonebox is involved, so unlikely will I ever see it in the movie. Or at least, hopefully it is unlikely…);
– And, for some reason, at the end of the movie, seeing Cedric Diggory and Moaning Myrtle walking hand in hand, together, and looking thoroughly happy with each other’s company, with Diggory having bronze hair and golden eyes…
with Bella Swan looking thoroughly pissed.

I have to admit, I like the last one best; so ridiculously random. Hahaha. Cedric Diggory, returning to life as a vampire, but instead of going after Bella Swan, he lives happily ever after with the peeping Moaning Myrtle. I suppose since his character was still Diggory–just with the facial features of Edward Cullen–he would stay with a character from the same series, surely?

Though makes me wonder what Cho Chang thinks about that? Would she be crying so much in the 5th movie if that was the case?

Hehehe.

Maybe I do watch quite a lot of shows. Hmmm…

Anyway, the red bricked building is St Pancras. It is quite long, and I couldn’t get an angle that had its name. Actually, there is a picture with “St Pancras International” sign on it, but it is from a part of it made from glass and not really the best part of it. And all my 3 years plus the 10 weeks I was there… so, in a way, 4 years that I’ve seen St Pancras… I’ve never actually seen it without any construction site. It is like it would never end.

And the other picture… I made sure that you could see the name King’s Cross. So dull and boring, right? How could it survive being beside such a magnificent building day in and out. Though, I suppose, would be more saddening if it was the National Theatre next to the Gherkin or something. Hahaha.

St PancrasKing's Cross

Edit: Somehow I find it weird and easier to understand some of the goings on in Harry Potter after living in the UK for i3 years. The last time I read it, I was still in school. Though, really… I keep laughing and feel the need to say it out loud and make it sound ridiculously chavvy when I see any of the characters say “innit”. Absolutely no idea why.

And I keep hearing my Criminal tutor’s voice reading it to me…

Well, at least not my Criminal Justice tutor, I suppose.

How old am I again?

June 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Maybe I shouldn’t be angry that people think I am much younger due to my hairstyle.

Especially considering now I’m listening to mostly boybands… poppish songs, that kind, you know? And reading fantasies and teenage books. Like when I was in MPH, I actually prefer going upstairs to the fantasy for kids section instead of downstairs. Probably because it is just next to Sci-Fi books, but what the heck. I prefer those kind of fantasies; aimed at teenagers, more than adults.

I went to bring the car for servicing on Monday, and the guy asked me what was I doing now, since it was a weekday. I was saying I am searching for a job. He had a surprised look and said that he saw a receptionist job advertised somewhere nearby. Shocked, I was like, “but I already have a degree!!”

His turn to look shocked. He thought I looked sixteen, but thought again since I was driving. He wondered why I didn’t have P stickers on the car. Told him I was 23.

“You don’t look like you’re even 20.”

This coming when I finally gave up and admit, I am getting older; no longer a teenager but in my twenties. An adult.

And this, I was wearing make up. When I was in Scotland, people thought I was 16 as well… Just finished O-levels or something. However, I don’t think they were sitting for O-levels yet when I was in Scotland, since I was there about the end of April, early May. Some of them felt obliged to keep an eye on me. Sometimes, when I climb some wall so as to get somewhere faster, once I get off, someone would feel obliged to scold me, and usually include “you teenagers don’t know if it is too dangerous for you to do things,” to which I would reply, “but I’m 23; I checked whether I could climb it properly before I did!!”

Weirdly, they were usually Americans. Do Americans treat their 16 year olds like kids?

Pity they found it difficult to believe in Dublin… If not it would have been easier when I was going for the Guinness Storehouse, where I refused to pay the extra 2 Euros since I don’t plan to taste Guinness; it sounds bitter.

On music… Arrgggghhhh!!! I can’t stop listening to McFly’s All About You. It is quite old… I mean, it was on their Wonderland album and was the official Comic Relief song in 2005. That is quite old; I was doing my A-levels still when it came out as a single. I tried playing other songs, put my iTunes on shuffle… But still I go back to that catchy song. I’ve no bloody idea why!! It is a sweet song though. And it was played at the Make Poverty History campaign as well. Knew the song but wasn’t really addicted to it. Like, oh, it’s a sweet song. Didn’t really know McFly then as well. Some people might know them from the Just My Luck movie. However, I didn’t watch it. I knew McFly due to the 2007 Comic Relief show. They wrote the awesome Sofa, Hyundai, Administration song on the “special” episode of Top Gear. A ridiculously funny and catchy song. Hahaha.

Arrggghhhh!!! It is almost hitting 600 now. Oh shit!!

If only there was a studio version of Amy Macdonald’s Next Big Thing… Might take over McFly’s song. Hmmm…

Categories: Narcissistic

June 20, 2009 Leave a comment

OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MACBOOK PRO HAS REDUCED PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Admittedly by about RM800 only (okay I’m keeping track of the 17th inch one only), but still, something to be excited about!!!

Ahh… Ogling MacBook Pro while listening to Amy Macdonald. Makes me happy everytime. 😀

Yeah, I am liking her a bit too obsessively now. Hmmmm.

But she’s so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Her accent!! OMG!!

When she speaks, she has this breathless way of speaking with that adorable accent, and so soft spoken. However, when she starts singing; such a powerful voice!!

OMG!!!

Categories: Ramblings