Inter-Stella

In the recent film Interstellar, a team of astronauts are sent far from Earth to try to find a new home for humanity. Due to the effects of gravity, time appears to run differently for the astronauts and for those left on Earth. With each message the astronauts receive, greater and greater amounts of time…

Takao san warm-up hike FEB 2月8日

I’ve discovered a neat little app on my tablet called MicroFilm that creates simple little video dittys from still images. After some farting around I have worked out how to drive it. Herewith is my first little vignette from my recent short walk around Takao san. Sorry about the crap music

The sound of Spring

Spring has pretty much arrived in Japan. One of the greatest pleasures is to hear again the call of the Uguisu 鶯 or Japanese Bush Warbler. I am not much of a Rock Watcher, and I must admit that I’ve spent more time looking at wildlife through telescopic sights than I have binoculars. But there is…

A trip around the world

Last night was my Japanese class’s annual end-of-term りょうりパーチ イー(cooking party). Held at the end of the Summer term each year, this event has become something of an institution, popular with both students and teachers alike. The idea is that everyone cooks a dish from their own country. Given the huge diversity of nationalities at…

A very modern Xmas…

Just like everything else in the screwed-up mess that is now the UK, ‘Elf ‘n’ Safety have taken over Christmas! The Rocking Carol Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, do not stir; We will lend a coat of fur, We will rock you, rock you, rock you, We will rock you, rock you, rock you: Fur is…

A pint at last

Bloody typical. I come all this way and end up with a pint of Kronenberg! Never mind

Canterbury from the University

Today there's an art exhibition in Canterbury. I saw this watercolour and I bloody wish I'd painted it. Perhaps one day I will.

Don’t you just love a new toy

New toys are great; free new toys are even better! I’ve just started using Microsoft’s Live Writer for blog posts and it’s great. And unbelievably, it’s also free!

One from the archives…

I’ve just downloaded Picassa and in the process of it ferretting around on my hard drive for images, I came across this picture I took in Tokyo. The Mrs and I spent a lovely afternoon in the park at the Meiji shrine and I spotted these kids playing nearby. It is such an idyllic scene,…

Back to earth

Today is officially the last day of holiday. Yui flies back to japan this afternoon. Everyone will miss her very much