October 10th, 2004

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(News) Bush's Bulge, Cheneys Web Blunder, Blix on the Iraq Survey Groups Report

Was the bulge in the back of President Bush's suit jacket actually a receiver which helped him answer the questions? The picture certainly could be perceived that way.... Or was it simply a crinkle that appeared when he folded his arms or a wrinkle in the fabric of his expenseive tailor-made suit? Bush's Bulge Stirs Media Rumours (BBC News Online; Saturday 9th October 2004)

It's always good to see Cheney screw up too - and end up sending people to the wrong website!.... Web Blunder Boosts Bush Bashers (BBC News Online; Thursday 7th October 2004)

Different opinions regarding the Iraq Survey Groups report obviosly abound - depending on whether you think the war was justified or not. I agree (unsurprisningly) with Hans Blix take on the situation.... Blair 'Clinging To Straws' - Blix (BBC News Online; Sunday 10th October 2004)

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Footie

I doubt this will interest too many people, it being a football related post and all. Buit I was just skimming through the results for yesterdays World Cup Qualifers and was amazed to see some peculiar scorelines...

FYR_Macedonia 2 - 2 Holland
Slovenia 1 - 0 Italy
Liechtenstein 2 - 2 Portugal
France 0 - 0 Rep_of_Ireland

Now the France/Ireland scoreline isn't too surprising in many aspects but Portugal being held by Liechenstein!!!! Italy loosing to Slovenia???? and Holland only managing a draw with macedonia???

I'd love to be able to see what the local press is saying about their National Teams today. Almost wish I could read Dutch, Italian and Portugese.... come on lads!
Come on lads
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    Portishead; Interpol
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Todays Playlist

My timing is almost perfect. The last CD I brought into work with me today has a couple fo tracks left to play out and I think I'll start wrapping things up and heading off home.

Todays lsitening pleasures have been:

Pink Floyd : Echoes (Best of.... double CD)
Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
Portishead - Roseland NYC Live
Therapy? - Troublegum
Avril Lavigne - Let Go
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Interpol - Antics

Also had a Pop Will Eat Itself fix this morning before coming to work.

Music is most certainly one of the most important things in my life.
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    Pink Floyd
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Chocolate and the 1974 Parliamentary Elections

Apart from work it's been a bit of an odd day.

Earlier I got very excited about starting up a Chocolate Review website. This, admittedly, happened after a quick stop at the Local Newsagents for refreshments so I think I can see the trigger to my plans.

There seems to be lots of 'Limited Editon' Chocolate bars coming out all the time at present. How is a connoisseur of fine chocolates suppossed to keep up I ask you??? My favourite 'speciality bar' at present is the Mars Delight - although I'd contest it has anything really to do with a regular Mars bar..... Anyway, back to my point, whilst in the Local Newsagents I spotted five (FIVE) new types of Kit-Kats (Kit Kat Editions Caramel; Kit Kat Editions Orange; Kit Kat Blood Orange; Kit Kat Luscious Lime and Kit Kat White Lemon and Yogurt - there is also apparently a Kit Kat Low Carb out there but I haven't spotted it yet!). Now five limited editions based around the same chocolate bar all available at the same time seems a little bit OTT to me. I brought a selection of fine chocolates (Kit Kat Blood Orange, a new Guylon Praline snack bar, Galaxy Hazlenut and something that I've completely forgotten about) and thought about forming a little site where people can try out different choclates and rate them. A community of choco-holics.

I even started researching it which is when I came across CHOCOLATE REVIEW, a UK based website which does exactly what I was thinking of doing and a whole lot more to boot! Great brains think alike and all that :-p

Anyway, enjoy the site and be dazzled at the complete emmersion into everything chocolate......

The other very odd thing I found myself doing was watching the 'Live Election Coverage' and results of the British 1974 General Election on the BBC Parliament Channel whilst eating dinner. Boy has the presentation of elections changed in the last 30 years! Oh, Labour won btw ;)

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    The Jesus & Mary Chain
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Resident Evil: Apocalypse + The Butterfly Effect

Saw Resident Evil: Apocalypse on Saturday afternoon with Sarah, daver2323 , Dave Keyes and cryx . Marc Torley and Andrew Peregrine both popped by the meeting point to say their hellos and apologies for not coming in with us (Andy was en route to work whilst Torley was costume shopping). The first thing that struck me about the film (well actually the cinema) was that it was £11.50 PER TICKET!!!! I've not been to Leicester Square for some time but the prices have rocketed. Last time I was there it was about £9 and I thought that was pricey compared to the local multi-plex and even the screens just off the Square itself. Anyway, I doubt I'll be seeing any films at any of the cinemas on the Sqaure again in a hurry.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse was amusing. I'm glad I saw it and it was exactly the sort of film I was expecting it to be. I enjoyed the cast of characters and the special effects were (on the whole) very good. Some of the acting was terrible though (Jared Harris as Dr Ashford and whomever wa playing the head of The Umbrella Corporations Ground Team being the major two lows). Milla Jovovich's Alice kept really reminding me of her Leeloo character in The Fifth Element, which was a shame as it felt she hadn't progressed in the last seven years (which she has in films like Joan of Arc - and Fifth Element was a great movie). Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine was brilliant (and very cute). School Report: B (Fun but nothing exceptional).

After a trip to Forbidden Planet and FOPP Records Sarah and I headed back to Finchley and met up with daver2323, pond823 and Aly back at ours. The evening was very laid back but we did all decide to watch The Butterfly Effect which I can honestly say is one of the best films I've seen in a long while. We all really loved it and I can't reccommend it highly enough. It was very twisted in places (which is always a good thing in my books) and kept us all glued. It's a good variant on the time travelling story and reminded me slightly of films such as Twelve Monkeys. The film also did to Ashton Kutcher in my opinion what Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind did to Jim Carrey. It proves he can act very, very well if given the right script and direction. I've not seen any of Ashton's previous films all the way through (such 'classics' as Dude, Where's My Car) but by all accounts they aren't a lot of kop. In this however he really pulls it off. John Patrick Amedori (who plays Ashtons character as a 13 year old) also pulls off a generally stunning performance. The folm does have a few weak moments in the acting department, and there are probably flaws in the 'time travel' series of events if you want to scrutinise it in detail (there's actually a fairly big one that a couple of us brought up last night) but it is overall a very entertaining, somewhat dark, film. Go and rent this one if you didn't catch it at the cinema. School Report: A-

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