Classic movies

Marlon Brando

I finally caught up with the rest of the world this week and watched ‘The Godfather‘, widely acclaimed to be the best movie ever made.

Having seen what I was missing out on, I am now on a crusade.
The problem, you see, is, although I love movies. I haven’t seen a lot of the classics.
In fact, I’ve seen hardly any of them. I have access to the DVD’s of all the best ones, my father is a total dvd-buff.

So, here is my list.

  • Star Wars
  • Indiana Jones
  • James Bond
  • Lord of the rings
  • Batman
  • Terminator
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Schindler’s List
  • A clockwork orange

Those listed that are part of a series of movies, I haven’t seen any of them.
Before you say it, No, I haven’t seen Star Wars. I know. I know. I’m a loser.
But, at least I’m making up for it now.

Happy birthday Cardiff

Cardiff centenary cake

My home city, Cardiff, is today 100 years old.
Well, to be precise, it’s been 100 years since it was given city status, by King Edward VII on October 28th 1905.
This year is a double anniversary as the city also celebrates 50 years since it was granted Capital City status.

I do feel however it was very inappropriate that the clocktower and most of Cardiff Castle has been obscured for renovation work, this year of all years. Any visitors coming will be surely dissapointed, and that won’t help the tourism industry that Cardiff City Council are so desperate the nurture and make grow. But, it’s not my decision.

I did decide to go out into the city for lunch today, there was a few things going on in celebration, a small stage with some Welsh vocalists and harpists, free entry to the castle, a free concert at St Davids’ hall, so some thought was put into the day, at least.

On another note, did anybody see or hear the RAF Hawk flyover that was scheduled, according to BBC News, to be flying over Cardiff Bay at 11am? I work very near to the bay and was looking out for it, but, nothing. Did I miss it, or did it not happen?

Flickr > Cardiff photo pool

Service industry bloggers

I have a fascination with blogs from workers within the service industry, mainly Waiters/Waitresses. They seem to come out with the most fascinating stories that I think most of us, even those not in the waiting industry will be able to relate to, likely because most of us are decent restraunt-going people who would never dream of being as rude, arrogant or behaving in any way like some of the people that they encounter on a day to day basis.

My addiction started when I discovered ‘WaiterRant’ about a year ago. ‘Waiter’ as he is known has now moved from Blogger to his own domain and has a seemingly large fanbase juding by the amount of comments that come with every single post (sometimes upwards of 200). But, this is totally justified, not just because of the content, which I can assure you is pure gold, but his style of writing is so uniquely personified. He writes in first person, with full dialogue and it really does put you in his shoes, giving you that extra empathy.

Another favourite of mine is ‘The Insane Waiter’. Following on from WaiterRant using the pseudonym ‘Secret’, it does seem as though these people vye for privacy, which is fair, as if the general public knew where these people worked, they would either be hassled by customers or they would purposely do things to get into the blog, or, they could even get fired.
Insane Waiter delights with stories of couples acting inappropriately, colleagues threatening sexual harassment lawsuits and customers generally being pretty tight around the wallet area. The Insane Waiter

I can certainly tell you something for nothing, reading these blogs has certainly made me appreciate servers much more and has shed a new light into the industry for me. I shall definitely be tipping a much higher percentage in future. (You know us brits, we aren’t customarily very good tippers)

Hang on a second..

Did Apple not just a few weeks ago release iTunes 5?
After we were stuck on version 4 (and its various updates, 4.1, 4.2 etc.) for almost a year, iTunes 5 comes out and three weeks later is superceded by iTunes 6.
What’s the deal with that?

However, the new iPod video (if thats really what you can call it, after all, it is just an iPod photo that has the video function Enabled) does look pretty damn sexy.
Apparently, it’s thinner than any previous classic iPod’s which will be welcomed as I always found them a little too chubby for my liking (hence the fact I went with the iPod mini)

What a waste of bandwith

Charlotte Church has revealed that her rugger-playing boyfriend Gavin Henson recently woke up in bed with a different girl…
But it was in fact just her with her new brunette locks – poor Gav, he must have had a nervous moment before realising.

Let me be the first to say,
What the Fuck!

Charlotte Church mings

Sky News apparently think that this story is newsworthy.
I think it’s an absolute waste of bandwith, time and energy on the part of the person who had to write it.

Who knows, we may soon have ‘Charlotte has dream of getting a real life’ next.

Also, in case she hadn’t already noticed, her new hair-do is absolutely disgusting and hopefully will only do more to bring down her already failing career.

My advice. Move out of Cardiff. We don’t want you here bringing down our image.
Yes, that is my qualm with you.