Sunday, November 27, 2011

Museums

The Natural History Museum was amazing.



They had birds, new old extinct endangered eggs claws beaks. They had dinos, bones, skulls, moving models, fun stuff. And plants and insects and animals all models. It's not a zoo. But it was fun ! They had earth and earthquakes ! Museums are awesome !
And given the number of museums in London, I guess I can spend all of December going to one every weekend. Even on Christmas which I would be mostly spending alone. Or not, with some nice paintings. Ah! miss boston and isabella gardner and moa.

Mortal Immortal !




A nice 3D movie with Greek warriors, Greek Gods, Titans, a "much needed" hero, a bad bad villain challenging gods, virgin Oracles, devoted monks, a magical weapon, anything and everything that should be there in a Greek mythical movie.
But that's exactly what it is, too many things in one movie. There is no building up of the story or any character at all because there is no time to tell things slowly. The virgin Oracle predicts one but one vision which does not come true. The villain captures the virgin oracles and no one knows how even when people are ready to kill themselves to keep the women safe. There are nearly three wars in the movie one being just a few seconds. I have no idea what power the magical weapon Hercules' Bow gave our dear hero. No idea why the villain wanted to release the Titans. No idea why the Titans who were captive till that day had to be killed by Zeus suddenly even though he killed Thor himself and Athena died already. And many more questions to which I have no answers.

Yet, Greek heroes, Greek Gods, magical weapons in 3D makes for a lovely movie ! :)
A lazy weekend afternoon's perfect answer.

Mayor's Show

After talking about it a lot I thought I did have to put up a post about it even though there isn't anything to talk about.
It was short. the wait was long.
It was crowded the fireworks not so much.
But I did take a few bad pics.

One goes here

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gen Next



The book has any amazing feel to it. Just like every other of his books, it grabs you with an awe factor. Though there is no one long winding conspiracy theory or one underlying story line, there are many small stories in parallel that add up together. But even if they didn't it would be alright.
It takes you to a futuristic world and it stays futuristic until you read the author's note or the bibliography.
The shocking thing is how much of it is true. The bibliography is the freak part. If so much is true then it won't be long before every part of our body is patented and we walk around with 'stolen property'.
I can't speak more about the plot without the spoilers. But there is a smart ape, an abusive orang and a talking calculating bird!!!
Now read it NEXT.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Fireworks Again!

It's amazing how many fireworks displays London has.
I was really excited about the Thames Festival since it ended in a fireworks display.
It was good.

Then I went all the way to Neasden just to watch fireworks on Diwali and it was well worth it.

This Saturday was Guy Fawkes Day. Basically a guy called Guy Fawkes wanted to blow up the Parliament House. He did not succeed. Every year the city celebrates the occasion by bursting firecrackers. Each council organises its own fireworks display simultaneously I guess. So the entire city lights up, even the suburbs, even households. It's like their Diwali or 4th of July. May be not that big because all households do not do it.

I went a couple of miles away to watch it.
Spectacle is the word. Beats the Neasden any day.

But, I wait for next Saturday, Lord Mayor's Show. They have fireworks again. This time it's just one place and on Thames again, after the Mayor's procession.

Fireworks, fireworks, fireworks!