Jun 28

So last night, my mother and I were talking about taking a trip to Europe. I know it’s cliché but we’ve decided that we have to go to France. Because of work I’m only gonna give myself like 12 days max to roam. The question is if we should do all France, a London-Paris hybrid, a London-Paris-Nice hybrid, or even a London-Paris-Amsterdam trip.

Sure I could do either of the last two but mind you, the price jumps up almost $1.5k compared to the London-Paris hybrid! Ugh but I’m going nuts, because even if I decide to do the three city tour I don’t know if I should do Nice or Amsterdam. Actually just thinking about it now, Amsterdam seems like the better choice.. seems like it’s for a much younger crowd and I’m in a totally different country!

Also I decided to take a tour instead of winging it on my own. If I was with my friends I wouldn’t mind winging it, but I’m with my mom and I think she’d prefer to be escorted around. What’s also great is that the tour (from Monogram Travel) actually gives you days to roam around on your own. So in a way it’s structured but with a certain degree of freedom.

What I’m also excited about this London-Paris thing is that we get to ride the Eurostar. I’ve always liked trains as a kid so taking the Eurostar is important. And if I decide to go to Amsterdam, then I get to ride on the Thalys. Going to Nice would mean I’d take the TGV.

Now is it just me or am I really pushing this 3 city thing? lol Argh! It sounds super awesome but I’m not sure I wanna spend so much money for it. =\

Anyway, we’re still thinking of going on March or April so it’s still far away. As you know from my post about New York, I have a habit of planning things way way way in advance. It’s so far in advance that the tours I’ve been looking at don’t have prices for next year yet.. and I’ve been basing my estimates on this year’s prices.

In the meantime, I’ve been watching way too much YouTube videos of airplanes, airports, and now trains just to satiate myself. Now who can forget Top Gear’s Aston Martin vs Train race! For the train, they actually took the Eurostar and the TGV! OMG, this could be my trip right here (sans Aston Martin)!

Jul 10

Just saw the pilot on HBO and it’s already one of my favourite shoes (Weeds is up there too!). It’s about these 2 guys that make up a band called Flight of the Conchords. They’re just hilarious. Seriuosly. They’re so dry and monotone when they interact with each other but the story is great and the music is great. Yes they do sing…

May 29

OK this whole BBC thing has got me thinking about shows I used to watch a long time ago…

Brittas Empire “Welcome to Whitbury Newtown Leisure Centre. How may I help you?” C’mon this one has a gay couple in it (Tim and Gavin)! It was like my only outlet to the gay community back then and was enough to keep me glued to the show! I had a crush on Tim for some reason. In the episode below, Gavin’s fiancée shows up. eeep!Crystal Maze anyone? The scale of the game show is just so massive! So many puzzles, so many rooms. I remember there was even a french version of this.. it was set in a castle or something (anyone remember it?) I also remember having dreams of living here..lol.. so awesome!

Pelsia ok this one isn’t even in english, but this was like the sailormoon of the 80s and I loved watching this even if I didn’t understand it! haha. btw, the intro is awesome!

Fort Boyard.. it’s what the crystal maze was bsed on. wow it’s all coming back to me know.. the little people, the old guy..

oh and here’s a spoof of fort boyard, fort boyaux.. lolz

May 29

In continuation with the whole BBC ident posts, I present to you Bill Bailey.

“This is the BBC. Do not listen to the others. They are the false prophets!” Priceless! LoL!

Oh man, thank god for YouTube! Where else can you find a 90 sec version of the countdown?! I miss hearing the countdown sequence so much that I’ve been listening to it all day at work. It’s just so catchy, so hypnotic, and would definitely fit well in a rave :-)

Mar 02

7 years I’ve been waiting for this! A chance to see the opening sequence for the Eurovision 2000 opening sequence once again. And now thanks to Shane79 I can rest in peace.

Eurovision 2000 was just perfect on so many levels! Most notably, Denmark won, with Fly on the Wings of Love. Cheesy name I know, but the danish version sounds a lot better… Smuk som et stjerneskud.. yeah.. right. lol.

A side note. I saw another version of this opening on YouTube a week ago. But OMG, Terry Wogan ruined it! He kept talking during the opening! “blah blah blah” you know? I couldn’t stand it! But then a light of hope! Shane commented that,

Wogan is truely a tosspot. I’m going to upload the RTÉ version, hopefully today. No talking until after “Welcome Europe” — just the way it should be!

But that was 2 weeks ago and still no RTÉ version! I really had a fright! “OMG what if I’m never going to see a clean version again?! I’m doomed” I ended up emailing Shane a few days ago.. and now.. voila! Truly a miracle.