Archive for the 'colombia' Category

Foreign Minister and She Knows It

Monday February 19, 2007

It’s probably not a good idea for me to watch Fashion TV’s live coverage of the Rio Carnival. It just causes me to feel sorry for myself, horny (they wear hardly any clothes, although far too much plastic for my tastes) and to call people who I shouldn’t who don’t answer anyway coz they’re too busy enjoying themselves at the Carnival.

This woman is officially the fittest Foreign Minister on the planet. Country? Yep, Colombia. Being Foreign Minister is Colombia must be pretty shitty. I’d hate it coz I’d be overseas all the time trying to convince people there’s more to the country than kidnapping and drug trafficking when you’d much rather be at home <licks lips> looking after Colombianas.

Media consumed recently:

Estudando o Pagode from Tom Zé.  Ace.  This guy is really old but you couldn’t tell from this CD, a really nice mix of contemporary and traditional Brazilian music

Hard Candy.  Over-rated.  I think if you make any half-competent film with a ‘challenging’ subject matter (teenage girl turns tables on pedo) you’ll get positive critical reviews.   But beyond the challenging subject matter, this film is pretty hackneyed.  For a really challenging, but well-made film, see Todd Solondz’s Happiness.

Best of the Jackson 5.  Really.  For probably the most striking vocal performance ever in pop music, listen to ‘I Want You Back’ from an 11 year old Michael Jackson.   Such pain, agony and torment from, worth saying it again, an eleven year old.

Are A-Level Students Getting Easier?

Friday August 18, 2006

That’s the big debate in the British newspapers this morning (at least I think so but I may have got the wrong end of the stick). I can testify from personal, bitter experience that this ISN’T the case.

I’m back after a fantastic, fabulous and fucking exhausting (note, dear reader, the alliteration) two weeks away, 3 days in Spain, 10 days in Cartagena, Colombia. I didn’t blog about it because I’m all too aware of your lack of patience with ‘On beach, having fab time’ blogs.

In Colombia

Wednesday August 2, 2006

Cartagena to be precise. For the 4th time. I love it here. I forgot how much I loved it until I found myself chatting away to the touts trying to sell me ripped-off CDs.

The flight here was 12, yes twelve, hours late which meant I arrived at 9.45am instead of 8.30pm the previous night. As I was boarding the plane I received a call from a Spanish friend. I answered it with a ‘Qio mami’ which means something like ‘whatsup girlfriend’ (in the Oprah Winfrey sense, not the she’s my girlfriend sense.) It’s a very Colombian thing to say and as I was on a plane with 300 Colombians they all laughed their heads off at the British guy saying something like this.

BTW, I actually have no idea how ‘qio’ is spelt. It’s pronounced something like ‘Keown’ without the ‘n’.

Loads o Money

Tuesday July 25, 2006

Don’t you hate internet banking? Through my rent, my mortgage, plane tickets, holiday accomodation and other bits and bobs I managed to spend in the region of £5k in a matter of 5 minutes. Ever notice how when you’re paying out they take the money from your account immediately, but paying in can take 5 days? Good job my gigolo business is in good form.

I’m orf to Spain on Saturday, then Colombia on Tuesday. Yay! Cartagena, Medellin, San Andres. So there. Two weeks off, but this will be the kind of holiday where I’ll need more time off afterwards to recover. Double-yay. I’ve got so many ppl to see in Spain it’ll be a logistical nightmare, but don’t worry I’ll be sure to tell you all about it.