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Erm… Hi! Sort of…

In Uncategorized on March 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Yeah, so I completely failed to start writing again. I just don’t have anything to write about at the moment, really. I mean, I went to Sydney last week to see some bands and friends, but that isn’t really interesting to anyone else at all, is it. I even took a bunch of pictures of gorillas at Taronga Zoo. I’ll probably upload them to flickr at some point, but considering I haven’t even uploaded the ones I took in Finland yet, I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

So until I start writing (proper writing, not just links to amusing newspaper articles or youtube videos), I’ll be on twitter. Add me or whatever if you’re on it. Because that’s where my articles and links and youtubes will be for the time being.

Cheery bye!

Jesse.

Two Months…

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2009 at 1:21 am

Wow. I haven’t updated this blog for two months. The last update was December 1st. It’s February 1st now. Jeepers.

I’m back in Australia, it’s stupidly hot here, and I wish I was back in the UK. But I have some stuff planned, so that’s good. More info to come, I guess.

I’ll sum up the last month or so of my trip at some point next week – there’s some good photos from Finland that I haven’t uploaded yet, so I’ll have to do that sometime. And I might even do an extremely belated 2008 music roundup. I attempted something of a top twenty back in December, but I got to number fifteen and got bored because I was writing it in my notebook. I probably won’t do one as extensive as previous years, because, well, fuck it.

Halfblog is back up and running for another year. Expect more of the same tired old drivel. I know I am. But at least no work complaining can be expected – I haven’t got a job! Hurrah…

London (Days 3 & 4)

In Uncategorized on September 22, 2008 at 3:19 am

Day 3:

Went to the London Zoo! Took the tube to Camden and walked up there. Perfect weather. It’s been so sunny. I was there early-ish so for a good hour or so I wasn’t bugged by other people. Which meant I could take pictures of pigs and meerkats and giraffes!
London Zoo
London Zoo
London Zoo

And a tapir! It wasn’t nearly as interesting but they have a habit of looking funny.
London Zoo
It just seems so depressed.

They’ve got a really cool rainforest building. It’s full of tiny monkeys.
London Zoo
London Zoo

Sadly I didn’t get pics of a lot of the zoo because the camera’s battery died. But I did get a pic of the penguins. These are the little dudes that fascinated Russell Brand.
London Zoo

I also went to the National Gallery and got lost. It doesn’t help that every room has religious paintings in it and all have multiple entrances. I constantly went around in circles. Very beautiful works, but damn, did they really need all those images of Jesus?

Outside the Gallery, on the steps of Trafalgar Square, there was a massive squad (over a hundred or so) of football supporters. I don’t know who they were but they were in red and white. They were all chanting in something that didn’t sound English and were surrounded by police. They were attracting quite a crowd, including one homeless dude who ambled up, stared for a bit, then started chanting back at them.

Day 4:

Went to HMV to buy CDs (I needed new music for the new iPod touch I bought…) then took the train back to Leighton Buzzard. The walk to Euston Station was terrible. Everything felt heavier (probably because I had new things) and the heat just made it uncomfortable. I sure was glad to be on that train.

I think London was a success. It’s a beautiful city. It’s very busy but didn’t get too bad outside of the rush hours. And people don’t know how to walk without getting in other peoples’ way. But I really do like it. I just wish that they didn’t have so many H&M stores in Oxford St. The store’s good (I got my gloves from there, as well as my new bag), but do they need 3 stores in 3 minutes walking distance of each other? I tried using one as a waypoint and the other two baffled me. I ended up walking in the wrong direction for ten minutes because of that.

Apologies

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2008 at 5:56 am

Apologies for not updating the blog for a few days. Basically, I haven’t had real acces to the net. For some weird reason I can’t seem to connect to the wireless network at Bill’s, and I wasn’t sure of what sort of setup there was at the place I’m at now, so haven’t really tried. Anyway, it’s just been so busy.

Never fear, as I’ve been diligently documenting my travels each night. It’s been incredible so far. Blogs (and photos) soon!

Jesse.

Lancaster Trip Update – August

In Uncategorized on August 30, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Yeah, so I leave for the UK on Tuesday. I’ve spent much of this week organising things and making sure I have everything I need. The trip, after nearly a year of waiting (It’s roughly a year since I thought of applying to go overseas), is finally becoming real.

The first half of the week was spent dealing with Centrelink. Without going into specifics, they essentially cancelled my youth allowance payments that hadn’t started yet because I hadn’t reported my earnings 4 weeks prior to them telling me to. So that was a load of fun. Especially when one of them wanted to argue with me over whether it was a little odd or not. Apparently it’s totally normal to expect things to be done before you request them. Anyway, that was all sorted and now I should be getting some tidy fortnightly payments. They’ll certainly help.

Then it was a matter of working out what I’m taking. I spent half a day obsessing over whether I should take one bag or two on board with me. Singapore Air say that you can take a laptop on free of charge, separate from your carry-on luggage, so I assumed that covers the bag that it’s in. Just to make sure, I rang them, and enjoyed a lively horn-based tune four times in a row before I got through. Surely it can’t be that hard to have a variety of on-hold music? They seemed to agree with me that it covers the bag it’s in, so we’ll see how that goes… I sure hope it does because my backpack’s full of magazines and books and papers. And extra clothes just in case my luggage goes missing (I really hope it doesn’t 😦 )

The last three days were just wandering about the house, panicking every so often over some minor oversight that could be sorted in minutes, then watching DVDs instead of doing so. Well, someone had to watch all four seasons of A Bit of Fry & Laurie back-to-back, didn’t they. They weren’t going to watch themselves!

On Friday I went into the city to get some last-minute things, like padlocks and security ties, books (Adelaide seems to have totally sold out of Stephen Fry’s novels in the last two weeks, very odd indeed) and so on. I decided it was a good idea to get a Travelex Cash Passport, as it might help to alleviate the foreign exchange fee that you get charged for using your Visa card overseas. For the minimum amount of £100, it cost me $240. I knew our dollar’s pretty poor against the pound, but jeepers… It never really occurred to me just how bad it is. I also needed to get some actual cash out, so went and got £50 from the money exchange place. $119. Ouch. And all I got was a single paper note with a funny little man on it that’s too wide for my wallet! I think I might need to buy a new wallet while I’m over there. One that fits ridiculously oversized novelty money.

As for today, I’ve spent most of it packing. I think I have most of what I need packed, just the last minute things like the Macbook, my speakers, and a few cables left to go in. I figured it’s a better idea to pack a few days beforehand just in case something goes wrong. So far, nothing has.

I think we’re going to see The Dark Knight tomorrow (finally). That should be good. Nothing says ‘farewell Australia’ quite like a comic book film.

Hello, WordPress

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm

I’m considering moving back to WordPress. My journey into tumblr hasn’t really spurred me on to writing more often, so the benefits of moving over seem to be few. And I prefer the overall WordPress feel. The text editor seems to have grown new functions, too.

Yeah, I think I’ll come back. Good thing I own my own URL. I can point it wherever I want. Here’s to a reboot of halfgoon.com!

Uni – Done for Now

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2008 at 3:40 pm

So I realised today that I don’t actually have any classes next week. Seems I managed to miss a week somewhere. Maybe I should have attended those classes, and I wouldn’t be so confused as to where I am.

This means that, as of today, I don’t have classes until October. All I have to do now is get two essays in – one is just about written, one isn’t started yet – by June 13 and 20, and that’s it for a few months. 12 weeks, even. Excellent.

DEVO!

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2008 at 12:19 pm

DEVO are coming to Adelaide!

And they’re being supported by Regurgitator!

Oh God, I am so excited.

They’re playing Thebarton Theatre on Monday, August 4. Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 12 from Venuetix.

This is going to be the best show EVER!

Eurovision Final

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2008 at 11:18 am

Well, I can’t say I’m too impressed by Eurovision’s winning song. I thought Russia’s entry was a fairly stock standard ballad, and the performance, while as camp as a blond-haired, linen-shirted man on ice skates can get, was visually dull.

I know that my favourites, like Bosnia & Herzegovina’s washing line antics, Croatia’s ranting old man, and Latvia’s pirate troupe, weren’t going to win, but I’d have thought that Europe would go for something more entertaining than that. The second and third-place winners weren’t bad, though.

While it was necessary to hold multiple semi-finals this year due to so many countries wanting to compete, I think they took the magic away from the grand final. We’d already seen all the entries (bar the big four and Serbia) in the semis, so there wasn’t really any reason to watch the final. They were the same performances. However, if we hadn’t watched the semis, we would have missed some good stuff that wasn’t voted through. At least in previous years, with the one semi-final, we’d only seen about 10 of the 24 songs before the main event. I much preferred it that way.

Eurovision Song Contest Semi Finals 2

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2008 at 10:09 pm

These are my even newer favourites:

Latvia: This needs no explanation. None at all.

Croatia: Everything good and true about the world is contained within these three minutes.

Lithuania: He sounds drunk, is wearing leather pants, and his hair is ridiculous.

Czech Republic: Must I say why?