by Garethin General2 commentstags: barcelona, El Canto Del Loco, playa garaf, sitges, spain, travel
In short… Yes. Yes, it is. I’ve just come back from a short break on the Costa Dorada – see previous post – chilling in the (often fearsome) sunshine, supping ice cold Mahou and generally taking a nice break from the UK.One day though, I had to go for a meeting in Barcelona, and took the train up along the coast – to my (pleasant) surprise, a short distance to the east of Sitges I looked out of the window and thought “Bugger me! I know that beach!” – it was the really cute one with all the beach huts and the sweet retro-looking hotel that’s the centrepiece of the promo video for El Canto Del Loco’s triffick piece of power-pop, “A Contracorriente”… It genuinely *does* look fab! I want to holiday there sometime. Badly want to!Anyway, I checked it out on Google Earth and it turns out it’s called Garraf – and I’ve uploaded a Google Earth placemark here should you want to go look it out for yourself…And the video can be seen here… Got some really nice photos of Tarragona, which I’ll aim to post in the coming days.
by Garethin General0 commentstags: General, spain, travel
Okay, I have to admit to not having sorted any updating on here over the last few days, but it’s been busy – trip to Bridgend etc – and now it’s off on hols for a week. Seven days on the (hopefully sunny) Costa Dorada, interrupted only by a short business meeting in Barcelona, should do me the world of good.I’ll aim to not be 100% lazy and if I catch any nice pics on the iPhone I’ll upload them.But it’d be foolish to consider it a promise of any kind. Hasta luego :-)
by Garethin Environment, General, Politics0 commentstags: Environment, extinction, himalayas, tibet, wildlife
Researchers in the remote eastern Himalayas (divided between Nepal, Bhutan and parts of China, India, Bangladesh and Burma) have discovered a whopping 350-odd new species over the last ten years, including Gumprecht’s (horrendously) green pit viper as shown in the picture – It’s venomous, grows to at least 130cm, and clearly thinks that camouflage is very last year.More here…
by Garethin General, Technology0 commentstags: facebook, fun
Go to the bottom of the Facebook page. Click on the language settings (yours will probably be defaulted to “English (UK)”…) and try setting it to “English (Pirate)” instead.Enjoy. Yarrrr.
by Garethin General1 commentstags: fun, London, rant
I was sat in the beer garden of a bar in Southwark on Friday evening, waiting for some friends – but couldn’t help but be drawn into the hilariously “serious’ conversation of two businessmen bellowing at each other in loud and nonsensical business cliches, while I waited.I really wish I could have written it all down as it was pure comedy gold (and I love it when people really feel they have to be heard by everybody else in a bar or restaurant, as it usually means they’re idiots) – lots of stuff about “managing upwards”, working in a “matrix” (I thought that was fiction I must admit) and “kicking shit in the UK division”. But the bit that really got me (and I hope their business isn’t involved in any kind of Physics discipline) was when one of them banged out in a gloriously pompous voice a phrase to describe his position in the company; “Yeah, well that’s the thing – the gravitational field is much stronger the closer you are to the magnet…” Tosser.