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I bought a DVD-player! There's a clearance sale just down the road, so I got it for next to nothing. Though I wish I'd checked it over more carefully before I left the store, because now I've got to go back and get a SCART-cable; only then I can (try and) set it up.

While I plan to follow CoRo and David Berkeley on their UK tour again in November, I want to try and set some time aside during the day to take in The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army-exhibition at the British Museum. If the boys hurry up and let us know what date(s) they'll be in London, I can order my ticket online at the same time as booking my flights and sorting out my accommodation.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day? I can't see the point, if I'm honest.


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Sep. 19th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
Ah! DVD players are very nice indeed. I've been thinking of buying a DVR, but I think i'll wait a bit longer for the prices to drop.

Oh, I really want to see that exhibition! I do have vague plans of making it to London sometime this autumn. Hmm...

International Talk Like A Pirate Day? I can't see the point, if I'm honest.
Umm, well. I can't say I'm very into it either, but I did find some amusing language-related links that you might enjoy: here
Sep. 19th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I really want to see that exhibition!

So do I! I always thought I'd have to go to China for a close look at those terracottas, but London works out much better for me.

Thanks for the link; the video is quite amusing. Still, I don't think International Talk Like A Pirate Day will catch on anywhere outside the English-speaking world.
Sep. 19th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Hee. I saw the docudrama recently, and it was really interesting. Well, the acting could have been better, and IN A CHINESE DIALECT, but we can't have everything, can we? ;-)

Glad you liked it; I'm such a language instruction geek. But yes, I agree that the whole concept most probably wouldn't work in another language.
Sep. 19th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
There's a docudrama? I haven't seen it, but I have seen teh documentary of how the exhibition came to the museum. Interesting, if slightly sleep-inducing. Imagine, as a curator, having to spend hours in meetings about Chinese typefaces! Or worry about whether people from outside Britain would understand the word 'august' if it were included in the catalogue (honestly, there was a woman researcher arguing that non-English speaking visitors wuldn't know what was meant by that word!).
Sep. 19th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
The First Emperor (IMDb). I saw it with Swedish narration, of course. And, I'm not qualified to comment on the veracity of the dramatisation, but I took it with a grain (or shaker) of salt.

HEE. I'd really like to learn Chinese. And actually, typefaces are important, but bureaucracy most certainly isn't. ;-)

Or worry about whether people from outside Britain would understand the word 'august' if it were included in the catalogue
*headdesk* I... am almost apoplectic.
Sep. 19th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
My sister studied Chinese at university -- for all of 6 weeks! Then she found out that she still couldn't read the menu at the local takeaway, and gave up in disgust...

I... am almost apoplectic

Hee. Given the fact that you're from outside Britain, do you even know what that word means? ;-)
Sep. 19th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Hee. 6 weeks is most definitely not enough, not even for a Germanic or Romance language. ;-) Actually, I took classical Greek for a few weeks some years ago; had to drop it because the rest of my schedule was too heavy.

Of course not. Is foreigner, know nothing.
Sep. 19th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
I took Homeric, Koinè and medieval Greek at university, but none of these will come in handy if I ever went to Greece. My sister never looked back after switching majors so early on, and is quite happy and fulfilled in her career as a paralegal.
Sep. 19th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know. It's more for the etymology and the history. And well, I guess that it was required in your earlier work...

is quite happy and fulfilled in her career
That's great! We should all strive for that, I think. And in our private lives, too.
Sep. 19th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
>>I bought a DVD-player!

Welcome to the 1990's!

I'd like to see the Terracotta warriors, but I can't help thinking that just seeing 15 or 20 or whatever it is of them is somehow defeating their point.
Sep. 19th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the 1990's!

Considering I bought my first (& only) VCR in 1997, I think I'm right on schedule for trying out this new technology!

Hmm...you may be right there; but at least with 15 or 20 figures, you'd be able to scrutinise them all at length.
Sep. 19th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
I thought I'd wait for the Tutankhamen exhibition instead.
Sep. 19th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
There's a Tutankhamen exhibition coming to London soon? Wow! Although I've seen all his stuff in Cairo several times over, the Egyptians are somewhat lacking in presentation skills, and it'd be worth seeing what they'll make of it in the British Museum or wherever it's going to be.
Sep. 19th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
The Bubble Exhibition Space at the O2, it says...that's the Dome? Would be easier if that'd just say that.

It'll certainly be worth seeing.
Sep. 19th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
It think it's the Dome, it's 'O2 Dome' anyway. My company is working on the thing, you think I'd know!
Sep. 19th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Wonder if I can make it to both exhibitions...Oh no, I can't, 'cause the boys are going to be in London the first week of Nov. Luckily it runs well into next year, so I've got plenty of time to go yet.
Sep. 19th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad you found a deal!
Sep. 19th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, now I just need to find the cable. And it's probably gonna cost me more than the device itself!
Sep. 19th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Yaarrr!! Ye jus' need te be gettin' into t'spirit o' things a bit more lass.


Seriously, though. It's just for fun. That's the whole point. I guess I just enjoy silliness for its own sake sometimes. It's only once a year, and it's more fun than days like Valentines (designed to make you feel crap no matter whether you are in a relationship or not, I've discovered).
Sep. 20th, 2007 06:53 am (UTC)
Valentine's -- another day that doesn't mean anything outside the English-speaking world; though our shopkeepers have in recent years been lobbying for its introduction.
Sep. 20th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
I saw a couple of the warriors and one of the horses when I was in China, the history of them is very interesting!!!

I got a new DVD player before I went on holiday it's also a recorder and hard drive I needed it to tape all my shows when I was away :) It's amazing I love it!!!
Sep. 20th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
Dayum, I don't think mine records stuff...Actually, it doesn't do much of anything as I haven't gone out for that cable yet...::sigh:: modern technology and me are not mixy things, it seems.
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