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A Monty Python Moment

February 18, 2009 Leave a comment
Lorie and Michael Palin

Even though I had been sick at home all day, I wasn’t about to miss this. Michael Palin was giving a talk about his new book that revisits his “Around the World in 80 days” show he did in 1989 for the BBC. He focused his story on a part of that trip where they took a dhow (boat) from Dubai to Bombay (now called Mumbai) and then, 20 years later, met up with the crew of that boat.

The talk was at Daunt Books in Marylebone (part of London), so it was a rather intimate setting and we (7 friends) were among 50 or so other people there. Afterwards, we were able to chat to him too. He’s a very friendly and approachable guy who admits that living in London provides so many opportunities that he doesn’t really need to travel as much as he does.

Since staring in Monty Python shows and movies, he’s been writing various travel stories and shows. See http://www.palinstravels.co.uk/ for more info. It looks like a great career!

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My day of baking with my co-workers at Microsoft

February 13, 2009 Leave a comment

No, I do not bake or cook and have no desire to start. However, today 7 of us spent a few hours together learning how to make macarons, brownies, pastry puffs, and sponge cake. I have no desire to repeat any of this at home, but it was fun to do when someone else does all the prep work and cleanup. The macaroons were the best after baking them, but the brownie mix was the best before baking them, .

Lorie appreciated the macaroons for Valentine’s day when I got home. We didn’t even share them with Milo.

Bill Gates improving education in the US

February 7, 2009 Leave a comment

This has nothing to do with my adventures, but it is inspiring enough that I wanted to share it with you. Eight minutes into this video is where Bill Gates talks about the problems of education in the US and what he and his foundation is trying to do about it. A big part of it is making the teacher great. The first 8 minutes of the video is about what they’re doing about malaria and you can see him release some mosquitoes on the crowd, so I suggest you watch all 20 minutes of the video.

Crowded tubes are good for something

February 5, 2009 2 comments
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Yes, a crowded tube can be good for something. This morning, my fellow zombies and I were busy ignoring each other as usual, even though we were all squeezed into the same small place. All of the sudden, a woman passes out. Thankfully, the people that were squished next to her were able to catch her before she even got close to the ground. Suddenly everyone came alive and started opening windows (yes, you can open windows on the underground), fanning her, and moving her to two seats that suddenly came available. I was too far away to help, plus too many other people between me and her, so I just watched the entire thing. She came to in about 10-20 seconds and someone quickly handed her a bottle of water as another helped her undo the top few buttons of her very large wool coat. By the time we arrived at the next stop, she was able to walk out on her own.

Snow in London at Fulham Broadway

February 2, 2009 1 comment

Milo loves eating the snow, thankfully now where he also turns it yellow. We woke up to about 8 inches of snow today. Take a look at the roof above Cafe Nero, which is across the street from our front windows. The roof gives a good idea of the amount of snow. I posted a few other photos of our new flat here.

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