Thursday, 19 November 2009

'Fight Club' - 10th anniversary

Author of 'Fight Club', Chuck Palahniuk, talking about an incident that he says inspired the story. He got into a fight whilst on vacation. He says...

"... And when I came back I looked terrible.

For the weeks it took for all of my bruises to heal, no one I worked with would look me in the eye. People don't want to recognise those aspects of others' lives unless you're a victim. As a man who might've been engaged in a mutual beating I could not be acknowledged. And there was a fantastic power in that. I could stare at them and they could not look at me. I loved having that power."

(Source: this morning's issue of Shortlist, which also contained a feature on the 20 greatest movie fight scenes ever)

WARNING: The book/film ('Fight Club') contains scenes better not read/watched.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Land of the Free

"100% pure fruit juice"

(Source: Most, if not all, juice drink bottles in Washington DC, USA... which are anything but!)

The things (lies) companies etc get away with in the US!!

ps. Common folk I experienced were very nice and well-mannered.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009


"You think your phd is hard. Try looking after *him*."

(Source: My mum talking about my 1-year-old nephew Ismael. A month back he found himself alone with the computer and hit the on/off switch repeatedly. Maybe if it was Windows 7 it would have survived? Yesterday he found himself alone with the fish bowl and tipped it. The fishes spent some time out of water but survived, alhamduilllah.)

"... patta patta..."

(Source: My nephew saying as the freaks in the CBBC programme "In the Night Garden" say... and he still can't say "uncle"/"chachoo"! There is something freakishly not right about this programme but I can't quite put my finger on it.)