Saturday, 23 August 2008
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
...I thought I'd lost the ability to read properly today (that and thought I was going slightly crazy) only to discover, it wasn't me who was totally nuts, but that the internet - and I do love the internet - is definitely bonkers.
As my eye passed over the google translation page (I far too often frequent this page, as my language skills are crap) I thought I saw a very strange language in the list of languages that the google homepage can be set to;
...haha...I thought I just saw 'Klingon'...*snigger*
It turns out I DID see Klingon, and it wasn't my love of Star Trek coming to haunt me...just that some devotee has managed to translate google into Klingon...now, I know my geography is not so good, and being all ignorant about the world in general, but (...feel free to correct me if I'm wrong..) I'm pretty sure that this is the language by those big aliens with the ridged foreheads, two hearts, two livers, 4 lungs, millions of ribs, which tend to shout "Kaplah!" a lot.
I also noticed that 'Pig Latin' also exists (is this latin for pigs?! - I guess not) as do a multitude of languages that I have never heard of.
Isn't the internet great?
Monday, 4 August 2008
In what is often perceived as the most polite cultures in the world (outwardly at least), Tokyo Metro [東京メトロ] is trying to improve the travelling environment for all who use their subway trains by improving peoples manners. They decided that the best way to do this was through a poster campaign which seems to be taking an exaggerated and slightly comical look at bad manners that people tend to have taken to on the metro. The posters highlight annoying bad habits which are deemed unsuitable for the Tokyo Metro environment, and they suggest, should be reserved for the comforts of your own home. Each month has brought out a new poster:
The first poster appeared in April and asks that you share your seat with other people, by displaying a young man taking up several seats to read his magazine and munch on his snack, surrounded by open cans. The May poster, shows a lady putting on make up on the train; which is apparently another no-no (personally, I think, if you can put on make up on a moving train it's a skill not a public nuisance - but is guess it's more a case of you taking up lots of elbow space to do certain make-up-manoeuvres)
Sunday, 3 August 2008
...feeling the need to use our lovely hammock, we headed off to Yoyogi Park [代々木公園] to look for trees at a convenient distance apart
So we spent the afternoon lazing around in the hammock, occasionally waving at amused Japanese passer-bys...