Sunday, June 15, 2008

Choo Choo...

Yes, that was indeed a mad week or so. Time has been in rather short supply, other than to work. Although I'm not complaining about being busy, I'd rather be that than sitting around with nowt to do.

I've amassed a somewhat large number of posts on Google Reader to get through, but get through them I will and I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone. And that definitely includes the 25 posts I've yet to read from Toasts epic journey! If you don't read his blog, see your way to checking it out from the sidebar link.

Firstly...Canada Decision. Due to visa SHIT...and the fact that I'm a mere 4 weeks away from the cut off date of being 31 *groan*...I have decided that I am going to continue saving like a beast for the next few months, delay my intended leaving date until February 2009 and arrive on a 6 month holiday visa. If I happen across any "work" whilst I'm out there, then so be it (shhh...don't tell anyone because I'm pretty sure than I'm not allowed to do this!), and it will also give me a chance to check out the country and make some contacts. If everything goes well, and I really like it, then I'll come back here and start applying for residency. If not...well, the world is my oyster I guess! But come flood or high water, I'll 100% definitely be arriving in Canada in February. Sweeeeet.

Also had a fairly busy weekend. Went to the Science Museum again, and the Natural History Museum, and Portobello Road, and some "festival" thing in Marylabone High Street. All rather funky things, but most enjoyable. Having made my Canada decision, I'm now able to go out and have a bit of a social life. And it's been great.

The Natural History Museum is a great favorite for All Mod Cons. Most educational! And they've got some pretty top drawer models of animals (life size Blue Whale, freaking MASSIVE!) AND they've got dinosaurs. Brilliant! Took the video below...of a T-Rex they've got there. It's 3/4's of the size of a fully grown T-Rex, but still fairly damn large, and incredibly life like. Scared the hell out of some kids anyway.



There's also a section that's holding competition to put some "art" of one of the ceilings to be dedicated to Darwin & his theory of evolution. In this little room are 2 white walls that have a bare tree painted on them. Inbetween these 2 walls is a desk with green paper on. Leaving it up to the visitors to write what it is that they "think".



One of the pieces of paper really impressed me. Although I'm not sure what I "took" from it was the intended "message". If it was, then it was pretty clever. If not, it was a simply a word and a fish. Here's the picture...



Now, what I took from this was that Darwinism and the theory of evolution came about at a time when pretty much everyone believed that God made everything, decided everything, controlled everything...ALL THE TIME. So to suggest that it was all mere chance that we're here, and that it's all a bit more random and "lucky" was a pretty revolutionary thing to say. So to have the name Darwin written inside the Christian fish symbol was cleverly ironic. At least, that's what I got from it. I'm not, however, quite sure where the feet come in to the idea. Any ideas?


Next week promises to be slightly busier, but the most important event is on Saturday when I shall be going to see Paul Weller at the Koko in Camden courtesy of XFM and having won more tickets. Lovely Jubbly! The Viking has also assured me that he can/has obtained tickets to see him at his FINAL gig of the year in Brixton. AND the lovely Linda will shortly be purchasing tickets for us to see him in Heidelberg no less! Gig scheduled for October I think. Can't wait for that one either...as I plan on FINALLY obtaining a photo that includes All Mod Cons and Paul Weller standing next to each other. Oh ye gods...what a quality result that would be!

8 comments:

arbyn said...

That Darwin thingy, I've seen that on bumpers before.

Clever, isn't it.

You should come check out Vancouver for a couple weeks this summer methinks. Why don't you make some contacts early?

Psychgrad said...

Maybe the fish evolved to have feet. I think the feet mean that times are changing and that we need to acknowledge evolution. Or perhaps a place for both, god and science.

SMARTBuddy said...

I love the NHM- but i havent been for a while and dont remember a blue whale. Might have to get down there and check it out! Dawrin in a fish with legs- I took that that they meant the whole evolving from fish-fish with legs- amphibians- etc etc - to man and the god squad sign was just a cheeky poke. But hey! you can read too much into anything..

Princess Pointful said...

The Darwin fish is everywhere here! My friend has it as a tattoo.

I was watching Blue Planet the other day, and they said that blue whales were so enormous that you could swim in some of their blood vessels. Crazy....

Beth said...

Never mind the kids, that T-Rex would have scared the hell out of me.
Good to hear you're getting out and about. (With a so-called Canadian accent, that would be pronounced "a-boot" - according to some people.)

Crashdummie said...

The Natural History Museum is probably one of my favorite Museums in London too.

Hmmm, I think there is something fishy abt Darwins theory...

Mandy said...

Missed the passport control etc desks totally coming back from a couple of weeks in Canada (checked in the bags, walked on the plane), so technically (four years on, nearly), I suppose I'm still there. ;-)

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

Yeah, I'm going to agree with SMARTBuddy on the legs thing. Thanks for the plug. Hope the plans continue to work out.