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This is Cor’s lj. 

This is Cor’s attitude to work:
 
Posts tend to be f-locked. 
 

I am:

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Feel free to friend me - just drop me a comment here, and I’ll add back.

 

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My travels

What my Tripadvisor travel map looks like:
Yellow - the places I've been
Green - some of the places I want to go (by no means exhaustive!)
Yellow-Green - places that I am planning to go to in the near future
Blue stars - the favourite places as listed in the travel map

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Watch 'The Cove'

We watched the documentary, 'The Cove', last night. I've never been so horrified in my life. Nor felt so terribly tainted by childhood trips to aquariums and dolphin shows.


As a diver, and a fairly educated individual (hey, I can admit to huge gaps in my knowledge!), I know there's quite a lot of unsavoury and illegal practices that goes on in regards to aquarium stocking. That people's demand for 'pets' or for food has an incredibly high impact on the natural environment and the wild population of species out there. It's one of the reasons I encourage the boycotting of that Chinese tradition sharkfin soup and try to eat sustainable meat and fish.

But THIS? This was just beyond any understanding of that implication.

I highly recommend everyone watch this, if you haven't already. But be prepared for very graphic and awful footage. It really gets to you. I'm not someone who anthropomorphises animals, but there's still an unemotional and rational argument that can be made for the wholesale (literally) slaughter of a species.

You can read a good review of it here.

And man, if I already thought that the politics of the IWC (International Whaling Commission) was farcical, I never realised to what extent the corruption.

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Haiti Appeal

Holy crap. Haiti.

Supporting these guys - Médecins Sans Frontières. They're awesome. We have a regular monthly donation to them, and they don't stream money into huge press/pr/promo/fundraising blackholes that a lot of other charities do.
We have both sets of parentals coming over later this year for holiday, and want to take them out to the theatre (well, technically only Matt's as they're sticking around longer). But there's always so much going on in London that I can't decide what they should go see.

Last two times Matt's folks were here, they saw 'Kiss Me Kate', and 'We Will Rock You', so I'm thinking along the lines of lighter theatrical entertainment compared to something Shakespearean or like 'War Horse' or opera.

So help me out - vote in the poll! Or make a suggestion!

Poll #1423726 Parentals' visit - theatrical options

What musical/play/theatrical masterpiece do you reckon would be good?

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
4(30.8%)
Jersey Boys
2(15.4%)
Mamma Mia!
7(53.8%)
The 39 Steps
0(0.0%)
Oliver!
0(0.0%)
Something better! (suggestion below)
0(0.0%)

What else would you recommend?

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BBM awesomeness from S

So, we all know that S's (aka chaotic4life) BBM pics are going to kick the living shit out of mine, so check out her lj post here!

If anyone feels like anticlimaticism, check out mine on photobucket. I'd mention the comments/repost/hotlink yada but frankly, I think S is the one at risk of that!

Oooh, by the way S - don't forget to scan the pic of you, Jason, and me!
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Recap still to come. Darn this worklife that gets in the way of the much-more-important el-jay life! I think I'm a third of the way through my notes (not that they're that long and comprehensive, but just that I haven't had time to do them!).

Heh, I have the "Lisa, it's your birthday" The Simpsons song in my head. Stupid, coz my name isn't Lisa but I guess that just shows what sort of nutjob I am!

flist love

If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

This is a shout out to my peeps!

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just some quickies

Ooooh, I neglect lj for 3 days and there's so much to catch up on!  

I am pleased to announce I finally got my Christmas shopping under control - even if it did take a day off from work to get to it (damn work, what is this taking up of all my time?!).  Although, I am still at the mercy of delivery efficiencies!  *bites nails*

Just for some fun:


Dedicated to my boss and my workplace:


and for the lovely (and excellently bloodthirsty)

dexterette

, whom I know shall appreciate it:

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the ignominies of the body

I just had to share!
 


"Sarcastic ankles"! "Sarcastic ankles"! *snerk*

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Happy Birthday smiles1_9!

 
Steph!!!


I had the noblest of intentions to wish you that this morning but am hopeless!

Hope you're having a fabulous day.

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fire bad, tree pretty

Holy smokes, Batman!

About a mile away from our workplace, we noticed this massive black cloud of smoke arising.  And it's now cast a massive shadow over all of East London.  Including our office.

Check it out here and video here.

Apparently it's an abandoned bus warehouse, on the Lee river, at the Olympic development site

 

I actually have some pics on my phone of the start of it.  It would have to wait til I get home tho.  But honestly, I'm sure the Beeb will have loads of them soon.   Where it is:


Here's a pic from a workmate's brother who works down at Greenwich:


Our office is on the far right side of the pic, in between/behind the orange building and the grey tower, with the dark brown roof:


ETA
.  I texted in my pic to the Beeb and it's in the gallery - here!  Caption is "Major fire in East London near Olympic site. Sent in by C Ung, Tower Hamlets.", jic it moves.  I was one of the earlier people to send in so it's at the back end - number 41 currently. 
ETA2. And of course I had to email my photography course teacher yesterday telling him I disobeyed the Photographer's 1st Law: Always Have Your Camera With You.

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"All around my lj" stolen from dexterette

Meme stolen from dexterette. For any of my flist who are bored out there...

1. Do you remember how you ended up friending me?
2. Head over to my user icons - which is your favorite?
3. Do we share any user icons?
4. What (thus far) is your favorite single entry of mine? (Name the reason)
5. Do you know me from somewhere other than LJ?
6. If you're here for something other than entries (fics, icons, videos, music, banners, manips etc) - what do you enjoy most?
7. Have you learned anything from me?
8. Do you have a pet fandom you think I should check out?
9. Do you like my mood theme?
10. Will you answer this meme before stealing it and putting it on your LJ?
 


It's Friday!  IT'S FRIDAY!  IT'S FREEDOMFRAKKINGFRIDAY!!!

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Happy Birthday caroline85!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROLINE!

(aka

caroline85)



Hope you have a fanfrikkintastic weekend!!!

 

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Skál! Salud! Na zdravje!

Just been out for a few cocktails (mmmh strawberry & lychee martinis) and dimsum with an old workmate. Thought this was fitting!

What personality elements make up your Personality cocktail?
Tell the bartender to mix up a few yous!

A wise man once said, "I drink, therefore I am!" An interesting comment indeed, but what does it mean? Well we think we have the answer. Every personality contains a lot of traits. This test aims to determine, from your name alone, the most dominant personality traits and give you a fun little recipe for your own personality cocktail. Perhaps you and your friends can have a little Personality cocktail party and compare results! We hope the concuctions this test generates don't leave a bad taste in your mouth. Oh and remember, always drink in moderation - we dont want you getting tipsy on personalities now do we!

How to make a lama_not_llama
Ingredients:

3 parts friendliness

3 parts courage

5 parts instinct
Method:
Stir together in a glass tumbler with a salted rim. Top it off with a sprinkle of lustfulness and enjoy!

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Happy Birthday chaotic4life!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEF!!!! 
(

chaotic4life)



I hope that the TV arrived early and you can celebrate!

 

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Happy Birthday smokinmilkmaid!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MANDY
(aka

smokinmilkmaid  )



Have a fantastic day!

 

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Random numerics

Snagged from

alee23, 'coz I'm procrastinating too!

Random thoughts meme 

 


I am a Non-American fangirl...

 
Oh and just coz I love these comics (here):
 

Square eyed folk

Meme stolen from dexterette, and following on from</a></a>
neek_love:

Rules:
- Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you've seen every episode.
- Asterisk if you have at least one full season on tape or DVD
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).


I'd added American Gothic, Gossip Girl, and Reaper!   Pushing Daisies is only up to ep2, and I haven't gotten to the eps of Chuck yet.
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Movie meme stolen from dexterette

TGIF!  I have been completely UNproductive today.

Nabbed this from dexterette:
[01] — Look up TEN of your favorite movies on IMDB.
[02] — Click the "trivia" link in the sidebar.
[03] — Post a fun and random bit of trivia from each film.
[04] — Tag five people everyone!


First, let me just say that I've never worked out a clearly delineated Top 10 list of movies.  I love (and watch! and own!) waaaay too many DVD movies and TV shows.  Also, I'm trying not to repeat dexterette's or neek_love's movies!

This was really, really HARD.  So here's a rough stab at the other nine, as 'TPB' has always been and always will be no.1...

The Princess Bride The most famous of the "classic blunders" mentioned by Vizzini - "never get involved in a land war in Asia" - was reputedly advice given by General Douglas MacArthur to President John F. Kennedy, in 1961.




And because I can't help myself - here's some extras from a few other movies I love to watch over and over!

Meant to be

Nabbed from dexterette!

Yup, I'm so meant to be rich! Now if only that money could come without the effort made to make it...



Your home is a

Philanthropic Mansion

Your kitchen is someplace you never go, because you "have people for that." There's a pantry loaded with enough alcohol to survive another Prohibition -- which you do tend to worry about. Get help, man. Your master bedroom is the size of a small barn, with carpet thick enough to reach your ankles. Your study has hardback editions of every classic ever written, plus a special edition of Rich Dad, Poor Dad with the parts you ghost-authored highlighted. One of your garages holds your collection of ferraris, and is measured in acreage.

Your home also includes a wine cellar, which you've partially stocked with Martinelli's Sparkling Cider for when your Mormon friends come over. Your guests enjoy your animatronic replica of the cantina at Mos Eisley. Outside is your hedge maze and gardens, meticulously tended by a team of world-class botanists.

Below is a snippet of the blueprints:


Build YOUR Dream House!


It looks like I should be a Thunderbird! Either that or Team America. LOL.