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Month: May 2007

Whale Meet Culture

Following on from the previous Difference Between East And West post, the BBC News has an article about whale meat – cruelty and the kitchen and states “Whale meat was not everywhere…but in every city I visited I came across at least one restaurant which served it in some form.”

I must admit, I didn’t see anywhere offering whale meat when I was in Tokyo, but I wasn’t particularly looking. One of the journalists the author of the article talked to was an Austrlian where they slaughter around two million kangaroos every year: and the Austrialian journalist didn’t see anything wrong with that, but the slaughter of whales were a “barbaric cruelty”. The Japanese wouldn’t think about eating Dog – but Vietnamese people would think its ok, and in Peru they actually drink liquidated live frogs…

It’s amazing on the cultural differences that there exists just between the different style of foods. I’m actually against whale hunting myself – mainly because of the endangered level of some of them and the fact that it’s difficult to make a “clean kill” (it takes around 3 explosive bolts to kill a whale).

Spiderman 3

Yesterday I watched SpiderMan 3 with my other half and I must admit it did seem a bit “not good”. The opening credits were good – giving you a quick refresher of the previous two films, but then it was very slow going and some bits were just irrelevant (how “important” was it that we found out the Marcus Flint did “that crime” and that the editor of the Daily Bugle wanted a picture disproving Spiderman and then MJ on broadway). This meant that once the action actually started, it was over pretty quickly (some of it such as Peter vs Green Goblin Jnr was difficult to watch as it was so fast-paced you couldn’t keep an eye on the action). I’d say around 7.5-8/10, not brilliant but if you are stuck for something to do with yourselves ona damp bank holiday weekend, you could do worse.

Star Wars virginity

This story on BBC news reminds me of my situation just a few months ago when I was a Star Wars virgin. Yep, until November time I hadn’t watched more than just a few minutes of Star Wars – but my other half made me watch it and like the guy in the BBC article, I didn’t find it as bad as I expected.

I’ve only seen 3-6 but I don’t think I’ll bother watch the first/last 3.