Wednesday, August 28, 2002
After blaming Blogger for the problems I've been having with this weblog, I realised only now that it's entirely my own fault.

You see, I uploaded lots of gorgeous high-definition photos from our trip to Malta onto the server, and seem to have weighted it down like Virginia Woolf out for a swim.

Things are all back to normal now. Carry on.

Tuesday, August 27, 2002
What could I possibly be doing to myself in my sleep? I appear to have acquired two disgusting cue-ball-sized bruises on my right leg, which are now in the process of cycling through all the fetid colours of the rainbow. Now featuring-- swamp yellow and lichen grey.

More interesting perhaps is this story about the burgeoning young US population, as compared to the increasingly geriatric population of Europe. Fifty years from now, will things be unrecogniseably different?

Wednesday, August 21, 2002
Back from a week of reading, during which I had the chance to read two books about the same topic. The first, Nickel and Dimed, is a thorough-going, witty, and compassionate story of how Barbara Ehrenreich spent several months working low-paid (minimum wage) jobs across the US. She is, by turns, a maid, a Wal-Mart worker, a waitress, a nursing aide, and a hotel cleaner. It's an incredible book and a fast read to boot.

The second book, Fran Abrams's Below the Breadline, takes Barbara Ehrenreich's book as its starting point and follows Fran Abrams as she works similarly low-paid jobs in the UK. Abrams works in a pickle factory, a hotel, and a nursing home during her time as a wage worker, yet hers is a pale wraith of a book, when compared to the original. It's as if someone took Ehrenreich's tale and stripped it of all humour and charm, and then transposed it onto the UK. This is not to say that it's not worth reading; it is. It just lacks the nuance and authorial reflection that make Nickel and Dimed such a masterful piece of non-fiction.

Best of all, has picked up on the fact that the books are meant to be siblings and is selling them together.

Wednesday, August 07, 2002
Movies that start out disturbing and strange for one reason, and then halfway through, change streams and turn disturbing for altogether different reasons...

So has it really been that long? I've just paid for my web hosting again. This means that I've been parked here at for two years now.

Happy 2nd anniversary!

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