Thursday, June 15, 2006

i'm liking the new job. The people are friendly and i'm learning a lot about opera. The first week has been very busy but i'm enjoying the work nevertheless. Now if i can only make some time to head over to Edinburgh to actually see some opera!

Otherwise, i haven't been too busy. i've been going out with friends here and there, for a quick pint, and trying - with little success - to save money until my friend from Canada, Sara, arrives next week. i want to hit the town properly when she comes and show her a real Glasgow night out. If she's up to it, of course.

In other news, i am so fucking sick of hearing about the World Cup. It's rather quite annoying how the media is so saturated with shit about the World Cup - assuming that every breathing body in Britain actually cares. Tell you what: i could care less. Every Scot, however, is NOT supporting England. It's quite endearing to be honest; take every Canadian (apart from the 4 million who live in the GTA), and double their annoyance towards Toronto and Torontonians in general and then times that by about 100. Add in some lacerating humour and aggressively friendly attitudes and you have the Scottish mantra towards England and the English in general.

All in all, this week has been good. i feel better about my mid-twenties crisis and Glasgow, in general. There are a few points which have been annoying me, however:

1. The crap American reruns on UK TV: It was awful the first time around, 15 years ago, but now it's just a disgrace to see it again on PRIMETIME TV in the UK!

2. Films opening about 3-4 months after the North American release: Anyone who knows me (or thinks they know me), know that i am a huge film buff. i love all kinds of movies and art house films. So, sometimes i find myself wondering why i moved to the UK where films open way later than they do in Toronto and from a place that has loads of venues to show such films that i am interested in. For example, did you know that the Uma Thurman film, PRIME, opened here about 3 weeks ago?! YES, that very same film that came out on DVD about 3 MONTHS AGO IN CANADA?!! Hard Candy, starring Canadian, Ellen Page, opens tomorrow and i'm kinda interested in seeing it - even though it came out weeks ago in Canada, so i know what happens already.
(ii)Which reminds me: if i read one more review or hear one more male comment about the "brutal and senseless" castration scene and HOW DARE THE FILMMAKER DO SUCH A THING?!, i might just lose my mind. Well, guess what, asshole? Now you know what it's like to live in a misogynistic/woman-fearing/ idolizing culture where ever other film has some naked bitch having her tits blown off her. Seriously. There are 5 American Psycho's for every 1 Hard Candy.

3. Tabloid papers: You know how the majority of people are secretly ashamed of buying InTouch or National Enquirer in Canada (well, Toronto, at least)? Well, such rags are considered "news" here. People go mad over here for that shit. And folks over here are seriously into their "celebrity news". So weird.
(ii)In regards to news: what's up with my beloved left-leaning news outlets - i.e. The Guardian and the BBC - taking on a somewhat anti-Israel stance lately?! For example, i'll just be reading a story about the never-ending bullshit in the Middle East...or something...and come across some loaded term like, "the unjust occupation". HUH?!

4. Grace on Big Brother: OHMIGAWD. Dear child, i almost feel sorry for you because i know what it was like to be 19 and really insecure. ALMOST. 'Cause, damn, you're one snotty, shit-talking, back-stabbing young lady!

5. Junk food: so bad it's good. And hard to resist. Go away, Scottish tablet! You make my teeth hurt and my clothes tight from all your sugary goodness!

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