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Entries from June 2007

A Dream of Madness

June 27th, 2007 · No Comments

During a tour of the Pearl River Delta region of China, for one night I stayed at a place called the Ocean Spring Resort. It’s a new holiday resort surrounding a famous hot spring, with hotels, a theme park, spas, health centres, water features, pretty much everything that a resort needs. Oh, and it’s massive. [...]

Tags: adrian · travel

Arup’s Key Speech

June 24th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the values that companies hold, and how they influence what they do. Many companies have mission statements or tenets or core values; some of them adhere to those values, some ignore them, and some can literally be defined by them. But are they actually helpful, and how do you come [...]

Tags: philosophy · spec

Yann Tiersen – a disappointment

June 21st, 2007 · No Comments

A couple of months ago, I went to see Yann Tiersen play at The Scala in London. Mr Tiersen is, of course, the person behind the tinkling, cheery and immensely popular music to Amelie and Goodbye Lenin.
Shortly before the gig, I discovered that he probably wouldn’t be playing just Amelie-style music, but instead he’d be [...]

Tags: music · review · video

Oasis Hong Kong – a review

June 19th, 2007 · 26 Comments

There are a few reasons why I decided to go to Hong Kong for my holiday. Relatives, culture, shopping, food, gadgets, China, Macau and Disneyland were all factors. The biggest factor, however, was a new airline called Oasis Hong Kong that was selling return tickets for £275 (including everything).
£275 is significantly less than flights to [...]

Tags: adrian · airport · review

Releasing Ratatouille

June 19th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Take a look at this list of release dates for Pixar’s new movie, Rataouille. It astounds me that a major movie like this can be released in the UK over three months later than the US. Where’s the love, Pixar? Why does France get it two months earlier than us? Is it because of our [...]

Tags: film

Hong Kong

June 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Just a quick note – thank you for your emails and notes everyone. I have a lot of stuff to reply to, but I won’t be getting back to the UK from Hong Kong until next week, so it will probably be a little longer than that before I reappear. I am reading everything, so [...]

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Perplex City, aloha

June 1st, 2007 · 42 Comments

It’s said that it takes 4000 hours of study and practice to become an expert, whether it’s for sport, music, dance or academia. 4000 hours works out to be about three years of full time study – the same length as an undergraduate degree.
For the past three years, I’ve worked at Mind Candy as Director [...]

Tags: adrian · arg · perplexcity