Monday, January 09, 2012

In his blog, The Spanish Shilling, Lenox today mentions that friends to whom books are lent hardly ever return them. And I was immediately reminded of the alleged Confucian saying that "It has never been established who is the more stupid, he who lends a book or he who gives one back."

Travel from Liverpool back to Leeds today gave me the chance to see yet another film - The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as a couple of guys who only have six to twelve months to live and who set out to get the most out of it. There's quite a bit of humour which, if not exactly black, is certainly grey. Worth seeing.

Walking from the train station to the bus-stop, I noted that Leeds has yet another coffee chain - Caffé Nero. This bills itself as the Italian coffee café. Which takes me back to the film, in which there's a running joke about an ultra-expensive coffee from Sumatra, called Kopi Luwak. You'll appreciate that Kopi is Indonesian for 'coffee'. And that, as with other languages such as Persian, the p and the f are interchangeable. As in Telepon.

The good news about cafés is that the Starbucks in Headingley has quite definitely closed down.

Finally . . . . I'm delighted to report that the number of people who include this blog on their Google Reader list has finally reached 150. OK, not vast, but gratifying.

3 comments:

Azra said...

Isn't it weird that I just watched "The Bucket List" yesterday afternoon? Although it wasn't the first time.

Sierra said...

Last month you mentioned the revised "useless" residence certificate. The following clarification may be helpful:

http://www.simplynetworking.es/news-10279-31-changes_to_residency_certificates.html

Colin said...

Thanks, Sierra. Seems clear enough. Trouble is, as it lacks a foto, it's not accepted as proof of identity.

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