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Small Demons Collecting and displaying countries, music, brands and anything else mentioned in certain books.
Cats: Cat Tent For Sick Teenager
Concept Art: Neuromancer One of the most awesome things about Neuromancer is that it starts off in Chiba. The only thing they could have done to make it even more awesome is to set it in Saitama.
Concept Art: Total Recall
Concept Art: Hellraiser A little old, perhaps...
Photography: Instagrams As They Happen Around The The World
Tiger & Bunny: Tiger&Bunny UK Screening
Toys: Gender Neutral Look For Harrods' Toy Dept

On Monday, J and I went into London to watch Greco-Roman wrestling and saw Matsumoto Ryutaro, a salaryman from Tokyo, advance to the finals. While we didn't see the finals, since it's a different event, he went on to win bronze in his weight class. Along the way, there was a furious French guy who refused to hold the ref's hand to declare the winner and threw his arms wide open in front of the judges, demanding that they rethink their decision. They didn't. Finally, there was the Russian guy who cut open his head and had to be bandaged-up mid-fight. J said he probably wouldn't win, but I knew that as long as anime hasn't lied to me, that was a sign he would definitely win. He went on to get silver.

I can get one free Greco-Roman wrestling class at my gym...
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I went to the gym the other day and took advantage of a special deal that gets me a free one-off session with a personal trainer. We did various strength-training exercise and he listened to what I wanted to do regarding muscle-building. I won't be able to afford weekly sessions for another three months, but that would be something worth doing in the future, I think.

On the job front, the good news is that I passed a preliminary telephone interview. The bad news is that the job doesn't exist (yet).

I saw both Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises in the cinema the other day. I enjoyed them both, probably equally. Yeah, I know. One thing I was disappointed in with TDKR is that they included two key scenes from the movie in the trailer. I knew what would happen as soon as I saw the football pitch. Why would you do that?

And, of course, there was the Olympics Opening Ceremony. I'd been sceptical about it, and it didn't start off very well, with the camera meandering up the River Thames and disturbing twee little animals. But then it started for real and it was stunning and engaging from start to finish, celebrating things that really are unique and worthwhile about Britain. No, not the rain, that's just what we tell everyone else. :)

Unfortunately, Americans didn't get to see it because the media told them they wouldn't understand it without editing, ads, and a Michael Phelps interview inserted, which meant that indeed many of them didn't get it because it was edited, had ads added, and had a Michael Phelps interview inserted. The quote of the day seems to be: "Our programming is tailored for the U.S. audience. It’s a tribute to [producer] Danny Boyle that it required so little editing."

On Saturday, I got to see The Crüxshadows live in London! They were amazing! They sung one of my favourite songs ever, Winterborn, and I got to talk to Rogue and he said it was his favourite too. Maybe he says that to everyone, regardless of their favourite song, but he signed a photograph of the band and then hugged me. Definitely one of my favourite bands.

We got to hear Sleepless, which will be on their next album (As The Dark Against My Halo), which was awesome too.

Finally, since J and I were in London, we went to London Zoo. There are forty photographs behind the cut, divided into rough groups so you don't have to look at snakes and bugs if you don't want to.

Regent's Park (4) and birds (3). )

Lizards (7) and a tortoise (1). )

A snake (1). )

A giraffe (3) and some monkeys (2). )

Butterflies (4). )

A caterpillar (1) and a locust (1). )

Pelicans (1), servals (2) and a llama (1). )

Underwater worlds, mostly coral and clams (9). )
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How To Approach An Employment Agency If You Don't Really Want A Job I was searching for info on approaching recruitment agencies and found this. Pretty close to home, although I do want a job!
Animals: Lookout Lodge at Whipsnade Zoo I want to do this next year! Has anyone tried it?
The Avengers: The Avengers As Medieval Knights
Earthquakes: 100 Years of Earthquake You can't even see Japan on there under all the neon green indicators of seismic activity. You can't see Britain either, because it's blacked out due to having no indicators.
Game of Thrones: A Man Is Excellent At Disguises Spoilers! :P
Internet: Carreon vs The Oatmeal Comes To An End
Japan: 10,000 or 65,000 or 200,000 People Protest Oi Nuclear Reactor Restart The figure depends on who you ask (the middle figure comes from "local news organisations" in another article).
LGBT: Stats On LGBT Characters In Young Adult Fiction (2011) I'm not sure the data-gathering method is the best, but it's a start.
London: Sh*t Londoners Never Say Involving some of the people I met at improv in London.
Spider-Man: Steampunk Spider-Man
Writing: My Favorite Bit Writers talk about their favourite aspects of their novels.

Today, I'm waiting for the IKEA delivery people to arrive. They were supposed to come two weeks ago, but never showed up. Turns out they tried to deliver it next door, realised no one was in, then just went home despite having our mobile phone number on file. We didn't get an apology or anything.

So today we have to wait all day in the house while the carnival is in town. Stupid, stupid IKEA. I hope they come soon, but we should be able to go eventually since the event goes on until 10pm.

I went to a gym yesterday. It's a pretty good gym, and they have both a boxing ring and an MMA cage. I just had a go on the machines though, for my first time.

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