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Rants, raves and random observations from an itinerant epidemiologist.

100 in 1000
  1. Spend a week up a mountain learning to ski
  2. Visit Karoline's place in Moravia
  3. Hold a conversation in Czech (only)
  4. Drink 500ml of each of the following beers:
    1. Pilsner
    2. Staroprammen
    3. Budvar
    4. Velke Popovice
    5. U Fleku
    6. Gambrinus
    7. Krusovice
  5. Respond to at least one GOARN request (WHO and MSF are also acceptable)
  6. Travel across the Atlantic
  7. Return to South America
  8. Read a book to, or with, an impressionably aged child
  9. Participate in one NanoWriMo Challenge and come within at least 10,000 words of the goal length
  10. Have my nose pierced
  11. Have my next tattoo drawn
  12. Purchase the perfect jeans (x 2 pairs)
  13. Attend a spin class 3 times a week for 8 consecutive weeks
  14. Bake Viv's cheesecake
  15. Make David's casserole
  16. Make David's Chicken Cashew-nut Stirfry
  17. Invite 4 people who don't know one another too well to dinner
  18. Ride from Vienna to Venice on a motorbike (pillion acceptable, those less desirable)
  19. Attend a book group for at least two books
  20. Go on a choir weekend (learn and perform difficult piece in two/three days)
  21. Visit Madame Tussaud's (in London)
  22. Take an architecture appreciation course
  23. Join an all-girl group and sing a solo
  24. Publish in a scientific journal (top two authors)
  25. Cook a duck or other 'waterfowl'.
  26. Locate the Al-Timimi's from Doha Veterinary Practise
  27. Have a pedicure
  28. Maintain a Brazilian (ouch) for three months.
  29. Find a trustworthy Czech hairdresser
  30. Treat my inner-6-year-old twice a week (at least)
  31. Do the liver-cleansing diet properly (12 weeks)
  32. Don't eat out for one month
  33. Find a flat and flatmate
  34. Purchase one Joseph sweater
  35. Purchase one of the following pairs of designer shoes (they MUST also be COMFORTABLE, and be able to be worn with 4 different outfits and 2 types of occasion): Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks, Christian Louboutin (Ebay or 2nd hand are acceptable)
  36. Send 5 books to the booksphere and track them.
  37. Go hanggliding
  38. Read 10 'classic' books (from 1001 Books to Read before you Die)
    1. Moll Flanders
    2. Everything is illuminated
    3. Madam Bovary
    4. Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance
    5. Catch-22
    6. Odysseus
    7. On the Road
  1. Run (non-stop!) for 5kms outside (preferably in a street race thingy)
  2. Send Christmas Cards on time
  3. Make a collage/mural out of street lights on my wall
  4. Buy a bed, build it, and sleep soundly in it
  5. Go to Africa
  6. Host an 'event' (classified as and when)
  7. Organise a 30th Birthday Party
  8. Wear a costume
  9. Sing on stage
  10. Buy a painting that evokes memories of Prague (cannot involve queues!)
  11. Learn a god-damned card game that stays in my memory (other than fish/snap)
  12. See sunrise. Be sober. Have woken for it. Excludes months Nov-Mar
  13. Take a walk and flip coins at each intersection
  14. Win something
  15. Draft a will
  16. Take a roadtrip
  17. Go to Italy already
  18. Sea Kayak around Abel Tasman Park (NZ)
  19. Get plants
  20. Take a train to another Eastern European Destination (accession countries are acceptable) alone preferably.
  21. Get UK to give me a provisional motorcyclists license and simultaneously get a 'card' license.
  22. Go SCUBA diving again - at least two dives lasting 30mins each.
  23. Go to a dentist. *sigh*
  24. Do a Czech Wine Trail. And live to tell the tale
  25. Make an 'outbreak emergency kit'.
  26. Go to bed prior to 11pm every night (inc weekends) for four consecutive weeks.
  27. Marvel over lack of tiredness
  28. Dine at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant (or Nobu)- preferably for free.
  29. Bet on the nags
  30. Do something for charity (applying and getting a 'red card' will count)
  31. Walk along the Champs Elysee
  32. Do 100 sit ups in a row
  33. Do 50 pressups (arms in tight)
  34. Make branston pickle (or nearest substitute)
  35. Cook something 'new' and 'adventurous' at least once a month
  36. Find a mentor
  37. Be a mentor
  38. Learn what mentoring is all about
  39. Meet an online person in real life
  40. Resist the flirt. Once. Just one night. It's okay if people don't immediately succumb to my natural charm. Really it is.
  41. Spend time at a spa (spa towns in the CR don't count)
  42. Send a care package to someone
  43. Get a Tata Bojs CD
  45. Order new contact lenses.
  46. Make a list of things I take with me when I pack for different occasions
  47. Eat lobster. Prepared by someone else.
  48. Back up the blog
  49. Put everything onto an external hard drive
  50. Find a DDR mat and console and 'dance, I say dance!'�
  51. Go to the beach and lie on the warm sand. For an hour. (with sunscreen on, natch)
  52. Take and complete a course in either: Tango, Salsa or Flamenco
  53. Join the Municipal Library of Prague
  54. Move to another country
  55. Go to a live concert of a band I actually like
  56. Pay off debts (student loan excl.)
  57. Send thank you cards for every gift I receive (other than the gift of happiness, blah blah blah).
  58. Get an agent (literary or theatre)
  59. Go to a sports bar without cringing, by personal choice
  60. Ride a rollercoaster
  61. Hold a snake
  62. Spend a day wandering around a museum (not art gallery!)
-3 days - and counting...
Wednesday, 8 February 2006
Sheesh - you mention the JFA (think of the letters after each of those...I am SUCH a cryptographer) once, and the whole blog thing crumbles.

So the JFA story? Well...there we were, doing the rounds of the infectious disease ward of one hospital (totally empty, waiting for AI patients, in a very overreactive yet underprepared manner) with our friend who wears the neoprene black high heeled ankle boots (ARGH) with flesh coloured tights, and the silky lab coat (wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong) and we returned back to her office for the ubiquitous 3L of tea (today I felt the button on my trousers go, I've drank THAT much damned tea [it has nothing to do with last nights Baklava, oh no!]). Anyway, as we walked into the anteroom before getting to her office, a man suddenly stood. He had been sitting in the very straight-backed manner of all persons-who-have-done-pack-marches and stood in a very threatening yet 'at ease' manner. I'm not sure why it was threatening: the hawkeyed glare he gave us? The narrow bit of face we could see? The width across his shoulders? Who knows.

What I did notice (of course) was that he was wearing the absolute latest in trends: military coat (gorgeous in grey: so versatile) complete with epaulettes (braiding pays!). Peculiar bulge over one hip though - obviously intended when the material was cut, as it didn't distort button alignment in the slightest. Accesories included a chapka, Russian MVD winter issue combat boots with fur lining, over grey trousers. I was in awe - he deserved to be part of the YSL runway collection. Just before I ran over and hugged him for following the fashion trends yet managing to not look like a fashion occurred to me: he might actually be real.

So I refrained. :) Aren't you impressed with my restraint. JT (the french lab expert) and I looked at one another and raised eyebrows. Once we were inside our hosts room, he leaned over and whispered, "JFA?". I lifted my tea to my lips to avoid giggling.

JT and I saw things from the same perspective (probably becasue we were both non-medics and lab-trained). While he was claiming every word as etymologically stemming from French, ("go on then, claim Pic-bloody-nic!", "....", "yeah, thought not!") he also told me a little bit about the politics in France. APparently, most people don't even bother voting these days, having lost confidence in their politicians. But the truly amazing fact that I didn't know (so I only started watching the news with intent last year okay?) was that darling Chirac (of the 'shaking hands with A presidents' fame) has been prosecuted for many things (NINE times?!?!?) and were it not for the presidency, he'd be in jail. President or jailbird...I'd be hard pushed to decide too! The state pays for your meals and accomodation whichever way you think of it... far as french words go, i'm gonna say that 'politics' must've originated there too.

As you LBR will surely attest, I don't ONLY take photos of 'sights' that you can see in any guide book/internet site (for the skint amongst us), but I try to take photos of things that pique my interest or tickly my funny bone. Which is why I was gutted I hadn't been quicker with my camera en route to B from visiting Ba the other day. We passed a car, to which was attached a trailer. On top of the car, inside the car back seat, inside the car boot, and overflowing the trailer were bags of carrots. 'WOW!,' I thought to myself, 'Thems be a LOT of carrots.'. Not much of a great story, I'll grant you. However, the car in front of that one was similiarly 'well-packed'.......with cabbages. If they'd collided (okay - that wasn't the funny bit, besides, in my mind it was non-fatal!), there'd be a HUGE amount of coleslaw all over the road. "Road Closed by Coleslaw" "Coleslaw Breaks Economy" "Coleslaw Calamity" and other headlines spinning on newspapers in my mind. Sorry for the lack of photos.

But I think the funniest thing I've seen is a place called "Nemo kindergarten", complete with a picture of the cute clown-fish. Now, maybe I'm wrong, but in the original animation picture, didn't Nemo GO MISSING!?!?!??! Wasn't he scooped up and put in a tank with a scarred and hardened criminal (albeit, one with a heart)? Would you put your kids in that kindergarten? They need marketing help out here; Nis??
posted by Nomes @ Wednesday, February 08, 2006  
  • At 10:46 pm, February 08, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,
    Seems the comment section has come back with the advent of the guy who appears to know how to fix your connection - yay.
    Nemo is still cute, and I think thats what the kindergarten were intending. That and his irrepressibility. Never mind the real story line - why would you want to let a thing like that get in the way?
    It was lovely to be able to "chat" last night. Glad you are doing well.
    I'll keep this short so that it doesn't confound your server once more. Not to mention the fact that we probably said everything there was to say for a bit (what am I saying??? it must be early in the morning for me).
    Love to you, and I'll give you a ring when you return to your cubbyhole, Mums

  • At 6:11 am, February 09, 2006, Blogger Nine said…

    Pique au nique. 'To brush away ants'....

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