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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!)
Tuesday, 28 November 2006
Arguing with Amazon. You know how they ship anywhere? Well, apparently, even items that are “shipped internationally” cannot be sent to the Czech Republic. Once upon a time, this would have surprised me.

Considering a blog-holiday: creativity lost to ennui.

(actually, I just want you all to scream “Nooooo” and send me e-mails of love, support and empathy…)

Searching for choir weekends. Love singing Intunition style, but feel musical ability is degenerating due to neglect. Would like something really juicy to sing. Some sort of mass in two choirs of 16 parts. Something where you get lost on the score and have pencil marks all over to indicate “shut up”, “get louder” and “don’t take a breath here ‘cos the person next to me is doing so” along with the Italian bits put there by the “composer”. Of course, I can’t find any that are close to an English airport...

Enjoying progidous success with spy-theory: three dates so far. A 300% increase on life prior to secrecy (previously using the “-OH” technique, which was successful when a corpse(like) stupor was desired of a partner). Wondering who (two) I need to eliminate for doubleO status. MI6 (the official secret intelligence service website? A trace oxymoronic, no?) doesn’t want me though – to apply, you have to have been resident for 6 of the last 10 years in Britain. MI5’s worse: 9 of the last 10 It was also noted (after I wiped up the pool of drool from watching Daniel Craig) that MI6 is in the habit of googling things when a call from an agent comes in. What’s next? How to dismantle a bomb on youtube? So, in lieu of actually being paid by HMG, and in keeping with my temporary Le Carre insanity, I think I’ll start calling myself “N”, and telling boys off for being, well, boys.

Dame Dench; watch out.

Update (now). Amazonian success (machetes down, all). They explained that, as an international buyer, I must be absolutely rolling in dough (I smell yeasty? Silly! That’s the beer!) and consequently should stop looking at the ‘marketplace’ for bargains and pay the full Jungle price (damnit). I have thus adjusted my behavior (full-price hurts!) for this occasion and have ordered three books. Note: was gonna charge me £58 for what charged me $88.

Oh yes, I’ll STILL shop around you little buggers…you won’t get me. These books are now en route to me!!!

Update II: Mum’s. Christmas. Care. Package. Arrived. AsI’m not going directly home, the anticipation can only become more piquant (cookbooks or thesaurii, you decide)

Update III: my food-related messages (am cooking saffron & salmon risotto with courgettes this week) sent to my girls are apparently the hottest txts they’re getting. Gotta love Prague.

Update IV: am grooving at my desk to “King of the Bongo” remix.

Update V: there is a small possibility I'll get my backpay before I get slung in jail for tax dodging. This makes me happier than you can possibly imagine. With this distracting jubilance, I may not be able to...withold...the

(but I'm gonna try)
posted by Nomes @ Tuesday, November 28, 2006  
  • At 5:56 pm, November 28, 2006, Blogger Nomes said…

    This is a test

  • At 5:56 pm, November 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As is this one, while I try to ensure that we get no more comment spam.

  • At 5:58 pm, November 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And the last one is here.

  • At 1:59 am, November 29, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,

    Delighted the package has arrived already. It's quicker to send things to Prague than to NZ - go figure! Our last Crimble card from NZ took 17 days to arrive, whereas your package took a mere 17 days too, which included two weekends, where they absolutely do not work over here. Since it was posted on a Friday afternoon there is actually no hope it went before Monday, so in actuality (eek!) your parcel took a real 15 days to reach you - not bad eh?

    Hope you enjoy opening all the goodies. The CD is the same one I have, and I sent one to Rowls, so we can all be listening at the same time (sort of) to the same music. Incidentally it is an instrumental so you can singalong with your own words. Most of the tunes are at a reasonable pace, rather than dirge like - I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to it, and didn't want to throw anything at the stereo system; which is just as well as the poor thing is now 23 years old and probably couldn't afford to get things arrive by air.

    Well, better dash, got presents to wrap, cutlets to make and then out for lunch Insh.

    Love you heaps, Mamma

  • At 2:04 am, November 29, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    PS Please do not have a blogliday - what would I read ona semi weekly basis?
    Oh and resist the temptation of the shoes, though you were right, I too liked those ones on EBay, but US$660 is somewhat steep, not to mention that most folk here wear thongs (ie flipflops people) so 4" heels might look slightly out of place!
    Love Mamma

  • At 9:38 pm, December 01, 2006, Anonymous Tinuola said…

    Drooling over the pigalles.... And in size 11?! But girl, them shoes don't look like they were made for walking... ;-)

  • At 4:33 pm, December 03, 2006, Blogger Rory said…


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