Long way around

Am reading Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s ‘Long way around’. I’ve seen some of the telly series, and the book really blends in seamlessly. Both avid motorcyclists, Charley describes the first time he rode on a racetrack with words somewhat like this:

“Suddenly I felt sad. I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Unfortunately I was too old to do it”

He reminded me of how I used to feel as a kid when I saw bikes roar past, and why I was never able to throttle down if someone revved up next to me at the lights. Ah, Sweet Bitch-Goddess Adrenaline!! (To paraphrase D.H.Lawrence :P)
The book is amazing; I was reading it till 7:30 a.m. (but then, I have the luxury of being able to do so 😛 )

Other books I got were ‘A history of civilizations’ by Fernand Braudel and ‘African silences’ by Peter Matthiessen. I’m dabbling in both as well, so I’ll give you snippets as they come.

Peeves of the week:

I ordered a tub of Ben And Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie. The “tub” they brought me was a piddling little thing, a mouthful for a quail, a trifling affair. And they had the temerity to put the “spoon” (plastic mini-shovel) inside the “tub”, taking up more space!!!

On a more disconcerting note, I found out that our favourite ‘Champion for Freedom and Defender of the Free World’ nation America has 8 times more arms dealers than McDonald’s franchises. So I guess the term “McDonaldisation” must give way to a new one. Any suggestions?

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  1. Ioannis

     /  11 December, 2005

    Should McDonalds fear they are losing market share? Or are they not in competition?


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