An Idiot Abroad: Chinese Delicacy

I hope not to be an ‘Idiot’ abroad when I visit Beijing and Shanghai next week, but I just remembered this clip from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s brilliant ‘Karl Pilkington’s An Idiot Abroad’ Sky1 show, and completely share Karl’s sentiments regarding food. What would give someone an idea to eat a fetus? Or a scorpion? Toad? Hmmm! I do want to have genuine Chinese experiences when I am away and am going to try to encourage myself to at least try some of the more colourful cuisine. Where is a good place to start for a beginner? Centipede? Cricket? I am firmly NOT promising anything!!

Alcatraz

JJ Abrams new show ‘Alcatraz’ started on FOX last week. As a fan of Alias, Lost and Fringe, I was really looking forward to this. Did it live up to my expectations? Yes.

It has a great premise and a central mystery, the latter that only Abrams knows how to craft so perfectly. Sam Neill grated on my initially, but if I think back to when Fringe first started, the character of Walter drove me mad and he is now one of my favourite things about the show. So hopefully the same will go for Sam Neill! I was also pleasantly surprised to see Parminger Nagra on the cast. Won’t say anymore to avoid spoilers but the pre-premiere trailer is above for anyone who’s curious.

One week to go!

I’m really getting excited now as there is now only 7 more days to go until I depart for China. I’ve never been so far away by myself before so I am also a little bit nervous, but I have to keep reminding myself that I am 30 years old and I need to ‘man up’. This trip is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to get it started. There’s a hell of a lot to try to fit into the limited time I have there, but I’ll try my hardest…

Reveal Project – Personal Data Mirror

Incredibly geeky idea but this technology is very cool.

I own a PS3 and secretly wanted Microsoft’s Kinect to fail when it first came out, but I have to admit that the possibilities for the technology are far reaching and I suspect we will see it being integrated into our everyday life in the near future.

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