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Amateur Transplants, caipirinhas and books 
27th-Jun-2007 11:23 pm
Remember Amateur Transplants, the guys who did that rather rude, crude (and funny) London Underground song? Well, they're playing in London next Wednesday and Thursday at the New Players Theatre near Embankment! See here for more details.

Went to Cafe Pacifico near Covent Garden with aeshna_uk on Monday. I'd said it'd been ages it'd been ages since I'd been to a Tex-Mex. Good recommendation. Excellent spicy steaks. Hell, they even served caipirinhas!

On the work front, due to client reorganisation, looks like my team has to relocate from Canary Wharf to Lewisham. Well, actually, we don't all have to go but it struck me as making little sense to have us split between the two sites. The client people we're working with have to move part of their team down there too but looks like they're going to have some sort of rota. Still, after talking to my Programme Manager, looks like I have a partial Get Out Of Jail Free card in that I'm expected to show my face around Canary Wharf from time to time as part of relationship management. Sounds good to me ;-)

Right, books I have been reading lately:

Mother Tongue, by Bill Bryson
Entertainingly written high-level account of the development and global success of English as a language, including lots of interesting stuff about how all those maddening inconsistencies in written and spoken English evolved.

Millions Of Women Are Waiting To Meet You, by Sean Thomas
Great holiday read, very funny account of a journalist's research into and experiences with online dating, leavened with insights and recollections from his prior experiences with sex, love and romance. However, at tumes painful for me as his supposedly patchy record still puts mine to shame!

The Cylon's Secret, by Craig Shaw Gardner
The issue of what book to read next was resolved by Jonathan from Concatenation: I turned up at the LOTNA meet on Saturday to find he had a review copy of for me (complete with a Post-It with my name on it!). Guess my review of the BSG miniseries novelisation can't have been too bad then... Fortunately, this one is a lot better than the miniseries novelisation, but suffers the fate of too many tie-in novels - ideas and details being subsequently contradicted by what's been broadcast since.
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28th-Jun-2007 07:26 am (UTC)
Going Wednesday, alas.
28th-Jun-2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Have you thought about signing up on Goodreads.com? I'm very taken with it myself, not least because I'm currently working on a shelf (tag) labelled "bookstodoyourheadin".
28th-Jun-2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Er... never heard of it but I will take a look!
29th-Jun-2007 02:17 pm (UTC)
It's really nice. Sort of a combination of a book review/tagging site and a social networking thing. If you want, you can friend people which means you get their reviews on your friendspage or whatever they call it, you can join groups or debates.

But it's also a really nice, user-friendly site for reviewing books or even just keeping track of what you're reading and what you're wanting to read, and finding books like that. I'm there as Jam.
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