Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sir you have a lucky face



So after being in Vancouver I was only back in the UK for three days before I had to go off to Hong Kong for some (boring) work stuff. I didn't even have a chance to get over the 8 hour time difference between Vancouver-UK, before I had similar time difference for UK-Hong Kong. My body doesn't know what time it is - I'll be feeling fine and then suddenly practically slump over. At other times I feel like I'm walking in quick sand. And at others I'm waking up at 5 in the morning feeling bright-eyed.

This time I travelled in style (business class flatbeds and staying in a hotel suite). I feel just like 1970s jet-setter Jason King (with a bit less hair)



This is my third time in Hong Kong and I don't have any culture shock. I still look like a whitey western tourist and every time I leave my hotel I have to navigate a gauntlet of hawkers who collectively call "Sir, hello sir, copy watch, copy watch, copy rolex, massage, tailor, copy watch!" to me. Depending on the route you take, you can be accosted by about 40 hawkers in 5 minutes. Sometimes they announce that I have a "lucky face", which is always nice to hear, but I never hang around long enough to find out what scam they're trying to pull.

Apart from that, I have had a lot of Starbucks and caught up on Lost, Big Brother US and Torchwood in my spare time - all utterly ridiculous. Just like that chap out of Brokeback Moutain, every time a new series of Lost starts I think "I wish I could quit you". It's so annoying and idiotic - characters appear, do a lot of shouting and then die and are never heard of again - and every week there seems to be some new mysterious supernatural happening, which rarely gets explained. And the flashbacks just feel indulgent. However, I've stuck it out for 3 years hoping for some answers - like a lover who keeps forgiving an erring partner, I feel I've invested too much to chuck the towel in, so keep forgiving and hoping things will improve (I don't think they will). At least I won't make the same mistake again - the minute Heroes got crap I jacked it in.



Thanks to the writers' strike, Big Brother in the US has been bumped a few months forward. This year, robotic hostess Julie Chen (Chenbot) looks more dangerously chenorexic than usual - her breasts have almost vanished altogether now (I worry about the Chenbot - someone needs to feed her a handful of nuts and bolts). The hokey twist for this season is "til death do us part" which means the contestants all play as couples. For the first time in 9 years, two attractive gay men have been put in the house at the same time - in the past, gay contestants have been old and/or fat and/or ugly and/or screamingly camp, so it will be interesting to see if these two get on and whether the cameras will show it. Another pairing involves a 40-something "cougar" (divorced, somewhat predatory older woman) paired off with an offensive hog. I don't think they'll last somehow.

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