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Alzheimers Dec 18

Say nothing, live on!

Such easy words to type and say.  But you know what they aren’t.  It is singularly the most devastating disease to live with. Actually I sorta got that wrong. It’s singuarly the most devastating disease to live with and soul destroying to those who have to live with it.

Why because I know, and I really really wish I didn’t.  I’m going to say something many people will find terrible but it was actually easier to watch my grandfather die of cancer than to see my grandmother did from old age with Alzheimers.  And yes I know cancer up close and very way to personal. (I walk around with one testicle and my mum walks around with survivor breat tatoo’s, so umm we have an few thoughts)

Even after all this I still hate with a deep passion Alzheimers.

Do you still have a Job? Dec 08

Well for the moment. It was thought that working for an investment bank was easy money, and yeah for sure alot it was.  I look I won’t deny that probably our totaly packages have been very good.  But not all of us who work in the industry pull down the huge salaries you see in the media.  Most of us are the back office people who enable it all. And guess what, who are these cuts hurting.  Not the ones who made the money.  They are gone.

Whats left are the ones who worked behind it all and thats who is being laid off around the world now.  Not the ones who made huge killings on the market, just the ones who goes back to the kids and wonder about the mortage.

I’m lucky, in this round of cuts I still have a job, am I sure I still will have one.  No.  As the markets keep going down the componies keep cutting.  That means more people out of work and not spending.  And guess where that is now hurting?  Take a look at the auto bail out going on in the US and you are no far off.  Its moving down now.

Want to know what really pisses me off is that all the people who caused this whole issue, many of whom made alot of money are now out of it and just watching it all goto crap.  Call it the free market maybe?  But legistlature allowed this to happen, why because those whom made the money had interests to allow it too.

Kyoto Big Five, and then what to see. Dec 01

I thought I would spend a few minutes on what I consider the big five on Kyoto.  Let me list them first then comment.   So in no particular order.

Kyomizudera – A truely spectacular temple on the hillside to visit, and the view is amazing. 

Ginkakuji – The Silver Pogoda – Of the big five my personal fav as the gardens (particularly the hillside views are amazing)

Kinkakugi – The Golden Pogada – One of my most over-rated scoring places.  Try and get there well before the crowds.  It is good, but so so so exploited.

Ryoanji – The Zen Garden – I do like Ryoanji, but its also part of the tourist route and most don’t seem to get the concept that you are suppposed to stop talking at this place and respect the silence of it all.  The concept of this garden is quiet contemplation, not tour buses of people taking picutures and chatting away.  It loses alot because of this.

Maruyama Park – Shared Nomination.  This one covers the general area actually as Mauryama park is entered via Yakasaka shine and during Spring and Sakura is a total mess.  To be fair here there are alot of areas around here that are not quite so touristed depending on the time of year.

Arashiayama – Shared Nomination. Part of the big five depending on the time of the year.  Included because in spring its a not there, but in Autumn its huge.  Everyone goes there.

I’ve not include Nazen-ji or the philsohpers walk here as they are very popular, but tend to less seen by the tour bus groups and are also two of my most favouristes.

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Day Four Kyoto Dec 01

Our last day here. The plan was to head over to North Easy Kyoto to some of the least visited sites. They are certainly not on the ‘Big Five’ list.  

Four Day in Kyoto for Autumn Leaf Viewing Dec 01

Just back from four fantastic days of Autumn leaf viewing.  We took friday and monday off to try and beat the crowds and overall did really well.  I’m process the 500+ photo’s I took!  Just about used up the entire 2gig card.  Now the work begins of cleaning them up and removing the duds!!

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