Posts Tagged ‘UK’

Samuel L Jackson Selfies Show Him Going from Glad to Sad on His Recent Trip to Beijing, China – Air Quality

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Here’s SLJ on a small, snake-free plane on his way to China:

“‘Bout to go wheels up from London to Beijing. Might have to get my slumber on!”

But when he got there, he was dissatisfied with the Air Quality (AQ) level:

“Even w/ lights, you can only see 2 1/2 blocks…maybe! AQ 312!!”

Poor SLJ!

Prime Minister David Cameron’s Statement on the Recent Riots in London – Just Released by Consulate

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Our British Consulate-General has seen fit to send out Prime Minister David Cameron’s statement on the recent riots in London.

Here it is:

“I have come straight from a meeting of the Government’s Cobra committee where we’ve been discussing the action that we will be taking to help the police deal with the disorder in the streets of London and elsewhere in our country. I’ve also met with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Home Secretary to discuss this further and people should be in no doubt that we will do everything necessary to restore order to Britain’s streets and to make them safe for the law-abiding.

Let me first of all completely condemn the scenes that we have seen on our television screens and people have witnessed in their communities. These are sickening scenes, scenes of people looting, vandalising, thieving, robbing, scenes of people attacking police officers and even attacking fire crews as they’re trying to put out fires. This is criminality, pure and simple and it has to be confronted and defeated. I feel huge sympathy for the families that have suffered, innocent people who have been burned out of their houses and to business who’ve seen their premises smashed, their products looted and their livelihoods potentially ruined. I also feel for all those who live in fear because of those appalling scenes that we’ve seen on the streets of our country. People should be in no doubt that we are on the side of the law-abiding. Law-abiding people who are appalled at what has happened in their own communities.

As ever, police officers have shown incredible bravery on our streets in confronting these thugs, but it’s quite clear that we need more, much more police on our streets and we need even more robust police action and it’s that that I’ve been discussing in COBRA this morning. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said that compared with the 6,000 police on the streets last night in London there will be some 16000 officers tonight. All leave within the Metropolitan Police has been cancelled. There will be aid coming from police forces up and down and the country and we will do everything necessary to strengthen and assist these forces that are meeting this disorder. There has already been 450 people arrested. We will make sure that court procedures and processes are speeded up and people should expect to see more, many more, arrests in the days to come. I am determined, the Government is determined that justice will be done and these people will see the consequences of their actions.

And I have this very clear message to those people that are responsible for this wrongdoing and criminality. You will feel the full force of the law. And if you are old enough to commit these crimes, you are old enough to face the punishments. And to these people I would say this. You are not only wrecking the lives of others. You are not only wrecking your own communities, you are potentially wrecking your own life too.

My office this morning has spoken to the Speaker of the House of Commons and he has agreed that Parliament will be recalled for a day on Thursday so I can make a statement to parliament and we can hold a debate and we are all able to stand together in condemnation of these crimes and we are able to stand together in determination to rebuild these communities. Now, if you will excuse me, there is important work to be done..”

“The British Consulate-General, San Francisco, is the United Kingdom’s diplomatic mission responsible for the Pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Washington State, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Northern Nevada). The Consulate conducts all the political and economic reporting for the region, is responsible for economic trade and development, furthers science and educational opportunities and provides assistance to visiting British nationals.”

The Jaguar Car that the Prime Minister of the UK Couldn’t Fit Into, Until They Lengthened the Rear Doors

Friday, May 27th, 2011

See? Doesn’t it look all gangly?

Adding a five or seven inch extension to the easiest place on the body is the right way to lengthen an aircraft, but not for motor cars, I don’t think.

Anyway, America is a big market, so they shipped these rigs over here even though this car doesn’t make too much sense here.

As seen in the Alamo Square part of the Northeast of Panhandle Area of the Western Addition, you know, where the rich people moved in right up the hill from the DivCo:

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If you ever get the chance to ride around in one of these rigs, address the driver as “Jeeves” – s/he won’t mind at all…

Something Else to Collect: New Generation of Momiji Message Dolls Debut in JapanTown

Monday, April 12th, 2010

To the extent that I have a beat, Japantown is in it (along with the Western Addition and Golden Gate Park and a few other places.) Consequently, people send me stuff sometimes and sometimes I draw your attention to it.

Alls I can say is that this Momiji stuff looks expensive. But it soon could be, as Chinpokomon was, Japans #1 cool toy to own.

Good-bye Kitteh, Hello Momiji!

Next stop, quasi-Japanese Mini-Momijis inside of McDonalds Happy meals? We Can Only Hope.

Anyway, these straight-outta-the-UK cuties will be available at the Kinokuniya Bookstore inside one of those 1960′s-style malls on Post Street in J-Town.

Momiji launch new doll collection at Kinokuniya
 
Since their inception almost five years ago, Momiji message dolls have gained a cult following worldwide amongst artists, designers and thousands more people worldwide. Momiji fans and collectors will be flocking to Kinokuniya bookstores across the USA this week for the exclusive launch of four brand new additions to the collection.
 
The four dolls, which form Generation 7 of the Momiji ‘Randoms Collection’, are Giggles, Soul, Happy Happy Happy and Pixie. Each one is packaged in Momiji’s signature noodle box and protected by tiny inflated pillows.
 
Momiji dolls proved to be an instant hit with Kinokuniya customers. Sharon Cunningham from the Flagship store in New York said,
 
“Momiji are adorable, our customers love collecting them so we were so excited to have the opportunity to launch these brand new designs to the world.”
 
As a center for the best in Japanese culture, literature and art, Kinokuniya was the perfect place to unveil Momiji’s new collection. Claire Rowlands, Creative Director for Momiji said,
 
“We love Kinokuniya, we could spend days exploring their amazing stores. Their commitment to celebrating great Asian art and design means we feel sure that the new dolls will be right at home there.”
 
Generation 7 can be found at the New York flagship store on Avenue of the Americas, the New York Palisade center store, as well as the San Francisco and Costa Mesa stores.
 
Momiji will be inviting owners of the new dolls to upload a photo of themselves with their purchase onto the official Momiji HQ Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning a Momiji prize bundle worth $200 as well as an exclusive Kinokuniya tote bag to carry it all in. Full details of the competition are available in store.
 
The dolls will be exclusive to America in four Kinokuniya stores before they are released to boutiques, galleries and museum stores around the States in July.
 
Momiji Generation 7 can be found exclusively at the following stores throughout April 2010
 
New York Main Store
1073 Avenue of the Americas (Bet 40th & 41st St)
New York, NY 10018
 
Palisade Center Store
3360 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, NY 10994
 
San Francisco Store
1581 Webster St (between Geary Blvd & Post St)
San Francisco, CA 94115 
 
 Costa Mesa Store
3030 Harbor Blvd #G-3
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
 
ABOUT MOMIJI
Momiji [‘mom-ee-jee’] are hand-painted collectible message dolls. The Momiji story began just over four years ago in the UK. Since then our brand has gained cult status around the globe. Momiji HQ is based in Henley in Arden, a little village famous for its ice cream. From here we have become truly global with designers creating lovely stuff all over the world: UK, Austria, Chile, Thailand, Germany, Canada and Slovenia. Our links with top art colleges mean that we work with the most creative new kids on the block.
 
Momiji, dedicated to making life lovelier.
 
www.lovemomiji.com
 
ABOUT KINOKUNIYA
Kinokuniya is the most well-known Japanese bookstore chain outside of Japan, with locations in the US, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Taiwan and Dubai. Its eight US locations, first opening in San Francisco’s famous Japantown in 1969, have become popular hot spots for those interested in both the traditional beauty of Japan and the new funky world of anime and manga. The flagship location in New York City relocated in 2007 to Midtown’s Bryant Park carries a huge selection of Japan and Asia related literature, art, architecture, CDs, DVDs, comics, magazines, apparel, toys and stationery. They have also partnered up with Japanese cafe, Cafe Zaiya, which serves delicious bento style meals and Japanese snacks that you can enjoy from the 2nd floor overlooking the park.

Home Country of Assault Victim Rests Easy After San Francisco Attack

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

I’ll tell you, the reason why the home county of the exchange student who was recently sexually asaulted in San Franciscois resting easy these days is that the media of said home country isn’t aware of the attack. And why’s that? Apparently, it’s the policy of San Francisco to not give out that kind of information. Per the SF Appeal:

“Police are not releasing information about the country the alleged victim is from in order to protect her identity, Tomioka said.”

I’m wondering how small a country has to be such that saying its name discloses the identity of any particular tourist in San Francisco.

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Like if there’s a famous exchange program in Monaco (population 30k) and they send ten students a year to the States? That would seem to fit the bill, fair enough.

But what if the exchange student is from one of the following Big Ten tourist-producing countries (countries avec concomitant robust, aggresive media, of course)?

Germany

United Kingdom

France

China

Italy

Japan

Canada

Russia

South Korea

Mexico

If the student is from one of these countries, I’d be hard-pressed to see how saying the name of the country would identify any particular person from that country. Maybe there’s a written policy, or maybe there’s an unwritten rule, the way the MSM won’t report routine cases of Golden Gate Bridge jumpings?

That is all.