Monthly Archives: June 2013

Friday: Timesheet submitted

My weekly highlights in no particular order!


  • Playing Fire Emblem: Awakening on the 3DS. Frederick: “Pick a God and pray!”. Love it!
  • I got a 2Kg medicine ball! You can do some great exercises with this thing.
  • I’m still ploughing through The Rise and Fall of Third Reich but it’s been a great read. I’m around 50% into it which is 600+ pages and i don’t want it to end. It’s that good. One of the best non-fiction books i’ve ever “read”.
  • Ofto & Tavas at Adoulwth Keryneia with good company.
  • It’s been a while since i watched a great documentary but i was fortunate enough to watch two this past long weekend. They were both fantastic. The Gatekeepers and The Act of Killing. The latter is quite a tough watch so make sure you are up for it, but both are a MUST WATCH!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Mine starts with a (re-)viewing of Star Trek (2009) tonight (together with the customary pop corn) to prepare for Star Trek : Into Darkness.

The Act of KillingThe Gatekeepers



Posted by on June 28, 2013 in T.G.I Zolos


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Movies of the week – Moon & Contact

I’m not a big fan of sci-fi movies but these are two of my favourite.

Sam Rockwell at his best


and Jodie Foster. Remember her?



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Nintendo 3DS

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On Friday, i succumbed to my “wants” and went out and bought a Nintendo 3DS. It was and is a guilty purchase since i’m not that into gaming anymore so i don’t know how much value i will get out of it and also it does not feel like the best of times to be spending money on hand helds.

But in the end i got it from Public, together with basically the game that sold the 3DS to me, Fire Emblem: The Awakening. It’s a strategy RPG. Very japanese. Very otaku. Very geeky. And I’m loving in.

I’ve put it a total of around 14-15hrs into it but only progressed around 7hrs. The first 2-3hrs i started on a level that was way too easy and decided to restart. The remaining hours were spent on failed missions.

The battery does not seem to last that long, maybe due to the relatively high 3D setting i have it on which is actually not a bad thing. This keeps me more in control with how much time i spent on it at a time. Because when playing games, time just flies by without noticing it.

It feels like a flash from the past, but not quite. I’m enjoying this immensely and all the stuff that come with it i.e. reading reviews, previews, news, checking out bargains and all the twitter talk. But it definitely does not have the same aura around it. At least not the way it used to. Now i want to split my time on other things and more evenly.

For the time being I’m having a blast with it.

Virion: “Die with magnificence!”


Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Video games


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Ayios Demetrios Park (more photos)

On Saturday i revisited the park once again to read the Weekend FT and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. This time accompanied by a Freddo Espresso (the first this year) and a croissant from Arabica Coffee House (should have taken pictures of these as well!!!)

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Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami

kafka_on_the_shore“Writing things was important, wasn’t it?” Nakata asked.

“Yes, it was. The process of writing was important. Even though the finished product is meaningless.”

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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Books, Quotes


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Movie added to watchlist – The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers

Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions.


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Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami

“Kafka, what can you see outside?”

I look out of the window behind her. “I see trees, the sky and some clouds. Some birds on tree branches.”

kafka_on_the_shore“Nothing out of the ordinary. Right?”

That’s right.”

“But if you knew you might not be able to see it again tomorrow, everything would suddenly become special and precious, wouldn’t it?

“I suppose so.”

“Have you ever thought about that?”

“I have.”

A surprised look comes over her face. “When?”

“When I’m in love.”


Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Books, Quotes


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Friday: Timesheet submitted

Long weekend ahead as Monday is a public holiday in Cyprus. Have a great one!!!

My weekly highlights. It’s been a week of firsts and seconds.

  • The Spanish girl who reads, Paula
  • Watching Monsieur Lazhar for the 2nd time, this time with my sister
  • Finishing and loving Kafka on the Shore for the 2nd time
  • Beethoven’s Archduke Trio which plays its part in Kafka on the Shore. Then the Kafka on the Shore song
  • Talking about 3DS video games with my twitter buddies. On my way to buy a 3DS now.

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Movie of the week – Scum

This 1979 film portrays the brutality inside Britain’s youth imprisonment facilities. Despite it’s age, it’s still shocking to watch.


The film was originally made as a BBC play but it was banned before ever being shown. So ‘Alan Clarke’ and ‘Roy Minton’ got it re-made as a film. This is a tough and brutal film and should not be viewed lightly – IMDb


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Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami

kafka_on_the_shore“I assume you’re aware of this, but cats are creatures of habit. Usually they live very ordered lives, and unless something extraordinary happens they generally try to keep their routine. What might disrupt this is either sex or an accident – one of the two.”

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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Books, Quotes


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