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This looks quite intresting:

Eye Gazing Parties

Here’s the idea: An even number of singles meet in an attractive space over drinks and world beats.

After a fun mini-lesson in the art of eye contact, the group splits into pairs, and each pair spends two minutes looking into each other’s eyes, no talking, just soaking in each other’s essence through the windows to their soul.

The pairs switch up every two minutes, for a total of 20 gazes during the evening with ample mingling time between the gazing sessions.”

I have to say, you lost me at ‘world beats’, but the whole prospeckt sounds terrifying anyway. I do not want anyone soaking in my essence, or least not till we’ve spent a bit of time together. Eye contact is a very powerful thing and somehow having too much of it would put me off I think. Surely that is part of the excitemint of being with someone that you fancy, and you do not quite know if they like you, and then you find them unexpecktedly looking at you over the mayonnaise. Or having a peek at your legs when you go to the bar. Surely gawping into each other’s face like a pair of mentals would ruin that fun.

Tim Ferriss wrote about this in his Experiments in Lifestyle Design blog: Dating Without Speaking: The Weird World of Eye Gazing Parties.

I first met Michael because I was studying Cuban salsa in South America at the time.” Thank you Tim. Tim is also the national Chinese kickboxing champion, TV actor, breakdancer, Princeton engineering lecturer, holder of the Guiness World Record in tango, businessman, author, speaks six languages, and is cordially detested by everyone he knows. I should imagine.

If you go to such an event, as I did for the first time last Tuesday night, it becomes clear how uncomfortable most people are doing this. I don’t think it’s necessarily the best way to meet your match (and it can attract some strange people, especially in SF), but it’s a very telling social experiment.

For the next two days, test gazing into the eyes of others—whether people you pass on the street or conversational partners—until they break contact.”

I don’t think I will actually, because if you try that in London, people will probably kick the shit out of you. Or if it is a girl, get her brother to kick the shit out of you. The unpleasant alternative is that if they like you, they might try to follow you home.

Quisiera estar en España ahorita

High-speed to the Spanish coast

The combination of the high-speed rail link from St Pancras… and a new high-speed service from Madrid to Malaga has now made it possible to travel, luxuriously and relatively swiftly, by train from the UK to the Costa del Sol.”

That is quite exciting actually especially if you are like me and love Spain, but are dead scared of flying especially on budget airlines. It is a funny thing but sometimes you go to a place and you just know straight away that it is magickal and where you need to be. I have been to France a lot of times and not felt that, nor in Belgium, Greece, Iceland, or any other frozen food stores. Spain is my place and when I went there three years ago I fell in love with it.

Of course I went to Andalucía which is glorious, vast, arid and mountainous, and full of delicious tapas. You have got great beaches, good climate, flamenco musick, architecture, all the girls are beautiful, what’s not to like. I know in reality it would not always be like a holiday and if you go to the Costa del Sol it is full of polyester-clad chavs binge-drinking WKD. The Costa Almería is nicer. Ideally I would avoid all English people, this is slightly easier as I speak quite reasonable Spanish. Except I once asked for a Coca-Cola in a bar and despite this being the world’s most internationally recognised brand name, the man gave me a hot chockolate instead. I do not think that is a problem with my Spanish though as Coca-Cola is the same in Spanish.

I would not mind living there especially if I could hibernate in a mountain cave during the withering heat of summer, curled up in a little ball and waking up every three weeks to eat some tapas.


Know now that you are born along with these
clouds, winds, and stars, and ever-moving seas

—Kathleen Raine

Much have I travelled in the realms of gold

Well on Sunday I had a super day wandering in the spring sunshine and taking photergraphs. It was a glorious sunset and I climbed up the path beside the A406 where you can overlook all of northwest London, and watched the sky shading from crimson and gold into rose and peach and then darkest blue. It is a beautiful evening moon at the moment as well so there is the curious specktacle of me communing with Nature, sitting beside the North Circular Road as heavy lorries thunder past and surrounded by crisp packets and empty fried chicken containers. You have to take communion with Nature where you can find it around these parts.

Youth is wasted on the young

This is a nice article from the Zen Habits blog, about 20 Things I Wish I Had Known When Starting Out in Life:

Looking back, there are some lessons I’ve learned that I would probably tell my 18-year-old self. Do I share them now to share my regrets? No, I share them in hopes that younger men and women, just starting out in life, can benefit from my mistakes and my lessons.”

They won’t though. I was talking to someone yesterday about how you live in a strange distorted world when you’re, say, 25. Anyone over 30 seems impossibly old. Smoking seems cool. Pensions are places you stay when you’re Interrailing, and compound interest means you like pharmaceuticals. You can’t figure out why your relationships always seem great at first, then after 4-6 months you start having more arguments than sex.

Also, you think you know it all, and you have no idea how irritating this is to those around you. You probably like social networks and binge drinking. You still have not figured out that wearing unusual clothes or having enormous hair does not mark you out as a glamorous rebel, but as someone who is worried they might not have a personality.

Also, you listen to your music too loud on the Tube!

keithlard, Pillsbury Doughboy

It was a busy day yesterday and Romany and I had a big Italian style dinner in the evening made of mostly tomatoes, and a delicious lamb, also fresh basil, garlic and pasta, and wine. And choclet, that was afters though not mixed in with the rest. A culinary artiste like me knows when things do not go.

Today was full of adventures, including getting lost in East London due to my satnav accidentally getting set to ‘Evil’, but the best adventure was chomping pizza in front of the telly. I do not normally have pizza, or telly, or Romany, so I think it is allowable to be excited.

I also played piano, that’s right look impressed I can play the piano! Is there no end to the boy’s talents. Musician, cook, poet, dreamweaver, explorer, bird noticer, master driver, crisp inventor!

I love you

keithlard, inventing the future

I have invented a special type of crisps! It is quite good as it is slightly low calorie, and it is a tasty spicy Indian style snack which is authentick in the sense that although I am not Indian, I know an Indian man, and he would probably like it.

Now you too can make exclusive keithlard style snacks, and copy me, and imagine that you are living my celebrity lifestyle eg sitting in my flat, chomping on snacks and watching an exciting episode of Prison Break.

keithlard’s Magickal Snacks

What you will need:

  • Some poppadoms, either the pre-made ones or ones that come in a packet and you fry them.
  • Seasonings eg salt, pepper and chilli powder.

How to make:

  1. Make the poppadoms, or if they are made already, get them out of the packet. If they are not, heat up some oil in a pan and when it is smoking hot, drop each poppadom into it for a few microseconds until it is all puffed up, then shake all the oil off and put on to kitchen paper to dry.
  2. Break them up into crisp size pieces in a big bowl.
  3. Add seasoning eg such as salt, freshly beaten up pepper, crushed cumin and coriander seeds, extra hot chilli powder if you like it. Mix it all around well so that all the bits are coated with sizzling Indian style spices.
  4. Get some beer that you prepared earlier by putting it in the fridge.
  5. Watch Prison Break while drinking the beer and eating the delicious snacks.

The only problem with this recipe is it is a bit moreish, so why not invite some friends round and make a giant bowl of magickal snacks to share, about eight feet across. Then when you have eaten all the snacks you can climb into the bowl and roll around in the leftover spices, laughing.

keithlard's woodland adventure

It was super sunshine today so I went out investergating. I investergated some local robins! Also I walked all along the river and saw some magpies, blue tits, coots, moorhens, a swallow, some mallards and herring gulls, and a Mrs Blackbird. It does not get any better than that I am thinking.

The weekend is one of the best times to notice birds, as during the week they are all at school obviously.

It was a grand day for being out and about and sitting and looking at things, and looking and thinking, and sitting and looking. In the evening it was a beautiful orange sky in the west and pink in the east, the belt of Venus. In between all shades of blue, and a super crescent moon!

Photo buffet

It is like a table laid out with delicious photos. Click on any of them to take a bigger bite. In real life do not eat photos, as they contain chemickals.