Friday, September 28, 2007

Manu Chao Live at Youth Hostel

Dedicated to Annebeth on her last day at work.

Manu Chao jamming with the boys at a youth hostel in Northwest Argentina.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

weird, wild and wonderful

Two posts in a day - i'm on fire !

Here's a neat website that was recommended to me by a good friend - I thought it rather appropriate considering many of you are travelling through a variety of weird, wild and wonderful countries at the moment or in the near future :)

Hope its useful.

fantastic football finals flaming feast

Its that iconic day in september when the bottle shops and butchers do a roaring trade!

Cats v Power on the tv .. Melbourne Bitter v Coopers in the ice box .. Lamb chops v Kangaroo steaks on the barbie.

Saturday, 29 Sept .. BBQ warm up from 2pm .. Game kick off 2.30pm.

Bring the usual including friends, partners, children, pets .. and a Hat!

34 Frencham St, Downer,+downer,+act&sll=-25.335448,135.745076&sspn=47.442968,71.103516&ie=UTF8&z=16&iwloc=addr&om=1

Matt + Birte.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

What's Marga doing in BsAs?

Well, maybe it isn't correct to upload all about Marga's life in BsAs in a public space, but as you might know everybody wants and needs a bit of gossiping. I don't have enough time to tell you 'everyeverything' therefore, I'll only make a reference about a friend she made yesterday in the markets, a guy that works with wood, making toys ... nice guy, seriously this woman has the ability to find great people in her way!
All the rest is going as good as possible,


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Poll results: Dead Zombie

Once again, the people's voice has made itself heard: we have a consensus that the only good zombie is a dead zombie. It's a moral imperative. Whenever you come across those buggers, just blast their heads open. Do it for your family, do it for America.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Featured music: Madredeus

Today, and to keep the musical standard of the blog really high, I'm pleased to bring you the delightful sound of Portuguese quintet Madredeus.
This guys became known worldwide in 1994 when Wim Wenders featured them in his
beautiful movie Lisbon Story, which I highly recommend (if you manage to find it - quite a challenge). Madredeus music falls in the fado genre, which they've taken to a new height with the voice of their lead singer Teresa Salgueiro. Enjoy.

Baby panda sneeze

I bet you've never seen this before (thanks Andrew!)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Rain in BA, a classic

First of all, we really want to thank José and María for rescued us (Matt, Juan and I) in our way to Sydney on Sunday morning.

6:30 am - Tuesday 18 Sep, foggy and rainy morning in BA. Jetlag:

Since a week ago the city is under one of the most typical weather conditions, a ‘sudestada’, which is a cold and very wet wind/storm from the sound east (Antarctica and Atlantic Ocean from here), something that I had completely forgotten living in the dry down under and sunny land.

The forecast says that it’ll continue for two more weeks, which shits us. That’s why some of our aunties and other relatives started to implore saints and gods in order to clean the sky and have some sun. Any help in magical issues as well as Brazilian ‘macumbas’ are welcome. The temperature is low compared with some weeks ago; yesterday we had 12°C. For those who are coming soon, take it into account!

Jetlag is killing me, however, Juan is sleeping well, he seems to be still recovering from his buck’s night (thanks Matt for the pics and videos). Anyway, I hope I’ll be better the next days.

Now I’ll have breakfast that consist in a medialuna de grasa (croissant) with mate cocido, and also some alfajorcitos de maicena and sandwichs de miga (there is a bakery downs stairs) and I’m eating as far as I can…

My feeling about BA summarized in one word: bizarreness

Food: to give you an idea about prices. I went with one of my mates (Coco) and Juan to have dinner yesterday night in a very nice and well known bar around my old neighborhood. Coco and I shared a milanesa a la napolitana (beef schnitzel topped with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and jam) that had around 1m² of area, huge! It was ~10AU$, and we couldn’t finished (not too bad), vines and beers are expensive from Dr. Juan Drinky G. perspective. A glass of 400cm3 Quilmes beer was ~ 4AU$.

Well, I might bore most of you with these comments.

Have a nice day/night and if anybody knows something about my little baby (Tato, of course), please send me an email, or a picture, record his barks, post me his footprints…

Marga arrives this Thursday, more news soon! Anybody knows at what time!!!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Una de cal y otra de arena

The Head

We’ve bought you a beer
and we’ve had the camels shampooed
we’ve saved you a spot on the beach
and we’ve got the sharks out of the pool
we got the roos off the green
and Bill’s on his way down to open the front gate
your taxi is waiting
and dinner is about to be served
We turned on the lights
and we’ve been rehearsing for over forty thousand years
so where the bloody hell are you?

and the Tail

We've packed you a cone
we've got the ethnics off the beach
we've got you some free accommodation
and the dingos are well fed
and our human rights record has been improving
for over two hundred years
so where the fucking hell are youse?

Taken from Gracias tron!

Sigo jugando en tu arena...

A tus atardeceres rojos

se acostumbraron mis ojos

como el recodo al camino...

Soy cantor, soy embustero,

me gusta el juego y el vino,

tengo alma de marinero...

¿Qué le voy a hacer, si yo

nací en el Mediterráneo?

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Photo taken by Lu at home 2007

The term 'orchid' derives from the Greek ορχις orchis, meaning "testicle", from the appearance of subterranean tuberoids of the genus Orchis. The word "orchis" was first used by Theophrastos (372/371287/286 BC), in his book "De historia plantarum" (The natural history of plants). He was a student of Aristotle and is considered the father of botany and ecology.
Cut and pasted from Wikki.

In Greek mythology, Orchis was the son of a nymph and a satyr. During a celebratory feast for Bacchus, Orchis committed the sacrilege of attempting to rape a priestess, resulting in his being torn apart by wild beasts, then metamorphosing into a slender and modest plant. Fro more info follow this link.

Se puede decir entonces que algo o alguien me hincha las orquídeas? o ... 'tengo las orchídeas por el piso!'

A place of pilgrimage in Buenos Aires

If you go to Buenos Aires and would like to have a world class pizza, then you should go to Pizzeria El Cuartito in Talcahuano 937. This is not just another restaurant, it's a cult place, founded in 1934, its walls covered with hallmarks of Argentine history. The fugazzeta (muzzarella+onion pizza) is probably the best in this side of the galaxy. Empanadas rank quite high here as well. Homemade desserts are a CLASSIC: flan, budin de pan, tarantella and rice custard. You will pay less than 20 pesos per person.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fóbal is ON tonight

See you at 7:30pm in the Civic Pub to watch Australia vs Argentina


Monday, September 10, 2007

Rugby, Rugby, Rugby!!!

Saturday, 5 am, Agustín, Clarissa, Luciana, Andrew, Nuno, Shaun and I went to a french-crowded ACT Rugby Union Club in Barton for watching the amazing victory of the Pumas over the chicken-breasted french.
A reporter from the Canberra Times was there and this is the article about it.

Enjoy your week.

Featured music: Trespassers William

This week's songs are by Seattle-based band Trespassers William. Enjoy.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Gym Jones

This is my favourite web site at the moment: it's elitist, hard core and the videos are very cool.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Argentina 17 - France 12

This anonymous commenter on the BBC blog summarized it neatly:

"Good onya Argies! They showed metal while France.. well, what else do you expect from a team that wears a chicken on it's breast?"

Vamos Los Pumas carajo !!!

Friday, September 7, 2007

more Rugby fever

The third ad (the shower) is a classic

Let's spoil the party

Por lo que más quieras, mañana iluminate Agustin...

What a 11-year old can do!!!

Follow the link, as I can't get the whole video to be uploaded on the blog!

I was surprised and as you can see also this jury could not believe his/her ears.
Whow, now that's singing!

Thanks god is Friday!

See you tonight at Leah's farewell party.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

10 days to go home!

Hi Folks,

In 10 days, i'll be at home... playing with Lola (my Argentinean dog), eating empanadas... drinking wine or beers with my mates...and dancing tangos!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The term 'bogan'

Some people were wondering where the aussie term 'bogan' came from. Well, there is a bogan shire & river in the west of NSW, but it's not related. It is also pure coincidence that Bogan is an Irish surname. For the answer to this lingistic riddle, click on the title of this post.

One of the best songs about bogans would have to be TISM's "The Fosters Car Park Boogie", on their 1988 album Great Truckin' Songs of the Renaissance. If your interested, I'm sure Shaun has a copy.

Featured music: Nouvelle Vague

Frenchies Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux run this act of bossa nova covers of new wave and punk music with a rotating cast of nice female singers (depicted here Camille Dalmais and Katrine Ottosen). The composers/ original performers of the songs here were:

XTC - Making plans for Nigel (1979)
Josef K - Sorry For Laughing (1980)
The Specials - Friday Night Saturday Morning (1981)
Tuxedomoon - In a manner of speaking (1985)

Poll results: Corona rica

Once again, we have a winner: with an overwhelming 4 votes, Mexican beer Corona has been chosen as the favorite. If you ask for one, just make sure you don't get CERONO, its Chinese "counterpart".

This is the top 3 for the rest of Australia:

1- Tooheys Extra Dry

2- Carlsberg Beer

3- Stella Artois

You can voice your opinion here.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Agarrame la maraca...

Sí, ésta...dedicado a la 'inspirazión'

Ya sé que estoy piantao, piantao...
no ves que va la luna rodando por Callao
(Balada para un loco)

Rugby World Cup!! Argentina - France. Sat 5am

Hi all!!

On Saturday morning (VERY early) Argentina plays against France in the
opening game of the Rugby World Cup. We are planning to go to the ACT
RUGBY UNION CLUB (in Barton) for watching it. The event is organised
by the Alliance Francaise and the Argentine Embassy. It costs $15 but
includes drinks and breakfast. See Below.

If you are interested, I recommend calling and booking in advance!

Vamos Argentina!!


51 Blackall St Barton ACT 2601
Rugby World Cup 2007 Opening Ceremony and First Game


Saturday Morning 8th September 2007


03.50 am ACTRUC Open
04.00am: Opening Ceremony commences
► Juice, fruit
► Pastries, Cereals, milk
► Bar open for hot and cold beverages
Red Wine, Bread and Cheese Courtesy of the Alliance Française of Canberra

05.40 am: Hot Breakfast commences
►Croissants (plain, ham and cheese)
►Bacon and sausages
► Hash browns, toast
►Scrambled eggs, Tomatoes
Champagne, Courtesy of the Embassy of France in Australia

07.00 Game concludes
Buffet : $15,00 per person
Register at ACT Rugby Union Club at 51 Blackall St Barton ACT 2601
Ph: 02 6273 1613 - Fax: 02 6273 5002 Email:.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Hi Folks,

Have you ever surfed in our friend's website?
As you may know, Leah (The Artist) has a website where you can find part of her collection. If you are interested in some of the paints, just contact her.

Thanks José for this picture. Copyrights 2007