It’s World Body Confidence Day! It’s a day where it’s about getting the conversation going around body image and to create a community where we accept and celebrate ourselves — and each other — for the amazing individuals that we are!
The day is being celebrated around the world in different ways. I would like to mention one particular event that made me chuckle a bit: Naked minigolf.
A minigolfbar in Catfiania called “Camping” is hosting naked minigolf today between 12pm and 3pm. There are room for all types of naked bodies: Big or small, chubby or skinny, black or white, male or female. The idea is to create a room where nakedness is a natural part of the day.
There are five rules:
Photography prohibited. Sneak peeks can lead to a police report.
No sex. Obscene behavior can lead to a police report.
Respect the integrity of others. Staring is not polite.
Feel free to cover yourself with a towel, but everyone is naked. Shoes/sandals/socks are allowed.
Always sit on a towel
I fully support the Body Confidence Day. I think that we are really good at focusing on our flaws and imperfections instead of embracing ourselves. I am guilty of it myself but I’m working on it. And today I’m going to try even harder! ❤
Mr. Rinse loves Indian food and so do two of our friends. We have been on a quest to find the best Indian restaurant in the area. And now I think we’ve found the one: The South Indian.
The menu alone stood out from the other restaurants we’ve visited. The variety is the largest I’ve seen so far, and I am aware that it is not necessarily a good thing. But there were so many things I wanted to try!
I chose a classic Chicken Biryani.
The Biryani came with a small bowl of a super delicious sauce and a bowl with a mix of yoghurt, cucumbers and herbs. It is called “Raita” and was very refreshing.
The Biryani held a surprise: An entire hard boiled egg! I have never seen that before, but I liked it. The rice were spicy but not too hot for my delicate tastebuds 😀 I will definitely have that again!
We also had Ceylone Parotta Lamb, which came on a plate of four pieces:
We haven’t had anything like that before. It was like stuffed omelets, but very light. The taste was delicious and flavoured with spices but no heat. Yum!
Mr. Rinse had Lamb Kothu Parotta:
It’s small pieces of mutton with onions, various vegetables and bread. He liked it a lot! He says that it was a game changer for him. It comes without rice (because of the added bread) but with a small bowl of Raita that I mentioned before. He also ordered a Spicy Chili Chicken (no photo of that). That was also really, really good and came with rice.
Brits are accustomed to being able to order side dishes such as Bombay Aloo (potatoes), Aloo Gobi (cauliflower and potatoes) or Tarka Dahl (lentils). But they don’t do side dishes here. Although the dishes are available they are served with rice as a full meal. So what Mr. Rinse does to get his side dishes, is to order two dishes and ignore all of the rice 😀
Everything about this restaurant was better than all the others we’ve visited: The food, the settings, the service, the decor – everything was superior. The price was maybe a bit higher than most (but not all) of the other places we’ve been to, but not much considering how good it was compared to the others.
We agree to give this restaurant 9.5 out of 10. They also gave us a doggy bag without even being prompted which contains amongst the leftovers, Mr. Rinse’s entire portion of rice 😀
I passed a local theater earlier this year – and here’s the poster on the wall:
I thought to myself that it was a really funny and odd title for a theater performance and that I definitely didn’t want to buy tickets for it. I was however, curious enough to google the content of the show:
“It’s bullshit to be unemployed. It’s bullshit to be a mediocre person and therefore unemployed. It’s bullshit to be a mediocre unemployed person in a world that – according to the radio and climate scientists – goes to hell. It’s bullshit to have put children in a world that goes to hell. It’s bullshit to have a neighbor who’s an idiot. A neighbor who is an irresponsible, unappealing egoist asshole. We live in a world of assholes who say we live in a world of assholes. THE WAVE OF SHIT is a dive into the inner sewer. One person’s clogged sewer that CANNOT do anything but overflow. And it stinks.”
If I had seen this description while the show was still running I might have ordered tickets for it anyway. It had potential to be funny!
No Time to Die is the 25th James Bond movie. It stars Daniel Craig in his fifth and final outing as British MI6 agent 007.
I shall not spoil anything for those who haven’t watched it yet. Let me shortly quote was Universal wrote about the storyline:
“Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.“
“No Time To Die” has pretty much everything you would expect for a James Bond Movie: Fast cars, Bond-babes, evil villains, gun fights, fist fights, car chases and explosions. It’s got incredible stunts and impossible motorcycle chases. There’s eye candy for both genders: Daniel Craig in very tight clothes, and a bond babe in a dress with a very low cut (ie. lots of cleavage showing).
But this movie has also got added political correctness to it. It shows that James Bond has got a softer side and it shows way more diversity in the cast than we have ever seen before: There’s a hard hitting black female MI6 agent (played by Lashana Lynch) and a homosexual hacker and inventor (played by Ben Whishaw). Miss Moneypenny is black and played by Naomie Harris. It’s all little things but it’s great to see that the movies are beginning to reflect the reality so we get to see a diversity of characters on screen. It’s funny that the first movie I should notice that in is James Bond because the character has previously been such a stereotypical sexist white male. But times are changing – even for Bond.
The cast is great – I think Daniel Craig is the best Bond ever, and Rami Malek is brilliantly playing the villain Lyutsifer Safin.
Here’s the official trailer:
“No Time To Die” is a great action movie. I was entertained for the entire 2 hours and 43 minutes.
Today is Football jersey Friday! It’s a day that aims to spread awareness of the Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Every year, about 200 children are struck by cancer here in Catfiania – an awful disease that really often requires long-term treatment and puts life on pause for both children and relatives. The Childhood Cancer Foundation funds research into childhood cancer and supports children and families through what may be the most difficult times in their lives.
I definitely want to help! I don’t own a football jersey so I borrowed one from a friend. So today I am a proud Real Madrid-fan 😀
Spread the word, wear the jersey, donate some money if you can. Cancer is a terrible disease and I really hope that scientists will find a cure soon ❤
I absolutely love reading and I have read a lot of books over the years. I like many types of books: Biographies, crime novels, historical books, books about music and artists and many other kinds of books. I have a bookshelf full of books and I have also been a frequent user of the local library.
Now I mostly read when I am on vacation, and we haven’t really been on vacation since Corona. So no – I haven’t been reading much lately. Recently I discovered the joy of audiobooks. I tried audiobooks maybe five years ago, but it didn’t really catch me then. A couple of months ago I decided to give it another go.
There is a Catfianian app called “eReolen”. It’s like an online library full of both eBooks and Audio Books – a great app!
I can recommend these three Audiobooks:
Tommy Jaud: Voll Idiot (Kraftidioten in Catfianian). 7 hours and 44 minutes.
It’s a book about Simon who is approaching his thirties. He is desperately looking for a partner – or just to get laid. Unfortunately it’s not easy to get either when you’re an idiot 😀
The book describes Simon’s struggles at work, with his friends, with the women and with his Polish maid. It’s a book originally written for men – but women can definitely enjoy it too. It’s not deep or a masterpiece but it’s funny. It’s not the best book I have ever “read” but I enjoyed it on my daily walks.
John Grisham: The Last Juror. 13 hours and 13 minutes.
The book is about a young man who becomes the new owner of a small local newspaper in the South States. The book takes place in the period of time when racial segregation is introduced and it is about friendship, about being a good person and about doing one’s duty as a juror.
The book is about a woman who gets raped and murdered. Her killer is a man from the local family of criminals. The murderer gets a life sentence for his deeds – but what happens when “life” means nine years of prison and the culprit gets back out?
It’s a very well written book so it wasn’t a problem to hang on for that many hours. I enjoyed it!
Peder Bundgaard: Gasolin’ – Masser Af Success. 5 hours and 48 minutes.
“Masser Af Succes” (Lots Of Success) is a book about the Danish band Gasolin’, who broke all records and moved the boundaries of what was possible in Danish rock. But it is also the story of the 1970s – a decade where everything apparently was in disarray and still changing: political ideals, forms of cohabitation, language use, etc. Basically it is a chronicle about a very popular rock band and its time.
The awesome thing about this band is that everybody here knows it, from very young to very old. It was cool to read their story, but also very interesting to read about the decade where the band was big.
Meetings are a part of my job. I do a lot of them. Some are constructive, some a boring, some are fun. Some meetings include a dinner afterwards – and this is where this blogpost begins.
Once a year I go to a meeting that ends with a dinner. At this particular annual event there is this one dude I want to tell you about. I only see him once a year and I knew from the first time I met him that he thought he was God’s gift to women. He was obviously interested in “the new girl” and I was obviously not interested in him as anything other than a distant work acquaintance.
He has not been physical in any way, but the way he talks is SO inappropriate. Almost everything that comes out of his mouth is related to sex. And honestly: I fucking hate it.
What does he say?, you may ask. Let me give you an example of how ridiculous it is.
We are having dinner, and we are placed on either side of the table.
I am practicing my small talk skills, so I say: This is a really delicious meal!
He says: Yes. The potatoes look like balls! Have you tasted testicles?
Me: Err… what? O___o
I have tried to ignore him, to reject him, to play semi-deaf and semi-dumb. I’ve asked him to get his mind out of the gutter. Nothing seems to work. And he doesn’t just do it to me – he also does it to female waiters and other women sitting near him. The only thing I haven’t tried is to make a scene. We are colleagues after all.
The annual meeting and dinner is this weekend. I have announced to a couple of very good colleagues that I am now prepared to make a huge scene if he does it again – and not giving a rat’s ass if I spoil a nice dinner for the rest of them. Do you know what one of them said? She said: “Why don’t you call the one that arranges the seating plan and ask to be placed somewhere far away from him?”
I could. But that’s not the point. The point is that he should stop. What he does is not okay.
If you are that guy – or if you are like that guy: Please stop. It’s not fun or cute and it’s not a compliment. It’s annoying and crossing way too many borders. Behave like a normal person.
If you are one of the guys sitting next to me or to any other girl who experiences this: If you are seeing this behavior and accept it, then you are just as guilty as that guy. Please step up.
Covid-19 is no longer considered a socially critical disease in Catfiania from 10th of September, and almost all the restrictions we have experienced have now been lifted. We no longer need to wear a mask in supermarkets and public transportation and we can visit the hairdressers, massage therapists, restaurants and other shops without showing a Covid-19 “passport”/certificate. The bars can serve alcohol all night long if they wish to and there’s no limit in how many we’re allowed to be in one place anymore.
In short: Almost everything is back to normal, restriction-wise anyway.
The health authorities claim that the reason the government is lifting the restrictions is that many Catfianians have decided to say yes to the Covid-19 vaccine. It’s offered to all adults and you’re free to say no if you don’t want it. The first persons who got it in the first place – the weakest elder – have just been offered a third jab to stay on top of it. Again: It’s an offer, they are allowed to say no without any consequences.
On 11th of September there was a demonstration against the Covid-19 vaccine. A couple of hundred persons, who call themselves “Men In Black”, marched through the streets of the Capital, shouting “Say No No to the vaccine”.
I completely support the rights to demonstrate against things you don’t sympathize with. But I have to admit that I think the timing is super weird. Why demonstrate the day after almost all restrictions are lifted – against something that isn’t forced upon you?