Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Getting in tune...

Do you find it difficult to get up in the morning?

Do you find your alarm clock lying in the street every morning whilst rushing to get a double espresso (without cream, but with hazlenut syrup followed by an omelette on fried bread with smoked kippers and mushrooms)?

Do you always wake up too early and then sit in the garden wondering what to do?

Well, scientists have discovered the reason. It seems that each one of us inherits our body clock from our parents. Further, whilst in the womb our body clock is heavily influenced by the foods our parents eat. So, if our parents eat more food from, say, India then our body clock will be more aligned to the time-zones of India! It seems that this is because our little bodies are highly sensitive to maturity of the foodstuffs our parents eat. So, it's hereditary!

Scientists have suggest that if we move to the country that dominates our body clock we will get up at the right time. All we need to do is to scan the globe for timezones that match our body clock and then simply move there.

I've tried this and it seems to work. In the US I get up at a sensible time which suggests that my parents must have worked in a hamburger joint.

Moving around

Public transport is a great way to get out and meet people (especially if you're claustrophobic). It is great that so many of us get together during a brief moment in the morning and stuff as many of ourselves as possible into as few compartments as possible maximizing the chance of a brief encounter. We have to thank the transport system for decreasing the vehicles at these times too!

In many civilized countries when one boards public transport one announces oneself to fellow passengers. In some more civilised countries you give your name to the driver, or conductor who will then announce you to the privileged travellers.

You must live in a civilised country, try it! Announce yourself to your fellow passangers with a 'A Lord/Lady Rhumbaba boarding'. Or, ask the driver to announce you to everyone else. The announcement is usually followed by polite applause from the other passangers.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Something to do during the idle moments...

Do you frequent coffee-shops? Do you frequent coffee-shops that ask for your name and then yell it all over the shop when your concoction is ready?

Excellent! Then try this give someone elses name when they ask for your name. Or, give the name of a famous person. Give an inanimate object as your name (eg Red Triangle).
See if you can get the brew-meister to shout 'latte for Green Lantern' or some such. Give your fellow drinkers something to puzzle over...