Thursday, May 31, 2007

Manchester Piccolino


Saturday, May 26, 2007

My New Laptop!!

I bought a new laptop today. Just in the process of setting it up now. It's a Toshiba Satellite A200-1AB. Good laptop for the price I paid. Bought it from Micro Anvika at the Selfridges in Trafford Centre.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Random Joke: Computer Diagnosis

One day Bill complained to his friend that his elbow really hurt. His friend suggested that he go to a computer at the drug store that can diagnose anything quicker and cheaper than a doctor.
''Simply put in a sample of your urine and the computer will diagnose your problem and tell you what you can do about it. It only costs $10." Bill figured he had nothing to lose, so he filled a jar with a urine sample and went to the drug store. Finding the computer, he poured in the sample and deposited the $10. The computer started making some noise and various lights started flashing.

After a brief pause out popped a small slip of paper on which was printed: "You have tennis elbow. Soak your arm in warm water. Avoid heavy lifting. It will be better in two weeks."

Later that evening while thinking how amazing this new technology was and how it would change medical science forever, he began to wonder if this machine could be fooled. He mixed together some tap water, a stool sample from his dog and urine samples from his wife and daughter. To top it off, he masturbated into the concoction. He went back to the drug store, located the machine, poured in the sample and deposited the $10.

The computer again made the usual noise and printed out the following message. "Your tap water is too hard. Get a water softener. Your dog has worms. Get him vitamins. Your daughter is using cocaine. Put her in a rehabilitation clinic. Your wife is pregnant with twin girls. They aren't yours. Get a lawyer. And if you don't stop jerking off, your tennis elbow will never get better."

Another One: Learn To Speak Chinese

Are you harboring a fugitive- Hu Yu Hai Ding
See me A.S.A.P. - Kum Hia Nao
Small Horse - Tai Ni Po Ni
Your price is too high - No Bai Dam Thing
Did you go to the beach - Wai Yu So Tan
I bumped into a coffee table - Ai Bang Mai Ni
I think you need a facelift - Chin Tu Fat
It's very dark in here - Wai So Dim?
Has your flight been delayed? - Hao Long Wei Ting?
I thought you were on a diet - Wai Yu Mun Ching?
This is a tow away zone. - No Pah King
You are not very bright - Yu So Dum
I got this for free - Ai No Pei
I am not guilty - Wai Hang Mi?
Please, stay a while longer - Wai Go Nao?
Our meeting was scheduled for next week - Wai Yu Kum Nao
They have arrived - Hia Dei Kum
He's cleaning his automobile - Wa Shing Ka
Does this bathroom stink! Hu Flung Dung?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Simple Life: Bangladesh Version


A Bangladeshi vegetable vendor sleeps on his pile of water pumpkins in the capital, Dhaka.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Wild Hogs: Film Review

Wild Hogs was supposed to be film of Bad Boys genre. But it failed to keep up the standard. I don't know why John Travolta was starring in the movie. Is he cash strapped? Did he not think about selling his private jet before he thought of starring in the movie.

Only good thing about the movie was Martin Lawrence. I am an urdent fan of him. He kept up his standard of acting. I also like his face expressions. Brilliant!

Story was pretty lame. Rating 6 out of 10.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Good Day !!


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Happy Birthday Tawhid

It’s past midnight in Manchester and I’m listening to Bangla songs. It’s my brother Tawhid’s birthday today. I miss the family. It’s a horrible feeling. I’m so far away from them…. I’ve not had a chance to think of my family since I came to UK but today the memories from Bangladesh keep coming back to me. I just keep remembering the tears in my brothers' eyes on the eve of my flight. Downloading more Bangla songs.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Spider-Man 3: Film Review

Watched my first English movie yesterday after I came back to the UK. Went to watch all hyped Spider-man 3 at the Odeon in Trafford Centre in Manchester.

The only thing I can remember from the movie is the John Travolta dance by Peter Parker in the restaurant.

Special effects are all too old now. I am thirsty for something new now. I have been watching Sam Raimi's work since I was about 10 year old. One of his famous work was the 'Hercules' TV series with Kevin Sorbo. I don't think Sam Raimi has changed his work much since then. He seriously needs to think of being more creative with his ideas. We have seen James Cameron and Steven Spielberg coming up with breakthrough special effects. Those effects are never present in Sam's work.

The characters of the film were stitched together well. The scene where MJ was forced to break up with Peter Parker was overdramatic like Bollywood movie and lacked credibility even by a fantasy superhero movie standard.

I sort of liked the action scenes though. I know the movie is a big hit worldwide. But I think people are watching the movie just for the sake of watching it- just because they want to fill in the blank of the trilogy.

Overall rating 6 out of 10.

Nawab Restaurant (Levenshulme, Manchester) review by Mohibur Rahman

Friends arranged a party to celebrate my homecoming (!?) last night. It was at the old, typical, crowded Nawab. After spending the whole day out eating lots of junk food, Nawab’s food was going to be a bit heavy, but we decided to go there one last time for old time sake. Our in house food expert the honourable Mr Mohibur Rahman was asked to give his kind input in the review of the Nawab’s food. He agreed. So here’s the damage below.

At first, I must advice that Mohib is a very difficult person to please to, especially when it comes to food. With a sharp sense of taste in food and ability to criticise to the extreme he is every chef’s nightmare. So anyone associated with Nawab restaurant reading this review please don’t be too upset.

Let’s start with the starters. After waiting for 20 minutes to be seated on a busy bank holiday weekend, Mohib discovered Nawab still offers extensive range of starters just like the old time. There were various salad bowls. There had been a few changes in the salad bowls leaving out the traditional Asian salad dishes.
But they did increase the salad dishes nevertheless.

The chicken wings were greasy, but the shami kababs were quite tasty, although my friend Amir thought “Shami Kababs were too Shamee”.
“The Seek kabab wasn’t solid or liquid”, Amir commented afterwards.
Fish Tikka was quite tender and chunky. No lamb chops were available.

Mohib was really disappointed with the main course dishes. Karahi Gosht was slightly bitter therefore, awful. Chicken Balti was nice with rich flavour unlike the chicken and Lamb Balti which were dull. Chicken Jalfrezi had nothing to shout about it. Vegeterian options were really limited for my vegetarian friend Keano’s liking. Quality of the vegetarian dishes weren’t good either.

Plain rice, pilau rice and pizza were okay but naan was rubbery and cold.

Mohib felt all the curries were tailored towards the traditional English taste rather than Asian taste.

Nawab doesn’t offer as much dessert as I would’ve liked. I have seen more dessert in Dhaka restaurants. Anyway I thought fruit salad could’ve improved their menu for dessert. The chocolate cake was near perfect but the cheese cake was frozen. Icecreams were out for too long therefore turned into milkshake before they made it to the mouth.

Overall, it was a good experience. The restaurant was extremely crowded but it was a good fun nevertheless. Amir was disappointed as he didn’t see anyone pleasing to eyes. It was surprising to see that Nawab still doesn’t offer any special dish yet.

Plates and cutleries weren’t cleaned to the standard. Initially waiters were welcoming but weren’t so responsive afterwards.

The food quality of the Nawab has certainly gone down since I first went there few years ago, but still a good hangout for average quality Asian food.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

T-Mobile USB Modem

I have bought a T-Mobile USB modem yesterday. Mohib helped me to get the modem. Got it working this morning. It's brilliant! Now I don't need an internet connection for browsing internet. I can take my laptop anywhere in the country and browse from anywhere I like. Don't know if I'm sounding like a geek but this really is amazing. I am getting really good speed as well. Broadband internet seems sooo yesterday now..

Friday, May 04, 2007

Transition

It has already been a week in UK and I feel like I have never been to Bangladesh now. Life is back to normality. Friends have been great to help me settle in quickly. I have not had a single day to take rest or get over the jet lag/ time difference since I came back. But I’m enjoying it nevertheless. Miss the family and friends back in BD. Hoping to go there and visit them soon.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Back to work

Today was my first day back to work after 7 months. It was good to be back to work after a long break. Colleagues made me feel welcome.
After work I went to Oldham to meet Mohib and pick up my XDA Orbit. It’s brilliant! I’m writing today’s blog on XDA as I don’t have internet at home yet.

Back to Didsbury

I have been out since morning looking for a flat around withington, fallowfield, didsbury area. Went to few agencies but found my old agency useful. Got a flat in West Didsbury. Moved in in the evening.
For last two days(since I arrived in UK) I have been really busy. I spent last two days in different places trying to sort ou the stuff before I start working on Tuesday. By the grace of almighty, everything is in order now.