Author Archives: Michael Gakuran

London, passports, visa and anime

Today was the first of what I imagine will be many hectic days sorting out my gap year plans. I received the Action Pack from GAP yesterday and spent most of the day reading over it and gathering together information. This morning I went to Chatham station to buy an all-day travel card around London, […]
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Chris’s sleepover

Dave picked me up from school after finished the second day of Summer School. We made sushi and did some calligraphy as well, which I really enjoyed – it helped reinforce my kanji knowledge and was somewhat calming and satisfying to do. Shortly afterwards, we went to the Tiger Moth pub and then onwards to […]
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My belated birthday party & other stuff

Whoo! So, I returned from the Peak District on Tuesday after a pretty hard few days. It was cut short and we had to miss the 7 or so extra kilometres we would have walked on the last day due to a problem, but otherwise, we walked about 55km over 4 days. My feet survived […]
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I’m off to the Peak District

Yep, I leave in about half an hour and I won’t be back until Tuesday. I might well be unable to walk by then though; it depends how tough this route is. Hopefully it shouldn’t be too bad since everyone decided they wanted an ‘exploration’ instead of an ‘expedition’, which basically means less walking and […]
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In a hole

Just finished watching ‘The Hole’ that my sister taped. It’s a surprisingly good horror film actually – every twist in it caught me out, so it wasn’t at all predictable for me. There was psychological eeriness – which I always find is much more scary than flat out gore – and an interesting approach to […]
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I’ve got a golden ticket!

I’ve just found out reading on the new official Oingo Boingo website that Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is set to be re-made by non other than legend Tim Burton! What’s even better is than Danny Elfman is scoring it (lead singer of Oingo Boingo when they were around and film composer for films […]
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Gilbert’s Syndrome

I’ve just returned from the Doctor’s to talk about the results of that blood test I had before I went to Japan. Apparently I have a higher-then-normal level of bilirubin (37, the normal being about 22). Anything over 35 usually causes slight yellow discolouration in the whites of the eyes or skin. The level fluctuates, […]
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Japan – return

I suppose I should update this briefly to let everyone know I’m actually back. Also, apologies for the mistake in the last post that a friend pointed out to me; I meant I would be very UNlikely to reply to emails while I was in Japan. In any case, the whole trip rocked! I miss […]
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