Refugee Camps and Crabbing: Wednesday 16th February

Tonight I went to the cinema with Rie and her sister to see ‘The Social Network’. The cinema was in Shinjuku, and whilst it was immaculately clean and spacious, the sheer volume of people made it look like a refugee camp. The film itself was very enjoyable, although the fact that Zuckerberg is younger than me and also happens to be a billionaire left something of a bitter taste.

Scenes from a Tokyo Cinema.

Thankfully that bitter taste didn’t last long, as after the film we went to a nearby Thai restaurant. Here I managed to make eating a crab rival brain surgery for complexity, but at least I fared slightly better with my Japanese. I am up to understanding at least 3% of what I hear, and tonight I was even able to make a short joke involving the wordplay of the word hiku, a which verb which can mean (amongst other things) to grind or to attract. I am sure that the punch line made almost no sense, but it did a fairly good job of distracting attention away from the fact that I had just accidentally eaten the shell of half a crab.


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Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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