A Temporary Sun and Breaking the Bank: Monday 6th June

There was a reasonably pleasant surprise in stall for me today at school: I wasn’t to be the purveyor of the biggest gaff of the day. Instead, that ‘honor’ fell to my Taiwanese neighbor, who told us all that: ‘The sun exists as an entity between the morning and the early evening’. Sadly I didn’t quite have the vocabulary in my arsenal to question what happened to the planet’s orbits when the sun was in a temporary state of non-existence.

This informative graffiti was on a wall near my house, always helps to know exactly where you are.

Having found a yoga mat on Craig’s list for a mere ¥500, I decided to snap it up, only to find out that the payment method was via the dreaded furikomi (bank transfer). After ‘using’ the ATM for a good ten minutes or so, the only thing that was being transferred was the goodwill of the people in the queue that was rapidly forming behind me, and so I decided to ask for help. Thankfully the lady in the bank showed me exactly what I needed to do, although she seemed surprisingly unperturbed when I attempted to transfer ¥5,000,000 (~£38,000).  Thankfully I realized my mistake so no harm was done and, as an added bonus, when I got outside the sun was still there.

About truehamlet

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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