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25 August 2010 @ 07:35
 
Arrived back in Japan around ten in the morning yesterday and I'm on the train to work today. The past three weeks have been more difficult than I expected. One of the more amusing observations of the holiday: British people are really, REALLY into meerkats now.

I'll reply to comments this evening if I can. Feeling pretty tired right now (and thirsty, but will remedy that in about twenty minutes when I get off at my stop). My writing is going okay and I'm going to be sending off query letters by the weekend, I hope. Until then, here are some interesting links that I pasted into my LJ post as I found them (I've had patchy wifi access):

China travelogue from blodeuedd. I've been thinking about seeing China before I go back to the UK, so this is useful.

Lotus flowers at a war shrine [photo]

Yasukuni in the 1940s and a reminder of the problems surrounding Yasukuni here.

Song lyrics as Google Maps.

Digimon site updated (mainly for ruebert).

Weiss Kreuz in the 18th century [fanart] from indelicateink.

What are the most popular elements of fantasy art in book covers?

Another Jupiter impact
 
 
 
Thomas Vye: Daidouji smilethomasvye on 24th August 2010 22:49 (UTC)
One of the more amusing observations of the holiday: British people are really, REALLY into meerkats now.

Simples! XDDDD
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th August 2010 14:25 (UTC)
I don't know if you're agreeing or disagreeing, but the meerkats are definitely everywhere!
Thomas Vye: Bullseye WtfYay!thomasvye on 25th August 2010 15:31 (UTC)
emolozzieemolozzie on 24th August 2010 22:51 (UTC)
uk people are into meerkats LOL i am from the UK and have not ever noticed this observation LOLOLOLOL
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th August 2010 14:31 (UTC)
They're everywhere. Vending machines and charity shops and on TV. The number of plush meerkats you can see just when you walk down the street is incredible.
ext_109169 on 24th August 2010 23:09 (UTC)
British people are really, REALLY into meerkats...
we are?
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th August 2010 14:33 (UTC)
Re: British people are really, REALLY into meerkats...
Yep!

Certainly there is a lot more meerkat love than when I left you guys five years ago!
Kat Mastersevil_kat on 24th August 2010 23:49 (UTC)
Awesome links! I particularly love the fantasy cover one
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th August 2010 14:35 (UTC)
I liked that one too. I kind of like to think about what kind of cover art I'd get if I wrote fantasy. :)
Narsusreichsfreiherr on 25th August 2010 14:25 (UTC)
Yesterday I would have pondered the whole meerkat popularity idea but today having walked past a huge poster in a shop window asking for donations for some animal charity featuring meerkats I’m starting to wonder if they’ve somehow become the cute publicity animal of the moment. The nature documentaries that seem to anthropomorphize them at the moment can’t be hurting their appeal either.
Williamgenkischuldich on 25th August 2010 14:41 (UTC)
I've been seeing them everywhere, in all kinds of shops. My brother says it's to do with an advertising campaign called 'Compare The Meerkat'.
Narsusreichsfreiherr on 25th August 2010 14:46 (UTC)
Those Russian meerkat adverts... every time I see them on TV I do still wonder why the meerkat is a Russian oligarch.