Culture Vulture

January 25th, 2003

White Teeth

Just finished reading Zadie Smith’s ‘White Teeth‘. I had originally avoided the novel due to the massive amounts of hype it received in the press. It’s been out a while now (I always wait for the paperbacks – hardbacks dig in the my wrist RSI). It’s a big old bugger of a book – weighing in at 542 pages (some debut novel!). I was thoroughly engaged all the way through, though I don’t think I was clever enough to truly understand what Smith was trying to say. The plot revolves around three families: the Iqbals (Indian working class), the Smiths (white/caribbean working class) and the Chalfens (white middle class). The author dips in and out of the family history of the main two families (Iqbal/Smith) and ties everything together nicely at the end. Definitely worth a shot. I’m now waiting for her second novel – ‘The Autograph man’ to be released in paperback.

A Beautiful Mind

Settled down with ‘A Beautiful Mind‘ on friday night. A touching film about an extremely clever man who becomes really badly schizophrenic. Apparently it’s a true story. An excellent excellent film, let down only by the twat in the lead role.

Operator Logos

Seamus kindly sent me a new operator logo for my Nokia on friday. Not having received such an item before I opted to ‘save logo’ rather than ‘discard’. It immediately replaced the subtle ‘Orange’ operator logo with a bad line drawing of the ‘Simpsons’ courtesy of this totally free mobile tones and logos site. Strangely, Nokia don’t give you the option to have no operator logo. So I spent a couple of hours yesterday attempting to replace the logo with something vaguely better. In the end I went for a retro ‘Iron Maiden’ logo cos it’s so cool and ironic.


One Response to “Culture Vulture”

  1. stan

    You can text restore to’377′ to restore the original Orange logo to your phone. costs the same as a normal text message