Archive for March, 2014

Family Mart

Last year I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks in Tokyo doing a series of gigs with the Kevin Windross Band – a remarkable adventure indeed and one I hope to repeat one day – but that something to elaborate on another time [1].

The convenience store chain “Family Mart” ended up being a big part of the side story of those two weeks.  We’d usually return from a gig around midnight and forage at the Family Mart opposite our hotel – amongst other things they did a pretty good line of pre-packaged Sushi which tasted pretty decent and gave the (hopefully accurate) impression of being somewhat healthy.

Fast forward to two days ago and I find myself in Taipei and sure enough, there are Family Marts everywhere – prompting a post to Facebook declaring that the catering for any upcoming Kevin Windross Band tours of Taiwan was all sorted now :)



Family Mart in Taipei

What was kinda funny though was after an lovely catchup lunch with some of my friends from my Canonical days I remarked that Family Mart had been a staple while gigging in Tokyo.  I was reminded by them that the shop in Taipei 101 that I had frequented virtually every day of my previous visits to Taipei was in fact a Family Mart.  No wonder it felt curiously like coming home when we first hit the one near our Tokyo hotel…

I wonder if we should approach them about an endorsement deal ?

[1] As an aside, our intrepid bassist, Brendon has been writing up his impressions of the adventure here. For the feint of heart I will forewarn you that there are some rude words, but it is an excellent and amusing read and thus far commendably accurate.


Stop procrastinating and write…

Facebook, Google+ and Twitter have had a funny effect on my blogging.  Like many people “back in the day” I kept a sporadically updated diary then a Blog, then Facebook happened and it all kinda stopped.

I had a crack at setting up a new site using one of the other popular CMS but didn’t get very far – more about me faffing around than anything wrong with the CMS in question.  I even had the patient and able assistance of BCG in getting things going, so not for want of technical resources. But no, I spent too much of what time I did spend on thinking about the right tags to use, colour schemes and whatnot.  The net result of course, nothing of note happened…

So once more unto the breach; with some further help from Martin back during LCA 2014 and a little tweaking today I have a seemingly working WordPress install up and running and so stare at the metaphorical blank canvas once more, let’s see where this leads :)