I do enjoy listening to the odd tune when hurling cabbages, setting the mood for my slugs to procreate or pricking my finger so that I may write another glorious sentence in the stunningly funny Duke & Michel saga. What kind of music, I don't hear you ask? Well, depends on what I'm doing. If it's to help my slugs go to battle then something like a Beethoven fused with Rage Against the Machine seems to do the trick but if it's for them to help them make their own kind of music then I find Marvin Gaye to be splendid. When I hurl cabbages, it needs to be something with a bit of fire and I quite enjoy a little Metallica on some days and Nirvana on others. Now, when I write, well nothing beats The Beatles for true inspiration. A most innovative band, as innovative as I am with my prose and the tactics I employ when targeting Dieter. How about when I'm grooming Mr Snazzy? Well, he's a gentle fellow and he prefers more calming, chilled tones so I stick on a bit of Sigur Ros or Massive Attack. That sort of music seems to put him right in the mood to be groomed.
Michel's Speed Demon skateboard
Michel loves skateboarding on his 'Speed Demon' skateboard. I don't know why. Hanging with his mates, doing ollies, kickturns - he seems to get a buzz out of it. I prefer throwing cabbages at unsuspecting German neighbours myself. Anyway, he tells me it's a lot of fun and has decided to teach me some skateboarding terms.
Aciddrop - When you skate off the end of something and you like don't ollie or touch the board with your hands.
Boned - You perform this in mid-air, dude. Push the board out in front and downwards.
Disaster - When you have the rear wheels on top of something and the middle of the board resting on the edge and the front wheels on nothing.
Fakie - Going backwards, dude!
Kickflip - Flipping the board like you're kicking something or someone!
That's enough, Michel. I'll stick to my moustache grooming. Anyway, here's a 'dude' doing a kickflip-thingy.
The Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is an amazing dog that would have no trouble in finding that small bit of cheese you dropped by the fridge when having a midnight snack. Their short legs mean their noses are close to the ground and can sniff out anything. They would make better police dogs than most, if they could be bothered. However, they prefer to relax, frolic in the grass, eat Country Dog - Premium Nibbles and annoy children on skateboards.
Youtube video of a couple of energetic Basset Hounds:
In Maputo I am known for my love of tinned tuna.