Archive for June, 2009

Empty calories

I previously made a pathetic attempt to cut down on coffee and go cold turkey for a month. 

It failed badly.

But I am now 2 weeks into my no soda month,  haven’t missed a drop of it, I have been told by dietitians that they are basically cans of ’empty calories’ which is why I chose to ditch them for a while.  That dietitian friends, I have no time or money to pay for proper advice!!

I wonder if I can do the same with beer……?

Wordless Wednesday

DSC06952Is it just me or does this sign scream “JAZZ HANDS”?

Ghost Town

I finally got around to watching Ghost Town last night, it’s not been ‘a must see’ but I was keen to see how Ricky Gervais took on the lead role in a Hollywood movie.  From his little spots on the 11 o’clock show years ago to leading a movie he has come a long way. 

The movie itself has a Quantum Leap feel to it, the put right where once went wrong mentality, but where the TV was always limited by its ‘made for TV’ content and humour, and the necessity to set up next week’s show Ghost Town can concentrate o the one story line in hand and throw in the swear words when it feels like it.

There is nothing new here.  The movie does and says nothing that you haven’t seen in a hundred movies before, the guy the girl the chase the end. But……it does make you laugh along the way. KInda the point of a comedy right!?!

The humour is slightly of kilt to most Hollywood rom- coms but this is probably due to Gervais’s role and his own brand of comedy which has been the back bone of his rise to fame.  The section of dialogue where he talks about how we are “all the same. Well except for the Chinese” wouldn’t have worked with many other potential leading men. 

Gervais does well in my opinion, the whole cast does, Greg Kinnear is great as the New York playboy lothario, Tea Leoni as the intelligent but naïve widow.  Well maybe formally naïve. But Gervais as the cynical, melancholy dentist who genuinely dislikes ALL people gives the film a slightly different tempo and humour to its rivals make it very watchable. 

All in all a worthy DVD rental, little bit feel good, plenty funny spots and a reminder that Alan Ruck is still working.

Oink if you love me

Wordless Wednesday

Taken today when at a ‘pick your own’ strawberry farm.


Like Mallory said “Because its there”

About 40 minutes drive from my house is what I would describe as the most scenic Wal Mart ever;

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Behind it you’ll spot a huge chunk of granite.  Its the second largest granite monolith in the world, the Stawamus Chief, and having seen it I got the urge to get to the top.  Its popular with rock climbers but as I dont rock climb and attempting that route with no training would almost certainly end in tears I instead opted for the less direct route of the Chief Trail.  1 hour 40 minutes later and my girlfriend and I had assended 2,297 ft to the summit.

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My legs are knackered today!

Damien Walters; The real Spiderman?

I had to share the Danny Mac vid when I was sent it and feel the same is required with this wee show reel;

I reckon its pretty impressive stuff, although it does make me feel lazy.

Scotty: I like this ship! You know, It’s exciting!

I went to the movies last night and watched the new Star Trek film.  I should say from the outset that I have never really been “into” Star Trek, I’ve watched the feature films from the 80’s and 90’s but I never really watched the TV series (any of them) as they just weren’t really my thing.  I have watched a bunch of the 60’s ones when they were on reruns but that’s about it.  In short I have no affection for the series; I just like to watch movies.

My girlfriend who came with me has previously been scarred by the show because she has an older brother who watched the TV show when she was growing up and now resents the franchise as a result. 


With that in mind it was pretty impressive I managed to get her to come with me!

I think that she really didn’t have much to fear as the movie I think stands alone well and although shares the same characters, creatures and futuristic world as the other movies it’s pretty much set apart from the others in terms of content and storytelling.

The pace of the action is set from the opening scene and doesn’t really let up, in fact there was more action in the movie than I thought there would be but its broken up with some good character interaction,  never gets too much and the characters are given time to develop.  There must be very few people who have an interest in Hollywood movies and haven’t heard of Spock, Cpt Kirk et al so I imagine casting this film would have been a pretty daunting task for those involved but I think they did a great job. 

Zachary Quinto, who I first saw as a streak of annoyance in the TV series 24, is good in Heroes as the messed up Sylar but it’s in this movie he seems to have found his niche. I think he plays a great Spock and looks at home on the big screen, something many TV actors find hard to achieve. Chris Pine who plays opposite him as the James T Kirk is someone I haven’t heard of but again handles his screen time effectively and mixes the humor and charm well with the action and aggression. 

I’m a huge fan of Simon Pegg from way back when he starred in Big Train, all the way up to his movie work.  As Scotty I only wish he was in more of the movie, the same can be said for Eric Bana who as the main bad guy you would expect to see more of but I think that’s as the movie is more about the building of the Enterprise crew and the beginnings of their relationships, his screen time was limited. Worthy of a special mention is the new incarnation of Uhura, who with no disrespect to the original actress, has never looked so hot.  The part is played by Zoe Saldana, another actor I know very little about but I’m sure she’ll get plenty more screen time as her career develops as she handles the sassy nature of her character perfectly and has movie star looks to accompany her acting skills. 

In summary (I don’t want to dish out any spoilers) I think it’s definitely worth a watch, a couple of hours to switch off and enjoy some farfetched science fiction.  I have no idea how proper Star Trek fans will feel about this movie and if it’s a worthy addition to the franchise, but I give it a thumbs up.

My girlfriend however didn’t and as my penance I am psyching myself up for whatever chick flick I get dragged to next. 

Damn it. 


Quote of the day

Being that I have uprooted myself and moved thousands of miles twice in the last 3 years I like this;

‘Not all who wander are lost’

J RR Tolkien


Accompanied by a pic I took wandering through the forest a couple of weeks ago