Off Topic The Review Thread

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    Steels, did you get to visit Tikal in Guatemala while in Central America ? Amazing place
     
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    No, didn't get there pal.

    Spent a lot of my down time out on the cayes of the reef off of Belize, especially San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Trips to La Ceiba in Honduras, Chetumal just over the Mexico border (both mental - that's a story for another time), and a couple of trips to Cancun.

    Working was mainly near the main airport, or out in the jungle - there's a lot of things out there that are designed to kill you, which makes life interesting........
     
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    Report back - I was there in 1987, I’d bet that things have changed a bit. There’s another Mayan city at Palenque in the jungle further west, but I think it’s too far for a day trip from Cancun. It was still mostly overgrown with very few visitors when I went.

    Wanted to go to Tikal but the Mexicans I was hanging round with very forcefully told me it was too dangerous at that time. Mexico by contrast felt much safer than the US, I travelled from the US border to Yucatán by local bus with plenty of stops on the way in fantastic places and never felt threatened once. Brilliant street food, staying in faded colonial mansions turned into hotels, everything dirt cheap. My favourite place in 14 months of travelling.
     
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    Superb mate, bet you’ve got some mad stories :). I did Las Ruinas de Copan in Honduras. Another amazing place but being devestated by some of the people there....just fly tipping lorry loads of rubbish into the valley ‘cos they know no better...all very sad.
    That trip shaped my views in a way as I encountered young kids begging not for money, but food. And there was someone like me who would never feel that kind of hunger in my life. Made me think how unfair and unjust it all is.
     
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    Mate you really missed out on Tikal, as I say an amazing experience Funny I was with my ex girlfriend at the bus station in Guatemala City and didn’t feel phased at all, whereas she, a local, was petrified and wary, warning me 100 times to be careful..,,.but I never got that vibe at all.
    Central and South America are great.
     
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    When I was.trekking in Nepal we handed out pens, pencils and notepads to the kids - the joy on their faces at receiving such miniscule things (to us) was life affirming. They would run off to all their.mates showing off with the stuff. We would then walk alongside them on their way into their classes in the morning.
     
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    Resurrection of Battersea Power Station this evening.

    Interesting fact: originally designed by the same geezer wot designed the red telephone kiosk.
     
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    More preview than review, but these forthcoming recreated ‘lost episodes’ of Dad’s Army look worth a gander.
     
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    Bored of Avengers shows - try alternative super-heroes show "The Boys" on Amazon at the moment - quite enjoying it. It's a different take on the genre, where superheroes are run by a corporation, treated as celebrities and are contracted out to protect cities - at exorbitant rates. Political opponents are dispatched, the "Supes" have issues ranging from drug addiction, alcoholism and pure vanity.

    One of the "Supes" kills a normal guys girlfriend by running straight through her at 1000mph - leading to a group of guys determined to expose the corruption within the corporation that runs the Superhero franchise.

    Some good performances, especially Karl Urban, who plays a washed up ex-cop/FBI agent with a gruff cockney accent! Enjoyable watch.
     
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    Whilst on hols I both Mrs TR and I read this book, The Wych Elm by Tana French, here's a review of it from The Guardian that does it far more justice than I could......put simply it was one of those books that you can't put down as you know that there's a twist in every chapter....

    One thing that made us smile is the use of Irishness in the writing and the occasional use of the word "yoke"......this is something to describe anything that you might be talking about at any given time, be it plumbing or building materials, as in "Did you get that yoke?" to in this case part of what the detectives are looking into....

    A very smart book , well worth a read......


    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/19/the-wych-elm-tana-french-review
     
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    I'm a good twelve months behind the times it would seem, but hasn't John Lydon piled on the pounds?
     
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    **** me!

    I’ve just seen an ad for Sunny Loans...

    Bottom of the screen...

    APR 1,281%.

    I’m surprised they don’t want your cock & balls too.

    Thieving ****ers.
     
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    I assume you might of been watching ‘Punk’ on Sky Arts. Great series that I’ve just started watching.
    The history of Punk rock (obviously) from its beginnings in NY with The MC5, Iggy and the Stooges and New York Dolls, through the English revolution with the Damned, The Clash and The Sex Pistols..then on to the hardcore of Black Flag and Bad Brains.....and I guess ending with more mainstream like Green Day.

    Well worth a watch.

    And yes, Johnny Boy has definitely been eating too many pies :)
     
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    Yes, that’s the show.

    I was disappointed there wasn’t any Splodgenessabounds. :)
     
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    Tonights the night - The Cure at Bellahouston Park. Set timings are in, and they are on for 2 hours 30 minutes!! Weather is a bit **** at the moment, but it is due to calm down later on.

    Review tomorrow.....
     
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    I guess they would of struggled to get all the great bands into one show.....great programme
     
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    I caught the show with Nirvana, Green Day and Offspring - will try to get to see the earlier episodes
     
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    Yes, true, although I was being a little tongue in cheek about Splodge. I was surprised that there wasn't any Crass in there, though, although it was very much US-centric, so only really featured those UK bands that had made it across the pond to some extent, such as the Pistols, The Damned and The Clash.
     
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    Yeah just the second programme that talked about the UK scene. They missed a lot of the great bands we produced over here (or mentioned them only in passing) like XRay Spex, Crass, The Exploited, Conflict, Anti-Nowhere League, Angelic Upstarts etc etc......

    I also thought Jello Biafra has eaten a few too many pies also :)

    Btw, Steve Ignorant has recently done a tour (I presume doing a lot of Crass stuff)........they are still about
     
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