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    • Jeepers Creepers (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 22 Ratings
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      The film begins with Daryl and Jenner (Justin Long and Gina Phillips) driving home from their first year of university. The journey takes a turn for the worse when a black truck catches up with them and attempts to drive them of the road, eventually (after some brilliant cinematography) the truck over-takes and the journey continues. Further down the road, the couple spot the same truck and a figure in a trench coat dropping something that looks very much like wrapped up corpses down a pipe. The couple continue to drive for a while, until they decide to turn back and investigate what they saw. As the story continues a legend is uncovered about a monster which assimilates human body parts in order to survive. That’s where I’ll stop with the plot, I don’t want to give too much away. Jeepers Creepers is an entertaining film, with a classic horror movie feel to it (It kept reminding me of the Texas chain-saw massacre). The build up of suspense is very well done, the entire cinema nearly jumped through the roof on a number of occasions. The story line is basic, but that’s what you get with horror movies, and I would expect nothing less. The acting is good, with the lead roles being played very well indeed. If you’re looking for a straightforward entertaining horror movie, this is what you want too see. If you expect anything amazing, and appreciate the simplicity of the classic horror genre then you will really enjoy this film.

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      • Honduras / Destination International / 2 Readings / 16 Ratings
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        Honduras. During our tour of Central America we spent about two weeks in Honduras. I cannot say that I saw a lot of Honduras, but what I did see was worth writing about. My girlfriend and I had met a couple in Guatemala and we decided that we would travel together into Honduras. The journey into Honduras was a difficult and stressful one, it involved two boats, two taxi’s, two busses (one of which caught fire!) and an hours walk in the scorching 40 degree midday sun. Eventually we ended up in Amoa, where we rested our tired feet for a few days. Amoa is a small Honduran fishing town, surrounded by Jungle filled mountains. We stayed at a youth hostel type place called ‘Rolly’s’. Rolly is a Swiss bloke who has been living in Honduras for a few years, and has set up the ideal place for backpackers to meet and relax. He has several wooden huts with clean and basic rooms with showers and toilets (that flush!), and area for camping, and trees to hang hammocks from. There are barbecue facilities and he bakes fresh bread that he sells for a very reasonable price. He also has some canoes and bikes that he will let you borrow free of charge. There are several fruit stalls and small shops nearby along with a couple of restaurants. If you are in Honduras at the right time of year (around June / July) there is an abundance of Lobster, which is very cheap and extremely tasty. From Amoa we headed on to the Island of Roatan. We traveled to La Ceiba by bus and then got a ferry (about a 2-hour trip) across to the island. Roatan is a fairly big island, and I only saw a small part of it. Most people head to the West End of the island. We stayed at a place called Chilies, which was excellent. Chilies was set in a small secluded bay with crystal clear waters, beautiful white sanded beaches and some excellent coral reef about 100 meters off shore. The wild life in the water here is incredible. On more that one occasion we found ourselves
        swimming with an enormous school of cuttle fish, and some big barracuda. The coral reefs are full of all sorts of fish, crabs, octopus etc. It was amazing. The accommodation was excellent, very cheap with kitchen facilities included. There is a mini market near by, which sells all essentials. Unfortunately things are slightly more expensive here, but with the fish to catch in the sea, it’s easy to stick to a budges. Barbecues Barracuda steaks are delicious. After relaxing on the Island for about a week we went back to the main land and headed towards Copan. Copan is the home to some pretty impressive Mayan ruins (not the most impressive I have seen though). The town is at a fairly high altitude and is lot cooler than a lot of Honduras, which is a cool relief from the humidity of the jungle. Copan is a small town but has a large number of tourists who come and see the ruins. There are several small hotels, restaurants and bars, which cater to the tourists needs. All in all, Honduras is a great country if you don’t mind living with the bugs!

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          La Paz, This is a great place if you want a well-developed, clean and safe place to holiday, whilst experiencing Mexican culture. The town itself has a few separate areas, some of which are worth exploring; others are worth keeping clear of. The beach area of La Paz is a really nice place to generally hang out, drink a few beers, admire the scenery, shoot pool and eat. The beach is not the perfect swimming place, not very secluded and situated along the main road. The bars, restaurants and clubs all offer drinks and food at various prices, if you want an evening of cheap food and drink its best to ask how much the beer is before entering the bar. I found that as soon as I set foot in a bar I had a beer poured and a table cleared before I could find out how much I was paying. If you need to find an Internet café, there are plenty along the beach front, along with travel agencies and bus stations. If you need some shopping there is a large supermarket about 100 meters in-land along with various shops, including chemists, grocery stores, clothes shops and the like. This area is also an excellent place to get cheap food. There are several small fast food restaurants selling toasted sandwiches (‘Torta’s’), burgers etc. If you want to eat what the locals eat try the Taco stands. These are dotted about all over the place, and sell either fish or meat, at a very reasonable price. You buy a Taco (normally corn) with the fish and serve yourself to as much salad as you want. There is one stand in particular that serve’s the most delicious ‘carne assada’. If you follow the Beach road towards the east side of the beach you will start passing the car hire places (avis, hertz etc), there is a road to the left around here which has a taco stand from about 6pm, you will be able to follow your nose when you get close, as they barbecue outside. If you decide to go further north of the main shopping area my advic
          e is to be a little careful. This is the residential area, and the local’s don’t appreciate people wondering around. It’s not a nice area, so you won’t be missing anything. La Paz has some excellent beached within easy travelling distance. You can take a bus from the main road to beaches about 30 km away from the centre of La Paz. Two beaches in particular, Balandra and Pichilingue are fantastic. The are generally empty, and secluded, surrounded by desert mountains and shallow warm blue waters. There is not much in the way of facilities, so make sure you take everything you will need for the day. Unfortunately the bus service is not that great, but you will normal be able to catch a ‘collectivo’ (taxi / minibus) for the return journey at bout 5pm. La Paz is a great place to sample some Mexican cultures, relax at some beautiful beaches, and enjoy a reasonable nightlife. All in all, an excellent place at an excellent price.

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            19.10.2001 22:44
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            Guadalajara. I stayed in Guadalajara about 5 months ago for a few days. We arrived at night, which was a bit disconcerting, as we were carrying all our belongings, and had no idea where we were going to stay. We had chosen a hotel from our travel guide, and eventually found it. Hotel Hamilton was its name, and it was quite possibly the worst place I have ever had to sleep in. Rooms are cheap but prison like, and are available on an hourly basis. I don’t think I should refer to this place as a hotel, more of a brothel. Anyway after a terrible nights sleep we found another hotel first thing, and had a wonder around the city. The main market is a great place to start. It has anything and everything, and is a great place to buy your souveniers, especially guitars and leather goods. The food in the market is also excellent, I recommend you try the ‘Tortas’, a toasted sandwich filled with avocado and fresh grilled pork, the presentation is not up to much, but they do taste great. There are several plazas to sit and relax in, a cool beer is definitely required in the afternoon, it can get really hot! The cathedrals, government buildings, statues etc are all impressive, especially the Salvador Dhali benches and chairs found outside the Government building. In general Guadalajara is a safe city, but you do need to be careful about where you go at night. Travelling in large groups and in well lit’ areas is always best, I have heard a few stories of robberies and muggings but they always seem to happen to those people who don’t take care to be safe. The nightlife is good. We found a great bar, which provide snacks and drinks at a very reasonable price. The locals were very friendly and we enjoyed their company throughout the evening. At one point an old Mexican bloke came in to the bar with a wooden box with to wires hanging out of it. I was confused as to what was going on when he came up to our tab
            le and people started to give him small amounts of money. Apparently this was a game, in which everyone on the table joins hands and creates a circuit with the little wooden box, while the old bloke turns up the power and gives the expectant participants an ever increasing electric shock – fantastic! Those Mexicans really know how to enjoy themselves, I can tell you. If you are in Mexico, and have the chance this is a great buzzing city with plenty going on.

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              I picked this book up purely by chance, read the summary and decided I would give it ago. Having tried to read Arthur C Clarkes Titanic, I thought I was in for yet another heavy and deep sci-fi. But I was pleasantly surprised and enthralled by the plot, and his excellent writing style. The author manages to take complicated scientific theories, and turn tem into comprehensive explanations that fit in well with the flow of the book as a whole. The story begins along way in the future, when a new technology is developed which enables light to be transmitted through worm holes at a sub-atomic level (the physics behind this is as interesting as the fiction, in theory this sort of thing could be possible). This new technology has been developed by a media tycoon, who uses it for his own purpose. Effectively he has the power to see anything in the world from any angle. As the worm hole technology is developed it becomes apparent that it can be used to see into the past. From the beginning the book looks at the lives of the people who are directly involved with the media tycoon and continues to expand as more and more people are effected. The technology is eventually made available to everyone on the planet through the Internet. This means that anyone can see anything that anyone has done throughout his or her entire lives, eradicating crime and privacy, religious myths etc. The plot continues to expand throughout the book in very interesting ways. The vision of Arthur C Clarke is fantastic, and really gets your imagination going. I would rate this book as one of my favorites of all time (get the pun!), and would certainly recommend it to anyone, sci-fi fan or not.

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              • BBC Good Food Show / Other Food / 5 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                I got a letter this morning inviting me to buy tickets for the Good food show at Birmingham NEC, as I went last year I thought I would pass on my opinion of the exhibition. This year the exhibition is going to be held from 28th November to the 2nd December. Tickets are between £13 and £14.50 depending on which day you visit. The exhibition contains hundreds of stalls from various companies, from major supermarkets to small independent breweries. The exhibition is split into 4 major sections (as far as I can remember), Food, Drink, kitchen Accessories and the Theatres. The food section covers all and any food imaginable, and most of the stalls will offer samples of their products. Be careful what you decide to taste, last year I had an unfortunate incident with some Tabasco source and a Swiss meat ball, resulting in me running around the exhibition looking for a cooling drink to put out the fires of hell in my mouth! Also beware of the vegetarian sushi, made from seaweed and various other vegetable extracts, absolutely disgusting! I almost sued. My favorite section was (yes you guessed it) DRINK! I have a few tips for this section. Firstly make sure you take a wineglass with you, otherwise you will be forced to buy one at a hugely inflated price. Secondly, if you are a lover of wines, beers and spirits make sure you take along someone who won’t mind driving you home, otherwise you will miss the opportunity to take full advantage of the range of alcoholic bevy’s. The drink section offers tasters of various wines from all over the world, excellent malt whiskeys, new types of beers, alchopops, rum, sherry….. I could go on. The kitchen accessories section is exactly what it says. Many stalls selling pots, pans, food processors and other kitchen gadgets. I spent some time wondering around here just watching the sales people give their demonstrations. Some of them can really hypnotise a crowd into buying some of the
                most useless products. Lastly the theatres section. Each theatre has a number of shows each day. Last year we managed to see Jamie Oliver, Ainsley Harriot and Anthony Warrel-Thompson. Each show is about half an hour long, and well worth a look. This year you will have a chance of seeing Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes, Rick Stien, Ken Hom, Oz Clarke, Robert Joseph, along with others I have probably missed. All in all this makes a good day out for anyone with an interest in cooking, eating or drinking (that’s all of us then!). Just make sure you don’t eat too much like me and end up as sick as a dog.

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                • Belize / Destination International / 0 Readings / 13 Ratings
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                  Belize, My girlfriend and I visited Belize a few months ago whilst on a backpacking holiday. After catching a bus from the Mexican border we endured a bumpy bus ride to the Capital – originally called Belize City. Whilst on the bus the driver had the local radio station blaring out reggae music, after one such song an advert from the local tourist board came on – (apply strong Jamaican accent): ‘As we all know tourism means money, each tourist in Belize will spend at least 1000 Belize dollars, so make them feel at home’ We were sat on the back of the bus (the only whites), and after the announcement several of the passengers turned around in their seats to say ‘hello and welcome’, a genuinely friendly act, which put me fully at ease (well almost!). Belize City is one of the worst places you would want to end up in. To look at it’s not bad at all, but there is a fair amount of gang warfare and racism. It’s certainly not one of the safest places I have stayed. Upon arriving at the city we met up with some other backpackers (from Oz) who were looking to take the ferry from the port to one of the near by Caribbean islands, namely Caye Caulker. However, it seemed that because most of us had just come into the country we needed some local currency. So we set of to the bank only to find that none of the ATM machines would work, a local told us that this was due to commonwealth day! (Of all things it was our own country’s fault) So with no money we had a small problem, and being a group of white tourists, were attracting the attention of some of the less desirable people in the not very desirable city. Some of the locals began hassling us and telling us that they knew of hotels and places to eat. A nice gesture, until these people begin demanding money from you. As the crowd grew we must have attracted the attention of the ‘Tourist Police’, a young local G
                  arafuna with a ‘Tourist police’ T-shirt and a pedal bike. He sent the unwanted tour guides on their way and took us to a local hotel, explained the problems we were having and organised rooms. We still had no money, but it was agreed that we would pay the following morning. As the evening progressed we decided that we would use the small amount of currency we had between us to buy cigarettes, rum and a pack of cards to amuse us. So me and one of the larger Ozzies ventured out on to the streets to buy our goods. We were out of the hotel for about 5 minutes, enough time to have racial abuse shouted at us from a local bar, be spat at by a local bum and have someone tell us that he didn’t like whites and that he would kill us! Great! Anyway after the rest of the night (spent inside the hotel!) we awoke in the morning, paid the hotel owner and set of for our Caribbean Island. Caye Caulker is a small (about 1 mile by half a mile) island, and about a 30minute boat ride from Belize City. We found an excellent place to stay on the northern end of the island called ‘Lorraine's’. We had a small hut on the beach, with a double bed, fan, shower room and mosquito netting, costing us 10 Belize dollars per night (after a fair amount of bartering). We also had access to our own pier, which is essential, due to the fact that the beach is covered in sandflies, mosquitoes, crabs and iguanas. Most of our time on the island was spent sat on the pier soaking up the rays, swimming and generally relaxing, with a couple of blokes from Yorkshire who had been on the island for a few weeks. On one such occasion (after a splif or two) one of the Yorkshire blokes, slowly got out of his seat and pointed, mouth wide, to a log like shape slowly floating towards us. He said he saw a crocodile, we didn’t believe him, until about 5 minutes later when the very same Croc’ (a 3 meter beast) swam right past the end of our p
                  ier, where I had just been swimming! We were told later that this was a very rare occurrence and it was nothing to worry about (same as everything else on this island). The food on the island is excellent, plenty of fresh fish (barracuda, red-snapper etc) with Caribbean spices and sauces. There are about 10 restaurants. The best food, beyond all doubt, is cooked on the main street, by a big fat raster on a big barbecue. He starts the cooking at about 6pm; its good to get there early as he normally gets a lot of orders as the evening progresses. The best bar on the island is the swing bar (on the northern end), named due to the fact that most of the seats are swings or hammocks. The bar is on 2 levels, so if it gets hot it’s a nice place to catch the breeze. They have a pulley system so you can get your beer from the lower levels by using a bucket, without moving. Two things to watch out for here. One, don’t drink too much and fall of the swings (easily done I can tell you), and two, beware of the toe biting raccoon! The other main activity on the island is the snorkeling and diving. The island is surrounded by some of the world’s most amazing coral reef, and has some incredible wild life. We went for a trip one afternoon (costing about 10 Belize dollars) with a small group. We were taken by boat about 500 meters off shore. As the boat comes to a stop you firstly notice the gray objects floating in the water – Sharks! These are reef sharks (between 1 and 2 meters in length) and are not harmful to humans, in fact as soon as I was in the water, they swam away. After about 30 minutes of snorkeling around the various corals, looking at the fish, we got back on the boat and headed toward a sandbank to swim with the StingRays. This is one of the most incredible experiences of my life. As you get in the water you notice dark patched approaching you. There were at least 20 rays, each about 1 – 1.5 meters in wingspan.
                  They come right upto you and rub against your legs (a lot like a cat would), they are incredible creatures, with a real look of curiosity and interest in you. This is certainly one not to miss, and you don’t need any diving experience so there is no excuse. Over all, the island is a beautiful easygoing place, with great wild life, great food and friendly people, all at a very reasonable price. Unfortunately you need to go through Belize City, but as long as you have some money you need not stay there for more that a few hours.

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                  • Enigma [2002] (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                    A complicated film, with a great plot. During the Second World War all-important military communications were done using Morse code. All messaged transmitted were easily intercepted by anyone who wanted to listen, so the transmissions were encoded. The Germans invented a machine that would basically encode a message at one end and decode the message at the other, the ‘Enigma’. The British found out how to read this code through the use of its many spies. Mean while on the other side of the Atlantic, an enormous fleet of ships was heading from America to England, with millions of ton’s of cargo to assist us in our fight against the Nazi’s. As you know the Germans had many submarines in the Atlantic, ready to torpedo anything that moved, but with the ability to hear what the submarines were doing we stood a much better chance of crossing the Atlantic without so much as a scratch. All of a sudden the Germans start using a different code, and the Brits are left in the dark, with a massive fleet crossing the Atlantic, walking straight in to an ambush, and certain death. Enter depressed genius Tom Jericho (played by Dougray Scott), who after having a nervous break down (after the last time he broke the code), is re-hired to save the day. The plot thickens with the disappearance of Tom’s ex-girlfriend Claire Romilly (saffron Burrows). So Tom Jericho and Hester Wallace (Kate Winslet), team up together as a super sleuth spy come detective team to get to the bottom of it. I’ll stop there with the plot, I don’t want to give anything away to those of you who will watch this. In my opinion this film was good, not excellent. The acting was excellent, and visually the film was put together well. The plot was intricate and complicated and required some concentration. However this film would have translated very nicely into a BBC TV drama, rather than a Hollywood film, if you get my meaning. Also the build up
                    of suspense never really gets anywhere, always difficult when the plot is so complicated. I also feel that the film did not give enough attention to the plight of the fleet crossing the Atlantic, we got the occasional clip of the mass of boats, but never got involved with any of the passengers on board the ships. I hope this gives you a feel of what sort of a film this is, and I’d be happy to hear from other what they thought of the film.

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                    • Learning to Cook / Discussion / 0 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                      I wasn’t going to write more that 1 piece a day, but after reading velcrogirls opinion it reminded me of one of the most useful and simplistic things I ever learnt. It’s surprising how many people (especially students) don’t know how to cook rice properly. I myself used to end up with either rice pudding or grainy undercooked rice, not the fluffy type my mum makes. But after being given the following instruction I have been able to cook rice perfectly 100% of the time. Put one cup of rice and half a cup of cold water into a pan, add salt (I was told that this changes the latent heat properties of the water, but personally think that’s a load of sloblocks). Put the lid on the pan, and don’t take it off until the end of the process (very important!) Heat the pan until the water is boiling. As soon as you hear the pan tinkling away turn the heat down and simmer the rice gently for 8 mins exactly. As soon as the 8 minutes is up take the pan off the heat and leave (with the lid on!) for a further 10mins. You can now take the lid off – hopefully to reveal perfectly cooked rice. Use a fork to fluff the rice slightly and serve. I hope I haven’t patronised anyone, but if you are anything like me in the kitchen this should help.

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                      • obsolete3 / Archive General / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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                        I got a letter this morning inviting me to buy tickets for the Good food show at Birmingham NEC, as I went last year I thought I would pass on my opinion of the exhibition. This year the exhibition is going to be held from 28th November to the 2nd December. Tickets are between £13 and £14.50 depending on which day you visit. The exhibition contains hundreds of stalls from various companies, from major supermarkets to small independent breweries. The exhibition is split into 4 major sections (as far as I can remember), Food, Drink, kitchen Accessories and the Theatres. The food section covers all and any food imaginable, and most of the stalls will offer samples of their products. Be careful what you decide to taste, last year I had an unfortunate incident with some Tabasco source and a Swiss meat ball, resulting in me running around the exhibition looking for a cooling drink to put out the fires of hell in my mouth! Also beware of the vegetarian sushi, made from seaweed and various other vegetable extracts, absolutely disgusting! I almost sued. My favorite section was (yes you guessed it) DRINK! I have a few tips for this section. Firstly make sure you take a wineglass with you, otherwise you will be forced to buy one at a hugely inflated price. Secondly, if you are a lover of wines, beers and spirits make sure you take along someone who won’t mind driving you home, otherwise you will miss the opportunity to take full advantage of the range of alcoholic bevy’s. The drink section offers tasters of various wines from all over the world, excellent malt whiskeys, new types of beers, alchopops, rum, sherry….. I could go on. The kitchen accessories section is exactly what it says. Many stalls selling pots, pans, food processors and other kitchen gadgets. I spent some time wondering around here just watching the sales people give their demonstrations. Some of them can really hypnotise a crowd into buying some of the mo
                        st useless products. Lastly the theatres section. Each theatre has a number of shows each day. Last year we managed to see Jamie Oliver, Ainsley Harriot and Anthony Warrel-Thompson. Each show is about half an hour long, and well worth a look. This year you will have a chance of seeing Jamie Oliver, Gary Rhodes, Rick Stien, Ken Hom, Oz Clarke, Robert Joseph, along with others I have probably missed. All in all this makes a good day out for anyone with an interest in cooking, eating or drinking (that’s all of us then!). Just make sure you don’t eat too much like me and end up as sick as a dog.

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                        • Guatemala / Destination International / 0 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                          Guatemala is an excellent destination for anyone who enjoys adventure. I have recently returned from a 3 month travelling expedition with my girlfriend through Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Guatemala. Guatemala is a beautiful country, covered in dense jungle, with mountains, lakes, volcanos and ancient ruins, From Belize city we caught a bus to the border of Guatemala, where another bus took us to lake Piten Itza. Busses are frequent and very cheap, although slightly uncomforatble. We had decided to stay in a small area by the lake called El Cruce, which meant getting of the bus before it arrives at its main destination, Flores. We stayed in one of the many guest houses - Casa Del Don Douglas. Douglas is a great host, the rooms are very basic, but Douglas is happy to cook, serve beer, arrange trips, give you lifts around the area etc. We stayed here as a base to visit the Mayan Ruins at Tikal. Douglas arranged a bus to come and pick us up in the morning and take us to the ruins. Its worth getting to the ruins as early as possible because there are much less people around and you get to hear the Howler Monkeys. Tikal is by far the most impressive set of ruins I have ever seen - and I've seen alot ! Mayan pyramids and temples cover an area of about 50 square miles, the views above the Jungle canopy are breath taking. After a couple of days at El Cruce, we headed on to Poptun. We had heard from another couple, about a place call Finca Ixabel. We took another bus from Flores to Poptun, and then a short taxi ride from Poptun to Finca Ixabel. Finca Ixabel is a type of resort. Accomodation comes in the form of either tree houses, bungalows or dormitories, all pretty cheap. The accomodation is set in a pine wood, with a small lake (excellent for swimming and sunbathing!). There is a main communal area where you can order drinks and food, there is one main meal a day which has one sitting for everyone. The food was really good, and you can ea
                          t as much as you like. This is a great place to stay just to relax, but the owners of the business also run tours and activities such as horse riding, white water rafting, caving etc. After about a weeks stay here we moved on down to Rio Dulce Rio Dulce is a beautiful place, again surrounded by jungle and set on a huge lake. We stayed in a hostel called backpackers which is situated right on the lake (the rooms are actually on stilts over the water), reasonable rates, with a restaurant and bar. From here we took a water ferry upto Livingston. The ferry is a small boat, carrying about 10 - 12 people. The jouney along the lake and up the river is fantastic, there are hundreds of birds, turtles in the water, amazing views. Livingston was not such a nice place to stay, so we only stayed one night and headed of to Honduras for a couple of weeks (Honduras review coming soon!) After a couple of weeks in Honduras we headed back into Guatemala via Copan. From copan we took a minibus to Anigua Guatemala. The minibusses are easy to organise, and cost about 20US$, they are a much easier way of travelling around southern Guatemala, the busses here are not so easy to figure out, due to the quantity and randomness of their timetables! Antigua Guatemala is at quite a high altitude, so it's quite cool - which is a refreshing change from the humidity of the jungle. The town itself is great, small cobbled streets, with markets, restaurants, churches, cathedrals etc. The town is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. From here we decided we would take a day trip up a nearby active volcano. Trips are organised by the many travel agents around the town, at a reasonable price, and its well worth the effort. Our next destination was Guatemala City, where we were flying home from. The city is very busy and polluted, but its worth having a walk around during the day. I don't recommend going out at night, I got the feeling th
                          at I was a major target, and received a bit of racial verbal abuse from some of the locals, no major problem, but it was better to be indoors after dark. That was the end of our Guatemala journey. I'll get around to writing about Mexico, Honduras and Belize at some point.

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                            Puerto Escondido. I would say that this destination is one of my favourites. Puerto Escondido (meaning ‘hidden port’ in Spanish) is a small town on the Pacific coast of Southern Mexico. It has become popular with surfers due to its excellent surf (dude!), but is as yet little known, and therefor remains ‘hidden’ You can travel by bus from either Oaxaca (12hrs), Acapulco (3 or 4hrs) or Mexico City (loads of hrs!) all have airports, and you can occasionally get really cheap flights (I did!). Upon arrival (most likely by bus) you will disembark at the top of the hill a few kilometres from the beach area.. You can take a taxi (for about 20 pesos) down to the beach area, where there’s a stretch of Hotels, bars and restaurants. My girlfriend and I stayed in a place called Hotel Rockaway at the end of the beach. Hotel Rockaway consists of about 10 Cabana’s surrounding a swimming pool. Cabana’s are huts made from bamboo type wood and Palm leaf roof’s (they are more sturdy than they sound). They have double beds, with mosquito nets, a small but clean and functional shower room, and a desk. The price for a double cabana was 150 pesos (about £12/13). The hotel also has a bar, a fridge which is full of cheap beer 24 hours a day (the cheapest in Mexico!), and most importantly a nice swimming pool. You can’t swim in the sea here because of the size of the surf (it’s huge!), so a swimming pool is essential. All the way along the beach there are small restaurants and bars. I found that the restaurant directly opposite from the hotel was excellent for breakfast (massive plates of tropical fruits and pancakes) and any number of the restaurant were great for dinner. The fresh fish and seafood places get my vote every time! You can buy a filling meal for anything from 20 to 60 Paso’s. The beach itself is beautiful, and watching the surf roll in, with a beer in hand as the sun
                            sets beyond the pacific horizon is a great way to begin an evening. There’s not much in the way of night life, some bars occasionally have live music, some show video’s, but there’s neither sight nor sound of a night club (no great loss their then!). A typical day here consists of sitting by the pool, eating, and sitting by the pool. An excellent place to chill out for anything from a week to a life time. Go there, its great!

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                            • Guinness / Beer / Cider / 0 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                              Last night I was in my local pub wondering what to write about, and it finally occurred to me that the pint in my hand was one worth writing about. It is important to serve Guinness at the right temperature (5-8 degrees Celsius), and in two stages. Firstly filling a pint glass 2 thirds of the way and waiting for the pint to settle, and Secondly topping the pint up, making sure none of the head is lost. Many people say to me that Guinness is a ‘heavy’ drink, and fills them up too much. A problem that fortunately I don’t have. In fact I find it lighter than most other beers or lagers, which is good ‘cos I can drink more of it! The advantages. Guinness is ‘good for you’ a slogan thought up by the masterminds of the Guinness marketing and advertising department. Is it true? YES! Everyone knows that drinking too much alcohol produces all the effects of drunkenness, but when taken in the right quantities, reduces stress levels and increases the ability to relax, so that’s benefit number one. Number 2 Guinness is a great source of iron, and to this day is still made available (in Ireland) to blood donors and post op patients. Unfortunately some years ago the NHS decided that they weren’t going to pay for our Guinness anymore. Benefit 3, it’s versatile. It can be drunk on it’s own (of course!), or as a black and tan (Guinness and pale ale) or (for those in the upper classes) as black and velvet (Guinness with Champagne). The disadvantages. It does have some laxative effects, and can give the more sensitive people among us the squits. So all in all an excellent, tasty, fulfilling and healthy pint. So have one for yourself, Cheers !

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