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The much maligned and often criticised for being "Over the Top" Erich Von Daniken has just as much to offer as he has to be dismissed. Without him the current mass of books about Ancient and Ante-deluvian civilisations would not exist. he is,single handedly responsible for the awareness that now exists regards Lost and Sophisticated Civilisations. Yes, I agree that some of his theories seem to be based upon fantasy, but, on the other hand, no person has been able, as yet, to come forward and offer incontrovertable proof that his theories are indeed fantasy or disprove them. It is also interesting to note that within this book, Von Daniken expresses concerns about over-population and the like and presents a picture of the Earth's future that is only now being taken seriously. In my opinion this book still ranks as a "must read" for all those interested in the various hypotheses regarding Ancient Civilisations
Censorship like charity now begins in the home. With the advent of video and the internet the responsibility of censorship now lies with the parents. Censorship is still valid in the cinema where the recommendations of the censorsip board can be enforced, this is acceptable as those who do not meet the age criteria are prohibited from viewing material deemed unsuitable. Within the home, however, the situation is very different. Bearing in mind that the current fad for youngsters is Pokemon where beings/animals/pets are trained to evolve into supreme fighting machines in order to gain medals for the trainer can we really justify 18 certs for violence? All three of my kids have seen 18certs (after my viewing) as they were all related to violence, violence that they had been exposed to in greater doses through cartoons. I would also like to make this point, the censors watch the movies and are supposedly unaffected by the scenes they demand are removed in the public interest. Why are the general public deeemed unfit to see these scenes made by ordinary human beings?
This has to be the most rewarding three hours viewing in a long time. An excellent cast giving excellent performances add up to great viewing. Enough twists and turns to keep you engrossed throughout, and a story line that is believable given the renewed awareness in faith healing. The Green Mile has it all, the baddie, the maddie and the goodies,the gentle giant and the animal presence to boot. Heart warming and disturbing at the same time and it's hard to believe that it is shot almost in it's entirety in a cell block. I will not embellish further on the story line, except to say that Tom Hanks as the "peacemaking" Warder on death row is a joy to watch. I urge you to watch this movie!
Not being a Bhoy myself this makes it very diificult for me to say that this is one great site. My son is a Celtic supporter and is never away from this site, informing me of the latest news and happenings etc. I visited myself a long time ago and again recently and it has to be said that the site has come on leaps and bounds from it's previous humble beginnings. For all Celtic supporters this is Mecca.
I signed up for x-stream from the very beginning and found it to be the most exasperating experience. Having spent an hour trying to get connected to their "free" service I found massive phone bills popping through my letterbox. The reason? The connection was reset but x-stream software did not inform me. I mailed x-stream to complain and they stated that they could not be held responsible for defects in the program developed during downloading! Furthermore the amount of times "booted" was unacceptable followed by long periods trying to reconnect. This is one to be avoided.
As a search engine Alta Vista are excellent, as a basic ISP they are also very good. However, when an ISP of the size of Alta Vista go to great lengths (and indeed kick off the whole unmetered access revolution in the UK) to publicise their unmetered access and 170,000 sign up in good faith only to be told down the line that it will never exist despite numerous "modifications" to their charges, it makes you wonder about their credibility and future. I for one hope that Alta Vista continues to serve, but they really must decide exactly where their future lies before making sweeping statements as before.
When I first saw this movie in 1975 I felt that I would never again see a better mix of rock music and surrealism and, to date, I have been proved right. The combination of The Who, Elton John and Tina Turner is irresistable as is the music. Ironically, the movie is the story about a blind boy but the movie relies almost entirely upon the visual combined with the music to produce a compelling and stunning piece of work which remains unsurpassed. This is one to view again and again.
The Throwback is, in my opinion, THE most funny book of all time. Tom Sharpe's wit and humour go into overdrive in this one. The songs and poetry are truly delightful and extremely funny and some of the situations the Character finds himself in are absolutely hilarious. For me the best being the battery driven corpse (yes you heard right!). Like another review I laughed out loud and embarrassed myself and would recommend that this is read in the confines of your living room accompanied by a good bottle of wine. Savour the humour!
Far from the Madding Crowd is the story of a woman who inherits property, struggles to be accepted as a person in her own right despite the attitudes and social etiquette of the time. She is pursued by various admirers and acting upon not-so-sound advice finds herself in many amusing situations, only to find that the person she least expects is her Knight in Shining Armour. This is a thoroughly modern read and most enjoyable. Iwould recommend it to anyone. Not the typical "Classic" ie Heavy, but light and humorous.
Thomas Hardy in "The Mayor of Casterbridge" succeeds in portraying life in an Olde English farming community with rare realism. The downfall, uprising and subsequent downfall of the main character Henchard is graphically described as is the Spirit of all the chracters against adversity. This book is a "tragedy" but also uplifting reading and gives an insight into rural life of the time and the cultural constraints which were then in force. This is an excellent introduction to the works of Thomas Hardy.
The "Andromeda Strain" is one of the pioneering movies of the early seventies. If you look beyond the flimsy storyline you will see the comparisons between the vulnerability of the human race against the superior technology of future/present alien races. This movie concentrates on the fact that aliens need not be "physical" in the sense that we will recognise "them" as physical beings but brings into play the world of bacteriology. The scene where the enttity is "growing" and the obserever is unaware is particularly powerful.
Looking for a movie to keep the kids happy for an hour and a half and you don't need to be worrying about the content? Then this is the movie for you! It is a watered down version of Starwars and aimed at the younger viewer where one Star Fighter takes on the entire might of the Evil forces and wins. Excellent viewing on bank holidays or when boredom sets in. Good clean fun and the robot is added interest.
This movie I watched with great anticipation as it was hyped as a "new breed" of sci-fi. I am a great fan of Sci-fi movies and this has to be the most disappointing movie of this genre I have ever had the misfortune to see. Initially it grabs the attention of the viewer but eventually plumbs the depths by trying to include too many of the tried and tested vehicles of prevous marks such as Alien, I also feel that the producer may have been heavily influenced by Hitchcock but unable to transfer his ideas from script to film. This is a movie to be missed much to your delight.
"Fingerprints of the Gods" is Graham Hancocks first foray (and best in, my opinion) into the "alternative" history of the Planet. In Fingerprints, he hypothesises that the "Gods" were in fact Flesh and Blood Gods who were survivors of a previous catastrophe. The catastrophe in question being the "biblical" flood. After the flood, throughout the world similar "myths" appear of the teachers or gods who came from the waters as saviours of the world. Viracocha, Quetzacoatl, Noah etc. Throughout the world Ancient sites have survived the ravages of time and still puzzle us as to how these Ancient Monument could possibly have been built without modern technology, and still stand. If you have ever wondered about the history of mankind then this is the book for you!
Michio Kaku is seen as a bit of a Maverick in scientific circles and his ideas are often not accepted as the "norm". He is not fearful of going ahead with his own theories and "Hyperspace" only reinforces this. Hyperspace is a book which addresses time travel, multi-dimensional Time, parallel universes, superstrings, quantum physics and much more. For those who have an interest in such things and are fans of "A brief history of time" by Steven Hawking, or "The Arrow of Time" by Coveney & Highfield this is a "must read".