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Review of ‘San Andreas’ and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. Part of an occasional movie review series.

By |2019-03-11T16:09:27+00:00October 9th, 2015|Movie Review, Uncategorized|

To begin, an explanation of these eclectic choices. As a geologist, the first is essential viewing; I am honour-bound to vet movies with a geological theme. ‘Dante’s Peak’ gets a big thumbs up for its realistic pyroclastic flow and top drawer acting. (That being said, driving over red hot lava will never work; even Pierce [...]

Review of ‘Leviathan’. Part of an occasional movie review series

By |2019-03-11T16:09:27+00:00July 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Now and then it is nice to watch one of those ‘off the radar’ films. On SAS I can check out Danish films, which is how ‘After the Wedding’ became one of my favourites; and not just because it has Mads in it. Similarly, I can get my quotient of screen nudity and gallic noir [...]

Sit. Rep. Morocco. 2015 – Finding myself in Morocco

By |2019-03-11T16:09:27+00:00June 27th, 2015|North Africa, Uncategorized|

Weather. Sunny, easterly wind. Occasional rain showers. 22 degrees Celsius. Status. Unwinding. To try to continue self-improvement during my ‘year off’, I took myself, at short notice, to Morocco. Not to Marrakesh, long a magnet for, how to put it delicately, ‘those seeking same-sex company’. Nor to Casablanca, supposedly a renowned film location, though I [...]

Sit. Rep. Ecuador. 1996. – The Mule Traverse

By |2019-03-11T16:09:27+00:00June 27th, 2015|Ecuador, Metal exploration|

Weather. Early morning fog, later intense sun. 20 degrees C. Status. Metal exploration. Mules are very under-rated.  They are the transport backbone in the mountainous parts of the Andes, linking isolated communities, bringing supplies and ferrying out the sick and dead. Carrying up to 200 pounds, without complaint, they are also invaluable for footsore geologists, exploring for [...]

Sit. Rep. Moscow 2015 – Explaining ‘slab face’

By |2019-03-11T16:09:27+00:00June 27th, 2015|Russia|

Weather. Overcast. 25oC. High humidity. Status. Exploring Moscow. Yeltsin & Gorbachov. Lead figures. Back again for the fourth year on the trot. But this time with three days and a determination to learn more of the culture and language. To date, my only Russian has been learnt from corrupt mining colleagues, and therefore [...]