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  1. Can second this. Saw this on a whim the other day without having heard much about it. Easy watch, with a decent story and few good laughs along the way. Those two are a good couple of actors.
  2. It's bound to make them some money due to collectors and people who have plenty of spare cash to spend on a few ancient games. It doesn't even take a decent laptop to run an emulator that can support PS1 games now.
  3. Did you receive the fine from a private company? I'm not incredibly in the know when it comes to disputing these, although there is this forum that I used just over a year ago whilst attempting to fight my own. The people on there seem to be pretty knowledgeable when it comes to disputes and so it might be worth a post. If appropriate, they also provide template letters that you can fill in with your details and send off. Luckily for me, I was in rented accommodation and left the country shortly after! People might tell you to ignore it if it is a private company trying to get money from you, although where this used to be effective, I'm pretty sure the law changed in their favor not so long ago and you're required to engage with them now.
  4. Well, that was the bleakest thing ive watched in a while. Good film though and yep, extremely tense. Thankfully, I had some time on my hands and watched "blockers" before it. A comedy film that I didn't expect much from, but it had me laughing. It's about 3 parents getting wind of daughters plans to have sex for the first time on prom night. They spend the evening trying to shut it down. Plenty of dumb jokes for a cheap laugh.
  5. Came across a youtube video the other day which described the likely collision of two relatively nearby stars, and how it would result in a red nova event. Here is a National Geographic article about the prediction. It's apparently the first time scientists have been able to predict such an event before it happens, and this one would actually be visible with the naked eye if it occurs. I've no idea what scientists will be able to learn if it does happen, but given they'll be able to study the entire thing from here on in, I'm sure it'll make for an interesting read once they've done their stuff. Given that it'll be visible with the naked eye, it'll also be a good excuse for people to get out and take a good look at the night sky. No doubt it'll also generate media attention and some interesting discussion between people in that respect. Never a bad thing where such topics are concerned. Will certainly be keeping an eye on it.
  6. Had this on a to watch list for a while. Will have to stick it on sometime over the next few days. Don't even remember what it's about now. Watched a film called "unsane" this evening. About a lady dealing with a stalker, whilst being held in a mental health facility against her will. Whilst it's probably one to stick on when little else can be decided upon, it's a decent watch that keeps you engaged enough.
  7. Don't know if this might help at all, but many modern games come with a motion blur setting that is on by default. I find it annoying and imagine it might cause sickness in some people. It's often possible to turm it off in the menus.
  8. We were lucky enough to only experience a slight bit of bad weather, but I think the rain does start to kick up a gear over the coming months. I'd definitely recommend visiting in the future if you ever get the chance. I think I'll be mostly done with Asia for a while once I've finished up this trip, but can see myself returning to Sanloem if I feel like some super relaxing time out. Hopefully, it doesn't change too much with the rapidly growing Chinese holiday developments in this part of the world. The school building sounds like a good experience. I did something similar in Malawi a good few years back now and it was fantastic. Hope it all goes brilliantly for you. In terms of recommendations, I spent a bit of time in Siem Reap also. There's the obvious one of the Angkor complex, which whilst insanely expensive, is well worth seeing whilst you're in the area. If you're on a small budget (like myself), I can alleviate any fears of being restricted only to a day ticket if you don't want to splash out for the 3 days. I took a bike into the area for one day and certainly felt like I'd seen enough of the sights when I'd come to the end of it. They'll give you a map with a couple of routes on, of which the larger is easily doable at more than leisurely pace if you rise early. I must have got up at about 4am in order to catch the sunrise and if you do, there is an expanse of water called "Srah Sang" which make for a peaceful place to enjoy it. Everyone on tours heads to the Angkor Wat to start the day, so there was only 4 of us sat there. If you finish up at the Angkor Wat, it's also less crowded later on. One of the other famous temples "Ta Prohm" gets quite busy later, although if you do head in early and before it opens up, I found that there was a dirt track running parallel to it's more northern wall, east to west, that comes close to a fairly large hole in the wall. You can cut through the forest a bit and lug your bike with you, leaving you free to explore peacefully for a while. Just be sure to get out a few minutes before opening if you decide to check it out. The staff would probably get the hump if they found out. There's a place called APOPO in Siem Reap as well which is worth a visit. They are an NGO that uses trained African rats to sniff out the landmines in the countryside. It won't keep you busy for long, but they tell you a bit about what they do and give a demonstration to visitors. Interesting to see and well worth supporting considering the cause. Some brilliant people doing great work. The Landmine Museum in Siem Reap is an interesting couple of hours also. Started by an old child soldier for the Khmer Rouge, who survived and then set about removing the landmines they'd place on by himself. He houses some orphan kids there and has a few buildings telling his story and the history in general. With regards to the mines, I'd recommend checking out places which teach about the countries not too distant past. The marks left from the war and genocide are obvious everywhere. It's desperately sad, but some of the sights set-up to educate tourists about the period are well worth a visit if you don't know too much about it. There's the "Tuol Sleng" genocide museum in Pnomh Penh, which was an old school the regime used to house prisoners. Its history is harrowing. There are the killing fields also that can be done in the same day. I didn't do much in the other areas you mentioned, although some of the elephant sanctuaries looked pretty awesome. I was trying not to conserve money at that point and unfortunately had to pass them by. Have a good one!
  9. Knocked about Cambodia for a few weeks over May/June. Some brilliant stuff to see there. Went to check out Koh Rong Sanloem for what was meant to be a couple of days and ended up staying for a week. The lazy beach area is an absolute paradise, and you can only reach it either by walking through the forest for a half hour or asking one of the supply boats to drop you off. My wife and I almost had the place to ourselves because it was low season. Even the Austrian resort owners left us to it for the last few days and went back home! Are you heading anywhere in particular?
  10. Watched "A Quiet Place" last night. Decent horror film and worth a watch if you're into the genre, but nothing special. A killers in the house sort of film, except the killers are sound seeking monsters which now apparently inhabit the earth for some untold reason.
  11. Are you looking for anything particular from the trip? Are you travelling with a partner, kids, friends? I passed through there a couple months back and hung around for around 11 days to catch the World Cup group stages. The stretch of resorts and hotels just outside the islands main town seems to be where most people stay. There's a long beach there, and if that's where your based, you'd probably want to make sure your hotel sits on the beach. They are pretty militant about keeping non-guests off of their stretches and there aren't many areas that hotels don't lay claim to. I'm 100% sure they're not allowed to claim the beach, although the staff I challenged on it got pretty violent. If you have a place near the beach, you'll happily avoid any of those sort of issues. I can imagine it's a fairly decent place if you're just looking for somewhere to relax and knock back a few beers each day, especially when the weather's a bit better in December. There are a couple smaller beaches that people head to, and those locations have activities for kids and some sports type stuff going on for a wider audience. There were many tour companies offering boat trips etc, and apparently it's a pretty famous area for diving. I didn't get involved, so couldn't really weigh in on that. The south of the island houses the world's largest cable car, and that runs to a smaller island where some company is in the process of setting up a theme park of sorts. They've got a beach set-up offering water sports currently, and they may have set some more stuff up by the time you get there. Made for a decent afternoon activity. Other attractions include a water park which I didn't visit, a pretty brutal old prison from during the French occupation and a local wine farm. For a heads up, considering the tours might visit some of the places. The wine farm wasn't much kop, and the prison although slightly interesting, won't keep you for too long. There was a fish sauce factory and pearl farm that they peddle too. I passed by them on a scooter and the pearl farm is just a shop, whilst the sauce factory is a shop with a additional room, filled with foul smelling vats of the stuff. I'd been out in that part of the world for a while and basically spent the entire time in Phu Quoc watching football, so whilst my input probably isn't great, I'll happily answer any questions you might have if I can.
  12. This was the first series I listened to. The angle at which he approached the subject was fantastic and he really gave me an appreciation of the difference in warfare from that which had been endured before. When he begins speaking about the initial march of the German army and what happened during their first battle, I was pretty astonished. I mean I'd somewhat learnt about the war previously of course, but this guy painted some picture.
  13. I listen to "Last Podcast on the Left" pretty regularly. It's one of many True Crime, Mystery type podcasts out there but with a comedy-centric twist. It has a relatively good set-up compared to some others and the hosts have become pretty proficient in their roles over the long running period it has. There are three American hosts. One who mostly puts across the info, one who stimulates the discussion with questions and another who mainly cracks jokes. They bounce off of eachother pretty well, but I do think it's probably a love it or hate it sort of show. The later shows are better than the earlier ones, however there are some gems all through the catalogue. Some of the series they do go into great detail and are actually very informative to listen to. They cover some pretty heavy subjects occasionally and although they always make jokes, they also make the seriousness of what they're covering clear where appropriate. I've also been listening to "Reasons to be Cheerful" recently. It's been pretty long running and is hosted by Ed Miliband and a Geoff Lloyd. The main segment each week introduces some social/political idea, which they usually discuss with people who have been involved with its implementation in the UK or abroad. Pretty easy listening and interesting. Might irritate you if it goes against your political views! The Private Eye has an intermittent podcast called "Page 94" which is usually a good listen. They've knocked out a few consistent episodes recently, although I believe Ian Hislop isn't too keen on going digital and so it can go quiet. The BBC has a few good shows like "More or Less" and of course the "Friday Night Comedy" which is can be good for laugh if you aren't someone that listens to it on the radio anyway.
  14. Can second this. The guy puts out some incredible content. The series are released about every six months, but the research and effort going into the episodes is of the level that other historians might put into writing a book. Their are plenty of episodes available for free, although many more can be accessed for a reasonable price. Quite easily downloaded to a smartphone via a number of apps. The one I use is called "Podcast Addict. Does the job. It has charts of popular podcasts and a search function to find podcasts centered around things that might interest you. I see from another thread that your driving in the states at the moment. Podcasts are a fantastic way to keep everyone entertained on a long journey. So many different subjects covered and a good number have brilliant production value.
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