Travel writer, editor, and photographer Chuck Thompson has spent more than a decade traipsing through thirty-five and counting countries across the globe, and he's had enough. But mostly, he's had enough of returning home from assignments and leaving the most interesting stories and the most provocative insights on the editing-room floor. From getting swindled in Thailand to running afoul of customs inspectors in Belarus, from defusing hostile Swedish rockers backstage in Germany to a closed-door meeting with travel execs telling him why he's about to be fired once again, Thompson's no-holds-barred style is refreshing, invigorating, and all those other adjectives travel writers use to describe spa vacations where the main attraction is a daily colonic.
Smile When You're Lying takes readers on an irresistible series of adventures in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond; details the effects of globalization on the casual traveler and ponders the future of travel as we know it; and offers up a treasure trove of travel-industry secrets collected throughout a decidedly speckled career. Disasters start from day one when still at anchor.
Pixie goes overboard and is thought to be lost. Zoroaster's Children brings together the best of Marius Kociejowski's travel writing. A companion volume to last year's critically acclaimed The Pebble Chance, these essays, conceived somewhere between "a waning moon and the nerves behind a flayed man's face," evince the deep absorption in a people and place which are the hallmark of great travel writers. Marius Kociejowski is the award-winning author of four collections of poetry, two celebrated travel memoirs, and a collection of his best essays, The Pebble Chance.
He lives and works as a bookseller in London, England. Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New arrivals.
Switch to the audiobook. Part travel memoir, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader across the globe to investigate not what happiness is, but WHERE it is.
Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Qatar, awash in petrodollars, find joy in all that cash? Why is Asheville, North Carolina so damn happy? In a unique mix of travel, psychology, science and humor, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.
He divides his time between Starbucks and Caribou. Read more about Eric Weiner at www. Reviews Review Policy. Published on. Flowing text. Best for. Web, Tablet, Phone, eReader.I was not kept wondering very long as Rotel announced this selfsame product, the RAP Surround Sound Amplified Processor earlier this year that might just provide the best of both worlds to those for whom space is an issue.
There is hardware supplied for rack mounting and the blue light around the power button can be masked with a supplied circular cutout. The next row has a balanced input, and RCA inputs for a turntable moving magnet only cartridgesa tuner, cd player, and aux. Moving toward the right are analog inputs for a 7. At the far right is a power switch and power cord receptacle. At the bottom are speaker taps for front, surround, center, and rear channels.
Since most subwoofers are powered they will need to be connected to the analog outputs that will accommodate two of these speakers. The RAP firmware can be updated through its Ethernet connection.
One should never forget that Rotel is first and foremost an audio company and the sound playback of this surround-sound integrated amplifier has not been stinted. To optimize stereo playback of analog sources, an analog bypass defeats all the digital circuits.
An analog bypass switch allows a stereo source to be routed directly to the volume control and outputs. Compatible Bluetooth sources can connect with an aptX Bluetooth receiver and deliver CD-quality sound. It can operate other Rotel sources like a CD player or tuner and duplicates the front panel controls.
The volume level of center, surround, and sub channels can be temporarily adjusted. There is a central control pad for use with an On-Screen Display, the preferred way of navigating the set up of this unit. Individual video and audio inputs can also be selected. Starting with a Main Menu Setup Screen, you will next be guided to a number of other screens for the following functions:.
Since my set up is not yet capable of reproducing the object-based soundtrack formats, I could not assess these features although, judging from experience with Rotel products, they should work flawlessly with those having such systems. I also do not have a 4K UHD display but passing those signals is now a common feature on all new SSPs so this should not prove to be a problem either for those that own these sets.
I did all of my listening through a 7. Connecting to my network was a breeze. It is definitely worthwhile to use a SPL meter to get the speaker settings as precise as possible and, unless you change them or their positions, this is a one-time task.
While it was difficult to assess how much, if at all, the HDCP 2.Dismayed by the relentless onslaught of faceless American chains muscling in where local businesses had once thrived, Dave Gorman set off on the ultimate American road trip - in search of the true, independent heart of the U S of A.
He would eat cherry pie from local diners, re-fuel at dusty gas stations and stock up on supplies from Mom and Pop's grocery store. At least that was the idea. But when did you last see an independent gas station? Gamely, Dave beds down in a Colorado trailer park, sleeps in an Oregon forest treehouse, and even spends Thanksgiving with a Mexican family in Kansas.
But when his road trip mutates into an odyssey of near-epic proportions and he finds himself being threatened at gun point in Mississippi, Dave starts to worry about what's going to break down next. The car Dave Gorman is an award-winning comedian, storyteller and writer. His ambition is to one day become a team captain on Call My Bluff. He went out onto the American road, travelling over fifteen thousand miles through thirty-five states.
He met academics, the homeless, war veterans, political activists, New Orleans rappers, billionaires, novelists and a Ku Klux Klansman. In every bar he stopped in, it seemed, there was a story of American life to be heard. Travel writer, editor, and photographer Chuck Thompson has spent more than a decade traipsing through thirty-five and counting countries across the globe, and he's had enough.
But mostly, he's had enough of returning home from assignments and leaving the most interesting stories and the most provocative insights on the editing-room floor. From getting swindled in Thailand to running afoul of customs inspectors in Belarus, from defusing hostile Swedish rockers backstage in Germany to a closed-door meeting with travel execs telling him why he's about to be fired once again, Thompson's no-holds-barred style is refreshing, invigorating, and all those other adjectives travel writers use to describe spa vacations where the main attraction is a daily colonic.
Smile When You're Lying takes readers on an irresistible series of adventures in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond; details the effects of globalization on the casual traveler and ponders the future of travel as we know it; and offers up a treasure trove of travel-industry secrets collected throughout a decidedly speckled career. Disasters start from day one when still at anchor. Pixie goes overboard and is thought to be lost. Dave was up for anything and gamely played them at whatever they chose.
He played some classics - Monopoly, Scrabble, dominoes and cribbage. He played many games he'd never heard of before - Khet, Kubb, Tikal or Smite anyone? He played board games and physical games. He's thrown sticks, balls, frisbees and darts.
He's rolled dice and he's drawn cards. From Liverpool to Hampstead and from Croydon to Nottingham, Dave travelled the length and breadth of Britain meeting strangers in strange places - their homes, at work, in the back rooms of pubs - and getting some hardcore game action. From casual players to serious game geeks, from the rank amateur to the world champion, he discovered a nation of gamers more than happy to welcome him into their midst.
He's travelled all around the country and met all sorts of people - and it turns out us Brits are a competitive bunch. And it seems that playing games can teach you a lot about what makes the British tick. Of course, Dave hasn't been keeping score. There's more to life than cars. Jeremy Clarkson knows this.His experiences both on board and ashore are recounted as he sails from Plymouth and Portsmouth to various corners of the globe.
The people he encountered — from the poor beggars on the streets of Karachi to the millionaires of the Gulf states — are still fresh in his memory today. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Read more Read less.
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Monogram was established inand concentrated on low-budget releases. In it was merged into the conglomerate formed by Herbert Yates as Republic Picturesbut in was re-established as an independent studio.
In a separate subsidiary Allied Artists was established with the intention of releasing some higher-budget films than traditionally associated with the company. By the Monogram brand was dropped completely and Allied Artists continued untilin its later years largely concentrating on the distribution of films produced by other companies, often in Europe.
All Monogram Pictures films from the s are in the public domain except for The Phantom Strikes and are currently owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer unless noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia list article. Hidden categories: Articles with short description.
Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Add links. Ships of Hate. Dugan of the Badlands. Partners of the Trail. Mother and Son. The Man from Death Valley. Two Fisted Justice. Forgotten Women. Law of the Sea. Ghost City. Single-Handed Sanders. The Reckoning.When you have tinkered with one of those old horror movies "you'd always meant to get around to watch" and "never" got around to it, and finally DO as in this film.
The music is ramped up at every opportunity, to be somewhat overbearing to con you into believing the fact that some sort of "terror" is actually on its way but the " terror" is about as terrifying or lending itself to the title, as about as much as a rubber duck. Very disappointing. I'm a fan of old horror, and Roger Corman's better outings, however this is not one of his finer moments. David Hemmings stars as the lead in a light-hearted look at the new teen revelation of bands starting up and wanting to taste stardom.
Dave and chums including a young Steve 'Small Faces' Marriott and the upcoming, but not-really-made-it-big, 'Heinz' Burt form a band, have the odd-parent not believing in them, all along holding down the day-job they're all GPO delivery bike riders, before the minimum waged Eastern Europeans took over.
They try their best to get, rather cheesily, contacts by sticking their necks out as best they can by freak introductions with studios bosses and record producers, etc. Nice, fair acting of excitable kids trying to make it big, having to say to 'Dad' : 'We can make it' etc, when 'Dad' would rather promise 'getting Hemmings a 'proper job' at his Hotel!
I have to say, that although many of today's 'kids' would laugh at how awful the music is, this really lets you into a world as it was THEN and in that ilk, it's an eye-opener, or something we had forgotten.
This could, in these days of 'kids' wanting the quick avenue to celeb status, be remade. As I say, take it for what it is, as one reviewer says a 'time- capsule' and you'll not really want to judge it. Capture and take in its innocence and you'll love the way it comes across, love its atmosphere etc!
Got to be seen. Somewhat similar and 'revisited' with Hemmings playing the same character in 'Be my Guest' Just two years later where he creates angst with the chums in his band. Worth your time on that wet Saturday or Sunday afternoon!
There's a traitor in the mix midst? Nice score and, if you're a military-head, you'll love the plastic MiGs flying to the trouble-spot, that become Phantom F-4s very quickly when it suits stock footage! Watchable for the famous DH Mosquito but nothing else to hold it of any merit, sadly. As others have mentioned, poor acting, sixties-style hairdressing rather than a brylcreem-and-bright-red-lipstick timeline, the film is particularly bad and lacking.
Also, as mentioned, stealing far too many aerial scenes from the superior ' Squadron' make this a dim, Sunday afternoon type of low-budget flick. Interesting plot, actually, however maybe badly executed, mention of 'Highball', not quite the normal 'bouncing bomb', but a device developed mainly for the navy, to bounce against enemy warships. The plan is thus, to 'bounce' them into the mouth of a tunnel to destroy a 'V3' rocket facility.
Complicating things further of course, is the fact Quint is in love now with Scotty's 'alleged' widow. Character actor George Layton he of the famous British 'Doctor'comedy TV series mentions this was his first film role. A parent? Even in the playground?!?!? My inquisitive mind, on finding it out on release on the web, along with some other programme included in the purchase, entitled 'Spindoe' which I'm not familiar with, made me buy it.
I wasn't disappointed though Even Timothy West as the suave but unforgiving gangster surprises.William Washington Beaudine January 15, — March 18, was an American film actor and director. He was one of Hollywood's most prolific directors, turning out films in remarkable numbers and in a wide variety of genres. He married Marguerite Fleischer in and they stayed married until his death.
Her sister was the mother of actor Bobby Anderson. Beaudine's brother was short action filled comedy films director Harold Beaudine.
In he was hired as an actor and director by the Kalem Company. He was an assistant to director D. Griffith on The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance. By the time he was 23 Beaudine had directed his first picture, a short called Almost a King He would continue to direct shorts exclusively untilwhen he shifted his efforts into making feature-length films. In he made Sparrowsthe story of orphans imprisoned in a swamp farm starring Mary Pickford.
Beaudine had at least 30 pictures to his credit before the sound era began. Among his first sound films were short Mack Sennett comedies; he made at least one film for Sennett while contractually bound elsewhere, resulting in his adopting the pseudonym "William Crowley. His most famous credit of the early s is The Old-Fashioned Waya comedy about old-time show folks starring W. Beaudine was one of a number of experienced directors including Raoul Walsh and Allan Dwan who were brought to England from Hollywood in the s to work on what were in all other respects very British productions.
Beaudine returned to America in and had trouble re-establishing himself at the major studios. Once widely known as an A-list director of important productions, Beaudine had commanded a premium salary in the late s that Hollywood producers of the late s didn't want to match. He worked briefly at Warner Brotherswith whom he had been associated in Britain, and then waited for offers on his terms. They never came.
Beaudine had lost much of his personal fortune through no fault of his own a bank he bought an interest in had failed, and much of his income was claimed by the British government in taxes. In publicist-turned-producer Jed Buell approached Beaudine to direct an all-black-cast feature for Buell's Dixie National Pictures.
Beaudine knew that if he accepted this job, he would henceforth be associated with low-budget films and would never command his old salary again, but with his finances at a low ebb Beaudine accepted the assignment.
Buell was pleased with Beaudine's professionalism and inventive ways to maximize a shoestring budget. He hired Beaudine to direct Misbehaving Husbandsnoteworthy at the time as the comeback feature of silent-screen clown Harry Langdon.
It was a humble comeback for both Langdon and Beaudine, since it was released by the tiny Producers Releasing Corporationwhose budgets seldom ventured beyond five figures, but it was successful and reestablished both Langdon and Beaudine, albeit in B pictures.
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