Sumptuous in every way, visually magnificent, with grandiose sets, panoramic Spanish vistas and intricately detailed costumes, possessor of one of cinema's...... more
Sumptuous in every way, visually magnificent, with grandiose sets, panoramic Spanish vistas and intricately detailed costumes, possessor of one of cinema's greatest music scores, boasting vast and astonishingly kinetic battles, and breathing heroic virtue in every scene, El Cid is the very epitome of epic. For this reworking of the medieval legend of the Cid (Arabic for "Lord") who united warring factions and saved 11th-century Spain from invasion, producer Samuel Bronston and director Anthony Mann insisted every set had to be created from scratch, every costume specially made for this movie alone; they also shot entirely on location in La Mancha and along the Mediterranean coast of Spain to enhance the film's authenticity. The cinematography is saturated with the burnished hues of the Spanish landscape, as are the palatial sets and rich costumes; Miklos Rozsa's resplendent score is also the result of painstaking research into medieval Spanish sources. The screenplay is imbued with knightly gravitas and more than a little salvation imagery, from the opening scene of the young Rodrigo rescuing a cross from a burning church, to the movie's indelible finale as The Cid rides "out of the gates of history into legend". Charlton Heston is at his most indomitable as Rodrigo, "The Cid", a natural leader of men and the embodiment of every manly virtue (note that he fathers twins--a sure token of his virility); Sophie Loren is ravishing as Chimene, the woman whose love for Rodrigo conflicts with her filial instincts after he kills her father, the king's champion, over a point of honour. Their scenes together create a humane warmth at the heart of this vast movie: the moment when Chimene finally declares her love (beneath a shrine of three crosses--more symbolism) to the exiled Rodrigo forms a pivotal and very intimate centrepiece. Shortly thereafter he must rise from their rural marriage bed to lead his followers into battle, and the tension between his public and private lives adds a piquancy to the film's stunning battle sequences. The international supporting cast sometimes look like makeweights, especially when chewing on the occasionally stilted dialogue, but any such faults are easily forgiven as the scale and spectacle of El Cid carries the viewer away on a tide of chivalry. --Mark Walker
"Bright and luminous, crystalline, with shades of silver and blue. Its robust body, giving off an aroma of roasted agave, is intense and herbal, with touches of...... more
"Bright and luminous, crystalline, with shades of silver and blue. Its robust body, giving off an aroma of roasted agave, is intense and herbal, with touches of fresh mint and light touches of olive and smokiness. Smooth and sweet to the taste, its flavour has tremendous staying-power."
Laserworld EL-350 RG, Tired of single color green lasers, doing single color green tunnels? Go for the next step, add color to your lasershow! Two...... more
Laserworld EL-350 RG, Tired of single color green lasers, doing single color green tunnels? Go for the next step, add color to your lasershow! Two colors (green and red), 4 scanners, one hell of a spacious effect. No less than four stepper motors create the illusion of a complete array of laser projectors. Get incredible laser effects, in perfect timing and synchronicity. Either with music control or with DMX. You can create stunning new effects combining the various effect channels of the powerful EL-350RG.Technical specifications: Output power: min: 230nW max: 350mW RG, Lasers: aircooled laser diodes, RED: >150mW / 655nm; GREEN: > 80mW / 532nm, laser class: 3b, Beam properties: 3mm/1,5mrad, Scanner system: high-speed micro step motors, Deflection angle: max. 30 optical, Scanspeed: 2-5kpps., Control mode: DMX 512, Stand-Alone (Auto / Sound), DMX 512: 9 channels, basic patterns: 50 (layers, tunnels, fences, waves...), effects: more than 350 different beam effects, Laser Safety: compliance to IEC 60825-1, accessories: power cable, manual, power supply: 85V - 250V AC 50/60 Hz, power consumption: 40W, measurements: 435 x 205 x 130 mm (L x W x H), weight: 7 kg
Laserworld EL-150B. Description: with ultra bright royal blue! Easy to use: Our Ecoline Series. With their ability to automatically run by music...... more
Laserworld EL-150B. Description: with ultra bright royal blue! Easy to use: Our Ecoline Series. With their ability to automatically run by music control, they are perfect lasers for beginners. Ecoline lasers can perfectly be used in pubs and small clubs. Compact sizes and very economic prices make them versatile lasers for mobile use or your private party. The units have enough output power to create stunning laser effects in small to medium-sized rooms. Add a small fog machine and you can achieve an amazing effect for little money. All lasers can run their patterns to the rhythm of the music you do not have to worry about the control. The various patterns, such as waves or tunnels, look almost as professional as from high end projectors. Compact, small showlaser. Often used in bars, small clubs or at parties. Very affordable and very bright output. Technical Specification: total power: min 120mW, max 150mW, power blue: >120mW / 445nm, beam specifications: ca. 3mm / 2mrad, laser source: diode, laser class: 3b, operation modes: auto, music, DMX, scanner: high-speed stepper motors, up to 2-5kpps, scan angle: +/- 30 max., basic patterns: ca. 50 (layers, tunnels, fences, waves, etc.), accessories: power cable, manual, power supply: 85V - 250V AC, power consumption: 40 W, dimensions: 155/235/100 mm, weight: 2,4 kg,
Advantages: Much better than they used to be. Disadvantages: Still a way to go.
...Well I know that this train company is still listed in Ciao as Connex South Central, but for the last year and a bit, this train service has changed hands. It is now run by a company called Govia, under the new name South Central.
Having been in Brighton now in university for three years I have seen first hand how the train service has been running here. When I arrived, Connex was in charge...
Advantages: Easy to reach by car, free parking, quiet Disadvantages: Not so good if you want to head to the Central Pier or North Shore, little else nearby
...a hotel with parking and go for a weekend.
Eventually I settled upon the Premier Inn Blackpool Central, lured in by the fact it has a large free car park and the "central" in the hotel's title.
Before I proceed with this review I have to take issue with Ciao stating this hotel is called "Blackpool South" - the title is incorrect as Premier Inn call this "Blackpool Central". However all the other...
Advantages: Easy to use, clearly written Disadvantages: Missing some important details, everyone else will have the same book and follow the same advice..
...South America on a shoestring is part of lonely planet's regional guides for those travelling on a budget and I used the 10th edition, published March 2007 which is the most up-to-date version for my trip around that continent this year.
The guide starts with an overview of the continent, from popular intineraries, maps, a brief history and culture section and the basic environment...