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March 18, 2005

Supersize Me

The other night we watched Supersize Me a documentary of epic proportions following Morgan Spurlock on a month long McDonalds only diet.

The rules were:
1) No options: he could only eat what was available over the counter (water included!)
2) No supersizing unless offered
3) No excuses: he had to eat every item on the menu at least once

As you gradually watch his health deteriorate, the film looks at America's obesity and lack of dietary knowledge - exploring a country where the majority have been educated by fast food advertising, take no exercise, and eat mammoth portions.

During the time I spent in Florida I was shocked on a daily routine by the size of American arses and surprised to find that almost all of the food prepared in diners came straight out of tins and cardboard boxes like instant egg mix instead of real eggs.

Morgan Spurlock is funny and likeable, though the final outcome of the film surprises everyone - making me regret the time I once ate six McDonalds cheeseburgers in one go, or my one time quest to visit every McDonalds in the world. Like cigarettes, who would have thought that junk food could be bad for you?

May 27, 2005

May The Force Be With You

Just before I left Helsinki we went to see Star Wars Episode III. Even though it had been out a couple of days, lots of Star Wars fans were still there - one guy carrying a stormtrooper's helmet. As the film began and the intro scrolled onto screen, someone near the front lit up a lightsaber, which was met with applause.

We liked the film lots, but of course it has a lot to live up to, especially as I've lived through the Star Wars years and remember going to the very first (I mean fourth) film long, long ago in a country far, far away (Dundee Odeon in the 1970's). The special effects are truly lifelike and I left the cinema exhausted from the non-stop action from beginning to end - people had problems getting a chance to eat their popcorn through it. It's also cleverly made to blend in with Episode IV - produced all those years ago - with costumes and sets merging nicely. In fact I was so impressed with the way that the story explained everything that came later (or was it earlier) that from now on I plan to begin reading all books from the middle to the end, then read from the beginning to the middle.

Here's a working robot of the real hero of the series, R2D2, that's been built by a group in Italy.
Not sure if it can project holograms yet though...