Best Climbing Movies

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20 Rock Climbing Movie Reviews

Below are 20 of the best rock climbing movies ever made. In no particular order, but each one is rated and features the trailer where available. Essentials include Reel RockFirst Ascent TV series and Asgard Jamming.   

Valley Uprising Review Reel Rock 9

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Cheapest M43 Ultra Wide Angle Lens

Cheap UWA Option for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

This is a solution for those who want to take wide angle photos and videos without spending a thousand dollars on an expensive Olympus or Panasonic lens. The lens is the Panasonic 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 with the Ricoh DW-6 wide angle converter attached. This gives you a focal length of 9.5mm (12mm x 0.79).

The image above shows the combination at 9.5mm (f9). The inset image is the 12-32mm at 12mm (f3.5). With the converter attached to the lens it is best to stop the aperture down a little, although f9 was probably too much- f5.6 or f8 would have been better. As you can see the field of view is significantly wider compared to the lens alone at 12mm.

This combo cost me under £140 new, including a 37mm to 43mm step-up ring. However, I probably got lucky with the wide angle adapter with it being sold for around £30 on eBay and marked as new. The Panasonic 12-32mm was new and separated from a kit on eBay. Step up rings are something like £2.49. Read more

Manchester Cat Cafe Vs London Cat Cafe Dinah’s

manchester cat caafe review

This battle of the UK’s top (and possibly only) cat cafes is based on walking past the recently opened Manchester Cat Cafe and going inside to speak with the staff. We haven’t actually had a chance to spend time with the cats yet, because it has been very popular: 3,000 people applied just to visit to spend a little time with the cats before the opening. Media has been in a frenzy over this newest cat cafe. Read more

White Peak Alpaca Farm in Mobberley Review

alpaca farm in Cheshire Mobberley review

Yesterday we visited the White Peak Alpaca Farm in Mobberley. There were no reviews online and when I went to leave one today; there was nowhere to write a review (edit: I later found the Google+ page, so perhaps it just doesn’t show on all devices).

Alpacas UK farm

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Amazon Letting Marketplace Scammers Rip Off Customers

This is an outing of the incompetance of who are letting known scam artists rip people off from

I believe I have fairly good evidence that is indirectly ripping people off by not stamping down on fraud. By allowing the fraudulent orders to stand, Amazon is acting highly irresponsibly (my experience today was one of indifference as you will see from the chat transcript below). Read more

The One Thing I Miss About the Philippines is Food

After leaving the West many years ago, I spent a few years living in the Philippines. It has good points and bad points. The beauty of the islands and their beaches is breathtaking at times. It is a great place to explore if your idea of paradise is white sand beaches.

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New Cat Cafe in Chiang Mai

Catta Cat Cafe Chiang Mai

Update December 2017: Catta Cat Cafe is now closed, but….

However, we have a found a delightful new cat cafe in Chiang Mai called Cat Brothers Cafe. It is inside the Old City, which is great for tourists. Downstairs they have a cafe and upstairs you can mingle with the cats. Here are most of the cats from Cat Brothers Cat Cafe:


Update mid 2017: Unfortunately Catta cat cafe has closed. There is a new one which has opened inside the Old City of Chiang Mai. It is located on the inside road of the moat on the northern stretch in the North East corner (see above). It features a lovely selection of cats to play with, mostly Persians. The new Chiang Mai cat cafe is called Cat Brothers. The cats are upstairs and there is a cafe downstairs.

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The Go-To Company for Care Homes in Stoke on Trent

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This post is a recommendation for a company my family has had experience with for many years. At least three of my elderly relatives from Stoke on Trent have resided at Safe Harbor care homes over the years. All have been very happy, so I thought the company could do with a review.


care homes stoke on trent

Click image to visit Safe Harbor’s website

Two of my relatives stayed at New Park House and they love(d) it (sadly my grandpa passed away but my Mums cousin is still there). The second one stayed because the first gave such glowing reviews. Staff are pleasant and the whole place feels more like a vibrant, happy residential home rather than a place to ship off unwanted relatives.

My other relative began staying at the newer Haversham House more recently. I have visited both and they are lovely; nice touches all over the place like modern pictures on the walls and new matching furniture. I was part of the “scouting party” for this relative and other places had “that smell”, grotty furniture and carpets and dark rooms. Safe Harbor really seems to of thought things through, hence this glowing review.

The financing options for the elderly in care homes isn’t simple and I left that to others as it was complicated, but apparently Safe Harbor’s three home in the area are competitively priced. Apparently they have a fourth home on the way in Hanley in Stoke on Trent, according to the website. I shall be interested in visiting once open as there are a couple of family members who may require a care home in the not too distant future.

So that’s my little review of Safe Harbor. If you live in Staffordshire or Shropshire I highly recommend including all their homes when you visit a few for an elderly relative. I am sure you will be just as impressed as my family has been.

Why Perfecting English Grammar is Essential for Immigrants into Britain

Recently my long term fiancée and I decided to relocate back to Britain for the foreseeable future. I have enjoyed being a location independent online worker, more commonly known as a digital nomad. However, my parents aren’t getting any younger so we have decided to brave the cold for now.

Having worked and lived in Asia for the past 7 or so years, we have been able to survive on less than what is required in the UK. My parents are from Manchester, where prices are lower than London and other southern cities, but it is still a massive jump up in living costs. I was horrified on my last visit just to learn how much a pack of chewing gum now costs (I remember it being 12p, and was like 68p 2 years ago).

Therefore we decided that my Filipina partner would find work too. She has a little care experience, having been the premier carer for her father in his last months (quite a drawn out affair). A good friend of mine is the owner of a nursing home, so she was happy to apply for the job of care assistant.

There are no qualifications required and like many from the Philippines, she speaks excellent English. However her grammar is not perfect and she has an American accent. Therefore I found her an English school in Manchester where she could could perfect those grammatical mistakes and speak more like the residents. We choose Communicate School of English as it is very reasonably priced and looks like a really friendly place:
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Best Version of Pure Imagination

best version of Pure Imagination Gene Wilder

Growing up I loved two movies; The Goonies and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Recently I started singing the awesome song Pure Imagination and went to Youtube to listen.

There is the original from the movie, which has talking and sounds effects. But there also seemed to be many others.

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