Review: The Three Musketeers

The hot-headed young D’Artagnan along with three former legendary but now down on their luck Musketeers must unite and defeat a beautiful double agent and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war.

The Original movie from the 90s is one that I loved and so this one movie I was looking forward to. My favorite character out of the bunch was Porthos since he is all about brute force, the bald guy in the pictures. The Musketeers serve the King of France yet the Cardinal serving the King of France is plotting against them all so it gets interesting. And the storyline this time around is a lot more fun with Disney/Pirates Of The Caribbean feel to it, its a lot of fun and a great end that I wasn’t expecting. From what I can tell their is going to be a sequel and its something I will be looking forward to.

Link: IMDB
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Vespa In A Skate Park

The last thing I would think is anyone using a Vespa for stunting in a skate park, but Boulon from Marseille does just that with a delicate skill. The legendary bowl of Marseille with his Vespa he rides arounds corners and through the basin smoothly and getting it over just right, I would probably crash it trying to go to fast, the taping of the video is fantastic.

Review: The Tourist

American tourist Frank (Johnny Depp) meets a mysterious beauty who drags him into a dangerous world of intrigue and espionage while traveling through Europe. When Frank met Elise (Angelina Jolie) on the train, he thought it was a chance encounter. Little did Frank realize it was all part of a much bigger plan, one that would soon find him dodging bullets through both the historic streets of Paris and the winding canals of Venice. Now, the faster Frank and Elise run, the more intense their romance grows.

I kept hearing a lot of buzz around this movie, and I always go to any movie that stars Johnny Depp. People talked about Angelina Jolie that she is the star of the show but I’m a bit tired of her these days, she is over hyped and some of her movies haven’t been to great. Together they did a really good job of playing off each other and pulling the storyline together and Johnny Depp did a fantastic job playing the dumb American, you couldn’t help but feel sorry for the guy and he kept getting into trouble. The movie was and ended with a great twist, and I really like how from the halfway point to the end of the movie it was energetic, full of action, and fun.

Link: IMDB
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Bank & Economies in Europe

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Seems like the topic of the day are banks and the European countries, and the relationship between them. Greece has been in the news a lot lately and so has UK and Spain about their debt, then there is the decision of Germany to support Greece, and the other countries in the long list. Now all of these numbers flying around, but this infographic pretty much puts all the relationships into considertaion, keeping in mind if one of them goes down then this whole balancing act comes tumbling down. Click the picture for a bigger image.

Link: NYTimes

Review: District 13:Ultimatum

Two years have passed since elite police officer Damien Tomasso (Cyril Raffaelli) teamed up with reformed vigilante Leito (parkour originator David Belle) to save the notorious District 13, a racially charged ghetto populated by violent drug dealing gangs and vicious killers. Despite government promises to maintain order, the state of the district has deteriorated, and a group of corrupt cops and elected officials are conspiring to cause civil unrest in D13. Now Damian and Leito must join forces again, and use their mastery of martial arts and their unique physical skills to bring peace to the neighborhood by any means necessary

District B13 is a gritty, high-flying, no-holds-barred thrill ride. The acrobatic Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle are back with their brand of Parkour ass-kicking to try to save the roughest district of Paris. Cop and criminal, working together, they take on a government that is one button-press away from blowing up their home.The action is a high energy combination of leaps, flips, fights, and car stunts. Never boring, always ridiculous, and constantly fun. One of the most intense action movies I have seen in a while, with a decent story line but the parkour martial arts really makes up for it and the dynamic range of characters.

Link: IMDB
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Lazareth’s Supercharged FZ1

I find the European custom motorcycle builders to be the most interesting since they are free to work with any type of machine they have in mind, not just sticking to choppers. Ludovic Lazareth is one of those builders, he builds one off bikes, trikes, and cars, and this time around its a Yamaha FZ1.

Its one mean looking bike with that supercharger belt on the side, and it looke to be a comfortable ride. I don’t even know how something like this would handle and how fast it would be, but you can own one for the low price of €40,000 ($56,000).

Link: Lazareth

Air France 447 Tragedy

228 people from Brazil to France on an Air France flight has vanished over the Atlantic after flying into turbulence. I haven’t seen a tragedy such as this in a long time, a flight of this type crashing in the middle of the Atlantic. Brazil sent out their Air Force to search the ocean, while France sent out rescue planes on their route as well as requesting help from US to use their Satellites to pinpoint the probable location of the crash. My prayers goes out to the family of the passengers and crew.

Link: BBC

Etihad Airlines Crash

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The brand spanking new Airbus 340-600, the largest passenger airplane ever built, sat in its hangar in Toulouse, France, without a single hour of airtime. Enter an Arab flight crew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to conduct pre-delivery tests on the ground, such as engine run-ups, prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi. The ADAT crew taxied the A340-600 to the run-up area. Theyn then took all four engines to takeoff power with a virtually empty aircraft. Not having read the run-up manuals, they had no clue just how light an empty A340-600 is.

The takeoff warning horn was blaring away in the cockpit because they had all 4 engines at full power. The aircraft computers thought they were trying to take off, but the aircraft had not been configured properly (flaps/slats, etc.) Then one of the ADAT crew decided to pull the circuit breaker on the Ground Proximity Sensor to silence the alarm. This fooled the aircraft into thinking it was in the air.

The computers automatically released all the brakes and set the aircraft rocketing forward. The ADAT crew had no idea that this is a safety feature so that pilots can’t land with the brakes on. Not one member of the seven-man Arab crew was quick enough to throttle back the engines from their max power setting, so the $200 million brand-new aircraft crashed into a blast barrier, totaling the airplane.The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown for there has been a news blackout in the major media in France and elsewhere.

Coverage of the story was deemed insulting to Muslim Arabs. Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.

Pictures speak louder then words, but this is pretty shocking, the pilots from Abu Dhabi managed to crash a brand new airplane because they didn’t bother reading the manual. Details aren’t out regarding this crash, and I got the pictures by email. Based on the pictures I wonder how they survived the crash.

Update: Turns out this is a two year old crash, check comments for details

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Italians and Scooters


While being away for a bit, I would walk around with my camera all the time. There was this one town not too far away, and so I decided to walk around there later in the afternoon. I just stood on the main street snapping pictures, and I came to the realization that Scooters were the number one selling machine in Italy. There were so many types of scooters and Momo helmets.

Women, Men, Children, and Elderly people were all riding scooters. Some were carrying briefcases, kids, bags, even dogs and cats. There was one scooter equiped to carry gas cylinders in the front and back, I couldn’t believe how many were zipping by and always people looking for scooter parking. And these people were really skilled at it, I saw this one girl hold her bag, talk on the phone, smoke a cigarette and ride the scooter all at one time, it was nothign short of insane but its still a skill. There is something I do love about these towns and their liveliness.

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French Coffee Incident

I was in France just recently for a few days to take care of few things. Not really wanting to spend more time then necessary there. I have to say it is quite beautiful and this time it wasn’t Paris. But not unusual to my luck in France something embarrassing tends happen to me in this country, and this time it was my fault. I’m sitting at the table with a some family and they are ordering coffee and other items, I decided to order some coffee for once in my life even though I’m not really a fan. There is one kind of coffee that I tend to like in Kuwait, and its called French Coffee, so I ask for French Coffee. Both my family and the waitress gave me the strangest look, I felt very strange and that 10 seconds felt like 10 minutes so I asked again and she said there is no such thing. I quickly order something else and my family tell me why did I order something that I never had before, I tried explaining myself but it did no good the damage was done. It turns out that French Coffee is a mixture that has been made up in Kuwait or the Gulf and thats about it. Just my luck the one time I order a coffee I remotely like it turns out its not available anywhere but in Kuwait and in all the places to ask for it I decided to ask in France.