Saturday, July 28, 2018

Uncovered (1994)

Even though this movie has near to none action scenes: This is is one of the best adventure films ever made.

Based on the novel "The Flanders Panel" (A book I yet have to read..) by Arturo Pérez-Reverte and set in the Barcelona of the early nineties it follows the exploits of Julia (played by the very, very cute Kate Beckindale),  a young but renowned conservator.

She uncovers a painted over message ""Qvis Necavit Eqvitem" ("Who killed the knight") on a Flamish masterpiece called "The Chess Game".

She realizes that she needs to solve/win the chess game on the painting in order to solve the riddle of a murdered knight. She looks for help among the chess playing bohemians in Park Güel and meets a homeless chess genius / knife virtuoso. 

Her new sidekicks skills are needed to solve the puzzle but also to fend off kidnappers and murderers: Nearly everyone else involved solving the riddle dies, including her friend and father-figure Cesar.

Awesome but overlooked film that lives on dialogue and the suspense of the mystery slowly unravels. 

And no: 20 year old Kate Beckinsale is not hard on the eyes at ALL!:-P

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Canteen Survival Kit

I am really happy about my new Stanley Canteen and I probably never go back to plastic or aluminum canteens.

After the first couple of uses I cleaned it for storage and thought : "Hm, such a waste for it lay dormant for so long time. I wonder what I can use it for in the meantime."

So I decided to fill it with survival goodness and have it lying in the car or in my luggage during travels.

My new best friend...

One liter of volume and a widemouthed opening are just begging for equipment.

I start with a large drawstring backpack: For loot and just in case I have to take the goodies out of the canteen.

Thank you Swedish-Furniture-Company for producing those.

Goes easy in and out.

Some of the usual suspects: A handful of Rolly toothbrushes

6 x 500 mg paracetamol.

Whistle...for a merry tune in a dire situation.

My fav brand of water purification tablets. Approved by the IDF ( I think...)

Also an Otzen-classic: Tampons for Water filtration

The good old BIC lighter with a cable tier to prevent unintended discharge.

Band Aids for boo-boo`s.

Medium sized glow sticks. (Bought at TESCO`s sporting department, they are quite good)

A whole bunch of mini glow sticks..because I can!

Small (but good!), intrinsically safe, flashlight.

15 m of 3 mm cord.

Aaand we are running out of space.