Dallas Buyers Club

About the only thing I like on long international flights is getting caught up on recent films.

I saw these on one series of flights.

American Hustle
Ender’s Game
Catching Fire
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club

Mandela was not convincing. The actor Idris Elba does not have the look or gravitas of Mandiba. I preferred Morgan Freeman.

The rest were well worth watching.

Dallas Buyers Club made the other films look lightweight, however.

The film received acclaim from critics and won numerous accolades – most recognizing the performances of McConaughey and Jared Leto, including the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making it the first film since Mystic River (2003) to win both awards.

… a nomination for Best Picture. As of March 2014 it grossed over $32 million in box office revenue against a budget of $5 million. …

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 93% based on reviews from 177 critics, with an average score of 7.7 out of 10, with the site’s consensus stating, “Dallas Buyers Club rests squarely on Matthew McConaughey’s scrawny shoulders, … might be a career-best performance …

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

I always suspected Matthew McConaughey could act. That he was more than a pretty boy. This film proves it.

ta ta Trinidad

I spent 5 nights in Port of Spain with Guy Lavoie, clinician volunteers assigned by the International Gymnastics Federation.

Carlton Hotel. Bake & shark. Mahi Mahi. Lamb stew. :-)

Trinidad … is the southernmost island in the Caribbean and lies just 11 km (6.8 mi) off the northeastern coast of Venezuela. …

map Trinidad

There is a wide range of ethnicity, religion, and culture. As of the 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Census,the population was 39.5% East Indian “Indo-Trinidadian”, 29.5% African “Afro-Trinidadian”, 23% mixed and 8% Other ” Many of these groups overlap …



Trinidad is not much of a tourist hot spot. In fact, immigration on arrival is suspicious if you tell them you are a tourist.

My favourite vistas were of the lights at night.

Trinidad lights

I was up before dawn each morning, jogging the Queen’s Park Oval.


Many historic buildings ring the park.


We walked the Royal Botanical Gardens.




Thanks Ricardo Lue Shue and everyone at T&T Gymnastics for hosting us. Ricardo was my host 15yrs ago, my first trip to Trinidad. It was great catching up. :-)

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bye bye Barbados

My friend Guy Lavoie and I spent 5 days on the island, volunteers for a Gymnastics Camp.

Still jet-lagged from South Africa, I was falling asleep by about 8pm, waking about 4am to run this boardwalk.



I saw some amazing tropical dawns. :-)


Though busy, we did tour the island one afternoon.





My sincere thanks to our hosts Darius Fields and Alison Jackson.

dinner Barbados

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Barbados … is 34 kilometres (21 mi) in length and up to 23 kilometres (14 mi) in width…

It has a population of 277,821 people, mostly of African descent. …

The origin of the name Barbados is either the Portuguese word Barbados or the Spanish equivalent los Barbados, both meaning “the bearded ones” It is unclear whether “bearded” refers to the long, hanging roots of the bearded fig-tree (Ficus citrifolia), indigenous to the island; or to the allegedly bearded Caribs once inhabiting the island …

Rihanna is from Barbados.