Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Devil Wears Prada

We went to see The Devil Wears Prada at Gold Class at Macquarie for my birthday. I much enjoyed Gold Class and the movie.

Meryl is wonderful as always - Anne Hathaway is cute and puts over her role well as does Emily Blunt - Stanley Tucci is very funny as Nigel

What he and the others have to say about the importance of the fashion industry is enlightening. Go and Enjoy.

The Wrong Man _ movie

5 Nov 2006 We went to seeThe Wrong Man at Reading Rhodes - as we had preview tickets

On imdb it is called Lucky Number Slevin

This is a violent movie with some very nasty killings some the detail is really too much - the opening has explicit sex - the contrived plot becomes obvious - but the way they work it out is interesting - if you do see you will discuss the resolution of the plot. However this is not a feel good movie

Stanley Tucci impressed see my review also of "The Devil Wears Prada"

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Videos from Al-Jazeera

Many videos at this site exploring the world of Islam.

Especially search for Wafa Sultan her discussions are most interesting

Friday, August 04, 2006

David Rohl - books and websites on his NEW Chronology

David Rohl - books and websites on his NEW Chronology
His site is
I have always been interested in archaeology and many years ago read Immanuel Velikovsky and his views on the chronology of Egypt. Which did lead to me being concerned about the dates given to certain Pharaohs. Not that I accepted all of Velikovsky's ideas and the big problem was that he died before he wrote the book that tied up the loose ends. Rohl is not as extreme and I do admire the way he accepts that the Holy Bible may be correct and is a good source of historical evidence. Centuries of Darkness by Peter James see is I think a more orthodox discussion of the problems. The big questions for me are When was Exodus and to clarify the time frame of King David and King Solomon and which Pharaohs are meant when mentioned in the Bible

Some sites with more detail

New Chronology resource page – David’s books and other useful resources all in one place!

Highlights List:

Moderator Richard Abbott's Website:

David has a DVD on Exodus and Moses which I would like to know more about.
Please do not confuse that DVD with one being sold in Bookshops
The Exodus Revealed do read the reviews on Amazon as some mention some positive items in the DVD. However the focus of the film seems on the work of Ron Wyatt see

I think this critique is sound and I am concerned that works like this DVD are around to confuse people about the truth as shown in the Bible itself.
Note: This DVD is nothing to do with David Rohl but fits into this discussion.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The Tutankhamen Deception by Gerald O'Farrell

The Tutankhamen Deception by Gerald O'Farrell
Absolute load of rubbish
I saw it on shelf in library and it purported to reveal how Howard Carter had really discovered King Tut's tomb years before he announced it publicly and had been stealing all the bullion from it. I thought interesting. Anyhow I got home read the preface and it acknowledged Ahmed Osman and real warning bells sounded - this guy writes books saying the Kings of Israel were really Egyptian Pharaohs. This book is just a collection of assumptions without any evidence. And finally he states that the papers found in the tomb would have revealed King Tut is really Jesus Christ - some 1500 years before His Ministry on Earth. How do these guys come up with stuff and why are they published. You can find a lot of this in - here is one sound review

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Da Vinci Code - a book soon to be motion picture.

The Da Vinci Code - a book soon to be motion picture.
In 2005 a friend lent me Dan Brown's book as "Christians should know what he is saying in case they are asked."

Well if any adult asks I will be surprised. I could not believe how badly written this book was - the events are in the realm of fantasy - an albino (yes albino) monk who goes around killing those who know the "secret"and a death in the Louvre and the man placing his own body in a special arrangement whilst he is dying!!!! French police shown as corrupt buffoons. A whole section on mind baffling mystery writing which is clearly mirror writing - just hold it up to a mirror. Oh come on. I think the Harry Potter books which I admit I have only glanced at are better written - as are even the Op Centre books from the Tom Clancy factory - no reflection on a real Tom Clancy book. This is published as a novel but Brown keeps telling us it is fact when obviously what is happening is fiction.....

Why do these people pick on Leonardo - he was also supposed to be responsible for forging the Shroud of Turin.

Here are articles on some of the errors in the book

By the way The Da Vinci Code ideas are clearly from "Holy Blood Holy Grail" by authors Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln. Dan Brown uses their names in anagram etc format in Da Vinci. Early 2006 they sued Dan Brown's publishers over copyright issues but lost the case - something about no plagarism could be shown.

I read that book when it first came out in 1980s - it was obviously ridiculous - but it is reasonably good writing - I suppose it was one of those kind of books that got me thinking if they have to attack Jesus in such strange ways - perhaps he really is who he says He is ....,_Holy_Grail

And then there were TV shows picking up on Mary Magdalene and saying how Christians had downplayed her importance over the years. Sorry just cannot see it - she is clearly the first person to see the Risen Christ so how is she "downplayed".

Anyhow I have not tried to write an exhaustive critique of these matters - just wanted to give you an opinion - do try some web searches to see what others have to say... Ron