Thursday, December 21, 2006

Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime

A very well put together documentary about 9/11. It focuses on the facts rather than speculating on various theories. A must see!



I haven't watched all of this documentary, but fast forward to the interesting bit just after 9 minutes if you are the impatient type. Look out for Donald Rumsfeld and Richard Meyers when questioned about direct energy weapons used in Iraq.

Monday, November 27, 2006

A passage to India

Having returned from India a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be a good idea to document what I did before my memory completely fails me. Links to the photos and videos are at the bottom of this article should you have no desire to read through my travel blog.


I flew from London Heathrow to Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose) International Airport arriving in the early morning to be picked up by Yipi and my cousins.


The flight arrived perfectly on time, and I must grudgingly admit that this British Airways flight was much improved from my previous experiences. I arrived in good spirits and only a little exhausted. On greeting them around 6am we make the journey to Serampore by car, which was quite interesting, especially being able to watch various festivals taking place en-route. I stayed at Serampore for a couple of days, which provided a good opportunity to catch up with relatives and see the festival in Rishra.


We managed a day trip to Kolkata to see various attractions such as the Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge as well as catching up with even more relatives (Indian families tend to be quite large).


The next evening we make the journey from Howrah station to New Jalpaiguri by overnight train, which was comfortable, if a little noisy. Sleeping is a task that is incredibly difficult to do on trains in India, due to the amount of hawkers on the train selling practically everything under the sun.


On arrival at New Jalpaiguri we grabbed some breakfast and hired a driver and vehicle to Gangtok in Sikkim. The scenery soon started changing the closer we approached Sikkim, the warm lowlands soon made way for the Himalayan foothills. We eventually reached the checkpoint to Sikkim after a few hours; we met with the border official to obtain permission for entry to Sikkim. Sadly Yipi was refused entry to Sikkim due to her Chinese passport, our efforts to convince him otherwise were futile. We then end up retracing our route and then head towards our alternative destination of Darjeeling via some spectacular views of the river Teesta.


Darjeeling is famous for its tea; whilst I had dreams it would just consist of tea plantations it was in fact a bustling town, with a huge amount of activity. We made Darjeeling our base for several days staying in the Hotel Dil.


There are plenty of attractions in and around Darjeeling; highlights include the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (where Tenzing Norgay became director), Tiger Hill to watch the sun rising, Tibetan monasteries and various tea estates.


Just up a small hill from the Mall there is a Buddhist temple with prayer flags everywhere and some cheeky little monkeys that look ready to steal your shoes.


Kurseong was our next destination from Darjeeling, which although not really a great distance, it took over 3 hours by toy train. No prizes for guessing why it's called the toy train, incidentally it must travel at something between walking and running speed (Good opportunity to do a Superman impersonation!).


We arrived in Kurseong in the evening and eventually found a satisfactory hotel, which served extremely good food.


The following day we did a local sightseeing trip of Kurseong and the surrounding area. We went to the Makaibari Tea Estate on a Sunday, which meant the place was closed for viewing but we were able to buy plenty of tea.


Kalimpong was our next town we stayed at for a couple of nights, before heading to Lolegaon via Lava. Lava is an extremely small place with not a great deal to offer apart from a nice Tibetan monastery.


Lolegaon is basically a small village with very little to do, though fortunately saved by its magnificent views of Kangchenjunga and a canopy walk.


We had to settle for accommodation in the half built Yankee's Stay hotel, as we weren't able to get a bungalow on the forest range. Lolegaon is surrounded by forests and is an ideal area for trekking; a perfect spot for watching the sunrise is around 4km away. We were unable to see the sun rise due to cloud cover, but did see some superb views of the Himalayan range.



Siliguri was to be our final destination before heading back to Kolkata. The journey to Siliguri takes about 2/3 hours and you can notice the temperature rising incredibly quickly as you start to descend.


I guess by the time we reached Siliguri from Lolegaon the temperature must have doubled. We arrived in the afternoon and eventually decide on staying at the hotel Dolly Inn. Siliguri is a large and extremely busy city, especially compared to the towns we had visited in the previous week. We spend most of our time here shopping in the crowded markets.


The following day we check out of the hotel and manage to cram five of us and all our luggage in an auto-rickshaw for the journey to New Jalpaiguri train station.

We catch the evening train to Sealdah train station which arrives on time in the morning, where we fight with taxi touts before getting a taxi to Howrah station and then finally back to Serampore.


We take a well deserved rest back in Serampore and then do a little shopping in the evening for saris etc.


The next day we pay a visit to the Science City in Kolkata, followed by some more shopping, eating and meeting relatives before I head back to the UK in the early hours of the following morning.


India is one of those places you either love or hate, whilst it can be extremely noisy and chaotic the good parts definitely outweigh the bad. Hopefully I will be returning within the next year.


Photos http://www.people.exeter.ac.uk/nkjdatta/photos/abroad/india2/

Videos http://www.people.exeter.ac.uk/nkjdatta/videos/#india2

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Collection of UFO videos

Here are a few interesting UFO videos worth looking at, no idea if they are authentic or not. To me they look like they are real, mind you it doesn't mean these flying objects are necessarily from another planet.

Onto the videos...the first one is shot in Australia.



Next we have a UFO shot (not literally) in Nanjing, China.



Another from Bulgaria



The next one is a commercial for the Sci-Fi channel, though I think it's fictional.



Finally we have a short talk from the Disclosure Project.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

War signals?

Article from The Nation....

"Colonel Gardiner, who has taught military strategy at the National War College, says that the carrier deployment and a scheduled Persian Gulf arrival date of October 21 is "very important evidence" of war planning. He says, "I know that some naval forces have already received 'prepare to deploy orders' [PTDOs], which have set the date for being ready to go as October 1. Given that it would take about from October 2 to October 21 to get those forces to the Gulf region, that looks about like the date" of any possible military action against Iran."

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20061009/lindorff

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Terrorstorm

A film by Alex Jones which covers in detail the proven history of government sponsored terrorism. Featuring the collapse of the WTC on September 11 and the London 7/7 bombings. A must see documentary.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Secret rulers of the world

Jon Ronson investigates the secrets of the Bohemian Grove.




Jon Ronson investigates a secret organisation called the Bilderberg group, which supposedly rules the world from behind the scenes.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Alex Jones predicts a major attack before October 2006

Alex Jones predicts a major attack in one of the following countries (USA, Canada, UK or Israel) before October 2006. Stay tuned these coming months to see if Alex really is able to see the future in his crystal balls.



An old video about the 911 cover up.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Au revoir Zidane



Zinedine Zidane will quite likely be remembered for his headbutt actions during the final of the 2006 World Cup in Berlin. Whilst I am in no way condoning his actions, we shouldn't forget about what Zizou has brought to the world. He really did make football the beautiful game. It is unfortunately a rather sad way for Zizou to make his exit from professional football and he will be sadly missed. All the best Zizou!

Here we can watch Zidane perform some of his magic.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Pepsi advert

England v Sweden match

Did you find the England v Sweden match incredibly dull last night? I certainly did and if I hadn't been in the pub I think I would have come close to falling asleep. I hope the next match is a bit more exciting...

Here's an advert from a few years ago to keep you amused whilst you wait for the next match.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Enter the dragon


Having just returned from a short break in Hong Kong and Macau I thought I'd write a few words about my holiday. I took just over a week off which in all honesty isn't really long enough to do Hong Kong justice. I managed to see most of the major attractions, though there was a great deal left for me to see. It doesn't help suffering from jet lag as well, which made it extremely difficult to sleep at night time and very tired in the morning.

I arrived at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday the 28th of May and what a pleasure it was to arrive at this airport. It makes Heathrow Airport look so very sad indeed, not only is Hong Kong airport so clean and efficient there is plenty of space and natural light entering the building. It was no surprise that I quickly zipped through arrivals to be met by my father. A 30-40 minute bus ride later and we were in the Yau Ma Tei area of Kowloon.


The next morning I went down to Tsim Sha Tsui by MTR (Mass Transit Railway) for a brief walk around the area before catching a bus to the airport to meet Yipi who was flying in from Shanghai. I must say getting around Hong Kong is a breeze, especially with the handy Octopus card (Whizzy card which you can add money to, and use to pay for public transport and purchases in many shops). During the afternoon we visited Wong Tai Sin temple and explored around Tsim Sha Tsui and the view overlooking Victoria Harbour. We then took the famous Star Ferry across the harbour to Central, which unfortunately made Yipi feel a bit seasick.


The next day week took the MTR to Lantau Island and then a bus around the nice countryside to Po Lin Monastery. Po Lin is quite famous for having a large bronze statue of the Buddha, in fact it is the world's tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha. We climbed up the stairs to see the statue and then looked around the temple and paid our respects.


We proceeded back to Hong Kong in the afternoon and decided to take the Peak Tram up to the top of Victoria Peak. The views of Hong Kong are amazing from here, even with overcast weather.


The next morning we started the day with Yum Cha or sometimes called Dim Sum, which consist of small dishes you choose from various carts being wheeled around the restaurant. There is nothing like having breakfast in Hong Kong, and it's quite surprising how busy the restaurants are at 8am. I heartily recommend having Yum Cha if you ever decide to visit Hong Kong, especially the London Restaurant on Nathan Road between Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei.


During the day we explored Hong Kong, especially around the Central area, Mid Levels and Man Mo temple.


We then looked around the Space Museum and wisely visited the Bird and Flower market.


The next day we visited the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort on Lantau Island and unfortunately for us the weather wasn't brilliant. The placed looked very promising at first, but you soon discover that this is a very small resort. It's still got some quite reasonable attractions, though we kind of felt disappointed leaving the resort. The saving grace of the resort must have been the 3D cinema and the Space Mountain ride (we even went on the ride twice). I don't think Yipi enjoyed the ride particularly the first time, as she didn't stop screaming for pretty much the whole ride.


The next day we took a ferry trip to Macau from the Shun Tak ferry terminal in Sheung Wan. The journey by ferry takes around an hour, even in the horrible weather we had to endure. It rained for the best part of the day, though we still managed to see quite a lot of Macau as well as spending a bit of cash in the Casino Lisboa.


The following day we decided to take a leisurely look around the Mong Kok area, mainly an excuse to buy lots of junk for friends and relatives back home. Mong Kok is an excellent place for shopping, as there are so many markets in that area. You name it and I'm sure you can find it there. I recommend the fruit market and ladies' market especially towards the late afternoon when things are getting busy. This area of Hong Kong is so buzzing, especially late in the evening and feels extremely safe.


Before I knew it the holiday was over and I would be heading back to the UK aboard a Cathay Pacific flight to London Heathrow.


More pictures from my Hong Kong trip at :-

http://www.people.exeter.ac.uk/nkjdatta/photos/abroad/hongkong2/


Saturday, May 20, 2006

Elephants Dream

Here's a very good release if you're interested in 3D animation, and it's free to download as well.



"This is the final stage of a successfully completed Open Movie project which has been community-financed, using only Open Source tools, and opening up the movie itself as well as the entire studio database for everyone to re-use and learn from. The movie and production files are licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.5, which only requires a proper crediting for public screening, re-using and distribution."

http://www.elephantsdream.org/

Enjoy