Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why Diet and Excercise Fail - Book Review

Why Diet and Exercise Fail
By Daniel M Korn
Foner Books (Self published) 2009

Yes, this is another self-published health book. Not big - just 135 pages. This book attempts to explain why diet and exercise do not work. It also tries to explain what causes obesity and how it is NOT just because people eat too much.

Most Diets do not work because they do not teach the participants how to change their lifestyle, they do not teach that participants have to learn a new way of eating for the rest of their lives. When the participants use the diet, and get down to their goal weight, they go right back to eating the same old way they used to eat, and within a couple of years, all the weight they lost, has reappeared on the body. Exercise by itself also does not work.

Interestingly enough, Korn says that eating too much fat does not actually cause people to get fat. That is because most of the fat is burned as energy for the body to do its daily activities.

No - the 2 biggest causes of obesity are caffeine and not enough sleep. But then the lack of sleep is actually caused by the caffeine, because caffeine is a stimulant. Thats why everyone must have their morning cuppa before they get to work. So once you start drinking too much caffeine, you usually start losing sleep, and the weight piles on.

Also there is a note that diet sodas with aspartame still cause obesity because of the caffeine in those drinks. This is a major contradiction.

The diabetes clinics tell their diabetic patients that they can drink as much diet soda and black coffee as they like because the aspartame will not put on weight. There may be no sugar in diet drinks, BUT there is still CAFFEINE in those drinks. And diabetic people and experts wonder why the diabetics either cannot lose weight or why they are putting on more weight.

In Israel there are very few obese children. This is because of the desert and the very hot weather where Israel is located. Soda pop is not good for hot weather - it causes dehydration. So all Israeli kids and soldiers grow up drinking water. They do not become obese or overweight. Because they dont drink caffeine. There are obese Israeli adults, but those people started drinking coffee as adults.

I can vouch for all this. I used to drink soda pop by the 2 litre bottle every day. NOT diet pop - just the regular soda. I wondered why I was gaining weight. As soon as I weaned myself off the pop and onto water, I started losing weight.

So if you want to lose weight - really the only way to do it - STOP the POP.
And stop the coffee and all caffeinated drinks. Including RED BULL.

The Lost Constitution - Book Review

The Lost Constitution
by William Martin
Tor-Forge Books 2007
Second Amendment

This is the third book in the Peter Fallon series. Peter Fallon is a book detective. He searches for rare books. I must find and read the first two books.

In this novel, Peter searches for a lost draft for the constitution that had annotations written on it by the New England delegates in the 1760's.

At the same time the Gun controversy has risen up again in present day USA, and this time the federal government is seriously thinking about banning guns for the entire country. But this law goes against the constitution which says the following....

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

So the NRA and the gun supporters are up in arms about losing their right to bear arms.

There is a legend from history that said there was a draft copy of the constitution on which delegates jotted down their thoughts and ideas on a variety of matters concerning the bill of rights, religion and guns.

This draft was held and lost by a young man named William Pike. He lost this draft and eventually regained it some years later and it was handed down to this descendents, until the civil war broke out. Then the draft went missing. Noone has seen it for 150 years.

Peter Fallon and his partner get dragged into the search. As does a congresswoman and a rich media billionaire. Peter and partner do a lot of library research, following William Pike's family and their descendants. Peter also gets caught up between 2 groups who are also hunting for this draft. The billionaire wants the original document for its antiquarian value, and the other group is a hunting group who do NOT want to lose their right to bear arms.

The showdown takes place at a baseball park in Boston, during which Peter must hand over the draft to one of these groups.

This is a comment on gun ownership

[BLURB]Americans have a right to own guns, Supreme Court justices declared (March 2008) in a historic and lively debate that could lead to the most significant interpretation of the Second Amendment since its ratification two centuries ago.

COMMENT When the Second Amendment was created, the arms in question reserved to the people were military arms. The Second Amendment did not consider the question of hunting weapons, for hunting was indispensable to survival in the early colonies. But the battles of Lexington and Concord had shown that government, when it becomes oppressive, seeks to remove military arms from the people, a fact well understood by the Minutemen.

Under US law, the militia is all able-bodied men and women able to carry arms and between the ages of 18 and 45. It is acknowledged in the law that there is an "Unorganized militia", meaning all citizens able to bear arms but not under the direct control of US authority. This is a hold-over from the days of the Minutemen when it was understood that citizens would exercise their own discretion in deciding when to shoot the redcoats. The common motto was, "Do not wait for orders, but grab thy musket and ride towards the sound of gunfire!"

All tyrants seek to disarm their own people, and it is not mere coincidence that every genocide since the start of the 20th century has been preceded by attempts to disarm the population being targeted.

Guns are the birthright of free people, because guns give free people the right to say "no" to a dictator. That is the very core of the reason the 2nd Amendment was given to us,to give us the ability to say "no', because there is no freedom without the freedom to say "no."

"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.... The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson, in letter to William S. Smith, 1787

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms. . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." -- Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting from On Crimes and Punishment, by criminologist Cesare Beccaria, 1764

[There has been a notable increase in the number of massacres happening in USA over the last few years. This is because the criminals do not care one iota about the laws, and they still get the guns and love to shoot unarmed people who do obey the law. Removing guns from the people will just cause MORE massacres and deaths to occur unless the government specifically legislates the removal of guns from the CRIMINALS!!!!]

"[I]f circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights and those of their fellow citizens." -- The Federalist, No. 29 - Alexander Hamilton

"[A]rms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. . . Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them." -- Thoughts On Defensive War, 1775 - Thomas Paine

AUTHORED ON 2008-03-19
Michael Rivero

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Magician Series - Overall Review

Charlie Bone and the Magician Series
By Jenny Nimmo
Scholastic & Egmont Press 2002-present
Jenny Nimmo's website
Charlie Bone's website
The Magician series

Harry Potter - Meet Charlie Bone.
Charlie Bone - Meet Harry Potter.

Charlie is the 21st century version of Harry Potter who was invented in the 20th entury (1997-2007) Like Harry Potter, these are Young Adult books, but that does not stop me enjoying them.

Charlie Bone is a descendant of the Red King, who once ruled Africa over 1000 years ago. This Red King had 10 children - all of whom inherited a power of some kind. While the Red King was away at war, 5 of his kids left home and were never seen again. The other 5 who stayed home, began to fight amongst themselves.

The descendents of the Red King are just now discovering their powers and are being sent to the Bloor Academy (a school) where they can be monitored (but not taught) how to use their power. This is called an empowerment but each descendent has only ONE enpowerment.

Charlie Bone has an empowerment. He can listen to and jump into any photograph. Other children have different empowerments. One boy can stir up the weather and cause a storm, another can control the ocean and cause tsunamis. And a third boy can talk to the animals.

This series is set in UK and they use pounds and not dollars for currency. I dont think this series has any Canadian connection. I think it is just coincidence that the author used the name of a major street in Toronto - Bloor street- unless she was looking at a map.

There are now 8 books in this Magicians series. I have now read 3 of them, and enjoyed them all. The first two books are Midnight for Charlie Bone and Charlie Bone and the Time Twister. I have reserved the other 5 books at the library.

And just out of interest I have just finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - the last and final book in the series. I wrote back in 2007 when it first came out that I would wait until I could get it from the library. That is exactly what I have done.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Doors Open - Toronto

This weekend was Open Doors weekend in Toronto. This is where a number of businesses open their doors for the public to have a look around. Usually behind the scenes. This weekend I was able to get to 3 different places.

Union Station where we went up into the roof of the Great Hall and walked along the Glass Floor and along the Balcony. Most people who use Union Station dont know that they exist. Mainly because they dont look up. The Union station is huge. We walked along long empty corridors and up and down several sets of stairs. The corridors had NO doors at all.

Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. This is a professional theatre that produces and creates plays for children ranging from 4 year olds to high school students. We went behind the scenes, saw the green room - where the actors wait before they go on stage. The tour guide said that every theatre has a green room. We also went down to the basement and saw the workshops - the costume shop, the wardrobe room and the set workshop. We could not see the Theatre/Stage because there was a rehearsal going on.

The last place I was able to see was the Canadian National Ballet School (NBS). Apart from a 30 minute wait to get in (The line was very very long) this was a most enjoyable tour. We saw several ballet studios - some empty and some in use with a ballet class (even though it was the weekend), the school classrooms and the large cafeteria. We also saw the NBS residence building where students from outside of Toronto, live when they are not in school. There are about 120 full time students at the NBS going from grade 6 (12 year olds) to grade 12 (17 year olds) with roughly 20 students per grade. All the students learn french, music and ballet, as well as other Ontario educational requirements. We even got to see the school science laboratory.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Archimedes Codex - Book Review

The Archimedes Codex
Reviel Netz and William Noel
Weidenfield & Nicholas 2007
Palimpsest website

This is the story of the Archimedes Palimpsest. It is the story of the discovery, the treatment and the editing and publishing of Archimedes words and ideas.

A palimpsest is a parchment manuscript with the old writing scraped off and the new writing written over the top. This was done way back in the very early times of the christian era, because parchments were expensive to make and it was easier to reuse them.

Archimedes was a Greek mathematician. Archimedes was born in the Greek city state of Syracuse on the island of Sicily around 287 BC.

The links can take you to more detailed biographies about Archimedes, but his most well known discovery was how to measure the volume of water displacement for which he shouted EUREKA when he discovered that the volume of water displaced was the same as the object displacing the water. In other words, Archimedes was taking a bath.

Firstly, and most importantly, this palimpsest prayer book originally contained at least seven treatises by Archimedes. These treatises are the Equilibrium of Planes, Spiral Lines, The Measurement of the Circle, Sphere and Cylinder, On Floating Bodies, The Method of Mechanical Theorems, and the Stomachion.

Of these treatises, the last three are of the greatest significance of our understanding of Archimedes. While the other treatises had survived through other manuscripts, there is no other surviving copy of On Floating Bodies in Greek — the language in which Archimedes wrote, and there is no version in any language of The Method of Mechanical Theorems and of this part of the Stomachion.

The Archimedes manuscript was used for the majority of the pages of the prayer book. The Archimedes manuscript was written in the second half of the tenth century, almost certainly in Constantinople.

William Noel is the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. He was also the Director of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project.

Reviel Netz is the Professor of Ancient Science at Stanford University in San Francisco, as well as a leading expert on Archimedes.

This book was very interesting to read. William writes about the discovery of the palimpsest, and all the technology used to bring out the words of Archimedes in a text that has not been read for over 1000 years.

Reviel wrote the maths chapters - there is a lot of geometry in this book, and lots of geometry diagrams - while explaning Archimedes mathematics and how he built on his earlier discoveries to make later discoveries.

As I have said earlier, I am not a numbers person. I struggled throiugh the maths chapters, knowing that my reward was to read the palimpsest chapters.

I really really enjoyed this book.

Edited To Add - The Archimedes Codex wins an award 

Edited to Add Video - BBC Documentary

Anatomy of Deception - Book Review

Anatomy of Deception
by Lawrence Goldstone
Bantam Dell 2008

I grabbed this book of the shelf at the library because Lawrence Goldstone and his wife Nancy have written a number of books about books.

I was most disappointed to find that this story was not about books, but about medicine. This is the story of a young wannabe surgeon, Ephraim Caroll, who was just starting out as a medical student in Philadelphia in 1889. It involves real surgeons who were at the front of medical history in USA. Names like William Stewart Halsted, William Osler and Samuel Gross.

This story uses Halsted's supposed drug addiction to cocaine and heroin as the background to comitting murder. Ephraim Carroll's role is to investigate and find out what his friend George Turk was poisoned, What George was doing when he was not at medical school, why Rebecca Lachtmann's body was in the mortuary, and what was Thomas Eakins involvement in all of this. Lots of questions which Ephraim attempts to answer.

To me this story was good. I did read and finish it. A book must hold my interest for me to finish it. BUT as I said earlier, I was disappointed that it was not about books.

Benjamin Franklin - America's Original Entrepreneur - Book Review

Benjamin Franklin - America's Original Entrepreneur
By Blaine McCormick
Entrepreneur Media Inc 2008

Benjamin Franklin has been a favourite American founding father of mine for quite some time.

While I do have a Benjamin Franklin reader (by Walter Isaacson) I always found it diffcult to read Franklin's autobiography in the original vernacular. The language is just too old for me.

So I was very pleased when I found the Modern Adaptation of Franklin's Autobiography for Business Today, written in modern english. It was so much easier to read.

People of the Book - Book Review

People of the Book
By Geraldine Brooks
Viking Penguin 2008
Author Website

I have been wanting to read this book for some time, and finally was able to borrow it from the library. I enjoyed it very much.

I love reading stories about books through time and the history of their travels - no matter if its fictional or real. Normally I dont read books about Jewish scrolls and manuscripts. but this book had an Australian as the lead character. Having grown up with Aussies as neighbours, I chose to read it.

As a lot of other reviews have said, there has obviously been a LOT of research done for this book. This is the story of the history of one jewish haggadah. A haggadah is a book of prayers usually said at the passover celebration. This haggadah had illustrations in it. Back in the 1400s when this haggadah was made, Jews did not allow illustrations in their books becasue making a graven image was against the Torah. (What we now call the 10 commandments).

Dr Hanna Heath is a manscript conservator. [If I had known that this job existed when I left school over 20 years ago, I would have gone to university to study how to do this]

Hanna's job is to repair and preserve the ancient books that still survive today. She has a Ph.D. Her mother has an MD and a Ph.D. Hanna's mother is a neurosurgeon. Hanna grew up with no father and every time she asked her mother who he was, her mother refused to answer.

In 1996 the faous Sarajevo Haggadah was finally permitted to be on display. It had last been seen in Sarajavo during the war (WW2). Noone knoew what happened to it, and finally after 50 years it has resurfaced.

Hanna was chosen for this job becasue she was an Australian, more or less neutral. She was not American, she was not German and she was not a Jew.

In 1996, Sarajevo, Bosnia, Croatia and Yugoslavia were all in the middle of a civil war. Hanna flew to Sarajevo under the auspices of the UN and spent s few weeks studying and doing what she could to preserve the Haggadah.

There were clues to be found in the book - a small piece of a butterfly wing in the binding, a wine stained page with blood mixed in, and some salt crystals. Hana used all these to discover the history of the book, where it was made and where it had travelled to, before finally arriving in Sarajevo.

During this journey, Hanna's mother is involved in a car accident and is rushed to hospital. Hanna's mother finally tells Hanna who her father was. Her father died when her mother was 4 months pregnant with Hanna. The mother was a neurosurgeon and she allowed her lover to bleed to death, because she knew her lover would be blind if they saved his life. The father was an artist. He needed his eyes to paint. Not only that, he was a Russian Jew.

The story ends with the haggadah being stolen and a fake haggdah being installed in the mueseum. Hanna's career is ruined when she says it is fake, and noone believes her. Hanna goes home to Australia and finds a new job recording and preserving the aboriginal petroglyphs scattered through the Australian desert.

Hanna also changed her name from Heath to Sharansky (her father's name). Six years later Hanna finally gets closure and has her career restored when the real haggadah is once again returned to its rightful place in the Sarajevo Museum. Hanna also makes up with the muslim lover she had met in Sarajevo and who helped to ruin Hanna's career. He apologises, she forgives him and together they make one final discovery about the Haggadah.

I fashioned these pictures for Binyamin ben Netanal ha-Levi. Zahra bint Ibrahim ak-Tarek, known in Seville as al-Mora

I have just one complaint about this book. Ms Brooks has certainly done a lot of research regarding the history and lives of the jews in Europe after they were expelled from Spain in 1492. But there is ONE line in the book which she has NOT researched. She seems to have made no attempt to find out the truth for herself.

The line says this - I think also about the person whose skin is stretched across the lampshade.

It has been proven that the lampshdes made at Buchenwald Camp in WW2 were made of GOAT skin and NOT human skin.

In April 1947, Ilse Koch was brought before an American military tribunal in Dachau, where she was convicted and sentenced to life in prison....During the review process, her sentence was reduced to time served, or four years, and she was released in 1949 by General Lucius D. Clay who said that the lamp shades in her home had been made from goat skin.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Woodward and Bernstein - Life after Watergate - Book Review

Woodward and Bernstein - Life in the Shadow of Watergate
By Alicia Shepard
John Wiley and Sons 2007

Did you ever wonder Whatever Happened To those two Washington reporters that brought down President Nixon? And no I dont mean Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford. They are actors. They just portrayed the real reporters.

This book tells the story of what happened to Woodward and Bernstein before during and after Watergate.

Bernstein never really was able to keep up any decent career. During the watergate saga, the two men had written and published the book All the Presidents Men. This is the book on which Robert Redford based his hit movie of the same name.

Numerous times after the movie was rleased, whenever Carl Bernstein went to places like restaurants and said his name was Carl Bernstein, the journalist, he was frequently told that he was a liar. The real Bernstein was in All the Presidents Men.

Bernstein's personality meant that he got bored easily and kept jumping from story to story. He married (and divorced) Nora Ephron before she became famous as the writer of such movies as - Silkwood, When Harry met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You Got Mail. They have two sons (born between 1976 and 1980). Bernstein left the Washington Post and was later courted by ABC (I think) to do a daily TV show. Eventually Bernstein was fired from the TV show because he was not comfortable speaking with the guests or to the camera

Bob Woodward stayed at the Washington Post and used that as a jumping off point to write more books on Politics. They are all listed on Bob's website.

This book ends with the 2005 exposure of Deep Throat as being FBI senior employee Mark Felt. If you are interested in Watergate and want to know what happened next, then you have to read this book.

Bernstein and Woodward as played by Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in the 1976 movie All the President's Men

The REAL Bernstein and Woodward in 1974

The REAL Bernstein and Woodward in 2008

An Earthly Knight - Book Review

An Earthly Knight
by Janet McNaughton
Harper Collins 2003

Janet McNaughton is a Canadian author and has written a number of Young Adult books. This fictonal novel is also a YA book but I enjoyed it very much. Set in 1162, this is the story of Janet and her love for the fairy knight Tam Lin.

When Janet's father agrees to marry her off to William de Warenne, the brother of King Malcom of Scotland, Janet disagrees with the idea. William de Warenne is a brute, a rapist and an uncouth man. He thinks nothing of raping women and treating them like slaves and brood mares. Only good for breeding. Janet was raised to be somewhat more independent.

Janet flees her home to the forest, and ends up at Carter Hall, the ruins of the old LIN family manor house. There is a legend that says that the LIN family who used to own Carter Hall all died of food poisoning except for the youngest son and one stable boy. Those boys have never been seen since.

As a 14 year old, Tam Lin was seduced by the Fairy Queen and now lives in the Faery world. He desperately wants to return to the real world, but he cannot. Only one thing can save him. The love of a women. Janet and Tam (now aged 21) fall in love and eventually sleep together. Janet is 16 (an old maid in those times).

So when Janet is standing in the church at the betrothal ceremoney, she tells William, the priests and her father that she cannot marry William because she is with child by another. William wants to beat her black and blue. But she is saved by Eudes, Janet's brother, who tells them that William needs to punish himself as he has gotten at least two other young girls with child recently, and now they have NO future. William sulks at being found out, and then goes home. Janet is free to go to Tam Lin, but first she must rescue him from the Faery World.

This is a fictionalised version of the ballad of TAM LIN from Scotland. It comes from the Scottish Borders.

Now while I do have ancestors from Scotland, NONE of my ancestors came from the Borders region. My ancestors were Celtic and Gaelic from the Scottish Highlands, and in one line, may even be of Viking and Norse ancestry.

This was a very enjoyable read, and I was able to finish the book in just a few hours.

Chalked up - Book Review

Chalked Up
By Jennifer Sey
Morrow Books 2008
Jennifer's Blog

This is the true story of an elite Gymnast on the US national gymnastics team during the 1980's and how she eventually walked away to save her life.

For those of you who know me, Gymnastics has been my most favourite sport to watch since I first saw Nadia in 1976

Jennifer tells the story of dieting, binging, bulimia and what really happens in the world of gymnastics. This is a hard book to read, but at least now I know the truth of what really happens and how many mothers become pushy mothers without realising it.

One of the reason Jennifer Sey was not able to advance in her gymnastics career is that she was plagued with injuries. She suffered a broken leg at one event, and broke her ankle at another.

in 1986 Jennifer became the US national woman's gymastics champion, but the timing was all wrong. She would now be required to keep up her fitness levels for the next 2 years in order to qualify for the 1988 Olympics. Jennifer sadly was unable to do this.

Jennifer has now been married for a number of years and has 2 young sons. She lives in California and works for Levi Jeans in the marketing dept.

The Chase - Book Review

The Chase
By Clive Cussler
Berkeley Books 2007

I had to read this book judt to satify my curiosity. This is not a book from any one of Cussler's previous series. This is an entirely new book, but not necessarily different.

This book takes place in the year 1906, in and around San Francisco. other related events take place in Colorado, Utah and the western states. If you can remember your history, what big event took place in 1906?

There are two guys - the bad guy is called the Butcher Bandit and the good guy is called Issac Bell. Issac is a detective and he has spent the last 2 years tracking down the Butcher Bandit.

The Butcher Bandit robs banks and cold bloodedly kills everyone in the bank at the time he robs it and any other witnesses who can potentially ID or describe him.

Issac and his team of detctivs start asking questions and manage to find two people who did see what happenbed and who were not killed.

From there it was a long chase - literally - for Isaac to track down the bandit. Everything culminates down to he chase - a long chase by train from San Franciso on the day of the 1906 earthquake up to the remote parts of Montana whre the bandit planned to escape to Canada and live out his days free and rich.

Thw weather and the gography of Montana plays a part in preventing that from happening.

44 years later the train is dug up from its watery grave and it is finally confirmed that the Buthcer bandit died on that day and the money was still safe in the boxes.

I enjoyed this story very much - just as much as I do the Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin stories.

This story istold in exactly the same style as Cussler is well known for. He even introuduces two familiar names as bit players. This had me confused for a few minutes as I tried toi figure out why the names Cussler and Leigh Hunt were being used.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Finally I am free to read and post again

My accounting course has finally finished. I am definitely NOT a numbers person.

I still have just 2 more classes to go before I finally finish my diploma course. It seems to me that this year has gone by so fast. My next class ACCPAC. I have always done well with software packages so I dont think this will be too hard. My last class will be Advanced MS Applications.

Now I will finally have time to post some book reviews. I have still been reading over the last 4 weeks. Not as much as usual obviously, but now I can get back into posting reviews. Hopefully starting tomorrow - Saturday. The weather forecast says it will be cold and wet and raining all day. The perfect day to stay indoors and post.

Today (sort of as a reward for myself after the hard accounting course) my husband and I went to see the new movie - Angels and Demons, starring Tom Hanks and Ewen McGregor.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Too much homework and not enough free time

Apologies for the long silence and there being nothing new for the last 2 weeks.

My advanced accounting class is very difficult. And I have so much homework to do every night. I am so NOT a numbers person. I much prefer dealing with words.

Please bear with me for the next few months while I finish up my course. I am also having to start looking for a new job as well. So while the next 2 classes are relatively easy, I may not have much time to blog. as my cover letters and resumes will have to be done first every day.

My birthday has been and gone. For my birthday presents, I sometimes buy books, but I always going to the movies. It turns out that the month of MAY seems to be the traditional opening of the summer movies out of Hollywood.

Today my husband and I went to see the new Star Trek movie. We are both Star Trek fans of many years and this movie was very very good. It tells the story of the beginning of the friendship between Kirk and Spock.

Next week we will go and see the new Tom Hanks movie - Angels and Demons.

The following week we might go see the new Terminator movie and then in June we plan to see the new Transformers movie. It actually really helps to be a full time student and yet only be in class for half the day.