After many false starts, Life of Pi, the bestseller by Yann Martel which sold over seven million copies,was finally made into a movie. It is due to open at Movietowne on 28th November 2012. I am a big fan of the novel and will make every effort to see it on the big screen before Movietowne moves it to the tiny screens at the back of the cinema and charge the same price.
For those who don’t remember or never read the book, “Pi” is short for the main character in the novel, Piscine Molitor Patel. The other main character is Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger.
The movie is directed by Ang Lee and not M. Night Shyamalan. Life of Pi also stars many.
From the publisher:
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional–but is it more true?
Tropical Storm Bonnie?
Yesterday, Wednesday, it looked like it was about to fizzle. Today, it looks set to hit the oil contaminated Gulf as Hurricane TS Bonnie. I am no expert but Florida looks safe but not the Gulf.
2009 Hurricane Names
By the time you read this blog post, if you ever read it, Hurricane Bill might be a category 4 or 5, which means your house, land, car, Julie mango tree, and love life would be in serious danger if hit by such a hurricane. The good news is that Bill is not going to seriously affect any land masses or insurance companies. Update 19th August, 2009 @601 p.m – Bill is now a categoery 4 and may affect Bermuda, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland.
I did some research using Google, not Bing, and came up with a list of Hurricane/Storm names to be used in 2009. As usual, the names may offend some while numbing others into sleepy indifference. I doubt my name will ever be used for a Hurricane since Hurricane Aka sounds placid and even good looking. I list the names for the season below along with comments frivolous comments.
- Ana – I know a couple Anas and who knows if they can be stormy. But all women go through the phase Depression, Storm, Hurricane, and in just five minutes.
- Bill – I know a William who is never called Bill or pays it. Brilliant Hurricane name – Kill Bill
- Claudette – I don’t think I ever knew one even in a novel
- Danny – I know a Danny and he is the least destructive person I know when not drinking
- Erika – Nope, no Ericas except for Eric’s daughter but I know a couple mild Erics
- Fred – Yes, I know one Fred who is German and would take great offence if he only knew. I will let him know.
- Grace – I know a young Grace and a Grace who is a bit older.
- Henri – I know one Henry but no Henri
- Joaquin – Nope, not a name I could associate outside of Mr. Pheonix. Who names a baby or a Hurricane Joaquin? A Mexican.
- Kate – As strange as it may sound, I don’t think I ever knew a Kate
- Larry – Yes, I knew one Larry from high school but it’s not a popular Trinidad name or ever will be since Larry Gomes stopped making runs. It will never be used for a Hurricane after this year. I was a mistake
- Mindy – Yes, but she was a cat. A real cat.
- Nicholas – Everybody in Trinidad and Tobago knows at least two boys and one man called Nicholas.
- Odette – Sounds Old English and not a name I would call a child.
- Peter – I know one Peter too many
- Rose – I know a Rose but an old one. A bit thorny.
- Sam – Sam the man and the woman I know
- Teresa – Yep, know a couple girls called Teresa and it’s a very popular Venezuelan, Colombian ,Miami and Baratarria name.
- Victor – I am sure I knew a Victor but I am trying to remember who he was. Maybe a sales rep.
- Wanda – Crap, I know a Wanda but she is hardly a storm. More like a Depression.
From the fictitious diary of President Obama:
April 17th 2009
The trip to Mexico was eventful. We promised to use less illicit drugs and Mexico promised to export less gardeners. I am now on my way to sunny Trinidad and Tobago and can’t wait to see the Hyatt.
I am flying over Trinidad in Air Force One and the place looks a bit hazy. There are pockets of smoke coming from various parts of the country but my Secret Service agents tell me it’s nothing to worry about and the smoke is either due to bush fires or bad roads. Apparently Trinidad and Tobago hasn’t discovered how to tell if a road is bad without smoke signals or how to remove dry bush after CEPEP cuts it. They seem to be an innovative people and plan to export bush cutting know-how to supplement their economy. I wish them luck.
The People of Trinidad and even Tobago want to see me, which is quite understandable considering their dull politicians. I can overrule the Secret Service but I read about Mr. Big and the exploding dustbins, and how he managed to escape even the very clever PM PM and his Mighty Blimp. I am a bit concerned for my safety because this wild man is still on the loose. That is why I told Michelle maybe she should sit this one out.
I can see a few tall buildings, the Great Beetham Wall and Hugo waving a red flag. Port of Spain looks good from this angle but there are wires hanging everywhere. I wonder if they managed to round up the homeless and hide them from the international press. This was so Third World, the cleaning up for the Summit but denying it wasn’t so. Only a Banana Government would act this foolish. I wonder if there is going to be any protest but I don’t think a semi-dictatorial leader would allow something as democratic as protests to take place during an international event. It would make them look even worse.
I have to buckle up as the flight attendant is now getting quite pushy and insist I switch off all electronic devices and put my tray table up. I am a bit concerned about the runway and I hope the stereo in The Beast wasn’t interfered with. I know I shouldn’t worry but as one Blogger said, in Trinidad and Tobago anything is possible.