Up against Shark Tale in the battle for half-term change, this Anglo-German computer-generated animation inevitably comes off poorly in contrast with high-end Hollywood product. You can't fault the industry and effort of the film-makers, but there's a crucial gap in both the technological edge and the fizz and sparkle of dialogue and pacing.
The two title characters, Boo and Zino, are some sort of Ewok-type munchkins who reside in a fantasy land called Gaya, existing only in a fictional TV cartoon. Snurks are their mortal enemies, but they don't seem especially
The script tries for a post-modern twist when a whole bunch of Gayans are transported into the real world by an evil scientist, and come face to face with their "creator" Drollinger (voiced by Patrick Stewart). Boo, at one point, remarks "I think therefore I am" -- pretty heady stuff for the kids' club audience for which this is presumably destined. But proceedings are largely swamped by the regulation Saturday-morning cartoon moves that means the whole thing falls a long way short of the quickfire Toy Story wit it would like. Emily Watson is particularly badly served with a Lara Croft-meets-Bratz character she has to voice -- surely she can't be that hard up for things to do?
The Taiwan of yesteryear was dominated in whole or in part by the Dutch, Spanish, Qing Empire and Japanese. But is the Taiwanese name for a popular edible fish derived from the Portuguese language? Cheng Wei-chung (鄭維中), an associate research fellow at Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History, says yes. The fish in question is the narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, which was listed in early 18th century Qing local gazetteers as Taiwanese specialities alongside milk fish and mullet, according to Cheng’s paper, “Mullet, narrow-barred Spanish mackerel and milkfish: Multiple contextual developments of three certified seafood specilaities in Taiwan, from the
Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 They called him the “No Problem Doctor” (沒關係醫生) because that’s what he always told his patients when they couldn’t pay up. Operating the only clinic in Changhua County’s Pusin Township (埔心) during the 1950s, Hsu Tsai-chih (許再枝) knew that life was difficult in his remote hometown. “They barely had enough to survive, so it was pointless to chase after them for the money,” an 81-year-old Hsu told the United Daily News in 2002. “I just went with the flow, some offered to pay me back years later but I had already forgotten
I didn’t expect to spend more than three minutes out of my car, yet the sun was so brutal I put on my hat before approaching the seawall. Beimen (北門) is the flattest and most sun-baked part of Tainan. It lacks trees and people. In wintertime, the weather is often delightful. It wasn’t yet mid-morning in the hot season, however, and I felt like a leaf shriveling in the desert. Atop the seawall but facing inland, I could see dozens of the rectangular ponds which account for a significant percentage of Beimen’s “land” area. Some, no doubt, were dug to produce
A widely criticized peer-reviewed study that measured the attractiveness of women with endometriosis has been retracted from the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. The study, “Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study,” was first published in 2013 and has been defended by the authors and the journal in the intervening years despite heavy criticism from doctors, other researchers and people with endometriosis for its ethical concerns and dubious justifications, with one advocate calling the study “heartbreaking” and “disgusting.” The study’s conclusion was: “Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups.