Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

“The only real failure is the failure to try. And the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment. As we always must.”

Evelyn Greenslade


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What The Dog Saw

“…..self-consciousness is the enemy of “interestingness”.”

Malcolm Gladwell

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Posted by on July 27, 2012 in Quotes


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This is one of the best rap songs i’ve heard in the past few years. Here’s the link to the music video ILL MIND OF HOPSIN 5 and this is the link to listen to the song while reading the lyrics.

Thanks to @Hatchetjob ( for linking this.

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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Music


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My Top 10 Films

I would like to explain why i think each one of these films belongs in my Top 10 list but i will do that in separate, future posts. Maybe…

Today’s post is about the list and the more general decision criteria behind it. I understand and readily accept that there may be movies I’ve watched which are superior than my Top Ten films. Technically, in terms of acting, script, directing, impact on the film industry etc.

However, this is not rottentomatoes nor the BBC 100. This is my list, and it represents the movies that affected me the most, personally. Some of them i can safely say that i will still include in 10 years time. Some may get replaced even by movies I’ve already watched. I am allowed to change my mind!!

However ,at this point in time, this is the definitive Costas Taliadoros Top 10 Films list, in chronological order.

The Battle of Algiers (1966)

The Candidate (1972)

All The President’s Men (1976)

Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)

The Truman Show (1998)

About a Boy (2002)

Lost In Translation (2003)

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

Oslo, 31 August (2012)


The only movie that i feel may be missing is The Bourne Identity. Actually the Bourne trilogy is probably my favourite trilogy (yeah, yeah, screw you too!!). Other than that I am pretty comfortable with my Top 10.



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Oslo, 31 August

“Look at my life. I’m 34 years old. I’ve got nothing. I don’t want to start from scratch.”


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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in Quotes


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T.G.I. Zolos, 20 July 2012

Now this is more like it.

  • Movies –Win Win story has been told many times. A troubled but talented kid finds shelter under a the loving care of a stranger. But this is one of the better ones capped by excellent performances by Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and also the teenager played by Alex Shaffler. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has an all-star english cast but never rises more than just above average. But it was still an enjoyable watch. Certified Copy is the more difficult movie to judge and recommend. It’s very meta, as described by reviewers, and by me! Although the discussions which take place during the movie were not interesting i found the whole premise of the movie extremely intriguing. I can’t say more on that because it’s better to see this first person. A solid movie week!
  • TV Series – I was a big fan of the Avatar: The Last Airbender series and i could not wait for the first season of The Legend of Korra. I am about half way through it and although it’s not as grabbing as Avatar it’s still good with some excellent fighting scenes. Very entertaining.
  • Board games – We played Poseidon on Monday which is supposed to be a lighter version of the 18XX railroad/economic series. The guys had played it once before and their comments had not been positive so i approached it with quite low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. The stock exchange part was a bit weak and there were too many calculations for my liking. But on the whole, the taking over nations, deciding on the merchants and whether or not to distribute income was interesting. I liked it.
    Also played Zombie Dice (with 4) and enjoyed it. Brainless, quick little game and a good game to start or end the session. Finally, i played Code 777 which i considered one of the best family games i have even though i suck at it. One of the many things i have not yet figured out is what to do when i guess my tiles. Do i start a new sheet or not?????????
  • Football – Football season has started after that brief respite from the Euro. I went and saw the APOEL Vs FK Senica Europa League match yesterday. I thought APOEL played well considering it was the first match of the season and should have scored more goals if the finishing wasn’t so bad. But i have to say, the experience of being at the stadium was marred by the extremely high temperature and humidity. Plus the chain smokers sitting next to me did not help.
  • The board gaming weekend is finally here and although the hours and players (2!) are not as many as i would have liked, it’s still going to be a great opportunity for some of the longer 2 player games. The plan is for sessions of the following: Twilight Struggle, A Few Acres of Snow, Warhammer Invasion and Thunderstone so far.
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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in T.G.I Zolos


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Costa and Catch-22

Costa has chosen Catch-22 (one my favourite books) from the Give Away Books list, in spite of its rugged appearance!

Name: Costa
Age: 35
Nicosia, Cyprus
Personal Photo (best to click on the photo): My favourite spot. Diminio village, Korinthia,



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My Top 10 films (under construction)

I caught the last third of (500) Days of Summer on LTV a couple of weeks ago and i realised that this film is definitely in my top 10 films. As soon as i had that thought i then realised that i could not name the remaining 9 films.


Time to put some thought into it and prepare the complete Top 10 list!

(to be continued)


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A Game of Thrones

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

Queen Cersei Lannister

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Books


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The Give Away – more books added

I went down to the storeroom during the weekend and found some books, which i’ve added to the list below. I expect to add a few more in the near future.

This post is addressed to anyone living in the European Union and wants one of these books. I will mail the book for free but I only request that he or she allows me to post the following details:

  • First name, location (country/town/village), age
  • Picture/Photo (not of yourself nor of other people)-  Just about any photo you have personally taken. This could be of a favourite place to read or drink coffee, of a pet etc.

The idea is to provide a few details of the book’s new home and owner.

Give away list:

  1. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  2. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  3. Beijing Coma, by Ma Jian
  4. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller (unfortunately this was soaked in water but still in good condition)
  5. One For My Baby, by Tony Parsons
  6. Man and Wife, by Tony Parsons
  7. The American Boy, by Andrew Taylor
    Natalie in Nicosia, Cyprus
  8. The Venus Fix, by M.J. Rose
  9. The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
  10. American Tabloid, by James Ellroy
  11. Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, by Joyce Carol Oates
  12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson
  13. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, by Stephen King
  14. Ironhelm, by Douglas Niles
  15. On Dangerous Ground, by Jack Higgins
  16. The Negotiator, by Frederick Forsyth
  17. Kingfisher, by Gerald Seymour
  18. Storming Heaven, by Dale Brown
  19. Snow Falcon, by Craig Thomas
  20. This Other Eden, by Ben Elton
  21. I’m a Believer, by Jessica Adams
  22. The Minotaur, by Stephen Coonts
  23. The Icarus Agenda, by Robert Ludlum
  24. Shadowplay (Shadowrun), by Nigel Findley
  25. The Greek Key, by Colin Forbes
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Books


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