Archive | December, 2011

City man heads to the North Pole to hit £100,000 target

12 Dec

On 19 April 2012, Geoff Major will battle temperatures of -35°C, polar bears and thin ice, on his hike to the North Pole to raise money for ten different charities across the UK.

Geoff Major’s training for the Polar Trek

The 50-year-old businessman is planning to embark on an 8-day ski-trek to the Top of the World while pulling his own 30kg sled of supplies.

He hopes to raise up to £100,000 for a string of worthwhile causes, as well as setting himself a once-in-a-lifetime personal challenge.

It all started back in December 2010, four weeks after he returned from a charity cycle across Cuba. Geoff was still eager for adventure so he did not hesitate to browse amongst the latest available challenges offered by City Challenge on its website. He ended up joining a 75-mile ski trek to the North Pole.

This ultimate survival challenge is the second extreme adventure which Mr. Major embarks on so far. In Cuba, he cycled a total of 220 miles in five days. Continue reading

The Skin I Live In (La Piel que Habito)

1 Dec

by Natalia Rodríguez Domínguez

 Brilliant Almodóvar! Only he could have created The Skin I Live in. Provocative, bizarre, dramatic, perverse, sensual, funny, surprising and moving in equal measure. A different macabre thriller which Pedro has simply mastered.

Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar needed three months of shooting and a further 14 weeks of postproduction to be able to carry out this provoking morbid tale about obsessions, insanity and the struggle for survival. The Skin I Live in is based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel Mygale (“Tarantula”, in English) about a brilliant plastic surgeon who seeks revenge against the man who raped her daughter. Continue reading