Ken Gargett

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  1. first trout i ever caught on fly was not long after i'd been bonefishing in cuba. only a little one, about two pounds, and it was probably struggling in fast water but i looked at my guide and said, without thinking, 'is that all they do?'. never seen anyone look more devastated. thankfully i've found plenty of trout that did way more than that, and the extra dimension of fishing in rivers with all the obstacles and difficulties that poses, makes them worthwhile. but the brute force and speed of salt water fly is special.
  2. the iggles will not go back to back. cousins will discover that life is not so easy without the skins O line. still, $80 mill will cover the hospital costs and leave some change. the vikings will do worse this year than they managed last season. the glorious skins will surprise. their run defence will not be last in the league this year. in fact, if we avoid major injuries, we are top 12. if they can avoid the other horror stat from last season - last in players injured, games missed, starters out - then they might snag a wild card spot. or better. if we don't, new coach. and the giants, as good as barkley might be, might be thinking (by the end of the season) that they really should have used the opportunity to grab a QB for the future. eliwill not get the job done. the rams will give the superbowl a real shake and we will realise that we should have let gruden go, not mcvay. if we do get the same bucketload of injuries, gruden is gone. in fact, both grudens might be thinking that coaching is not so easy by season's end. the other side looking for a new coach for next year - the cowgirls.
  3. there are a small number of that view. mind you, but for the fishermen, it would not have been disturbed. good luck to them getting rid of trout from those streams. i'm all for ridding places of invasive species but that isn't going to happen with trout. i wonder if they realised the irony in the fact that the invasive trout were eating mice - another invasive species and i'd suggest to them that rodents do far more damage.
  4. it is a little long but if this doesn't give you chills, you are dead. only ever caught one GT on fly, and it was a baby, but been smashed by a few. even that is a monumental thrill.
  5. been a year or two since they had a mouse year!
  6. i do seem to be the odd man out. but my very narrow experience doesn't encourage me to look at this any further.
  7. Ken Gargett

    email of the week.

    and ask him to do it through the glass lid on his box.
  8. Ken Gargett

    email of the week.

    tell him you'll refund but it will be in cash, as many three dollar bills as he wants. .
  9. Ken Gargett

    Maybe it’s my tastebuds

    no, on the contrary. sure, sad you don't enjoy RASS as much as some, but there'll be plenty you do enjoy. the problem comes if your 'receptors' for want of a better term, are much less effective than others. then your tastes across the board are affected. but it does not sound like that. where would be the fun if we all got exactly the same every time? same with wines. the legendary len evans used to say, that wine was like women and we are not always going to like the same one. if we did, wouldn't she be tired.
  10. at least they are rare.
  11. that 'green' book is not a bad read. without having a chance to go over all this (whisky this week for the new explore whisky), that has long been a theory. but basically, any place which had fruits or sugars (and india being the home to cane) has made alcoholic drinks. so you can say that. beer in africa. even the poms are getting on the act claiming champagne. but basically, those places might have been making those styles of alcoholic drinbks, but that does not make them champagne or rum (in rum's case, depending on how wide you throw the definition). all that said, looking forward to sitting down and reading all this. thanks.
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    Havana, El Aljibe--question

    nino, rob and i did a vid today and were talking about it. without speaking for him, he believes that he also remembers it. from my recollection, nothing controversial. just a polite letter of thanks. but it went down quickly.
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    Havana, El Aljibe--question

    nino, i'm talking about 03 or perhaps 04. but it went down soon after that. this is the store attached to el ajibe. a framed letter on presidential letterhead - in that store, it could have been a fake (a very good one, if it was). just a short polite letter of thanks. unfortunately, i can't add anything to that. it is not the sort of thing one imagines or forgets.
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    downton abbey to the movies

    colt, i did see that but the sopranos without james G? not sure that will excite me. in other words, a mob movie (might be good, might not) which attempts to trade on the fame and success of the show, but is completely different? i'd wait for it on tv, at best i suspect. happy to be proved wrong. i must say i also would worry for a film of downton. loved the show but what does a movie add? again, i suspect i'll wait for tv - perhaps take my mother.
  15. for fans of the series, news that a movie is in the works. perhaps now they can kill off that pain in the butt daughter. but welcome in general. maggie smith was brilliant. article on it below. what was interesting was the mention of a sopranos movie. had not heard that. without james G? i'm really not sure. Downton Abbey film confirmed to shoot this summer with series cast returning Long-awaited movie of Julian Fellowes’ beloved period drama will see original cast reunite Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham in the final series of Downton Abbey. Photograph: Nick Briggs A big-screen transfer for Downton Abbey has been rumoured for almost as long as the show has been on television. But on Friday the movie was confirmed, with creator Julian Fellowes scripting, The Book Thief’s Brian Percival to direct and Universal Studios to distribute. Downton Abbey movie appears certain as actor confirms Maggie Smith's involvement Read more Production will start later this summer, with a release next year likely. Plot details remain under wraps, but it is expected the action will pick up directly from the last season’s finale, which was set in 1926. “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie,” said producer Gareth Neame, “and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production. Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains, and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.” View image on Twitter The show, which ran for six seasons on ITV in the UK and PBS in the US, won three Golden Globes and 15 Emmys from 69 nominations, which made it the most nominated non-US television show in the history of the awards. Its enormous following worldwide is credited with kickstarting a revival in period drama on both the big and small screen, and propelling stars including Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery to international fame. FacebookTwitterPinterest Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley in Downton Abbey, protests against the visit of Donald Trump to the UK. Photograph: Helen William/PA The series was originally conceived as a spin-off prequel to Gosford Park, Fellowes’ Oscar-winning 2001 film about a murder in a stately home, which also featured Maggie Smith as a waspish matriarch. Speaking to Graham Norton in 2015, Smith, now 83, suggested her appearance in any film would be implausible. “I can’t – what age would she be?” she said. “By the time we finished, she must have been about 110. It couldn’t go on and on, it just didn’t make sense.” In a webchat with the Guardian last year, Fellowes suggested any delay with the film was logistical. “The biggest difficulty will be rounding up all the cast as, compared with most series, it has such a large cast,” he said. “And it needs them to feel Downtonesque.” He continued: “I know the cast are behind it and there’s a big audience out there,” Fellowes continued. “On most movies, unless it’s Spider-Man 6, you’re taking a [risk]. But it’s pretty likely the Downton movie will happen.” Films with their origins in British TV shows have something of a chequered cinematic history. There was a lull in commissions following a spate of sitcom spin-offs in the 1970s and 80s, including On the Buses, Are You Being Served? and George and Mildred. The success of In the Loop, most of whose characters were first seen in The Thick of It, bucked the trend, as did the enormously successful two Inbetweeners movies. But a revival of Dad’s Army in 2016 has yet to spawn a sequel, and, in the US, film versions of Sex and the City and Baywatch met with a tepid critical reception. However, there is less form when it comes to drama series rather than comedies becoming films – particularly those featuring the original cast. Films of The Man from UNCLE and Mission: Impossible refreshed the lineup, while the forthcoming Sopranos film sets the action decades before the TV show began.

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