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Destination Travel Club is the blog of DTC Travel Ltd, a long established English speaking, expatriate owned travel specialist based in Bangkok, with a large network of associates and agents throughout South East Asia.
Research and personal visits to sites has enabled us to give advice to travelers on areas of interest, especially things to do with the military past of the region.
We hope that you will find our posts informative and encourage you to explore the familiar – and not so familiar, which we describe throughout the site.
DTC Travel Blog.
Title : Logan
Director : James Mangold.
Release : 2017-02-28
Language : English,Espanol
Runtime : 135 min.
Genre : Action, Drama, Science Fiction.
What happens when our superheroes get old? It’s essentially something that never happens in our movies, where our heroes are always virile and robust, and if they get a little long in the tooth, we just reboot the series and start over with a younger model. But that’s not the case with Logan, which follows maybe the most famous of the X-Men, Wolverine, as he not only deals with his own broken-down body, but with nursing the longtime leader of the X-Men, professor Charles Xavier. Xavier is now in his 90s and struggles to take care of himself, occasionally slipping into dementia and having trouble recognizing Logan or understanding just what’s going on at any particular time.
And this is just part of what separates Logan from any other superhero movie we’ve seen. I’ll admit that I’ve grown a bit tired of superhero origin stories and crash-and-bang ensemble pictures, but Logan is neither of those things. The characters here feel lived-in and real, and the violence is shocking and gritty. When innocent people are killed in this movie, it doesn’t feel like collateral damage; it’s genuinely disturbing and actually makes us realize that real people’s lives are at stake in this universe.
And even all of this barely scratches the surface. Logan gets involved in trying to save a little girl who’s far more like himself than he’d like to admit, and we eventually follow them as they work with a group of young mutant refugees trying to cross the border into Canada to escape persecution. If that doesn’t resonate with our times, I don’t know what will. The X-Men stories have always reflected racial and ethnic tension and fear, and that’s brought to the forefront here in ways I won’t spoil.
But ultimately, it’s the grounding in reality that makes Logan a special film. We see the broken bodies of our superheroes laid bare, we feel the difficult emotional reality of trying to care for an elderly loved one who has difficulty understanding his own condition and can snap in strange ways at any moment, and we know that nothing can last forever, not even our greatest heroes.
Posted on June 7, 2014 by
DTC Travel have pleasure in acknowledging the hard work of Gale Bailey, which has resulted in a richly earned British honour
Charity work earns MBE for Leicester’s Gale Bailey
By Leicester Mercury | Posted: January 02, 2014
Leicester woman Gale Bailey has picked up an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.
The 67-year-old, who lives in Thailand, but has a home in Broughton Astley, was given the award for her services to the British community and her charitable work. Read more
Posted on January 15, 2014 by
“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”*
In November 2013 an article in the UK newspaper “Daily Mail” related the fact that most of the 300,000 wars graves in the UK remain unvisited, including that of Cabin Boy Reginald Earnshaw, killed off Norfolk in 1941 at the age of 14 when the SS North Devon was sunk. The largest UK war cemetery gets 10 visitors (at most) a day (Brookwood Military Cemetery with 1,601 Commonwealth burials from the First World War and 3,476 from the Second World War). Many military cemeteries are also undeservedly little visited, and the many sites of battles. Read more
Posted on January 3, 2014 by
The Poem and the inspiration for poppies
The poppy is not a symbol of victory, many who wear the poppy have seen service or provided support to the forces and civilians -remembering courage and sometimes – all too frequently- the supreme sacrifice.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below. Read more
Posted on December 30, 2013 by
At the start of the 20th century countless ceremonies are held all over northern China, to demonstrate to villagers that the Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists, called by foreigners “the Boxers “- are impervious to harm from weapons. China is the Middle Kingdom – to the Chinese the civilized world – where the gods controlled destiny – the will of Heaven. The emperor is the interpreter of Heavens will, and he resided in the Forbidden City in the centre of Peking, the nations capital. For over 10 centuries no foreigner had gazed on the emperor’s face, but by the end of the 19th century the empire had a population of four hundred million, and the increasingly powerful western countries wished to further open up this vast market to trade. Read more
Posted on November 11, 2013 by
The Australian forces were involved in many actions in the Second World War, starting off in North Africa and when Japan entered the War seeing action in Malaya. But of all the actions for which the Australian forces are known, arguably it is the fighting on the Kokoda Track, a 96 kilometre single file path over the centre of the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea which is most famous, at least in Australia.
It was a spirited defence of the Australian territory of Papua New Guinea, and against the threat of invasion of Australia itself. More than 600 Australians were killed and some 1680 wounded during perhaps the most significant battle fought by Australians in World War II. Read more
Posted on October 27, 2013 by
Mark Twain said” “Heaven goes by favor; If it went on merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”
Most of us love animals, and the affection and undivided loyalty some species show, especially dogs. Even today, all over the world we hear about courageous animals saving people or doing extraordinary service on battlefields – searching out bomb for instance. In 1943, the founder of the People Dispensary for Sick Animals, Maria Dickin, created an award for any animal within the British Commonwealth armed forces and civil emergency services who had helped preserve human life. However the scope expanded and in addition to British animals, there are American, Canadian, Australian and Egyptian winners of this unique award. It is the Dickin Medal – the animal’s Victoria Cross. Unfortunately, in South East Asia, too many deserving recipients are overlooked or die together with their human friends. Here are those who won the prestigious award in South East Asia. Read more
Posted on October 8, 2013 by
In 1944 the American forces landed back in the Philippines at the battle of Leyte on the south east of the archipelago. Another landing was made to the north of Luzon, in Lingayan Gulf, and it was from here the drive south toward Manila, the capital ,was made. There were POW’s being held there and it was essential that they could be released before they were massacred. When the Americans arrived in the northern suburbs, there started a one month battle – one of the most terrible in the war. The atomic bombs destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the Nazis destroyed Warsaw, but using conventional weapons the Japanese and Americans together caused Manila to be the most ruined city in Asia, comparable to firebombed Tokyo . Read more
Posted on October 6, 2013 by
Island of Bravery
This tadpole shaped island was first fortified after the Spanish started their conquest of the Philippines in 1570 when Miguel Lopez de Legaspi’s forces landed. The island, standing at the entrance to Manila bay, was a key defensive position, and the Spanish installed the original but limited fortifications. Read more
Posted on October 4, 2013 by