Thursday, June 25, 2009

My favourite relaxing bars in Bangkok - Part 1

I like quiet relaxed bars (or pubs as us Brits usually call them) when I want to go out and unwind after spending the day working too hard. But in Bangkok it's not so easy to find a bar like that, much the same as in any major capital city I suppose.

However, if you walk about 400 meters down Sukhumvit Soi 4 in Nana (the small road in which the entrance to the world famous Nana Plaza can be found) in the direction away from the main Sukhumvit Road and BTS Sky Train, you'll find a left-turn junction which is Soi 6. There are a few small bars on the right-hand side of Soi 6, and one of those is amongst my favourite relaxing bars in Bangkok. It's called "The Bangkockney" (which I've sometimes seen misspelled elsewhere on the web as "The Bangkokney").

It is one of the nicest bars in the city in my opinion - quiet, friendly, fun, cheap, and always honest when it comes to totalling up your "check bill" at the end of your visit, no matter how much you've drunk and how drunk you consequently are.

It's small, but it has an excellent choice of beers and spirits, and has inside and outside seating, really powerful air-con if you need it, a pool table, and satellite TV with full sports coverage. Perfect! So if you're in Bangkok any time and get tired of all the noise, hustle and bustle, head over to there and chill out. Say hello to the owner, Kob (as I spell his Thai name), for me if he's there - which is often! :-)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Play Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen games online

One of the posters for the 2009 movie "Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen"

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen is the movie I have been looking forward to seeing the most this year, even more than the recent new Star Trek movie. Now that it has finally been released I'm trying really hard to make enough spare time to go and see it in IMAX format in Bangkok as soon as possible.

As I often do when favourite movies of mine are newly released (see my recent post about Pixar's UP, for example), I have collected together some great free Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen Flash online games and desktop background wallpapers, including 2 spectacular wallpapers of the lovely Megan Fox: Transformers 2 Megan Fox wallpaper & Transformers 2 Megan Fox wallpaper #2

  Transformers 2: Starscream Showdown

  Transformers: Roll Out

  Transformers Quest

  Transformers: The Energon Within

  Transformers Character Creator

  Transformers Prestige

You can find these games, together with over 250 more movie related games (plus wallpapers), at my Free Movie, Cartoon and TV Online Games site.

Enjoy! :->

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Some free web hosting alternatives to Yahoo! GeoCities

As I'm sure you know by now if you're interested in such things, Yahoo! are going to shut down their GeoCities free web hosting service at some point later this year. This will result in the permanent loss of tens of thousands of small personal websites. It is a great shame, especially for me, because I have had a small personal site hosted there since 1999, when GeoCities was the third most visited website in the world - it feels like I am going to lose an old friend!

It's quite laughable really, and further explains why Yahoo! is in regular financial trouble these days - in 1999 Yahoo! purchased GeoCities (which was until then an independent NASDAQ-listed company) for $3.57 billion in their own stock. And now, 10 years later, Yahoo! are going to shut it down!!

That is, by any measure, a rather large finacial write-off - equivalent to $357,000,000 per year in fact, minus whatever advertising revenue they managed to pull in (and surely that would have been nowhere near the break-even point), if my maths with such ridiculously large sums of money is correct. Oops! And people actually still respect the "big bosses of industry"! LMAO!!

Anyway, happily there are at least two excellent alternatives to GeoCities if you want to host a small personal website for free. I use both of these services:

1. (who were also once-upon-a-time taken over by Yahoo!, but luckily for them and us they "escaped" intact a few years later!)

Important and helpful note: WebRing are actually offering a lovely free "GeoCities relocation" service to anyone who currently has a GeoCities site and wants to move it to a new free home before it gets lost forever. Click here to find out more about the service.

2. (formerly, and still also available as,

My sites hosted with them are the Cartoon and Movie Wallpapers Collection site I mentioned in my post yesterday (which is hosted by WebRing) and My Home Page (which is hosted by Webs).

So, give them a go if you want a proper little website for free in addition to whatever web presence you may already have in Facebook, MySpace, Windows Live, Twitter, Blogger, YouTube, etc., etc.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Lots of wallpaper pictures for your computer

I've just finished creating a new mini site of wallpaper background pictures. It features lots of lovely multi-size wallpapers of Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Bolt, Chicken Little, Lilo & Stitch, WALL-E, Remy from Ratatouille, Lightning McQueen from Cars, the Incredibles, Nemo, Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc, Buzz and Woody from Toy Story, plus UP, Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda, Bee Movie, Flushed Away, Madagascar, Shark Tale, Shrek, Ice Age, TMNT, Power Rangers, Transformers, Star Wars, Star Trek, Red Dwarf, Batman, Hulk, Spider-Man, the Simpsons, Futurama, SpongeBob SquarePants, Tom & Jerry, the Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Naruto, Ben 10, Pokemon, Sonic, Mario, Super Smash Bros., GTA and many others.

As a special treat, all the wallpaper pages also include links to related free Flash online games. Visit the site here:

Cartoon and Movie Wallpapers Collection - Page 1

Cartoon and Movie Wallpapers Collection - Page 2

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Play Pixar's UP games online

One of the posters for the 2009 movie "UP"

I haven't seen Pixar's latest movie, "UP", yet, but all the reviews since its US release just over a week ago say that it is absolutely brilliant, so I'm looking forward to seeing it more than ever now. Meanwhile, just for fun I've collected together a few UP Flash online games if you're interested in playing them:

  UP: Balloon Adventure

  UP: Kevin's Chocogobble

  UP: Balloon Blow-Up

  UP: Merit Badge Mayhem

  UP: Jungle Snap

  UP: Spot the Squirrel

  UP: Dug's Skywriting Game

Some UP desktop background wallpaper pictures are also included with the games, and you can find them all, together with over 100 more great Disney and Pixar games, at my Free Disney and Pixar Online Games site.

I have also collected together all the official UP trailers, movie clips and featurettes here, and they are well worth a look.

Enjoy! :-)

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Kung Fu Bill dies in Bangkok

David Carradine, the 72 year old star of 70s cult TV series "Kung Fu", and Bill in the two "Kill Bill" movies, was found dead in his room in the Nai Lert Park Hotel in Bangkok here in Thailand earlier today.

It seems that he might have accidentally killed himself in a rather embarrassing manner, possibly in a similar fashion to the way that Michael Hutchence of INXS allegedly killed himself, but I shan't go into that any further here because he was one of my favourite actors - I absolutely loved "Kung Fu"!! - when I was a child, and I don't want to sully his image in any way. I would rather remember him for his brilliant, unique and offbeat acting.