This is the Aspire Atlantis mega tank, which is my preferred sub-ohm vaping tank and one of the many which will soon be banned. This tank holds up to 5 ml of e-liquid, that will be 3 ml more than is legal come Saturday. There are many coil sizes and with a 0.3 ohm coil you can hit between 70 and 80 watts. I personally have started using Kanthal 0.9 coils which can easily last up to a week and can be used with wattage between 20 to 35, which is more than comfortable for me.This could very well be your last opportunity to buy this tank in the U.K. so hurry
Monthly Archives: May 2017
Pula Arena is an ancient Roman Amphitheater very similar to the much more well known Colosseum in Rome. Pula is one of the major modern Cities in Croatia making it is easy to get to, either driving walking or using public transport.
An Amphitheater is an open air venue used to put on shows, plays as well as sporting events. Obviously this being a Roman Amphitheater the most famous sporting events would be Gladiators, public executions and feeding Christians and other malcontents to the lions. As a public arena remained in use right up until the 5th century when gladiatorial combat was finally prohibited. It is still used to this day hosting concerts for big name artists.
Pula arena is considered to be the sixth largest and the second best preserved Amphitheater in the world. It is also the only Roman Amphitheater left with all 4 of the original towers still remaining. Originally each tower would have contained 2 cisterns filled with perfumed water that either fed a fountain or could be sprinkled on spectators. Being over a 100 feet tall in parts and with the side that overlooks the sea being 3 stories high, with the rest being 2. It could seat up to 20’000 people , with the seats resting directly on the ground slopping down.
There seems to be some issue as to when building began and finished. Some say it was built during the period between 27BC and 68AD. However others say that construction began around 2-14AD under the emperor Augustus and finally finished in 81AD under emperor Titus. Originally constructed using timber until being upgraded to small stone years later. The arena was finally enlarged to accommodate Gladiator battles in 81AD and this is basically how it stands today.
Inside the Amphitheater
Upon entry tourists are free to walk around the inside of the arena and marvel at the historic architecture. While inside you can visit the museum in the subterranean hall where the gladiators would have prepared for battle.
It is a hidden gem of Roman architecture, as well as being incredibly well preserved, it is almost unknown outside of Croatia. Due to its relative obscurity compared with the Colosseum in Rome, there are not that many tourists. Hence this makes for a relaxing and cue free visit.
One of the funniest books that I believe has ever been written is incompetence by Rob Grant. Rob Grant as many of you may know was the co-creator of Red Dwarf, which was and still is one of the greatest Sitcoms ever set in space.
The book incompetence is set in a not too distant future in which the united states of Europe has been established and political correctness has gone into overdrive and it is now illegal to discriminate against people in the work place because of there lack of competence.
The story follows a secret agent travelling across Europe trying to unmask a potential political murderer who has been going undetected due to the total ineptitude of all the agencies, officials and bureaucrats of the new Europe. The plot itself is really there to set up some of the funniest scenes and scenarios imaginable, as our hero interacts with officials with attention defect disorder, sex addiction problems, anger management issues and basic bureaucratic stupidity. I couldn’t put the book down it is just consistently funny and totally ridiculous.
Lakes Plitvice is a UNESCO world heritage centre situated inside Croatia. It consists of sixteen lakes falling into each other with numerous waterfalls and the most amazing colour blue you will ever see. The lakes are in fact so blue that the film The blue lagoon was filmed here.
I went there with a guided coach tour from Porec as it was quite a distance to get to. In fact one of the main problems that you will encounter if you visit Croatia is that the country is very long yet quite thin, there isn’t a centralised point so anywhere you visit tends to be a distance and you will usually go past the place you visited yesterday to get to the new destination.
Lakes Plitvice is a large tourist destination, meaning there are crowds but it is a truly wonderful and beautiful place to visit.
Venice is excellent for a day trip but I couldn’t imagine finding much to do there for a whole week, and it would probably cost a fortune. An easy and cheap way to get to Venice for the day without spending most of your time travelling to and from it is to actually go on holiday in Croatia, specifically an area called Porec which is on the coast. It is about an hour and a half ferry journey across the sea into the city of Venice from Porec and it only costs around 25 Euros. Going by ferry also has the advantage of being able to see the whole city coming up in the distance as you approach.
One of the odd things about Venice is the red penguins which seem to be dotted about in many of the balconies. I don’t actually know what these mean, but someone told me it was to show how many hotel rooms were available. I don’t know if this is true but the red penguins of Venice are an odd and kind of surreal sight.
Venice on the whole is actually very, very crowded with tourists from all over the world following an army of tour guides waving umbrellas and shouting things in many different languages. If you have ever been in a high tourist area the thing you tend to notice is that all the tour guides have umbrellas which they hold up in the air like strange totem poles for the lost to gather around.
The place can also be a bit daunting as there are many gangs running around the City trying to sell fake Handbags, watches and the like. If you ever inadvertently gaze on anything that they are trying to sell, they will follow and harass the hell out of you for the next several minutes.
Visiting Venice is basically a bucket list thing, Go there, look around, buy a massively expensive ice cream (Word of warning anything sold near St Marks is going to be about 3 times more expensive as anything sold 5 minutes walk away) walk around, have a ride on a gondola, visit St Marks, buy a couple of novelty Venetian masks and then leave and tell people you have been. It is worth going once but probably only for a day if only to say that you have been. It is lovely to look at, an amazing achievement in architecture, rivers running through the streets and all that but it is hugely crowded very expensive and after several hours there is not much to do.
Memento Park in Budapest, Hungary sometimes referred to as the communist museum is basically where old statues and icons go to die.
At the end of the communist era in 1989 with the collapse of the iron curtain and the fall of the Berlin wall the majority of the communist state commissioned statues were almost instantaneously taken down as a way of Hungary disassociating itself from its soviet era past.
These statues were eventually gathered together and after 14 years in 1993 displayed in memento park. The grand opening was held on the 29 of June, exactly 10 years after the withdrawal of Soviet troops and the beginning of the end of the communist era.
Memento Park itself.
The park itself is in a wide open area with the statues placed comfortably apart. You are left to freely wander around and explore at your leisure. The statues are very impressive and up close, they are full of that grandiose powerful sense of state and duty above all else. They are essentially an impressive yet overt from of state propaganda. When I went the park was almost empty creating a strange sense of dissociation with these lonely grand monuments to the power of the state.
It was originally an 8 foot tall statue of Joseph Stalin. Built in 1951 as a gift from the Hungarian people to celebrate his 70th Birthday. However during the 1956 uprising it was destroyed, protesters pulled it down and decapitated it. The only thing that remained were the boots which the protesters placed a Hungarian flag inside. I don’t know if these are the original boots but it is kind of neat.
Below a picture of the original statue from the 1950’s. More info from Wikipedia here.
If you are ever in Budapest this place is definitely worth a visit. The park itself is great to walk through and get a real sense of history. The gift shop is also a marvel of weird kitsch such as Stalin shaped candles and Marx mouse mats