Trainspotting 2: First an opportunity. Then betrayal.

(Warning: spoilers)

Choose nostalgia, Choose funny, Choose a brutal dark comedy about middle-aged male disappointment, Choose Danny Boyle’s follow-up to the cult 1996 hit, choose Trainspotting 2.

The four main characters of the first movie make a comeback, Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Mark Renton comes back after his marriage breaks down to confront the demons of his past (Well really it’s to face three guys he ripped off after a drug deal at the end of the last film).

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Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting 2, officially known as T2, reunites the original cast for a new adventure 21 years on and I’d say it works a treat. Sequels are always a risk, especially to such a nostalgic film and I have to admit the sequel isn’t quite as entertaining and extraordinary as the original. Renton doesn’t appear to look that much older and the same also goes for Sick Boy, which is pretty surprising considering he has exchanged heroin for cocaine. Oh and he also runs an escort business, which involves secretly videoing clients and extorting money, in conjunction with his female business partner Veronika (Anjela Nedyalkova). Spud is emotionally scarred by a lifetime of drug abuse, which later is all summed in a very disturbing scene when Renton finds Spud with a plastic bag over his head that is filled with his own sick.

Begbie has been in jail since the end of the first film and still has a face like thunder. A face that seeks revenge on Renton for his betrayal, Begbie plans a daring escape from prison to pursue this revenge.

The three hopeless part time drug addicts come to a depressing realisation – the truth that who you are in your 20s is who you are going to be in your 40s. Many people (myself included) feel that they can relate to the second film in terms of it questing our need to work out who we are, and to understand why we aren’t where we’d expected to be. As a twenty-one year old I think I’m still feeling the first part.

 “Nostalgia, that’s why you’re here,” says Sick Boy to Renton at another point. “You’re a tourist in your own youth.”

 T2 oozes nostalgia through Danny Boyle’s choice to blend old and new through the remix of the original’s most iconic song, Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life”, by way of The Prodigy. Renton visits his childhood home and is reluctant to play Lust For Life on his record player, in fear of transportation to darker days.

You’re taken back to the old times not only through a familiar soundtrack and flashbacks of the original, but through the twist of Spud taking up writing about the past. This hobby was taken up after Renton told him to “channel his addictive tendencies into something more productive than hard drugs.” At various points in the film Spud and Begbie reminisce over the old times through spuds narration of his stories, which are written on scrap pieces of paper pined to the wall.

One of the stories captures a iconic scene from the first film as Spud reads out his own dialogue, capturing it word for word: “That lassie got glassed, and no c**t leaves here until we know what c**t did it.”

Finally, the film takes an updated contemporary twist on the famous Trainspotting‘s classic ‘Choose Life’ monologue that inspired an entire generation of teenagers. Here’s just a snippet of the monologue:

“Choose life Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares, Choose looking up old flames, wishing you’d done it all differentlyand then take a deep breath, You’re an addict, so be addicted Just be addicted to something else, Choose the ones you love Choose your future Choose life.”

Overall, it is definitely worth watching, but I personally wouldn’t bother with the second if you’ve not watched the first. As a film that at times can drown in nostalgia, a first timer to Trainspotting wouldn’t’ feel as satisfied. CHOOSE BOTH.

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Does this float your boat? Self-sufficient Fal cafe planned

Plans to open a floating river café similar to those in World War One, have been postponed due to environmental concerns.

The FalRiver Company are proposing to open a floating café on the Fal River, initial plans propose that the café will be moored at the south end of King Harry Reach along the river Fal.

The directors hoped that the business would be open by Easter this year, however plans have now been put on hold due to environmental disputes.

The café will have no shore connections meaning the new venue will be completely self-sufficient and self-contained.

A spokesperson from The FalRiver Company, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “The café is now more likely to open in spring 2018 due to disputes regarding the affects the café could have on surrounding environment. We can’t say much else about our current plans at the moment.”

Concerns have been expressed by The Environment Agency, regarding water pollution and waste produced by the café. Additional environmental impacts such as potential damage to local mussel beds, which grow in the proposed location, have also been discussed.

Peter Brooke, a local resident and fish monger, said: “I think it would struggle commercially, I can’t see how it would be a good business plan from a commercial point of view.

“There is already a café in Trelissick Gardens itself and on the boat trips they have their own refreshments on board for passengers. I would also be a bit concerned of waste products produced by the café.”

The café will be anchored down to the seabed in order to stop the structure going adrift. It is rumoured that the local environment agency has said that this could potentially affect the growing mussel beds.

The FalRiver Company are proposing to provide transport to the café, leaving from The Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth.

The structure will be around 200 Meters Square in size with plans for an additional pontoon, current plans propose that the café will be open for eight months of the year and is expected to seat up to 100 people.

The Alba Floating Tea Rooms was a novelty café operating before and during World War One. Local boatmen would take customers for day trips, where clients could purchase a cup of tea and a piece of cake for one shilling a head.

The new planned floating cafe aims to replica this historic business, by bringing some of its traditional customs back to life in a contemporary setting.

FalRiver hopes that the café will provide a good day out for locals and tourists alike. While also giving people the opportunity to see some of the natural beauty spots surrounding Falmouth.

Warning: ink envy. Tattoo art exhibition at Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth has a major new temporary exhibition for 2017: Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed.

The exhibition will be running from the 17th March 2017 to 7th January 2018.

The exhibition offers visitors a genuinely ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors to tell a story that challenges long-standing myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing when it comes to class, gender and age.

At the same time the display aims to give a voice to the astonishingly rich artistic heritage of tattooing as an art form in the UK.

The iconic image used for the promotion of the exhibition

Derryth Ridge, fellow Curator of the exhibition, said: “We feel this is a really important story that is an important part of our social history. I feel this is the perfect place to tell that story.

“One of the myths we are trying to bust through the exhibition is that tattooing is not gender or era specific and women have been tattooed throughout the years. I really like tattoos, sometimes its just because I like the look of them, sometimes its because of the meaning behind them.”

It is estimated that about one in five people in the UK have a tattoo. However, many still believe tattoos remain a taboo subject for many people. Whilst the visibility of tattooing in contemporary culture may feel like something new, tattoos and tattoo art have always held a significant place in Britain’s history.

The exhibition explores this rich history in depth and shows that while the word tattoo may have come into the English language following Captain Cook’s voyage, this was not the start of the story of British tattooing.

Fredrick, volunteer at the Maritime Museum, said: “I’m slightly biased because I have a tattoo myself, of a butterfly. I haven’t seen all of the exhibition yet but I think it’s excellent and it’s been really popular.”

While showcasing the heritage of tattoos, the exhibition also shows how people from all areas of society have tattooed using different technique. From ruffians to royalty; from sailors to socialites; from pilgrims to punks: tattoos have been etched into bodies throughout British history as a means of expressing both individual and group identity.

The exhibition provides a fantastic insight into a part of British history, which has had little coverage. To find out more follow #notjustforsailors or visit the National Maritime museum website for ticket prices