Writing about Gurkhas and Nepal in my previous two blogs got me thinking about another small country in which the British and their military have long been involved: Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, located on the northeastern coast of Central America.
I went there once while stationed in Canada to help out on a military exercise, which primarily involved me driving around the jungle on my own in an SUV having to rapidly learn and improve my off-road driving skills. I had a blast.
Among a number of interesting discoveries was a hotel in the middle of the jungle and owned by the famous film director Francis Ford Coppola. I’d heard a little about the hotel previously and was set on making a particular discovery.
Looking above the bar I found what I’d come for: spinning from the roof was the same fan used in “Apocalypse Now” for the opening scene in which Martin Sheen goes bonkers in a Saigon hotel room.
I sat down at the bar, took off my jungle hat and felt the air stirred by the fan moving on my neck…”Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I looked around the walls moved in a little tighter.”