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Boots Polarised Mens Sunglasses 24/07/2014

These Boots are made for posing ...

Boots Polarised Mens Sunglasses DON’T buy sunglasses off the internet. The expensive brand names are often fakes and the generic plastic ones as flimsy as Israel’s excuses in the Gaza Strip. The last three pairs I purchased off Amazon for around a tener have been no sturdier than those you can buy in the pound store. In fact I have given up on buying good sunglasses to last online and gone with the cheap ones from the 99p store in Northampton, until I could find some decent and reasonably priced ones in the shops. I bought a pair on Monday from Poundland and they were cracked on BOTH frames by Friday! 99p for four days use seems to be the going rate, no doubt hitting the deck many times as grizzly kids and fat tattooed mums on benefits spin the displays around and the glasses falling to the floor every ten minutes. But these are made from the same materials from the ones on Amazon like Xloop and EyeLevel and all a load of old junk. Just don’t buy these ranges and stick with brands from reputable sites with guarantees if you do shop online. Make sure the guarantee is a good one. Amazon is no longer to be trusted on value and quality and as good as a glorified Argos now, especially as they won’t refund on anything after 30 days use, when the Xloops I purchased there broke apart, and I had not dropped them. They also don’t want to pay tax as they sell us this stuff and beginning to annoy me. Most of that Amazon Market Place stuff are Amazon returns anyway. I used to go for aviator style in days past but moved ...

The Lords Test 24/07/2014

Cooked!

The Lords Test England have lost only their second ever test match against India at Lords, the previous some 80 years ago. India have only ever one six tests in England and India’s weaker seam attack often sited for their failures in English style conditions. It’s the same in India when England visit as they lose out to India’s spinning pitches. But for captain Alistair Cook it look s grim, picked as captain for his big hundred scoring ability, reason now to drop him after a terrible run of scores. Since 130 v NZ, Cook's Test scores: 13, 50, 12, 8, 62, 0, 51, 22, 25, 34, 13, 65, 3, 1, 72, 0, 27, 51, 7, 7, 17, 28, 17, 16, 5,10 and now 22. He may want to stay on until the end of the season but he is no longer affecting results and will have to go. He may well pick up a ‘groin strain’ before next weeks test and have arrest or may even stay and bat down the order. Lords rolled out its greenest pitch I can remember after the ECB were fined for the dead and low pitch in the first drawn Test at Trent Bridge, somewhat unfair as the TB pitch is always good and this a blip. The feeling was it was flattened out to last five days to put money in the till. England won the toss and put India in on that treasured green carpet. All touring teams insist on a test at Lords and raise their game accordingly. At 145-7 it seemed to be going to plan but yet again England could not remove the tail. They bowled poorly in the first session and poorly in the last as young Rahane batted through the chaos, putting 90 ...

Body Of Lies (DVD) 24/07/2014

I have a PHD in chemistry and they want me to blow myself up!

In light of recent airline tragedies, and a growing number of budget flights, is safety being compromised? 24/07/2014

MH17 is a game changer...

In light of recent airline tragedies, and a growing number of budget flights, is safety being compromised? Malaysian Airlines are not going to survive this latest crash. After MH370 ‘disappeared’ and the airline held back critical information to delay the search passengers lost trust in the airline. The airline responded by cutting prices and costs to win back passengers. This meant some of their long haul routes were the cheapest on the market, meaning backpackers and families travelling on a budget packed their flights, terribly ironic. Malaysian Airlines, like many major carriers, had no room to maneuver on costs and so were one of many airlines still flying over the war torn area of the Ukraine to save on fuel and airtime costs. To beat the rules of the ceiling set by European flight controllers at 32,000 ft and above the Ukraine they flew at 33,000ft. To a sophisticated Surface to Air missile battery this 1000 ft is irrelevant. The pilots knew that and did not want to be there. Malaysian airlines were not going to change their routes. The Ukraine authorities posted a warning on June 14th to avoid this route as they had intelligence the Russians had moved powerful BUK mobile SAM Missiles into Eastern Europe to shoot down Ukraine military planes. Quantas stopped flying there over three months ago. This is why they are the world’s safest airline. Some airlines have to take risks to keep flying. If you knew just how many airliners land with just 10% or less of their fuel left with little access to cover emergencies you would never fly again. If you circle and airstrip more ...

Coach Carter (DVD) 24/07/2014

Get Carter!

Adventureland (DVD) 23/07/2014

The 22-year-Old Virgin?

The Singer (DVD) 22/07/2014

Old Big Nose is back

Bullhead (DVD) 21/07/2014

A film of two calf's ..

Bullhead (DVD) Star – Boring Belgium Genre – World Cinema Run Time – 129 Minutes Certificate – 18R Country – Belgium Awards – 1 Oscar nomination Amazon – £ (£ Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So, a foreign film with subtitles about the Belgium Hormone Mafia, anyone? Thought not. Well apparently the cattle cosa nostra are big news in rural Belgium and so an Oscar nominated movie was created. There are a lot of cows in Belgium. There are a lot of fields in Belgium. There are a lot of restaurants in Belgium serving beef. Cast • Matthias Schoenaerts as Jacky Vanmarsenille • Jeroen Perceval as Diederik Maes • Jeanne Dandoy as Lucia Schepers • Barbara Sarafian as Eva Forrestier • Tibo Vandenborre as Anthony De Greef • Frank Lammers as Sam Raymond • Sam Louwyck as Marc de Kuyper Plot Hulking cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts) hates Diederik Maes (Jeroen Perceval) with every bone in his steroid pumped body. Their hatred goes back twenty years where, as kids, unbalanced ruffian Diedrick bullied Jacky and delivered one of cinemas most gruesome punishments (Trust me you will wince when you see it guys), an act of cruelty that shaped his life for the worse there after. Diedrick is a part of mobster Marc de Kuyper (Sam Louwyck) gang who smuggles and sell illegal cattle steroids to the local famers. Jacky also uses steroids on his family farm, legal and illegal. More alarmingly he takes them himself as part of his body building regime, why he is known as ...

Toy Hunter (DVD) 21/07/2014

Yes, I thought I was the Six Million Dollar Man...

Toy Hunter (DVD) Oscar Wilde once said – ‘Be yourself. Everyone else is taken’, certainly the case for Jordan Hembrough, the effervescent and engaging star of Toy Hunter, yet another one of those America auction reality shows. This on is slightly different in that it feels less contrived and more specialists and where the merchandise, rather than the presenters and dealers, are the stars. Everyone has their favorite toy and although this is American TV you will spot a few classics, and be surprised at how some hold their value. The concept is the likeable Hembrough travels around America buying second hand toys for his store and toy stands at various toy and leisure conventions, the idea being to turn a decent profit on both hi and low end goods, everything from regular unused toys in pristine boxes that treble the value to really rare pieces costing up to 25 grand. Jordan is slightly camp and boyish in his chosen career but knows his stuff and makes for the engaging hosts. There is nothing that interesting about the toys but enjoyable all the same as he enthuses about where they came from and the occasional politics of toys. The people he buys from are from all over America and drawn from two camps - collectors and sado’s. Collectors are trading a commodity and want to make money where as others are grown up adults with bedrooms and attics full of toys and no sign of a wedding ring but plenty of sightings of their parents. These guys are often overweight and over forty. We are on series ...

You Will Be My Son (DVD) 21/07/2014

Almost corked

You Will Be My Son (DVD) Star – Niels Arestrup Genre – World Cinema Run Time – 102 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – France Awards – 2 nominations Amazon – £ (£ Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Like modern art, the appreciation of fine wine is simply an exercise in snobbery, them and us, a commodity that can be distinguished by its breeding and not so much its taste. As the art critic Robert Hughes once said – ‘I could forgive Damien Hurst for the Shark if he had killed it himself’. There is nothing impressive about wine or modern art. The snobbery around wine is simply that poor people can’t afford what’s judged as good wine so why let them have it. But take those labels off those expensive wines and only one in fifty experts could tell what’s what. Are they not all made from grapes? Writer/director Gilles Legrand gets to grip with that self-importance around wine in this rather well acted and scripted drama that centers its vineyard metaphor on a father-son relationship maturing like fine wine, one that is corked, but not leaving a sour taste in the mouth. Cast Niels Arestrup ... Paul de Marseul Lorànt Deutsch ... Martin de Marseul Patrick Chesnais ... François Amelot Anne Marivin ... Alice Nicolas Bridet ... Philippe Amelot Valérie Mairesse ... Madeleine Amelot Jean-Marc Roulot ... Docteur Vermont Plot Revered and cantankerous French winemaker Paul de Marseul (Niels Arestrup) is getting to the age where he needs to trust his business and experience to another in a ...

Junkhearts (DVD) 21/07/2014

Junk without a heart?

Junkhearts (DVD) Star – Eddie Marsan Genre – Drama Run Time – 99 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – U.K Awards – 3 Win (1 nomination) Amazon – £ (£ Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So, British social realism and urban grit anyone? First time director Tinge Krishan thinks you need some more. We don’t but why not. Middle-class directors love to write and depict East London how they see it and they rarely get it right, even when they come from those streets. Junkhearts tries it best but more of the same, only Eddie Marsan’s lead performance its savior. Actors like Marsan have to give 100% to these projects as they are no leading men and so this type of movie that puts the food on the table. Cast Eddie Marsan ... Frank Tom Sturridge ... Danny Romola Garai ... Christine Candese Reid ... Lynette John Boyega ... Jamal Scott McNess ... Carson Bhasker Patel ... Hasan Valerie Gogan ... Evie Shaun Dooley ... Josh Plot Ex soldier Frank (Marsan) is haunted by a violent past in Northern Ireland. He lives alone in his East London council flat, only PTSD for company, drowning his nightmares with booze and daytime TV. His successful and attractive single mom daughter Christine (Romola Garai) has disowned him and currently trying to care for her daughter and dyeing mom amongst her chaotic lifestyle of parties, guys and social drugs. Marsan stumbles into the equally chaotic world of Lynette (Candese Reid), a pretty black girl who is everything his daughter isn’t, a young rough ...

Lost & Sold (DVD) 21/07/2014

Bargain, baggage,storage hunting wars anyone?

Lost & Sold (DVD) So Lost & Sold, Canada’s version of Baggage Battles, the latest in a long line of auction reality shows where members of the public try and make a living from buying and selling lost luggage and freight. It looks the best fun job when you watch it on TV as the punters appear to get great bargains and sell them at a profit. These people are real but once they get on TV their trade becomes somewhat contrived so to make a TV show of their antics, very familiar in American shows like Storage Hunters and Storage Wars. Being a Canadian show it’s less ambitious than the American show Baggage Battles and sticks to one auction house, the largest transit lost luggage facility in Canada, the 403 in Toronto. Like Baggage Battles sometimes the punters know what they are getting and bid for specific objects and sometimes they bid blind on contents of lost parcels, pallets or unopened bags. If its Louis Vuitton luggage it may have valuable items in it, right? Or it may have dirty washing in it, usually the case. Post 911 the more expensive electronic items have had to go in the hold and so more opportunities for luggage bargain hunters and, indeed, airport baggage workers to steal the belongings. Rather ironically, military personnel heading out on tour are the number one targets for luggage pilfering as they pack all their laptops and Ipads into their bags for a long tour. It is very common in America for gangs to operate in the baggage terminal to rifle bags. The airlines simply report ...

Battle of the Sexes (DVD) 21/07/2014

King of the Court!

Battle of the Sexes (DVD) So, The Battle of the Sexes, the story of Billy Jean King’s struggle for women’s rights and equal pay in tennis, centered on the 1973 challenge match with pseudo male chauvinist player Bobby Riggs, still today the most viewed and attended tennis match in history. The world watched on as the sports greatest female player accepted the challenge of the 55-year-old loud mouth Woody 'Allenesque' to a winner takes all five set challenge at the Houston Astrodome on live TV. Riggs was no mug with the racquet, winning four men’s singles slams just before the war, including the extremely rare Wimbledon Triple Crown, that of the Men’s, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles in 1939. But there was no money in the game around wartime in amateur tennis and Riggs a real hustler, betting on himself in those tournaments, accruing $100,000 in winnings, a colossal amount today. It was unclear if he paid his opponents to lose and shared the winnings. The argument over whether women should earn the same prize money as men in professional tennis has always been a physical one. Per game and set played men earn less than women but men have learned not to complain in this PC world. The girls play three sets and the boys play five, therefore there is technically a weaker sex here, right? In fact the girls did play five back in the day on the mixed tour but a female player feinted wearing a corset on court and so the male officials decided the girls should play three sets. I don’t think anyone would deny ...

Hollywoodland (DVD) 21/07/2014

How not to direct an intriguing mystery...

Hollywoodland (DVD) Star – Ben Affleck Genre – Drama Run Time – 126 minutes Certificate – 18R Country – USA Awards – Nominated for One Golden Globe Amazon – £ (£ Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The famous Hollywood sign originally read ‘Hollywoodland’, promoting a Los Angles real estate project in the 1920s. The last four letters were removed in 1949. I etched ‘Northampton Town’ on the back of the ‘H’ and the ‘Y’ when I last visited. Somewhat surprisingly no movie had been called that until now, this 2007 effort Ben Affleck’s realization that he should actually try acting in his movies. Before, the blockheaded hunk just clunked through movies looking pretty and that was that. But not many people know he has won an Oscar behind the camera, his real skill, and not for Argo, which he famously didn’t win an Oscar for, picking up the duel Oscar with his big mate Matt Damon for the brilliant Goodwill Hunting, the award winning screenplay dreamed up by thee two whilst studying at Harvard, of which they both dropped out of without graduating. First time director Allen Coulter is behind the camera here to tell his version of the true story of the death of TV Superman actor George Reeves, played by Affleck. It was decided it was a suicide at the time but Reeves a man who had everything to live for, others saying he was murdered, that conflict why we have the movie today. Cast • Adrien Brody as Louis Simo • Diane Lane as Toni Mannix • Ben Affleck as George Reeves • Bob Hoskins as Eddie ...

Last Chance Harvey (Blu-ray) 21/07/2014

Last chance Hoffman, more like...

Last Chance Harvey (Blu-ray) Star – Dustin Hoffman & Emma Thompson Genre – Romcom Run Time – 93minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – USA/British Awards – 2 Golden Globe Nominations Amazon – £5.08 (£9, 99 Blue Ray) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Pairing 5ft 5 inch Dustin Hoffman with 5ft 9 inch Emma Thompson is like dragging two Pandas over from China to try and get them to get it on in a European Zoo, in this case London Zoo. The chemistry is just not there, a Golden Globe nomination each for their attempted insemination. They were ok together in the rather good Stranger than Fiction with Will Ferrell so decided to try again with this one. Sometimes even great actors, which they are, can’t produce movie magic in romantic comedies, which they don’t. Cast • Dustin Hoffman as Harvey Shine • Emma Thompson as Kate Walker • Eileen Atkins as Maggie Walker • Kathy Baker as Jean • James Brolin as Brian • Liane Balaban as Susan Shine • Daniel Lapaine as Scott Wright • Richard Schiff as Marvin Plot New Yorker Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman) is one of those musicians who do jingles for radio and TV commercials and the like. He is off to London to be with his daughter Susan (Liane Balaban), who is getting married to Englishman Scott (Daniel Lapaine), but worried about his job in Manhattan so wants to race back after the ceremony to secure his next contract. He has drifted from his daughter in recent years after getting divorced from wife Jean (Kathy Baker) and so Susan has asked her new dad Brian (James ...
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