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Game Of Thrones - Series 1 - Complete (DVD) 01/10/2016

Off with his head!............and her clothes....

Game Of Thrones - Series 1 - Complete (DVD) Star – Peter Drinklage Genre – Fantasy Run Time – 10 x 50 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – US Golden Globe Winner Amazon – £11.99 DVD - £16.99 Blue Ray Series Awards – 201 Wins & 333 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = If a TV show is as talked about as much as Game of Thrones and has a 9.5 rating on the Imdb then who am I to ignore it? It’s has taken me five long years to take a look, though, as it’s just not my thing. It’s the fourth highest rating TV series ever on the movie database and was the first TV show on IMDB to get more than one million votes from users. Its number 4 in their all time list behind Band of Brothers (1), Planet Earth (2) and Breaking bad (3). Band of Brothers better than The West Wing? Seriously! The top 10 1. Band of Brothers (2001) 9.5 2. Planet Earth (2006) 9.5 3. Breaking Bad (2008) 9.4 4. Game of Thrones (2011) 9.4 5. The Wire (2002) 9.4 6. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014) 9.3 7. Rick and Morty (2013) 9.2 8. Cosmos (1980) 9.2 9. The Sopranos (1999) 9.2 10. Sherlock (2010) It’s based on the books by George R R Martin, an old chubby bearded chap that would not be out of place in his fantasy adventures and openly admits he was inspired to write his novel series "A Song of Ice and Fire" because of the success of the Lord of the Rings films back in 2001. TV producers and writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss couldn’t put the books down and knew they had a winner on their hands. But ...

YouTube 01/10/2016

'If its free online then you are the product'

YouTube When you think about the internet it’s pretty amazing how much of it is free. Browsers must have taken millions or hours and dollars to perfect over the decades yet you can download all manner of them for nothing. People moan about privacy agreements on Facebook or adverts on MySpace but they seem to forget that its 100% free and 100% a fantastic product that is connecting the world. How else do people think these sites are going to pay for themselves? In fact it took 10-years for it to turn a buck. Admittedly it makes a cool $1billion a quarter now on advertising revenue but it’s still free and you can block most of the adverts. The saying goes that if it’s free on the internet then you are the product. This altruistic giveaway continues with email, messaging systems and porn, of course. In fact free porn is believed to be the main driver in the expansion of the World Wide Web in the 1980s and 90s and only recently did porn and sex related hits drop below 50% of all traffic. The internet can now exist with out porn. It’s a bigger moment than you think. Online porn is worth 5 billion pounds a year in Europe alone. So in that case why doesn’t YouTube allow porn? No problem with Jihadist being blown up with their own weapons or westerners in orange jumpsuits having their heads hacked off but god forbid a naked titty or a member of Motley Crew being orally consumed by the female cast of Baywatch. Unless I am unaware of a secret naughty YouTube whose gateway is only known by very ...

Wilson Golf Ultra Stand Bag 30/09/2016

Is golf the new cycling once again?

Wilson Golf Ultra Stand Bag When Bradley Wiggins started doing really rather well in the Tour de France middle-class men started to put down their golf clubs and put on the Lycra and tear up the country roads. Rory Mcilroy and Justin Rose were no longer their idols, and coupled with high fuel prices, middle aged men decided to squeeze into their favorite team’s colors and cycle to work and play instead. After this weeks revelations they will have to reach for their inhalers to keep up and with the Ryder Cup next week then maybe gold with be their sport once again. The whistling on the podium during the National Anthem told you all you need know about this cheaters respect for the sport and integrity. I, on the other hand, cycle and play golf and won’t be wearing the Lycra or the Pringle any day soon. I have accrued my golf clubs over the years and bought my first one when I was 16. I have all manner of brands and names on my wedges and drivers in my bag, everything from a Nick Faldo sand wedge to a Lee Trevino rescue club. After a while I abandoned using a driver as I could never really hit the ball straight and far with one so just carry a 5 wood and a 3 Iron for distance. I like to plot, not smash, my way around the course. Once you are in the rough or sand you start to have a bad round very quickly. The game is all around hitting the ball straight after all. The key to hitting with a 3 iron is minimum draw back on the wing, of course. If it hits the sweet spot you are a way, low and straight and ...

GT I-Drive 5 4.0 30/09/2016

More 'gear' than a Columbian politicians leaving do!

GT I-Drive 5 4.0 After the smug and rather aloof Bradley Wiggins Tour de France victory and Olympic road race success bought the Tour back to Britain it’s fair to say he was the one that helped to start a cycling revolution here. We have all been out walking or driving in the countryside and those familiar colorful racing shirts come whizzing by. Middle England has embraced sports cycling like never before and men of all shapes, sizes and professions are squeezed into Lycra and pretending to be their Tour hero’s. Expensive petrol prices have doubled that number again. Alas, now Wiggins appears to be the doper we all thought he was and all but admitting he took the medication to stay on a ‘level playing field’ we may see a little less of the Yellow Jersey come whizzing buy this autumn. Chris Froome, of course, is so dull and Kenyan I don’t think he has any fans. He, too, has asthma. In fact 37% of pro cyclists have asthma and that number rising fast. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is going to be a tough call this year. I don’t have a racing bike and haven’t since my Raleigh 20 days in the 1980s. If I cycle to a job or go out riding its on one of the mountain bike designs these days. I have got through three so far. The thin frame and tire racers puncture easily and there are a lot of potholes to hit these days so not the way tog o. I use the chunkier tire bikes for most durability reasons and they are surprisingly cheap second hand. The frames are sturdy and with the simple ...

About Elly (DVD) 30/09/2016

"A bitter ending is better than an endless bitterness".

About Elly (DVD) Star – Iran Genre – Drama Run Time – 119 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – Iran Amazon – £5.48 DVD Awards – 13 Wins & 9 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Pre 911 the West had little angst over Islam and the Muslim world. We knew Mohammed Ali was one but that was about it. We thought Arabs were Muslims and never the twain shall meet. But post 911 it’s all change and the world suspicious at Islam at best, hatred at worse, at this perceived new threat to the world. Because of that animosity of a very real threat we are now seeing more interesting films on Islamic life to explore this ancient but seemingly oppressive faith in the modern world. About Elly is a quality foreign language film on these themes and clashes from the enigmatic country of Iran. According to the Oscar winning director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), the film was not accepted into one Japanese film festival, since the movie's depiction of Iran was quite different from the idea that most foreign (especially Western) people tend to have of this country. That is the appeal of Asghar Farhadi movies as he depicts life in modern day Iran as pretty m normal but that suppression undertone of the Mullahs and authorities always lurking in the shadows. I would not want to live there. The idea of a young woman not being able to marry someone she loves appalls me. Cast • Shahab Hosseini as Ahmad • Golshifteh Farahani as Sepideh • Taraneh Alidoosti as Elly • Mani Haghighi as Amir • Merila Zarei as ...

Viva Riva (DVD) 30/09/2016

The Riva Dance!

Viva Riva (DVD) Star – Nollywood Genre – Action (subtitled) County – Dem Rep Congo Certificate – 15 Run Time – 98 minutes Blockbusters – £99p per night Amazon – £4.99 DVD Awards – Nominated for various Africa film awards --------------- --------------- --------------- --------------- --------- Its not often you get any ‘Nollywood’ films in Blockbusters but there it was all alone on the cheap rack looking unloved, curiosity value alone well worth a rent. ‘Nollywood’ is the official slang for Nigerian adult cinema but unofficially the N word has a rather different meaning in Nollywood that we honkies must neither utter and encompasses all West African adult cinemas. The DVDs have sprung up more and more outside of London as they are now being sold and rented from those African-Caribbean barber shops that are open all night and seem to be springing up all over the country because of the explosion of asylum seekers under New Labor. Why would anyone want to have their hair cut at 4 a.m. is the first question and the second is why not more Black African cinema in Blockbusters? It seems you can have both the film and the haircut when you walk past those lively and fun paces. Viva Riva is a Congolese action thriller and West African vibrant and a superior effort in the genre from this part of the world as it won many Africa film awards for its western style action and acting. I like to watch movies that are recommended from different parts of the world as they make a change to the perfunctory ...

Die Hard 4.0 (DVD) 30/09/2016

An action packing, C.G.I lacking ,tongue-in-cheek treat!

Die Hard 4.0 (DVD) With the War on Terror coming to a screeching halt in America it’s only erroneous arrests and propaganda keeping it all going to justify their wars in Muslim lands, leaving it to Hollywood to keep Americas fear alive. With crinkly old Harrison Ford talking about another Raiders movie in the Middle East, post 911 has seen the great action hero’s of the eighties and nineties return with patriotic sequels of their great movie franchises to feed the Stars And Stripes macho fight back. Stallone essentially re-did Rocky and called it Rocky Balboa-hoping we wouldn’t notice-whilst Arnie became Governor Schwarzenegger of the back of the Terminator 3 box-office. So why should cinemas greatest balding action hero in Bruce Willis not get in on the action, his iconic working class hero NY cop in John MaClane once again up on the big screen against extreme odds to save the day. Live Free or Die Hard, an appropriate jingoistic title, was been well worth the wait though. With that ironic retro feel and Willis mocking humor it has to be second only to ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ for the action hit of 2008. One or two broadsheet critics got a bit sniffy about it here in the U.K. because it was deemed somewhat preposterous and implausible at times, the infamous helicopter stunt and example of. But it’s a movie! It’s meant to be outrageous and silly. It’s Die Hard Four, for Christ sake. The clue is in the title! Every action movie has to have an exploding helicopter guys John McLane is back and ...

Frank (DVD) 30/09/2016

Boring pretentious waste of time - just like indie music

Frank (DVD) Star – Michael Fassbender Genre – Comedy Run Time – 105 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – United Kingdom Amazon – £5.99 DVD £8.99 Blue Ray Awards – 13 Wins & 14 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Quote “Stop saying your facial expressions out loud. It's extremely ann So Frank, based on late British comedian Chris Sievey's iconic comedy character Frank Sidebottom, a Northern club comic who would wear this huge papier-mâché head on stage whilst playing songs with his band and telling stories, this oddball act somehow deemed worthy of an international movie by Irish indie director Lenny Abrahamson. At the 2014 Sundance premier out in the Utah desert city the audience were given the opportunity to wear the said fake Frank masks to enjoy the film. Johnny Depp was Abrahamson first choice to play Frank but when that was a big no and Michael Fassbender said he wanted to do it then the film was green-lighted. My interest for this film was Abrahamson, who directed the rather interesting black comedies Garage and Adam & Paul, and the not so interesting What Richard Did. I was hoping of more of the same here, themes of friendship amongst sadness and desperation the Irish director’s thing. If you get the chance you should checkout Adam & Paul, the deliciously dark comic tale of two heroin loser addicts in Dublin. Cast Michael Fassbender ... Frank Domhnall Gleeson ... Jon Burroughs Shane O'Brien ... Lucas Scoot McNairy ... Don Maggie ...

Aviva Home Insurance 30/09/2016

One bill a home owner cant afford to dodge

Aviva Home Insurance Normally the Daily Mail front page story is having a pop at one gender, ethnicity or sexuality or another to get us to pick it up the rag at the newsagent. But on Monday they had a worrying scoop. They had discovered that unscrupulous firms are setting up around the country to try and profit from dormant or uncollected County Court Judgments and money owed to firms or the courts. Everyone from established banks to utility companies and mobile phone networks are obtaining the CCJs from an anonymous building in my home town of Northampton and deploying legions of debt collection methods to chase people down. Nothing wrong with that if the people owe quite a bit and trying to be evasive, which pushes up all our bills etc. But this is very different in that a company is looking to make money, PPI style, by simply activating the outstanding but already written off ones to cynically generate debt collecting letters and fines, charging people interest who contest the fines and for every letter sent, the same way parking cowboys rake it in. There are over 900,000 CCJs made every year and 75% don’t even go through County Court now. Many people being targeted are unaware of the debt (as little as 10p owed on an electricity bill after changing addresses, for example) and some quickly driven to poverty paying escalating fines as they contest the mysterious and unexpected fines and letters that have little to do with them. One firm alone chased down 230,000 claims. You could buy a second ...

Aviva Car Insurance 30/09/2016

The price keeps going up and up!

Aviva Car Insurance As part of a two for one deal we locked in our car insurance with the house insurance on Aviva. We share a car at our house and both insured on the shared driver scheme. It’s an oldish diesel Vauxhall 1.6 Liter haul ass Estate that just about falls inside the cheapish car tax rates before scrapage kicks in. We use it for my mom’s weekend antiques business and my brothers gardening business. It gets banged around a lot with boxes and tools and stuff being thrown in there and as it does a few miles it needs decent insurance. Last year we got T-Boned by a young Polish girl who had only been driving for a few months. She wasn’t insured like many Eastern Europeans and fortunately her dad owned a garage in Northampton and fixed it up for free. He even fixed the tracking for free as the car frame was slightly bent before the impact and so the car pulling gently to the right. If your chassis isn’t straight it can cause lot of problems down the road, if you can excuse the pun. Either way that mighty prang didn’t go on the insurance and so we kept the no claims open for our next renewal. As I say we chose Aviva because of the 25% discount on the first year of we matched it with house insurance. They do offer a ‘no claim discount protection’ so that your claim premium will not increase if you do have a crash or incident in your first year. If you take out insurance on the Aviva website you get a 20% discount. I’m not a big fan of comparison sites when looking for a deal as they are ...

Mr. Brooks (DVD) 27/09/2016

Dances with Fools....

Mr. Brooks (DVD) With just the slightest and so welcome suggestion of spring in the air it's also that time of the year when its likely you have rented all the films you want to see off the cheap rack at Blockbusters and so start to pick movies purely on the fact they have your favorite actors in, the sort of thing girls do, a fatal state of mind for any serious film fan, as is the case with 'Mr Brooks', confirmation that Kevin Costner's A-List status has well and truly slipped down the alphabet. This is a very silly piece of movie making. I'm a big fan of KC and for me his twenty-three minute court room summing up in JKF is cinemas greatest extended dialogue scene, a confident charismatic actor in full flow in an outstanding movie. I loved his baseball trilogy and you must see the seriously under-rated western 'Open Range' before you go, and who will ever forget American Flyers! (Oh, you forgot about American Flyers). He's always been cinemas All-American hero with that sexy hometown Texan drawl and those piercing blue eyes and until recently never steered away from the comfort of that genre, happy to be typecast. But unlike Harrison Ford, his greatest competition for those roles in Hollywood, he never really took on the action hero stuff that extends your top billing career and most definitely the number of zeros on your paycheque. Everyone loves a leading man and when you're last few roles are washed up heroes and a serial killer then you know the scripts have dried up, 'Mr Brooks' the ...

Does Britain still need a monarchy? 27/09/2016

If it aint broke then why fix it?

Does Britain still need a monarchy? I don't know what was more worrying over the deployment of Prince Harry in Afghanistan last year - the fact he made the whole Royal Family a target, and so people watching on at the parades or the royal visits, or the fact we never heard anything of that deployment for ten weeks in this all seeing, youtube loving, media age. How on earth did they stop the Afghanistan people getting a pic of him in the ubiquitous picture phone or digital camera? Either there's a complete media blackout in general in that country so only the good news gets out that suits the west or Harry wasn't exactly visible to the media and camera phones, tucked away in a bunker somewhere playing cards, anything but heroic. I suspect the later. Clearly Harry has been a bit of an embarrassment to the country and royal family of late and his feckless behavior has really been about not having any direction or meaning in life rather then being a general yob, this his calling. Dressing as a Nazi in North London is the most tactful gesture for that part of the capital. I'm sure Harry will make a great soldier and I'm sure he will be deployed in less controversial locations from now on, but it was a bit of a surprise that he was sent to this trouble spot first off, political reasons to keep the country behind the war effort in Afghanistan probably the driver. .. There's a great sketch from the old comedy show A Bit of Fry & Laurie where Hugh plays the foot soldiers fighting on the battlefield. He ...

Everything that starts with Y ... 27/09/2016

Y is for my Year in South Africa!

Everything that starts with Y ... I love South Africa, so much so I don't want to go back. I did it all while I lived there for a year and like a great holiday romance, you cram it all in and then you have to let go. Its an intense country, make no mistake, and as a pale Englishman abroad I was fairgame for the locals, mugged three times in those 52 weeks. Being mugged is just as painful as being dumped by a pretty girl though and all part of life's experience in Africa. You're a tourist; you're like the timid young antelope on the dusty plains to the wise old lion's eye and so you will be downed eventually. But enough about Johannesburg! Get yourself down to Cape Town as quick as possible and enjoy a far more western lifestyle in the Southern Hemispheres most beautiful city. It's far safer than other parts of the country and perhaps more like an American city like Atlanta or Detroit's in its racial mix and commerce, to use an example, although a dam site sexier and exciting than a middle America city. . It's not that South Africa's huge black underclass hate whites or its payback time or anything it's just that you have money and they don't it's a matter of economics. Everyone gets robed there. Whereas Joburg's city centre is an absolute no go for tourists at the weekend (you will probably be robbed on Sundays and anyone who lives there and writes on dooyoo will confirm that) Cape Town is a far more relaxing experience, a vibrant colonial city embracing the new order of the rainbow nation, although still ...

The Oscars 2009: How did you feel about this years winners? 27/09/2016

Show us your Golden Globes girls!

The Oscars 2009: How did you feel about this years winners? After Kate Winslet shamefully 'blubbed' her way to an Oscar nomination at the Golden Globes for 'The Reader', the tale of a love affair between a female SS officer and her underage Jewish lover, one cant help recall her cheeky appearance on Ricky Gervais brilliant sardonic sitcom 'Extras'. There, of course, she was dressed as a nun, quipping that 'if you want to go for an Oscar just play a 'Holocaust Jew or a mental'. Well she did the former adn earned the nomination in the best actress in a leading role category in 2009, ironically going up against Jewish golden girl Mel Streep who played a nun in 'Doubt'. There was only one winner. England 1- USA 0. I think it is fair to say that Holocaust related movies do rather well at the Oscars and that type of film is deliberately released in the awards season, this period also clashing with World Holocaust Week in January where the Jews are quite rightfully and honourably remembered around the world, and some say why they got away with the brutal attack on the Gaza Strip in the same month In 2009. Hollywood and the entertainment business is dominated by Jewish people and so no surprise their particular large voting block in the Academy use it to 'Big Up' their own sometimes. If it's your town then you make the rules! Its rumoured that closet gay men also pull a lot of strings in Hollywood and so films about gay men also seem to feature in the nominations when a big actor takes on that type of role, this time Sean Penn up for 'Milk' ...

Pakistan 27/09/2016

Cheats.

Pakistan Well what a weekend, cricket such a dramatic game partly because of those gaps in-between the day's play, the Lords test a perfect example of that, the game smashed apart by the match-fixing allegations. Four years ago on the last Pakistan tour of England; of course, the visitors would infamously walk off at The Oval and forfeit the match over ball tampering allegations and so this trauma nothing new with crickets most irritating and arrogant team. Its pretty clear now who the villains of world cricket are and let's stop making excuse for them to keep them in the game. The 'alleged' (cough!) corruption of the game this time around was that players would be involved in 'spot betting', bowling no-balls or wides to order during the test and one-day matches to help illegal gamblers win money on side bets in Pakistan and Asia. The problem is the fixer proved he could do it by predicting when it would happen in the Lords test and so the fix can be confirmed. It's the worse case scenario for the game and extremely undignified, like it was for the Lords members to have to suffer copies of the News of the World in the members pavilion. He also bragged about previous match fixing scams which he claimed he was also involved in, including the recent test series in Australia, which I have talked about here before. It seemed obvious the Sydney test was fixed as Australia's odds fell to 150-1 against winning until their last two wickets put on 200 odd and Pakistan were bowed out chasing ...
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