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The Theory of Everything (Blu-ray) 01/05/2016

The Theory of Boredom?

The Theory of Everything  (Blu-ray) Star – Eddie Raymane & Felicity Jones Genre – Drama Run Time – 123 minutes Certificate – 12 Country – U.K Oscar – I Win & 4 nominations Awards – 24 Wins & 114 Nominations Amazon – £5.49 DVD (Blue Ray £6.99) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Einstein: ‘Both religious believers and physicists are ultimately looking for the same thing: The creator’. So we all know if actors play a Holocaust hero, a disable character, a gay man or someone with autism there is a good chance they will be nominated for an Oscar. It proved the case with Eddie Raymane with his worthy Oscar winning performance here as world famous cosmologist Stephen Hawking. One big qualification to go on and actually win the Oscar is to be posh and very British. The Academy loves that stiff upper lip stuff. 40% of BAFTA winners were privately educated and most British Oscar winners from public school in recent years. Film, like music, is becoming increasingly middle-class as working-class kids can no longer afford to do the unpaid apprenticeship for the arts. In the year of 2014 it was a straight fight between Redmayne for this and Benedict Cumberbatch for the Imitation Game, two Oxbridge posh boys playing two Oxbridge posh boys. Hawking, of course, is the most famous scientist since Einstein, and as recognizable although more known for his wheelchair and funny voice over the equations none of us will ever understand. Now 74 he is still doing his magic, 50 years after a doctor back in the 1960s gave ...

Lindy Compressed Air Cleaner 01/05/2016

Speedfan works a whole lot better...

Lindy Compressed Air Cleaner So I am sitting at the laptop and I hear this fluttering noise inside it. Two days later it’s a sporadic scraping noise and then a loud irritating din that sounds like a light plane flying around inside of it. This, of course, is your hardrive fan playing up. This fault can be caused by a few things. The most likely is there is a build up of dust and gunge inside your computer and the air vents are being blocked or the fan obstructed, for example. The computer can quickly heat up when not vented and the fan over-revving to keep the fan cool. Another reason could be a virus is deliberately revving it up to wreck your computer and the final reason I know of is the baring on the fan has worn lose and thrown the fan out of sync to cause the rattling and growling. Either way it has to be addressed. I decided to buy a Samsung NC10 generic fan off Ebay and at the same time the canister of air from Amazon. If it is just gunge in there then a blast of this can would clear a lot of crap inside. I’m using air pressure because the screws have threaded on my laptop so I can’t possibly open it up to change the fan or clean it out so the spare fan I bought not much use. The only other option is to drill the screws and that could easily wreck a laptop or netbook. The compressed air can was quite expensive on Amazon at £5.99 and annoying to know that you can buy them in pound shops. I think they saw me coming. The canister is about the size of an old fashioned women’s hairspray can and has ...

Tweezerman Folding Nail Clipper 01/05/2016

What girl likes a guy with griffin toes?

Tweezerman Folding Nail Clipper As all the boys know, girls like to pamper themselves to look pretty for the boys, and to lift their self-esteem and confidence. But when it comes to nails they really push the boat out. If they are down to their last thirty quid and it’s the end of the world in two hours it’s off to the nail bar they go! The nail bar, of course, is full of Vietnamese illegal immigrants choking on toxic fumes all day and the last thing they would want to do at the end of the world hours if to paint Chantelles chubby digits. To boys this nail thing is all very weird why they spend more on their nails than their hair but that’s chicks for you, the finger nails the new stiletto! But guys have pedicure needs to, although less about the metrosexual look and more about the fact men use their hands more at work and smash their hands and nails to bits. As all men also know a manicure kit is not something you ever buy but something given to you, be it a Christmas present from mom or pieced together with a nail file from a Christmas cracker and a clipper from the long haul flight goody bag and some scissors from Netto, ideal for the old ball bag trim. Well, the girls don’t like jungles either so fair is fair. Not ever buying these kits is a bit like not ever buying playing cards. You don’t lob this stuff as you know it will come in handy one day, if you excuse the pun’. I once got a protractor from a Christmas cracker. Now, I split my finger nail down the middle. That was three years ago and it’s ...

ladbrokes.com 01/05/2016

Life's a gamble - but read the small print first.

ladbrokes.com Anyone who has been abroad knows you don’t see many highstreet bookies. Even Australia only have the public tote. But betting is a way of life for the British working-class male, and increasingly for women as online bingo and gambling sites take a grip on the council estates and our urban bedrooms. The highstreet bookies are not a place for ladies but a glass of pinot and your smartphone and laptop in your lounge a very different gambling environment. In the old days the bookies were smoke-filled, macho and noisy places as unemployed men gambled the day away and the old boys enjoyed their only pleasure available to them at that age with a few bets on the nags. It’s pretty much the same now although no smoke and lots of surely looking Eastern European men banging on the gambling machines after yet another one didn’t payout. The government could do very nicely if they upped the tax take on those for the Treasury so no one could ever say immigrants don’t pay their way. In Australia with the ‘pokie’ machines they were being using them for decades to raise tax. The so-called crack cocaine machines are skillfully designed to exploit certain players who bet in certain ways and you will never make money from them. They are not even a game of chance anymore and there simply to exploit the thick blue collar losers and compulsive gamblers. This country pumps in an astonishing £46 billion a year into these fixed rate terminals and the bookies made £1.5 billion from it, a 50% rise in the ...

Natwest Card 01/05/2016

Credit where credit is due ...

Natwest Card After New Labor and Blair allowed the banks to give pretty much everyone a credit or mortgage that wanted one so to drive the economy the banks had to go out and raise that money to cover it. Plenty of people took up the offer as greedy bank workers took commissions for every card and loan given and mortgages agreed. Never mind if the punter could pay back. The personal credit cost was huge to the banks so they simply invented super complex derivatives to hide the risk and then bundle that bad risk in with good risk and sell it to countries they shouldn’t have. South America carries 25% of American banks so-called sub prime debt. They were told by America if they didn’t buy that debt then their trade tariffs with the US would suffer. I personally applied for at last 8 cards at the height of it in the 1990s and got every one, even though I was on minim wage jobs or not working at all sometimes. Recently it has been hard to get new credit cards with good interest rates after the credit crunch. But personal lending levels are right back up there pre crash and you can try one of thirty applications for cards online. Some give you an answer there and then. We don’t get the postal applications through the postbox much now but when I do I fill them in and send them off. As long as your credit rating is good and you are prepared to lie on the form and then lie to the call center that all the info you gave is true then you will get a card. The banks cheated us so we cheat them, ...

Venus Fly Trap/Pitcher Plant 30/04/2016

It needs viagara

Venus Fly Trap/Pitcher Plant We all like a joke Christmas present and mine was a grow-your-own Venus Flytrap kit. Some of the older ones will recall a black and white horror movie called The Day of the Triffids, where those particular intimidating looking plants grow to ten feet tall in the movie and come alive and kill people by spraying an acidic poison on them, and unlike the Daleks, can actually go up stairs. The Venus Flytrap is very much in that plant grouping and the inspiration for the movie. But only 5% of its diet is actually flies. In fact, the Dionaea grouping it comes form has a diet of 33% ants, 30% spiders, 10% beetles, and 10% grasshoppers, with fewer than 5% flying insects. The Venus Anttrap is not so cool a name. In our minds they are quite big and scary things and lurk in the jungle and can eat mice hole with razor sharp teeth. In reality they are quite small and would only really snare a very old and slow blowfly approaching pension age. The clamp does come down sharpish though when you see them in action. The slower it clamps the worse health the plant is in, apparently. If it sounds like a castle pulling up the drawbridge then it’s probably knackered. It has tiny hairs on the inside of the amazing and colorful clamps and when a bug crawls in there they trigger the reflex. Rather cleverly, evolution re-geared it so it could save energy by only clamping down if a second hair is triggered, the object in the trap more likely to be alive and attritional if multiple contacts. Then a mesh ...

McVitie's Lyle's Golden Syrup Cakes 27/04/2016

Crumbles away like the British economy.

McVitie's Lyle's Golden Syrup Cakes I do like McVitie’s Lyles Syrup Cake. It’s packed in their rather grand and signature green packaging and available in the shops for about £1.30, or you can take your chances in the pound stores. It’s a spongy like loaf product with the brown textured cake laced with a syrup mix. It is not too sweet or bitter and a reasonable chance of serving three or four people with one. It’s a moist texture with a spongy give and has decent shelf life although one of those cakes you will wolf down the lot and so no worries. Its pretty fattening girls (and men over 40) so be careful. Now the big problem with it is not the taste. No problem with that. The problem is actually eating it. Once you unpack it from the sealed pack you try to cut it and it simply collapses like a poorly inflated bouncy castle. It doesn’t squash down the way a Fruit Malt Loaf does but simply crumbles away to very little, the way a Flake chocolate bar does so you have to buy another one. You end up eating these with your fingers as half of it falls in the floor (again like the Flake) and the rest sticks to the cardboard base of the packaging. The bit that sticks is the best bit with all the treacle in. You really don’t get good value with it. I would take it out of the packet and stick it on the cake slab and strap it down. I would say it’s a treat product to buy once a month because of its scrummy taste. It’s not one that will loiter in the family cake tin unloved the way the brown Fondant Fancies do so that’s ...

Alternative Vote (AV) 25/04/2016

AV it!

Alternative Vote (AV) So, for the local elections on May 5th we also get to vote on whether we want to change to the Alternate Voting system, already used in Wales and Scotland. This is where you list your voting preference from your first choice (#1) down to the bottom candidates on the list, however many that may be and however many choices you get. They are usually listed alphabetically, meaning the BNP and the Anarchist Party; for example, seem to have an advantage with the random voter, and trust me this style of voting attracts the pin the donkeys tail approach to voting. There are usually arguments by the candidates on where exactly they are placed in order on the ballot paper as no one wants to be listed last. The alternative to AV and what we use in the European Elections is Proportional Representation (PR), sometimes referred to as full representation, an electoral formula aimed at a close match between the percentage of votes and the percentage of seats the said party receive (usually in local legislative assemblies), 15% of the vote getting 15% of the seats type thing. PR is a democratic principle rather than an electoral system in itself. But who really cares other than the MPs chasing power… An MP once said that spending just five minutes with a constituent is reason enough not to have a democracy. An MP also ordered a sun bed and a Duck Island on his expenses from those very same voters' taxes. We would be hypocrites if we said we wouldn't have fiddled our expenses in some way as ...

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 (DVD) 24/04/2016

Has a huge film franchise ever dribbled out so badly before?

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2 (DVD) Star – Jennifer Lawrence Genre – Action > Fantasy > Sci-Fi Run Time – 137 minutes Certificate – PG13 Country – USA Awards – 12 Nominations Amazon – £9.99 DVD (Blue Ray £14.99) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = There is no doubt The Hunger Games is as near perfect book to film Science Fiction movie we have seen in recent cinema. With its feminist teenage tones and brilliant lead performance from the gorgeous tomboy that is Jenifer Lawrence it’s a very modern movie, Lawrence the first stand alone female lead star to gross $500 million dollars plus in four separate movies. She is the Queen of Hollywood right now and worth every penny, loved by young girls through the Suzanne Harris books as she is admired by older men who should know better. Who wouldn’t want to have beer with Jen-Lo? But there is also no doubt the Hunger Games final two movies have been a bit of a let down. Mockingjay Part 1&2 were shot together to keep hold of hot property Lawrence to complete the series and to save money on sets and special effects. She doesn’t come cheap. If you look at the numbers below you can clearly see Jennifer Lawrence wages steeple up in through the franchise and the profits starting to go down because of, $616 million profit from the far superior film one, down to $497 million in this bland and unsatisfactory final installment. Lawrence has been vociferous on women’s pay and rights in Hollywood of late and it’s worked, the success of the Hunger Games movies seeing saw ...

Born Yesterday - Gordon Burn 24/04/2016

The media gives us lots of images but few facts.

Born Yesterday - Gordon Burn About four years ago a wordy broadsheet sent anonymous text exerts from 10 Booker and Orange Prize for Fiction winning books to Britain's supposedly top ten publishers. All but one rejected the text as 'not good enough'. Clearly it's being known and connected and not talent that gets books noticed and published these days and its authors like Gordon Burn who benefit from that lazy ignorance. If this guy is one of Britain's best writers then I'm William Shakespeare! The dust-cover describes this book as the 'news as a novel', the author Gordon Burn ( not the Krypton Factor guy) attempting to weave major factual events from the British summer of 2007 into the loosest of stories - and with no identifiable characters or narrative in the book it's a tough read let me tell you. I only stuck with it as it did cough up some intriguing facts and figures, especially on the McCann's and New Labor, the only chicken on the bone here. To me this is a pretentious rant by someone as angry and cynical as many of us at the tiresome middle age and if he was writing on ciao he would have been kicked off by now. He wanted to have his say on this decaying country and New Labor and the real reason this rather tedious 200 pager got published and on the shelves was because the author is a big cheese in the British literary world and has enough clout and kudos to achieve that, whatever the subject. Its central premise is that there's some sort Catholic hierarchy in the UK and it exerts its power ...

House of Cards Season 3 (DVD) 24/04/2016

Game of Thrones

House of Cards Season 3 (DVD) Star – Kevin Spacey & Robin Wright Genre – Drama Run Time – 12 x 50 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Amazon – £14.90 DVD (Blue Ray £19.90) Awards – Won 1 Golden Globe and one nomination = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So here we all are for season three of House of Cards on DVD, and with Season Four up and running on US TV right now a lot of people are getting back into. It’s an adaptation of the unforgettable British drama from the 1980s where the brilliant Ian Richardson played the devious Francis Urquhart, a British politician who plotted his way to the top job at Number Ten, Boris Johnson style but with more dead bodies. Americans being Americans decided they could squeeze two box sets out of the original 4 x 1 hour long British format by writer Michael Dobbs of the rise to power and then add two more in the Whitehouse to make a ton of more money for Netflix. You can’t blame them as it was a big risk to stream the original American series on their new platform in what was a brave TV experiment at the time and so they had to cash in with four series to keep earning new subscribers. They are not selling solid discs to pass around but home cinema tickets with no commercials. A $20 million dollar tax incentive helped from the Maryland Governor to cut that risk though to Netflix. Whatever the result this is how we will get our intelligent TV in the future, the Netflix model of hiring the best and letting them get on with it my idea of sense. They ...

Nike Sunglasses Men 24/04/2016

Cool man...

Nike Sunglasses Men Although it’s a little early to start the cricket season it’s underway and so every self-respecting cricket writer and cricket fan needs a new pair of sunnies. Its very rare for a pair to the last year and the cheaper they are the quicker they break and the more expensive they are the more likely you are to lose them, people less keen to return brand name shades to lost property. And, let’s face it, like umbrellas; you can leave sunglasses just about anywhere. I once left mine on the stumps when the players were coming out. Cue red face as tannoy announces this embarrassing discovery. In recent years I was buying a pair of generics for a tenner or so off Amazon and hoping for the best. Actual eye protection is not what you are buying as cheap shades can often offer better protection than very expensive ones. Those pound shop ones are often perfectly fine although it’s important to have a larger lens to block sun coming in to the eye from the sides. No, what you need to buy are sturdy and protective ones so they can survive falling on concrete and the floor. Anything under a tenner will almost certainly crack the cheap plastic lens or frames. Better brands have stronger lens but they often have a weak point around the little screw on the side that often works itself lose all the time. So with that in mind I decided to spend a little more this year and buy a brand. I can get through three pairs a season so thirty quid for a pair, I hope, will be good value. I don’t like ...

Bridge of Spies (DVD) 24/04/2016

Hanks and Rylance on top form!

Bridge of Spies (DVD) Star – Tom Hanks Genre – Drama Run Time – 142 minutes Certificate –PG 13 Country – USA/Germany Awards – Wins & Nominations Amazon – £10.00 DVD (Blue Ray £14.99) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg’s latest Oscar run, the films greatest achievement to date to drag the much revered stage actor Mark Rylance back into film. Often quoted as ‘The greatest actor of his generation’, this rather shy and sweet little chap dominates The West End and Broadway stage by acting, directing and producing yet chooses not to trouble himself with the lucrative world of Hollywood film. But Bridge of Spies earned him his first Oscar for his excellent lead performance as a Russian spy and I have a feeling he will be back. When you look at his film cannon its rather contradictory to his stage career as he has picked some really oddball movies, including a pretty dire low budget Jason Statham gangster movie called Blitz. The Other Boleyn Girl was his last movie of note before Spielberg revved him up, of course, and was spectacularly good in Wolf Hall on the BBC. The film is based on the true story of James B Donavan (played by Tom Hanks here), an American lawyer who defends a Russian Spy in a show trail in New York City and then converted into a full time negotiator for the CIA to help extract imprisoned Americans around the world, most of his work kept secret. It was eventually revealed he helped to negotiate the release of a total of 9, 703 people ...

13 Tzameti (DVD) 24/04/2016

Georgian Roulette

13 Tzameti (DVD) Star – George Babluani Genre – World Cinema > Psycho Thriller Run Time – 93 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Amazon – £3.91 DVD Awards – 10 Wins & 3 Nominations = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = So "Tzameti", the Georgian word for thirteen, a number associated with bad luck in the west, especially for the poor guy in the lead of this low budget but interesting Psycho Thriller. It’s from France (subtitles) and not the type of film that would come to your attention but certainly worth seeing if you are a foreign film fan (have no problem with those subtitles) and looking for something edgy and hand over your eyes stuff. The closing twenty minutes of this one are like cutting the red wire on the bomb when you know it’s the blue wire you should cut. Cast George Babluani ... Sébastien Aurélien Recoing ... Jacky Pascal Bongard ... Le maître de cérémonie Fred Ulysse ... Alain Nicolas Pignon ... Le parrain Vania Vilers ... Mr. Schlondorff Christophe Vandevelde ... Ludo Olga Legrand ... Mme Godon Augustin Legrand ... José Jo Prestia ... Pierre Bléreau Philippe Passon ... Jean-François Godon Djalalli Amouche ... Abel Serge Chambon ... L'Organisateur Melchior Aquino ... Keller Nouredine Ameur ... Mr. Meyer Plot 22-year-old Sebastian (George Babluani), a decent hardworking Georgian immigrant living in modern day France, works construction jobs to support his poor family, not really the builder type and currently doing a spot of roofing by the Brittany coast for a ...

Lessons of Evil (DVD) 24/04/2016

Battle Royale 5 : A Teachers revenge.

Lessons of Evil (DVD) Star – Hideake Ito Genre – Psycho Drama Run Time – 128 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – Japan Awards – 3 Nominations Amazon – £8.16 DVD (Blue Ray £9.74) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Japanese director Takashi Mike makes some great movies and also makes some violent and sadistic ones, ‘Audition’ one you may have heard of. The scalpel and the eyeball scene will remain with me forever. He really is a class act behind the camera and acts, too, and if you enjoy Asian Extreme Cinema then you will know all about him. You may also have heard of 13 Assassins, Ichi the Killer, Gozu and the Dead or Alive trilogy. In most of those films blood squirts, pretty Japanese school girls whimper and heads roll. The Japanese are a sadistic and perverted bunch deep down and he drags it all out of them on screen to salivate all over again. The film is an adaptation of Yusuke Kishi's Manga 2010 novel of the same name. The film contains many references to German culture, such as to Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther (I got that off wiki to fill this review out) and in the film a vinyl record with the German song about Mack the Knife written by Bertolt Brecht, played throughout. It’s a great sing and a big clue to our villain’s intent. These elements are violently forced together and we have Mikes signature Manga comic style on screen in a live action movie, as we have with many of his other films, memorably so with Ichi the Killer, and this one not for the feint hearted. Ito ...
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