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Garnier Ultimate Blends Weightless Nourisher Shampoo 26/07/2016

Shower time girls!

Garnier Ultimate Blends Weightless Nourisher Shampoo I’m a bit fussy with my hair. I have great hair for my age and I know it makes me look younger. Its taken for granted women are fussy with their hair and will wash it all the time and get it cut once every other month to make sure thy look good enough to feel confident in themselves but men are less fussy. I’m a little bit fussier than most men. Guys will grab the scissors if a bit is sticking out or the fringe is too long but poor old women are ripped of with £28 haircuts as they are told not to tough their hair. But it’s the regular shampoo and well washed hair look I don’t like as your hair gets very thick and wiry and all those grey hairs standout. I wash my hair every three or so days as I like the natural shine from the natural oil that is supposed to be there although I’m lucky as my hair doesn’t get too oily. Don’t worry; I’m not one of those guys that don’t wash his hair girls. And let’s remember, the hair needs those oils to stay healthy. If it does I just wash water into it very quickly and the texture returns as I towel it out. What I won’t do is wash my hair more than twice a week. Water is enough. A little tip I used when backpacking because of so few decent wash spaces and long coach trips you suffered was just rubbing in some talc and it takes away that unwanted oily feel and shine, a great temporary fix. It also allows you to get your hair just right in a rush. Freshly washed hair doesn’t stay in place and after two days it begins to feel right and sit ...

Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (DVD) 26/07/2016

Yet more Sorkin genius!

Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip (DVD) Studio 60 is Aaron Sorkin of West Wing fame next big thing. Many fans of the brilliant US political drama went into a slump of depression after the final series was shown this year and were keen to see what Sorkin would come up with next. Well this is it and it’s not too bad. Unfortunately, and for unknown reasons, it has already been shelved after only one season from HBO. It’s certainly not a quality control issues as the six or so episodes I have seen so far are up there with any current American intelligent drama on TV right now. But more of that grumble later. The big problem with this is the awful scheduling, yet again bunged on in the middle of the night, as is most intelligent and sharp US drama on the commercial stations. C4 are showing it in double-headers, starting at a ludicrous late 12:15 a.m., and because its not on prime time its doesn’t get a write up in the TV listings, meaning you keep forgetting to record it as its hidden away in the small print. I reckon I have missed four episodes of the nine so far because of that stupidity stealth. One suspects Channel Four, who have really hit rock-bottom in the last few years, have realized that if there is only going to be one series then what’s the point in plugging it. Playing two shows together gets rid of it before the Christmas schedules. Job done! With so little quality drama on terrestrial TV, Channel 4 not exactly enamored with it these days, you just bang your head against the wall on the mentality of ...

International , The(DVD) 26/07/2016

Owen Owen Gone...?

International , The(DVD) .......... "The banks objective isn't to control the war; it's to control the debt that the war produces. You see, the real value of a conflict, the true value, is in the debt that it creates. You control the debt, you control everything. You find this upsetting, yes? But this is the very essence of the banking industry, to make us all, whether we are nations or individuals, slaves to debt""...... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - With greedy bankers in the firing line right now it's no surprise a topical thriller or two is coming out in the cinema and on DVD. 'The International' is not as clever as it sets out to be but on that subject of banking corruption but an interesting premise all the same. It's centred around a fictional bank based in Luxembourg, the bank of choice for the worlds nefarious criminals, intelligence agencies and premier league football club owners to launder their millions and hide their secrets, the idea being that because everyone is in it together they won't work against each other, the Mafia, the KGB and the C.I.A., ect, effectively sharing the same safe deposit box. And if it sounds unlikely then bare in mind this screenplay is based on fact, the B.C.C.I. scandal in the 1980s what that was all about, an international bank that was dragged through a senate committee to explain it's self. If you still think America was caught off guard by 911 and had nothing to do with it then you need to see this film. The narrative centres on ...

The Job Interview 25/07/2016

The reality of job seeking?

The Job Interview TV has decided not to bother with sitcoms anymore, funding at its lowest for 10-years-in the genre. Instead they are racing on with the far cheaper world of reality TV where sad sacks and posers from the general public agree to be scrutinized and then humiliated on a multitude of shows, for them in the hope of 15 minutes of fame, for C4 a decent profit making vehicle through advertising and cheap labor. The Gogglebox families were as little as £15 per show for the first two series. The people’s format has made big money around the world. The Job Interview is more of the same as a ‘selected’ mix of the long term unemployed, suitable applicants or the darn right strange have their job interview discreetly filmed in front of the camera for what appears to be genuine jobs and employers, with on or two of the interviewers also hamming it up David Brent style in front of those cameras, especially Rod Doyle of Low Cost Vans, who looks destined for greater things. Rod was upset that his interviewers didn’t know which 2 liter vans his company hired out. Ian, fired from a wire brush factory after 25-years service, had no answer, the Trigger from Only Fools and Horses moment. Each episode has two jobs up for grabs, the interviewees apparently picked by the employers but I guess the production team throwing in some weirdoes to make it entertaining TV, the type of people and CVs that would be sifted out first round if all was above board here. The jobs are not for menial tasks and some ...

No Country For Old Men (DVD) 25/07/2016

There Will Be .

No Country For Old Men (DVD) Nervous Accountant: Are you going to shoot me? Anton Chigurh: That depends. Do you see someone called 'me'? So, No Country for Old men, not to be confused with 'There Will Be Blood', Daniel Day Lewis's one man 'tour-de-force', both films shot in the same neck of the woods at the same time chasing the same Oscars to add to that confusion. Lewis, the world's best thespian by far, would win best performance in a leading man for his movie, and with some slight of hand by the Academy by taking Javier Bardem out of that main category and putting him in best supporting, the world's second best actor would be the first Spaniard to win an acting Oscar in the 80 year history of the Academy. The directors here in the Coen Brothers were also record breakers, bagging the big three directing Oscars, including best film and best director, the movie harboring eight nominations in total. In fact the Coen's equaled Orsen Wells's for Citizen Kane and Warren Beatty for 'Reds' record off four nominations for being behind the camera. West Side Story was the only other movie for the Academy to award the Oscar to duel directors, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins in 1961. This is yet another one of those films that is deliberately released late in the year to chase the big awards, and so the Hollywood hype machine at full blast, not only getting it noticed by the Academy but doing better business than it should off that momentum. It really isn't anything special. I want my Oscar movies to be ...

Unthinkable (Blu-ray) 25/07/2016

The path of the righteous man ....

Unthinkable (Blu-ray) Torture was supposed to unpick the War on Terror, not create it. Star –Samuel L Jackson Genre – Psychological Drama Run Time – 97 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – USA Awards –5 Nominations Amazon – £3.48 DVD (Blue Ray £8.99) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = As the Iraq Report finally reveals itself this month it’s unlikely to incriminate anyone important, anyone that matters mentioned in it given time to get their defense in order. Tony Blair will meet all the criteria to face a War Crimes trial in The Hague but he wonÂ’t because he doesn’t have a black face and live in Africa or demented Muslim hating Slav from the Balkans. Apart from the mass slaughter of innocent Muslims on behalf of BP and Shell it was torture and rendition that made the headlines. British agents were helping to ‘extract information’ against the prisoners will, often people abducted off streets and the war zone and taken to hidden secret black sites. Many were handed over in war zones for cash rewards with little or no evidence they were terrorists, other than they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. No one has any problem with terrorists being tortured but most of the people in Guantanamo and strapped down on tables and being water boarded around the world were probably not terrorists and simply people being tortured to get information on someone they may or may not know being a possible terrorist. It was open season. What you haven’t been told is women and children were also ...

R100 (DVD) 25/07/2016

As flabby as the airship but typical Japanese naughtiness

R100 (DVD) Genre – World Cinema > Drama/Comedy Run Time – 110 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – Japan Awards – 1 Wins & 4 Nominations Amazon – £8.61 DVD (Blue Ray £18.17) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = When it comes to sex and porn the Japanese are a perverted lot. Because of their extremely conservative society they don’t have as much sex as they should and so turn to the internet, comic books and fetish clubs to get their kicks. From Manga and Akira soft porn to young girls dressing up like dolls as even younger girls they have a thing for discipline and the forbidden. British porn, of course, is some tattooed fat bloke in a West Ham shirt and Y-Fronts around his ankles shagging some trollope in someone’s front room. But that won’t get the Japanese’s off. They like it kinky, bondage is another big winner in Japan, the subject of this rather out there sex comedy. It’s not my thing but it’s their thing and their mostly foreign sex trade workers are expected to ‘knock the blokes about a bit’ to get the gig. After the huge success of 50 Shades of Gray then maybe women do secretly love some pain and macho domination in this increasingly meterosexual world. Director Hitoshi Matsumoto certainly thinks so. Cast • Nao ÅŒmori as Takafumi Katayama • Shinobu Terajima as Whip Queen • Hitoshi Matsumoto • Ai Tominaga • Eriko Sato • Naomi Watanabe as Saliva Queen • You • Suzuki Matsuo • Atsuro Watabe • Gin Maeda • Katagiri Hairi as Gobble Queen • Lindsay Kay Hayward as CEO • Mao ...

Slazenger V500 Club Cricket Bat Full Size 25/07/2016

Going ...going...gone!

Slazenger V500 Club Cricket Bat Full Size Dave Richardson, the head of the ICC, has tackled bent arm bowlers and now he is going after batsmen. Not the batsman themselves but the equipment. He feels the explosion of Twenty20 around the world means the development of bats now favors the batsmen against the bowler. I have watched one-day games where players use three different weights and sizes of bats in an innings for the various bowlers and situation in the game. Most will use a heavier bat in the opening powerplay overs when the fielders are inside the circle. The balance has been tipped too far and it’s not fair on the bowlers. The current laws of cricket regarding bat sizes only limits the width of the bat to 4.25 inches and the length to 38 inches. But bat makers have enlarged the ‘sweet spot’ and big bespoke T20 hitters who spend most of the day in the weight room rather than the nets are caning some big sixes because of that equipment, sixes that wouldn’t have gone over the ropes ten years ago. The thickness of edges in modern bats has also increased by almost 300 per cent which, combined with greater stiffness to limit vibrations, means miss-hits can travel much further. A bowler going for five runs an over in an O.D.I. is not considered successful. The top 20 ODI innings scores of over 400 have all happened in the last 10 years and all but 5 of the all time top 100 fifty over innings scores have happened in the this century. That’s not because the bowlers have got particularly worse but the bats have got ...

Powerglide Swerve Tournament Snooker Cue 25/07/2016

Nice tip but feel that shaft girls!

Powerglide Swerve Tournament Snooker Cue In my younger days I was good at sports but not really good at any particular one. I wanted to be an Olympic 1500m runner first, a swing bowler for Northants second and an attacking central midfield for Manchester United third. I ended up running for Northants, being kicked off the park in Sunday League and shoveling it down the legside in cricket. It would be the game of pool where I won my most trophies. Our team dominated the Northants pool league for about five years and we even had an England player in our team. Snooker, of course, is very different game to pool and hard to be good at both. My best break on the 12ft by 6ft was just 51, and my only 50 break. On the pool table I can clean up. It’s always cool when you clear the lot and the black in pubs around the globe on your travels. I remember doing it twice in a pub competition in a bar in South Africa with a cue off the rack with chicks watching on. Fred Trueman and Indoor League would have loved it! TO pot those balls you need your own personalized stick. Pool cues tend to be shorter and thicker than the more elegant snooker cue. You need power, screw and big side in pool to break open the balls and control the white. You can use any cue for either pool or snooker, though. Anyone who has played pool league here know it all gets bit serious and we are nothing like the Americans and tend to be very conservative and roll the balls over the pockets to block the opponent, a very British approach to sport. In an America ...

Tracker (DVD) 25/07/2016

I prefer the chocolate bar

Tracker (DVD) Star – Ray Winstone Genre – Action Run Time – 101 minutes Certificate – 18 Country – UK/NZ Awards – 1 Nomination Amazon – £3.99 DVD (Blue Ray £7.52) = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = I think it’s fair to say that Ray Winstone is more movie star than actor, more presence than craft, more menace than mellow, as good at doing accents as he is Shakespeare. Who knew the mystical Scandinavian Beowulf monster fighting warrior was actually a cockney? But he hasn’t learnt his lesson and here our East London geezer is at it again with an attempt at South African Boar that would even make Mandela cringe. He is great fun in all those gangster movies like Sexy Beast and Love, Honor & Obey Cast Ray Winstone ... Arjan van Diemen Temuera Morrison ... Kereama Gareth Reeves ... Maj. Pritchard Carlysle Mark Mitchinson ... Saunders Daniel Musgrove ... Pvt. Rennick Andy Anderson ... Bryce Mick Rose ... Sgt. Leyborne Jodie Hillock ... Lucy Tim McLachlan ... Levin Plot Quote Van Diemen (Winstone) : ‘During the war, me and my men would cut off the trigger fingers of the bravest British officers we captured - only the bravest, mind, the ones most worthy of respect. Do you understand that? That's what I did to people I respected’. The rather mean looking Arjan Van Diemen (Winstone) with snake eyes, a renowned Afrikaner commando of the Second Boer War - and a master tracker - has arrived in New Zealand to start a new life. The war is over and after the defeat by the British he has ...

Four Lions (DVD) 25/07/2016

Four Beheadings and a Funeral

Four Lions (DVD) So, just five years from 7/7 and is it too early for a comedy about British Muslim suicide bombers? Well not for Chris Morris, Four Lions his riposte to those callous but expected attacks, and appropriately titled film in World Cup year, Morris never missing a trick. After he and Armando Iannuci were effectively bullied off TV by nervy lawyers and commissioning editors for being too clever and cutting on fellow celebrities with their cruel cerebral comedy, the brilliant Brass Eye and The Day Today to name but two shows (less said about Nathan Barley as possible Chris), both turned to mainstream movies to express their unique and needed talents. Whereas Iannuci's enjoyable 'In the Loop', the film of the TV series 'The Thick of It', targeted a very middle-class and knowing cinema audience, Morris used the scattergun approach to hit a much wider commercial target with this not as smart but still very funny effort, more Shaun of the Dead than Annie Hall. It doesn't have the clever in-jokes and snarling edge as some of his comedy but it's still subtly edgy and risqué. It's a deliciously silly send up of the type of religious morons that contemplate blowing themselves and others up thinking they will somehow please their righteous God and pass into paradise with their disgusting twisted thinking. Contrary to common belief most successful suicide bombers are not that smart (clearly), hence Morris's characterization here, guys easily manipulated by much smarter people to do an ...

BBC1 - Hole in the Wall 25/07/2016

I would prefer a hole in the head

BBC1 - Hole in the Wall The Strictly Come Dancing controversies over the casting of lumpy heavyweights to encourage the perfunctory public complaints is where the BBC seems to be right now, determined not to lose their 'thought police' tag by continuously dumbing down their programming to adhere to their original public mandate, which was and is to please all sections of the community so a variety of patronizing programming puked up. Britain's middle-class pensioners have been empowered by getting rid of Russell Bland and suspending Jonathan Ross and now looking for bigger scalps, Leylandi tree and neighbor border disputes noticeably absent recently because of the challenge ahead, instead the old crones staying inside in their six jumpers with notebooks in hand by the TV and radio with the finger on the redial button if anything is amiss on the BBC. The BBC producers seem obsessed with the manipulation of their shows and those phone votes, controlling the viewer's apparent democratic opinions and decisions at every turn, the bizarre decision to change the winner of the 'Name the Blue Peter cat competition', from 'Cookie' to 'Socks', the most irritating one. Apparently because there was a small chance of a gay website coming up on google if kids tapped in 'Blue Peter' + 'Cookie' it was deemed not appropriate. Don't ask! If you are going to dumb down TV then don't patronize the core viewers, a lesson quickly learnt by ITV`s new controller Michael Grade, and something the BBC need to grasp. But ...

Italy V New Zealand 25/07/2016

NZ Lambs to the slaughter?

Italy V New Zealand Whatever women say about hating football and the World Cup many will be watching when Italy take the field today, the impossibly good looking Italian teams of the past having gay men and housewives all of a quiver. Although this year’s lot have lost the flowing locks and look more like builders with their ‘short back and earole’ and tattoos there’s always one or two for the girls to swoon over. There’s something about those Italian boys. As defending champions and one of only two nations to defend the World Cup they are always there or there abouts when it comes to the big tournaments, the famous cattanacci defence deployed, the parking of the Italian team coach in front of the goal their only real tactic. Their method is always not to conceded goals rather than score them, niggly fouls and backchat to break up games the key. Slow tempo is a good tempo for these Latin’s. Boring it may be but they are the most successful European team with four World Cups. After their two wins in the 1930s they didn’t get past the group stage until 1970, appearing in that magical 4-3 semi-final against West Germany in Mexico City, the so called ‘Game of the Century’, and then the brilliant final against Brazil, which they lost. From there on they have been impressive, 2 more wins, a final and five Q/F’s or beyond. Sometimes average teams from the countries who know how to win finals just get there by being who they are. Italy’s last two World Cup wins came off the back of huge domestic ...

Zathura:A Space Adventure (DVD) 25/07/2016

Lost in Space

Zathura:A Space Adventure (DVD) PG Rating 113 minutes Kid's film Directed by John Favreau --------------- --------------- --- So hands up who enjoys the kid's film way too much at Christmas but should no better at our age? Me too! Miracle on 34th Street, Elf and National Lampoons Christmas vacation are fun but there's always room for the Incredibles and Narnia. I don't have kids that I know off so why not act like one at Christmas is my motto! Zathura is, of course the direct sequel to Jumanji, both screenplays of the kid's books by Chris Van Allsburg. You will be relieved to know that Robin Williams doesn't feature this time around. Just as Oppenheimer's great invention was 'destroyer of worlds', Williams is destroyer of kid's films. -The Cast- Jonah Bobo ... Danny Josh Hutcherson ... Walter Dax Shepard ... Astronaut Kristen Stewart ... Lisa Tim Robbins ... Dad Frank Oz ... Robot (voice) John Alexander ... Robot It's Christmas so lets here it for the Zorgons! Derek Mears ... Lead Zorgon Douglas Tait ... Zorgon Joe Bucaro III ... Zorgon Jeff Wolfe ... Zorgon ----The Plot----- Warring brothers Danny (Jonah Bobo) and little Walter (Josh Hutcherson) are left at home with their big sister Lisa (Kristen 'Twighlight' Stewart) because dad (Tim Robbins) has got to go into work at short notice. So while the cats away the mice do play, the boys' teasing each other and messing around as boys do as sis sleeps upstairs. In the creepy basement with the menacing boiler little Danny ...

After The Sunset (DVD) 25/07/2016

No Licence to thrill here...

After The Sunset (DVD) How must Pierce Brosnan (the star of this movie) be feeling right now, now that Danny Craig has wowed the critics and fans alike with his raw and athletic Bond week. I bet the impossibly handsome Irishman is surely regretting giving up his license to kill. What Pierce would give to be doing the PR right now with a bevy of beauties! It just amazes me when actors give up 007, the most iconic and glamorous gig in cinema, as it can only be downhill after that. I think the delightful Roger Moore got it right and hung on and on until he got fired by Chubby Broccoli for not resigning his Walter PPK. And what a nice guy Roger is, happily plugging his biography all month to coincide with the new Bond film. Now there's a class act. Brosnan always claims he gave up the best job in acting because it felt right at the time, giving the same old excuses of avoiding typecast and trying to do 'other things'. But, alas, the films he has done since have been quite ironic in that disclosure, burnt out hit men and jewel thieves, all that's on offer for shorty, effectively taking scripts, whether subconsciously or not, about jobs a retired Bond would probably be doing right now to pay the mortgage. After the Sunset is definitely a movie about paying Brosnan`s bills. This really does feel like a Bond retirement movie, Brosnan playing a successful jewel thief in that hackney cliché role of the 'one last job' scenario, practically a follow on from the decent remake of the Thomas Crown Affair. ...
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