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      28.06.2017 17:27

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      • "Actually works!"
      • "Barrier to the elements"
      • "Long term protection"
      • Economical
      • "Good value for money"
      • Moisturises
      • Protects
      • Heals

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      • "Tube can split without the key"
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      Really does heal and protect, not just moisturise. Changed my life in winter. Game changer!

      This is hands down (ha didn’t see that pun till I read this back!) one of the best creams out there for dry, cracked or eczema prone skin (amongst other conditions). It is not only an amazing treatment for the dryness and pain, but also leaves a protective barrier between your skin and the elements, or water when washing, to help prevent further damage. It truly is a hand protector, and not a simple cream like many others out there.

      The cream is available in smaller 30ml tubes, or the larger 100ml. I highly recommend purchasing the 100ml, if money allows, because although it is £12, you are getting 70ml extra for just £7. Plus, you’ll probably fall in love and need the extra anyway ha!  It is part of a full healing range for extreme dryness on the hands, body and face (I will review the whole range in time).

      The cream itself has a very strong smell. I begin here because in my experience you will love it or hate it. I personally really like the smell, but I would definitely say go to a store and try before you buy. The shops are excellent with demos and the assistants have a wealth of knowledge to make sure you make an informed decision. The scent is from those luscious healing ingredients, so if you can stand it please give it a chance – it is mainly when you first put it on, it does not last strong over a long period, so don’t worry about being a walking advert for the cream!

      The texture of the cream is smooth and thick. A little goes a long way, so your tube will last a while. The cream coats the hands beautifully, and it feels like a silky glove as it glides on. There is a slight oily residue, but nothing that will prevent you carrying out activities if you give it a few minutes to absorb. I find those few minutes well worth the wait as your hands will show a huge improvement even from the first application. If the protective layer does bother you, simply wipe the palms with a cloth so you no longer feel it, but the protection remains on the tops of your hands.

      I find this cream particularly helpful in the winter. The protective layer stops the cold from cracking my skin. I suffer with my hands, I always have, and I would often have splits and blood all over the backs. I did not have slight roughness, but serious dryness and painful wounds in the skin which prevent me from doing many things. This cream not only treats this, but truly prevents it, and it enables me to remain pain free day to day.
      I will not lie and say this is the only cream I use, and the only one that works, but it is certainly towards the top of an elite few that do work for me. Most just absorb then disappear, not helping me at all but the hemp cream is one of the beauties that really do heal me.

      The product has been given 4 out of 5 hearts from me. My reason for the deduction is simply the packaging, not the cream itself. Although the metal tube keeps the product fresh, and it easy to squeeze, I do find that as I get to the end of the product the bottle begins to split. This is obviously less than ideal! Now The Body Shop have listened, as the often do, to their customers dislikes. They have created a little key which works with all their creams stored in this format. It slides on the top allowing you roll it to dispense. (Think of a corned beef tin key and that is basically the idea!) It is great because it avoids the splitting issue, and makes sure every bit of product is dispensed so wastage is reduced. It does not, unfortunately, come with the creams. It is an extra purchase at £3.50. This is a good price, but it would be nice in my opinion to have it as part of the cream purchase in the first place.

      There is not much more I can say about this product, other than please please go and try it! It genuinely is part of my everyday life now, and I tell anyone and everyone who suffers with dryness to give it a go.

      © CherryCoke_x
      28/06/2017

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    • Durex Love Condoms / Sexual Health / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      28.06.2017 16:10

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      • "Haven't had any breaks so far"
      • "Live up to their claims"
      • "No nasty strong smell"
      • "Easy to use"
      • "Natural feel"

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      • "None thankfully!"

      Highly recommended. Reliable and live up to their claims!

      These condoms from Durex are ultra-thin and allow a more natural feel for both partners. Although, obviously, they cannot allow you to completely feel as though there is no condom involved, they certainly allow increased sensation. The latex, as stated on the website, is 20% thinner which is how the extra sensation is achieved.

      The packaging is the usual Durex and general condom look. Individually wrapped with easy tear blue coloured foils. To fit with the ‘love’ them the box is decorated with a little devil heart, and there is a red theme along with the blue.

      Use…

      From a male perspective: the condoms are very easy to wear. There is no issue with getting them on (as they are super stretchy) or taking time to make them feel comfortable. Although it is still apparent that the condom is being worn, the increased sensation is very obvious. There is more awareness with regard to feeling, and they definitely allowed for a more enjoyable experience. When putting the condom on, and whilst wearing, there is definitely no strong off putting latex scent. My partner was very happy with the performance of the condom, and had no problem ‘performing’ with them on (sometimes he can become frustrated with the thicker condoms).

      From a female perspective: If I am honest I didn’t notice a huge amount of difference, but I do think these condoms are made to enhance male sensitivity as a priority. That wasn’t a problem for me, as I personally don’t find protection of this type to reduce my enjoyment.
      I do agree, however, that the latex scent is greatly reduced. This is a major plus for me as I hate the strong smell sometimes associated with condoms! I was also able to enjoy myself thoroughly, as my partner was also enjoying himself and not feeling frustrated with reduced sensations.

      So overall, performance wise the condoms were brilliant. I will absolutely buy them again. I was very happy with the fact my partner could completely let go, and not become worked up due to lack of sensation. He was impressed with how much more he can feel, and no longer dreads the protection. Because of these reasons they will most likely become out only condom type to use.

      Out a pack of 16 condoms there wasn’t one breakage. I waited until I had used the full pack to write my review for that very reason, as obviously it is a big concern with this kind of contraceptive.

      Highly recommended!

      © CherryCoke_x
      28/06/2017

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      28.06.2017 12:52

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      • "Reasonable prices"
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      • "Now use Yodel as delivery partner - avoid!"

      Now using Yodel as delivery partner - AVOID AVOID AVOID!!!

      Change of delivery partner means I won't be using them again.

      I have happily used Viking Direct in the past, as they have a good range of products at a reasonable price, delivered quickly. However, they now seem to have started using Yodel as their delivery partner and Yodel are terrible -- every delivery I've had through Yodel has been messed up somehow. So unless I hear Viking Direct have changed their delivery partner (they used to use TNT, who were decent), I 'll be ordering my stationery from another vendor.

      Praise for Kirsty in their webchat contact team who took down the details of what had happened and promised to let the courier department know.

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    • Bridgewater Hall / Theatre / Musical National / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      28.06.2017 11:18

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      A Girl Walked Home at Night - a film I saw hr


      Genre – World Cinema > Arthouse Horror
      Run Time – 113 minutes
      Certificate – 1
      Country – USA/Iran
      Awards – 7 Wins & 22 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.99 DVD £7.38 Blue Ray
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      So, A Girl Walks Home Alone, billed as the first vampire story to be set in a Middle-Eastern setting. It was actually shot in Taft, California and so no guerilla filmmaking behind the backs of the oppressive Iranian state going Mullahs on show here folks, which kind of takes the edge off it.

      Our vampire is female and does her business under the veil late at night and so a less than subtle statement on religious dress Muslims are forced to wear there. She is also a vampire that watches her subjects over a life time and decides to kill them on amoral judgment when she is ready, not dissimilar to the Iranian all powerful all seeing religious cleric state.

      There are a significant amount of Iranians in California after they fled there after the Iranian Revolution and so plenty of ex pats ready to make comment about the Muslim state through film and art. Relations had improved under Obama and the Iranian film ‘A Separation’ won the Oscar for Best Film in a Foreign Language but Trump has kind messed that up. 2000 people a year in Iran are publicly hanged for all manner of crimes to keep the people in line


      ===Cast===

      • Sheila Vand as The Girl
      • Arash Marandi as Arash
      • Marshall Manesh as Hossein
      • Dominic Rains as Saeed
      • Mozhan Marnò as Atti
      • Rome Shadanloo as Shaydah
      • Masuka as the cat

      ===Plot===

      A young, handsome and hardworking blue collar Iranian man named Arash (Arash Marandi) lives with and takes care of his heroin-addicted father, Hossein (Marshall Manesh). They are leaned on by a nasty, drug-dealer pimp named Saeed (Dominic Rains), who takes Arash cool prized classic American car in exchange for the money owed by his pop.

      Arash is a gardener and works for a rich woman called Shaydah (Rome Shadanloo). Desperate, he steals a pair of diamond earrings from her bedroom to fund his dads habit.

      The pimp is out and about controlling his girls and selling drugs when he comes across a strange young woman (Sheila Vand) in a black full length chador veil late at night. He invites her back to his lavish apartment, a bad decision, Saeed’s time to go as she bites off his finger and then goes for his neck. As she leaves the pad, she passes by Arash, who has come to offer the earrings for his car. He finds Saeed dead and so takes back his car along with the drugs and cash. He has no idea how Saeed died or who killed him but glad its over.

      Arash dresses up as Dracula to go to a night club party where he is persuaded by Shaydah into popping some ecstasy pills. This is not a come on by her, alas, as he wanders Iranian suburbia alone and stoned, lost at night on the streets.

      The vampire woman appears normal in the day time and spends her time listening to music alone in her apartment in western dress until the night falls. Tonight she comes across the lost Arash. He shows vulnerability and compassion and so not about to be vampire food. She takes sympathy on him and leads him to her home, an attraction of sorts, where they listen to music, and she resists his exposed neck. The next night they meet he gives her the earrings and – at her request – pierces her ears with a safety pin, but she eventually leaves.

      Atti (Mozhan Marnò a prostitute who worked for the pimp, is followed at night by the vampire, and they retreat to the prostitute's apartment. But the prostitute will live another night as no sin in her heart but just emptiness.

      The newly empowered Arash gives his dad the drugs and money and throws him out. Hossein goes to Atti and forces her to take heroin with him. Bad idea…


      ===Results===

      I wasn’t enthused by this as much as the hype but still an interesting and emotive movie. The subtitles are few and far between and so no issue there and well acted by the mix of American and Iranian cast, Sheila Vand the star of A Separation, of course.

      The film is shot in black & white and has a 1950s feel to it and the Californian locations strangely convincing as night time Tehran. Not that we know what night time Tehran looks like, the point, I guess. We do know drug use is significant in Iran and every aspect of this film has some sort of subversive meaning or statement on Iran.

      It’s certainly atmospheric and stylish and has its own impressive and original look. It’s not gory or sexual in anyway and deliberately conservative to make those points on oppressive Iran. The appeal is all about its originality. It also uses music well to increase the mood of its message and as far as a message about Iran it does that subtly and cleverly. It’s fair to say they would not be allowed to make this film in Iran. There is no mention of vampires in the Koran.

      It’s worth a look if you enjoy word cinema although not one for horror fans as it’s not a horror film. It’s very much in the trendy school film making school with every shot framed immaculately by first time female director Lily Amirpour. There is a comfortable feminist swagger to it and they know they have made something different although a skateboarding female vampire is perhaps a little too cool for school but at last Iranians are allowed to skateboard. All the men are two dimensional and stunted and a film that screams women’s emancipation in Iran. Female directors tend to be like that.


      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.0/10.0 (21,456votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 95% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 81% critic’s approval


      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3493441305?playlistId=tt2326554&ref_=tt_ov_vi


      ===Special Features===

      -Deleted Scenes-

      Not many



      ===Critics===

      Guardian –‘This film is just occasionally a bit too cool for school - but mostly just cool enough, which is very cool/.

      Sight & Sound –‘The film is so stylishly shot, and performed with such swagger, that it transcends its own pretentiousnes;,

      The Anchorag Press –‘A Girl is not the first vampire movie in Farsi, but Amirpour made it into something unique. The Girl is a vampire everyone can relate to, and if given the chance, run away with’.

      The Sun –‘Amirpour's debut feature is striking and excellent, though sometimes too self-congratulatory and too much in love with its cultural references. But one thing is for sure; Amirpour is on her way to becoming a great director.

      Indepndent –‘Amirpour, a singer and DJ, uses the soundtrack throughout with such verve and rhythm that the film moves towards being a musical’.,

      Little White Lies –‘Like a mosaic of shimmering fragments that do not compose a bigger picture, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature brims with stylised qualities that have been prioritised over story and character/





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    • Housing Adviser / Profession / Occupation / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      26.06.2017 12:56

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      The Grenfall Fire cost us all

      I only briefly did a temp job in social housing and so this review not about that so much. It was mostly around the non payment of council tax and housing the very poor. You will be surprised who doesn’t want to pay it. The poor can’t afford it and so no surprise they don’t but through a freedom of information act by the local paper in Northampton we found some of the top county and borough council officers were in arrears! You won’t be surprised to learn most new social housing foes to first and second generation immigrants now. There is a points system in place and if you have kids or vulnerable then you get priority. Its no surprise people the n have kids to secure housing.

      No, this review is about the terrible fire in London that has highlighted our horrendous public housing and rent squeeze. The good news is that now we are leaving the EU less people are coming over and so rents should fall and house prices become more affordable. The bad news is not everyone here should be here and they have to be housed cost effectively, hence Grenfall.

      I have just been fascinated by the tower fire and how this issue of social housing could be the one that finally brings down the Prime Minster, who is like a boxer on one knee right now and taking some big hits. She can’t recover from the election blow but doesn’t want to go. Corbyn knows he can get her on this tragedy and won’t let up although telling a mostly white and privileged middle class crowd at Glastonbury that he was coming after the white and privileged wealthy didn’t convince me he could finish off May. Even though the fire was a freak event and a fatal accident waiting to happen, finally happening, the way Hillsborough did, politicians and the media can’t help themselves but to exploit it. The deputy Labor leaders outrageous claim it was corporate ‘murder’ is a bit rich as Labor are most of the councils that put up the flammable cladding and installation. And it’s not just cladding. Its internal walls and flooring and just about anything building material you can think of where the contractors can save money by putting in cheaper stuff.

      As with many big building fires it’s down to an accidental fire that sparks a bigger one. We know construction firms love to sub contract big jobs two or three times for a quick profit as the company we end up with finally doing the job having to cuts costs to make their profit. By the time the job is passed down the chain the only way to make it work is to buy in cheaper materials, clearly the case here. The original contractor is also distancing himself from blame this way. Building regulations are ‘ambiguous’ to allow this cost cutting. This is what happened at the Qatar World Cup build with all those deaths. Mass unlimited cheap Eastern European labor on our building sits allow even more cost saving. Those chats then set the levels of the build unrealistically low. Its simply the grey area we all live in at work and how its always been done.

      It emerged in the Guardian that some tenants in the tower were illegal sublets and others were undocumented citizens, why it took so long to identify the dead, or in this case eliminate the legal tenants from the dead. Refugees and Illegal’s simply didn’t want to leave that building in fear of deportation and hoped the fire went out before any evacuation. Also some of the legal tenants of those flats were not living their and so no surprise it was hard to re-house them as they were, no doubt, living somewhere nicer on the profits. You can earn good money subletting. Its crime that’s ignored because the housing block still gets the rent and as long as the council tax is paid the council don’t come sniffing. It’s widespread in London. People even sub let traditional council housing stock when thy get the tenancy.

      Incredibly, the government has dug a deeper whole by procuring some luxury housing in Westminster for 60 families to be rehoused in. But will they be the lease holders or the people actually living in Grenfall who get the new leases? As the lease holder the Grenfall survivors are fully entitled to sublet the flats in the Westminster block to rich people and make a pretty package. This will expose another layer of ethnic prejudice in London where mostly West Africans and South East Asians are running these scams on mostly black and Asian people. This story is going to develop and develop. Like I said it’s an intriguing story.

      The main problem in places like London is governments don’t want to build council properties anymore. Instead they pay out housing benefit that subsidizes the working poor and unemployed in private housing associations blocks. It’s cheaper that way. This year we reached 65 million people in the United Kingdom after a net gain of 500,000 in 2016. These people have to be housed to stop anarchy. In London the firemen who saved so many lives that night can’t afford to live in inner London yet the tower blocks are full of people on housing benefit and welfare and in far lower status jobs propped up by tax credits. Indeed the Job Center were ready to sanction residents for being late signing on after the fire. I believe that was also the case with the Manchester bombing.

      For social housing build in London a deal is done with developers that you can only build here if you provide ‘some affordable social housing’. That housing is expensive and designed for professionals and the social side often separate blocks so the rich tenants don’t have to tolerate them, gated off and access denied to parking, the gardens, gym and pool etc…. The poorer residents often don’t pay a service charge and so rightfully can’t use the facilities but clearly a social class issue of snobbery going on here.

      The usual suspects have done a charity record to raise funds for the families of the fire and the local Battersea middle-class were out in force to also help just after the event. They were well meaning but deep down you suspect it was about ‘containing the problem’ over actually helping, dumping the stuff that was going to Oxfam anyway at the towers, dry biscuits, dads argyle sweater and an old Harry Potter T-Shirt. I guess none of the survivors have been taking in by Lilly Allen and co or those posher residents. It’s that class bullshit that has me reaching for the pen or firing up the keyboard.

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    • Art / Theatre / Musical National / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      26.06.2017 11:47

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      Adult World - a performance I saw here


      Star – John Cusack
      Genre – Comedy
      Run Time – 97 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Awards – 1 Nomination
      Amazon – £1.62 DVD £4.54 Blue Ray
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      So Adult World, a movie from actor turned director Scott Coffey and another soporific indie for John Cusack to wallow in, who has been sucked into a melancholic void of late. He was such an interesting and intelligent actor once but now playing smug college professors and barflys. If there was on actor I would say who was like me I would say it’s him. He was typecast early on as the college/high school guy in stuff like 16 Candles, Say Anything and The Sure Thing, the guy who never got the girl but always a shoulder to cry on for them. And he rocked the turned up collar. He never really got to the leading man because of that yet exactly the type of guy smart women fall for in real life. He even got to kiss Minnie Driver at her peak in the brilliant Grosse Point Blank, two of my favorite things. If you haven’t seen the romcoms Serendipity (2001) and Americas Sweetheart (2002) he is very good in those and so ones to look out for on a rainy day. Sometimes you wonder if he wants to jump back in that hottube time machine and start over. Runaway Jury (2003) was his last cool movie.


      ===Cast===

      Emma Roberts as Amy Anderson
      Evan Peters as Alex
      John Cusack as Rat Billings
      Armando Riesco as Rubia
      Shannon Woodward as Candace
      Chris Riggi as Josh
      Scott Coffey as the bookstore owner
      Jo Mei as Yumi
      Leah Lauren as Maggie
      Cloris Leachman as Mary Anne
      John Cullum as Stan
      Catherine Lloyd Burns as Sheryl

      ===Plot===

      Somewhat irritating college graduate Amy (Emma Roberts) believes she is destined to be a great poet and wow the art world. But her parents are tiring of her spending the college loan repayment cash thy give her on following this frivolous dream and would rather like it if she earnt a living and move out one day. In a huff she storms out and takes a job at a small sex shop, Adult World, where she works with the manager, Alex (Evan Peters). When her car is stolen, mom and dad discover that she had canceled the car's theft insurance just before so to afford submission fees for poetry journals, and kick her out. She quickly moves in with a coworker, a tranny called Rubia (Armando Riesco), before finding her own apartment.


      She plans to meet one of her favorite poets, Rat Billings (John Cusack), and blags her way into being his protégée by offering to clean his house for free. He is not best keen and finds her insufferable but after some whining, Billings reads her poetry and offers to feature her work in an anthology he is working on just to shut her up. One night, she gets drunk and makes a clumsy attempt to seduce him, but he rebuffs her advances. There is no attraction.

      Amy, now full of herself for being a potential published poet, after failing to catch a shoplifter taking a multipack of vibrators, says she is too good to work there and storms out. But she realizes she likes the handsome Alex and begs for her job back. Alex rehires her, and they begin hanging out more. Is her life about to take off with Alex and her poetry dream com to fruition or will she have to live with the fact she is not as good as she thinks she is – poetry and just about everything else.


      ===Results===

      The idea of an obnoxious pretty girl wanting to be a poet doesn’t exactly entice you into to watch a low budget movie. I got this because it was cheap on Amazon Marketplace and that John Cusack is in it but apart from that not a lot to say about it. Emma Roberts is grating in the lead and managed to actually put me off attractive women for 90 minutes. Poor old Cusack has this bemused look on his face at Emma Roberts’s performance as she clearly thinks she is as funny as the script but just plain annoying. The only good news for her is she started dating her onscreen beau Evan Peters and are now engaged. It’s fair to say the movie moved no ones career anywhere fast, where Roberts career is right now.

      Cusack is seriously wasted in this film and it’s sad to see. You can see in his tired expression that he should not be here. But like most of those teen idols from the 1980s many have fallen away and never had the big film success. Tom Cruise and Matt Dillon are one of very few that went on to have A-List careers from being teen 80 idols. You don’t hear about Andrew McCarthy, John Cryer, Mathew Broderick and Corey Haim and Hart anymore.








      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 6.2 /10.0 (14,2324votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 53 % critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – % critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===
      http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1067494169?playlistId=tt1067765&ref_=tt_ov_vi
      ===Special Features===


      ===Critics===

      Film.com –‘Adult World is more aggravating than endearing, although there's an interesting idea buried beneath all the cutesy plot details’

      Chicago Sun Times –‘Adult World does have some smart, funny and wincingly painful things to say about the desire to make art vs. the desire to be famous for it’.

      Chicago Reader –‘Roberts is completely over-the-top here, her frantic, unfunny performance serving only to highlight Cusack's caginess and restraint’.

      Salon.com –‘Coffey knows his movie's at its best when Cusack and Roberts collide, and repeatedly uses them to overcome the script's limitations, and almost to dig a pit of chaos beneath it’.

      Independent online –‘There is potentially a good movie bubbling under the surface in the interaction between Amy and Rat and especially in the hinted-at desperation of her struggle to make a success of her life, but this is overtaken by the tedious melodramatic whining.


      Movie Talk –‘Cusack is fabulously droll as the reluctant mentor, while Armando Riesco delivers a touchingly off-kilter performance as the drag queen who also provides the heroine with lessons in life’.

      The Mail –‘
      The movie is rated R, yet sensitive 12-year-old girls and the boys scared to talk to them probably represent the ideal audience for this wan coming-of-age sitcom in feature-film drag’.

      Los Angeles Times –‘A smart, incisive comedy about a recent college grad's booby-trapped immersion into real life’.
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      25.06.2017 03:09
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      Great watch give it a go rit away

      I absolutely loved Black Mirrors first season so was really looking forward to another season of sci-fi shorts set in a dystopian world. A great watch for people who like a small doses of television or might get bored or find it difficult to follow a long and drawn out plot. I personally loved all the stories but the one that held up for me was Be Right Back a story in quite a woman looses her partener and uses a new virtual intelligence that imitates him as a coping mechanism. This held strong in my mind it was such a good idea and I think everyone who's ever lost a loved one would beg for a chance to be in contact with them. All the stories are very different so it can be really easy to find you've put the next episode on without having given it a second thought it really is that easy to get lost in the weird and wacky world of Black Mirror. Charlie Brooker really is one of the greatest sci-fi/ comedy writers of our time and has a wonderful mind for the bizarre. If you love sci-fi as much as I do you really need to check out Black Mirror because it uses themes such as technology and media to great effect. It uses issues all of use encounter on a daily basis such as political corruption, misuse of social media and a mulitude of out of the box thinking that absorbs you and makes you think a little bit differently about how you use technology.

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    • Primark / Highstreet Shopping / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      25.06.2017 02:28
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      I'd carry on shopping there but sizing needs to be made more consistent

      Although I love Primark I have noticed over the past couple of months that's the sizes have got smaller especially in the bra department I bought a 3 pack and not one fits even tho I bought the size I always buy and other stores where I buy that size fit perfectly. They are really quite uncomfortable, squeeze me and double bust which I don't really appreciate. Everything else seems the same good quality for a good price.

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      24.06.2017 18:22
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      Would have put 0 if I could have. useless chopper. supposedly should chop ice cubes but I put 2 garlic cloves, a red chili and some olive oil and nothing to be done it does not work. Tried it without anything and the blade works so it is what I put in it that prevents it working. What a waste of money. will spend more next time to get a tool that works. furious.

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      One Of The Best Game Of All Times

      I played COD2 About 5 to 8 times in my life and every time when i played this game it felt that i was playing it for the very first time. it is really a great game and its story is above all. It is a type game that is being enjoyed by every one from kids to teenagers. It has a wide variety of guns and the best thing is you cant pick up every weapon and you can hold at least 3 weapons at a time. i liked its close combat. When i played this game for the very first time i used to play it about 8 hours a day and i ended this game in about 5 days.The graphics of this game is good which makes it a pretty nice game of all times.The best thing i have noted in this game is that those key press options that appears when you get close to some weapon. They look cool to me. And i suggest that everyone should have this game to experience the best game of all times.

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      23.06.2017 11:06

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      42- A film I saw here

      Star – Chadwick Boseman
      Genre – Sports Biopic
      Run Time – 128 minutes
      Certificate – PG13
      Country – USA
      Awards – 3 Wins & 18 Nominations
      Amazon – £5.22 DVD £15.99 Blue Ray
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      42 is the dramatized story of America’s first black Major League baseball player, Jackie Robinson, his shirt number for the Dodgers being 42. It’s a story I didn’t know and keen to learn and as Hollywood do the sports biopic so well I was looking forward to it. America loves their baseball movies and this one broke the record for highest box office opening weekend by a baseball movie. The previous record holder was The Benchwarmers (2006). The 42 box office didn’t reflect that with its budget of $40 million bringing in just $57million and, ironically its black themes chipping off its true story appeal, I guess. Its super handsome star Chadwick Boseman, no doubt, found a female audience.

      Out of respect for Robinson, in 1997, baseball commissioner Bud Selig universally retired Jackie number, 42. The handful of players still wearing the number were allowed to keep it. As of the film's release, only Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees continued to wear 42 on a daily basis. Rivera retired at the end of the 2013 season. As of 2014 (barring special requests or approval), no major league player will wear #42. The Dodgers and Robinson would go on to win the 1955 World Series.

      ===Cast===

      • Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson
      • Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey
      • Andre Holland as Wendell Smith
      • Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher
      • John C. McGinley as Red Barber
      • Toby Huss as Clyde Sukeforth
      • Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese
      • Alan Tudyk as Ben Chapman
      • Nicole Beharie as Rachel Isum Robinson
      • C. J. Nitkowski as Dutch Leonard
      • Brett Cullen as Clay Hopper
      • Gino Anthony Pesi as Joe Garagiola Sr.
      • Ryan Merriman as Dixie Walker
      • T. R. Knight as Harold Parrott
      • Hamish Linklater as Ralph Branca
      • Brad Beyer as Kirby Higbe
      • Jesse Luken as Eddie Stanky
      • Max Gail as Burt Shotton
      • Peter MacKenzie as Happy Chandler
      • Linc Hand as Fritz Ostermueller

      ===Plot===

      ===Quote===

      ‘Maybe tomorrow, we'll all wear 42, so nobody could tell us apart’.


      Brooklyn Dodgers team executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) has a plan. He wants to break the color barrier and employ the leagues first black player. There is no law to stop that but there are no black players, even though black people make up a lot of the fans back then. His motives appear for profit but there are easier ways to make money in racially split America.

      Ricky sends his scouts out to the minor leagues where black players are allowed to play and decides on second baseman Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs. Robinson’s journey is being followed and chronicled by black sportswriter Wendell Smith (Andre Holland), who also recommends Robinson to Rickey.

      To ease him into the firestorm to come he signs him with their feeder club for the 1946 season, the Montreal Royals, on $600 per month and a $3,500 signing bonus. To celebrate he weds his beautiful girl Rachel (Nicole Beharie). But he is the only black player there and the racism soon starts, from the crowd and the team mates. It’s not pleasant.

      He battles through the torment, and season, and does enough to get his contract with the Dodgers. Jacky has a bad temper though and they will taunt him into reacting so they can kick him out of the sport. Most of the Dodgers team soon sign a petition, stating they refuse to play with Robinson, but manager Leo Durocher (Christopher Meloni) insisting Robinson will play in the main team. But dark forces are at play and Durocher is suspended by Happy Chandler (Peter MacKenzie), the Commissioner of Baseball, for actions in his personal life, leaving the Dodgers without a manager to start the regular season. They are trying every trick to derail Branch Rickey.

      Retired coach Burt Shotton (Max Gail) agrees to manage the team and tries to tackle the racism head on – on and off the field. As much as the players hate Jackie they know deep down he is there on merit and can play some serious ball, and that means they will win games as they slowly come around and climb the table. But it’s still a long battle ahead as the racist abuse still gushes out of the visiting crowd and the opposing teams, especially the Philadelphia Royals as the play-offs near.



      ===Results===

      I liked this one and as far as sports biopic’s go this is enjoyable and entertaining. Like I said the Americans are good at these. They love their sporting history, especially baseball, and respect it by bringing us these true stories to the big screen. America are the only country that can do good sports biopic’s to be fair, The Damned United the only decent one from the United Kingdom I can recall. And it’s a great true story to be told and Jackie Robinson an amazing man of courage and strength -im and can play some decent baseball.

      Branch Rickey is Harrison Ford's first film role playing a real life character. He is getting old now and no longer the handsome action hero and playing dads and important old grey men from now on in. Four players from the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers were still alive when this film came out and two camoe: Tommy Brown, Ralph Branca, Marv Rackley, and Don Lund all involved in some way in the film to capture the mood back then.

      The film has some artistic license to create tension and drama. While Robinson’s career with the Montreal Royals is not explored, Jackie Robinson was a hugely popular player with Montreal fans – both black and white - and after leading the team to the league championship it was noted: ..."probably the only day in history, that a black man ran from a white mob that had love, not lynching, on its mind." I’m guessing it was not too clever at the dodgers though. The film doesn’t really get too deep and political on that and remains a Disney style approach with the drama all about how Robinson deals with the racism, and eventually the team.

      Chadwick Boseman in the lead is a seriously handsome dude on screen and going to be a huge star and the next Denzel Washington. Jackie’s legacy could not be in better hands. Everyone else stands back and leaves it to him with two dimensional turns to get the message across on just how terrible racism is, which we all knew. It would have been a stronger film for holding white America to account in the film back then but I guess those Trump rednecks wouldn’t go see it if they did make a smarter movie. But it’s a great story to tell and although not about sport so much there is a Hollywood ending to enjoy to round of an entertaining movie.


      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.5 /10.0 (69,234votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 79% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 72% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2637408025?playlistId=tt0453562&ref_=tt_ov_vi

      ===Special Features===


      -Deleted Scenes-

      Not that many.


      -Gallery-


      -Behind the Scenes-

      Cast & Crew talks about their movie.



      ===Critics===

      San Francisco Chronicle –‘A dramatization of what Robinson did and what it required, 42 will not disappoint’.

      The Mail –‘It's not easy to play a stoic, but Boseman anchors the movie, and when he smiles, 42, already such a warm story of such cold times, gets even brighter.


      TIME Magazine: The style of the film, lush and traditional, is nothing special, but the takeaway, a daily struggle for dignity, is impossibly moving’.


      Time Out: ‘As a fond gesture to a country coming out of the dark ages, 42 is a good-hearted attempt at Robinson's story regardless of the historical realities it chose to gloss over’.

      Film Comment Magazine: ‘I wanted to kick Ford/Rickey into next Christmas, and you can add the movie. Its corny triumphalism is barely bearable’.

      Financial Times ;’Rousing climaxes, mostly well-earned, arrive every half-hour’.

      Guardian: ‘This honorable and enlightening film pays due respect to Jackie Robinson -- a sports legend and courageous American hero’.

      National Newspaper Publishers Association :’The Jackie Robinson story has always been more than deserving of a gaudy big-screen telling, and Helgeland is happy to oblige’.


      Cinemixtape: ‘A hero without imperfections can be problematic. But Jackie's nobility is more than well-earned, and tarnishing it for the sake of balance would be churlish. Besides, there's enough evil at loose among the white characters’.


      Maclean's Magazine :’Boseman gives a potentially star-making performance, while Ford, at 70, segues smoothly from firm-jawed action hero to elder-statesman character actor’.


      Sacramento News & Review:’It comes with a smooth burnished period look, and it tells a smooth and burnished story. Helgeland has good intentions but not much new to say about a real-life hero who wears his nobility and torment mostly as symbols’.


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      Star – Jeremy Piven
      Genre – TV Boxset > comedy
      Run Time – 8 x30 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Series Awards – 14 Golden Globes
      Amazon – £4.99 DVD £10.99 Blue Ray
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      So series 8 and its all over for Entourage for me as the final disc was ejected from my DVD player. It’s been an enjoyable journey and starting to watch series one three years after it had wrapped up on HBO meant I had still to indulge in the show long after most had finished with it along time ago. I didn’t really know much about it when I discovered it in 2013 other than it was about Hollywood and had those knowing celebrity cameos in it when thy play an exaggerated version of themselves for laughs. It’s a sort of cross between Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Larry Sanders Show and if you liked those then you will get enough from this although Entourage clearly aimed at a younger male audience as there are lost of gratuitous sexy ladies and naughty bits in it. In fact it’s a fantasy of how we men think Hollywood and fame is and pretty much every sexy female extra in Hollywood used in the show. It’s way over the top. The reality may be very different as the moment famous people step out into and uncontrolled public situation it can go any way and they end up cowering in their homes or behind tinted windows in fear of that criticism. Tom Cruise can’t just go buy a paper or chill out in the park.

      The basic set up is four guys – two brothers and the two childhood friends of- head to LA from Boston to help bubble permed Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) achieve his dream to be A-List movie star, and maybe get some fame to rub off on them, especially hot women. Vince brother Johnny is a B-Movie actor and is already set in Tinsletown. We picked up their lives in series one, just as Vince breaks big and the friends begin to enjoy the hedonism of Hollywood. It’s based loosely on the life of Mark Wahlberg and his crew of mate’s hellraising in their early days in Hollywood, the actor co-producer on the show.

      ===Cast===

      Kevin Connolly ... Eric Murphy (96 episodes, 2004-2011)
      Adrian Grenier ... Vincent Chase (96 episodes, 2004-2011)
      Kevin Dillon ... Johnny 'Drama' Chase (96 episodes, 2004-2011)
      Jerry Ferrara ... Turtle (96 episodes, 2004-2011)
      Jeremy Piven ... Ari Gold (96 episodes, 2004-2011)
      Rex Lee ... Lloyd / ... (79 episodes, 2005-2011)
      Perrey Reeves ... Mrs. Ari (74 episodes, 2004-2011)
      Debi Mazar ... Shauna (50 episodes, 2004-2011)
      Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Sloan (31 episodes, 2005-2011)
      Rhys Coiro ... Billy Walsh (27 episodes, 2004-2011)
      Beverly D'Angelo ... Barbara Miller (25 episodes, 2005-2011)
      Constance Zimmer ... Dana Gordon (21 episodes, 2005-2011)

      ===Plot===

      Vince is out of rehab and drug free and sober. He pitches a film idea to his friends about the Chilean miners, but is not well received amongst the boys and his obnoxious but loyal agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) killing it pretty early on.
      Eric (Kevin Connolly) and Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) have split up, mainly because Eric refused to sign a ‘prenup’ , and took over Murray Berenson's (her father) agency with Scott's help to create the "Murphy Lavin Group". Ari is also apart from his beloved Mrs Gold (Perrey Reeves), going through an unwanted trial separation, but wanting to get back together. But Ari is devastated when he learns his wife is seeing a chef at a fancy LA eatry, Bobby Flay. Hurt, Ari begins seeing his old flame Dana Gordon (Constance Zimmer).

      It’s finally going well for Vince’s dufus brother Johnny (Kevin Dillon), his new animated TV show, Johnny's Bananas, a potential hit in the making. Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) has blown another business opportunity over a tequila franchise and then burnt down part of Vince’s house when he accidentally throws out his joint onto the drapes forcing the group to move into am expensive hotel.

      Vince writes a script for the Chilean miner movie with help from tempestuous director and friend Billy Walsh (Rhys Coiro). Billy thinks Drama would be great in the lead, rather than Vince himself, which Vince agrees to. He wants to make his big brother a star. Ari makes his agent and ex PA Lloyd (Rex Lee) the head of the TV department.

      Turtle has a new idea to start a new company after he sells his stock from Avión tequila, selling East Coast Brooklyn ribs in West Coast California. Johnny begins recording Bananas with co-star and loud mouth Andrew Dice Clay (himself). Dice pushes Johnny and Eric to ask the network for more money but they turn him down. Staying true to his word, Dice leaves the show before it airs. Johnny is not happy with his replacement, director Billy Walsh. Show producer Phil Yagoda (William Fichtner) has to get Dice back on board or the studio will fire them all.

      Vince meets with volatile producer Carl Ertz (Kim Coates) at Carl’s house. Ertz offers to produce the TV movie for Johnny, but in return wants Vince to star in the film Taxman. After realizing his mistake and feeling bad, Ertz runs off to the bathroom to get high and subsequently kills himself. After the shooting, Vince is required to take a drug test by his parole officer as there was cocaine in Ertz's house. Worried he will fail the test he has to risk a lot and cheat the LA cops.

      Vince falls for beautiful Vanity Fair writer Sophia Lear (Alice Eve). He opens up to Sophia only for the article to call him an "insecure womanizer". Ari realizes that he might lose his share in the Agency he runs with a costly divorce and desperate to win his wife back to put things back together again. Eric has also not given up on Sloane.

      ===Results===

      The show stopped being really good about four or five seasons ago as the celebrity cameos dried up and the scripts got more soap opera and less smart but I stuck with it as I felt part of the journey and enjoy the characters, especially Ari Gold, one of the great TV characters of all time. Jeremy Piven is simply brilliant and although he is merely peripheral in the final two seasons his is still highly watchable.

      Vince and the boys are still loveable on screen but deep down they know the series had gone on too long and the material had tailed off and so should have done no more than six seasons, the way Prison Break just went on and on. Interestingly the actors had no idea this was the final season until they saw the scripts for the final fairytale episode. Cleary typecast at this point there may not be life for them after the show as they had become soap characters for 8 years and did very little film work during that run. The door is left slightly ajar in the final scene for an Ari Gold style spin off though, the way they did with Braking Bad and the bent lawyer chap. Sadly a rather poor Entourage (2015) movie is all we have seen since..

      There are funny and clever moments still but few and far between. You can sense the best writers have moved on and left to further their careers during the eight series and up to creator Doug Elin to park the ship in the HBO dry dock for decommissioning. It was rather sad for it to all ends as you got to love these guys and you know that there may not be much more of this clever and knowing style of TV where celebs send themselves up. But everything has to so to an end and this Hollywood fantasy had become exactly that. When you see a series drag on you understand exactly why John Cleese did just one series of Fawlty Towers. There is only really one great season in the total number of seasons you make.


      ===RATINGS===

      Imdb.com – 6.1/10.0 (13,435votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 43% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 54% critic’s approval


      ===Special Features===


      =Hollywood Sunset: Farewell to Entourage=

      A nice goodbye from cast and crew as they talk between themselves about the 8 years of a cracking show.

      =Directors commentary on two episodes-


      ===Critics===

      NY Daily News –‘"Entourage" heads into its final eight episodes starting Sunday night and to be honest, it's time’.

      The Mail –‘Entourage looks as though it still has enough juice -- comedy, drama and Drama-wise -- to make its last season a keeper’.

      Newsday –‘We've been here before, but there's pleasure in the return trip. It feels like a reassuring final season’.

      Philadelphia –‘I can't disagree with those who insist the show passed its sell-by date a few years back, but it doesn't mean I'm not still fond enough of these guys to keep watching’.

      Hollywood Reporter ‘-Look, you've had your fun, Entourage. Those viewers who thought the party got old? They don't need to hug it out’.

      Slant Magazine –‘Without a compelling storyline since the fourth or fifth season, Entourage feels like it's stuck around this long solely out of habit’.

      Red Eye –‘We shall see if the boys become men by the end of this eight-episode season. But I doubt it’



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