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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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      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
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      ===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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      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===

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      ‘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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    • Dreams Beds / Furniture / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      Misleading and false advertising,buyers bewae

      I ordered a tempur bed from Dreams which arrived today.I paid £40 more for the same mattress from Bensons for Beds but did so as I could get it as a package with a nice bed from dreams for £1740.It arrived and had no headboard.When I spoke to customer service they told me I would have to buy that seperately for another £300, even though it was pictured on their site and was what I thought I had ordered.I asked to return the base and have been told by a very bolshy 'customer service' that they can't collect for 2 weeks and then I will have to wait in all day again and pay £38 to have it collected, even though it was not as shown on the internet. I feel very ripped off by this company and wish I had ordered it from Bensons instead.

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      Absolutely Awful

      This has to be the worst chocolate I have ever tasted. It gave me chronic stomach ache and you can tell that it cheap. I would never buy this again.
      how they can call this chocolate even cooking chocolate tastes far superior.

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      Avoid at all costs

      Very poor website and service. Refuses to accept my order. Only tells you before closing time. Always have an issue when I try to use them. We order at 100s of other websites without any issues at all. What it really is, is that the staff have no clue and the website and stock system is useless. Poor customer service. Disgusting.

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    • Entourage - Season 8 (HBO) (DVD) / TV Series / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      And so it ends...


      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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    • Brother (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      19.06.2017 11:01

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      Oh Brother where art thou Glock and shades


      Star – Takeshi Takano
      Genre – World Cinema > Martial Arts
      Run Time – 114 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA/Honk Kong
      Amazon – £3:14 DVD
      Awards – 1 Win & 1 Nomination
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      Three are three main types of martial arts movies. The historical epics with arrows filling the sky and Kung Fu masters walking on tree tops. Then there is the chop suey all kicking and dancing and often comedy film with one Dojo or village going up against the other. And finally the slick gun play and shiny suit and shade wearing down town Honk Kong tear up as the Triads go up against the Yakuza, Brother very much in the final category.

      It stars Takeshi Takano. Anyone who enjoys Asian Extreme and martial arts movies will know of this guy, Mr Cool in the genre. I have seen quite a few of his films but this one I had missed from way back in 2001 and so picked it up very cheap on Amazon. This was Kitano's only film he made in America. In an interview, Kitano said that he did not like the final result of Brother and that he regretted his "Hollywood adventure", which was supposed to bring him a wider audience. As a result, Kitano said that he had no intention of filming outside Japan again. He never did. His screen style is between comedy and cool but not the way Jacky Chan and Bruce Lee did it, why guys like this cant break Hollywood.


      ===Cast===

      Takeshi Kitano ... Aniki Yamamoto
      Omar Epps ... Denny
      Claude Maki ... Ken
      Masaya Katô ... Shirase
      Susumu Terajima ... Kato
      Royale Watkins ... Jay
      Lombardo Boyar ... Mo
      Ren Ôsugi ... Harada
      Ryo Ishibashi ... Ishihara
      James Shigeta ... Sugimoto
      Tatyana Ali ... Latifa

      ===Plot===

      Yamamoto (Takeshi Kitano) is a brutal and slick Yakuza enforcer, whose boss was killed when he failed to protect the boss and whose clan has been defeated in a war with a rival crime family in Tokyo. The surviving clan members have a few options. They can join the winning clan, live with shame and distrust, or to die by committing seppuku, suicide by blade to the gut. Yamamoto, however, decides to leg it to Los Angeles along with his associate Kato (Susumu Terajima) to set up shop there.

      In the City of Angels he seeks out his estranged half-brother Ken (Claude Maki), who runs a small-time drug business together with his local African-American friends. At the first meeting, Yamamoto beats up one of them up, Denny (Omar Epps), for hustling him on the street, neither knowing who each other are at that point.

      Denny soon becomes one of the Yamamoto's closest friends as the bruthas and the two Yakuza get used to working with a gang with little discipline. Yamamoto decides to pick up where he left off in Tokyo and soon starts a turf war with the various South Central gangs for control of the drugs. His motley crew brutally attacks Mexican drug bosses and takes control of their territory downtown. They also form an alliance with Shirase (Masaya Kato), a criminal leader of Little Tokyo district, making their group even stronger.

      As weeks turn into months Yamamoto and his growing gang emerge as a powerful mob, expanding their turf enough to draw the ire of the all powerful Italian Mafia. But Yama is getting bored in their now hugely profitable but increasingly dangerous business, spending his time with a girlfriend (Ryo Ishibashi) or just sitting silently thinking about stuff. It’s not the right time for him to lose focus as the Mafia ruthlessly strikes back, his gang hunted down one by one.



      ===Results===

      I’m a big fan of Kitano and so I’m going to watch his movies. This is not one of his best but wanted to see him have a crack at an American movie anyway. It’s extremely predictable on that score and America doesn’t really come into much as we stay in the LA ghettos as various bad guys get whacked in this cross genre shoot and hack em up. It has lots of subtitles and most of the hardcore violence was cut to earn a mainstream American cinema release back in the day. It hurts the film in my opinion. Asian Extreme should be Asian Extreme.

      It presents all the violence in crisp and cool camera work that distances it from the mayhem and keeps it from becoming oppressive. A lot of fingers are chopped off. Kitano is magnetic on screen and indestructible and inscrutable as ever as others take the bullets. He has this constant grin on his face in most of his movies that it’s all a joke and not a lot of substance to his work and he is doing the same thing over and over again. It did a decent $15.2 million to date though which is good money for this type of hybrid film although the look and feel somewhat cheap at times.

      If you enjoy the genre you will get enough from this and not too many of those subtitles to worry about. Jive talking bruthas versus shiny suit Asian killers in shads is good B-Movie fun and ethnic stereotypes galore. Because of the big cuts the best gore is absent (to excuse the pun) and not well disguised as a man goes into a building and the next frame there are dead bodies everywhere. But that’s not unusual in these types of crossover movies. We do get a good hari kari though. Apparently to get the most honor with the blade to the gut suicide the higher up the blade is pulled up to the chin the more posthumous respect and honor you get.




      ===RATINGS===


      Imdb.com – 7.2/10.0 (19,324votes)
      Rottentomatos.com – 47% critic’s approval
      Metacritic.com – 47% critic’s approval

      ===Trailer===

      http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi4058646809?playlistId=tt0222851&ref_=tt_ov_vi


      ===Special Features===


      -Deleted Scenes-


      Quite a few. You can sense by these the director was not pleased with his film.

      -Gallery-

      Cool stills




      ===Critics===

      San Diego Times –‘Oh Brother’…

      Washington Post –‘Just how many acts of self-inflicted finger amputations do I really want to see?

      Chicago Tribune –‘For all its arty bloodshed, Brother is disappointingly hollow.’

      New York Times –‘If the film had ended a couple of scenes earlier, on a touch that's a tribute to westerns and showdowns, Mr. Kitano would have finished things off beautifully. But that's a minor quibble’.

      Film Scouts –‘A vital, stylish Yakuza pic, Kitano crafts a new world/old world, brother against brother epic battle straddling both sides of the Pacific’.

      The Sun –‘Takashi has been considered a master auteur. Perhaps, but there's no art here, just violence’.

      The Independent –‘If the yardstick for mob flicks is 'Goodfellas' (and it should be), then 'Brother' doesn't stand a chance. On its own, however, it is a stylish, colorful film’,




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      15.06.2017 15:09
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      Small big city with no activity

      Would you expect the game better? Yes, I would too. This sentence stayed with me for the whole game. It was difficult to avoid thinking about all the promises developers told us before releasing the game.

      Virus was sent to the Big Apple - NY. The virus called Green Poison, based on a green bank notes. Because how to spread the virus better than through money, huh? And NY infrastructure has fallen pretty quickly. City became battle zone. That's the reason why they sent The Division to New York. Special supersecret troops to solve the problems. First troops got lost so it's a time for the second troops. And you are among them. Before you can even notice what's happening there is an explosion and you lose your mates. It's time to get in a base, start researching the virus and rescue some services for the citizens.

      Since the first moments the game gives you many opportunities what you can do and how you can spend your time in the city. There will be hundreds of points of interest and you will not know where to start or where to go next. Storyline? Or get resources to upgrade the base? Building the base is one of the interesting parts, from the first chaos you will quickly get used to it and you will start building working place which provides you bonuses. You upgrade in 3 fields - Medical, Defense and Technology. In every wing you have to upgrade smaller parts or rooms and fill the wing with the upgraded and working system.

      I Already said there is a lot of opportunities to do. We have main storyline which happens to be connected with some of the wing in your base meant to get experience and plans for gun crafting. Then there are little encounters where you can get a little bit of resources. Just to clarify this - every mission looks almost the same! Doesn't matter if you rescue someone from the building, interrupt street trading with weapons or getting drinkable water for the citizens. Every mission looks the same. In it's core, The Division is repetitive and boring game.

      The NY is nice, beautiful city, very well modelled and shown in the game, I loved the graphics and all those side effects. It all looks so real and the apocalypse will just shoot you in the face. Garbage in the streets, infected material, quarantine area sings and everything. But don't expect any interaction with this environment. And that is sad.

      The Division is not MMO game. You can meet other people only in little Dark Zone which is something like the center of NY. But more or less, the game is Singleplayer experience. If you can get a friend to help you in the missions, just do it, going alone in the Singleplayer is not fun and Multiplayer section is not better. That multiplayer Dark Zone contains the best loot in the game but also a lot of NPC gangs and the fights for the loot will be difficult. But everything you grab in this zone is infected and you have to call the helicopter and wait for a while to escort the stuff outside. But this is the time for Dark Zone bandits. People who run there and just trying to kill you for your yellow pack on your back. It's always a relief to put your stuff on the helicopter rope.

      Only thing I can talk about in absolute positives is storyline. It can get you through the game because it is pretty catchy. Various main missions, interrupting different gangs.

      But back to the graphics for a little while. The city can look stunning but also, if you have seen some videos from before the game release date, you may be disappointed. Yes, it looks great and everything, but on the videos it looks even better and its for sure that developers downgraded the game which is something Ubisoft is known for and players are definately not happy about it. Weather is still the best you can get, snow and wind play it's part and the sun coming through the tall buildings is really beautiful.

      The game is all about fighting, it's tactic shooter, huh? There is a lot of guns. Assault rifles, SMGs, shotguns, sniper rifles. But shooting experience is not that good. You won't feel much difference between the guns. Only the damage. The pistol is something you will never use. There is enough ammo for the whole game and if you start getting empty weapon, you can bet there is an ammo box nearby.

      The Division in my opinion didnt fulfilled the promises Ubisoft gave us. They tried to make something original and realistic and it ended up being boring and repetitive. It's another similar Ubi game where you will collect many collectibles, discover safehouses and move in the beautiful but empty city. 30 level is your maximum and you will unlock daily missions which are the same as story ones but with different difficulty.

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    • goodguides.com/pubs/ / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      14.06.2017 23:18

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      King Billy Rock Bar Northampton

      The King Billy is Northampton’s premium rock bar. In fact it’s our only rock bar. If you like Black Sabbath and Whitesnake while pretty much everyone else is listening to Adele and Ed Sheeran then you may end up here one day. I used to go once a month as a younger guy but the same people who went there when they were 18 in 1975 are still going there now at 65 and so not exactly a pick up joint. To say is an older demographic is an under statement, lots of sad long grey hair, pot bellies and bald spots to go with. It’s a biker bar to and one or two like to try and look the part and act tough with their leather waistcoats and chapter rockers but probably lawyers and engineers if the truth be told. But some of them have long since swapped there Harley for a mobility scooter.

      It’s great for live rock bands and if you are big on the East Midlands metal scene you will gig here at some point. It’s not a big venue though and very tight when you try to enjoy the bands. You do not want to nudge and spill those biker’s pints! In fact the pub is not really designed for live music but has just ended up a biker bar over the years, the sweet smell of petunia oil and vapors flavoring the dry ice as big Dave tears into another riff. Half the bar area can’t see the stage although sometimes that’s not a bad thing as the bands are not young either but if you love the screech of a guitar and thud of bas and crash of drums and into the music you probably don’t care.

      There is a pool table in the corner with a fag burns looking like satellite map of Vietnam bomb craters and you can’t get your cue in easy. There is a predicable juke box with metal galore and condoms are £3.00! There are TVs for Sky but it’s not that type of pub. They aint going to turn down the music to watch Spurs. Oh and the toilets are as rough as the clientele. As I say it’s very loud when the bands are on and lots of bumping and squeezing through to the bar and so not exactly a date pub. Again be careful who you nudge. To get to the bogs you have to pass the frantic moshpit of 16 year-olds with smurf rucksacks and mauve hair jumping around like lunatics to their songs.

      If you don’t like rock music much but enjoy live music there are fewer earthy places to enjoy it. They do a rock covers night at other cleaner pubs in the town now and then so you may have a choice now and then. But rock music has always been under appreciated even though its one of the biggest selling genres in the country and, indeed, the world and not representative in the countries night life. The moody middle-class college youth have their melancholy indie and assemble in the Roadmender venue on mass and the working-class their tinny dance and R&B pop which is in every other pub. For me there is very little.

      They do lots of real ales but the pub is town central so not cheap. Some of those beers will blow your head off – if the bikers don’t fighting over tattooed Big Berthas don’t. A pint of lager is around £3.00 and £3.60 a bottle. Service is as quick as you make it and the girls behind the bar not there for their looks but their music taste and the money. It’s a rock pub experience the same as it’s ever been in any other town but everyone just got older, including me. Your ears will be ringing like the till.

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      14.06.2017 16:58
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      • "Clean & Fresh mouth"
      • "Fights tobacco odours"
      • "Fights plaque"
      • "Removes Tar & nicotine"

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      For a healthy clean mouth and fresh breath.

      TISWAS Police 5 Shaw Taylor Credit Reference. I am impressed with Pearl Drops 3 in 1 Smokers mouth wash and toothpaste. My dentist Dr M Khoja and Dr Aneja also Anna my dental Hygenists will be pleased with the cleaning of my teeth next 3 month check up. Thx. Morine Barnes 58. Donald 59, Myola 37 & Rommel Edwards 35. Graham 90.

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