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Frank Miller makes films for himself. This film here for instance is more of a comic tale than a film. Characters are totally out of this world. Although based on real life event in ancient world the truth is stretched to please the film maker.
War and violence is celebrated by Frank Miller. if you don't get too overboard by this unique concept of movie making where everything is like a cartoon most of the scenes are funny although unintended.
I don't for one minute think most people will apprecite the horror of violence here. No story either it is action all the way from start to end.
Sparta is no more, we don't know what happened 2000 years ago. Frank Miller wants to make unique films although this doesn't measure up to Sin City. In my opinion he has committed a sin by making this film. Also when was the last time you saw a person from Sparta with a Scottish accent, lwt alone a king.
Long live the memory of King Leonidas, shame he is treated here as a lunatic fighting fast to his death.
In few words very few people will like this. If leather sweat and violence is your thing, by all means go and watch this movie.
These are views after having talked to several people that I know who have obtained PhDs and struggled to get a decent job.
Requirements for a PHD are a minimum of 2.1 (first degree) or 2.2 with Masters.
Is it worth the extra years? In some cases yes and for some people not.
PHD is worth the extra hard work if you want to become a researcher, want to teach as a professor or work at higher level for the government or NGO's. Although the private sector also employs people with PhDs one must consider all the facts before starting a PHD because after completing it you will over qualify yourself for most jobs and some employers don't like employees with PhDs as it could be seen as intimidating.
Main factors to consider are minimum of three years of study for PHD. Plus you have to choose a project to write as a thesis which is part of the degree, funding from central government fund or from private sector could be very competitive to obtain so you have to have good references as well as minimum grades. The best way to study is fund yourself, this will make it easier to find a supervisor but you have to convince of your ability.
Good luck to anyone thinking of doing a PhD but remember it may not be the best option for the profession you intend to pursue.
More info at http://www.findaphd.com/students/explain.asp
Raising school age to 18 is a good idea. It will decrease pressure on teenagers when they go to university or in work. It help those who can't find work and don't want to go into further education.
Raising the school age to 18 will increase the prospects of teenagers in terms of leading successful lives, gaining
Two extra years will help majority of teenagers, although those that hate school will hate it even more. Perhaps reshaping the study pattern could help.
Raising school age will help government also, youngsters on benefits will reduce in number and so will unemployed hanging around which government blames for all the problems in the society.
At the end of the day this system working is yet to be seen because it hasn't been tried yet. I feel very positive about raising school age and raising age for new drivers.
Starting degrees couple of years later could help although I suspect that won't be changed as leaving age is increased.
Another thing that schools could do is increase the number of study days. This way more could be studied. Cramping more into a school year could help. Education is the only thing in life that takes a big break throughout the year, in comparison, inwork you get a fraction of days off. Longer school year will also help working parents.
Football season has kicked off already, Spurs and Sunderland is goaless as I write this.
My predictions for this season are not original however I can't see past any of these clubs to challenge for the top honours.
Here are my predictions for the top four finish in the league
1 Man Utd
I am no predictor but I can assure anyone reading this that days when smaller clubs challenged for big honours are never going to be repeated again.
Of course there will be a surprise team every season but challenge the top five is not possible. The top five have too much money and muscle power for all the other league clubs.
Of course the likes of Sunderland and Derby County are too happy to be in the top league for a season because for these clubs it will be straight down to the first division next season.
This season football fans have a bonus of watching free matches on cable if subscribing to the full package or it is sky for live football.
Let the season begin with a bang. This is not the case as Sunderland match is still 0-0. Majority of matches are one hour away and I can't wait for it.
Super Casinos in the UK is not going to happen now is it?
Gordon Brown has done the right thing by not going ahead with this absurd idea of supercasinos in every corner of UK.
Supercasinos bring employment to the areas of operation however addiction to gambling takes over for many and lot of people who can't afford to gamble money and in worse cases this breeds crime and break up of families. Of course casino bosses don't care about this as long as tills keep filling up.
Gambling in USA makes few rich and thousands end up spending hours wasting money while dreaming of big pays.
Gambling never pays and supercasinos are totally a bad idea. People will lose billions which they can't now because there are now casinos other than on the net, On the net not many have access while if ever built, any adult can walk into the building and lose.
Bookmakers in the UK make billions, casinos will make much more and attract people who don't generally gamble.
I am glad Brown has stopped this big idea.
Johnson Beharry was a poor lad from Grenada. He joined the British army, served in Iraq, nearly got killed twice and won Victoria Cross for bravely when he rescued his colleagues twice from immense danger. He hurt himself badly while on duty. His bravery and behaviour in the army shows him to be a great character that thoroughly deserved the medal.
Although injured Beharry wont be poor again. This book deal is worth £1 million to him.
The book first tells of his life outside the army, he talks about the people who inspired him and he also describes the life in army comprehensively with gruesome details. Although the ghost writer has made few factual mistakes which could be forgiven and for those who have no experience of army life will not realise them.
Overall readers of this book will be inspired by this young man who is brave and went out of his way to save his colleagues.
A thoroughly recommended book about a real life hero who saved dozens of lives while serving thousands of miles away from his home.
Amazon price £11.39 for hardback.
Finally, I found this book easy to read and follow the events in the army. Someone who hasn't been in the army will find it same as someone who hasn't.
In June 2005 former MI5 agent David Shayler went on record to say that 9/11 was an inside job. He said Bush administration created this scenario to pave the way for invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and of course Syria. Numerous disgruntled people and conspiracy theorists have echoed similar views.
Was 9/11 an inside job? No I dont think it was.
Many of the conspiracies use inaccurate information given by the administration, Bushs reaction upon learning of the attack and misinformation that was planted by some sources in the Bush Administration, lack of evidence of attack at Pentagon building and virtually everything else that makes no sense has become reason for conspiracy.
My view on this issue is that the attack wasnt planned by Bush and nor did any person in his administration had information about when it was going to happen. There may have been odd person in CIA who may have a hunch about it but no concrete or even credible proof.
When the attack took place it was a total surprise, the audacious nature of the attack left the administration with pants down. This is the reason behind why it took so long for the military to get mobile and everything else that happened.
The mistake made by Bush is he tried to blame others for the failure of his administration to spot the attack before it happened. This is why Iraq was invaded to deflect finger pointing. Without the invasion and misinformation before Bush was dead as dodo.
I have written what I believe in. Also I believe the flight 93 may have been shot by military before it reached its destination and Bush failed to tell the public this.
One time people thought homeless and begging were issues caused by poverty in third world nations.
Four in every thousand people in UK are homeless.
There are more NGO's dealing with this issue than ever before but the problem is not reducing.
lack of social housing, lack of resources offered by government, expensive private housing, illness and drug abuse are main reasons.
Cut backs by social services, NHS and other government departments resulted in thousands sleeping on the streets, drugs are in schools, on street corners and drug lords are not punished as in other countries. Police is not detecting drugs coming from abroad. Drugs could be fun to start with but many end up on streets.
Nobody cares about people living in these conditions.
I think people should care, because with high employment and economy doing so well there is no excuse and what about charities shouldn't they be creating resources for people.
It is OK to give money to other nations in form of development grants and it is not OK to ask councils to build more houses or for the government to give more money to poor or for the charities to spend more on homeless.
Homeless issues are different in most parts of UK. Many of the NGO's only deal with local problems. There is no national strategy so the problem will continue for a long time.
Chasing Amy is 1997 film written and directed by Kevin Smith and he appears as Silent Bob.
Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards live, work and eat together. They have strange nerdy friends and lead strange lives exclusive to the small group.
Holden and Banky write comics. At a comic book convention Holden meets Alyssa Jones, they hit it off and he falls in love with her. Later he finds out that she is a lesbian. This doesnt deter him from stop perusing her. Holdens attempts to create relationship with lesbian Alyssa has disastrous consequences on his relationship with Banky.
End of Plot
This was Kevin Smiths third film as a director. The film was made on shoestring budget. However it is a fascinating film to watch. Some of the people wont like the frank sexual dialogue but it is a very well written film and the characters whose lives are told in here are odd but interesting. Overall I liked the film. I liked the characters and I liked the way Kevin Smith produced the film.
Directed by Kevin Smith
Produced by Scott Mosier,
Kevin Smith (uncredited)
Written by Kevin Smith
Starring Ben Affleck,
Joey Lauren Adams,
Music by David Pirner
Distributed by Miramax Films
Released in 1997
Running time 111 min.
*****1. How long, on average, does it take you to get rid of someone trying to sell you something over the phone?******
5 seconds. I feel sorry for these people; cold calling is hated by everyone.
******2. What is the most expensive object you have ever broken on purpose? ('when angry' counts as 'on purpose' even if you regretted it soon afterwards)*****
It wasnt out of anger, it was an accident. I dropped my laptop (cost £1200), broke the screen which cost me £500, it was on home insurance though, so no damage to me.
******3. If you buy something for 99p with a £1 coin, do you really want the 1p back? ******
Yes I take the penny, when I have 10 or 20 I give it back to the shops. Of course I want 1p back it makes pounds.
******4. What was the last thing you shouted while alone in a car? ******
Last I shouted when England scored in the last international. I was driving at the time.
******5. What is your typical path through a supermarket? ******
I go to the same shop so the usual path is direct to items I need and out.
******6. Do you lick the underside of the foil top when eating a pot of yoghurt? ******
Yes I do and I dont see anything wrong with it.
******7. How many greetings cards have you sent in the last 12 months?******
******8. A criminal maniac invites you to "Pick a city for destruction, Mr. Bond." Which one do you choose? ******
******9. Which font do you use most often?******
******10. If you had the choice between a petrol chainsaw and a bread knife, which would you use for felling a small tree with a 1" diameter trunk? ******
Chainsaw it is faster.
******11. On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you that you know when to use a semicolon?******
5 out of 10.
******12. What proportion of the CDs you own are in their original cases right now?******
all of them.
******13. Favourite colour black or white?******
******14. How accurate is the time on your watch?******
5 seconds fast.
******15. What you wearing right now?******
I am in my boxer shorts.
******16. Have you ever written to, emailed or telephoned a newspaper, radio station, TV programme etc? If so, what did you say?******
Emailed BBC for posting wrong information on the net.
******17. Do you, in the most fundamental depths of your soul, give a crap about the extinction of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker?******
Yes I do, but why do they call it red when it has black and white stripes?
******18. What is the cheapest thing you've bought with a debit or credit card in the past month?******
Sandwich for a pound
*****19. Favourite books?******
I have to answer this later. I like reading books by American author (cant remember his name but he lives in UK and has a beard). I like books about nature, history etc
******20. What is your most favourite meal?******
Fish and Chips!
Geena Davis and Samuel L Jackson star in The Long Kiss Goodnight.
The film is a conspiracy thriller. Samantha Caine is a suburban house wife; she has a perfect life, good mother to eight years old. One day when she gets bumped in the head memories from another life come back, suddenly she can kill with slight movement of the hand. She is not aware of how she got the skills of an assassin. She hires private investigator Mitch Henessey (Samuel L. Jackson).
Together they form a formidable team when Samantha comes in contact with her former employers The CIA. She is attacked by number of people, and her daughter gets kidnapped.
This film has similar plot to Bourne Identity. Ex assassin is given new life, old memories gone from her head. When she recalls what she had done in the past the old Firm wants her dead. One of the rogue agents is involved in a plan to create a terrorist attack and blame Muslims to get funding.
Nowadays CIA doesnt have to do any of these because terrorist attacks are more common.
The film is quite good. It is entertaining as Geena Davis plays an action role and Samuel L Jackson is excellent as wisecracking investigator. The plot is plausible and action is good for the film of this sort.
An above average thriller with some very funny lines in it.
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Egocentric weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to cover Groundhogs day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (an event which happens every year). Along with Phil show producer Rita (Andie Macdowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot) make up the TV team for WPBH-TV station.
Groundhogs day is a day of celebration and prediction of early spring or late winter by the most famous rodent, I mean resident of Punxsutawney and the most famous weatherman, Punxsutawney Phil.
After the event a blizzard, missed by Phil Connors makes it impossible for the TV team to leave the small town.
Next day when Connors wakes up he finds himself stuck in the time loop, same day is repeated again and again and again and again. Everyday Connors wakes up to the song I got you babe and same events happens. Connors is the only one aware of the memories from previous day. The liberty from this sort of immortality gives Phil a reason to seduce beautiful women, steal money etc.
Tired of living the same day again and again, Phil begins to exploit the events for good, helping others; learning new things and the final thing create a perfect day to live in. At the same time he is being rejected by Rita.
Groundhogs Day is a funny film, Murray is great in almost every scene. He turns a simple idea to great heights. This film is one of the best films ever made. Behind the slapstick comedy is a romantic film with a great lesson, appreciation of ones self and others around. It is like a religion, self improvement is the theme of the movie.
Bill Murray - Phil Connors
Andie MacDowell - Rita
Chris Elliott - Larry
Stephen Tobolowsky - Ned Ryerson
Brian Doyle-Murray - Buster Green
Rick Ducommun - Gus
Rick Overton - Ralph
Robin Duke - Doris, the Waitress
Marita Geraghty - Nancy Taylor
Angela Paton - Mrs. Lancaster
David Pasquesi - Psychiatrist
Harold Ramis - Neurologist
Directed by Harold Ramis
Produced by Trevor Albert,
Written by Danny Rubin,
Music by George Fenton
Cinematography John Bailey
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release year 1993
Running time 101 min.
Amazon price £4.97
Never! Since when? We are running out of oil and I am glad we are. End of oil means end of petty wars.
Oil may be running out in places where it is easy to get. However there are plenty of other places, ie Africa, Australia, Alaska, Asia where new discoveries are made each month. West Africa is the latest Middle East for oil.
Instead of petrol cars can run on many other things, fuel made from fruit, compressed air etc.
I can predict a time when price of oil will be less than $10 and no one will buy it.
Palm oil and other sustainable man made resources to used in manufacturing and energy production will be widely used in the next decade.
Alternative to oil (fuels)
organic waste could be made into fuel.
Compressed air, water etc.
As you can see there are so many alternatives to oil as energy source.
However as history would suggest oil companies would survey the entire globe for oil and extract it before alternatives will be used.
While it is true oil is used in lot of products (other than cars) there are viable alternatives and loss of oil is not a big deal. People will learn to live without it.
We are being watched by CCTV all the time. Most people in this country have this attitude If you have got nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear. Lack of interest in civil liberties by public and MPs has changed this country much more than any other modern state in Western world.
According to BBC on average a person is caught on camera 300 times a day.
CCTV is essential for traffic flow, on motorways restrictions are place when accidents happen.
CCTV has been successful in prosecution of people who break the law. Many admit the guilt after watching the tape; this saves police thousands of pounds each year.
For CCTV to be effective camera maintanance and positioning is essential. Putting cameras high up wont bring the best picture.
Lot of people think CCTV cameras invade a persons privacy. Liberty claims this. I am not disputing this fact but one has to realise the fact that CCTV is a deterrent for some criminals and it is useful as evidence when crimes are committed.
As technology becomes cheaper and better in the future. CCTV will be in every street and on every building. General control is more important than peoples liberties.
Asda crisps are 1/3 less than Walkers crisps. All type of flavour crisps are on sale. There is quality difference in comparison to Walkers. Asda crisps are inferior in quality. Crisp is not thick or big as Walkers products. Take Cheese and Onion flavour, Walkers crisp is thicker and the crisp is robust, Asda crisp is thin, over cooked and crumbles very easily, also Asda crisps have higher salt content. I havent checked the indigents but from taste this seems to be true.
You pay for the quality, other than several disadvantages crisps from Asda are OK to eat. Consumer has to choose between quality and quantity and sometimes quantity is more important if you have a large family.
The packaging and size of packets are same as Walkers crisps and ones sold by Tesco and other supermarkets. Could it be that crisps are made by same company; ingredients are different to reduce cost.
Packaging and sale: buy single pack, Six packs, 12, and sometime you could bigger boxes are sold with 24, 36 or bigger packs.
I recommend Asda crisps for families on budget, saving orientated shoppers. For the taste freaks Walkers or other original manufacturer product is recommended.