August 28th, 2011

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Underworld, Clapham Common, Saturday 27 August 2011

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Underworld played Clapham Common today as part of the South West Four Weekender.

Basically, I decided after this that I was not going to bother going to any more Festivals. I am too old! They are expensive. It had rained all day so the Common was a mud bath. The Common itself, which is normally beautiful and peaceful green public space, was trashed with beer cans, plastic glasses and litter. Drugs were openly being sold and taken. Alcohol was flowing like water. People were there not for Underworld but to do drink and drugs and have a merry time. It was not for me!

I have seen Underworld at venues like the Roundhouse and I much preferred that. No drugs. Drinking in moderation. And people who were genuine fans of Underworld and were there to dance to the music. At those types of venues, with that type of crowd, once Underworld get going they can get everyone to move along to the beat as one body/mass in time with the banging bass. It is an amazing communal experience. I didn't feel that they were able to deliver that here - it was not their fault.

So goodbye to Festivals!
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Empire Big Screen - Top Tips

I have been promising to tell you my top tips for films, based on the previews and the trailers that I saw at the Empire Big Screen.

Here they are:

Rise of Planet of the Apes
I am a HUGE fan of this film.
During experiments to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, a genetically-enhanced chimpanzee uses its greater intelligence to lead other apes to freedom.
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In Time starring Justin Timberlake
In the future people stop aging at 25 and must work to buy themselves more time, but when a young man finds himself with more time than he can imagine he must run from the corrupt police force to save his life.

Titanic 3D
One of the biggest films of all time, but now in 3D. Release date 6 April 2012.
April 2012 marks the centennial anniversary as the Rms Titanic attempted to traverse the Atlantic from April 12-14, 1912.
A boy and girl from differing social backgrounds meet during the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic.

Demons Never Die. UK salsher. Urban Youth. Out for Halloween.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. To be honest, I was not all that gripped by the footage that they screened. But the films stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy, two of the leading actors of their generation, and so - on that basis alone - I am recommending this film.
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.

The Raven
A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer's stories.

The Debt
The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel and Stefan about their former colleague David. All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1966, when the trio tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team's mission was accomplished - or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations.

Tower Heist starring Eddie Murphy
When a group of hard working guys find out they've fallen victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.

Battleship starring Liam Neeson. Out in 2012.
A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

Cowboys and Aliens starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Remake of a classic, but fully brought up-to-date.

The Devil Inside
Terrifying. Horrific.
In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.

Puss in Boots
One for the kids and the family.
A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat's meeting with Shrek and his friends.

A Dangerous Method
Freud and Jung
I saw the stage play - it was very interesting.
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Coriolanus starring Ralph Fiennes and directed by Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes doing Shakespeare - need I say any more? Modern dress version.
A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

A comedic account of a 27-year-old guy's cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.

John Carter
The best special effects I have seen in a long time. Mythical creatures.
Civil War vet John Carter is transplanted to Mars, where he discovers a lush, wildly diverse planet whose main inhabitants are 12-foot tall green barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, who is in desperate need of a savior.

War Horse starring Benedict Cumberbatch
Out January 13th 2012. A Benedict film - need I say more?! However, I will miss the puppet horses. Spielberg is using real horses.
Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.

The Help
I loved this film!
A look at what happens when a southern town's unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship.
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Lion King in 3D
One of my favourite Disney films of all time now in glorious 3D.
Tricked into thinking he killed his father, a guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.

Another one for the kids and families.
Scottish princess, Merida, defies her parents by persuing an interest in archery, but inadvertently jeopardizes her father's kingdom in the process.

Last, but by no means least,
Friends with Benefits starring Justin Timberlake
I loved this film - it was just what I needed - a lovely rom-com to curl up in front of.
While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan and Jamie soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.
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Right - That is your lot! Should keep you all busy for quite some time to come!
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Sherlock: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


Look at what I have just found on Amazon.

A brand new paperback version of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (which - let us be honest - is the best collection of the Holmes short stories) published by BBC books on 27 October 2011, with a new introduction by Mark Gatiss. And all for under £4. Bargain! Get your early Christmas presents in now!

Cut and pasted from the Amazon website:

A tie-in edition of Conan Doyle's first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, with an introduction by Sherlock creator Mark Gatiss

The hit BBC series Sherlock offers a fresh, contemporary take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, and has helped introduce a whole new generation of fans to the legendary detective. In this new edition of Conan Doyle's first collection of short stories, Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss explains how these gripping tales inspired and influenced the new series.

Sherlock: The Adventures contains twelve short stories first published in The Strand magazine between 1891 and 1892 and then published as a collection in October 1892. It includes some of Conan Doyle's best tales of murder and mystery, such as 'The Adventures of the Speckled Band', in which the strange last words of a dying woman 'It was the band, the speckled band!' and a inexplicable whistling in the night are the only clues Sherlock Holmes has to prevent another murder; and 'The Five Orange Pips', in which an untimely death and the discovery of the letter containing five orange pips lead to a cross-Atlantic conspiracy.

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The People's Bible: Make your mark in history

I chanced upon this project up in Edinburgh. I took part. It was unique and innovative, and it brought history and religion vividly to life.

Cut and pasted from The People's Bible website:

The People’s Bible is a national tour which will produce a unique, hand-written edition of the Bible.

At venues across the country, people will be able to write a pair of verses to join the occasion and make their mark in history.

In the year of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, we aim to reconnect the British public with the Bible.

This summer The People's Bible will take the Bible back to Britain's high streets. A national tour will take place offering everyone the opportunity to hand-write a couple of verses and make their mark in history.

The People's Bible is a joint venture between Bible Society in England and Wales and the Scottish Bible Society.

To find out more, and to see how you can be involved, explore the website:

I thoroughly recommend watching the promo video, entitled "What is it all about?". It tells you all about the project.