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RE: Nobody

It's Amazon Prime, but only via a VPN (or other nefarious methods). Not out officially in the UK until June.

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Nobody

Bit of an odd one, this. You've probably seen the trailer, with unassuming Bob (Saul) Odenkirk leathering 5 bad guys on a bus. Obviously the story is a little more convoluted than that.



In all honesty, if you haven't heard of this movie, don't watch that trailer and go in blind, as it gives away all the pertinent points.


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It's John Wick. The Equaliser. Taken. Any Jason Statham of that ilk.

That's not to say it's not without its highlights. Bob plays the part well, better than a couple I just mentioned, but it's a shame the plot is so hackneyed & obvious. The realism of the fight scenes are a bonus though, and the cinematography is especially worthy of note.

Watchable, certainly. Original? of course not.

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This item was edited on Friday, 16th April 2021, 06:35

RE: [VIDEO] Coronavirus, anyone starting to get worried?

Vaccine rollout extended to over-45s, which includes me. All booked for Tuesday, with the second jab on my birthday.

Booking process very simple, the website was buckling a bit under the strain but I think I was early enough to beat the rush.

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RE: [VIDEO] Brexit

One of the known impacts of Brexit was that freight entering & leaving the country would be subject to clearance checks before continuing on their way. About a year ago the Government sidestepped every planning regulation in the land to start work on the Sevington Inland Border facility, a gigantic lorry park where the freight will be processed, and as of right now, some truckers are getting Covid checks as well.

No-one knew this facility would going to be built untl a week before when local residents received letters about it, that it was going to happen, and there was nothing they could do about it. Al the locals managed to do was to demand on a 'buffer zone', where land between the truckstop and a nearby village would be guaranteed not to be developed, protecting the villagers (& their property values). This was agreed, but give it 5 years and that'll probably be torn up as well.

Now, a freedom of information request by the main local news company asking for details of any environmental impact the truckstop will have has been rejected by the Environment Agency and also the Department of Transport.

The reasons given are pure bullshit word salad.

This line is of interest though.
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It said it had taken into account representations made by contractors* it had commissioned to investigate the potential impact of the development of the site that became fully operational last month.

Its response said that having done so, it was invoking exemptions that permitted authorities to withhold information which “if disclosed would adversely affect the confidentiality of commercial or industrial information to protect a legitimate economic interest"**.
*Developers lie. They have done for decades. They will spin facts and information towards the positive so they can secure the contract and get the money. I work on the fringes of the construction industry and have known this since day one. Any developer who told the council anything they didn't want to hear wouldn;t have got the job.

**Money before public health.

Luckily, someone in the comments section did the math

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A 44 ton HGV travelling 1 mile will emit 161.8 grams of CO2 per ton-mile. Most of the HGVs using this facility will be the max loaded ones weighing 44 tons. If the HGV has to do a 10 mile round trip to get to this facility it will emit 161.8 x 10 x 44 = 71.192 Kg of CO2. If you add on 20% for idling time etc you get 85.43 Kg of CO2 per vehicle per trip to the park. 1700 vehicles a day will produce 145231Kg of CO2 per day or 145.231 tons of CO2 which equates to 53,000 tons of CO2 per year and that is without the energy consumed by electrical supplies, lighting, gas for heating etc.

This goes against absolutely everything in the Freight Carbon Review of 2017 which is why they are keeping it a secret. The people living there are going to be getting the equivelant of 1600 full Jumbo Jets flying from London to Edinburgh each year or 4.4 Jumbo Jets worth of London to Edinburgh pollution dumped on them a day.



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This item was edited on Sunday, 11th April 2021, 11:14

RE: Indiana Jones and the Wheelchair of Atlantis

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admars says...
"James Mangold will be behind the camera for the film. Steven Spielberg will executive-produce along with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. John Williams will also return as composer on the film."

And no doubt Lucas will be hanging around, putting his oar in where it isn't needed and screwing the whole thing up. Again.


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RE: Prince Phillip dies age 99

On the contrary, she's headstrong, forthright and determined. She was the first female member of the royal family to the join the armed services and apparently she's an animal at Wii Bowling.




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RE: Prince Phillip dies age 99

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"I wonder how many will be allowed to attend his funeral."

Or the ensuing coronation after Liz finally abdicates.


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Prince Phillip dies age 99

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-114373

A right regal innings. 

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RE: [VIDEO] Justice League

You can't help but wonder what the film industry as a whole would be like if the directors & screenwriters, normally hired for their 'vision', were actually allowed to make the movies they actually wanted to make, without highly-paid producers sticking their oars in and generally screwing up the whole thing. 

I'd just love to see the Wright Cut of Ant-Man some day.

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This item was edited on Friday, 9th April 2021, 09:02

RE: [VIDEO] The Biden Presidency 2021

"This isn't the time for that discussion"...

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RE: [VIDEO] The Biden Presidency 2021

Precedents exist for the repealing of amendments. The 18th amendment (Prohobition) was repealed by the 21st. Arguements on both sides make (seemingly) convincing cases, but when it comes to devices designed specifically to kill, or threaten to kill, then I'd rather be a stinking Lib, thanks.

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This item was edited on Thursday, 8th April 2021, 20:49

RE: Post Trump fallout

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Just 25% of the public calls themselves Republicans -- close to the lowest (22%) that Gallup has ever measured since it started doing telephone-based polling. (Another 15% say they lean to Republicans.)

When you combine those two data points, you get this: Not many people want to be a Republican at the moment. The party's brand is quite clearly damaged after four years of Donald Trump seeking to break every political norm possible.


https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/07/politics/republican-party-identification-voters/index.html



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This item was edited on Thursday, 8th April 2021, 12:29

RE: [VIDEO] Ghostbusters 2020

They are cute, but it doesn't fill me confidence. The gremlins reference is understandable, but removing the 2016 disaster from the equation, they feel very out of place, as does Rudd's reaction to them.

We know Rudd is a teacher, and is familiar with the original Ghostbusters, so would remember the original Stay-Puft marshmallow man, making his cutesy reaction out of place. There are rumours this might be an ad for sweet-related merchandise. 

But probably not. This looks like it might be more geared towards a younger audience, especially with McKenna in the gunner's seat, as it were. 

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RE: [VIDEO] Godzilla v Kong Trailer

Better than the previous lot. More monster on monster action without cutting away to the less interesting human drama. Satisfying conclusion, Mecha-Godzilla made sense and wasn't just thrown in for brownie points...

...Unlike the inclusion of flavour of the month Millie Bobby Brown. On the cast list for name alone as she contributes less than nothing to the overall story. Even Julian Dennision only has one action that has any bearing on the movie, and frankly, that role could have been portrayed by someone spilling a coffee over a laptop, seriously. Their entire parts feel like an afterthought. But take them out and the movie's only an hour long.

Other than that, would recommend

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RE: [VIDEO] Wandavision (and others)

That's a carry-over from Civil War. The lack of chemistry is sort of their 'thing'

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RE: [VIDEO] Boss Level

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"That's a good spot!"

It just so happened I watched one straight after the other. Weird.


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RE: [VIDEO] Boss Level

Got to the end, and while it got better, the finale was a crushing disappointment. However, I did notice something interesting



On the left is Falcon & Winter Soldier, on the right Boss level.

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RE: [VIDEO] Best April Fool`s gags?

Bruce Campbell may have broken a few hearts with this one



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RE: [VIDEO] Best April Fool`s gags?

The disclaimer might be a giveaway

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QI accepts no responsibility for any injury, infection, psychological distress or other bodily damage sustained via sexual misadventure relating to the content on this website. You absolute perverts

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RE: Do a barrel roll

https://evergiven-everywhere.glitch.me/

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This item was edited on Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 18:58

RE: OBI-WAN KENOBI SERIES

Looks like it's a cast full of 'Hey, it's... that guy', but a sift through Imdb is interesting.

Joel Egerton was Owen Lars in Ep 3, and Bonnie Piesse was Beru, so probably the same roles?

Rupert Friend was recently Hitman 47, but he was in Boy with the Striped Pyjamas & the Young Victoria etc

Kumail Nanjiani seems to have been in a lot of low-brow boner comedies (Hot Tub Time Machine, Sex tape) so he'll probably be the comic relief.

Looking forward to it, but also hoping they don't go overboard and screw up the overall timeline, but I'm hoping they touch on how Obi-Wan managed to age 40 years in 19.



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RE: [VIDEO] Wandavision (and others)

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Snaps says...
"The new guy though is really Pi**ing me off."

I believe that may be the point


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RE: [VIDEO] Boss Level

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Si Wooldridge says...
"Not seen either of those (or three as the second appears to have a sequel) - did Bill Murray die constantly in GHD?"

Sometimes, but not always. Sometimes he just wakes up and it's the same day, other times he throws himself off a clock tower or shares a bath with a toaster.


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RE: [VIDEO] The Biden Presidency 2021

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Two-thirds into its first 100 days, and the Biden presidency has easily secured the right to be described as radical. Usually sober observers of the White House are going further: just two months after Biden took the oath, they are branding him a transformational president. The comparisons to Franklin D Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson have already begun. And Biden is encouraging them. Earlier this month, he sat for two hours with a group of presidential historians, pressing them hard on how FDR and LBJ had moved swiftly to make changes so profound and systemic they endure to this day. At the Thursday press conference, Biden made explicit the scale of his ambition. “I want to change the paradigm,” he said, three times.

(He) has achieved more in two months than those who like to trumpet their radicalism manage in a lifetime. And he’s done it because he understands something that eludes so many. He understands that the greatest hope is power.
https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/26/joe-biden-left-parties-power-radical-winning

It's refreshing to see a President just getting on with his job instead of getting in our faces 24-7. I liked Obama but he was clearly treading on eggshells compared to 'Old Sleepy Joe' - what a misnomer that turned out to be.

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RE: [VIDEO] Wandavision (and others)

Not impressed with Falcon & Winter Soldier thus far. That said, it's only 2 episodes in and Wandavision was getting thr same stick. I'm just not really feeling it with this one... yet

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RE: [VIDEO] Boss Level

ooooooh... that looks awful

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Si Wooldridge says...
"That reminds me of Edge of Tomorrow, but funnier..."

Plus Groundhog day & Happy Death Day 1 & 2. I like Frank, but employing Mel Gibson & forgiving his misdeeds just to get his name on the credits isn't going to get bums on seats, not that anything is these days, but...... I'll probably watch it anyway, even if the video resolution did make it look indescribably cheap.

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RE: [VIDEO] Justice League

I'm half an hour in and losing any compulsion to continue

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RE: Guess what just happened in America

None of that pertains to ownership of assault weapons, and weapons of that type. No-one needs a semi-military-type weapon in their home, and no civilian needs to own one.

Would he have still perpetrated that act with a handgun? Possibly, but his rate of fire would have been greatly reduced, and more people could have escaped before he was caught.

The US is a crime-riddled hell-hole, thanks in no small part to the 2nd amendment and the ease with which anyone can buy a weapons created specifically to kill people. But a home and a person can be protected with a handgun that fires a single bullet at a time. The ownership of assault weapons does nothing but make a person feel invincible, as well as better-endowed, in some obvious cases

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Guess what just happened in America

Yes, another mass shooting with 10 lives lost, including a police office.

But here's the kicker. The shooting happened in Boulder, Colorado. In 2018, the city banned assault weapons (& similar) in an attempt to stop any mass shootings happening.

10 days ago, that ban was blocked after groups such as the Colorado State Shooting Association sued the city as the bvan 'infringed on their second amendment rights'. Less than 2 weeks later, 10 people are dead due to that ben being blocked.

The Colorado State Shooting Association?
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“There will be a time for the debate on gun laws. There will be a time for the discussion on motives. There will be a time for a conversation on how this could have been prevented,” the group said in a statement. “But today is not the time.”

I'm just wondering when IS the proper time for a debate on gun control, because now looks like a really good time.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/03/23/guns-boulder-shooting-assault-weapons-ban/

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RE: Scotland...

Couple of interesting developments coming from north of the border soon.

A report into Sturgeon's conduct during the Salmond inquiry is being published this afternoon, and if their elections in may turn out out a majority of ministers who support a second independence referendum, then a 2nd referendum will be held, the result of which could probably trigger re-application to rejoin the EU.

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