Brexit the movie: A review

Last time out I did make an attempt (although I was less informed) to argue about the whole UK exiting the EU thing. The media have unwillingly called it Brexit and tonight I aim to give you a more concise case about the whole deal.

First of all, no matter what you hear in the media and including the film I am about to review, you will not find an impartial for/against discussion anywhere. Wherever you go there will be an agenda and I no longer want to hear that you can’t find any information for and against. Stop being lazy and go do some research. That means it is your responsibility to do this yourself, by that I mean research the facts and figures. Only under the surface of comparing GDP’s will you grasp the full meaning of this referendum.

This is bigger than any general election and maybe even the biggest political decision anyone in the UK will make. Why? Because every five years if we are not happy with the clown at the helm we can vote otherwise for someone perhaps less clown like.

There’s a film available on YouTube called Brexit the movie, and yes the people behind this have an agenda. As I said you will have to research and decide yourself but the internet age is a wonderful thing when it comes to opinion. Why? Because it’s allowed no matter what.

The whole premise of this well produced factual presentation is to provide the viewer with a little insight as to what the EU actually is and what it actually does (if there is an answer for either). The tone is against the EU but there are some very interesting points made and delivered all the way through via facts and figures.

The EU main offices located in Brussels consist of over 90 buildings, many of which the local people have no idea where the headquarters is. Why is this such a point? Because it sets the trend for things to come. Another fact is simply this:

10,000 people who work for the EU in Brussels are paid more than the British Prime Minister. That is 1 in 5 of their total staff.

An MEP will choose to pay between 8-24% tax.

Soon the argument comes back to the shores of Britain where the fishing industry has been completely shackled by EU regulation and law. For every £1 that comes from the EU in the north east of the uk you have to pay £2.30 back to them in tax. I mean, what? Its not just the fishing industry that are suffering its nearly every type of home grown industry you can think of.

The EU it would seem have done nothing but slap rules and regulations upon everything, hell every time the UK voted against an EU measure, 72 to be precise they were defeated 72 times!

The facts and numbers go on. I could write a gripping Sunday times spread about this if I knew the right people but this movie sends everything home. That is what this is about after all, our home.

I would seem the EU has made so many rules for absolutely anything. An example is the pillow you lay on every night:

5 EU laws cover the pillow case alone and then the pillow itself is governed by 109 laws!

Bread alone has 1246 laws and milk well the cows wont be coming home until they have read the 12,653 laws involved.

This whole regulation this began after WW2. The UK suffered long after with rationing and because of these European restrictions. They held us down whilst the losers of that war (Germany) eventually became the 3rd strongest economy in the world. Why? Because they threw out the regulations and did it their way. It is noted they joined the EU eventually but they were strong enough before.

We can move on now to the corporations, the big guys in business. Now they love the EU, why?  Because most of them are lobbying in the EU for regulations that crush everyone but them. If there’s no market competition because Tesco has taken all the little men down then how is the consumer supposed to benefit.

This also poses a problem on importing. The EU would rather support a local dwindling business that let an outside manufacturer with a far superior product get into the EU market. They’ll slap a tariff, a tax and an overabundance of regulations on this better manufacturer. Who suffers? Us the consumers.

No way am I anti Europe and even this film doesn’t come across that way but they have definitely lifted the lid on this ‘protectionism’ going on and stopping the average joe from getting a good deal.

If we leave the EU wont we need to negotiate trade deals?

This question is just a scare tactic. The EU is already a trade deal, that’s what it is and its a bad one, really bad. Take Switzerland for example, probably the richest country in the world. They have been independent for nearly ever and they are so successful. They do what they want and you don’t need a trade deal like them to trade with other countries. Every country will have a certain level of rules but there is no deal needed.

What I have decided is this: The EU are holding down the development of any economy. Just compare their GDP to any others, even developing countries. Now we are seeing more and more far right parties getting in around the continent and dragging us into it.

We are not ‘rocking the boat’ by leaving, although if you really researched the case for and against the boat got sold off years ago.

For those unsure, do the research and of course watch the film but above all go out on referendum day and vote!

 

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Time to leave Europe?

It’s politics season yet again, well that’s how it feels and in the past few weeks there have been local elections that nobody cared about and of course the European union debate continues on.

By elections that nobody cares about, I mean Sky news did. Even when news is slow they find something to cover, to death. I digress. My agenda for this current blog entry is to discuss that merging of two words that nobody seems to approve of and though gritted teeth we all say Brexit. Like a shitty version of a celebrity marriage, except divorce is very much on the cards.

Soon enough the voting public of the UK will go out to the poles and decide whether or not we should continue to be a part of the European union. Firstly here’s the fact about that, especially as people seem to believe any scare mongering crap they read online.

If you have previously been registered to vote in the UK, you do not have to register to vote for the European vote. If you are unsure then just go to gov.uk and read it for yourself.

Onwards with the main narrative, this weekend just gone we had the Eurovision song contest! Although in recent years the quality of acts has got better and better, even leaving nations like us behind. But also with that quality comes the political undertone that dominates the whole farce. A farce is a fair word to describe the contest which sees Australia (nothing against them but why?) entered for the second time in two consecutive years and a new voting system that even the judges had no clue about thus making it that much clearer to me that the whole thing is probably rigged.

I talk about Eurovision because it reflects to me what ‘Europe’ really think of the UK. Its watched by the people. Well they don’t think of us in all honesty, just look at where we finished. And by Europe, how many of the finalist countries are actually big time players in the EU? Really this contest is the only proper way to see how our mainland neighbours actually perceive us if you take away any quality a song we produce it relies on.

Political undertones if there were any in this contest are normally aimed at Vladimir Putin and the gang. And yes the Ukraine’s entry aimed their message at him. They won. Therefore, confirming the fact that Europe don’t actually know that we are about to consider leaving their ‘club’. I mean to really confirm that we would need a Brexit themed song (imagine that!) to stand up against the Ukraine to really know but I get this feeling the whole ‘please don’t leave us gang’ is actually an illusion. I think Europeans are more worried about what Russia are going to do as opposed to what we might do.

Leaving Europe is a serious consideration and well looking around nobody has given me a decent argument for either case. Stay or leave? Who the frig knows? Do the EU care? Probably not.

Maybe we should just quietly divorce and move on. We have it our way mostly, especially with our much stronger currency. Maybe we should just go old skool like the days of the empire and politely say ‘fu** them!’ Or is that too offensive for the offended police?

Either way if you can vote. Do vote. It’s your duty as a resident of a democratic nation, the right to change through voting is all we sometimes have as voice. Much like Eurovision, if it isn’t rigged. Above all this is just my opinion. What do you think about the UK leaving the EU? Answers on a postcard?

 

Reflections of a writer director

I write this current blog entry after what has been a pretty damn disheartening week for me. Before I spend words moaning at life being hard and all I would like to say that this piece isn’t directed at anyone personally other than myself.
Although it would be easy to use social media as a vessel for sending subliminal messages I am very much an adult and won’t do such things. More over I would rather use this blog page as a way of just venting my current feelings and mood towards things.
First off let me just talk about my writing situation, this is a blog so nobody can interrupt, basically shut up and listen.

Since November I switched departments at work in order to chase better opportunities and more money.  Doing so meant that I no longer work Monday to Friday with weekends off. My work pattern is rather sporadic at best and gives no real stable routine. Something which my writing thrives under, or used to anyway. Gone are the days where I could come home and begin writing at six all the way through to half ten at night. Those times where I really learnt my craft and I look back on them as one great lesson in penning words.
Now my time is way more valuable, not only for me to write but to spend time with my nearest and dearest and of course to actually sleep. Saying that my writing in the past five months has reached a rather diabolically slow pace. If I am completely honest the current book I am trying to draft is a complete and utter shambles. Some of you are probably saying really is it that bad? My angle is that I don’t want to sell a shitty book, which is what it currently is.

Maybe I have just taken it a bridge too far especially after the last book I drafted literally flowed like water and in a matter of months it was done. Foolishly I thought maybe I could repeat that again by just going with a few loose plot points and deciding the take it from there. Perhaps an arrogant approach from me.

There seems to be a complete lack of inspiration for me right now which is holding my creativity down below the surface of rather stormy waters. Maybe in the books I have previously written I was just lucky to have the story already there, but with this project is just a brick wall. It’s frustrating as hell because I want this so damn much and there is some awesome points that this story could shine with.

Only if I can unlock the links between these few great moments is becoming an ever such a hard task.
More than once have I almost walked away from this project, but a very deep need to succeed and get it done is holding me onto it. Somewhere my inspiration lies, but where I still haven’t found out.  I don’t watch much tv these days which is one of my many vessels of inspiration for ideas, lets face it, UK Netflix sucks a big dong.

It’s been over a week since I even looked at the book I am trying to write and as that time increases it fills me with zero remorse for walking away. We’ll see.
To add to my already frustration and lack of writing inspiration for the new book, this week I was forced to make a decision which has caused my conscience to remain a little unsettled. Being a first time writer director of a play so far has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in life but saying that, this week I had to make a rather difficult decision. Maybe it has even cut a friendship from my life, I do hope that isn’t the case.

Things were pushed a little too far in my mind and action had to be taken, deep down I feel a little remorse but the in the long run if I want something to be successful sometimes a small sacrifice is worth the reward. I will do anything to ensure my writing isn’t put at jeopardy and the fantastic cast I have, my team which I cannot let down. Making this decision truly is best for business, but where do friends come in business. Only time will take its course for me to know that.

Until then I will try to throw myself back into writing a book which my heart really isn’t in. Maybe that’s a subliminal method approach seeing as it’s about vampires.

Mind the game: Escape room Review

An emerging craze of live action escape style games are sweeping across the nation. In fact there are an estimated 55 different places in London alone where you can find yourself confined to a room that you need to escape from.
By confined, in our case at the Willesden lane Mind the Game escape room, I mean the door isn’t locked literally but more figuratively. To begin with the place from outside doesn’t appear to be much, that only adds to the imagination and charm. Literally a shop front on a London street corner is all you need to make this game as good as it is.

 

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You are met by a friendly member of staff who informatively explains the rules and what will happen and then a brief presentation follows. For us and this particular game there is a deadly pandemic spreading and the cure is much needed. The scientist/ doctor who has the curing serum is missing. Unfortunate for him but the serum is somewhere in his office and so the game begins.
With an hour on the clock you are taken into the room which is kitted out as a scientists office. Given very little in terms of clues it is up to you to go through his stuff to find your way towards getting hold of the serum!
There were a range of different puzzle type tasks from the obvious plain sight stuff to working out various numbers on the periodic table of elements. There were even chemical equations. Most of the answers led to keys or codes, slowly during the course of the allocated hour you have to open your way towards the eventual goal.
Of course moments came where all four of us were completely baffled by what lay ahead and rightly so we were given the option to ask for a clue. Although we only did this a handful of times, the written clues you do receive are as vague and cryptic so not to allow us an easy win.
After nearly 58 minutes we managed to crack the codes, open the locks and find the serum. Only because the dynamic of our team did we get this done. The escape room task is great idea for team coherence and building as you need each other to succeed. The challenges were real and difficult at times but a great way to spend an hour and the time does indeed fly.

Indeed a good birthday gift for my brother. An original concept which will only get more popular.

Captain America: Civil War, a review

The Hall of information is web slinging it’s way back to you for yet another super hero movie review. Well make rain while the hay shines or something like that as we are in an age of cinema where super heroes are literally falling out of every orifice! Geez just don’t let hulk fall out of me, that could be painful and messy, nevertheless the extended marvel universe is back with its latest offering which you could even call the Avengers 2.5.

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Okay lets straighten things up before we start. I am kind of indifferent/snobbish towards super hero movies as of recent (mainly the marvel ones, there’s just too many okay). They tend to dominate cinema and over shadow things. Marvel are indeed a juggernaut express train rammed full of different heroes but deep down I am preferential to DC (but X-men have my heart).

With that out the way lets get to the movie. I’m not particularly inclined to give away major plot points and spoilers. Let’s just say I prefer to tell you what I liked and what worked, then what didn’t.

We get introduced to some back story about the winter soldier, its all very captain americy to begin with. Soon enough many of the faces new and old from the Avengers film show up and some action happens. Bad guys are fought, CGI is used and then the main theme is presented to us. The morality of the Avengers, are they right to blow up stuff for justice. What would you do if they took out your favourite Maccy D’s?

So a few innocent people’s legs get blown off and the UN aren’t happy.

The film seemed to go up and down in terms of action and talking. Eventually this whole morality thing divides the camp and you get your ‘civil war’. The somewhat absent Captain America, yes he’s absent in his own film, well he goes one way and Iron Man goes the other.

Tony Stark who is perfect by Downey Junior seems to spend the later marvel films in a somewhat conflicted with himself state. So much so, he rubs off on the other Avengers about what is really right or wrong. For quite some time this did just feel like anything but Captain America, maybe Iron Man 4 or Introducing the bug named avengers such as Ant Man. Having missed Ant Man, regretfully because Paul Rudd although his part was cameo esque it definitely left me intrigued about his style.

The angle of Spiderman being introduced was finally revealed, as in Tony Stark tracks him down and takes Peter Parker under his wing. Again, Spidey did play a rather small part in a battle, and he did seem very talkative, but his screen time very much made an impact. He played a relatively comedic role, much like Tony Stark.

I’ve always found the Marvel ‘humour’ to be a little awkward and misplaced, again this seemed the case but saying that there were moments where I did chuckle out loud.

What was good for Lee?

The introduction of extended heroes such as Spiderman, Ant Man, Black Panther. All of them impressed.

Vison and Scarlett Witch having some explorative screen time and their morality being explored.

The action, most of which cannot be faulted.

I liked the sides taken by the heroes, such as Falcon siding with Cap’n and Spidey being introduced by Iron Man.

The token Stan Lee cameo (of course right?)

Final Thought

If you are a marvel buff you will enjoy Civil War. All I can really say in terms of problems they will have is fitting everyone relevant into their films. This wasn’t a Captain America film. This was just an extension of the Avengers and a chance to introduce more heroes as well as show Iron Man contemplating his morality with others. In some ways, the story turned a corner just a bit to tell some of Tony Stark’s history. That’s good and bad.

Bad because the running time will increase and the detail will drop. Too many story arcs will just swamp the whole concept of hero movies and could eventually be its downfall. We shall see. I think after the next two part Avengers films that may be their last outing. I’ve been wrong before though. Guess we will see.

My score is 3.5 out 5. With a not bad rating.

What did you think?

With the Hall of information being quiet for too damn long, I plan to blog all the way up to the release of my book this September. So keep your eyes this way inclined. Thanks for reading.