Grimsby: Review


Okay, lets start with the story-line, Nobby, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, is a football hooligan from Grimsby. Nobby has spent years looking for his brother Sebastain, played by Mark Strong (totally wasted in this film) who is a MI6 assassin.  Finally finding him whilst he is in the middle of terrorist attack. Right, that’s the plot now the critique. There is some attempt at humor as they try to build on some of  the cliché stereotypical northern gags. Then it slides into depravity with smut, base vile shock tactics in an effort to be comical, some of which border on pornographic. This bad taste then continues throughout the film, it’s not clever, funny, nor entertaining. I am sooooooo glad that I borrowed this DVD and didn’t waste my hard earned cash  on this utter rubbish.  I’m no snob, but have we lost the ability to write humor?  Not one for anyone’s DVD collection. (They brought this garbage out on Blu-ray – WHY!!) 1-5 Stars

Cricket “Fun”draiser

CricketJune16-5-2Cricket has never been on my top ten list of sports, as I find it difficult to categorize a summer game in which you have to wear a jumper, as a sport. However, imagine my surprise after attending a fund raising event at a local cricket ground in Broughton Astley, that I enjoyed the whole afternoon and despite the weather trying to dampen the spirits of the participants, all had a good time and the beer tent was busy. The main event was a 6-a-side tournament played by the men. The 12 wan-a-be Joe Roots fought it out while the rest of us enjoyed something from the BBQ washed down with a chilled beverage. Then it was the turn of the women, brandishing their bats like good rounders players do, throwing them backwards to the unsuspecting wicket keeper as they took flight. So another drink and more socializing while they sorted the winners. I have no idea who did win, but I have come to the conclusion that this is the way forward, with ‘fun’d raising events that involve beer.

Put a Sock in it….


It’s been a mystery ever since cavemen first went down to the local stream to wash their favourite leather feet wraps. Painstakingly pounding them against the rocks using the latest brand of non-bio washing powder, drying them over open fires, only to find a couple of days later that one had gone missing.
Thousands of years later, and it appears that I too have fallen victim of this phenomenon. A spot check on my sock drawer revealed that from a possible 23 pairs of socks, there were only 7 usable pairs. 15 socks were missing a partner. These are bad statistics in anybodies book. If I asked anyone that might of handled socks after being removed from my feet as a pair, if they knew where the partner was to the solitary knitwear, the reply is consistently one of denial. I have tried to analyse this through each stage. The first area of suspicion is the linen basket; perhaps the odd sock was left behind, skulking about in the bottom? Not so, I’ve checked, nothing there. Next up the washing machine; is it trapped somewhere in the drum, nope; Is it the soap powder? Doubtful, other items would suffer from any form of corrosion as well. Is it the water? Again, everything would suffer the same fate. Next up, the washing line; surely this is the place that highlights the missing items. Apparently not, the discovery is only made when a selection is made to be worn. At the moment there appears to be no logical solution to the problem. I am beginning to think that there are greater forces at work here. The theory that washing machine manufacturers are in league with knitwear companies to boost sock sales, I find that a little far fetched. How does the machine know to leave the one sock?
Whilst conducting this investigation, I have encountered a possible source or should I say cause to the demise of the pairings. Apparently it is still fashionable to wear odd socks and I have a daughter whose duty it is to be fashionable. A covert extraction took place from the conflict zone of my daughters’ bedroom and two lost souls have been reunited. But this still leaves many unaccounted for, my quest continues…..