This prequel/sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman smacks of cynical profiteering; visually stunning design it’s poorly served by a script that is Snow White’s not-so-Greatest hits with leftover bits of Narnia and assorted Hobbitses.
Clichéd, formulaic and derivative, this bargain-bin script is left without a Snow White and can only afford four fairly redundant dwarfs. Continue reading
Sundance-winning Slow West has epic New Zealand standing in for the epic landscapes of the Old West, and despite nods to old Westerns of bank robbers, bounty hunters, men with no name and fewer words, this is an altogether more complex, European-inflected affair. Continue reading
Article originally appeared on the Speaking Well in Public Facebook page, April 2015
Our reactions to stressful situations tend to happen in a repeating cycle of habits:
A – An Activating event happens
B – This triggers your Beliefs about it
C – The Consequence is your physical response; how you feel about what you’re thinking Continue reading
If you want a conventional website, you’ll need space on a web-server somewhere to run it. That usually costs money. The more space, better bandwidth, better facilities you want, the more it’s likely to cost you. But the Internet is also inundated with offers of free web hosting. And like ‘free lunches’, there are many definitions of ‘free hosting’. Someone has to pay for it in some way.
The obvious one is on-site advertising. Even the best free hosting services reserve the right to lob some ads onto your pages, even the discreet and hopefully tasteful kind such as you find on WordPress.com. So the key question is how much of a free lunch is free hosting and will it give you the kind of web presence you want? Continue reading
Windows 10 is a Microsoft product, so by default, any desktop search is set to run through Bing, sending everything through Microsoft on the way. Fortunately, this is one of the Windows bindings that is easy to cut, so you can cut Microsoft out of your desktop or local device searches.
Open the Start Menu and type ‘Cortana & Search settings’ into the search box. Even Bing should be able to find that. Continue reading
Article originally appeared on the Speaking Well in Public Facebook page, July 2015
Redundancy – getting laid off – is now a fact of life, whereas a few years ago, in many sectors, it just didn’t happen. Now it does, and if you aren’t ready when the unthinkable happens, you may go under.
Even if you’re feeling secure right now, you can’t afford to be complacent. And starting to deal with the situation after you’ve been made redundant will put you way behind the field. Here’s your survival kit – start now. Continue reading
Aiming for the early Sunday night audience again, ITV re-boots the epic poem as a Game of Thrones slash Hobbit generic fantasy in a bleak Cumbrian landscape; it’s dark earnest, but completely lacking any spark of energy or originality.
Persuaded to pitch his Beowulf as a generic dour Northerner somewhere between Kit Harrington and Sean Bean, Kieran Bew has the accent and the hair to glower through, but appears entirely disinterested in the whole proceedings. Whatever happened to the larger-than-life, passionate and reckless hero of the epic poem? Continue reading
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