The story starts off predictably enough for a grandiose adventure: a wizard, a prophecy, an unwitting hero. Emmet is just a model construction worker, living his city life to the tee by following every rule in the book. He is manically happy just to be doing it right: greeting his alarm clock with a smile, doing some calisthenics, watching his favorite sitcom before heading out for an overpriced coffee and a fulfilling day on the job. He feels like he has friends, that he's part of something. Then a mysterious woman who's obviously not playing by the rules leads him to fall down an archaeological rabbit hole and end up with a mysterious plastic piece stuck to his back. The woman tells him he has found the "piece of resistance" and is the hero of prophecy. And like Neo in The Matrix, Emmet begins to realize he's been living a lie. The putative villain in the film is Lord Business, head of the Octan corporation. In real life, Fox News, though … [Read more...] about Spoiler Alert: The Lego Movie
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PUBLISHED: 17:43 10 December 2018 Andrew Clarke Doctor Who: All change for series 13. Tosin Cole as Ryan, Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Bradley Walsh as Graham, Mandip Gill as Yaz (C) BBC/BBC Studios/Sophie Mutevelian.. (C) BBC/BBC Studios/Sophie Mutevelian.. In October, Doctor Who returned to our screens full of groundbreaking optimism. Jodie Whittaker was the first female Doctor and Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall had become the new showrunner. As the final episode of the year transmits this weekend, Steve Russell and Andrew Clarke have different feelings about the show they love Previous Doctors: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Photo: BBCWhat do I love about Doctor Who? Well almost everything – the eccentricity, the drama, the aliens, the quirky writing, the characterisation, the relationships between the … [Read more...] about Doctor Who: Has the regeneration gone wrong?
By KIM TINGLEY NOV. 14, 2018 At the Jimmy Buffett-branded community, a hint at how an increasingly long-lived species might choose to spend its extra decades. The Tech And Design Issue The Future of Aging Just Might Be in Margaritaville May A.I. Help You? 20 Americans Die Each Day Waiting for Organs. Can Pigs Save Them? Gaming Out a Chance at Motherhood — Later Prev Next At the Jimmy Buffett-branded community, a hint at how an increasingly long-lived species might choose to spend its extra decades. By KIM TINGLEYNOV. 14, 2018 Off a vacant stretch of highway in Daytona Beach, Fla., a line began to form outside the sales center for the first Latitude Margaritaville “55 and better” community. Those waiting dragged folding chairs, coolers, tents and dog-eared brochures featuring numbered sites that, in just over 24 hours, they could stake a claim to for a $10,000 deposit. The mood, shortly after 8 a.m. … [Read more...] about The Future of Aging Just Might Be in Margaritaville
1 Up and at it – what is your morning routine? On a weekday I usually anticipate the alarm clock by a good 10 to 15 minutes, so when it goes off at 7am, I am prepared! After the ritual of shave, shower – and getting dressed – I take time to pray. In the morning, I celebrate Mass unless I have an evening celebration. Once I’ve attended to feeding the spirit, I attend to feeding the body which is accompanied, by the radio and a quick scan of edited newspaper headlines using the Flipboard app on my iPad – a great invention. 2 What might you eat in a typical working day for...Breakfast? I eat a light breakfast of cereal or porridge with a cup of coffee, a banana or an apple. Lunch? Full dinner at 'lunch' on weekdays – vice versa at weekends – using fresh, wholesome ingredients. Dinner? I will only ever have one main meal and it could be anything. I will augment it with a small snack such as a slice of bread with peanut butter, a couple of biscuits … [Read more...] about 20 Questions: Priests star Fr Eugene O’Hagan on looking after body and soul
Last of two parts“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Charles Dickens wrote in 1859. Nearly 60 years later it was an apt description of life in Philadelphia. World War I was winding down, victory in sight. The city had proudly and vigorously raised millions of dollars to support the local soldiers on the battlefield. The patriotism and excitement was palpable: the boys would be coming home soon.But in late summer 1918, the city was in “the grippe” of the second wave of a Spanish influenza epidemic sweeping the United States. The city was quickly plunged into misery. Illness and death and decay was everywhere. Dread and despair tormented the living. Unspeakable indignities visited the mourning. For two weeks in September and October, from the start of the epidemic through some of its darkest days, the city’s newspapers chronicled the misery in the streets of Philadelphia. But they also shared tales of heroism, hope, frustration and evil. … [Read more...] about In 1918, Philadelphia was in ‘the grippe’ of misery and suffering