Love Actually, is actually going to have a sequel. Of sorts

Friday, 17 February, 2017

Love it, or hate it, and don’t try to tell me that it’s the latter, a sequel, of sorts, is on the way for New Zealand born director Richard Curtis’ 2003 rom-com drama, Love Actually. It won’t be a full-blown feature though, rather a ten minute short film, that seeks to discover what those from the original are up to now.

The film is being produced to support Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day fundraiser next month. Previous Red Nose Day specials have seen spinoffs of Mr Bean, The Vicar of Dibley and Blackadder. Curtis told Deadline he thought it would be a “fun idea” to do a short sketch based on one of his previous films while raising money for an important cause.

Most of the original cast have agreed to reprise their roles for the spin-off that will be broadcast on the BBC on 25 March. I’m sure you’re counting the days. Don’t try to tell you’re not.

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Ink paintings and pen drawings by Ashley Amery

Friday, 17 February, 2017

Artwork by Ashley Amery

Originally from San Diego, artist and illustrator Ashley Amery now crafts her ink paintings and pen drawings from her London base.

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The trailer for Miss Sloane, starring Jessica Chastain

Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is a hard nosed, formidable, and much sought after political lobbyist, working in Washington, D.C., in Miss Sloane, the latest feature from British director John Madden. It opens in Australian cinemas on 2 March 2017.

The trailer looks promising, and I can’t think of a film Chastain’s been in that I didn’t like. All going well, I’ll be going along to a preview screening next week, and all things permitting, will write a review before it opens.

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Warren Keelan, Australian seascape, and ocean photographer

Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Photography by Warren Keelan

A great photo is all about being in exactly the right place, at precisely the right moment. And getting the angle, and the lighting, and what have you, just so. Imagine for a minute then being someone who takes photos of waves. As in ocean waves.

And not from a beach, or some other coastal vantage point either, but from somewhere in the water, and well off shore. If it were me, I’d hope luck did the rest, once at the appropriate point.

I doubt that’s the way Wollongong based Australian seascape, and ocean photographer, Warren Keelan works though. Much tenacity, skill, daring, and persistence would be required here, I think. But aren’t the results, such as the above photo, spectacular though?

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How your daily habits, and behaviour, reveal your political leanings

Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Be careful now. Did you know that if you spend time looking at yourself in the mirror, and go to the gym, you may be politically engaged, and embrace multiculturalism?

That’s according to the Political Personas Project, research recently conducted by Fairfax Media, the Australian National University, and Dutch political researchers, Kieskompas.

Contemporary Australia is, we are told, made up of seven political tribes, and depending on your values and outlook, you may be one, or possibly a mix of a couple, of the these personas:

  • Activist Egalitarian: socially progressive, want a more equitable society
  • Progressive Cosmopolitan: embrace multiculturalism, politically engaged
  • Ambitious Saver: future focused, value financial security, organised, predictable
  • Prudent Traditionalist: favour traditional social values, spurn change, cautious
  • Lavish Mod-Con: favour the status quo, buy luxury goods, conservative
  • Anti-establishment Firebrand: favour traditional values, dislike politicians
  • Disillusioned Pessimists: dislike society’s direction, fearful of the future

You can take the quiz on this page to discover your tribal affiliation, or I guess see if someone else can figure it out, by watching what you do and say.

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Rozalina Burkova, London based illustrator and animator

Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Illustration by Rozalina Burkova

Check out the vibrant and fun work of London based illustrator and animator Rozalina Burkova.

Oh, and somewhat obligatory NSFW alert, one or two drawings depict nudity (albeit illustrated), in case that’s an issue wherever you are right now.

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Does listening to music boost workplace productivity? It depends…

Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Does listening to music while working, make a person more productive? It’s a good question. Sometimes I listen to music while working, sometimes I don’t. It all depends on my mood. And mood is what it’s about. Music makes people feel happier, thus making them more productive.

But there are caveats. While music can make repetitive tasks seem less tedious, and make noisy workplaces more tolerable, it can also be distracting. Particularly where the music includes lyrics, as a lot does, and also where the music is new, or unfamiliar. These things demand more focus.

Therefore listening to tunes you already like, preferably instrumental, and of an ambient nature, would make the best choices in a workplace situation. I’m thinking tracks such as Evening Star, by Australian down tempo ambient act, All India Radio, would be what you’re looking for then.

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A new trailer for Ghost In The Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017

A new trailer for Ghost In The Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson as a cyborg policewoman who is pursuing a computer hacker. Set about thirty years in the future, the film is based on the book of the same name, by Japanese manga artist Masamune Shirow.

The film opens in Australian cinemas on 30 March.

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Illustration, design, and philosophy intersect in Elia Colombo’s work

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017

Illustration by Elia Colombo

Take a look at the thought provoking work of Arluno, Italy, based illustrator, designer, and philosopher, Elia Colombo. This illustration is titled “Breaking the Rule”, and, I suspect, depicts the way more than a few of us would like to live.

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What’s it like being a landlord? A veteran of two decades tells all

Wednesday, 15 February, 2017

Considering an investment in property? A residential dwelling perhaps that you could rent out? US journalist Tom Chiarella was a landlord for two decades, leasing out apartments, and retail spaces, within a building he co-owned with several other people. You really ought to read this.

People will flush anything down a toilet. Curlers. Popsicle wrappers. Combs. I’m not saying they do it on purpose. Maybe they didn’t notice the jet-black comb on the blazingly contrasting white porcelain floor of the toilet bowl. Maybe they just flicked the handle and down it went. Accidents happen. But when you’re the one kneeling on a damp bath towel on a Wednesday afternoon, fishing around in a toilet with a thirty-foot snake, I’m telling you: You see some stuff. Poker chips. Warning labels. Handfuls of expired vitamins.

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