Read This
How Black Mirror is winning over the science fiction sceptics

How Black Mirror is winning over the science fiction sceptics

Article by Ryan Lambie  Deadly robot dogs. Dystopian future cities. Killer smartphone apps. Black Mirror, the sci-fi series created by Charlie Brooker in 2011 and now a growing global TV phenomenon, may have its roots in such anthology shows as The Twilight Zone and Tales Of The Unexpected. But the technologies that underpin its stories […]

Read This
A brief history of Irn-Bru’s most controversial adverts

A brief history of Irn-Bru’s most controversial adverts

Soft drinks producer AG Barr has apologised after their most recent advertising campaign prompted complaints to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA). Part of the company’s ‘Don’t be a can’t’ campaign, one recent advert shows a man meeting his girlfriend’s family for the first time. When asked by her father when he plans going to marry […]

Read This
Amazon Prime: the best new TV and films in March (plus everything else)

Amazon Prime: the best new TV and films in March (plus everything else)

Another month, another modest line-up for Amazon Prime. But those seeking quality over quantity will still find much to enjoy. Including an Oscar-nominated drama, the return of crime sleeper-hit Sneaky Pete, and a brand new thriller series starring Jeff Daniels. The Looming Tower What is it? Starring Jeff Daniels and Alec Baldwin, this 10-episode series is […]

Read This
The Bootleg Beatles are auditioning for a new John Lennon

The Bootleg Beatles are auditioning for a new John Lennon

They made their name imitating the Beatles around the world, have lasted three times longer than the real thing, and have played to more people than the originals ever did. And now phenomenally successful tribute act The Bootleg Beatles are looking for a new John Lennon. If you’d like your chance to join the fabricated […]

Read This
The best movies in cinemas and on TV this Easter (and some that aren’t)

The best movies in cinemas and on TV this Easter (and some that aren’t)

Just because the days are brighter, the daffodils are flowering and the egg hunts have started doesn’t mean we’ll be spared the April showers this Easter, so have a Plan B prepared in case your egg hunt is a wipe out with a seasonal movie or two to keep the kids (and the adults) entertained. […]

Read This
Comment: How to resolve tricky local disputes – and how to complain about your council

Comment: How to resolve tricky local disputes – and how to complain about your council

According to legend, the two things that drive us Brits to distraction are bin collections and *ahem* dog mess. Without getting all ‘Victor Meldrew’ about it, we all have at least one thing that goes on in the neighbourhood that makes us seethe with rage. Despite the bin and dog haters, it’s parking tickets and […]

Read This
Thousands of asthma inhalers recalled in health scare

Thousands of asthma inhalers recalled in health scare

Thousands of inhalers used by asthma patients have been recalled by health officials. Asthma UK said “faulty inhalers could put people’s lives at risk” as it called on patients to check whether their inhaler needed to be returned. The call comes after the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) urged asthma patients to replace […]

Read This
Survey says over half of meetings at work are utterly pointless

Survey says over half of meetings at work are utterly pointless

Meetings, meetings, and more meetings. And then meetings about meetings. Followed by even more meetings. The modern workplace is awash with meetings, and long-suffering British employees will sit through a mind-numbing 9,776 of them during their working lifetimes – with more than half of them being deemed as completely pointless, research from Deliveroo for Business […]

Read This
Comment: Government must take action to prevent potentially deadly appliance fires

Comment: Government must take action to prevent potentially deadly appliance fires

Our homes are full of labour-saving devices. From the kitchen to the living room, bathroom and utility room, we have machines and appliances doing a lot of the heavy lifting of modern living – washing and drying clothes, keeping our food cool or frozen or cooking it, cleaning our carpets, bringing entertainment into our homes. […]

Read This
Falling Down at 25: why we couldn’t resist Michael Douglas’s one-man rampage

Falling Down at 25: why we couldn’t resist Michael Douglas’s one-man rampage

“Have you ever heard the expression, the customer is always right?” Released 25 years ago this coming Monday, Falling Down stands as one of the most distinctive and thought-provoking thrillers of the 90s. A total contrast to the cinematic norms of that time in both protagonist and tone. Starring Michael Douglas as a seemingly meek, […]

Read This