Of all the horrors to happen across the world in recent years, this felt all the more horrific. To have such a senseless massacre occur so close to home, not just geographically but also culturally, politically and spiritually. I cannot imagine what it must feel like to live in Paris right now, a city struck not once but twice this year by cowardly terrorism. A city seemingly under siege.
So where do we go from here? For Paris, the best thing to do is to pick up the ‘Blitz spirit’ — having the determination to face this situation — similar to that demonstrated after the Charlie Hebdo attack earlier this year. To send a message, that we, as a western society (and people) will not be cowed into fear. That these attacks will not weaken our resolve, but strengthen it.
It is also critical that we understand what we are really up against. It is Islamism, and in no way does it match with out 21st century democratic way of life. It is absurd to carry on insisting that this has NO religious link at all and it’s condescending in the extreme to behave as if any such acknowledgment will lead to some sort of Fourth Reich in Europe — it won’t. No one, of any religion or none, should be afraid to walk the streets of Europe.
One final point, I won’t deny the war in Iraq and ridding of Saddam Hussein in some way contributed to the creation, or at least laid the foundations of for ISIL. But this global terrorist network and its actions cannot be blamed on western foreign policy. Why does ISIL kill fellow Muslims in Syria and Iraq?Why does it throw homosexuals from buildings? Why does it kill aid workers helping fellow Muslims? Why is it enacting racial cleansing like that discovered in Sinjar? What foreign policy did any of the above do to merit senseless slaughter? None.
We need to eliminate this ISIL/ISIS/Daesh stain from the world and the obvious first step would be for Russia and the Western world to co-ordinate their efforts. For this global coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy this evil.
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This weekend fans at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H were treated to a special behind the scenes look of the creation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Director J.J. Abrams, Producer and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan were joined on the stage panel by cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.
The behind the scenes footage shows just how much effort Abrams and the Lucasfilm team have gone into reviving the magic of the original trilogy and bringing it into the modern age of film. Using practical sets and props, utilising CGI as little as possible. All of which has been done here in the UK.
Sir Christopher Lee, the undoubted Titan of Cinema has sadly died at the age of 93.
Lee appeared in hundreds of films through his career, most recently (and probably most memorably) played Saruman the White in Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit, and Count Dooku in Star Wars.
He was the cousin of Ian Fleming, the writer and creator of James Bond and was the only member of the LOTR cast to have actually met J.R.R Tolkien. He serves in the RAF during WW2 and joined the SAS on classified missions. He even hunted Nazi war criminals after the war.
On top of all that he was in a heavy metal band that released albums every Christmas.
World leaders have descended on Paris to join a 1 million strong march of solidarity in the name of freedom and liberty. Following the attack on Charlie Hebdo we have been forced to question our rights in society. What can we say, what can we write, what can we draw?
Firstly it’s important to distinguish that in our society everyone is free to take offence at anything but what they cannot do is insist that someone do not do something that does offend them. We are free to offend and we are free to be offended. The second thing to distinguish is that every idea is open to scrutiny and no idea whether it is a philosophy or a religion is immune or can/should be immune from criticism. And this is where people wrongly accuse one another of being phobic of their religion. It is not islamophobic to scrutinise Islam just as its not Christian-phobic to scrutinise Christianity.
According to Slash Film, the site’s sources say the 2016 Star Wars spin-off film will see a group of bounty hunters trying to steal the plans for the first Death Star. These plans eventually fell into the hands of Princess Leia and R2-D2 in ‘A New Hope’.
This would fit in with previous rumors that suggested Boba Fett may star in his own spin-off film, what better bounty hunter than the infamous Fett? Slash also mentions that the Millennium Falcon is “somehow involved” as well, though Han Solo is not.
This rumor comes as it has been confirmed that a short minute long teaser will be shown at select cinemas across the US this Thanksgiving. See list below:
CA Irvine Edwards Irvine Spectrum 22 & IMAX
CA San Diego Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
GA Atlanta Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
IL Chicago Regal City North Stadium 14 IMAX & RPX
NY New York Regal Union Square Stadium 14
PA Warrington Regal Warrington Crossing Stadium 22 & IMAX
TN Knoxville Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX
TX Houston Edwards Houston Marq’E Stadium 23 IMAX & RPX
WA Seattle Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14 & IMAX
The Illustrated London News published intricate artwork on its front covers for more than 160 years, this included historic moments in British history such as royal ceremonies and the Great War – boasting as many as 300,000 readers. The works were by famous artists such as Terence Cuneo, Fortunino Matania and Bryan de Grineau.
Images have surfaced online oh what is reportedly new Stormtrooper Helmets for the upcoming geek fest Star Wars EPisode 7. Given that Episode VII is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, the spacecraft, uniforms and gadgets it features will all surely get an update as technology advances in the fictional universe, and while the Stormtroopers helmets are still instantly recognisable in their white moulded plastic, they look a little more sleek and ergonomic.
IndieRevolver has the scoop on the pictures, which was backed up by design artist Tom Hodges An RPF user meanwhile also posted a picture of the very same helmet, which they claim came from an “insider friend”.
The unconfirmed leaks follow images of what looks to be the Millennium Falcon being built, and an update on the X-Wing that JJ Abrams showed off last month. IndieRevolver has another Stormtrooper pic, which it claims is an update on the Snowtrooper soldier.
As you will have all heard by now, the comedic genius Robin Williams committed suicide on August 11th following a long struggle with depression.
Here was a childhood hero of mine and millions of others, being brought up with films like Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji, Flubber, Aladdin and Hook. The world already seems a lot darker – he will be sorely missed.
Having done a bit of reading the other day i came across the rather fascinating revelation that Britain has invaded nearly 90% of the world’s countries during its history, with only 22 out of 193 not on the receiving end of a bit of Great British aggression. The findings are detailed in a book, “All the countries We’ve Ever Invaded: And the Few We Never Got Round To” (should have guessed) by historian Stuart Laycock who found the time to research into the matter.
Some of the 22 countries that have escaped British ambition include Andorra, Luxembourg and the Vatican City. The issue with this research, however informative it may be is that it stirs the endless debate in Britain of “was empire bad? If so how do we rid ourselves of such foul play?” The fact remains that the very same British Army / Navy that built an Empire also helped oust the Nazi’s from Europe and the Japanese from Asia, if you want to date further back we also saved Europe from the ever growing hands of Napoleon. Conquest and colonisation have been around a long time, Romans, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians etc.
Hitler was responsible for a war where approximately 30 million lives were lost, Stalin supposedly 60 million, many of which were his own people – does russia continuously go on about its bad past, or Germany? Yet here in Britain we will kick ourselves over the fact that we have brought nations across the world democracy, the rule of law, infrastructure, education and masses of knowledge.
How does comparing what happened hundreds of years ago, in a world that none of us can actually imagine existing in grant us the arrogance to denounce what occurred? What Britain did was beat everyone else doing exactly the same thing but in a nicer way (where possible). Britain survived better than most because its people well understood the society in which the world existed at the time. This is yet another “in hindsight” that keeps the British in their place, but at least we stopped one of the most hateful fascist armies the world has ever known in the 20th century, so all those places previously invaded ensured that we could do so. Stop berating British history because its nonsense to do so in a world that is now nothing like it!
Hello all, we are coming ever closer to the very important question which will decide the future of our 300 year old union, the United Kingdom. In September Scotland will vote in a referendum as to whether it will continue to be part of the union or go it solo.At a debate held yesterday by the paper The Spectator, Respect MP George Galloway savaged the Yes campaign as he evoked the spirit of the Blitz and the spectre of a bankrupt post-oil Scotland in an impassioned plea for Britain to stick together.
The speech itself is brilliant, you read and listen below: