The UK’s film sector is booming and this is why – Film is GREAT


2014 saw a massive surge in film production in the UK, generating a total spend of over £1.4 billion over the course of the year – that’s 35% more than 2013 and the highest ever recorded. 36 international feature films and 22 high-end television productions chose to base themselves in the UK, these include titles like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, all three Hobbit films, Paddington, 007: Skyfall and Spectre and many more.

The increased investment into UK production has seen the growth of infrastructure throughout the country, with new facilities opening this year including Cardiff’s Pinewood Studio Wales and Church Fenton’s The Yorkshire Studios. In 2014, the creative industries sector employed 1.8 million people in the UK, meaning that c. 247,000 jobs have been generated by the creative industries since 2011.

Happy 4th July America! Hope you have an Awesome Independence Day!


Happy 4th July to all the American readers across the pond! Newcastle Beer has come out with some risky but hilarious adverts just to celebrate, enjoy Stephen Merchant & Zachary Quinto below!

Imagine how great America would have been if Great Britain won the Revolutionary War. And imagine how much beer Newcastle would’ve sold.

Scottish Independence: Listen to George Galloway’s stirring speech in defence of the United Kingdom!

George Galloway

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:

If Scotland votes Yes in September you will be handing the prize for which 100 years the SNP has fought. They have fought for it despite everything and anything that was happening. When London was burning under the Blitz, their poet laureate (Hugh) MacDiarmid said: “London is burning, I don’t care.” They said it was England’s war.

They want you to refight a battle 700 years ago between two French-speaking kings with Scottish people on both sides. I prefer to remember a rather more recent battle when this small island of English-speaking people stood alone and if we had not stood but capitulated like others had done before us we would be having this meeting in German if we were going to have it at all.

And not one person asked in that summer and autumn of 1940 and into 1941 if the pilots who were spinning above us defending us from invasion from the barbaric horde were from Suffolk or Sutherland. We were people together on a small piece of rock with 300 years of common history. That’s what they want to break up and all the rest is balderdash. That’s the truth of it. How come so few women are in favour of independence? Why are Scotland’s women the most resistant of all the demographics in this contest? And the reason is that women simply don’t like gambling.

And everything in their (the Yes campaign’s) project is about gambling – for your future, your pension, your children and their children’s future. And you are right not to like gambling. But just a few hundred yards from here on the North Bridge, one of Scotland’s women, one of our highest achieving women in the history of our entire country, JK Rowling sat in a café and wrote books that people all over the world love.

And what happened when she dared to opine as to how people should vote in September? She was subjected to a torrent of abuse and hatred online and in the post. And that is the second reason why women don’t like independence – because they can see that it has already generated and will generate a politics of grudge and division based on where one stood. I am tired of being called a quisling or a traitor or – I was ordered last night from the rougher end of the trade – “get back to England”.

I’ll go wherever I like in these islands or anywhere else and speak my mind and you see that is the authentic voice of those that seek to break up this country.

I have been divorced more than once. Trust me it is never ever amicable, whatever anybody tells you. But you can make a deal. You can give the partner who is walking out on you all the CDs the DVDs, the dog, the car – you can give them everything, but the one thing you will never ever give them is the right to continue to use the joint credit card.

And that is what their plan A – and they have no plan B – amounts to.

They want to use a currency issued by the Bank of England – the clue being in the name; they want to continue to use it and they imagine that the people that issue it will allow them to do so; to use the joint credit card, even though and as they are walking out the door.

So this is the first time ever that people in a small country, where everyone speaks the same language, are being asked to break up and break up on the basis that they don’t have a currency to use.

There will be no pound. Trust me on that. I came yesterday from Parliament (where) the leaders of the mainstream parties have not changed their minds. An independent Scotland will not have the pound.

What will it have instead? The euro – how’s that going? Anybody fancy that or are we going to bring back the groat?

I see one or two pensioners here, or people close to pensionable age. How do you fancy your pension in groats? How do you fancy a pension that is based entirely on the absolutely unstable price of a commodity that will be finished in 2050?

And in my lifetime oil has been as low as $9 a barrel and as high as $156 a barrel. Who wants to mortgage their children and their children’s future on a finite resource that will soon be finished and the price of which is simply un-calculable? Un-calculable.

There will be havoc if you vote Yes in September. Havoc in Edinburgh and throughout the land and you will break the hearts of many others too.

Because, as I look at my fellow debaters on my side, I was reminded of the Duke of Wellington reviewing his own troops before the battle of Waterloo: “I don’t know what they do to the enemy but they don’t half frighten me.” “The difference is we have come together but temporarily at a moment of national peril.

The nationalists on the other hand are permanently together for they have only one purpose – to persuade you that [Stagecoach Group transport firm founder and prominent Yes campaigner] Brian Souter, the gay-baiting billionaire, funder of their campaign is someone more worthy of looking up to than JK Rowling.

I know which side I’m on. I’m with JK Rowling. Just say No.

Trooping the Colour, a history of the spectacle for the Monarch’s Official Birthday Parade!


Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th Century, although the roots go back much earlier. On battlefields, a regiment’s colours or flags were used as a rallying point. Consequently, regiments would have their ensigns slowly march with their colours between the soldiers’ ranks to enable soldiers to recognise their regiments’ colours. Since 1748 Trooping the Colour has also marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign. It is held in London annually on a Saturday in June on Horse Guards Parade by St. James’s Park and coincides with the publication of the Birthday Honours List. Among the audience are the Royal Family, invited guests, ticketholders and the general public. The colourful ceremony, also known as “The Queen’s Birthday Parade”, is broadcast live by the BBC.

The Queen travels down The Mall from Buckingham Palace in a royal procession with a sovereign’s escort of Household Cavalry (mounted troops or horse guards). After receiving a royal salute, she inspects her troops of the Household Division, both foot guards and horse guards, and the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery. Each year, one of the foot-guards regiments is selected to troop its colour through the ranks of guards. Then the entire Household Division assembly conducts a march past the Queen, who receives a salute from the saluting base. Parading with its guns, the King’s Troop takes precedence as the mounted troops perform a walk-march and trot-past.

The music is provided by the massed bands of the foot guards and the mounted bands of the Household Cavalry, together with a Corps of Drums, and occasionally pipers, totalling approximately 400 musicians. Returning to Buckingham Palace, the Queen watches a further march-past from outside the gates. Following a 41-gun salute by the King’s Troop in Green Park, she leads the Royal Family on to the palace balcony for a Royal Air Force flypast.

Below I have attached two videos which I think show the best of the Trooping. The first is from the British Pathé of a Trooping the Colour parade from 1964, the second is from 1934 and the third from 1986.

Scottish independence: Is Scotland’s Future really safe in Salmond’s hand?


Today the Scottish Government released its 670 page White paper, Alex Salmond’s blueprint for the break-up of Britain. In the first instance the Scottish First Minister paints a bold image of what an independent Scotland might be like, firstly promising voters they would be £600 better off in an independent Scotland in which the tax system would be fairer and childcare would be improved.

His long list of policy pledges, which would depend on the SNP being elected as the first government in a separate Scotland, includes free childcare for all preschool school children, no rise in general taxation and an end to the Coalition’s unpopular “bedroom tax”.He also pledged to remove Trident nuclear weapons from Scottish soil by 2020 and said the minimum wage would rise alongside the cost of living, with basic rate tax allowances and tax credits rising in line with inflation.

The document, entitled Scotland’s Future – Your Guide to an Independent Scotland, also said Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing would “still be available in Scotland”, although the BBC would become the Scottish Broadcasting Service on January 1, 2017. The First Minister claimed the white paper answered the key questions about separation, and urged voters to read it before deciding how to vote in next year’s referendum.

The white paper also includes 200 pages on which 650 different questions are answered. It proposes up to 90 new embassies and consulates, suggests cutting corporation tax to three per cent below the UK level, and promises a “transformational expansion in childcare” to encourage women into work – and in a bid to attract women voters who are known to be more sceptical about independence.

The paper states that, by the end of the first term of an independent Scottish Parliament, every three and four-year-old could benefit from 1,140 hours of free childcare – the equivalent of 30 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. This expansion would be done in a way that is “affordable and sustainable”, the paper states, adding that such a change would also require a “substantial increase in the workforce”, creating about 35,000 jobs.

HOWEVER.. I think we need to dig into this a little deeper. These are infact empty promises. Looking through the White paper you will see the words “we will” and “Scotland will” will in reality it should be “We want” or “We will try to” because in reality Alex Salmond won’t be able to do many of the things the Document says he will.


He says that “Scotland will retain the pound sterling currency” (Because nothing says “FREEDOM!” quite like letting the Bank of England set your monetary policy) yet both George Osborne, the Chancellor, and Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, have made clear they are not in favour of the proposal, and the Welsh Minister has said he would veto it if it was put to vote. Furthermore Salmond pushed the point of an improved childcare system during his speech and indeed in the document released today, yet as pointed out by Alistair Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign, that power is already devolved to the Scottish Parliament. They could in fact introduce this whenever they want, they could have done so when they were first elected. Essentially the White paper is a work of fiction, full of meaningless assertions.

“We will continue to be a member of the EU..” This really means Scotland will have to reapply for EU membership as it cannot just pick up where the UK was. This could take a long time as an Independent Scotland would have to get its economy kicking before it could be considered. “We will be a non-nuclear member of NATO..” But what good would Scotland be within NATO if it has nothing but a small defence force?

On R4 Today this morning Nicola Sturgeon threatened not to accept Scotland’s share of the national debt if they aren’t allowed to keep the pound. How can you negotiate with people who are that unprincipled? You can’t trust a word they’re saying. Debt is not something you negotiate, it is something you have. If they fail to shoulder their fair share they won’t be able to raise loans because lenders won’t trust them and Scotland, having defaulted on its loans, will start its new life bankrupt.

Another point i’d like to make: I love how they have already set a date for their independence, how ridiculous & secondly i love how they gave English & Welsh journalists at today’s Press Conference ‘Foreign Press’ badges – Believe it or not you are still part of the UK.

In the end only the Scottish people can decide their future BUT if they do then there must be a complete break from the UK including the UK Parliament. No half measures or cherry picking the good bits of belonging to the Union of the United Kingdom. Personally I hope the Scots see through Alex Salmond and his Party and stay with us as they have through thick and thin for 300 years.

Alistair Darling: “What currency would we use? Who will set our mortgage rates? How much would taxes have to go up? How will we pay pensions and benefits in future? It is a fantasy to say we can leave the UK but still keep all the benefits of UK membership. The white paper is a work of fiction. It is thick with false promises and meaningless assertions. They haven’t answered any of the fundamental questions to which Scotland wants the answers. Instead of a credible and costed plan, we have a wish-list of political promises without any answers on how Alex Salmond would pay for them.”

Syria Crisis: The UK & US position, the stalled strike on Assad

A wounded Free Syrian Army commander walks through rubble in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo

I have steered away from this topic on this blog because I am myself torn as to a resolution to this issue and how my country should react. As many of you know gas attacks took place in Syria last week killing just over a 1000 people, the issue is we don’t know who did it. The UK & US are pretty certain it was the government leader Assad, President Obama even mentioning they have evidence to support it. But really we have no way of telling until the United Nations investigatory group return with a report of their findings.

Just yesterday however it looked like Britain & America we’re well on the way to war with Syria as British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his intention to present a draft resolution of military action against Syria to the UN Security Council and that Parliament would be recalled today (Thursday 29th) to debate and vote on whether or not the UK should take such action with the US & French following. However this morning news reported that PM Cameron had decided instead to wait for the full findings of the UN report and then decide.

So why am i torn on this topic? On one hand i feel we should get involved. If Assad and his government is behind these illegal gas attacks then they should be brought to justice, if the United Nations is unable to provide security for the people of Syria or free them from a murdering leader then it is up to better off countries to get involved. Military involvement would not mean putting boots on the ground, but instead missile attacks on strategic military locations, as well as imposing a no-fly zone over the country, effectively disabling the Syrian military’s capability of launching devastating attacks on its civilian population.

On the other hand however i am tired of watching my nation get involved and spend money on conflicts that in no way benefit us. Look at Iraq, look at Afghanistan and look at Libya. All conflicts that cost British lives yet brought no benefit to our shores. Why is the UK & US playing the role of international police officer? Our own countries still need fixing let alone getting involved in others.

Public support is extremely low for any action with 75% of the british public being against it and only 10% of americans being for it. But whats your opinion on the Syrian crisis?


On a side note i wanted to talk about Ed Miliband the leader of the opposition in the UK (Labour Party) because i absolutely detest the man and have ZERO respect for him. Just yesterday he had a meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the Syria situation after which he said he fully supported the PM’s position and believed military action was the right response providing it was “legal and specifically limited to deterring the future use of chemical weapons”. Just this morning however he completely backtracked. Despite the PM backing down and agreeing to delay a military attack in Syria, Miliband has reversed Labours position to opposing Cameron in this matter.

Labour has said it will be “pressing ahead” with its own amendment to the Government motion because it “sets out [a] clearer criteria of what must be done before any military action is taken”. Mr Cameron last night said he will wait for a report by United Nations weapons inspectors before seeking the approval of MPs for “direct British involvement” in the Syrian intervention. Downing Street has accused Mr Miliband of “playing politics” with security issues and attempting to “divide the nation and the House of Commons” A government source was reportedly angry with Mr Miliband saying: “No 10 and the Foreign Office think Miliband is a f—–g c–t and a copper-bottomed s–t.” And i agree.