They’re at it like Were-rabbits

first_imgWallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were-rabbitCreator Nick Park’s lovable duo hop onto the silver screen this week in their first full-length feature, an amusing clay-clad tale of bunnies and bungling pursuits. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit opens to find our twosome’s little village fraught with anxiety over the upcoming Giant Vegetable Contest. Residents madly cultivate their precious veggies while living in constant fear of   rodent attack. A recent outbreak of greens-seeking rabbits threaten not only the prize-winning produce but the Contest itself. Even Gromit is concerned. He nurtures a big, beautiful marrow squash, each night tucking it tenderly beneath covers before setting a greenhouse intruder alarm.Wallace and Gromit’s humane pest-removal services are soon called in by the twig-framed, frizz-haired Lady Campanula Tottington (voiced with enchantingly scatter-brained, high-pitched timidity by Helena Bonham Carter). The Anti-Pesto, as they are known, go to work ridding Lady Tottington’s property of dozens of rabbits but soon encounter a pest less easily removed: Victor Quartermaine, Tottington’s swaggering suitor, voiced with perfect snootiness by Ralph Fiennes. Quartermaine, who seeks Lady Tottington’s hand in marriage, senses Wallace and Tottington’s mutual romantic interest and sets out to destroy the Anti-Pesto.He is accompanied in this task by his faithful, fanged, gun-toting pooch, Philip (one of the film’s most amusing characters, with a prissy prance to match the firearm he clenches between great white canines). Philip’s snarlingly comic dealings with Gromit provide some of the best moments in the film.  Watching our wide-eyed Gromit look on while Philip struggles daintily with a feminine change-purse aboard an unpiloted plane is quite enough to satisfy an appetite for wordless humour.In the meantime, Wallace has begun self-experimenting with a new invention: a mind-altering machine intended to erase unwanted thoughts. Using the device to link his own brain to those of captured rabbits, Wallace harnesses lunar power to transmit his brain waves to the carrot-loving bunnies, feeding them currents of anti-veg propaganda. Quel surpris, the experiment goes horribly awry, leaving Wallace and a single rabbit comically affected, their minds strangely fused.The once-bubbly village is suddenly frozen by fear.  The appearance of a monstrous Were-Rabbit has thrown the sacred Contest into true danger.  In the midst of this curfuffle, Wallace and Gromit’s Anti-Pesto are commissioned to capture the beast, but find their humane removal tactics questioned when they fail to rid the village of its vegetable-demolishing fiend. Quartermaine is called in to exterminate the creature and so begins a trigger-happy safari towards  glory and uproarious fun.The adaptation of the Wallace and Gromit stories to full-blown feature-length status remains somewhat strained, as the characters have only previously appeared in film shorts, memorable and wildly imaginative though they were.  At times the action, though playful, feels a bit like a merry-go-round: amusing but repetitive. Certain sequences are significantly tedious, in view of the ninety-four minute running time. Regardless, Wallace and Gromit’s banter is warmly consistent with their previous shorts. Wallace comfortably inhabits his fromage-adoring character, and Gromit does not disappoint those fans wishing to see the Charlie Chaplin-esque silent comic take up his knitting needles in true wifely fashion.On the whole, Park and fellow director Steve Box deliver a light and lively adventure, punctuated by several moments of absolute hilarity.  Puns and parodies bounce throughout the film, tucked away in shop windows and newspaper headings, and emerging out of toothy, smiling clay mouths. Another hidden delight is the innuendo concealed behind the pretext of the vegetable competition. “The beast!” a yokel cries at one point, “he’s ravaged my wife’s giant melons!” The chuckles of the film are to be found in these details: self-conscious, witty, and as yummy as Wallace’s trademark stinking bishop cheese. All this makes Wallace and Gromit as eccentrically English a cinematic experience as you’re likely to encounter for time to come.ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more

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RailRiders Eco-Speed-T

first_imgMy quest to find the ultimate summertime T-shirt for outdoor activity has led down many avenues. This month, the route took a turn and accelerated when it hit upon a shirt made by RailRiders, a Belmont, Mass., company with roots in the world of sailing.Today, RailRiders is more known in outdoor-adventure circles, and its clothing — which I have worn for years — is touted as the “toughest on the planet.” The company’s Eco-Speed-T is advertised to be quick-wicking, sun protective, and durable in the outdoors.I tested the shirt, which costs $36 and comes in men’s and women’s builds, in a six-hour adventure race last weekend. Temps peaked past 90 degrees and the sun blazed. I was soaked with sweat much of the day.The Eco-Speed-T at first might seem slightly too thick for hot days. It’s made of a nylon-polyester blend with a “waffle-weave” that gives it a tiny bit of bulk. But that’s where the wicking mojo comes from: Moisture and sweat are slurped off the body by this shirt and exposed to the air. At one point in the adventure race, I jumped in a lake to cool off. An hour later, after two miles of running and then 20 minutes in the wind on a bike leg, the shirt was almost bone dry.As an alternative to a cotton T-shirt, the RailRiders short-sleeve is an immense upgrade. There are mesh panels under the arms and up each side of the Eco-Speed-T for maximum airflow — a nice touch. The fabric is cited as offering UPF 20+ sun protection.The Eco-Speed-T also holds its own against some of my favorite hot-weather tops, including thinner synthetic and merino wool pieces that can cost twice as much. The thinner shirts at first feel airier than the RailRiders top, but in use they do not dry out as fast.In my quest for the perfect T, the RailRiders “waffle-weave” shirt is now near the top of my list. It’s a good value, and in my hot-weather test it proved its propensity to perform. RailRiders - Eco-Speed-T center_img Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com. Connect with Regenold at Facebook.com/TheGearJunkie or on Twitter via @TheGearJunkie.last_img read more

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Pipe Dream: Hiking the Keystone XL Pipeline

first_imgKen Ilgunas hikes past refineries along the 1,700-mile proposed route. Photo: Woody WelchThough he makes his home in North Carolina, Ken Ilgunas has lived in Alaska, New York, Ontario, and in a van parked in a Duke University campus parking lot. For his most recent adventure, he thru-hiked the 1,700-mile route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from the Tar Sands oil fields of Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico over 146 days. We caught up with Ilgunas just after his completed trek and just before he set off for Washington, D.C. for a rally against the pipeline.How did you come up with this idea to hike the Keystone XL Pipeline route?It actually was a friend’s idea. In the fall of 2011 we were living in probably the most miserable place on earth: Deadhorse, Alaska, which is up near the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay. Surrounding the town was an unblemished, pristine landscape. We started talking about the Keystone itself and what that might mean for the landscape in the lower 48. He suggested that we hike the Keystone XL. When you’re a dishwasher and working these miserable jobs you just begin to dream big; you’re just so pointless, you want have some sort of purpose.Once you got on trail, what was the hardest part of the trek?I would say fear, for sure. I had plenty of hiking experience, but this was just a really unconventional, never-done-before hike. I didn’t have a guidebook. I didn’t have campsites to sleep at every night. I was basically trespassing across the continent and going across private property for a great portion of the trip. There was so much I didn’t know and there’s a lot of fear that comes into play when there are so many unknowns. I was constantly worried about getting shot by a property owner. But those fears eventually dwindled when I realized that they were largely unfounded. People are good. Coming from a suburban community in western New York where I grew up, I didn’t know anything about cattle. I’d seen the running of the bulls and bullfighters getting gored and stuff like that. The prospect of walking through herds everyday was terrifying. Ranchers laugh at me when I talk about this terror, but it was very real.Did you have any run-ins with landowners?No, I think most people are okay with it. When you think of Americans and their private property, you get the impression they are going to be very protective of it and they won’t have any of people walking on their land. But once we talked and they realized what I was doing, it’s almost like they become part of the journey.What was the reaction on the local level about the pipeline?It varied by region. Climate change is not something that most people out in the Heartland worry about. That’s the big issue with the Keystone XL. Yeah, it’s a private property issue and yeah, it might contaminate ground water, but I think most environmentalists are concerned because of the sheer amount of greenhouse gases that the Tar Sands pipeline will result in. There is certainly resistance in certain pockets of the country, but it wasn’t until Nebraska that I saw more widespread resistance to the XL.What was the most memorable part of the hike?There were a lot of moments bordering on ecstasy when I was walking across this largely wild landscape. When I crossed the Alberta prairie or the hills in Montana or the canyons in South Dakota and saw ahead of me no buildings, no roads as far as the eye can see, it feels like I was seeing what Lewis and Clark might have seen. In those moments there would just be this wild joy that would swell in my chest and I was just overcome with the beauty of the land.How did your perspective evolve over the course of the trip?The more I learned, the more I was convinced this was a terrible idea. I was constantly told this was going to bring a whole bunch of jobs, and it was going to bring energy security and national security, but it’s not going to do any of those things. While I rarely shared the same political opinions as the people I met, it seemed that on the things that matter most, we agreed perfectly. I received so much support from people red and blue, Republican, Democrat, for the pipeline, against the pipeline. So often I was offered food, or a floor to sleep on, or a ride. You could say I became far less cynical after this hike. To walk the way I did is to fall in love with humankind and to be proud of being North American.Do you think you accomplished what you set out to do?I don’t even really know what I set out to do except to go on a journey, and give the journey a chance to transform my character in whatever way it would. Going from one end of the country to the other, I completed my goal in that sense, and I guess I’m happy with how it’s changed me as well.Walden on WheelsFollowing three nomadic years working to pay down student loans, Ken Ilgunas went to grad school at Duke University in North Carolina. Not so prestigious were his living quarters: a van in an on-campus parking lot. For the next two years, he lived a frugal life in his confined space with the aim of accumulating no more debt. Facing the challenges of living in a van, in secret, head on, Ilgunas challenged himself to make it work. He turned his experience into a book, Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom, a funny and poignant take on debt in America, education, and making the most out of life. Available May 14, 2013 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing.What do you think? Comment below or on our Keystone XL Pipeline debate page!last_img read more

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Biden campaign staffer slams Facebook for ‘shredding the fabric of our democracy’

first_imgA Biden campaign staffer publicly condemned Facebook over its handling of the election aftermath late Monday, claiming it is “shredding the fabric of our democracy.”Bill Russo, deputy communications director for the Biden campaign, sent out a series of tweets criticizing Facebook’s handling of misinformation and calls for violence related to the election. Russo specifically called out Facebook’s handling of posts by Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, and the news outlet Bannon previously ran, Breitbart.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019.Erin Scott | Reuters The criticism could be an early indication of President-elect Joe Biden’s approach to the social media platform and potentially the tech industry at-large. Biden has given few hints about how he would handle the laundry list of concerns around the tech industry, which span from content moderation to antitrust issues.But the sparse comments he has given so far do not bode well for the tech industry and specifically for Facebook.“No, I’ve never been a fan of Facebook, as you probably know,” he told the New York Times Editorial Board, according to a transcript published in January. “I’ve never been a big Zuckerberg fan. I think he’s a real problem.”- Advertisement –center_img Biden also told the Times he believed Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech platforms from being held liable for their users’ posts, should be “revoked.” That’s a far bolder stance than most lawmakers on ether side of the aisle have stated, given that the law also allows platforms to take down objectionable posts, like those promoting violence or harassment.Facebook banned a network of pages linked to Bannon on Monday for “artificially boost[ing]” the number of people who would get to see their posts on the platform. A group originally called “Stop the Steal,” which amplified Trump’s baseless claims about election fraud, was among the pages Facebook found to have violated its policies and removed. A Bannon spokesperson did not provide comment on the removals Monday.But according to Russo, the action was too little too late. The group had already exposed thousands of users to the baseless theories and several more popped up after its removal, according to Russo.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Russo also criticized Facebook for maintaining Bannon’s page on its platform after Bannon called for the beheading of government infectious diseases-expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray in a podcast. Twitter suspended the podcast from its platform and Google-owned YouTube also took down the episode.After Bannon released the episode, his lawyers defending him on charges that he defrauded donors to a nonprofit sought to be released from his case.Russo contrasted Facebook’s approach to election misinformation with Twitter’s, which has more aggressive policies for labeling potentially misleading information. He claimed while Twitter prevented election misinformation from Trump from being spread widely, “Facebook continued to actively promote the posts in feeds.”Russo said in a tweet that the campaign had “pleaded with Facebook for over a year to be serious about these problems. They have not.”The messages signal Facebook is likely to face continued scrutiny under the Biden administration. The company has been under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of states over antitrust concerns for well over a year. The federal agency could bring charges against Facebook as soon as this month, according to Politico.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.WATCH: Here’s why some experts are calling for a breakup of Big Tech after the House antitrust report – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Biden accuses ‘toxic’ Trump of fanning US unrest

first_imgTopics : Kenosha flashpoint On Tuesday, Trump will promote his own perspective on what’s wrong in America’s cities by visiting Kenosha.The city, in one of the most significant swing states of the electoral map, has been in turmoil since the shooting by a white police officer of an African-American man in front of his children during an arrest this month.A microcosm of the racial and ideological tensions of the Trump era, Kenosha has seen Black Lives Matter protests, riots, and the arrival of armed, white vigilantes, culminating in an incident where a 17-year-old militia enthusiast, Kyle Rittenhouse, allegedly shot dead two people at the protest and badly injured another. Democrats and police reform advocates see Kenosha as a symbol of institutional racism leading to deadly encounters between officers and black suspects. They see Rittenhouse, a Trump supporter, as emblematic of right-wing militias that are increasingly brazen about brandishing weaponry in political settings and attempting to act as amateur law enforcers. Trump, however, is making clear he comes with a different priority: countering what he has repeatedly described as the “anarchy” in Democratic-led cities.He will “meet with local law enforcement and some business owners and he’ll survey the damage” from the unrest, spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters.Trump described his desire “to see the people that did such a good job for me,” referring to law enforcement units that quelled the rioting.Trump also declined to condemn the killings that Rittenhouse, who was in the streets with a rifle, is suspected of. Trump called this “an interesting situation” and said the teenager seen in video footage of the killings — allegedly Rittenhouse — was reacting because he was attacked.The White House said there were no plans for Trump to meet while in Kenosha with the family of the black man shot by the police officer, Jacob Blake.Although Biden has talked by telephone with the Blake family, Trump also ruled this out, saying the relatives wanted a family lawyer to be in on the call.”That’s inappropriate,” he said, without explaining further.Trump said he had instead had a “great talk” with “the pastor,” whom he called “a wonderful man.”Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr, said Trump’s comment mystified him.”We don’t have a family pastor,” he told CNN. “I don’t know who he talked to, I don’t care.”Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has asked Trump not to visit, out of fear of greater tensions.Trump responded that his trip “could increase love and respect for our country.” With Trump exalting in the shift of debate from his widely panned handling of the coronavirus pandemic to his favored theme of crime, Biden risks losing the momentum that has put him ahead in the polls for the November 3 vote.But the 77-year-old Democrat punched back, branding Trump’s presidency “a toxic presence in our nation.””Fires are burning and we have a president who fans the flames rather than fighting the flames,” Biden said.”The incumbent president is incapable of telling us the truth, incapable of facing the facts and incapable of healing.”  Joe Biden on Monday accused President Donald Trump of stoking violence after a week of deadly unrest catapulted law and order to the top of the political agenda barely two months before the US election.The stakes for Biden’s speech in Pittsburgh, in the swing state of Pennsylvania, could not have been higher a day before Trump heads to the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, to deliver his dueling vision on the upheaval.Emerging from months of Covid-19 travel restrictions, Biden finds himself suddenly on the defensive, mocked by Trump as weak in the face of events combining leftist anti-racism protests, riots, deadly shootings and right-wing vigilante actions in Kenosha and in Portland, Oregon. While Trump has spent much of the past week warning voters they “won’t be safe” in Biden’s America, the Democrat sought to turn tables on the Republican in his 22-minute speech — delivered in a mostly empty hall due to coronavirus concerns — with the question: “Do you really feel safer under Donald Trump?”Trump “can’t stop the violence, because for years he has fomented it,” Biden charged.Trump “may believe mouthing the words ‘law and order’ makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is.”Biden, who has been accused by Republicans of insufficiently denouncing violence by leftist anti-racism protesters, tried to set this to rest.”Looting is not protesting, setting fires is not protesting,” he said.”None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple, and those who do it should be prosecuted.”At a White House press conference, Trump still complained that Biden “mostly seemed to blame the police and law enforcement,” not leftist radicals.last_img read more

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ACC cancels class Monday and Tuesday to prevent the spread of Coronavirus

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. —  All Alpena Community College classes will be cancelled Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17.Faculty, however, should report to their offices on Monday at 9 a.m. A department chair meeting will be held at the same time in room BTC 126. The college is instructing students, faculty, and staff to monitor their ACC email accounts, the ACC COVID-19 website, and school messenger for more information regarding when classes will resume, and any other information that will be distributed in response to Coronavirus.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: ACC, alpena community college, coronavirusContinue ReadingPrevious APS responds to Coronavirus outbreakNext MDHHS announces additional cases of COVID-19last_img read more

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Neymar earns 3m euros per month at PSG – report

first_imgNeymarBerlin, Germany | AFP |  Brazil superstar Neymar earns just over three million euros a month at Paris Saint-Germain, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.The magazine, using Football Leaks as a source, claims the 25-year-old Neymar, who cost PSG 222 million euros ($265m) from Barcelona, earns 36.8 million euros per year — a monthly salary of exactly 3,069,520 euros.The Spiegel claims Neymar earned 54 million euros at Barcelona last season, 8.5 million more than Lionel Messi, considered one of the world’s best — and highest paid — players alongside Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Share on: WhatsApplast_img

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Bombay Chest Furniture featured at Olympia’s Furniture Works

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin6 Submitted by Furniture WorksIf you are looking for furniture to accessorize and beautify your home then Bombay Chest Furniture will be the perfect furniture to use. Using Bombay chest furniture will allow you  to turn your hallway or any empty wall into something rather beautiful to look at. They will add so much style to your home. Bombay Chest Furniture makes small to large storage pieces, each one having their own elegant design that has been beautifully crafted from select quality wood. They are made in different shapes that help with adding more character to any room.Some Bombay chest furniture pieces are beautifully crafted with hand-carving and then finished with a classic walnut stain. These furniture pieces have shelves inside with ample storage space inside so that you are able to store anything away. You can get foyer cabinets that are beautifully crafted from hard woods that are detailed with intricate hand carvings. On these pieces you may have two front doors with huge amounts of space and there will be a drawer at the top.There are hand painted hall chests that feature tooled embossed, nail head trimmed, antique brass toned, hand painted front panels that are framed by antique black finished parting rails and base. There is a cabriole leg base and ogee edged top. The hand painted hall chests can also have drawers in them with a double ogee top that rests on a scalloped apron with splayed and tapered legs. These pieces can also be crafted with spoon feet.There are other Bombay furniture pieces that have decorative elements that might include ormolu mounts, shell carvings, acanthus leaf carvings, carved scroll feet, and custom hardware. Fluted bun feet that are hand painted faux dark cherry finish with embossed metal and the front drawers are hand painted. You can choose a Bombay chest furniture piece that is an English design. This particular design has four drawers and two curved doors on the ends. The curved doors have simulated drawer fronts on them so that they match the design detail on the front.The name Demilune means half round in French and these could normally be used together as a pair, back to back. Also available are shaped hall chests with ball and claw feet. Other Bombay chest furniture may look like they have an oversized design to it with a very elegant beauty. All these Bombay Chest Furniture pieces have a magnificent hand carved detail and each of them has their own elegant design and quality. Each and every one of these items would look fantastic in any part of your home and they will complete the look in any room. Bombay chest furniture is bound to bring any wall to life.last_img read more

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TERMON’S OLIVE McCAFFERTY NAMED AT HALF-BACK FOR SCOTLAND’S ALL-IRELAND BID

first_imgTERMON’S Olive McCafferty has been named at centre half back for Scotland in their bid to win the All-Ireland Ladies Junior title at Croke Park on Sunday.The classy defender commuted home for Termon’s incredible championship-winning season this year, but plays her county football for the Scots.Her ‘county’ team-mates – except one other player – all play club football with Dunedin Connollys. And they take on Louth in the junior curtain-raiser at football headquarters.This is also going to be a big day for Scotland captain Rosanne Heeney who leads her Scotland team out against her native county.There is plenty of other Donegal interest in Dublin this weekend.Termon’s Senior Ladies take part in the All-Ireland 7s on Saturday. And St Eunan’s and Milford’s U14s are taking part in the prestigious Kilmacud Crokes 7s, also on Saturday. TERMON’S OLIVE McCAFFERTY NAMED AT HALF-BACK FOR SCOTLAND’S ALL-IRELAND BID was last modified: September 24th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MilfordSt EunansTermonlast_img read more

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QPR v Hull player ratings

first_imgSee also:Austin misses penalty as Rangers are beatenQPR boss hails Ferdinand despite errorQPR seeking talks with striker RemySignings close as QPR edge towards Fer dealQPR winger Phillips given a run-outFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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