Big city life is tough says Factory Floor

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Big city life can be tough the English band Factory Floor (write here something about Factory Floor) says. Speaking in this month’s edition of Electronic Beats Magazine, the band, which released its third album, recently said that living in East London or any other big city is a very difficult environment.

The release of the band has made Nik Void, Dominic Butler, and Gabe Gurnsey, the members of Factory Floor the leaders of contemporary electronic post-punk.

Dominic lives in Dorset while Nik Void, who now lives in Norfolk, says he loves the big city life. “I moved out of it and I miss it a lot. I’ve moved to the country now but at the time of doing the record in the first year, I think I had two jobs, as well. Going to work on the tube during rush hour and then coming back here and then it was like (scats).”

The band works out of a warehouse which Nik says was fortunate as spaces like that are hard to come by these days.

“There’s always been someone in here using it as an art space. I’m really conscious, knowing there’s hardly any space like this, that if someone was into the same things I was doing, I would start to get a bit like, ‘don’t start looking around because you’re not having this place’ [laughs]. You get really territorial”.

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English actor Hunnam lands lead in 50 Shades of Grey

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English actor Charlie Hunnam (read here more info about Charlie Hunnam) has landed the lead role of Christian Grey in the much-anticipated movie “50 Shades of Grey” based on the best-selling novels of the same name.

Dakota Johnson, the daughter of actress Melanie Griffiths and actor Don Johnson will play his leading lady Anastasia Steele.

Hunnam stars in the series “Sons of Anarchy” as Jax and was a regular playing a gay character in the British series “Queer as Folk”. The actor is also due to star in the film “Crimson Peak” alongside Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain.

Hunnam has said the sex scenes will not be a problem and that his girlfriend Morgana McNelis won’t have an issue with his role but that she won’t be watching.

Meanwhile, another British actor, Daniel Radcliffe, known for playing Harry Potter in the seven-film franchise has refuted rumours that he missed out on the role of Christian Grey and has denied that he ever wanted the role.

The movie, to be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, is to be released in cinemas next August.

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Sir Ian McKellan to play Sherlock Holmes

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Aging English knight Sir Ian McKellan has signed on to play the world’s most famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

McKellan will play Holmes who has retired to a sleepy village in Sussex with his housekeeper and son who is an amateur sleuth.

McKellan, who has had recent renown in the “X-Men” franchise as well as “The Lord of the Rings”, will star as Holmes in the movie “A Slight Trick of the Mind” which will be directed by “Dreamgirls” and “Kinsey” director Bill Condon. The two worked together in the 1998 movie “Gods and Monsters”.

The plot sees Holmes haunted by a 50-year-old case and coming out of retirement to try to solve it.

Holmes has been played by numerous actors the most recent being AmericanRobert Downey Jr.Basil Hawthorne has also played the fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

According to the press information: “He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.
“With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life – a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart”.

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Big Hit for Patrick Stewart

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A video of English actor Patrick Stewart doing a quadruple take has gone viral on social media.

Stewart, who made his name in the American series “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, was doing a tutorial which was being filmed by his girlfriend and jazz singer, Sunny Ozell.

Stewart, who was dressed in a hoody and shorts during the tutorial, goes through the take, from single to the quadruple.

“What you have to understand about the quadruple take is it’s not in the same style as the take, single, or double take, right, it’s a different style of physical comedy,” he says.

Stewart, who will star on Broadway in Harold Pinter’s play “No Man’s Land” as well as Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” this fall, adds: “The first three were based on truth, on naturalism, on spontaneous, naturalistic acting.”

Just before he does the quadruple he says “This, the quadruple take, is in a different category of acting altogether but it’s the only one I know and you’ll be glad to hear that I don’t have anything beyond the quadruple take.”

The video has been viewed more than 1.6 million times since it was posted on YouTube on August 27. Stewart will star as Hirst in No Man’s Land and Vladimir in Waiting For Godot. Broadway officially open son October 26.

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Downton Abbey Returns

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Fans of the popular English drama “Downton Abbey” will be thrilled when the series opens Season 4 this weekend.

A Season 4 trailer 10-seconds long has been released featuring the voice of Dame Maggie Smith (who plays the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley in the popular drama) speaking as one of the doors in Downton Abbey opens.

Smith is assumed to be speaking to Lady Mary telling her that she has a choice between life and death.

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary in the drama, is pleased that the new season will find her with several new love interests following the death last season of her husband, Matthew Crawley-played by Dan Stevens.

Lady Mary will be struggling this season to raise her baby son as a single mother.

Downton Abbey has been critically acclaimed since it first premiered on ITV in 2010. It has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film as well as a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

The series is also showed in the USA on PBS as part of the Masterpiece TV. Downton Abbey is set at the titled fictional country house in Yorkshire and follows the lives of the Crawley family and their servants.

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Shepherd’s Pie, hearty filling food

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Whether you call it a Shepherd’s Pie or a Cottage Pie, if a down-home hearty meal is what you’re searching for then this dish is the tasty, filling, traditional choice.

Shepherd’s Pie is an English or Irish dish traditionally made with mashed potatoes, mutton or lamb but is now most often made with minced beef. It can be topped with cheddar cheese for an extra zingy flavour.

The ingredients include two pounds of potatoes, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, garlic, salt, grounded pepper, dried thyme, ¼ all-purpose flour, 2 pounds ground beef, 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup of whole milk, 1 large onion chopped, tomato paste, ½ cup peas, and 6 carrots diced.

To prepare first preheat the oven to 450. Boil potatoes until tender; Drain and crush with milk. In a separate saucepan, heat vegetable oil, add ground beef, flour, onion, carrots, thyme, garlic, peas, and tomato paste. Cook beef until browned.

In a casserole, pour beef and carrot filling. Add the potato topping using a spatula to spread over beef. Add grated cheese and bake in an oven for 20 minutes or until topping is browned. Let sit five minutes before serving.

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St. Martin, a double dose of delight

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The island of St. Martin in the Caribbean is unique. It is the smallest island in the world that is governed by two sovereign nations.

One side of the island is ruled by the Kingdom of The Netherlands and is called Sint Maarten while the other is governed by France and is known as St. Martin. It is the only land border shared by those two nations anywhere in the world.

The Dutch side’s main city is Phillipsburg while the French side’s capital is Marigot. The island is served by one airport – the Princess Juliana International Airport.

The island of St. Martin/Sint Maarten is hilly and tends to by dry. Like most of the other islands in the Caribbean it has a dry season from December to April and a wet season from June to November.

The Dutch side of the island is quite festive. A cruise ship port sits in Great Bay near Phillipsburg and tourists can enjoy fine restaurants serving French, Chinese, and Indonesian cuisine.

There are also loads of little shops where interesting jewellery and clothing can be purchased. The € is the unit of currency on the French side while the guilder is used on the Dutch side.

The main languages spoken here are English, Dutch, and Papiamento. French is the main language spoken in the other half of the island. Here is like a little slice of France in the Caribbean with exotic boutiques, cafes and patisseries all around the narrow streets. Duty free shopping with high-end brands makes St. Martin very attractive to visitors.

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