Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies Ever Made

Arnold Schwarzenegger might well be one of the strangest men on the planet. He began his career as an internationally acclaimed bodybuilder back in the 1970s, but soon started starring in the leading roles of high budget Hollywood blockbusters. Throughout his acting life, Arnold featured in some of the best movies ever made, so it came as a shock to all of us when he decided to take a leap of faith and get involved with politics. What shocked people even more was when the good people of California decided to elect him as Governor. As the old saying goes “only in America,” right?


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I have to be honest here and admit that I started to care much less about this aging actor after that, as his new political role meant he became the man who had the last say on executions in that particular state. That means he had the power to veto any decision made by the courts. Throughout his entire term in office, he never did this once. That aside, he did make some fantastic films during the 1980s, the best of which we’re going to take another look at this morning.

The Terminator

Undoubtedly one of the best films of all time, The Terminator grossed more money at the box office than anything previously. Also, it is still recognised as a movie that broke the mould. Telling the story of Sarah Connor, and how she fought to protect her unborn son after finding out he would one day lead a revolution against unruly robots, this production still looks as fantastic today as it did upon its first release. The sequel is also considered to be one of Mr Schwarzenegger's best.

Predator

We learned from this movie that standard ammo is no use against vicious, venom spitting aliens from outer-space. While many Schwarzenegger films contain a lot of shooting and the use of weapons, this one requires him and the other actors to be a little more clever. It turns out; Predators have heat-seeking vision, and so keeping their body temperature low was the only way Arnie and his team could get close enough to beat them. In true Schwarzenegger fashion though, he successfully sends the mother-lickers back where they came from.



Thursday, 5 June 2014

Travel Apps That Will Make A Journey Much More Bearable

Travelling can be a long, grueling, boring process - whether you’re booking a flight, or simply bored on a flight. But luckily these days, we have our smartphones and things like apps to keep us company! There are plenty of apps you can download to make journey much more bearable, and apps that can even help you to get the best deal! Let’s take a look:

Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a free app, and definitely one of the best on the market. It’s a powerful, flexible app that will search for flights to help you get the best possible deal. Looking to book a cheap flight on the go? Download this app!


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AroundMe

If you’re ever in an unfamiliar place, you can easily find nearby points of interest, like restaurants, hotels, theatres, parking, and hospitals. It’s a fantastic app to have when you aren't sure where to go.


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MyFitnessPal

This app is a free calorie counter, but it can definitely make travel more bearable. Ever wonder what’s in foreign food but can’t read the packets? MyFitnessPal can help you by simply scanning the barcode! You’ll get a much clearer picture of what you’re eating, ideal for the health conscious.


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Monday, 2 June 2014

Online Gambling Can Be A Fun Hobby If You Know These Rules

Gambling in all forms gets a lot of bad press lately. It shouldn’t though, because the games are great fun to play, and it is only irresponsible people who end up causing problems for themselves. The games and odds stay the same for everyone; it is only their misuse that causes people to frown on casinos.

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If, like me, you enjoy a flutter occasionally, there is nothing wrong with it. All you need to remember, like everything in life, is to do it in moderation following rules that you lay down to protect yourself.

I gamble a little and have great fun doing it. I am a parent, so online games are perfect for me when the children are in bed or at school. It must sound like I spend every waking moment online, but like most people, I only take a chance when I am bored. Here are some of the rules that I stick to, and they serve me well.

Understand The Game

It would be a foolish person indeed who wagered money on a game that they didn’t understand. Online casinos have tutorials and practice games where you can learn the rules before staking any real money on them, so there is no excuse for ignorance. Don’t try to learn too many games at once, just play a couple until you are confident enough to bet some money on them.

Never Gamble More Than You Can Afford

Overstretching finances is the biggest problem for people with no self control or those without a firm grip on their expenditure. Decide on a spending limit and stick to it. It must be non-negotiable in your mindset. Alternatively, buy a [prepaid credit card and use that for your online activities. There is a great review of the prepaid Mastercard on this website and many others online.



Wednesday, 7 May 2014

A Guide To Becoming A Brilliant Collector

Collecting items of a certain nature is a hobby for many people. Some people choose to collect stamps, others choose coins, some people even collect dolls [Waylon Smithers from the Simpsons]! Some people think of collecting as a geeky hobby, but geeky is in fashion nowadays, right? Whatever you want to collect, you can easily become a brilliant collector with the advice in this post:

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Find Your Passion

What are you passionate about? If you want to be a great collector you need to find the items you feel most passionate about. You can try collecting a few different items if you like, to see how you feel about certain things. See what collections you feel most proud of and go from there! You might already know that you want to collect Eddie Stobart model trucks, for example. In that case, go ahead and start your collection!

Work Out Your Budget

It’s never a good idea to go spending all of your money on your new hobby without working out your budget first. Building up amazing collections takes time, so don’t expect to make it in a few days, weeks, or even months. Work out exactly how much you can comfortably afford to spend on your hobby per week/month, and include things like entering shows and protection insurance to make sure you don’t overspend.

Start Your Collection

Now you know your budget you can begin looking for items to go in your collection. Look on sites like Gumtree and eBay, in charity shops, vintage markets, and anywhere else you might find your item. You might even be able to find a specialist site online that sells the items you’re after!

Try to Include Rare/Highly Sought After Items

All great collections include at least a few rare and highly sought after items. You’ll need to keep an eye out for these - it could take you years to find them! You’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot when you do find one of these items though.



Saturday, 12 April 2014

A Night Out Or A Night In. Which Is Better? There's Only One Way To Find Out...

Modern society and technology bless us with the ability to find entertainment from a myriad of different sources. Often we are spoiled for choice as there is so much that can be done potentially. Sometimes we may be feeling lively and want to dance the night away and other times we only want to crawl in front of the fire with a good book.

You will find here, different forms of entertainment; some of you may not have experienced and some that you definitely will have. Either way, if you are stuck for something to do tonight, maybe you will follow one of these suggestions. I am also going to mark them out of Ten, from my own point of view, as to their desirability.

Go to the Theatre

Whether it is an amateur dramatics performance or a Shakespearean classic, going to the theatre is a great experience. Sometimes the scenery may be a little rickety and the acting cringeworthy, but all in all it is good fun. There are often coach excursions to the big shows in London departing from a town near you so check the local papers or look on the internet for times, shows, and prices.   Rating: 6/10

Stay In

If you wish to stay in with a friend and watch the latest bollywood movies on your huge plasma television there has never been a better time in history to do so. There are several websites that stream movies now, often for free, and they have huge libraries from which to select your film. Now, when stopping in, the cuddle factor has to be taken into consideration. Being with a loved one in front of a real fire and watching cool movies is a great way to spend an evening. Don’t forget to plan the alcohol and snacks too. Rating: 8/10

Go to The Pub

Going to the local pub is a great British tradition that is sadly dying out thanks to the smoking ban and tax an alcohol. In fact it is hard to find a pub anymore, they have all turned into one kind of eatery or another since selling booze stopped bringing in enough income. If you can find a traditional, friendly pub with a jukebox and a dartboard, try a night out there. The banter makes it a very enjoyable evening indeed. Rating: 6/10

Go For a Meal

As mentioned previously, there is no shortage of places to eat since most of the pubs turned to food. Maybe, however, you may choose to sample some foreign delights. There are restaurants now that lay out all of the food in the form of a buffet, and they are a great way of discovering what the different dishes taste like. They are all-you-can-eat establishments, so value for money is guaranteed. Rating: 8:10



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