THE WAY (Icon). Martin Sheen and his son, director Emilio Estevez, walk the 800k Camino de Santiago, the famed pilgrimage, in the company of three bores, which is penance in itself. This sincere picturesque home movie, a Christian travelogue, is for the traveller who likes to do his travelling whilst sitting at home in an armchair. Sheen plays a grieving dad who sprinkles his dead son’s ashes along the route.
POINT BLANK (Sony). No, not the 1967 classic American John Boorman film, but a modern French thriller, excitingly directed by Fred Cavaye and edited at a fantastically fast-pace, with a great chase sequence in the Paris metro plus some, admittedly hilarious absurdities when the hero’s girl friend goes into labour at a most inconvenient moment.
POTICHE (StudioCanal). This old-fashioned and very thin and very stagey French farce (it is based on a boulevard play), has a strong feminist message awkwardly tacked on at the end. Catherine Deneuve is a trophy wife who takes over her husband’s strike-ridden umbrella factory and turns it around completely.
HARAKIRI (Eureka). Classic Japanese Samurai film, directed by Kobayshi Masaki, is set in 1630 when times were hard and the Samurai, unable to find work, would demand the right to commit harakiri (not for the squeamish) and hope they would be refused and offered charity instead. Things go disastrously wrong for one poor young man and the Samurai code of honour is found to be brutally inhuman and hypocritical. There is a riveting performance by Titsuya Nakadai as his avenger.
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Campaigns & Issues
How you can help combat loneliness in your neighbourhood
A set of resources to help individuals, groups, communities and neighbourhoods take a closer look at – and to reduce – loneliness.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation and JRHT’s Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness has been a three-year action research programme exploring and identifying what makes us feel lonely, where we live and work and what we can all do about it – personally and professionally.
Dogs for life
Dogs Trust promotes its slogan” A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas” in the lead up to Christmas.
Nowadays many re-homing centres are inundated with unwanted dogs in the months after Christmas and beyond.
Puppies are often left outside Dogs Trust centres because they are not house trained, not good with children, or just plain unwanted as they are considered to be too much work.
Competitions & Fun
Win a brilliant Battroborg set from Tomy
With Battroborg an epic battle awaits…
This week five lucky winners have the chance to win one of the amazing Battroborg Arena pack’s from TOMY, which includes two of the world’s first motion-controlled battling Borgs and their very own fighting arena!
Built for combat and fuelled by your own fists, each robot comes with a wireless controller that puts you in control of the battling action. Using high-end technology, the highly detailed high performance 2.4GHZ remote controlled Borgs take battling robots off screen, registering each hit and indicating who the ultimate battling champion is.
Win one of 31 fabulous travel treats from Silver Travel Advisor this December
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Health & Wellbeing
The benefits of a Mediterranean diet in the battle against dementia
In an open letter to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, experts said persuading people to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil was a strong strategy for preventing Alzheimer’s.
They argued that the tactic for fighting memory-robbing diseases was "possibly the best strategy currently available", ahead of drugs.
The medics insisted that numerous high-quality studies back their call, but claimed that "compelling" evidence has largely been ignored.
Property & Finance
Annuities: time for regulatory change
The Financial Services Consumer Panel today publishes the findings of its research into the consumer experience of purchasing an annuity, which shows that the market does not work well for the majority of consumers.
The Panel recommends urgent regulatory and government-led structural reform in order to prevent millions of pensioners from losing out.
The Panel’s extensive 12-month study, which included a literature review and three separate pieces of independent research, uncovered evidence of a complex market which is failing to deliver good outcomes for many consumers.
Leisure and Lifestyle
Driven to dream
Drivers dream of owning an Aston Martin or Jaguar, but most drive a Ford or Vauxhall
Four fifths of drivers describe their car as important to their independence
Drivers in the Scotland are most likely to own a Ford (15%), but one in three UK motorists (32%) dream that their “other car” was an Aston Martin, Audi or Jaguar. A new survey from Age UK Enterprises, the commercial arm of the charity, reveals that drivers have high aspirations when it comes to cars they dream to drive.
"I'm a pensioner, get me out of here!"
Today's pensioners may not have to endure daily Bush Tucker trials to top up their shopping baskets but for almost 70% of people surveyed by the deVere Group, cost of living is the primary concern about retiring in the UK.
According the results of a recent survey of 1,231 over 50's questioned by the international financial consultancy, cost of living is the primary motivation for quitting Britain with almost half (49.5%) stating that they have 'seriously considered', 'are thinking about', or 'would be tempted' to live overseas during retirement.
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