Community Awards

Cwmbran Community Council’s annual awards are now open for nominations.

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Van Launch

Today I go to launch the new van for Cwmbran Council’s Task Force with council chairman Pete Cathcart.

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The Task Force is a service that offers cut price gardening and decorating for the elderly and disabled, for more information on task force see the council’s website 

Comic Review: Nikolai Dante- Too Cool To Kill

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I hadn’t actually read any of 2000AD’s Nikolai Dante, beyond a few pages in an old prog that I picked up at a car boot sale many thousands and thousands of years ago. But because I’ve been getting into the best of British Thrill Power over the last few weeks, I thought, I can just stick with Judge Dredd and the varying spin offs, so I went right out there and picked up a copy of Nikolai Dante: Too Cool To Kill.

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*MILD SPOILERS AHEAD*

The story follows Nikolai Dante in the future Russian Empire, the man is the illegitimate son of the patriarch of the Romanov Dynasty and lady pirate, Nikolai discovers his heritage early on, after being saved from execution by the Tsar, this half suave, half sleazy thief is dragooned into serving the crown before betraying/ seducing the Tsarina Jena Markarov and  joining his true family to become the black sheep and the new most expendable member of the Romanov clan.

The story moves with a fast pace and is ably written by Robbie Morrison who in a short space of pages manages to build the world of the future Russian empire and lend life to this larger than life Lothario and create life for a whole host of other characters that feels completely fleshed out and natural, unlike so many writers whose background characters sometimes come across as two dimensional and flaccid.

I most be honest, I really am looking forward to picking up the next 10 volumes of this series, because this sometimes sleazy, sometimes suave and sometimes chivalrous son of a Romanov has already jumped into my mind as one of the best characters in comicdom, and why with a lot of other 2000AD work proves why British is best.

New Toys: DC Superhero Girls Starfire

Being the awesome parent I am, who was in absolutely no way trying to bribe my daughter into good behaviour, I got Marriana a new addition to her collection of superhero girls, from DC’s online cartoon Superhero girls which showcases the best female characters from the DCU universe as set in an elite school, Superhero High.

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And since this new toy was for Marianna, I thought I would let her review it.

Marianna: I like her lipstick (purple) and her eybrows (also purple), shes beautiful, I like her hair its beautiful, I do like the colour because its like mine, (orange and blonde) she has a lovely dress. its good to play with her friends, but I want more, I need the one with the swords too. 

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so based on Starfire’s performance, I have several more superhero girls to buy.

 

Consumerism Gone Mad

I just had an email from ebay, entitled this weeks must have items. I was a little shocked to discover that water, food and oxygen weren’t amongst the weeks must have things.

But I think it says it all about the world we live in that a higher premium is put on a shower curtain than on water and air.

Worst Disney Films That I’ve Ever Had To Suffer

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My little girl loves princess films, and as you can probably guess, the Disney back catalogue has featured prominently in my life since Marianna has learnt the names of the princesses that feature in these features.

But there are some that stick out as really, truly awful pieces of cinema, so here are the worst Disney films that I had to suffer.

Pocahontas 

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Urgh this film is just awful, even if we ignore all the historical inaccuracies, the sound track is lacking anything worth mentioning and the story isn’t an engaging one, I guess this is what happens when Disney try to re write history rather than re writing the Brothers Grimm.

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

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I must admit, when I first saw this as a kid it couldn’t hold my interest, and as an adult who doesn’t resemble an oil painting (except maybe the scream) I feel that the film puts to much emphasis on looks, and again is lacking anything in the way of soundtrack.

Snow White

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Unmarried teenager who lives with seven blokes, whilst I don’t want to go slut shaming Snow White… Slag. All through this film, all I was thinking about, was where is Snow White’s Father in all this? Surely if the guy took a bit of notice of what was going on in his daughters life, this whole cycle of underage teenager running away with men could have been avoided.

Frozen 

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I don’t know whether it was because this film was so hyped up of what, but I hated it, absolutely loathed it, the catchy song was not enough to save it.

The Little Mermaid 

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This was in my wife’s words annoying, from the songs, to the story, to the acting, right the way down to the just massively superfluous characters (seriously what was the point of the bright yellow fish?)

 

Ice Ice Baby 5 Amazing Facts About Ice

Its hot, all I want to do is crawl inside a nice igloo somewhere, so this has made think about ice. We put it in drinks, we use it on injuries, but what do we actually know about it?

  1. The Cryoshpere is what we call Ice on earth, so if you are ever referring to the ice of planet earth, you can impress everyone by calling it the Cryosphere.
  2. Ice storms are caused by snow passing through warm and cold layers of the atmosphere.
  3. Dry ice, that stuff that makes that cool smoke effect on some of the old hammer horror films, is not actually made from water, but from frozen carbon dioxide (CO2).
  4. Over two thirds of the planets fresh water is actually stored in glaciers.
  5. Ice deposits on the planet Mars are likely to hold the truth regarding life on the red planet.