Its Burgundy Wednesday which can only mean #Anchorman2 is out today! Here’s our review #film

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Back in 2004, Anchorman birthed a fan-favourite character in Ron Burgundy and has since gone on to become a cult hit, blossoming into an oft-quoted piece of pop culture. 9 years later, Ron and the team are back by popular demand for another helping of improvised one-liners, celebrity cameos and Brick…being Brick, and the sequel is a worthwhile, if at times over-indulgent follow-up.

Directed by Adam McKay, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues takes place in 1980’s New York, with Ron (Will Ferrell, who co-wrote the screenplay with McKay) now married to co-anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). When Ron loses out on a promotion to his wife and is unceremoniously fired, he accepts an offer to join rivals GNN – the first 24-hour news network – and quickly reassembles his old team, including Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). Only slick anchorman Jack Lime (James Marsden) stands in their way of success.

At its best Anchorman 2 is a hilarious, inspired comedy that manages to tap into what made the original work, effectively giving us more of the same. As the old adage goes, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, and that certainly applies here. With that said, there is an unexpected but very welcome satirical through-line offering up a light commentary on the importance of good journalism that’s tackled in entertaining fashion.    Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 14.12.50

With many scenes given the improvised treatment (the first cut was 4 hours long), unsurprisingly not every gag hits its mark. Some of those unamusing moments involve an over-indulgence in Brick’s eccentricities, whilst other lapses occur when Ron interacts with African-American boss Linda Jackson (Meagan Good). Particularly when you consider how much the film gets right, it’s disappointing that the filmmakers felt the need to resort to humourless racial jokes.Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 14.13.20

Thankfully, Ferrell’s charm helps to ease the uncomfortable nature of these lazily written scenes, and needless to say he’s at the forefront of the film’s best moments as well. Indeed, If God put Ron Burgundy on this Earth to have salon quality hair and read the news (Ron’s words, not ours), then similarly Ferrell is the man who has been ordained to play him. Elsewhere, Carell’s lovable oddball Brick scores many laugh-out-loud moments, though scenes with Kristen Wiig’s love interest come off as awkward as opposed to funny, whilst Rudd and Koechner both deliver solid turns returning to their supporting roles.

It’s rare for comedies to get a sequel and even rarer for those sequels to be any good. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues proves to be one of the few exceptions, and though it doesn’t quite outdo its predecessor there is plenty of new material for fans of the first film to laugh at. Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait another decade for the inevitable conclusion to the trilogy.

3.5 Stars

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There’s still time to give an AMAZING Xmas present this year – look see! @otoneaudio @johnlewisretail #gifts #shopping

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Ho Ho Ho we hear you say! Can Christmas REALLY be just round the corner? Well from our experience it looks like the Christmas parties have well and truly started, and the idea of hitting the high street is causing all sorts of hung over dread! So to ease the pain and help you make some quick (and excellent) decisions on what to buy this year, we’ve found some goodies to share just for you! 

BREAKING THE BANK (in a great way!) 

OTONE’s newest speaker system, Soundship  £179.99.

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Soundship is the complete sound system for the home. The Bluetooth Smart dock has a futuristic design with interchangeable connectors, so no matter what device you have, you’re covered.

The system also features an FM radio and alarm.

http://www.otoneaudio.co.uk/products/smartdocking/soundship/

OTONE’s Aporto speaker system, £34.99.

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.51.51This truly versatile speaker system manages to specialise in two distinct areas. As a travel speaker, Aporto’s sleek form fits easily into any travel case or bag – working as high quality USB laptop speakers through a simple connection. But thanks to its innovative modular design, Aporto can also be instantly transformed into a universal micro system: simply detach the speakers from each other and you can create a simulated surround sound effect, perfect for music lovers on the go.

http://www.otoneaudio.co.uk/products/portable/aporto/

TOP TEN UNDER £30 FROM JOHN LEWIS 

BaByliss Nano Dryer 1200 – £14.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.59.31
At less than half the size of a regular hairdryer, the BaByliss Nano Dryer is the perfect travel companion for fast drying performance in a handy little package. Available in pink and purple.

 

YupiiRun – £19.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.59.39
YupiiRun has been designed to make exercise effective and fun. Each program (from a choice of six) will tell users when to walk or run, at what speed and when to rest, all with the best music to workout to.

John Lewis Spectrum In-Ear Headphones – £19.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.59.44
Available in gunmetal, cobalt blue, orange and pink, these great value headphones feature silicone buds for comfort, as well as a built in microphone and remote control.

Bone Collection – USB Flash Drive 8GB – from £19.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.59.51
Searching for a fun Secret Santa? Check out these USB flash drives in Snowman, Gingerbread Man, Monkey, Kungfu Master and Queens Guard designs.

John Lewis Sound Cylinder Bluetooth Mini Speaker – £19.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 14.59.56
With a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to three hours on full charge as well as built in microphone, this Bluetooth mini speaker makes a fab gift. Choose from gunmetal, burnt orange, blue or green.

Crockpot 374 Slow Cooker – £22.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 15.00.01
A thoughtful present for a busy couple, this brushed chrome slow cooker has two heat settings, a keep-warm function and a removeable stoneware pot and glass lid that can be put in the dishwasher.

Juice Cube, Emergency Mobile Charger – £24.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 15.00.06
An ideal choice for technology fans, this mobile charger will make sure their gadgets never run out of juice when on the go. Users just need to charge the compact Cube and attach it to a phone, games console or MP3 player via a USB cable with the appropriate connector.

Lego Builder Case for iPhone 5 and 5S – £24.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 15.00.11
A quirky stocking filler; these cases feature a hard plastic back in the style of a Lego base plate, allowing them to be customised with Lego bricks. The shell of the case is also shock absorbent and provides protection for the back, sides and buttons of an iPhone.

Gourmet Gadgetry 3 in 1 Drinks Maker – £29.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 15.00.16
With a 1950s inspired design, this drinks maker can be used to prepare milkshakes, smoothies and cocktails. The Gourmet Gadgetry range also includes a retro Chocolate Fountain, £29.95.

Beatrix New York Cases for Tablets up to 10.1″ – £29.95Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 15.00.21
Available in four cute designs, these water resistant, padded and velvet-lined cases provide protection for a child’s tablet.

 There you go… don’t dread it, spend it! Tis the season to give (and receive – hehe!) so go have some fun! 

Happy Holidays! Almost! 

Start your week by giving – with these awesome pressies! @rolleigermany @velodyneaudio @papertango #tech #gift

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Ok folks, so if you need to start your week buying some cool gifts for someone in your life, we’ve found some super fun technology that anyone with an interest in gadgets would be itching to get their hands on. 
Rollei Action Camera
First up, is a new Action Camera from German camera manufacturer Rollei. These guys have been making cameras since the 1920s, and not only do they have prestige in this area, they are in no way dated, with this little number:
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Camera details: S50 WIFI Actioncam: 14 Megapixel WiFi Action-Camcorder with Full HD Video Resolution 1080p (1920x1080p/30 fps)
The camera allows live video streaming and immediate upload to social networks: Adventure lovers can use the Rollei Actioncam 5S WiFi via their smartphone with an app. They can view and share videos in real-time – enabled by integrated WiFi (up to 20 m range) and corresponding app (for iOS and Android). Full HD Resolution (1080p) guarantees breath-taking results in optimal quality. You can increase the frame rate up to 60 fps (1080i) to capture crystal clear slow-motion images. Photos can be taken while video recording. The video time lapse function gives you a whole new outlook for video recordings and boasts intervals!
There’s so much packed in to these little numbers you’ll wonder why you ever bothered to consider anything else! So get snap happy!
Next up, for all you music lovers, who hate other noise, Velodyne has just introduced its latest vQuiet line of noise-cancelling headphones. 
vQuiet Headphones
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vQuiet headphones are designed to reduce jet engine and other ambient noise by 90 percent while delivering the highest-quality musical or other audio experience. The headphones are available in matte black with a diamond-blue Velodyne insignia on each ear cup that serves as a bypass/mute button, and are foldable for easy storage. A control module on the vQuiet’s detachable audio cable enables users to seamlessly transition from listening to music or watching video to talking on the phone when connected to devices that have these features.
Oh, and did we mention how cool they look too??!!!
And finally, its not just about the gifts you give, but also the way you give it, so step ahead of the game and give the coolest cards in existence via Paper Tango.
Paper Tango 
Founded by designer Judy Robinson, Paper Tango is a London based company specialising in origami-inspired gifts and 3- dimensional greeting cards.  All of Paper Tango’s cards are intricately laser-cut and hand folded to produce a 3D pop up; creating a unique gift. Paper Tango’s latest range of greeting cards ‘Spots London’, is a range of pop up cards showcasing various London architectural landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The London Eye and more. Screen Shot 2013-09-15 at 20.38.55
The cards, made from the premium British and Italian paper, are laser cut and then hand-folded, glued and trimmed in Indonesia, where Judy personally trained her workers in the craft. Each card is then carefully assessed, before being packed with the envelope and a small map of London showing where the landmark is.
In addition to the ‘Spots London’ range, Judy has started to develop a Paris range with the Eiffel Tower currently available online.
So now you have everything you need to start your week with giving someone  a truly awesome gift! Have fun snoochers!! 

 

Willy Wonka eat your heart out…we’re growing Chocolate Flowers!! @prezzybox #gift

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Calling all you chocoholics… now tasting chocolate is just one thing, but smelling chocolate (everywhere) takes it to a whole new level…

With this in mind, those clever people at Prezzybox have made us aware of a cunning little gift which is bound to inspire you a) to eat more chocolate and b) to take up gardening!

Introducing the  GROW YOUR OWN CHOCOLATE FLOWERS kit! What a cool (if not slightly bizarre) gift this would make! So if you know any budding Willy Wonkas, or if you just want to celebrate the fact that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is hitting the West End, then this is the perfect opportunity to get yourself growing some amazing chocolate flowers! Yes, you will impress your friends…you will!!!

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This kit includes everything you need to cultivate a daisy patch that gets Umpa Lumpa’s going gaga! Just follow the instructions on the packet and watch your flowers blossom into chocolate scented blooms – money might not grow on trees, but chocolate does!

The Grow Your Own Chocolate Scented Flowers Kit is just £9.95 from: www.prezzybox.com

What do you get in the box?

·         Beautiful flowers with chocolate aroma

·         Full instructions provided

·         Full equipment suitable for any beginner; including 2 x Packets of Chocolate Daisy Seeds, 4 x Coconut Husk Starter Pots,4 x Coconut Husk Compost Discs which expand when watered and 4 x Wooden Plant Marker.

Good work Snoochers!

Milkshaken not stirred? @Prezzybox and @zokuHQ goes all Bond! #kitchen #gadget #food

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We might be preparing for yet another heatwave, but you can cool down in style as Prezzybox shows us how! So put away the Martini’s and get out the milk as we prepare for The Zoku Slushy and Milkshake Maker!!!

If Bond made a smoothie he would definitely use Zoku’s Slushy and Milkshake Maker. Sharp, smooth and always on the money, you are only seven minutes away from your perfect iced drink with this sleek, purple device. Freeze the core and then stir in your favourite tipple for the perfect crunch in a heat-wave.

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Features:

·       Durable, easily cleaned purple outer sleeve that insulates the frozen core and keeps the outer layer at a level temperature.

·       Long, trendy spoon designed for optimal manoeuvrability and grip

·       Huge 9 Ounce capacity

·        Recipe ideas and instructions included.

 Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 08.29.53The Zoku Slushy and Milkshake Maker won’t shake your wallet either, selling for just £19.95 at www.prezzybox.com

Have more fun in your kitchen this Summer… go on, you deserve it!!!