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LIFE FEATURE: NICOLA RICE INTERVIEW & PHOTO FEATURE MODELLING Do’s & Don’ts HUNGERTV TECHNO LIFE

MOVIES

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MOVIE QUIZ NEW RELEASES DARK SHADOWS THE DICTATOR AMERICAN REUNION

GAMES CHARTS TOMB RAIDER LATEST COD NEWS NINJA GAIDEN 3 PROTOTYPE 2 STARHAWK

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TV NEWS DVD REVIEWS DVD TOP 10 MOVIE YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

THE BLACK LIGHTS FEATURE & ALBUM REVIEW BOLETES THE ASPECT

OUT&ABOUT

Carting, Bowling, Paintball, Indoorgolf, Skateboarding, BMX, Play areas, museums, fun parks... yada yada yada

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THE BLACK LIGHTS - Feature and Album Review (pg4) Kick ass rock ‘n’ roll is back...!!!!

BOLETES (pg8) olk, is it your cup of tea? THE ASPECT (pg12)

Acoustic duo with a bright future ahead. BOLETES

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THE ASPECT

NICOLA RICE : Model Feature (pg24)

Model, Beauty Therapist and First Step Model cofounder... lets talk?

Modelling Do’s & Don’ts (pg36)

All you need to know, from the experts.

HUNGERTV (pg40)

THE DICTATO

A new magazine for a new generation?

TECHNO LIFE (pg46)

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Phone apps features and Charts.

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MOVIE NEW RELEASES (pg54)

All the new releases in cinemas this month.

MOVIE QUIZ (pg55)

DOG THE BOUNTY

Actors removed - Answers on page (pg121)

MOVIE TOP 10 (pg56)

NICOLA RICE

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MODELLING Do’s & Don’ts

REVIEWS

DARK SHADOWS (pg60)

Depp and Burton bring the 60’s TV series to the big screen.

THE DICTATOR (pg66)

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Ali G might be gone but he’s not forgotten.

GOG on’ wha

AMERICAN REUNION (pg72)

They’re back... still the same old fratboys?

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TV (pg82)

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NEW DVD RELEASES (pg84) Recent DVDs releases.

TO 10 DVD’s (pg86)

The Top 10 DVDs of the moment.

MOVIE YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (pg87) This month its zombie road movie DEADHEADS COD NEW RELEASE

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Top 10 games across PS3, Xbox and PC. NEWS

TOMB RAIDER (pg89) Latest Lara release delayed..

DARK SHADOWS

TOMB RAIDER

COD team announce next title to be..?

REVIEWS

NINJA GAIDEN 3 (pg93) Round 3, ding ding....

PROTOTYPE 2 (pg98) PROTOTYPE 2

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AMERICAN REUNION

COD ? (pg92)

STARHAWK

Is new Prototype as good as the original?

STARHAWK (pg104)

Successor to PS3’s Warhawk has arrived.

OUT & ABOUT (pg118)

Some great indoor and outdoor stuff to get up to.

CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS (back page)

Y HUNTER

We take a look back at some classic movie posters.

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e did a little intro type feature of The Black Lights a while back and now that we have a lovely copy of their album ‘Rock Awesome’, that has taken up permanent residence in the CD player for most of the time we had it, maybe it’s time to delve a little deeper into the dark, seedy, booze fueled rock n roll world of The Black Lights? The band started playing together a number of years ago, way back in 2006, formed froWm members of bands like Duke 69 and Nine Miles High. The current line-up looks a lot different to those early days of mates jamming and a few people have come and gone while The Black Lights have been on the long, rollercoaster journey to where they are now. The band currently is made up of James McCulloch on Vocals, Steven Nicol on Guitar & Vocals, Tony Riccio on Bass, Stuart Penketh on the Drums and Cameron Arndt on Guitar. In this original line-up 2007 saw the first release from the band in the shape of EP ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Pose Number 7’. This is where the bones of their sound were well and truly laid down the dirt. It is a simple sound that is the overwhelming theme running through the first EP, Slick and Dirty Rock ‘n’ Roll…. and that ethos flows right on to the guys first full album release ‘Rock Awesome’ be it with tracks that are sounding a lot more mature and polished than those earlier tracks. Sure there are a few crossover tracks but since one is an EP and the other an Album that’s forgivable and there is still enough meat on both to ensure anyone buying both to be more than satisfied. I still love Slow Burn so would buy the EP just for that.

The Black Lights certainly know how to put on an awesome show for anyone lucky enough to pop along to see them after having graced the stage with the likes of GUN, Anvil, Slaves to Gravity, Black Spiders, Reckless Love, Jetblack, The Virginmarys, Wheatus, Led Astray and Goldie Looking Chain???? (There is obviously a good story to go along with that one?)

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THE AWESOME ROCK REVIEW

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ock Awesome was released back in 2010 and is a kind of definitive collection of The Black Lights tracks from over the years that the band has been together. They have had their share of lineup changes throughout this time but the true core TBL sound has remained throughout. Some tracks on the album are taken from the guys ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Pose Number 7’ EP from back in 2008 but trust me the older songs still stand strong among the newer material on the album. Overall the album is quit simply a collection of no nonsense, ballsy, all out rock ‘n’ roll. If you like that style of music then your defo in for a real treat. So lets get down to business... Opening track ‘Queen of the USA’ thunders into town and sets the pace for the rest of the album perfectly. From the initial squeal of feedback and licking guitars you just feel that its going to be pretty good and it doesn’t disappoint. Throw in a driving backline and a good old shouty singalong chorus and the odd chance for an ‘OOOooohhhhhh...’ and its everything it needs to be in an opener. ‘In the City’ is tad more on the heavy bass end side of things and simply trundles through the song like a WW2 tank looking for something to smash up, still some sexy licks going on over the top though and a good singalong repeated chorus for fans to get their teeth into. Probably TBL’s trademark song, whether they like it or not, is track 3, ‘Season of the Bitch’. It has all the elements of a good rock tune... a cracking melody, great vocal, top notch chorus, a simple but super tight backline underneath and guitar tracking that isn’t way over the top... there is even a coolio solo at play in the closing of the song, not to flashy, just enough to say ‘hey... here i am’ to the rest of the track. ‘Heartbreaker’ is another track that just doesn’t attempt to lower the intensity of the first half of the album. A

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E M O S E W ROCKA REVIEW cont.. chuncky beginning leads to a great chorus and then for a brief few seconds you get a wee post bridge section that lulls you into a false sence of things getting a little mellower... then they smack you in the face again and its all out rockin until the last note. Still full on rock but a smidgen more laid back is ‘Ready for Love’. Again it hits you with a low driving backline and cool guitar licks to get you to the shouty chorus, you just know this one is going to me a great track to play live. Kicking the pace up again is track 6 ‘Sweet Salvation’ which doesn’t really let up at all throughout its whole 3:48. I’d say this is probably the most challenging vocal for McCulloch in terms of all the other tracks. Another load of understated guitar work which fit perfectly with the meaty drum & bass undercurrent. Oh... and yet another top singalong chorus just for good measure. Probably the most mature in terms of songwriting and exploring the bands sound is next track ‘Survivor’. From the outset its a different beast from the rest of the album and for the most part relies on clean guitar and

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a repeated semi clean lick to form the foundation of the song. Get to the chorus though and its business as usual and TBL’s roots kick in again. Probably the bands strongest track on the album as it is the one which has the biggest ‘journey’ in terms of song structure and use of space and therefore is the most dynamic track so far. From the longest track on the album to the shortest and at 2:26 ‘Headfuck’ kicks off with a McCulloch shout out and continues in what is now the TBL style although it is the rockiest from a guitar point of view. Album closer ‘Money’ harps back the most to ‘old skool classic rock’ than all the other tracks. It does have a really nice vocal though and could have, given a little work on the overall concept of the song, been so much more than an album finisher (sorry guys, had to have one negative i suppose). But all in all a good track to close off and leave you defo wanting some more. Album wise i’d say ‘Rock Awesome’ leaves little to be dissapointed about and defo one to recommend.


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he world of Boletes is a strange one! It’s a dreamy, tripp y, ambience ridden, repeating, endless dark alleyway that you wa lk through at night not know ing what to expect. As you approach a doorway you don’t know if there is go ing to be someone there? If they are go ing to be friendly? If you’re imagining it? If your mind just playing tricks on you? In some bits you see streaks of light strea ming through the dark which you walk thro ugh and at points you can see clearly what is in front of you, then it’s back into the m urky darkness…. to me that ’s what listenin g to Boletes is.

It’s a strange summing up of an artist but once aga in I’m featuring an artist that qui te simply makes me sit up and say ‘holy sh*t’… how can we produce people as tale nted and original as this? Boletes is the brainchild of one Roy Gornall and tog ether with his acoustic guitar and collection of loops, effects , snyth’s, soundbites or any thing else that might com e to hand he creates the world of Boletes (pronounced as Boleets after a variety of mu shroom I believe?). It seems pretty difficult for me to pigeon-hole Bo letes as his dreamt up sounds cape is so alien and unique compared to what is goi ng on in music nowadays. Selfdubbed as Freak Folk I’d have to agree, it’s a little bit folky and it’s a little bit fre aky… but somehow it’s alw ays beautiful, sounding simple in its concept, structure and presentation. Tracks unf old in front of you with no real structure that makes sen se in our world of verse/ chorus/ verse/chorus formulated dirge that plagues our pop ular music culture. It’s strange , in a way it sort of makes you listen more intently to wh at’s going on. Across Bo letes 2 offerings available songs are always thought provok ing, each one seems to be ask ing you for an emotion and regardless of what emoting it might stir in the listene r, and even in its darkest mome nts, you can still detect a hint of a smile underneath the wash of dark and light bro ught out in most Boletes songs. Page 8

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TES later release a good sample of what is to come in acoustic folk med strum le simp is t FLAWS. At its hear l is delivered music, but it’s all about how the voca suggest somethat ts and the effected loops/elemen a completely gs brin and here on thing more is going ough for Alth ic. mus tes Bole to n nsio different dime they ents elem le the most part these are very subt really g ethin som ting crea to really do go a long way very a rds towa s lean tes Bole lly distinctive. Voca that is strangely breathy and laidback, dreamy slant . quite hypnotic when listening see Boletes In ‘FLAWS’, released in May 2012, we ble but forta com e in full flight and a stronger, mor over rging eme is er writ song more experimental nying mpa acco The g’. nibu ‘Hun since s the 2 year used to create soundscapes are enhanced with ones create an to used g bein ly melody and less on sole e in the mor h muc are ls Voca d. moo ambience and more off show front of the mix in ‘FLAWS’ also and back fall ly easi very You of his talents in that area. n you play into a kind if dreamy sleepy mood whe again (like I over and over ety entir its in m the albu this album in on g goin did). There are lots of things ‘flaws’ that the with ing deal be and I suppose its may out them ng putti also and elf? hims in Boletes sees are e ther ically Mus there for us to think about too. my strum y heav ls, enta full on band semi-instrum numbers and acoustic tracks, soulful picky drifting track for me out d too many others to mention. Stan to a pop close as ably prob is Eaten by Light which is ose a litsupp I me inds rem and gets song as Boletes happens it as tle of some Silversun Pickups stuff who effect ant brilli to ls voca use similar up front, breathy in their songs. to take to the Beletes began in 2009 and decided ce on good old aran appe t stages soon after his debu evine, and Grap o Radi on Show Gap Ross Coutts’s Tommy of since then he has supported the likes a couple. but e nam to it Reilly and Frightened Rabb val Festi Eden the at ce aran appe 2011 brought an winic’ Mus with Gomez and Sky TV’s ‘Must Be The ner Emma’s Imagination. site and on Checkout Boletes over at his facebook his blog for dates and music etc. www.boletes.co.uk/ 0239420013 www.facebook.com/pages/Boletes/30 JUNE 2012 - issue (18)

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he Aspect’ is an alternative acoustic duo comprising of Megan Wedgwood on Vocals and Archie Baird on Guitars. Now right off I’m not the worlds expert on acoustic duo’s… well not even the local expert really… but I’ll give it a go with limited knowledge of the genre that I have. Initially its glaringly obvious when you listen to any of The Aspect tracks out there that they are amazingly good at what they do, Wedgewood not only looks every inch the future pop/music/fashion icon that she

deserves to be, add to that a simply beautiful voice and you don’t really need anything else do you? Well excuse me but The Aspect aren’t quit finished yet… Bairds guitar tracks are sublime in their simplicity and fittingness to what is happening with the vocal. For me it is just so refreshing to find someone that seems to understand the ‘less is more’ ethos of all the really, really good songwriters and musician. Baird carries off his role in complimenting and play across his partner’s vocal melody and runs with consummate ease. Never at any time playing anything that I would say is out of context or jarring to the ear and in fact shows a really impressing technique in his playing. The Aspect sound has a kind of dreamy, trippy, hippy sound to it that reminds me of a band called All About

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Eve from the early goth days who would sometimes do acoustic stuff now and then and it is that sound that I immediately think about when I listen to the tracks available. Now that is from a guitar/song structure and overall feel rather than in Wedgewood’s vocal, who is actually better than AAE’s singer in my opinion. April 2011 saw the release of the duo’s debut EP ‘Between Our Hearts’ which sold out in its first week but is still available to buy on iTunes. Fav track from the EP, and the most contemporary I’d say, has to be Song Of The Earth with its underlying background thump which subtly drives the song along. Hook line guitar runs compliment the vocal perfectly and we see the impeccable use of ‘silence’ here with large sections minus any vocal at all which only serve to draw you into the track even more. Between Our Hearts is a mellower track that relies solely on repeated picking lines with the odd accent to pick it up and just a pure un-harmonised vocal to get its message across. It threatens at times to go somewhere else but is pulled back in again no doubt to fit the mood/message of the song. We’ll Never Know picks the pace up a little driven by the mostly strummed melody throughout and a tight vocal that keeps things in place across the whole track. Let Me Go sees the most elaborate and expressional vocal from Wedgwood with full on harmonies all at play here to cut across some sweet acoustic tracking by Baird. In fact if it didn’t mean re-writing a large chunk of this feature I might even say that this is my fav track… wait… can’t I have 2 fav tracks... go on can I… please… ??? Overall an amazingly professional and enjoyable EP that anyone should be proud of. From a LIVE point of view the guys do not rest on their laurels in having a top EP on their CV and get out and play as much as possible hence seeing them doing some great shows of late and have shared stages with Vintage Trouble, played Haddowfest, The Grassmarket festival and appeared on Glasgow based indie videocast ‘Awesome Sauce’ where they did a live session playing a stunning version of new track ‘So They Say’. The Aspect is currently hard at work on their follow up to ‘Between Our Hearts’ which will hopefully be due out soon and if ‘So They Say’ is anything to go by its shaping up to be one pretty amazing follow up. Checkout The Aspect over at their Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/TheAspectMusic The ‘Awesome Sauce’ videocast page is over at www.facebook.com/awesomesauceshow

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NICOLA RICE FEATURE MODEL

HUNGERTV A NEW MAGAZINE FOR A NEW GENERATION?

MODELLING DO’S & DON’TS

THE EGG APP AN APP TOO FAR?

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Where were you born? Where did you go to school? Where do you live now? What is your job? “I was born in Bangour Hospital, West Lothian. i went to primary at St. Mary’s primary in Polbeth, then secondary school at St. Kentigerns in Blackburn. I still stay in West Calder where I was brought up. I’m a mobile beauty therapist :)”

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OK, but where would you have liked to have been born? Where would you like to have gone to school? Where would you like to live now? What would be your perfect job? “I’d love to have been born somewhere exotic like the Caribbean or somewhere similar; everything seems so laid back and beautiful there, and life seems just so much more relaxed. My perfect job would have to something creative; I love transforming things, hence the reason I’m able to express myself through my beauty therapy work. I also have an interest in designing clothes and shoes and I love drawing.” Why did you decide to create First Step Models? “I saw – at first hand - the struggle it can be for ambitious young models seeking modelling work. I’ve also heard stories from friends regarding the pitfalls of chasing that dream: being ripped off through paying ridiculous ‘fees’ for photoshoots or a portfolio, or paying large sums of money to be registered with an online agency without actually being offered any work whatsoever. It angered me and I knew I wanted to help; to provide any guidance I could to these up and coming models who were venturing innocently into what is pretty much the harsh and cut throat world of modelling. But most importantly, try to point them in the right direction through networking and offering them roles which enable them to build up both their confidence and their portfolio.” Describe your own first experience in modelling. “It was actually pretty scarey – enough said!! It took me a good while to build up the confidence needed to take on the job. And nothing much has changed in that respect; I still get nervous before a shoot, although I almost always love the outcomes; we girls will always harbour a few insecurities about the way we look, and it took a while to learn what were my best angles and how best to use my light in a shoot. I’m a keen learner though and even loved being behind the camera lens on a few occasions.” What style of modelling are you most comfortable with. And is there a style you aren’t comfortable with - and why? “I wouldn’t say i have a specific modelling style that |I prefer over another; although I’m not particularly comfortable with catwalk modelling as i know myself that, being 5ft 5, I’m just not cut out for it – and I’m far from being described as a walking clothes horse. Much the same goes for any topless or nude work. I love the tasteful style of boudoir shoots, however, and classic styles.” What advice would you give to anyone first starting out in Page 26

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“My advice to someone first starting out in modelling is to realise and be aware that you dont have to pay a vast fortune to ‘register’ with high flying agencies to ‘make it’. do your research and decide carefully which route in modelling you want to go down. most reputable agencies will only need a snapshot of a head n shoulders and one full length shot of you for them to decide if they ‘want’ you so be aware that you do not infact have to pay thousands of pounds in some cases for portfolios.” What is your best ambitions for First Step Models? “My best ambitions for first step models is to be confident that I’m guiding budding models on the right path without them having to go through a system which is really only trying to make a quick buck out of what are – in the most cases - impressionable young girls with real aspirations of making a career in modelling. I enjoy seeing them grow in confidence and experience, and seeing the outcome of amazing photoshoots with those who try very hard and obviously love every minute of what they’re doing. That makes it all worthwhile. And I’d love for FSM to be the agency of choice for young or aspiring models not only in West Lothian but also further afield.” What are your best ambitions for yourself? “I don’t want just to be ‘content’ with anything I do, but to make the most of every project I work on; to be the very best person I can be and to, at the end of the day, that I have put my best into everything I do. I don’t like the thought of failure, and the best way of avoiding that is to apply yourself wholly, and to put your mind to.” If you were given the opportunity to buy just one thing from Harrods London Store, what would it be? “OH!! Your joking! How am I supposed to answer that? Well, the first thing which springs to mind would probably say a pair of GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI cannon leather sandals - although at £865 a pop, that’s a lot of spray tans :P I’m also loving all of YSL’s platform collection and the GIVENCHY printed tote bags. But there’s not much I don’t like to be honest, so I’d likely be there for a week trying to make the choice. It WOULD be a week well spent though.” What’s the next item on your list of ‘Things to do before I die’?

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“Hmm..another tough one!...There are just so many things I’d still love to experience and so many places I’m desperate to explore. Even at 27, i feel I’ve barely scraped the surface of my list. However, the next thing I intend to score-off is the Edinburgh Moonwalk which takes place this June. It’s all about raising awareness for breast cancer - a topic very close to my heart as it has affected my family profoundly. And what better way to raise awareness of such a terrible disease - a vast group of women parading around the capital in uniquely customised bras which they’ve put together themselves. It’s going to be a blast and I’m really looking forward to it.” JUNE 2012 - issue (18)

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Modelling Do’s & Don’ts with First Step Models’ Duncan Bennett

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Photo by Magicamentelena

Do... eat properly. Diets should be focused on embellishing and maintaining all the energy and vitamins required of a models working life. It’s all about balance, not about restriction. Eating too much of the wrong foods or too little of the right foods detracts from that balance. Avoid junk food, but don’t be silly and avoid food altogether. Modelling (it’s all in the word itself) is essentially all about presenting some form of product - whether that be clothing, equipment, or even an artistic ideal, and no-one wants to see their product modelled by someone who obviously looks unhealthy. Don’t... work beyond your levels. Your agency should already have sorted out what the job is all about and what level of dress – or undress – the client is looking for, and then have matched that with your own preferences. If you don’t have an agency or, if you get to the job and find out that things have changed, then politely advise whoever is in charge that you were not fully advised and that you aren’t able to take part. Ask them to call your agency – and then leave. And note that this isn’t always about levels of dress or nudity; it might be that they want you to smoke a cigarette, when you don’t smoke, or ask you to endorse an extreme point of view, ideology or similar.

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Don’t... wear false tan to a photographic shoot. If you’re a working model then you should already know this: false tan, heavy applied make-up, hair with too much product in it – all this will make the photographers heart sink. If you do wear false tan and the photographer is looking to shoot you with studio flash, then he may well send you home. If he doesn’t, he’ll spend hours working in post-production attempting to recalibrate the white balance of the image to compensate for the orange light which reflects from your skin after the flash hits you. Also, fashion-wear brands may not allow you to wear their clothes if they think they’re going to come back stained with your false tan. As much as possible, present your photographer and MUA with a blank canvas to work on.

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Do... keep a diary: Giving too short notice or just simply not turning up for an assignment is perhaps THEE worst things you can do to your professional reputation. Getting a name as a ‘No-show’ is a badge you’ll have difficulty getting rid off. Remember, the model is usually the centre of the shoot – the centre-pin of the project - but whether it is just one photographer, or an entire stage crew, if you let people down then they may put a redline through your contact details at best or, worse, they may make sure your inaction is broadcast to other potential clients.

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Modelling Do’s & Don’ts continued...

Do... pay attention to details: As above, make sure you know what the project is about; should you wear make-up, will there be an MUA there. Where is the shoot, what time is it scheduled to start and finish. Do you know the way there; how long will it take you on a bad day. Arriving at the location / set / studio on time, with a good idea of all that’s going to be asked of you only adds to your professionalism, and people will pick up on that and be keen to work with you again, and your agency will be confident about pushing you for the better work. Don’t... be a Prima Donna!! The studio doesn’t care if you don’t like the colour of the dress you’ve been asked to wear; if the shoes don’t really suit you; if you prefer the photographer to shoot your other profile. You are being paid to model the product, and to make that product look absolutely fabulous. If you have no moral or ethical qualms about the shoot then you should do your utmost to make the shoot work. It’s the directors job to direct; the MUA’s job to create the look, etc. Don’t get involved unless your asked to, and don’t complain without a really good reason! Remember that red pen is always at the ready.

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Do... keep an eye out for what the industry is doing. Buy Vogue, Love, I-D, and The Hunger – all the top class fashion and lifestyle mags. Marvel at the models; what they do, how they look, what their expressions say. Then, get in front of the mirror and do it better. Practice makes perfect – that’s not an old wives tale – it’s a fact! Don’t... smoke on the set – even when it’s outdoors. Don’t turn up with a McDonalds. Don’t chew gum. Don’t bite your nails. Don’t swear. Don’t use your mobile – text or voice. Do... have a wee look through your Facebook page and give it a good critique. If your name is Virginia Plain but you model under a nom de plume then that’s fine. But be aware that Facebook is now the first place where a client will look for you, and If you model under your own name, and your Facebook has some colourful language and, perhaps, some even more colourful pictures, then that is how you will come across to potential clients. If you want an example of how it should be done, then look up former Miss Scotland winner, Nieve Jenning’s Facebook page. (Ahhhh, Nieve … sigh) Don’t... give up! Never give up! If it didn’t work last time, then work on making it work next time! Never give up! You NEVER know what’s around the next corner.

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I always thought there was nothing quite like Vogue Magazine; the epitome of class and culture, it’s very name is now iconoclastic; synonymous with high fashion, haute couture, beautiful photographic art and even more beautiful people. I’m sure it’s still every models ambition to see themselves featured in a multi-page editorial spread within those hallowed sheaves and, dare they even think it, perhaps a ‘Cover’! And why not dream that particular dream? Not only would their image be broadcast Page 40 across the globe, but it would likely

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first be captured by one of the planets foremost fashion/art photographers; all the greats have shot for Vogue - from Cecil Beaton, to David Bailey to Mario Testino, and for an aspiring model to fall under the gaze of a lens wielded by one of their generations great photographers is akin to her signing her own A-List pass to a career of fame and fortune. I might not have aspirations of making the front cover, but as a keen photographer with a love of art fashion and modelling, one of the highlights of my month was going to the shops, picking up the latest copy (always on the very day of release) and getting it back home to wend away an hour or so pouring over the editorial spreads and setting myself

the often fruitless task of trying to work out how the photographer had lit that months featured model for ‘that’ particular shot. However, as my understanding of photography improved, and my control of light got a little better, I began to tire of the constraints of Vogue, Elle, Red, etc.; their necessarily label-centric focus wasn’t offering enough to satiate my appetite for more artistic aspects of fashion photography, glimpses of which I was seeing only very occasionally in the mainstream fashion tomes. I did find what I was looking for eventually, but it was almost completely by accident that I did. JUNE 2012 - issue (18)

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But, more to the point, London is also the cultural centre of Britain, with more museums, art houses, galleries, fashion labels, film and music studios than any other city within these sceptres Isles. At it’s heart is a magnet which attracts the greatest artists, models, actors, and diverse creatives, and mixes them altogether to create it’s own potent blend of culture. But, my my, I do digress, sorry. Back to the point at hand. So, as well as harnessing, harbouring and indeed housing some of the greatest aesthetes on the planet, London also has some of the greatest shop windows for these artists to display their art - not least among them being the Tate Modern. A visit to the Tate is my special treat to myself whenever I visit London; there is no route so spiritually uplifting for me as the path which leads from the tube stop at ‘Bank’, around St. Paul’s Cathedral and onto the Millennium Bridge. And I always, always, stop at the mid point across the Thames to look over that skyline: upriver lies Central London (the Gherkin, The Shard, the Stock Exchange Tower), behind me, Tower Bridge, to my left the imposing dome of St. Paul’s and, to my right, the Tate Modern. I always have a wee ‘moment’ at that midpoint - and I suspect I’m not the only one - but that’s another story entirely.....Ahhhh, there I go, digressing again. Back to the ‘issue’ at hand. It was durPage 42

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around three times a year. I have to say I LOVE London. However, having been born in Leith and raised in Edinburgh before settling in West Lothian, I always said I would never go back to Living in a city, and I maintain that conviction today. But London is different; London is the Capital City of the world, and it has such a fantastic diversity and addictive vitality; it’s own special (and perhaps incomprehensible) soul.

ing one of those visits to the Tate that I made the discovery which would put my impression of Vogue’s bright pages in the shade. I’d spent a few hours meandering around the now familiar gallery spaces in the Tate, taking time to appreciate the genius of some of my favourite artists’ work: Constable’s ‘The Hay Wain’, Warhol’s ‘Guns’ and ‘Dance steps’ and Meredith Frampton’s ‘Young Woman’. Having made my way back down to the lower levels, I decided to have a look around the book shop. I don’t know why I hadn’t visited it before; perhaps because it sits on the lower levels and, other than the installations in the Turbine Room itself, the main galleries are all accessed from the higher levels. In any case, with a few minutes to spare before I was due to head back to the Tube, I began grazing around the shelves until I came upon the magazine section? What a surprise JUNE 2012 - issue (18) that was; I never realised there was such


Confused and, best (and heaviest) of all, issues of ‘Love’ magazine and, Creme de la Creme, ‘The Hunger Magazine’ I’d love to offer you a brief synopsis of each of these gorgeous issues -they really are works of art in themselves, but suffice to say they are each rich repositories of modern cultural insight and debate. But, best of all, their pages are liberally interspersed with fantastic photography. Art, photography, etc., are all subjective topics of course, but, in my own humble opinion, there is no magazine which comes close to ‘The Hunger’ for sheer volume of quality content. The creation of feted photographer, Rankin, The Hunger is packed full of articles, contemporary art and fantastic photography. For me it is both a source of wonder and of inspiration and, I’m afraid, once you buy a copy, you’ll be hooked.

a diverse range of magazines covering such a vast swathe of artistic styles: craft, art, philosophy of art, sculpture and on and on, the range was fantastic. I continued tracing along the shelves until I found the photography section. There must have been 50 different magazines covering perhaps the entire progeny of photographic disciplines.

Which brings me neatly to another question; where can you actually buy a copy? the second edition of The Hunger was published on 10th May, and I was up at the Centre early to make sure I got a copy. Now, the Tate Modern doesn’t have an annex in West Lothian, but i tried the next best thing; unfortunately, Asda didn’t have any. I then went upstairs to that conclave of West Lothian culture - WH Smith, but they didn’t have any either! I was now contemplating the unhappy prospect of a drive into Edinburgh. But, before heading west for the M8, I thought I’d give the other retailers a try. Morrison’s had none but, to my great surprise (and relief), I found a copy in Sainsbury’s.

Surprised to have found such a colI have to say that the search was a worthwhile lection, and more surprised at it’s one; issue two follows the phenomenal temobvious diversity, I could have spent plate set out in the first volume: gorgeous dean entire day just leafing through sign, fantastically styled layouts, entertaining the content of one or two shelves. articles and, from my own perspective, some But I knew I didn’t have the time, of the finest fashion photography you will find so I scoured the sub sections for collected in any one publication. fashion. It wasn’t long before I was retracing my steps back over the As for Vogue ... well, of course, I still buy my Millennium Bridge; my wallet was monthly copy! - it is Vogue after all! a good deal lighter, but my backpack brimming with copies of I-D, PAGE 43 JUNE 2012 - issueDuncan (18) B Wonderland, AnOther, Dazed and


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’m just barely (cough) old enough to remember, way back in the dark days of prehistory, when you didn’t actually have an app. which told you what time to get out of bed in the morning, when best to eat, what to eat, and how best to organise your day. Back then life was so much simpler ... we had mechanical alarm clocks which always worked (if you remembered to wind up the spring the night before); we had a Mum who cooked breakfast, dinner and tea at pretty much predefined times of the day and, as for breathing, well ... you kinda worked that out for yourself. However, despite having walked with dinosaurs, I do pride myself in at least trying to keep up with technology and, in that spirit, recently decided to dip my proverbial toe into the Apple app. store in an effort to search out an application that would look cool on my phone

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and would perhaps actually help me with some part of life. In my very first foray, I looked first at ”Tap the Frog 2” and, to be honest, that’s about as much as I want to say about that experience :-( ”Angry Birds” was my next find; it wasn’t exactly what i’d assumed it might be - nubile, half naked, spear wielding Amazonian women with attitude - but I thought I’d check it out In any case - just for the sake of thoroughness you understand. 10 hours later - realising that games can be a little addictive, and that a heady combination of sleep deprivation and nervous exhaustion were the most likely explanation for the fact that my eyesight was so badly blurred I couldn’t tell if my fingernails had, in fact, stopped bleeding or not - I decided to move on to another app :-/ My attention was then drawn by the name of one in particular; I can’t actually recall what that was, now? It’s almost as though it has been erased from my memory by some JUNE 2012 - issue (18)

strange hypnotic suggestion - and I’m too afraid to revisit the listing - but the fact that the graphic portrayed a scary looking vampire face, it’s white fangs gleaming with lush, deliciously scarlet and obviously fresh (am I taking this too far) blood was enough to draw my attention. It was a bad move though; the app. itself was really difficult to fathom and even more complicated to work - you had to use a finger from each hand - so, despite the very promising graphic introduction, I lost interest in it pretty quickly. That should have been the end of my interaction with the app., but it didn’t stop there; for all the little time I’d spent trying to work out how to use it, it seems I did enough to have somehow adopted one of the little vampiric critters which populate the app., and I’m now obliged to feed it virtual blood via a combination of keyboard hits. Now, I’d never see anyone starve to death, even a mobile app, but I do get a little pissed with my ipad waking me up at three hourly intervals during the night to go through the process! It’s


ok for the vampire - undead apps. are nocturnal - but I have to cope with being up all day as well! Being made of stoic stuff, though, I was determined not to let my ignorance of app. technology, my predilection for addictive games or my newly formed paternal relationship with an insatiable, digital vampire hinder my search for an app. which would offer me some veneer of cool credibility should I ever get drawn into a discussion. Then I found it!! My eureka moment came when I stumbled upon ”The perfect egg timer”, by Mirko Muller: a ***Star app. which has been awarded ‘Lifestyle category’ bestseller in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands, as well as being acclaimed App. Store ‘staff favourite’ in both the UK and America!!! I don’t know what it was that enticed me to investigate this app. in particular; it may have been the simplicity of the icon (a colourful depiction of an egg) or maybe just simply the fact that I was curious to find out what sort of app. could

help you boil an egg. On a hook now, I paid for and downloaded the software. Then, having a sudden - but curious fancy for a little repast of boiled eggs and toast, I prepared all the materials I needed and then set about following the instructions on the app.: I first had to lay one of the eggs I was about to boil down on the face of my iPhone to measure it. That done, I then had to go online to find out how high my house stood above sea-level; this apparently has a great bearing on the amount of time it takes to properly and professionally and perfectly boil the said egg. That information typed in, I then had to input - via a sliding scale - the approximate liquidity I would like my egg to have when I lopped the top off. All these inputs fed into the app., i then lit the gas and waited while my technological tutor counted down the seconds while also offering me - as the clock ticked along - a visual approximation of how my egg would look at each stage of the boiling process. I could hardly contain myself when it came time to actually withdraw the egg from the boiling water and,

very gingerly, lay it upon the egg cup I’d prepared. Then I sat down, guillotined the head off the egg and, to my wonder, discovered that the yoke was cooked to perfection. I was, truly, impressed. Egg boiling is a very precise art for some people; I have heard of people even having writer stories about the mechanics of egg boiling. Worse still, I’ve also heard of people who avidly read these tales of egg boiling in an attempt to further their mastery of the egg boiling aesthetic. I was certainly enthralled by the whole process and, for those among this readership who feel a spiritual need to learn more about the art of egg boiling, I can readily commend them to download the app. itself and relish the perfectly perfect perfection it brings to your breakfast table. In summation, i feel that the entire process of searching for, choosing, downloading, using and - most of all - appreciating the power that these apps. offers the slightly techno phobic among us to find our way in the new world of technology. Having harnessed this technology and bent it to my own ends; employed its unique qualities to better my breakfast experience, I feel I’ve gone some way along the road of fully integrating with society at large, and that I’m now better equipped to sweep boldly on towards that bright future which technology will doubtless afford us. I’m satisfied that I have now mastered a part of that modern society which once seemed so alien to me, but it cannot - nay, MUST not - end there. No, this is just the tip of a proverbial iceberg for, although I enjoyed the perfect egg, I burned the toast I was to have with it; i never seem to get the toast just the way I want it and so, I feel, a new search is about to commence! Duncan B

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Cut the Rope: Experiments

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I’d Cap That

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iTranslate Voice - £0.69

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Palm Reading Booth - £0.69

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Camera+ - £0.69

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Flick Home Run ! - £0.69

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MyCalendar Mobile - £0.69

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Santpal Dhillon

Justin.tv, Inc

Kiloo

Cody Kolodziejzyk

Burbn, inc.

Tobi Apps Limited

Facebook Camera Facebook, Inc.

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Sonico GmbH

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Rockstar Games, Inc.

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K-Factor Media, LLC.

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Beautiful Widgets - £1.94

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Tiny Flashlight + LED

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SwiftKey X Keyboard - £2.49

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Official eBay Android App

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Camera ZOOM FX - £2.13

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Talking Tom Cat 2 Free

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Paper Camera - £1.42

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Rockstar Games, Inc.

Nikolay Ananiev

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Out Fit 7 Ltd

LifeChurch.tv

Dolphin Browser

Outfit 7

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TouchType Ltd

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Quoord Systems Limited

AnderWeb

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LOL (15) / Lionsgate UK Prometheus (15)(3D) / 20th Century Fox

Snow White And The Huntsman (12A) / Universal Pictures The Source (15) / Picturehouse Entertainment

Rock Of Ages (TBC) / Warner Bros.

A Fantastic Fear Of Everything (15) / Universal Pictures Jack The Giant Killer (TBC) (3D) / Warner Bros. Rowdy Rathore (TBC) / UTV Motion Pictures / Key Cities

Confession of a Child of the Century (TBC) / Soda Pictures / Key cities

G.I Joe: Retaliation (TBC) / Paramount

Think Like A Man (TBC) / Sony Pictures

Storage 24 (TBC) / Universal Pictures

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THIS MONTHS U The Avengers Assemble

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Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster.

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Girl in Progress (Lionsgate)

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ark Shadows began life back in the 60’s as an American soap opera type show and run for 5 years. Over the years it has become a bit of a cult classic and Depp and director Burton are said to be huge fans. British actor Jonathan Frid played Depps character Barnabas in the original series and has a cameo in the new movie, sadly Frid passed away last month aged 87, his cameo being his last ever movie appearance. The story behind Dark Shadows tells of the Collins clan, who moved from merry old England to the Americas and laid down their roots in the small settlement of Maine two hundred years earlier. Collinsport became established and the hilltop manor of Collinwood was constructed when Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) was just a fresh faced young buck. Angelique (Eva Green) uses witchcraft to curse every person bearing the name Collins for the rest of time and turn Barnabas into a vampire after he snubs her advances. Jump forward through the years and we

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find ourselves in 1972 and a shackled coffin has been discovered, a coffin that contains the undead Barnabas inside. Awaking to a brand new century, Barnabas finds the family estate in ruin and his family name in tatters, he promises to restore the name back to its former glory. Angelique however has other ideas and isn’t quite done with the Collins family just yet and she also hasn’t truly forgotten about Barnabas. Sure, as is the norm for a Burton movie, the sets are gorgeous and there is an overtly eerie atmosphere created but the base story is simply a collection of muted plot themes with no tangible story line that grips you from the outset. If you’re a Burton/Dep fan then perhaps you can will pardon these weak threads and plot holes, but for the rest of us what we are left with is a series of scenes that if you dropped the box if tapes in the editing suite and found the canisters not labelled you could happily piece the tapes together in any order and the movie would still make as much sense as the director’s cut. For me things start to lose their way when Barnabas finds himself in 1972. Initially a good idea, an eighteenth century dude brought to life into modern day, not something new but I suppose it already has a chance to work from the off. Being based in 1972 it a good period as it is probably just as much a time that today’s movie going audiences find alien to them as much as our anti-hero does. Barnabas is a

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vampire and as such he must feed but he kills only when he has to and never in a nasty way; is his weird world it seems to be all about the family after all. Now if the movie had stayed on these tracks we might just have seen it working, but for me there seems to be an overabundance of staged pieces (which we can see overly used in the movies various trailers) that are there simply to get a gag and utterly take you away from what could have been an engaging and quirky little film. One glaring example being the scene where Depp’s Barnabas is caught in the glare of the sun streaming in through a window, in true vampire fashion, his skin begins to smoulder and his back burst into flames. Depp in comic mode wonders where the burning smell is coming from. Cue Willie (Jackie Earle Haley) who quickly puts the flames out with a timely dousing from a bucket of water. This is the moment when it’s revealed to the rest of the characters of true nature of Barnabas, he’s monster, and cue cast backing away in horror. It is these very moments that weaken the possible drama with weak gags that are not funny enough to carry the movie into being a full out comedy… there are plenty more of these weak monment throughout the movie. For the most part the characters are pretty much a waste of their collective actors skills in portraying them, they are

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used like props and don’t seem to have any more importance to the overall story of the movie any more that say a bunch of extras are. I don’t quite understand why you would have someone of the standing of say Michelle Pfeiffer (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard) or Chloë Grace Moretz (Carolyn Stoddard) if, for the most part, you are going to have them standing around doing nothing? The cameos by Alice Cooper and Christopher Lee are both surprisingly dull as well. When watching movies sometimes I wonder if there maybe wasn’t a better version lying on the cutting room floor and Dark Shadows slips uncomfortably into that category for me. Sure there are some funny bits (most seen in trailers) but for the most part it seems that the overall aim has been to produce something that looks pretty and has stunning set design but lacks in some important plot and underlying issues which were either not thought of or ignored in order to complete the project that was initially envisaged… maybe fans just shouldn’t make movies? Definitely one for Burton and Depp fans but as for the rest of us… I don’t know? www.darkshadowsmovie.warnerbros.com/index.html

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or some people Sacha Baron Cohen may very well be the funniest dude in the world. His creations have kept people in stitches for more years than I care to remember. In The Dictator we see him expanding his arsenal of comic weapons, here he shows us all that he might just be able to carry a movie off without relying on one of his EXTREME alter egos. His previous offering such as Borat or Bruno have been based on a mash-up of characters from his TV program Da Ali G Show, but here Cohen is breaking new acting ground here in that he is playing another anarchic’esque and over the top character BUT this time he’s following a script, fair enough, it is a little of ‘his’ script but there is definitely something different going on here. Steering clear of his usual guerrilla filmmaking techniques Cohen this time put his faith in the overlying story created by himself and the trio of Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer. Directing duties are also left by Cohen to Larry Charles who, having worked with Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Maher in the past has looked after his fair share of nutty leads.

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Cohen’s character, Adm. Gen. Aladeen, is the ruler of Wadiya which is a made up megarich African country.Sharing many traits with Borat and Bruno General Aladeen is a buffoon character, he seems to have a canny knack of saying and doing exactly what is appropriate at the time to achieve maximum offense. The movie itself revolves around Gen. Aladeen and his adventures in the U.S. where he will attempt to address the United Nations. Once in the good old US of A, he inadvertently loses his emblematic facial hair which forces him to assume another identity as no one seems to believe that he is in fact the Wadiyan general. In his alter ego of Allison Burgers he finds solace in committed feminist Zoey (Anna Faris) who runs a ‘kinda’ health food store in Brooklyn. The story then unfolds and the general tries to thwart his traitor subordinate Tamir’s plot against him (Ben Kingsley) and to re-take control of his homeland. During this he trips aimlessly into unoriginal territory and falls head over heels in love leading to his eventual rebirth as a lovable, reformed character. In the mould of both Borat and Bruno, and although It brings plenty to the table in the laughs department. The Dictator is definitely not for the faint hearted and easily offended. If you can take the jokes for what they are intended to be then i’m sure you will laugh your little socks off. www.republicofwadiya.com/

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fter last years fawning over the ‘oldie’ movies and their tugging at the heart strings, yearning for days gone by I’m sure that American Pie: The Reunion will bring on similar feelings for their hardcore fans, probably now in their 2030’s now they will drool over the series’ ability to remain steadfast in their love of raucously juvenile and at the same time bring just enough new layers of the character’s existence’s in order to make it just new enough to be justified. Thirteen years have passed since the American Pies kids flew the high school coop and as a class reunion fast approaches it seems that some give the impression they entered their new adult lives with a similar lack of eagerness to that of their high school years. Jim and Michelle (Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan) are a married couple finding it increasingly difficult to find some “quiet time” with each other now that they have a kid. Oz (Chris Klein) remains Mr nice guy but is trapped in the unsatisfying world of tasteless entertainment, and Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) has become a cagy drifter. On the surface the best adjusted of the crew would appear to be the under the thumb Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas). That brings us to office temp Stifler (Seann William

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Scott), who doesn’t seem to have changed much at all and probably why he hasn’t been invited to the reunion. Reunion in many ways is just a plain old comedy about the human/life crisis as adulthood takes over where educational life left off. There is definitely a leaning towards the nostalgic element with writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg happily exploiting the audience’s love of these characters. Sure, things aren’t too original, but they seem to have managed to find just enough to make this movie worth a look. There does seem to be less importence on the sex area in this outing, there is still a lot, but just less than you might expect, more time is splashed on the relationship side of the characters. There may also be some bleed over from the Hurwitz and Schlossberg ‘Harold and Kumar’ franchise with the movies tone definitely seeing signs of slanting slightly. It does seem however, that this movies inner yearning to Page 76

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remain a frat boy won’t quite go away and the uneasy humour is still flawlessly-pitched. There is a host of pretty good acting on show in the movie and Seann William Scott is really good as the lovable rogue of the franchise. He pounds through the depressing but required idea of everyone having to grow up. Some of the greatest ‘human’ moments in the movie are played out between Jim and his recently widowed father (Eugene Levy) and their ingoing relationship. Chemistry between the cast is still very much spot on with highlights being in particular Reid and Nicholas as the couple who were sweethearts at high school. Although Reunion has some sentimental attachment for a lot of people, and to be honest it is a satisfying outing, I really do think that the franchise it’s running out of steam fast and my hope is that this should be the swansong for what has been for the most part a humorous adventure for us both. www.americanreunionmovie.com/

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TV NEWS

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he BBC has went and got themselves in hot water after they broadcast a version of ‘The Merchant Of Venice’ which contained scenes of

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og the Bounty Hunter, has chased down his last absconding bail jumper for A&E. Duane "Dog" Chapman’s series has been dumped in the US after 8 seasons. The series, which chronicles Chapman and his family’s life as fugitive-recovery agents in Hawaii and Colorado, was good to the cable network and versions of the series have been broadcast across the globe.

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Behind the scenes of the recent 8th series there was a fair measure of controversy. The series and A&E themselves were sued in by a guy who had appeared in 30 episodes of the series. The guy claimed that he had basically been promised a full cast member status which never materialised. Interfamily issues have also threatened to tear the core members apart with on-going drama between Dog’s sons and his wife Beth who all appear in the show. Dog’s big chance came a good few years ago after he appeared in an A&E production ‘Take This Job’, where they highlighted people with unusual jobs. Dog’s appearance was so popular that they produced a breakout show and the rest is Bounty Hunter history as they say. Page 82

nudity before the offi shed, In fact they sho much in the middle o time TV.

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wamp People star Mitchell Guist has died.

Sheriff Mike Waguespack explained that Guist was apparently in his boat when he seems to have fallen.

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Witnesses say he appeare suffering from a seizure.

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version, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, has frequent scenes featuring topless women and one scene where a man is seen groping a female in a brothel. In the face of these obvious problem scenes the movie was shown at 1.45pm on BBC Two on Saturday afternoon (May 26th). Complaints were made to the BBC and their own message board had one entry saying: “Personally I have no problem with it but I’m mildly amused at seeing bare knockers not just once but six or seven times on BBC2 at 2pm on a Saturday.” A representative for Mediawatch UK added: “It is incumbent on broadcasters to check what the content is. This should not have been shown at this time of day.” Strangely enough the BBC has so far only received four ‘official’ complaints over the airing and maintains that the film was ‘acceptable for a daytime audience’.

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the lives of the alligator hunters in rural Louisiana. The Guist brothers were seen joining the cast when the second series aired.

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onathan and Charlotte, the pop-opera duo who finished 2nd on Britain’s Got Talent are all set to record their debut album after losing out to a dancing dog on the finale of the show less than a month ago. The Essex teenagers Jonathan Antoine, 17, and Charlotte Jaconelli, 16, were humbled into second place by the novelty act Ashleigh and Pudsey in the UK talent show. However, never one to miss out on an opportunity, Simon Cowell has signed the youngsters to his Syco Music label and plans to record their first album for a September release later this year. Cowell said: “This show is designed to give people like Jonathan and Charlotte an opportunity. I think their debut album is going to be stunning.” Antoine added: “Appearing on the show has been a huge confidence boost and I’m still pinching myself that we are actually making our album. Thank you to everyone for making this happen for us.”

There is still no official word yet on Guist’s cause of death. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. As News of the death spread. “Swamp People” became a trending term on Twitter and condolences appeared on the show’s Facebook page. Guist was one of the show favourites and during one episode, when asked about his favorite food, he responded, ”squirrels, rabbits, deer, fish, frogs… I ain’t really picky on food.”

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hronicle is definitely not your conventional superhero story and explores the somewhat blacker side of things when it comes to inheriting life changing abilities. Three high-school teens Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan), his cousin Matt Garetty (Alex Russell) and cousin’s best friend (Michael B Jordan) are thrown together, at a ‘Rave’ of all things, and after visiting a strange glowing mass they find in an old underground shaft of some sort suddenly find themselves increasingly gaining strange super powers. As you would expect they initially use them to have a little fun and games like all teens would do. Things soon become a little more serious when, after a few serious instances involving their newly found abilities, they are faced with the inevitable dilemma of whether or not they can cope with the huge responsibility that comes with their amazing powers. The culmination of the movie is the obligatory good v evil battle with super villain in the making Detmer assuming the bad guys roll on the unfolding drama.

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Detmer is a typical antisocial student who feels alienated not only at school but at home as well where he is forced to cope with his alcoholic father figure and a mother dying of a terminal illness. To help him cope he views life through his trusty video camera and films normal conversations to the complete annoyance of the people he interacts with. With his new abilities and now close friends he finally feels that he can be part of something, however with his rapidly developing abilities clashing with his seemingly inherent and underlying resentment of humanity itself his life begins to spin out of control and soon his posers become a destructible influence leading to the inevitable conflict. It’s a conflict we see in most superhero movies but never in such a dark manner and minus the ‘saving the day’ moments which often accompany these movies. Well worth a look.

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t’s too damn early on a Sunday morning to be up when I’m not working. Since my damned body has decided to be up at this time I may as well watch a film about Space Nazis... Yeah that’s right. (Insert swear word here) Space Nazis. Iron Sky is a comedy sci-fi film starring genre specialist Udo Kier. In 1945 Nazis flee to the moon hell bent on returning and taking over the earth. In 2018 their hand is forced when they’re discovered by astronauts taking part in a Sarah Palinesque presidents campaign “Black to the moon” for her re-election... You’re getting this so far right? Normally I’d be going on to say how awesome this is, because as a concept, I bloody love it... But this film is pretty bad. I mean it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it has some funny moments and the overall concept kept me chuckling throughout. But it’s really not that funny, and the political satire in the film really doesn’t work on any level. But for a brainless romp about space Nazi’s coming to America it’s good fun, wait until it hits the sales then take a look. It’ll probably be under a fiver within the next couple of months, then you too can laugh at the concept and then wonder how the hell it never manages to live up to it. James McC

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Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Warner Home Video

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MOVIES YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED ?

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here are a ton of crap zombie movies about right now. I saw one in which you could tell someone had become a zombie because their testicles fell off... Seriously... Not even making it up. So last week when I wandered into Tesco in a daze, and found Deadheads I wasn’t really expecting much. I mean I still bought it and forgot why the hell I went in there in the first place but I left with a dvd and donuts so it was a worthwhile endeavour. Turns out Deadheads is one of those few treasured gems, a zombie film which is actually good and funny as hell. It’s not really too big on the horror side of things. I mean things can get pretty gruesome but you aren’t watching Day of the dead or 28 days later here. I mean there’s a zombie in it called cheese. The story follows two completely self aware walking talking zombies Mike and Brent as they go on a road trip during a zombie outbreak to find Mikes girlfriend, after finding an engagement ring in Mikes pocket. They’re being chased by a crazy military man with cool facial hair and a generic kick ass loner hero archetype who’s out to get them for cash. It’s well worth the £3 I paid for it and for a low budget horror comedy manages to be good way to spend 90 minutes. I mean it’s not gonna change the world, or your life, but if you’re hungover and need a laugh there are worse ways to spend an afternoon. James McC

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The Top 10 BoxOffice games for Playstation, Xbox and PC this month...!!!.

PS3 No1: Fifa Street

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t seems that the newest incarnation of Lara Croft has been delayed until early 2013, due mainly to exiting new features that are being included in this reboot. Darrell Gallagher, Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics made the following announcement... When Crystal Dynamics first set out to reboot the Tomb Raider franchise, there were two goals that we were extremely passionate about. The first was to create a modern Tomb Raider game that would surprise and excite gamers. The second was to make this the best game of our careers, something we would be really proud to be a part of. We truly believe that we have something very special on our hands and we can’t wait to share it with you. Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided to move the game’s release date by a few months, from Fall 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. We’re doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. We believe this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can’t wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks. Darrell Gallagher

I’m sure that the wait will be well worth it as the Tomb Raider franchise has probably been the most consistent throughout its lifespan and has always brought reasonable advances in both graphics and gameplay. Roll on 2013 but for all the latest info checkout the official Tomb Raider forum @ www.forums.eidosgames.com/forumdisplay. php?f=290 JUNE 2012 - issue (18)

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veryone’s favourite FPS Call of Duty has announced its next addition as Black Ops 2 and confirmed its release as November this year. Its back to Treyarch to make a COD game with Activision and surprisingly it’s set in the future this time not the past. It has been announced though that the game will jump between time periods in

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1985 after the first Black Ops and the year 2025 though the game will mainly take place in the future. As it is now in the future there are now drones, futuristic weapons and unmanned vehicles. The story is set when the 2nd Cold War starts and the enemy now has control over all of western weapons and turned them against them, there is a fine line though between realism and the future with no ray guns or laser weapons to be seen. In the game you will still be controlJUNE 2012 - issue (18)

ling David Mason in who is related to Alex Mason who you played in the first game, so throughout the timeline you will be playing part of the same family with Frank Woods from Black Ops jumping in at times to narrate some moments. Black Ops 2 will be released in tradition like all COD games on November 13th later this year and will be available on PS3, X-Box and PC and you can pre-order now. We can surely expect that this will be another record breaker in retail history and gaming franchise. www.callofduty.com/blackops2


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hat can we say about Ninja Gaiden 3, well the Ninja Gaiden series is well renowned for its incredibly hard difficulty settings, even on something like medium will have you hitting the retry button more

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lacks in is what made the franchise so great in the first place. The game start’s you off in London and Ryu Hayabusa is has been called in to put a stop to a terrorist takeover and save a bunch of hostages and obviously cut down anyone that gets in his way, strange thing is the terrorists were the ones that wanted Ryu to come to them.

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As he makes his way to the Prime Minister’s office he soon realises that this is just more than a terrorist takeover and is confronted by a strange man wearing in red robes and his face covered with a type of Venetian mask. The two engage in battle and ends when the mysterious man putting a curse on Ryu which leads to Ryu entire right to appear to have a weirdly burnt look about it in a way (in my opinion) and his Dragon Sword is absorbed by the cursed arm, setting the story to find the terrorist organisation and put a stop to whatever they’re planning to do and save himself from whatever Ryu has be cursed with. Now the gameplay is different to previous ones, I would suggest maybe new comers to the Ninja Gaiden series start off on this game as the difficulty isn’t as hard compared to the prequels. By saying it’s not as hard compared to the prequels doesn’t mean it isn’t hard in a way. To me the hardest parts were the boss fights but they were only hard due to how stupid, dull and lifeless they were, don’t get me wrong there were some good moments in boss fights like taking on massive battle helicopters that would require you to jump towards and slice right into the cockpit then start hacking away at the turrets on the wings, that was quite fun but also repetitive. The bloody violence has been watered down as well, there still is a lot of blood but hacking of limbs had been removed, and for the weirdest part is that there are only 3 weapons of choice throughout the game, the Dragon Sword, The Scythe and the Claws also there are no unlockable outfits either so replay ability is second guessed. NG2 had much more weapons plus they were upgradable but now there are only 3 and you can’t upgrade them? Can’t upgrade anything, can’t collect anything and only 1 Ninpo attack is available. That’s annoying especially because you can’t step 5 feet without a horde of enemies jumping out at you so there’s not really any sense of achievement for killing so much people, that’s another thing that’s annoying, with how much enemies attack you in a single mission, you start to think “I’ve just Page 94

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killed over 500 of you, what makes you think all of you can take me on? Although there is this one moment were you use your Ninpo attack for the first time to summon a dragon to eat enemies and the survivors of the attack will lay down their weapons in fear and begin to beg. Also because you forget that you have got other weapons in your arsenal you end up just using the Dragon Sword throughout the entire game, so there’s not really any depth in different fighting styles. The missions aren’t that great either, on a positive note the first two missions are great, there really innovative cause they really show all the new gameplay styles they have added on; such as gliding through the air and taking down guards to break your fall, a great moment when you saunter towards a guard who is pleading for his life, walking through a thick cloud of smoke covering the battlefield while dodging laser sights and silently taking out guards (ironically this is the most ninja related moment in the game) sadly though after the first two missions the pace gets repetitive. NG3 does come with multiplayer functions, you can play competitive or co-op, it does add more features to the game but seems like a desperate move just to add more playability to it which makes the multiplayer not to successful. Therefore NG3 then did not live up to its hype and seems to be the Devil May Cry 2 of the Ninja Gaiden series, it starts of good thanks to new innovations but after that it all goes downhill.

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ike free-roam games? expansive areas, super powers and zombie outbreaks? Well Prototype 2 has consumed them all and moulded them to make one fantastic game. I mean who doesn’t like zombie games now? Well now you can basically take them on with super powers! How cool is that! Prototype 2, as you might have guessed, carries on from were Prototype finished with a new good guy Sgt. James Heller. A second outbreak has occurred and Heller has a personal grudge against Alex Mercer, the hero from the first game and who was blamed for the first outbreak. He has now turned now bad and holds Mercer responsible for the death of his family due to the virus and is on a personal vendetta to kill him. While on patrol in the red zone Heller’s squad is ambushed by Mercer, Heller follows Mercer only to be chased by a giant infected titan but escapes only to be grabbed by Mercer who then turns him into an ‘infected’, giving him shape shifting abilities and superhuman strength. Heller is then captured by Blackwatch who, after witnessing his new abilities, order him to be terminated but Heller escapes and sets in motion the events of him not only trying to stop Mercer but also stop whatever Blackwatch and Genteck are secretly up to. New York is now called New York Zero dues to its quarantined areas and the city still rebuilding after the first outbreak, there are 3 areas; the yellow zone, where all signs of infected sickness are and where people are kept in small clusters

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and kept under watch by the army. The green zone, where the healthy humans inhabit and finally the red zone, half of New York City itself the worst area that was hit by the outbreak and were the infected roam free and troops are deployed fight against them, also the city has been taking a beating with collapsed buildings, roads torn apart and giant tendrils all over the city. There is one more zone, the dead zone which you can’t enter sadly as you would get shot down but it looks like what it’s called a dead zone just nothing but lifeless, all buildings looks annihilated and a the scorched by fires everywhere. The zones really do add depth to the game, it’s almost like batman Arkham City to how much detail they put into the areas, especially the yellow zone, theirs checkpoints throughout the city were individual people would be scanned for signs of infections, people crowding around fires for heat, it really gives you a feeling of a community trying to help themselves as the army aren’t really there to help them as you soon find out, the yellow zone is more like the slum part of the game. The gameplay is still as gory and bloody as ever, with the new protagonist comes new shape shifting weapons and designs and animations such as the new tendril attack were you can cause mass effect by ripping body parts of using the tendrils or cause the tendrils to grab objects and close in on the affected target and the bio-bomb, same idea as the tendril attack but by throwing and person that you infect with the bomb at

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any enemy. I did get a sense that Heller isn’t as strong as Mercer due to having less shape shifting powers and not being able to lift up destroyed tanks or helicopters even though Heller is a former Sgt. and is trained as a soldier. The graphics are fantastic, better than any other game that has such an expansive map size and is based on free-roam gameplay. Although there aren’t many games like this style made now, for instance the only game it is close to is the Spider Man series but more recently Batman Arkham City but the map in Prototype is much larger in size, it is very impressive. To travel to the zones aren’t what I thought they would be, you should be able to take a helicopter and fly over there yourself but instead you don’t travel their yourself it’s more of a fast travel system only available by certain helicopter. Now there is only one problem I have with Prototype 2 and that is the ending. Now I won’t spoil it for you but let’s say it really makes the first game pointless, it shouldn’t have been made and Prototype 2 could have or should have been the first game. Prototype 2 is definitely a game that you should try, only a few minor issues but it really does make up for everything (apart from the ending) and really is a great fun game to play and really diverse and enjoyable.

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he successor to PS3’s Warhawk has arrived in Starhawk. Starhawk has a unique theme about it mixing sci-fi genre and the old west genre to bring a great PS3 third person shooter exclusive. The game may have a single player campaign but it’s the multiplayer that really shines and brings out the games greatness. Set in the future, humanity can now space travel through the help of a new substance known as Rift energy, a valuable asset to keep humanity progressing but dangerous if not used carefully and could turn you into a mindless mutant. You play as Emmett, a hired mercenary who is also partially infected by Rift energy and helps Rift minors by protecting them from Rift-warped mutant raids. The game takes place where Emmett is on the job protecting minors in a place known as White Sands which is under attack by a mutant who call the Outlaw who is not your average mutant and has been planning and systematizing raid parties against the White Sand minors to demolish their mining process. The campaign itself is like one giant tutorial, all it really does is set you up for the multiplayer. The story isn’t complex but acceptable as it does feel they made the game just for the multiplayer experience but not saying the campaign isn’t good. Unlike Warhawk the single player will set you up just enough to take on the multiplayer with the campaign lasting a good 5-6 hours of gameplay introducing the mechanics and vehicles throughout the game. In multiplayer you battle out across 10 different and expansive maps with up to 32 players at a time. The new mechanics such as base building are a great new feature but offer more affect and depth to capture the flag and zone games. Everything can basically be done online with as much dogfights as you want with hawks all the way to transforming your hawk to a walker on the ground and stomping to kill your enemies along with many other types of vehicles at your disposal. You can also customize your character and your

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vehicle with unlocked content throughout the game and collecting certain perks for your character to enable upgrades. Building your base may take some getting used to but by experimenting with what works well in some areas you will soom get the hang of it. It takes seconds for you to create walls, barracks filled with ammo, turrets etc and launch pads with Hawks ready to go. You gain Rift energy which is needed to create buildings by gaining kills and place buildings just about anywhere. The game also has one of the coolest spawning entries ever by dropping in from the sky in pods which you can steer and can crush an enemy with one lucky landing.

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The Bennie Museum The Bennie Museum opened in 1989 as a museum of Bathgate’s history and life. It is run entirely by volunteers under the management of a Charitable Trust. It has been commended by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions. www.benniemuseum.org.uk 11am - 4pm (Apr to Sep) & 11am -3.30pm (Oct to Mar) - FREE 9-11 Mansefield Street, Bathgate, EH48 4HU 01506 634944

Almond Valley Heritage Trust, Almond Valley is operated as a popular leisure destination that appeals to a diverse audience and promotes learning through discovery, family interaction and play. We also operate a formal education programme. www.almondvalley.co.uk Millfield, Livingston, EH54 7AR 01506 414957

The Garage Skatepark The Garage Skatepark is an indoor skatepark based in Livingston which is being improved on constantly to give skaters the best experience around. The park is open to Skateboards ,Inline Skates and BMX. Kids under 16 wanting to ride at the park will be required to wear a helmet. The park also has its very own shop stocking Boards, Wheels, Trucks, T-shirts and other accessories. www.thegarage.zxq.net Mon - Sat: 10am - 10pm - Sun: 10am - 8pm 5D Grange Road, Houston Industrial Estate, EH54 5DE 01506 530892

Bankhead Mountainball Like many ‘extreme’ sports, Zorbing, Orbing or Sphereing was created in New Zealand back in 1994. The concept is quite simple, you build a human sphere which can accommodate up to two fully grown adults, secure them inside then let them roll down a hill in it (hamsters have been exercised for many years in a very similar way!) www.bankheadmountainball.co.uk Contact for opening hours Bankhead Farm, Dechmont, Broxburn, EH52 6NB 01506 811209 Page 118

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Funtastic Fantasy Golf Limited Miniature golf arena but it’s one with a difference it’s BLACK-LIGHT UV which means that not only do the 3D prop’s glow in the dark but also the golf balls and art work on the wall do too. This facility is a fantastic family day out for all ages & abilities with a cafe that sell homemade food made onsite at their cafe ‘Dino Bites’

Mon - Sun: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm 3 St Andrews Way, Livingston, EH54 8HQ 07935 576943

Racing Karts Racing Karts quickly established itself as a force in Indoor Kart Racing due to its attention to safety, cleanliness and customer satisfaction. They like to call themselves ‘The Friendly Circuit’ www.racingkarts.co.uk Times: Booking required - call to arrange Arrol Square, Deans Industrial Estate, Livingston, EH54 8QZ 01506 410123

Livingston Skate Park The Livingston Skatepark opened in 1981, at a time when most commercial skateparks were closing and was one of the most important facilities in Britain during a critical period in the development of skateboarding. It is an example of a free, unsupervised facility which achieved international status. Daylight access all year round FREE 16 Northwood Park, Opposite Almondvale Shopping Centre, Livingston, EH54 6HR

Deer Park Ten Pin Bowling Deer Park Bowling Centre is a 16 Lane Bowling Centre with the capacity to hold 128 bowlers. There is a bar and food served throughout. At ‘Late night Glow Bowling’ the lights are dimmed and the lanes come alive with GLOW IN THE DARK, ULTRA VIOLET lighting effects and music. www.deer-park.co.uk Mon-Thur: 4pm-10pm / Fri: 12pm-midnight / Sat: 10am-midnight / Sun: 10am-10pm Golf Course Road, Livingston, EH54 8AB - 01506 446699 JUNE 2012 - issue (18)

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Delta Force Paintball Delta Force Paintball provides world class paintballing in Scotland. In addition to the scenery, incredible game zones provide players with an adrenalin-fuelled day of paintball action all year round. www.paintballgames.co.uk Weekends + 1 Weekday - check online for details Off Burnhouse Road, Dechmont, Livingston, EH49 6PL 0844 477 5050

Five Sisters Zoo The Five Sisters Zoo was established in 2005 and is the only wildlife attraction centre in West Lothian. With over 100 different species of animals, birds and reptiles from all around the world your visit will be a fun, enjoyable and educational one - all ages. www.fivesisterszoo.co.uk Open 7 Days a week - 10am - 6pm (5pm Winter half of year) Gavieside, West Calder, EH55 8PT 01506 871 111

Overboard Soft Play Overboard Soft Play is an exciting indoor Soft Play and entertainment venue for kids aged 0-11 yrs. They have it all, from chutes to ball pits to go-karts to ball cannons. With an underwater theme and seperate play zones for different age groups and abilities, your children are sure to have a great time from the minute they arrive until it’s time to go home. www.overboardsoftplay.com Wed - Sun: 10:15 am - 6:00 pm 3 St Andrews Way, Livingston, EH54 8HQ - 01506 873888

If you own a business that offeres stuff to do in the West Lothian area why not drop us some details and we will try our best to get it added to the Out & About section for both the mag and the web site. If you know of any activities that are open to the public and don’t feature in mag yet please feel free to drop us a message about them (with a web link if possible) content@goguidemagazine.co.uk www.goguidemagazine.co.uk Page 120

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antastic Voyage is a 1966 science fiction film written by Harry Kleiner, based on a story by Otto

Klement and Jerome Bixby. Bantam Books obtained the rights for a paperback novelization based on the screenplay and approached Isaac Asimov to write it. Because the novelization was released six months before the movie, many people mistakenly believed Asimov’s book had inspired the movie. The film was directed by Richard Fleischer and stars Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmund O’Brien, and Donald Pleasence. Isaac Asimov, asked to write the novel from the script, declared that the script was full of plot holes, and received permission to write the book the way he wanted. The novel came out first because he wrote fast and because of delays in filming hence the reason the idea surfaced that the book inspired the movie when it was actually the other way round. Page 122

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