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Offline Maik

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27/02/16
« on: Saturday, 27 February, 2016 @ 02:21:45 »
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Poverty Index in Greece Up 9% in 2015

The poverty index in Greece went up 9 percent in 2015, making it the worst year since the onset of the economic crisis, according to Bank of Greece figures.

Along with the rise of the poverty index, the risk of poverty index went up 16.1 percent, says the report of the governor of Greece’s central bank. The poverty threshold is 50 percent of the average income.

According to the report, the measures to ease the humanitarian crisis in Greek society have not been calculated.
http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/02/26/poverty-index-in-greece-up-9-in-2015/

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Re: 27/02/16
« Reply #1 on: Saturday, 27 February, 2016 @ 14:44:51 »
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MPs to get 1.3% pay rise – breaking government's own cap
Increase means extra £962 in the pocket each year, and breaks 1% cap on public sector pay rises

MPs are to get a pay rise of 1.3%, nine months after they received a backdated boost to £74,000
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/26/mps-pay-rise-breaking-government-public-sector-cap

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Re: 27/02/16
« Reply #2 on: Saturday, 27 February, 2016 @ 14:55:05 »

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Re: 27/02/16
« Reply #4 on: Saturday, 27 February, 2016 @ 15:16:26 »
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...back to a simpler time when web addresses were a minefield for early web pioneers who didn't think it through.

Penisland.net has been around for as long as The INQ, and yet it still trades on its fine reputation of customised pens and is definitely not a tourism site for a land made of dinkles. It's worth noting that the current tagline, 'We specialise in wood', is still a bit unfortunate, although probably deliberate.

Or there's Therapistfinder.com which, sadly, now diverts to a new URL but still leaves us aghast that anyone thought it was a good idea in the first place. It reminds us of the scene in Arrested Development where Tobias becomes an 'analyst-therapist' and gets business cards made up marked 'Analrapist'.

And finally ... according to Snopes.com it isn't true that Powergenitalia.com was a misguided attempt by Powergen to widen its business in the European market. Nevertheless, it was the home of a real Italian battery company for a while. Alas it has now gone.
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2448722/apple-takes-steps-so-el-capitan-doesnt-look-like-a-dick-in-public

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Re: 27/02/16
« Reply #5 on: Saturday, 27 February, 2016 @ 15:24:17 »
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This Website Shows You Which Scenes in Movies Based on a True Story Are Actually True
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/02/this-website-shows-you-which-scenes-in-movies-based-on-a-true-story-are-actually-true/

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Re: 27/02/16
« Reply #6 on: Sunday, 28 February, 2016 @ 12:07:45 »
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This Website Shows You Which Scenes in Movies Based on a True Story Are Actually True
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/02/this-website-shows-you-which-scenes-in-movies-based-on-a-true-story-are-actually-true/

I suggest that the originator of this website should try www.getalife.com.

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Re: 27/02/16
« Reply #7 on: Sunday, 28 February, 2016 @ 14:05:36 »
Dunno, it's hard to know what's fact and what's fiction in films that depict real people and some people believe what they see and hear in them:

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The Imitation Game earns a high “False” rating in part because it characterises Alan Turing as a humourless, unsociable, and friendless outsider who possibly had both obsessive compulsive disorder and was on the autism spectrum. Most of the people who worked with him agreed that, while he could be prickly, he was respected, sociable, and well-liked among his colleagues. They also say he showed no evidence of having autism or OCD.

Then there’s the truly unforgivable stuff, like pretending Turing knew about a Soviet spy.
http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/based-on-a-true-true-story/


Here's The Real Story of the von Trapp Family.

There's also chasingthefrog.com and historyvshollywood.com


The blurp suggests the film isn't entirely accurate but it might be entertaining, due for UK release 28 March:

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The Eddie the Eagle movie trailer highlights the story of Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, who, in 1988, became the first British ski jumper to compete in the Winter Olympics. Eddie is portrayed by Taron Egerton. Hugh Jackman plays his (fictional) coach.
http://www.historyvshollywood.com/video/eddie-the-eagle-trailer/








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Re: 27/02/16
« Reply #8 on: Monday, 29 February, 2016 @ 11:46:12 »
If the film claimed to be an accurate account, ie a documentary, then the website would have a point.  But, The Imitation Game was a work of fiction and should be viewed as such.  I can think of a great many films, supposedly based on true events, which are wildly inaccurate.  The Alamo was touted by John Wayne as a "true account" but certainly wasn't.  Zulu. likewise, was supposedly a true account and very cleverly combined fact with considerable amounts of fiction.  See almost anything that includes Churchill for mythmaking.




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Re: 27/02/16
« Reply #9 on: Monday, 29 February, 2016 @ 12:33:55 »
Hmm, so here's the plot: a factional based on real events, Margaret  Thatcher central character. She's a cross dressing lesbian Russian secret agent, with a passion for torturing cats and kids, who gets off on a hand-held statue of Churchill (OK, I nicked that idea from To Hell in a Handcart). Can't see any problems there.

Well, OK, maybe the cats bit.


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Re: 27/02/16
« Reply #10 on: Monday, 29 February, 2016 @ 15:40:59 »
Mmm, you gonna use Crowdfunding to get the money to make that film Maik? :-)

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Re: 27/02/16
« Reply #11 on: Monday, 29 February, 2016 @ 17:58:18 »
 :hmm: Might be a quick way to raise quite a tidy sum - but it'd all go to lawyers

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Re: 27/02/16
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday, 01 March, 2016 @ 13:57:41 »
Not a documentary but perfectly acceptable as fiction (or is it?).