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I’m a celebrity Get Me Out of Here

I still reckon you can’t beat a good book, anyway, The British version of I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here! Starts Sunday 16 November 2014, at 9pm on ITV And is once again be hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declen Donnelly. Last year’s I’m ACelebrity Get Me Out of Here saw Westlife’s Kian Egan crowned King of the Jungle, with royal fashion designer David Emanuel as runner-up, Previous winners have included Tony Blackburn, Phil Tuffnell, Kerry Katona, Joe Pasquale, Carol Thatcher, Matt willis, Christopher Biggins, Joe Swash, Gino D’Acampo, Stacey Solomon, Dougie Poynter and Charlie Brooks and This year the 10 celebrities heading into the jungle for the new series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here are

*Michael Buerk( journalist & BBC Newsreader)
*Tinchy. Stryder
*Vicki Michelle (AlloAllo)
*Jimmy Bullard (Former premier league footballer)
*Craig Charles (Red Dwarf, Coronation Street)
*Gemma Collins (TOWIE)
*Carl Fogarty (World Superbike Champion)
*Nadia Forde (Model & singer)
*Melanie Sykes (Television presenter)
*Kendre Wilkinson (Reality Television Star)

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X-Men:Days of Future Past

imageI would like to watch X-Men: Days of Future Past Which acts as a sequel to both 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand and 2011’s X-Men: First Class and is inspired by the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” produced by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The film was directed by Bryan Singer and stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, and Patrick Stewart.

X-Men:Days of Future Past is an Exciting time-travelling adventure in which robots known as Sentinels are sent to exterminate all mutants, as well as humans who seek to help them. A band of mutants evades the Sentinels with the help of Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) and hide alongside Storm, Wolverine, Professor Xavier, and Magneto at a monastery in China where the X-Men make a stand as a large army of Sentinels attack the monastery. So Mystique is sent back in time to 1973 to assassinate Bolivar Trask, the inventor of the Sentinels and prevent them from being created, however she is captured and her powers are used to make the Sentinels almost invincible. Wolverine meanwhile, also finds himself in1973. At the X-Mansion, where he encounters Xavier and Beast and discovers that Xavier’s Institute for Gifted Youngsters has closed after most of the teachers and students were drafted for the Vietnam War. So Wolverine, Beast, Xavier and Peter Maximoff, (Quicksilver) then attempt to free Magneto, Who is being held in a prison Cell beneath the Pentagon for allegedly assassinating President John F. Kennedy.

Bolivar Trask tries to gain support for his Sentinel program from the Government. Meanwhile Mystique discovers that William Stryker is helping in the Sentinel Program by kidnapping mutant G.I.s for Trask’s research. In Paris. Xavier, Magneto, Beast, and Wolverine intercept Mystique, who is impersonating a North Vietnamese general to infiltrate the Paris Peace Accords with Trask, in order to sell his Sentinel technology to communist nations. They arrive as Mystique is about to kill Trask so Magneto tries to eliminate Mystique but she escapes

Eventually President Richard Nixon approves Trask’s Sentinel program and arranges an unveiling ceremony. Magneto meanwhile, manages to gain control of the Sentinels and causes havoc (not that one). At the mansion, Xavier regains his mental powers, while losing the ability to walk and decides to work for peace between humans and mutants once again and uses Cerebro to track Mystique, who is heading to Washington D.C. In an exciting finale Nixon unveils the Sentinel prototypes at the White House, however Magneto commandeers the Sentinels and attacks the crowd. Wolverine and Beast then try to stop The Sentinels, As Magneto tries to clobber Nixon…

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

imageRussian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born 11 November 1821 in the Mariinsky hospital in Moscow, Russia. He was introduced to literature at an early age – fairy tales and legends, as well as books by English, French, German and Russian authors. His mother’s sudden death in 1837 devastated him. At around the same time, he left school to enter the Nikolayev Military Engineering Institute. Once he graduated, he worked as an engineer and briefly enjoyed a liberal lifestyle.He soon began to translate books to earn extra money. Around the mid-1840s he wrote his first novel, Poor Folk, allowing him to join St Petersburg’s literary circles. He also wrote short stories and essays which explore human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russia. Although Dostoyevsky began writing books in the mid-1840s, his most remembered are from his last years, including Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.

He wrote eleven novels, three novellas, seventeen short novels and three essays, and has been acknowledged by many literary critics as one of the greatest and most prominent psychologists in universal literature.In 1849 he was arrested for his involvement with the Petrashevsky Circle, a secret, however society of liberal utopians as well as a literary discussion group. He and other members were condemned to death, but the penalty proved to be a mock execution and the sentence was commuted to four years’ hard labour in Siberia. After his release, Dostoyevsky was forced to serve as a soldier, but was discharged from the military due to his ill health.In the following years Dostoyevsky worked as a journalist, publishing and editing several magazines of his own and later a serial, A Writer’s Diary. When he began to travel around western Europe, his finances suffered because of his gambling addiction and he had to face the humiliation of begging for money. He suffered from epilepsy throughout his adult life. But through sheer energy and the volume of his work, he eventually became one of the most widely read and renowned Russian writers.

Sadly though Dostoyevsky passed away on 9th February 1881, however His books remain popular and have been translated into more than 170 languages and sold around 15 million copies and have also been adapted for Film and Television numerous times. He has also influenced a vast range of writers, from Anton Chekhov and James Joyce to Ernest Hemingway, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ayn Rand, to name but a few.

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Armistice Day

November 11th is Armistice Day, held in remembrance of  the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who fought during World War I and II, to protect the freedoms which today, we take for granted. Church Services are also held on Remembrance Sunday in order to remember the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who fought and died during World War I and II. In order To commemorate Armistice day and Remembrance Sunday, .It is only when you visit the cemeteries and battlefields that it possible to comprehend the sheer scale of the loss of life and to understand the futility & horrors of war. It’s also a really sobering experience to see haunting images of the landscape, which even today still bears witness to the tragic events which happened during World War I and II.

Armistice Day (which overlaps with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day) commemorates the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. While this official date to mark the end of the war reflects the ceasefire on the Western Front, hostilities continued in other regions, especially across the former Russian Empire and in parts of the old Ottoman Empire. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, to commemorate those members of the armed forces who were killed during war. An exception is Italy, where the end of the war is commemorated on 4 November, the day of the Armistice of Villa Giusti.After World War II, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in the United States and to Remembrance Day in the countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Armistice Day remains an official holiday in France and Belgium. Armistice day was declared a holiday because President Wilson felt it was necessary to leave a day to celebrate the end of warsIn many parts of the world, people observe two consecutive minutes moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. local time as a sign of respect in the first minute for the roughly 20 million people who died in the war, and in the second minute dedicated to the living, generally understood to be wives, children and families left behind but deeply affected by the conflict.

This gesture of respect was suggested by Edward George Honey in a letter to a British newspaper, although Wellesley Tudor Pole had established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917. From the outset, many veterans in many countries have also used silence to pay homage to departed comrades. The toast of “Fallen” or “Absent Comrades” has always been honoured in silence at New Zealand veteran functions, while the news of a member’s death has similarly been observed in silence at meetings. Similar ceremonies developed in other countries during the inter-war period. In South Africa, for example, the Memorable Order of Tin Hats had by the late 1920s developed a ceremony whereby the toast of “Fallen Comrades” was observed not only in silence but darkness, all except for the “Light of Remembrance”, with the ceremony ending with the Order’s anthem “Old Soldiers Never Die”. In Australia, meanwhile, the South Australian State Branch of the Returned Sailors & Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia similarly developed during the interwar period a simple ceremony of silence for departed comrades at 9 p.m., presumably to coincide with the traditional 11 a.m. time for Armistice ceremonies taking place in Europe (due to the ten-hour time difference between Eastern Australia and Europe)

.In the United Kingdom, beginning in 1939, the two-minute silence was moved to the Sunday nearest to 11 November in order not to interfere with wartime production should 11 November fall on a weekday. After the end of World War II, most Armistice Day events were moved to the nearest Sunday and began to commemorate both World Wars. The change was made in many Commonwealth countries, as well as the United Kingdom, and the new commemoration was named Remembrance Sunday or Remembrance Day. Both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are now commemorated formally in the UK. In recent years Armistice Day has become increasingly recognised, and many people now attend the 11am ceremony at the Cenotaph in London – an event organised by The Western Front Association, a UK charity dedicated to perpetuating the memory of those who served in the First World War.