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English Language Premier League Commentary on Ziggo Sport

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By Nick Nugent

If you like me have a Ziggo box and have the package which gives you Ziggo sport then you will know that they often show the Premier League matches which Sky is also showing.  I was recently in one of the Irish Bars watching my team Everton take on Liverpool and was surprised to see there was an option to switch to English Commentary.

If you did not know this was an option before below I will demonstrate a 2 step guide to watching the football with English commentary.

Step 1 – On the Ziggo Sport channel select “i” on your remote and you should get the following screen:

Step 2 – On the soundtrack you see it is set to Nederlands and is highlighted.  Using the left/right button you can toggle to “ina”

Once “ina” is selected you should start to hear the English Commentary.

I have had a couple of issues close to the end of games were it reverts to Nederlands again, but you can follow the same procedure.  If you have a flick during the Half Time you will have to do the same thing again.

I thought it would be useful to impart my new found knowledge to you all, Enjoy!


The Hateful Eight | Film Review

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AndyBy Andy Symmonds

Star Wars: The Force (Un)Awakens

I will have to start this review with the confession that I was not particularly impressed with the recently released Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As a long-term fan of the original Star Wars (IV) I had high hopes, but came away both disappointed and distinctly underwhelmed. The plot and some of the stars (of the acting variety) left me feeling like I had just bungee jumped back to the 1970’s movie. Despite  seriously better special effects it came with with the negatives of an even bigger death star and plot holes. I am also aware that this view leaves me slightly in the minority, but I remain unrepentant.

Hateful Eight gets Ten out of Ten

As a long-term fan of the output of Quentin Tarantino, I also had high hopes for the Hateful Eight, but this time I came away from the cinema once again confident that parts of Hollywood are still capable of producing original, smart and thought-provoking movies that entertain the adult as well as the inner child. The cast is a well constructed mix of Tarantino favourites (Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth after an extended break) with some new blood. In fact, a lot of blood. As the movie is a Western by Tarantino, blood was always going to be a feature, along with various other body parts.

The movie takes place for the most part in a roadhouse in a very snowy Wyoming, and could almost have be scripted for the theatre as pretty much everything happens in this claustrophobic, simmering environment. The general direction is more serious than previous Tarantino works, but there are still moments of humour, some of them subtle and some not. The characters are all that little bit larger than life, featuring bounty hunters (one of them black – a recurring theme?), a lawman, a female prisoner, retired army officers from both sides of the American Civil War, a mysterious stranger, some guns and the token Mexican and Englishman. The combination of characters, and the quickly evident tensions between them, create a pervading sense of uneasiness throughout, and the plot is by no means easy to predict as it unfolds.

From lefty, Tim Roth, Quentin Tarantino and Kurt Russell pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Hateful Eight' in London, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

From lefty, Tim Roth, Quentin Tarantino and Kurt Russell pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘The Hateful Eight’ in London, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The dialogue crackles from the start, and it quickly becomes apparent that everyone has some sort of secret to hide, and that very little should be taken at face value. For an American director, Tarantino has become the master of extended scenes that deliver, for the audience, through dialogue and camera angles rather than throwing in more and more CGI pyrotechnics. Characters are given the chance to develop as the story unfolds, and there are some flashbacks that assist this process. Characters also die as the story unfolds; this in itself will be of little surprise, but there is one sudden death that was more entertaining (judging by the audience reaction) as a potentially large name morphed neatly into a bit part, which I felt was a lovely piece of subtlety.

If you’re looking for a movie with a smart script and a memorable cast that really do it justice, then this is going to be an excellent way to spend three hours. That might sound like a long time, but it flew past in the dark. There is also the danger that it might provoke some thought at certain points, although this may not be the case for all. If, however, you enjoy lots of explosions in space, and don’t worry too much about plot integrity or continuity then Star Wars may just be the way to awaken the force within yourself. There is even the danger that you will enjoy both…

Spectre Review

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By…my name is Andy…Andy Symmonds

Film reviews are not a regular staple of Zine, so we thought we would start with a British classic packed with British elements and head for Spectre, the latest James Bond movies. It might be relevant to point out at this stage that I am a life long fan of the Bond series from Dr. No onwards, but it is only in recent years that the on screen iteration has matched the character originally penned by Ian Fleming. Daniel Craig has brought a much harder and arguably even more cynical edge to this perennial British secret agent with the 00 license to kill and is now viewed by many as matching Sean Connery when the ‘who is the best Bond’ discussion starts.

There are the faintest echoes of Live and Let Die with the scenes from the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in Mexico City, but this is where the similarities end. The new James Bond is low on gadgets and even lower in terms of the louche behaviour portrayed by Roger Moore, but the action is relentless even if you can pretty much predict the outcome from the start. Live and Let Die certainly had an opening song with a lot more drama than the Sam Smith tune that opens Spectre but at least the opening credits are almost worth watching for a change.

I’m happy to report that some of the Bond regulars continue to appear with the shaken, not stirred Martini, and the achingly delicious Aston Martin DB10 that more than held its own against the Roman backdrop. The use of the prototypes built during the ill-fated development of the Jaguar C-X75 as the chase car was inspired, so we have two British beauties going head to head (or nose to tail if you prefer serious accuracy) through the centre of Rome in one of the better Bond chases.

As with any James Bond release, there are fights and glorious women galore all set against the backdrop of incredible locations and with the inevitable high octane plot that leaves very few moments for introspection. Daniel Craig manages to combine effortless cool with the ever lurking threat of violence, a blend that effectively underpins the entire Bond franchise. If you’re looking for real plot surprises or the chance to reflect upon the deeper issues of today then maybe the Bond genre is not for you, but if you find yourself looking for a good old fashioned action movie with chases, thrills and spills then book your cinema tickets now.