Though Google have yet to provide a firm release date for the Pixel 4, the date was apparently – wait for it – leaked during Apple’s 2019 event.
Renowned leaker @evleaks tweeted a leaked image of the Pixel 4 featuring the date October 15, suggesting that the phone could be set for release as soon as next month.
This is far from official confirmation of an October release, but there may be truth in it, especially when you consider that the Pixel 3 was released on October 9 in 2018.
Pricier than the iPhone 11
One detail that Google have been able to keep under wraps is the prospective price of the Pixel 4.
A year ago the Pixel 3 and 3XL were launched with prices ranging from £739 for the 64GB Pixel 3 to £969 for the 128GB Pixel 3XL.
By comparison the starting price for an iPhone 11 is £729, while the current cost of a Galaxy Note 10 is £869.
Specs: 8x zoom and 6GB of RAM
So what can prospective buyers expect from the Pixel 4 – if leaks are to be believed.
The Pixel 4 XL will reportedly be smaller in size than its predecessor, while its screen notch will be swapped out for a bezel. The Pixel 4, meanwhile, could be set to grow in size from 5.5 inches to 5.7 inches, according to 9to5google.
The device’s internal components were also spoiled this year, with leaked specs indicating that the phone will possess 6GB of RAM – 2GB more than the 3 and 3XL.
Perhaps most promisingly are the leaks relating to the Pixel’s camera. The phone will allegedly possess an 8x zoom capability along with a “motion mode”. An improvement of the phone’s night mode has also been hinted at by 9to5google.
If rumours of a 90hz refresh rate are true users can also expect a smoother scrolling experience.
On the battery life front the Pixel 4 is said to have a 2800mAh cell, while the Pixel 4 XL will apparently have a 3700mAh cell.
The Eurostar can be a quick an easy way to travel from the UK to a variety of exciting European cities – and they’ve now slashed their prices for their September sale.
This is how to get cheap tickets, and where you can go.
Which destinations can I visit?
If you fancy a romantic getaway, sightseeing weekend away or a trip to a European Christmas market then there’s plenty of choice.
Those who fancy a trip to France can travel to Paris, Calais or Lille. Brussels is also included in the sale, and any Belgian station including Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp, or you can visit Amsterdam or Rotterdam without breaking the bank.
How much will tickets cost?
Travel from London to the centre of:
Paris, Calais, Lille or Brussels from £29 each way
Any Belgian Station including Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp from £39 each way
Amsterdam or Rotterdam from £35 each way
Standard Premier seats
Standard Premier seats include:
A meal and drinks served at your seat
Extra spacious coaches with comfortable seats
Power points and USB ports at every seat
The Eurostar website states, “Book a seat in our September sale and spread your wings for less with fares from just £29 each way. Or travel in a little extra style with Standard Premier seats from £70 each way.”
The company also adds that travellers can, “sit back, relax and take in the beautiful scenery en route before arriving in one of Europe’s most exciting cities in a flash.
“No airport transfers, no time wasted. So, you can spend your time strolling boulevards and browsing in boutiques, exploring the unknown and savouring everything the city has to offer.”
‘Don’t Call Me Angel’ sees Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey teaming up to provide the soundtrack to this year’s new film – which technically isn’t a reboot or a remake of the franchise, but a continuation of the original TV series and the 2000s films.
The new clip was directed by Hannah Lux Davis, who has frequently collaborated with Grande in the past, directing the videos for her ‘7 Rings’ and ‘Thank U, Next’ hits.
In the four-minute clip, the trio of pop stars are cast as the members of a crime-fighting dream team, not unlike Charlie’s Angels themselves.
Tying the whole thing to the movie from which it is taken is a cameo from Elizabeth Banks, who not only stars in the new movie, but directs it too.
The film marks the second time behind the camera for Elizabeth Banks (she previously directed 2015’s Pitch Perfect 2), and sees a new cast of faces stepping into the shoes of characters last played by Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in 2003.
In the new film, the Townsend Agency has expanded internationally, recruiting the smartest, most fearless and highly-trained women from all over the globe.
There are now multiple teams of Angels guided by multiple ‘Bosleys’ (we’ll see at least three in the new movie, and director Banks plays one of them), completing the toughest missions across the globe.
The mission at the centre of the new film involves a young systems engineer, who blows the whistle on a technology that could revolutionise the energy industry.
But if that same technology were to fall into the wrong hands, it could be weaponised, and would prove dangerous to the entire world.
The Angels are called into action to stop that from happening, putting their lives on the line to protect us all in an action-packed comedy.
Who stars in it?
The three Angels are played by Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) and British actress Ella Balinska.
They’re not actually the same Angels as depicted by Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in the series’ two previous films, but instead all new characters.
Elsewhere on the cast, Elizabeth Banks steps out from behind the camera to play a Bosley, Djimon Hounsou (Shazam!) is another Bosley, and Sir Patrick Stewart is a third.
Then there’s Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) as Langston, and Mexican actor Luis Gerardo Méndez playing The Saint.
Outlander’s Sam Claflin, Jonathan Tucker, Chris Pang and Nat Faxon have also been cast, though their roles remain undisclosed.
When can I watch it?
Charlie’s Angels will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 29 November 2019.
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In the annual battle between footballing video games PES and FIFA, the latter often wins out in many fans’ eyes thanks to its cornucopia of licenses which allow EA Sports’ game to present a more lifelike version of the beautiful game.
Real world teams, stadiums, players, and kits are all present and correct in FIFA games, while PES players often have to settle for facsimile teams like the London Blues (Chelsea).
The show features winners and finalists of the talent show from years gone by, with the promise of exciting new routines.
Over six weeks, judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and David Walliams will decide which act they want to see progress the final before opening it up to the audience who will pick the second act.
In week three of the show, youngster Jack Carroll is among the performers. Here’s everything you need to know about the up-and-coming funnyman.
Who is Jack Carroll?
Born and raised in West Yorkshire, Jack Carroll showed a prodigious talent for comedy from a young age.
A video of Carroll speaking at his mother and father’s wedding anniversary in 2010 caught the eye of Manchester comedian Jason Manford who invited the then 12-year-old Carroll to perform as a warm-up act at one of his shows.
The performance was featured on the One Show and work in television followed with Carroll appearing on CBBC show Ministry of Curious Stuff alongside Vic Reeves.
The eye-catching performances of Carroll caught the eye of Britain’s Got Talent scouts, who handed him a slot on the 2013 edition of the talent show.
Carroll’s routines, which often made light of his cerebral-palsy condition, were a hit with viewers who voted Carroll through to the final where he lost to Hungarian shadow theatre group Attraction.
Since his first appearance on Britain’s Got Talent the now-20-year-old has forged a successful career as a comedian, appearing on Live at the Apollo in 2016.
The comic has also appeared on Sky One’s Trollied, CBBC’s The Dog Ate My Homework and Radio 4 topical comedy show The Now Show.
Who will he be competing with?
On this week’s episode of The Champions Carroll will go up against magician Richard Jones, Welsh singing duo Richard and Adam, illusionist Darcy Oake, and salsa dancers Paddy & Nico.
There will also be acts from other ‘Got Talent’ competitions taking part: Spain’s Cristina Ramos, DJ Arch Jr from South Africa, and dance group The Fire from Holland’s Got Talent.
Completing the line up are dance group Mayyas from Lebanon, who first appeared on Arabs Got Talent.
Lupus is a long term condition that can cause inflammation to the joints, skin and other organs.
It is a systemic autoimmune disease that has no known cure, and occurs when your body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs.
The organs that can come under attack include kidneys, brain, heart and lungs. Blood cells can also be affected. In its mildest form, lupus simply causes inflammation and tiredness, and can be managed. At its most severe, it can be life threatening.
What are the symptoms of lupus?
Symptoms can flare up for periods, and then settle down. Why this happens is not known, and some people experience their symptoms on a more constant basis than others.
You should go and see your doctor if you experience any of the three main lupus symptoms.
The most distinctive sign of lupus is a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks. This occurs in most but not all cases of lupus.
The other key symptoms are extreme tiredness and joint pain and stiffness.
Further signs can include weight loss, poor circulation to the fingers, sensitivity to light and swollen glands.
Lupus can be difficult to diagnose as the signs and symptoms often mimic those of other illnesses.
How can GPs test for lupus?
Your GP will usually do some blood tests to check for lupus. High levels of a type of antibody, combined with typical symptoms, means the condition is likely.
X-rays and heart scans may follow, as well as checks on kidneys and other organs if your doctor thinks they might be affected.
Once lupus is diagnosed, you’ll be advised to have regular checks and tests, such as regular blood tests to check for anaemia and urine tests to check for kidney problems, which lupus can cause.
How is it treated?
Lupus is often treated using anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen, which are very commonly available.
Hydroxychloroquine is used for fatigue and skin and joint problems, while steroid tablets, injections and creams are prescribed for kidney inflammation and rashes.
What causes lupus?
Lupus is not contagious.
The condition is known to be triggered by viral infections, strong medication, sunlight, puberty, childbirth and the menopause, however the direct cause is not fully understood.
More women than men get lupus, and it’s most common in black and Asian women.
How to best live with lupus
A healthy diet, active lifestyle and getting lots of rest is essential to anybody living with the condition.
Stress can also make the symptoms worse, so activities that aid stress relief are also encouraged.
High factor sun cream and sun hats to protect from the sun are also important.
It is also strongly advised that, if you are a smoker, you stop smoking as soon as you are diagnosed with lupus.
This weekend sees the Goodwood Revival festival rev into action.
Unlike the Goodwood Festival of Speed – which brings classic vehicles and futuristic supercars together to celebrate not just the past, but the present and future of car racing – Revival is all about classic cars.
Exclusively showcasing the kind of motors that would have once raced around the track during its original incarnation (1948–1966), Goodwood Revival is a three-day festival of both motor-racing and all things vintage held each September at the legendary circuit.
Tickets for this year’s event have sold out, but you can still get involved. Here’s how:
When is Goodwood Revival 2019?
Goodwood Revival 2019 runs between 13 and 15 September.
What’s the timetable for this year’s Goodwood Revival?
The order of events for this year’s Goodwood Revival is as follows:
0800 AIR DISPLAY (10 mins)
0915 TRACK PARADE: Minis
0945 Official Practice: Kinrara Trophy presented by Hackett
1030 Official Practice: Fordwater Trophy
1105 Official Practice: Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy
1150 Official Practice: St Mary’s Trophy presented by Motul – Part 1
1225 Official Practice: Goodwood Trophy
1305 TRACK PARADE: Cooper Car Company
1325 Official Practice: Glover Trophy
1400 Official Practice: Sussex Trophy
1435 Official Practice: Earl of March Trophy
1505 Official Practice: Richmond & Gordon Trophies
1545 DEMOSTRATION: 1959 TT
1605 Official Practice: Brooklands Trophy
1635 Official Practice: St Mary’s Trophy presented by Motul – Part 2
1710 Official Practice: Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration
1750 Official Practice: Whitsun Trophy presented by Sky Cinema
1835 RACE 1: Kinrara Trophy presented by Hackett
0815 AIR DISPLAY (10 mins)
0845 Track Blessing
0900 TRACK PARADE: Minis
0930 Official Practice: Freddie March Memorial Trophy
1020 RACE 2: Fordwater Trophy
1030 Bonhams Automobilia Auction – (entry by catalogue only)
1110 Settrington Cup Part 1
1130 DEMONSTRATION: 1959 TT
1155 RACE 3: Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy – Part 1
1250 TRACK PARADE: Sir Stirling Moss Celebration
1300 Bonhams Motor Car Auction – entry by catalogue only
1310 Official Practice: Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration
1400 RACE 4: St Mary’s Trophy presented by Motul
1450 TRACK PARADE: D-Day Commemoration
1500 Best Dressed competition presented by Mastercard
1530 RACE 5: Goodwood Trophy
1615 TRACK PARADE: Cooper Car Company
1650 RACE 6: Glover Trophy
1740 RACE 7: Sussex Trophy
1905 AIR DISPLAY: Spitfire-Mustang Duo (10 mins)
0815 AIR DISPLAY (10 mins)
0845 Track Blessing
0900 TRACK PARADE: Minis
0930 RACE 8: Earl of March Trophy
1015 RACE 9: Richmond & Gordon Trophies
1105 Settrington Cup – Part 2
1125 RACE 10: Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy – Part 2
1215 RACE 11: Brooklands Trophy
1310 TRACK PARADE: D-Day Commemoration
1400 DEMONSTRATION: 1959 TT
1430 RACE 12: Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration
1500 Best Dressed competition presented by Mastercard
1555 RACE 13: St Mary’s Trophy presented by Motul – Part 2
1645 RACE 14: Whitsun Trophy presented by Sky Cinema
1730 TRACK PARADE: Cooper Car Company
1800 RACE 15: Freddie March Memorial Trophy
1845 Prize giving (trackside at Race Control)
As the festival is an open-air event, casual clothing and comfortable footwear are recommended, and the changeable spirit of the British weather makes it a good idea to always have some rainproof clothing to hand.
For those who plan on making use of the corporate hospitality pavilions, however, smart-casual dress is expected.
Most people dress in period clothes to reflect the era the classic cars are taken from.
This is not mandatory, but each day at 3pm, the Revival panel of fashion experts choose the people with the finest outfits, with this short-list invited to take part in the daily Best Dressed Competition.
For those who would like to be inspired, you can book a hair or makeup appointment at one of the Betty’s Salons located on site, and gents can finish their look at the Goodwood Barbers, located next to Earls Court.
You don’t have to wear vintage clothing, but you might look a bit out of place if you don’t!
Will there be food?
At Goodwood Revival there’s a range of options across the site where you can refuel.
From more formal restaurants, to food stands where you can grab a delicious quick bite to eat or order a luxury picnic hamper, there’s something to suit every itinerary.
Catering stands will be offering everything from sandwiches, burgers and pasties to street food and baked goods.
“Guests will never be far from a PG Tips tea shed” say the organisers, and there are well-stocked bars on site, many selling Goodwood’s own beer and ale.
How do I watch the live stream?
Even though tickets for the event have sold out, car enthusiasts can still get in on the action with Goodwood Revival’s official live stream.
The stream will be showcasing the most exciting events from the three days, so you won’t miss a moment, even from the comfort of your favourite armchair.
The whole thing is available for free through YouTube.
How do I get there?
Goodwood is located just outside Chichester, only 60 miles from London, and 30 miles from Brighton and Southampton.
There is a regular train service from London Victoria to Chichester (1 hour 40 minutes), plus the coastal service from Brighton and Portsmouth. Full details can be found on the Trainline website.
Buses or taxis are available at Chichester Station.
Information on the best route to take for those driving to the festival can be found on the festival’s website.
Where can I stay?
Since 2014, Goodwood has provided a family campsite, allowing families to book a 9m x 7m plot.
The site provides an electric hook-up, family-friendly toilets, baby change, and shower facilities and is located in the Lennox enclosure at Goodwood Racecourse, a short walk from the main event.
It also features a children’s play area, 24-hour security, on-site catering and access to a walk-in fridge to store chilled items free of charge.
For those not looking to camp, the area also boasts plenty of hotel options, including the circuit’s own Goodwood Hotel, which can be booked on the festival’s website.
However, the local hotels are usually booked up months in advance of the festival, so you’re best to make reservations well ahead of time.
Why is Goodwood famous?
Opening originally in September 1948, the Goodwood Motor Circuit played host to Britain’s first post-war racing meet.
It was founded by Freddie March, the ninth Duke of Richmond and a renowned amateur racer.
Having been starved of racing action since the war broke out, spectators turned up in their thousands to see some 85 drivers compete.
18 years later, in August 1966, Goodwood Motor Circuit announced that it would no longer be playing host to contemporary motor racing, which rounded up a rich chapter in British motorsport history.
However, this was not the end: in 1993, the Duke of Richmond’s grandson brought racing back to Goodwood by establishing the Festival of Speed.
The Duke himself rode out in the same Bristol 400 his grandfather had driven all those years ago at the circuit’s first ever racing meet.
Revival has taken place since 1998, and features Grand Prix cars from the 1950s and 60s, sports and GT cars, as well as historic saloon cars. Many of the important historic racing cars are driven by famous names from motorsport past and present, as well as celebrities.
No modern vehicles are allowed within the circuit perimeter throughout the weekend.
Friday 13 is spooky enough already, but this year a Harvest full moon will accompany the superstitious day.
Although it’s the ninth full moon of 2019, this one will be smaller than average.
It will appear to be 14 per cent smaller, making it a ‘micromoon’.
That’s because the moon – our planet’s only natural satellite – actually follows an elliptical orbit around the Earth.
This means that at certain points on its egg-shaped path, it can be further away, or closer to us – a differential of about 30,000 miles.
The closest point is called the perigee, and the furthest is the apogee. When a full moon falls on the perigee, it appears far bigger and brighter in the sky and becomes known as a supermoon.
A ‘micromoon’ is the opposite of the ‘supermoon’, and occurs when the moon is as far away from the Earth as it can get.
What is a Harvest Moon?
A Harvest Moon happens just before the Autumn Equinox, which signals the start of a new season, and the name is linked to a lag time between moonrise and sunset at this time of year.
But don’t be expecting any major changes in the appearance of the moon. While it may appear to be neglibly smaller in the night sky, it will still retain the usual colour and brightness of a regular full moon.
Whirlpool is currently in the process of replacing or repairing 4.3 million faulty appliances, but has been told by it will be forced by the government to recall all of the machines that could still be at risk.
The high risk models include those from bands including Hotpoint, Creda, Indesit, Proline and Swan, and consist of vented and condenser tumble dryers made between April 2004 and October 2015.
Hotpoint initially estimated that there are between 300,000 and 500,000 of the dangerous machines left in homes across the UK, but now put the figure closer to 800,000.
The admission follows a government order to recall the products before the company faces legal action.
Although Whirlpool have now published a full list of faulty dryers, the list just includes model numbers, but doesn’t name any of the affected tumble dryer brands.
Westlife will perform a “once-in-a-lifetime” concert at Wembley Stadium in 2020.
The Irish boyband revealed the news in a post on their social media accounts earlier this morning, billing the gig as their “biggest ever in the UK”.
The announcement comes off the back of the band’s hugely successful Twenty tour which saw them play sold out shows in 13 different countries.
We’re so excited to announce we’ll be playing a once in a lifetime show at Wembley Stadium! We can't wait to see you all at our biggest ever concert in the UK Tickets go on sale Friday 20th September at 9am. Shane, Mark, Kian and Nicky x pic.twitter.com/za88hBQydd
The London concert takes place next Summer on Saturday, August 22, 2020 with no further dates currently planned for the Flying Without Wings performers.
Singer-songwriter James Morrison and girl group All Saints will serve as backup for the Irish foursome.
A new album featuring Ed Sheeran and James Bay
The Wembley announcement has created a great deal of buzz ahead of the release of the bands’s first studio album since 2010 effort Gravity.
Recorded in Los Angeles, London and Dublin the album features collaborations with Ed Sheeran, James Bay and Steve Mac. The band described Spectrum as everything that we love in music, heartfelt emotional songs and also great uptempos that are designed for our stadium performances.”
Singles Hello My Love, Better Man and Dynamite all feature on the 11-track album which is released in two months time on November 15, 2019.
Tickets for the event go on sale next Friday (September 20) at 9am and will be available to purchase at livenation.co.uk
Pre-sale tickets will be available to Live Nation subscribers a day earlier (September 19) from 9am.
The group played three sold-out shows at London’s O2 arena earlier this Summer, with a set-list featuring fan-favourites You Raise Me Up, Uptown Girl and What About Now.
Here’s the band’s set-list from their last performance in the capital:
Hello My Love
Swear It Again
What About Now
When You’re Looking Like That
If I Let You Go
Another One Bites the Dust / Radio Gaga / I Want to Break Free / Somebody to Love / Don’t Stop Me Now / We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions (Queen cover)
I Have a Dream
Queen of My Heart
What Makes a Man
You Raise Me Up
Flying Without Wings
World of Our Own
The grilling will come ahead of the hotly anticipated BBC Four documentary The Cameron Years which will focus on the rise and fall of the PM, with an emphasis on the origins of Brexit.
Ahead of the release of his personal memoir For The Record, Cameron is also set for interviews with ITV’s This Morning and Virgin Radio’s Chris Evans.
Who will replace the presenter?
Speculation over Humphrys’ successor was rife when the host revealed that he would be stepping away from the Today hot seat.
But, just days after his announcement, The Times revealed that there would not be a direct replacement for Humphrys, with co-presenters Justin Webb, Mishal Husain, Nick Robinson and Martha Kearney all allegedly set to split the departing host’s shifts.
During his final months on the airwaves John Humphrys has been subject to criticism from anti-Brexit campaigners, with some suggesting the presenter was too cosy with pro-Brexit guests.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney also accused the host of failing to remain impartial.
Speaking on the show in October 2018, Coveney suggested that Humphrys was “speaking for” Boris Johnson during a heated exchange.
Others have leapt to his defence, with co-presenter Justin Webb accusing critics of ageism.
Writing in the Radio Times, Webb stated: “There are plenty who don’t like him, who think he’s gone on too long, who want him ‘pensioned off’ or ‘put out of his misery’ or whatever the phrase is they use to suggest that being a man in his 70s on air is somehow an affront.”
The show gives past winners and finalists of the worldwide talent show franchise a chance to be crowned the ultimate champion, with the promise of exciting new routines and the transformations of acts like Connie Talbot (who was just six when she appeared on BGT for the first time).
Over six weeks, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and David Walliams will decide which act they want to see again in the final before handing it over to the audience who will pick the second act.
But who is Jones? When did he first appear on BGT, and what has he been up to since?
Who is Richard Jones?
Born in Leytonstone in 1990, 28-year old Jones grew up in Chigwell, Essex before joining the British Army in 2010 and studying for a year at the Royal Military School of Music.
He spent three years with the Parachute Regiment band, before being posted to the band of the Household Cavalry in 2014 as a mounted dutyman.
Even before taking to the bright lights in front of the judges for the first time, Jones had been on TV, appearing as a contestant on The Chase just a month before BGT kicked off.
Jones became the first magician ever to win BGT in 2016, with a performance that included a tribute to the Forces, and telling the story of a 97 year old war veteran with a card trick
His connection to the Army was always likely to get the ITV audience on side, and just a month after his win, Lance Corporal Jones performed as a bandsman in the Trooping the Colour, as part of the 90th birthday celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II.
Since then, he’s had his own shown on ITV – Operation Magic – and toured the UK with his magic show Power of Imagination.
Jones’ career really took off when he toured Butlins holiday camps during half terms and summer holidays throughout 2018.
From Matilda to The Twits, Esio Trot to The Witches, Dahl produced some genuine classics over his lifetime.
But what if you’re strapped for free time and can only afford to watch the film versions of his beloved tales?
We’ve rounded up the best movie based on Dahl’s books and where you can stream or rent them today.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
What is it? Arguably the best Dahl adaptation going (though older viewers fond of the films that preceded it might disagree), Wes Anderson’s take on the plucky fox who outwits the local farmers to steal food from right under their noses is a mash-up of two creative minds.
How can I watch it? Fantastic Mr. Fox is available to stream through Amazon Prime Video.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
What is it? This musical take on the confectionery classic remains an engaging, slightly surreal visualisation of Dahl’s mind, complete with chocolate rivers, Violet Beauregarde’s blueberry inflation, and a forward-thinking rumination on ‘teleportation’.
How can I watch it? Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is available to rent through Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Sky Store, and YouTube for £3.49.
What is it? How The Witches hasn’t been re-evaluated to a rating higher than its current PG is beyond us – the film traumatised children with the reveal of the “true” face of Angelica Huston’s hideous Grand High Witch – and the 1990 adaptation remains one of the more terrifying adaptation’s of Dahl’s oeuvre.
How can I watch it? The Witches is available to stream through Netflix.
What is it? Another fine example of Dahl’s stories shining on the big screen, Matilda is a revenge story of sorts about a young genius who develops psychokinetic abilities and uses them to deal with her disreputable family and the tyrannical principal of Crunchem Hall Elementary School. An inspiration for brainy kids everywhere.
How can I watch it? Matilda is available to stream through Netflix, Now TV, Amazon Prime, and Sky Go.
James and the Giant Peach
What is it? This charming 1996 animation features Susan Sarandon, the late Pete Postlethwaite, and Simon Callow among its voice cast, and retells Dahl’s story of a young orphan who enters a gigantic, magical peach, and has a surreal cross-world adventure with the garden bugs he meets.
How can I watch it? James and the Giant Peach is available to rent through Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, and YouTube for £3.49.
What is it? Steven Spielberg’s visually stunning adaptation of the story of the Big Friendly Giant unfortunately under performed at the box office, despite critical success. Don’t let that put you off though; the film’s motion capture effects make for a good-natured, must-see family-friendly adventure.
How can I watch it? The BFG is available to rent through Amazon Video, Apple iTunes and Sky Store.
Hans Christian Gram, the Danish microbiologist responsible for revolutionising the way in which we identify and classify different types of bacteria, is today being celebrated with a commemorative Google Doodle.
Today would have marked the Copenhagen-born scientist‘s 166th birthday, and 80 years on from his death in 1938, methods devised by the scientist are still being used in microbiology.
Here’s what you need to know about Hans Christian Gram.
The Gram stain
Following his graduation from the University of Copenhagen in 1878, Hans Christian Gram travelled through Europe immersing himself in the worlds of pharmacology and bacteriology.
It was during his travels that Gram came to work alongside expert microbiologist Karl Friedlander.
While under Friedlander’s mentorship, he developed his most famous work, the Gram stain method.
The then 31-year-old scientist noticed that if a smear of bacteria was treated with a violet stain, an iodine solution and an organic solvent, it would be possible to reveal differences in the structure and functions of various samples.
Bacteria with thick cell walls would remain purple and be known as Gram positive, while bacteria with thinner cell walls would lose the stain and be labelled Gram negative.
‘Very defective and imperfect’
Gram detailed his discovery in a publication modestly describing his method as defective and imperfect.
He wrote: “But it is hoped that also in the hands of other investigators it will turn out to be useful.”
Despite his doubts, however, the method continues to be used a century on in its original form.
Three years after the violent crash 598 pieces of debris originating from the American craft have been identified, along with 1603 from the Russian craft – all 2201 of them whirring around earth.
A decade on from the first collision the space industry was provided with a sobering reminder of the threats of ‘space junk’ or ‘space debris’ when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Indian Space program had shot down one of its own satellites with a ground-based missile.
The show of strength resulted in the splintering of the unused satellite with over 200 pieces of the craft already identified by US Space Command.
Hurtling around Earth’s orbit at speeds of up 22,300mph the fragments of space junk pose a threat to an increasingly crowded space community.
What is ‘space junk’?
According to the ESA, space junk, also known as space debris can be defined as “all non-functional, human-made objects, including fragments and elements thereof, in Earth orbit or re-entering into Earth’s atmosphere.”
Director of Surrey Space Centre Professor Guglielmo Aglietti explains to the i that this ranges from deactivated satellites and space shuttle rocket boosters to domestic litter left behind by Russian station Mir at the end of the 20th century.
How much space junk is there in Earth’s orbit?
According to Professor Aglietti, there is roughly 8,000 tonnes of space junk hurtling around our planet.
He states that this is made up of a few thousand satellites as well as “hundreds of thousands” of objects less than 10 cms in size which are currently impossible to track.
These smaller objects pose a significant threat to active space craft, according to Aglietti, as space agencies are unable to trace them and perform evasive manoeuvres.
Though ‘space junk’ occasionally impacts with Earth, Aglietti notes that these impacts are rare as objects typically burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The UK-based professor, however, suggests that the junk could pose an indirect to Earth.
“They [satellites] are part of our everyday life from Sat Navs to banking,” he said. “If we lose one single satellite it could bring aspects of life to a standstill” he said.
The increasingly congested space environment could also lead to a cascade effect known as Kessler Syndrome in which one collision generates more space debris increasing the risk of a further collision.
What’s being done to clean up ‘space junk’?
Until recently efforts to counter space junk have been preventative, with governments and companies to lower satellites close enough to the Earth’s atmosphere that they burn up within 25 years.
More recently, however, ultra-futuristic concepts have been developed by space agencies, with space magnets, whips and nets among the mooted space-cleaning tools.
Earlier this year Professor Aglietti’s own team tested a satellite-based “space harpoon” capable of shooting and tethering space junk.
While the will and knowledge to rid, or at least limit, Earth’s orbit of space junk is there, funding has proven to be a major stumbling block.
“We all agree it is a good idea clean space up, but who’s going to fund it?”
Stranger Things fans may be able to see more of Millie Bobby Brown on the small screen as she teams up with her sister for a new Netflix movie.
Brown and her older sister Paige are bringing A Time Lost to the streaming service, based on a story that the pair developed themselves.
“We are so grateful to Netflix for their confidence in us and this beautiful story, which we have spent years writing and developing,” Millie and Paige said in a joint statement.
What is A Time Lost about?
A Time Lost follows a long-standing feud between two Long Island families who are brought together after one of their teenage daughters is diagnosed with cancer.
“It’s about friendship, family and overcoming obstacles when it feels like the world is pushing you down,” said Millie.
“It’s been a labour of love, literally.”
The film will be written for the screen by Anna Klassen, who previously wrote 2017 drama Dark Hours: Roxana, about a woman trapped in a mental asylum controlled by malevolent staff.
Who stars in it?
As yet, casting details for the new film are unknown, so it’s not clear whether Millie or her sister will be appearing in the movie.
They will be taking an active role behind the scenes at least, with both serving as producers.
“It is a genuine thrill to witness Millie bring her distinct vision to the screen, now as a writer and producer, alongside her sister on this wonderful film” said Netflix’s vice president of independent film and documentary features, Lisa Nishimura.
“Millie is an extraordinary creative talent. We’ve been lucky to have her in our family from the beginning of her career.”
When can I watch it?
There’s no word yet on when A Time Lost may be available on Netflix, but don’t expect it to be released until mid 2020 at the earliest.
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Cult singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston has died at the age of 58, his family have announced in a statement.
The artist “passed away of natural causes” at his home in Texas.
Johnston influenced countless alternative artists from the early 90s onward, most notably Kurt Cobain who described him as “the best songwriter on earth.”
His songs have been covered by acts like Beck, Pearl Jam, The Flaming Lips, Teenage Fanclub, and Mercury Rev.
Who was Daniel Johnston?
Johnston was born in California in 1961, but was raised in West Virginia.
It wouldn’t be until he moved to Texas that he would become known as a songwriter, making a name for himself in the city of Austin by handing out tapes of his home recordings between shifts at McDonald’s.
He gained wider exposure when MTV came to town, filming a piece on the Austin music scene for its series The Cutting Edge in 1985.
His performance on the show brought Johnston near instantaneous acclaim, and his recordings – once consigned to a life on cassette – were re-released on vinyl by Homestead records.
You could never call Johnston’s guitar playing – nor his signing – technical, but that was what drew fans in; a hard-to-replicate sincerity, delivering almost childlike songs as fragile as his delicate mental state.
Johnston famously battled a cavalcade of mental health issues throughout his career, spending extended periods in psychiatric institutions and being diagnosed with both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
What are his best songs?
Johnston’s sixth album Hi, How Are You? is arguably his most famous, its hand-drawn alien artwork made famous when Kurt Cobain wore a t-shirt bearing the cover to the 1992 MTV Awards.
Johnston claims he was in the midst of a nervous breakdown while recording it, and called it his “unfinished album.”
But the artwork is perhaps more known than the music contained within, a while it makes for an iconic t-shirt, it is Johnston’s 11th album 1990 (released in the same year) that is considered the ‘best’ by fans.
Originally intended to be a full studio album, Johnston’s ongoing battles with his mental health meant he was unable to complete an record’s worth of sessions, and so the album is compiled from studio recordings, home recordings and live performances.
It contains songs such as ‘Some Things Last a Long Time’ and ‘Devil Town’, the former covered extensively by acts like Built to Spill, Beach House and even Andrea Corr.
Other Johnston classics include tracks like ‘True Love Will Find You in the End’ (also from 1990), ‘Walking The Cow’ from Hi, How Are You?, and his dark take on ‘Casper The Friendly Ghost’ from 1983 album, Yip/Jump Music.
Where can I watch The Devil and Daniel Johnston?
2005 documentary film The Devil and Daniel Johnston serves as a fine documentation of Johnston’s life, and is regarded as one of the best music docs ever made.
The film chronicles the artist’s life from childhood to the present day, and focuses on his experiences with bipolar disorder and his struggles with what he described as a “demonic” self-obsession.
You can watch The Devil and Daniel Johnston through Sundance Now, the official streaming service of the Sundance Film Festival, where The Devil and Daniel Johnston won the Documentary Directing Award in 2005.
To access Sundance Now, you’ll first need to be a subscriber to Amazon Prime. After that, you can add a Sundance Now subscription to your package for an extra £5.99 a month.
The 16th instalment in the Call of Duty franchise is slated for an October 25, 2019 release, but those eager to preview the game can get their hands on a beta edition from today.
How do I qualify for a beta copy?
PlayStation users who pre-order a copy of the game are eligible to participate in the beta release from today (September 12).
Gamers who ordered a hard copy will receive an email with a beta code, while those who pre-purchased a digital copy of the game can download directly from the PlayStation store.
On September 14 all PlayStaion owners will be able to download the beta version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, with no code required.
What time does beta launch?
No firm launch time has been revealed by Activision just yet.
Can I pre-load?
Yes, beta is available to pre-load – and its worth doing so ahead of its release given the game’s hefty 42GB size.
Pre-load is available to both those who have pre-purchased the game and those planning to take part in the open beta on Septermber 14.
When does beta finish?
Beta for PlayStation users runs until September 16 meaning players will be able to enjoy a long weekend of action over a month ahead of the game’s hard release.
What about Xbox One and PC owners?
A separate beta for Xbox One and PC users launches on September 19 for pre-order customers.
The open beta launches two days later on September 21 for all remaining Xbox One and PC gamers.
What will the beta feature?
Gamers who partake in the beta can expect a plethora of new maps, playlists and more.
A beta post on the PlayStation store reads: “expect an epic and ever-changing series of Maps, Playlists, and other content drops throughout the Beta Test Weekends, with surprises and a great deal of content to access.”
Where’s the cheapest place to pre-order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?
The cheapest place i could find to pre-order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at the time of writing is ShopTo.net, who currently have both the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game listed for £44.85.
“Disgracefully foul”, a “cowardly bully” and “puerile” are just three compliments Frankie Boyle’s critics have thrown at him over the years, with MPs, disability charities and Katie Price among his most vocal detractors.
The Scottish comedian, famed for a pitch black, boundary-pushing brand of humour, has rarely been far from controversy since his first appearance on BBC panel show Mock the Week.
With the Glasgow-born comedian currently embarking on an extensive tour of Scotland, we’ve delved into some of the comedian’s most controversial and outrageous moments from his career.
The infamous Queen joke
The Royal Family have long been a favoured target of Boyle – and in 2008 the comic drew the ire of MP David Davis, among others, for a joke at the Queen’s expense.
During an episode of Mock the Week the red-headed comic impersonated the Elizabeth II, joking: “I’ve had a few medical problems this year. I am now so old, that my pussy is haunted.”
The comment attracted widespread criticism, with Davis labelling Boyle “disgracefully foul” and encouraging viewers to pay for their BBC licence fees at the last minute as a form of protest.
The BBC Trust eventually cleared Boyle of any misconduct but the committee admitted that the joke was both “sexist” and “ageist”.
Rebecca Adlington spoon gag
Boyle found himself in hot water again in 2008 when he was accused of bullying swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Adlington.
Following the Beijing Olympics, Boyle quipped: “The thing that nobody really said about Rebecca Adlington is that she looks pretty weird. She looks like someone who’s looking at themselves in the back of a spoon.
He continued: “And then, when she arrived back on the flight she met her boyfriend. Did you see her boyfriend? He was really attractive. He was like a male model. So from that I have deduced that Rebecca Adlington is very dirty – I mean if you just take into account how long she can hold her breath…”
Following the airing of the joke the BBC was inundated with complaints, while the BBC Trust ruled that Boyle’s gag was “humiliating” and “offensive”.
Comic Relief set binned
In 2013, the acerbic comic again landed himself in trouble with the BBC when he performed at the Russell Brand hosted Give It Up For Comic Relief.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Oscar Pistorious, Pope Benedict XVI and Jimmy Saville were all covered during a close-to-the-bone six-minute set that the broadcaster ultimately decided not to air.
The 47-year-old again targeted the Queen during the set, poking fun at her recent hospitalisation, stating: “I wish she’d died – because they wouldn’t have been able to tell anyone. They would have had to hollow out her body into a suit and fill it with helium.”
Tramadol Nights schizophrenia sketch
Boyle’s Channel 4 sketch show Tramadol Nights arguably exhibited some of Boyle’s most controversial material with one episode featuring use of racial slurs, though the broadcaster claimed that the comedian was satirising and ridiculing their use.
Boyle and Channel 4 also attracted criticism for a sketch which parodied an advert created by charity Rethink.
The original advert was titled Schizo created in the style of trailer for a horror film, featuring a man explaining how he worked through his mental health problems.
Boyle, whose first job was in a mental health hospital, impersonated the unconventional advert, featuring a man talking about his mental health problems and how he worked through them before panning down to show a number of dead bodies covered in blood.
British famine tweet
Brexit has many downsides but I think it will be nice for the Irish to watch a British famine
You don’t have to look back far to find controversy in Boyle’s career.
The comedian found himself the subject of a Twitter backlash when he jibed: “Brexit has many downsides but I think it will be nice for the Irish to watch a British famine”.
One follower responded: “What would it say about us if we found that ‘nice’?? I’d like to think most of us would be happy to share our ‘spuds’ with our British friends if such a horrible and thankfully unlikely, catastrophe ever were to occur”.
Another stated: “Many British people’s ancestors experienced that famine from the Irish side and had to leave Ireland and move to Britain. It was our famine too.”
Earlier this year Boyle again drew scorn from the Conservative Party after he made a controversial joke about the IRA.
During an episode of Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, he reflected on a summit of Conservative politicians in typical offensive form, asking: “Where the fuck are the IRA when you need them?”
Tory peer Lord Tebbit was among those who slated the comedian in the show’s aftermath, telling the Belfast Telegraph: “The man should be banned from broadcasting on the BBC. What he said was highly offensive. IRA terrorist attacks are no laughing matter and the BBC shouldn’t have him on television.”
Fans may be eagerly counting down the days until they can get their hands on this year’s iteration of the famed series, but already they’ll be making plans for their dream squads in career mode.
To help you get started, we’ve rounded up the 20 fastest players in the world right now (according to ratings leaked on Futwiz).
Your mind might instantly go to some of the most famous players in the world when considering pace machines, but while this list does see a few Premier League stars, lower leagues from across the world are well represented too.
Where there are multiple players with the same Pace stat (for instance, there are more players ranked at 94 than we could fit on this list) we’ve ranked them in order of their overall stat first.
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 96 PACE
Not only the best under-21 player in the game, Mbappe is also the fastest in the game. But you knew that already, the Frenchman has been one of the paciest players on Earth for a couple of years now.
Adama Traoré (Wolves) – 96 PACE
The casual fan may see a Wolves players’ inclusion in the same space as Mbappe and above other pace machines like Sane and Aubameyang as something of a surprise.
Wolves fans have known the ex-Barcelona man is a quick one ever since 2018 though.
Leroy Sané (Manchester City) – 95 PACE
Sané is one of the world’s fastest wingers, and his nabbed his fair share of Manchester City goals after blasting past the opposition defence.
Gelson Martins (AS Monaco) – 95 PACE
Martins’ abilities as a winger on both side of the pitch, as well as his versatility in a right-back role, mark him as one of the best (and fastest) players to never have played in the Premier League.
The Portuguese player is only 24 though, so there’s still time.
Kensuke Nagai (FC Tokyo) – 95 PACE
The Japanese striker spent five years in Brazil from the age of three, where he started playing street football with his childhood friends.
That’s likely where he picked up some of his blistering pace, and even at the ripe old age (in footballing terms) of 30, Nagai is the fastest player in the Eastern hemisphere.
Anibal Chalá (Toluca) – 95 PACE
A relative unknown (FIFA’s database doesn’t even have a headshot of the Ecuadorian listed) with average stats elsewhere, if you’re looking for a speedy defender, you could do worse than this left-back.
Chalá is faster than some of the best players in the world.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 94 PACE
Not only known for his pace, Arsenal star Aubameyang also has it where it counts in the finishing and off-ball movement departments.
He can also play as striker and a wide forward, so has a number of routes through and around even the strongest defence.
Sadio Mané (Liverpool) – 94 PACE
Earlier in 2019, Mané made the 10 man shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award, and has bagged nearly 50 goals for Liverpool since 2016.
Douglas Costa (Piemonte Calcio) – 94 PACE
Dribbling skills and a wicked crossing ability round out Costa’s impressive skillset, and the (whisper it) Juventus winger also has above average FIFA stats in shooting and passing.
One to keep an eye on.
Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao) – 94 PACE
Athletic Bilbao forward Williams is definitely one for aspiring FIFA managers to make a note of.
With an 80 in shooting and dribbling, and 82 for physicality, the Spaniard is a great all rounder who could prove to be a key player in your team.
Ismaila Sarr (Watford) – 94 PACE
Narrowly missing out on our round-up of the best young players in the game by just a few months, Watford newcomer Ismaila Sarr has already proven himself worthy of the adoration of the Vicarage Road faithful.
His dribbling and shooting skills are also on form, and he could no doubt become a club favourite for both Watford and your FUT team in the months and years to come.
Frank Acheampong (Tianjin Teda) – 94 PACE
The faster player to currently play in the Chinese Super League, Ghanaian Frank Acheampong has netted goals in almost half of all his goals played for Tianjin Teda since 2017.
Above average stats here also for shooting, dribbling and physicality.
Luis Advincula (Rayo Vallecano) – 94 PACE
Quick and offensive right-back Advincula can also play as a right winger, and once recorded a top speed of 22.5 mph during a game.
Not bad at all.
Jurgen Damm (Tigres UANL) – 94 PACE
According to a study conducted by Mexican club Pachuca, and backed by FIFA, Damm is the fastest player in the world, able to reach 22.57 mph while running with the ball.
His FIFA stat for pace may disagree, but the Mexican-German dual national also has the footwork ability to see him into any first team.
Daniel James (Manchester United) – 94 PACE
He’s only in his first season at Old Trafford, but James made an immediate impact when he came on as a substitute during United’s first game of the season to net his first goal for the club (their fourth past Chelsea on that occasion).
At just 21, James will no doubt become a formidable member of the United first team over his five-year contract.
Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) – 94 PACE
You might not expect one of the paciest players in the world to be honing their craft at Preston North End, but here we are; Tom Barkhuizen is a key member of PNE’s squad.
Kim In Seong (Ulsan Hyundai) – 94 PACE
Kim In Seong’s stats in other areas (and his age, he’s 30) might undermine his pace, but the South Korean still has it in spades when it comes to speed.
He’ll likely be extremely cheap too, so if you’re looking for a reliable sub to bolster your lead in the late game, here’s a man for you.
Kekuta Manneh (FC Cincinnati) – 94 PACE
The fastest player to currently play in MLS, Kekuta Manneh remains relatively young, so will likely improve over the next season or two with the right guidance behind him.
Jonas Aguirre (Rosario Central) – 94 PACE
Jonas Aguirre has seemingly struggled to get a game wherever he’s gone over his nine-year senior career, but has the potential to be a real pace master in the right squad.
Cristian Bărbuț (Universitatea Craiova) – 94 PACE
Romanian Cristian Bărbuț is a pacey right-winger who looks like he could just need a little bit more of crucial experience to really realise his full potential.
Death Stranding – the next PlayStation 4 title from Japanese gaming auteur Hideo Kojima – has been shown off in-depth at the Tokyo Games Show, with nearly an hour of new footage debuting in Japan.
Kojima himself played through the game (and he plans to do the same on Saturday, so look out for even more new footage then), showing off how the bizarre new title might actually play.
Exploration, combat and vehicle riding were all seen in the new footage, and here’s everything you need to know about Death Stranding:
What is Death Stranding?
In typical Hideo Kojima fashion, we’re not entirely sure.
Multiple lengthy trailers have been released for the game, each giving us gameplay footage as well as a taste of the cinematic awe Death Stranding is likely to deliver, but they’ve left more question than answers.
What we do know, is that it’s the next game from Kojima – creator of the Metal Gear Solid series of stealth games, one of the most influential video game franchises of all time – and his first since a less than amicable departure from Japanese developer Konami, under which he had been developing games for nearly 30 years.
Under the independent banner of Kojima Productions, the game director is afforded even more freedom to see his creative vision come to fruition.
Bear in mind that Kojima’s previous blockbuster games already had their fare share of oddball moments, so to see him branch out with even more room to breathe is an exciting prospect for fans.
That gives the game some context, but what is actually about, and how will players be able to interact with its world?
What happens in the game?
The premise of Death Stranding is a little hard to wrap your head around, so it’s best left up to Kojima himself to explain.
“People have created ‘Walls’ and become accustomed to living in isolation,” he said in a post on the PlayStation blog.
“As Sam Porter Bridges, you will attempt to bridge the divides in society, and in doing create new bonds or ‘Strands’ with other players around the globe.
“[The game] is created so that all elements, including the story and gameplay, are bound together by the theme of the ‘Strand’ or connection.”
How will it play?
The game is being labelled as an action game, but Kojima has been quick to point out that his first game – 1987’s Metal Gear – was originally mistakenly called an action game.
It’s now known as a stealth game, but only since it laid the foundations for that genre.
“Death Stranding is a completely new type of action game,” said Kojima; in a year’s time, we might be calling Death Stranding something very different.
When an Instagram user asked “is this a movie or a video game?”, voice actor Troy Baker replied, “nah, brother. This is a whole NEW thing.”
In yet more typically verbose language, Kojima used a short story by Japanese writer Kōbō Abe to explain some of the game’s larger ideas.
That story tells of the first tool created by humans; a stick meant to offer protection by creating distance between oneself and “bad things”.
The second tool was a rope, used to secure things one might find important.
“Most of your tools in action games are sticks,” Kojima told IGN. “You punch or you shoot or you kick. The communication is always through these ‘sticks.’ In [Death Stranding], I want people to be connected not through sticks, but through what would be the equivalent of ropes.
“Through your experience playing the game, I hope you’ll come to understand the true importance of forging connections with others,” he said.
The game appears to be played from a third person perspective, and looks to be set in an open world, and the more recent trailer shed some light on the core gameplay.
“The goal of the player is to reconnect isolated cities and a fragmented society,” Kojima has said, and we see an intrepid explorer navigating the world through the use of giant extendable ladders (to reach high spots), and place-able rope tethers (to abseil down from them).
There’ll be stealth elements as you sneak by enemies in hazmat suits, and if you alert their attention, you’ll have to engage in hard-hitting hand-to-hand combat to fend them off.
So far, so standard video game fare. But it gets weirder than that.
When the player dies, it’s not game over. They’re instead taken to an alternate reality, an upside-down world submerged in water where the view switches to first-person. Because of Sam’s abilities, you can wander outside of your body in this state to recover dropped items.
“At that point, you’re not dead or alive,” Kojima told IGN. “It’s the equivalent of that screen that says ‘Continue?’ and a counter ticking down towards zero.
“Death will never pull you out of the game.”
The game also introduces ‘Timefall’, a mysterious rain that has the ability to manipulate time, making plants grow and wilt, and human bodies age and deteriorate in a matter of seconds.
Who stars in it?
Death Stranding features a blockbuster cast of famous faces, which have all been transplanted into the game in incredibly lifelike detail through face scanning and motion capture.
The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus is the star here, portraying protagonist Sam, but the game also features Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal), Léa Seydoux (Spectre), The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro, and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn.
Where’s the cheapest place to pre-order Death Stranding?
At the time of writing, the cheapest place we could find to pre-order Death Stranding from was Base.com, who currently have the game listed for £47.85.
The cheapest place we can find to order the special edition of the game – which included bonus in-game content as well as music and behind the scenes footage – is GAME, who have it listed for £69.99.
When can I play it?
Death Stranding will be released for PlayStation 4 on Friday 8 November 2019.
They were introduced to make the early stage of each Battle Royale match a little more exciting for less experienced players, giving them an overpowered tool needed to get maybe a little bit further into each round than perhaps they may have done previously.
Their introduction has caused controversy, with veteran players saying the vehicles ruin the pace of the game.
Epic has been tinkering with the vehicles ever since, and each weekly update seems to bring with it a new tweak.
It’s no different this week, and in v10.30, the B.R.U.T.E.’s Stomp attacks now deals consistent damage to other vehicles (previously they would deal either double or triple damage to other vehicles).
Their inclusion in the patch notes also confirms they won’t be leaving the game (at least not this week), as they once rumoured to do.
What’s new in Creative mode?
Four new Creative mode Prefabs allow you to show off your allegiance to good or evil.
Vending machines make their long awaited debut in Creative, allowing you to set and customise the items they dispense to match your game.
The new Class Devices also allow you to customise your game further, offering a highly configurable set of devices that allow you to create your own player classes with unique traits.
What else is new?
Aside from the big new content additions, this week’s patch contains all the usual bug fixes and gameplay tweaks, designed to refine Fortnite’s gameplay experience even further.
Fans may be eagerly counting down the days until they can get their hands on this year’s iteration of the famed series, but already they’ll be making plans for their dream squads in career mode.
To help you get started, we’ve rounded up the best young players (according to ratings leaked on Futwiz).
These are the players (under 21) showing real promise at a young age, who could go on to be major players in the game with a few more years of experience, and a few more games under their boots.
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – 89 OVR
If you can afford him – the striker is one of the most promising young stars in the world right now, and is a key player for both PSG and the French national side – Mbappe is a no-brainer for inserting into your squad.
Key stats include a 96 for pace, and 90 for dribbling skills.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – 85 OVR
The best young goalkeeper in the game began his Serie A career in 2015 at the age of just 16. Donnarumma’s the second-youngest goalkeeper to ever debut in the league, and immediately broke into AC Milan’s starting line-up.
Key stats here are a 90 in both diving and reflexes.
In the real world, the 20-year-old is one of the world’s most promising defenders. He’s the youngest player to start for the Dutch national team since 1931, and the first defender to win the Golden Boy award for young European footballers.
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – 84 OVR
The best young English player in this year’s FIFA, winger Sancho signed his first senior contract with Dortmund in 2017.
It only took until his second season for him to establish himself as a first-team regular, and he was named in the 2018–19 Bundesliga Team of the Season.
88 for pace and 90 for dribbling are not to be sniffed at.
Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – 84 OVR
Upon making his debut for Leverkusen in 2016, midfielder Havertz became the club’s youngest ever debutant in the Bundesliga, and their youngest ever goalscorer when he scored his first goal the following year.
In 2018, he became the youngest player to reach 50 Bundesliga appearances.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 83 OVR
The Liverpool and England right-back has impressive figures across the board in this year’s game (though his shooting could do with some improvement).
With over 80 club appearances, Alexander-Arnold has won Liverpool’s young player of the season award in both 2017 and 2018, and is the youngest-ever player to start in two consecutive Champions League finals.
Joao Felix (Atlético Madrid) – 80 OVR
Listed officially as a centre-forward in game, Felix has also found success in the real-world as both a winger and an attacking midfielder, making him a great, versatile player.
You might want to save your pennies for this one though – Atlético Madrid signed him for a club record transfer worth £113 million, the second highest amount ever paid for a teenager.
Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – 79 OVR
This Brazilian forward is too young to have made it to the national team just yet, but based on his performances in the U15, 17 (where he scored 19 goals in 17 games) and 20 teams, when he gets there it’ll be a revelation.
His £40 million transfer to Real Madrid was a national record for an under 18 player, and with an in-game pace of 93, he’ll no doubt be challenging the likes of Mbappe in a few short years.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) – 79 OVR
FIFA 20’s best young American player is Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic, a man who is already being tipped as one of the most talented American players ever back home.
Pulisic moved to Chelsea in a transfer worth £59 million, making him the most expensive American player of all time, and the youngest person to appear and score in a World Cup Qualifier for the United States.
Alban Lafont (Nantes) – 79 OVR
Another goalkeeper with a long, successful career ahead of him, Lafont is currently on loan to Nantes from Fiorentina.
When he made his debut for previous club Toulouse in 2015, he became the youngest goalkeeper ever to play in Ligue 1, and went on to make over 100 appearances for the club.
Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund) – 79 OVR
On loan from Real Madrid, Achraf mainly plays as a right-back, though he can also play as a left-back or central defender, making him another versatile youngster.
Achraf made his international debut for Morocco when he was just 17, and two years later, he was named in Morocco’s final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament.
Ibrahima Konate (RB Leipzig) – 79 OVR
The French centre-back is destined to be one of his country’s most exciting young players when he finally gets to the national squad (he’s appeared in just every iteration of the country’s youth teams).
He’s been with German club Leipzig since 2017, where he’s wracked up around 50 appearances, and even a goal for the Bundesliga club.
Dan-Axel Zagadou (Borussia Dortmund) – 79 OVR
Another French centre-back capturing the footballing world’s attention, Zagadou had it all laid out for him when he signed for PSG at the tender age of 12.
He spent five seasons developing in PSG’s academy before Borussia Dortmund signed him on a free in 2017.
His first league goal for the club also came with his first red card in the 59th minute, and with an 80 in both defending and physical, Zagadou is a rough and ready player who will be served extremely well by experience.
Martin Ødegaard (Real Sociedad) – 78 OVR
Passing (82) and dribbling (84) are the areas of promise with this Norwegian central midfielder (who can also fill the role of a central midfielder), and a 74 for pace keeps him on the nippier side of things.
Ødegaard made his international debut in 2014, becoming the youngest debutant for Norway’s senior team at the age of 15 years and 253 days, and is the youngest player to feature in a qualifying match for the UEFA European Championship.
Declan Rice (West Ham) – 77 OVR
Signed to Chelsea’s academy at just seven years of age, West Ham’s centre back may be the only player on this list to have played for two senior national sides.
Paternal grandparents qualify him a place in the Ireland squad (where he’s earned three caps), though a renewed allegiance to England has football fans on this side of the Irish Sea watching with keen interest.
Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig) – 77 OVR
Upamecano currently plays as a central defender for RB Leipzig, but he’s sure to be jumping ship when his four-and-a-half year deal is up in a couple of years.
European clubs said to be interested in the Frenchman include Manchester United, and having been shortlisted for the 2018 Golden Boy award, his name will be on the lips of many a manager in the years to come.
Exequiel Palacios (Núñez) – 77 OVR
Núñez – FIFA 20’s version of Argentinian powerhouse River Plate after PES 2020 got its hands on the club license – have a key player in midfielder Palacios, who could become a household star if he ever finds himself under the bright lights of a the Premier League.
At just 20, his well documented mishaps off the pitch would be cause for concern in the real world, but that shouldn’t affect your Career Mode decisions.
Gedson Fernandes (Benfica) – 76 OVR
The Portuguese midfielder posts great all-round stats in this year’s game, and with recent call-ups to the senior national side, more experience playing in big games will only help solidify Fernandes’ skills.
Florentino (Benfica) – 76 OVR
The title of FIFA 20’s best young player known by a single name might be a dubious honour, but defensive midfielder Florentino is one you’ll want to get into your side.
A product of Benfica’s youth system, the Portuguese player only scored his first goal for the side in March of this year. Expect it to be the first of many more to come.
Malang Sarr (Nice) – 76 OVR
20-year-old centre-back Malang Sarr joined Nice at the age of six, 14 years ago, and has been playing for the senior side since 2016.
His first goal for the club in August 2016 at the age of 17 made him the second youngest player to ever score on debut in Ligue 1, and he was named the world’s fifth-most promising footballer under the age of 20 last year.
PlayStation have drawn fierce criticism from gamers the world over after it revealed that its iconic ‘x’ button is in fact a ‘cross’.
A seemingly innocuous tweet from the video game giant’s UK account saw critics label the revelation as ’embarrassing’ and ‘stupid’.
The issue was first raised by Twitter user @drip133 who quizzed followers whether they referred to the console’s main button an ‘x’ or ‘cross’.
Consensus appeared to show that users of the console preferred the title X,
A poll launched by the company’s official Twitter account showed that over three-quarters of respondents referred to the button as ‘x’, rather than ‘cross’, with a joke answer of “+rotated 45°” garnering 11% of the vote.
Another Tweeter proclaimed that “playstation is a cop”.
User @lowpolyparker suggested the choice of term may be region-specific: “See, this is definitely something only the UK division would tweet”, but PlayStation UK were quick to quash the claim, stating “we just do what big PlayStation tells us”.
The main Twitter account are yet to weigh in on the debate and provide a definitive answer.
With Downton Abbey making its debut in cinemas this weekend, the ITV drama is once again on the lips of fans.
The movie is dividing critics on both sides of the pond, with reviewers calling it everything from “quite enjoyable” to “nothing more than an extended Christmas special”, with many asking, “does this really deserved to be in cinemas?”
The Downton Abbey movie is not a true story, but it is inspired by real life events.
Writer Julian Fellowes has said he needed a central story that would bind everyone together for the film, and he just so happened to be reading about a trip King George took with his wife in 1912 to Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire.
Fellows told Vanity Fair: “Downton is also in Yorkshire, and so it seemed to me quite a good parallel, that the servants and the family would be equally as excited about.”
The royals met miners and pit-workers and toured towns alongside eating decadent 13-course dinners with fancy desserts.
“In a film, every story has to be resolved within that film, and you want a unifying bond in a film—so it isn’t too scattered in its focus.
“That’s what the royal visit has provided us—an event that involves everyone in the house.
Where is Downton Abbey filmed?
Highclere Castle in Hampshire (just over 20 miles south-west of Reading) stands in for the Abbey in the show, granting producers decadent exterior shots of its Jacobean architecture – set in 1000 acres of parkland – as well as grand interiors in which the characters interact.
Of course, life at the castle is very different today, with the castle hosting parties, corporate events and weddings when not being used for filming.
The real-life Carson
Overseeing the family is Colin Edwards, who serves as today’s real-life butler, not unlike Carson.
“I look after the family,” Edwards told ABC News. “The dinners, the lunches, the breakfasts, generally just make sure they have everything they require.”
Reportedly learning everything he knows from a butler to the queen, Edwards said, “you try to be as innocuous as you can but if you see something that needs doing, you do it.”
Art mirrors life
In terms of real events depicted in the television series, you’d be hard pressed to find many that make it into the main storylines.
But poke around into the smaller narratives, and some of Downton’s plot points do mirror those of real tales.
For example, in the first series, we find out that Lady Grantham is an US heiress whom Lord Grantham married to save his estate.
This story echoes that of Lady Almina, the fifth countess of Carnarvon and a rich heiress who was also the illegitimate daughter of a banker from the wealthy Rothschild family.
Almina transformed Highclere into a model of the modern age, having electricity and a telephone line installed.
Another first series story tells of a Turkshish diplomat who dies in Lady Mary’s bed after a romantic encounter; the women of the house then have to return his body to his own bed in the middle of the night.
According to Fellowes, the story was inspired by a great aunt of one of his friends, who chronicled a similar story of a diplomat secretly entering the room of a single lady, only to die in the middle of the night and have to be carried back into his room, in a diary entry.
Here’s the latest on a selection of key players ahead of Gameweek 5.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Man Utd
An outstanding performer for his club this season, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was forced to withdraw from international duty with a back complaint.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to comment on the injury, but the FA revealed in an official statement: “Aaron Wan-Bissaka has withdrawn from the England squad. The Manchester United right-back has returned to his club due to a back issue.”
Should I include him in my FPL side?
No. There is no time frame on the full-back’s return yet, but the silence from his club suggests that this injury is little to worry about.
Aymeric Laporte, Man City
Man City’s resident defensive rock suffered a severe cartilage injury in Gameweek 4 against Brighton, leaving the league champions short of options at the back.
Unfortunately for City fans the Frenchman will likely be out of action for the remainder of the year.
An official club statement on the injury read: “Aymeric Laporte has undergone surgery on his knee after damaging his cartilage and lateral meniscus during Saturday’s win over Brighton.
“The surgery, carried out by Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona, was successful and a more detailed prognosis will be provided in due course. Everyone at City wishes Aymeric a full and speedy recovery.”
Should I include him in my FPL side?
No. The defender will not feature for Man City for some time.
Anthony Martial, Man Utd
Played as an out-and-out striker in Manchester United’s opening fixtures, there has been a real belief that Martial could mount a challenge for the Golden Boot this season.
The Frenchman, however, suffered a setback in the closing stages of the defeat to Crystal Palace.
Martial didn’t feature in United’s squad against Southampton, but Solskjaer claimed the Frenchman was in contention to feature, suggesting that he should be back up to speed following the international break.
Should I include him in my FPL squad?
Yes. The attacker should feature in Gameweek 5 against Leicester City and his bargain price of £7.7m along with his midfield listing make him excellent value.
While Liverpool have maintained their 100 per cent start to the season, fans of the club are still waiting impatiently for the return of their Brazilian stopper.
The last update on Alisson’s fitness was issued on 30 August, with Jurgen Klopp stating: “He made steps, of course, but it was a proper injury, so it will still take time.”
Though there has been no further update on the ‘keeper’s fitness it sounds like there will be no miraculous return in Gameweek 5.
Should I include him in my FPL side?
Gabriel Jesus, Man City
Gabriel Jesus showed signs of usurping Sergio Aguero’s position as starting striker at the Etihad before picking up a hamstring injury in the build up to Man City’s Gameweek 3 fixture against Bournemouth.
The Citizens released a statement following the injury which suggests he will be back in contention this weekend.
“Gabriel Jesus has suffered a hamstring injury in training and will miss today’s game at Bournemouth,” the club said.
“The Brazil striker, who has looked sharp since returning from his summer break, will be back to full fitness after the international break. Everyone at City wishes Gabriel a speedy recovery.”
Should I include him in my FPL squad?
No. We reckon the Brazilian will feature in some form in Gameweek 5, but Sergio Aguero’s outstanding run of form mean that he will likely start on the bench.
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