Disney BOGOF – Buy One Get One Free

Disney BOGOF - By One Get One Free DVDs and Blu-rays
Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity to get your favourite Disney movies on DVD and Blu-ray at an amazing price. Top up your collection or buy some for your Christmas gifts, getting them out of the way early and saving money at the same time.

How can you afford to miss an opportunity to get cheap Disney DVDs and cheap Disney Blu-rays?

We’ve created two lists for you to browse all of the dvds and blu-rays in our Disney BOGOF, one for dvds and one for blu-rays.

Disney BOGOF - By One Get One Free DVDs

On the Disney DVD BOGOF you can select from titles including:

  • Toy Story 1 and 2
  • The 2 Disc version of Snow White
  • Wall-E
  • Monsters Inc.
  • The incredibles
  • And many many more

Disney BOGOF - By One Get One Free Blu-rays

Or, on the Disney Blu-ray BOGOF you can select from titles including:

  • High School Musical 3
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2 and 3
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Toy Story
  • Pinocchio
  • And many  many more

Stephen Fry releases the second volume of his memoires, The Fry Chronicles

Stephen Fry Live - Oxford 2010 - Release of Stephen Fry's new book, The Fry Chronicles

We went to Oxford to see Stephen Fry talk about his new book, The Fry Chronicles at the New Theatre.

The show was an example of Stephen Fry as the consummate raconteur. Note free, with only a lectern and 7 blue lights on the stage, Fry talked freely for over an hour and half about some of the episodes from his life. Even though you can argue that he knew his subject, Fry seemed perfectly comfortable and at home on stage, chatting with the couple of thousand people sitting staring at him. But, this seems to be the opposite of his real feelings. His new book, The Fry Chronicles, part two of his autobiography, goes to gloriously wordy lengths to explain the pain, anguish and torment that Stephen Fry experiences constantly about his performances, writings and shows.

Stephen Fry Live - Oxford 2010 - Release of Stephen Fry's new book, The Fry ChroniclesAlthough Stephen’s torment may know no bounds, he still seems to get on and do a lot of it. Stephen Fry is everywhere we look, read or listen at the moment, something for which he apologises on his blog. If Fry is uncomfortable before every performance or publication, there must be a certain masochism in his actions as he produces material daily, in fact hourly, with his tweets and online updates. And the material he produces is not safe and comfortable platitudes like this piece. His Fry’s Chronicles is heralded as an open and painfully honest recollection and explanation of things that  may of us would want to keep firmly locked up in our closets.

What’s more, he makes it all very easy to get hold off too. Not just a simple print run for Mr Fry. He has released his book as an eBook, an iBook, and Audio Book and as a ground breaking iPhone App as week as the traditional paper and ink we expect.

Stephen Fry's Autobiography - The Fry ChroniclesPick up a copy of part 2 of Stephen Fry’s autobiography, The Fry Chronicles at base.com.

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In January 2010, Stephen Fry was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. This memoir details some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing.

Our first thoughts and review of Playstation Move

Playstation Move for the Playstation 3

We finally got to spend the night with Sony’s new Playstation Move and a copy of Sports Champions, the best selling first game that everyone seems to be picking up when they buy their Playstation Move Starter Pack.

Our first impressions. Wow, the controller is accurate.

Playstation Move ControllersIt’s so different to the Wii. With the Wii, when you first started using it you didn’t have anything to compare it to so you thought it was great anyway. Now, using the Playstation Move Controller after having used a Wii for years, you can instantly feel how much more precise the controller is and how much more aware of where you are in the room as it knows if you are moving forwards or backwards, left or right.

The first thing we wanted to head for was Table Tennis as we knew this would give us the best feeling for how precise the controller was and how much your actual actions were translated into the shots you made. It was also the game that we could directly compare to the Wii. The difference is considerable. Not only being able to move the paddle in any direction but being able to step into a shot. If  ball comes over the net slowly, you can step in to attack it and really smash the ball home. If a shot comes toward you wide out to the left or right, you step over to make sure you get it.

This is all great, but we immediately realised that we needed more room.

Next up was the archery. Because it was different to anything we’ve played on the Wii and because it can use two move controllers at once. The feel was still very accurate and precise, but, we needed more room. Using one controller held right out in front of you to aim means that it is easy to move it beyond the range that the camera can see the light ball at the end.

The controller is great but we still needed more room.

We went on to play all of the games, Disc Golf, Volleyball, Bocce, and each reinforced how good the movement of the controller is relayed to the game. It was a very positive result from our first and (so far) only game using Playstation Move.

It’s almost a problem that so much room is needed though. I don’t have a big American house like you see in all of the trailers and I was struggling compromising the way I was playing because I couldn’t make enough space to always be detected by the camera (at one point I realised that turning the bow upside down put the light ball at the bottom and I could aim higher and still have the light ball detected by the camera!). What is this going to be like in Japan with even smaller homes, and how much space is going to be needed for the multi-player games? We didn’t have enough time (or controllers) to check.

All in all, it feels great, much more accurate than the Wii, and we can’t wait to get our hands on more titles as they are released.

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Guinness Book Of World Records 2011 – But has it got it wrong?

The 2011 version of the Guinness book of World Records is released today.

The longest cucumber measured 104.78 cm (41.25 in) and was grown by Frank Dimmock (UK). It was measured at his home in Thame, Oxon, UK, on 18 September 2008 The most balloons inflated by the nose in 3 minutes are 23 and were achieved by Andrew Dahl (USA) on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome, Italy, on 18 March 2010 Wei Shengchu poses after earning the record for "Most Needles in the Head"

This year’s edition includes wonders from the animal kingdom like Fluffy, the “Longest Snake Ever” at 24 feet, and Colo, the “Oldest Gorilla in Captivity” at 53 years old. Not to be outdone, humans are making their way into the record book as well. Frank Dimmock has the longest cucumber measured at 104.78cm (41.25in). Wei Shengchu managed to insert 2,009 needles into his head.  Andrew Dahl (USA) inflated 23 balloons in 3 minutes through his nose. Of course, Guinness World Records 2011 also measures the outliers of human anatomy, as is the case with the Jay Sloot. He holds the record for “Widest Tongue,” which measures 3.1 inches across!

Iona Oyungerel Luvsandorj (Mongolia) performs the Marinelli bendWe’ve got a problem though.

One of the world records listed in the book is for the longest duration to maintain the Marinelli bend. The Marinelli Bend is a dangerous contortion that sees the contortionist suspending the entire weight of their body with their teeth and bending their body over their heads as shown in the picture.

The World Record is listed in this years Guinness World Records book at 50 seconds and was achieved by Iona Oyungerel Luvsandorj of Mongolia. She was on Britain’s Got Talent in 2008 where she stated she was a Law Student and Contortionist. She went on to get the World Record for the longest Marinelli Bend on the set of Lo Show Dei Record, in Milan, Italy, on 18 April 2009.

BUT! Look at this YouTube video of The Peking Acrobats. They perform four Marinelli bends on a single pole, on above the other. The girl at the top of the pole who starts her bend first, starts it at 0:32 seconds into the video and did not bend back until 1:56 into the video. That’s 1 minute 24 seconds! Over half a minute longer than Iona. AND, AND, for The Peking Acrobats, they spin clothes on their hands and someone spins the pole around!

I can only guess that on some nights, the girl at the top spends even longer at the top of the pole if the girls below take longer or have problems. And let’s think about the possible problems. If the girl at the top did fall while spinning her cloths or rotating on a pole, what would happen to the girls bent over backwards below her? It makes me cringe to think about it. There seems to be no margin for error in this stunt.

So, has the book of Guinness World Records failed to do its research? Is there someone out there that can do a Marinelli bend for even longer than our YouTube heroes?

Let us know what you think in the comments

Guinnes World Records 2011 editionWith a flaming holographic cover, the new GWR 2011 edition explodes with new and updated records. There’s 100% new photography and hot new categories and features including TVs 75th anniversary, eye popping 3-D cinema, the historic Space Shuttle and a 270 city record-breaking GPS World Tour.

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WHAM! George Michael smashes into Snappy Snaps in North London

Singer George Michael is pictured leaving Brent Magistrates in London today where he was sentenced to 100 hours community service and banned from driving for two years after being caught at the wheel of his car under the influence of drugs in 2007

George emerging from his last brush with the law in 2007 after driving under the influence.

Wham, bam – I am, a man.
Job or no job, you can’t tell me that I’m not.
Do, you, enjoy what you do?
If not, just stop – don’t stay there and rot.

Sounds like George Michael should be looking back to his Wham! Rap lyrics from 1982 after whamming his car into the local Snappy Snaps photography shop in North London while under the influence of, and possessing, drugs. Hang on, driving into a camera shop, isn’t this the second time George has been done for indecent exposure?

It’s almost a shame that he has written his autobiography already as some of the stuff he is doing recently certainly seems to require some sort of explanation. The judge has given him an 8 week sentence, George will spend four weeks in prison and the remainder on licence. George was also banned from driving for five years and ordered to pay a £1,250 fine, £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

George is building up quite a rap sheet, here are the details

  • April 1998 Arrested in LA for “engaging in a lewd act” in a public toilet. Ordered to pay a $810 fine and 80 hours community service.
  • February 2006 Arrested for possession of Class C drugs. Cautioned and released.
  • June 2007 Charged with driving while unfit through drugs. Given a two-year driving ban and 100 hours community service.
  • September 2008 Arrested for possession of Class A and C drugs. Cautioned and released.
  • August 2010 Charged with driving under the influence of drugs and possession of Class B drugs. Given six-month interim driving ban until sentencing.
  • September 2010 Sentenced to eight weeks in prison, fined £1,250 and given a five-year driving ban.

George Micheals TWENTYFIVE albumApparently, George is writing again, or was reported to be until this happened. Perhaps we’ll see another song written to match the crime. Instead of a video inside public toilets, we’ll be in the camera shop with paparazzi style flashbulbs going off everywhere.

25 by George Michael, available for only £7.59 is his latest album. Let’s hope this isn’t then umber of months he gets next time.

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Take a Butchers at Lady Gaga’s RARE designer dress, worn to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

Lady GaGa’s latest off the shoulder dress is literally that, off the shoulder of a recently slaughtered cow!

Lady Gaga wear a meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

Complete with matching hat and purse, Lady GaGa knows that she is the one that everyone will be talking about for days, weeks, even years to come.

But what is the reason behind it? Are we treating her like a piece of meat? Apparently not, as she explained to American chat show host Ellen DeGeneres at an after show “meat up”

“I mean no disrespect to anyone who is vegetarian or vegan. As you know, I’m the most judgement free human being on earth,” Gaga said in an interview on DeGeneres’ chat show. Holding a copy of Vogue on the cover of which she is emblazoned wearing a beef bikini, she told the audience: “I am not a piece of meat.”

Lady GaGa wears a meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music AwardsShe also explained that she chose to wear the dress as a protest against the American armed forces’ “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy towards homosexuals. The policy means gay people can serve in the armed forces so long as they don’t disclose their sexual orientation.

It looks to me that a dress made of meat has very little relationship to an army’s policy on homosexuality. I think she wanted to get her picture in the news, and, she did it.

I’ve got no beef with Lady GaGa if she wants to wear a meat dress! It’s not that many steps removed from wearing a leather outfit. Just don’t talk tripe about why you’re wearing it.

One thing that has been lost in all of this. When reading all the blog posts and news articles about Lady GaGa’s night, I struggled to find one that listed the awards she had won, but, perhaps when you’re as cutting edge as this, turning up and being seen is more important than winning.

For those of you still interested in the results, Lady Gaga slaughtered the competition to pick up 8 awards:

  • Video Of The Year – Bad Romance
  • Best Pop Video – Bad Romance
  • Best Female Video – Bad Romance
  • Best Collaboration – Lady Gaga and Beyoncé
  • Best Dance Music Video – Bad Romance
  • Best Choreography – Bad Romance
  • Best Direction – Bad Romance
  • Best Editing – Bad Romance

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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The Remix is a 17-track album of rare and hard-to-find versions of songs from Lady Gaga’s six-times platinum album The Fame Monster.

Lady GaGa’s latest off the shoulder dress is literally that, off the shoulder of a recently slaughtered cow!

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The Top 10 Back To School Movies

How great were the summer holidays when you were a shoolkid? 6 weeks of uninterrupted playtime (except for when the parents organised that mandatory annual day trip to Finchale Abbey).

It was always a crushing blow as the return to school arrived with the additional worries of being in a new class, having to ride on the bus, not having the latest trainers, being forced by mum to wear the blazer even though you knew nobody else would be.

School was never as good as the movies made out, but the movies gave us hope of what school could be. How can you get through all those years of education if you don’t have the occasional glimpse of what school could be like an just might be like next year. I hope, I hope, I hope.

Here’s our top 10 movies to help ease you back into another year in the classroom:

10. Freaky Friday DVDFreaky Friday only £5.99
This is the best example of therapy for all back to school kids. Get your parents to go back to school instead of you, then they can see what it is really like to tell Crusher Johnson about sticks and stones.
Jamie Lee Curtis plays the mum that must learn to cope with her daughters school days in Freaky Friday. Forget that Lynsay Lohan plays the daughter who has to deal with adult life.
All kids know that being an adult is a doddle and doesn’t even come close to the pressure that we all have to put up with between the ages of 12 and, well, 28 when we finally become adults ourselves!
9. The Karate Kid (2010)The Karate Kid only £4.59
HOW DARE WE USE A PICTURE OF THE NEW VERSION OF THE KARATE KID!
Let’s face it, nothing can top “Wax on, Wax off” or my favourite line “karate do ‘yes’ or karate do ‘no.’ You karate do ‘guess so,’ squish just like grape. Understand?”
Daniel-san (Ralph Macchio) and Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita) make the kind of friendship that every young boy needs. The kind where your adult friend gives you a cool car the minute you pass your driving test! On the downside, he does want you to walk around with a bandana tied around your head with a rising sun on it. If I had done that at my school it may as well have had a target painted on it, or a picture of someone’s fingers making the letter L on my forehead.
Daniel-san has his back to school worries multiplied when he tries to sign up at his local karate school, only to find that the newbie policy is lots of punchbag training, and you’re the punchbag. School and home life are never going to be easy unless he can sort both out through fighting. All kids know that!
8. Back To School DVDBack To School only £5.69
If going back to school isn’t bad enough, imagine how bad it would be if your Dad went back to school with you. Making friends is hard enough, but doing it with your Dad telling all of his Dad Jokes isn’t going to be easy. In Back To School, Rodney Dangerfield plays Thornton Melon, a self made millionaire who decides he needs to get the education that he never got! And he’s going to do it by going back to school with his son.
Dad’s advantage is that he knows that money helps and with money being no problem for this back to school newbie, he hires N.A.S.A experts to help him with his physics, gets extra tuition from his beautiful literature professor and creates merry mayhem with his youthful antics. If going back to school was like this at thirteen, life would be so much sweeter.
7. The Breakfast Club DVDThe Breakfast Club only £5.69
Is this one for the girls? You’d be surprised how many boys I knew that secretly shed tears when they were watching and re-watching this (even on the 27th viewing) back in the mid-80s.
The Jock, the Brain, the Criminal, the Princess and the Kook. They all got a Saturday detention. They couldn’t be more unlike each other. They couldn’t find better people to call friends. Their detention task is to spend 8 hours writing an essay but none of them think they will learn anything doing this.
As the movie unfolds, the essay becomes a letter to their teacher that summarises what they have learned about themselves after spending 8 hours in each others company. They learn that they may all be different but they all have the same worries and fears, the some troubles at home and the same doubts about the future. Will the end of detention be the end of their discoveries? Will life return to normal when they split up and go back to what they were doing before?
6. Dead Poets Society DVDDead Poet’s Society only £5.99
Robin Williams (don’t even click that link, the number of movies this man has been in is immense) is the teacher we all hope for when we go back to school. “This year, my teacher will understand me, this year.”. OK, it never happened for me, but I’m sure there’s hope that it might happen for you.
And who could ask for better than Robin Williams (don’t click that link) showing you how to look at life from a different point of view and telling you that all that poetry you write and hide under your bed is meaningful. If one of my teachers had asked “call me Mr. Keating, or if you’re slightly more daring, O Captain my Captain” I think they would have needed to lock the gates the keep the parents from having him thrown out of the village.
5. Mean Girls DVDMean Girls only £4.19
Lindsay Lohan makes a second appearance on our top ten back to school movies list. Clearly in touch with the issues we face, this movie hits the nail on the head. School is brutal, it’s worse than the Jungle. “Where you sit in the cafeteria is crucial”. Why is it that Mum’s just don’t understand this?
In a school where the cool rule, Cady (Lyndsay Lohan) goes back to shcooll after 4 years of being taught at home while living in South Africa. All of her wildlife experience will be required to help her make it through these school days as she learns that girls today aren’t asking you what you like because they are interested in you, it’s because they want to get it, so that you can’t have it.
4. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone DVDHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone only £5.29
Who is our number one school kid? It’s Harry! Harry has shown us what going back to school can be like, and he had to have lessons like Defence Against The Dark Arts. Imagine your geography teacher, Mr. Cuthbertson, having to teach you that on a Thursday afternoon when you are already wishing it was Friday night and home time.
The beauty if including Harry Potter in a list like this is that he needs no introduction. We all know him and we all know what he went through as he joined Hogwarts school for wizards and witches. The bonus with Harry’s school though is that he gets to be a wizard at the end, where as we’ll probably just end up as accountants.
Harry also has to move away from home, dragging a trunk of all his belongings with him and his only way onto the school train is to walk through a secret invisible door in the middle of London. At least I only had to walk 5 minutes down the road for the school bus and it stopped under a big sign saying “Bus Stop”.
3. The School Of Rock DVDSchool Of Rock only £3.99
Back to our dreams that this year, the teacher will understand me, and, he’ll be a mad rock crazed guitarist that wants to put a band together!
Interloping High School teacher Dewy Finn (Jack Black) gets to fulfil his life long dream of entering “The Battle Of The Bands”. Trouble is, he’s got to do it with a bunch of stuck-up pre-pubescent high-achievers that are mare at home with Beethoven than Black Sabbath.
Music lessons were almost meant to be like this, but somebody, somwhere got the memo wrong and we’ve all been learning to play the recorder for the past nine generations.
2. Ferris Buellers Day Off DVDFerris Bueller’s Day Off only £4.19
My first choice for the number one slot in our top ten of Back To School movies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was only just pipped at the post by the movie that stole the number one position from it. Read on below to find out why our number one is our number one.
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) never had any of the usual back to school issues that most of us seem to suffer from. He knew what he wanted and he new how to get it. He had it all and he was going to share it with his friends, as long as they could supply the car!
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off should be compulsory viewing for all school kids as part of the school curriculum. A day off school, arranged by Ferris for no better reason than to tear around town on a mad quest for fun. Surely these are the days that teach us the most!
1. Grease DVDGrease only £4.19
Ah yes, it’s happened to us all hasn’t it. A heady summer when we met a beautiful girl from another country and we spent endless days on the beach just getting to know each other, all the while thinking that love could not last because she had to return home.
Yeah, that used to happen all the time to us kids in Newcastle.
Rydell High was the match of any school from Mean Girls, Freaky Friday or The Breakfast Club. The Pink Ladies ruled the school and the T-Birds let them do it. Danny Zuko, Kenickie, Rizzo and Sandy. As I recall the names now, I also remember that all the school kids in Newcastle used to look just as handsome as them too.
Grease becomes our Number One Back To School Movie. What makes it number one? It’s a musical and I love musicals. If Oklahoma or Seven Brides For Seve Brothers had been about some kids education, then one of those would be competing for the top spot on this list too. Doo Wop A Diddy Diddy, Shooby Doo Wop De Wop!

What movies have we missed off our list? How could we not have Napolean Dynamite on it? What about all of the St. Trinian movies, and Drew Barrymore’s Never Been Kissed? Let us know which movies you think are Back To School classics in the comments.

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The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain

We were out again on Friday night watching the amazing Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) as they performed a sell out gig in Cheltenham town hall. Well over 800 people took up just about every available seat to hear the orchestra run through some of their better known numbers. We were lucky enough to be able to grab some video and some pictures while we there.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Cheltenham Town Hall - September 2010The Ukulele Orchestra has 8 members playing all sizes of ukulele. They play a wide range of music, usually taking well known tracks and playing them in a different style. Their most famous song is a re-make of Ms Dynamite’s track, Miss Dy-na-mi-tee, which they took to number 81 in the UK charts in 2005. Other popular tracks that have had the Ukulele Orchestra makeover include “Anarchy In The UK” played in a Simon and Garfunkel style and Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights re-made in a swinging jazz style.

Other songs they played at Cheltenham included:

  • Psycho Killer
  • Teenage Kicks
  • Anarchy In The UK
  • Teenage Dirtbag
  • The theme from Shaft
  • Miss Dynamitee
  • Je T’aime.. Moi Non Plus
  • Melange (which reveals how all the key rock songs are variants of one theme)
  • The Theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Hot Tamales, They’re Red Hot
  • Rock Around the Clock
  • Slave To The Rythmn
  • Limehouse Blues
  • Satellite of Love
  • Whistling Bach (Whistled)
  • The Dambuster’s March

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - The Secret Of Life CDAll 8 members of the orchestra sing, and each one takes their turn to introduce a number or to tell an anecdote between songs.

The Ukulele Orchestra have several CDs out, but most are difficult to get hold of, however, you can buy their Secret Of Life CD from base.com

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USB Pens reduced ready to go back to school

Back to school these days means more than new pens, a rubber and the obligatory geometry kit! The kids are doing it electronically and they need to be able to transfer their documents, pictures, music and IT projects between computers at school and at home.

Give them plenty of space to work with by picking up a Kingston USB Pen while stocks last

Kingston USB Pens Reduced

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Why we weren’t invited to last night’s GQ Awards 2010

There’s an old dwarven proverb, “Never injure your pride by substituting your axe for a smith’s hammer”, which means “pick the right tool for the job”. Thing is, the right tools aren’t always available.

Perfect-world logic would dictate, for instance, that in order to write this feature on what celebs were wearing at the 2010 GQ awards, I should be equipped with a solid understanding of celebrities and fashion. In practice, the best I can offer is, well – the odd dwarven proverb. Not to mention some childish insults.

Still, ‘faint heart ne’er won fair lady’ and so on. That’s not dwarven, by the way. I think it’s medieval. Much like – brilliant segue! – David Bailey‘s shirt! It looks like a bit of the Bayeux Tapestry. Somebody should tell the French.

Vogue model Daisy Lowe is wearing a fetching Dr Seuss-esque number that totally doesn’t make her look like a giant lost sock.

Captain America star Hayley Atwell was eaten by a leopard on her way to the Opera House, but fortunately she kept her cool and simply stuck her feet out the bottom end, transforming the enraged puss into a striking dress.

Mark Ronson‘s exquisite grey suit compliments his ribald pink shirt like a coating of underseat dust compliments a dropped popsicle. Finger-lickin’ good.

Alexandra Burke‘s bum-enlarger came straight from Paperchase. Careful, staples!

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