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To mark the Winmau World Masters Darts Tournament, which kicks off on Wednesday 10th October, we have a very special prize to give away!

The Winmau Blade4 is the Official Pro Tournament Dartboard of the competition and we have one signed by Scott Waites aka. Scotty 2 Hotty.

To be in with a chance to win this fantastic prize, simply click the image below and follow the instructions.

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Don’t forget you can watch all the action from the Winmau World Masters on ESPN.

Festival Season Is Upon Us

This year’s festival season has been kicked off in style with the Diamond Jubilee Concert & Download festival so far.  Thousands of fans have been treated to amazing live performances from a wide spectrum of acts, despite the usual suspect “summer” weather!

At base.com we have launched a dedicated 2012 Festival section, with links to each major festival, showing all available material from the scheduled line up acts. Also featuring great deals on festival equipment and our top festival style picks.

Check it all out by clicking the image below.

Music Festivals 2012

2012 Brit Awards – The Winners

British male solo artist: Ed Sheeran
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British female solo artist: Adele
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Adele 19

British breakthrough: Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran Plus

British group: Coldplay
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Coldplay Mylo Xyloto

British single: One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
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One Direction

British album: Adele – 21
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Adele 21

International male solo artist: Bruno Mars
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Bruno Mars

International female solo artist: Rihanna
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Rihanna

International group: Foo Fighters
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Foo Fighters

International breakthrough act: Lana Del Rey
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Lana Del Rey

Outstanding contribution to music: Blur
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Blur

Critic’s choice: Emeli Sandé
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Emeli Sandé

2012 BAFTA Video Game Award Nominations

The British Academy Video Game Award 2012 nominations were announced this morning. The event is due to take place at the London Hilton on Friday 16th March.

If I were to take a punt on likely major winners I would have to say that I would expect Skyrim (is they can over-look the initial bugs) and Portal 2 to get a few wins each.

Here is the full list of categories and nominees:

Action:
•    Assassin’s Creed Revelations
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
•    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
•    Portal 2
•    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Artistic Achievement
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    L.A. Noire
•    LitteBigPlanet 2
•    Rayman Origins
•    The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
•    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Audio Achievement:
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    Battlefield 3
•    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
•    Dead Space 2
•    The Nightjar
•    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best Game:
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    FIFA 2012
•    L.A. Noire
•    Portal 2
•    The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
•    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Debut Game:
•    Bastion
•    Eufloria
•    Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
•    L.A. Noire
•    Monstermind
•    RIFT

Design:
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    L.A. Noire
•    LittleBigPlanet 2
•    Portal 2
•    Super Mario 3D Land
•    The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim

Family:
•    Dance Central 2
•    Kinect Sports 2
•    LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
•    LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
•    LittleBigPlanet 2
•    Mario Kart 7

Game Innovation:
•    Bastion
•    Child of Eden
•    From Dust
•    L.A. Noire
•    LittleBigPlanet 2
•    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Mobile & Handheld:
•    Dead Space iOS
•    Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint
•    Peggle
•    Quarrel
•    Super Mario 3D Land
•    The Nightjar

Online – Browser:
•    Gardens of Time
•    I Am Playr
•    Monstermind
•    Resistance 3
•    Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
•    The Sims Social

Online-Multiplayer:
•    Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
•    Battlefield 3
•    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
•    Dark Souls
•    Gears of War 3
•    LittleBigPlanet 2

Original Music:
•    Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
•    L.A. Noire
•    The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
•    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Performer:
•    Aaron Stanton (Cole Phelps) – L.A. Noire
•    Mark Hamill (The Joker) – Batman: Arkham City
•    Nolan North (Nathan Drake) – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
•    Stephen Fry (Narrator) – LittleBigPlanet 2
•    Stephen Merchant (Wheatley) – Portal 2
•    Togo Igawa (Dipolomat, Advisor and Military General) – Total War: Shogun 2

Sports/Fitness:
•    Dance Central 2
•    DiRT 3
•    Fl 2011
•    FIFA 2012
•    Kinect Sports 2
•    Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012

Story:
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
•    L.A. Noire
•    Portal 2
•    The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
•    Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Strategy:
•    Dark Souls
•    Deus Ex: Human Revolution
•    Football Manager 2012
•    From Dust
•    Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
•    Total War: SHOGUN 2

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award:
•    Dreamweaver
•    Joust!
•    Tick Tock Toys

GAME Award of 2011:
•    Batman: Arkham City
•    Battlefield 3
•    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
•    FIFA 2012
•    L.A Noire
•    Minecraft
•    Portal 2
•    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
•    The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
•    Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception

Ricky Gervais Kicks Up A Storm at The Golden Globes

British actors and films picked up a few awards at the Golden Globes yesterday, but, British comedian, Ricky Gervais, who compered the show for the second (and undoubtedly last) time, took all the press.

While the photographers were lining up outside the “after parties” for shots of the great and the glorious celebs and the journalists were preparing questions for the celebrity winners and losers from the awards show, Ricky Gervais was ensuring that all their snaps and soundbites would be relegated to page two of any press for the 2011 Golden Globes. Gervais is a satirist and Hollywood found out that he seems to be a satirist that doesn’t care. Put one of these on a live show and there are always going to be issues.

Perhaps best summing up Gervais’s styl for the evening was his gag aimed directly at Hollywood’s biggest hitters on their lacklustre movie, The Tourist.

It was a big year for 3-D movies… seems like everything this year was three-dimensional. Except the characters in The Tourist… it must be good, because it’s nominated. So shut up.

A triple-whammy that hits two of the biggest Hollywood stars, a megaflop of a movie and the unusual nominating practices of the Hollywood Foreign Press.

As for the awards, our favourite Glee took a shed-load, so, someone somewhere got something right.

As for the British contingent, COLIN FIRTH won best actor in a drama for The King’s Speech, and CHRISTIAN BALE was best supporting actor for The Fighter. NATALIE PORTMAN won best actress in a drama for Black Swan.

Golden Globes 2011

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Golden Globes 2011

If you already love Glee, listen to the music and you can be as good as Rachel, not!

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Golden Globes 2011
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Golden Globes 2011
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Golden Globes 2011
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Golden Globes 2011
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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.

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 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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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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Lennon’s killer up for parole, Beatles fans am cry

So there’s this French girl I like.

She loves The Beatles but I can take ’em or leave ‘em to be perfectly honest (they’ve got a handful of timeless classics, but the majority of the catalogue is overrated pap if you ask me). I put this opinion across to said French girl (and her friends, who all love The Beatles too).

The group of young Parisians looked puzzled, and eyeballed me as if I was insane. Then my one piped up and pointed out, “yeah, he likes Lady Gaga”, and they were all like, “ah, that explains it”. I think they’re just going through that phase where if it’s not from the 60s it’s just not cool? And if it’s new, then it surely is not.

Then I mentioned how I got to see Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together in Los Angeles last year (when Microsoft wheeled them out for the Rock Band Beatles unveiling at E3) and that shut them up.

My thorough assessment of the band has also included a look at the 2007 movie Chapter 27, depicting John Lennon’s murder by a clearly bonkers Mark David Chapman. It was a pretty good film none of the girls had heard of but immediately logged onto Base.com to purchase multiple copies.

I only mention all this because Champan’s up for parole this week. He’s been banged up for thirty years now, so they should let him out just to give everyone something to talk about, if you ask me.

Bloody French.

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