Entertainment

Film review: First Man (12A)

Landing on the Moon is perhaps the most impressive achievement the human race has managed in all of history. To think that two men were able to walk on the moon is beyond the comprehension of most people – and the fact mankind hasn’t been back for nearly 50 years suggests that it’s a mighty tough task. You’d think, then, ...

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Film review: Venom 3D (15)

As far as the hype train is concerned, Venom seemed to come full-circle in a very short period of time. When the trailer dropped, it came with seemingly universal approval from the notoriously hard-to-please comic fan crowd (myself included). Sure, Sony wasn’t able to incorporate Spider-Man into Venom’s origin story, but having Tom Hardy as the title character went some ...

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Film review: King Of Thieves (15)

Upon first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking that King Of Thieves is essentially an Ocean’s 11 spin-off featuring a team of pensioners. The latest film to tell the tale of the 2015 Hatton Garden heist, which saw an eye-watering £14million worth of loot pinched by a gang of golden oldies, certainly does do a good job of capturing ...

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Film review: The Predator 3D (15)

Like many, I’m sure, I was a fan of the first two Predator films back in the late 1980s. I mean, what wasn’t to like about action heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Glover going toe-to-toe with blood-thirsty aliens? However, after the dreadful Alien versus Predator spin-off, I’d left the series behind (and wasn’t even aware that three films have been ...

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Pinchbeck goes live this weekend

Pinchbeck Live returns this weekend with attractions across the village. Saturday will see a host of attractions at the Community Hub and Library between 10am and 4pm including a talk by the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, a pinball competition, historic displays, live music from Peppermint Junction and a demonstration by Spalding Amateur Radio Society. Sunday sees St Mary’s Church Harvest Festival ...

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Film review: Final Score (15)

There’s something of an art to making a film be both pretty rubbish and very entertaining at the same time. Growing up, I remember loving the now cult classic Starship Troopers, despite recognising that it had a lot of obvious flaws. While I can’t say that I felt the same warmth to the quite frankly ridiculous Final Score, it does ...

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Film review: BlacKkKlansman (15)

A black undercover police detective infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. As far as movie plots go, that’s a compelling pitch. What’s more, it’s a true story. With BlacKkKlansman, veteran American director Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing) brings the historic story to the screen and holds up a mirror to modern society. In late-1970s America, Ron Stallworth (John ...

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Book reveals awesome animal jobs

A Spalding first-time author has released a book packed with animal facts, detailing jobs they have around the world. Phil Clay began his working life on a farm and has maintained a lifelong interest in animals and wildlife. He then channelled his interest into finding weird and wonderful facts about working animals into his book What Have Animals Ever Done ...

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Sunday song at Spalding choir open day ahead of next year’s big gigs

Spalding Parish Church Choir holds its annual Open Evening at 6.30pm on Sunday (September 9). During the free concert, the choir will perform well-known music, and the evening will conclude with refreshments and a raffle for choir funds. This year, the group of 20 boys and 18 men sang Evensong at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and next year, the choir ...

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Dishonoured in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong man who visited South Holland last month has taken a copy of home-grown action movie Dishonoured back to Asia with him as a memento. The film, written by and starring Holbeach Film Company’s Stephan Genovese, was influenced by 80s and 90s action cinema, a genre that was forged in Hong Kong by directors such as John Woo ...

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Film review: The Darkest Minds (12A)

The Young Adult (YA) genre has often been a guilty pleasure of mine over the years. The Harry Potter films, the Hunger Games series and the Maze Runner offerings were all very enjoyable, while I was even partial to the first two Divergent movies (until it got really, really bad). Next in line to present a dystopian future where children ...

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So, you think you know South Holland well?

Put your local knowledge to the test and fill in the gaps with the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society (SGS) quiz. The 100-question quiz is themed Spalding and South Holland and is a good excuse to get out and about. SGS member Dave Jacobs said: “If you think you know your local history or, if not, would like to get to know ...

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Relax and refresh this September in Spalding

A new series of meditation and mindfulness courses starts in Spalding in September. The antithesis of modern living, meditation and mindfulness brings space and peace to our lives. Next month, there are two options for those looking to explore their inner peace. A spokesman said: “All living beings have a shared wish – to be happy and free from problems. ...

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Film review: The Meg (12A)

I’d wager that, if you’ve seen any of the promotional material for The Meg, you’d think that it’s more Sharknado than Jaws. I mean, pitting a massive prehistoric shark called a Megladon (The Meg for short) against a group of humans headlined by action maestro Jason Statham does have a bit of a ‘straight to DVD’ feel about it. But, ...

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Flypasts set for 1940s weekend in Spalding

History comes to life again in Spalding this weekend at the Ayscoughfee 1940s Weekend. Set for the two-day event is a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast on both days, weather permitting. On Saturday and Sunday (August 11 & 12), Ayscoughfee will be full of memorabilia displays, stalls, vintage vehicles and entertainment, including dancing and singers. At 2.30pm on Sunday ...

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Film review: Ant-Man and The Wasp 3D (12A)

One of Infinity War’s lingering questions (other than the wider reaching ramifications of Thanos’ actions) concerned the whereabouts of Ant-Man/Scott Lang. Locked up in a cell after his part in Captain America: Civil War, Scott was only briefly referenced in Marvel’s game-changing Avengers offering a few months ago. Well, if you’re hoping that Ant-Man and The Wasp will answer all ...

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Film review: Mission Impossible – Fallout 3D (12A)

The Mission Impossible films may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you can’t deny that they’ve found a winning formula over the past two decades (that’s right, it’s 22 years since the original). If you want to see Tom Cruise’s legendary character Ethan Hunt save the world by pulling off death-defying stunts and catching bad guys, Fallout – the ...

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Get diggy with it at Ayscoughfee archeology festival

Grab a trowel, the second annual Festival of Archaeology takes place this weekend at Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding. On Saturday and Sunday (July 28/29), visitors can dig deep into dirt pits to unearth fossils and get hands-on with a host of activities and crafts, as well as talks, walks and demonstrations. The first festival weekend last year was a success ...

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Film review: Skyscraper (12A)

It’s fair to say that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become the champion of the action blockbuster genre over the past few years. Be it in the Fast and Furious films, disaster epic San Andreas or the largely ridiculous (but still fun) Rampage, you know what to expect when you see the former WWE star attached to an action project. ...

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Activate your summer holiday fun in South Holland

There is no reason for youngsters to get bored during the school holidays. South Holland District Council has arranged a series of free family days through the Activate! programme. Starting on August 1 in Holbeach, the days are designed to give young people and their families the chance to try new sports and arts activities within their community. Activities include ...

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