Shazam! No, we’re not talking the music discovery app, but the DC comic hero with a giant lightning bolt on his chest that we’d honestly had never heard of before. But don’t let that get in the way of enjoying one of the most fun superhero films to grace our screens in ages. Shazam doesn’t take itself too seriously and that is an essential part of its charm.
Zachary Levi is the standout star as Billy’s superhero alter-ego with bucket-loads of the geeky charisma he nailed perfectly in Chuck, while Billy’s wise-cracking best buddy is played brilliantly by Jack Dylan Grazer, channelling a young Seth Cohen. They work brilliantly together, particularly in the scenes where Billy stumbles through discovering his superpowers. The whole ensemble foster family start off rather simple and don’t have too many lines, but the family scenes have a simple warmth to them that pays off towards the finale act.
Shazam! might be filled with superhero cliches, but the film embraces them rather than tries to do anything edgy. There are some pitfalls, the CGI baddie monsters are rather dull and copypasted from other DC/Marvel films, and the villain doesn’t really inspire you to really want to see get beaten at the end. Overall, a fun, light-hearted take on the superhero story, that is well aware that it’s not high-art and has some real laugh-out-loud moments.
There is only so much the internet can teach us. Professional traders have the type of inside knowledge, strategies and expertise that can only be learned on the trading floor.
Financial Markets Online co-founders, James Bentley and Samuel Fuller, are experienced traders who train up everyday people in the world of online trading. Today, they’re sharing 5 hot trading tips that’ll ensure you don’t get burned.
1. Work alongside another professional – having a mentor or working alongside someone with more experience than you, is an invaluable aid when you’re at the beginning of your trading career. It will help you build confidence, understanding and avoid common pitfalls that new traders often make.
2. Join a community – join a professional course and you’ll find a group of like-minded and active traders
committed to success through continuously improving their professional skills. You’ll become part of a community and will have access to experts who will be able to share insight and strategies, based on live streaming data and analysis.
3. Find a mentor – a good mentor will oversee your trading and be on hand to advise, encourage and, critically, also deter you. They can help you create a plan, develop your own set of rules and support you in staying disciplined enough to stick to them. This can be the difference between making money and losing it.
4. Capitalise on the sales side – trading and investing both involve seeking profit in the stock market, but
they pursue that goal in different ways. Investing is about buying stocks for long-term gain, but you can achieve short-term profit by selling stocks, with a focus on share prices.
5. Go for a walk – a clear head is a calm and focused head and the key to making good trades and
decisions. So, when the pressure starts to build, take a walk around the block and give yourself an opportunity to think things through in terms of strategy and what’s in the best interests of your trading and the positions you currently have. You’ll be amazed what comes to mind when you step away from the charts for a few minutes.
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Worldwide celebrations will mark International Monuments and Sites Day, traditionally known as World #HeritageDay. Launching in 1983 with 12 sites, there are now an incredible 1092 sites in more than 150 countries. Here’s 9 of the most visited heritage sites visitors from around the globe are flocking to in their millions.
Great Wall of China
Of the 53 listed heritage sites in China, the most famous is the Great Wall of China. Officially the longest wall in the world, it measures a staggering 13,171 miles. Completed in 1878, it comprises of many sections of wall, fortresses, horse tracks, watch towers and shelters and has a unique and impressive style which has stood tall through the dynasties. Recognised as the world’s largest military structure in 1644 the monument is a must-see attraction for tourists from all over the world and a revered national symbol.
Palace of the Winds
One of the most beautiful examples of Indian architecture, Hawa Mahal is situated in Jaipur, “The Pink City”, Rajasthan. Dating back to 1799, the five-storey pyramidal shaped monument was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Also known as Palace of the Winds, it is a gem in the Rajasthani crown. With an astonishing 953 windows, the original purpose was for royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below, when obeying the strict rules of ‘purdah’. Built of red and pink sandstone it is one of the most famous ancient monuments in the country.
Angkor Wat (Temple)
The Cambodian Angkor Wat temple complex was firmly put on the tourist trail in 2001 as the setting for the action-packed Tomb Radar film. But it was almost 10 years earlier it was awarded UNESCO status and declared Cambodia’s first heritage site. As one of the largest religious monuments worldwide, the spectacular site covers 162.6 hectares. Awe-inspiring and vividly detailed, it is built out of sandstone blocks quarried from the holy mountain of Phnom Kulen, More than 3000 heavenly nymphs are carved into its walls of the main temple; a sacred religious mausoleum. Ornately decorated with beautiful ancient structures this unique landmark, surrounded by a 190m wide moat, is a monument of national pride, is featured on the nation’s flag and the prime attraction for visitors to the country.
Grand Canyon National Park
Proclaimed a national park in 1919, the Grand Canyon is one of the principal visitor attractions in the USA. The 277-mile long and a mile deep canyon, bearing the same name can be explored by hiking down a corridor trail, taking a leisurely stroll along one of the rims or enjoying the immense landscape from one of the many vantage points, all nothing short of impressive. In 1908, the then president of the USA Teddy Roosevelt proclaimed the Grand Canyon to be a national monument. Celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year, the Grand Canyon receives close to five million visitors annually, as people flock to see this natural phenomenon and are of immense beauty.
Stonehenge is a famous prehistoric monument based in Wiltshire, England and is one of the wonders of the world. It was built in several stages by Neolithic farmers approximately 5000 years ago out of sarsen stone and bluestones, with each sarsen stone weighing around 25 tons and measuring a staggering 13 meters high. The history of Stonehenge is a fascinating one due to the sophistication of its architecture and the only surviving linteled stone circle in the world. The ancient landscape that surrounds Stonehenge is beautiful and peaceful and allows all visitors to explore and experience the everyday Neolithic life.
Undoubtedly, South Africa’s most famous landmark, Table Mountain offers spectacular views of the city of Cape Town below. Taking its name from the fact that it has a flat top, which is thought to have been created around 300 million years ago during an ice age, Table Mountain is a key tourist attraction in South Afirca and is especially popular amongst hikers, with the highest point being 3,563 feet above sea level. As one of the seven wonders of the world, Table Mountain is a natural heritage that belongs to the people of South Africa and with the beauty that it gives, there is no wonder why.
Known for the magical surroundings, Bavaria is home to one of the world’s most famous fairytale castles; the Neuschwanstein Castle. Situated on top of a rugged hill, surrounded by magnificent views, the castle was constructed by King Ludwig II in 1869 and was finished in 1880. The architecture of the exterior is described as breath-taking and one that is never forgotten. The Marienbrucke, the bridge over the Pollat gorge allows the public to see the natural elegance of the surroundings in which the castle was built.
Situated in the heart of Italy’s capital, the Trevi Fountain is a spectacular masterpiece. Designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi, the Trevi Fountain is the largest baroque fountain in Rome measuring at an impressive 26.3 meters high. The fountain was built in front of the Palazzo Poli, a Roman palace however the central part of the palace was demolished in 1730 to provide enough space for the fountain. The centre piece within the fountain is that of the Greek Sea God, Oceanus accompanied by Sea Horses and Tritons. Each day thousands of visitors flock to this iconic Italian monument to follow tradition, tossing a coin into the fountain, securing their return trip.
Located on top of the hill, on the left bank of the river Darro and with a stunning view over the entire city sits the palace, the Alhambra. Constructed as a small fortress in Granada, Spain in 889 AD, it was rebuilt in the mid 13th century and expanded to include the palace. The Alhambra was named because of the reddish colour to its walls, and in Arabic, al-Hamra translates to Red Castle. With its magnificent architecture, it is understandable as to why it was the crown jewel of the Emirate of Granada.
As the horizon on the open world that was 2018 finally dawns, it’s time to sit round the camp fire, rejuvenate some hit points and wonder what the year was all about. We’re talking the best computer games to grace our screens of course! Here’s what we decided, after much deliberation, a few arguments and a some liquid lubrication.
1. Marvel’s Spider-Man. Super hero games aren’t always known for being the greatest, so our spider senses were understandably tingling when this new series dropped in front of us, but how wrong we were. This is probably the most fun you can have with a controller this year and it’s all done to movement – this game has the most fun way of bounding around a city we’ve had the pleasure to encounter, and throw in some superb Spidey quips, over the top baddies, and we’re all set.
2. Into The Breach. From the creators of the indie space gem FTL comes a ridiculously addictive tactical turn-based game where you guide giant robot mechs across a randomly generated set of maps to defend earth from impending doom…well, creepy aliens called the Vek. It may have a simple premise and retro graphics, but this is a thoroughly modern take on the genre that will have you on the edge of your seat.
3. Red Dead Redemption II. Like a super smoky charcoal fired scotch – we hated this game at first with its slow introduction, even slower controls and muddy plotting, but after a few tipples, we grew to love Arthur and his compelling adventures in the stunningly recreated Old West and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t shed a few tears when we reached the end of his tale.
4. Tetris Effect. This take on the timeless block sorting classic is so brilliant we can’t shout about it enough. While the shapes hurtle ever quicker towards the screen, you’re bombarded with what can only be described as a vivid, ever-changing visual art piece that feels like you’ve been blasted out of a cannon into another universe, while headphones pump out glorious electronica. The VR mode takes it to another level, so much so that you’re even more likely to lose hours upon hours in this art puzzle perfection.
5. Monster Hunter: World. This series is all about Monsters. You track them, you fight them and you craft their bits into better armour and weapons so you can fight even bigger enemies…if you don’t get killed in the process of course. All this while being assisted by a cat-like buddies called Palicoes, which may be the cutest felines in console history. Being able to climb the monster as you try to hack it to bits may be the most morbidly fun thing you’ll do all year. And did we mention the cats??
6. Moonlighter. This charming pixel-style action game focused around a shopkeeper who ‘moonlights’ as an adventurer is a breath of fresh air amid RPGs full-to-bursting with unnecessary plot, over-the-top visuals and clichéd characters. The feedback loop may be simple – you take your sword and shield to go loot dungeons in the style of Zelda, while using the proceeds to pimp both your equipment and your store – but we couldn’t put this game down.
7. Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Getting a Jigglypuff to smack Mario in his smug moustached face may be all you need to know about the latest entry in the Smash series. But if that’s not enough to persuade you, a ridiculously large single player mode, over 75 characters pulled from every inch of console history and more classic soundtracks then you can shake a Super Scope at should more than suffice.
8. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. It may the 11th title in the series, but Ubisoft still isn’t letting up. Not content with sticking to the same formula, they’ve dived headfirst into the giant open world and quest-style of games like the Witcher 3, and boy do they pull it off. Aside from the appeal of being able to explore Ancient Greece and the Aegean in groundbreakingly detailed realism, the Exploration Mode – where you have to talk to NPCs and explore the environment to discover quests and progress is something to behold – finally allows you to escape the dreaded map markers and pins that plague open-world games and ruin immersion.
9. Celeste. Yes, it’s a 2D platformer with retro graphics that could probably run on a toaster. But don’t let that put you off. Celeste takes all those platformer tropes of old, puts them in a blender and comes out with something fresh and exciting. The level design never feels old and pushes you forward in excitement, the controls are a joy to use and the music is something else, so good that you’ll be queuing up the soundtrack on all your playlists.
10. God of War. It’s been half a decade since a true Kratos adventure was released upon us and we can all agree that’s far too long for our liking. And this time, they’ve ditched the Greek mythos for Norse legends, overhauled the camera and controls, and given Mr K a magic axe which can be throw around like Mjolnir – all bold moves that more than pay off. The addition of Kratos’ son Atreus adds more depth to both the gameplay and the story, which was often a tad OTT in the previous entries.
Depression can easily become a monster that takes over every aspect of someone’s life. One of the best ways to combat this monster is to understand how it commonly manifests in different people.
Interesting new findings have shown that men and women actually experience and react to depression quite differently. While each individual handles mental and emotional challenges in their own way since everyone has a unique story, it can be helpful to know some generalities behind depression in order to be able to identify the signs and suggest seeking help.
For example, while depression rates are typically higher among women, suicide rates are higher among men. This could be in part due to the fact that women tend to be more willing to seek help, whereas men often seek to mask their depression and turn to a variety of distractions, sometimes including drugs and alcohol, which can worsen the problem.
Understanding these trends is critical to help combat depression and prevent loved ones from suffering with these issues alone.
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Not too long ago, Tequila options were limited. Tequila used to be dark brown and tasted terrible. It was not sipped, it was used in margarita’s loaded with sugar or taken as a shot following by salt, lime, intense gagging and possibly vomiting. Yes, it was that bad.
Over the last decade or so, many new tequila brands have hit the market. It is confusing to know what kind to order and how to drink it. Similar to wine and bourbon, tequila is tastier the longer it is aged.
Best Type For Mixed Drinks:
- Blanco or Silver: Requires little aging. The flavor is sweet intense agave and is great for mixed drinks.
- Joven or Gold: Requires little aging and is a combination of Blanco and Reposado
Best Type For Margarita’s:
- Reposado: Must be aged 2-12 months. It goes down mellow and smooth.
Best Type For Sipping:
- Extra Anejo: Must be aged for 1-3 years. The taste has vanilla and floral notes.
- Joven or Gold: Must be aged for at least 3-years and is both smooth and complex.
Which one will you be choosing?
Dressing for a heated office inside and Baltic weather outdoors is difficult for any man. If you want to look smart and business-ready when it’s dark, cold and stormy; you need to think about fusing fashion and functionality.
To give you a hand, River Island, a leading UK retailer of men’s fashion, has put together a series of expert tips on how to get prepared for this season’s poor weather.
2017 is all about layering and how to do it. Layering is basically combining your clothing for maximum style, comfort and functionality, and experts have proven it’s far more effective to trap body heat by wearing multiple thin layers rather than one thick tier.
However, picking out what top matches what bottoms is simple, but working out how to wear three or more layers that all complement each other and your lower half is much harder. Especially when you factor in that you have to look business-ready and be prepared for bad weather.
Layering provides heat retention and more scope to spin your own style into an outfit. Keep these key points in mind when layering to avoid messing it up:
- Layer from thin to thick: if you get hot, it’s easiest to remove the bulkier top layer at work to cool you down quickly.
- Make sure your outer hemlines are longer than the ones below.
- Be wary of colours: layering means potentially combining several colours in one outfit. For business, it’s best to stick to different hues of the same neutral shades such as greys, navies, blacks, browns, and creams.
- Keep a check on your outline: layering is going to add bulk, so use the right fits and fabrics to minimise losing your smart, tailored silhouette.
- Don’t let your shirt collar hang over your knitted neckline.
- Avoid wearing multiple designs: layering too many contrasting fabric patterns looks messy and immature — not what you need in the workplace.
Outdoor enthusiasts like snowboarders and mountain climbers have been using the layering technique for decades. Adapting it to fashion is another animal. Now we’re going to check out how to layer from base to final tier.
Tops and shirts
Your work shirt is your bottom layer — although, you can wear an undershirt or vest if your office is particularly cool. Go for long-sleeve style to help your arms retain heat and give the formal look that short-sleeve shirts can’t. Wear a thick material for added warmth, such as flannel or denim.
Don’t think you need to change the overall look and formality of your shirt just because the season is getting colder, though. Keep with the stylish button-fronted, turn-down collar and look for shirts with a plain or subtle pattern and tailored design to ensure you look on-point during tough meetings.
Now it’s time for your middle layer — the main insulator. During autumn and winter, the best choice for this clothing tier is knitwear. Whether it’s a chunky jumper, open-style cardigan or cashmere sweater; woollen textiles are champions when it comes to keeping you winter and business ready.
There’s a huge variety of formal knitwear out there. Merino wool and cashmere sweaters are two of the smarter and more luxurious knitwear styles, which make them good options for the office. Plus, if you get these in a V-neck rather than crew-neck, you have the space to show off a tie to add to your formal appeal. If your workplace is more smart-casual, why not wear a plain white t-shirt with a grey ribbed, open-panel cardigan?
Chances are this will be your most visible layer while you’re working indoors, so don’t rely on your final layer to make the outfit. It should look stylish and ‘together’ without any additions — i.e. just the base and middle layers. You can also take advantage of this mid-layer to project a true winter colour, such as dark red, cobalt blue and emerald green to reflect on-trend, seasonal style.
Sticking with plain, neutral-colour pants is best when layering so you can easily complement the potentially more colourful parts of your outfit, like the shirt, jumper and cardigan. As we mentioned, fabric is key when you’re dressing for the office in winter. Go for pants in thicker fabrics, if possible, and wear slim- or skinny- fit styles that can easily tuck into boots and stay safe from the wet ground outside.
Blazers and suits
Wearing a suit or blazer jacket over a knitted jumper or sweater is a top move if you want to project confidence and sophistication at work this season. The first step is to make sure the final layer matches the rest, so check that the colours complement each other and if in doubt, go for neutral. Then, pick a fabric that’s going to keep you warm and comfortable, such as tweed or a wool blend. Since you’ll be wearing these inside, you could probably go for lighter shades, and keep the darker hues for your winter coat.
Shoes are the foundations we build our outfits on, but they’re also one of the biggest barriers between us and the ice, rain and snow. If it fits in with your workplace, swap your brogues for Chelsea boots to dodge wet socks pre-9am. These ankle-cut shoes are right on-trend and go with any trousers, from tapered suit pants to slim-leg chinos, so you’re guaranteed to easily match them with your layered outfits on a dark morning. Even if you don’t feel you can get away with this style of footwear, why not wear them to the office and change into more formal shoes — like derby shoes, loafers and brogues — for the day?
Even though you won’t be wearing it about the office, it’s still important that your coat complements your workwear. For easiness, go for a neutral shade that complements any colour shoe, such as khaki, camel, black, or charcoal.
If your employer expects smart and formal attire Monday to Friday, finish off your layered look with a belted trench coat or double-breasted overcoat to maintain a high-class appearance on dark, cold evenings. For something equally on-trend with less of the formality, borg-collar jackets are ideal for showing off your layers while keeping you protected from the elements. Mod-style hooded parkas and urban-centric puffer jackets are alternative ways to put your own stamp on your winter office style. Wear your winter coat with a blanket scarf and waffle-knit gloves for the ultimate winter- and work- ready sign-off.
This season, think layers and knitwear to strike the perfect fashion-focused, winter-ready outfit.
Different rules apply in different countries, and it’s not just the amount but the manner in which you give the reward. Here is a guide to what you should tip and where so you have one less thing to think about when travelling aboard.
USA – 20% tip
Famous for its tipping culture, when travelling to the United States a substantial tip is expected and there will be trouble if you don’t. Restaurant waiting staff, housekeepers, taxis and tour guides will expect a 10%-20% tip in addition to the normal price. Make sure you account for this when accepting a taxi journey, drink or meal out.
Spain – 5% tip
As one of the most popular travel destinations for Brits this summer you’ll be pleased to know that Spain doesn’t have a strong tipping culture, however tips are accepted and it is becoming more commonplace. A small gesture of €1 to €5 would be kindly received by waiting staff and tour guides.
France – 10-15% tip
Service comprise or service charge is included by law in France so tipping is not always expected. Where it isn’t included, a tip of 10-15% is adequate for restaurant staff and a smaller tip of €1 to €5 is ok when taking a taxi or paying for drinks. As a general rule taxi drivers would expect in the region of 10% of the fare.
Japan – 0% tip
Tipping in Japan is frowned upon, in fact it can be insulting, even if you feel that the level of service deserves a bonus the staff will rarely accept it. Good service is considered part of the job so rewarding it can cause offence. However, there is an exception, tour guides often rely on tips to contribute to their wage. It is often best to discuss this discretely with the tour guide to establish a preference. Sometimes a tour guide will accept tips as ‘flower money’ so they can choose their own flowers for their home. This may sound unlikely to the western traveller but actually it is completely genuine.
China – 20% tip
In China, tipping is very much expected. The rise of domestic tourism and the affluent middle class means that tour guides and drivers and other tourist staff have come to expect to be generously tipped.
Germany – 10% tip
Customs differ in Germany, the tip should be given directly to the member of staff not left behind. A service charge is not included in the final restaurant bill so it is up to you to reward good service, typically 10% of the final bill.
India – 10-15% tip
Tipping in India is very much part of the culture and everyone expects to be tipped. For the western traveller there is a dizzying number of people needing to be tipped, and a set hierarchy of tipping amounts which can be overwhelming, even though the actual amounts are very small. If you’re travelling with a local guide it may be helpful to discuss it with them and agree how to approach rewarding each person.
Australia/ New Zealand – 5% tip
Tipping down under is discretionary, there are no rules and it is not expected as waiting staff get paid a relatively higher wage than those in other countries. Rounding up the bill at the bar or in a taxi is common and will be a popular and polite gesture.
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TAG is a film about a bunch of 40-something childhood friends who keep that spark of friendship alive through a ridiculously long-running version of the kid’s classic game. A light-hearted comedy which retains a sweet charm to it, it has a great cast with good chemistry, though it suffers from a slightly inconsistent tone.
There’s some knock-out jokes, killer sight gags and top-notch action scenes, the last of which mock the superhero films that Jeremy Renner, who the group is trying to tag, is known for. Renner plays Jerry Pierce – the sole member of the group who is a tag-virgin so to speak, never been tagged – and he’s the target the rest of the gang are gunning for through the film. The stakes are raised by the fact that it’s Jerry’s wedding, but all is not as it seems.
The cast make this film, Helms is charmingly sweet but determined, Hamm revels in his character’s arrogance, Joe Jackson is the lovable stoner and Hannibal Buress effortlessly goes deadpan for some of the best lines. Shout-outs too for Isla Fisher’s insanely fun antics and Rashida Jones in a brief but intriguing role as the old flame.
The story goes a bit too serious towards the ending which confuses the tone, but this doesn’t get in the way of the laid-back camaraderie of it all – you really get the feeling the actors are relishing every second of it. Stick around for the end credits as it has the real life footage from the story that inspired the film – and though it’s only a few brief flashes, it’s really charmingly adorable, with some brilliant gags.