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Protect your internet passwords: don’t tell them to strangers on the street

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Published: Sat 31 Jan 2015, 10:45 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:32 PM

Movie Mania

Her (2013)

A timely look at mankind’s obsessive love for technology, and where that attachment may end up taking us, Her won writer-director Spike Jonze last year’s Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Set in a near but very recognisable future, the story centres on Theodore Twombly (Phoenix), who installs a talking operating system in his Los Angeles apartment to stave off loneliness as he divorces his wife Catherine (Mara).

After giving the system a female voice, he christens it ‘Samantha’ (Johansson) and the man and machine grow close – developing intimate feelings for one another and beginning a relationship.

It’s to Jonze’s credit that he doesn’t treat such a premise for flippant laughs, instead delving into its romantic and pragmatic complexities. The result is a touching, sad and sweet tale – one whose sci-fi leanings may yet become reality.

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt

 Love Connection

Paolo Nutini is one of those people you’d love to hate – blessed as he is with good looks, a raspy and soulful voice, and undoubtedly millions in the bank.

Nonetheless, we’ve decided to help the single Scottish singer-songwriter in the old romance department.

Kate Hudson undoubtedly has a soft spot for musicians – having previously been married to Black Crowes vocalist Chris Robinson and engaged to Muse frontman Matt Bellamy.

We’re sure she won’t lose this guy in 10 days…

Celeb Trivia

Following our revelation last week that George Bernard Shaw hated the works of Shakespeare, we’ve decided to investigate another beef between iconic writers.

It turns out that Mark Twain wasn’t much the fan of Jane Austen – sending numerous jibes her way in his lifetime.

The American writer, born in 1835 (18 years after the death of his British counterpart), once said, “I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin.

“Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin bone.”

Other famous figures who professed their dislike of Austen’s works include DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Charlotte Bronte and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Just for Laughs

What do you call a sheep covered in chocolate?

A candy baa.

 Celebrity Anagram

Missy Elliott

Limitless Toy

 Mole of the Emirates

Overheard from conversations around Dubai this week…

“The selfie stick nails it again”
“It’s preserving architectural history one bathroom at a time”
“My dancing looks like someone trying to put out a small fire”
“I’m definitely glad I didn’t shave my head for no reason”


 You Tube

Hacking for dummies

With cyber security a hot button topic these days, talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live has taken to the streets of Los Angeles to so some research. For this, an interviewer asks members of the public to share their internet passwords. Which they do, happily.

To see the clip, visit www.youtube.com and type ‘Jimmy Kimmel password’ into the search box.

Compiled by Adam Zacharias



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