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Edition No. 161

Date:- 31 July 2004

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Film Review:-
Review by Eric Lyon Taylor
Tagline:- This summer a man will face his destiny. A hero will be revealed.

THIS is a great film, maybe not as good as the first, mainly because in my opinion they focused a little too much on Peter Parkers and MJ’s relationship. I felt there should have been more crime busting and web slinging action. After all that’s what Spiderman is all about. It has a good portrayal of stress in the film showing that stress affects all of us even super heroes, so plenty of dark sub plots to keep film buffs entertained. Still the special effects were great fight scenes nice, Spidey’s strength was a little over stated,  but otherwise fairly true to the original comic books.

Plot outline, well Doc Ock is transformed into "Doctor Octopus" and only Spidey’s supper talents can stop him.  Sadly he has other things on his mind.  

Good sound entertainment, 3 out of 5 for this one, good camera shots and like I’ve already said great special effects.


UK film classification:- 


Film Runtime:- 127 min.
Film Directed by:- Sam Raimi

Cast, first billed only:-  Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, James Franco as Harry Osborn, Alfred Molina as Doc Ock aka Dr. Otto Octavius, Rosemary Harris as May Parker, J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, Donna Murphy as Rosalie Octavius,  Daniel Gillies as John Jameson,  Dylan Baker as Dr. Curt Connors, Bill Nunn as Joseph 'Robbie' Robertson,  Vanessa Ferlito as Louise, Aasif Mandvi as Mr. Aziz, Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin/Norman Osborn, Cliff Robertson as Ben Parker and Ted Raimi as Hoffman

Disaster fund now over £7 million and rising...

THE Sudan Emergency Appeal, launched last week by the Disasters Emergency Committee has already topped £7 million and is on course to raise more than £15 million. The postal donations for the appeal are being sorted and banked at a high security sorting centre in Bootle, near Liverpool. 

The money raised by the DEC appeal will help provide those fleeing the violence in Sudan and eastern Chad with shelter, clean water and sanitation. It will also provide emergency food aid and basic items such as water buckets, blankets and soap. 

The DEC charities benefiting from the Sudan Emergency appeal are:- British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern, Help the Aged, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision. 

To make a donation call 0870 60 60 900 or find out more information about the DEC visit our website at or send a cheque/postal order to made payable to the:- DEC Sudan Emergency, PO BOX 999, London EC3.



ROCK FM and Pleasureland are putting on an amazing show for visitors to the park, on Saturday 7 August. From 2pm to 6pm the local radio station will be beaming out of Pleasureland 9 acts on a specially constructed stage. Admission will be £5, or £20 for a combined Pleasureland wristband and Party pass, tickets available from Rock FM or Pleasureland reception. When the acts are not playing, presenters Gemma Dee, Martin Spence and Darren Greenwood will be keeping the park rocking. The confirmed performers are as follows.... 

Terri-Ann Devine (2003 Fame runner up and 2004 finalist)
Phil Hughes (2004 Fame finalist)
Kim Clarke (2004 Fame winner)
HEAT (Blackpool Pleasure Beach's very own pop band)
Fifth Avenue (Irish chart act)
Lisa Andreas (Solo artist, 5th in Eurovision 2004)
Tommi (All-girl band)
Matt Johnson (former member of One True Voice)
Clea (girl band featuring Southport's Aimee Kearsley) 

We will also be at the party, just to get you in the picture! 


FORMBY School, Range High has scooped one of only six places in the final of a prestigious national competition, supported by the HSBC Education Trust. 

The grand residential final of the 2004 Kielder Challenge takes place on 17 September to 19 September in the fabulous, but remote, setting of Kielder Forest in Northumberland. At the final, Range High School will compete against five other teams for the Kielder Challenge Cup. 

More than 180 teams of eight young people aged between 13 to 16 years (Year 8 to 11) with and without disabilities entered the heats stage 2004 Kielder Challenge in what is a unique outdoor adventure. The school had to compete in a day-long heat that was held at Croxteth Hall, on 22 April against schools from all over the region, including Sandfield Park School and Watergate School. At the heat, the teams had to undertake four, timed, problem-solving tasks to gain a place in the grand final. 

Pat Harwood, a teacher at Range High School, commented:- "It's brilliant that we've got through to the final again. We've been in the last three consecutive finals but haven't won yet. We're hoping to change that this year. This year's team is the strongest yet so I think we've got a good chance. We're confident and the team is really excited. They won't stop talking about it." 

At the final, the team will attempt six challenging outdoor problem-solving-events. They will not know what challenges are until they arrive, although past activities have included photographic orienteering and rafting on Kielder Water. Points are awarded in each event for planning, evaluation, teamwork, communication, support and encouragement. 

The challenge is managed by the Fieldfare Trust, a national charity that promotes access to the countryside and environmental education for disabled people through outdoor recreation programmes. As supporters of the event, HSBC Education Trust aims to create opportunities for children by raising standards of education. Commenting on HSBC's support, Dame Mary Richardson, Chief Executive, HSBC Education Trust, said:- "Positive attitude is essential if a child is to develop self confidence, self esteem and achievement outside the classroom. The Kielder Challenge gives young people with and without disabilities the chance to compete on equal terms. It promotes team work and leadership skills, making them aware of others, and give them a can do attitude which is essential to help them achieve in life."

Log On Today!  Hear the local bands, pop, rock, classical, jazz and more... also going out soon will be phone ins and other talk events that will keep you entertained.