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Issue:- 10 January 2013

Film Review:- "Les Miserables, The Film"

ON Tuesday, 8 January 2013, 2 of our reporters went to a pre-view of Les Miserables at Manchester's G-Mex ODEON Cinema, within The Printworks. It is an extremely good film adaptation of the novel originally that was written by Victor Hugo, in 1862. It is also an adaptation of the musical of the same name. This very exciting production is very well cast. The story is told very powerfully, mainly musically, in song and chant with background instrumentation. The children, who help to make up the cast, are excellent in their roles with 2 of them, 1 boy and 1 girl, acting and singing powerfully. The adult cast is well balanced and, unlike many musicals today, they are not drowned-out by the accompaniment, while their diction is clear for all to understand the whole plot and feel of the performance. Although the tunes are modern, they are not pop, but still very catchy and in places foot-tapping. The opening piece of music seems to stick in one's thoughts and reappears at odd moments during the film. This picture film is a powerful portrayal of life in France during the return of the monarchy. The living conditions for the less well off are portrayed without any reserve and all the characters are accurately dressed in keeping with that period, as is the scenery. At times, one was almost in tears, yet, that possible problem was cleverly minimised by the clever screen writing which switched the scene to another occurrence. Even the venues for the various scenes have been well selected and thus they help to give the production that little extra feeling, and the audience of being in the action with the film stars. It is a film for all ages from 12 up-wards. People left the viewing talking animatedly about the plot and actions which we had experienced at the ODEON, in The Printworks, Manchester. It comes onto general release on Friday, 11 January 2013. It deserves an astounding 9 out of 10 verdict! It is a MUST SEE film which, not only entertains, but teaches some history and even exercises one's feelings in several different ways. It is, of course, a timeless story, as relevant today as when the author first put pen to paper! Do not miss the chance to see Les Miserables in your local cinema.

Our verdict:-

4½ out of 5 stars!

UK  BBFC age rating:-

Film running length:-

12A with Parental Guidance -  This rating is given by the British Board of Film Classification.  A 12A classification means the film is unsuitable for children under 12. However, they may still watch the film, as long as they are accompanied by someone over 18 at all times during the showing. Advice is given regarding the content of the film and the ADULT (18 or over) must decide if it is appropriate for the accompanying under 12. Please note that you can be asked for proof of age if you are the adult.

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Editors note:- "We would like to thank the ODEON Cinema, at The Printworks for their help in conducting this review.  We would like to add that it is well worth a visit as it has a massive 3D compatible IMAX screen within the complex, that has to be watched to be believed!"

North West flood committee is recruiting

A committee that specialises in deciding local flood priorities is looking for 2 new members.

The Environment Agency is looking for the members to join the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) which will cover the major river catchments in the region, as well as the coast.

People with expertise in the water industry or agriculture and land management are urged to find out about a role on the committee.

RFCCs are committees set up by the government to decide on local priorities, raise local levies and approve programmes of work. They also support the Environment Agency and local authorities in working with communities and others to identify and raise funding.

Councillor Derek Antrobus, Chairman of the North West RFCC, said:- "We all know how seriously floods can affect individuals and communities. We have to be the best we can be at managing risks. Membership of the RFCC is one way citizens in the region can help us, through their expertise or ability to speak for communities at risk."

The committee needs to have a balance of skills, knowledge and experience across its membership.

The government appoints the committee's chair. Local authorities appoint 10 members who offer local democratic input and the Environment Agency recruits eight members for their specialist skills; 2 of these posts are currently vacant and these are the new members the Environment Agency is seeking to join the committee.

RFCCs play a vital part in the government's partnership approach to flood funding where local authorities and communities are encouraged to financially contribute towards a flood scheme in their area.

The committee builds on the work started by the former North West Regional Flood Defence Committee which, since 2005, has delivered £171million of schemes funded by capital grant in aid from the Government via Defra.

It has also delivered schemes through a levy on local authorities. Since 2005, more than £25 million has been raised to deliver innovative partnership projects that do not qualify for grant-in-aid funding. In recent years the local levy has contributed towards major flood work on the Carlisle flood alleviation scheme, the emergency works at Cockermouth following the Cumbria 2009 floods, the Warrington, River Mersey, flood alleviation scheme and a large number of smaller flood alleviation and coastal erosion schemes supporting local communities.

Committee members don't receive a salary but expenses are paid. RFCCs meet 4 times a year with occasional sub-group work between official meetings.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 15 February 2013, with interviews taking place during March 2012.

An application pack is available to be sent to you via email  and can also be obtained via phone:- 01925 542464.

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