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10 January 2013
"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.
4½ out of 5 stars!
UK BBFC age rating:-
(Excluding trailers and
note:- "We would like to thank the ODEON Cinema,
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
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
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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