Apr 022016
 
League 2
Portsmouth 1 – 0 Carlisle United

Smith grabs winner for Blues

Michael Smith was on target as Pompey saw off Carlisle to make it back-to-back victories.

Following a slow first half, the Blues were much better after the break and created a number of opportunities.

They were only able to take one – with Smith sliding home from a tight angle – but that proved enough to claim all three points.

Paul Cook stuck with the same side that comprehensively beat Notts County on Good Friday.

And they got off to an encouraging start as Gary Roberts met Adam McGurk’s cross, only to see his goal-bound header blocked before it could reach its intended target.

Kyle Bennett then sent in a decent delivery following good work down the left, but it was headed clear and Danny Hollands’ volleyed the loose ball over.

And Ben Davies was not too far away when he attempted a free-kick from 35 yards, curling the ball narrowly past the post.

Carlisle’s first proper chance arrived on 14 minutes and Mark Ellis should have at least hit the target when he was found in space inside the box.

There were not an abundance of chances to get the crowd of their feet, although the hosts were trying their best to up the tempo with some pressing high up the pitch.

United keeper Mark Gillespie did well to claim the ball just underneath his crossbar after Enda Stevens’ cross took a wicked deflection off Tom Miller.

Jason Kennedy had a couple of chances at the other end of the pitch, but dragged one effort wide before failing to find the target from a tight angle.

And, just before the break, Stevens received the first booking of the game following a crude lunge on Brandon Comley.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Carlisle 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

The Blues came quickly out of the traps, but Gillespie claimed Christian Burgess’ dangerous cross and then saved Bennett’s shot at his near post.

And it was another effort from Bennett that led to the hosts breaking the deadlock on 57 minutes.

After some patient passing build-up, the winger’s curler from the edge of the box was spilled by Gillespie and SMITH forced the ball home from an acute angle.

Pompey might have added another moments later, but Roberts could not get enough power on his shot and it was comfortably saved.

There was still an attritional element to proceedings, however, with plenty of fouls to break up the flow of the game.

Carlisle threw on a couple of extra strikers in Derek Asamoah and Jabo Ibehre to try to find a leveller.

But the Blues were inches away from doubling their advantage following a quick counter-attack on 79 minutes.

Paul Jones punched a corner clear and Pompey broke up the pitch, with Michael Doyle and Roberts combining to tee-up McGurk, who burst through on goal and fired against the base of the post.

And both sides then had excellent chances to add to the scoring in a hectic couple of minutes.

First, Smith was denied by a fine save by Gillespie, with Danny Grainger getting across quickly to stop McGurk converting the loose ball.

United immediately went up the other end of the pitch, where Hallam Hope somehow failed to connect with Derek Asamoah’s cross at the far post.

It was Pompey who looked the more likely to score in the closing stages, but Jabo Ibehre wasted a great chance to level at the death when he hooked over from inside the box.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones; Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); McGurk (McNulty 89), Roberts (Naismith 86), Bennett (Evans 90+3); Smith
Goals: Smith 57
Booked: Stevens
Subs not used: Fulton, Webster, Close, Chaplin

Carlisle (4-2-3-1): Gillespie; Miller, Raynes, Ellis (Ibehre 77), Grainger (c); Comley (Asamoah 68), Joyce; Stacey (Gilliead 59), Kennedy, Hope; Wyke
Booked: Raynes
Subs not used: Hanford, Atkinson, Gillesphey, Sweeney

Referee: Charles Breakspear

Attendance: 15,416 (361 away fans)

Portsmouth FC
Apr 012016
 

The Audrey Whitby Page

Audrey Grey Whitby (born in April 10, 1996) is an American teen actress and comedian. She is best known for the recurring role of Cherry on the Nickelodeon television comedy series The Thundermans, her many appearances on AwesomenessTV, and as Audrey Vale / various in the Sonny With A Chance spinoff sketch comedy So Random!.


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Mar 312016
 

As one half of The Two Ronnies, Ronnie Corbett – who has died at the age of 85 – was one of the UK’s best-loved entertainers with a career spanning more than six decades.

The Two Ronnies predated Ant and Dec by more than 20 years and followed on from another household name comedy double act – Morecambe and Wise.
Made up of the rotund, jocular Englishman Ronnie Barker and the diminutive mischievous Scot Ronnie Corbett, the pair would become known for their hilarious sketches, mock news bulletins and comedy songs.

Their famous pay-off after every show was: “And it’s good night from me. And it’s good night from him.”
Neither comic played the straight man, both seemingly more than content to share out the funnies between them and they worked together for more than 30 years until Barker’s death in 2005.

Born in Edinburgh to a Scottish baker and his English wife, Corbett was educated locally but shunned further education after a handful of performances in amateur theatrical shows at his church youth club convinced him he wanted to be an actor.

He served his national service with the Royal Air Force and was, at only five feet tall in his stocking feet, the shortest commissioned officer in the British Forces.
After moving to London, he made his first professional stage appearance as Ronald Corbett in Take it Easy in 1956.. He was initially sensitive about his height, but as his career developed he made shrewd use of its comic potential.

His film appearances included Rockets Galore! (1957), Casino Royale, alongside David Niven, (1967) and the cinema version of the farce No Sex Please, We’re British (1973).

In 1965 he starred with Danny La Rue in cabaret at Winston’s, La Rue’s Mayfair nightclub, where he was seen by David Frost who asked him to appear in The Frost Report. It was there that he first worked with Ronnie Barker. Most of the writers and cast – which included the Monty Pythons John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Michael Palin and Goodies Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie – were Oxbridge graduates. But as former grammar school boys who did not go to university, Corbett and Barker were drawn together and were soon thought of as a pair. They famously appeared with Cleese in the Class sketch, in which Corbett – representing the lower classes looking up to the middle and upper classes – got the pay-off: “I get a pain in the back of my neck.”

Of his relationship with Barker, Corbett said: “We liked each other very much and Ron, I suppose was the brainier of the two of us as far as theatrical knowhow because of his writing skills.” The pair would get their own show in 1971. It would run for 16 years and became essential family viewing.

One of their most famous sketches, Four Candles, was written by Barker showing off his natural gift for amusing wordplay. Walking into an old-fashioned ironmonger’s store, Barker appears to ask for “four candles”. Corbett gives him the candles but it turns out that Barker wanted “fork handles – ‘andles for forks”. With a team of writers and the hugely talented Barker at his disposal, Corbett said he was never tempted to sit down at the typewriter himself: “I think it’s a very brave thing to do, to write something down on a piece of paper and give it to someone and say, ‘I think this is very funny’.
“It’s bad enough getting up and doing it.”

Corbett’s most famous contributions to the show were his solo monologues, delivered from a chair, facing the camera.
His attempts to tell a simple joke, usually with a deliberately corny punch line, were constantly disrupted by his own going off tangent and relating other humorous incidents. The jokes could often last several minutes in the telling. Even after the show ended, it would be regularly repeated and enjoyed many festive specials.

Both Corbett and Barker enjoyed hugely successful solo careers, the latter with the classic prison sitcom Porridge and Corbett in Sorry!, which ran from 1981 to 1988.

In 2005, Corbett teamed up again with Ronnie Barker for The Two Ronnies Sketchbook, featuring comedy sketches from their original series with newly-recorded linking material.
The shows were recorded prior to Barker’s death later that year from heart failure at the age of 76. Corbett led tributes saying: “Ronnie was pure gold in triplicate – as a performer, a writer and a friend.

“We worked together since 1965 and we never had a cross word.
“It was 40 years of harmonious joy, nothing but an absolute pleasure. I will miss him terribly.”

Speaking to BBC’s Front Row in 2010, when he filmed a one-off The One Ronnie to mark his 80th birthday, he said he had never even entertained the idea of starting a partnership with another comedian.

“I suppose I avoided thoughts of it because it had been such a happy and supportive collaboration that we had, that I would miss his advice and his touch.”

In 2006, he played himself in Ricky Gervais’s comedy series Extras. A running gag involved references to Gervais’s character Andy apparently losing his virginity to “a women that looked like Ronnie Corbett”. The episode featured Corbett being caught taking drugs at the Baftas.

He also starred as himself in Little Britain Abroad and, in 2009, he hosted Strictly Come Dancing alongside Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman when regular host Bruce Forsyth had flu.

Corbett was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to entertainment and charity.

Mar 292016
 

The Dakota Blue Richards Page

Dakota Blue Richards (born 11 April 1994) is an English actress. Her debut was in the film The Golden Compass, as the lead character Lyra Belacqua. She was cast as the lead of two other films, Dustbin Baby as wayward teenager April and The Secret of Moonacre as Maria, the latter of which was released February 2009. She also played the character Franky Fitzgerald in the third generation of the E4 teen drama Skins.


Celebrity Pictures . Dakota Blue Richards
Mar 272016
 
POSTER TITLE RATING
Bad Education
The Movie

(2015)

 

Plot Summary

Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall) has taken Class Form K on a school trip to Amsterdam. Unbeknownst to him, Mitchell (Charlie Wernham) had spiked his Crepe with magic mushrooms, causing Alfie to hallucinate, thinking Jing was a panda and was convinced that the Anne Frank dummy was alive, causing him to steal it from the museum (parodying ET) and ends up in a canal.

One year later, the PTA led by Joe’s mum, Susan Poulter, insists that Alfie gets sacked from the school, but Martin Wickers (Harry Enfield) Fraser (Mathew Horne) and Rosie (Sarah Solemani) insist that Alfie is given another chance and that they conduct a surprise visit to the class room. They are unaware that Mitchell tried to do a tattoo on Alfie’s back labelled “CLASS K FOREVER” but only manages “CLA” instead. They burst into his classroom during a game of class wars, which ends with an unfortunate incident with Mrs. Poulter and the class hamster.

Alfie informs the children that they are going on a trip to Cornwall, and he reminisces on a trip to ‘Shagaluf’ with his teenage friends.

Verdict

Although not quite reaching the heights of the amazing TV series this film is a great laugh. Never before have testicles and swans been so funny. Probably very offensive to anyone Cornish.

IMDb . Talulah Riley
Mar 262016
 

The Elizabeth Olsen Page

Elizabeth Chase “Lizzie” Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Godzilla (2014) and the Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). For her role in the critically acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), she was nominated for numerous awards including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. She is the younger sister of actresses and fashion designers Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen.


Celebrity Pictures . Elizabeth Olsen
Mar 262016
 
POSTER TITLE RATING
The Hunger Games
Mockingjay

Part 2

(2015)

 

Plot Summary

After Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, accepted the role of the Mockingjay, the symbol of rebellion against the autocratic Capitol, she and the rebels of District 13 poises an all out war against them. However, this time Katniss has a personal agenda: assassinating President Snow herself to gain revenge not only for Panem’s sake, but for her own as well

Verdict

I really enjoyed the Hunger Games Trilogy(!), both the films and the books but do feel the last two instalments would of been better off as one film. There is a lot of talking and slow moments that appear there just to fill time. Still a worthy watch though

IMDb . Jennifer Lawrence . Willow Shields
Mar 262016
 

The Dakota Fanning Page

Hannah Dakota Fanning (born February 23, 1994) is an American actress and model. At age seven, her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history. As a child actress, she went on to appear in high-profile films such as Man on Fire (2004), War of the Worlds (2005) and Charlotte’s Web (2006).

Fanning then began the transition to more adult roles with Hounddog (2007) and The Secret Life of Bees (2008). Her recent film roles have included the eponymous character in Coraline (2009), Cherie Currie in The Runaways (2010), Annie James in The Motel Life (2013), and Jane in The Twilight Saga (2009–12).

Although the focus of Fanning’s career is acting, she also has fashion-related jobs. Her debut in modeling came in 2009 when she made the cover of various magazines like Elle, Vanity Fair, and Cosmopolitan, among others. She also appeared in the fashion week in New York in 2014 and at the opening ceremony of Fashion Week New York S/S 2015.


Celebrity Pictures . Dakota Fanning
Mar 252016
 
League 2
Portsmouth 4 – 0 Notts County

Pompey roared back into form and ensured it was a very Good Friday with a convincing victory over Notts County at Fratton Park.

Kyle Bennett struck either side of the interval, with a couple of goals that were extremely easy on the eye.

Christian Burgess then opened his account for the club before Marc McNulty came off the bench to add an extra gloss to the scoreline.

Paul Cook made four changes from the side that drew at Mansfield the previous week.

Paul Jones was recalled from his Crawley loan to replace Ryan Fulton – who had been called up to the Scotland under-21 side – between the sticks.

There were also starts for Gary Roberts, Adam McGurk and Matt Clarke, with McNulty, Kal Naismith and Adam Webster dropping to the bench.

Before kick-off there was a minute’s silence in memory of former Pompey left-back Jack Mansell – who passed away last week – and the victims of the attacks in Brussels.

When the game got underway, the hosts made a bright start to match the fine conditions on the south coast.

And Michael Bull earned the ire of the Fratton faithful for not awarding their side a penalty after just a three minutes.

It looked a clear foul from Haydn Hollis on Ben Davies as the right-back charged into the box, but the referee was not convinced.

However, the first half was ultimately a scrappy affair, with plenty of fouls interrupting the flow of the game.

Stanley Aborah collected the first booking for a late challenge on Michael Smith, not that it stopped the midfielder from getting involved in a few more dubious challenges.

There were not too many shots to trouble either of the goalkeepers, with Curtis Thompson seeing his dangerous run eventually halted before McGurk sent a header over the bar.

It was Roberts who had the first decent chance from the edge of the box on 34 minutes, but his effort flew comfortably into the arms of Scott Loach.

Pompey did break the deadlock just before the break, however, thanks to an impressive solo goal from BENNETT.

The winger collected Enda Stevens’ pass down the left and beat Elliott Hewitt with ease before cutting inside and firing past Loach.

Half Time: Pompey 1 Notts County 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Second Half

The hosts probably should have doubled their advantage just after the restart, but McGurk somehow failed to connect with Davies’ free-kick from wide on the right.

But their second goal did arrive on 49 minutes – and it was a joy to behold.

Roberts displayed a moment of class to send BENNETT clear through and he calmly slotted the ball past Loach and into the net.

And Roberts then tried to add an audacious third with a cute lob from wide on the right that drifted narrowly over.

But the visitors were almost gifted a way back into the game on the hour mark when Jones dropped Curtis Thompson’s cross, only to pounce on the ball before Jon Stead could poke it home.

Pompey were soon back on the attack, though, and it took a brave block from former England international Alan Smith to deny his namesake Michael.

Cook made his first switch on 67 minutes, with the tiring McGurk making way for Naismith out wide.

With a comfortable lead, it was a more patient display from the hosts, but they still looked the more dangerous side.

And the home fans did have a third goal to cheer on 81 minutes when BURGESS converted Enda Stevens’ cross from close range to open his Blues account.

That was the cue to bring on Conor Chaplin and McNulty for the impressive duo of Smith and Roberts.

And it was McNULTY who wrapped up a memorable victory in stoppage-time when he headed Davies’ free-kick into the top corner.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Jones; Davies, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Hollands, Doyle (c); McGurk (Naismith 67), Roberts (McNulty 84), Bennett; Smith (Chaplin 84)
Goals: Bennett 44, 49, Burgess 81, McNulty 90+1
Booked: Hollands
Subs not used: Bass, Webster, Close, Evans

Notts County (3-5-2): Loach; Boyce (Atkinson 58), Smith (Campbell 75), Hollis; Hewitt, Thompson, Aborah (Burke 58), Noble, Milsom; McLeod, Stead (c)
Booked: Aborah, Milsom, Thompson, Smith, McLeod
Subs not used: Pilkington, Sharpe, Edwards, Murray

Referee: Michael Bull

Attendance: 16,670 (485 away fans)

Portsmouth FC
Mar 232016
 
IN
Conor Wilkinson

(21)
Bolton Wanderers


Pompey have signed Conor Wilkinson on loan from Bolton until the end of the season

The 21-year-old striker – who will wear the number 25 shirt during his time at Fratton Park – would be eligible to feature in any play-off matches.

But he will not be able to appear in the Blues’ Easter clashes with Notts County and AFC Wimbledon as he is currently away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland under-21 side.

Wilkinson has recently finished a stint on loan with fellow League Two side Newport and played at Fratton Park when the Welsh side won 3-0 earlier this month.

He made 12 appearances for County and has previously spent time with Torquay, Oldham and Barnsley.

Portsmouth FC
Mar 212016
 

After the recent failure of the M-Audio Keystation 49e the time had come to replace it.

No wanting to risk another of the same make I went instead for the Alesis Q49 (the black colour sold it). So far I have no complaints and it has worked and connected perfectly. The keyboard has a better, softer feel than the rather clanky M-Audio.

As I also moved a few of my rack units from under the computer and placed under the Roland JX-3P it was also advantageous to get another rack mixer, spent more than I normally would on a Samson SM10 instead of the usual Behringer RX1602. I have also got a Samson PB10 to supply the power.

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