Technology 

Relax by a yule log with Lil BUB the internet cat – CNET

No holiday season is complete without a crackling fire and a blissfully happy cat purring in front of it. But if you don’t have a pet or a fireplace, you can still pretend by watching the internet famous feline Lil BUB in her fifth annual yule log video. The video “Lil BUB’s Extraordinarily Magical Yule Log” posted Dec. 12, features the soothing sounds of Lil BUB purring in front of the burning wood, creating the perfect soundtrack for wrapping presents or sipping hot chocolate. Lil BUB is a rather special cat…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars 8: Carrie Fisher wrote THESE lines HERSELF in The Last Jedi

Warning: spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The actress passed away shortly after completing work on the new movie, which was released in UK cinemas last Thursday. Among her most emotionally-charged moments were a farewell with Laura Dern’s Vice Admiral Holdo and a gut-wrenchingly beautiful scene with Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, with whom she starred in the original trilogy. Rian Johnson, the film’s writer and director, told The Daily Beast: “[Carrie] loved one-liners and jokes. She could just pop out so many jokes.  “So the whole thing where…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars 8: What audiences REALLY think of The Last Jedi after opening weekend

There have been divided reactions to The Last Jedi over recent days, with fans who disliked Rian Johnson’s story direction complaining loudly across the internet. Many have even managed to drag the film’s audience score on Rotten Tomatoes down to below 60%, considerably lower than other movies in the series. But do those fans speak for the majority, or are they in the minority? CinemaScore, ostensibly the only audience rating system that verifies whether participants have actually seen the film, surveys all kinds of audience members immediately after a screening…

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Top Stories World 

Light, darkness and lots of cash: ‘Last Jedi’ opens with $220 million

NEW YORK — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will happily settle for second. Rian Johnson’s second installment in the third “Star Wars” trilogy rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. That gives “The Last Jedi” the second-best opening ever, slotting in behind only its predecessor, “The Force Awakens.” The Disney blockbuster became just the fourth film to open above $200 million domestically. Aside from “The Force Awakens” ($248.8 million), the others are “The Avengers” ($207.4 million) and “Jurassic World”…

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Sport 

Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day five – live!

This is actually hilarious. The groundstaff are scrambling the big cover back on, the wind keeps blowing it away and nearly takes a few of them with it. They genuinely look like it’s never rained here before. Maybe it hasn’t? The ABC radio box is in hysterics watching the slapstick unfold. Between laughter, Chris Rogers is noting the holes in the technique. “It rained then, and hard, for a good 30 seconds before they got the hessian on. It’s almost like they were surprised again, and had to get to…

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Science 

Some assembly required: OceanGate readies Titanic sub for the holidays

A scale model of the Titanic luxury liner sits on the other side of the clear acrylic viewport and titanium dome that’s due to be installed on the Cyclops 2 submersible at OceanGate’s headquarters in Everett. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) More EVERETT, Wash. — Almost all the pieces are in place for a Yuletide delivery of Titanic proportions: the completion of a multimillion-dollar underwater craft that’s due to explore the world’s most famous shipwreck next year. Cyclops 2, a five-person submersible that takes advantage of the latest in marine engineering,…

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Entertainment 

Jack Reacher creator Lee Child shares his thoughts on writing while working on 23rd novel

GETTY Lee Child shares how he hopes to allow readers an escape from messy world events His Jack Reacher novels, along with The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, have topped bestseller lists, while TV crime dramas attract huge viewing figures. Child says the depressing nature of world affairs, culminating in Donald Trump becoming US President in January, has inspired writers to become more creative. In doing so they have given readers a break from reality into a safe world where they know…

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Lifestyle 

Dame Patricia Routledge joins McCarthy & Stone choir for Sing Your Heart Out event

Actress and singer Dame Patricia Routledge joined the choir from McCarthy & Stone’s Park House retirement development at the Royal Voluntary Service’s Christmas Sing Your Heart Out concert in London. It was proof, should it be required, that life is full of surprises and, in this case, that moving into a retirement complex offers a world of friendship and activities that you might never experience elsewhere. Just ask the choir at Churchill Retirement Living’s Dean Lodge near Bournemouth, where members have just released a single and their own video on…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi review, Star Wars’ most unpredictable film yet (SPOILERS)

LUCASFILM Star Wars: The Last Jedi takes a completely new direction, but it works wonders The franchise’s excellent eighth “episode” is the most unpredictable yet. Writer and director Rian Johnson offers twists, red herrings, shock deaths and one very unexpected resurrection. After the fun but very familiar The Force Awakens, a much-needed element of surprise has been returned to the galaxy far, far away. The biggest shock is Skywalker (Mark Hamill) himself. When Harrison Ford returned to the franchise two years ago, his mission was to supply retro thrills to…

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Entertainment 

Guys and Dolls review: A smart production with a talented cast and remarkable effects

This is no mere matter of colour-blind casting but the most successful relocation of its kind since the townspeople of Titipu were transported to the Caribbean in The Black Mikado. It is remarkable how seamlessly Damon Runyon’s cast of gamblers, gangsters, showgirls and Salvationists adapts to the Harlem setting. Simon Hale’s orchestrations add blues, jazz and gospel rhythms to the classic Broadway score. So, Miss Adelaide’s Hot Box numbers have a ring of the Cotton Club and Nicely-Nicely Johnson’s Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat would fit neatly into the…

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