Dunkirk Film Review

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So I went to see Dunkirk this week, because my parents had heard all about it and it was one of those films “you should see”. I don’t think so. It simply wasn’t as good as it’s been made out to be.

I have a few issues. Number one, on the beaches at Dunkirk there was supposed to be around 400000 men. They needed more extras, or at least some editing, there was a couple of hundred at the most in lines shown in the film, which made the beach look half empty.

Secondly, continuity? No, we don’t need that any more. I get that yes, it was chaotic, yes the viewer was following several groups of people at any one time. But if they all look the same, at least make it easier for your regular idiot to follow by not switching between different times of day and weathers all the time.

In terms of historical accuracy, was there really just a few helmets left on the beach? Probably not. The beaches were covered in kit, and probably a few bodies as well as the 150000 people who were left behind.

Also, I get that the producers probably wanted to keep the whole thing of “it could be anyone” by not having any character development and no famous names. But I got to the end of the film and I was just like, I don’t even have a clue about the names of half the “main” characters.

I’ll give it some credit, it managed to hold my interest. But it was not as good as people have been saying. Yes, you probably should watch it, because in terms of how difficult it was to get off the beach, I’d say it’s reasonably accurate. However, it is not the “hardhitting” film I heard about.

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you did please give it a like. Feel free to let me know your own opinions in the comments below. If you want to see more of what I have to say, please follow me.

AwkwardHuman xx

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Istralandia WaterPark VS AquaColors WaterPark

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I am currently in Croatia (as I write this. I uploaded it the day after I got back home.) The other day, we went to Istralandia water park and then also to Aquacolors Waterpark.

Istralandia

Istralandia was Croatia’s first water park, which opened on 21st June 2014. It has been rated as the fifth best water park in Europe, and the best in Croatia.

We went on a Friday. It wasn’t stupidly busy like we thought it may be. We weren’t queuing for anything for a stupid amount of time. I think the longest queue was to get in. 

Full price tickets are 180Kuna each (just over £20). You have options to hire a gazebo for 140Kuna as well (I THINK. This is roughly £17). I would reccomend doing this because then you have somewhere to go that’s slightly out of the way and out of the sum to use as a base. Food inside the park is very reasonably priced and not the worst food I have eaten, lunch for 3 of us came to the equivalent of £25. There are also options for lockers for valuables.

The park itself is fairly large and has a wide range of slides. 

I started off by going on the 2 white slides (10 and 11). The lower one on the map here requires 2 people and one of the rings (provided). This is quite a good ride to start yourself off with. Number 11 is better. This is a one person ride, no ring required. You go very fast down this one and you have to lie down (not great on the back). At the end you go very fast into water that’s around 2feet deep (you skim along for a couple of seconds the make a very large splash.)

After this I went on a slide called Top Gun (number 15). This is a very short slide which rarely has a queue. You go shooting down the slide very quickly which when catapults you into the pool (1m20 deep). This is quite a fun ride, however you do get a very bad wedgie as a result. 

I then went on ride number 12 and Family Rafting (number 14). Family Rafting requires a very large ring which is around my height in diameter (5ft8/9). This can be difficult to get up the stairs, however, between 2-4 of you can go in it. This ride is very good however it is a bit of a tight squeeze in the ring. It’s fine for smaller children, there are no giant drops however some of the corners are very tight which scared a couple of the people we were with. Number 12 is also really good. It requires the rings, you can either go solo or double. It is very dark with a few gaps with coloured rings in it (which is really cool) so there are a lot of sudden turns, but no big drops. Both of these rides catapult you into a pool around 1m20 deep.

We had quite a few goes on ride number 16. The queue for this can look quite long, however there are 6 lanes on it so it moves quite quickly. You go very quickly down this and then you are catapulted into yet another pool which was quite deep. I would not reccomend bikinis, someone we were with had a few issues with theirs on this ride in particular.

I then went onto Sky River (number 13) which is very similar to number 12, except a bit of it is open topped. I’m not sure how or when, but I lost my wristband on either number 12 or 14 and after getting off this ride I saw it under the lifeguards chair with a ton of other lost property, so I was able to get it back. 

I’m not sure quite why, but where number 29 is on the map (shown as a viewing tower), the two slides there are not shown. There are 2 slides on this tower, a blue and a green. The green one is better and is a variation on slide number 12 (they do have names, I can’t remember them). You do not need a ring for this one and it is quite good. Except the dizziness at the end.

There is another slide to the left number 14 that is not shown, called Space Rocket (I think). I didn’t go on this, but my dad did. I’ve never heard him so high pitched. He said that the queue moves very slowly, but when its your turn, the floor drips beneath you and you almost vertical for a few metres then you shoot around a few turns then you come shooting out at the bottom into a very long (I would call it a pool but its not a pool) I guess deep tray? 

As well as this there are 3 pools, a kids one, a wave one and a relax one with jacuzzis in it. I didn’t go in the kids one but I went in the others and they were also very good, although the relax one was a little bit cold.

Aquacolors

Aquacolors is the largest waterpark in Croatia. We went to this one second (on a different day). 

We arrived and one thing that we noticed straight away is they give you a waterproof electronic wristband thing which allows you entry to the park and while you are there just sets up a tab for all of your spending, which means you can leave your cash in a locker. It also saves your photos so you can buy them at the end.

Sunbeds were free to hire, however unlike Istralandia, there are no gazebos to hire.

I started off by going on the 2 green slides on the left. Both of these require a rubber ring, either solo or double. I enjoyed both of these rides however, the queue system was not great. Everyone stood in one queue, which meant at one point we stood in a queue for ages for a slide which no one had been on.

We then went on the straight orange slide. This was similar number 16 at Istralandia, except it was shorter and with 4 lanes and requires a float. This was alright and the queue wasn’t too bad. 

Then I went on the large yellow slide. You need at least 2 people and regardless of how many people are on it, you need a 4 person float. The staff on this one were quite friendly and had a bit of a joke with us. They told us there was something wrong with the water so we had to wait 10 minutes, then went and pushed us off. The ride was very good, while not having to go particularly fast either.

I then went on the 2 purple slides directly next to the straight orange one (they don’t show very well on the map image.) They were OK. I wouldn’t reccomend queuing for them but if you go up and see there’s no queue, have a go on them. 

Then I went on spheres (between the straight orange and yellow cone). The queue was very long and disorganised, no one knew which line they were standing in. For this one you need a rubber ring, double or solo. When it was eventually our turn, we found we kept getting stuck in the spheres. I assume the water is meant to guide you out of them, but we go stuck next to the exit, so I had to pull us along with my legs (not fun and quite difficult.) Everyone I spoke to had the same problem.

After this, we went on Uphill navigator, which shares stairs with Spheres. We jumped the queue by actually standing on the right side of the stairs. This ride is double only (due to weight balance etc) and needs a ring. The ride itself was quite good and actually worked. 

Next we went on the long orange one on the right of the cone. This requires a ring of any size (single through to 4) and is unmanned (it has traffic lights.) Which means you can pretty much do what you want. It’s a good ride and doesn’t go stupidly fast so it’s good if you have small children.

We then went to have lunch, which we paid for on the wristbands. We got 2 pizzas between 3 of us for 90kunas (around £10). This fed us and provided snacks for the other 4 people with us.

I had to take some time out after lunch due to medical reasons (nothing serious, don’t worry.) After an hour or so, I felt slightly better so I went onto lazy river (the really long swervy pool) to take it easy. You get a ring and it has a gentle current which slowly pushes you around.

I then decided to go onto some of the slides that I knew were more gentle (so I went on a green, the orange, the race one, a purple, and the cone…) I was going to go on the blue ones on the left (another floor dropping one) but figured it was probably a dumb idea.

I think I failed to mention this earlier, but to get most the rides, you have to go right around the back of all of them because there is only one circular path there. So what should be 10-20 metres of walking was 100metres.

All things considered, I think Istralandia is the better water park because queue management is better and you are less likely to get stuck on a slide. It’s animation program was also much more engaging and popular and although Aquacolors was emptier, due to poor management of queues, it seemed much busier. 

However, I would really reccomend both of these places should you find yourself in Istria at any point, it is worth a visit and you can make your own judgement.

Love, AkwardHuman xx

Note: None of the images used in this post are my own. All have been taken from google images due to the fact that I did not take my phone or camera with me.

I-Bounce

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I am currently at my cousins (as I write this, it will probably actually be uploaded at a later date.) This afternoon while we had some time to kill, we went to a place called I-Bounce.

I-Bounce is one of those big trampoline park places in Newton Abbot. Apparently it was the first one to open in Devon. It costs £9 for one hour standard entry which I don’t think is the worst deal on earth.

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The park is made up of one place with two largish trampolines leading onto a massive air mat (to do tricks.) This was quite fun, however getting off proved to be quite a challenge- you could only exit off one side so as I crawled out of it, I didn’t see my brother and I fell down the slope around him. This led to me being stuck on top of him and because there was nothing solid for me to grab onto, only this massive airbag, I couldn’t get off, much to the amusment of everyone else.

Beyond that, was a grid of 3×5 small 1m square trampolines which you can jump around on between them. At the very end is a grid of 3×4 trampolines of the same size with wall trampolines where you can play dodgeball. 

Near to the airbag there is also a raised viewing area for parents. Lockers are available if you do not want your stuff lying around.

My only complaint about this place is the lack of air-conditioning. It was boiling in there and all they had was fans which just spread the hot air around. 

Should you find yourself in Devon, I would reccomend a visit here since it was quite good. Should you find yourself with nothing to do due to the unpredictable British weather, I would advise that you check it out.

Love, AkwardHuman xx

KSI and Thorpe Park

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So yesterday I went to Thorpe Park. I also happened to find myself less than 5 metres away from KSI (more on that later.)

We arrived at around 10:30am. First we decided to go onto Inferno. Inferno looked sort of intimidating but it is actually a really good ride. It has a loop as well as a few corkscrews.

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We then went onto Stealth. This is a brilliant ride with no loops if you have a fear of being upside down, however if you dislike going really fast or being high, I would really not reccomend this ride. I would also reccomend not having your keys in your pocket (someone else on the ride did and they went flying.)

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After that, we went on one of the water rides called Tidal Wave. If you don’t want to go upside down, really fast or high then this ride is great. BUT, you get absolutely soaked regardless of where you sit.

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Next, we queued for Saw. The waiting time said 40 minutes. However someone was sick on the ride which meant an extra 20, minutes shortly after we joined  the queue. This turned a number of people ahead of us away. I got bored at this point and went off to find food. My two friends who stayed in the queue were there for over an hour after the ride restarted (so the queue time was quite off). They did say it was a brilliant ride. It has a number or drops and a loop. Be aware, you shouldn’t go on this ride if you have just eaten lunch.

However, while I was waiting for them to make an appearance, I stood by the exit to the ride and while I was waiting, I noticed a mob of 10 year olds. I thought this a little odd but didn’t really think anything of it. However, after a little while, KSI appeared at the exit.

I don’t watch KSI so I a) wasn’t particularly bothered at the time and b) didn’t realise who it was until he had gone. BUT, another of my associates got some photos which he sent me.

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All in all it was an amazing day, however, I would advise that you do not go on a weekend in peak season due to the fact it is mobbed. If you do choose to do this, at lunch eat later than normal. This means all the big rides are emptier for an hour or so because people don’t want to throw up.

In other news, yes my blog is back online. There have been words with C and hopefully my secrets aren’t in big danger of being revealed.

Love, AkwardHuman xx

Anti-Frizz Product Reccomendations

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I suffer from this thing known as actual frizz. There are 2 types of hair. There’s the type that hair products are made for, where occasionally a single strand of hair isn’t in place. Then there is actual frizz which is a complete mess.

This makes things hard, because nothing works.

So I decided to come up with a little guide as to which products work and which doesn’t.

1. Aussie 3 minute anti frizz miracle conditioner (I think this is what it’s called, I haven’t bought this in a while). Has no effect. All this did was added a little more moisture, which if that was the effect wanted, I would reccomend the miracle moist one, which in my opinion smells nicer of bubblegum (that is the only bonus though).

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2. John Frieda Frizzease. Some stuff works better than others. The dry conditioners etc are alright. The conditioners have a small effect. I don’t actually think the shampoo has much of an effect, not on me anyway. I have tried most of the sub-ranges within the frizzease range including the original, dream curls, flawlessly straight and miraculous recovery.

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3. Whatever it is that Tresemmé have. I had whatever they do a few years back. Do not waste your time.

4. Redken. Works alright actually however it is very expensive. I got a small shampoo and conditioner and a FPF 40 (Frizz Protection Factor) large leave in serum thing. The shampoo and conditioner work better than the serum however, they all work to an alright standard, however they are NOT a cure.

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5. Garnier. They have a coconut anti frizz conditioner (I think) mostly it just makes your hair less dry but it smells really nice (which is just of course the biggest issue when you are struggling to find a product that works) and isn’t ridiculously expensive.

6. Luxeoil. This is Jesus. It adds moisture to your hair and unlike all the other products, you use it once in the morning and you’re good for the rest of the day. I absolutely love this product and you don’t need tons of to get through all your hair either.

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7. Schwarzkopf hair therapy moisture kick dry conditioner. This is alright, however I have invested into better products, Frizzease has more of an effect than this and I use less of it.

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However, recently I have come to the conclusion that not much will work so I am making the decision to cut it soon.

I hope this guide is helpful to you.

Love, AkwardHuman xx

Spectre/ 007 discussion

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Note: This is not a review. It is an open discussion. Later note 6th Sept 2016: I tagged it review anyway.

Last night my family, L and one of my uncles all went to go and see Spectre.

I personally thought it was a very good film as did most of us except of course, my Dad. He should really be a film critic because he will be very critical about films. He’s in the wrong job evidently.

Anyway, on the way back, we had three discussions.

Discussion 1: Who is the best Bond? My Dad, me and L are in an agreement that Daniel Craig is the best Bond, the way he is quite emotionless and ruthless. As for my mum and the rest, I don’t know, we never finished the discussion.

Discussion 2: Which is the Best film? I think in the end we came to the conclusion that Casino Royale is the best one, although Spectre was a close second for all of us except my Dad. Skyfall was number 3 for me and L but according to everyone else, there wasn’t enough ‘toys’

Discussion 3: Where shall we go for dinner? We found an indian takeaway.

If anyone has a good answer for discussion 1&2 please tell me what you think in the comments, I would be interested to know