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12 Angry Men (1957) My Review by Jon Hale

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I only picked up on this film within the last few years due to being given a rather large book for my Birthday titled “1001 Movies: You Must See Before You Die” so after flicking through the pages I stopped on this film and since then have probably watched it 6 or 7 times. You know a film is good when, even though you’ve seen it before and know the ending, you can happily watch it again and again. I love old films, I love the old styles and more importantly the way they were filmed. They don’t make them like they used to!

Are you paying your staff what they are worth?

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I read a relatively interesting article this morning about counter offers. *Cue your round of applause.* In addition, at some point I may explain why Paul Hollywood is the picture header of this article.

Now I am sure everyone has read the statistics that do the rounds on LinkedIn bi-weekly (80% of people leave within 6 months of a counter offer, etc etc etc). However, it was good to read an article where the writer had experienced a counter offer, rightfully rejected it, and then articulated the reasons for not accepting it. DESPITE the new offer being both more money and a higher job title.

A Dutchy in the UK

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This coming November will mark my 4th year of living in the UK and it has flown by. When I finished my studies in Tourism a couple of years before coming over, I was already playing with the idea of travelling abroad and gain experience working elsewhere. However, I did not have the UK in mind to start off with. I was mainly thinking of Spain, Portugal, Greece (aka ‘mainly’ nice weather countries). I wanted to also be able to speak the language and not be too far away from home. Then when I was watching an episode of Two Pints of Lager I thought perhaps the UK might be a good destination as I speak the language and it is “around the corner” from home. So, there I was about 3 months later moving to the UK not knowing that 4 years later I would still be here.

The first thing that I had to get used to was the ‘English Accent’. Although in and around London it is not the most difficult accent it was still a challenge at times. I was, however thought to be American for the first couple of years here in the UK (which really is from watching American movies and series on telly). Once I figured out that the accent where I live (Buckinghamshire) is one of the “lightest” English accents, I was happy about the fact that I had cracked it and wasn’t struggling anymore. Now almost 4 years later I am ok with most accents even Irish and Scottish however the occasional Northern accent still gets me at times. This is where I can pull my ‘sorry I am foreign and English is not my 1st language card’ out of the bag and I am forgiven for keep on saying “Sorry?” “What?” “Pardon?” “Huh!?” I have now however apparently transformed my own accent to slightly Irish as this is now usually the first guess for most people who I meet for the first time. 

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