. If you’re settling back into the comfortable chairs at the local cinemas this summer, enjoying the air conditioning and your pick of the many films on offer, spare a moment to think about the most unusual box-office hit in 1950. In Palmerston North, as it did elsewhere throughout New Zealand, The Secrets of Life , achieved record-breaking attendance figures. Unlike the popular genres of the time - comedies, musicals, westerns, or dramas – this was a film with a difference. Part of the exploitation genre, The Secrets of Life, was a sex-education film. Exploitation films made use of sensational material and hyped advertising to attract their audiences. READ MORE: Coronavirus: Cinemas still open after new mass gathering rules Palmerston North history week launch one for the history books City landscape to become backdrop to nature film festival Record entries make Top of the South Film Festival 'biggest yet' The advertisement in the Manawatū Standard … [Read more...] about Back Issues: The Secrets of Life sex education film a 1950 cinema sensation
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EX-LOVE Islander Anton Danyluk's massive 10-acre home has been put on the market for £2.5million. The reality star's lavish pad boasts a 1,646 sq ft gym, a spa, indoor pool and even a stable for ponies. The villa hunk now spends most of his time in Dubai, where he continues to build his fitness empire. But he first started out training clients at popular boot camp classes right from his home gym. And the 27-year-old's mum Sheri Ann, founder of Scots sweetie firm MacCorns Popcorn, still lives at the property which sits in countryside between Glasgow and Edinburgh in Anton's native Scotland. Selling agents have described the chance to snap up his family pad as a "once in a lifetime opportunity". The popular retreat is set within 10 acres of Scottish countryside with a detached four-bedroom bungalow, large gym complex and a self-catering chalet. The main house boasts a spectacular, open plan family lounge, dining and kitchen area, complete with a pizza oven, breakfast … [Read more...] about Inside Love Island star Anton Danyluk’s 10-acre home on sale for £2.5m – including massive gym, spa and indoor pool
The US and UK have warned by Russia that it would "pay a heavy price" if it invades Ukraine. Tensions between Russia and the West are the worst they have been since the Cold War, with UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss claiming that an invasion would "only lead to a terrible quagmire and loss of life". Currently more than Russian 100,000 troops are stationed at various points along its border with Ukraine - a former Soviet state. Follow live updates as Russia and the US hold critical talks in Geneva Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:38 Truss: Kremlin 'dreams of re-creating the Soviet Union' President Vladimir Putin and his officials insist they are just carrying out military exercises, but fears of an invasion have been mounting since late last year when satellite imagery showed Russia sending more equipment and personnel. Advertisement Here Sky News looks at what's happening on the … [Read more...] about Russia-Ukraine: What’s happening on the border and why are tensions so high?
Islamic State fighters attacked a prison in northeast Syria overnight, reportedly freeing an unknown number of jihadist prisoners, with clashes ongoing on Friday, the Syrian Democratic Forces said. IS sleeper cells launched the attack on Thursday night by detonating a car bomb targeting guards at Al Sinaa prison in Ghwayran in the city of Hassakeh, said the Kurdish-led SDF, which guards the facility. The prison is the main facility for IS fighters in the Kurdish-controlled region of northeast Syria and holds prisoners from 50 countries, including the UK. Prisoners mutinied "in a mass escape attempt", said the SDF, which said it "arrested 89 mercenaries" in the vicinity of the prison. “In an attempt to create chaos, the Daesh detainees burned blankets and plastic materials inside dormitories,” the SDF said in a statement, using an alternative name for IS. The UK-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “five IS prisoners managed to break out.” The … [Read more...] about IS fighters free jihadists in Syria jail attack