Tesco Value Profit Inflator

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Tesco Value Profit Inflator – in store now!

Tesco Value Profit Inflator – bag label

Tesco Value Profit Inflator instructions

As if Tesco didn’t earn enough money to start with. I’d like to think that I’m not alone when I don’t even comprehend what exactly you have to do to misidentify profits to the tune of a quarter of a billion pounds but I think it’s some kind of masterclass that id-iom needs to be taking a part of. Anyway, we racked our brains to see if we could possibly imagine what kind of fantastic device you would use to achieve such extravagant imaginary profits and here is the kind of apparatus I envisaged they were using at Tesco HQ to pump those profits up like a balloon. Like it says on the packaging:

“Please remember that overinflated profits can lead to the auditors being called in. People may get…

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The Ipanema File (2014) – TRAILER!


It’s here!!!

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Proud to present the trailer for the upcoming feature presentation from Fighting Badgers, The Ipanema File! 

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Rosie Morland


I answered some questions about my time working with Fighting Badgers as producer and script supervisor on The Ipanema File…

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Rosie Morland took time our from her science day job to get involved with Fighting Badgers, and ended up taking on a number of roles during production of The Ipanema File… producer, costume, ‘art department’, script supervisor…. and general Fat Controller of The Spreadsheets!

Favourite scene from The Ipanema File?

  • It’s hard to pick! I really liked the interrogation scene, as it was amazing how we transformed the set, and also there was lots of fake blood… all the days with fake blood were pretty good! I also loved the visuals we got when filming a death scene by the sea, even we were racing against the tide on a chilly day in April, it was 100% worth it.
Favourite potential blooper/outake?
  • There was an amazing moment when one of the actors accidentally let loose a “BAM” while shooting someone!

Thing you wouldn’t leave the house without during a shoot?

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IndieBoogie.com – A New Website for Filmmakers

Attention film-makers! Do you hate pre-production? Struggle under mountains or notes and spreadsheets? Wish there was an easy way to organise it all but can’t afford fancy software? Introducing Indieboogie!!

Upload a script (.txt OR .pdf), have all the things you need automatically extracted (locations/cast etc) and available for use in shotlisting and scheduling!

Having trouble finding a location or prop? Ask the community! (Won’t ask, Doesn’t get!)

…and during the shoot, keep your logs in order with our handy shot log function – easy to use on a mobile, and giving you drop-down options specific to your script, I personally can’t wait to try out this feature!

Have a look, try it out, and let us know what you think! We want to hear about the bugs and anything you’d like to see that would make your life easier! All sorts of neat features are already in development and I’ll keep you updated as they roll out!

IndieBoogie.com – A New Website for Filmmakers.

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Croissant Weekend

I’ve decided my favourite style of cooking involves short busts of activity spread out over many hours… Patient cooking, which also let’s me do other things in between. Croissants fit the bill. First day is dough making – frothing, mixing, … Continue reading

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Orange Is The New Black – Season Two: The Review


Really enjoyed the first season – looking forward to catching up!

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Channel: Netflix
Recurring Cast: Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Lorraine Toussaint, Natasha Lyonne, Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Uzo Aduba, Michael J. Harney, Nick Sandow, Dascha Polanco, Matt McGorry, Yael Stone, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Laverne Cox, and Jason Biggs

One of the best things about jumping from Lovefilm to Netflix is that I now get to watch the entire second season of Orange is the New Black early. This helps, because this show is really addictive, which seems oddly apt, considering the criminal material and references to heroin.

In a brave move by the writers, this season strips away some of the stronger characters, allowing some of the secondary criminals to get their time in the spotlight. Last time, we lost Miss Claudette and Mendez, one of them very mysterious and interesting, while the other was a clear fan favourite. Season Two instantly puts another major character out of play, reducing…

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Post-production in Action – The Ipanema File


A wee blog I wrote on the post-production process on The Ipanema File, from the perspective of sitting on the sofa watching the magic happen! Every day the film is looking better and better – can’t wait to share more with you guys!

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We at Fighting Badgers are pretty new to this film-making malarkey, but being inexperienced is no excuse for not getting stuck in!

Since finishing principal photography just over a month ago, we certainly haven’t been sitting on our hands – our editor is based outside London, so we’ve been sending hard-drives full of precious footage through the post (so much quicker than sending over the internet given the massive amount of footage!) and waiting with baited breath for every rough cut that comes back. It’s been fascinating and exciting to see what he comes up with, especially as he was not present during the shoot, so is working purely from the script and the very detailed logs we took during filming. We wait and anticipate the first full rough cut!

Daniel, the director has some editing experience himself, and has been cracking on with getting the trailer ready, and I’ve…

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Middle Ardo Chicken


God I love Tri-X.

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Bringing Holographic Apes to life, on a shoe-string

Some words from Danny on the next feature film Fighting Badgers are working on… and the joys of After Effects!

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Wee Banana Cakes

This recipe is from the fabulous Spooning with Rosie cookbook and is dedicated to Zsolt and the rest of the Fighting Badgers team. These wee guys didn’t hang around set long!

Makes 14-16


65g Softened Butter (I used margarine)

200g Caster Sugar (…soft brown sugar)

1 medium Egg

2 Bananas*

1/2tsp ground Cinnamon

1tsp Baking Powder

60g Plain Flour

65g Wholewheat Flour

Topping: (I made them without this and they were still delicious!)

40ml Water

2tbsp Double Cream

chopped Walnuts

Oven: 150C/Gas 2

  1. Line muffin tray with paper cases
  2. Cream the butter and 120g of the sugar to form a light paste
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, and then fork in the bananas. Mash thoroughly
  4. Add the banana mixture to the creamed butter and sugar a little at a time, beating well after each addition – use a whisk or electric mixer
  5. Sieve in the flour, cinnamon, and baking powder and quickly fold in with a wooden spoon – don’t over-mix, it should still look lumpy but not flour-y
  6. Divide the mixture between the cake cases, leaving space for the cakes to rise
  7. Bake for 15-20min
  8. While the cakes are cooling on a wire rack, place the remaining 80g sugar in a small saucepan with the water
  9. Heat on a low flame until fully dissolved and beginning to turn golden
  10. Add the cream, swirling the pan as you do
  11. Keep swirling til combined and take off the heat – let it cool and thicken
  12. Spoon the cream syrup over the cooling cakes, followed by a sprinkle of walnuts

As mentioned, I didn’t actually make the topping (no cream), and they were still great, so I reckon this recipe could take a bit of tweaking – maybe some nutmeg? Cocoa? Experiments to be done…

*freeze bananas ‘on the turn’ and make recipes like these whenever!

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