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Game Of Thrones Recap: Fire, Ice And Everything Nice

Ever been so moved by the sheer brilliance of what you had seen a week ago, or by the prospect of what you’re about to witness that you let the 145 second theme song blare out in the background while you passionately sing out loud knowing well that this is going to be the last time for a long time? That was me watching the season finale of Game Of Thrones.

Everything about the finale was perfect; the cinematography, the plots, the scripting, the score and the attention to the little details which in general has been the hallmark of this amazing Tv show. I might say “Oooh, not another long wait” but the happenings in the season finale are more than enough to chew on for 10 months.

I had a hard time picking a title for this post but this really does it and don’t worry, my other title options are coming as sub headings in this pulsating recap.

 

The Weight Of The Crown

 

Right from the start of this episode, you could sense something special was cooking up especially with the awkward silence hanging in the air, it was Sir Loras and Cersie’s trial day and just one of them was present and you can guess who that was.

Sir Loras had confessed to his crimes and was willing to join the seven fully aware he would be giving up his Tyrell name, his lordship in Highgarden and his bloodline. Missing from the trial was the queen mother herself and her son who she stopped from attending – You could already put two and two together, this wasn’t a trial, it was the greatest plot in the history of television overseen by Cersie herself. Curious and furious, Margaery  who got nervous a little too late demanded that the building be cleared out but the high sparrow wasn’t having any of that, a decision that cost all present their lives and made Cersie a few new enemies. The type that call out for blood right away.

The idea was simple, kill them all... the means, cruel even by her standards. She unleashed a weapon four seasons old as she blew the citadel up with wildfire. At that point, my thought was “Really, Cersie, you don’t need more enemies now, DAENERYS IS COMING”. Having seen what happened from the throne room miles away, King Tommen does what he thought logical; drop the crown and take your own life... This is not a game for little kids.

After the death of the king, Cersie having run out of male children to make king was crowned queen all over the seven kingdoms. That would be a good thing but trust me, her reign will be short...death is coming for her across the seas on both sides.

 

Ice: His Name Is Jon

 

Having secured the North, Jon and his half... or is it step now? Ooh, wth? Jon and his stelf sister Sansa made their way to Winterfell. Surveying the great dinning, Jon took a trip down memory lane telling Melisandre how he used to be with the true born Starks. Sir Davos made his way into the scene forcing Melisandre to confess to her earlier crimes working with Stanis. Jon hearing all of that banishes her from the North and that could well be the end of her role on this show.

The North is up for taking and Baelish wants to have it with Sansa by his side but that’s just hopeful talk as the North agree to Jon being the White wolf who avenged the red wedding.

By the way, who is Jon?

In another one of Brandon’s time travel epistles, he goes back this time to see who Jon Snow really is. Apparently, Ned Stark the man of honour isn’t Jon’s father, but rather Ned is an uncle to Jon who is son to Lady Lyanna, Ned’s sister... ugh, I’m sure there must have been a better, less complicated way to put this.

 

In other less interesting news, Arya strikes Walder Frey off her list as she puts an end to his pervy little run on the show. Also, Sam Tully has found the well of infinite knowledge, where he shall drink and learn to become a maester.

 

Fire: The Red Capes Are Coming

 

After the whole thing in Kings Landing, Olenna Tyrell is out for revenge as she sets up a meeting with the Dawnish who have as good a reason as any to want Cersie’s head in a spike... Who set up this meeting you might ask, well, Lord Varys. The only other dickless person on the show that isn’t a soldier.

Why did he set it up? Lol, easy... Daenerys who has acquired ships, dragons, dickless fighters, Dothraki fighters, and the wisdom of Tyrion her queen hand is going to do either of the following:

  • Join forces with the two houses and storm Kings landing all dragons blazing
  • Wait for Cersie to battle the other two united houses and attack when she’s out of resources

Either way, Cersie is in deep deep shit.

 

 

 

 

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It's Data Wars In Nigeria And Airtel Is Winning, For Now

There was a time when 1,000 could only get you 200mb at best on any decent network. Honestly, these times were simple, all you needed was money. After years of throwing away money to the likes of MTN who had pretty sweet internet connection but over the top prices and Airtel who was considerably cheap but very unstable network connection, Nigerians got fed up, at least I know I did.

To our rescue came Mobile wifi routers; first swift then spectranet then smile. Anyone who uses internet for anything serious wouldn’t mind paying through their teeth for internet connection that good; it was 4G LTE after all.

It seemed all was good again, internet users happy. But then something happened. It all started this year and it all started with a network you wouldn’t even think could make it happen.

MTN decided and said ‘you know what, screw this, let’s have a party’, and just like that, MTN subscribers like me could get 1.5GB for 1000 naira, 3.5GB for 2,000 and 10GB for 5,000.

Scary right, the one network who hadn’t changed their plans in years decided to slash prices. I’m sure you can guess what came after, the only network people actually use because of internet decided to join the madness, Airtel raised the bar with this one allowing customers get 4GB for 2,000 and 9GB for 3,500. I actually thought, maybe...just maybe i should have stuck around with Airtel a little longer.

It actually does get better than that. Etisalat came with a crazy offer, and believe me, unlike most other networks, Etisalat’s promotions come with no strings attached and their network can only be matched by MTN’s. 1.5GB for 1,000, 3.5GB for 2,000, and 6.5GB for 3,500. At this point, intensity had intensified and nobody knew what to do... Well that was until Glo decided to end the campaign once and for all, 10GB for 2,500... Doesn’t make any sense to you yeah? Well, me too.

6GB for 2,000

2GB for 1,000

And the mother of all data giveaways, 10GB for 2,500.

You might think that’s all but there’s talks of Airtel selling 11GB for just 2,000.

Picking a mobile data plan just became pretty stressful but it’s the kind of stressful I like.

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Now That Brexit Has Happened, What Could Be The Implications?

Photocredit: politicsmadepublic.com

Britain has voted to exit the European Union following a referendum held on Thursday. The decision to leave the European Union is believed to be what’s best for the nation in terms of moving forward, re-establishing the nation and redefining its place in the world. Although the re-establishment has begun following this decision, it hasn’t been for the best so far.

 

What is the European Union?

The European Union began in 1951 as the European Coal and Steel Community after the World War II, it was an effort by six nations to foster unity through duty-free trade. Six years on, the Treaty of Rome created the European Economic Community, or Common Market.

Britain tried to join later, but President Charles de Gaulle of France vetoed its application in 1963 and in 1967. Britain finally joined in 1973.

 

 

Why Brexit?

 

The referendum asked voters whether Britain should remain a part of the European Union or not.

The reason is this; those who voted to stay think that in order for Britain to have any real influence on the world, the nation has to be a part of a larger piece consisting of other likeminded countries that have the same goal but cannot function as efficient if standing alone.

Those who voted to leave share the thought that European Union has been reformed over the last four decades with regard to the size and the reach of its bureaucracy, diminishing British influence and sovereignty... Here is where the problem lies; both parties have pretty genuine reasons to believe they are right.

Leading the campaign to remain is Prime Minister David Cameron who later resigned after Britain decided to leave. Although with the backing of the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party, the campaign to leave edged them out having 51.9% of the total votes.

The leave camp was led by Michael Gove, the justice minister, and Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, over half the Conservative members of Parliament , and the members of the U.K. Independence Party, or UKIP, and its leader, Nigel Farage. Their main concern being sovereignty and immigration.

 

Who Voted

 

  • British citizens 18 and older.
  • Citizens abroad who have been registered to vote at home in the last 15 years.
  • Residents of Britain who are citizens of Ireland or of the Commonwealth which consists of 53 countries, including Nigeria.

 

What has happened since Brexit?

 

The pound plunged to its lowest level since 1985.

• Investors fled risky assets and turned to the dollar and the yen.

• The Bank of England earmarked £250 billion, about $344 billion, for potential stability measures.

Oh, yeah, Asos crashed due to Nigerians and other opportunistic set of individuals taking advantage of the precarious currency sway.

 

What happens to British tourists visiting Europe?

 

“Open skies” represents one of the most tangible benefits of European Union membership. Since 1994, any EU airline has been free to fly between any two points in Europe. If Britain is to continue enjoying this benefit, Britain must rejoin the European Economic Area and negotiate terms based on bilateral benefits.

That’s just one, accommodation will be a lot more expensive, passenger rights could be affected and British citizens might need to queue up at embassies to obtain a visa.

 

Looking Forward, What is Article 50?

 

Before any state can leave the European Union, the rules for exit which are contained in Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon must be satisfied. Triggering Article 50 by formally notifying the intension to withdraw, it starts a two-year clock running. After that, the Treaties that govern membership no longer apply to Britain and according to Telegraph, the terms of exit will be negotiated between Britain’s 27 counterparts, and each will have a veto over the conditions.

 

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There’s A Movie Showing At Silverbird Today And It’s Not Inside

It’s just common sense to pay your debt.

AMCON, The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria this morning took over all the assets of several companies belonging to Senator Ben Murray- Bruce. The companies to be affected by this are Silverbird Galleria Limited, Silverbird Promotions Limited and Silverbird Showtime Limited.

To save you the stress of reading a lot of legal jargon, here is the gist.

Murray-Bruce borrowed several sums of money from the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc using these companies in 2005 and 2007. Since then, he has defaulted in paying back the money he owes which is estimated to be around 11 billion Naira.

“The said loan was purchased by AMCON in 2011 after the capital base of Union Bank was terribly shaky and the common sense senator has persistently failed to pay the loans and yet has been pretending to be concerned with the welfare of Nigerians whom he has been skinning alive in order to remain relevant and live like a king,” Adegoke said to SaharaReporters.

Mr. Adegoke who is counsel to Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN), the receiver/manager over the assets as appointed by AMCON, was part of the agents who ensured the affected companies were shut down earlier this morning as a result of the court order.

 “The exercise of this morning has all the paraphernalia of legality. Aside from the fact that the receivership was done pursuant to deeds of legal mortgages duly executed by the three companies and guaranteed by Ben Murray-Bruce and four of his brothers, there is a court order backing same up.  

 "It must be borne in mind that innocent depositors’ money is what the common sense propagator and his brothers have been living large and feeding fat upon without recourse to the interest of the real labourers who own the money,” Adegoke said.

With that rusty old place locked down for good, I guess it’s hello FilmHouse.

 

 

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What Does The Game Of Thrones Finale Trailer Tell Us About What Happens Next

If you don't know, well now you do. The season is coming to an end on sunday and we have to endure another horrifying year until it graces our tv screens again..

Looking ahead to the epic conclusion to what has been for me, one of the best seasons politically in the show, the only question i have now, are we looking at an all female ruling?

Have a peek of what the finale has for us.

 

I once asked our twitter users what they felt Game Of Thrones would be like in the end, I got some very interesting answers, the most impressive of them all was a suggestion that things would return to the way they were at the beginning with the Starks ruling over the North, the Lannisters being once again powerful and being friends with the Starks once more, Kings Landing been controlled by a mad king who somehow has dragons to spare but somehow losing his life later on.

In an interesting turn of events, the Starks took back the North last Sunday and i fear my Twitter follower might be on to something. I'm not here for all that though, let's see what Sunday looks like.

 

Here we see the bastard behind the Red Wedding, Walder Frey and Jamie having a "peaceful talk". Jamie who has been a friend to the Starks (at least to some extent) is joining forces with the Freys... or is that a double agent set up just initializing? could Jamie be the one to kill off that selfish old bastard?

 

This one is pretty intense stuff, we see Loras Tyrell getting ready to atone for his sins and of course, just like Cersie, he has gotten the buzzcut treatment too. Is this all part of his sister's plan to free all the Tyrells from the grasp of Cersie by hiding them under the protective arms of the new law in town?

 

"Are you afraid? Good. You're in the great game now, and the great game is terrifying."

The smartest shortest man to walk the streets of Westeros, or rather the seven kingdoms, Tyrion. In this scene, he basically is telling Daenerys about what she has gotten into, the bloody game... There is no turning back, a great woman once said "You either win, or you die"

 

Finally, we hear Sir Davos screaming at Melisandre in front of Jon Snow "Tell him what you did to her". The obvious bit here is that he was making reference to the Baratheon daughter she burned alive at the stake. Her reaction is pitiful really.

She looked ashamed, a woman who had lost fate in her practice for the longest time but found a new reason to believe in her one true Lord again. Sad stuff.

 

 

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*737*Where Did All My Money Go: GTbank’s Mobile Portal Is Taking Everyone’s Money, Illegally

GTbank launched a quick and easy way for customers to top up airtime, send funds from their bank account to any person’s without a token and we all loved the idea.

At least until last week, GTbank customers who use this feature started noticing some fraudulent transactions been made with their account in guise of Airtime purchase. Tolu who doesn’t use this feature decided to see what would happen if he did. I sent a couple of people money and bought airtime with this platform and lo and behold, at work today I got an alert saying I bought airtime and my account was debited.

Pretty intense stuff, they fell for my bait.

Then i headed to twitter only to see a sea of complaints from people, in fairness to the bank, they are aware of this and are trying to rectify the situation.

 

 

So if you use this portal, take all your money away and lock it up somewhere, really, you’re safer tucking your money inside your pillow or in your bra.

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Nigerian Politics: Good For The Internet, Bad For Us

Politics wasn’t designed to be this entertaining but if it was, I’m entirely sure it wasn’t designed to have this much stupidity floating around.

Ever since the previous elections were conducted, the whole world turned to Nigeria who got rid of an incumbent president for the first time in recent years – A change Nigerians accepted in good fate, APC and PDP fans inclusive. But before I proceed, what does that even mean to be a fan of a political party? Well, in Nigeria, a PDP fan would abandon all logic and reasonable thinking and vote in a PDP president no matter how badly unqualified he is – That is how bad politics is here. Political parties have been reduced to no more than football clubs with fans that will go against reasonable thinking and place bets to favour their club regardless of the odds and how bad recent history is.

Ever since President Muhammadu Buhari became President, it has been one “pardon me to use the word” stupid complain or the other from his rival party. Instead of these complaints being directed and represented in the most dignifying of manners, PDP will take to social networks and prove to Nigerians why we didn’t vote them in again by being such jokers.

There has been a lot of recent activities but I’m really only going to throw light on the most recent squabble between one unsupportive group of individuals and one First Lady sick and tired of their crap.

In the recent Halliburton scandal that led to the imprisonment of Congressman Williams Jefferson in the United States, a certain Aisha Buhari was named to have played a criminal part in the affair and although the media claims that Aisha Buhari isn’t our First Lady, the Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose (who, mind you owes his workers and pensioners at least 5 months’ salary) goes and accuses her of being involved.

Angry, our First Lady says this:

 

Now how does PDP react to the First Lady’s tweet?

 

Nigeria is in a mess, let’s rally round and be supportive, as oppositions in power, we understand your eagerness to reclaim what you lost but this is certainly not the way to go about it. The next elections aren’t until 2019 anyway so let’s put aside petty rivalry and wait a while before we display campaign antics.

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Pulp Fiction And 20 Other Intriguing Movies To See Before You Die

I was going through my timeline a couple of days ago and stumbled upon a thread. It was supposed to be a thread showing mind bugling, intellectual and intriguing Sci-fi movies ever to be released. Seeing movies like Now You See Me and Lucy, I felt the list lacked some punch but in fairness to my follower, he did mention it was his pick so I decided to make my own list of intriguing movies you must see before you begin your journey into the afterlife. Most of these movies you know; others, I really doubt it but if you’re not one to let a good movie suggestion pass you by, I suggest you read this because most of the movies on this list are guaranteed to change your thinking.

I present to you, in no particular order, my personal favourite 21 mind bugling movies of all time.

 

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

 

A human drama inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., and in part based on the biography "A Beautiful Mind" by Sylvia Nasar. From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery.

 

Source Code (2011)

 

 Jake Gyllenhaal, a U.S. Army captain is sent into a computed reality to try and stop a train bombing from happening... after his supposed death.

 

Cloud Atlas (2012)

 

A beautiful story about time, destiny and how pattern repeats itself all through different generations.

 

Primer (2004)

 

Intellectual engineers Aaron (Shane Carruth) and Abe (David Sullivan) build and sell error-checking technology with the help of their friends Robert (Casey Gooden) and Phillip (Anand Upadhyaya). But when Aaron and Abe accidentally invent what they think is a time machine, Abe builds a version capable of transporting a human and puts the device to the test. As the two friends obsess over their creation, they discover the dark consequences of their actions.

 

Donnie Darko (2001)

 

In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenager is about to take Time's Arrow for a ride. After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.

 

Shutter Island (2010)

 

The implausible escape of a brilliant murderess brings U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) to Ashecliffe Hospital, a fortress-like insane asylum located on a remote, windswept island. The woman appears to have vanished from a locked room, and there are hints of terrible deeds committed within the hospital walls. As the investigation deepens, Teddy realizes he will have to confront his own dark fears if he hopes to make it off the island alive.

 

Momento (2000)

 

Leonard (Guy Pearce) is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife's killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, untreatable form of memory loss. Although he can recall details of life before his accident, Leonard cannot remember what happened fifteen minutes ago, where he's going, or why.

 

The Forgotten (2004)

 

Julianne Moore stars as Telly Paretta, a grieving mother struggling to cope with the loss of her 8-year-old son. She is stunned when her psychiatrist (Gary Sinise) reveals that she has created eight years of memories about a son she never had. But when she meets a man (Dominic West) who has had a similar experience, Telly embarks on a search to prove her son's existence, and her sanity.

 

The Matrix Trilogy (1999)

 

Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question -- What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life.

 

Exam (2009)

 

Eight candidates try to find out the answer to a single question standing between them and their dream jobs.

 

12 Angry Men (1957)

 

Following the closing arguments of a murder trial, 12 jury members must come up with a verdict on whether or not an inner-city teen must die for his deeds. A task that soon gets swayed by personal issues.. Don't watch the 1997 remake of this movie, it is bullocks.

 

Interstellar (2014)

 

In Earth's future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth's population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind's new home.

 

Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

 

When Earth falls under attack from invincible aliens, no military unit in the world is able to beat them. Maj. William Cage (Tom Cruise), an officer who has never seen combat, is assigned to a suicide mission. Killed within moments, Cage finds himself thrown into a time loop, in which he relives the same brutal fight -- and his death -- over and over again. However, Cage's fighting skills improve with each encore, bringing him and a comrade (Emily Blunt) ever closer to defeating the aliens.

 

Last Year At Marienbad (1961)

 

In this unconventional French drama, a group of unnamed aristocrats interact at a palatial château, resulting in an enigmatic tale told partially in flashback. X (Giorgio Albertazzi) is convinced that he has met the beautiful A (Delphine Seyrig) before in the Czech resort town of Marienbad, and implies they had a romantic relationship. M (Sacha Pitoeff), who may be A's husband or boyfriend, confronts her mysterious suitor, leading to conflict and questions about the truth behind his story.

 

Time Lapse (2014)

 

Three friends discover a photo machine that shows pictures a day into the future. After they use it for personal gain, disturbing and dangerous photos begin to develop.

 

Pulp Fiction (1994)

 

Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) ; his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman) ; struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) ; master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer).

 

The Shining (1980)

 

Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

 

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)

 

As bass guitarist for a garage-rock band, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has never had trouble getting a girlfriend; usually, the problem is getting rid of them. But when Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) skates into his heart, he finds she has the most troublesome baggage of all: an army of ex-boyfriends who will stop at nothing to eliminate him from her list of suitors.

 

Vanilla Sky (2001)

 

Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe reunite after "Jerry Maguire" for "Vanilla Sky," the story of a young New York City publishing magnate who finds himself on an unexpected roller-coaster ride of romance, comedy, suspicion, love, sex and dreams in a mind-bending search for his soul.

 

Contact (1997)

 

In this Zemeckis-directed adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel, Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) races to interpret a possible message originating from the Vega star system. Once first contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence is proven, Arroway contends with restrictive National Security Advisor Kitz (James Woods) and religious fanatics bent on containing the implications of such an event. An incredible message is found hidden in the signal, but will Arroway be the one to answer its call?

 

Inception (2010)

 

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a thief with the rare ability to enter people's dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. His skill has made him a hot commodity in the world of corporate espionage but has also cost him everything he loves. Cobb gets a chance at redemption when he is offered a seemingly impossible task: Plant an idea in someone's mind. If he succeeds, it will be the perfect crime, but a dangerous enemy anticipates Cobb's every move.

 

 

That's that as far as my mind bugling movie list goes.

Hope you like it.

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