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Star Trek: Into Darkness - This week's Film

31 October 2013 / Events / Culture / Film

Film Screening Saturday 2nd November
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)- 132 min PG-13
Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg
Genres – Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

Star Trek - Film Poster

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

87% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Visually spectacular and suitably action packed, Star Trek Into Darkness is a rock-solid installment in the venerable sci-fi franchise, even if it’s not as fresh as its predecessor.’

Review by Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian, Thursday 9 May 2013

‘JJ Abrams’ new Trek instalment is as glitzy as his first, but it’s the arrival of Benedict Cumberbatch as a mysterious new foe that fuels this outing for the Enterprise’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) IDMB


Green Tourism Week

27 October 2013 / Business / Guests / Sustainability

To celebrate Green Tourism Week (4th-10th November), Independent Hostels UK (IHUK) have teamed up with the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) to highlight businesses with the Green Tourism award on the Independent Hostel Guide website and in the 2014 guide and to encourage businesses with an Eco outlook to consider applying for GTBS grading.

Read more here from IHUK

Electric Car Charging

Some responses to questions from us here at Thorney How:

What motivated you to go down the “eco” route?

This has always been something that we have been keen to do. Having spent a lot of time in the natural environment it seems a straightforward step to want to care for it in whatever way we can too. We’ve always sought to choose eco options, in our domestic and working lives from growing our own food where we can, to always using green energy solutions and providers.

What has been the biggest change you have made to your accommodation?

Thorney How is a grade 2 listed building, we have spent much of the last two years since we took Thorney How over from the YHA consulting with professionals, attending courses and generally researching the eco options that are available to us. As an older building some of these options do not make much sense, and we are limited with our grade 2 listing from many structural alterations, including replacing the single glazed windows and installing solar panels.

Some form of heat replacement was the only real sensible option. The building does get cold and is draughty (high winds outside) in winter and our current night storage heaters are both expensive to run and woefully poor at delivering the right heat at the right time.

Our first task was a new drainage system at the front of the property in 2012. Then after a 4 month build programme we commissioned our new Biomass Boiler in April 2013. The new boiler uses sustainable wood pellets in a very efficient system that generates hot water for both showers and central heating. We have had to completely reinvent the wet system for the building, this is itself a big and messy job. Currently this is now working for the newly refurbished bunkhouse and will be extended to the main house this winter.

What do your customers think of your green credentials?

Many of our guests have commented on our use of electric bikes, the car charging points, the LED lighting and recycling points as these are the more visible interventions around the building. Several have been on mini tours around the new wood pellet boiler. But in the main sustainability does not feature highly in travellers choices at the moment.

This does surprise me still, all too often guests do not display behaviours that are consistent with nurturing the environment that they are here to enjoy.

We actively encourage guests to adopt sustainable choices when they visit us, to consider their use of energy in the building, in recycling their waste and in considering their travel options. We can only hope to encourage more people to build eco awareness into their travel lifestyles.


The Cat Returns - This week's film

23 October 2013 / Events / Culture / Film

Film Screening Saturday 26th October
The Cat Returns (2005 UK) – 75 min (U)
Director: Hiroyuki Morita
Starring: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda
Genres – Animation | Adventure | Comedy
After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

The Cat Returns - Film Poster

A young girl rescues a mysterious cat from traffic and soon finds herself the unwelcome recipient of gifts and favors from the King of the Cats, who also wants her to marry his son, Prince Lune. With the assistance of a fat, grouchy real cat and a an elegant cat statuette come to life (both characters featured in Studio Ghibli’s earlier anime “Whisper of the Heart”), the girl visits the Cat Kingdom and narrowly escapes again.

94% Tomatometer

Review by Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian Friday 27 May 2005

A Japanese animation from the legendary Studio Ghibli (creators of Spirited Away), directed by Hiroyuki Morita. The story has a moderate charm, but is less baroque and ambitious than many Japanese animations. It’s probably best enjoyed if you are, as it were, a cat person.

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – The Cat Returns (2005) IDMB


28 Weeks Later - This week's film

16 October 2013 / Events / Culture / Film

Film Screening Saturday 19th October
28 Weeks Later (2007) – 100 min (18)
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle
Genres – Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.

28 Weeks Later Film Poster

28 Weeks Later picks up six months after the Rage Virus has decimated the city of London. The US Army has restored order and is repopulating the quarantined city, when a carrier of the Rage Virus enters London and unknowingly re-ignites the spread of the deadly infection and the nightmare begins… again.

71% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘While 28 Weeks Later lacks the humanism that made 28 Days Later a classic, it’s made up with fantastic atmosphere and punchy direction’

Review by Sukhdev Sandhu, The Telegraph 11 May 2007
‘The sequel to ’28 Days Later’ is a gripping, precision-made stealth chiller which also lends itself to all sorts of surprising interpretations….’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – 28 Weeks Later (2007) IDMB


Life Of Pi - This week's film

5 October 2013 / Events / Film

Film Screening Saturday 5th October
Life of Pi (2012) – 127 min
Director: Ang Lee
Starsring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Gérard Depardieu
Genres – Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Life Of Pi Film Poster

In Canada, a writer visits the Indian storyteller Pi Patel and asks him to tell his life story. Pi tells the story of his childhood in Pondicherry, India, and the origin of his nickname. One day, his father, a zoo owner, explains that the municipality is no longer supporting the zoo and he has hence decided to move to Canada, where the animals the family owns would also be sold. They board on a Japanese cargo ship with the animals and out of the blue, there is a storm, followed by a shipwrecking. Pi survives in a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena and a male Bengal tiger nicknamed Richard Parker. They are adrift in the Pacific Ocean, with aggressive hyena and Rickard Parker getting hungry. Pi needs to find a way to survive.

87% Tomatometer – Review on Rotten Tomatoes
‘Lee is a wizard, Life of Pi is an incredible spectacle and the technical effects are brilliant.’

Review by Philip French – The Observer, Sunday 23 December 2012
‘The versatile Ang Lee brings Yann Martel’s tale of shipwreck and spirituality to the big screen in magnificent fashion’

Film starts 8.30pm – free admission
Joining us for food – please book ahead

More information here – Life Of Pi (2012)IMDb