Tuesday, 30 November 2010

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Monday, 29 November 2010

#Movember Day 29

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Sunday, 28 November 2010

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Friday, 26 November 2010

Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights. Tuesdays at 10pm on Channel 4. www.channel4.com

This six-part series combines Frankie's outrageous and often controversial stand up with pre-filmed sketches in which he picks apart all aspects of modern life. Everything is given a uniquely Frankie spin - scabrous, sharp and scathing - for no-holds-barred comedy that promises Boyle with extra added bite.

The Morgana Show. Tuesdays at 10.35pm on Channel 4. www.channe4.com/morgana

This five part sketch features the comic creations of the eponymous Morgana Robinson. These include Gilbert - A well-meaning but socially inept teenager who is making his own homemade TV show with the not-so-expert help of his granddad - Madolynn and Norman - Madolynn's a past her prime Hollywood siren who is now a hopeless alcoholic living the LA lifestyle with husband Norman - but also impersonations of famous faces as well including Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole from the X Factor and self styled daredevil Fearne Cotton.

#Movember Day 26

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Thursday, 25 November 2010

#Movember Day 25

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

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Monday, 22 November 2010

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Sunday, 21 November 2010

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Saturday, 20 November 2010

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Friday, 19 November 2010

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Thursday, 18 November 2010

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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

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Tuesday, 16 November 2010

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Monday, 15 November 2010

Movember - Day 15

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Sunday, 14 November 2010

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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Friday, 12 November 2010

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

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Monday, 8 November 2010

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Saturday, 6 November 2010

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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Monday, 1 November 2010

Movember - Day 1

AngryBritain is growing a 'Mo' for Movember, check here daily for our 'Mo'gress!

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

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Monday, 25 October 2010

NEW! X-Factor Roundup - Week3

Week 3 of X-Factor, Britain's very own 'Search for a Karaoke Superstar' juggernaut rolled into town on Saturday night and it's time, to face, the fact that, we're hooked.

The bright eyed hopefuls burst onto the stage and straight into a sanitised version of Cee-Lo Green's 'F*ck You' appropriately renamed 'Forget You' because we will have done precisely that with the majority of them by the grand final.

After a few flashes of Simon's white teeth, Cheryl's home-dyed hair, Dannii's expressionless botox-filled face and Louis clapping his hands like George Osbourne at a cashpoint, we were off into the first performance. Paije Richardson, who had come dressed as Joan Collins circa Dynasty, belting out 'Aint Nobody' (Dressed Like This Anymore). Shoot the stylist!

Next up John Adeleye trying to inject some fun into his performance but clearly concentrated on his Poodle style hair instead. Zoom? Yes John, as it turned out straight to the head of the dole queue.

Trying to 'Do It Right' next was Jessica Rabbit, sorry Rebecca Ferguson, with bright red hair, red lips and a dress to match, it was quite clearly a warning to turn the TV down and wait for the arrival of the snarling side-mouthed singing Cheryl Cole tribute act Cher Lloyd, sporting a perm not seen since Kevin Keegan last used it in the 70's. Cher encouraged us to 'Shout, Shout, Let It All Out' and I did, until her performance ended.

Painter and decorator Matt took to a stool with guitar to make a Britney song his own. Hit Me Baby One More Time? No thanks, but keep hold of that stool and guitar, they'll come in handy on the underground. And so will your hat. Taking equally bad fashion tips from this year's X-Factor 'stylists' were One Direction with their 'Back To The Future' trainers, scruffy hair and not a pube between them. Their sickly sweet performance of 'Nobody Knows' (Who we are) no doubt had 12 year old girls beheading their Justin Bieber dolls across Britain.

There wasn't a 'Whole Lotta Love' for TreyC Cohen who ended up in the bottom three after belting out Led Zeppelin's classic. Her performance clearly went down like a Led Balloon with the public. There wasn't much love either for one trick pony Tesco Mary Byrne and her rendition of 'I Have Nothing'. Cowell scowled at Louis 'She needs to do a more modern song' and we fear that if Louis doesn't give her one next week, it could be Mary that will need help packing her bags.

Morrisey Grimshaw then had a miserable daffodil waving stab at being James Bond with 'Diamonds Are Forever', Diamonds might be forever but your singing career sure isn't. Aiden was followed by the cattiest girl band in the history of the X-Factor ironically singing 'I'll Stand By You' (So long as you tell me I'm the prettiest). In possibly their worst performance so far, they miraculously hung on for another week avoiding the sing-off.

Standard fayre from Katie Waissel as she trotted on, was a bit smug, and trotted off again before Wagner, the lion-haired sex pest took to the stage for his cringeworthy Spice Girls and Ricky Martin 'mash-up' surrounded by scantily clad buxom dancers. Yet despite the ensuing uproar over the dancers appearing to expose themselves to Wagner at the end of the song, barely anyone passed comment on the biggest tit of all.

The one singing.

See you next week, and thanks for reading. If you liked it, we might just do it again.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Misfits - Series 2 Trailer!

Everyone's favourite super charged ASBO teens will be back on E4 in November. The BAFTA winning comedy drama was praised by audiences and critics alike and as a teaser here is the code for the trailer that premiered last night during The Inbetweeners.

Brand new Misfits. Coming to E4 in November. www.e4.com/misfits

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

LONDON RIVER - A film by Rachid Bouchareb

‘LONDON RIVER’ will be released on DVD on the 11th October, by Trinity.

Set against the backdrop of the 7th July 2005 bombings, London River tells the story of a friendship which develops between two seemingly unconnected people - Elizabeth (Brenda Bleythn) and Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyate). Both of them have come to London to search for their children who are missing in the aftermath of the bombings.

Although they come from different religious backgrounds - Ousmane is an African Muslim living in France and Elizabeth is a white Christian living in Guernsey, they share the same hope of finding their children alive. Putting aside their cultural differences, they give each other the strength to continue the search and maintain their faith in humanity.

London River - Trailer from London River on Vimeo

The DVD has 16 minutes of extras, including an interview with Director Rachid Bouchareb and Academy Award nominee Brenda Blethyn, as well as the theatrical trailer.

BBFC Rating: 12

Film Length: 85 Minutes

Extras: 16 Minutes

RRP: £15.99

Release Date: 11th October 2010

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Seven Days - PREVIEW!

Follow the interwoven lives of some of Notting Hill's most colourful characters, in the documentary series where what you see has only just happened. An outspoken hairdresser, a budding rapper, two glamorous models, a single mother, a student, two pet therapists, a flamboyant restaurateur and many more, all with stories to tell and decisions to make. What have they been doing in the last seven days?

Combining not only up to the minute documentary footage that's filmed, edited and on air in just Seven Days the 8 part series includes ground breaking online interactivity at its core. Through a unique offering called Chat Nav that combines digital and social media the Seven Days audience will be able to communicate with, and influence how, the real people of Notting Hill live their everyday lives by interacting with them at www.channel4.com/sevendays.

Using specially created components the site aggregates all media activity and packages it up so that the people on screen will be able to see, and act on, what the people at home say about them.

Catch Seven Days - Wednesday 22 September 2010, 10pm, Channel 4 - www.channel4.com/sevendays

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Hero at 30,000ft - Preview!

Derren Brown, the acclaimed psychological illusionist, returns to Channel 4 for an amazing 70 minute special on Wednesday 8th September at 10pm.

Hero at 30,000 Feet takes an ‘average Joe’ on an extraordinary psychological journey which will culminate with him facing a life-changing decision of whether to take control of a Boeing 737 packed with passengers, which he believes is about to fall out of the sky.

Viewers will also witness a series of extraordinary personal challenges the subject has been through with Derren as he becomes empowered by life-skills that transform his unconfident character.

Watch the trailer now here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/derren-brown-the-specials/articles/derren-brown-live-trailer
Derren Brown says: “I hope it's a show that people take something from. We easily let life pass us by, and ultimately this is about engaging with life and understanding that it is the choices we make right now that define us, not what we've done in the past.

Derren Brown: Hero at 30,000 Feet. Tonight at 10pm on Channel 4. www.channel4.com

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

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Don't forget to tell them AngryBritain.com sent you!

Preview: This is England '86


A brand new four-part serial coming to Channel 4 in September

It’s 1986 – the year Maradona ends England’s world cup dreams in Mexico; the year Top Gun is the highest grossing film; the year over 3.4 million Brits are unemployed and the year Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is leaving school.

On his own again after the gang was broken up by Combo’s (Stephen Graham) terrifying acts of violence, hapless Shaun is a magnet for trouble. Then a chance encounter reunites him with Woody (Joe Gilgun), Lol (Vicky McClure), Smell (Rosamund Hanson) and the others and soon the past is forgotten. The gang are back together and they’re all looking for love, a laugh, a job and something that resembles a future.

Shane Meadows said: “When I finished This Is England I had a wealth of material and unused ideas that I felt very keen to take further – audiences seemed to really respond to the characters we created and out of my long standing relationship with Film4 and Channel 4 the idea for a television serial developed. Not only did I want to take the story of the gang broader and deeper, I also saw in the experiences of the young in 1986 many resonances to now – recession, lack of jobs, sense of the world at a turning point. Whereas the film told part of the story, the TV serial will tell the rest.”

Channel 4 Head of Drama, Camilla Campbell, said: “Film4 has a longstanding relationship with Shane, and so I’m thrilled that a filmmaker of his calibre has decided to make his TV debut for Channel 4. I can’t wait to see the characters reunited in 1986 and watch their stories unfold over four hours of television. With all it has to say about the way we live now as well as the way we lived then, this is a darkly funny and utterly compelling British drama.”

Catch This Is England '86. Tue 7 Sept, 10pm, Channel 4 - www.channel4.com/thisisengland86

Monday, 30 August 2010

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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

#WIN - 3 Course Meal with VIP Hospitality

In association with City Warriors White Collar Boxing, we are delighted to offer you the chance to win an exclusive pair of ringside tickets for their 'Models Fight Night' in aid of The Redwood Lodge Children's Home on Thursday 23rd September at The Troxy, London

This fantastic prize includes a 3 course meal, wine on the table, waitress, service and tickets to the after party. This is a black tie event.

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Friday, 20 August 2010

Friday, 13 August 2010

Alive, well and living on Twitter

As it turned out following my initial excitement sadly, Froyo 2.2 didn't agree with my Nexus One. It started doing some odd things, it would randomly move between screens, the battery life was reduced by around 30% - one day in particular I took it off the charger at 10.30 am and it was dead by 4 - and worst of all, it absolutely refused to connect to my work's Exchange server, meaning I couldn't pick up my work email.

My Nexus One was effectively a very pretty paperweight.

I trawled the very helpful Vodafone forums and Google but it seemed I was alone with my oddness, and some might say not for the first time. Vodafone's forum moderators suggested a few things to try but sadly none of them resolved the issue so it was escalated internally to them via their excellent Twitter customer team @VodafoneUK.

Within a few hours one of their techies 'Andy' had called and he promised to go off and see what could be done without me having to send the phone back avoiding any inconvenience. 'Andy' apparently has contacts in high places at Google so if he couldn't fix it, no-one could.

So today, I received another phone call from the lovely 'Kirsty' on their web relations team. She basically broke the news that I had broken the phone while upgrading it. Well, actually that's not what she said at all, she said I clearly had been unlucky with the upgrade and it hadn't gone as it should have. While chatting to her I told her that I was very reliant on email, twitter and a phone who's battery lasted the day and that although a replacement Nexus One would be lovely, I really wished that I had gone for a BlackBerry having never been let down by my previous 8900.

To my absolute delight 'Kirsty' said that as I was only just outside their swap-out period that on this occasion she would swap the Nexus One for a new Blackberry 9700, and change the contract to a BlackBerry plan. Not only that, but it would be delivered to me on Monday, and all I needed to do was box up the Nexus One and send it back to them once the new phone was up and running. In other words I wouldn't be phone-less for any period of time.

Ultimately, even though I was unlucky with the upgrade to Froyo, (Many others have no complaints and are enjoying both their N1's and the new 2.2 features), as a 'Power' user running AngryBritain.com mostly from my phone during the day, I probably chose the wrong one to replace my previous BlackBerry. There's nothing wrong with the Android phones and they really are a very cool alternative to Apple's offering, but for me sadly, it just hasn't worked out this time.

Vodafone really would have been quite within their rights to tell me to bugger off and make me take a replacement Nexus One with 2.1 but they didn't, and it's this 'over-and-above' Customer Service that needs to be celebrated.

Great customer service is all too rare in Britain today and it's heartening to know that it is still out there alive, well and apparently living on Twitter, and to @VodafoneUK I am truly grateful. They can now consider themselves to be genuinely a part of 'Team AngryBritain' helping us build a better Britain.

So, if you're in the market for a new phone you could do a lot worse than jump on Twitter and follow @VodafoneUKDeals and @VodafoneUK. Tell them AngryBritain.com sent you.

Vodafone UK - AngryBritain.com salutes you.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

#ABReviews Frozen Yoghurt

'A new update is ready to install, please connect to charger', was the message that popped up on the Nexus One last night. Could it be? Could it be Froyo, Android 2.2?

Indeed it was.

Surprisingly quickly the update downloaded itself over my god-awful Sky broadband connection, installed and waved hello from the home screen, data intact. No three hour long iPhone OS upgrade and restore nonsense here thank you.

While taking a beating from the Android community for being too chicken to 'Root' my phone from day one, I was happy to wait for the official upgrade, thereby leaving my warranty in tact. As it turned out, my patience looks to have been rewarded.

Announced 2.2 features like Exchange support, USB tethering, and Wifi hotspot, all of which had been in doubt that Vodafone may remove them, seem to be present and correct. As does a boost in scrolling speed, browser loading and iPhone-like multitouch pinch and zoom in the gallery and browser.

As you can see from the picture, there are now permanent hotlinks to the Phone and Browser, freeing up two slots on the home page, which is handy when you have two widgets running like I do. One of those being the improved 2.2 Google search which lets you limit searches to the web, your phone, your contacts or your apps making things easier to find.

In my original Nexus One review, several of the niggles I had with it were resolved with a couple of free apps thanks to the Android community within about an hour of posting the review.

The one that remained was scrolling to the bottom of an email string to reply and I'm delighted to say it has been resolved in 2.2. A reply button, which expands to 'reply, reply all, forward' appears prominently in the top right hand corner, exactly where it should be. There are also a couple of new buttons to let you flick through your emails one by one without jumping back to the inbox.

Since the original review I've found a couple of nifty widgets that show an unread count on Messages and Gmail in an iPhone style that replace the normal shortcuts for those apps. They look great. You'll see the non-standard Gmail icon in the pic above, the messaging widget is identical to the original. Anything Apple can do ...

Android 2.2's biggest two-fingered salute at Apple comes in the form of support for Flash. BBC iPlayer over wifi works a treat and web pages with Flash elements load and play just as they would on your desktop. How do you like those apples Apple?

All we need now is a decent music player interface and the iPhone4 really does have something to worry about.

You may have read that the N1 is about to be phased out by Google and sold only directly to developers. Google simply don't have the business model to be able to supply to end users so they will now just provide support for it.

The good news is Vodafone UK will continue to sell it to the masses for the foreseeable future, as will other carriers around the world. So, if you're in the market for a new handset nip down to your local Vodafone store and play with a Nexus One with 2.2 and iPhone4 side by side. Don't just follow the herd.

I'll keep this post updated with things I discover as time goes on, but if it's hasn't reached you already Froyo is coming to your Nexus One soon. And it's great.


Wednesday, 14 July 2010

#ABReviews - The Google Nexus One - UPDATED!

Two weeks ago I had an unwelcome phone call at 8.57am while trying to boot the 8yr old out of the door to school. The result of this was a BlackBerry 8900 lobbed somewhat carelessly at the worktop. Only it missed the worktop and at some velocity met the stone kitchen floor.

I've dropped my phone in the past, mostly while pissed and from some considerable height so I was surprised to find a blank white screen with a jagged line of leaking LCD crystals staring back at me. After I'd said 'Fuck' quite loudly in earshot of the 8 year old, I picked it up.

Now, me and 'The AngryBerry' have some history. In the time before I had children, I would change my phone more often than I changed my underwear. I got rid of my iPhone 3G due to it's inability to send email from any pop account that wasn't @mac.com and it's 5 minute battery life. I replaced it at the time with a 2 year deal on a BlackBerry 8900.

Thanks to my previous disposable income suddenly disappearing on nappies and baby-paraphernalia with the birth of my daughter, when the AngryBerry took it's tumble I was 18 months into that contract and VERY ready for a change. Orange wanted £70 for a new handset as I had foolishly declined to pay £12 a month for the last 18 for their insurance *snigger* - That's a consumer tip right there. The 'man-sums' suggested that I would be barely worse off starting a new contract, with a new phone. And boy was I ready for it.

I've had them all over the years, Nokia's, Samsungs, Sony Ericssons, Palms, iPhone 2 and 3G and other Blackberrys so consider myself reasonably qualified to review phones. However, I am no T3, Engadget or Stuff magazine who really know their techno-onions. So some of this review may be utter bollocks.

Pre-worktop incident and knowing I was due for an upgrade at the start of November the hunt for a new phone had already begun.

As an internet celebrity *cough* I rely heavily on Email and Twitter and am very rarely less than 30cm from my phone. It needs a battery that will last a full working day, which to me is a charger-less hammering between 7am to 7pm, think continual Email, Tweeting and IM. Up until I destroyed my BlackBerry 8900 it had performed these tasks commendably, let down only by it's utterly dreadful internet browser.

The iPhone 4 was the natural choice. So much so that I had battled the queues on launch day to go poke one and stare in awe at it's retina displayed glass clad beauty. When I left the Apple Store on Regent St that day, nothing but a white 32GB iPhone 4 would do. As the white one hadn't started shipping, I'd sit it out and wait.

And then the bad press started. And didn't stop.

This meant the choices for a replacement were fairly limited. Under consideration were:

- iPhone 4

The iPhone4 was very disappointingly a non-starter due to the widely reported signal issue, and my past experience with poor email integration and the dire battery life. Believe me that waving it goodbye was a real wrench as I'd had my heart set on one since those pictures hit Gizmodo.

- Palm Pre Pro

I struck off the Palm Pre early on due to it's horrid bubble-wrap keyboard and the fact that people would probably point and laugh in the street when I took it out of my pocket.

- BlackBerry Bold 9700

Having had a BlackBerry 8900 for 18 months and it never letting me down, I was heading towards a new Bold. Albeit the flashy white version. I don't really have anything negative to say about Blackberrys other than I just wanted something different that could do what it did, with a better browser. It was still very much in the running. The safe choice.

So that left the HTC Desire and Google Nexus One. And Android - an unknown quantity.

While essentially the same phone, personal preference of the design of the Nexus One over the button arrangement on the HTC Desire led me to seek out a deal on Twitter from @VodafoneUKDeals for the Nexus One.

I'm now a week in with the Nexus One (N1). And this is my review.

It comes in a box. With things that you need to make it work. The handiest of which is a neoprene case with an Android embossed on it. On the downside, it is a bit thin and provides minimal protection, I imagine, from stone kitchen floors. But it'll do to keep the screen scuff free until a proper case arrives from eBay, like mine did after 3 days. £2.69 for a gel case and proper screen protector from a UK seller. Bargain.

In the hand, for those of you who have iPhones, it is an eerily similar experience. A big bright 'some-inches' AMOLED screen, minimal clutter and a trackball. Which is pointless but it does glow when you get a message. On the top you have your on/off and mute button and on the left hand side volume up and down. The N1 has a soft touch coating round the back so it doesn't feel like it's going to slip out of your hand like the old iPhone 2G.

Turn it on and you're greeted by Android 2.1 (A moot point while Vodafone sort themselves out and send the 2.2 Froyo update)

Steve Jobs will probably shit out an iPad if he reads this but essentially Android is scarily similar to the iPhone UI. Prod stuff, things happen. Swipe stuff and things happen, mostly very smoothly. Pinch a webpage, and it zooms in and out, perhaps not as smoothly as an iPhone might do it, but not so you'd notice and kill yourself out of shame.

Voice Search and Input is utterly brilliant and provides moments of hilarity as it gets simple words very very wrong. But really it's a gimmick, and you'll end up using the keyboard. So let's talk about that.

The bad:

Ok. The Android keyboard is not as good as the iPhone's. There, I said it. And there is no getting away from it. It is neither as accurate nor is the 'predictive' autocomplete anywhere near as good as I remember my iPhone 3G being. Having had a super accurate BlackBerry qwerty keyboard for 18 mths I am struggling to make the transition to a soft-keyboard, but I am getting there and improving with it daily. From some Googling I understand you can install the HTC Desire's keyboard which improves things - this is on my to-do list. And that's the beauty of Android, you can bugger about with it. The same will never be true for Apple.

UPDATE 15/7: Since posting this last night a twitterer pointed me in the direction of 'SwiftKey' a free app from the Android Market. It's a new keyboard that is both more accurate, and unnervingly predictive. It's looking very much like my keyboard gripe is over.

Another sucky feature is the lack of a BlackBerry style dial by name shortcut. Ie, Type A-N-G-R-Y on the keyboard and it brings up ANGRY's number. Instead, you have a very awkward scrolling system, which is not as slick as the iPhone's 'poke the nearest letter' to bring up that contact quickly. You do however have easy access to a favorites list and a call log for fast calling. Thats a minor gripe, but it would be brilliant if the dial by name feature makes it to Android in a future release.

UPDATE 15/7: That same twitterer pointed me in the direction of another free app called 'DialerOne' also available in the Android Market. It replaces the standard Android phone pad and gives 'dial-by-name' functionality and works brilliantly. So that's that dealt with too.

The last gripe, again which could be easily fixed in a later release, is having to scroll to the bottom of an email to find the 'Reply' button. Especially when if it's a long email string. There is no overlaid 'Reply' button - a big oversight if you ask me.

But, that dear readers is about as bad as it gets. In all other respects the N1 pisses on the iPhone and BlackBerry from a very great height indeed.

The good:

Email - Get yourself a Gmail account, ask it to collect all your email from other accounts and it'll push them out to your N1 BlackBerry style. You can reply from the account email is received into using Google's own servers, and I have found that this has resolved countless issues with my POP mail provider. It is a truly epic email program and I wish I'd found it years ago.

Twitter - I had a brief fling with Twidroid, which is excellent if you like Tweeting through a letterbox while 80% of the screen is taken up with the keyboard and other junk. Following a recommendation from another twitterer I've settled with Seesmic, and so far so good. It's accurate, connects flawlessly and notifies me when I have new mentions and direct messages. Twitter. Done.

IM - I'm using eBuddy which connects to multiple IM agents like Yahoo, MSN and AIM and works a treat. The end.

Battery Life - Email, Twitter and IM running all day with Wifi and GPS off will see the N1 run from 7am to 10pm easily. With WiFi on it's nearer 8pm. Big deal. See Apple, it can be done.

Other stuff

Music - Drag and drop non-Drm protected iTunes music onto the N1 and it plays them beautifully with nice detail through a pair of Sennheiser CX300's. It's never going to be an iPod Touch. It just isn't but it plays music through a perfectly useable interface which I'm sure will get better as time goes on. You get album art, skip, shuffle and play buttons. And that's about it.

Camera - At 5mp it produces decent pics and is much faster than the steaming turd on the iPhone 3G. It also allows easy sharing to FaceBook, Twitter, Email and so on.

Widgets - My favourite new feature. Widgets for things like Weather, News, Twitter and Calender are updated in real time on the home screen. Utterly brilliant. And you may have read about the 'Live' wallpapers. They are pointless, trust me.

Android Market - The Apps Store it isn't, but there's plenty of rubbish in there to keep you amused. And mostly for free.

UPDATE 15/7: And some of it is very useful and has resolved some niggles I had. Brilliant.

Navigation - Tied in with Google Maps is marvelous. Bin the TomTom. This is the future. And it's free.

Syncing - I use a Mac, and have my iCal Calender and Address Book sync'd via my Google account. Changes appear within minutes. Kudos to Google, but If you don't want to give them your personal info MarkSpace make an Android plugin for Macs which, if their BlackBerry one is anything to go by, will work a treat for about £15.

And there you have it, the Google Nexus One. I love it, even with the niggles. The 2.2 update will add other very cool functionality like hot spot tethering and a boost in speed so the sooner Vodafone release that, the better. Vodafone, are you listening?

If you absolutely must have an iPhone then go get one, and good luck to you. Just make sure you hold it right handed.

If you're undecided and don't want to follow the herd take a good hard look at the N1. You just might like it.

Highly Recommended


Thanks to @nikwells and @chaosgerbil for the Android Market tips!

David Beckham answers our question on Yahoo!!

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Gadget Show - New Series - Mondays at 8pm!

Our inner-geek loves this viral!

*Proceeds to run around the room making ee-ee-ee-ee-bow-bow noises*

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Not quite Mr Right? Be on TV!

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Not quite Masterchef? Be on TV

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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Monday, 21 June 2010

#TenantScum - Update

#TenantScum - We made it to the paper! Click the image to enlarge:

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The Tiger with his tail between his legs!

Tiger Woods has provided us AngryBritain.com with plenty of entertainment over the past few months - so here's some more with a sneak peak of ‘Tiger Woods: The Rise and Fall'.

Catch the full program on Thursday the 17th of June, at 10pm on Channel 4!

For more log on to http://www.channel4.com

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Get a Spot on TV!

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Friday, 11 June 2010

It's Regionals! #Glee Season Finale Sneak Peak

Olivia Newton-John, Josh Groban, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff Make Special Guest Appearances

The moment New Directions has been waiting for has finally arrived, it’s time for Regionals! But when Sue pulls a fast one on Will and the glee clubbers, their chances at the title could be compromised. Meanwhile, Quinn’s life changes forever in the “Journey.”

You can catch Glee# 22 ‘Journey’on Monday 14th of June at 9pm on E4 and Friday 18th June at 8pm on C4.

And if you have, for some inexplicable reason missed the return of the show that has taken the country by storm, then get yourself to 4OD here at http://www.e4.com/glee/

Come Dine and be on TV!

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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

#TenantScum - The Blog Post

'Just stay put'

Three small words uttered by the overpaid cheap suited pen-pusher at Tunbridge Wells Housing Benefits team (TWHB) to TenantScum. Her in the picture quaffing the overpriced cocktails from some neon-lit hellhole in Maidstone, who hadn't paid a penny to me in rent since January.

Roll back the clock to January 2009. For reasons I don't need to go into, I had become an accidental landlord. Stuck with a newly renovated and immaculate house I couldn't sell due to the total absence of a housing market, I had no option but to rent it out while starting my new life in elsewhere with Mrs AB2B. Then out of blue, when it was looking particularly financially gloomy TenantScum appeared waving a cash deposit, looking for somewhere to live for 12 months.


Paperwork done TenantScum moved in. Months 1-3 spent anxiously waiting for the rent to arrive passed without incident. Months 4-8 a couple of days late, but who's counting? Months 9-12 sporadic payments - a couple of hundred here, a couple of hundred there but paid up.

Alarm bells were ringing. But the tenancy rolled on unofficially.

January 2010. Nothing. Not a penny.
February. Nowt.
March. Nada.
April. Zip.
May. Zero.

It soon became apparent that TenantScum was receiving Housing Benefit. And thanks to a combination of incompetence from TWHB and the 'I-know-my-rights-and-I'm-playing-the-game-and-the-system' attitude of TenantScum, her benefit claim was on hold. And with it, her payments. She knew the game all too well. I was screwed.

And she didn't give a shit.

Frantic phonecalls to TWHB because TenantScum wouldn't respond as she 'didn't have credit for her phone', presumably having spunked her portion of my rent on those overpriced cocktails being quaffed above, resulted in some back payments being made to me. A massive relief having covered two mortgage payments for 6 months.

TenantScum, it turned out, was entitled to just £240 a month. Less than a third of her monthly rent, the remainder supposedly being paid by her. In other words two thirds wasn't being paid, yet TenantScum still had a roof over her head. Mine.

To cut a long story very short, a week ago TWHB found TenantScum some other sucker to put a roof over her head literally just before I went to the expense of evicting her via the Courts. A small and shallow victory.

So, this past week I've been at the house undoing the damage TenantScum did. It's quite an extensive list including such joys as repainting the sitting room in beige from battleship grey and repairing the paint overspill on the ceiling, sockets and skirting, ripping up the filthy dog urine soaked carpets and underlay (this is no exaggeration), replacing the dishwasher with it's smashed panel, and the broken fridge. Replacing the architrave in the kid's bedroom where they had poked their fingers through and scratched their names in it. Not to mention the sofa, smashed wardrobe, ripped mattress, rabbit hutch, bike, box of car parts, broken mirror, picture frame and table strewn across the garden and left behind for me to dispose of, at my expense. And the broken shed window. And the patio, covered in paint. And so on ...

Here's a little video taster:

TenantScum - For the record, you are an animal. And leaving an SD Card behind was an error.

I guess the point of this blog post is not only to share my anger, but also to question why 'Just stay put' is acceptable in today's Britain. There is no protection for the landlord in any way, shape or form. Politically correct 'Benefits Britain' has created a culture that supports those who expect everything for nothing. And get it.

In AngryBritain's Britain it would be far simpler. It's my house. Don't pay your rent or treat it with respect, you're out - today. No long drawn out processes, notices here, letters there, court orders, bailiffs and expense. Just a very simple boot up the arse and a two-fingered goodbye.

And 'your stuff is in the road'.

If you happen to be reading this in Kent and have just rented your house out to a young mum. Good luck. I'll pray for you.

And if you happen to be in the market for a newly decorated 2 bed house with new kitchen, bathroom, garage and parking for two cars, in a quiet close, 50 yards from the village green in a lovely rural Kentish village surrounded by hop fields, and just 10 minutes drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells drop me an email. It's on sale now.

Tenants need not apply.