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MeWe? Mais oui!
Google have brought forward our decision-making process with regards to Google Plus, as you will know. It is clear that they will not relent, change, or postpone their plan. We need to move sooner rather than later, as discussed on PSC477.

Before we go on, we need to say that people are obviously in charge of their own destiny online and it’s not for us to expect everyone to follow what we do. This is not a fait accompli - we’re not anyone's dictator - merely responding to the majority of members who have asked us to find a new home for the community - as they like it! However, there was no way that everyone was going to be happy with whatever decision we took (you can't please all the people all the time) - and of course some folk will choose to bid us farewell and join a community that they prefer, or take the opportunity to reassess their online presence. We very much hope that you'll come with us as we try to replicate what we had on Google Plus, but completely understand that some won’t want to. We’re sorry to lose you.

There have been lots of suggestions but no real driven trials elsewhere, except for what we set up on MeWe. Facebook, reddit, Diaspora, Minds, Friendica, Mastodon, Hubzilla, etc. People were generally good at saying “have you tried” but very few were running off and actually setting it up and generating community interest. We couldn’t hope to ‘trial’ every platform out there ourselves!

So, we have been trialling MeWe and it's the choice of the majority of Migrators, it seems. MeWe resembles Google Plus in the closest way of all the options, it would appear. We think that our trial has worked well. MeWe are taking on-board the Migrators’ suggestions - to add tweaks that Google Plus was good at (for example, EXIF data in photos, Categories in Groups, making URLs public and searchable) and working towards them. It’s free - funded by selling Emoji Packs (to kids?!) and storage (over 8GB) and a few other Premium bolt-ons like Pages, which are not critical. We will just have to trust that they don’t run away with that and get greedy - though we don’t think they will - or people will just defect to Facebook! We really don't want to keep having to uproot!

Our Roadmap for our Six Communities
Phones Show Chat (https://mewe.com/join/phones_show_chat)
PSC Photos (https://mewe.com/join/psc_photos)
PSC Classifieds (https://mewe.com/join/psc_classifieds)
Chewing Gum for the Ears (https://mewe.com/join/chewing_gum_for_the_ears)
Projector Room (https://mewe.com/join/projector_room)
Whatever Works (https://mewe.com/join/whatever_works)

1. Now - no new Members will be admitted to our Google Plus Communities.
2. During January 2019 - we’ll pin a notice to the Communities telling people what’s what - and ask them to join us at MeWe as soon as possible.
3. 31/01/19 - Google Plus Communities will be closed to any new posts.
4. The Google Plus Communities will remain as they are until Google kills the whole service - or offer people (more helpful) tools to get their data out etc. This means that until they do, the communities will remain searchable. This will obviously not have a bearing on people’s own accounts and their postings to their Public Profile or any other Communities that they’re in - only our six communities.
5. We’ll encourage people to head across to MeWe throughout. See the Join links, above.

We sincerely hope you’ll join us, learn more about how MeWe works with us and prod the people who run it for changes we’d like to see them execute.

Many thanks to those who have been instrumental during this period of trial and researching the way forward, especially Julie Wills.

Ted Salmon, Steve Litchfield and Dave Rich
+Steve Litchfield +David Rich
+Gareth Myles +Allan Gildea
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Ted's Top 100 Films
How can anyone really pick their Top 100 anything? It's so subjective based on mood at any one time, but still, it's good fun to look through other people's lists. Read on...
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Ted's Top 100 Films
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The Impossible
Director of many Spanish films and current latest Jurassic outing J.A. Bayona brings us this 2012 based-on-true story of a British family living in Japan who go on holiday to Thailand just at the wrong time. Two days after they arrive in December 2004, they get caught up in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Read on...
The Impossible
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Rant alert: Ageing action stars that think they've still got it!

It just baffles me how ageing action stars (some in their early 70s) keep making a fool of themselves, just to prove they can still kick ass! Come on you old farts, you had your heyday, now make way for fresh blood! Good grief. Have some respect for yourselves, what are you gonna be fighting in your next movie... arthritis???

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Still remember this scene so vividly at the cinema back then. The vibrating cup of water with each heavy thump was more viscerally terrifying to me than T-Rex itself to be honest. Made my hair stand on end. I decided to look up how they achieved that effect, you'll be surprised.

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PROJECTOR ROOM
Episode 27 - Year End Arrival
Our end-of-year/xmas 2018 show is now available via https://stevelitchfield.com/projector/index.html or sometime real soon, your podcatcher of choice. +Steve Litchfield +Gareth Myles +Allan Gildea and I walk through our must-see choices of 2018 and look forward to some Pearls (and Deans?) in 2019. Enjoy :-)
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THE END DAYS
You will by now have seen the news that Google Plus is now closing earlier than expected, in April 2019 instead of August. In the coming days we will let you know what we intend to do about that in terms of our excellent and vibrant communities here. Steve, Dave and I are in conversation with the Mods and are hatching a plan for the coming weeks as it looks like we'll have to act sooner rather than later. We sincerely hope that whatever we decide to do - and where we end up - you'll join us to make our new home just as good. Thank you to you all for all your input over the years. Watch this space!
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The Romanoffs
Matthew Weiner, writer of The Sopranos and Mad Men turns his pen and directorial input to this contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Read on...
The Romanoffs
The Romanoffs
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The Sinner (Series 2)
I reviewed Series 1 at https://goo.gl/Lucpzw and concluded that it was a good drama/thriller but it did drag out a bit towards the end. This second series certainly doesn't and is well worth a viewing. Read on...
The Sinner (Series 2)
The Sinner (Series 2)
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Best action film you've seen to date

I know that's a really difficult question to answer, but for me, I have never seen an action film better executed than Face/Off (this may sound absurd to many, but it ranks higher than Die Hard in my book, each to their own though), it's the only film I've watched at the cinema, twice! the acting picks up when John Travolta and Nicolas Cage switch characters (after they've swapped faces), and they both do a great job here. There's also some reasonable depth to the story: family conflict, character insecurities etc, not just full blown action for the sake of it. We also get a fair dose of drama, romance and dark comedy. I think this was one of those era/genre defining films which stood the test of time.

Yes, I know action can encompass anything, from old Hollywood Western to Star Wars, and everything in between! and that generations' preferences differ!

Interested to hear your comments guys...

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119094/?ref_=nv_sr_1
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