“Ten thousand thunderin’ typhoons!”

Good afternoon to you all.

I’m going to start off telling you about a title I learned last week that is due to be released this October called The Adventures of Hergé. It’s a biography about Tintin’s creator, Hergé, being told through graphic novel form, and I’ve been privileged to have seen some of the artwork. Happily it’s extremely similar to Hergé’s own legendary drawings of his heroic iconic Belgian journalist, and I for one am really looking forward to it. There seems to have been a good increase over the past few years in biopics told through the graphic novel medium, and I’m confident this one will be up there with the best. Next week we’ll be spotlighting Tintin’s backlist, so please make sure you come and visit us and see what ones you might be missing from your collection.

I must admit it wasn’t that the Beckhams have continued their run of bestowing their latest offspring with a rather untraditional name, it was more the source of where Victoria Beckham had acquired the name from that made me smile when I learned the inspiration for baby Harper Seven Beckham. Admirable indeed that she has selected a name that is in tribute to the author of one of the most significant works of literature of the last century, Harper Lee and her prolific tale To Kill a Mockingbird. Congratulations to the Beckhams and their new addition to the family, no doubt Posh is happy to not be the only girl anymore.

And congratulations also to Tom Pellereau for being the new winner of BBC1’s The Apprentice, which on Sunday night saw the young inventor go head-to-head with the remaining three finalists to win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment and new career. It was a tough battle and an arguably shocking result, I mean who else was certain that the young Helen with her flawless record of winning tasks would win? Shall miss Jedi Jim though.

To coincide with The Apprentice, we ran a competition to win copies of Lord Sugar’s autobiography, What You See is What You Get, on our Twitter page last week. Although the competition has ended now, please make sure you follow us on Twitter to keep yourself up-to-date of all the latest things we tweet about, and indeed our competitions. You can win free booty just by a simple click of following us and retweeting, so don’t lose out; follow us and win!

You could be forgiven for feeling a bit blue after learning on the news this week that we are to embark on a month of rain right in the middle of summer. But that doesn’t mean your DVD or Blu-ray collection need be gloomy, so do yourself a favour and check out our DVD & Blu-ray summer sale to keep you smiling; we’ve over a hundred fantastic titles on sale, all for less than a tenner each. Perfect for a wet day, methinks.

Sticking with movies, I’m assuming most of you have now probably been to see Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I myself plan to extremely soon. I’ve read the books and indulged my fanaticism in them thoroughly to say the very least, but I am very much looking forward to seeing the last ever Harry Potter silver screen adaptation. I hope those of you who have been to see it enjoyed it and shed a tear for the end of such an historic cultural era. There will surely be nothing else to compare to the phenomenon of Potter.

And for now I will leave you, until next week.

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