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Sorgenfresser Worry Eater: The must-have toy for Christmas

17 July 2014 04:19:10 News | Mail Online

The idea behind the £20 Sorgenfresser Worry Eater, tipped by Amazon to be popular, is for children to put pieces of paper with upsetting thoughts into its mouth before zipping it shut.

Vice All News Time17 July 2014 04:19:10


Christmas toys: what does it take to become a bestseller?

23 December 2013 14:36:03 Finance News - Business news from the UK and world

This year it's the Teksta robotic puppy. Last year it was the Furby. What does it take to become the must-have toy at Christmas? And can anyone resist the hype?        

Vice All News Time23 December 2013 14:36:03

Christmas 2013 must have toys unveiled

18 December 2013 14:26:18 UK headlines

The top ten toys that will dominate Christmas this year        

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The toy that stole Christmas

17 December 2013 13:07:25 UK headlines

A police force has used lego toys and animation to send a cautionary Christmas message that crime does not pay        

Vice All News Time17 December 2013 13:07:25

The great Christmas rip-off: Shoppers end up paying 50% more for must-have toys as retailers increase prices

15 December 2013 12:51:33 News | Mail Online

Shops including Asda, Argos and Toys R Us have increased prices for in-demand items including Furbies, dolls and doctor play sets.

Vice All News Time15 December 2013 12:51:33

Christmas rip off: Shameless retailers increase price of toys as demand makes stocks run low

15 December 2013 02:11:25 mirror - News

High street chains and website retailers have been accused of artificially fuelling demand by offering special toy promotions

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BBC to premiere Toy Story 3 on Christmas Day as it continues tried and tested formula

25 November 2013 03:45:23 mirror - News

The original Toy Story premiere drew 7.4m viewers on Christmas Day 2001 while Toy Story 2 pulled in 6.5m four years later

Vice All News Time25 November 2013 03:45:23

Christmas gift guide for sport 2013

21 November 2013 15:05:47 Sport | Mail Online

The festive season looms large and shoppers are already searching high and low for all the best deals. Check out our definitive Christmas gift guide as we select a star buy from every club in the Premier League and check out a whole host of other must-have presents.

Vice Sport Time21 November 2013 15:05:47

German makers unveil life-size toy complete with Union Flag romper suit... but it's a new Furby children really want this Christmas

07 November 2013 03:58:50 News | Mail Online

German company Zapf Creation insist they have launched the £47.99 toy merely to celebrate Prince George's birth, and not to cash in on it.

Vice All News Time07 November 2013 03:58:50

Top five Christmas toys ALREADY selling out revealed by Hamleys

06 November 2013 14:37:45 mirror - News

The famous toy store is all set to unveil its Christmas window displays for the festive season

Vice All News Time06 November 2013 14:37:45

Christmas 2013 must have toys unveiled

06 November 2013 12:39:04 UK headlines

The toys that will dominate Christmas this year are unveiled.        

Vice All News Time06 November 2013 12:39:04

Are children given too many toys?

06 November 2013 09:20:55 BBC News - UK

Do many children have far too many toys?

Vice All News Time06 November 2013 09:20:55

Argos's must-have' toys for Christmas 2013

24 July 2013 17:17:32 UK headlines

From Furby's to LEGO yachts, Argos launches their 12 'must-have' toys for Christmas 2013.        

Vice All News Time24 July 2013 17:17:32

Argos' must-have' toys for Christmas 2013

24 July 2013 16:12:25 UK headlines

From Furby's to LEGO yachts, Argos launches their 12 'must-have' toys for Christmas 2013.        

Vice All News Time24 July 2013 16:12:25

Yes, The Railway Children must be censored. As must Toy Story | Paul MacInnes

12 July 2013 13:14:49 Film | theguardian.com

If we don't act now on children's films, a generation will grow up trying to fly like Buzz Lightyear and enslave Oompa-Loompas Confession time: it was me who rang up the BBFC and told them to ban The Railway Children . Actually I didn't say "ban", I said "shred all known prints and burn down the internet before this film destroys our children!" Despite leaving my number, the censors – hedonists who spend all their time watching porn and rubbing chilli into their eyeballs to heighten the experience – didn't get back to me. I assumed they were either observing an orgy or drowning in complaints similar to mine. It turns out not to be the case. Yesterday, the BBC reported the following : Forty-two years after it was released, classic family film The Railway Children has prompted its first complaint to the British Board of Film Classification. "The correspondent was concerned that children may be encouraged to play on railway tracks as a result of seeing the film," the BBFC's annual report reveals . The report, published on Thursday, said the BBFC judged that it was "very unlikely" that The Railway Children would promote "such dangerous activity". This official response comes as something of a surprise. I can only assume that no one at the BBFC has ever frolicked across rolling stock in petticoats. I have and nearly ended up spattered over the 14.37 to Todmorden. I take some small satisfaction from the fact they were compelled to investigate my complaint, whatever the result. But in the intervening months it has become apparent that The Railway Children is far from the only cinematic deathtrap winking at children. There are many others, including: Mary Poppins The woman flies around London with an umbrella. This is a massive incitement to children to try and fly around using an umbrella too. Sounds great right? Wrong! A compact, telescopic umbrella would never offer enough resistance to the wind and any six-year-old, instead of flying, would end up face-down in a puddle and drown. A golfing umbrella, meanwhile, would occasion precisely the opposite effect and the child would end up in France. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory A health and safety risk from beginning to end. Eating the wrong bubblegum, falling into rivers of chocolate, transmitting oneself into the television: the potential for catastrophic behaviour is everywhere. This is nothing compared to the film's most dangerous message however, that it is in some way desirable to grow up into an adult who wears a purple top hat, makes a living experimenting with confectionery and keeps an entire race of Oompa-Loompas subdued. As to what he gets up to in his glass elevator, that's a whole other story. Toy Story It has long been said that this film teaches children valuable lessons that they can draw on later into life. But what lessons might they be? Have toys and you'll be popular? Turn on the waterworks when you're looking for attention? Yes, those are some great lessons right there. Bundle that in with the likelihood of a child taping cardboard wings to their back, shouting "to infinity and beyond" and throwing themselves down the stairs, and this film is on a one-way ticket to bannedsville. Home Alone A blowtorch to the hat, a steaming iron to the face, a redhot doorknob to the hand. It's all fun and games isn't it? Well no, it isn't. We all cheer the child Kevin McAllister as he applies enhanced interrogation techniques to strangers, but do we ever stop to ask how it might affect the child's ability to empathise? Or, more importantly, how it might affect his parents' ability to pay for their contents insurance? No, no we do not. How to Train Your Dragon Dragons can't be trained, I've tried. Censorship Children Paul MacInnes guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time12 July 2013 13:14:49

The Top Ten Toys of Christmas 2013

27 June 2013 20:41:24 UK headlines

Hamleys has revealed its predictions for the Top Ten toys of Christmas 2013. Here, the Daily Telegraph lists a guide to each one.        

Vice All News Time27 June 2013 20:41:24

The Top Ten Toys of Christmas 2013

27 June 2013 19:51:12 Finance News - Business news from the UK and world

Hamleys has revealed its predictions for the Top Ten toys of Christmas 2013. Here, the Daily Telegraph lists a guide to each one.        

Vice Finance Time27 June 2013 19:51:12

Hamleys predicts that 'pets' will dominate Christmas 2013

27 June 2013 14:42:19 Finance News - Business news from the UK and world

A robotic fish, a lifelike puppy and a new, interactive Furby will be the "must have" toys this Christmas.        

Vice All News Time27 June 2013 14:42:19

Hamleys predicts that 'pets' will dominate Christmas 2013

27 June 2013 14:38:54 UK headlines

A robotic fish, a lifelike puppy and a new, interactive Furby will be the "must have" toys this Christmas.        

Vice All News Time27 June 2013 14:38:54

Hamleys predicts that Pets will dominate Christmas 2013

27 June 2013 14:31:58 Finance News - Business news from the UK and world

A robotic fish, a lifelike puppy and a new, interactive Furby will be the "must have" toys this Christmas, London's famous toy store Hamleys predicted today.        

Vice All News Time27 June 2013 14:31:58

Teaching unions must keep their toys in the pram

17 June 2013 08:44:09 Politics News - UK Politics

Michael Gove's reforms have been met with rude, defensive derision by the unions. But this reception is unprofessional and unhelpful, says headteacher Roderick MacKinnon.        

Vice Politics Time17 June 2013 08:44:09

China's not alone in stigmatising single mothers | Barbara Ellen

02 June 2013 14:17:08 Politics news, UK and world political comment and analysis | theguardian.com

Britain's attitude towards the children of lone parents leaves much to be desired You'd need a heart of flint not to have been horrified by the tale of Baby 59 – the newborn cut out of a lavatory waste pipe in China. The 22-year-old mother, who'd alerted the police, had hidden toys for him, but also kept the pregnancy secret, giving birth alone in the lavatory, when the child fell into the pipe, still attached to the placenta. The mother, who will not be charged, said that the father deserted her and she could not afford an abortion. She was terrified about the illegitimacy of her child and the disgrace of becoming a single parent. All this is reflective of Chinese society, with its inadequate sex education, one-child policy and crushing stigma attached to single parenthood. But wait before we get all pompous about how awful China is and how this could only happen "somewhere like that". In Britain, we have not encountered the sickening extreme of babies in sewage pipes. However, where the stigma of single parenthood is concerned, there are more than enough echoes here. Are single parents (mainly mothers) stigmatised in this country? Of course they are and always have been. I was one for several years, so maybe I have heightened awareness. Then again, who hasn't? I'd really like to know how anyone could have avoided noticing the constant, monotonous drone of lone parent bashing, blaming them for the ills of society, making their lives harder at every turn. It would be difficult to live in blissful ignorance of the way single parents get scorned, blamed and, above all, bullied like few others in society, except, perhaps, that other majorly powerless intimidated group, the disabled. The jibes are better disguised these days; the terminology adjusted to suit modern tastes. Still, the underlying ugliness and contempt keeps breaking out. I don't think a word comes out of Iain Duncan Smith's mouth that isn't in some way an attack on single parents via "benefit culture". (When did people struggling to bring up children on their own become a "culture"?) No one wants to hear about the reality of sharing out one tin of beans between five or being priced out of your home by benefits cuts. Anti-benefits parlance has no time for such balancing niceties. It just wants to complain about how Britain's huge number of lone parent households costs us dear, both on personal and national levels, with statistics proving that these children are more likely to be poor, unhealthy, ill-educated, dysfunctional and so on. Nobody objects to statistics, so long as they are not massaged out of all meaning or context. What's galling is the way this is usually related, as if single parents somehow aren't aware of their situation, aren't already worried sick. The ones "living it" are obviously going to be more aware than anyone else, even government ministers It really wouldn't take long for a single parent to twig that if their lives are a nightmarish blur of money problems, benefit freezes, housing insecurity, non-flexible employment and inadequate childcare, it's going to have a bad impact on their children. There's our own Baby 59 right there: not stuck in a lavatory pipe, but in general public perception. If my experience is anything to go by, the thing that destroys single parents isn't being attacked. Or the fact that national conversations all tend to revolve around not what to do for them, how to help them, but what to do  about them – as if they were just a vexing civic matter, on the same level as bin collections or pest control. (Single parents are used to being dehumanised.) The only thing that would really hurt a single parent is the knowledge that what society thinks about them also applies to their kids – that their children are considered trash, at the very bottom of society. So, yes, Baby 59 shocked everybody, but if you could take a snapshot of the prevalent British attitude towards single parents and their children, would it look so very different? There's a reason why he doesn't look best pleased… Have you seen that meme sensation Grumpy Cat, who's now all about the merchandising and has even landed a Garfield -style film deal? Her real name is Tardar Sauce, but she's been rechristened Grumpy Cat because … oh come on, why do you think? Not that grumpy does justice to her extraordinary visage. From some angles, she's late-period Brigitte Bardot (after decades of sun, fags, carping and Le Pen). From others, she resembles something unspeakable that might fly yowling out of deep fog in The Hobbit and stick all four sets of claws into Martin Freeman's face. The trouble is that Grumpy Cat only looks like that because she has feline dwarfism", which can come with attendant health problems. How tremendously evolved of us – from bear-baiting to mocking/celebrating cats with a genetic disorder within a few short centuries. Then again, Grumps looks much cosseted and I'm clinging to the hope that such internet crazes mean that people are still soppy about moggies. As for Grumpy Cat's stellar rise, never mind her own movie, this is a cat that cries out to be stroked by a Bond villain – seconds before she takes their arm off. A game changer? Well, I wouldn't put money on it Nit-pickers with very little going on may find the following item disturbing. It appears that pretty much everyone has been playing Monopoly incorrectly and parents have unwittingly been teaching their children wrongly for generations. A spokesman for the Campaign for Real Monopoly (TCRM) points out that the rule book (it has a rule book?) clearly states that if you land on a property but don't buy it (probably because you've just been charged a game-wrecking wedge of rent by a cheating smug face, who's spread out along an entire side of the board, preening and crowing like some pretend-money Donald Trump), it must be auctioned off to other players. TCRM thinks this makes the game faster and more fun, "massively increasing the interaction between players". Fair enough, but hasn't Monopoly already caused enough heartache, far beyond upturned boards and highly libellous accusations of grand larceny from money piles, striking at the very core of the human condition? You know you've left carefree childhood behind when you're not automatically allowed to be Scottie dog any more. And what woman hasn't been forced to play with the manky old iron because others refused? For "increased interaction", read even more shouting and swearing. Think of the innocent children and how they'll end up telling therapists about Mummy at Christmas, drinking too much "special juice" and flicking hotels across the room. It might be best simply to continue ignoring this rule and the well-intentioned but misguided real Monopoly campaigners. Soon enough, their increasingly desperate cries for good gamesmanship will fade away, until one day, they will stop completely and all will be calm once more. I'm calling it the Campaign for Non-Homicidal Monopoly.

Vice All News Time02 June 2013 14:17:08

Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

02 June 2013 14:14:32 Film | theguardian.com

Flight; Wreck-It Ralph; The Liability; I Give It a Year From the moment an upturned aeroplane clips the steeple of a church as it plummets Icarus-like towards Earth, it's clear that Flight (2012, Paramount, 15) is more interested in cod metaphysics than spectacular aerodynamics. Opening with sozzled jumbo-jet pilot Whip Whitaker knee-deep in the sins of the flesh (drugs, booze, lust), this moves us briskly to the cockpit from whence he will attempt to save the lives of his passengers with a head full of cocaine and vodka and an oxygen-mask chaser on the side. The question is: does Whip manage to do something miraculous despite being as high as a kite or because of it? As the conflicted anti-hero at the centre of the drama, Denzel Washington does a bang-up job of juggling the charismatic and the bedraggled in a manner that effectively captures the spirit of a soul in torment. Good, too, to see director Robert Zemeckis emerging from the motion-capture world in which he has been trapped of late ( The Polar Express , Beowulf , A Christmas Carol ) and returning to the land of the living that was once his forte. Having combined live action and CGI so expertly in Forrest Gump , Zemeckis is perfectly placed to balance the technical and thespian elements of the rip-roaring first act. Something of a shame, then, that the rest of the movie becomes increasingly generic as Whip walks the purgatorial road from damnation to redemption via trial by fire and an inevitable moment of revelation. As he progresses, the reluctant pilgrim encounters characters ranging from the caricatured (John Goodman's gregarious provider) to the contrived (Kelly Reilly's unfeasibly glamorous recovering addict), with Bruce Greenwood and Don Cheadle serving as dramatic bulk to keep things balanced during flight. The result is a strange mish-mash of the arresting and predictable, maintaining a familiar holding pattern once the key co-ordinates have been set and ultimately coming in for a safer landing than was suggested on take-off. When it finally arrived in UK theatres a full three months after its American opening, Wreck-It Ralph (2012, Disney, PG) was feted with reviews which suggested that it was up there with the Toy Story trilogy in terms of family-friendly animated perfection. It isn't (but then what is?), although the Oscar-winning supporting feature Paperman was alone worth the price of admission. As for the main feature, despite losing out to Brave at the Academy awards, this remains a terrifically enjoyable romp that takes a smartly nostalgic idea and runs with it in winning fashion. John C Reilly provides the titular voiceover as the villain of an old-fashioned arcade game, Fix-It Felix, who decides after 30 years on the job that there must be more to life than breaking things. Escaping from his own world, Ralph ventures into territories new, narrowly escaping death in a modern first-person shooter sci-fi bug hunt ("When did video games become so violent and scary?!") before winding up in a candy-coloured racing game that makes the luminous hues of Speed Racer seem positively understated. Here he meets Sarah Silverman's Vanellope, a girl with a glitch with whom he must join forces to help her win a race and earn him a coveted medal. Nodding thematically toward such die-hard favourites as Tron and The Last Starfighter , which draw the audience into the fantasy world of video games, this Disney offering also tips its hat towards Pixar's matchless Monsters Inc . , with the relationship between Ralph and Vanellope faintly echoing that between Sulley and Boo. The action sequences are nicely overcranked, the interpersonal dynamics cleanly drawn, and the script witty and often touching – the bittersweet affirmation of villains support group Bad-Anon reads heartbreakingly: "I'm bad and that's good, I will never be good, and that's not bad… " An oddball British thriller-cum-black-comedy, The Liability (2012, Metrodome, 15) sends Jack O'Connell's mouthy bad lad on a lengthy road trip with Tim Roth's taciturn hitman, the latter on his last hurrah, the former seeking a new direction. Pulling in several directions at once (director Craig Viveiros has talked of substantially rewriting John Wrathall's original script and cites John Baeder and Richard Estes as inspirations), this reminds us just how hard it is to pull off the gallows humour of Shallow Grave or Miller's Crossing , both of which are evoked, perhaps unintentionally. At times the cast appear to be in separate movies, with Peter Mullan convincingly nasty as the sex-trafficking paterfamilias, Roth comically shambolic with rolling gait and hangdog face, and Talulah Riley apparently parachuted in from some altogether more generic thriller. Still, at least it's unpredictable, which is more than can be said for I Give It a Year (2013, StudioCanal, 15), described as an "anti-rom-com… from Working Title Films the producers of Bridget Jones's Diary and Love Actually and the writer of Borat ". Passingly funny in its individual set pieces (Olivia Colman as a shrieking marriage guidance counsellor, Stephen Merchant as the best friend from hell), this has nothing of the emotional engagement of the Richard Curtis scripts to which its publicity alludes and which hang in the background like Banquo's ghost as we watch vicars stumbling over wedding vows and best men delivering excruciating speeches. Although writer-director Dan Mazer knows how to time a gag, he's less accomplished at making us believe in or care about his characters, an underlying problem. A few laughs, then, but no love, actually. DVD and video reviews Denzel Washington

Vice All News Time02 June 2013 14:14:32