The Mill Channel 4 Review – Period Drama Set In 1830s England

If you’re one of those people who hanker after a world before health and safety zealots wrapped our children in cotton wool then a couple of things: i) button it and ii) The Mill is the ideal program for you. They don’t worry about health and safety at the Quarry Bank Mill in the 1833. So while the young girl Miriam (Sacha Parkinson) is being molested in the bogs by evil overlooker Charlie Crout (Craig Parkinson) the 10-year-old unsupervised slave rat Tommy (Connor Dempsey) gets his arm trapped in the machinery. Ah it was great back then. Yes you got a few bumps and scrapes but that’s how you learned about life. Miriam has learned that she’s a disposable grope toy and Tommy’s learned that his hand’s going to be amputated. They don’t teach you that at University.

So life is a faeces quesadilla for the children and 12 hour shifts are quite literally run of the mill. But wait, change is in the air. Irish political organiser John Doherty (Aidan McArdle) agitates for the 10 hour bill that will make it illegal for a child to work more than 10 hours a day (which is essentially turning work into a holiday camp).

Doherty delivers fiery rhetoric through a broken face he got at the hands of a savage beatdown at the hands of the mill’s new mechanic Daniel Bate (Matthew McNulty). We don’t know what provoked the pummelling but we do know that mill owner’s son Robert Greg (Jamie Draven) just dragged him out of debtor’s prison Dirty Dozen style as apparently he’s some kind of wayward engineering genius. Daniel’s politically conscious too so if he can knock off beating Irish men unconscious then he’s arrived at exactly the right time.

Also feisty is apprentice girl Esther Price (Kerrie Hayes). When whistleblowing on Charlie Crout’s sexual abuse backfires she finds herself cornered in the privy with him getting ready to get rapey. It doesn’t look good for Esther but one whack in the nuts with a metal bell clapper she stole and all of a sudden it’s Crout who doesn’t look so hot.

So exploitation, mutilation, sexual abuse and a metal clapper to the balls. While I’m not going to tell you it’s cheery there’s an optimism in The Mill that leavens the mood and prevents it from descending fully into misery porn. Although the characters are based on real people from the era they still feel a little bit plucked from stock Dickensian archetypes – the fusty mill owner, the gobby Mick, the spirited girl. Nonetheless the writing and performances are fine and it’s nice to have a reminder of why we need trade unions as, one way or another, most of the people watching owe their existence in the gene pool to them.

The verdict: What’s 10 years old and got one hand? Oh you’ve heard it.

Marks out of 10: 7

4 Tips For Dating Asian Girls

If you are a Western man who wishes to seek a love life in an Asian dating site, then you need to be very careful about how you go about things. It is very easy to screw things up with a few wrong words or gestures, especially when you are meeting her for the first time. Here a few simple but essential pointers for dating Asian girls:

Be very sensitive

The Western approach to conflict-resolution and interpersonal interactions is usually brutally frank and to-the-point. The Asian way of going about things, however, is usually very non-verbal and ‘respectful’ to the other person. This is why many men from the West find it difficult to get along with Asian women, as they cannot comprehend what makes her tick.

Women are complicated enough, but this aspect of many Asians is what makes the first few meetings all the more important. While you may be fortunate enough to meet Asian girls who will understand these cultural differences, you will score some major points if you are able to communicate on both a verbal and non-verbal level.

Religion and customs

Speaking of cultural differences, you have to be aware of the basic tenets of religion and customs that your Asian partner adheres to. This is especially important in the process, as many Asians keep these religions and customs close to their heart.

While each religion has its own set of do’s and don’ts, humility and mild manners are looked upon favorably by most Asian girls. Taking such an approach will open up the channels of communication between you and her, and will help cover any cultural or religious landmines you manage to step on.

Family orientation

Family is a very significant thing for Asians around the world, especially those hailing from the Oriental regions. Railing and belittling their families is like railing and belittling them as well.

If the topic of family comes up when you first meet Asian girls, do not bolt out of the room in a panic. Stay honest and true to your beliefs, but remember to maintain a mild and humble composure. In addition, be very careful in airing your opinions about family matters. There are some lines you should not cross, especially when it comes to negative appraisals of the girl’s family.

Identifying gold diggers

One last word of warning. There is a common and unpleasant stereotype about Asian women which takes the form of gold diggers. Unscrupulous girls on the lookout for rich Western men to serve as their sugar daddies may not be 100% true, but the risk is something you do not want to ignore.

If the topic of money comes up, whether it is an ailing brother who can’t pay the hospital bills or an unpaid college tuition fee, it is then recommended to drop the girl like a hot potato. This is especially true if the relationship is at its early stages, and if you feel that you are just being led on.

These four tips for dating Asian girls are simple, yes, but they can mean the difference between a successful date and a total waste of time, money and effort. Keep them in mind, and you will be able to find the girl of your dreams!

The Benefits of Online Games for Girls

With the recent surge in the popularity of online games, several new genres have popped up. One that continues to contain momentum is games for girls. It is fast evolving from being just a genre into a full-blown, parallel gaming world, as more and more girls get to experience the wonders of online cooking, dusting, cleaning and other household tasks. The advent of Flash brought with it a revolution, and this genre is just another offshoot of that. Today there are portals dedicated entirely to girls’ games, where girls can make accounts and get going.

Cooking games require them to prepare dishes choosing from a wide range of ingredients, toppings, sauces, etc. The steps that need to be followed and the order that they need to stick to, make such games a very good experience for young girls who are to go ahead and make it a routine to cook for the house. Many women have now begun preferring such games over real-life experiences for their young girls, because games eliminate the risks of burns and so on. Other games that girls enjoy playing include dressing up little miniature characters or dolls, choosing the right accessories for them, and using make-up to make them look more attractive.

Parents search for games that can be played online, and introduce their little girls to them, so they can stimulate their brains by practicing cooking, dressing and so on. Fun and excitement is guaranteed for your little kid when they begin playing, because there are no accidents to be afraid of, and no hard work to be done.

A responsibility rests on the parents’ shoulders though, if the benefits of online games have to be channeled on to their children. Here are a few advises for parents looking for good games for their little girl to enjoy:

– Visit blogs. There are many review websites which review all the latest games, whether online or console ones, so you can know what professionals have to think about each game before going on to play it. Some sites even have links to great games. Keep an eye out for blogs that provide you with links to games that are great for girls.

– Play each game yourself first. It will be best if you can make yourself acquainted with each game you choose for your girl to play, because you’ll be able to guide her better, in order for her to enjoy the game to the maximum. Once she gets older, however, this will probably be reversed, with you becoming the student and your little girl, the instructor.

– Check before setting up account. If a website asks for too much of personal data, you need to make sure it’s not a scam before you put in valuable information. Sensitive information should not be handed over to forums that are not trustworthy. Also, if you find a website to contain a lot of scam, go for another website. This one is probably unsafe.

– Choose games that are suitable for your little girl. There are games that may contain certain levels or steps unsuitable for little children. In case you’re worried about that, you must make a point of playing each game yourself before introducing your child to it. This will help reduce any doubts that you may have.