Nottingham City Transport worker Mary Cort will take part in a sponsored skydive for a charity that helped her successfully beat cancer in 2014.Mary will raise money for the Maggie’s centre at Nottingham City Hospital with a 10,000-feet skydive at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire on 2 July. Mary chose to support the charity to thank it for its support during her time with the illness.Mary will skydive to raise money for the cancer charity that supported herSays Mary: “I knew I wanted to do something big to raise money for Maggie’s, so when I saw that they organised skydives, that was it. My mind was made up there and then and I had to do it. As soon as my mind is made up, I don’t look back.”The 62-year-old has worked for Nottingham City Transport for 24 years, starting off at the Trent Bridge Garage before working at King Street Canteen and the driver’s canteen on Angel Row where she’s currently based.After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, Mary worked throughout her six months of chemotherapy treatment until her operation in October of the same year. She then took six months off work before returning.“Everyone at Nottingham City Transport is behind Mary and we will be looking up to the skies on the second of July,” says Anthony Carver-Smith, Marketing Manager at Nottingham City Transport.“After many years looking after the drivers of NCT, her colleagues feel it’s time to look after her and support her in this worthwhile cause.”Nottingham City Transport will donate £500 donation to support Mary’s fundraising.Donate what you can here.
Stay on target The revisionism involved in the making and marketing of the Baywatch reboot is really quite a wonder to behold. Counting almost entirely on the abilities of Rock “The Dwayne” Johnson and Zack Efron to exude both actual macho charisma and self-mocking ironic macho charisma in equal measure. The film aims to recreate the central gimmick of the 21 Jump Street movies i.e. inviting audiences to laugh at both the actual comedy and the fact that people were once expected to take such a patently idiotic premise seriously.Except that’s not Baywatch. Let’s be very clear about this – no matter how cleverly the film positions itself, it’s basically making fun of a version of this brand that never actually existed: Baywatch was not one of those campy 90s relics that people watched in part to snark off at the inherent tacky B-movie sensibility like Walker: Texas Ranger, Renegade or Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. People watched Baywatch for one reason and two reasons alone: To Masturbate.I’m sorry, but facts are facts: Baywatch was an absolutely terrible show where basically nothing happened that was ever intentionally or unintentionally entertaining that was none the less enormously popular and permanently lodged in the teenage lizard-brain memories of a generation. It was the top object of worship from the last moment in time when the ability to instantly look up every pornographic image ever captured in the history of mankind had yet to be invented (all hail our reigning Google Lords). Adolescent boys had to “make do” with early-afternoon syndicated television. As such, reconstituting Baywatch as an homage to some kind of alternate-universe incarnation of the franchise that’s an over the top action and buddy-cop bromance represents nothing less than an attempt by Generation X to wallpaper over the inherent sleaze-factor implicit in this nonsense ever having been popular. This is an undertaking I feel no compulsion to be complicit in because… uh, well…I was more of a Xena: Warrior Princess guy, I guess?Here’s why this matters, though: The reason 21 Jump Street’s “funny, self-aware version of a cheesy TV show” angle worked so well in part was that they didn’t have to force the joke. The cultural presence of the series – even if you’d never seen it to be aware of it – provided a solid foundation to build the satire around. Baywatch is merely trying to pretend that it has that same kind of foundation when in reality it’s simply borrowed the title and character names of a softcore silicon-enhancement showcase and married them to a broad farce about overzealous lifeguards. This leaves the “satire” at play shallow and toothless.Which is too bad because, as action-comedies go, the premise here isn’t actually half bad. Johnson “Rocky” The Dwayne is playing a no-nonsense superhero of a lifeguard who’s forced to hire Zac Efron’s skilled but irresponsible disgraced Olympic swimming champ as a new recruit as a publicity stunt. They clash but are forced to team up to stop a drug-smuggling conspiracy That Dwayne “The Johnson” Rockingham III is convinced is being carried out on their beach. That’s not a bad start! And the central joke of casting Hollywood’s favorite “so impossible to take seriously you kind of have to take him seriously” action star as a lifeguard who acts like an all-purpose vigilante crimefighter essentially because he can is pretty funny. But the only other joke the film has is to constantly call self-aware attention to the first joke, ostensibly to play at the success the Jump Street movies had mining the whole “Get it? Because that was the show!” routine.But since that wasn’t the show, there’s no depth to actually be mined here. It’s just a dumb movie asking for extra-credit for acknowledging that it’s dumb. Meanwhile, pulling the gag off in the first place requires Rock “I-Ran-Out-Of Funny-Names” Dwayneson to be an action-figure without a real character. This clashes with the film’s insistence that he should be the main star rather than a larger-than-life narrative device the other characters react to; anchoring an empty movie to an empty character and leaving nothing to hang onto narratively. I couldn’t help but think letting Baywatch simply be a stupid lifeguard movie and not constantly pointing to itself going “ha ha isn’t this stupid!?” would’ve yielded a funnier movie overall.That’s not to say it doesn’t have laughs, that The Rock isn’t the best person to play what is essentially The Rock. There’s a climactic scene where he declares that his connection to the sea as a person of Oceanic-Indigenous descent is what fuels his Super Lifeguard Powers is played for laughs but suggests a compelling version of his character that might’ve existed in a better movie. But Efron doesn’t remain one of the great emerging leading men of his generation. Or, for that matter, that Ilfenesh Hadera, Alexandra Daddario, and Priyanka Chopra don’t seem to be having fun glamming up and riffing on 90s-style beach-club couture. Hell, relative newcomer Kelly Rohrbach (model/actress) who matches Efron in the “so good-looking it’s kind of absurd” department, turns out to have real-deal comedy timing.But there’s a point where being ironically disposable turns into regular disposable, and Baywatch gets there a lot sooner than it needs to. It’s not awful, but if you’ve seen the trailers you’ve seen the movie – and the trailers weren’t that good. 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