Plan 9 From Outer Space, a science fiction film from 1959, is widely considered a frontrunner for the dubious honour of being the worst film ever made. Every aspect of the film is ridiculed: the special effects, the dialogue, the acting; yet despite all this, I love it. I believe that, although certainly not one of the best films ever made, it can in no way be considered the worst. During a long, boring summer, a friend and I decided to watch the worst films we could find. Plan 9 From Outer Space stood apart from the others as being by far the most enjoyable. It has a plot that makes sense, as well as a political message that would have a strong place within Cold War society. One of the film’s main points of ridicule involves the fact that it was meant to star Bela Lugosi, who unfortunately died early in filming. The film’s now-infamous director Ed Wood, often called the worst director of all time, just replaced Lugosi with a chiropractor whose face remained covered. Yet, given the film’s plot, this doesn’t seem too odd. Lugosi’s character is supposed to be a member of the living dead who was revived by aliens. Dialogue, in this case, isn’t necessary. Perhaps I could be accused of loving Plan 9 because it’s pure camp. This is completely untrue. The film transcends the cesspool of ordinary camp, rising above such horrors as Anna Nicole Smith’s last piece of art Illegal Aliens, or Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (no, really), or Killer Drag Queens on Dope (my personal favourite). To be listed amongst these awful films does huge discredit to Plan 9. For a film to be considered ‘the worst of all time’ it should be truly unwatchable. Such a film should die quickly, silently, with a tinge of embarrassment, like the latest Jessica Simpson ‘film’ Blonde Ambition. Plan 9 makes sense and it flows in a fully comprehensible way. So what if it contains lines like, ‘But one thing’s sure. Inspector Clay is dead, murdered, and somebody’s responsible’? Many films contain lines that state the obvious. And so what if the special effects aren’t great? It’s not Star Wars; the film was made in 1959. Perhaps that even adds to its charm. Plan 9 from Outer Space has survived for years based on the notion that it is the worst of the worst, yet people continue watching it. It is truly an enjoyable film that deserves to be seen. So let’s stop calling it the worst film of all time, and instead let’s call it what it is: amazing!by Hayley Mirek
Lloyd’s Register (LR), an engineering, technical and business services organization, has won a contract to support the development of Eni’s Coral South FLNG project in Mozambique.Coral South FLNG; Image: LRLR said on Monday that the scope of work includes covers design, procurement, certification, construction, integration, and commissioning, as well as providing classification services under a risk-based inspection regime when the floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit enters service in 2022.The Coral South field is being developed by Eni in Area Four of the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of Mozambique. The field contains approximately 450 billion cubic meters (16 TCF) of gas and the unit will be Africa’s first floating gas facility.The FLNG unit will be the world’s first ultra-deepwater FLNG, operating at a depth of 2,000 meters. It is expected to produce around 3.4 million tonnes of LNG per year. The FLNG will be about 430 meters long, 66 meters wide, and will weigh about 210,000 tonnes. It has a design life of 25 years.LR added that it was providing flexible, bespoke support to the project through a range of services. The organization has been involved in the project since 2014, and in 2015 awarded the first approval in principle for the design.Its primary role in the project is to ensure that the FLNG operates safely, is not going to impact the environment, that people working onboard the unit are safe and that it is designed, procured, and fabricated in accordance with the most recognized industry standards.The project is currently in a detailed engineering design phase, with the bulk of design work happening in Korea, France, and Japan. LR is required to deliver a number of design appraisal documents as part of this phase.All the equipment, systems, and machinery that make up the topside plant on the FLNG will be certified by LR.To do this, LR will be holding more than 500 contracts with equipment vendors directly and will be delivering services in all vendor locations. This will result in all the equipment arriving in Korea certified by LR to agreed codes and standards.Upon completion of construction, the FLNG will be towed from Korea to Mozambique and LR will attend the hook up of the mooring system and survey the commissioning of the topside plant on the station.Simon Turpin, LR’s overarching project manager on Coral South, said: “The fact that LR was chosen for this very large and complicated project underlines our expertise in FLNG and shows that we are prepared and able to work in new and developing areas, where our clients want us to be. This is the first step into Mozambique for a major class society and an investment in the future of the country.”
West Indies skipper Jason Holder reached a personal milestone on Thursday when he became the fifth West Indies player to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in One-Day Internationals.The 26-year-old joined the legendary Sir Vivian Richards, Carl Hooper, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo on the list of those to achieve the feat, after claiming a three-wicket haul in the defeat to Afghanistan.Holder described the achievement as “bittersweet” especially with it coming during the Caribbean side’s first defeat of the ongoing ICC World Cup qualifiers in their opening match of the Super Sixes. “I feel pretty good with my personal form. I’m trying to lead from the front,” Holder said.“I’ve been getting some runs and also some wickets. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get across the line [on Thursday] so it’s a bittersweet feeling knowing that I’ve got a hundred wickets and a thousand runs.”Holder has scored 201 runs and grabbed 10 wickets in the tournament, in helping to put his side into the Super Sixes second stage, and closer to qualification for next year’s World Cup in England.He narrowly missed out on a hundred against Papua New Guinea when he ended unbeaten on 99 and claimed his second five-wicket haul in ODIs in the outing against United Arab Emirates.The Barbadian, who made his ODI debut five years ago and was installed as captain two years later, has scored 1,211 runs and claimed 101 wickets from 74 ODIs.Holder said his main focus, however, was ensuring West Indies qualified for the World Cup and was disappointed by the defeat to Afghanistan. “At the end of the day, our main focus is to win this tournament and we fell short [on Thursday],” he lamented.