Fictional places to go

Fiction is a wonderful place to be, there are so many opportunities for wonder and amazement it’s unsurprising that they offer up a myriad of locations I would love to visit. Choosing just a few of the places I want to go to is difficult, I could choose some very easy places like Paris, New York or Rome. Yet where is the adventure in going on holiday? I want to be wowed by amazing architecture or events that I can’t experience in a photo or film.

I could go to the echoes of places that have been captured in fiction, whether it be Les Miserables or Gladiator, but somehow that feels even less real than completely imaginary locations. It is like being offered cheese and having to have processed yellow slices. Instead I am going for bacon.

So keeping that in mind here are just some of the places I want to go.

Fiction is a wonderful place to be, there are so many opportunities for wonder and amazement it’s unsurprising that they offer up a myriad of locations I would love to visit. Choosing just a few of the places I want to go to is difficult, I could choose some very easy places like Paris, New York or Rome. Yet where is the adventure in going on holiday? I want to be wowed by amazing architecture or events that I can’t experience in a photo or film.

I could go to the echoes of places that have been captured in fiction, whether it be Les Miserables or Gladiator, but somehow that feels even less real than completely imaginary locations. It is like being offered cheese and having to have processed yellow slices. Instead I am going for bacon.

So keeping that in mind here are just some of the places I want to go.
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Breaking up with dating sites

Being something of a geek I prefer my social interactions to be a bit more software rather than hardware driven. Virtual communication frightens me less than the face-to-face interaction the human race has depended upon for millennia. In most cases this is fine, modern technology facilitates this semi-hermit way of life. I can speak to friends in bits and bytes, but there is one area of social interaction that is hampered by this lifestyle choice.

Dating.

Thankfully the internet (as usual) has come to the rescue, and given us the gift of online matchmaking. There is still somewhat of a stigma around this, but in one way it provides a service to people like me. In my pre-Mr-Mrs-G days I tried most of them, and found them all to be terrible. All they did was destroy my confidence and make me feel even more alone.

Looking at the sites available it is easy to see why.

Being something of a geek I prefer my social interactions to be a bit more software rather than hardware driven. Virtual communication frightens me less than the face-to-face interaction the human race has depended upon for millennia. In most cases this is fine, modern technology facilitates this semi-hermit way of life. I can speak to friends in bits and bytes, but there is one area of social interaction that is hampered by this lifestyle choice.

Dating.

Thankfully the internet (as usual) has come to the rescue, and given us the gift of online matchmaking. There is still somewhat of a stigma around this, but in one way it provides a service to people like me. In my pre-Mr-Mrs-G days I tried most of them, and found them all to be terrible. All they did was destroy my confidence and make me feel even more alone.

Looking at the sites available it is easy to see why.

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1994 the year I found soccer

In which I say Goooooaaaalazzzzzoooo,

As a kid I was not that interested in sport, I preferred books and later computers, so sporting events in the 80s and early 90s mostly passed me by. I knew that the Sky Blues had won the FA Cup in 1987 but I spent most of that match playing with polystyrene aeroplanes on my parent’s stairs. Something then changed around 1994.

Firstly I discovered Sensible Soccer, perhaps the greatest football game ever made.

Playing with my dad, he would choose recently crowned (but soon to be disgraced) European Champions Marseille. Looking for a suitable opponent he suggested the beaten finalists. A certain Italian team founded in 1899 by an Englishman , the team of Maldini and Van Basten, the Diavolo, Associazione Calcio Milan.

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Two legs good

In which all books are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Four legs good, two legs better! All Animals Are Equal. But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. – Animal Farm, George Orwell.

This has to be one of my favourite literary quotes, or at least it is one of the few that I really remember. As an impressionable teenager it was the first time that I really understood that while an admirable goal, equality was never achievable.

 

It is a more poetic way of saying “Life ain’t fair”, but without the underlying tones of “shut up and stop whinging” that “Life ain’t fair” carries with it. You can struggle to create a fairer society but unfortunately there are those that will just be treated more fairly than others. Why should this be?
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There goes Mr Humbug

In which I’m visited by three ghosts.

Me and Mrs G have just finished watching one of the classic Christmas standards, A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, and it got me thinking about some of the glaring issues the story raises. Other than the glaring problems with anthropomorphic animals and Michael Caine singing, what becomes of Scrooge?

I should admit that the version we watched was found on my hard drive and had hard coded Swedish subtitles so the opening number was a lot more fun to sing.

My real issue is not with the furry puppets but with the original source material. Thanks to some spirited intervention Ebenezer is a reformed character and turns into Mr Christmas (awesome wrestler name – finisher the Christmas Angel headlock). I know that he no longer has to worry about children chortling with glee at his demise and he has all the turkey he can eat but he built a successful business based on his *ahem* Scrooge-like tendencies and now he has decided to turn his life around.

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Late review : The Hobbit

In which I go there and back again, and again, and again.

Doing a review of a recently released movie is fraught with peril. The chances are that not many people will have seen it yet so the likelihood of inadvertently divulging a spoiler is high. So I’m going to start of this review of the final part of The Hobbit saga with a huge big one.

If you see this movie it will spoil the whole of the Lord of the Rings.

There we go, that’s out of the way. I’m not talking about the shocking revelations that Sauron is back, or that Arathorn’s soon could become something special, but the fact that “The Battle of the Five Armies” is close to ruining the original trilogy and all the goodwill that they created. Thankfully is is the briefest of all visits to Middle Earth (which may be due to the fact is it based upon an A5 pamphlet). Continue reading “Late review : The Hobbit”

Hereos : David Attenborough

In which I honour a TV legend

As a child there was one job I thought must be the greatest in the world, you got to travel and see amazing things, entertain and educate others and seem to have an all round great time. As a child I wanted to have the job of Sir David Attenborough. Perhaps subconsciously that’s what led me to try doing both a zoology, and then a media production degree. After all surely learning how to make TV programmes and being an expert in animals is the right way to go about it?

David Attenborough has been on British TV screens for so long, and has played such an important role in our media culture that (even though not dead) he deserves some form of celebration of his life. Rather than try to convince you how good he is, I thought I would just let his actions speak for him.

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Late review : Strictly Come Dancing

In which I give it a seeeeeeven.

Elf has never done it for me, I think its my aversion towards Will Ferrell. It’s also for that reason I am not fussed about Anchorman or it’s sequel. The only time I have been able to stand him in a movie is when he played it straight in Stranger than Fiction. The same applies to Jim Carey, I don’t find him funny but thought he was brilliant in The Truman Show. This means that for me Christmas isn’t impending when I see this movie.

The real countdown to Christmas begins with a TV show that concludes in the last weekend before the big day. It puts the sparkle into the holidays and, while not being the most manly of programmes, is full of fun and cheer. That’s right ladies and gents, tonight is the first episode of the camp-as-Butlins Strictly Come Dancing.

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