I said it would be Erratic!

In an act of generosity I’ve taken my little sister the cinema to see the latest Harry Potter and I unexpectedly bumped into an ex-cinema college, great chap apparently he quit that gig not long after me and tried other avenues. Can’t say I blame him but apparently all the jobs he tried sucked more so there he was at it again, selling tickets and popcorn.

Missed last weeks pub quiz because ‘Mr. Sophisticated’ was in Mascadonia, it’s alright for some, least we got to go this week. We won diddlely squat but even if we did with the Jackpot going at £270 odd before Xmas it was a mere £25 odd this week.

Caught up with an ol’ school chum Tuesday, it’s great seeing what he’s upto these days considering I thought we were both going to do the same thing post A-levels. I suppose through him I get to see what my alternative life would be like. A cracking chap and over due a visit to Uni-town.

And finally tonight, I’ve left the refinement of my manifesto for SSAGO exec till the last minute which has really gotten my adrenaline running. What a giggle, hope my tardiness doesn’t let me down.

Film Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Large Aslan (Lion) head overlooking cast members in a snowy atmosphere

If like me, you’re old enough to remember the 80’s television series of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe you can remember that it used what was considered at the time the cutting edge of technology, every week you would tune in to see a television masterpiece which captivated your imagination. This film to had me suspense, I had been anticipating it for over a year and my expectations were not let down in the slightest. I watched in wonderment as I was gradually introduced to the o-so familiar characters and their situation. The story progresses smoothly as their lives are up heaved from their home sending them on a long journey to a country home little so they know that his is only their first step on an epic journey from this world to another and back again.

For those that don’t know this story you should be asking yourself 2 things; Why have you not read the books, for they are a marvellous pieces of literature that feature prominently in most lists of the top 100 books for the 20th Century.

The other must be why do you not know the story? Three inconceivably linked things; a lion, big scary and linked intuitively with nobleness, A Witch, spells, mischief (whether good or evil) and fantasy, and to make things that little more curious a Wardrobe, which for those that have no idea will be thinking “what?” a wardrobe and will be instantly bewildered and want to know more.

Never the less here is a brief non-spoiler version of the story. Four children loved by their family living in central London during the World War II bombings are sent to a Professors residence in the country for their protection. As they adapt to their new surroundings, which quickly lose all interest to the four making their lives dull and boring.

One day during a rather risky game of hide and seek Lucy the youngest of the four stumbles upon a wardrobe, which she promptly hides in. Of all the hiding places one could find this was possible the best for she found that the Wardrobe is a doorway to the Land of Narnia, though it does look ordinary at first but soon starts speaking to a Faun (think merman but instead of a half fish/half human think half goat/half human) called Mr. Tumnus and listens to stories about the magical world of Narnia with its talking animals and ancient myths. Throughout their tea and biscuits Lucy learns that Narnia has fallen under dark times due to the reign of an evil witch. Mr Tumnus not wanting Lucy to suffer to the same fate soon sends her on her way back home.

Back in the countryside home Lucy tells her siblings of Narnia and they, of course don’t believe her. Sometime later the children are trouble with the house keeper and it turns out that Edmund, the second youngest, had actually been to Narnia as well using this knowledge they flee to Narnia to escape their punishment.

Upon arriving they start exploring discover further the peril that Narnia, and they, are now involved in. Being just children they are scared and do not want to get involved, Edmund however had unwittingly been talking to the Witch and after being offered as much Turkish Delight as he could eat willingly agrees to ‘introduce’ his brother and sisters to her. So the children are divided one tricked by evil to betray his family and the others intending to somehow rescue him.

Personally I think using a relatively unknown cast is a benefit, we as an audience do not have any preconceptions about them, and it adds to the sanity-questioning concept that the film is in fact real. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s a film but think about an 8 year old seeing this film they might think its real and will go home wanting to be a knight or king and go around the house saving people.

Awe inspiring visuals, hair raising orchestral audio, pristine effects a fantastic film well suited to any and everyone. Definitely a worthwhile watch and certainly a film to rent or buy.

Rating: 92%

So many wasted hours

As a polite gesture on my part I decided to improve the quality of the software on my Grandparents computer. You read me right, Grandparents and computer in the same sentence without any derogative words attached. Basically both their PC and Laptop were running slow and I offered to reformat and reinstall everything. Taking me 6 hours, about a third of which involved collecting all of their files for backup.

Whilst working on their’s my dear young cousin’s was brought to them to be looked over, 500+ nasties my G-parents found, so whilst I was there I fixed his aswell. Note to y’all don’t use the ‘Bear Share’ download program, stick with something reputable, if there is such a thing in peer to peer downloading. So I’m on my second day now and dropping his off, low and behold my Uncles gone and wiped everything off his computer!! So now I have to do a multi-partition ghost data search and dump, the search took 5+ hours and the file dump took 15 minutes.

And since I found that their hard-drive came from Dell at a usage of about 100 GB of 150 GB I had to sort that out and reinstall windows and all their device drivers, I just wish Dell would include the most important one, the Ethernet card one then perhaps I might be able to update all other via the net.

Lessons learnt:

  • Family are very generous when you solve their computer problems.
  • Dell can’t collate install data nor install windows for the life of them.

And A Joyous New Year To You

North or South? A conundrum, travel north to Birmingham or South (West) to Bristol for a poorly organised house party?

Luckily at the hour of 4pm an alternative presented itself, not as lavish as the two ‘Bs’ but good food, good drink and good company none-the-less. I spent the evening catching up over EuroJam nostalgia, managed to finally watch the EuroJam DVD, I’ve ordered one of the UK Edition DVDs now, can’t wait for that to come through the post.

Almost missed Jools Holland but managed to just flick it on just in time, it gets me gorping every year that he starts of quiet and sober and finishes loud and drunk. I wonder if its possible to film a guy locked in a room with shit loads of booze and have it be as funny? Hopefully one of my fellow students will try it out…

Every Blog has a first entry…

The inaugural post on what I believe in Psychology they call a tabula rasa, lets hope this is the first of many. So what better to start of than a brief low down on me?

  • Geographically I’m in the UK, home for the holidays for at least a week longer, mooching of the ‘rents is cheap but freedom is priceless.
  • So far professionally I’m doing okay, my practical job, filming an amateur game show ended at the beginning of December, if I can’t get a gig of some sort I’ll be relying on my student loan quicker than a promotional flyer on the street.
  • Romantically, nought, zip, zero, nah-da? You’d have thought that filming 12 beautiful young ladies would’ve opened up something more than first base?
  • And Existentially, I’m a giant floating tomato. 😀

That’s it, usually it’d be a week or so till I next touch this thing but with New Years tomorrow I’ll want to share my shenanigans with you, that is assuming you weren’t part of them.