GlosCamp

The Gloucester County Camp

Day 0

Admittedly I’m only a few hours into the day but last night was a bit of a giggle, Derek and I had a rendezvous at Mary’s so we could get an early start today (that and the opportunity of hang out for an evening 😉 First order of business; Food. After a tad of coaxing Mary relented and gave in to using the impromptu griddle, its pretty nifty and tripod suspended free hanging griddle over a log fire, awesome.

Dampa Bread, Sausage, Burger (veggie and regular) mostly vegetable kebabs and onions. Seriously the setup is the stuff that dreams are made off, a smouldering fire with camp and deck chairs surrounding it. With no canopy overhead we got to see the evening sky turn a yellow, orange and red and finally a deep regal blue.

We sat talking about whatever crossed our minds ranging from ‘that hot young captain of the Enterprise’ to ‘I think the Clones in Star Wars had families’ with a game of digital yatzee here and there.

Leanne had a spout at making some cocktails, she made 2, haven’t a clue what they were called, the first one was extremely strong causing most to gag and the second a much improved smooth pineapple which I would’ve happily trade in my Snakebite and Black for.

That’s all so far and depending on whether or not there is a net connection at my desk in the media centre I might be able to drop a few more updates.

Film Review: Firewall

I’ve just finished watching the movie Firewall, it wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad it just was. Its one of those films that a select few revere (there always are a few) but I’m guessing the majority are like me and think “m’eh”.

In fifty years time it’ll be one of those films that put on in the middle of the day that when someone goes sifting through the TV guides looking for were it says in bold letters FILM: they’ll see this, skim the synopsis and more on for something more interesting. What I don’t understand is why the legend that is Harrison Ford got involved in it? I mean a living legend, he’s had a lot of high hitters ( for example 9 top 10 movies in the 1980s ) a slew of others since then. This it was just a little plain, yeah okay he’s getting on a bit but so was Sean Connery when he did Last Crusade or even later still Entrapment.

I just hope that the effort that when into this movie isn’t the same that gets applied to Indiana Jones 4 if it ever gets out of the pre-production stage.

Rating: 53%

Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Wowzers, good sequel. Its not quite what I expected through, I anticipated a movie that felt like the first half of an adventure not an enduring quest that draws out the action. What I mean is the punches felt spaced out rather than a rapid succession. The first film was and still is a swashbuckling adventure the second more of a journey across middle earth to save the entire world.

In most cases where sequels are desired but the companies funding them are unsure of their success endings aren’t left closed. The creators have always said they wanted to make more than one but obviously they didn’t thread the first stories into the sequels. This often leads to sequels having stories that are a little far fetched, they twist the facts to account for the past film and leave out others. Dead Man’s Chest marvellously takes off exactly where you would expect Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Ms. Swann to be after such an absence.

The entire film cried quality, I ask, if there were any special effects (besides the monsters) I couldn’t see them. The digital stunt doubles were seamless unless they got actual people to do the stunts in which case I’m insanely happy because you don’t get that enough these days. Sound was beautiful, I love a good score to a film especially when you get to hear it in full dolby surround sound!

Towards the end it seemed like they were trying to do too much, the 3 way sword fight for example. Not quite as entertaining as the sequence in the first film in the blacksmith forge, the snappy dialogue and movement around the environment, floor, press/furnace, rafters kept it interesting whereas going around and around on the watermill and standing in the middle of an expansive beach didn’t quite get my juices flowing. Admittedly the beach sequence was ‘dull’ to not distract from the ‘humour’ being spouted by Ms. Swann but it just wasn’t funny enough.

The ending was colossal, such a grandiose finale for Jack and a surprise I never saw coming. Certainly kept me interested in returning to see the 3rd instalment and hopefully not too long a wait a la Matrix Reloaded to Revolutions (6 months give or take) in comparison to the Lord of the Rings’ 12 months.

Rating: 88%

Nottingham “Pirates Vs Robin Hood” Rally [not quite]

Not in Nottingham.

I should be just north of Nottingham right now on the Walesby Forest campsite, most likely prancing around with a bunch of Men in Tights for the Pirates of The Caribbean vs. Robin Hood Men in Tights SSAGO Rally.
But due to a automobile mechanical problem I have been unable to make it there. Don’t know exactly what it is yet but my best guess is that I’ve blown a gasket in the engine of my car.

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Scout Network Gathering 2006

My 4th Network Gathering, despite knowing for months that I would be going in one form or another at the last minute I organised a lift with Jon saving myself and SSAGO some dosh by not having to be reimbursed for travel expenses.

The Milton Keynes vanguard managed to secure the spot we had last year, up the hill behind the Bield and left towards the pond. Gorgeous spot, its secluded enough that we can do what we want without judging eyes but easy enough to get to if you’re walking stumbling around the site.

Setting up site was interesting, being that last to arrive ( semi my fault, stupid job not paying me ) it wasn’t possible to decide how to arrange the site so I got stuck on a little mound overlooking the site, proved to be a bonus in the end! Getting the canapé up was a giggle as you can see from the photos, Kelly was up a tree! It was worth it though when the heavens splattered us the next day.

Despite travelling there with SSAGO I spent most of my day with Network:MK as they were feeding me, however there were times I wish I had been with the new Exec as I there are few opportunities that I can get in with their clique, I’m not the only one that find it like that and it certainly doesn’t help with teamwork!

First to get up in the morning so I broke out the ol’ frying pan and started on the sausages I think it was the smell that quickly rallied everyone else up, apart from Adam which completely through me since he was turning down food.

Spending the afternoon in Windermere was relaxing, getting some Fish’n’chips, playing some Frisbee getting accosted by little children with water pistols…all good. Evening was fantastic, same band was in as last year and they obviously got their set down for their intended audience. We even surprised them as they have never had a gig finish off ‘I’m a believer’. I managed to meet/get to know a few people a bit better ‘little Sarah’ I’ve met her before on a couple of SSAGO adventures but never really gotten to know her Gathering certainly helped, and having her around didn’t hurt as I got introduced to Jenny but thats a whole other story that I don’t see fit to mention on a public blog.

Saturday also saw the first SSAGO Exec 06-07 meeting, lasted about an hour. Mostly seemed a bit daft as it was all about us and what we were going to do, there are lots of things that I need to do but all I can do its sum it up in a few lines because none of them seem to care or even understand how much there is that I have to do.

Missed the ‘It’s a Knockout Rubber Duck Challenge Thingy’ again last year everyone slept in this year there just wasn’t any interest. Afternoon led quickly to evening and the Karaoke, Div and Kelly got their ‘Dead or Alive’ on, calming the mood of the night but not extinguishing it due to their reasonable rendition.

Stayed in late on Monday aswell, so much so that I was the last to rise ( although it wasn’t like I didn’t keep getting distracted ) my punishment was doing the washing up for everyone but I had only done it once at this point so I’d say that was fair.

There you have it some random points of Network Gathering 2006, be there next year!

Cardiff SSAGO Ball 2006

A completely satisfying event! Started slow with the SSAGO Exec handover meeting where I received ‘the baton’ so to speak of presiding as the National Publicity Officer. I knew there would be a fair amount of meetings involved which most of the time I can sit through and entertain myself via sporadic humorous (well I like to think so) interruptions. Unfortunately on this particular occasion I had to put on my business cap on and listen as the rest of the new Exec seem to want to take things far too seriously.

The meeting ended after 5ish hours. I tell you I don’t look forward to having to do this again next year but at least the duration will be halved. 😉

After the meeting I started looking around for my date, yes I know I should have taken her but she was coming from Durham and secondly if had brought her she would been sitting around board for 5 hours instead of partaking the insidious activity known as shopping in Cardiff.

Dinner was enjoyable, albeit small I would’ve helped myself everything I wanted but being polite I didn’t want to seem greedy and deprive the other table occupants of what they wanted. Moley, the Durham mascot, did get a bit over-zealous with the vino but seeing as he is a mascot who spends most of his time out on drinking evenings I think I can let his alcoholism go.

The evening went on and there was some rather poor Disk Jockey action, why would you want the same song played 4 times in a night I will never know. Heck they didn’t even put any slow music on for some proper dancing, there wasn’t evening anything to ‘Jive’ to either.

Apart from some unexpected commotion surrounding BUGS’ Rae and Steve Ang, others personal emergencies and political climbing it was a enjoyable event and I look forward to the Ball next year. I can’t believe that I put off going to one for so long…