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My Doctor Who(ish) Scarf

Made when I was still young enough, (and had the cute Puss in Boots eyes), to hypnotize my gullible cousins into knitting it for me. It’s 12ft long, though I swear it used to be longer and wider. Can age … Continue reading

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"…who reads the papers." Yes Prime Minister, BBC

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Interactive Fiction Game: Rider In the Mist: What the Hell is It?

Rider in the Mist is my foray into computer games, as both a writer and fan of good, old-fashioned sword and sorcery. Sword and sorcery, though similar in theme, is also different to the other zillion fantasy sub-genres in that: … Continue reading

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Roy's Rocket Radio: Christmas Podcast Schedule UK SciFi/Fantasy/Horror/Tech Podcast

Merry Eve of… Christmas Eve! Until today the needle of my Super-O-Meter™ was firmly pointed at ‘Stylish Supervillain’, while I cackled with glee at the squirming masses of humanity from my Tower of Nerditude™. Unfortunately, a last-minute dash to the … Continue reading

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EMF Camp 2014!

A little west of Bletchley, Electromagnetic Field Camp 2014 kicked off today. Hackers and Makers from around the globe converged on bright, breezy, hay-threshed fields set in the gently undulating countryside south of Milton Keynes. We arrived just after ten … Continue reading

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What to Expect In the 50th Roy's Rocket Radio Show

Doctor Who is back and, very soon, so will we be! The following is a small selection of what to expect in our upcoming, and very special extra-long, 50th show: TV: Doctor Who (1st Doctor, Series 3, 4 The Daleks’ … Continue reading

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Roy's Rocket Radio: Back This Sunday!

More audio frustration today after I gave up trying to drive my new dynamic microphone from my Mac Mini’s pathetically under-powered line-in socket. Then I tried my old, cheapo netbook’s microphone socket and… hey presto! It works! Not only that, … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic Field, August 29th–31st 2014, Bletchley, UK

Roy’s Rocket Radio and Maybe Magazine will be podcasting (and/or vodcasting) from: About “Imagine a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that’s lit up by night, and … Continue reading

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X-Men: Days of Future Past DVD Release Autumn 2014

Months in advance of its DVD release, and an interminable time spent avoiding trailers, spoilers and reviews; I finally took myself down to budget day at the local flicks. All this, so that by the time you read this, you … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: Fan Film Based on Iain M. Banks The Player of Games Culture Novel

Not sure why this great little fan film, based on Iain M. Banks widely lauded The Player of Games, hasn’t got a BAZILLION views. Let’s see what we can do about that:

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Writing 2000 Words a Day To Finish My Novel

I am currently twelve thousand words into my mystery/horror novel and have just finished the sixth chapter today. Here is the back cover blurb: The Horus Box Amidst the dot com boom, a traumatised bicycle messenger and an enigmatic war … Continue reading

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Milton Keynes Collectormania: Joseph Gatt, Garret Wang, William Atherton Etc, Etc, Etc!

I’m just back from Milton Keynes annual Collectormania event and, wow, they really picked the right day for it. The sun was blazing, with not even the merest possibility of rain (for a change), as I pulled up in the … Continue reading

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Coming Up: Doctor Who Marathon Continues!

Great news for listeners of RRR ‘cast as the Doctor Who Marathon Continues. This Sunday we will be chatting about: Doctor Who (1st Doctor, Series 1, 7 The Sensorites 1-6, 1964). Doctor Who (1st Doctor, Series 1, 8 The Reign … Continue reading

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This is Not a Review: Jonathan Creek (2014), Series 5, Episode 1: The Letters of Septimus Noone

Being a fan of the show, but a little slow, I caught the latest Jonathan Creek on iPlayer, two days after it’s return to the small screen. And…? Flat as a pancake, Alan Davies seemed barely there for most of … Continue reading

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UK SciFi and Horror Trailers: Godzilla and Only Lovers Left Alive

Godzilla: New trailer, movie released in the UK on May 16 Godzilla: Last year’s teaser trailer Only Lovers Left Alive: Out now in the UK

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Welcome to the #YearoftheHorse(y) & #KungSheeFatChoy #2014!

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#UK #Retro #Comics #TV #KungFu Free Gift from Look-In Magazine in the 1970s

I still occasionally wear this cool pendant, souvenir of the Kung Fu TV series, “liberated” from an older cousin BITD and dated via this retrotastic page.

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#RoysRocketRadio #UK #SciFi/#Fantasy/#Horror, with a Touch of Vanilla, #Podcast: What's On

The next two “Sunday” shows will actually be recorded, edited and released two days early, i.e. on the immediately preceding Friday.  The reasons are twofold.  First, The Wolf of Wall Street opens in the UK tomorrow and I don’t want … Continue reading

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#RoysRocketRadio #UK #SciFi/#Fantasy/#Horror #Podcast Ep 23 & 24 Starting Sun 12 Jan

Episode 23 (This Sunday): Just to fill that diabolical ennui of existence that is Sunday morning, Ill be recording another podcast.  You can expect more measured, thoughtful and learned discussions (or not, well maybe, but certainly better than that found … Continue reading

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SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT #UK #SciFi/#Fantasy/#Horror #Podcast Roy's Rocket Radio Episode 22, Available Just Before Midnight GMT

A new show should be available in roughly 7.5 hours.  You can look forward to: News: break from writing, can’t review Ender’s Game, my book collection, Storm Bringer, Movies: Upstream Color, TV: The River, Sherlock, Books: And He Built a … Continue reading

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Hey, Wannabe #UK #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Writers! What's Better Than #NaNoWriMo? PLEASE RT!

Actually NaNoWriMo’s absolutely fine, but how about taking the next step and actually seeing your work published in a free online pulp mag? Interested? Of course you are! Okay, visit Star Adventurer Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror NOW! … Continue reading

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#UK #SciFi #Movie #Review: Storage 24

Written and starring Doctor Who‘s Mickey (Noel Clarke) and, as Hick’s says in Aliens (1986), “It’s a bug hunt.” Only this time it’s set in a Battersea storage facility. The non-bug characters consist of a motley crew of  Joe and … Continue reading

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#UK #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Podcast: neRRRdcast AKA Roy's Rocket Radio Episode 17

Episode 17, huzzah! This week, an extra, extra long and very uncut show, featuring oodles of tentacular, nerdy goodness ready for direct brain download: Oldboy, World War Z, Atlantis, Blackout, Breaking Bad, BBC Radio SciFi, The Magician’s Land, StarAdventurer.com, Horrible … Continue reading

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#SciFi, #Horror, #Fantasy: "…send us a story if you think you can mix up some pulpy goodness…" #UK, #Canada & #Mauritius

I’m busy writing and not getting paid right now, in case anyone has any weird ideas of how I’m profiting from Star Adventurer Magazine (I AM NOT). So dust off your cynic’s hat and send us a story if you … Continue reading

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#UK #SciFi #Comedy #Romance #Movie #Trailer: About Time (2013)

This is a first. It is the first time I’ve used a tag called ‘#Romance’. Still I did see The Time Traveller’s Wife (2009) by myself, which is either sad or embarrassing, depending on your point of view. About Time … Continue reading

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#TV: Sherlock, Series 3

And more humbug, as we’re not seeing a return of Sherlock until at least October!

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#TV #Review: The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-2011)

I came to The Sarah Jane Adventures rather late in the game and well after the death of the wonderful Elizabeth Sladen in 2011. In my view, this is an utterly brilliant series that more faithfully captures the original spirit … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: Luther (2013 Series 3)

The improbably tall David Bowie fan and the UK’s answer to Dirty Harry, Luther (Idris Elba) is back for a third series. This hit cop drama concerns the investigations of Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, the key man in the … Continue reading

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News from the Man-Cave: #BSFA, #DoctorWho, Judge Mathur, #Writers' Workshops and Links

Busy day as usual, just a quick post.  Postie brought a few BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) mags this morning: I tried sticking my new press pass in my Doctor Who UNIT wallet that I recently won, but it kept … Continue reading

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Press Pass Activated! (#UK #Journalism)

Busy, busy day today.  So busy, in fact, that I almost forgot to commemorate a particularly important event.  Today I received my press-pass!!! Ta da! I’m now an accredited freelance journalist.  A bona fide member of the British press. Given my … Continue reading

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#TV: Doctor Who's Next Doctor?

Rory Kinnear, 35, the Ladbroke’s favourite, but he doesn’t half look a tad normal for long-lived, alien anarchist… Maybe he’s a red herring? And more Victoriana? (Errr… Edwardiana?) If they are going to go that way, go steampunk!

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Swashbuckling Kung Fu #TV #Nostalgia #UK

Remember sitting in comfortable pyjamas, fuelling yourself with sugary breakfast cereal and stretching Saturday mornings to midday watching shows like these? Nothing much has changed. };-> The Flashing Blade Dick Turpin The Water Margin (my favourite of these three themes, … Continue reading

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Video Teasers for Upcoming: Battle of the Planets / Gatchaman / G-Force / Super Science Ninja Team Live Action Reboot #SciFi #UK

Whatever the hell they are going to call it, the movie will be released on Saturday, August the 24th 2013 in Japan. As you can see, possibly the most unique supervillain of all time, Berg/Zoltar of Spectra, will return! Mwah … Continue reading

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.tek Technobilge: PRISM + TPB Blocked Again, Sort of, In The UK

That whole PRISM fiasco: what a joke!  Let’s face it, no entity, be it government, corporation, individual, whatever actually needs need permission to spy on anyone in the first place, I mean it’s called spying.  They just need to get … Continue reading

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BBC iPlayer #TV Movie #Review: Once (2007)

One of the reasons I don’t watch tear-jerkers is that I so easily succumb to them. While I can withstand the rigours of quite the nastiest horror films in existence, movies with a high emotional content reduce me to a … Continue reading

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@GameOfThrones @HBO #GOT #Fantasy #Jobs*: Game of Thrones, Good Old Blighty, Unrealistic Expectations of a Ukulele Playing Rock Star

Game of Thrones: One of the young shop assistants in Waterstones book shop was humming the theme of GOT today as I browsed, so guess what’s on the playlist tonight? Good Old Blighty: Apart from that, just tootling along; no … Continue reading

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#UK #Nerd #TV: #Utopia Done (Only Mellow Yellow)

So that’s it.  Utopia‘s done. High points of the series?  Jessica Hyde’s painted-on jeans, Geraldine James* reinvented and Wilson in the first couple of episodes. Low points– boring plot.  Ever since The Shadow Line turned out to be about pensions … Continue reading

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.tek: My Mouse Has Side-Scrolling. Who Knew?

My eyesight must be getting worse.   Had this mouse for a year and only just noticed that the scroll wheel also goes side to side.  The little arrows kind of give it away.  That’s techies for you- we never read … Continue reading

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SyFy's Blakes Seven Remake?

I finally caved in and e-mailed SyFy- Dear SyFy I am an avid Blakes Seven aficionado.  Back in July last year the internet was rife with news/rumours of an imminent SyFy remake.  It is now almost half a year later … Continue reading

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Kung Shee Fat Choy!

…Best wishes also to my family, friends and the Mauritian Diaspora.  Have a great year!

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Jessops Closed

I was a frequent customer and so was my mum until they went digital. Sad end.

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Gerry Anderson RIP, Creator of Supermarionation, Tribute, #SciFi, #TV, #UK

Gerry Anderson, 14 April 1929 to 26 December 2012, RIP After having grown up watching his TV shows, it’s a little hard to accept the death of Gerry Anderson. I had just blogged a few days ago about how much … Continue reading

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Breakfast Viewing: Watched #DoctorWho Christmas Special and… Enjoyed It! (#TV, #SciFi)

It was also nice to see the Doctor Who (who-almost-was) Richard E. Grant, finally getting some screen time on the show and going all panto-loopy.  There was also a lovely new assistant played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Best of all, was … Continue reading

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Captain Roy's Rusty Rocket #Radio #Show: Nerdomundo #SciFi #Podcast #Christmas Edition OUT NOW! #Mauritius, #Africa, #UK, #Canada

Yes, here it is, in all its dubious glory.  As usual you can download the show utilising a veritable myriad of marvelous methods from here. In this week’s Christmas Edition we talk about: Seeking a Friend for the End of … Continue reading

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#UK #TV #Nostalgia: The Prisoner

As requested-

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#UK #TV Nostalgia: Joe 90

Forget lame air-guitar, I strut my unfunky, rhythmically challenged caboose to this baby- (Even more themes I waggled to)

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.tek: @BBCWatchdog @Ofcom @CPWTweets @cpwcares WARNING: Car Phone Warehouse #UK #iPhones Lock On 1st Use!

The Great Car Phone Warehouse Rip Off – If you are in the UK, DO NOT buy a full-priced, SIM-free iPhone from Car Phone Warehouse because once you insert a SIM, the phone will lock to that network permanently. Car … Continue reading

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#Elementary, My Dear Watson… Again, Already! #TV #UK

Gordon Bennett!  It seems like only yesterday that Guy Ritchie rebooted Holmes, then Sherlock came to the BBC and now there’s another one!  This time Johnny Lee “Sickboy/Zero Cool” Miller and Lucy “Luscious” (just made that one up) Liu take … Continue reading

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Rare Gig Memories: Pop Will Eat Itself Concussed Mosh #uk #music

I went to a PWEI concert a LONG time ago in Dorset.  Anyway me and this other bloke collided head first and knocked ourselves out cold to this PWEI cover of a Hawkwind classic- I also remember the tubby guy … Continue reading

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Learning the #Ukulele: Jeff Lynne of #ELO Plays the Banjolele #tv #uk

Me and mum have been learning to play the ukulele.  We have bought two beautiful Makala dolphins.  Mine’s a deep blue, mum’s is pearl white.  Anyway, I was practicing strumming and picking while watching a Beeb documentary (Mr. Blue Sky) … Continue reading

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#Google #Search of the Day: Shoes Stolen at Temple #desi #uk #mauritius #india

Shoes Stolen at Temple Years ago when I was a kid we used to visit a mandhir (Hindu temple) in London’s East End for the more important religious holidays.  Mum and dad always warned me never to wear my best … Continue reading

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#Rants of the Week: Killing iGoogle, EQL, #UK (Debt Collection Agency), Border Security: #Australia's Front Line

iGoogle – iGoogle is closing down, we’ve known this for months, but what precipitated such an unbelievably short-sighted move?  Actually I don’t have a clue, but this is the same company that wouldn’t give users the options to opt out … Continue reading

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TechieTalk: #iPhone 5 and Other Updates

Apple heralded a slew of hardware and software updates at their press event yesterday. iPhone 5 (available from September 21 in the UK) – The biggest announcement of the event was the unveiling of the long awaited iPhone 5. The … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: Battle of the Planets & Goldorak #SciFi #Anime #TV #Show #Themes in the #UK & #France

Here are the two anime shows I remember best from childhood, I think the themes are great- Battle of the Planets and Goldorak Goodnight.

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The Dandy: Last Post #UK #Comic Books

OK, I blogged about the demise of the print version of The Dandy yesterday.  Today, while I was shopping in Tescos, I had a look at the modern Dandy comic book.   When I was younger, The Dandy came in … Continue reading

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#UK #Comic Book Dandy Finito… Maybe

I just heard on the BBC six o’clock news today that the printed edition of The Dandy will end in December this year.  That’s a bit sad as The Dandy was my first comic and I wrote about it a … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carr: Of Course He Apologised… #tv #uk

…he makes money because he’s popular… It was about as sincere an apology as I am making right now for the varying quality of my blog. Mea maxima culpa.

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Second Run: Takin' Over the Asylum, Hey @guardian #uk #tv

If you’re British, you probably already know all about this brilliant show, so this is mainly aimed at readers/viewers in other countries.  It stars a young David Tennant.   Thought that would get your attention. Read what the writer of … Continue reading

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Starlord: The Rolls Royce of #UK #SciFi #Comics

I’m a notorious late-adopter, but in this one aspect I can honestly claim to having been a fanboy right from the very start. When Starlord came out, I was still in short-trousers, but the moment I saw it, I knew … Continue reading

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Even More #UK #Comic Book Nostalgia: The Crunch!

Another two favourite characters, this time from ultra-violent Brit comic The Crunch (I actually had the Black Band… of Plastic!) Bear-Paw Jay, Native American, ex-Green Beret bounty hunter!  Makes Marshal Raylan Givens from Justified look like a right Wendy. And Johnny … Continue reading

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More British #Comic Book Nostalgia: Sir Chell Puddock, The Hammer Man!

Zounds!  He ain’t no MC Hammer!  It’s Sir Chell Puddock: The Hammer Man.  A burley, hammer-wielding, knight errant from the Middle-Ages.  He was a favourite character of mine who featured in The Victor, which I occasionally bought. Chivalrous, righting wrongs, … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: The Jam: #Batman

Just a little UK tribute to the last of Nolan’s Batman movies– This and Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water were the only damn things I ever learned to play on my electric bass.

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Bigging Up Garth and Bigging Down Reigate and Banstead Council

Remember Garth, the hero from the eponymous comic strip in The Daily Mirror newspaper? A couple of days ago mum bought a copy of the Mirror and I was pleased to see that the time-travelling muscle-man was still a fixture. Also, … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: Cockney Neck (The IT Crowd) #tv

The phrase “cockney neck” was my favourite from the whole show.  It’s right up there with Blakes Seven‘s Vila describing the architecture of a monstrous gothic church on dark, desolate Cynus Alpha as “reminiscent of early maniac.”

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London Olympics 2012: Not A Rant (For A Change)

I’ve been moaning about the Olympics a great deal in this blog, to anyone who’ll listen to me rant- in the street, in the pub, to relatives and to myself in the mirror.  No doubt before the end of the … Continue reading

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.tek: Life, Geany, Waze, The Midnight Beast and Batman #tv #uk #movies #programming

Life – Haven’t been around for a few days, just so tired and stressed out looking for a house here in the South of England.  Dealing with overpriced housing and some (not all) estate agents who don’t tell you everything … Continue reading

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Some Brit Comic Books I Used to Read #comics #uk #scifi

When I was a kid I spent an inordinate amount of pocket money on comics and then spent most of my time staring holes into them.  If you’re not from the UK, you probably haven’t heard of any of these.

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If The Doctor Was Mauritian…

Goodnight.

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Horley, UK

Where, I’m living at the mo. This shop sells some Mauritian food, though it isn’t run by Mauritians. Wonder if they have Kraft cheese. Oh, how I miss you little blue box.

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Oxford, Inklings, J.R.R. Tolkien

A couple of weeks ago I met a mate in Oxford.  We had a drink in the Eagle and Child pub, made famous for being the meeting place of a group of Oxford fantasy authors who called themselves the Inklings.  … Continue reading

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Big News of the Big Dance. It's Big!

Big society, big this, big that. What’s that about? Is it the government lamely trying to emulate the Apple-like habit of sticking an “i” in front of everything? I was watching the Beeb news and apparently there’s now a Big … Continue reading

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Watching MI3 on the Box and Testing Cidre

Finally gave in and tried Stella Artois’s Cidre.  Verdict- not terrible. Captain Roy’s International Cider Ratings Some* west country scrumpys: 4 chainsaws (UK) Okanagan Springs Apple Cider: 4 chainsaws (Canada) Stella Artois Cidre: 3 chainsaws (Belgium) Anything from Bulmers: 2 … Continue reading

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Second Run: Rosemary and Thyme

More like “third, fourth and fifth” run, due to all the repeats.  Still, I enjoy the Rosemary and Thyme mystery TV series immensely. Despite being tagged in the the “cozy” mystery sub-genre, it features two professional women- one a scientist, … Continue reading

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Second Run: Eternal Law, Episode 1 (Review)

It’s a modern Brit Highway to Heaven.  Looks nice, Ukweli Roach promising as innocent, novice, stranger in a strange land.  Ultimately though, it’s boring and limpid; I’m sure that’s the influence of the foul US mush that was Highway to … Continue reading

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Second Run: Who's Going to be Watching Eternal Law Tonight?

I missed it in January and it looks intriguing.

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UK Drama, Recommened DVD: Boys From The Black Stuff

Boys from the Black Stuff – If you’re from the UK and about my age, you’ve probably already seen this powerful BBC drama series.  If you’re from another part of the world, you almost certainly haven’t, but as it’s been … Continue reading

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I'm Watching Voyager: Tuvix, Laterz!

I’m Watching Star Trek: Voyager, episode: Tuvix… Finished. One word: poignant. Rating: 4 chainsaws and bring a hanky.

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.tek: Clicky Keyboard: The Only Thing I Got From Alan Sugar That Didn't Explode Into Flames

I just spent twenty UK pounds on an overpriced Y-cable from Maplins to  convert a single USB port into a PS2 keyboard and mouse port.   Why?  So I could plug in a twenty-three year old keyboard into my HP 210 … Continue reading

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Remember "The Professonals" Theme: Wasn't It Seriously Funky!

My dad loved this show-

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Why Doesn't a Night Club Do a TV Theme Night: Avengers, Space 1999… I'd Go To That

OK, I stopped going to night clubs years and years ago.  But I might be tempted again if they did a vintage TV theme night. Think about all those cool tunes… mmm… actually you don’t have to because I’ve been … Continue reading

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Latest Nerdery: Prototype 2, Mass Effect 3, Tiger Woods, Samsung S3, Snow White and Avoiding Work

Mon 07-May-2012 Xbox 360: Star Wars Special Edition Mon 14-May-2012 Video Games News Mon 21-May-2012 Superphones, Money and Evil Queens Mon 28-May-2012 An Office Workers Guide To Avoiding Work More stories about Gadgets, Video Games, Consoles, Computers, Apple, PC, Linux, … Continue reading

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.tek: European Space Agency: Tracking Transit of Venus, Video

In case you missed it yesterday-

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Digital TV: Freeview Channels Globally Rubbish

After having lived in Canada, Mauritius and the UK, I can tell you that free-to-view channels are crap the world over.  Now that we have bandwidth to spare for extra programming, what do we get? Massive choice? Oh no. I’m … Continue reading

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Future Nasty: Breaking Bad Season Five and Second Run: Eden Lake

My favourite supervillain is back for a last hurrah this July. Yep, Walter White, ex-school teacher and meth cook par excellence, is returning, post the amazingly gory finale of season four after his bomb ripped Los Pollos Hermanos owner and … Continue reading

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.tek: Snake Oil (Dodgy Tech) Watch: Boots Anti-Snoring Ring

I love products like this- they give me the chance to vent my innate misanthropy in a constructive manner. Just a little context- Boots is probably the most reputable and popular high street pharmacists in the UK. Recently they’ve started … Continue reading

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Second Run: Harry Palmer: Everyspy

Somewhere between James Bond and George Smiley sits Harry Palmer, underwhelming, but clever, supercool British spy. Played by Michael Caine, Palmer was the subject of either five or six films depending on how you look at things- The Ipcress File … Continue reading

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.tek: I've Lost My Programming Chops: I Don't Know XOR from Coleslaw

I’ve never been a great programmer.  I’ve fluctuated wildly between utterly incompetent to unbearably clever. It’s been years since I’ve done any professionally, but lately, given my boring life, I’ve decided that I want to stick my oar back in.  … Continue reading

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SciFi Watering Holes: The Best Bars In All Possible Universes!

Chalmun’s Cantina, Mos Eisley, Tatooine Where Captain Solo famously blasts a hole in Greedo before the latter has time to reach.  The band is also partly the reason I am learning to to play a musical instrument! The Spacers Rave, Proton … Continue reading

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What's Your Drunk Song?

This is mine (apologies to all long-suffering bar staff of three continents). NB/This is Captain’s Tractor’s version (whereas the verses I sing are, eh, slightly ruder)- What’s yours?

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Transformers Need A New HQ

Good morning! Sweet: Yesterday was Mauritian Independence Day.  Happy Birthday Mauritius! Bitter: Apart from the terrible CGI in the Transformers franchise, here’s one other thing that’s got my goat; the more so because I am Mauritian.  Diego Garcia.  In the … Continue reading

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Blakes 7: A Tribute

I love Blakes 7. Its that simple. From the moment it first aired in 1978, I did not miss a single episode.  When Marvel, UK started publishing the Blakes 7 magazine, I bought every single issue.  And when the series … Continue reading

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