Archive for April, 2012


Well the other night I watched a film called “The Thing”on DVD (Released on 26th March 2012 ) and I thought I would tell you what I thought about it.  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert. This is a prequel (not a remake) to “the thing” from 1982. I am huge fan of the original and wondered if this would be any good.

Here is a trailer…..

It starts out in Antartica, 1982 where Three Norwegian scientists are in a snow cat are following a signal. They stop suddenly, and after a few moments, a crack in the snow/ice causes the snow cat to fall into a fissure in the ice and gets wedged. The lights from the snow cat are pointed down into the fissure and reveal a spaceship.

Sander, a Norwegian scientist, visits an American Paleontologist, named Kate, and tells her that they have discovered a structure and an organism and convinces her to come to Antartica.  Kate and her colleague, Adam, fly in a helicopter to the Norwegian camp in Antarctica piloted by Americans Carter and Jameson. They get to camp and meet the other Norwegians including Edvard who is in charge of the camp and Lars, a mechanic who is the only one that doesn’t speak any English and has an Alaskan Malamute.

Upon arrival, Kate and Adam and the Norwegians get into a snow cat and go to the site where we see a full view of the top of the ship in the ice. Some distance from the ship, they show Kate the strange-looking organism encased in ice. Back at camp they discuss the removal of the organism.

The organism is removed and is in a wooden room back at the camp still encased in the ice block. All hell breaks loose when the ice thaws and a creature is released. The creature is shape-shifting “thing” with the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being.

Examining a tissue sample, Adam and Kate discover that the creature’s cells absorb and replicate the cells of other beings. Kate, after finding a bloody trail in a bathroom, takes this to mean that one of the people there is in fact be the alien in disguise.

Her theory turns out to be correct when, one by one, members of both the American and Norwegian parties fall prey to the beast. Who’s who is anyone’s guess, since, to quote the classic tagline from the Carpenter film, man is the warmest place to hide.

Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. Paranoia soon spreads like an epidemic as they’re infected, one by one, and a thrilling race for survival begins.

The film ends with a helicopter landing at the camp.  The Norwegian helicopter pilot yells out if anyone is around, and a gun shoots at him. It’s Lars, the only one left behind and not infected. Then the Alaskan Malamute jumps out, and Lars tries to shoot the dog. The dog runs off. Lars yells at the helicopter pilot that it’s no dog and to get into the helicopter.

Lars and the other Norwegian pilot chase and shoot at the dog from the helicopter, and it’s the same opening scene from the 1982 version of The Thing. I really liked this link to the original and was very happy that they did this.

Overall I though it was a pretty good film with good effects.  It was tense, fast-paced and full of grisly monster mayhem but on the downside it was very similar to the original.

But still worth a watch in my opinion. What do you think?

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Good Evening folks, just a quick note to let you know of another upcoming science fiction and horror comic and card trade event that I will be trading at in 2012.

I will be attending the Golden Orbit Science fiction, comic & card fair at the THISTLE HOTEL, PORTLAND STREET, PICCADILLY GARDENS, MANCHESTER M1 6DP on Saturday 5th May 2012 (12.00 till 3.30 pm).  The hotel is located in Manchester city centre near both Piccadilly Gardens and Piccadilly Railway Station. Also just a short walk from Sachas Hotel and Tib St Public car parks nearby. Bar and refreshments available all day.

I will be selling various surplus stock from my Ebay shop, including……..

Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert books.

Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr Who collectables and annuals.

DC, Marvel, Wildstorm, 2000AD, Image and other independent comics from Modern and bronze age.

So if you are looking for comics, books or collectables and are in Manchester on the 10th March then why not pop in and say hello. And if you spend over £10 on comics you will get 2 Comics free.

If you are looking for something in particular let me know before hand and I will make sure I will bring it with me.

Will keep you posted as I get other events booked in!

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Hi folks,

Guess what? I have some Doctor Who news and a trailer…..

Steven Moffat has recently revealed that six episodes of Doctor Who will air in 2012 (probably september), with Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) and Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) both departing in the fifth episode. New companion Jenna-Louise Coleman (from Waterloo road), will then join the show in this year’s Christmas special. Eight more episodes will then continue in 2013 as part of the seventh series. Then it is rumoured there will 2 1 hour specials planned for the end of 2013 to celebrate the shows 50th anniversary.  River Song is set to make an appearance in the series somewhere along the line.

Speaking about the upcoming debut, Jenna-Louise Coleman told viewers to expect “lots of secrets and intrigue” from her alter ego. “I know what my introduction is,” she told “Doctor Who” Magazine. “It sounds really interesting, really exciting. I don’t think anything’s been done like it before, but there are lots of secrets and intrigue, and I think it’s going to throw and confuse a lot of people, and surprise a lot of people”.

There has been a lot of rumour and speculation about what is going to happen in the series. This includes the weeping Angels in one episode, a cyborg in the wild west in another and also appearance of  couple of Daleks. Well more than a couple! In fact in one episode of the new series it is rumoured there will apparently be lots of Daleks, one from every era of the show. How exciting is that if that happens :).

I will keep you updated as soon as I get more news.

Anyway, here is a sneak preview of the new series….

I can’t wait…..

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Hi all,

Yesterday evening (5th April 2012) was a first for me.  It was my first time being on a radio station. I was a guest on the history and mystery show (7 – 9pm) with Tim Prevett on RedShift Radio.

First a bit of background… Redshift radio is a not-for-profit Online community radio station of South Cheshire, mainly serving Crewe,  Nantwich, Sandbach and all the towns and villages between. It was founded by Liz Southall and Gavin Hammond. Liz is an avid and dedicated friendly networker, who always has a smile on her face. Gavin is a doctor of Nuclear Physics incorporating his experience into radio.  Redshift radio does a brilliant job for the community.

For more information:- http://www.redshiftradio.co.uk/

Tim Prevett is the host of the history and mystery show and runs history and mystery tours of Crewe. For me information:- http://historyandmysterytours.blogspot.co.uk/

He was an excellent host who made me feel very welcome.  Before hand I was very nervous. I turned up at 6.45pm walked into the studio unsure what I would say on the radio. Tim immediately put me at ease, introduced me to his children (reinforcing the fact that redshift radio is a community based family radio station) and discussed what we would be talking about in his show. We discussed the running order of the music and when he would be playing my chosen songs. I sat down and nervously had a drink of water.

The show started and Tim introduced me and I nervously said who I was. And after a nervous start I started to really enjoy myself. In fact I had an awesome talking about science fiction films, comics and other stuff. We discussed a number of films including Alien, Highlander, the Avengers, Spiderman and we had in-depth discussion about Doctor Who and our favourite episodes/doctors.

I loved listening to my chosen pieces of music. First he played “Relax” by Frankie goes to Hollywood (One of the first songs I ever heard when I was at school, It was banned at the time, although at that age 13 or 14 I did not understand what all the fuss was about). My next choice was “Who wants to live forever” by Queen (I love the film it came from “Highlander” and it always bring a tear to me). My last choice “Everything I do I do it for you” by Bryan Adams (I dedicated this song to my lovely wife, this is our song).

But the highlight for me was when he played the Doctor Who theme tune. Even after many years this theme tune still sends shivers down my spine and gets me thinking about the 1st time I ever watched Doctor who and hid behind the sofa when I first heard the music (many many moons ago)!!

The 2 hours soon went by and before I knew it the show was over.  I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed myself. Afterwards I felt as high as I kite because of the adrenaline running thru me from being on the show, in fact I was buzzing.  Lets just say it took a while for me to goto sleep when I got into bed :).

I just want to thank Tim for being a brilliant host and want to thank redshift radio for allowing me on their radio station.

Here is a link to a recording of the show.

So have you been on the radio? Do you want to go on the radio? let me know your experiences.

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Here is a trailer for another remake, Total Recall.

What do you think?

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Hi folks, Hope you are all well.

Sorry not blogged anything in a month but its been a very busy time for me. Not only has business been good but I’ve also been head hunted and now doing something I didn’t think I would be doing and that’s a “proper job”.   It’s only for 3 months but it was a opportuntiy I couldn’t turn down.

I always thought this year would be a good one for me but something happened back at the end of January which really affected my confidence.

I contacted a friend who I had not seen in a while.  I wanted to catch up with a friend for a friendly drink.  To cut a long story short, he was very negative and belittling towards me and my business. He said I was a failure and judged me for being “self-employed” and told me to get a “proper job”. I felt extremely hurt, betrayed, upset, angry and utterly drained after our encounter. In fact it hit me for 6 and knocked me back quiet a bit and made me question my own self.

But I guess what other friends have advised me is probably right. When “people” are negative, and seek to criticize others and situations, and who belittle/bully others unprovoked, it’s often ‘cos they feel bad about themselves, or feel threatened or jealous in some way. These people are not capable of finding the best in themselves and they’re certainly not interested in finding the best in others.

This has made me even more determined to make my business a success and to rub their noses in it. And so I have worked even harder.Lets just say that are not my friend any more but it got me thinking about a quote I saw recently.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; and an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill”

After that little “set back” things have been really good.  Business has been great, in fact each month has been better and better and then on top of that just over a month ago I got a phone call from a pharmaceutical company wanting to talk to me about a possible temporary job.  I know I have said before I would never work for any body else again as I really enjoy being self-employed so I had a very long hard think about it but in the end I saw it as an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.  At the very worst I would get money to put into my business.  And sometimes you have do things you don’t want to achieve the dreams you want.

So things are looking up which sort of puts my so-called “friend” to shame, doesn’t it.

As you can probably expect I am very busy with this “job” and trying to fit in my business as well. So I apologise if I am not blogging as frequently as I used to. I will endeavour to fit them in when I can.

So, have you ever told you’re not good enough or been belittled/bullied? How have you reacted.

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