Tuesday, 19 December 2017

I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker

In my job I get to travel around most of Wales, and it's not unusual for me to be on the motorway at 0500 hours in a bid to outrun the commuter rush up the M4 or M5. As pretty as headlights and taillights queued up for miles seem to appear when viewed from a footbridge, it's a totally different story when you're sat smack-bang in the middle of it. 

On these journeys I like to drag along a selection of CDs to break the monotony of radio stations filled with more advertising than music. On one of these compilation CDs - a 3 CD set entitled: BBC Radio 2 Presents The Playlist - is the following song by Sandi Thom: I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair).  I just love the lyrics, which always put a wistful smile on my face, because they ring so true. For those of a certain age range and generation will understand, whilst others won't have a clue.

I hope you enjoy :)

Monday, 18 December 2017

José González

I'd totally forgotten about this song and the wonderful video - the first time I saw this was as an advert in a cinema leading up to the main feature. Makes me grin to see this once again, and makes me wonder, what did they do with all those balls after filming?

Friday, 15 December 2017

Guild Wars - A Memory Revisited

It was April 25th, 2005 when the original (and to my mind, the best) Guild Wars game opened its doors to the virtual world of Tyria to the real world. For me, it couldn't have happened quick enough.

Up until then, my only multi-player gaming experiences had been Unreal Tournament played with my gaming buddy and great friend, Cat - he of 'Tarl & Grudge' fame from past posts relating to the pencil & paper rpg, 'Dragon Warriors'. We would have a blast playing on maps I'd create with the Unreal Editor, then emailed to him, to be installed and played that very same evening. That was back in the day of 56k dial-up. I digress.

I had played on several beta weekends for Guild Wars, each beta was run on the first weekend of each consecutive month before final release.

Beta Weekend, Guild Wars 2005 - Happy times.
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