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Mike S

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  1. I finally got round to reading 'Flowers for Algernon' last week, as recommended by @Stopharageand @Jamie John, and it was a wonderful, heartbreaking, read. Lots and lots to process and think about afterwards. I have decided to read more fiction so next up will be John Darnielle (of the magnificent Mountain Goats)'s Devil House which is not a Kindle bargain but was recommended by Steve Albini and that is more than enough for me. Also, Darnielle is a hell of a lyricist so I've high hopes.
  2. If the sequel to this is not named Tears of the Kingdom: Cry Harder then Nintendo will have wasted their entire existence. In the meantime I am very much looking forward to this.
  3. Apple doesn't support the HLG HDR that the BBC use because Apple.
  4. It is in 4k on iplayer. And it looks absolutely spectacular, as expected. The music is way too much though.
  5. If you have an Apple TV then Everything Everywhere can still be accessed on Amazon without payment. Just search for the film and it iinks to Amazon Prime as (I think) ATV defaults to free versions that are available on other streaming platforms that have been linked.
  6. Thanks for brining this to my attention. It is indeed a stunning documentary and, my word, what an absolutely incredible talent Vivian was. To think that all those tens of thousands of astonishing images might have been lost had the fella not only bought that first lot, recognised the rare quality of them, and then do all the detective work to piece so much of her story together. Makes me wonder how many other amazing artists are sitting on mountains of art that they either cannot, or do not want to, share with the world. Brilliant film. 4/5
  7. The Night House is very good, I do not expect this to be very good. Speaking of unnecesary TV shows of films I noticed my Sky box was pushing a TV series of Day of The Dead the other day. I expect that to also not be very good even without comparison to the absolutely superlative film.
  8. The headphones look a bit uncomfortable.
  9. Filmworker, the documentary about Vitali and his work with Kubrick is very good and well worth a watch. RIP.
  10. I guess as a kid I always thought of him as the house artist for Newsfield and that was his job and that was that. I had no concept of folk working outside of the job I knew them for!
  11. I had no idea he also illustrated this!
  12. Very sad news. Just like many others here his Crash and ZZAP! covers were a huge part of my early years of playing games.
  13. I made @GottersBiryani recipe recommendation (the one linked to rather than the book one) and it was very good and very filling. Everything was perfectly cooked, which is quite important (first time cooking rice in the pot as we normally use a rice cooker), but we Idid find it to be perhaps a little bland for our tastes so will be upping the spices and herbs even further when we do it again and maybe throw a half or full scotch bonnet into the mix for a little heat too. Half a lime's worth of juice is maybe too much too as it was quite a stand out taste even with everything else in there. It's been an age since were last b used out the instant pot though and it was good to get back into it.
  14. This looks great so I'll be giving it a bash tomorrow...
  15. That is some serious gouging!
  16. Yeah, the Ritual Pale Ale. I’d not normally buy six of anything but the cans have six Weird Walk covers as artwork and I’m a big WW fan. Plus, Verdant make a decent pale and it is exactly the right weather for it.. Yeah, no idea why I’ve never used TM before as I’ve always enjoyed visiting their bar when in York. I suppose it’s mostly as I don’t really order too much beer online aside from direct from breweries but with TM being cheaper than going direct, plus all the additional variety too, makes them a no brainer in future…
  17. Yep. If I am in a town I'm not too familiar with I'll always stick my head in and see what the guest beers are as, usually, they have some decent things on. I also find their staff to be friendly and helpful way more often than not which always helps. I was in Edinburgh in February and ended up spending a whole evening in the very small Brewdog on Cowgate as, for starters, they had a few decent Omnipollo's and an Overtone on. We ended up staying all night as it felt way more like a small, neighbourhood, bar with friendly locals and their dogs, some lad set up singing with an acoustic guitar, really friendly staff, and just a really, really great atmosphere. Didn't drink any Brewdog in there but far and away the best of their bars I've visited.
  18. For those who like to order a few cans online Trembling Madness in York have become my new favourite. Verdant released a collab beer with Weird Walk, a zine I very much enjoy, and as said beer comes with six different labels I, of course, needed all of them. They sold out at Verdant and a few other places before I could get round to ordering them as I was waiting as hoped my local bottle shop/bar might get them in (but didn't). I googled this morning and Trembling Madness had them in stock so ldropped them an email to ask if they had all six designs, which they did and without asking took them off sale to hold for me as they as they were down to their last few. Very decent as I've not used them before (but have visited their excellent bar in York a couple of times). They, aren’t half a dozen Beak cans I ordered, will be here tomorrow. Nice. They are also very fairly priced. The Verdant beers worked out at about the same price as direct from the brewery and everything else I ordered was cheaper than direct from Beak as were prices on a couple of other breweries I checked out. Very large range too... Recommended.
  19. I tried half a dozen or so Belleflowers in Unit 9 and at home a month or two ago after cloudwater imported a load of kegs and cans and they were pretty good although none that I'd describe as incredible. Very nice artwork too. A brewery not being able to organize a piss up in a (almost) brewery is a new one. Also, don't buy Brewdog.
  20. I read that one a few months ago and, yep, it is a great read. I too was surprised by his background as it was almost the opposite of my assumption of how he got to where he is...
  21. Thanks for the recommendation and, as always, to @Stopharage for compiling these really handy lists. I've just bought Flowers For Algernon as it was a lyrical reference in a song on my favourite record of last year. I didn't understand said reference but felt that it was some 19th C poem or some such so it's great to discover the actual origin. I don't read that much fiction but having just read two autobiographies back to back (Simon Reeve's 'Journey To Impossible Places' and Rev Richard Coles' 'Fathomless Riches', both of which I highly recommend) it should make for a pleasing change.
  22. No loss to me as it is a style of game that I have zero interest in.
  23. An Edge 10?! Amazing, let's have a look! *googles* 'Immortality is an upcoming interactive film video game' Oh well, never mind...
  24. Friend of mine saw this at a comic festival he went on a work jolly to a week or two ago and is raving about it. His only disappointment is that it is going straight to streaming as he said it was outstanding on the big screen. It had passed under my radar since then as, for me, there has only even been one Predator film so I ignored news of yet another spin off... EDIT: That review quoted above is much the same as my mate said - really worked on the big screen.
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