Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I suppose a lot of people are seeing this film around about now. It’s (predictably) breaking box office records, and there’s a reason for that: it’s fun. I’m not going to do a lengthy review/analysis here: I don’t have the … Continue reading

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Writing Update

As the year draws to a close I guess it’s only appropriate to take stock and see what I’ve achieved. … I got nothing. Well, not nothing – I do have this blog, that I’ve successfully been maintaining for nigh on … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Far better it is to have a stout heart always and suffer one’s share of evils, than to be ever fearing what may happen.” Herodotus.

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Book Review: Grave Descend by John Lange

It’s well-known (by those who care) that Michael Crichton (of Jurassic Park and ‘ER’ fame) wrote under a pen name during the early stages of his career: specifically, when he was a student at Harvard Medical School and didn’t want … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.” Aeschylus.

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UFC Fight Night: Brisbane

This past Saturday I had the privilege of being in attendance at UFC Fight Night in Brisbane, Australia – the first time an official Ultimate Fighting Championship event has been held in this city. I say “Fight Night”, but actually … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius.

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R.I.P Paul Walker, or Growing Up Fast & Furious

News of Paul Walker’s tragic death this past Saturday took me immediately back to 2001, when ‘The Fast and the Furious’ was king, a film as yet without a franchise. It had everything going for it: young, hip stars in … Continue reading

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All Hail the Conquering Scots!

So, it’s finally finished… By which I mean my Medieval 2: Total War Grand Campaign – the same one I’ve been playing for months (in-between work, life, and all the rest of that important stuff that seems to take up … Continue reading

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