Saturday, 28 February 2009


I'm having one of THOSE days.
Anyhoo, today Duff has mostly been watching "Yu-Gi-Oh" on Veoh Videos. It's not the best animation I've ever seen as the plot is so thin as to seem papery, but much exciting drawing is made of each battle scene, and the monsters are quite inventive. On the up side, there are literally hundreds of episodes, enough to keep the kids going for yonks, and they're all free to view.

I feel like Half Man Half Biscuit.....

Well, I suppose it's not totally disasterous, but it's not great either!
Issue 2 of TTMC has been reviwed by Pete Tennant on his myspace blog, or rather " ridiculed" would be more apt.
I dunno, it wouldn't be so offensive if it was actually MY work, but to treat the writings of these earnest folks so offhandly is quite upsetting to me. After all, the point is not the snobbery and one-upmanship so prevelant in the SMALL small press, but actually the fiction, particularly first attempts at it.
TTMC is deliberately produced as cheaply as possible, without genre and formatting boundaries, particularly to help induce new writers to get up the courage to submit. It's about getting an audience for these peeps, adding something to their CV, encouraging them to go on to submit to more prestigious publications, not about out-doing the other small press mags.
The stories are "not the be all and end all" , according to mr Tennant, which although disheartening for the authors, is the one fair thing he says, after all, taste and opinion differ. Perhaps another reviewer will find them more interesting, who knows. Most folk I've spoken to so far thought they were mostly good to very good, I just wish they'd put it in writing!!!!!

Friday, 27 February 2009

My Daughter's Review / Rebecca Elizabeth Spence Reviews Viva Pinata On Nintendo DS

Ok so, the aim of this game is to run three diffrent gardens, fill the gardens with diffrent type of pinatas. To do this you must fill the required specifications of the specific pinata e.g you must have 80% of your garden land an 20% of the garden water to make one specific pinata become a resident in the garden (obviously the specs change for diffrent pinatas). Once the pinata enters the garden the objective is to feed it the right candys an stop it getting "poisened" by sour candy, until it is ready to "romance". As far as I can gather the main aim of the game is to become a master "romancer" an create diffrent colour pinatas. You can also theme your gardens. I am told it's alot more complex than this but I'm just giving a rough review of what its about.

My mum an my little sister have both been thoughly obsessed with the game for months now an I just had my first go an I can see why they like it, but I wonder about a few things on the game. The first thing is you get two of the same pinatas an feed the both a piece of candy, an then you push them together an they both get little love hearts above their heads, ok so now they are in love how cute; until they then start running towards their house an once they enter the house the house start violently bouncing up and down. I wonder what they could be doing the game calls it "romancing" how suitiable for children with the obvious refrence to sex.
An another thing is such thing as a "sour crawler" comes comes into the garden which the pinatas love to eat, but if they eat it it makes them ill so to stop the pinatas eating the sour crawlers sour candy you have to repeatedly smash the sour crawler in the head with a shovel! No joke, how violent is that? Also if you have unwanted pinatas you smash them over the head with a shovel an you can sell the candy that was inside them.

After all that said I still think its well worth a go (just aslong as you don't let yourself get addicted) LOL. I might add that we have two coppies of this game in my house so my mum an my sister can both play at the same time, as they were both arguing constantly about whos go it was to play.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Classic PUNK...I recommend this...

My first Stranglers album, all those years ago, sigh.
Classic Stranglers, relying heavily on JJ Burnel's big baselines, and slightly dodgy lyrics which a least have a fictional quality to them rather than the usual political comment or plain shock material that was punks general fare at the time.
A link to one of my favourites:


I gloated too soon!
My following has stayed at five instead of running into the hundreds as I confidently expected within days of my arrival here ;)
So now an appeal. Please dearest visitor, whomever you be, do click on the followers link, just to make me happy. After all, it doesn't mean you actually have to read it, hee hee.
Here's a photo from our trip to Truro the other day. My daughters, odd folk, but very super.

Sunday, 22 February 2009


The History Of The People-Eaters
by Daniel Korn,
Mark Radice,
Charlie Hawes.

This book accompanies a Channel 4 television series of the same name which I haven't seen, but am now going to look out for as I'm fascinated by the written version.
Simply written and laid out in chronological order, from earliest times to modern day, Cannibal charts the social implications of humans eating humans, the traditional , religious and plain "just for fun" aspects. It manages to be informative without patronising folk who may already have some knowledge of the subject, and it explores this taboo of people eating thoroughly and candidly without undue lack of sensitivity.
If you are as fascinated as I am with this trait of human nature, along with all things criminal and taboo, you'll enjoy reading "Cannibal."

Rude veg, part 2 thereof

OK, enough with the silly vegetables. But no, I'm afraid I'll be searching these out at regular intervals. Why, because they combine so many of my favourite things in one; such as vegetable growing, (surprise!) peurile humour, and ludicrous sexual innuendo.
In fact, I'd love to see any odd shaped thing that you've grown personally, if you wouldn't mind revealing it of course.
These are great!

MUSIC - A blast from the past..

If like me you're a fan of 80's AOR, you'll like this album by American veterans of rock, GIANT. It's called "Last of the Runaways", and it's jam packed with every big hair/stadium cliche. Imagine Aerosmith, Scorpions and Heart all rolled into one and you've got it. Ballads, upbeat sexy numbers, throwaway humour, and ample doses of Malmsteen-like twiddly bits.
A lovely trip down memory lane.

I Googled PUSSY

And here are a few things that came up. Apparently one can wear it, drink it, pet it, in fact you name it and there's a product for it called "pussy"!
And of course there's the obvious, yes, CATS.
My favourite animal. I prefer cats to people sometimes, and defintely I prefer them to children.

Saturday, 21 February 2009


copied and pasted wholesale from the magazine myspace page!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009
Submissions for Issue Three are now open.
Current mood: awake
Please send in what you have by way of words or pictures as we're now taking the submissions for the next issue, being number three.
ETA is May/June, so I could do with everything being in by the beginning of April, please.
Issue One, which was originally published in June last year, will also be released again at the same time, as not everybody got a copy who wanted one due to my grand disappearing act. As I have none of the original copies, it will be a fresh creation, and although using the same stories, I would be pleased to have a couple more, and maybe some extra artwork too, as not all the original material has surived.
More definite information will be posted here very shortly, as I have some some different ideas for no 3 that Caroline and I will have to arrange between us.

Currently playing:
Hello Kitty: Big City Dreams (Nintendo DS)
Release date: 2008-11-28

Now playing on Nintendo DS - HELLO KITTY, Big City Dreams

All little girls love pink things; cute, sweet, small, shiny pink things. Actually, so do some big girls too. Ahem, anyway, I bought this, for my daughter of course, but obviously had to test run it to check it was suitable before handing it over ;)
It's small, it's cute, it's painfully sweet, and it's as pink as any small girl could wish!!!
Kitty moves into the city to start life in her own apartment. The city is divided into tree main areas, linked by train, and different activities are accessed in each third. Kitty's aim is to earn friendshp points which she can use like money to upgrade to larger rooms in her apartment block, ending up on the top floor penthouse suite. Nothing like a bit of healthy ambititon, eh?
Along the way she can shop at the Sanrio kiosk, learn to make sushi, and capture spooks in the haunted house.
This game is simple to use for even tiny ones, and is visually pretty enough to mask the very simple graphics. It's one of the cheaper games in the DS range, so well worth buying for your little, or not so little one.


Roger discovered this briliant new faciity yesterday. It's called "COOLIRIS", and it's a whole new way of browsing the web.
The graphics, layout and effects are truly gorgeous, it's a pleasure to use from an aesthetic point of view, and it's also very, very simple to navigate, which is good news for technodunces like me.
It works along side all the usual blogs, galleries and searches, and has it's own features. Lots of them.
For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, here's the info link:

I love the games there, typical, what about news and world affairs, hmmm? You'll need to set up an account to share, post etc, but you can download and join with a few clicks. Enjoy.


Erm...I didn't realise folk had been leaving comments on my posts until last night, when I also realised that I hadn't noticed that my "comments visible" setting wasn't ticked. Duh. Thanks for commenting peeps, please keep doing so, and perhaps I'll be able to reply now!!!!!

Thursday, 19 February 2009


Nintendo nerd extraordinaire announces smashing new accessory purchases. Am I alone, or does anyone else here like gaming on DS?

A bus Ride in Cornwall

St Day and Truro Cathedral.

On a whim I decided to take a trip to the nearest big town today. That happens to be Truro, a tiny cathedral city nine miles away from the hamlet near Redruth where I currently reside.
Despite the nine mile proximty, the travelling time on the T7 bus, which departs once an hour from outside my door (luxury compared to Llanfair Caereinion, which has zero buses!), is one hour and five minutes.
The route was possibly the most rural available in south west Cornwall, where the scenery is pastoral yet densely inhabited, not that there was a choice, of course. Circuitous is the best way to describe the navigation, with double-backs, detours round hamlets and villages; and mostly on B roads that would have barely enough room for two bicycles to pass each other.
Unfortuately the cranky old bus broke down two miles out of Truro and we passengers were transferred wholesale onto a different service. It was actually a blessing in disguise, as the new bus took a direct route into town, whereas the previous one would have subjected us to a further fifteen minutes of doubing back before we got there.
The countryside I passed through made the journey worth while though, sitting high up on a bus is defintely the best way to get a good view over the hedges and cottages. Hamlets and villages tended to sprawl longways over the miles of twisty lanes merging and thinning again so that no area was truly empty, and no area particularly packed.
I passed through a couple of miniature towns, and those too tended to straggle along side the streets rather than clump together in the centre, the centre usually being a fairly open area with the streets radiating off.
The views, especially over the more open land, tended to be rather chocolate-box picturesque, not full of outstanding natural beauty but rather charming, with quaintly shaped stone cottages and fields with natural hedgerows and ditches.
When the sun poked through from time to time a drastic change came over the whole landscape. The cottages glowed and the hedges sparkled with the first wild flowers giving an early taste of the rich, colourful rusticity that folk travel here to take in during the summer months. During winter Cornwall is as bleak as anywhere else, I can assure you. I can see in my mind's eye that well thumbed image of the dusty travelers expression of satisfaction as the honeysuckled inn full of cool draught beers hoves into view in the village square on a warm afternoon in early September.
There was one small town, not far out of Redruth that made me feel dreadfully homesick. A little place called St Day. It reminded me very strongly of Machynlleth in mid west Wales, and I was taken over momentarily by the biggest wave of hiraeth since I left my beloved homeland. Oddly, I have found a lot of racial rejudice against me in the hamlet where I live. Apparently to be Welsh is the worst possible handicap one could suffer in life, and the local children don't wish to catch any Welshness from my daughter. Shame really, she might have had a good effect on their diction, and taught them English as a language rather than a collection of simple sayings strung together that serve all purposes.
The Cornish people are quite simple folk on the whole, they don't acively dislike outsiders as such, merely ignore them and hope they'll go away. Those involved in the tourist industry have good people skills and are polite and friendly, unlike their Welsh village counterparts who will discuss you while you stand there, in their native language. I haven't come across Cornish spoken as a seperate language yet, so intend to purchase a primer to teach myself.
The city of Truro is laid out in the same way as the other groups of buildings, scaling up in size from hamlet, through village and town, to city. The small but beautiful perpendicular cathedral lies in a small grounds at the centre,with the streets running outwards like the spokes of a wheel, joined acrossways with smaller roads creating a fine network of rambly, old, cobweb shaped build up.
It's really quite lovely. Everything old has been preserved as such and there's no shame in not presenting an ultra modern covenience style facade. Truro likes to be exactly what it is, a Cornish market town.
The shopping areas seem to have absorbed the fast food and technology places without altering their fundamental integrity, and defintely compare with Chester, if not quite Shrewsbury; there's still plenty of original architecture to be seen. However the little quayside could do with a bit of a facelift, I think, it's very full of traffic cones and shopping trolleys, and a massive old houseboat that's seen better days.
Moving about is no problem, the town centre is busy and bustling, but not so overcrowed as to make things uncomfortable. The train and bus stations are conveniently placed, but the car parking facilties are inadequate to say the least. There's very little of it, and it's mostly out of town, making the walk from the outskirts rather long and tedious. I think perhaps when these lovely old market towns were growing people brought their produce, livestock etc in on foot, leaving their horses and carts and such at inns and ostelries around the outskirts of town. Many had central market areas with trestles or booths ready set up, or ready to be set up, often after paying for the privelage of using them, and times and places for particular goods and services. The church was very often the source of rules and fees, owning the land on which the cental plaza stands.
After a good browse around, taking in some lovely pseudo-archaic shops such as Pasttimes and Whittards, I ate fast food and purchased technology! My daughter had take out hot chocolate from Costa, and I treated her to her own copy of Viva Pinata from HMV to stop her taking mine off me all the time! Absolutely the best of both worlds, pleasantly blended, on a small enough scale to take in in an afternoon make Truro a very nice place to have a small shopping trip. If you're ever in Cornwall, do have a look.
The bus ride home passed easily, I drowsed on and off, and think I possibly snored for a while, making it much shorter. The bus itself actually made it back to Redruth without breaking down again, although that is apparently a common thing. I was sceptical at first when I found the local buses to have a tendency to be late, if they turn up at all, but now I see why. The drivers actually put up a valiant ongoing struggle against unsuitable roads, passengers who steadfastly refuse to be picked up anywhere but their own doorsteps, physically getting round other road users, and the vagueries of weather. The vehicles take quite a hammering.
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip on the whole, and would heartily recommend seeing Cornwall by bus rather than train or car as you get much further "under the skin" of the real countryside and its views and goings-on.
I was quite tired by the time I got home, and more than ready for my evening trifle. It's not something I'd do every day, but next time I feel like sitting back and watching the country go by, I'll take another bus ride.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

D F LEWIS'S "Fuckbubble" !!

I think pretty much everyone I know is suffering from stretched finances at the moment, and there doesn't seem to be any sort of remedy in view as yet. I've been taking part in a discussion on a forum I visit in a vain effort to understand what's going on in the world economy, and I'm finding it's a lot to get my head around. A chum of mine seems to have got HIS head around the problem, and there's a fair bit of enlightenment to be had from his succint description of the current FINANCIAL FUCKBUBBLE; it's certainly food for thought anyway to read the ideas of these intelligent people.
I can't work out a solution self, perhaps you'll have better luck?

Monday, 16 February 2009


Far from new, this is another young persons animation I've been watching with my daughter recently. While it couldn't be classed as manga, or anime, it is as well drawn as the best of Japanese animation. Indeed, some of the transformation scenes are absolutely beautiful, particularly the "astral drops" sequence. As it's made by Disney, you're unlikely to find it free on the net, but second hand copies on DVD are relatively inexpensive on Amazon.
Both sexes will find enough to identify with in the characters, the five Guardians of the Veil are modern young girls with substantial messages, and the teenage male leader of the revolution is slightly more sensitively portrayed than is usual.
This is less likely to interest adults, despite the strong plot, but for the young it's avery pleasant way to pass a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Here's a link to clips on youtube:

The Horror Mall.

"THE HAUNT", at the Horror Mall, is a great place to go online and interact with other fans of scary books and films. You'll find people from all walks of life, with all sorts of hobbies and interests, but all sharing one common delight; the love of a good fright!
If you like horror, in any or all of its various guises, go along and join up. There are profiles for finding friends and networking, if that's your bag, and forums to discuss every aspect of the spooky industry.
For a site devoted to horror, there's a decidely friendly atmosphere, and there's plenty of information available on finding books and films, including lataest releases, in both small and popular presses.
You will have to join to view the site, it's private membership, but as joining up takes about 35 seconds it's no hardship, and the owner is constantly working towards a spam and ad free environment that's relaxed and comfortable for members to browse.
I'm off to post a bulletin asking for information on where to obtain a copy of the original black and white film "Dead of Night", a I can't find one anywhere. See you there.

How important am I ?


Good job I canl augh at myself,imagine if you started taking it seriously!!!


Saturday, 14 February 2009

a MUST for cheese lovers..!

For sad peeps all around the world, do you like cheese? I admit to owning this tome; I picked it up cheap second hand and found it made fascinating reading, yes, REALLY. I'm particularly partial to a nice bit of Wensleydale. Also rans include Jarlsberg and Emmenthal. Wot's your favourite???


The Fantastic Fiction site is a valuable resource for research, personal or otherwise. Their catalogue of authors and titles is phenomenal, and is continually expanding.
If you're looking for information on a particular book by someone, or their entire bibliography, or even release dates and publishers details, it's all there. Nice if you're looking to browse an author for further reading for yourself too.
Fanastic Fiction welcome input, and are pleased to receive rare cover pictures to accompany the text.
The site is here:

Here a some of my personal favourites:

Friday, 13 February 2009

MUSIC - I recommend this - ALICE DONUT

If you like the indie style punk, you'll love Alice Donut. They're American, they've been going for 20 years or so, and their style is harsh and uncompromsing with a highly technical melodic background.
There's heaps of political and social observation, delivered forcibly with wailing trumpets and grunge guitars, and some just plain oddness. This video is one of my favourite tracks, "MEDICATION"...

Anime ~ (TOKYO MEW) ~ Mew Mew Power.

Mew Mew Power is the English language version of Toyo Mew, an anime devoted to a group of five girls with "animal" superpowers. By day they go to school and work part time in a cafe as a cover, but are ready to transform to do battle at a moments notice. It takes a few episodes to get off the ground and introduce the characters, and the characterisation isn't quite as good as it could be, but the drawing is great and the plot adequate.

Here's a random episode:


If you are a writer and are looking for a home for your work, check out this site:

It has everything in one place; paying and non paying publications, books, magazines, ezines and podcasts, all genres, fiction and otherwise. Ralan is a fantastic commodity for writers both new and established. It can be a bit boggling to navigate at first, but it's well worth the effort.
My fetish for trifle has reached astronomical proportions. I don't suppose anyone could tell me how to make one myself ??? And before you say,"look in a cook book", I can tell you now they don't work. You end up with something runny that vaguely resembles strawberry soup. I NEED TRIFLE.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Issue 2 of TTMC

Issue 2 of the TTMC magazine is now available. Excellent fiction, articles and verse from new and upcoming authors. Check out the site and get your copy at

Currently Playing on Nintendo DS

The aim is to cultivate and populate a garden with odd creatures based on the Spanish pinata papier mache toys filled with sweets that kids bash blinfolded with sticks at parties. Great fun, if a little slow moving at times, but just like a real garden it has it's busy and quiet times. The graphics are very clear and colourful and the controls are easy to get the hang of. Romance those Pinatas!


The cover for the latest volume of The Black Book of Horror anthologies, no 4, has just been unveiled, and it's worth having a look at as a piece of art in itself. All the BB covers have been drawn by Paul Mudie, an absolutely cracking artist.

Just for the sake of it, a photograph of my beautiful daughter working on the art for TTMC magazine, in her pyjamas, awww.

Anime - The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya

This is fabulous viewing for everyone, although care might be needed for the very young as there's a great deal of "MOE" !!!!
Haruhi is a bored schoolgirl with the power to change the world, unbeknownst to herself. As she busily seeks out paranormal mysteries she has a devastating effect on all around her, including aliens, time travellers and espers...
You may need to look this up on DVD, as I haven't found it free yet, but here's clips:


Being a vegetable grower myself, I find these endlessly fascinating. I've grown some pretty odd looking carrots and tomatoes in the past, but nothing like these :-o

Are you growing anything this year? I'll be starting non hardy stuff indoors in a week or so; peppers, pumpkins and morning glory. It's an exciting life ;)

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Young persons ANIME

If you have children, or like the younger anime yourself, "Cardcaptors", redone from the original Japanese by Canadian company Nelvana, is a beautifully drawn series of 70 episodes and 2 movies with plot and character depth enough to interest an adult in the unfurling story.
The majority of the episodes can be viewed for free on Veoh Video, but you may need to download their beta player to watch the movies.
Here is a random episode:

Excellent reading - spooky anthologies..

A chum of mine publishes a series of great horror anthologies styled lightly on the classic Pan Books of Horror and I love them, just right for a late evening blood-curdle.

If you like cracking modern fiction with added creeps, take a look at the Black Books of Horror, you'll finf info here:

Mortbury Press

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Old(ish) Blog

I recently decided to use my myspace as a blog, as I've never run a personal blog before and wanted to try it. I rarely use the myspace page otherwise. However, shortly after having made that decision I discovered this place which actually seems to serve my purpose really well, and could have been what I have needed all along: a place to drop in to in my rare spare moments to offload all my various news and ramblings without feeling like I'm dropping empty words into a void. You can even make it look pretty!
In order not to lose the work I have already done on the myspace blog I am including it here as a piece of linked-to writing in it's own right, and will continue here from now on.

I Googled Penis ~ and these re a slection of the items that came up, no pun intended. I''m going to Google a lot more words, what wonderful, peurile fun!!!


Today I finished printing out the body of issue 2, it took two days, groan. Pre-ordered and contributors copies will be in the post this week, at last, only the best part of almost a fortnight late. Spending a large part of January in hospital caused the delay.
The front cover is here -