Campbell receives work permit but further loan spell still a possibility

16 07 2013

I’m actually quite excited about this.
Since we first signed Campbell I have been hopeful that he actually might make the grade in the red and white.

I really wouldn’t mind it if we kept him around the club until January and gave him playing time in the cup competitions.

Jeorge Bird's Arsenal Youth

Almost two years since he officially became an Arsenal player, Joel Campbell finally received the news that he had long been waiting for when it was confirmed last night that he has been granted a work permit enabling him to play in England.

The Costa Rican winger, who has scored seven goals in 25 senior outings for his country, has spent the ensuing period out on loan, first with Lorient in France and then with Real Betis last season. Despite being a regular on the right flank for both of his temporary sides, the athletic and powerful youngster failed to find the scoresheet with regularity, scoring a combined total of just five league goals in two years.

However, many other aspects of his game have improved considerably since he departed on temporary transfer. The 21-year-old’s close control has improved markedly, whilst his decision making is also far more accurate than…

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Blizzard testing a real money cash shop in WOW

8 07 2013

Since 2004 World of Warcraft has been the king of the MMO hill.

Challengers have tried to emulate it’s success and have come and gone, many of them have vanished without a trace and those that are left have slipped into the murky realm of Free to Play.

For a mighty nine years now Blizzard have been gorging on the millions of monthly subscriptions that it’s cash cow has generated.

However those days seem to be coming to an end. As the postponement of Project Titan has suggested even the mighty Blizz has to tighten it’s belt on occasion.

Whilst this by itself doesnt imply that the end is nigh for WOW’s subscription model there are other signs that change is afoot in the World of Azeroth.

Sharp eyed dataminers have come across links to real-money items – for instance, a 100 percent XP boost called the Enduring Elixir of Wisdom – while trawling through test server updates.

Rather than crush the rumour or just ignore Blizzard have actually come forward with an explanation on the official forums:

“We are currently exploring the possibility of adding a way for players in certain regions to make purchases directly within the game. As part of this process, elements related to this will be appearing on the PTR. We’ll provide additional updates on our plans as development progresses.”

Does this mean that Blizzard have hit the free to play panic button? Of course not. However it does suggest that this isn’t as ridiculous a suggestion as it would have seemed 12/18 months ago.





Andrey Arshavin’s return to Zenit will not be heroic

5 07 2013

Andrey Arshavin's return to Zenit will not be heroic.

I had to reblog this, if only for ‘Crisp eating bench polisher’!





4 months old

4 07 2013

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So at 4 months old our little girl has decided that she sits up now 🙂





Goodreads book challenge

2 07 2013

So I finally decided that I might liek Goodreads a little bit more if I ever actually used it.

I know hey, rocket science!

So after adding a few books I have read recently I came across a link whereby you can create a challenge for yourself to read a certain number of books during the calendar year.

Of course I had to give it a go and have settled on the very achievable target of 100 books throughout 2013.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Tom has
read 26 books toward a goal of 100 books.
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Give it a go, the site of a little line increasing in length might encourage you to read more than you ever though possible.

Or not.

 





Snuffy the seal…

26 06 2013

I readily admit that I am waaaay behind the times but I only just saw this and had ot share it

 





Ugliest cigar in the World!

25 06 2013

Check out this contender for most unappealing cigar in the history of smoking over at Tales from the humidor.





RIP James Gandolfini

20 06 2013

I switched on the television in work this morning to hear the sad news that James Gandolfini of Tony Soprano fame had passed away at only 51 years of age whilst on holiday in Italy.

Whilst the official cause of death hasn’t been announced yet it is being suggested that the Soprano’s star suffered a heart attack.

Whilst Gandolfini will be best remembered for his iconic performances in the Sopranos, his film credits included Zero Dark Thirty and Killing Them Softly, and he appeared in the Broadway production God Of Carnage.

The three time Emmy award winning actor was in Italy for the 59th Taormina film festival.

A great actor, a great man and a great loss.

 





Indie Game Anthem (Thrift Shop) – Viva La Dirt League

14 06 2013

I laughed so hard.

 





Whale steak…It’s what’s for dinner

14 06 2013
mmmm blubber

mmmm blubber

 

This WWI era advert for affordable, delicious Whale steaks in a can sure got my tastebuds tingling.

Or was that the feeling of 1000s of specialised nerve endings trying to expel themselves from my mouth?








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