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.

 

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Discworld reading order

11 06 2013

I was having a discussion with a colleague at work this morning about Terry Pratchett’s wonderful Discworld series.

He has only just stumbled upon Discworld and was wondering what order to read the books in.

I was busy drawing up a little flow chart when I realised that someone, somewhere on the internet had probably beaten me to it.

Lo and behold the good people at lspace.org have indeed created such a chart which is really very good.

the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20

Suffice to say I am very, very impressed!

 





Waiting

13 07 2012

They tell me you’re small,
Like a Lego man.

I don’t believe them.

You’re the elephant in the room,
As big as a house, at least in my head you are.

I’ve never met you or seen you from a far,
We’ve never chatted on the phone.
Ten weeks ago you didn’t even exist!

Who made you so important?

I’ve realised that I’m waiting for you,
Everything else is frozen on hold.
We are ALL waiting.

We don’t talk about much else now,
Overnight you’ve become the VIP, the main man, the guest of honour.

All the time it’s just questions, questions, questions
What will he look like?
What colour is her hair?

I haven’t got any answers,
Hell, we don’t even know your name!

But you are important
And I’m waiting
For you.





A poem from the past

4 07 2012

I was going through some old notebooks that I found in one of the boxes I hadn’t gotten round to unpacking after I left the UK.
Looking back on some of the stuff was quite funny,did I ever really write like that?

There were a few bits and bobs that caught my eye though, one was this little poem:

Raven hair
Snow white skin

Something strong hides something sweet
You are the honey in the lion.

It’s short and certainly wouldn’t win any prizes but you know what, I kinda like it. If I had to try and date when I wrote it based on entries around it I would say it was over ten years ago…. Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun!





DREDD trailer….

4 07 2012

Dredd Poster

In a quiet moment during my otherwise hectic day,I have just taken a brief moment of respite to check out the trailer for the new Judge Dredd film; Dredd.

Yeah I know, I know for a self confessed nerd like me this is a little bit like saying I haven’t watched Starwars but cut me some slack here. I’m a busy guy with wayyyyy too many conflicting interests!

So what did I think of it? Well on first glance things look quite promising, for starters there isn’t hide nor hair of Sylvester Stallone, this of course is a massive plus!

If I had to pick two things the really, really destroyed the 1995 film adaptation for me it would have to be Sly and his oh so irritating comedy sidekick Rob Schneider, what the fuck was that shit about, seriously?!?!

Douche bag

I happen to think that on first glance the new, improved Judge Dredd looks to be far more in keeping with the old stony face that we know and love from 2000AD.
Karl Urban seems like a far better casting for Dredd himself and everything that has been shown of Mega City One so far just seems to have a more gritty, edgy feel to it.

Have a look below and make up your own mind perps….

 





The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings

24 05 2012

Hi Chums,

It has been rather a while since I last recommended a book to the World at large ,that would be you lot by the way.

In the main this is because I have been far too busy working on my own cookery book which will be launching rather soon. Hint Hint…

As such it is rather fitting that the book I am all in a lather about is one that dovetails nicely with my own.
The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings 

The Encyclopedia of Herbs, Spices, & Flavorings

Here is what those nice chaps over at Amazon have to say about it:

“An illustrated sourcebook to these all-important cooking ingredients includes information on more than two hundred herbs, spices, essences, edible flowers and leaves, aromatics, vinegars, oils, teas, and coffees”

I on the other hand will stick to simply issuing an instruction –

IF YOU COOK  AND DON’T OWN A COPY GO AND BUY ONE. NOW.

Not quite Wordsworth but hopefully the point comes across. I very rarely encounter anything that I look at and think wow this is something which everyone should own. However on this occasion I really am that impressed.

Not only are they lots of high quality pictures, excellent descriptions of various herbs, spices and flavourings and their uses but there are also over 200 recipes so you can leap straight in and start applying all this new-found knowledge.





HBO Developing Series Based on Neil Gaiman’s American Gods

22 04 2011

The series based on Gaiman’s 2001 novel would showcase his new pantheon of deities based on American culture.

 The details are scarce, but HBO is currently in talks to write and film a pilot for a new fantasy series. Interestingly, the series would be produced by Playtone – the outfit of Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman who made Big Love and Band of Brothers. Gaiman first gained notoriety as a comic book writer with his Sandman series in the late eighties but he’s since branched into writing novels, short stories and movies (Beowulf). Gaiman’s works are no stranger to adaptation as his novella Coraline become the 2009 animated film and his Graveyard Book is also tapped to be a feature film. No one knows who would write the script for American Gods or when production would begin, but it seems that HBO is becoming more interested in genre content with the success of True Blood and the imminent Game of Thrones.

The main character in American Gods is an ex-convict called Shadow, who starts working as a bodyguard for a mysterious con-man named Mr. Wednesday. As Wednesday travels across the United States meeting with strange people, Shadow eventually figures out that his employer is an incarnation of the Norse god Odin and that he is recruiting other mythological figures whose power has diminished to fight a war against new American “deities” such as the Internet, media, and mass transportation.

Typically I don’t watch a lot of telly but I really have to take my hat off to HBO who in recent years have pumped out some absolute crackers;  Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and Six Feet Under to name a few.

Having watched the first episode twice so far it seems that Game of Thrones is set to be another classic and if they do even half as good a job with American Gods it will be outstanding.

Original source Hollywood Reporter







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