So the time came I finally got a day off work and two days after it’s release I get to view the film Bohemian Rhapsody, a Queen biopic. So how was it?
I have a feeling a lot of die hard Queen fans are going to get irritated by a lot of inconsistencies, most notably are the chronology of the songs as the film passes by. We Will Rock You for example if we are to go by this film was released in the 80s. Bzzzzt… Wrong! Next they may be annoyed by Ben Hardy being cast as Roger Taylor and looking not very like him at all. Rami Malek isn’t the best Freddie Mercury look alike I’ve seen either, with John Blunt looking much more like him in the TV movie about Freddie’s life. All this could distract the pessimists among us but what did they get right? For a start Gwylim Lee couldn’t look more like Brian May if he tried. Malek got a lot of Freddie’s moved spot on. The Live Aid section towards the end of the film simply makes you feel it’s that incredible day in 1985 again.
Pic1 Rami Malek vs Pic2 John Blunt
So at the end of the cliché, I as a lifelong Queen fan adore this film totally despite the little discrepancies and will rate it a respectable 8/10 .
Revered author Jonathan Green invites you to take part in the funding of the fourth book in his ACE Gamebook series, Beowulf Beastslayer. Illustrated by the hugely popular artist Russ Nicholson, this adventure will see the reader take on the role of the legendary warrior Beowulf. The reader will make the choices in the book of how the story progresses: which goes to fight, which treasures to take etc.
Beowulf Beastslayer illustration by Russ Nicholson.
To take part in the funding of this exciting project, backers who donate from £5 onwards will be rewarded with items such as prints of the illustrations, their name credited in the book, special edition hardbacks and much much more.
If you are a lover of books then this is just for you! CLICK HERE to learn more about this unmissable project!
Yep it’s official, Fighting Fantasy Fest 3 is happening next year. Why Ian Livingstone himself just confirmed it on Twitter
Saturday 31st of August 2019 will see the third dedicated Fighting Fantasy Fest held in Ealing. Will I see you there? For updates visit fightingfantasy.com !
Despite some vindictive little pillocks who can’t take responsibility for their own actions’ best interests to put a spoke in out works, we are still doing rather well. We have had a ball settling into abode and can look forward to a lovely open fireplace just like the good old days. I’ve rediscovered an old 400+ ref FF game I threw together years ago. With a little tweaking I can get that up on Mr Archer’s Fighting Fantasy site. I’ll come celebrate that tonight hopefully.
In the meantime here’s a charming little website based in the wee toon.
Not long now before Jonathan Green’s epic new gamebook Neverland – Here Be Monsters comes to fruition. Once again I’m one of several playtesters and it’s going very well. Kev Crossley is on board again as illustrator which keeps the Ace gamebook series nicely routine. More soon, Jam out!
You know the ones. Hand gels, air fresheners, disinfectants, all these things that proudly boast on the label they destroy 99.9% of all germs including pathogens and viruses. Ever so often I go through a phase of buying these products only to fall ill with the common cold, respiratory infections, tonsillitis or flu.
So what the actual Hell is going on. Well all the while we wash our hand with soap and water, we are removing germs and pathogens anyway so long as we rinse and dry our hands properly. The bacterial hand washes also do but they take away the good bacteria that coats our skin as a first defence protective barrier against the bad. This creates a completely clean slate for the bad to cover us much easier before generating more good, then when we touch our faces or eat with our hands they’re given a free ticket to make us ill. Stick to soap and water unless otherwise instructed or you work in the medical sector.
So when else is it ok to use these things? Well keep all your surfaces clean in the home but wear gloves to keep that all important good bacteria safe. Use the air fresheners in rooms that won’t be in use for a while to cleanse airborne pathogens. (Bedrooms in the day, Lounge at night etc)
In the meantime, remember to stay clear of that antibac hand gel and use good old soap and water.
From the quills of Mark Lain comes this delightful quadrilogy of not just one but FOUR playable adventure stories. A must for all gamebook readers!