Monday, December 31, 2018

USS Buran

I've been a bit quiet here this year, but here's a post to end 2018 on....

A few pictures of my USS Buran model from the Star Trek Discovery Starships Collection from Eaglemoss, with the usual post-production done to them.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village

It's the last day of the summer holidays (well, I've been working in the school all holiday, so for me it's no different I guess), and we decided to take the kids in to Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloustershire to visit the model village.

Now, I'm well in to models and I find anything miniature to be fascinating, but I've only ever been to one other model village in my life and that was Merrivale Model Village in Great Yarmouth.  Bourton's is nowhere near as big or as detailed as Merrivale, but it certainly is nice, and well worth the entry fee.

My only complaint is that the paths are too narrow.  It's a bit difficult to get some good photos without someone behind wanting you to move out of the way.

Some of the buildings lack the detail seen in other model villages (such as cars, pedestrians, interior details, moving parts etc.), and could probably do with a bit of maintenance to spruce them up a bit. 

The model village itself is a scaled reproduction of Bourton-on-the-Water, so it's quite fun to see the model village within the model village.  In fact, to be exact there is a model village inside a model of the model village in the model village!

If you're passing Bourton-on-the-Water, definitely pay the place a visit.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Gaming Memories - "Last Ninja 2" for the Commodore 64

Boy, I hated this game when I first got it.  I read loads of great reviews about the game, saw the graphics in Commodore User, but when I played it and couldn't figure out how to cross the river to reach the end of level one, I put the game away in frustration, not to play it again until a few years later when I finally figured how to beat it! 
Since then, it has easily become one of my favourite Commodore 64 games of all time.
Anyway, whilst rummaging through some old Commodore magazines from 30 years ago, I found this from August 1988 and issue 59 of Commodore User.  This was my first glimpse of Last Ninja 2.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Gaming Memories - "Dark Side" for the Commodore 64

I've been having a look through a 30 year old Zzap 64 magazine from August 1988 and saw this review for the fantastic Dark Side on the Commodore 64. 
This game was my first introduction to the amazing Freescape 3D system by Incentive Software, and along with Mercenary by Novagen, was probably what got me so interested in modern day 3D/VR FPS games and defined what I would play some 10 years later. 
Of course Dark Side was a sequel to Driller, and preceded Total Eclipse, Total Eclipse II Sphinx Jinx, Castle Master, Castle Master II The Crypt and the amazing 3D Construction Kit - all of which I spent many hours of my childhood and young adult years playing.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 44 - Zambezi (The Piranhas)

Flipping heck... I hadn't heard this song in years until hearing it earlier today.  I remember loving it when I was kid.  Utter crap now, but boy it sure gave me flashbacks of my youth. 

A cover of Zambezi by Lou Busch and his Orchestra, this was released back in 1982 by The Piranhas (and featuring Boring Bob Grover - The Man With The Golden Trumpet) where it entered in to the UK Top 40 in September/October when I was but a 5 year old lad with obviously no decent taste in music.

"Well if my bank should phone, tell them I ain't at home,
Just say I packed my plastic bag and went away.
As for the landlord's rent, I spent it on a tent,
So if he's asking questions, you'll know what to say.

You don't get lyrics like that anymore.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 43 - Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (The Carpenters)

Yikes....  That's been a long hiatus, but I'm back with another "Song That Reminds Me Of My Childhood".  This time, we go back to when I was VERY little with The Carpenters version of "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft", originally released by them in September 1977 (I was only 7 months old), and in fact is a cover from a song by Klaatu which was used by the pirate radio station Radio Caroline as an opening song for their midnight transmissions - Thanks Wikipedia.  The original is not a bad version, but I prefer The Carpenters cover, especially the intro with All Hit Radio and the supposedly Mike Ledgerwood on the request line.

I vaguely remember first listening to this one night in the 80s when my Dad was listening to a Carpenters album, and I've loved it ever since.

It really doesn't get more 70's than this.

Hey babe, what would you like to hear?