Archive for July, 2009

Reynholm Industries Identity Card

Friday, July 31, 2009 7:20 32 Comments

If you’re a fan on Reynholm Industries — maybe you know Roy, Maurice or Jen? — then you might be interested to learn that you too can obtain your very own Reynholm Industries ID card from their staff intranet. Obviously, you can only access this if you have a staff user account name and password [...]

This was posted under category: Funnies, TV/Film

More Strangeness…

Thursday, July 30, 2009 7:20 15 Comments

Again, here’s a selection of odd news that you may not have encountered before. Oldham Couple Get Hundreds Of Calls From Rap Fans An Oldham couple in their fifties have been receiving loads of calls from fans of the 18-year old US rapper Soulja Boy… Thousands of music fans have been bombarding an Oldham family [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana

The Mark Of The Rani

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 7:20 38 Comments

Now of all the actors who have played Doctor Who on the telly, the one who is my least favourite is Colin Baker. Generally, Colin and Sylvester McCoy are the ones named when people name their least favourite actor for Doctor Who, which is possibly a little unfair on them, because this is the time [...]

This was posted under category: Reviews, Science Fiction

Tooning My Back

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 7:20 20 Comments

I am a Newcastle United fan. I have been a Newcastle United fan before I was even interested in football: during my childhood I remember a spell where I couldn’t stand football at all, but was still absolutely convinced that if I was going to support a football team, it would be Newcastle, because that’s [...]

This was posted under category: Newcastle United

Kopparberg Promo

Monday, July 27, 2009 7:20 177 Comments

So there I was, wandering out for a drink one evening with a good mate of mine. I was due to meet him at a pub on Newcastle’s Quayside called ‘The Akenside’, only as I approached, I noticed something was going on outside. A gentleman on a bicycle was handing out fruit, and people were [...]

This was posted under category: Beer, Branding


Sunday, July 26, 2009 7:20 5 Comments

I was glancing at my TBR pile and discovered that it has crept up on me somewhat: instead of having one or two books ‘in reserve’, I’ve currently got quite a collection of ‘em. So I thought, apropos of not much at all, I’d share with you the books on my list… I plan to [...]

This was posted under category: Books

More Pointless Twitteries Plus A Coffin Nail

Saturday, July 25, 2009 7:20 7 Comments

Just a few shorts here, none of which are really worthy of a blog post in their own right, but I thought that if I stuck three of them together it might just about pass muster. So here goes. Pointless Twittery Thing #1: Cursebird Yes, thanks to Cursebird you can now see exactly how much [...]

This was posted under category: Standards, Technology, twitter

David, Garry, Lee and Me

Friday, July 24, 2009 16:30 19 Comments

So I went to an ‘author event’ at Newcastle City Library the other day. It was the first time I had been to the library since it had been considerably redeveloped, and I must say — particularly in contrast to the Hancock — how impressed I was with the whole thing. Admittedly, the key element [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Local Interest, Reviews

Idiots or Arseholes?

Friday, July 24, 2009 7:20 9 Comments

A couple of stories from BBC News relating to the North East that I want to share with you, and I’m looking for audience participation here. I’m going to describe the details, provide a link to the relevant news story, and ask you, my loyal and humbly devoted readers, to decide whether, in your opinion, [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Local Interest

2000 AD: A Back Prog Bonanza

Thursday, July 23, 2009 7:20 107 Comments

After discussing the merits of the comic 2000AD on twitter last week with James Cousins and Tim Ireland, I was thinking about how 2000 AD has changed since the early days. Originally, when I started reading it — the first issue I can remember reading is issue 316, featuring the Judge Dredd story “The Stupid [...]

This was posted under category: Books, Science Fiction