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The random ramblings of a Star Trek-obsessed schools ICT Systems Manager who likes a good moan.
This is a place where I can whinge about life, and express my love of my family, 80's music, retro computer gaming (especially on my Commodore 64),
 oh and Star Trek. I'm very open with my opinions and I like a good moan. If you don't like what I say, then you might want to consider not reading this blog.

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?


Saturday, April 07, 2018

Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 15 - USS Discovery

Sophie and Stuart opens issue 2 from the Star Trek Discovery Star Ships Collection - the USS Discovery NCC 1031

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 14 - USS Bozeman, SS Xhosa and USS Enterprise (Star Trek Beyond)

Box opening of the USS Bozeman, SS Xhosa and USS Enterprise (Star Trek Beyond) from the Star Trek Starships Collection by Eaglemoss.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Trekkie Dad and Super Sophie Episode 13 - USS Enterprise Phase II and USS Shenzhou

Feeling like we're one of the last to receive these, finally we get to open the USS Enterprise Phase II Concept, and the long awaited issue 1 USS Shenzhou from the new Star Trek Discovery Starship Collection.