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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.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 45 - Heaven In My Hands (Level 42)



My first STRMOMC for 2019 is this classic from Level 42, called Heaven In My Hands, and was appropriately chosen because I finally reached my own personal Level 42 yesterday. Yes, I've reached 42 years old, and another year closer to getting my pension.  Woohoo!

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Here we are again.  Another January 1st signalling the start of another year.

I've been a little quiet on my blog lately, with most of my postings and ramblings appearing on other social media sites instead (Facebook and Twitter).  For 2019 I plan to post more of my photography and any other creative projects I work on here.

As a whole, 2018 has been a slick, fun, happy year to be honest, so I'm going in to 2019 with high hopes that we'll get a repeat.

So, here I am now in my 42nd year on the planet Earth, wishing you all a very happy New Year

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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.

http://www.themodelvillage.com/













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.