In the outer systems a Custom Officer hunts for smugglers. When he encounters the yacht Crystal he discovers cooperation turns to horror as he comes face to face with a new trade in wildlife. The outlying planetoids of the Fifth System are a haven for smugglers. There is something in the geology of those […]
(Yet another) Star Wars prequel rant
After refusing to pay money to see Revenge of the Sith I finally sat down with the (borrowed) DVD and took a look. I can see why it’s considered the “best” of the prequels, but grief is it badly put together. Aside from returning to TPM’s desire to jump around the planets (which of course […]
With a little luck the missile will hit the aircraft, blow the crap out of The Doctor and we won’t have to suffer any longer. I had high hopes for Peter Capaldi as The Doctor. He’s a great actor with an edge to him and he started off playing a little darker. Only yet again we […]
Down the shaft
The steam engine was in full flight, pumping water out of the tin mine hundreds of feet below.
Worst self-published author promotion ever?
Pretty much every day I see some self-published author or other promoting their latest book. By and large I don’t have an issue with this, other than when said author posts in a forum that explicitly bans promotion, after all I might do the same myself one day. What does annoy me is how frequently […]
Why debates about tampons is hiding a bigger VAT problem
This week parts of the press were fascinated with the “Tampon Tax”. This isn’t a separate tax that’s applied only to women’s sanitary products, but rather the classification within the VAT system that determines the level of tax to be applied. That tampons were even taxed raised the ire of many, with it being labelled […]
Can we please all have Sunday off?
The UK Government is planning on removing restrictions around Sunday trading. I am not a fan. Bring back Sunday closing. Why, you ask. Some religious reason around the Sabbath (other religious holidays are available)? No, because then we’d have one day of the week where everyone in the family could get together. We’d have one […]
Reflections on another US mass shooting
Once again I find myself immersed in a world where a group of Americans in a school have been shot dead by a lone gunman. Again I have watched Obama standing before his people, his anger barely contained, as he has questioned how a society he presides over has allowed this to happen. And once […]
Doctor Who returns (and promptly fails)
BBC’s long running science fiction stalwart “Doctor Who” has returned for its ninth post-reboot series. I managed to avoid the spoilers, trailers and pretty much dived into it unaffected by the various bits of media floating around. Having watched the first episode I was deeply disappointed. Are we to see another excellent actor in Capaldi wasted […]
Waiting at the palace
A young couple exploring London. Or are they waiting for someone?
How to have an enjoyable Star Wars marathon
With the forthcoming launch of Star Wars : The Force Awakens there are plans afoot for a movie marathon to prepare ourselves. The problem with this is The Phantom Menace. It’s an awful, pointless, badly acted and poorly plotted mess of a film. So bad, in fact, that I didn’t want to watch it. So how […]