Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from Elliot and I... I'll upload a picture as soon as Blogger allows me!

A special message from Elliot...

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Rocky remake, Torchwood and Wii 480p

There have been rumblings on the internet recently that Fox are considering making a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture show. What’s more, they are considering none other than Marilyn Manson in the part of Frank-N-Furter!

Now, I can’t be alone in thinking this is a VERY BAD IDEA! Whilst Marilyn Manson certainly looks the part, and can sing (if you can call that singing), the question arises, can he actually act? Besides, there is no way in the world that anyone could come close to Tim Curry in the role.

There’s also the fact that the original was actually a flop, it was only later that the cult following started and those cult followers of the Rocky Horror Picture Show will likely be equally horrified at the thought of a remake.

It just spells disaster to me!

Watched Torchwood before (the first 2 episodes taped from Sunday evening). I think they must have intentionally include the first swearword within the first minute of the show (a f**k btw) just to dispel the notion that this was anything like Doctor Who. This was followed by more swearing, sex, references to drink and drugs and as much cross gender snogging as was possible within the confines of the scripts.

Apart from the fact that the “adult” nature of the series felt a little forced on the viewer the episodes were rather entertaining and I’ll certainly be watching the rest of the series.

At long last there has been official confirmation from Nintendo UK that component cables will be sold in the shops along with the Wii (in the US they will only be available online). I’m hoping that this is an unofficial confirmation that the UK PAL Wii games will display 480p, unlike the Gamecube, which was capable of 480p, but only US games supported this. After all, why sell component cables to the UK if progressive scan isn’t going to be supported?

Am I the only geek out there who gets excited about console cables?????

Here’s the beauty in question :)

On a side note, Elliot completed his first race of Mario Kart the other day... He's doing his Dad proud :)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A sad day for importers everywhere…


Lik Sang

Because of legal action by Sony, Lik-Sang have been forced to close their doors. As a customer of Lik-Sang, this is very sad news. You can’t help but have a little laugh at their final little dig against Sony…

“Furthermore, Sony have failed to disclose to the London High Court that not only the world wide gaming community in more than 100 countries relied on Lik-Sang for their gaming needs, but also Sony Europe's very own top directors repeatedly got their Sony PSP hard or software imports in nicely packed Lik-Sang parcels with free Lik-Sang Mugs or Lik-Sang Badge Holders, starting just two days after Japan's official release, as early as 14th of December 2004 (more than nine months earlier than the legal action). The list of PSP related Sony Europe orders reads like the who's who of the videogames industry, and includes Ray Maguire (Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Alan Duncan (UK Marketing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Chris Sorrell (Creative Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Rob Parkin (Development Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited), just to name a few.”

Well at least there is still play-asia, phew! Good job I haven’t been forced to import the Wii, or have been stupid enough to try to import the PS3!

Sunday, October 22, 2006


Got to be the best fan video I've ever seen....

Must have taken ages to do!


Friday, October 20, 2006

HMV, Lost is lost & Perfect Blue

Well HMV opened in Guernsey yesterday and I had the opportunity to pop my head in quickly before the official opening. While not quite as big as some of the UK branches, it’s still large enough for Guernsey and has the same variety and great offers that the UK has. Best of all, the prices seem to be very competitive and not bumped up to compensate for the lack of VAT.

All we need now is a KFC and a large cinema and I may never need to leave Guernsey again!

Film watched:
Perfect Blue

This is an anime film which has been described in the past as the type of film that Hitchcock would have made had he collaborated with Disney. This is a pretty fair description apart from the fact that I could never see Disney making such a film.

This is the type of film that I wished could be remade as a live action film for the English speaking world. The reason? Simply that it’s such a fantastic story, which in it’s current form, will only be seen by a handful of people.

It tells the story of a young female pop idol who is persuaded to leave her group and go into acting, much to the annoyance of her fans. As an actress and model she takes on roles which require a degree of nudity, and as a consequence, people around her begin to die mysteriously. At first it would seem that this is the response of an angered fan, but after a while she begins to suspect that it may be her committing these crimes, in the form of a split personality matching the cute and innocent pop idol image that she thought she’d left behind her.

A simply stunning film.


I have just learnt that Sky have brought the rights to Lost series 3 as opposed to Channel 4. Bear in mind that I cancelled my Sky subscription just a few months ago. This now means that I will likely have to wait a WHOLE YEAR to watch series 3, at which time it should hopefully be out on DVD. The same applies to Battlestar Galactica series 3 and 24 series 6, but for some reason the loss of Lost has hit me harder… Excuse me while I sob quietly in a corner… and no, I refuse to illegally download episodes from the internet.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Neighbours, girl next door & voice

I won’t go into the specifics of the disagreement, only to say that last night (after I had enjoyed a bath and was wearing nothing but my dressing gown), I was called outside of my house to act as a intermediary between our tenant and our neighbour. Neither apologised for dragging me out into the cold, they were too busy arguing with each other. I seemed to calm this down, whilst still maintaining neutral ground and thankfully no physical violence was used (only harsh words).

Maybe I should have been a diplomat instead of tax inspector?

Film watched
The Girl Next Door

A likeable little post-American Pie teen comedy.

The most striking thing that I noticed was it’s extreme similarity to another, albeit older teen comedy, from the 80’s called Risky Business, staring a young Tom Cruise. All they did was replace prostitutes with porn stars and hey presto, a brand new movie!

Anyway, apart from this, the film was, as I said, rather likeable and even had a neat little minor twist near the end that took me by surprise. Worth watching, but not worth keeping.


On another note, it has recently come to my attention that the costs for my (other) website are due shortly, this being voiceoftheocean.org. As funds are a little tighter these days, now that we have two properties and several very frightening mortgages, I have decided drop this website for the time being.

It’s a bit of a shame, but at the same time I haven’t actually updated this for some time and have finished writing anything new for over a year. It had been my intention to try to promote the website a bit more and like this to other sites of a similar nature, however, this is something that I have never gotten around to.

I’ve always liked the thought that my stories, poems and scripts were online, available to anyone to read, but the fact is that at present, I have very few people accessing my site. As such, it’s probably best that I put this project to bed for a while and maybe approach this again at a later date.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Tired of snakes?

Tired of Snakes on a Plane? Craving something a little bit different?

How about ZOMBIES on a Plane? (Or Plane Dead if you want to be a little more accurate.)

If you don't believe me, look HERE.

The trailer is worth a view... If only for a laugh.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Game delays, Carpenters & PSTP

Nintendo have pushed back the release of several of their key titles for the DS in Europe, unfortunately, this means that most of the titles that I was hoping to get for Christmas will be unavailable in Europe until 2007. This includes, Final Fantasy 3, Elite Beat Agents and Hotel Dusk. Most of these games will be available in the US, therefore, importing is always an option…. But grrrr…

I’ve been getting the Carpenters a lot on shuffle on my ipod (a remnant of the time that I shared my ipod with Roz), and have been finding much to my shock that I’ve been enjoying must of the tracks (although “Close to you” is still vomit inducing in it’s sickliness). As such, I listened to the whole of their Greatest Hits album the other day, and I’m ashamed to admit that apart from a couple of tracks, I really am quite fond of the Carpenters… What next, the Bee Gees? Nah…

I’ve also recently discovered yet another great gaming based web-comic called “Press Start to Play”. A good read if you’re a fan of VGcats and Penny Arcade.

I especially liked their recent strips on Zelda (probably because I’m playing through Ocarina of Time again at the moment – Yes, I know, I desperately need Twilight Princess) and also Goldeneye:



I've also just learnt that friends of mine, Mark and Marie Le Ray, have just welcomed a little baby girl into the world. So a big congratulations to both of them... Sleep eh! Who needs it!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Robin and Rocky

Watched the new BBC adaptation of Robin Hood over the weekend.

Overall I was quite impressed, for a TV adaptation it was rather high budget (for the BBC at least). There is also a lot of scope in respect of the characters and future plot potentials.

I’ll certainly keep watching it.

Roz and I want to the charity showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday. It was the full blow affair, complete with audience participation and risqué costumes.

I didn’t get dressed up myself, although now I wish I had. I was very surprised by the number of people who did dress up for the occasion – at least half the audience were in full Rocky Horror mode (including Roz). It was really a very good evening and I must admit that I really got into the spirit of things, shouting Asshole and Slut at the approapriate times, throwing toast, wearing a paper on my head and all the usual things.

Anyway, here is a picture of Roz all dressed up for the occasion:

Also been feeling a tad down in the dumps again occasionally recently. Hope it doesn't come to anything mpre :-\

Thursday, October 05, 2006


I loved the comic, I love anything by Frank Miller and like Sin City, this looks like a damn close adaptation...

Look at the trailer below.... Wow.... Wow!

300 trailer... Wow

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Happy anniversary

For my lovely little wife Roz...

Happy Anniversary :)