Nails: Snowdrops

The weather remains rather grim at the moment, however signs of Spring are slowly starting to show in the garden – largely in the form of snowdrops

I’m always slightly worried that the snowdrops are going to come up, some of them are a bit freaky (snowflake snowdrops) and I absolutely don’t want to know what my dad paid for them

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At least these ones flowered

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Film: Hollow Man “C’mon guys. That’s funny”

As a general rules I find that films from the mid 1990s to the mid 2000s with a rock/metal soundtrack aren’t very good; they tend to be horror/thriller films that have surprisingly large budgets given how poor the script is.

For example if I pick on Powerman5000 in that time period their tracks have featured on the soundtracks of ‘Spawn’ (1997), ‘Bride of Chucky’, ‘Dead Man On Campus’ (1998), ‘End of Days’ (1999), ‘Universal Solider: The Return’ (1999), ‘Dracula 2000’, ‘Scream 3’ (2000), ‘Freddy VS Jason’ (2003), ‘Alone in the Dark’ (2005) and ‘Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave’.

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This means that if I hear a rock/metal track obviously in a film score early on then fearing the worst feels reasonable; to be fair Powerman5000 don’t have a track present in ‘Hollow Man’, however there are a couple of cringe-inducing inserted rock/metal tracks that Google tells me are Skunk Anansie’s Charlie Big Potato and Sunna’s Power Struggle

So early musical warnings aside even as a concept it seems a bit ropey to make a film inspired by H. G. Wells The Invisible Man but not so inspired that you want to admit it. It was direct by Paul Verhoeven, yet features little of the social commentary or satirist depth present in ‘Robocop’ or even ‘Starship Troopers’; instead ‘Hollow Man’ is more a generic thriller / horror film about a scientist who makes himself invisible and truly embracing the creepy pervert aspects of his personality where were heavily hinted by his visible behaviour

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Since the scientist was such a creepy pervert to start with the film doesn’t have any shock value to utilise when he goes completely off the rails, nor does it really know what to do with him within the confines of a laboratory and a small pool of potential victims, so it’s not massively interesting.

If I hadn’t been doing other things whilst watching this film I wouldn’t have made it to the half way mark, maybe it needed Powerman500 on the soundtrack after all

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Book: Brad Magnarella’s Demon Moon – “Something tells me I’m in over my head.”

This might sound like a tangent, however I don’t like Spider-Man; the reason I don’t like Spider-man is he has a day job which allows him to muddle along in a hand-to-mouth sort of way and then an unpaid night job which puts him through hell and jeopardises everything good in his life – including his crumby day job

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This basically sums up Everson Croft’s life, he has some powers but isn’t really that in control of the potential those powers bring, he has a day job that is constantly suffering from his underpaid night activities as a wizard and he’s rather dull

 

‘Demon Moon’ is a readable book, it just isn’t terribly memorable and wasn’t my idea of good fun – I’m look for escapism not a meagre mundane existence with the occasional monster

 

*Link to Amazon if you are so inclined*

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Garden: Crop Rotation

I’m currently trying to plan what we are going to grow on the allotment as I’d like happy and healthy vegetables – and lots of them!

One key thing that is apparently needed for healthy veg – even before buying seeds, is to understanding the basics of crop rotation; the core idea behind rotating crops is that to get the best out of crops you shouldn’t plant the same thing in the same place year after year.

Doing so increases the risk of disease and reduces the specific nutrients that those plants need.

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Vegetables can be divided into four main groups – five if you count onions however I’m allergic to those so I am ignoring those!

  • Potatoes: Obviously potatoes and tomatoes
  • Roots: For example Beetroot, carrots, chicory (which I randomly bought despite having no idea what they taste like!) and parsnips
  • Brassicas: Broccoli, Brussel sprouts (which didn’t grow so well for us in 2017), cauliflowers, kale, swede, cabbages and turnips – not actually managed to successfully grow many brassicas so I need to do more reading on these
  • Legumes: Peas and beans

Rotation isn’t so important for most other vegetables; including sweetcorn, asparagus, rhubarb, squashes and courgettes – although planting them in the same place repeatedly isn’t a first grand idea

A simple rotation suggested by the internet and that I am going to try this year is:

Year One:

  • Bed One – Potatoes
  • Bed Two – Legumes and roots
  • Bed Three – Brassicas

Year Two:

  • Bed One – Legumes and roots
  • Bed Two – Brassicas
  • Bed Three – Potatoes

Year Three:

  • Bed One – Brassicas
  • Bed Two – Potatoes
  • Bed Three – Legumes and roots

I’m hopeful that this will work as our late potatoes did get blight last year – which wasn’t fun!

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Food: Charcoal Pizza

Charcoal infused food is not a new trend and charcoal pizza was available from Waitrose as of last summer; however I hadn’t seen it reduced until now!

Grey coloured pizza with random toppings, aka Waitrose 1 Antipasti Charcoal Sourdough Pizza was far more enticing to buy when marked down for a quick sale – full price is £4.89 for 345 gr

The charcoal sourdough base tasted like slightly crunchy pizza base, which is a good start!

The toppings seemed a bit busy; salami, porchetta, artichokes, olives, mozzarella and red pepper all fought for attention and perhaps less range (and greater quantities!) would have lead to a more satisfying end result

However it was nice enough that I’d probably buy a reduced price one again

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Nails: Deck of Cards

I was actually in the mood for something more riotous, however thinking about it there is a lot of potential for chaos in a deck of cards – depending how you play them

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Someone once gave me some sound advice about playing the game at work, I’ve not been terribly good at that of late and probably need to get back to having a low profile whilst I work to what I’d like to do

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Film: Falling Down – “I’ve passed the point of no return”

‘Falling Down’ came out in 1993, yet in many ways it still feels remarkable current and relevant; the annoyances that trigger William Foster’s angry day are very normal and understandable to most people.

Even over 20 years later the ‘normal’ measures of worth in mainstream society are having a job and a family, losing either, let alone both, tends to have a powerful effect on anyone – with rage  being an instinctive emotion.

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Not that I’m suggesting that losing these ‘norms’ plus a bit of bad traffic should inspire someone to decide to ignore a restraining order put in place by their ex-wife (who also has custody of their child) and go across town causing increasingly violent mayhem in response to situation that are inconvenient or aggravating – but I understand the urge

Michael Douglas is a very convincing man well over edge and gives the depth of a role that could easily have been someone doing bad things for no reason.

Unfortunately whilst, or perhaps because, the film captures a certain zeitgeist it also faithfully depicts that usual outcome for someone rejecting all societal norms and rules – it doesn’t tend to end well

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