American Sniper (2015)

I went to see this movie with a good friend of mine, Tom, a while back. He recently turned 18 and we got really very plastered to commemorate the occasion. So plastered in fact that funny and sad events occurred later in the night, surmounting to quite a weird morning. I would rather not elaborate more than that, so without further ado…. Continue reading

That Little Guy…

As some of our more frequent readers may be aware, I have been expecting a child for the last 9 months – well, on Tuesday, 24th March, my son was born, and we’ve all doing great. We’ve called him Henry, he’s healthy, and I’m not properly writing until I’m going back to work, so, just after Easter.

That said, have a great two weeks and I’ll see you all again just after Easter!

That Guy

Cucumber

Now, I’m not really one for watching Television. In fact, other than BBC News, and the odd episode from some sort of comedy show, I don’t watch TV. It’s Netflix or nothing, for me, at the moment. Now, that’s great. But you need variety, and when I saw that there was a few programmes coming out, written by Russell T. Davies, I was on board. I knew I had to watch as many as I could. As it happens, I ended up watching Cucumber AND Banana, which are two of the three programmes that he had written which were being shown. Needless to say, I had to review them. First up, Cucumber.

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MGMT – Kids

So, you may have missed it, but over the last few months, there have been a few references to the fact that I am due to become a father – in fact, it’s much more imminent now. At some point within the next 12 days, I will have a son, whom we will be calling Henry. With that in mind, I decided to go for a child-centric review, tonight.

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R.I.P. Terry Pratchett

There are very few things in this world that make me deeply sad, these days. Sure, I feel sadness, and yes, I cry, but there is a surprising lack of things that make me feel the emptiness in the bottom of my gut that tells me that this is something which has truly hurt me on an emotional level – the kind of thing that doesn’t hurt until you really think about it, truly acknowledge that it is happening, and that nothing you can do will ever change that. To me, this is one of those situations.

In his daughter’s words, via his Twitter account, “Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.”

Terry was an inspiration to a great many people in a number of ways – he was a spectacular author, having written the Discworld series, along with the Johnny And The… series among others. Personally, I will remember him most for The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents, my first book of his, and The Hogfather, which to this day inspires me to want to be a successful writer.

All that I can say now is that I hope that his ideas about life, and in particular death, or even Death, are anything close to reality. I can see it now, both Terry and Death discussing something intelligent and remarkable, something that the majority of the world could only even consider because Terry would have written about it.

He will be dearly missed, and we here at TGTRS would like to offer our condolences to Terry’s family and friends.

Terry Pratchett

R.I.P. Terry Pratchett, 1948 – 2015

I would like to end on a quote from one of his books, The Light Fantastic (1986):

“The death of the warrior or the old man or the little child, this I understand, and I take away the pain and end the suffering. I do not understand this death-of-the-mind.” – DEATH

That Guy