Jeremy Hardy, hateful little man.

And so here we have it, definitive proof, if proof were indeed needed, of the BBC’s slide into metropolitan, leftist elitism. On the News Quiz tonight there was an astounding example of the sort of anti-working class rhetoric we’d expect from a Labour MP.

Says Jeremy Hardy when discussing the decline of pubs:

What people do, they preload, young people, on stuff from shops that’s cheap and then go and stagger around in clothing that’s not warm enough and then are sick on wheelie bins and then start families in the gutter.

If we could just get people into pubs playing traditional pub games like pub bigotry and shove hatred and things like that.

How hateful is that? Every word is loaded with sneering condescension and arrogance. The implication that the working class are all dim, drunken, classless, hate filled bigots that have no more ambition than to breed is there for all to see.

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Han Solo shoots Greedo.

All this talk of the original Star Wars trilogy being released on Blu-ray makes me think Disney might have a plan. A cunning plan.

Clearly, unbounded by ego, Disney feel that there’s profit to be made in giving the fans what they want, a bizarre concept I know, but Disney have long since proven to me that they know what they’re doing with valuable franchises.

Is that the only reason though? Is it simply profit or is there a deeper motive at play here? I think there might be!

Call me mad but I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that Disney’s ulterior motive might not simply be to increase their profits but also test the waters for a reset of the franchise.

Consider these facts:

The Expanded Universe is gone, consigned to the dustbin of history. Disney may choose to cherry pick material from it that they want or feel has value but ostensibly they’re starting from scratch.

The new movies are now in the hands of a capable director who prefers shooting on film and is clearly intending to put a stake in the ground when it comes to practical effects. He’s doing everything Lucas eschewed in his making of the prequel trilogy.

And now the unaltered original trilogy’s release on Blu-ray is being touted as a possibility.

What does all this point to? Well, in my mind, it points to the Blu-ray release of Episode IV, V and VI acting as a barometer for the movie going public’s love of the original trilogy. If they were to sell well it could influence the future direction the franchise takes.

How so you ask? Well I’ll tell you.

There are only three more movies that Disney can make in the original, nine movie sequence, right? Although they’ve commited to making a “back story” movie for a selection of fan favourite characters, to fill in the gaps between the larger “episode” movies, that’s still only a schedule of around six years worth of movies without doing something drastic (like, shudder, a reboot).

Disney have proven with their Marvel franchises that a six year plan isn’t something they trifle with.

So what could they do?

Well the easiest and most lucrative approach (considering original trilogy fans are now well into their forties and fifties and in possession of sizeable chunks of disposable income) would be to excise the prequel trilogy from Star Wars history, like the EU, and start again.

Think about it, no Jar Jar Binks, no trade dispute bullshit, no stiff teen queen, no Darth Vader as a kid, no pod racing, no Jar Jar Binks, no bizarre virgin birth nonsense, no midichlorians, no piss poor green screen sets, no awkward romance, in short none of the bollocks original Star Wars fans hated about Lucas’ money grabbing exercise in cynicism, just a true set of Star Wars prequels that show the fall of Anakin Skywalker (already a great pilot!) and the rise of Darth Vader the way we really wanted it to be shown in the first place.

It would also pave the way for a Boba Fett movie that didn’t need to unpick the nonsense that Episode II injected into his mythos before it could continue with the badassery that we’d come to expect from Boba Fett prior to the prequels.

Put simply, it would be a brilliant move.


Commodore 64 boot screen.

The Commodore 64 was an outstanding machine, its abilities were pretty amazing for the time and whilst its graphical abilities were good, they were matched by other 8-bit machines of the time. Its sound though? Well that’s another story altogether.

The Commodore 64 was home to one of the most powerful sound processors of the time; the SID.

The SID, or Sound Interface Device, was the sound controller that was used in the Commodore 64, essentially it was an analogue synth on a chip and the range of sounds it could produce were streets ahead of anything else at the time.

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So! It’s day two of my new and improved life.

Well, I say day two but really it’s day one as I didn’t actually post anything yesterday, regardless though today’s the day that I’m going to list my new year’s resolutions. Exciting stuff. huh? Hmm, well.

My first resolution is to lose weight and get fitter. I used to be 13 stone something and could run up three flights of stairs without losing breath. Now I’m almost seventeen stone and can barely make it to the stairs.

The aim is to be fourteen stone exactly by the beginning of August, with will power that is achievable.

My second wish, er, resolution is to do more of what I’m doing right now; blogging. Also vlogging is something I’m intrigued by so I’ll be making a vlog of this too, although when I’ll have the nerve to publish it I don’t know. Soon though my pretties, soon.

Resolution number three is to record an EP. When I were a lad EP’s were always four tracks long, so that’s the goal, four songs of joy and merriment, written, performed and recorded by me. With maybe one cover too. A bonus track if you will.

My final goal for the year is to write a screenplay. I’ve got a few ideas for movies kicking around in my noggin, one about an alien scientist that saves the world from invasion, one about a werewolf in the wild west and of course I’ve still got all my ideas for a Doctor Who origin movie.

That last one will be familiar to a lot of people as it’s my favourite method of boring people when they’re trapped on trains or in elevators or meetings with me.

Whatever it is I want to get a 120 page screenplay finished in 2014.

There is a fifth and final aim for the year but I can’t really talk about that yet, suffice to say though when it happens things are going to be mighty exciting at Douglas Towers.

Daley and Hazel.

Having just watched the Big Brother Hazel and Daley debacle I have this to say; Big Brother should have thrown them both out.

Daley was out of order for what he did, he was aggressive and physical, and he shouldn’t have been; drunk or not. Additionally his behaviour the following day was that of an abusive partner. Very scary.

That said, Hazel’s constant game playing and behaviour was obviously going to lead to some adverse reaction at some point. She was very clearly attempting to manipulate him. It’s also interesting that on his exit Daley’s comments about Hazel’s devious nature were the first vocalisation of his feelings about her, and also the first time we got confirmation that he knew she was playing him.

What’s worse is that he was right she is a devious woman, she’s a dangerous woman and above all else she’s a manipulative woman. It must have been a successful tactic for her up to this point in her life, and Daley’s ejection will see her given an additional angle with which to manipulate others, which she will take.

Hazel O'Sullivan, victim.

Hazel O’Sullivan

We’ve already seen her confide in the only gay man in the house. She knows how to deal with men. Women don’t buy it. Men do, gay or otherwise. Whilst in no way did she deserve it, Hazel is now playing the victim in an incident that she both started and fueled.

She has managed to give the impression of being open and honest by telling Dan what happened, in a rapid, machine gun manner, quickly adding, after her revelation about her sexual assault on Daley; “I got a warning because they have to be fair.”. Not that she got a warning because she too did something wrong but because it was a matter of balance? Curious idea that.

Not only that but she also managed – by way of her uncharacteristic coyness about telling the house what happened – to contrive a means of the story being retold to the house by someone who is generally trusted and without an axe to grind, someone who will be seen as beyond the reach of her manipulation by dint of his sexuality, someone who is thought to be wise, shrewd and capable of seeing through people.

Yet more manipulation.

Daley Ojuederie, victim of a different kind.

Daley Ojuederie

It’s interesting to see that although it has been mentioned on the show, very little mention is now being made of Hazel’s sexual assault on Daley elsewhere? She pulled down his pants. Had he done that to her there would have been an intervention straight away, not afterwards.

What I would say about Daley is that – according to his Big Brother biography – he grew up in care, I would imagine that would colour his behaviour when people threaten him – in whatever manner. What happens when you’re young imprints on your entire personality.

Not that I am in anyway trying to excuse his behaviour but Daley’s probably had to fight for a lot in his life. By which I mean fight not struggle.

Ultimately though the producers of Big Brother have generated this situation. They should have known this sort of thing could happen if they were both put into the safe house. They are culpable for stoking the tensions that lead to this.

Currys PC Word. Doh.

So people think that the high street is on its arse. I wonder why that is? Well, it could be because of shit like this.

Having decided that the Surface Pro is the next laptop/tablet for me I – rather rashly – decided that it might be a good idea to go and see one. Unfortunately I thought PC World might be my best bet. What a mistake.

Arriving at PC World with my little daughter in tow I was approached by an earnest young man.

“Can I help you.”, he said without a trace of irony.

“Do you have the Surface Pro?”, I said, dooming myself to disappointment.

“No. We don’t stock it.”, there was a brief pause. “We’ve got the regular Surface though!”. Clearly this was an inspired after thought.

“Er, no, I want the Pro thanks.”.

“Right. Ok.”, and with that he was gone. As was my patience…

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The NSA's badge.

Broadly speaking the adage that if you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to be afraid of, is something I agree with. That said what I’ve been reading about PRISM is more than a little worrying.

The collection and collation of data from almost every major provider on the web, by a foreign power, is terrifying in the extreme. Not because of anything I’ve said or done but because of the potential for the rules to change, for the data they’ve already collected to retrospectively become suspect, for my life to be turned upside down by a change in the rules.

President Obama has of course addressed the good people – or folks as he would no doubt have it – of the United States of America to stress that PRISM – which is one of the most far-reaching internet spy programs ever seen, a program that sucks data from Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo and other monolithic US technology companies – is nothing to worry about. Yay! He said:

With respect to internet and emails, this does not apply to US citizens and it does not apply to people living in the United States.

Well, that’s a comfort. Right? Oh, hang on no, no it’s not, it’s no comfort whatsoever, seeing as I’m a British citizen I’m one of them there people that this applies to. Great, I’m being spied on.

With effort I can almost understand why access to this volume of data might be necessary in certain situations but they are so very extreme and exceptional that I can’t honestly believe the efforts that have been made into the creation of this system have been made with simply the protection of the people of the USA from foreign powers in mind.

To my mind PRISM’s ability to monitor, what appears to be the world’s communications, will be – or perhaps already has been – too much of a temptation to the US government not to be used for its corporate associates. That’s more of a worry than anything else.

Whichever way you cut it though, PRISM’s existence is worrying but not entirely unexpected. We should watch for any further revelations, as I have a feeling things are only going to get more uncomfortable the more we find out.

It means hope.

A while back I wrote about the upcoming Superman reboot; Man Of Steel. Essentially I made the point that fan service was dead and that it was about time the die hard comic book fans realised that. I may have been wrong about the lack of fan service in this movie though.

In this latest trailer, it appears Zack Snyder may just have snuck in a whole heap of fan service and with it, done everything right. It even looks like the rebooted Zod – the only thing I thought might be too far removed from the traditional image of Zod, even for non-fans – could be a worthy opponent for young Supes and potentially, a classic villain

Still, there’s plenty of time for me to be proved wrong, this could end up being be the worst super hero movie of all time.

It’s unlikely though. Warner Brother’s have too much riding on the back of this, I would imagine it’s had massive amounts of time and money spent on it. It will have been finely honed before a single scene was even shot.

After all, if Man Of Steel fails it’s doubtful we’d see another Superman film for ten years and that would mean Warner’s plan for a Justice League franchise to rival Marvel’s Avengers, would be destroyed. This movie is literally a property that – for them – is too big to fail.

Roll on June the 14th, only then will we know exactly what they’ve done to the caped crusader.