Thursday, 29 November 2007

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Yesterday night I was out at my mums house out in the country, and as per usual there wasnt very much on tv.
However at about ten o clock my step dad changed the channel and a country western film came on. I was curious as to which one it would be because I use to watch them a lot with my grandad. Of course it was Clint Eastwood, but I hadnt seen this particular one, The Outlaw Josey Wales(Clint Eastwood).
Basically the story goes like this (take into account its about the Civil War)........ In the opening scene, the Union (otherwise known as Redlegs) torch down Josey Wales's house, killing his son and his wife. In retaliation Josey joins a group of pro-Confederate Missouri guerillas to try and get revenge on the Union. However all the Confederates get captured by the Union and are savagely gunned down, Except from Josey who trys to save his Confederate partners, however has to flee due to being largely outnumbered.
Throughtout the story he is on the run from the Union and gets joined by various people, an old Indian man and young women, an old lady and granddaughter from Kansas. They get into all kinds of problems with Union members, Mexican bandits, Indian tribes, obviously as the story progresses they get closer to the final battle at the end
.....................However I fell asleep twenty minutes from the end and woke up at the credits..................gutted!!!!! So if you are interested in western films, especially revisionist westerns and Clint Eastwood, you should check this film out.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Tomb Raider:Legend

Been a bit short of cash recently but always keen for a new 360 games. The new release Assasins Creed got me pretty excited but its too expensive, so instead I decided to go for a cheaper adventure game..Tomb Raider.
I used to be a fan of the games when they were released on playstation, but I hadnt played a Tomb Raider in about 9 years. I was fairly impressed, I've only played it for about an hour, but completed the first mission, which is basically Lara Croft (main character in game, featured on the right) searching through an ancient tomb in Bolivia, which turned out to be where her mother had been killed. I though the way you could interact with the enviroment was pretty clever and over the game is pretty well made. If you have any advice or tips on the game (achievements etc), feel free to leave me a comment..

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Hello there Mr Doyle, you must be fairly excited after the release of your first published novel 'A Study In Scarlet', can u tell me a little bit about it?

Well to tell you the truth i'm slightly anxious about the matter, hopefully the novel will be a success. Basically 'A Study In Scarlet' is a detective murder mystery where a corpse is found in Brixton, London with 'RACHE' written on the walls in blood, the detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr John. H Watson try to unveil the mystery of this murder.

Sounds like a very interesting story, have you any background of writing novels?

I have had some experience of writing, yes, I published several short stories in magazines such as London Society, but writing the novel was a slightly new experience to me as it was a lot more time consuming overall.

Obviously you are hoping that the novel will be a big success, but how do you think 'A Study In Scarlet' will compare to other newly released novels?

To be honest I think that the book will be successful if the readers have an interest in the murder mystery stories, but only time will tell and I can only hope for the best.

A very modest response, do you have any plans of writing more novels?

Of course, I have been writing for a long time now and I'm hoping that with time, I'll be able to write some great stories, whether it be a novel or a series of short stories, there will be more to come.

Thats very promising news, thankyou very much for your time and I hope to see more of your books in store soon.

With a bit of luck!

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Shambala Page 7

After departing the Monastry, I headed on route to the beautiful city of Shambala. All I could see before me was miles and miles of baron land, it was going to be a long journey. After many hours of travelling in solitude and silence, i gazed upon what must have been the mighty gates leading into Shambala.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Little Cream Soda

Also during the October holiday I played the guitar a lot... had been a while since i'd learnt anything new. I was listening to the new White Stripes album Icky Thump and the one song that stood out more than the rest for me was 'Little Cream Soda', quite an easy song to play, but if you've got it on the right settings on your amp, it can sound pretty good, obviously can get the tab from either


The October holiday were pretty good considering it was only a week off, nice break from college, but as expected nothing very eventful happened. However my mates and I got very involved in the new EA release Skate. on Xbox 360. Sessioned! We mucked about playing 'Party Play- Spot Battle' 4 player, in my opinion the three best spots to skate on are 1. 30 stair rail- very long 2 kink hand rail, multiple flip tricks on rail, good for getting multiplier up etc. 2. X games- this is well fun because you can do huge grabs, rotations and flip tricks (Quad Kickflip 900)-lol, however we always found it funny to try Coffin Backflips( Down(left stick)LT,RT,B), often had funny bails. 3. Mega Compound- This is similar to X games as it has a big ramp where again you can do huge grabs etc. Doing 'Spot Battle' when lots of mates were there was always fun, but the game is so much better when you playing career. I really like how you get sponsored by companys like Nike SB and Supra and the video shooting in the game is always pretty cool. However the game is extremely frustrating... One particular Pro Challenge that I recall taking a million attempts at, was 'Nollie 360 flip to grid, then ride the hubba', on this little ledge down a 10 set(approx). I had no idea how to 360 Flip never mind Nollie 360 Flip so I had to spend time learnin the trick then attempting the challenge...........but I really couldnt get the hang of it. We gave up trying to perfect the trick, and just went for the challenge, must have played for about 40 mins attempting it over and over again, then randomly I got the flip perfect, to the grind..boom! (pretty sure it was total luck, but still was glad it got done!). We sessioned the career mode to the bone in the space of two days, some footage still to be recorded, but we got the achievement for doing all the tricks in the game, which is pretty fun to attempt. So basically if your looking for a really good game to occupy some time, Skate is definately a good option, even if you arent fimiliar with skating, you would still enjoy the game. Heres the Flip Trick list if interested...