October 3rd, 2012
I’ve recently purchased a subscription to the Cineworld unlimited card program. For those who don’t know what this is, it is a card which costs £14.99 a month which lets you watch as many films as you like for free…or the £14.99 a month, whichever way you look at it.
With the rising cost of the cinema experience, and the ease of streaming services such as Netflix, love film; and the obvious pirating phenomenon occurring recently, this is not just a great way to support a local cinema, but it is more cost effective for me.
I currently live just up the road from the Cineworld cinema in Stockport which is a small cinema, only about 8-10 small screens, but it has a very authentic cinema feel. It reminds me of the big luxurious theaters that cinemas started out as and it has the most leg room I’ve ever had at a cinema.
£14.99 may seem like a lot of money a month but when you consider that the price of a ticket is around £7-8, going to see 2 films a month would cause me to break even. But what about Orange Wednesdays I hear you cry?!?! Well, with a Cineworld unlimited card and an Orange Wednesday text, but you and a friend see a film for free!! Not half price, not a sub, for FREE!!
Plus Cineworld make deals with local businesses as well to help you get the most for your Money. Recently I went to another Cineworld Cinema (Didsbury) and the leaflets there told me I could get a free 6″ sub when I buy a 6″ sub from Subway, 10% off at Nandos, 20% at Frankie and Benny’s etc etc. These deals change depending on region but you can’t argue with what you get for the price.
There is also access to advanced previews of films which are exclusive to Cineworld unlimited customers.
I can’t recommend this enough, if you want to check it out here is the link. Unlimited card
April 18th, 2011
So I bought an iPad 2. It’s my new toy, I really do love it. I never bought the original one as I have a MacBook pro and an iPhone so I couldn’t really justify it to myself but when they announced the second one i couldn’t resist.
Yes I have a MacBook pro and yes it’s awesome. Great for gaming, for working, for everything really. It has it’s downsides, being a mac trying to find an msn application that works all the time is hard. Ive tried Microsofts own and a few others and each have their pros and cons.
And yes I have an iPhone as well. Great for on the go, miles more portable than the MacBook and such an open platform for developers so there’s a massive app Market.Why buy an iPad than, other than “I want one”. Well it’s puuurdy? No? Not good enough? I wanted to move more towards tablet/touchscreen based computer and even though an iPad isn’t really a tablet it is moving more towards that way of working.
My initial thoughts after having it for about a week are massively positive. The touchscreen works like a charm and the battery life is pretty darn good too. Navigation is sooo simple although on the home screen it is a tad too sensitive. The ability to download all the iPhone apps I’ve got for the iPhone both free and purchased is great but the 2x zoom button does leave something to be desired even in the updated apps. The main reason for this is probably the will of developers to charge twice for apps, one on the iPhone in what I would guess is SD (standard definition) and one for the iPad in HD (high definition) which are optimised for the resolution of the iPad. I can understand it from a developer standpoint, but from a customer standpoint I would have preferred to get a HD version of the app I paid for since I just bought a £500 iPad.
I love the directness of it. Sounds weird to say this but if you think that your inputs on a pc go from a keyboard or a mouse, onto a monitor to navigate and to input data into another place. Using a touch screen to navigate and it not being a phone, is a much more direct way to navigate web pages and even typing feels more direct even though it’d through an onscreen keyboard.There’s only two downsides to it really. 1. The cameras on it are pants, I’ve not tried FaceTime yet but the front facing camera seems better than the rear one. 2. Safari is the mobile browser.
Number one I can live with as I have an iPhone and I’m not exactly going to be using my iPad for all my picture taking needs. Number two however kinda annoys me. I bought the 32GB wifi White ipad2, so with no 3G I never thought i’d be browsing while on the go. Why they haven’t built in a switch so you can flip between mobile browsing and normal browsing is beyond me. The iPad would seem to have the necessary specs to run the desktop safari browser but they haven’t including it.
I can understand it from a 3G standpoint but this is wifi only. This wouldn’t be an issue but some sites don’t like mobile browsers or display differently which is disappointing. Also they have problems refreshing pages correctly.But these are just two small problems in an otherwise perfect world. All in all, I give an iPad 9/10.
May 2nd, 2009
Right, for…well a long time now, i’ve been going out and just getting drunk. No reason for it, other than the depression, just getting drunk and passing out. More recently i’ve, more and more, getting drunk and blacking out. Not collapsing just getting so drunk i black out portions of the night, most of the night usually. I drank a bottle of Jack daniels on Monday because i was depressed, i had 5 pints of Carlsberg, 5 JD and cokes and then started on the rum and irn bru last night at a friends birthday.
Thing is, i’ve known these people all my life so trying to figure out if i was an asshole (more than likely) is tough. I don’t mind making a pratt out of myself infront of strangers but friends of my family i do. So, the Plan…
…I was only supposed to blow the bloody doors off. Sorry, wrong film. I can clearly see that when i have 1 drink i have to have more, so i’m gonna do a 30 days. 30 days of no booze what so ever. This might not seem like a long period to drink for but i am somebody who drinks all the time. I work behind a bar, i go to pubs for food all the time, i’m surrounded by alcohol!!!
So 30 days of no alcohol, think i can do it?
April 20th, 2008
Yup, I threatened to do it and I did. Yea I came up with the idea of having a free flowing sort of blog and the best way to do that was through a sort of podcast. So last night, i was quite bored and got around to playing with the idea. Recorded the first one of my little series which is just the raw, unedited version of my recording. I like it more like that, kinda like real life, just going with the flow.
There are a few things to point out which i’ll try for the next one:
- Sort out my heavy breathing so i sound less like Darth Vader
- Intro and outro music
- Mini script on what i actually want to talk about as oppose to thinking it up on the spot
- Maybe a guest :p
Ok, to be fair this is no masterpiece and i know some people are going to hate it, feedback is welcome of course but i don’t think there is much you can say about this one besides it’s shit. It’s more of a test at the end of the day. Anyways, you can listen to it here (right click and “save as” to download):
April 6th, 2008
Right, guess it’s time to blog about my XL week, well that’s pretty much what it was. Headed down to ye old brummy on Wednesday which is a day before the set up because a mate of mine down there invited me to stay at his. Few beers etc. So headed down and my man Nero met me at the train station and we headed back to his gaff.
I actually met him for the first time at XL 3, he showed up to my hotel with a bottle of rum and 8 cans of Stella at . The guy is a legend so I decided to repay his kindness with a bottle of Morgan Spice Rum for us to drink this time. Got to his place and met his wife and 2 sprogs (all really nice), his wifes best friend Jenny and another guy who I really cannot remember the name of…saying that I don’t remember most of the night. There were only 4 of us for most of the night and we got through 9 beers, a bottle of Vodka and the Morgan spice. No wonder I don’t remember the end of the night, I think I must have said some fucked up shit. Well Nero’s still talking to me so that’s a good sign. I didn’t go to bed til around Thursday morning so when I rocked up to the NEC about I was still pretty shagged.
Met up with everyone and headed back to the hotel (twas lush) to check in and for a heavenly shower. Swear, I was sooo shagged that day, that cold shower was the best thing ever! Walked back over (yes you read that right, walked, we were that close to the NEC we could walk) and proceeded to set up. I say set up, I was really shagged and wasn’t much good. Jay kept asking me why I was soo down, I wasn’t down, just messed up. Jay turned to Chris and said “Jedey’s fucked!” Chris turns to me “You fucked mate?” and I go “Aye”. Chris came over and gave me a hug so I guess the weekend wasn’t a total loss :p
Spin, Becky, Razor and I had to make 468 lanyards and then 468 goodie bags, with loads of promotional shit into Race Driver: Grid bags. While doing this very repetitive task, something for which I was very grateful Jay suggested I do, me and Spin came up with a slogan for XL 4. XL4: don’t hate the player hate the game. Because, before even playing it, we were all sick of Race Driver: Grid, lol and the worst part is, I never got to play it. SADFACE.
We made it back to the hotel pretty late and got some kip. We woke up in time for breakfast which razor just wasn’t feeling that morning. We rocked up at the NEC to find the usual morning chaos. I met up with loads of my old friends and made some new ones. I’ll list my shout outs at the bottom. We ripped through both FFA’s for Halo 3 and COD 4 and got a good way through the GOW 4 Vs 4.
We phoned through to the Hotel during the day asking to keep the bar open as we’d be back sometime after 11. We closed around , had a quick bash on the games (I think) and headed back to the hotel for about 11.15. For the walking crew (me, Steve, Jay, Spin and razor) we walked into the hotel to find Chris and the new guy Dave arguing with the concierge. Apparently the message to keep the bar open wasn’t left and the bartender had gone home for the night. While we were faffing around dropping bags and shizzle (Stewart getting changed the cheeky cunt) to try and go somewhere to get a few beers. The concierge comes over and apologising for the inconvenience and offers to pay for taxis to and from a bar in town. FUCKING A!!!
We headed into town to the local wetherspoons, quite a nice place. We had 2 taxis, one bringing me, spin, Jay and Razor and one with Dave, Chris, Tempus and Steve. Our taxi driver did 115MPH down the motorway so we got there first and proceeded inside. We were told before getting there to take off our beanies/hats and to just straighten up a bit, lol. Me and Spin went in nee bother, Jay and razor fixed themselves up outside for a minute or two and headed in. ROFL, Razor got ID’d on the way in the door and he’s older than me! Spin generously offered to get the beers in and what a round it was. 8 beers and then he bought 8 shots of Tequila for us all as well, probably celebrating his first kid coming soon. Jay, the big girl of the group, refused the shot so spin had 2. We sat down and I proceeded to document the event and we found out that Mega pixels do not make a camera to Jay’s dismay. My camera PWN’s all. While Chris was at the bar with Dave, I gave Steve my phone and he was going through my photo’s and we came across one of the group ones and zoomed in on Chris. He looked just like Uncle Fester. Bluetooth, what an amazing invention. We sent it around to everyone’s phones and Jay and I have photoshop on our phones! Here is my attempt! After a few beers and a quick take away he headed back to the hotel via a mini bus and got to bed.
Up the next day bright and early and as usual, me and Spin are up and at breakfast first. Razor slept in to get his beauty sleep (that and not wanting breakfast) and we were soon followed by Chris and his Mrs. Apparently Boffy and Jay were already up and at the NEC, one of the alarm systems was going off and Jay rang me to find out where the zapper for it was. Of course Steve had taken it with him. Lets just say I don’t think I saw Steve til about , lol. Nothing really event worthy on the Saturday, we got through the GOW finals and started on the COD 4 5 Vs 5 and the Halo 3 4 Vs 4….Except for Xg Minx showing me her ultrasound. Her and Xg Reaper are having a little baby! Ain’t that cute, an XL romance which turns into the first XL baby!
Now, I’d accidentally left my watch at my friends gaff in Brum so I left early on Saturday, headed back there and stayed at his. I met his cousin Kieran and we all just kicked back with a few beers etc and laughed at shit on youtube.
Easter Sunday I woke up and headed back to the NEC picking up a rolo egg on the way as it was Easter. Rocked up just after 10 or 11 I think and got back to work. I spent most of the day on the front desk as my IBS was crippling me as usual. I got chatting with Minx about Reaper. Apparently the burger van the NEC got was dishing out some nasty food and Luke (Reaper) had got food poisoning and was back at the hotel. Luke rocked up a bit later looking like shit. A bunch of us spent time at the front just chatting and having a laugh. Chris regaled us of a story which got him the nickname Uncle Fester Pants! Chris had got food poisoning as well, he rushed to the toilet and while sat on the toilet threw up in his pants! Becky and Simmer’s Mrs bought a couple of hotdogs from the Burger van, bit into them and found they were pink. Becky who had previously stolen these hotdogs took them back with Stomping freak as backup. Here’s a pick of Stomping freak giving Chris one. The burger vender was a bit too laid back about this for Stomping to deal with so he had a massive go and threatened to get food standards on them. Needless to say, 15 minutes later they had packed up and left!! XL 1 – 0 Burger van
Anyways, the day seemed to pass pretty quickly and there were some good matches being played with some of the top teams being penalised for breaking the rules. No one is above the law but quite a few people are above Jay :p About we kicked all the bad kids off the free play so the staff party could begin! Chris had bought a tonne of booze and ordered pizza’s for all the staff, the STO lot showed up with even more booze as well. I was PWNing Stace (Minx) at gears of war like I told her I would and then I moved onto a bit of COD 4. Then the pizza’s arrived and most of the staff went off to eat a bit and come back. I was playing and Luke popped up behind me and I realised there was a random bad kid sat next to me. I politely asked him to get off the consoles and then bitch slapped his puny white ass when he talked back to me. Note: I didn’t actually hit the kid just verbally PWN’d his ass and Luke was laughing his ass off about it.
A load of beers and some antics later, we left the NEC about . Walked the UbiSoft chick Kas back to her hotel (as it was through a darkened wood and to see if her bar was open) and then Dave, Steve, Stewart, Jay and I went back to our hotel. Me, Dave and Steve took the easy route and Stewart and Jay decided to actually go through a forest to get there. LOL. Steve then came up with the devilishly good idea of going to wake up Razor and Spin (who I was sharing room with) and that’s exactly what we did. Jay went in and jumped on top of Spin and he has proof that they were sleeping together…I have the proof that he has proof. They left and I got some sleep. We all woke up around and headed to the NEC to pack up. The usual pissing about began and when Steve called Chris Uncle Fester…well you can see the picture at the top^^ Yup, he cello taped his face up. I got the train back with Steve and a guy called Edutech (but only for a little bit) and Steve was bouncing off the walls. I’d never known him to be this impatient.
I got home eventually, completely shot but it was worth it. Wednesday through to Monday with little to no sleep, partying and gaming, it was one of the best times of my life and something I really needed. I’ve come back and I’m actually happy for a change, I’m back to my old self. Anyways, the key moments.
Chris – for being Uncle Fester Pants.
Jay – for making sure I was ok for a change.
Steve – for not insulting me as much as usual.
Stace – For the entertainment.
Luke – for being a guy I can have a laugh with.
Boffy – for being himself.
Renegade – did not know this guy but turned out to be a Legend!
Dave – Legend!
Spin – for letting me crash with him and razor and always a top guy and funny as fuck. Didn’t get pissed off or anything at my stupid jokes. ROFL, GG dude.
Razor – for just being himself.
Nero – Blood!
Shadow – for being his usual self.
Melanie – for not kicking my ass when I clobbered her when she hugged me.
Simmer – My man, how can you not like Simmer?
Phrases of the weekend
SOI SOI SOI SOI SOI
March 10th, 2008
Yea, here we are again. A while since I last blogged and not a lot has changed really. I mean I don’t feel like doing this is a chore or anything like that but I think I fall into the mindset, who the fuck cares? I originally bought this domain to help me but it’s been pointed out recently, who the fuck cares about me? Everyone has their own little lives, problems, surprises, joys, sorrows; what makes me special?
Simply nothing. But then again, it’s not about other people it’s about me…but less big headed than that. We do care about other people, its part of what makes us human really but people care about themselves, look out for #1, after all, who else will?
This is not a lonely diatribe about how the world hates me, nothing is fair, just die already; it’s not. It’s more a realisation about the world and I at the moment. I’m coming to the end of my first year at university and I’m questioning what I have actually achieved and why I’m still there. Tell the truth, come July/August time I think I’ll be making my decision.
Blogcasting! Blogging has become soo last season, the new (well not new just more popular) is the mini blog. Twitter, jaiku and other such mini blogs are the new pink. Facebook has seen a huge drop in traffic over the last few months and with all the shit that is on their now, it looks to be going the way of myspace, bebo etc. So I’m looking at blogcasting. A mix of Blogging and podcasting to try and decode some of the madness inside my head which doesn’t really translate to paper. I mean I love podcasting, I think if done right, it can be really fun to listen to. The only thing I really lack is a partner in crime mainly cause it’s hard to find someone who not only has the time, wants to do it, but is also is easy to talk to.
But fuck it, might give it a shot on my own so it would technically be blogcasting. Got a few weeks off to give it a shot although a might be a bit busy in that time. Got a Java assignment due in beginning of April, off to XL Easter weekend but I’m actually going down a day before to party hard with my mate Nero, St Patrick’s day is coming up as are 2 of my mates birthdays. So not only will I be skint as a Motha, pretty knackered as well me thinks. PEACE!
February 13th, 2008
I’ve been at it again, spending lots of money on things i don’t really need. I went shopping in the arndale with my mate Alera the other day and bought loads of frivolous things. A continuation of my 360 gadgets post, I picked up the Chat pad and a black battery pack.
Now, I never thought i’d actually buy a chat pad as, if i really wanted to send a message, a voice message is pretty easy. But I got to thinking, reading a text message is quicker than waiting for the audio to load and then you can’t hear the people in you’re lobby as well. So I took the plunge, picked up the chat pad (which comes with a updated version of the 360 wired headset) and it’s quite good actually. Increases the speed that I’m writing messages 10 fold and with the back light, i can use it in the dark as well. The reason I bought the black battery pack is a bit more vein. I have 1 white controller, 1 360 elite (black controller) and a halo 3 controller. The last 2 are black but only come with disposable battery packs so if I want to game in style, I have to waste 2 AA batteries. So yes, vein.
Went into zavvi.co.uk (old virgin Megastores) and picked up 6 DVD’s:
- Lord don’t slow me down - Oasis’s 05/06 tour.
- Shooter - Markey Mark kicking ass.
- Rocky Balboa - Rocky film…nuf said.
- Zodiac - saw trailers and really liked it.
- The Departed - Just cause.
- Apocalypto - Looks good.
So yea, I spent a bit of money the other day. Still looking at the iPod touch though. Don’t need a music player but looking at web browsing (via wifi), checking emails and general organising shit (my memory is shot lately…tis all the booze) so I was looking at the 8GB version. I know there are probably cheaper, better things for those things but meh, i’m only young once. Also need a HDTV but that’s another story.
January 28th, 2008
Who could refrain
That had a heart to love, and in that heart
Courage to make ’s love known?
December 30th, 2007
While browsing for some new books to read (yes, I can actually read) I came across a strange tab on amazon.co.uk. Seems that as well as selling books, CD’s, games etc, they are now in the business of selling babies. If you click on the link above (I didn’t want to resize it because it doesn’t really look like amazon if you do) you can see this tab in all it’s glory.
Of course they aren’t really selling babies but baby toys/clothes etc. This is just an example of people not fully understanding the connotations of words before going ahead with their ideas. But meh.
Thought of the day - Why do they make pringles packets so you can never get those few at the bottom because your hands/arms are too big?
December 28th, 2007
Yea, as the title says…yea. Not really been doing it as much as I want to. I have plenty of free time…and usually plenty of good stories to tell, but due to a few recent incidents with friends, I’m a bit more cautious about what I write.
Now I never thought anything about people not wanting stories of their lives posted on the internet, because I think that if there is more than one person there, most likely other people will know soon. It’s all about freedom of information and freedom of speech/expression. So if I write a story about what happened to me during the day, and it involves other people, I wouldn’t really think twice about mentioning them. I might not disclose their full names, addresses, national insurance number, but saying:
Oh so there we were, me and dave on the top of the cliff, the indians coming to kill us, I turn to dave and say “we’re gonna have to jump”
Dave turns to me and says “We can’t, I don’t know how to swim!”
I look at Dave and say “Well the fall is gonna kill us anyway so…”
Ahh Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid, never seen the film but that scene is still hilarious anyway. Getting back to my point…which was??? Can’t remember. That’s it, so for the last 5-6 years my life has kinda revolved around the internet.
The internet is the single greatest invention of the last century in my mind. We get a new web page every 6 seconds, the entire worlds knowledge is, for the first time, accessible to nearly everyone on the planet. Still, we use the amazing technology to defeat King Koopa and rescue the princess (boy meets world…ahh the memories) but I don’t find anything bad about playing computer games, i just think that we, as a world, should be the best we can be, before
wasting playing games. Literacy rates in the US have dropped to an all time low while Sweden has a 100% literacy rate. How do they do that? Maybe they don’t and they just can’t count either but still.
We literally have a nexus at our fingertips with all the knowledge man has, and yet kids today squander their potential just because it’s more fun. Again, I’ve got sidetracked from my original point which was, my life is pretty much internet dependant. If you search for the right things you can see a path of websites, bio’s etc for me. It’s pretty scary really, facebook, blogs, sites etc and you can probably find a whole lot of information about me.
To recap: Internet = good
Personal info on the Internet = Bad
Mario = Kick ass plumber
In the near future I hope to get into blogging properly and post something at least once a week. I want to expand my blogging community friends so I will be visiting more and more blogs to make new friends. That’s all folks!