Humanity : Overrated

This past week in fact this past summer anybody with or without an internet connection knows that there is a massive amount of migration happening. People no longer feel safe in their conflict torn homes and are on the move. Men, women, children and families of people finding any means necessary to get away from the horrors of what their homes have become. Our basic human instinct is to escape any type of conflict especially to protect the ones we love. Sometimes that means taking huge risks in getting across borders and aiming for places where there is less conflict.

A few days ago I saw a photo that really defined the world we live in and the humanity or lack of that is apparent. A child washed up on a beach. Someone’s child who was probably promised a better life and that is was going to be ok. Much of the civilised and conflict free world are currently arguing about what to do, as always. It really hit home to me that these people, who are people like me and you are just trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.

People are currently arguing whether or not these people should be ‘let’ in. Of course there’s the overcrowding debate and where are you going to fit thousands of people? It isn’t long before the religious card is pulled and certain migrants of a certain religion apparently can’t be trusted. Then there’s the simple mindedness of ‘keeping Britain British’. Unfortunately that ship sailed here ironically, generations ago and all good economies and societies are made up of many different people from different places.  The immigration debate here in the uk comes from the subject not being handled right from the beginning. Politicians are aware of the past and wont want to repeat it so they are treading lightly.

At least one of my grandparents and probably a lot of yours were involved in some level of war or conflict in their lives. They defended their countries unconditionally with many never returning. They didn’t fight to keep Britain British or America American as an example; they fought for everyone to have a right to freedom. To stop other nations becoming war zones so they could live in peace.

If this is done right then these people need to be given a chance, hell they probably have something to offer. They are people after all, people who have trades, education and abilities to contribute to society.

Sure everyone can put a multi-coloured flag across their Facebook profile picture that’s ok and a show of the times moving on. But that picture of the young child washed up on a beach really brings it home. These people need help and like everyone they need a chance.

 

Censorship of graphic imagery and videos

What I have noticed as of recent is mainly parents complaining of the graphic and sometimes brutal images and videos put up on social media. Including the child washed up and the American news reporter being shot. Unfortunately most of the time people can’t moderate what they see online. When news does break it’s normally from a camera phone these days, on twitter.

People have complained numerous times about exposing this stuff to their kids. Social media is like a democracy, you can leave when you like and I thought Facebook was for adults mainly. Complaining to the highest of hells won’t get you anywhere. And we all want to protect the people we love but sooner or later they are going to realise what this world is like.

Introducing my new book!

Without anymore introduction I give you my newest venture. Firstly you are reading an account of the narrator. Then below is a slight blurby type preview, just writing this has got me all kinds of excited. it has taken many years for me to pluck up any courage to begin writing this project. Hope you like how it sounds.

“Most of the time you don’t get to choose where you are placed in the social eco system that is high school. For me I spend most days with my head down and even that’s a struggle. We all know being a teenager is hard, but when you’re thrown together with a thousand plus kids. All going through the same stuff but at different stages, consider that hell. I guess people deal with it in different ways.

Not that I’m saying my story is any different up until that point. But that’s where it gets interesting. The real horror in my story isn’t the struggle to fit in or having to endure the crap that goes with being a high school student. What if the horror of high school was something completely unexpected?

You see that’s where my story really differs. Yeah we have all seen the high school horror or slasher. It’s been done so many times the whole genre is just cliché. We all know the rules. But my story changes that. From a distance you will see the usual signs that lead to the ordinary ‘popcorn thriller’

This is all because I account these events being very much aware of the genre.”

 

Luke Harper has a vision in the form of a dream. Or is it a nightmare? The lights go out and he got the girl but then things go south pretty fast. The school he goes to is preparing to open its doors for their annual open evening.

A mysterious man arrives in town. The local sheriff department want to speak to him.

Teachers acting strange. Something in this whole town is really off.

The lights then go out.

“If I can see you, they can see you.”

Luke and an unlikely team must fight for their lives as they try to survive.

 

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Coming soon.

 

A change is as good as a rest… right?

 

As the past week unfolded I delved deep into the narrative of my newest writing project. I had an energy not felt since, at least a few years anyway. It felt good to change. To be truthful things were stuck on a loop before. It was becoming destructive and I no longer liked working on the Clark Thorn books.

Although this isn’t the last of that robot crime fighting world it is certainly on hold for now. That is at least until I know this next project will actually confirm itself. By that I mean being able to pull this off. From the start I couldn’t really see a means of ending (to this new book). But during an average day spent in deep thought the story has an ending pretty far off on the horizon. My books find their means.

To write you have to at least enjoy the craft. That was something I just fell short of with Clark Thorn, recently anyway. Before August I spent much time editing and putting that book ‘right’. After I just felt deflated, because I would have to send it out again, to be rejected again.

Not that I am giving up, things are just taking a more logical route now. Last week I talked about self-publishing this new project. Something I have no problem doing, my attachment to this job is to simply get one foot on the ladder of publishing city. Doing so there would be a professional edit and uploading to amazon. Maybe even a print on demand service. But that’s tomorrow, today I am drafting something completely new and if it works this could be the beginning of good things.

What is this book all about?

Soon my loyal followers you will be treated to a title and perhaps some kind of blurb. I’m keeping this story firmly under wraps. There won’t be a free sample just yet if not ever. The more you give away the less people discover.

But I will say this, my material came from something I wrote over ten years ago on about 5 sheets of lined A4. As I read the scrawled writing it came apparent that I was on to something. Hell there even included a drawing.

My style and approach to this title is to make the reader aware that the narrator knows of the genre and its cliche. Trying to turn the genre or genre busting is something I hope to achieve here because in this day an age originality is a hard thing to find. Delivering this story in that way is my spin on giving this title originality.

We have all been through a stage in our life we would rather forget. Sometimes the horrors of life are something we battle every day, but then again what if the horrors of life were something completely unexpected. It is on that premise my latest offering will be written.

 

Time to write a new book, time for things to change….

Being on holiday can be great, the relaxion, the zero pressure and of course sleep. Don forget the sun and food with lashings of alcohol. Good times with good company. But during that time I thought long and hard about my future in writing and where it is going.

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Yesterday I put out the above tweet. It is coming to the point where I am keeping my evolution behind in terms of writing, going over the same book, again and again. Clark Thorn and the Warrior project will very soon be at its best. By that I mean the best I could possibly do. There is nothing more I could do to it.

Yet my campaigns for publication have left without anything to answer for, this is after throwing everything including the kitchen sink at my efforts. Maybe there isn’t a market yet for the type of book I want the world to read, maybe agents wont take the risk on that book with a writer like me. I could sit in a room forever and try to theorise, but that wouldn’t be forward thinking.

My next resort would be to consider self-publication, something I think will explode into a ball of flames. The thorn legacy series spans 6 books, if the first one fails then how the hell will books 2 onwards shine? They wont and they are too precious for me to waste over figuring out how to self publish a book that will sell twenty five copies.

Right now I’m done thinking about those implications. It’s time to try a new tactic. Write something new…

 But before you ask, I have a plan, I always have a plan. Thinking about something has become a profession of mine, before any decision I make, I sleep on it, then sleep on it again.

I have no plan to delete the Thorn legacy from my life, they are my books and they always will be. But to bring something else to the table, a new story, something stand alone and different. Some distance from the sci fi genre, something an agent would want to sell, a story I would have no issue with trying to self-publish.  A book with less attachment and baggage, something I can treat like a job. Write, edit, self publish, done.  Then at least I would have some kind of arrival on the writing scene.

My thoughts are starting to spider web over how this book will work and what will happen. That’s good and it’s creative, my inner conscience wants this to happen. But on the other side of proceedings I have my completed book that is the best it can possibly be. The next few weeks will consist of planning and editing. Clark Thorn will once again get sent out to the masses, hopefully this time I will hit the target, but if not a new book will rise.

What will this book be you ask? A synopsis will arrive soon on either here, FB or land of the tweets. It is something I had a vision of writing some years ago. Yesterday I delved into the hand written archives and took out a 6 or seven page introduction of a story I wrote when I was around 14 or 15. Hopefully the content of it and what I have in my head can carry enough weight to create a decent book. Like always, we can just hope…

 

You can’t play the same game over and over again, something has to change.

 

5 Years in IHDC : My story

5 Years in IHDC : My story

On the 21st of July 2010 I began my on stage journey. Back then I only had thoughts of seeing myself in lights. But after watching that year’s Iver Heath Drama Club production Bugsy Malone I envisioned myself being able to stand alongside some of those performers .

Back then I was different and so was the world. David Cameron and Nick Clegg had recently gone into Downing Street and everybody had blackberries.

There I stood in a village hall about to join a diverse group whom have now changed dramatically over the last half decade. Mostly for the better but there are still some faces who have gone in which I believe still have a place on stage and they will be missed.

From a largely youthful group (it still is in many ways) I instantly realized these younger people all had their own little groups within. Some even rivaled to each other. There was a somewhat negative vibe surrounding certain groups and a lack of long term cohesion. But this is something which has definitely changed for the better over my time there.

“People either see what you’re doing and follow or walk away.”

Today at Iver Heath Drama Club I firmly believe the group is the closest and most hard working ever seen down there, by me at least. Not to take anything away or tread on any toes of the past but I call it as I see it.

Back to year one, three weeks passed and it was audition time for the next show. That being Snow White. Being someone who always bites more than I chew. I went for a main part. On that day, I turned 21 and had also been given my first ever main role. I was cast as the man in the mirror!

 

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silver tights from my first ever role, take it in ladies

“There have been good successful shows and some bad, that’s the art of performance.”

In my first few years in IHDC a miniature revolution took place. A small influx of adult performers paired with our hardworking attitude shifted the gears in terms of standards. Shows got better, the performances got better, the production value increased and audience members spiked. They still improve today and without any arrogance, one thing I would like to say I contributed to is the hard working attitude that this crowd now have. It’s their core value.

“To make it in IHDC you need to have the right team working attributes and attitude for hard work. Fitting in and talent are two things that aren’t a necessity but they help. Overall if you are seen to be putting in a shift, the top parts will come your way. Trust me, I’ve been there.”  

Yes I have had high points, playing hamlet is one of my personal favorites and requires no introduction. Bringing our first ever Shakespeare production to life was challenging, the dialogue is something that present day people are not used to and gave everyone involved a bigger scope. Plus who doesn’t love wearing a shirt like meatloaf.

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Playing Hamlet alongside Richard Gittens as Horatio was one of my finest moments

But being granted the role of Robin Hood in an IHDC pantomine will always be my favorite achievement to date. The various promotional appearances and newspaper articles I made will always be a great memory for me. But it was hard work, being a name that people know carries an expectation, one that I hope did Robin Hood justice. That production in particular convinced me that things have changed for the better in IHDC, there’s a certain work ethic about the place now.

Even though I am kind of tired from Robin Hood I am still more than ready to take on another challenge.

Thank you to everyone who has had some level of involvement to IHDC over the years. It’s been a ride and one that will continue for me.

Next year my writing will come to life on stage when I bring my one act murder mystery farce Hotel Doom to IHDC. Performing with this diverse wonderful group has brought me confidence to write, to blog and to continue in all of my performance rated endeavors.

“The people I have met are my friends for life and what we have at IHDC is a family of ragtag sometimes dysfunctional queens, but they are my queens and we do well together.”

 

Here’s to many more years and below are some of the fond memories…

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Science up close: My experience

I don’t talk much about what I do between the hours of my average weekday, mostly because I am not really into mixing work life with personal. But over the weekend and for the first time in around 15 years my place of work opened its doors for the general public.

Now if you work in retail that isn’t so special but where I work is the very forefront of cutting edge science.

Science up close was an event that took place at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire this past Saturday. This was my first real experience, like many, of dealing with members of the public, who I can say were thankfully enthusiastic and wanted to listen to what I had to say. With anything that is half the battle, whether you are selling a book, or performing on stage, if the audience don’t want to be there, well the struggle is real.

To me this was a first because wherever I have tried to engage large numbers of people to gain their interest, it has been me trying to interest them. But before the doors opened these enthusiastic and somewhat curious group wanted to be there. Curiosity and questions is the very pinnacle of what science is. Finding the answer is sometimes the outcome.

Throughout the laboratory site there were many displays happening, mine in particular consisted of a high voltage electronic area within the central laser facility. This particular area known as the Vulcan Capacitor Bank (yes Vulcan, but there wasn’t a captain Kirk in sight, honest), powered the Vulcan laser. Now this laser is damn powerful and one of a kind. In fact so powerful, it’s unit of measurement is in Petawatts (1015 Watts).

So the capacitor bank works by charging up high levels of electricity and then discharging them through a flash lamp which in effect amplifies the Guinness world record holding laser.

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A flash lamp in operation

It’s surprising how much you know that the general public will find interesting. This is an area which I spend my work time, carrying out repairs and thinking of not much else. Whereas the public and even staff set their eyes upon this set up for the first time and looked in awe.

The range of people visiting consisted of young kids who were interested in visual science to older fellows who had worked with electronics or science in their lifetime.

Overall my experience with the public visiting my place of work was a positive one. Early reports are suggesting the whole day went really well and around 15,000 people came to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

It’s important that we have days like this, to inspire the future scientists who will equip us for this ever changing world.

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Me at work in the Vulcan capacitor bank (blue cases are the caps) this area was open to the public

 

 

 

 

 

The Oxford Editors : A review

From my very few years active as a ‘writer’ looking to get published someday, there have been many things that I quickly and sometimes painfully learned. Now don’t get me wrong, many of those lessons were from my own making and this blog post is a resource for writers much like me who are doing their research.

I will have to begin this story from a few years back, but if you don’t then simply scroll down to the review of the Oxford editors. My naïve journey to publication was in its first six months. Clark Thorn and the Warrior Project also looked very naïve and well pretty much stunk in terms of everything a part from the basic story.

You haven’t need to go very far from the google search bar to find people who call themselves ‘literary agents’ and having exhausted the list of my ‘top picks’ the dregs were becoming my top choice. Hence my first lesson:

I received a reply from a person calling themselves an editor who worked closely with the agent in hand and that I would receive a reply soon. After some months I eventually got a phone call with someone, the whole situation didn’t feel right. The agent didn’t even seem professional or have an ounce of interest, however the editor showed some likeness towards my book. This eventually led to the agent presenting a piece of paper which I should sign (yes alarm bells are ringing). The editor wanted to go ahead and edit my book even suggesting a price. After sometime I backed out and ran for the hills. My lessons on this case study were:

  1. Looking back my book was nowhere near the standard of being put to a publishing house. So these people were clearly taking me for a ride
  2. The whole demeanour of the agent and editor team seemed off to me.
  3. They took no real interest and then began to offer me ‘contracts’ or ‘editing’ for a price
  4. They could see a naïve inexperienced author who could have been starry eyed.

Now the back story has been provided I can go on to my review of the oxford editors.

Sometime later and after using the editor (the one who wanted money for editing) and their free advice my novel began to take shape. But still the literary agents were rejecting left, right and center (they still are, sad face).

Maybe I needed my manuscript looked at, just to see if I was on the right track. Doing this from scratch and without an English degree really put me against the odds of ever finding any level of success as an author.

Eventually I found my way into getting a manuscript assessment. At the time just googling such services I came across the oxford editors. For an undisclosed fee they would look at my book, tell me the good things and bad. They would also provide some kind of book report. Sounds good right.

Ok so contact was made along with payment and the manuscript had been sent. Some time had passed and the person who would be assessing the book also made contact. She happened to be in charge of the oxford editors. Being told it would take 6 weeks I dived into editing my second book

More time passed, and more time passed. After a few months and much contact I eventually told them that making me wait for such time for such money was unacceptable.

Then it looked like this particular oxford editor then pushed the panic button as I was sent some half-done report with actually a good few advising points. By this time I had learned that maybe paying sums of money is only really necessary when you can afford to loose it, and nobody is really in that situation.

I accepted that perhaps I had been rolled over but used the few points of advice and implemented them to Clark Thorn and the Warrior project.

Right now it wasn’t looking good for the oxford editors and I was ready to get a review out there. But I decided not and waited.

This year rolled around and I received an email from the person who tried to assess my manuscript. Strange, I thought and decided to ignore it. Perhaps the inbox was being cleaned out. At this stage I accepted the assessment would never appear.

Some more months later I receive another email, it contained two attached documents. The body of the email went something along these lines :

“I was just cleaning out a few files on the computer and these appear to have
bounced back and then gone into the junk file, so I am not sure if you ever
got the entire report and on the script, I also marked in red some of the
many typos etc – I enclose a copy as it should be helpful. I have done a bit
to  illustrate where you are going wrong in grammar and punctuation. I would
really advice a good copy edit”

In all honesty I don’t particularly buy the above statement, but low and behold I had received a full manuscript assessment and the whole manuscript had even been highlighted for errors.

It had taken a whole year but I finally received what I paid for.

Right now I am implementing those changes and points to really give myself and Clark Thorn and the Warrior Project a fighting chance to be seen by the world.

The oxford editors were slow, and it took a lot of chasing. Books take time and so do they, parting with sums of money for this service is something you will have to trust your gut instincts with. Overall I am happy with the service although it took a year as opposed to 6 weeks.

Lessons learned

  1. Think long and hard about contacting an editing or assessment agency and if they have a reputation that can be trustworthy. Check them out, look up the people they work with and for on twitter.
  2. Money is something that doesn’t grow on trees, so really really think about parting with the cash before deciding
  3. Things take time, although the oxford editors should say that the assessment would have taken longer than 6 weeks they didn’t, but it will take time.
  4. Use the advice given to you, I know sometimes advice can be critical but make it constructive. Use it to get ahead with writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jurassic World : Dinosaurs still rule the earth

 

JW1For many movie going folk Star Wars is the biggest deal for them this year, but not for me. This past weekend saw the sequel to a film that captivated generations of people and still does to this day. I remember seeing Jurassic Park multiple times and then spending ages trying to get hold of a forever sold out VHS copy.

Jurassic World did the same for me (apart from the VHS thing). As a proud 90’s kid I felt as if that era was on the line for me here. Our lives were in the hands of a not so known director Colin Trevorrow. His job, to bring back  something that many think couldn’t be bettered.

You know what many people will be right because Jurassic Park revolutionised so much and paved the way for modern film. But Jurassic World in many places bettered the work that Steven Spielberg did. Of course throughout the film there were moments that nodded to the first but this one had it’s own voice and that was achieved by making these dinosaurs the characters.

Instead of this being a ‘monster’ flick, the characters in this film include the dinosaurs. There is a great connection from an audience point of view to these creatures who have their own spotlight. They aren’t just CGI imagery, they mean something more than just monsters. You really feel for these larger than life beings that once ruled our world and that is something this franchise has never succeeded in telling us until now.

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We were treated to some stunning visual shots and the park really looked like what John Hammond envisaged

Again he concept of humans pushing genetics too far is center stage and they are rightly punished. An old story of human interference with nature resulting in disaster. Nothing new but delivered in a different way. A very much lethal cross bred dinosaur escapes captivity and all hell breaks loose.

For all Jurassic fans it’s right up their alley.

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Bryce Dallas Howard holding a flare, I think we know what will follow

To put things right it is up to the main man Owen who is played by Chris Pratt, a velociraptor handler/trainer (yes there isn’t a manlier job, ever).

From this film he should go on to be the next Indiana Jones no doubt. His presence as the hero was simply brilliant. Joined by the park’s main administrator Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) they struggle to track down this dino-predator and the 20,000 visitors are now the prey. We do see an Indiana Jones style relationship develop here ticking yet another box for me.

Parts of this film were indeed scary and tense, something which delivered better than the original perhaps on a larger scale. I think comparison to the original is what this film was mainly about but to me Jurassic World stood taller. In the end it was up to the dinosaurs who closed the original, defending their honor.

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Conclusion  9/10

This wasn’t just a film about monsters, in fact these creatures didn’t feel like monsters at all. They were characters in their own tale of how no matter what interference they have, life will find a way. The best film of the 90’s and it’s reputation was fantastically defended, Jurassic World did what the original didn’t and that’s tell us that dinosaur’s weren’t monsters at all.

No doubt I will be seeing it again in the cinema. A reported 204 million dollars taken for its first weekend, the T-Rex can still roar, and it’s louder than anything else this year so far.

 

 

 

 

Tomorrowland : A world Beyond, telling us we should all look in the mirror and have happy thoughts every now and then…..

There I was on Friday with my better half in a somewhat deserted cinema at the beginning of a payday weekend.

Tomorrowland our choice, having seen the trailer intrigue got the better of me and opposed my thoughts of watching Dwayne Johnson escape an earthquake.

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As the film opens we are faced with a ruggedly handsome George Clooney talking to us the audience. He speaks of how ‘this’ all began and every so often is interrupted by a girl (Britt Robertson) we also see some kind of countdown clock thingy. Off we go back to the sixties to when this all began….

There were two main stories in this film’s plot, one of Clooney’s character and the other of Robertson’s character who is based in the present day. It’s the usual set up for Disney, a plainish type girl living with a single parent and younger kid brother. She has a passion for science and seeing the stars. Who doesn’t these days?

Clooney’s story is one of discovery as a young kid and he pitches the idea of a jetpack to an invention panel at the world’s fair.  After only attracting the attention of a girl (Raffey Cassidy) similar age to him she hands the boy a pin with ‘T’ embossed in it.

This pin allows entry to via some kind of teleportation to a futuristic city known as Tomorowland. A place where all the best and brightest live.

There were some cool visuals as this boy discovered the city. Mostly CGI but on the big screen it looked convincing. Throughout this rather long winded introduction I was left thinking where is this going and what is it about? Those answers were coming but not yet.

Flash forward to the girl and within her seeing the stars passion fueled ‘Cinderella’ type story we are fed an interesting and thought provoking quote:

There are two wolves who are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. The question is… which wolf wins?”

“The one you feed.”

Cutting a long story short becasuse I do recommend this film, Tomorrowland (the place) has fallen to sh** in recent times. Clooney’s character has left and come back to normal land. This girl  receives a pin and using it she see’s a ‘version’ of that place.

Desperatley wanting to know more she finds Clooney and after some convincing they make their way to Tommorowland

Imediatley they are apprehended by Hugh Laurie’s character, a somewhat leader of Tomorrowland. This is near two thirds into the film and we finally find out what this they are trying to tell us.

The countdown we are shown at the beginning is from a device, that Clooney invented and predicts when the modern day world will end. Even though Hugh Laurie played a smaller part in this film he brought a top level performance of a man who had accepted humanity’s fate. He delivered this via a very powerful self reflecting speech,

“You’ve got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation, explain that one. Bees butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, the algae blooms. All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won’t take the hint! In every moment there’s a possibility of a better future, but you people won’t believe it. And because you won’t believe it you won’t do what is necessary to make it a reality.”

 Powerful and deep stuff right? As expected from Disney because they love an undertone or two.

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The main cast, a decent mix of known and lesser known faces

So the world is going to end in a matter of months and that’s it?

Wrong. The girl realises this world ending predicting device only shows what could happen and not what will happen. Back to our feeding the wolves quote, she theorised that if you be positive and live positively the world won’t end.

Yes this stuff is quite deep for Disney, I was surprised and intrigued at the same time. After an altercation they destroy the device which seems to have a death grip over everybodies negative thoughts and the world is saved.

So my question to you is which wolf do you feed?

Tomorrowland slowly built up in a long winded discovery sort of way. It was good to see Disney create a live action original piece and this film wasn’t just a George Clooney film. I give full credit to other mostly younger performers in this film and recommend it just because it has a thought provoking level of intrigue not seen in modern or past Disney productions.

Not many people will get the film or what is trying to say, others will turn it off before watching it all. Applied thinking is needed for this film to be effective. But overall I enjoyed the visuals and action.

If you are looking for a different option to the mega action smash fests we have seen so far this year then check out Tomorowland. If you’re just a George Clooney fan, you will probably be disappointed that he shared screen time with some less known faces.

I liked it. With a month that will be dominated by dinosaurs and running and all the screaming Tomorrowland was a nice change of pace.

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A giant leap for world football perhaps?

Hopefully a leap in the right direction because no matter what decade or competition of modern football taking place there has always been some form of controversy shortly following.

This week FIFA (the world governing body of football) was rocked to the very core by corruption allegations and several arrests were made. Now anyone who has taken a following to football will know that FIFA and maybe all football organisations are or can be bent in some way. Many accept it for what it is, what can the average fan do about it?

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The famous ‘hand of god’ went on to help Argentina beat England in the FIFA world cup, yes the goal counted

I can count with all of my fingers and toes after coming away from a game thinking something else other than athleticism is at play as to why a team won. The poor decisions made by referees intimidated by players, managers in their ear and maybe more. Players themselves even sometimes deliberately doing something they shouldn’t. The money involved in football is stupid, to the point where it can cross over to crime. A world cup will produce a major payday for the host nation. Maybe if they ‘influence’ the deciding board in FIFA they can get their way.

This is one of the many allegations brought forward by the US justice department.

I will go back to the US in a moment but the sport of football is very easy to corrupt in certain favours. Compared to other sports such as tennis and cricket who both use third umpire type technology to make a decision leaves no room for error or ‘control’. Computers can make the decision.

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Hawkeye technology used in tennis

 

The sheer way football is refereed at match level is so easily fixed. In rugby if a decision is looking shady the on pitch referee will talk to an off pitch referee over a microphone broadcast to television audiences. Nothing to hide.

Why hasn’t football got this? Because FIFA and the other bodies below them wouldn’t be able to corrupt the game in their favour of a bung or bribe. Money again.

Only recently has goal line technology been introduced (world cup 2014) and is used in the english Premier league but previously Sepp Blatter made no efforts to do this for the wider world.

The truth is, football governing needs to change. It has been needed to for a very long time.

Getting to a point where United States government to get involved means it is serious. Nothing against their agenda here because there is always an agenda or something to gain with them. But something has pissed them off. Maybe the fact that these accusations to FIFA officials of taking bribes, racketeering and wire fraud that used US banks could have something to do with it.

We are still in the wake and sights of a large financial crisis, the US banks have somewhat recovered. But this sort of behaviour towards them doesn’t look good for the 14 people accused.

Today we see the rather unsettled FIFA take a vote on who their leader will be next. The choice is either Sepp Blatter, or Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan. A new face and a change could lead the charge against a corrupt free world of football.

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Sepp or the Prince?

The English Football association and European football governing body UEFA have both indicated a boycott to future world cups. If enough nations get on board then things will have to change, it’s needed. For the sake of the game.