Andrew Lincoln to leave the Walking Dead

Okay so its time we talked… about the very recent news in television because if you are my demographic of reader then you probably know at the very least what the Walking Dead is…

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The breaking news is (which you probably know by now) the show’s lead Andrew Lincoln and it’s main character Rick Grimes will be bowing out of the show by the end of next season (9). Fans of the hardcore persuasion reacted in one of two ways:

A groan and a mutter of ‘this show is properly dead now’, or…

‘Oh god please no why?’.

Most would probably be number 1, kind of including me, but why? 

Let’s face it the previous season (8) of TWD was pretty much a car crash which then the survivors of said wreck tried to stumble away and take the wreckage of that car and try to carry on with the journey. That’s kind of a deep metaphoric analogy but also pretty accurate. As s8 unfolded there came that slow build feeling that perhaps something major was shifting, and then they killed Carl…

Now all of the last series wasn’t bad, there were some gripping Negan v Rick things, a few twists and a continuation of some real good characterization, Morgan comes to mind, who may be one of the finest actors in the show, not to take away anything from the performances which in essence has kept the show running. There were action sequences and a lot of tension but I had this feeling throughout that a dark cloud had began to form over TWD, and maybe just maybe it’s taken things a bridge too far.

I’ve talked about my grievances previously and honestly think the performers and whole show is a victim of terrible management and overly bold writing which has attempted and failed to take the show somewhere different. In fact some places and arcs of the show have failed, whilst others (Father Gabriel and Eugene) have shone brightly, it’s a mess basically, and the fans don’t deserve the ride they have been taken on. I felt as if by the end of the season TWD had been dragged through mud and only just come out the other side. Retribution seemed paper thin, with the underwhelming disarming of Negan, and then the subsequent hint that next season solid alliances may be tested.

And now we hear that the show’s lead has chucked it all in… deep sigh. 

Viewer numbers are down and will be plummeting evermore with the absence of it’s main character. Half of me wants to carry on and see, whilst part of me thinks, is this really worth it? I always imagined the end of TWD to be some plethora of drama and high tension which included Rick and his son Carl, both of which will be gone. They are both synonymous to the story and personally I think neither character works without the other, maybe why Lincoln has come to his decision.

If I could fantasize and book/write the final episode of the TWD the whole show would have moved towards the impending doom of the human race. It was always going to head that way, even without a zombie apocalypse the human race is doomed (light huh?), but with this walker fest it still turns out that way. Rick will probably die dramatically a scene before the end and Carl would have survived with his sister, maybe a few others would be left, like Daryl who finally tells his back story. The whole thing would be wrapped up and maybe even left open for a future revisit.

It is such a shame that partial fantasy is dashed, I don’t think we are going to get a Breaking Bad style ending that all the fans deserve, more like a slow death of a show which not so long ago gripped the world of television.

No doubt Andrew Lincoln has brought a fine performance to TWD but even I think he’s had enough…

 

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The Oxford Editors Review 2018

I write this entry to serve as a warning to fellow authors about the Oxford Editors. Unfortunately there are people out there who will take money from good honest people. They are simply opportunists looking to cash in on somebody with a wide eyed dream. I was the same, back in my not so long ago naive days of looking to get published.

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It is my duty as an author to look out for others like me, I would expect nothing less from any other literary type, hence this post.

It has come to my attention (by a very reputable source) that the Oxford editors are still taking money and not delivering. Yesterday I received a private message to my Author Facebook page from a wordsmith in need, who had unfortunately taken the plunge into getting their manuscript edited, by the Oxford Editors.

Some of you shall recall an review post I put up about the above mentioned some time ago, it serves as a warning and a resource, and so my wordsmith in need stumbled upon it and sought out some advice. My case is similar but in the end had an outcome I was mostly satisfied with, although I did part way with a sum of money for a manuscript assessment, I chose not to pursue a refund or anything serious like that, it wasn’t my hill to die on.

And now my wordsmith in need who will remain nameless is in a similar situation after parting with four figures to get a manuscript edited only to have it not arrive.

Lesson 1 here is simple: Do not part with the full amount of money before any work has began! This goes for any paid service in general. As a rule, my editor/publisher insists I pay half before and the rest on delivery with an official invoice and number etc. When your car gets fixed you pay after, when you order food you pay after, this should be no different. 

Back when they did manuscript assessment there was no sign of anything like this, not even an invoice anybody can throw together, red flag right there. Again a lesson learned the hard way but that is why this post exists, to act as a warning, please people, stop thinking with your heart, and yes the website looks good and seems reputable, but they aren’t. They want your money first and foremost.

My wordsmith in need told me about the head of the Oxford Editors who took up the job (is there anyone else who works for them?) simply named ‘CM’ and mentioned the long standing excuse of ill health… (still using that one I see?), an excuse used in my situation among probably hundreds.

Now for every starry eyed writer they have seen coming there’s probably a satisfied customer, again I want to be as impartial as possible here, but all you have to do is read the reviews in which I cant find many of, again why I’m here.

I advised the wordsmith in need accordingly, get tough, demand a refund or a finished product, hell I would even consider legal advice, this is something with the right amount of evidence a small claims court would lap up.

The outcome is yet to be determined, but I am just happy that someone in need approached me and it is my duty to make the world aware that this type of crap is still going on.

There are hundreds or reputable editors and publishers out there, truth is the whole manuscript assessment is a pointless exercise designed to take cash, spend it on getting published!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restored Faith is coming home…

The tag line of my very first book was to ’embrace the unexpected’ and I know, I’m tooting my own horn here, especially when it comes to my work, because pretty much nobody else will.

It seems every other review I get these days is just a snarky half autistic commentary nit picking the finer details of what are in my opinion good enough stories, but after all that is all they are stories, and this summer has produced one of the finest stories right out of the unexpected. I’m talking about the FIFA world cup and England.

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I’m making my return to blogging after quite a long stretch of radio silence, that’s what writers do, they recede to the words, I’m busy with stuff that’s all but even I had to stop and take note of the past month. I want this entry to be more of a love letter than just a remorseful sulk towards yet another knock out of the three lions and I have good reason. We all have good reason for this to be positive.

Nobody including me even thought England would have a chance of reaching the last 4 of a 32 team competition. I just looked forward to seeing a game of international football every night for a few weeks, there’s just a more interesting vibe about the international game, that combined with a tournament makes it must watch-anything-can-happen-television. And then England played their first game…

As I tuned in via the BBC I player to see England take on Tunisia I really didn’t know how to feel or what to expect. Truth is, the last proper game of England football I followed was against Iceland, an embarrassing and probable all time low point, but even before then my nerve endings were singed and near dead (memories of 2014, 2010 and even 2006 were responsible for this). As I rallied behind the many unknown faces to me wearing the three lions kit I then got that usual frustrated feeling I always used to get, I guess that just comes with watching England, then Tunisia equalized via a penalty and it pretty much looked like a carbon copy of every damn England tournament game, ever.

England are always the architects of our own demise or some controversy always denied us, and then something unusually special happened. Harry Kane scored a winning goal in injury time. A small glimmer of hope began to form in many of our imaginations, could we actually do this? Was lady luck finally siding with England?

Fast forward to a Wednesday night in July and the whole country were united in watching our football team for the first time since I could really remember. The journey there became intertwined with a nation falling back into love with international football, this time so well documented in the internet age. The memes were rife and the world couldn’t look away or ignore the fact that football was coming home. It didnt rain in all the time England were in the world cup.

Then you have to rewind, this thing may read like a Tarantino scene shuffler but you have to look back in history, for me my earliest memory of England was that grey kit, Alan Shearer, Gazza and the old Wembley Stadium. I was seven years old when my dad moved the sofa closer to our tv to watch my first taste of England football glory.

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I sat there 22 years ago watching the man who is now our manager miss a penalty against Germany in Euro 96′.  That moment hurt all the way up until this year because now I find myself with nothing but respect for the man toting the waistcoat as he gracefully and calmly marched himself into football legend. Gareth Southgate’s efforts wouldn’t be enough to go past an experienced hard working Croatia team, but there are so many positives this time. He redeemed himself from 96’s clutches and that folks is the greatest part of this story and so now when I looked up to that England team as they faced a well turned out group of fans after all their efforts, I felt nothing but hope. 

We didn’t lose in controversy, there were no cheats or red cards, there was no real negativity, we weren’t robbed, even in defeat England had finally earned the faith of their following again. The black heart of disappointment finally began to beat again even if we fell on our sword, we fought all we could.

England reached a fine turning point this summer, they won a penalty shoot out, and rightfully deserved, Columbia were a threat and also bad sports. That moment is when I fully believed this whole deal had changed and that is what England fans must take away from a truly wonderful effort. Hindsight is indeed a wonderful thing, and I honestly predicted England to bow out via the semi finals, something we hadn’t reached in nearly thirty years mind!

For the first time in a generation the England manager represents nothing less than hope and respect. The future of this young now big match experienced team is bright, yes it hurts, it will for a while, but then there is a belief which will shine through. We’ve got our national team back, and if I could travel back to 1996 and tell my seven year old self that we would get to the semi finals of the 2018 world cup, just after we bowed out to Germany, I know I would take that. Don’t be angry, be sad for a while but know that England’s best is yet to come! I’ve followed football all my life and even the club I religiously followed (QPR), had their day a number of times, trust me, one day it will come home for England, but for now we will have to settle for restored belief, pride, faith and more importantly hope.

It was nice to have that belief, even if it was temporary it united England for just a few weeks and I am sure it will again. Thank you England. 

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Fallout 76 – Everything you need to know

Working at night in the UK has it’s advantages especially when big time gaming announcements come from the US. It means I can be up at 01:49am to write my first blog post in what seems like years, so here we go with everything you need to know about Fallout 76 following the E3 press stuff…

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It’s going to be a prequel…

Todd Howard of Bethesda personally announced in front of press that Fallout 76 is going to be based before any other fallout game. The premise looks to follow the first people who emerged from the vaults after the bombs dropped…. He also announced that…

It’s going to be 4 times bigger that Fallout 4!

Yes you read that right, the map will be bigger than the last instalment of the franchise. Here we were thinking this might be some crappy little spin off.

Pre-orders begin on June 15

And so by the time 02:30am arrived I tuned in to watch the official Bethesdsa showcase, here are the highlights…

After a bunch of cool future game announcements (including Prey DLC, Wolfenstein, Elder Scrolls Online, Quake and Doom)  Todd Howard hits the stage.

‘Fallout 76 is prequal to all our other games..’ he says. Based in West Virginia it follows those who first emerge into the wasteland. Country roads, take me home…

We see a full trailer showing the world that needs to be rebuilt. Then we are introduced to some game play footage of inside vault 76. The visuals are stunning as the view shows outside the vault to a beautiful looking landscape. There are 6 regions on the map and a bunch of new enemies some of which are folklore sotries of West Virginia.

It’s the story of the first people to leave the vault with a massive difference because fallout 76 is entirely online!

Elaboration from Todd…

  1. It can be played solo.
  2. ‘Every person and character is real.’
  3.  Share the same game with dozens not thousands.

We see some game play which shows optional online co op or going it alone. This game looks incredible. More footage shows the ability to build settlements anywhere with friends.

There are several sights with nuclear missile launching capabilities meaning you can decide where to launch bombs. Codes can be collected together or individually.

A BETA is going to be available that means ‘Break it Early Test Application’

Special edition will involve a map of the world which glows in the dark! Other goodies include a wearable power Armour helmet.

Release date November 14th 2018 

Fallout shelter is coming to PS4 and Nintendo switch and are available now!

 

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WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Live…

Firstly let’s take a moment to acknowledge all of the work WWE has put in towards gender equality over the past few years and ignore it like they have, for one night hopefully…Because…

The WWE are back with another several hour long extravaganza, we are less than a month removed from the last one, but this time it comes from Saudi Arabia for THE GREATEST ROYAL RUMBLE, well It might ok…

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Kick off show – This started at 4PM UK time, therefore I had better stuff to do like make marmite crumpets and get some tea. It is worth noting there are conflicting reports from the presenting team that the Rumble will go up first or Cena V Triple H, who knows…

I will be adopting a simple bullet point system for each match, so here we go!

The show kicks off with pyro! Who paid for that? Not WWE, but the network special has began with a shot of the trophy which 50 Superstars will battle for and then the commentators talk about some culture plan Saudi Arabia has which we will hear more about later (I suppose this is what they will cram down our throats this time as opposed to ‘PAIGE HERE’)

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Triple H V John Cena

  •  The capacity audience received both competitors well, John Cena looks tired… (it is a long flight)
  • They spend the opening moments trying the get the less experienced audience going with the typical back and forth strength tests…
  • Saying that we’ve had no unnecessary chants so far, apart from ‘CENA SUCKS’ which makes a change…
  • Eventually we get into the match which stays in the ring and is the typical ‘exhibition’ type back and forth affair between two ‘faces’ to the crowd.
  • The first threatening move comes from Cena with an STF(U)
  • An Attitude Adjustment to HHH in which he kicks out at 2.99 seconds, was that the finish?
  • ‘Big Match John’ (Cena) goes for another in which the game converts into a pedigree. The referee counts to 2 and a half this time, we’re still going…
  • Roll up by HHH which is converted into another STF(U)…
  • HHH counters into a crossface in which Cena lifts into another AA. HHH is straight back up for Cena to slingshot him into a corner and then to another AAA, One, two, three!

WINNER: John Cena – who then gets on the mic to extend his thanks for being there…

Verdict: Standard opener to get the audience going, I’m getting standard house show vibes here…

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WWE Crusierweight Championship Match

Kalisto V Cedric Alexander (C)

  • Lucha! Lucha! Lucha! Having seen Kaisto live in london, I know how impressive he is in the ring and with the crowd…
  • Impressive flippy stuff to open the match with from both competitors. Again Lucha! Lucha! Lucha! A great double front flip from Kalisto onto Alexander from the ring to the outside.
  • This time Alexander dives impressively out of the ring into his opponent and manages to land on both feet.
  • Proceedings go down to the mat with Cedric out powering the Luchador.
  • Kalisto powers out and does some more impressive flippy stuff and we get a near fall.
  • An impressive michinoku driver from Alexander but Kalisto answers to a two count.
  • They go up on the top rope corner with a powerbomb set up which Kalisto turns into another awesome flippy thing (spanish fly). Alexander kicks out.
  • Lumbar check by the champion and the referee counts to 3.

Winner: Cedric Alexander retains WWE Cruiserweight Championship 

Verdict: Kalisto was better but he didn’t win… I guess that’s the difference. 

Raw Tag Team Championship Match – Belts currently vacant

Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy V The Bar

  • Lets firstly acknowledge there is no Nicholas in this match #dissapointing
  • Secondly the crowd zero reacted to Matt Hardy’s ‘delete’ chant…
  • An early back and fourth between the teams, the crowd finally get into the whole ‘delete’ chant.
  • Commentary is awful, getting the names of moves wrong, hang you head in shame Byron Saxton.
  • Only notable move so far was Sister Abigail to Sheamus, the the eleveated Twist of Fate. They get the win.

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Verdict: It was a bit boring and again I’m getting house show feels towards this basic show..

United States Championship Match

Jeff Hardy (c) V Jinder Mahal

  • Things get dare-devilish as they go outside early *edit I did run to the toilet so I missed the start..
  • The Audience are vocal in their distaste for Jinder as dominates early on with some powerful moves.
  • Hardy eventually counters out.
  • Whisper in the wind attempt but nobody was home… potential botch there.
  • Twist of fate by Hardy as he goes up to the top corner.
  • Swanton bomb and he gets the cover.

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Winner: Jeff Hardy retains US Title

Verdict: Basic title defence, ticked all the boxes for a typical good guy to win. 

And now we see a propaganda type tourism video package, then they get on to the whole awkward women subject….

Then we get an interview with the returning Chris Jericho as he bigs up the rumble match and reintroduces us to the list. The crowd no react… Then we get a Daniel Bryan interview and again the crowd no reacts!

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match

The Uso’s V The Bludgeon Brothers (c)

  • Eric Rowan begins off with a violent assault onto one of the USO;s and makes the tag to his partner. They tag in and out quickly.
  • This is looking like a squash early on.
  • The USO’s eventually get on top and fire up the flat audience. But the Bludgeons capitalize again.
  • Double super kick by the USO’s to Harper and then a splash for a near fall as Harper kicks out.
  • Again the Bludgeons take control and after a double team move they get the victory!

Winner: The Bludgeon Brothers retain

Verdict: Basic squash match to a flat audience. 

Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match

Finn Balor V Seth Rollins (c) V Samoa Joe V The Miz

  • Rollins and Joe go into one corner whilst Balor and Miz go the other way as the bell rings.
  • Balor’s hand is already bleeding… he heads out and Rollins goes for a suicide dive. They land rather gently into the Saudi announce table. Seth runs back in and dives out the other side, we see the first ladder emerge and Balor runs in and dives out the other side. Good action to begin with here, let’s hope it gets the flat audience going.
  • Joe is the first to set up a ladder before Rollins heads in and puts a stop to it. They exchange blows as Rollins is drove face down into the ladder.
  • More attempts to climb the ladder come from the Miz, Rollins and Balor.
  • Its looking to be a ‘protective’ style ladder match with every risk move well executed and pulled off in a softer style again referring to the house show style of the event.
  • Samoa Joe slams Balor onto a ladder. Joe takes out Miz with the ladder next and starts to dominate.
  • Balor turns it around and pushes Joe into the ladder, he and the hardware go down. Balor up to the corner with Rollins running up to him for a superplex. Joe moves into the mix and slams them both onto the mat.
  • Good action so far, best match of the night currently.
  • Skull crushing finale from the Miz to Joe onto a ladder, he’s all alone with the ladder now. The Miz is looking for his 9th IC title. He climbs but Rollins arrives on time! Rights and lefts and the top of the ladder as Rollins falls. This time its Balor’s turn, they swipe for the belt and fight up high.
  • They go back down to the mat with the Miz still being dominant.
  • The audience come to life with a ‘this is awesome’ chant.
  • We see Balor kick the Miz and falls onto the ladder. Balor climbs up high in the corner and hits the coup de gras.
  • Balor is on top now as he kicks Joe and goes to climb.
  • Rollins out of nowhere springboards onto the ladder and snatches the belt away.

Result : Seth Rollins retains.

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Verdict: A good very unpredictable match. Anything could and did happen, even though it still represented the house show nature of the event.

So now we see a group of guys who spent the week doing WWE tryouts. They have an interview in the ring until Daivari and Daivari come out to an abundance of boos. This is the typical good guy bad guy segment to get the audience going. Turns out the heel pair are Iranian, not the best of moves, but we see the potential try out guys take down the bad guys.

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WWE Championship Match

AJ Styles (c) V Shinsuke Nakamura

  • Lets hope this one is better than Wrestlemania
  • The arena falls silent as the two competitors lock up with AJ on top to begin with. They dynamic of the match is slow to begin with, as expected, lets hope it heats up to something more impressive than chops and lock holds.
  • The audience begin to get into the match as either competitor could threaten for the win. Nakamura goes for a front slamming suplex as he sets up for Styles to intercept. AJ hits the first big submission of the night in the middle of the ring.
  • Nakamura grabs the rope to break the hold. There’s way more action in this version of their match…
  • AJ goes for the phenomenal forearm only for Nakamura to evade. AJ almost hits the referee blocking his view for Nakamura to hit a low blow. Near fall as the title almost changes hands.
  • AJ intercepts again with a high impressive kick as Nakamura rolls out of the ring.
  • They both head out into the Saudi announce table as the referee begins to count. They continue to brawl and it looks like they are about to head into the ring but they dont, then the referee reaches 10!
  • The bell rings but the fight continues as AJ grabs a chair and attacks Nakamura.

Winner: Double Count out so AJ retains 

Verdict: Unpredictable match with some good action. Obviously a decent way to protect both performers by doing a double count out. 

Casket Match

The Underaker V Rusev

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  • Fun fact: This was originally the plan, then it changed to Chris Jericho V Taker then it changed back, many rumors circulating that Rusev said something untoward about Taker. You should also buy my latest book The Teleporter…
  • The bell rings and Rusev immediately bails, eventually Taker catches up and hits a devastating right hand.
  • They go back into the ring and proceedings move towards old skool taking down Rusev. We’re getting all the typical Taker spots here as we see the leg drop onto Rusev from the apron.
  • Rusev is rolled into the casket but Aiden English interferes enough for Rusev to roll out. Taker receives a kick from the Bulgarian and turns the tables. They exchange blows to the crowd’s enjoyment. This is less of a squash than the Cena match at Mania, Rusev is looking strong for the heel figure here.
  • The ‘acolade’ or cobra clutch by Rusev which keeps the Undertaker down. He signals for the casket to open as the Deadman sits up.
  • Chokeslam by the Undertaker to Rusev with the casket still open. He throws him in and just as he is about to close it Aiden English runs in and recieves a chokeslam followed by tombstone piledriver. He looks over to the casket and drags English into the casket with Rusev already in. They both fit as Taker slams the lid shut.

Winner: The Undertaker 

Verdict: This looked to be a typical squash which indeed protected Rusev although he lost, he didnt take a tombstone. I enjoyed it. 

STEEL CAGE MATCH WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Brock Lesnar (c) V Roman Reigns

  • The ‘Big Dog’ comes out first to a mixed but mostly positive reaction, that does depend on whether or not WWE production mute the audience.
  • Brock Lesnar is looking red already…
  • The cage is locked and the bell rings. They collide and its suplex city early on.
  • The first F5 comes and the weirdly quiet audience stir. He goes for another for Reigns battles out and hits 3 super man punches. He goes for a spear but is caught in an F5 position, Reigns grips the metal cage and climbs up. They are both on the top rope as Lesnar knocks Roman down. Lesnar climbs up and goes to escape.
  • Reigns pulls him down into a power bomb which rattles onto the mat.
  • Roman begins to use the cage as a weapon by throwing Brock against it several times before hitting a spear and then another.
  • Another spear and he goes for the cover for Brock to kick out at 2.
  • Roman calls for the cage door to open and moves towards it, Paul Heyman drives by and slams the cage door into Reigns. Brock is there for an F5 for Roman to kick out at 2. Paul Heyman throws a chair into the ring.
  • Brock removes his gloves to go bare knuckle he grabs the chair for Reigns to spear him down. Roman uses the chair on the beast several times and sets up for another super man punch which connects.
  • He then hits an impressive spear into the cage and both of them go through it and onto the floor outside.
  • We got ourselves a false cop out finish folks. Typical house show shenanigans.

Winner: Brock retains as the referees decide he got out first. 

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Verdict: A typical cage match with no real risk taking or anything new. This could have easily been a monday night raw main event. 

 

THE GREATEST ROYAL RUMBLE MATCH

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Belt for the winner of the Rumble

Entrance order/ Notable stuff that happened: 

  • 1. Daniel Bryan ‘yes’ ‘yes’ ‘yes’ ‘yes’ if only the audience joined him in saying that.
  • 2. Dolph Ziggler
  • 3. Sin Cara – impressive flippy stuff, then eliminated…
  • 4. Curtis Axel
  • 5. Mark Henry – Hall of Famer oh hell yeah – eliminates Curtis Axel
  • 6. Mike Kanellis – Eliminated straight away by Henry #buried
  • 7. Hiroki Sumi – famous sumo wrestler faces off with Henry and gets eliminated by Henry, Ziggler and Bryan then eliminate Henry
  • 8. Victor – quickly eliminated
  • 9. Kofi Kingston
  • 10. Tony Nese 
  • 11. Dash Wilder 
  • 12. Hornswoggle! – first suprise of the night… helps eliminate Dash, delivers samoan drop to Kofi and then tries a tadpole splash but Ziggler superkicks. Then gets eliminated by Tony Nese.
  • 13. Primo
  • 14.  Xavier Woods – new day team to eliminate Tony Nese
  • 15. Bo Dallas 
  • 16. Kurt Angle – Well recieved by the audience, german suplexes for all, he eliminates Primo and Bo Dallas. He belly to belly’s Ziggler out for elimination.
  • 17. Scott Dawson 
  • 18. Goldust
  • 19. Konnor 
  • 20. Elias – comes out with a guitar and then runs in and eliminates Konnor and both of the new day.
  • 21. Luke Gallows – fantastic showdown between Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan, then Elias sneakily eliminates Angle.
  • 22. Rhyno 
  • 23. Drew Gulak 
  • 24. Tucker Knight – eliminates Gulak
  • 25. Bobby Roode 
  • 26. Fandango 
  • 27. Chad Gable 
  • 28. Rey Mysterio – eliminates Gallows
  • 29. Mojo Rawley – eliminates Fandango
  • 30. Tyler Breeze 
  • 31. Big E 
  • 32. Karl Anderson
  • 33. Apollo Crews – Eliminates Gable
  • 34. Roderick Strong 
  • 35. Randy Orton – eliminates Anderson, Mojo and Crews.
  • 36. Heath Slater 
  • 37. Babatunde 
  • 38. Baron Corbin 
  • 39. Titus O’Neal – trips over and slides under ring? WTF botch or work?
  • 40. Dan Matha 
  • 41. Braun Strowman  – no Nicholas this time  – eliminates Babatunde, Slater and Big E amongst others.
  • 42. Tye Dillinger – eliminated by Strowman , Elias eliminates Orton
  • 43. Curt Hawkins –  never enters match and Strowman chases him down. Throws him in the ring.
  • 44. Bobby Lashley – eliminates Elias after a botch slam, he faces off with Braun.
  • 45.  The Great Khali –  eliminated by Lashley and Strowman
  • 46. Kevin Owens –  Daneil Bryan breaks record for the longest time spent in a Rumble Match 1 Hour 5 mins
  • 47. Shane McMahon – coast to coast to Braun Strowman
  • 48. Shelton Benjamin 
  • 49. Big Cass
  • 50. Chris Jericho – Big Pop from the crowd. Eliminates Shelton Benjamin, gets KO into the Walls of Jericho.

The Finish: Bobby Lashley botches a suplex on Big Cass, Daniel Bryan is still in the mix along with Shane but Strowman launches him off the top corner and into an announcers table with an elimination.

Lashley eliminated by Strowman along with Jericho. Bryan and Strowman facing off as they battle to eliminate eachother. Big Cass still involved and eliminates Bryan.

Big Cass faces of with Strowman, the last two! Rights and lefts are exchanged. Cass tries to eliminate Strowman who converts. He eliminates Cass and wins.

Winner: Braun Strowman

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Verdict: Most of the under card talent were present here, or mostly NXT.  The usual rumble is way better, but overall the event was good. It needed women wrestling, but you know the situation there with the country they are in #backward… 

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My 3rd book The Teleporter is released!

Let’s face it, the internet works in weird and wonderful ways. My last two book release posts had zero views and zero likes so I could be saying anything right now, like Zuckerberg is actually one of those lizard folk, or cheese is in fact political propaganda to keep us lactose intolerant…

But for those inclined, my third book THE TELEPORTER is officially available via amazon. Click here to check it out…

This time I have written what appears to a super hero comedy on the surface but has actually turned out to be something way more than the genre it’s identified by. Although yes it is still funny (I really hope!) the story faces many different modern issues in this world we live. From low self esteem and self reflection to corruption in politics and business, this one I hope will result in giving the reader something to think about all with a healthy dose of haha! But these serious issues are never treated as a joke, that’s what makes it compelling.

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So what’s the story? 

Our main character Kurt Wiseman is serial ‘drinksmith’ (cool word huh?) and a general layabout/ graphic novelist. That is until he accidentally discovers the ability to Teleport whilst investigating his corrupt millionaire media controlling Trump… I mean boss.

What follows is a story of triumph, struggle, friendship and even mild addiction as Kurt becomes the Teleporter and looks to fight injustice, not because he should, but because he chooses to. The whole morality of good vs bad is highlighted throughout the narrative as our comedy guy fights the forces laid against him.

Above all this story is about honesty and power. In these words lay the most truth I have ever told as a writer, and as long as fiction contains some element of realism then the reader can relate. 

 

I have to take this opportunity to thank my heroic book team for helping me put this together. My editor and publisher Nicky of Satin Publishing has been truly wonderful throughout the process and always contactable when needed. Her work has enhanced my story by tenfold.

Design for Writers have provided another fantastic cover managing to set a tone I could only visualize by words and they have been brilliant throughout.

My final nod is to the loyal people who have already got themselves a copy, the following I have is small but unconditional loyal and for that I must thank you a million times. This whole deal is to prove my passion is worth pursuing and my readers do that every time without fail. Thank you. 

For people old and new who are following me and reading my stuff I must implore you to leave a review via amazon, goodreads, a blog or even Facebook (Lizardberg wont mind), and remember Selfies sell books

The Teleporter is out now! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Headed Book Lover: A warning to Authors

Unfortunately we live in a world that is rife with the dishonest, and this is especially so in the Uber Democracy known as the internet. A place without any real regulation. I intend for this blog entry to act as a service first and foremost to my fellow wordsmiths who have delved into the world of publishing, independent or not, it is with great importance I come to you with this.

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I don’t see other writers as competition but as fellows in a world where we are all trying to convince the world our words exist. And it is our responsibility to look out for one another especially when our ultimate integrity is threatened. I use the word threat because what we do takes so much work and only a select will understand what that truly means, but for everyone concerned with writing books I have to do my duty for our industry. 

So here’s the story… and subsequent investigation… 

On the evening of April 19th 2018 I received an interesting email from someone called ‘Aimee Ann’ if that is ‘her’ real name is neither here or there. But what this person said is as follows… 

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Sounds good right, I thought so, and initial ideas began to stir around my head in how I was to reply in order to sound as professional as possible, that is without sounding desperate for reviews. Because all writers need more reviews and the fact I overlooked where this person got my email from I was ready to bite her hand off for a review… 

I checked out the website, and initially I was impressed. This person is good, damn good. 

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You cant deny the About section appears to be innocent and worded in such a tactical way for nobody to call bullshit. It’s all positive and draws attention away from anyone with an ounce of suspicion, that includes me. 

Of course the whole deal is written in a way to draw a level of sympathy, truth or not, and who the hell has 4 kids and still has the time to read, review and keep a damn blog up to date? I have no kids and have barely enough time to brush my hair! 

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And so I scrolled further down her rather wordy and ever so  positively innocent bio, until the ultimate red flag destroyed all perception of me believing this whole deal was genuine… 

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Red flag uno… is highlighted in pink above. No pictures personally tells me there is a hell of a lot to hide but this paragraph is very clever in delivery, its almost dastardly, as in evil villain dastardly. And I should know a thing or two about such characters, I’m a writer…

Look how she addresses the red flag and then diverts by involving her family and then even sub diverts by making the reader forget completely about the fact there are no photos of her by mentioning the husband and even diverts that as well. 

Next comes more diversion…

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And let me state here, there is no shame in supporting military charities, but this is just another diversion away from the real facts here. All of this is to give an author a sense of security and trust. 

And that is, red flag numero dos…

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At this point I knew the dream was over. ‘She’ charges for reviews… 

Any type of paid review service is quite simply unethical and viewed in the literary industry as morally wrong. Its cheating, its lying, its false. 

And so I used the google machine for a cold slap of reality to the face.

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The Alliance of Independent Authors provided me with the above testimony.  

Yes folks that’s 75 big ones for a damn review! And so I poked around the interweb some more and found only a few people have lifted the lid on the Red Headed Book Lover’s blog. 

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As you can see this email I screen grabbed from Blank Pages Revealed is identical to the one I got! 

And so my whole premise is simply to lift the lid of future authors who type Red Headed Book Lover into google and tell them simply, its an unethical scam! 

I will never reply to the email, it isn’t worth any more words.

The problem is, there are so many authors who have fallen for this. Reviews are basically currency for authors, especially indie ones, and so when desperation for reviews meets opportunist, Red Headed Book Lover is born, and its wrong, so wrong. 

It is never right for an author to pay for reviews! So I can happily say Red Headed Book Lover and Aimee Ann, I call bullshit and by the power vested by me as an author and creator of worlds, you are banished by the realm of genuine writers. We pride ourselves on hard work and the money we spend to give readers an escape. We can do that without paying for reviews! So kindly fu** off!” 

 

The Teleporter Exclusive Cover Reveal

Yes,you read that title correct and considering we are days away from the arrival of literature’s newest drunk super hero I thought I should share with the official cover of The Teleporter!

But that isn’t all, because you and I both know books shouldn’t be judged by their cover alone or their blurb, so let me tell you what the Teleporter is really about…

It’s a comedy…

Okay most of you already knew that, pretty much all of my marketing efforts have centered around convincing readers this story is funny, and it is. The comedy delivered by main character Kurt Wiseman can best be described as fourth wall breaking honesty. And honesty is probably the ultimate key word that runs throughout the many themes…

Honesty, really?

Yes, really, because if there is honesty or realness clung to the concept of something fictional the whole thing becomes all the more engaging and real. Trust me when I say there is more truth in this book than anything I have ever written. 

So if this book delivers the truth via fiction, then what is it really about?

That’s a damn good question because the Teleporter isn’t ruled by genre, although it identifies as a super hero comedy and yes I’ve already mentioned that but what this book is really about you ask?

It’s about power, and the responsibility of power. 

But that isn’t all because power is never a simple thing. The Teleporter firmly glares into the face of adversity when it comes to the abuse of power. This story isn’t afraid to stand up and punch many different problems society has, right in the face. And the wonderful thing is, this book was never supposed to be that at all. Much like the age we live in has become an opportunity for people to proudly stand up against stereotype, prejudice and discrimination by just being themselves. That is indeed a world where people with power do not like, and that is what drives change for the better.

As well as power, the Teleporter wraps itself in comedic satire to tackle modern politics, media control, inclusion and even addiction. This world we live in today, the internet age, is a place where all of that matters, and that is why this story is something you should read. But after all of that, it is just a comedy.

So without futher deliberation, okay just a bit more…

I set out to write something which was a departure from my usual genre and go a little more lighthearted. What I got instead was a straight shoot into the fire of modern society and all of its wonderful problems in which this world is still figuring out. Even now I have no idea how the Teleporter will be received, I’m uncomfortable and even a little nervous. Those feelings are what drives me to be a story teller, staying out of comfort and branching towards something risky and daring. The not knowing is probably the greatest and most unique feeling a writer can have, it makes us create better stories. Ladies and gentlemen, here it is, my third book The Teleporter!

 

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The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale Review

It’s been a pretty enduring season for The Walking Dead, a roller coaster that many fans will prefer to leave behind, myself included. Opinions are divided and most viewers haven’t been happy with recent decisions for the overall direction of the show. Here’s my review of what was an interesting and important turning point for Rick and the gang…

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They had to do something with Negan…

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No doubt JDM has brought a masterclass of villainy to TWD, his arrival two seasons previous will go down in history and turned the whole story upside down. The original execution and motives of such a big character is probably the sole reason for the show’s downturn. I have covered Negan before but my concern has always been what will they do with such a momentous character, a seemingly indestructible force in a fragile world. His whole deal seemed to grow stale after the past two years, and there were scenes where I honestly thought the show’s writers didn’t know what to do him.

This seasons final episode set in motion a direction which sat somewhere between expected and unexpected. We finally got some level of resolve towards Negan and an indication of where his fate will move to next. You could tell especially in his half of S8 that they were doing something, and the pay off came, eventually.

Clearly the show running powers that be have spoken…

Looking around the internet rumor mill its no secret the show runner position for the walking dead has changed mid season, lets face it, they had to change things. You could tell almost straight away in the mid season premiere it was out with the old and in with the new, of course Carl’s death foreshadowed anything drastic and essentially became the theme of events to follow.

Although I truly believe Carl’s death should never have been, it has given the show an almost refreshing direction, now stay with me here, but the Rick we saw in the last episode of this season has been shaped by the loss of his son and the legacy he left behind.

Mercy is the greatest weapon of all, and a key to character development…

We’ve seen Rick take down the big bad before, we’ve seen the group move from settlement to settlement before, we’ve seen them deal with trust issues before. The decision for Rick not to kill Negan has interrupted the stale routine this show has got itself into, they have broken the cycle and maybe without knowing displayed a huge amount of development for the characters of this show. The take away moment from this episode was Rick showing mercy to a defeated Negan and the saviors. He has taken the high road and showed that people can be better than just killing.

That triple cross though…

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Eugene was playing chess quite simply and to see the moment his manufactured bullets backfired was a huge unexpected twist. Something had to happen and this was the moment the tables turned, for the better.

For the greater good of the group

Let’s face it there have been some wonderful character performances throughout the 8 years of TWD. Many of which were on display in this episode which to me felt like a television special. Jerry and King Ezekiel are wonderfully likable characters with a natural chemistry on full display as the episode opened.

Morgan has always been a favorite for me and the deep psychological issues he faces and tackles is superbly depicted. His character may seem erratic but under the hood he knows what is going on, and even referenced to the ‘bar’ scene him and Rick found themselves in a few episodes previous. Their decision to break the bond of their word didn’t fall on silent ears and was addressed, a pivotal moment which has broken the usual vague style TWD carries.

An unexpected emotional moment came to me through Dwight’s retribution and apology to Daryl. He is a man with nearly nothing left and somehow stands out as someone very relevant in the world where Negan is now a prisoner.

I enjoyed Father Gabriel’s journey toward the light, and again it seems his faith has pulled through. Another example of great emotional acting.

There’s still a long way to go

I know for a fact it wasn’t perfect, but this episode was the first good’un in what seems like a long run of dud episodes. Most of the season was in fact a dud without direction and too spread out. With the dissolution of Negan’s reign there seems to be a new fresh route this show could take.

There are still many open plot points which need to be answered, that will always be TWD’s style, but for the first time in a long time, this show has got itself a win, and we still get to keep Negan, something which I am sure will have some level of resurgence and value in later episodes.

A feel good factor

It feels good for the first time in a long time to watch this show, that whole putting the audience though as much shit as the characters has finally been lifted. Carl’s memory and contribution were memorialized throughout the episode playing on the audiences heart strings and perhaps sub consciously nodding to the fact he probably shouldn’t have died, even though his death may have got the Walking Dead out of this rut.

Overall I liked the episode

From the very open of this episode I could tell it was going to be good. The twists and turns which led to Negan’s defeat were simple and straight to the point. I enjoyed the fact it happened just after the halfway point leaving more time to move towards next season’s plot.

The overall character development of this show has been flexed in this episode and I think the cast have ridden a proverbial shit storm out of a shituation. Full credit to the sheer effort they put in to make this whole deal feel so emotionally real. TWD has always captured the emotion above everything else.

Should they really be divided?

That’s the question most people are asking, and I think its another interesting twist. Was it right to publicly show mercy to Negan in front of the likes of Maggie. If so a civil war could be on the horizon. I’m not sure I fully believe the motives of Jesus and Daryl as they align themselves with Maggie, that may be my only criticism of a decent episode of the Walking Dead and for the first time we have no frustrating cliff hanger!

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The Problem with…Facebook

There’s a hefty amount of conflict that swirls around the title of this post, simply because it goes against what may be the most powerful social force today, Facebook. A vision which initially began as a college project has recently been revealed to have a concerning sinister underbelly…

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Those of the living under a rock persuasion (and I admire you) may not know that very recently Facebook had their business exposed by the way of Cambridge Analytica, a somewhat evil sounding corporation straight out of a dystopian future looking to control the world by harvesting everyone’s private information. And the rub is, that fanatical  analogy doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

If you google ‘Cambridge Analytica’ you’ll see for yourself what they have been up to along with Facebook. And to put it basically, they accessed millions of user’s data without really telling them! Now the details are rich amongst the many news articles online but a figure which seems to echo throughout is 87 Million. That is the number of Facebook users who had their ‘information’ collected via a sneaky quiz app, you know the types that come up every now and then via the news feed.

So what type of information are we talking here? Now this is where some of the facts may differ but we are talking personal things here, such as; political beliefs, interests, friend’s information, phone call logs even if you didn’t use facebook to call, location and even private messages. There is even rumors of deleted information still being kept somewhere..

This is where the real power of Facebook is exposed, and its quite concerning to say the least how much they have on one person. So what is real problem here? 

Facebook are heavily known for being vague and having many grey areas when it comes to rules. Kind of like ‘do as I say, not as I do’. This poses the real issue here and that question is; what are Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s real intentions?

Having all this data gives a major company a lot of sway via the information gathered. It can even be used in a political sense, such as an election. President Barack Obama did exactly the same as Cambridge Analytica and was even perceived and viewed as clever for doing so. But it doesn’t matter what this information is being used for, it’s the fact they have it.

For what initially seems like an uber democracy, the internet over recent times has just become yet another place where the corporations have more control and again Facebook has proven this. It’s all about the money seemingly, and in these circumstances the conflicted arises from the fact there is no real alternative to Facebook.

Honest people like me have invested in Facebook for the use of not just socializing but for trying to launch a career in writing. I’ve had success as an author because of Facebook and the networking it provides. I have met people from across the globe because of this social network and built a following over time. There is so much good in what Facebook is, the world is much smaller and better connected place because of it, but…

Some of the worst things have come from the best of intentions and Facebook is staring down the barrel of conflicted users because of their conduct. Near enough Everyone I know uses Facebook and let’s put this into perspective.

Let’s say I developed a way to harvest millions of people’s personal information, all the way to level where I knew what they had for breakfast. I’m pretty sure the law wouldn’t just let that fly, you probably wouldn’t see me again. But Mark Zuckerberg was able to sit in front of US senators and talk about the idea of regulating Facebook and tell them he doesnt ‘feel’ like he has a monopoly.

It’s incredible that billionaire types get some kind of preference all because of money. I can almost guran-damn-tee Facebook will live to fight another day after this scandal passes and the problem is for people like me, is that’s the result I kind of need to continue a decent social media presence. We have no choice but to carry on. Even if millions of people delete Facebook, or a token celebrity tries to make some political deal about it, they will still stand. For as long as the internet is floating in the airwaves there is no real way to put any real lawful control across the globe for it.

So I guess for now life will continue with needless selfies, an overabundance of emojis, name tests and vague attention fishing statuses… Every now and then Facebook brings something good but that frequency is dying.

Have you deleted Facebook? Or are you like me and need to reach followers  in order to promote books. Speaking of books,

The Teleporter arrives in just a few weeks, there,will,be, booze!