Why Is The World Such A Horrible Place At The Moment?

Humanity seems to have given in to its worst instincts over the last few years. We seem to be taking what is easy over what is good for us and giving in to our most narrow minded, selfish and xenophobic views.

Ignorance and stupidity seem to be given pride of place and intolerance and lack of knowledge and basic civility are worn like a badge of honour. Apparently a lack of credible facts are can still provide the basis of an opinion and to be quite frank I am sick of it. I can’t believe that its 2019 and I have to say this but:

  • Bigotry and Xenophobia are bad.
  • Skin colour and religion are not acceptable reasons to dislike someone
  • Climate change, whether man made or a natural phenomenon of nature will still have dire consequences for humanity. Don’t believe me ask all the creatures that died during the last ice age.
  • vaccinations are a good thing. They don’t autism, and even if they did autism is better than dying from diseases that were cured decades ago.

I seriously can’t believe that this shit needs to be said.

But what I really can’t fathom is how we’ve got to this level of hatred and stupidity, who do we blame? Politicians? The TV? Newspapers? The Internet? Ourselves? Or maybe all of the above?

The internet is a wonderful thing, it allows me to shop in my underwear for many wondrous things that I never knew existed, without getting arrested. But it also gives a worldwide platform for any nut with an axe to grind or conspiracy theorist with and ill formed and ill typed idea that hasn’t quite made it to science fiction yet. And it really highlights the collective IQ of the world that people are actually buying this crap. It makes me weep for mankind that the very worst of us seem to be pushed to the forefront of society, just by the exploitation of the very worst aspects of our being.

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Happy Shakespeare Day

I have somewhat ambiguous feelings when it comes to Shakespeare, sometimes I think that the man is one of the most overrated blowhards to ever walk on gods green earth and then there are other times when it really annoys the crap out of me that someone can find the perfect summation of my feelings in words far greater than I could ever conjure, centuries before I was born.  Here are some of my Favourite quotes.

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My Get Psyched Playlist

I’ve been feeling down in the dumps lately, I’m sleeping all the time, and to be honest I feel for my wife I’ve been a right moody git. So what I need is a real get psyched playlist, here are the songs that always get me pumped up and ready to party.

You’re The Best -Joe Esposito

You Can Call Me Al-Paul Simon

Mr Blue Sky- Electric Light Orchestra

I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Wont Do That)- Meat Loaf

Rasputin- Boney M

Weapon of Choice- Fatboy Slim

Sk8er Boi- Avril Lavigne

 

Some left field choices here, but they are all songs that put me in a good old fashioned partying mood.

20 Greatest Albums Of All Time

In the plans for my redesigned man cave one of the key features is a working gramophone, One of the key parts of having a Gramophone is having the right vinyl collection to play on it. I plan to keep the vinyl collection pretty tight so here are the 20 greatest albums of all time (according to me) that I’ll limit my collection to.

The Definitive Blues Brothers Collection

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Pink Floyd- Atom Heart Mother

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Johnny Cash- At Folsom Prison

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Iron Maiden- Brave New World

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The Rat Pack- Live And Dangerous

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Nightwish- Once

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Donald Byrd Quintet- Parisian Thoroughfare  

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Roger Waters- Pro’s and Con’s of Hitchhiking 

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Misfits- American Psycho 

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Paul Anka- Rock Swings

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Hugh Laurie- Let Them Talk

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A Twist In The Myth- Blind Guardian

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Paul Simon- Graceland 

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Emilie Autumn- Opheliac 

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra- The Glenn Miller Story

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Jeff Wayne- War of the Worlds

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Frank Sinatra- Songs for Swinging Lovers

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John Coltrane- Blue Train

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Bruce Dickinson- Tyranny of Souls 

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Why Every Man Should Own A Boating Jacket

One of the best items in my wardrobe is actually a fairly recent addition, and with the slight inkling of the possible hint of sunshine I feel that its time to bust out the Boating Jacket.

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The Samuel Windsor- Torbay Jacket

A boating jacket is both smart and light weight, and can be worn as both a slightly more formal attire (ie with a tie) and as some sort of smart casual piece (I only put this in theory, I wont ever try it in practice). But lets face it in this day and age (because who goes to a regatta) they stand out, it adds a bit of colour to your wardrobe. And to be honest this is something I’ve been talking about a fair bit lately, formal men’s clothes have a tendency to be either black, navy or grey, what is wrong with injecting a little bit of colour into your sartorial game?

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But the other thing that really works about a proper boating Jacket is that they are usually made out of some sort of cotton or linen so are actually pretty light to wear out and about, so you can look good without having to worry about sweating your proverbial’s off.

So go get one. I recommend checking out the range from Samuel Windsor here.

Marianna Reviews Her New Wario Plush

I like to spoil my child and lately she seems to have been getting into the Super Mario world (mainly owing to my purchasing a Nintendo Wii and 3ds, and soon I’ll be getting a Nintendo Switch) this was bolstered by Youtube hosting a compliment of uploads of the Super Mario Bros Supershow (featuring the Legend of Zelda) and  Sonic X.

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This week as Marianna was a brave girl following an injury needing stitches, I got her a Wario for bearing it so well. Here is what she thought of her new Wario plush

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What I like about him is his dungarees hes got purple straps behind him and I like them. And I like his shoes cuz they got green and brown on it. He’s nice and cwtchy, I like his hat, Its got a big W on it, he Cwtches me. He plays well with the other Mario teddys and he even kisses princess peach, Mario doesn’t mind, my mummy will be surprised to see that now I got Wario too. (NB Marianna currently has 13 video game related plushies from The Mario, Zelda and Sonic Games) But I want lots more plushes. 

I only hope my wallet can afford it.

 

The Right Way To Watch Star Wars

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Usually you would think that a straight up watching order of 1, 2, 3 etc would be pretty straight forward, and once upon a time (in a galaxy far far away) this was the case, but however thanks to multiple prequels, sequels and tie in series the Star Wars viewing experience suddenly became a lot more complicated. But I have a handy guide put together right here so that the force can be with you too.

Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 

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Episode 2: Attack of the Clones 

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The Clone Wars (Feature Length CGI Animated Film)

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The Clone Wars (CGI Series 1-6)

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The Clone Wars (2D animated TV series 1-2)

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Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 

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Droids (Animated Series 1)

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Solo 

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Star Wars Rebels (Series 1-4) 

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Rogue One

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Episode IV:  A New Hope

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Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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Ewoks: Caravan of Courage 

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Ewoks: Battle for Endor 

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Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi

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The Mandalorian (Series 1-)

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Star Wars Resistance (Series 1-)

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Episode VII: The Force Awakens

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Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

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Episode IX: 

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Non Canon- Ewoks animated series 1-2

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