Tribute

11 04 2016

 

Virgo Bass

I started a Joke

That I could sing folk

When in fact it was more my foe

As I wanted to sing more disco

I’m just the man in the middle

Of a group who mostly played the fiddle

I had dreams of fame

But everyone told me that was just lame

You Win Again

I said, with words like Acid Rain

And so I gave up

To drink the loyal blood cup

On this our wedding day

Your love showed me a way

Your beauty, like sweet-smelling soap

Brought me long forgotten hope

You should be dancing

Where at the floor you were glancing

But you came too in addition

To join me in my ambition

GENEPOOL





Pleasant Dreams And The World Of Nightmares: A Short History In Honour Of What Was Once My Bed

28 01 2015

 

My Bed 1

Last week, when getting into bed, it finally gave way, and broke. While other members in my family have been through many beds, mine just kept on going and going and for 20 years (yes…..20). In honour of such a well-made, well-built piece of furniture, I present to you, The Story of My Bed (I doubt this will be a long post).

Cot

When I was young; I, like many babies, slept in a cot. It was white one. Then I remember having a trip out to a furniture shop and then a few weeks later a new double-decker bed was in my room, and one night, I no longer slept in a cot. While my sadness for that passing was big, I soon got used to my new bed. The idea for the purchasing of the bed I think was for my brother to also sleep in it when his room was being used as a guest room. So he would sleep in it. Some of the activities and games I got up to during my youth in that bed included using it as a vantage point to shoot my bow and arrow at cardboard people used at a church holiday bible club, watching people trying to represent events from World’s Strongest Man, playing football on the top bit, pretending it was a bus using a small arcade games machine (I think from a car boot sale) which involved driving down a road and running over crabs, probably pretending it was a train at some point, and much, much more. I used to sleep on the top bunk a lot, but eventually went down to the bottom one. One night I remember the ladder bit came off and being worried that some structural rigidity had been lost. Eventually though, in 2006, the bottom part broke. I can’t remember how, it just did, and my dad and brother helped me get it sorted, by lifting off the top bunk, removing the bottom one and putting the top one down. So from then on, that’s what my bed has been like.

 

Bunk Bed

It wasn’t exactly a conventional bed, due to the barriers on the side, getting into the bed each night was like doing the High Jump (I wonder if I should apply for the Olympics; I have the experience?) and to begin with I wondered for a few years if the barriers could be removed, but as I got used to it, I just forgot about it. The story of my bed just continued on and on for many years, but I knew it’s time would come. A few weeks ago I started to hear creaks as I got into bed, this went on for a week or so and I looked underneath. There was some damage, but the one that stood out most was a rib that broke several years ago (when I was trying to practice a leg drop; back when I wanted to be a Professional Wrestler). But I thought nothing of it. Then, last week, as I did what was to be my last daily high jump routine (I didn’t actually jump, getting into the bed naturally still involved getting my leg over the barrier then twisting my back in what may one day be known as the Arthur Twist), settled into bed and immediately, it collapsed. I got out, saw the damage. A beam had broken off. The only thing preventing me from hitting the floor was all the boxes underneath it. My brother got the mattress out for me; put it on the floor so I could still sleep. That is where I am now, sleeping on the floor in my room until a replacement bed comes. If it wasn’t for a sore throat and a cold, I may have gone out by time of writing this (Monday) to get a new one.

My Bed 2

While the future of my next bed remains uncertain, My old bed supported my sleeping weight for 20 years as I slowly got heavier and heavier. It has been a fun ride stationary one at that, when it wasn’t an imaginary train or bus) filled with 2 decades of sweet dreams, nightmares and my own version of the Fosbury Flop. Sweet Dreams my old bed, you’ve earned it.

My Bed 3

GENEPOOL (While that bunk bed picture is not my original bunk bed, it does look a lot like it).





Film Review – INCEPTION

6 08 2010

Right then yes Inception OK I went to see this film last week; it was its very very good. You have to go into the cinema I went to Vue, pay the tickets, my mum did, went with my brother and my mum. I got myself an ice cream one of those two twisted milkshakes you get there, the ones where you get 2 Ben and Jerry ice cream flavours mixed together, even though they sell them at Vue they still have no idea what they are which is always annoying. You have to get your ticket, go in, go to the toilet it was upstairs it was, and go in sit down. We didn’t see many trailers, I can’t remember. Hmm yeah and the film begins. It’s basically like dreams; it was originally a script by Christopher Nolan and a seven figure deal with Warner Bros for the script. It’s basically they go into some ones dreams and influence them, get information out of them and stuff. It’s kind of, it’s kind of well thought out, of course you get Leonardo Di Caprio who was in films like Catch Me If You Can, Gangs of New York and Titanic, and you’ve got Ken Watanabe who did Ras Al Ghul in Batman Begins and you’ve got Michael Caine who was like a kind of side character. Then you have Ellen Page who in my opinion has the best role in this whole film. Ellen Page’s whole career is kind of odd because its, well not odd well you don’t really notice her until she does something majorly big. You know, I had no idea that she did Shadowcat Kitty Pride in the hmm X-Men Last stand film. I thought she looks familiar because when it Juno was advertised I was thinking was she in X-Men. Then she was in that and then I looked it up and she was in X-Men. She was quite good as Kitty Pride and she has the best role in Inception.

What the idea is basically is this one person Leonardo Di Caprio hmm wants to see his family again but he can’t do this until he has done something so Ken Watanabe’s character kind of brings up some money so he can do this job for him to help out with a certain company that need help. So he goes in search of someone to be an architect, someone who builds dreams to live in and do stuff in and then so he finds Ellen page and tells her in a dream do you know how a dream starts. That’s actually a good question who actually remembers how a dream starts how do we get here and basically tells her how you can do things in it like turn it upside down, you can have a nice big city area and have a steam train roll right through it, all sorts of stuff so he teaches her how to do this. They go looking around, she starts building the dream world while he looks for a forger someone who puts them under using a certain drug which will stop them waking up accidently. While all of this is going on Leonardo Di Caprio has his own problem with his characters wife who died because she was one of these dreamers as well so they kind of lived in this dream world but he thought they had lived there too long and so he got them out but then she thinks they are still in a dream world so she went and killed herself and now she’s all over these dreams really causing several problems for Leonardo Di Caprio. So when it comes to do the dream bit. Ellen Page’s character says I am coming with you because you need someone with you to sort out these problems.

So they get the target, all of them all of these people and the target on an aeroplane and then put them under dreams and they are all dreaming in the same dream as it were and then as it happens from here on we have. Its kind of hard to say they enter one dream world which is kind of like a raining New York and they go and kidnap this guy who they brought in and try and get information out of him but while this starts going on some weird stuff starts happening including people in the dream like enemies start appearing almost like enemies in a video game spawning all over the place and a big freight train plowing right through the city and so they kind of wonder what’s happening something else has happened and so they get into this guys brain, they get him into a car and go under into another dream, a dream in a dream. It’s kind of hard to explain. They go into a new world with a new business look in a hotel and stuff telling this man they need information out of him I think Fisher was his name, he was Scarecrow in Batman Begins there’s kind of loads of people from all over Nolan’s films.  What they do is one person stays behind in the previous dream to wake them up so one person is still in the car in rainy New York and then you have all these people in the dream in the hotel who take Fisher there and they kind of go into this other world where it is like snow like a special forces unit in this snowy world you know and they have all these problems with shooting people. The idea of keeping one person behind is quite simple you get someone out of a dream by causing them to fall so when like in a dream you fall you wake up. There is this car falling off the bridge then you have the hotel which has problems with gravity so the idea is that when you are about to hit something you fall causing you to wake up and then you’ll wake up out of that one and back in the car as it is falling in the water. Then they have this slight problem that being Leonardo Di Caprios character’s ex wife who is haunting these dreams shoots fisher so Ellen Page and Leonardo Di Caprio go into this world created by Leonardo Di Caprio  and his characters wife. You may think when you fall it doesn’t take too long well it says that if you have a 2 minute dream in another dream this becomes 20 minutes then 40 minutes then 160 minutes so they go in to this other world and the wife lets fisher go and Leonardo Di Caprio stays in the dream. Meanwhile Ken Watanabe’s character was shot in the rainy dream and the idea is that because they’re so under all this under stuff simply dying wont wake you up you will go into a vegative state so then Ellen Page kind of falls through the sky waking up in the snow world where a building is about to drop on her which causes her to wake up falling in the lift which then causes her to wake up falling in the van which then hits the water but then somehow they don’t wake up in the plane. Meanwhile Leonardo Di Caprios character goes on this long search for Ken Watanabe’s character and gets him out of this vegetative state and so they are all fine and wake up in the real world all happy everything happy happy happy and then it goes to the end and it’s kind of strange. Leonardo Di Caprios character has this strange Totem object which when he spins tells him if he is in a dream or not and so he goes and sees his children and then sets the totem spinning which wobbles abit but keeps spinning and so you wonder if all of this is a dream, is this a dream world or the real world.

If it sounds confusing, It could be.

Very very clever movie in terms of story and everything and it’s going to be hard to see if you can get any kind of Sequel out of this. You kind of think like kind of like Avatar in a way that a Sequel might ruin it but it would be interesting if you know what I mean. But the thing is Christopher Nolan is very busy at the moment in January he is filming Batman 3 which is the final in the series and then he is doing the new Superman film Man of Steel. Now what about Inception? It’s actually a very good film in my opinion, one of the best films this year, I have seen about 3 films 4 films this year, I saw the A-Team the other day. One of the films I saw this year technically didn’t come out this year and that was AVATAR. Hmmm, I went to see Clash of the Titans, Its better than Clash of the Titans yes. I like Iron Man 2 a lot in a way, I think Inception is better than Iron Man 2 I might regret saying that but I think it is. It’s better than the A-Team. Yes we’ve got other films coming out this year of course, we’ve got The Expendables which looks quite good, there’s Salt which looks pretty interesting, we have the next Harry Potter which doesn’t look all that great and the next Narnia film which looks better than the Harry Potter trailer. To date Inception is the best film, there’s still some films I want to see like Toy Story 3, hmm but to date it’s the best film that’s come out this year so far in my opinion. Yes very good and also it’s a continuing trend of Christopher Nolan films that practically everything Christopher Nolan makes is good. I have only seen 3 Christopher Nolan films and they were all very good Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Inception. There was one time I was watching Lord of the Rings Return of the King and then Batman Begins straight after and it was clear to see that Batman Begins is a far better film. I have seen the Dark Knight several times and you can’t get bored with the Dark Knight because it is such a good film. I would probably say that the Dark Knight is better than Inception because Inception can be quite hard to follow and so I would advise people who might find it hard to follow things that they don’t see Inception or if they do go and see it twice just so they can get a better idea of the story. Dark Knight is better because it has a better story and is easier to understand but Inception is still very good I would definitely recommend that you go and see Inception. If you like interesting stories, go and see it, if you want to go and see it go and see it, if you like action go and see it if you like the cast go and see it. Inception, this is the first in my film blog, Inception is definitely a must see.

GENEPOOL








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