One Hundred Thousand Blog Views

9 11 2016

Southport Fireworks 2011

Recently, my Blog (the one that you are reading now) has celebrated some major milestones. A few months back I published my 500th blog post, WordPress informed me that my blog is officially now 7 years old, and much bigger than those, I have reached the milestone viewing number of 100,000.

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It’s a big moment for me, as I never thought my blog would even reach that number. In the first 10 months of my blog I reached 1000 views, but I was getting less than 300 views a month. But steadily over the years the viewership has increased, and then declined (which it’s sadly doing right now), but after 7 years of blogging, my blog has been viewed 100,000 views. Now this was last week, but I thought I would still celebrate and have a chance to thank everyone who read and still reads this blog, supporting my writing, my hobby over all these years. So thank you to everyone who has read (and continues to read) my blog, supporting my writing, my hobby over all these years and I hope you will continue to read my blog in the future. Thank you all.

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Now to celebrate, I had no real plan other than to say the above, but I thought I would make a post out of this as well. So, how to celebrate? Well, how about a cake; here’s an (old one) I made:

Red Velvet cake mix

Now for the rest of the post, I thought I would provide you with some possibly interesting Blog Stats. As I have said I have no real plan as to what I am doing, but here are some generic blog stats about my posts and blog that I noted down to present to you (a couple of days ago):

Most views in a single day: December 31 2012

Most Views in a Month: December 2012

Top 5 Countries where the most views came from: USAUKGermanyCanadaFrance

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Top 5 Most Viewed Posts (not including the generic homepage):

Top 5 Ben And Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavours

Top 5 Monsters For The 2014 Godzilla Movie

Top 5 Saxon Songs

The Best Film In The World – Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack

Film News – Seventh Son and 47 Ronin

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Well there you go; I thought I would just share those stats with you, hope I did not bore you too much? So anyway, thank you to everyone who has viewed and supported this blog over the last 7 years, and I hope you will continue to read this blog as it continues. Now to finish off, why not a celebratory piece of music?

GENEPOOL





Pokémon and Dire Straits: A Brilliant Combination

22 10 2014

Pokemon

For nearly two years now I have been playing Pokémon on Thursday nights at Juicafe in Lancaster. I used to collect and play Pokémon when it first came out in the UK in about 2000, but without much of somewhere to actually play it; I ended up just playing it mostly with family and some friends. Eventually, while I still wanted to continue it, my interest waned. Then in 2013, Juicafe started a Pokémon Trading Card Game League and so at long last I was able to play again, and this time with other enthusiasts.

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Playing Pokémon again was brilliant, and I enjoy it so much more than when I first started and is a definite improvement and better option to playing Magic: The Gathering competitively, for which I have now retired from. In the past year though, I began to notice people naming their decks, something I didn’t quite understand. From what I was able to gather, It was more for the experimentation of deck building to see how a certain deck works out. Being somewhat of a standard player, I did not consider naming my decks at all (I still prefer to play the cards with no sleeves as it feels more authentic despite the card scuffing, as well as the fact that I do actually have sleeves for them).

Pangoro Boxes

Well eventually I did decide to name my deck, but me being me, I decided to name my deck which was made up of Grass and Psychic Pokémon as Strong Arm Of The Law. I chose that name for one very good reason, it’s a song by British Heavy Metal Legends; SAXON. Strong Arm Of The Law is a very good song with a cool intro and riff, and a pretty good chorus section that is also kind of catchy. So pretty much there and then I decided to name my decks after Saxon songs. I planned to call a possible Fairy/Steel deck Princess Of The Night, while if I was to make a mainly Grass deck, that would be called And The Bands Played On. A Flying deck would receive the name 747 (Strangers in the Night) and a Fire deck (with possibly some Grass) would be Unleash The Beast. So I had it all planned out really.

That was until very recently. I decided that come the new season in September/October time I would start the construction of a new deck. I had been using Strong Arm Of The Law since about March/April 2013 and so in order for me to try something new plus some possible variety, I decided it would be best to get a new deck going. Strong Arm Of The Law was originally built by a friend at Pokémon by combining two Intro/Theme Decks, so I bought two decks at a brilliant Board Game shop in Horsham (BattleQuest Games). While I did do my research into Intro Decks and there were some with more powerful Pokémon, I went for a Dark and Fighting intro pack with a Panda like Pokémon on the front card called Pangoro. While I still need to build the deck, (I have yet to open the boxes) I have already chosen a name for my new Deck, and being a fan of Saxon, and deciding to name my future decks after Saxon Songs, my new deck’s name is,The Sultans of Swing, which many people know is the name of a song by Dire Straits.

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So why did I choose that? Well, during the summer, mostly thanks to listening to Money for Nothing about this time of year last year, as well as constant exposure to Romeo and Juliet on my Writing Adaptations module at University, I became a fan of Dire Straits. So pretty much the only music I have really listened to for the last 2/3 months is music by Dire Straits. One song in particular; The Sultans of Swing, I have listened to more than others. When I first heard it I wasn’t too impressed, I thought the song was a bit plain, but then when you listen to a live recording version and give it some time, it becomes one of their best songs. The lyrics the tune, everything. I once listened to it about 20 times in one week, I like it that much. So why did I decide to choose Sultans of Swing as the name of my new deck? Well, because:

  • A) I think it works, and…..
  • B) because I couldn’t think of anything else.

But the name does work, because in essence, I am calling the Pokémon in the deck, The Sultans of Swing. It is more of a personal name for them and gives the Pokémon cards both Character and Personality, and on top of that it brings two awesome things together into one brilliant combination; an Awesome Card Game and an Awesome Rock Band. Pokémon and Dire Straits is quite literally a Brilliant Combination (unless the deck turns out to be rubbish, in which case it may be the last time I use a Dire Straits song as the name for a Pokémon deck).

GENEPOOL (I could call a future deck Telegraph Road, but the deck would need to be so evenly mixed enough for the full 14 minutes of the song to take effect).





Top 5 Heavy Metal Bands That Did Not Appear At The Olympics (Either Ceremonies Or In General)

3 09 2012

From the title you may be thinking “There was Metal at the Olympics?” to which the answer is NO, THERE FLIPPING WASN’T. Apologies if this turns into a rant but the point has to be made that while the Olympic Ceremonies in London this year had a broad range of Great Music including The Who, Queen and Madness, some of the music presented were from useless/pathetic bands. There was of course Paul McCartney singing that Nanananaa Song (Which is Rubbish, someone had to say it) as well as bands like The Arctic Monkeys, Museli and worst of all One Direction. Why was there no Metal, The british invented Heavy Metal and some of the great Legends of Heavy Metal reside in England (Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Saxon). Ok, you may want more independent and perhaps lesser known groups to play, well in that case why not DragonForce. Why do waste our times with nonsense like One Direction when we could have had Motorhead. Why did we finish with Paul McCartney when we could have had Black Sabbath. It does not make sense.

Because of this Lack of Metal I have chosen the Top 5 Metal Bands which should have appeared at The Olympics, anyone of them will have greatly improved the Olympics. The list is not a case of best Metal Band it is a case of which had the best songs and would have made the best impact for the London Olympics. Also, all of the following bands are from Britain.

So for all those disappointed Metal Fans (which includes me) lets show what this country is made of, Heavy Metal Fans UNITE.

5. DragonForce – While there are plenty of other Big Name Metal Bands, DragonForce is a lesser known band when you compare them to Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. However due to their independent status they become a perfect choice for the Olympics. If they want lesser known acts why not DragonForce. Not only that but their song Through the Fire and Flames is possibly the most watched video on YouTube (if you know of any that has more views than it, please let me know). Much like bands such as Manowar and in someway Brocas Helm their lyrics are all based on Mythology and that theme does fit into Britain’s Strong Medieval History. So with all these positive points I do not see why they were not chosen (I am using Cry Thunder because Everyone has already heard Through the Fire and Flames).

4. Motorhead – One of the greatest legends in the world of music with the God-Father of Heavy Music on Bass and Vocals, these guys are Loud, Fast and Dangerous. They do show that Working Class style of music which started in Britain with Black Sabbath. Motorhead‘s music is more in your face home-made style instead of following certain codes of how music of certain genres needs to be played for most bands. There is not much more than to say but just listen to the music and you will see what I mean, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, LISTEN TO THE MUSIC.

3. Saxon – Regarded as one of the Best and Greatest Metal Performers and with a name which is strong in British History, SAXON would be a perfect choice for the Olympic Ceremonies. Very few bands these days do sing along sections or get people involved with the Music, Saxon does though. With songs like Strong Arm of the Law (a song about the British Police), And The Bands Played On (a song about the first Download Festival/Monsters Of Rock) and other songs which have a sense of Mythology and Medieval History to them it does not make sense to why they were not chosen to perform. Perhaps the organisers were not too big on English Medieval History, Who Knows (well except for them of course).

2. Black Sabbath – While Black Sabbath is my favourite Band, in terms of the Olympics, their songs  would have been great for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, their songs would not really work for the Olympics as a Whole. If they were at the Opening Ceremony it would have been a whole lot better, “that’s McCartney out of the way and now Ladies and Gentlemen, BLACK SABBATH”. Even if Ozzy was by himself and sang Crazy Train (which would explain the London Underground) that would have been Fantastic, But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. So Ladies and Gentlemen here for your entertainment (unlike Paul McCartney), here is BLACK SABBATH.

1. Judas Priest – Since the start of the Olympics I have said (CONSTANTLY – IF ANYONE LISTENED IS ANOTHER THING) that Hellion Electric Eye would have been a perfect choice for Olympic Theme as well as Breaking The Law which would have been a great way to explain what a Chav is. While Black Sabbath is the better choice for the Ceremonies, Judas Priest is a Perfect choice for the feel and look of the London Olympics. So without further a do here they are. The Top Metal band for the London Olympics – Judas Priest.

GENEPOOL (I wonder if Danny Boyle is reading this?)





Top 5 SAXON Songs

22 02 2012

This week I am very busy. I need to do some University work which includes reading a book called The Road. Well because of all these things I can only do a small post this week. So I am going to post up my top 5 Saxon Songs. This may also whet your appetite for a future series of posts called Seven Days of Rock. If you don’t know who Saxon is well they are a British Heavy Metal Band and a very successful one as well with 8 UK Top 40 Albums including 4 UK Top 10 Albums in the 1980’s. So lets not continue this and lets listen to some of the Best Heavy Metal Songs in the world from one of the worlds Greatest Heavy Metal Bands.

5. Unleash The Beast – I discovered this one just the other day. It has a style of a fast Heavy Metal song along with a medieval style in the look, music and lyrics. While it is the type of Heavy Metal I really like it is not my Favourite Saxon Songs. While their name was medieval their songs are more influenced by the problems in the world they grew up in of no jobs and strikes. So while this is a Good song it does branch away a bit from their influence and style. The Music video has a nice mysterious style with the shots of the band appearing and disappearing before the song really gets going.

4. And The Bands Played On – While it is their most successful Single And The Bands Played On is not number 1 on this list. The song does have a sense of their style. Saxon were the bad boys of music, they appeared at TOTP round the back in a Taxi not the red carpet like Spandau Ballet. This song has the music style which cemented this and while it was a more mainstream style of Metal (this is before the success of Metallica) it was still the rebel at the show. The song is about Saxon playing at the 1980 Monsters of Rock Concert. .

3. Princess Of The Night – While this is more Medieval this song has an incredible soundtrack. You know when you go and see a film and if you like it for some unknown reason. It’s something you can’t put your finger on it. I think it is the tune and the lyrics working together like they were written for each other but the tune does stand out more than the lyrics. The lyrics work well with it and is like the lyrics were designed for the song and the song the lyrics. it is also nicely spaced out so you can easily join in.

2. Wheels Of Steel – One of the bands most well-known songs. It has appeared in several Video Games and is usually heard at Live Shows. It is a song about Motorbikes and driving down the motorway. It’s talking about a passion for Motorbikes and driving Motorbikes. It could potentially show a love of freedom away from the norm. Almost like you have had a bad week and now it’s time for your own personal freedom with something you like, in this case Motorbikes.

1. Heavy Metal Thunder – Loud,  Angry and filled with Aggression on the Rampage. While it is a short song there is enough in it and more to enjoy. It is another one you can’t put your finger on but there is something you like about it. It has lots of Speed in both its tune and its lyrics and has an amazing Guitar Riff. It does let the Anger out, if you are just filled with Anger and want to let it out this song makes you want to scream and shout as loud as your throat will let you. This is what Heavy Metal is and this song is flying the flag.

GENEPOOL








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