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I went to a very interesting talk about dinosaurs the other week (strangely not the geekiest thing I have said today).
After the presentation we went out for a meal and our conversation turned to ducks (naturally). Specifically the mating rituals of ducks; apparently they are a bit ... rapey.
The image below is what I had stuck in my head since that conversation; this week I finally got around to creating it.
If you want to know more about this topic (you sick f*ck) then go check out the awesome article I found on Cracked.
I've always been creative, even from a young age.
Seriously, I can prove it!
When I was at my mum's house over the weekend I found an old school workbook full of stories I had written when I was 10 years old.
I have decided to share my favourite story with you (with the original spellings and grammar intact). The following story is called ...
..."It Is True"...
"Well what happend was, I woke up and there was a knock at the door so I went down stairs and there was two men at the door
One was tall and thin and he had black hair and the other one was short and plump with brown hair they looked very soureos. But I opened the door and let them in. they got out a drill from there pocket and started to drill a hole in my wall right under the telephone table and they knocked the wall out then pulled out a picture and siad this is the famous wriggle bottom and then they left.
The picture had a boy on a chair at school whith a red stress ball in his hand.
When I set of for school down a greate I saw a blue and green flashing light so I lifted the grate up and saw a big brown monster whith flashing blue eyes and a supens tale. The monster cheasd Me all the way to Doncaster and back then he got tired and went down a grate."
Now, I don't remember if any of this story is true or not. I mean I don't remember any of it happening. Maybe I repressed the memory of letting two strangers in my house who proceeded to drill my walls and show me the famous wriggle bottom?
Just how did the Wriggle bottom get famous in the first place?
If this is a repressed memory ... I think it's best staying that way.
Earlier in the week I posted a blog and podcast about the Eurogamer expo last weekend. In the blog I mentioned a zombie makeup artist doing promotional work for Dead Rising 3.
Jason Wright is the Creative director for 'Silent Studios'; who describe themselves as a "PR Promotional Photographic and Production Team that specialise in extreme horror and gore".
The zombies I saw were looking great (great as in very dead and gory). Jason Wright certainly takes pride in his work. He excitedly explained to me that all the zombies at the expo were based on the zombie characters from the new Dead Rising game (He was most proud of the zombie with a saw blade stuck in his rotting torso).
I've added Jason to the list of 'awesome people I've met this year'; a list that resides only in my brain (zombies would love it).
The whole zombie team seemed to put all their effort into the show and had a great time freaking out the crowd. I'd love to be involved in that actually, I'll put myself out there now ... need a free zombie extra at any time? ... I'm up for it! (I'm being DEADly serious).
If you want to know more then check out the Silent Studios website.
But there wasn't just a horde of professional zombies ... there were also a whole bunch of cosplayers in the crowd. Cosplay (short for costume play) is basically all about dressing up like your favourite fictional heroes.
So I thought I'd do a list of my favourites I saw at Eurogamer 2013.
Joint 3rd place - If anyone can tell me what the first one is meant to be then let me know ... some sort of space bride? Anyway, I liked her conviction. The second one is Harley Quinn from Batman, I liked the fact that she kept getting hassled for photos but nobody wanted her boyfriend in the picture, also I liked that I couldn't get a photo with her eyes open. The final one is DC's Deathstroke (I used to have a girlfriend that I gave that nickname).
2nd Place - Earthworm Jim costume, simply because it took me back to my youth ... Groovy. The other guys in this are good too (scarecrow and female joker). They can be runners up too.
1st place - Goes to the Judges from 2000AD's Judge Dredd. These guys were much fun.
Last week saw over 60 thousand gamers from all over the world taking to London for the annual Eurogamer convention at Earls court.
I got to play a load of new games due to be released soon, and see the Playstation 4 and Xbox one in action.
My favourite stop was the Dead Rising 3 booth ... I had an "off the record" interview with Jason Leigh (Senior producer of Dead Rising 3).
I also met a really cool zombie makeup artist (what a great job) doing the promotional work for Microsoft and Dead Rising, but more on him on my blog later in the week.
I also briefly met (said hi to each other) the comedian Bill Bailey, and the gaming giant that is Peter Molyneux. Two people whose work I admire very much.
Basically, I had a great time.
If you want to know more about some of the games that were on show and what people thought of them, then why not listen to the brand new Smolemon Podcast? Remember it is my first time (at doing a podcast), so be gentle. I'm going to be covering a load of interesting subjects in the future so if gaming isn't your thing, give this one a miss.
and why not find out more about Eurogamer?
1983: Glasgow, Scotland ... Justin Currie puts an advert up in a music shop to get musicians for his band and founded 'Del Amitri'. The band gained a following on the local music scene, and were picked up by a record company after appearing on John Peel's show on BBC Radio 1.
1985: 'Del Amitri' releases their debut album (... and I was born. Coincidence? Yes).
1992: 'Change everything' is released, reaching the number two spot in the UK album charts. Just being beaten to the Top Spot by Lionel Ritchie (Bet he was dancing on the ceiling when he heard the news! ... sorry).
1995: The single 'Roll to me' is a success in the United Kingdom and an even bigger success in America (at a time when UK bands were struggling to break into the American charts; the song appeared in the US Top 10).
This was the year that the band started to be a big part of my life. My mum heard 'Roll to me' and decided to buy the album. From then on, during every family trip out, I was forcibly made to listen to a cassette tape on a constant loop (Cassette tapes, if you can't remember, are like MP3s but trapped in a plastic coffin). Instead of rebelling, the music grew on me. Since then, their music has connections to many amazing memories from my life (more on that later).
2002: The band goes on an indefinite hiatus after the release of their sixth studio album, 'Can You Do Me Good?' (Which is probably my favourite album by the band).
2007: Justin Currie releases his first solo album and begins touring (singing his solo songs and acoustic versions of 'Del Amitri' classics).
2013: Since the release of his first solo album, I don't think Justin has stopped touring! He has a dedicated fan base and knows his audience. I have lost count of how many venues I have seen him perform.
Justin Currie has been on tour again recently. He has been promoting his new album, 'Lower Reaches' (Available on Amazon). It is his third solo studio album ... and it's great, give it a try if you haven't already.
Earlier, I mentioned memory connections with 'Del Amitri' ... here are few examples:
'Life is full' - Car journeys with the lads to weekends away
'Spit in the rain' - My Dad and his air guitar around the living room
'Tell her this' - Sat in the attic, learning how to play guitar
Most of all ... 'Del Amitri' and Justin Currie, simply reminds me of my Mum, because she loves them so much. If she can see a show, then she will, and she listens to his music a lot (not to mention the hours of DVD and YouTube footage she enjoys with a glass of wine).
At his show in Harrogate last week, Justin kindly organised after show passes for myself, my mum, and our friend Peter (a huge fan of Mr.Currie) to meet him. It was like Mum's dream come true, and to see my family happy is the most important thing for me, so this was a fantastic thing for Justin to do. I really appreciate it.
We spoke about the new album and his upcoming 'Del Amitri' reunion tour (Tickets available now!). He says that the time seems right for a reunion. Though fans of his solo work need not worry, he says he won't be stopping, just giving it a rest while he concentrates on the reunion; there is more to come from Justin Currie in the future (My Mum was very happy to hear).
Mum said she was glad he wasn't a n*b head (always a worry when you meet your heroes), Though she need not have worried. He was an absolute gent, with a wicked sense of humour. It was an honour to meet him.
Follow Justin on Twitter: @thejustincurrie
Visit Justin's Facebook page
Buy the newest Justin Currie album, 'Lower Reaches' from Amazon (other vendors are available)
Buy Tickets for the 'Del Amitri' reunion tour from See Tickets (other vendors are available)