Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

BRB, Cornwall

Posted: February 24, 2014 in Non-Gaming, Other
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So despite what I said the other day about blogging more, I’m actually spending a week in Cornwall. Apparently its a holiday, but i’m not convinced.

The fact that I have working (and decent) WiFi is in itself a small miracle, but i’m not really in the habit of blogging or anything while I’m away. I read, I walk, I play card games until I lose the will to live. Might work on my novel a bit, mind.

It’s ok, I’m sure you’ll get on fine without me.

Having watched Game of Thrones, and then read the book, this has got to be the first example that I know of where I actually prefer the televised version over the book. Being able to cover everything in ten hour-long chunks probably helps, but the TV version is such a faithful telling of the book its uncanny – almost to the point where you don’t really need to read the book.

Granted, a book being a book, there’s more detail available, but not as much as you’d think, and it only really helps in a couple of areas where the TV show didn’t make it that clear. In everything else though, I think I kind of prefer the TV show as it’s a better medium for ‘moments’ – those snippets that you always remember usually proceed with “I loved that bit when…”. Reading through those same moments in the book, they seemed stale by comparison.

It’s interesting how these series can just seemingly appear our of no-where – A Song of Fire and Ice is already on its fifth book, and has only just reached mainstream attention through the TV series, I don’t remember hearing much about it before hand. To be honest though, I’ve always been more of a Sci-fi guy, so Fantasy has never really interested me that much. Saying that, so far A Song of Fire and Ice has only light high-fantasy elements, and is for the moment firmly rooted in a more medieval setting (so, not too much magic and elves etc…).

Of course, Game of Thrones is getting its own video games as well – Game of Thrones: Genesis. It’s not a tie-in or anything, just a game set in the same universe, and it actually takes place hundreds of years before the TV show, during the earlier days of the lands of Westeros. Surprise, surprise, it’s a strategy game, so that’ll be another one for me then.

Oh, I’m on Holiday at the moment, in case you’re interested. Well, I say I’m on holiday – I’m visiting my Dad. Same thing really… I don’t really do ‘proper’ holidays. My job involves me sitting around most days, doing what needs to be done. A ‘Holiday’ for me is sitting around most days, doing whatever I feel like doing. I’ve always wanted to go on a ‘lads’ holiday with friends, but we’re so disorganized I doubt that’s ever going to happen. I grew out of family holidays a long time ago, and they just make me restless as I dislike being from my stuff for long periods of time.

Winter is coming.

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Example of what you would have seen

So, I’m back. Shropshire was a bit damp, but fun. Imagine spending a week with ten people you get along with really well, except you’re all bat-shit crazy. Teh lolz just kept on coming. These are all people my mum met in this volunteer community back when she was 18 – they all helped look after homeless people and the like, and I think that’s where she met Dad, but I can’t remember.

Anyway, they’ve all remained good friends pretty much, and every year they spend a week together in some random spot around the country – a week is all they can tolerate. A lot of walking and exploration done on these trips – didn’t do as much walking as I would have liked this year. Being the off-spring of a member of this group mean’t that pretty much from the beginning, me and my brother were regulars on this trip. Oddly enough, we’re the ONLY offspring to have emerged from this group, which is kind of funny.

I had this plan to do a ‘Milkshake Tour’ of Shropshire – last year, when we were up near York, we ended up having lunch at a lot of cafe’s. Since I love having cafe-milkshakes, I ended up having a quite a few over the course of the week, and as a little joke I ranked them in my head going from best to worst. This year I was going to do it more officially, with photographic evidence and write it all up here. Thought it might have been funny…

Unfortunately, due to a betrayal most fowl from my own mother, I didn’t actually get a chance to have any milkshakes for the first couple of days, which gave me plenty of time to think about how, really, it was a little bit silly and probably no one would be interested anyway. Considering also I was coming home early to work, I decided to leave it.

I did end up playing a lot of Crusaders Kings, one of Paradox’s early grand-strategy games with a The Sims-like twist. Since the sequel is coming out in early 2012, I thought I’d get some ‘research’ in and give it rigorous try out, so expect a blog post about that next.

Anyway, it’s business as usual now. Special shout outs go to the eight or so people who kept checking the blog daily – thanks!

Until Next time.

Talk amongst yourselves

Posted: February 18, 2011 in Non-Gaming, Other
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Going to be heading off to Shropshire in a couple of hours – you guys can make do for a bit, right? Just talk amongst yourselves or something. I think there’s some left over pizza in the fridge, I’ll be back before you know it!

Just a quick ‘FYI’ – The February Holiday is something that my mum and her friends started 25 years ago. Basically, no matter where everyone is now, what they’re doing, etc… this group of about ten – 15 friends always rent a cottage somewhere in the UK, and spend a week together. It can be a lot of fun, and personally I hope to be able to start something like it one day.

Anyway, see you guys Wednesday.