Now I can see you looking at me looking at you, right?
Spring is finally in the air and there is a lot of work to be done as we prepare the villa for it’s first season as a holiday rental in Antequera and yesterday (Monday) was the day for our big shopping day out on the Costa Del Sol.
We needed a full set of bathroom fittings for the planned power shower room so a full tour of Bathroom and DIY shops was in prospect but fortunately Leroy Merlin proved equal to the task of satisfying the fabulous but demanding taste of Ursula, my wife, on the budget of, well, not a pauper, but certainly not a prince!
This gave me a chance to sneak off to the nearby record store and stock up on a few bargains, one of which was the Madness singles compilation, “Heavy Heavy Hits” , rare on Amazon but here a snip for 7 Euros!
23 UK hit singles in 7 years, many of them sublime (House of Fun, Shut Up, My Girl’s Mad At Me, Our House) is a pretty impressive record by anybody’s standards and many of these songs are genuine classics.
I’ve been accepted as a contributor at Blogcritics , which is great.
They have a wonderfully diverse group of reviewers or “sinister cabal of superior bloggers on music, books, film, popular culture, technology, and politics” as they have been called, although there is also a provocative sprinkling of diehards, blowhards and totally out there loonies!
I’ve been commenting on many of the posts for a few weeks now, so it just seemed right to get a little more involved now…
Alienboy was one of Man 2’s greats, and is in the minority of managers who can claim to have been a commanding presence on the game over ‘generations’. A real old school manager, his brilliance on the game and wit on the forums hadn’t faded since he joined in late 2002 to when he left early 2005. If anything, one could say he moved from strength to strength – 3 Elite Cups underline just how good this manager was. Proved his resilience on countless occasions, surviving defeats on the forum and on the game to come back stronger, usually having the last laugh along the way. A legend who learnt his trade with the old guard and – along with Pparch – the only manager who stayed at the very top until they decided to call it a day.
I’ve recently decided it was time to update my online gaming fun.
For the last couple of years I’ve been dividing my time between the Alien Adoption Agency an American mostly text based game which is great fun if rather juvenile at times, and the British based “The World’s Biggest Online Football Game” which is a very comprehensive and fun game.
The thing is, to be competitive, you really need to log in every day, to train your alien to be stronger or your football team fitter. And that is just repetitive clicking in a non-graphical environment, which is about as much fun as working in DOS.
Although it’s sad to leave some good friends behind, the excitement offered by the fully graphical world that is Anarchy Online is too cool to resist. Rich, full colour, full screen graphics, seemingly limitless worlds, and a complex social structure make it literally another world; it’s quite a steep learning curve but well worth the effort, and you don’t feel like you have to login everyday. Oh yeah, and it is FREE until January 2006…