Friday, 25 September 2015

New location for the blog

Hi readers,

It's once again been a very long time since the last update to this blog, many things have happened in life since the last update and hopefully I shall get round to updating this site with news at some point soon.

The main point of this latest post is to let you know that I have decided to move my blog onto my main webpage (in the hope of providing more regular updates!)

The URL for the blog site is - http://marknbrandon.com/blog/.

Hope to see you over there soon.


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Seven Deadly Sins Part 2 - Wrath

Another day, another part of the Seven Deadly Sins, following on from yesterdays post about Pride today's offering is Wrath.

Wrath/Anger  (Latin - Ira) Which comes with a definition of:

"An emotional response related to one's psychosociological  interpretation of having been threatened."
or
" inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. Wrath, in its purest form, presents with self-destructiveness, violence, and hate"

Monday, 22 December 2014

Seven Deadly Sins Part 1 - Pride

About a year or so ago, I read a great book written by Corey Taylor entitled Seven Deadly Sins, I found the book fascinating, especially how he intertwined stories from his past into each of the seven sins.  Since reading the book I have wanted to try my own version of this, all be it much shorter.

Since then though, life has gotten in the way and I have never got round to putting anything down on 'paper', but as I am now off work for the rest of the year, now is as good a time as any.

Next problem was deciding which of the sins to tackle first, at first I thought of breaking them down into the capital sins and the venial sins, but it turns out they are all classed as capital sins, so no luck there, so I plucked for the age old 'pick a sin out of the hat' and I came out with Pride.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Grimmfest 2014 - Preview Night

This past weekend saw the long anticipated arrival of the annual Gimmfest horror & Sci-Fi film festival.  It was once again a great success which seemed to have been thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended.

As can be expected from these sorts of events, things go wrong, things get delayed and have to be rearranged, but the team behind the event worked tirelessly to keep everything on track and did an excellent job, even going above and beyond right at the end of the festival by offering to stay late to let people watch a film which they had struggled to get working earlier in the day (I had to decline this offer sadly, due to being in work the next day for 6:30am).

So, as I did last year, I am going to write a review of each day from my own point of view, covering each of the films I saw.

I will start out with the Preview Night which included A Nightmare on Elm street, Let God Sort Them Out [Short] and last but not least, The Babadook.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Dreams - From Bernadette Mayer's list of journal ideas (Part 1)

Months ago I wrote a post talking about how I was going to add stuff here more often after stumbling across a great list of Ideas posted by one of the world's earliest 'bloggers' - Bernadette Mayer, well as you can see, that did not happen, life gets in the way, days turn into weeks and so on, but now, I have finally found a free night where I can start to get back into this blog and I can add the post I have been thinking off for weeks, a post all about dreams.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Book Review - Mr Mercedes - Stephen King

This is the latest book to be released by Stephen King who has been my favorite author since I started to read books.

Some of his books I have read tended to drag to a certain extent, it felt at times that he was dragging out a story just to get the book talked about as an 'epic read'.  Mr Mercedes on the other-hand comes in at a little over 400 pages, which in my option is just the right length, long enough to get really involved in the story, but not too long where you start to get a certain way through and you start to think 'please, just get to the point and finish it'.

The plot summary for this book is quite simple, a retired homicide detective, Bill Hodges, is contacted out of the blue by the perpetrator of one of the few cases which 'got away from him', a case where a lone driver (of unsurprisingly enough a Mercedes) ploughed into a crowd of people who were lining up to try to secure a job in a mid-west down and out town, where employment is hard to come by - eight people were killed that morning and fifteen were injured.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Book Review - Newtown: An American Tragedy - Matthew Lysiak

 
I think the main issue with this book is that it's come too soon. The author clearly wanted to be the first to cover the 'biggest' (in terms of public outrage) school massacre, which has caused one of the biggest flaws - there just is not enough information around yet.

Look back to one of the first high school shootings - Columbine, which happened more than 10 years ago now and information id's still filtering out and views/details are still changing (in fact one of the biggest sources of information for that case. the basement files is still many years away from release).