Preparing Tomorrow’s Meat – Author’s Notes

This week Microcosms went all cockney thanks to Steph Ellis meaning that their usual character prompt was replaced by a cockney phrase. This certainly presented an unusual challenge however, one I rose to as you can see below

I was more successful – as far as Microcosms were concerned – with my second set of prompts creating a story that was within the word limit. Using the phrase China Plate, the setting of London – very suitable really – and the genre of horror I came up with my tale Preparing Tomorrow’s Meat. I hope you enjoy!

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Predictions

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Predictions As anyone who has checked out the Old Projects section of this website they’ll know I use to do TV and movie reviews for Culture Jam, which is sadly no more. I’m slowly moving over my reviews to this website and one of the enjoyable aspects has been re-reading some of my reviews. When I was re-reading my review of the Pilot of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I noticed I had made a few predictions which it is safe to say that I got very wrong. Check below the break to see how wrong I was! There will be spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 and 2 below! Continue reading

Sunshine on Leith Review

Sunshine on Leith Review

Has with all aspects of life, my time with Culture Jam has come to an end, not for any bad reasons, just life. Of all the reviews I wrote for Culture Jam my favourite review was for Sunshine on Leith, the cinematic version of the Proclaimers‘ musical. What makes the review so special to me is that it was a challenge to write as I decided I’d work the name of every song in the film into the review. You can find out after the break whether I managed it or not, and how much damage I did to the English language in the process!

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Homeland Season 3 Trailer Results

Homeland Season 3 Trailer Results

Back in August I reviewed the Homeland Season 3 Trailer and made a few predictions about the season from what we saw. I promised then I would go back to the review after season 3 had finished and see how accurate I was. Overall I made seven predictions and below the break you’ll see how I got on.

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5 Ways to Improve Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

5 Number of Ways to Improve Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Channel 4 showed the mid-season final of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Friday night. Since its first episode, the show has had its problems (check out my early season reviews for more info!) below the break are my 5 Number of Ways to Improve Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and turn into the programme we all want it to be:

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Sunshine on Leith Review

Sunshine on Leith Review

Sometimes you agree to stuff without really thinking about it. Recently I did quite such a thing when I announced to the other Culture Jam writers on Facebook:

Can I review Sunshine on Leith the movie when it comes out in a couple of weeks? I have this stupid idea of trying to fit as many of the song titles into the review as possible!

Of course I hadn’t looked at the song titles before saying this. I’d seen the show in Belfast a few years ago and I don’t remember there being too terrible plus my head was filled with puns about 500 miles etc. How did I get on? Check below the break!

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Returning to The Rings of Akhaten

The Rings of Akhaten rewatch

At the moment BBC Three are repeating series 7b of Doctor Who, or the one with The 11th Doctor and Clara, and Neil Cross has confirmed he is returning to write for the show series 8, what better time to re-review the episode The Rings of Akhaten. When I reviewed the episode for Culture Jam I said:

The Rings of Akhaten is a slower episode but the lack of running around allows us to enjoy Akhaten and the people found there, well except for the villains.

However, others were much, much harsher such as Graham Kibble-White in the Doctor Who Magazine who said

by some stretch the least awesome Doctor Who we’ve encountered for a long time [while it seemed like] Cross hadn’t seen an episode since the 1980s. Even the left field mention of the Time War feels as if it’s come from a quick consult with Wikipedia [while he turned] the aliens into a freak show, something to be goggled at, rather than truly met.”

So how does the episode stand up to a second watch? Find out below the break!

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A Writing Update

It has been a few weeks since I posted anything about my own personal writing. However, this doesn’t mean nothing has been happening.

Two New Culture Jam Reviews

Writing UpdateYes, two new reviews have been posted, including my first movie review. I really enjoyed The World’s End, the new movie from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost however, like their previous movies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, I think The World’s End will get better with every watch. When I do see the movie again I will post a follow-up review here on the Another Serving of Culture Jam thread of this website.. Please don’t hold your breath as it’ll have to be when the movie comes out on DVD now and that is a while away.

My second review was of The Culture Show at Edinburgh – Funny Women programme. Sadly the show was a disappointment as it wasn’t funny enough and offered no new answers to the old question of why aren’t there more women in stand up. On top of this the review was quite difficult to write as I was all too aware of the irony of a male review criticising a show about women in an overall male profession. I could be over thinking this however.

Due to a problem with the Culture Jam website you can’t comment on either review. However, if you want to discuss my review please comment below or tweet me.

No More 5o Word Short Stories For A While

At least published on here. In fact I’m surround by 50 word short stories at the moment as by Christmas I’m planning on publishing a 50 Word Short Story collection. At the moment it is called 50 and will include fifty stories including Fogged and Departures that I have already published on this site. As I want most of the stories to be new, there will be no more published on here till at least after Christmas. This will change if I win The Scottish Book Trust’s 50 Word Short Story Competition but I don’t think that’ll happen in a while.

Three Readings

Writing UpdateFinally I will be appearing at three readings over the next few months. The most exciting of these is the Linlithgow Book Festival Open Mic Night as it is both a book Festival and my home town. Not sure what story I’ll read yet but as soon as I know I’ll tweet about it.

The other two readings will be at West Lothian Write on the 30th of August and the 29th of November, both happening at the Howden Park Centre in Livingston. Again I’m not sure what I’ll be reading in November but on Friday I’m reading Drawn Memories. I’ll be posting about this story a lot more quite soon. I’ll say no more!

TV Jam Gets A New Name & Future TV Reviews

Culture Jam Logo - TV ReviewsFor those who have checked out my What I Have Written page recently will have noticed two things recently:

  1. I’ve done a lot of TV reviews for TV Jam on a wide range of programmes, and
  2. The links for these reviews no longer work

Dealing with point two first, this is because TV Jam has recently changed its name to Culture Jam so it can now review a wider range of cultural things, from music to comedy via books and of course TV. As you will have already seen from this very website I will be posting more than TV Reviews with them shortly. Once the gremlins have been chased out of the new site I’ll fix the links so you can read all my reviews again.

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