Monthly Archives: July 2007

Using Ubuntu

I have always wanted to try a Linux operating system but it seemed overly complicated and time consuming to both install and use. That was until I read a research report on the Ubuntu community by one of my first year students. Ubuntu looks to be … Continue reading

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Rampage (1988)

The DVD can be ordered from the Polish website Merlin.pl or alternatively can be found on eBay from seller ‘ulinus’. Hopefully, like Friedkin’s Cruising (1980), this will receive the special edition DVD treatment soon offering both edits and a Fri… Continue reading

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A good ISP these days is hard to find

Even though I have Be ready and waiting for me if I finally get to move into my house (yes, nearly five months on and still no resolution) I have been using Tiscali for almost ten months now. Initially I found them to be the second worst ADSL ISP … Continue reading

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Care to play with my Wii?

Okay, I know it is a crass title but one that I could not resist. Yes, I am the proud owner of a Nintendo Wii. Last week we played with a friend’s Wii (sorry) and had a lot of fun, so much, in fact, that we went out yesterday and purchased one for… Continue reading

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Casino Royale (2006)

Ealier this month I criticised Live Free or Die Hard (2007) for taking the character of John McClane and unnecessarily changing what had made him so interesting in the previous Die Hard films. With Casino Royale (2006) this is entirely the opposit… Continue reading

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A podcast on a podcast

Last week I was asked to teach an Aim Higher Summer School class at UCE. The Aim Higher programme provides fifteen year olds, from what they refer to as “under-represented” groups, a chance to experience University life. They stay in halls of resi… Continue reading

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Ian Love

Ian Love’s self-titled debut album was my favourite album of last year. Here is a video of him performing ‘Sky to Fall’, the best track off of the album in my humble, yet biased, opinion. Continue reading

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Radio for Development

In mid-July I usually find that things start to ease off and look forward to a summer of watching films, reading, relaxing and some holiday trips. But I have been busier than usual having just completed my colleague Sam Coley’s new website ‘Radio … Continue reading

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Friedkin’s Rampage (1988) on Polish DVD

One look at eBay and you will notice that the word ‘rare’ is ubiquitous. By simply adding the word ‘rare’ items suddenly become attractive. A quick search on the term ‘rare dvd’ in eBay generates 2815 results. But the amusing thing about this is t… Continue reading

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Outlaw (2007)

I have never seen a Nick Love film before. Films such as The Business and Football Factory hold no interest for me, I find the whole ‘lad’ culture thing very unappealing. On the IMDB discussion forums, or bitch boards as I commonly refer to them b… Continue reading

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