The Skin Game

Well after a week of antibiotics (and no ale which was a piece of cake) and the cream my feet are in much better shape though, no swelling and no bleeding cracks, they still look a bit dry though and there is a lot dead skin falling off but on the whole they are better. The weekend at work was cursed slightly by a blister on my ankle which was the size of Newgate’s Knocker. It was quite a mess when it burst I can tell you…

Well in gaming news I have finally finished Grog Island Dizzy after one or two prompts from a help thread. It was a fun game and bought back the old feeling of being 8 years old again and playing the original Dizzy games; of course the puzzles in the fan made games often have a twisted logic to them and one I wouldn’t have worked out without help. The game has some nice allusions to the Goonies and the Shawshank Redemption and a final act of the game which is a bit frustrating. On the whole though the game captures the spirit of the series and goes beyond what could be done on a C64 or Spectrum.

It’s been a bit of a week in front of the idiot’s lantern for me, Wednesday I watched the film version of Séance on a Wet Afternoon which was quite good though there are a number of liberties taken with the screenplay which are dramatically different from the book and do cause a bit of a flaw in the story telling. Friday I watched the majority of Red Dwarf XI in lieu of the arrival of Red Dwarf XII, most of the episodes are quite good but Officer Rimmer suffers for me by a very sudden and seemingly rushed ending. Give & Take I think is the best with a solid plot line and some great design work plus a circular time travel element which is worthy of Jonathon Morris…perhaps Dough Naylor read Festival of Death and Anachrophobia. Monday I watched a couple of episodes of the 1987 sci-fi series Star Cops which for the time stands up pretty well despite the dodgy theme song.
After my visit to the quacks on Tuesday I went to the Cinema to see the Dark Tower, which is based on a series of books by Stephen King and while it wasn’t a terrible film, it wasn’t particularly a great one either and like The Maze Runner, had an air of seen-it-all-before about it. Wednesday I went to see The Limehouse Golem which stars Bill Nighy and the guy who was the devil in Ashes to Ashes (Daniel Mays I think is his name) and is a grisly film about a Jack the Ripper-like killer with a sub-plot about a woman on trial for poisoning her husband. A large amount of the film involves a theatre which made me think of the Talons of Weng-Chiang and there are some great narrative ticks which drive the story along with various sequences featuring a different character being the Golem as Inspector Kildare tries to solve the case (I wonder if he has a brother who is a doctor) and some interesting camera work which reminded me of the work of the late Peter Hammond. To sum it up: The Talons of Weng-Chiang meets The Usual Suspects.

Today I may well venture to see Logan Lucky which I am told from a Film Noir group on Facebook is a good heist movie or I may go and see The Hitman’s Bodyguard which seems like it has an amusing concept… or I might go and see Stephen King’s It… and go dressed as a clown.

I’m currently about a third through Stephen King’s ‘Salem’s Lot and King is certainly putting his work into giving the reader a full feeling of the town and its people and keeping the plot moving, which is by no means an easy feat. I recently bought the two volume set that contains all of Roald Dahl’s short stories, some of which were adapted for Tales of the Totally Predictable Unexpected including The Umbrella Man and Lamb to the Slaughter.

Hmm, lets finish as we started, with a song


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