Rarely do I get super excited about an upcoming game, argh who am I kidding I love it and the next must have game (for me anyway) has to be Titanfall. It is released in just over a month and is one of the most anticipated games of the year since it was unveiled at E3 last year. This could well be a big console seller for Microsoft as it...
The wife and I haven’t been to the cinema in a while. Time and being bothered is what has stopped us really and well, nothing has really caught my eye in a while. Some of our friends suggested going to see 12 Years a Slave at our local picture house, and although I’m not big on historical type films, it has had a lot of press. Not sure if...
Some things really get my goat in the news, on Friday it was an article in the Guardian (I know not the Daily Mail) that bugged me. Apparently some people (chief of the UN’s climate science panel to the economist Lord Stern) want to tax meat. Thus to encourage us to eat less of it and reducing global warming, because cows fart too...
Rarely do I get super excited about an upcoming game, argh who am I kidding I love it and the next must have game (for me anyway) has to be Titanfall. It is released in just over a month and is one of the most anticipated games of the year since it was unveiled at E3 last year.
This could well be a big console seller for Microsoft as it looks to close the gap on Sony’s PlayStation 4. I have to admit I’m pretty impressed with my Xbox One so far, Forza looks amazing and Battlefield 4 has dramatically improved since the latest patch, although I do hope that Titanfall really pushes the boundaries of the system and provides us with a top game.
Titanfall is scheduled for release on March 14th and I’ll write an in-depth review once I’ve had a decent play with it.
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It’s never a dull moment at Leeds, to be honest most Leeds fan now except nothing ever goes smoothly nor how the fans want it to go. And as ever confusion is covering the club like a big dark cloud. That being said we had a storming game on Saturday thank god. My Friday splutter over my cupper when a nice little headline popped up on my phone, stating McDermott had been sacked. For me that seemed out of the blue, yes we had been having a bad run, but nothing we can’t come back from and notably not that bad that a manager should be sacked, considering what he has to work with.
I like Brian, he seems a good manager and by all accounts the team do too, including McCormack who stayed at the club, despite interest for him during the transfer window because of his respect for the manager who he wanted to continue working with. No doubt it was rather shocking news for him on Friday perhaps that was what spurned his hat-trick against Huddersfield? And two great goals from Kebe and Mowatt. Saturday’s game was under the watchful eye of Assistant manager Nigel Gibbs who had taken over after the so called departure of McDermott.
The game showed us how much support McDermott has at the club, probably one of our favourite managers in a long time. Elland Road fans chanting their support for McDermott throughout, apparently. I wish I had gone to that game now, once these problems settle down, I think I will get a season ticket well depending on the outcome. The problems at the end of last week seem to stem from Massimo Cellino who ‘unofficially’ is the new majority owner of Leeds. Cellino has a bit of a reputation, on Friday he tried to mix it up a bit at the club, from the BBC:
- Tried to put compatriot Gianluca Festa on the Leeds bench for Tuesday’s game against Ipswich.
- Sacked Brian McDermott on Friday because the popular manager had “done everything to get fired”.
- Pleaded with McDermott to return on Saturday.
Apparently he has completed a deal to buy 75% of Leeds on Friday lunchtime pending an answer from the Football League on whether he is a “fit and proper person” to own the club. Going by information in the internet, I’m not 100% sure he is someone we want buying our club, there seems to be a lot of similarities to Bates, from the arrogance and bullish behaviour. He has quite a reputation at Cagliari Calcio the ‘other’ club he owns. Apparently he is one of the most colourful, controversial and charismatic owners in Italian football.
However the Championship, is not like Italian leagues. We play proper British style football, we don’t have the same humungous investment and we are fighters. Could he help us get into the Premier League, possibly, with plenty of cash (doesn’t seem on the table though) however sacking one of the best managers we have had in a while doesn’t bode well. As a club we need to stay out of the habit of rash sackings which we have seen in recent years.
That being said, this morning, McDermott has reported for duty at the training ground as normal, with the club issuing a statement stating, Brian McDermott ‘remains’ as manager they said: “The club would like to make it clear that Brian McDermott remains our first-team manager. He has not been dismissed from his post as has been suggested. We look forward to him continuing in his role with us in taking Leeds forward.”
Revelling on the win on Saturday, Gibbs said: “The team was prepared by Brian. It’s his team, his performance and his victory. It’s been unusual to say the least.”
It was a good win and long may it continue and we can put the sorry state of affairs behind us. Leeds really need stability we had it for a while, but like anything at the moment it does not last. On the plus side, this weekend I was wife free which meant there was plenty of time for me to spend doing what I wanted to do without nagging. Which included; getting a fish and chips for lunch, takeaway for tea, drinking as early as I wanted and playing video games and watching man stuff on TV.Read More
So after I broke our wardrobe last year and we got a nice new shiny one from SlideWardrobes.co.uk the wife decided we now need a new bed, bedside cabinets and chest of draws. As you can guess this is going to cost me and on top of the new dining room furniture she wants. Honestly I don’t know why she always wants to buy everything at the same time. She gets these ideas in her head and that’s it.
The thing is all this furniture will probably arrive at the same time, be all flat packed with crap instructions all for me to put together, whilst the wife stands there and tells me I’m doing it wrong but doesn’t help me. I think I may just hire a handy man to do it, would be easier and save me the hassle, because I really can’t be arsed. Next thing I know though is that she will want the bloody rooms repainting. She normally does this just after all new furniture is put in.
Anyway at least I get some peace this weekend, she is off out for the day shopping with the girls, then out for tea and drinks as well so the whole of Saturday I can spend in peace. I can also watch some football, drink beer and play my Xbox, without the wife, tutting at me. Last night I was out with my mate at the footy, we watched Leeds play Ipswich, luckily we got a draw and didn’t lose like we have been doing recently. So it wasn’t horrendous going to the game, especially as it was bloody freezing.
My mates off again at the weekend to watch the Huddersfield game, I really should get my season ticket again, I stopped during Bates’s tyrannal reign, however now he’s gone, I have no excuse. Although their recent form put me off, it’s a bit depressing driving home after a loss, at least at home I can ignore updates or switch over the odd times they are on Sky. I know I could always walk out but then that would just be a waste of money, however it would make getting home quicker!
I was quite happy when we were in the playoffs, one step closer to the Premier League. But then I got thinking, we would probably struggle to stay up, we wouldn’t have much chance of getting back to our previous levels of dominance. We just don’t have the cash. Looking at the PL now the top teams, Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea all have recently spent big, Citeh to extortionate levels.
Manure lost Fergusson and their lower levels of spending have become apparent. I also think If Liverpool didn’t have Suarez, they would still be struggling, luckily he will be staying put there for a while, but they really need more investment in good players. (Carroll anyone). Obviously Manure have some expensive players, but the team is going through a transitional period, they will have to invest more to keep up in the top. Not that I hope they do, but it lays bare the state of the PL now.Read More
The wife and I haven’t been to the cinema in a while. Time and being bothered is what has stopped us really and well, nothing has really caught my eye in a while. Some of our friends suggested going to see 12 Years a Slave at our local picture house, and although I’m not big on historical type films, it has had a lot of press. Not sure if it’s good press, but a lot for sure. It’s also down to win a number of Oscars and it’s already one a few awards this year.
Anyway here’s a trailer for it:
It’s got that benedict Cumberlandbackwhatever whose name no one can say or gets wrong. It does have quite a stellar cast and as I noticed Michael Kenneth Williams who plays Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire and Omar in The Wire (two of my fave TV shows) is in it. I think he’s a great actor so should be good to see him in this. I’m not sure how it will play out, I have seen Django Unchained and that was brill albeit a little gory but that’s the least you expect from Tarantino. I think this film will be hard hitting so might be interesting.
Anyway I was pondering my all-time favourite movies, and was Googling some classics so I could make sure my DVD collection was up to date, when I came across this interesting piece on Most Iconic door moments from film. Up top was the Shining, its defiantly the most memorable. The shining is one of those films which although feels like it drags on forever you only remember certain bits. The door scene being one of them. Notting Hill came second, however I don’t remember the door in that, in fact I don’t remember any of that film apart from Hugh Grant being foppish, after the wife subjected me to it. Third Place went to Home Alone, I like this movie, the part where a pizza is delivered and a voice speaks through the door “keep the change, you filthy animal”.
Anyway here is the list:
- ‘Here’s Johnny!’ door, The Shining
- William Thacker’s house with the blue door, Notting Hill
- ‘Keep the change you filthy animal’ pizza delivery door scene, Home Alone
- Mark declaring his love for Juliette with signs at door, Love Actually
- Dorothy entering the land of Oz, Wizard of Oz
- Bag End’s green front door, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- Going through wardrobe, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
- Matilda being put into the chokey, Matilda
- Snake door, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Maximus opening door to Elysium, Gladiator
This video produced for the launch of the film Devils Due, scared a number of people across New York City. And to be fair I can see why. It would scare me, not only because I don’t like children but it is a ugly evil looking thing making demonic noises. However I do worry that some people may react badly to it, scaring people silly is one thing, scaring them to death is another!Read More
January is really getting to me, it’s no surprise it’s a depressing month, the Christmas Joy is over, Christmas bills will be due, the weather is pants and I have man flu. I really want to cheer myself up, but so far cant. The wife thought she would cheer me up by looking for new furniture, how wrong she was. It made me more inclined to top myself (not really). Anyway in an effort to give the home a refresh she wants to repaint the dining room and by some new furniture. Don’t know what’s wrong with what we have in there, but you know women.
At the moment its very 1990’s traditional pine furniture and glass cabinets, fine in my eye, dated in hers, so when she suggested New England furniture range from Baytree Interiors I was like, wait isn’t this even more dated, like a century or so ago. But apparently it’s all very chic. Now to me it just looks like half-finished furniture and although fairly priced to me, in my tight Yorkshire man ways, you want the job doing properly for that price. However after the wife the went on to show me lots a pictures of this ‘shabby chic’ style I can see her point and I suppose it’s not too bad, but then again what do I know I’m a bloke!
She liked the ‘Kitchen Cabinet With Wine Rack’ below, not that there is enough room for all the wine she drinks, will probably need two to fit all her booze in! And she wants this ‘New England Tall Glazed Unit With Drawers’ to display all her girly tat in also below. What she want the ‘New England Set Of 2 Blanket Boxes’ I will never know, we already have blanket storage why you would want it in the dining room I’ll never know!
Anyway I handed her my credit card, after all the furniture looks pretty solid and I’m sure I’ll grow to love it. What I will not love is painting the damn room once she has chosen a colour. And oh she is also on about changing the flooring too, great! Well as long as it make her happy……Read More
I fell asleep on Saturday afternoon, in my chair after a rather yummy pub lunch, whilst asleep I dreamt Leeds had won their game against Leicester. It felt really real, so much so I nearly text my mate saying good result. But then the final score became a bit foggy to me. I then decided to check the result, only to see that we had lost. Annoying to say the least, especially as we lost the game in the 87th minute.
I hate it when dreams feel real, to be fair though, going on Leeds’s performance recently a win would be a dream! Reading back on the action it did seem that we created chance, but didn’t follow any of the through, which seems to be our form at the moment. We have now lost our past five games in all competitions, conceding 13 goals in the run, what makes it worse we haven’t won for more than seven games and out of that only scored 3 goals. As you can imagine our GD is pants, down to 0.
Leicester are top of the league with 57 points 22 ahead of us with a GD of 20. We have no chance of making that up now and to be fair I think it will be a challenge to even get into the playoffs. Reading are in 6th with 41 points and a GD 9, so we would have to win every game, hope everyone else above has poor form and pigs fly over Elland Road.
On the plus side today it seems Manure canny win either, losing at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. To be fair, considering their poor form it was inevitable. Manure like us have a poor GD theirs is 9, when you look at the likes of Citeh who have 38 GD and are second in the league to Arsenal by one point Manure are failing. Not sure what will happen to Moyes, how long will he be given? The transfer window should tell.
On other news my Sky+ is filling up, great new TV to enjoy. New TV show Mob City is on and NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles is back on. Criminal Minds started again and this week I have set up to record The Following. Also Boardwalk Empire should be coming to an explosive ending. And we have a date for the latest season of Game of Thrones starts 7th April. Plus just a general look seem like there are a number of cool new shows starting, who needs to leave the house!