Golfing holiday with some old work colleagues

Not many people know this, but back when I worked in London I used to play a lot of golf (yes London has golf courses too!), we mainly used it as an excuse to get out of the office and entertain our clients, but I actually got quite good at it.

A few of my old work colleagues are heading to Portugal in June for a golfing getaway and have asked if I’d like to go. To be honest I haven’t played for a while, but my clubs are tucked away neatly in the attic for safe keeping.

Jeff, who is organising the trip, said that instead of paying the ludicrous prices the airline charges for taking golf clubs abroad, that we should use Send My Bag instead. Send My Bag transports your luggage from your door to your destination and is specially designed to take heavy or large items such as golf clubs, skiing equipment and musical instruments that would usually cost a fortune to take on the plane with you.

I think this is a great idea as all you need to take with you is your hand luggage, meaning that we don’t have to hire numerous taxis to get us to our hotel just to fit our golf clubs in. Prices are really reasonable too, costing just £30 for items up to 25Kgs. You can also send multiple bags and items making it perfect for holiday groups like ours.

The only thing I have to do now is dig out my golfs clubs and hit the local course because I don’t want to be shown up do I.

 

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DLC’s for video games – good or bad?

Today Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella announced that Titanfall is getting a season pass and the comments section lit up like a light bulb. The general consensus was that people don’t want DLC’s and would rather have a finished game with all the content added, this got me thinking.

DLC’s have been a popular way for developers to produce new content for a game after its release for a while now, and it’s obviously making them money, so I doubt it will stop any time soon. I personally think that if you want the extra content then you should pay for it (at a reduced price of course), but people are so selfish that they want everything for free.

Take for instance Battlefield 1942, the original game was great and packed full of content, but they still released expansion packs (which you had to buy) to provide players with new content. These expansion packs not only bolstered the amount of content in the game but also served as a stop gap until the next game was released.

Personally I’m happy that developers are producing new content for their games as well as providing ongoing tech support for bugs and so on; it would be easy for them to ship a game then just start on a sequel and not really bother with fixing glitches etc. DLC’s provide longevity for a game, hell I was still playing Battlefield 3 until Battlefield 4 was released and that was two years later!

At the end of the day if people feel like a DLC isn’t worth it then don’t buy it, but I’m all for it as long as the price is right and the content is the same quality as the original game.

What do you think? Are DLC’s a good or bad thing, leave your comments below:

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Get ready for Titanfall

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.

Check out the video below:


Titanfall Closed Alpha Gameplay – Shotgun by xjumper

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Movie Time

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:

  1. ‘Here’s Johnny!’ door, The Shining
  2. William Thacker’s house with the blue door, Notting Hill
  3. ‘Keep the change you filthy animal’ pizza delivery door scene, Home Alone
  4. Mark declaring his love for Juliette with signs at door, Love Actually
  5. Dorothy entering the land of Oz, Wizard of Oz
  6. Bag End’s green front door, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  7. Going through wardrobe, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  8. Matilda being put into the chokey, Matilda
  9. Snake door, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  10. Maximus opening door to Elysium, Gladiator

 

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Getting in the Halloween Spirit

As it is the 31st October and Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, Witching Hour, e.t.c. I thought I might add a playlist to get you in the frightening mood!

Enjoy

Tonight I will be mostly hiding out in our darkened house not answering the door to trick or treaters as I am a tight Yorkshire Man.

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London Break

London Big BenI treated the wife to a city break in London for two nights over the bank holiday weekend; we came back, this evening (Sunday) not too tired. I just wanted to get out and about for a bit and thought London would be a nice treat. When I used to staying in London, back in the days of working in the city, whilst living in a leafy suburb, I used to stay in a hotel rather than get a train at stupid o’clock every day. The most convenient one was The Jesmond Dene Hotel, near London’s Kings Cross, perfect for transport.

However as I was treating the wife I chose somewhere flashier. Now I would like to say my budgets could stretch to the Dorchester, but that would mean no toys for me, so I went for the York & Albany which is right by Regents Park so you get lovely views. I managed to snag a fantastic last minute deal the other week and a voucher code for money of rail travel so accommodation and travel for to and around London came to £500. Although it was a fancy hotel, it didn’t have too much of a pretentious air to it and the wife loved the glass of prosecco upon arrival, which then led to a bottle and a sozzled wife, by time we ventured out for food.

There were a number of local restaurants nearby, which the hotel kindly booked a dinner reservation for us at one. There are a couple of decent pubs (not fancy bars) nearby so I got a good pint whilst the wife drank more (she was hungover on Saturday and I had zero sympathy). We took in some of the local markets, which are fun; we don’t get many like this up North, well not with the same choice. In the afternoon we decided to enjoy a picnic in Alexandra Park after getting some nibbles and deli delights from the Alexandra Palace Farmers’ Market, with the weather being very pleasant, thank god! In the evening was another great meal out and more beers and cocktails this time for the wife, as ‘they don’t give her as much of a headache as prosecco does’.

Before we headed back today we had time to ride an open top bus tour of London, and have a nice lunch out before getting the train back home. We have been back about an hour or so, just waiting on the takeaway to arrive before we catch up on some TV. It looks like tomorrow is going to be a dull day, so I think I will be locked in my room on the Xbox.

 

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