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The Bugcast episode 112 broadcasting live tonight... [Jun. 4th, 2010|08:06 pm]
The Bugcast episode 112 will be broadcast live tonight from 21:00 UK time in The Bugcast chatroom.

We wake up the show again from last week’s slow playlist, and we tell you why Cara had to go to A&E earlier this week... ooh, I bet the suspense is too much!
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The Bugcast episode one wan won, broadcasting live tonight... [May. 28th, 2010|07:06 pm]
Oh yes, episode 111 of The Bugcast is broadcasting live tonight from 21:00 UK time over yonder in The Bugcast Chatroom

It’s a slow one this week, without the usual kickers, but the music is still very much of the same standard you would expect from a high quality music podcast such as this.

And... if that wasn’t enough... we have a brief chat with Mark Marshall about the Four For 4 Project and where it’s going.

All this for nothing? You betcha! ;o)
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The Wicker Man (2006) - a review [May. 18th, 2010|10:26 pm]
Well, I approached this remake of the 1973 cult classic horror, The Wicker Man, with much caution and fear, knowing how modern remakes of classic films usually turn out to be so disappointing.

Now, this remake, starring Nicolas Cage, wasn’t received very well by critics or the box office... so I’m sure you can understand my concern.

Another case in point is The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) - again, another amazing film and certainly one of my favourite films of all time. The 1998 TV movie remake was dire at best. I haven’t seen the 2009 movie remake as yet, but I will approach that with the same open-mindedness as I did with The Wicker Man remake.

So, back to the situation in hand...

As a standalone film and without my prior knowledge of 1973 original, I don’t think that the 2006 remake of The Wicker Man would have appealed to me, as it failed to contain the depth and detail that I expect in a film such as this. The original, starring the late great Edward Woodward is one of my favourite films of all time, and although it was very difficult not to compare the remake to the original, I tried to base my experience on the quality of the story, rather than the quality of the filmmaking.

As it happens, I was actually very impressed with the faithfulness to the original screenplay. The storyline was consistent with the original - apparently over 80% of the character script was verbatim to the original, which is something I wasn’t expecting. But, something I was expecting was the over-dramatisation of the plot: the car crash at the beginning, the water-related scenes, the bees, etc.

I don’t want to give too much away, so as not to spoil the film for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet... so I’ll summarise by saying this: the acting was good, the storyline was good, the faithfulness to the original was good, the climax was probably dampened by my knowledge of what was going to happen anyway, which is why I was hoping for more from this remake. The short period of violence towards the end of the film was somewhat controversial, and a little excessive in my opinion.

Overall, I enjoyed it... but it could have been so much better. It lacked the element of originality which could have made this film great.

Rating: 3/5
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The Bugcast, episode 109, broadcasting live tonight... [May. 14th, 2010|07:00 pm]
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This is just a quick note to let you know that The Bugcast, episode 109, will be broadcasting live from 21:00 UK time tonight, in The Bugcast Chatroom.

You just know, when your wife texts you at work to say “Some top tunes this week ;)”, that there is an amazing line-up of tunes tonight. Classical piano, maudlin poetry, electronica, rock and parody... where else can you get that sort of variety?!

Never been before? Don’t know what this podcasting lark is all about? Come along to the chatroom and find out what it’s all about :o)
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The Bugcast episode 108, broadcasting live tonight... [May. 7th, 2010|08:19 pm]
The Bugcast episode 108 will be broadcast live tonight from 21:00 UK time.

Head along to The Bugcast Chatroom for some great music, and some great chat.

Obviously, there’s not a lot to talk about - being a slow news day, and all - but I’m sure we’ll come up with something! :o)

Hope to see you there!!
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The Bugcast - Episode 107 - LIVE [May. 1st, 2010|09:59 am]
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Episode 107 of The Bugcast is now ready for you to download or subscribe to.

Back to our usual format this week, with plenty to talk about!!

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The Bugcast episode 107 broadcasting live tonight... [Apr. 30th, 2010|08:00 pm]
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The Bugcast, episode 107, will be broadcast live tonight from 21:00 UK time in The Bugcast Chatroom.

We’re back to our “normal” format tonight, with a good selection of some amazing music, and our usual waffledom.

It’s the only way to start your week.
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Who should I vote for? Well, there's a shocker! [Apr. 24th, 2010|09:51 pm]

Take the Who Should You Vote For? England quiz

Liberal Democrat31
Labour27
Green9
Conservative5
UK Independence-12

Your recommendation: Liberal Democrat

Click here for more details about these results

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The Bugcast episode 106 is now available for download [Apr. 24th, 2010|08:46 am]
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Episode 106 of The Bugcast is now ready for you to download or subscribe to.

A second musical journey down memory lane, as Dave and Caroline play some of the best tracks they’ve played, as submitted by a number of their listeners.

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The Bugcast, episode 106, broadcasting live tonight... [Apr. 23rd, 2010|07:45 pm]
Yes, episode 106 of The Bugcast will be broadcasting live tonight from 21:00 UK time in The Bugcast chatroom.

Tonight's show is the best of the tracks that you have heard over the last 2 years. Now, we've only had 5 people express their opinion, but it does amount to 9 outstanding tracks!

Come along, and find out what tracks they picked! :o)
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The Bugcast website [Apr. 18th, 2010|01:20 pm]
I’m putting a brand new design of The Bugcast website live this evening. It’s a completely new back-end, running Wordpress, and incorporates a number of new features that I really didn’t have time to develop myself.

For the web users, you’ll notice that everything looks totally different. For example, you can now comment on shows directly on that show’s blog entry, and there is now a player on each show entry.

For the feed users, I’m afraid you’ll notice more than most, as you’ll probably get a number of old shows coming through on the feed again. This is because the unique identifier - that tells your podcatcher or iTunes whether you’ve already downloaded a show or not - has changed, and I don’t have any control over this. However, this indiscriminate redownloading of old shows should only happen once.

Anyway, I hope you will like the new design... and don’t forget that you can comment on the design by clicking on the Contact link at the top of the page when the site goes live.

I would anticipate the site going live around 22:00 UK time tonight.
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Having no luck with goldfish, we switch to gerbils... [Apr. 17th, 2010|06:02 pm]
[Current Location |Denaby, South Yorkshire]

Yes, we have just bought two gerbils from a wonderful little pet shop in Rawmarsh, called Pet Station.

We have no more to tell you at the moment: names, descriptions and photographs will follow in due course.
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The Bugcast - Episode 105 - LIVE [Apr. 16th, 2010|11:32 pm]
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Episode 105 of The Bugcast is now ready for you to download or subscribe to.

A musical journey down memory lane, as Dave and Caroline play some of the best tracks they’ve played since The Bugcast started. Let me tell you, that wasn’t an easy task!

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The Bugcast - Episode 105 [Apr. 16th, 2010|07:43 pm]
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The Bugcast episode 105 will be broadcast live in The Bugcast chatroom from 21:00 UK time tonight.

Dave and Caroline are back again for a musical journey down memory lane, playing some of the best tracks that we’ve played over the last two years. Not all of the best tracks, mind you... there wlll be some noticeable omissions, but it’s still a cracking collection of tunes.

Come along and join us for this musical special.
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The Bugcast - Episode 104 - Podswap!! [Apr. 9th, 2010|11:07 pm]
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Episode 104 of The Bugcast is now ready for you to download or subscribe to.

Guest-hosted this week by Rowley Cutler from Dark Compass as part of the AMP Podswap. Don’t forget to check out our recording of Dark Compass 411 too!

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The Bugcast episode 104 broadcasting tonight... don't miss it!! [Apr. 9th, 2010|08:24 pm]
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Yes, episode 104 of The Bugcast is broadcasting tonight from 21:00 UK time.

... but not live. What is all that about???

Well, you’ll have to head along to The Bugcast Chatroom and find out! :o)
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Another classic Amy quote: Rainbows and grey skies [Apr. 7th, 2010|09:33 pm]
Yet another classic pair of quotes from Amy:

Amy: “Daddy, where is the rainbow?”
Me: “Would you like me to show you how to work out where a rainbow should be?”
Amy: “Ooh, yes please” *bouncebounce*
Me: proceeds to tell her about looking at the opposite side of the sky to the sun, and how the rainbow would only appear when it’s raining, etc... complete with hand gestures and pointing at the sky
Amy looks at me
Amy: “Can we go inside now please, Daddy?”

Then, she asked me about the grey sky (although it was actually a dirty brown)

Amy: “Why does the sky look dirty?”
Me: “Because it’s raining over there, sweetie.”
Amy: “Is it because the Easter Bunny did a pump?”

Out of the mouths of babes...
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Co-op custard... [Apr. 4th, 2010|10:03 pm]
I understand the need for the observation of Easter Sunday, but not when I’m in need of lightbulbs and a loaf of bread! I travelled around the periphery of Doncaster today, looking for various shops, and ended up back in good ol’ Conisbrough where our Co-op was still open.

Anyway, as I was walking around the shop, with an ever-growing pile of food items in my arms (I don’t believe in baskets, clearly), I overheard a conversation between a mother and daughter, and it went something like this:

Mother: “So, do you want to get some custard?”
Daughter: “Yeah, definitely. Fish custard.”

Oh man, did I laugh!
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Two become one, potentially not even that... [Apr. 3rd, 2010|05:12 pm]
Yesterday, I posted in my blipfoto journal, that we had just bought two goldfish, Ben and Holly.



I am saddened to report that Holly sadly died this afternoon, and Ben doesn’t look like he’ll last the day. In hindsight, we have no idea as to how old they were, or what condition they were in when we got them, but the fact that they didn’t last a full day suggests that they weren’t well, or we did something wrong. I don’t see how the latter could be, as we have done everything pretty much by the book.

If Ben does leave us, then we’ll clean out the tank, set it up again, wait a few days and then get another single goldfish from the pet shop. At least we’ll know that they’ve been looked after up to that point.

Edit @ 17:29: Ben just left us.
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Bulb goes pop... [Apr. 3rd, 2010|10:13 am]
[Current Location |53.49538, -1.24028]
[Current Mood |shocked]

Well, that was fairly scary.

I've just switched the light on in the living room, and one of the bulbs flished, pinged, and went out. Standard activity for when a bulb blows.

What I didn't expect, was for the bulb to be launched upwards out of the fitting, to land a second later on the carpet, mere millimeters from the fireplace.

Scared the crap out of me, fortunately the kids didn't really notice, and only really reacted to my own reaction.

We're now down to one bulb remaining out of three... I think I need to go to B&Q this afternoon.
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The Bugcast - Episode 103 - LIVE [Apr. 2nd, 2010|11:23 pm]
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Episode 103 of The Bugcast is now ready for you to download or subscribe to.

Serious technical issues this week, hopefully it won’t affect your enjoyment of what is otherwise a fantastic show!

Don’t forget to listen next week for a very special show!
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The Bugcast episode 103 broadcasting tonight at 21:00 UK time [Apr. 2nd, 2010|06:40 pm]
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Episode 103 of The Bugcast will be broadcast live tonight.

Come along to The Bugcast Chatroom from 21:00 UK time (BST/UTC+1) to join in the fun!

We’ll be playing some awesome music (as always), talking about the new additions to our family, and dropping even more hints about next week’s special show! :o)

Oh, and we’ll also be experimenting with a live video broadcast... but don’t get your hopes up toohigh...
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testing eljay [Mar. 27th, 2010|09:40 am]
[Current Location |53.49538, -1.24028]

I'm just testing out the eljay client for Android, primarily to see if they've fixed the crashing issues.
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The Bugcast - Episode 102 - LIVE [Mar. 26th, 2010|11:24 pm]
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Episode 102 of The Bugcast is now ready for you to download or subscribe to.

More great music, more art, and more discretion on a bus.

Don’t forget the clocks go forward in Europe this weekend

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The Bugcast 102 - broadcasting live tonight... [Mar. 26th, 2010|07:19 pm]
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It’s almost time for episode 102 of The Bugcast, and we’ll be broadcasting live in The Bugcast chatroom from 21:00 UK time tonight!

Caroline sent me a message earlier, saying “Loving the song choices this week”, so I’m not just spinning you a line when I say that there are some cracking tunes in the playlist this week.

The live stream will kick off at about 20:30.
The show will start properly at about 21:15.

If you hang around for a bit after the show, we’ll play some more music and have some fun. I don’t know what kind of fun it will be until you get there! :o)
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