Pi-Top Review, Part 5 (Longevity) [Updated… Twice!]

So it has come to this. I don’t suspect anybody really thinks a pi-top will last them as long as a normal laptop, but 6 months in and I’m beginning to doubt that the machine will last me a year. I use this thing every day, and there is so much to enjoy that I…

Dune Review

And so we come to Dune… One of the masterpieces of Science Fiction. Its place in history is assured, and its impact has been long-lasting. But is it any good? A difficult question to answer… The first hundred and fifty pages put me to sleep- quite literally. I would fall asleep every night after only…

The Guns of Navarone review

There are two types of people in this world: those who think The Guns of Navarone is a movie, and those that think it is a novel. I’ve never seen the movie. But I just finished the novel! It has been sitting on my shelf for years. I tried reading it once before but I…

Sparkling Shiraz. Let’s Stop it From Ruining Christmas

Every year, my dad brings it out- a bottle of sparkling shiraz for Christmas. I’ve never been a fan of the stuff; I find the bubbles and the chill just don’t quite work. But every year, without fail, there it is. Sparkling shiraz…. Why? I’m not sure why but it is a tradition, and a…

Pinot Moi?

Ah, pinot noir… Is there a more unforgiving grape? Chardonnay, perhaps, but in the reds I find a pinot can be either an utter disappointment or a complete delight. It has become the wine that I hunt. My wife and I were in the Great Western district, and there are only a handful of wineries…

Fallen Giants of Wine

“Wine!” We were somewhere outside Ararat, and I was sick of the car. I needed a break. The brown tourist sign had grapes on it and the side road was dusty. It spoke to me. A hard left, a billowing cloud of dust- I drove down the dirt road; grapes on my right, nothing memorable…

Hands up: who has ever ordered a book from Wikipedia?

If you’re anything like me, you would have seen the ‘create ebook’ option on the left of Wikipedia. What? You haven’t? Go and have a look for it! (It is on the side menu on the main website.) If you’re anything like me, you would have made a dozen books and never even read them….

The Secret Review

I do love myself some crap fiction. Ah, The Secret… I have tried to find somebody I know that owns a copy of this for years, but until now it has eluded me. I think it is the wax seal on the cover. It just looks mystical. And then on the back they are talking…

Pi-Top Review, Part 4 (Final Thoughts)

Okay, it has been a few weeks since I received my Pi-top, and I thought it was a good time to lay down the final part of my review. You can find parts one, two and three littered around this blog. I’m too lazy to link them, and if you’re too lazy to search then…

Have you got The Edge

Ah, Westerns… Such a glorious genre, especially if you are after something that isn’t very good. Which brings me directly to Big Gold. Number 14 in a series featuring a hero called Edge, but you don’t need yo read the first 13 to appreciate it (and you certainly don’t need to read the following 47 books…

Moonraker. The Novel.

I quite like Moonraker the film. Oh, I know- it is gloriously terrible. Lasers in space, Jaws isn’t a shark, Roger Moore… It perhaps sums up the worst of James Bond. Which is quite convenient, because the novel sums up Iam Fleming at his best. I can’t remember much about the movie except the lasers….

Hunting “The Deer Hunter”

The Deer Hunter… A long movie, and possibly a great one. I can only remember a few things about it: It goes for nigh-on 4 hours They spend 45 minutes in Vietnam Great ending- but it might only be great because it took so long to get to. I’ve only seen the movie the once. I…