Scotland, get ready to fight

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Earlier today, we woke up to the terrible realisation that the UK had narrowly voted to leave the European Union. This was an outcome that I ultimately expected, but facing the stark reality of the situation has still left me feeling numb, and in shock. Opening my eyes to see ‘Nigel Farage declares independence day’ and ‘British Pound drops to a 31 year low’ on my phone’s lock screen is something I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to forget; reminiscent of a dystopian nightmare rather than reality.

To make things worse, the dogged, often proud ignorance of those smugly celebrating victory in the immediate aftermath has been staggering. As I write this, I am overlooking the City of Barcelona, and being here only renders the sadness even more palpable, and even harder to believe.

However, this is not a drill. This is the real deal. Like it or not…

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making stuff

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I’ve not posted much recently, but I’ve been busy making stuff in the background.

My pal Lee left a bunch of his pedals with me to try out, and in amongst them was a kit to build an octave-up fuzz. I decided to put it together (and discovered how handy a multi-meter is at the same time).

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When I realised how straight forward it is, I decided to have a bash at building my own signal splitter pedal as well, to take one input and give three separate outputs at the same volume.

I didn’t want to just leave the enclosures bare aluminium, so started to look into ways of painting them. After reading endless advice online, I decided to just get some spray paint suitable for metal, and use a varnish over the top. I didn’t bother sanding the cases down, as many people suggest – so we will…

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House Of Cards Season 4: The Annual Binge Watch

Yearly House of Cards binge with my darling!

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It can’t be a coincidence that the season 4 debut comes out right in the middle of the primaries. This elegant timing by the producers only adds to the hype surrounding the return of this epic political drama.

Carrying on from last years tradition, my boyfriend and I held our House of Cards day, complete with deep-South inspired snacks, where we vowed to dedicate our entire day to binge watching the full season.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I was a little disappointed with Season 3. After the unforgivable murders of both Zoe’s Barnes and Peter Russo in Season’s 1 & 2, the stakes were high for Underwood to deliver another killer move (pardon the pun). Sadly, that moment never came, and the episodes plodded on slowly. However, it becomes apparent upon watching Season 4 that the writers were simply biding their time and building up to…

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Darkest Dungeon Top Tips

My quick blurp on Darkest Dungeon that I posted yesterday has been my most popular article to date. When writing I never expected such a response. Following suit to my previous post I through I would outline my top 5 tips for players new to the game.

1. Death is Inevitable

The nature of Darkest Dungeon boils down to you vs. the game. The game will do its up-most to knock you down and beat you black and blue. During your initial dungeon runs if a party member is below level 3 then I wouldn’t bother to much if he/she should fall as they can be easily replaced. Party members at level 3 should be given more care keep them alive as they will be prime candidates to receive upgrades to fight back against what the dungeons throw at you.

2. Don’t Squander All Your Money

During the initial stages of the game I wouldn’t bother upgrading your town until you have a lot more gold in the bank. Upgrading the town is expensive and the benefits gained from the upgrade can’t really be utilised properly until you have around 60-70k in the bank.

3. Bring Enough Supplies

Always prioritise spending you hard earned gold on getting/having enough supplies for your next run. There is nothing worse than running out of food ¾ of the way through a dungeon and have to deal with the stress and after effects of hunger when you could have just purchased those extra 4 at the start of the run. Below is a helpful overview to give to the base supplies required for each run.

Short: 8 torches, 8 food, 1 shovel, 2 bandages, 1 skeleton key.

Medium: 12 torches, 16 food, 2 shovels. 4 bandages, 2 skeleton keys.

Long: 18 torches, 24 food, 3 shovels. 4 bandages, 2 skeleton keys.

Sometimes I change the keys or some herbs or antidotes depending on what run I am about to jump into.

4. Take your Time

There is no need to make a split second decision in Darkest Dungeon. Think about what you are about to do think about your party members positioning, think about the enemies position. Consider your moves and try your best to turn the tide of battle in our favour.

5. Use an Occultist

She’s the only real healer and has got me out of many a sticky situation by keeping those on deaths door standing.

 

To wrap it up my tips my I would say have a backup party so should your main crew need a rest you can easily swap in an out counter-parts of similar skill. Currently my main part consists man-at-arms heading up the front line followed by a crusader. My 3rd slot sees the most change but at the time of writing I am using a jester for his stress reducing abilities finally an Occultist at the back to heal my party when needed.

House of Cards Season 4 – FOUR WEEKS TO GO!!

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On Friday 4th March, the nine-time Emmy award winning political drama ‘House of Cards’ makes it’s eagerly anticipated return to Netflix for a fourth season.

Season three ended on the mother of all cliff hangers, so needless to say I am dying to uncover what the meddling Underwood’s have been up to since.

As with the previous year, I will be hosting a House of Cards themed day in honour of the new season, which will naturally involve a 12 hour Netflix binge followed by an 8pm blog post to summarise my thoughts. Last years blog post was one of my most popular, so be sure to check it out and get yourself up to speed one what has gone down in DC so far.

House of Cards Season 3 review

The best story leak I’ve heard so far is about the introduction of a new, younger power couple to…

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Oscar season: Spotlight (2015, Tom McCarthy)

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Tom McCarthy’s latest film release is based on true events which took place in Boston in 2002, when a investigative newspaper team uncovered a mass cover-up of pedophilia and molestation within the Catholic Church.

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The Spotlight  reporting group are a mixed quartet, varying in age, background and journalistic style. They have one common agenda however and that is a hunger for the truth. With the arrival of a new editor-in-chief at The Boston Global, a shake up is proposed. Outsider Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) tasks the paper’s investigative Spotlight team with revisiting a priest abuse case which surfaced in the predominantly Catholic Boston area a few years back, only to be swept under the carpet with minimal media coverage. As they begin to scrutinize the case, the extent of the abuse they uncover reveals itself to be on a significantly larger scale that they could have ever dared fear.

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OSCAR SEASON – The Hateful Eight (2016, Quentin Tarantino)

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This movie needs no introduction. It is the 8th film to be independently written and directed by Quinton Tarantino, and one which has been dodged with piracy leaks and disagreements with cinema chains. All of this is unlikely however to stop it from being just as big a success as his previous films. Before you choose watch, here is a general run down of what you can expect from the eagerly awaited ‘Hateful Eight’.

The tale is set in Wyoming post Civil War years, against the back drop of a snowy wasteland. A stiff neck Bounty hunter, John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) is traveling by horse and cart to his final destination, Red Rock. On board, he houses a fire cracker female prisoner (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) who he plans to trade for a bounty on arrival. Whilst the bounty stands whether she is delivered dead or alive…

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