Into the Sun

Solstice, beach, cocktail

white sand, clear skies, seagulls

you, me, everyone

painted into faces

or into wooden embankment

swimming to the finish line.

I don’t know why I made that picture above. Something to do with the cost of potatoes…

I’m a Ghost, You’re an Angel

They say the aether is beyond

Say that our rhyme was a love song

Our hands touch, we feel light

If you could of seen it, you'd be bright


Having to write, a pain indeed

Without such delight, negate the need

Onto pastures of brittle greens

Where life blossoms, and love screams

Behold beauty held in our hearts

Withhold the truth, long enough to start

a fire in your blood 


Come now our drupel purple passion love seed

Red cherry cast on bakers stove

Your yearning need

In our cove.

The Eagle Has Landed 1976: Movie Review!

Genre Adventure · Drama · Thriller · War

Directed by John Sturges

Written by Tom Mankiewicz · Jack Higgins

Music by Lalo Schifrin

Produced by David Niven Jr. · Jack Wiener

Production company Associated General Films · ITC Entertainment

I watched The Eagle has Landed free on YouTube in 4K HD which made it look modern and clear. I enjoyed the experience and wanted to share my thoughts on the movie.

The plot is rather simple however, there is a selection of subplots at play which does leave the movie feeling a bit out of its depth. The Nazis are planning to infiltrate England and kidnap Winston Churchill on his way through a small English town. Michael Caine is part of the crew and is playing a bad guy Nazi. It’s not the first time he’s played the bad guy and he did a good job. On a side note any movie with Caine is guaranteed to be worth the viewing time and has been proven to boost the money that the movie makes in sales.

For a movie from 1967 it holds up well in terms of direction, camera angles, lighting and scenes and sets. Costumes and makeup/special effects are good with a nice selection of explosions and shooting. My own personal preference is toward the older movies because they were better than what is being produced today. They are more gritty, real. They don’t rely on CGI for gunfights or dogfights. I think it was a good choice casting Robert Duvall as the bad Nazi who schemed the whole idea to kidnap Churchill. his acting is rather mysterious, dark and brooding.

As a war film it’s fairly easy going but not 100% accurate. I got vibes of the Dirty Dozen but the film is not in the same category. The clear shots allow it to appear easy to watch. I enjoyed it. Donald Sutherland brings the IRA into the equation, don’t ask me how this works but it does.

This is a really short review because I don’t want to spoil anything. It’s a must watch war movie classic set in England. Similar movies include; The Great Escape, Where Eagles Dare, The Dirty Dozen and The Guns of Navarone.

4 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Overview New Twitter (Online) (Worse?)

Now that Elon Musk has bought Twitter there has been a number of new things implemented into the online social platform.

One of those is the introduction of the blue tick or – a monetised account which you have to pay for. That is coming to a grand total of £1,000 a month for business.

As the saying goes if you want to make money you need to spend money. Not always. In this case the platform is prioritising its blue tick member in return for a lump sum each month and shunning, or burying all other users under the algorithm. This translates to regular users not being able to connect in the way they’d originally hoped for.

It leads to dysconnectivity as we have seen. Paid users are at the top with the most viewed content and other people, businesses, and creatives alike are at the bottom. Implementing the paid membership is a good idea if you want to be super in demand, but most people just want to expand their social media reach.

I write this to draw your attention to alternative methods such as general email marketing and engagement with business users. This includes the writing community. I do not feel the changes were justified given the lack of support. However, they have been brought in to the site.

In the world of blockchain and NFT we will see more of this digital monetisation. WordPress uses this feature, whereby users pay for premium accounts in return for ads, which will hopefully generate income. However this is not a lot of money. Twitter on the other hand doesn’t need the money and trying to make it into a paid subscription service has thus far led to backlash. If we wanted someone to promote us for money then we’d surely do it ourselves. But we don’t.

Just a glimpse at the issue are the reviews. You need to use the platform and have used it for considerable time for it to make sense. If you join now you won’t have seen the changes, including the ‘For You’ and ‘Following’ tab.

May Day 2023

Happy May Day bank holiday!

Let’s all celebrate the weekend and week with another bank holiday. We also have the Kings Coronation coming up which will also be a bank holiday.


In Ireland, people used to put flowers on the doorstep or windowsills of their houses on May morning to bring good luck and offer protection against the fairies.

Well, I didn’t know that fairies were bad, I assumed from all the films and literature that they were good and maybe a little mischievous at times, but that is all!

Short and sweet just as I like it.

Dead Island: Definitive Edition – A Review

It’s about time I reviewed the lengthy and worthwhile video game that is Dead Island. It was released to what I would call mixed reviews. Particularly given the gruesome and controversial trailer that showed a family torn apart by zombies before jumping from the balcony of a massive hotel.

The expectation was a linear zombie apocalypse game in the luxurious Banoi resort. It was good looking graphically. Today players can indulge in the upgraded Definitive Edition which helps bolster graphics for modern consoles among other improvements. What we got in return wasn’t quite to peoples expectations – including my own – about the games narrative and structure. Ultimately proving to be a very long game with over 30 hours gameplay in game, easily.

What this meant was the resort area of the game, looking quite exotic, was only one map in what would turn out to be several huge maps. Don’t get me wrong this was a hidden surprise which I thought made the game more enjoyable. As I played I did become bored and at the time didn’t enjoy the story and found it long, boring and too much effort.

It wasn’t until years later after its initial release in 2011 that I played the game, and really enjoyed it. I think my naïve attitude during my initial playthrough was going into it with certain expectations rather than just exploring and enjoying what happened next. Those playthroughs years later allowed me to better understand the story, the characters and ultimately enjoy the game for what it was – essentially quite a big open world, with many possibilities.

In 2015 Dying Light was introduced which took many ideas, themes, weaponry etc from Dead Island and built an entire game which was enjoyable. However, it doesn’t have a nice looking world, being set in the slums. Dead Island does have a nice looking world which made the game all the more enjoyable.

I would liked to have seen more interesting side events or side missions in the game – Dead Island – because once an area had been completed and you have helped all the survivors, then you are pretty much seeing the same things over and over again. But, the innovative weapon crafting and management system make the game fun, with thousands of weapons combinations and creations available to you. This made the zombie killing a lot of fun.

The game also boasts a fantastic zombie gore system, each kill will be different. The weapon you choose impacts the damage to the undead. For example, using a machete can decapitate a zombie or cut its arms off, whereas an electric baton will literally electrocute them. I hadn’t seen this sort of thing in Xbox games before, nor had I seen it in any zombies games. Now though, the disintegration of zombies is a part of big names like Dying Light and of course Dead Island 2 – recently released.

Playing through the campaign solo is a lot of fund, with a lot of world to explore and a lot of people and zombies to kill. In unique ways. However, I played the entire campaign with a friend a few years ago and the experience is a lot better. This is a fantastic game to play coop. I encourage you to do so with a friend so that both of you can enjoy the experience together. You can also benefit from having a teammate revive you during those difficult missions. Get a buddy!

Overall the game is good, despite my initial reactions. Perhaps everyone needs time to adjust to something, or maybe it was just such a good game that I needed time to appreciate it. I think this is the case. I would say it turned out to be one of the better games of the decade, and one of the best zombie apocalypse games to grace consoles.. I am extremely excited to play Dead Island 2, although at £60 I will wait until it is reduced or on sale!

5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Horror; great atmosphere, haunting, scary, challenging.

Visually: holds up well, good animation, good movements, lovely world textures.

Story; well-developed, thought provoking, intriguing, sustained and innovative.

Adventures and New Story Coming Soon

Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by to read my blog post. I’ve not been posting here that much but hopefully you’ll be understanding as to why.

Despite being spring England isn’t, or doesn’t feel like it. Yes the flowers have bloomed and the trees and green again but it is still very cold. I hope this incoming heatwave will change things.

I’m still writing and as promised Survivors Part ii will come out sometime this spring. Hopefully soon. You can sneak peak the cover below.👇🌟 The story takes place in the woodlands of the town. There’s some radio action, lots of zombie fighting and personal conflicts. People are quite grumpy considering the end of the world has left them stuck in the town. The undead threat is twice as bad as it was last week.

The cover has a dark bluish feel and uses a font that resembled new paper cutouts. I don’t know when it will be out but expect it soon. If you are looking forward to this let me know.

I’m also working on other stories. I’ve written a few including a novel although I don’t publish everything so who knows if they’ll ever be available from online stores.

I’m trying to innovate and create interesting characters at the moment.

All the best.

Part i – available on KU and currently on a free ebook promotion. Check it out below. To claim your free ebook simply download from the link.