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This album was released in 2004 by the mighty MF DOOM. The title of the album itself is an anagram of MF DOOM, and there is a recurring theme of food throughout the album.
MF DOOM's flow on this album is unbelievable. I don't think I've heard any tune where his timing is off at all actually. The production on this solo effort is also handled by MF DOOM himself and it really shows that he has some serious talent, with extensive use of samples looped and layered to make something completely original.
This album is mainly chilled out, relaxed, flowing hip hop, and DOOM does it very well spitting complex rhymes and lyrics, here is an example :-
Stunner a funner summer number one meal deal
A bizarre phenomenon is your armor on
cash coma or break ya fast Ramadan
ok ok, when typed out it doesn't look great but you need to hear him rhyme to appreciate.
The only problem I have with this album is that there seems to be a lot of interludes and skits inbetween songs. Some of these interludes use the same background music as a previous one, therefore it can get irritating, and they are only amusing on the first listen through.
All that said though, this is a very strong album. If it had less filler I would have given it 5 stars out of 5.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time was first released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64 games console. It is the fifth game in the Zelda series and went on to be one of the biggest selling games for the console.
This game shows Zelda in 3D for the very first time. Previous entries in the series have all been top-down view, with everything being in 2D so it is quite a change for the game.
The Game centres around a young boy named Link that lives in the Kingdom of Hyrule. He awakens one day to a small fairy named Navi, flying around him and telling him to go and visit the Deku Tree, a tree in the nearby forest that is dying. When Link gets to the tree, it is dying due to a curse from "the wicked man of the desert" and the tree tells link he must stop him and go and see princess Zelda in the Castle of Hyrule.
The story progresses from here but I don't want to give too much away. The gameplay consists of meeting many different charcters such as the Deku tree, that are often in need of a favour of some sort, which is more often than not rewarded with an item or piece of information that is essential to progress in the game.
This "socialising" of sorts is punctuated by visits in to areas with vast amounts of enemies and puzzles. These are called dungeons. Within the dungeons, you will have to utilize weapons you have acquired throughout the game to solve many of the puzzles. The weapons range from boomerangs and bombs to slingshots.
Here is an example of the genius of the puzzles encountered in this game: you need to go in to the water temple but it is at the bottom of the lake and Link is unable to swim that far down. How can he get there? Well, try putting on those iron boots you acquired from someone earlier in the game and then try swimming! Obviously Link can't swim too well with these on, so floats to the bottom where the entrance door to the Water Temple is.
In the game Link also uses an ocarina. The ocarina is played as an instrument and Link learns various songs from people. These songs are essential to the game as they trigger certain events. One song may change the time from day to night, one will see your horse Epona to come running along to you, allowing you to move much quicker than being on foot.
The final thing that I have not mentioned but is a major part of this game is the time travel element (after all, it is called the Ocarina of Time). When you get to a certain point in the game Link will be able to time travel between being a youngster to an older version of him. I found this very interesting when exploring areas previously trodden when a young un, as many of them have become derelict and are inhabited with zombies. Time travel is essential for some puzzles where you have to do something as young Link (e.g. plant a tree) and the carry on when you are the older version (the tree will be fully grown).
This was a groundbreaking game for its time, and due to the sheer depth in this game, I believe it can stand up to many of the games that are still being developed today.
10 / 10
Punk in Drublic is the 5th Studio album from legendary punk band NOFX. NOFX aren't the kind of punk band that you may immediately think of when presented with the word "punk". These are as far away from the Sex Pistols / Clash sound of old that you can get. NOFX are one of the pioneers of the "pop-punk" sound that went on to influence many bands such as Green Day, Blink 182 and The Offspring.
This is an explosive album that manages to fit 17 tracks in to just under 40 minutes. Fast paced from the start, it rarely pauses to catch breath inbetween the humorous lyrics and crashing guitars.
I find it hard to pick out tracks on the album that stand out as the best, as all of the songs are very strong. If forced, I'd have to say "Leave it Alone", "Linoleum" and "Lori Meyers".
If you're in to your pop punk and you haven't got this album, go get it right now. It is probably the finest example in the genre of how to do it right, when so many others just fail. This is not cheesy like Blink 182, it's good, really good.
1. MF Doom (aka King Geedorah, Madvillain, Viktor Vaughn, Zev Love X, DOOM) - His flow and lyrics are like poetry2. Capdown - UK Ska-Core3. Remarc - Jungle Legend 4. NOFX - Godfathers of punk5. Foreign Beggars - UK Hip Hop6. Noisia - Drum and Bass like you've never heard before7. DJ Hazard - Knows how to DJ DnB properly8. Jurassic 5 - Smooth Hip hop with good vibes9. Dizzee Rascal - One of UK's best musical exports ever!10. Jamiroquai - Funky
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the 6th instalment in the popular Call of Duty series. It is only the 2nd one that is set in the Modern day though, hence the title.
This game is a first person shooter that was developed by Infinity Ward, and has gone on to be one of the best selling games of all time.
The single player mode finds you taking on all sorts of missions as various people across the globe and for various different military forces (SAS, Marines etc). The action is fast paced and keeps you on your toes. The whole single player adventure plays out very well, and reminded me of watching a film it was that good.
Now, the single player is exceptional but the online multiplayer is where it's at! The multiplayer throws you in to a game type of your choice (Free-for-all, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, Domination etc etc) with up to 15 other players from around the world all battling it out to be the winner.
The multiplayer experience is highly customisable, with options to choose your setup that you want to go in to battle with. Within this you can choose which guns you want to take out, which type of grenades and which perks and killstreaks you adopt.
The perk system is one where you can choose 3 different bonuses each time before you play that will give you a slight advantage in a particular area over another player. Examples of this are Stopping Power (increased bullet damage), Slight of hand (faster reloading), Danger close (more explosive damage) etc etc.
The killstreak rewards are also customisable. To get a killstreak you must kill a certain number of people without yourself being killed. These start at 3 (activate your radar) and go all the way up to 25 (nuke which ends the game) and are a great addition to the series.
Overall, I'd say that this game is near perfect and I find it hard to find any faults in it. I have played this for many hours, and so has just about everyone I know, and I still want to go back and play some more.
Right then..... why are you reading a review on toothpicks?
Why am I writing one? Well let me tell you a story:-
One fine summers day I woke up with a great apetite. I was in need of some greasy food so I decided to whack some bacon in the George Foreman and make a bacon sandwich. After smothering the sandwich in Brown sauce (the only option for a bacon sandwich) I proceeded to eat it and enjoyed it very much.
This enjoyment, however was tainted as soon as I realised there were bits of bacon stuck between my teeth!!! :-o
I went in to a state of shock and panik, searching around the house for something that would get the bits out. I tried everything from the vacuum cleaner to a stanley knife, but to no avail.
Just as I was about to give up and burst into tears my phone rang... it was an anonymous number, but I still answered, albeit apprehensively.
"Seek out the toothpicks and you will forever be happy"
Is what the mysterious voice relayed to me, and then hung up. I knew this was a sign, it was my calling.
So I went to the shops and purchased a whole container's worth of toothpicks and took them home. "What to do with these toothpicks though?" I thought. I was confused so got one out the container for further inspection. Still non the wiser I sat there confused and still pissed off that I had bacon in my teeth.
I sat there fiddling with the stick for what must have been 5 minutes and had just about given up, when sub-consciously, I slipped the toothpick into my mouth and flicked around......
I had dislodged some of the bacon!!!
This feeling was great, it was like being born again! I have never experienced anything quite like it in my life. Who would of thought you could get bits out of your teeth with such a small delicate wooden stick?
Not me thats for sure.
Anyway, this product is good and comes highly recommended (you can even remove bits from your teeth) but they don't last long. I used a whole container in just one day.
Domino's Pizza is a pizza delivery chain spread throughout the country, as I'm sure many of you are aware.
There is a large selection of pizzas available on the menu, which can be viewed online, or on a menu if you've had one shoved through your letterbox (this seems to happen to me on at least a weekly basis).
As far as the pizzas go, there are your usual flavour options, but also you can choose to have a different type of base. I recommend the Dominator base which has a layer of cheesey sauce inbetween two base layers. But beware, this is twice as filling as a regular pizza (and also more expensive), so make sure someone is there that wants to share it with you, or alternatively eat the rest for breakfast.
Domino's usually have special offers on of some sort, so you never have to pay the full price that is stated on the menu. These special offers state that you must present your voucher upon the delivery driver getting to your door, but never have I been asked for the vouchers. SO.... This means when you place your order over the phone, tell them you have a voucher there and then, and they will take the discount off for you.
The voucher you should say you have is either :-
· 50% off your order when you spend £30 or more
· Buy one get one free on a large pizza
And voila! you have just beat the system ;-)
Object to be inserted - Mobile Telephone (in to room 101 you dirty git!)
Once upon a time, I was a young boy, with not a care in the world apart from going to the park, playing football, fighting with friends and collecting football stickers. This was a great time of my life, all was going well, nothing could bother me.
One day I went to school, my good friend arrived with a plastic phone. "what are you doing with that?" I said "a mobile telephone" my friend replied. I thought to myself "what the hell do you need that for?" and "I want one!" This was the day my life changed forever.
I once used to be free, then I had a plastic ball and chain attached to my ear with a large radioactive ariel sticking out of it and it slowly melted my brain and controlled my thoughts (well not really, but I'll leave it in for this one). I was no longer able to go for a quiet stroll, have time to myself or have no worries.
The responsibility of having a mobile phone is quite a large responsibility to bestow upon a person. phone rings "should I answer?" "I am not ready to speak to this person yet" "If I don't answer, will they get the wrong answer?" "If I keep on doing it, people will think I have fallen out with them". Why should I?
(p.s. I can't be arsed to text back)
For those of you that aren't familiar with Madvilllain, let me explain; Madvillain is a collaboration project between two people: MF DOOM and Madlib. MF DOOM is a well known lyricist/rapper famed for his complex flows and obscure rhymes and Madlib is a music producer that has made hip-hop beats for various artists and has also done some solo production projects himself.
This album was released in 2004 with much anticipation from fans, after a few of the tracks leaked on to the internet before the actual release date. As this was the first full length collaboration between the two (and still the only one to date) no one really knew fully what to expect.
The outcome of this collaboration is everything I had expected. It is a perfect combination of MF DOOM's witty, complex rhymes, flowing to the backdrop of Madlibs original, authentic and organic beats. The flow of these beats and the lyrics go perfectly hand in hand, and it seems like a lot of effort has gone in to making sure they are perfectly suited.
The only criticism I have of this album is that it isn't longer! Highly recommended!
I remember watching the Film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" a few years ago, and thought it was great. I had mostly forgotten about it, that was up until I stepped in to a book shop a couple of weeks ago and saw it there sitting on the shelf screaming "read me!" so naturally I had to.
Anyway, enough of that crap, I'll just skip to the bit about the book now. This is a book about a couple of people that head over to Las Vegas as journalists with a suitcase full of drugs. The story tells how they try to put together reports on various things such as motorbike races and the district attourneys drug conference and I found it highly amusing. The majority of the story happens whilst they are under the influence of excessive amounts of drugs, and the lines of reality and fantasy are often blurred throughout.
This is a short book, coming in at about 200 pages, so it doesn't take a long time to read through it.
This is the first example of the genre "gonzo journalism" that has ever been published. Gonzo journalism is where the journalist submerges themselves in the story, getting involved and often becoming the subject of the reporting. This book is actually based on 2 visits that Hunter S Thompson had to Las Vegas and the madness that ensued.
The book has messages throughout about "The American Dream" and the way that society is today (even though the book was written some time ago, a lot of it is still relevant). It shows how ignorant Americans can be, and how many of them live in a bubble away from the real world. It is good because you can look in to it for all the deeper meanings throughout, but if not it is still a great book that is very funny.
I ordered this book off the Internet after reading a blurb stating that it was about the happenings in a local pub in Wales. This grabbed my attention immediately, as I do enjoy going to the local pub and I enjoy the casual, relaxed British-ness of it all.
Thankfully, this book captures all of that atmosphere and British feeling. It is fairly slow paced to start with and it is very character driven, with not a lot happening most of the time. It has short stories scattered throughout about the regulars in the pub that have such names as "Septic Barry" and "Tall Mr. Hughes" and "Short Mr. Hughes" that often raise a smile.
The main plot though is about a Japanese girl called Miyuki, who visits the same place in Wales every year, but this year decides to do something a bit different to the norm. I don't want to give too much away here but if you like the sound of what I have described above then I'm sure you will enjoy this book, as I did.
Now, before you read this review, I have to tell you that I am no expert on smoking rolling tobacco, I have only recently switched from "proper" fags to rolling tobacco due to being skint all the time! But in my transition, I have tried a few different brands and I have my own opinion on each of them. Here is what I thought about Cutters Choice:-
Cutters Choice comes in a nice plastic coated pouch, which I assume is water-proof, and it also keeps the tobacco fresher than the paper alternative. Inside the packet is a light coloured tobacco, which has very little amounts of miscellaneous debris (which is present in a lot of the alternative brands tobacco).
The tobacco is quite moist, but not so moist that it doesn't smoke well (I've never had to re-light a roll-up with this) and is quite stringy when you take it out of the pouch.
:::::::The smoke test:::::::
This tobacco has quite a light flavour, especially when compared to the likes of Drum and Old Holborn, but it is not so light that it will leave you feeling dis-satisfied afterwards. I used filters in my roll-up and it is strong enough to satisfy my cravings for a while. I'd say that after trying various different tobaccos, this is the closest alternative to smoking "proper" fags that I could find.
Nothing beats eating a nice cold ice-lolly on a hot summers day, and in this country (England) the opportunity to do so comes around very rarely. For this reason, the decision of which ice lolly you choose must be right.
You could go for the standard favourites or, as I often do, try a new type. I do not hesitate to do so as I am easily pleased when it comes to ice-lollies... That was until I tried these Jelly Babies Wobbly Lollies.
My first problem was trying to get the thing out the plastic wrapping each individual lolly comes in. The plastic seems to stick to it and I nearly tore the lolly in half trying to get it open! Now, this is strange, the lolly actually flopped all over the place, and I thought that it might fall off the stick and in to my lap if I wasn't careful. It's a good novelty for a couple of seconds, but that soon wears off when you place the lolly in to your mouth. It has the texture of a slug that's been bathing in baby oil... mmmmm nice. This alone was enough to put me off but the taste was no better. The flavouring tasted very strong and unpleasant and got very sickening towards the end.
Overall, I would not recommend these lollies, their texture is the main thing that put me off, but also the flavour leaves a lot to be desired.
You may be a slight bit sceptical about this memory stick when you see the price tag, but I can assure you, these doubts are mis-placed. For what it is, this product is extremely good value with sufficient memory for most tasks.
As the name suggests, 16GB worth of data can be stored on this memory stick, and it also comes with the in-built U3 software that can aid in speeding up your computers performance. Personally, I don't need to use this software and that is not a problem as using it is optional, and you only get asked once (not every time you insert the stick, like with some devices!).
It is made from plastic but it is durable (I keep it on my key chain and it gets knocked about a lot), and has a sliding mechanism instead of an end cap (an end cap is found on many memory sticks and can easily be lost) so by choosing this product, you have nothing to lose!
Father Ted is about the lives of 3 Priests that live in Craggy Island's Parochial house and the hilarious and often unfortunate situations that they manage to get themselves in to.
Series 2 can be watched without having seen any other episodes of Father Ted before, as it does not run on from past events that happened in series 1.
There are many fine moments in this series and the comic timing is just pure genius, that no other t.v. Programme has been able to replicate since.
Highlights include such things as Father Ted and Father Dougal composing a song for the Eurovision song contest (A song called "My Lovely Horse"), Father Jack being sent to an old priests home because he has hairy hands (and being replaced by a priest that loves blasting out jungle music at 3am!) and a plane flight that goes terribly wrong (but do not fear, Father Dougal has sticky tape!)
If you like your comedy fast paced and very silly, then Father Ted is definitely a must see that I cannot recommend highly enough!