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Hey there, had a Good Christmas? Mine was alright, although I came down with a Stomach Virus and was ill on Xmas Day and Boxing day which was NOT a nice gift to have,(I'm better now though). I received some Jedi Slippers, a carry bag to store my laptop (which I mostly use for gaming. I don't think it's powerful as a PC gaming rig but it runs games like Sonic Mania really well.), Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 on Blu-Ray, a Rick & Morty 2018 calendar, a new electric Toothbrush and Razor with electric trimmer, a huge amount of sweets, some shirts as well as various toiletries. And I got some books like the Captain Phasma novel (you know, the female chrome trooper who only had 30 seconds of screentime in the new Star Wars Movies), and a Ripley's 2018 book. It was a shame I didn't eat much Christmas Dinner as I received a huge Turkey from my management at work. ( You get a Turkey when you are employed there for over a year). It was so big I had to struggle carrying it to the Bus Stop, and as it was in a Carry Box a passenger thought I had a pet in there or something XD. So what we did with the leftovers was fed it through a mincer and made Turkey Burgers out of it.
I mostly slept that day and saw the Doctor Who special which was Capaldi's Final story and it had him team up with his very first Incarnation (played by David 'Walder Frey' Bradley as Will Hartnell died years ago) who is about to regenerate for the first time. I thought the story was alright and I liked the Banter between the Two Doctors and yeah he was a bit old-fashioned with women but he was from the 1960's you see. I like how he got one final goodbye with Bill..who was kinda there but I wish we get a companion who doesn't get an ending where she/he becomes this godlike entity. It's why I liked Amy & Rory pond as I found them relatable and they had a bittersweet sendoff. I also pretty much had a feeling who the WW1 Soldier really was and what the first thing that'll happen to the new female Doctor Jodie Whittaker. I am interested in what kind of Doctor she'll be and I don’t mind having a female Doctor as Regeneration is supposed to be random and unpredictable. (As a kid I drew pics of The Doctor as a Fox due to a regeneration malfunction) I can see her act a bit like Sally Solomon from 'Third Rock from the Sun' who is an alien (supposedly male) in a Human female body.
A few days later where I got better, me and my parents went to see my older brother and his wife and kids living in Haselmere where my Aunt also joined us. Had a wonderful roast dinner and got some more presents like a book about NES games, a Star Wars book about Bounty Hunters and the Wonder Woman movie on blu-ray ( Which I do agree is a decent movie and it's pretty much 'Wonder Woman: The first Leaguer' and it kinda had elements from God of War thrown in as well). I also bonded with my 11-year old Niece over Doctor Who episode trivia. Nice to know there's another Whovian in the family.
The following day after staying at a hotel in Guildford we went to see a local pantomine production of 'Dick Whittington' and I realized it used the same actors from the last time we were there doing the same sort of roles and repeating the same jokes. When you see their rendition of 'the 12 days of christmas' a second time it's not so funny. But it has some funny moments as well.
I also got myself one final thing after Christmas which was a Nintendo Switch! It's a pretty nifty console which changes from a TV console to a handheld and I like how tiny it is which reminds me of The Gamecube. I wanted to get Mario Odyssey for it but can't find a copy anywhere so I had to order it online. Did try out the demo for Octopath Traveller which is just like the old 2D Final Fantasy Games and I love the 2D sprites on the 3D pixelated environments, but I found the voice acting a bit irritating so I had them disabled so I don't have to hear them say "hmm! yes! of Course!" Over and over in dialogue boxes. Hope that comes out in 2018.
Oh yeah if you want my friend code It's SW-0213-2170-0266
So how did I find 2017? It was okay, I guess. Didn't find it that exciting or eventful during certain times and felt pretty much miserable in some moments but I had some good moments as well, especially near the end of the year. It didn't start well for me at the beginning of the year like in February where my younger brother was admitted into hospital for nearly a week due to a swelling in prt of his body. He's okay though and was discharged afterwards but i had to balance life at home and seeing him in hospital during that period.
Also had my two nieces and nephew staying over for a week in April which was fun. I remember one day my 4-year old Nephew was mucking around with a dangerous toy so we had to take it off him and on a taxi ride to Adventure Island in Southend he kept saying "I want my toy!". That's what kids are like I guess.
I don't think I met up with my online friends till around August where a Town near me was a having a 'Mini Con' which is a convention in 2 small halls. Met up with & there as well as . The Lucky Hit duo was selling some interesting merch and bought their 'Gaga & Cherry faff about in' DVD and a Darth Maul figurine. In another room they had a Mario Kart 8 Tournament where there are 2 racers competing in each match using the same track and have to control the racers using Wii remotes. I was competing with this kid who seemed a bit much and kinda rubbed it in my face when I lost but it was Euan who ended up racing to the final of the Tournament and won ! We also had a panel where we talked about Game collecting and the kid from earlier was there in a discussion about Pokemon and he said something like "We don’t talk about Bulbasaur". What did Bulbasaur do? Did he shoot Abe Lincoln? Was he accused of various sexual allegations? Guess we'll never know. Afterwards me & Euan just cruised around Basildon for a bit.
I think things got great in late 2017 when came down to visit us in September. Had a small meetup in Southend along with Aaron, , Euan and . We went to the seafront arcades, played an aracde game that completely plagiarizes Minecraft and got buried under a load of tickets. I used them to get a figurine of the sonic Boom version of Metal Sonic. We also pitched in to send flowers who we really wanted to have with us but couldn't due to travelling problems.
The following day we met up in Witham for their traditional Puppet festival. I talked to Pirates, saw some nosy seagulls and saw the star of the show the all-singing all-dancing Titan the Robot (Who also cries a lot).
In October I went to the London Comic Con where I cosplayed as Mario with Cappy on my head (From Mario Odyssey). As well as meeting up with Euan I met up with who was cosplaying as Blossom from the Powerpuff Girls as well as Jamie and then later met up with and Ben (who was cosplaying as Sylvester the Cat). It was great mucking around with the other cosplayers and having fun. I remember when I made everyone break down laughing when I put googly eyes on a Stand of Wonder Woman. I even met Chewbacca and tried to comfort him after he lost his best friend. He's coping okay.
Even work was great for me this year, the factory I work at is under new management now and work has been coming in rather well. Received some new Work shoes and shirts as well as a small Pay rise. I even bonded with my work mates more and often gone out drinking and clubbing with them.
I have played some interesting games this year. Spent most of the year playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Red Dead Redemption which were brilliant open-world games. Ever since I saw the Lord of the Rings Trilogy I always wanted to explore a version of Hyrule that was like Middle-Earth. Twilight Princess did kinda feel like a LOTR Zelda game but BOTW has that exploration feel that was like out of the works of Tolkein or C.S Lewis. Even the mini shrines were really fun. I can imagine them taking an idea out of the Middle-Earth games for a future Zelda where you can have a nemesis system and infiltrate the Bokoblin/Moblin Hierarchy, and they could have individual traits with Strengths & weaknesses and have Link create his own army.
There were also some interesting films I saw this year. I think my faves would be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Dunkirk & the new Planet of the Apes movie where the apes looked so realistic you'd swear they were actually there. Although I'm a huge Star Wars fan I thought The Last Jedi was about Average. I didn't find it that great nor did I find it bad and I agree with both Pros & Cons of the movie. I felt it did drag on a bit and there was a pointless scene set in Space Vegas, But I liked the acting with some characters, especially Mark Hamill as old Luke and Carrie Fisher in her final performance as Leia. Also there's a meme going around where the bad guy takes his shirt off or something.
So yeah That's what I pretty much thought of 2017. We don't know what's in store for us in 2018, and though we might encounter some bad moments in the new year we will have good moments to make the year memorable. There is one I'm looking forward to which is where & are going to get married in May and will be attending the wedding along with my other friends who I love so much. And there's some Royal Wedding going on around the same time I think..
And I have been working on some new pics which I've been very slow on as it's a long-overdue update to not one but three compilations! One is for a compilation that has not been updated in nearly 10 years! So I'll try and get that sorted out in the coming months.
And yes, I am interested to see what new Dissected videos I'll be doing with Roger in the new year and I'm also involved in a spinoff series with called 'Give me Chaos theories' (Basically inspired from that Sonic: Live in Sydney song) where me and Meltingman would speculate and theorize about things relating to Sonic.
I have also voice acted for a few projects that have yet to be finished. One being a small role in a Godzilla parody and another is for a James Bond comic animation where I voice Q. I usually have doubts where a Project I voice for seems to take a while to make but these things take time and I have faith in these clients as long as they keep me updated.
So that's it for me, have a happy 2018 everyone and look after yourself, especially your friends and family.
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Current Residence: southend,essex,england.
Favourite genre of music: heavy/death/power metal
Favourite photographer: god knows
Favourite style of art: anime/manga
Operating System: Windows Vista.
MP3 player of choice: my computer
Shell of choice: the petrol station sort 'geddit'?
Wallpaper of choice: zelda
Skin of choice: windows
Favourite cartoon character: HE-MAN!!!! ( the new one not the stupid 1980's one)
Personal Quote: 'Blimey!'