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Darkened Rooms – Dawn of the Dead

Yesterday I was one of the lucky ones to have gotten tickets to “Dawn of the Dead in a Shopping Mall” (organised by DarkenedRooms, 2D Cinema and Chapter) as part of their series of classic films being shown in unusual places (but more often than not, relevant places)

For those who’ve not seen Dawn of the Dead (as I hadn’t until last night) the plot revolves around a group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse, who barricade themselves inside an abandoned shopping mall.  So the obvious venue for this screening was of course the Quadrant Centre in Swansea.

It was a somewhat surreal experience, sitting in a cold, dark shopping centre, the storefronts shuttered and dark watching this classic zombie horror film, when only a few hours earlier, the centre had been busy with shoppers browsing the merchandise!

Adding to it all at the end a number of folks appears from the shadows, playing the part of the zombies, quiet effectively encouraging us out in the cold, dark night and home to our warm beds.

Loved it, and will be keeping an eye out for future productions!

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TENCLO

Last weekend, a couple of friends of mine from my days at university returned to South Wales for a screening of their Star Wars fanfilm “The Emperors New Clones” (TENCLO) along with a good number of the cast and crew of the film from Backyard Productions.

The film itself is a comedy/parody set in the Star Wars universe, and the jokes come thick and fast, so even the non-StarWars fan should find plenty to enjoy, whether it’s the disjointed family life of the Skywalkers at home, or the very impressive special effects in use during the huge space battles, or the slapstick comedy falls and stunts.

I heartily recommend the film, and had a great afternoon and evening, not just catching up with some friends, but also sharing in the very entertaining movie they’ve produced.

I heartily recommend heading over to their website and downloading a copy (yes, it is on YouTube, but the DVD image is far better quality)

(note, this is the third attempt at posting this – WordPress ate half of the first one…)

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No, I’ve not abandoned this…

… but I’ve just not had a great deal to write about recently!

Anyway, there’s a new photo gallery from Thorpe Park and the frankly amazing Europa Park Terenzi Horror Nights – the first time I’ve ever actually enjoyed a “live actors” type attraction, oh and the site has a rather funky new theme too!

Nothing more to say at the moment really though… I’ll write more sometime soon though.

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Alan Turing

Today, the UK’s Prime Minister has, in response to an on-line petition on the UK Prime Ministers website, released a statement which publically acknowledges both the work of Alan Turing and his influential role in codebreaking during the second world war, but also that the way he was treated by the government of the day for being gay.

It is no exaggeration to say that, without his outstanding contribution, the history of World War Two could well have been very different. He truly was one of those individuals we can point to whose unique contribution helped to turn the tide of war.

And the statement ends with:

So on behalf of the British government, and all those who live freely thanks to Alan’s work I am very proud to say: we’re sorry, you deserved so much better.

Read the full statement here and there’s a good article on Wikipedia sumarising his work