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The Shop on the Corner Kickstarter

25 Jan

Blanchards Mucky books!

The Shop on the Corner by Anika Kohli — Kickstarter.

I really have to give this project a mention. some of you who read this blog might recognise this above pic of a place in Doncaster, and that’s exactly what I noticed as I was browsing through Kickstarter yesterday.

I can tell you that if you do know it, it’s no other than Doncaster’s own Blanchards Mucky book shop! Although I think the name has been changed to protect the innocent, there’s no mistaking it! Although it wasn’t always an adult book exchange/shop, in the days of my youth it had been a great place to go on an afternoon and spend a bit of time searching for old marvel, DC and horror comics, pulp sci-fi books and mags. You might be asking how I know it so well? Well, as it happens I used to live but five doors away with my family and it was a place straight out of my childhood, and where my love of horror comics and scifi began.

Back to the KS, by the looks the whole project is to make a comedy show based on the experiences of the family owners. So it might be the 21st century’s own version of BBC’s classic “Open all hours” starring Ronnie Barker and David Jason. (Incidentally filmed around the corner from my sisters house, also in Doncaster too!) The only difference between them being the porno mags!

Honestly, it does sound like a good premise for a sit com, and it’s one I shall be hoping will achieve funding, it is a shame that I didn’t discover this sooner as I would have even chipped a few quid in (Skint now!) to help get it funded.

There still is time to help get it done, they’re only asking to raise £300 so please go along and help them if you can, £300 isn’t a great deal of cash to raise, but there’s only a few days left so, you’ll have to be quick. I know there must be a few of my mates from Donny here reading my blog, so seeing as it’s a Doncaster project, stick your hands in your pocket and be a backer if you can!

Please go and check it out and hopefully they’ll get this comedy to a screen near you!!

Peace out my friends….

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Ten 15mm miniature ranges nobody makes! (Possibly with good reason)

10 Dec

Scooby-Doo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These days the humble 15mm miniature has seen something of a revival within the gaming world, I myself have always been a fan since I was a kid (My dad bought me my first mini at about the  age of 7 or so) What stopped me from getting the 15mm bug full on, was the fact that the 15’s I could easily get were of the historical kind, and soon enough, I was converted to the whole 25mm scale (Because of all the monsters I think!)

For years I played through the various incarnations of Warhammer Fantasy Battle (2nd edition and up), 40K, and countless spawned GW classics, as well as a plethora of TSR games and other varied RPGs and strategy games, utilising my growing collection of 25/28mm figures. Then came a time that I just stopped playing and collecting all together, my heart wasn’t in it and times were a changing!

After I had my first kid, my interest was sparked again to the hobby, but this was where my real love affair started with 15mm, I found a new form of entertainment in ancient and medieval wargaming, and sure enough I got the bug again, but this time the 15mm scale became my fave scale, it’s smaller size was quicker to paint, cheaper on my pocket, and easier to store compared with 28mm.

My love of all things fantastical and horrific would lead me to look for more strange and unusual figures in the scale, and remains with me today. However, this love of the strange has accelerated more and more as I have grown older, and with the internet, the great 15mm revival seems to grow each day in syc with my love of this great scale.

The event of mass world wide communications and such things like Kickstarter, are allowing the 15mm gamer to have more choice and creative vision to expand upon days gone by, and start to bring 15’s up to the diversity found up till now in the 25/28mm ranges.

So, with this in mind, I would like to to present some of my weird ideas that I’d like to see made flesh in “god’s true scale”!

  1. Scooby Doo gang (Mysteries Inc.)- Someone should bring out these minis! Who could resist using the gang in scenarios and missions with a zombie theme? Or even a Lovecraft based skirmish, hell you could even make some house rules for Scooby snacks or when Velma looses her glasses mid combat! On a more serious note (Not too serious though…) They could be great in Sci-fi games, moderns and maybe time travelling games. There are plenty of 28mm versions available now, so come on people, lets get scooby dooby dooing a set for us please….!
  2. Mr Men- I always thought that the Mr Men (or alternative Mr types) would make for a funny campaign. I can imagine Mr “Trigger ” Happy, or any number of parody Mr’s. Zombie Mr Men Vs Survivors (Mr men ones of course!), Maybe a Mummy themed dungeon bash with Mr (indy) Jones and many Mr bump styled Mummies! Even fantasy versions or scifi parodies would be fun. I’m not suggesting that these would sell well, nor would there be a high demand, just fun!
  3. Super Heroes- Now this is fantastic an idea, I’m pretty sure that there aren’t any that have tried to make some of these before. Of course it would be nice if we could have some Marvel or DC comics characters, but it is highly unlikely that even if one was to aquire the rights, this would make them far too expensive within the niche market that is 15mm. Imagine though, the games you could play, reenacting your fave comic story lines. I myself would settle for some “not” versions or some made up unique types.
  4. Coronation Street/Eastenders characters- Ok, this may seem strange but, I have always thought it would make a great game on a board based in Weatherfield/Walford, either would do for me, this could be a post apoc, or alternative invasion scenario (even aliens) My choice would be for the usual Zombie game, as it would be great to see the dead characters rise again to attack the living.
  5. Fruit Vs Veg- When I was little, there used to be a thing called the munch bunch, a group of anthropomorphic fruit and veg who had little adventures in a TV program. There used to be little cheapo pencil toppers you could get, which I loved, using them versus my toy soldiers in missions and battles. I would now love to get some figures of these crazy fruit and veg in more dynamic poses, ready to battle other dynamic posed veggies (or other food stuff for that matter) I can picture an apple with a machine gun, or the Potato commando in a Rambo stylee. Silly? Yes absolutely! Fun? Yeah, for sure!!
  6. The A Team- Who could resist these guys for your modern games? Hannibal, Face, BA and Murdoch would be great to do a campaign straight out of the classic episodes, you know, the ones where they end up against the MPs or in some little backwater tin pot dictatorship. Lock them up in a barn and watch them convert junk into a CO2 powered tank thing to save the day!!
  7. ABC Warriors– Now I’ve considered making some “not” versions of these, and I’m sure that it isn’t just me that would welcome a set of them for some brilliant sci fi games. I always had a liking for them and was a big 2000AD fan when growing up. A set of these would be a very welcome addition to my collection, as I have always pondered if I should get the 28mm versions available, but I fear that my lack of 28mm sci fi minis it would be simply for a collectors perspective. ABC Warriors, Hell yeah!
  8. Dr Who- Someone just please bring out some 15mm Dr Who minis. I’m not too interested in the Doctor and his companions (I would imagine that most wouldn’t share my sentiments) I just want the Aliens! Daleks, Cybermen, Autons, Silurians, Judoon and so on and on. Lets face it, there is a lot of races to draw upon that would be good for wargaming in this scale. I’m sure the BBC would stamp on anyone who crossed the line too much, but this doesn’t seem to have happened with certain manufacturers creating 6mm, 10mm and 28mm versions of the much loved franchise, this even without Auntie Beeb‘s all seeing eye! Hear us, WE WANT DR WHO STUFF IN 15MM NOW!
  9. Star Wars- Yes I do know there are some 15mm minis of the main characters and some generic jedi types available, but I would love just the “bods”, the stormtroopers, clone troopers, trade fed droids, mandalorians and other main Wars troops. It would seem that no one would like to take on Lucas’ lawyers in the past, and now the even bigger galactic frozen head emperor, Disney. Just like the rebellion, a brave individual needs to stand up against the Sith and make some good minis. The nearest thing we ever had for these troops were micro machine troopers, but they are no longer available, and what are fetch a high price. Darth Disney would no doubt be willing to sell rights to make them, but again one fears  the nicheness of the 15mm gaming world would be a barrier. Besides, you know what they say about fear and the darkside…..
  10. Planet of the Apes- now this is promising, I have seen some 15’s that look as if at least these could eventually be reality, but for my lot, I’d want the classic 70’s apes and not the modern versions (although Tim Burtons version had the gorillas that looked cool) I was brought up with the old classic versions and TV series, and think that a lot could be done with some decent miniatures and the setting. Apes on horseback with rifles were quite disturbing as a kid, and they would no doubt strike a bit of fear in your opponent. I would urge any who would make these figures in 15mm to just do it. We would forever be in your debt!

So, there you have it. Some good, some probably not so good ideas, but ideas none the less. I would love to hear your own top 10 ideas for 15mm ranges, however off the wall they are. Maybe industry people actually listen to us plebs, maybe they don’t.

One thing is sure, 15mm is still a valid miniature scale for those of us with taste and sense.


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The BBC and real horror.

28 Oct

Dirty kiddie fiddling freak Jimmy Saville.

Ok, since the halloween season is almost upon us, I was going to post about some unspeakable horror, movies or myth, but what I am going to talk about isn’t some other worldly creature, zombie nightmare or ghost story.

Its all too real.

Here in the UK, at the moment has a problem that has shook the roots of the establishment and threatens even more shocking evidence to come.

I speak of the case of the disgraced “Sir” Jimmy Saville. You may know that here in Britain, he was one of the big TV/Radio showbiz names in the UK during the 60’s,70’s and 80’s. He had a one of the most popular TV shows of the time, “Jim’ll Fix it” in which he would grant the wishes of kids that would write in. A very iconic UK programme watched by millions at the time. He was also a successful DJ and could often be seen on another famous UK show “Top of the pops” presenting the bands and acts.

Myself and others in my generation (Late 70’s and 80’s) were brought up with these programmes, he was if you like, an icon of entertainment, he did extensive charity work for good causes, ran marathons for charity raising millions over the years. No one could touch him and his saintly dooings. He even managed to get knighted, and was honoured by the pope. Saville died last year, and was given almost a state funeral, his body went on display for a week in Leeds so that people could pay their respects to him.

Here’s the horror.

It comes to light after his death, that “saint” Jimmy wasn’t that kindly old uncle we were lead to believe he was.

It turns out that he could have been one of the most prolific child sex offenders in history.

You see Saville had been using his good guy image for years to cover up the fact he had been molesting anyone he wanted to. Mainly kids, but even young women, and it’s roumored, he was even a necrophiliac.

Over 300 people have now come forward to report what he has done in the time between the 60’s and late 80’s, and who knows probably even longer. To make matters worse, even so you may not think it could be, there seems to be an even bigger issue than just him at large.

The BBC, the giant corporation that is best known for almost inventing what we all know now as TV, seems like it had known damn well what Saville’s activities were, and many of it’s employees and high ranking officials  were turning a blind eye to his nefarious deeds. Many of the crimes were carried out on BBC premises, in dressing rooms and offices, caravans and other locations during filming days.

It also seems like this was due to him being one of their biggest stars at the time and in those days there was a culture of silence. Jimmy was apparently involved in a lot of dodgy things, he knew gangsters, IRA terrorists and is even been thought to have many friends in high positions of government (even linked to aides of a former prime minister) His victims were told if they said anything about what he had done, he would get on the phone and get someone to make them disappear.

Not so long ago, a TV news show, Newsnight was to broadcast a segment on a criminal investigation the police carried out in 2008 where he had been accused of abuse by a victim. Even so he had been questioned, nothing came of it as there was no evidence and/or he was deemed too old for prosecution. Only thing is the segment was dropped without warning from upstairs in the BBC.

It is thought that in light of his death, the Beeb had invested a lot of licence payers money on tribute programmes in the big Xmas scedule, and it wouldn’t have put them in too good light. So effectively the BBC covered it up. The conspiracy doesn’t end there.

It turns out as well as Saville abusing while at the BBC, he had been doing it at kids homes, hospitals and other institutions he was supposed to be helping or fund raising for. Again, the people at the top have covered it up. He used to take kids out on day trips, some even on the private yacht of Ted Heath, the UK prime minister. It seems he would use and abuse at every oppotunity, and people let him do it.

Now in the wake of all this evidence, the BBC and government have been forced to carry out a full investigation. Everyday that goes by, more evidence turns up.

There seems to be a very big cover up that goes far deeper than just him. It’s now revealed that he had dealings with a Jersey kids home Haut de la Garenne, that a few years ago was investigated for abuse by staff, while searching the old building the remains of kids were found. Now the police deny ever finding any.

There is a report that stated that there were big celebrities and BBC employees being a part of this “ring” of abuse, and we are told that there were household names involved. Who? time will tell.

The whole thing is going to blow open a can of writhing tentacles at the BBC and other establishments involved, more evil deeds and sickness will be told. There is a sickness deep in there. Government, police and NHS cover ups suggest that there is one hell of a secret paedo ring still in operations today. I’m not paranoid, this is a definate fact.

What gets to me is, my generation grew up with this freak on TV, effectively as kids we were put in front of the telly and for half an hour Saville was our virtual babysitter. All the time we were being entertained, behind the camera countless kids just like us were being molested and degraded.

I’m usually not at all easily shocked by stuff, but all this now makes me look back and there’s a black stain in my childhood. Sure lots of people used to say “He’s a freak, he looks like a paedophile” and yeah, we must have known all along in our heads. Looking back at the footage, it seems even more evident. It’s like he’s raped our childhood memories, I mean that everyone I speak to in my generation agrees that certain times like Christmas when the Xmas special used to be on, we would all sit around with our loved ones and watch it, it changes the memory to muck. That’s why its so shocking, and to me really sickens me to the stomach.

That is real horror. The only monsters that exist are human ones.

If anyone of the victims is reading this by any chance, I would say I hope that you get some justice even if that means blowing open the entire Government or UK establishment, my heart goes out to you all and good luck.




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