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Corona-Chaos, Brain Block, and Community Calamity (or What’s been going on here in this Quiet Apocalypse!)

10 May

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Well, hello there! Hope you are doing well in this Covid19 crisis. I thought that since I have a little time to myself, I might as well check in and let you know that me and my clan are doing well, if not suffering a bit from cabin fever! It’s UK lock down day number “fuck knows anymore” as I find myself and my past routines totally gone out the window, and what I thought was going to be a productive time of writing, art, crafting, sculpting and other creative endeavors, but alas things have not gone to plan!

Pretty much most of my plans have been cancelled due to the dreaded corona, and my lock down experience has consisted of DIY jobs, Gardening and childcare duties.
Any spare time after that I could have done anything productive has had me beat and tired, so most of my stuff has stalled. Artistic/creative block is not great in this game, but during lock down, sales have been steady so I can’t complain!
I’m pretty sure that having ALL my fam under my feet, ALL the time, doesn’t give much quiet time to flourish creativity, so will be happy when the virus is a distant memory, and the new world emerges from the darkness.

Seriously, over the last few weeks I’ve dealt with, constant aggravation from various close family and those nearby, which I found quite amusing to begin with, only to me having to stop people from ragging each other! I won’t elaborate further, but I swear that this whole thing is sending people mad. I don’t joke as I say this, the community around me has a chaos factor that just simmers under the surface constantly as the collective frustration of family, friends and neighbors rises into a fetid puss filled blister or abscess, that I’m keeping out of as much as I can when all the shit kicks off! Time to get out the popcorn and get ringside seats here, cos’ that cyst is gonna pop its stinky rage filled load. All I can say, is that I have the beginnings of a good Whodunit novel! Certain people need to honestly calm the fook down and take some time to think of those around them, show some respect and be right, or things will not turn out well, and I’m not involving myself. It reminds me of an over population of caged rats, and how they turn on each other. Oh these stupid humans!! Come and take me away space brothers!!

My problems don’t end there. Had to shut any Ebay listings I had going (and loose out of loads of sales as a result) due to my local post office “friendly and helpful”staff giving me hassle for posting items out! They are quite possibly the worst, miserable little bitches to ever run a local post office. It’s not like I have ever been nasty or impolite to them, but with most of these snotty nosed pieces of shit types, would literally turn away customers, because they think they can “police”you to make sure you are only going out for essential food/medicine (which I assure you, I was doing at the same time). If I could post stuff out any other way, I would, deny them of my cash. Yes I can use UPS or Hermes, but unless I’m sending something substantial, I don’t use a courier. Besides, UPS and Herpes/Hermes aren’t that good a service in my opine, so they can go fuck as well!

I have though, managed some painting and modelling (not enough in my eyes) so I’ve got some eye candy coming for you if you like looking at painted miniature porn!
Also I am working on making some accompanying video to add to the posts. It won’t be anything special, but I see it as adding a little extra depth, I don’t think I’ll ever be a Youtube sensation or anything, but my eldest progeny have both offered their services to create me some titles and do some editing, so I can just film the footage I want and not have the hassle of editing vids.

Maybe I’ll get into the swing of getting nice looking footage uploaded on a regular basis overtime, but I’m not fussed overall and I’ll see how it goes.
You might be thinking I’m being rather negative about stuff, but I’m not too stressed and keeping my patience (I think doing a lot of work in my garden has mellowed me out) and I keep in mind, that at least I have a big garden to escape to, as there are entire families suffering worse than I right now, so I’m greatful for that.

I’ve never been one for constant social media updates, so me dropping off the map is not unusual for me, I did think it was about time for me to pop up and tell you I’m not dead yet! I’ve got probably a month’s worth of daily mini related posts in the wings, so check it out if it pops up on your internets!!

I do hope that you lot are fairing well during the crisis and hope you don’t all self destruct (if you are struggling with the situation) any time soon.

Stick with it and remember, I should be over soon. Then all we’ll have to do is deal with the worst global recession for something like 300 years (so they say!)

Keep grinning in the face of adversity and I’ll see you all soon!

Another General Election, same old bag of shit. Grinning Skull’s politics rant!

7 Jun

Well, it’s a subject that I don’t entertain very often, the reason being, I fucking hate politics.

For us here in the UK, we have a General Election tomorrow to see which c**t gets put into office (or stays in) but while I usually exercise my right to vote, this year I can’t be bothered.

I have decided that however I vote, the chances are it’ll end up being one of these freaks in power. None of them are either inspiring, nor are they a strong leader I’d prefer to run this broken country I live in. Full of lies, full of broken promises, political candidates parade around kissing babies and arses, just to secure your votes, and if you are fool enough to swallow their bullshit, more fool you.

Now, I don’t want to start a discourse on here about how one party is better than the other, in my opinion, they are all the same. Nor do I want to upset any of you with your views, you vote for any you like, just that they offer nothing that I’m buying.

I’m sick of hearing about how they are going to sort things out, the economy, terrorism, health service, public sector, immigration, defence etc etc etc…Fuck it, all they ever do is squabble and back peddle. No matter how I would have voted, the results will always be the same.

A long time ago I would have voted LibDem (free the weed and all that) but after their cosying in bed with the Tories last time, what is the point? Plus Farron is not someone I could see fighting for us Brits on the international stage. It’s not like my vote would even count in my area anyway, it’s so up Labours arse round here, there’s no doubt that they’ll get in here yet again, absolutely pointless.

Whatever happens, the country will be broken. The SNP will eventually split the union (On a side note, why do the SNP leaders of late have second names of fish? Salmond, Sturgeon, what next Carp, Eel, Squid?) The NHS will end up overstretched and we’ll all have to pay up or die for medical help. Prices will go up and up and up and up, squeezing us for our last drops of blood.

There is nothing to inspire by having an election, just like the Brexit referendum that has just left chaos and doom, the only hope there seems to be is that of the movies and fiction. Still, at least the rest of the world is fucked as well, we’ll all go down together when the space brothers come and farm us for meat.

This’ll be the last time I even mention the subject, I’d rather not think about it. Time to put my fingers in my ears and sing “lalalalalalalalalala….” until it’s quiet again, I’ll just wake up the next morning and get on with things as if these monsters don’t exist…

Coming up for air….

3 Sep

Jeezus…it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and quite frankly put, it’s been no walk in the park recently for me.

As the title says, I think it is time to come up for air from the sea of crap I’ve been drowning in these few months and get back to doing what I am good at (suffering and wallowing might be something I’ve been accustomed to lately, but I’m not that good with it)

Blogging, wargaming, painting and modelling have seemed like nothing compared to the soap opera of life, so my focus shifted to more serious matters, stress even having a real physical effect on my health puts less emphasis on the whole scene too.

But, I do realise that with all the focus on the shit side of life, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. We need these things in our our life to give us a distraction from the darker and stormy side of our dreary existences.

So, with that, I am starting to feel that it is time to kick myself up the ass and get inspired again, not an easy task (well, you lot might think it is, but I can assure you, how I’ve been feeling, it really isn’t) I’ll be getting back into all my blogging (I’ll try and keep it upbeat) and all the projects I’m doing (or had been doing) I’m not going to push it too hard for health reasons, but hopefully all will be well on that front (fingers crossed)

Again, thanks for your words of encouragement and good wishes, that have indeed kept me going this trying time, and made me realise that the time for being down and beaten is over.

The grinning skull has even more significance than ever, still grinning in the face of adversity.

 

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Tabletop Towns – Cargo Containers Kickstarter

14 May

 

There’s so much cool stuff for 28mm wargaming these days, it almost makes me want to start the switch back over. The choice and availability for the scale seems to far outstrip the rest that for most, it’s classed as god’s own scale!

Regulars to the site will recognise this latest KS from the tabletop towns stable of products, with this time, something for the wargamers who play modern & scifi. These containers suit the modular nature of the tabletop towns style of simple block shaped buildings and terrain, and I’m sure there will be plenty of takers for them.

Ideal scenics for a modern/zombie setting as well as the plethora of more scifi orientated stuff, and quite asthetically pleasing when grouped, it adds another string to their growing catalogue of portable card scenery. If you’ve been paying attention to the evolution of tabletop towns, I can see great things to come from them in the future.

Personally I’m holding out for some 15mm stuff (city blocks and the like) and I’d be all over them like no ones business, but I think that there’s probably more viability in 28mm in terms of sales from the 28mm folks, but with the growing popularity of 15mm, I still reckon there’s a good untapped market with the 15mm crowd.

As ever I wish them the best with their campaign (even so I know they’ll get full funding)

Tabletop Towns – Cargo Containers. by Julian G Hicks — Kickstarter.

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Clown News: Creepy Staten Island clown, Manchester and Cambridge Clowns also on the loose!!

3 Apr

 

CLOWN NEWS

Here’s something I never thought I’d be revisting, but once again I’m back with more new Clown News, a feature that has been rather popular here on the Grinning Skull blog. Ok, so I thought as many did, that the clown craze was just a fad that had died out, but I was wrong.

Not to be out done by us Brits, across the pond, a familiar face seems to have taken a vacation to the US, and as you can plainly see, now the Staten Island area of NY has aquired their very own northampton clown lookie-likie! Could it be either that he’s taking a holiday, or that he has cloned (or should I say Clowned!) himself?

America beware, the clowns are coming!! (please note: this was trecently revealed as a publicity stunt, so still the UK seems the home of the creepy clowns!)

Creepy Staten Island clown spotted around borough, spooks residents  – NY Daily News.

Also back at the beginning of march, there was more clown madness in the North west of England, with even more reports of clowing around, another indication that things were far from over regarding creepy clown sightings…

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/bizarre-spate-clown-related-crimes-reported-6790126

And now there are reports of a new clown criminal on the scene, this time down south in Cambridge, will the craze ever stop? Everytime there seems to be a lull in the sightings, up pop more costumed weirdos! Full story on auntie beeb’s website here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-26838320

Even back in January, the MET revealed they were dealing with over a hundred clown related incidents…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25888992

Is this all an indication that we are about to see a resurgence of costumed chaos?

Only time will tell…..

 

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