Sunday, 15 February 2009

Remembering the world wars

Really enjoyed going to the Old ASDA building in Ballyclare to visit the Remembering the wars exhibition on Saturday with family and frineds.

Lots of photographs were taken and I hope to have them up soon, but in the meantime.....

I had lowish expectations as I was not sure how well the exhibition would be set up. Sometimes these things can be really cheesey and a big let down.

However, we arrived round the back where the car park is to find two "GIs" on guard and a park full of military stuff. I was in heaven. There was a Territorial Army 'North Light Horse' A.P.C., lots of jeeps, a couple of military lorries and re-enactors dressed as GIs, Russians and Germans. With all the appropriate kit. Fantastic. My eldest daughter, who is 2, and a real girly girl, much to my own chagrin, utterly suprised me by dragging us as fast as she could to the APC and wanted to get into it. I was never so happy to oblige so in we popped and then had fun waving to the rest of the family from out of the top hatch. Would have loved to have had a go driving it.

Inside the ASDA was an even bigger suprise. The place was fantastic. The exhibition was mostly British army from WWI to WWII. As far as I am aware most of it is from one man's collection who's relatives were in both wars. He did a guided tour and was excellent. Loads of photos taken - I am still in shock at how much stuff this guy had and a lot of his friends had given up their time to help out.

What was most suprising was that Newtownabbey Council had been working to provide funding for around two months and 12 days before the event they pulled out. I find this utterly bizarre and very sad that such an important exhibition has such essential funding pulled at such a late stage.

It is a real credit to the organisers that they were determined to go ahead and that the community of Ballyclare pulled together. I have heard lots of local schools have attended during the week. It has been so popular that the exhibition has been extended a week.

Really, I have to encourage you if you can to go. The exhibition will be on until 21 February 2009 in the old ASDA building in Ballyclare. It was not only great for a military geek like me but perfect for a full family visit.

I hope to have all of the photograghs up as soon as possible.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Stephen Fry blocks idiot

And i am that idiot in question.

Never had anything like this happen before and i am not sure whether i should be offended or feel like i have hit the big time of celebrity stalking.

Well that is if youconsider one tweet to Stephen enough to constitue a serious security risk to Stephen also given that he is in the US at the moment filming and i am in sunny Northern Ireland. I like QI but i am not mad enough to buy a flight to the US just to track him down.

All i tweeted was

"@stephenfry This is daft but... hello Stephen from Northern Ireland. Wife & I addicted to QI. If you ever visit NI i can put kettle on. "

So he blocked me.

I think my mistake was not to offer him some twinings tea.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Learnin for how til play warhammer

I have always been a 40k player. Period. I love the skirmish style play of 40k and a lot of spin offs from GW such as necromunda and mordheim. I also adore bloodbowl.

40K is my thing and i love the feeling that every time i put my guys down on the table i can hear them shouting 'Incoming', or 'Fire at will' or even 'Their well out of ran... arrrgh.' The thrum of engines and the stacatto of bolter fire echoing through an alein war torn city.

Then a while ago i bought Battle for Skull Pass for some bizarre reason and suddenly past feelings of being 10 to 16 again as suden bursts of D&D, WFRP and heroquest exploded into my mind like an ancient WWII unexploded bomb that had lain for decades forgotten til dredged back up again. I remember there used to be a shop called Liesureworld in Belfast (long gone now - its is merely a carpark now). Basically it was our version of Hamleys. Top floor, i think it was the second floor, right down near the hornby counter was 1980's games workshop goodness. Five - yes FIVE - minis in a blister pack for.....wait for it ....... £2.50. Still have the buggers - i bought the fantasy figures. Full of character and good detail. They still stand up to some of the stuff produced by GW nowadays.

Anyway, i have now had a few games of Warhammer with my dwarf army and i hope to organise a few more soon. I have been trounced like a goodun but have enjoyed the games. One against Empire - damn those bloody pistoliers on their horses and my stunty 3" movement. The other was against Vampire Counts - vicious glips they are too.

Important thing in this all is that i had fun playing - so i win anyway.