A great few weeks

So there was the Warsaw expedition, I travelled with my oldest friends Simon, James and Horse otherwise known has Nicholas, and my little brother adam, who at 26 isnt so little but still argues like hes 5 and im 10 and thats MY FUCKING MARS BAR.

 I dont know what happened in Warsaw, well no I do, it was cluster fucked like Justin Bieber in prison to all buggery in the 40’s, but I dont get how that has left it seemingly teeming with nothing but genetically beautiful women. I jokingly said I would time how long it took to see another good looking woman, on average 17 seconds, and this was in minus five on a Monday afternoon when presumably most people were in work, so had we been there on a Friday or saturday afternoon I can only imagine I would have left of a trail of sweat and exuberance (yes thats what we are calling it)…..

So its still a really cheap place to drink, which got me thinking, in such a poor economy over in the UK why dont Britain adopt the same approach.

 

Ok already I know that every spastic and their brother, who have never been out or got drunk, or just drink with friends in the corner would scream “no but if you make pubs really cheap, then everyone will get so drunk the country will end and everyone will get injured and hurt, and it will be chaos”, to that I say 1. No it wont, because it wasnt in the 90’s when we all did it 2. The legal age is 18 because when you are 18 you are supposed to be responsible for yourself, even when you drink, and if you do to much of it, well thats what trained bar staff and bouncers are for, to stop you drinking.

The trouble is Britain has it backwards, the beer makers have to account for tax increases, which Parliament put on to get more money from a source of revenue that will not really ever stop delivering, however they did it the wrong way round, they should be raising taxes on supermarket booze.  

With bars and clubs closing, lowering the cost of alcohol in an environment that is both supervised and largely attended by adults who can cull their own, puts money back into the pubs and clubs, keeps jobs, makes a few more jobs, and keeps Britain spending, the knock on is yes you might get more drunk people, but sorry you have to trust adults to be adults and if you cant, then thats their parents and peers problem, its how you learn, making mistakes, and besides, where are you more likely to be supervised, in a bar or pub or night club (where your main goal is to stay mildly cognisant in front of the opposite sex) or in your living room with your friends with no limit on how much you can drink, and no readily available source of authority.

Also by increasing the cost of alcohol in supermarkets you largely cut off the source of alcohol from the biggest nuisance to drinkers, the public drunk.

Honestly whats more hassle and more “oh fuck I have to walk past that” a pub, or a group of 17 year olds drink a 2 litre bottle of cider they bought 2.50…. also being able to buy alcohol so cheaply doesnt exactly help people who are homeless, or have drinking problems, in a pub or bar setting those people cant get served, can be identified by staff and word gets around, and god forbid they stop drinking for a bit and maybe see a different perspective, instead of just taking solace in alcohol.

Truth be told most people who just drink at home dont do it to get smashed, we might have a couple in front of a film, or with friends, or a bottle of wine with your other half, which you would still pay a couple of quid extra for, because you know you dont have to worry about taxi’s, paying for clubs, trains etc, the trade off is the environment your after.

Sorry its all abit rambly, but my basic point here is.

Britain needs businesses to survive, it needs people to want to go out of their houses, drinking shouldnt be the answer, but to some people its a social need to go have a few beers in their local.  Supermarkets dont need beer money to survive, so lets put the beer money where its needed shall we.

 

 

 

 

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Ok I got Distracted

Sorry, I was meant to write a bit more but thanks to work, moving and actually making an effort to go meet locals in Bristol, I have not put much thought into uh….thought….

So best part of my week, Iron Man 3 trailer, Movies are finally working out that instead of making movies about Vampire fiction, or big budget films about board games, that comic books are the best option, why 

 

A. Best writing.  Next to tv series there isnt much more pressing story wise than needing to keep story arcs going bi monthly, and knowing that fans love the characters so specifically, that if they do one wrong, they lose a fan, this means the writers know the characters inside and out, have a good head for what fans expect and enjoy about their characters, and in purely fan terms, will go to any film about it.  Also they constantly reference their pasts, which gives the characters credibility to the fans. Also with most of the characters being decades old, there is the challenge of recreating the characters, and keeping stories fresh or reworking them creatively, one of the best things I read, while not being into comics at the time in the slightest was Old Man Logan, great read, especially if you watched Xmen as a kid.

B.  Creativity, literally nothing you can’t put in, if you can imagine it, and again theres loads of content fans want to see, how do they make the armour work, how do they do the Mandarin etc  I like the batman movies, but they almost made them to …..Real, if thats the right word, part of comic books is that they are meant to be larger than life, and Batman, while is the grittiest comic book character, the villains are meant to be terrifying and larger than life to, I loved Tom Hardy as Bane, but Most people probably wanted to see him 8 foot tall on the steroids, this is partly why Im not looking forward to Justice league, because If its meant to be close to real life, then the villains will probably be close to real life and thats where SUperman becomes the most boring superhero alive because your fully aware that if he wanted to he could rip their arms off, and game over, but never does.

C. Actors, ok some of the actors may be jumping on the band wagon, but the casts have been ridiculously strong every time, Downey Jr has made Tony Stark real, and you get Don Cheadle, Paltrow, Ben Fucking Kingsley.  The actors have a whole bunch of material to dig into, and again the directors they attract are at the top of their game, Nolan Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, these are great actors.

FInally – they are the most fun.

my biggest gripe with the Twighlights, the fifty shades of greys, Les mis, Life of Pi, is they are always billed as life changing movies, that are taken way to seriously by fanatics, and in some cases, especially with Twighlight, absolute nut jobs, comic book fans love being comic book fans.  they love that not everyone gets it, and that it is just ever evolving fun and escapism without anyone going “yes wolverine battled the hulk, and thor made a glib comment while smashing the moon, but the message was, dont eat carbs when trying to raise your children…..”

Comic Books have made the cinema an event again, they gross the highest, and are getting kids into actually reading stuff, and its all being done by the best writers, actors and directors out there.  Truly it s an excellent time to be a geek.

If you want to watch something but want it gritty, watch Warner Brothers Dark knight rises 1 & 2, its ridiculously dark, but great to watch.

Enjoy!!

Yes I know, this is truly the work of a 32 year old fan boy.

 

 

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Iron Man 3

Sploosh, although Im a bit annoyed the merchandisers have got hold of it and theres now half a dozen Iron man alternatives at the end, which far as I know aren;t in the comics…..

Doubts

Ok, so I know work is important, because sadly I cant pay for things with glib or geeky comments…………

But is working strictly to pay for your future career/training, actually a hindrance to looking for the training or work you actually want.

Essentially, to lead a happy life I have to have time to do all of the following – 

 

Training – I like exercise, playing basketball, weights and generally just want to stay in shape to be healthy, and to be slightly better looking to.

Creative – I used to be really creative, acting mainly, but I have always tried to stay reasonably creative, even if its just writing stupid jokes, just anything to either get a reaction or a laugh, I dont know how this is going to happen going forward, I have written numerous stand up routines, but havnt had the balls to try them, bar one drunken attempt that actually went ok.

 

Friends – I miss my friends, I know I can make more but in the meantime I miss having them to talk stuff through, my australia friends are really important but I know we will meet again and pick up like it was yesterday, but my UK friends, my old friends, are miles away and in the process of all getting married, kids etc, which is awesome, but I dont want to disturb that.

 

Having this job means I have had to move to Bristol, because simply there were no jobs forthcoming in Wales, maybe I should have waited until February once the christmas period had died down, but Im impatient and needed money so now Im up here, for pretty shitty money, and living in a nice house with a nice housemate, but its not the same as having a friend near by.

 

Trouble is by the end of my working day, if i do one of the above needs, thats me done for having time to find another job, until the weekend, I need to make more time, and prioritise my needs going forward, but Im fucked if I know how to do it.

Also my job is kind of soul sucking already, and its not even been a month, so i dont want to fall back in to that old place Apathy, id love to have a self help group of apathy, but trouble is how would I get anyone to show up……

Missed a day, if you are reading this, someone suggest punishment, or solutions to my first world problem.

 

Dai