Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (but the continuity struggles)

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, was my favourite film since Return of the Jedi. It was excellent in so many ways. The use of CGI was great (and not over the top), the sound effects were brilliant and the entire film left me craving the next episode. Sadly, there were some continuity issues […]

Things you (probably) didn’t know about Colchester

Blur hail from Colchester Some members of the rock band Blur hail from Colchester. Band members including Damon Albarn and Dave Rowntree lived and were raised in Colchester. Graham Coxon would later move to the town and meet Albarn at secondary school; and Blur would be born.   Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher worked in Colchester […]

The Death Slide at Pleasurewood Hills American Theme Park

The Death Slide (Skydrop) at Pleasurewood Hills American Theme Park

For some children, the Death Slide at Pleasurewood Hills American Theme Park was the best slide in the world. It was officially called ‘Skydrop’. For me, it was one of the most scary things that occurred each summer of my childhood. My psychotic step-father would force me to walk the ladder to the top; and […]

Sandie Hicks

Sandie Hicks – Minister of Brightlingsea Baptist Church

My Aunt, Sandie Hicks, took on the role in 2014 as the first female Minister of Brightlingsea Baptist Church. Of course, the fact that she is a lady should mean nothing compared to a male Minister – we all know she’s great – but in time history will look back at the time that women […]

Car Air Conditioning Smells – How to Fix and Prevent

Car air conditioning smells can be annoying and even embarrassing. Most cars have air conditioning fitted as standard now but if not used correctly the system can develop into car air conditioning smells in the cabin. Not only is the smell uncomfortable but it can also e a breading ground for nasty bacteria which thrive […]

things no one tells you when you become a Dad

Things No One Tells You When You Become a Dad

Having had two children who are now 8 and 11, I thought it was time to compile a list of things no one tells you when you become a Dad. There are a lot of things you learn when you become a father, some of which other dad’s seem to keep to themselves. Hopefully some […]

‘Big Brother’ – David Bowie’s most underrated song

Some time in the mid 1980s I was given a second-hand copy of David Bowie’s ‘David Live’ album on vinyl LP. I was still young and we didn’t have a great deal of money so I was happy with anything new to listen to. I’ll be honest; I didn’t really get Bowie’s music at the […]

The Rise of Real Ale and the Microbrewery

There was a time when the words ‘real ale’ would make someone imagine old men sitting around a pint of bad bitter and moaning about the world. But since 2005 real ale has seen a huge resurgence and is now extremely popular. In fact, real ale is now fashionable and becoming more and more popular […]