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No club again this week, I had/volunteered to accompany the boss to a meeting at a local hospital, in between speakers the nurse made us all stand up and do some stretching etc., I hadn't signed up for physical abuse. Why is it that most speakers, despite their in depth knowledge of a subject, put you to sleep, I have been following several such on military matters on YouTube and I just give up the will to breathe.I have not mentioned the entertainment world in an age, mainly because I went through a patch where there was nothing to watch, then all of a sudden several shows turned up which I had been following, this sadly did not do me any good. "Van Helsing", nonsense about vampires obviously, this is now too ludicrous to watch, the same fate has befallen "Zombie Nation", I know it sounds daft but both programmes have lost the plot. In my defence these were 'to paint by' programmes, I would not actually sit down and watch one on its own. I did enjoy 'Curfew' and another dystopian piece 'Black Summer' the lat

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A close run thing.

As I have come to expect, another dreich night heading into Lancaster, it was Napoleonics with Andy, Stuart and Simon using Black Powder, so I traveled light, dice and tape measure. Andy had settled on the battle of Rolica from the BP scenario book about which I had not a clue.It looked like a decent little club game, Simon had four battalions and a gun while I had two and a unit of cavalry, we were the French, however we had a long front to defend and were spread thin with no reserves. I had the right flank and it looked decidedly weak, right opposite me was two battalions of riflemen and two cavalry units, in the centre was a full brigade of British and the same on our left, it looked like I would be home early.Battle lines are drawnHold, hold, or whatever it is in French.Sure enough the British came straight at us, my cavalry was charged and against the odds sent their opponents running, as the lines came together the British lost two battalions trying to budge our defenders, things looked just dandy. The

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Bookworm

I have finished Max Hastings' Vietnam tome, it was a good read, very much an overall history from the political and military viewpoints, the main thing to take away for me was what an overwhelming disaster for the Vietnamese people North and South the war was. The whole thing was a lesson in how not to fight a war, was anything learned, not if Iraq and Afghanistan are anything to go by. A good book which covers every aspect of the war.I have now started on Passchendaele: A New History by Nick Lloyd, I am lucky to have Helion's First World War editor and Third Ypres expert Michael LoCicero on hand to ask for recommendations and he recommended this book on the battle. By the time I had finished the prologue I knew I was going to like it. I still find myself appalled by the sheer number of casualties during these battles, year after year, Lloyd however is very good at explaining why these battles were fought and how close they came at times to success.I got a book token for my birthday and what better way to esc

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MacGyver: The Escape Room Game Review

In our MacGyver: The Escape Room Game review, we take a look at an escape room game from Pressman Toy Corporation The post MacGyver: The Escape Room Game Review appeared first on Co-op Board Games.

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Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham City Under Siege Review

In our Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham City Under Siege review, we look at a cooperative game from Michael Guigliano, Richard Launius, and IDW Games. The post Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham City Under Siege Review appeared first on Co-op Board Games.

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BBC TV EMPIRE

It freaked out an entire generation of radio listeners in 1938. It invaded the stage in Jeff Wayne’s 1978 musical. It rose up again in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 version. And now, War Of The Worlds is getting a fresh adaptation on the BBC, bringing a new take on the classic H.G. Wells sci-fi story. This time the period setting remains (though we’re talking the Edwardian era, rather than Victorian Britain), with a leading heroine inspired by the suffragettes in Eleanor Tomlinson's Amy. Empire has an exclusive new image, as seen in the Review of the Year issue – on sale now.EMPIRE

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BBC TV Empire

It freaked out an entire generation of radio listeners in 1938. It invaded the stage in Jeff Wayne’s 1978 musical. It rose up again in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 version. And now, War Of The Worlds is getting a fresh adaptation on the BBC, bringing a new take on the classic H.G. Wells sci-fi story. This time the period setting remains (though we’re talking the Edwardian era, rather than Victorian Britain), with a leading heroine inspired by the suffragettes in Eleanor Tomlinson's Amy. Empire has an exclusive new image, as seen in the Review of the Year issue – on sale now.EMPIRE

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Shaka Zulu - TV Research!

I recently discovered that the 1986 mini-series Shaka Zulu was on Netflix and, although it is largely set some 50-60 years before the Anglo Zulu War of 1879, I was interested enough to take a look at the first episode. I wasn't expecting much from this 1980's South African made TV series but I couldn't have been more wrong and I have been gripped by all 8½ Hours of it. I was a little amazed that I hadn't seen it before but it does have a lot of nudity (entirely culturally authentic) and graphic violence so it's probably not the sort of show that would have got an airing on the BBC!The film is based on the writings of the first British traders to enter the Zulu Nation during the reign of Shaka. They were sent by the colonial administration of what was then the Cape Colony to discourage Zulu expansion south into British territory. What the 'traders' discovered was a highly organised and vibrant culture full of political intrigue and self confidence on a scale that utterly amazed these white men who had expected

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