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That time when a teenage Paul Gambaccini and George R. R. Martin appeared in The Fantastic Four

That time when a teenage Paul Gambaccini and George R. R. Martin appeared in The Fantastic Four

A few years ago I embarked on attempting to read all the early Marvel superhero comics. My plan was to try to read the whole of the silver age and bronze age over the course of several years. Babies got in the way, however, and…

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The Evolution of Nintendo Consoles, from NES to Switch

The Evolution of Nintendo Consoles, from NES to Switch

Nintendo is one of the brands at the heart of many retro fans. I never actually owned a Nintendo console myself until the Wii (although I did have a Game Boy) but their presence was always a huge part of growing up in the 80s…

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Can anyone recognise this Shrinky Dinks set I’m searching for?

Can anyone recognise this Shrinky Dinks set I’m searching for?

Recently, I’ve been lucky enough be able to pick up several of my holy grail items that I had in my youth and that I’ve been wanting to own once again. These include a Treasure Island board game, Street Hawk bike, a Tonka car, a…

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The Humble Beginnings of Casino Video Games

The Humble Beginnings of Casino Video Games

I’m a big fan of casinos. I’m not sure if it started when I was watching James Bond films or perhaps more modern films like Casino and Ocean’s Eleven, but I just like the thrill of the tables and the glamour that is often associated…

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Spider-Man showing The Beyonder how to go to the toilet

Spider-Man showing The Beyonder how to go to the toilet

Quite often, when I feel the urge to go to the bathroom, I think of Spider-Man. That probably sounds quite strange, so let me explain. I’ve always had this childhood memory of a Spider-Man comic that I read when I was about 10 years old,…

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Spider-Man’s early video games

Spider-Man’s early video games

With the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie only a few months away I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot of our friendly neighbourhood web-slinger between now and then. Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes of all time. Having been created by Stan Lee and Steve…

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Johnuary – A summary of the month

Johnuary – A summary of the month

Well that’s it. The end of #Johnuary 2017. 31 days and 67 posts later. It’s been a blast. I’ve looked at the work of four Johns. John Carpenter, John Barry, John Hughes and John Williams. All of them legends. I’ve watched some truly fantastic movies…

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Top Ten John Williams Scores

Top Ten John Williams Scores

We have come to the end of John Williams week within #Johnuary and it’s time to do the ranking. I can honestly say that this has been the hardest Top Ten that I’ve ever done, and I’ve done a few so far. It’s not just…

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Harry Potter Soundtrack

Harry Potter Soundtrack

The last John Williams soundtrack that we visit for #Johnuary is Harry Potter. Williams had previously collaborated with director Chris Columbus on Home Alone and he made another great soundtrack here. Very iconic and with some unique scores compared to his past work. Williams read…

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Schindler’s List Soundtrack

Schindler’s List Soundtrack

Having just spoken about Jurassic Park, the next John Williams soundtrack we look at for #Johnuary is Schindler’s List. Both Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List were released in 1993. Schindler’s List swept the awards that year and in some ways Jurassic Park lived in the…

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