New Cyberdrome “Extras” gallery added

There’s a new gallery “Extras” on the Cyberdrome Extras page with all the photos I have in my possession, starting with the initial “Dragon Quest” concept development in 1989 through to Crystal Maze construction in Dubai in 1998.

Unfortunately I can’t display the descriptions with the current gallery plugin I’m using, so you can’t see my carefully crafted explanations – this is work in progress!

Featured picture is of core on-site gang (minus Fiona) having a day off from the Honmoku Crystal Maze at Mount Fuji.

French Film Night Thursday 27th February

The next French film night will be on Thursday the 27th February and will be a showing of “Dialogue Avec Mon Jardinier” (“Conversations with my Gardener”, English subtitles). Hope to see you then!

Schedule: Please try to arrive by 8.00pm in time for some pre-film banter and to sort out seating arrangements, drinks, snacks etc. Film starts at 8.30pm.

BYO: Please bring anything you would like to eat or drink with you.

Registration: if you would like to come, please use the comment facility in this post so everyone can see who is coming.

Parking: There is room for two cars in the car park if you park immediately in front of mine (first come first served). If you are unsure of my address, please contact me via my private gmail or, failing that, the address given in the INFO section of this website.

Big thanks to Paul Winter for recommendation and loan of this DVD.

New video “Evolution” published on You Tube

This is a re-release of the very first piece of electronica I ever produced. The format is music video, with brand new graphics and added “ambience”.

The theme is an ironic battle of ideas between the theory of evolution and creationism where creationism wins – a not inconsiderable abuse of artistic license.

Please feel free to comment; the first two comments refer to an earlier version published as a preliminary draft. These have been taken into account for production of the final publication. Enjoy!

Carbon offsetting my travels in 2019

I’ve calculated the amount of CO2 generated on my travels in 2019 and ways to offset it by contributing to a basket of carbon mitigation projects.

The results are surprising:

  • Total distance travelled: 75,651 kilometres
  • Total CO2 generated: 11,042 kilograms
  • Total contribution required: £107.98

This is a minute amount of money compared with the many thousands of pounds I have spent on these trips. The conclusion is obvious:

I can easily afford to offset my travels and so can YOU!!

They say “charity starts at home” and I believe this to be true for carbon offsetting; while some people may contribute to the grand schemes by engaging politically, joining action groups or going on demonstrations etc., very few are willing to take responsibility for their own footprint and dip into their own pockets.

My aim is to be carbon neutral by the time I die; what about YOU?

I have allocated my “debt” over three projects, including a tree planting scheme in the UK. All projects I subscribe to are verified according to QAS standards.

You can also use the tool I’ve created – you just have to put your own trips in and refresh the pivot table. You can then allocate your contribution to the various projects as you wish. Please feel free to check my figures – all feedback is greatly appreciated!

I’ll be using it to offset my travels in 2018, 2017 … as far back as I have records for, which is about 1998. Before that it will be informed guesswork back to 1970 when I was eighteen and before which I consider to be my parents’ footprint – not mine. By the same token, I consider my children’s footprints to be shared between me and their mother, up to the age of eighteen.

“What about heating and lighting?” you might say. My answer: “Watch this space!”.

BBC 2019 Film Review

It’s scary just how many films I haven’t heard of, let alone seen in 2019. Anyway, this BBC review will help you catch up in 2020.

So here are the films they saw fit to review:

  • Ad Astra (20th Century Fox)
  • Aladdin (Disney) – Guy Ritchie
  • Amazing Grace (StudioCanal)
  • Aniara (Arrow Films) Swedish
  • Apollo 11 (Dogwoof)
  • Atlantics (Netflix) French Senegalese
  • Bait (BFI)
  • Birds of Passage (Curzon)
  • Black Klansman – Spike Lee
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox)
  • Capurnaum (Picturehouse) Arabic
  • Dirty God (Modern Films)
  • Dolemite is My Name (Netflix)
  • Eighth Grade (Sony)
  • For Sama (Republic Film) Syrian
  • Green Book (Entertainment One)
  • High Life (Thunderbird)
  • I Lost My Body (Netflix) French animation
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Entertainment One)
  • Joker (Warner Bros)
  • Klaus (Netflix)
  • Knives Out (Lionsgate)
  • Little Joe (BFI)
  • Little Women (Sony)
  • Marriage Story (Netflix)
  • Monos (Picturehouse) Spanish
  • Never Look Away (Modern Films) German
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Ordinary Love (Focus Features)
  • Out of Blue (PIcturehouse)
  • Pain and Glory (Pathe/20th Century Fox) – Pedro Almodovar
  • Parasite (StudioCanal) Korean
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Curzon)
  • Rocketman (Sony)
  • Roma (Netflix)
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
  • The Farewell (Entertainment Film)
  • The Favourite
  • The Irishman (Netflix) – Martin Scorsese
  • The Last Tree (Picturehouse)
  • The Souvenir (Curzon)
  • The Two Popes (Netflix)
  • Us (Universal)
  • Wild Rose (Entertainment One)
  • Woman at War (Picturehouse) Swedish

How many have you seen? There are 45 listed here, less than one a week!