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I write blog entries and they languish in Development Hell before actually getting published long after the events are current. Joe-Fail.

The four day weekend was very welcome indeed and I’m simultaneously pleased and sorry to say it was another video game orgy. I finished off Resident Evil 5 and one of the downloadable scenarios (it was RE Porn for long-standing fans of the series), went through the Soviet Campaign in Red Alert 3 again, played several games of Civ IV (particularly Rhye’s Mod), Pac-Man Championship Edition, Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, Wolfenstein 3D, GTA IV and that’s about yer lot. I do like Rhye’s even though I still struggle with managing Empire Stability (as it’s inadequately explained in overall management terms, even online).

Just to reassure the reading public, I did manage to leave the house during the weekend – drinks in the Griffin, walks when it wasn’t raining down to Clapham. Feeling regretful that I didn’t make it a five-day weekend however. Even went up to Camden on the Monday: I’d envisaged walking up there but the rain put pay to that idea so it was bus up and tube back which really grated. If nothing else however, it gave me the chance to finish off Casino Royale (yeah, I’m reading the James Bond novels).

Elections on Thursday: went as expected. Naturally frustrated at the result but with less than a 50% turn out…hey ho. I do think that the current plans to reform/screw over the trade unions ought heed that particular issue – considering the vagaries/biases in First Past the Post and how majorities are seldom over half of all voters. Compulsory voting isn’t especially popular in Australia, particularly amongst the young; freedom of choice should mean the freedom not to choose. But then again, everyone loves Order on Civ V BNW, not Freedom.

It should be something of a packed week ahead – it was the quiz yesterday (we won with 22/40 which I consider quite pathetic – the special guest was…well, someone I’m not too fond of), board games tonight, nothing tomorrow, pay day/shopping Friday, Paul’s Birthday on Saturday and finally Hint Hunt on Sunday. Then we’re in June and there’ll only be three weeks before the Solstice. Dark nights and the slow, inexorable slide into Xmas coupled with bloody sporting events crammed into the calendar taking over everything.

Something of an antsy mood this morning – not entirely sure why though the aural assault of several boring telephone conversations being conducted by stupes in the office probably had something to do with it. Bugger the so-called egalitarianism of it all; it’s not conducive to well being. Had to plug in the earphones and listen to playlist LJ1 which is my generic playlist of 800 or so tracks and there’s always something good buried away in there I forget about but becomes the day’s earworm.

Ok, have to end this as I’m feeling quite belligerent and feel like passing unwarranted harsh commentary on…people with a view to getting into trouble. Salutations, or summat.

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Uuurrrgggh

Dr Dom was out in York attending a wedding on Friday so I had the flat all to myself this weekend. What this meant was uncensored, audible screaming matches at the Xbox as I was trying to finish off The Force Unleashed on Sith Lord difficulty and having…difficulties in doing so. Maris Brood and her Bull Rancor monster. Just…no. Hateful game. Though once they were eviscerated, the rest of the game went fairly simply. Chief reason I was playing it was for practice as the downloadable levels were on sale the other week and I purchased the last level I haven’t yet bought (Jedi Temple). Can’t see myself trying Sith Master difficulty somehow though Apprentice is now appallingly easy.

So I played that and I also finished off Resident Evil 4 scooping up 10/12 achievements. Of course I now have all the other bonus features to plough through starting I think with Assignment Ada. The HD version looks kinda nice. Nothing new to the game though I have some serious issues over the quality of the brightness as it was very hard to make out the subtleties of the gameplay environment without squinting and turning the in-game brightness to max. We were spoiled with the Wii version – the point n aim with the Wiimote made things so easy. Getting the bottlecaps never caused so much cursing, particularly on Game D.

I’m back on Resident Evil 5 now I’ve broken in 4 and replaying from the beginning rather than resuming from wherever it was I left off before. My memories were of a jungle mission but thinking back, I suspect I’m confusing the Darkside Chronicles with 5. After that, I have RE6 to plough through and a few other games in the pouch. And I would like Age of Mythology through Steam but just missed out on the sale by the time I made my mind up so will wait for the next price drop before reliving the saga of Arkantos. Just please say that the achievements aren’t (practically) all multiplayer again like AoE 2…

Sunday was the day of our Vinopolis lunch – Griffin prize. Eeyore couldn’t make it so we managed to rope in Jack as a last minute fifth person. They all had Sunday Roasts (mostly beef, one pork) whilst I had what they called a tart (but was more like a cheesy veggie burger) which despite its dubious profile, wasn’t that bad as it happens. The wine I picked complimented it nicely but I’ve not had a bad Austrian wine yet. And then we had seven tokens to spend as we saw fit. The wine tasting area was completely different to how it was the last time we were there with more of an emphasis on the corporate hospitality package and fewer experts explaining the vintages and types.

I found that Spanish wine I liked the last time I was there (but of course it wasn’t available in the shop to purchase afterwards) though both Alex and I picked up a bottle of the chocolate wine we approved of. I also tried a couple of other wines in the area – nothing particularly memorable. It’s a shame that a lot of the human element has been removed by the powers that be because you could engage more with the sommaliers. And perhaps extract an extra taste or two out of them. Ceajay seemed particularly narked that the Rum Bar had been removed. It would have been nice to see the Bombay Sapphire cocktail list again (though without disinterested miserable sod tending bar). HintHunt next in three weeks…

Coming up this week: a full five day week at work which is the last one for three weeks – possibly more if I can stretch it out a little. Am looking forward to Thorpe Park and I’ll be religiously scrutinising the weather forecasts from tomorrow for the coming week. Will have the flat to myself again for most of the week which probably won’t be taken advantage of in the fullest sense of the word but it’s always good to have time apart. Absence and all that jazz. Other than that, very little else to tell. I did decide to try and read the Swarm War trilogy again but it’s such hard going, particularly with all the stupid Killik names. This is what puts me off of fantasy fiction – the ridiculous names which are immediately forgettable and you don’t get a reckoning on which daft character is doing what. At least Timothy Zahn gave his characters names which were often meaningful or pun-tastic.