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Still trying to use my outdated tech

This is a story about me refusing to throw my old DVD recorder away, when i purchased this sony HDD DVD recorder it was the bees knees. It had it’s own hard drive  wow this was really something about 12 years ago, to be honest i have only got two types of things on it

Football matches that i don’t want to forget, games that my team won by a good score over other top teams especially champions  league matches, the other is music mostly top of the pops from the 1970’s  i do have some more modern stuff on it like Robbie Williams so am not completely stuck in the 70’s but it was a great decade for music eh.

About 2 years ago we changed our tv cable supplier from sky to virgin but to my surprise when it was installed i was told i cannot connect  my dvd recorder any more, i was gutted

I looked on the internet for away around this problem but could not find a solution to this,

So about 2 weeks ago  i looked at this problem again and found out that the virgin tivo box has only  one out cable which is a HMDI, so i looked for a HDMI splitter box, you have to be careful here because you can get box’s that have maybe 4 hdmi in’s and 1 out which is ok if your tv does not have enough hdmi in’s which i have used in the past but i got a box that has 1 in and 2 outs which gave me a supply for my dvd recorder.

But that was not the end of my trouble, i then had to get another box to change the hdmi supply to scart again it was amazon to the rescue.  

hdmi splitter box
hdmi splitter box

So now i have got my dvd recorder working again but i only have 20 hours left of recording time left on it, so now am thinking of getting a new one, seen one online which sounds great and i could still use my old one just got to be willing to part with £400 not sure if this is the way to go anymore.

Anarchy in the UK: Sex Pistols’ Denmark Street home given listed status

Rotten luck for punk fans! The one-time home of the Sex Pistols on London’s Denmark Street, the walls of which are covered in singer John Lydon’s graffiti, has been awarded Grade II* Listed Status by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, on the advice of Historic England.

The cartoons, which include caricatures of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, his girlfriend Nancy Spungen and manager Malcolm McLaren, were scrawled in magic marker 40 years ago by Lydon, who was known as Johnny Rotten at the time.

Early demos of Anarchy in the UK and God Save the Queen were also recorded at the address on the so-called “Tin Pan Alley” – 6 and 7 Denmark Street.

Heritage Minister David Evennett said: “These 17th-century townhouses not only exhibit well-preserved architectural detail but helped nurture Soho’s influence on the global music industry during the 1960s and 1970s.

“As we celebrate 40 years of punk, I’m delighted to be granting further protection to these buildings, which acted as a home and studio to the Sex Pistols.”

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Johhny Rotten’s caricature of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

Posy Metz, the listings adviser who assessed the buildings, said: “The purpose of listing is to flag things which are of historical and cultural importance, and I think punk is a really important part of our cultural history and including it in the listing is a way of recognising that.

“The alternative is saying: let’s forget all about punk because they don’t want to be remembered as part of our history.” 

She also stressed that the graffiti was just an added “layer of interest” and that the buildings themselves were Heritage England’s chief reason for awarding listed status. 

No. 6 Denmark Street, where Johnny Rotten’s graffiti can still be see on the interior walls Credit: Historic England

The decision to preserve the buildings is a victory for the Save Tin Pan Alley Campaign, whose founder Henry Scott-Irvine, described the listing as “fantastic news”.

For original punk fans, though, this is just the latest example of the movement being gobbled up by the establishment. Punk’s 40th anniversary is being celebrated across London this year. Backed by London mayor Boris Johnson, the celebrations are being marketed as Punk London. 

In response to this, Joe Corré, son of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, has said he he will burn £5 million worth of punk memorabilia in public.

Speaking about his decision, Corré said: “Rather than a movement for change, punk has become like a f***ing museum piece or a tribute act.”

Rupert Orton of The Jim Jones Revue, the Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock and Henry Scott-Irvine of the Save Tin Pan Alley Campaign stand in front of Johnny Rotten’s Tin pan Alley graffiti

Taken from the Telegraph


Rosberg wins drama-filled Melbourne race

Ferrari seized control at the start of Sunday’s 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, but a mid-race stoppage after a huge accident involving Fernando Alonso turned the race on its head, helping Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg to what had looked an unlikely victory.

Team mate Lewis Hamilton recovered from a nightmare start to finish second, while Sebastian Vettel – who led into Turn 1 and looked very much in charge prior to the red flags – had to settle for third after 57 laps of Albert Park.

Local hero Daniel Ricciardo took a popular fourth place for Red Bull, well clear of the Williams of Felipe Massa, while Romain Grosjean gave the all-new Haas team points on their debut with sixth.

Alonso some how walked away from this   lucky boy

Movie’s i watched

Flawless 2007

Set in 1960 London, where a soon to retire caretaker convinces a glass-ceiling constrained American executive to help him steal a handful of diamonds from their employer, the London Diamond Corporation.


Michael Radford


Edward Anderson


Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Lambert Wilson

I enjoyed this movie very much, i would give it a eight out of ten

I watched it on Netflix   i would recommend it, i think anyone would

Enjoy this entertaining movie.



The Hallow  2015

A family who moved into a remote mill house in Ireland finds themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.


Corin Hardy


Corin Hardy (screenplay), Felipe Marino (screenplay) (as Olga Barreneche)


Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton |

Not a bad movie at all started a bit slow but it did get better, i would give it eight out of ten.

I watched this movie on google play so it cost me about £8 on the good side it will stay in my movie collection. I would recommend this movie if you like horror movies.



The Lady in the Van (2015)

A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that’s parked in his driveway.


Nicholas Hytner


Alan Bennett


Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent

Well sorry but i did not take to this movie, i would only give it 3 out of 10.

I watched this movie on google play and it cost me about £12

I would not recommend this movie, better wait a while until it’s on normal tv.

Thunderbirds’ Lady Penelope Voice Sylvia Anderson Dies

Sylvia Anderson, best known as the voice of Lady Penelope in hit 1960s TV

show  Thunderbirds , has died aged 88.

The actress family confirmed she passed away following a short illness at her home in Bray, Buckinghamshire, reports BBC News.

Her daughter Dee Anderson said, Sylvia was a mother and a legend. Her intelligence was phenomenal but her creativity and tenacity unchallenged. She was a force in every way, and will be sadly missed.

In the 60s, Anderson and husband Gerry Anderson created  Thunderbirds , which first aired in 1965, and she also provided the unmistakeable voice of secret agent Lady Penelope.

The show aired in over 60 countries and famously used electronic marionette puppetry, also known as “Supermarionation, combining puppets with a technology that ensured they synced perfectly in time with dialogue recorded by voice actors.

Thunderbirds  aired for just two series in Britain but spawned two films, audio plays and a lucrative toy franchise. The series was revived in 2014 by ITV with  Gone Girl  actress Rosamund Pike as the voice of Lady Penelope. Anderson made a cameo voicing Penelopes great aunt Sylvia.

Andersons former husband Gerry died in 2012 following a battle with Alzheimers.

She is survived by her daughter Dee, her son Gerry Anderson Junior, and four grandchildren.

How to complain in restaurants: There’s a right way and a wrong way

On the continent it is a universally acknowledged fact that the British cannot complain. We grumble, and sometimes we harrumph. Or else we talk of the weather and hope for the best. What we never do is spring forth with a red-blooded, teeth-bared chandelier-shaker.

I share a flat with two French people, and they explain this often; nearly as often as they say things like “you are not cutting that cheese properly” and once again explain the notion of the cheese coeur to me, like primary school teachers explaining that crayons aren’t to be used on walls. They do not wear berets, but they care about food, and in that at least, they are fully paid-up French stereotypes.

Their own Gallic-born British stereotype, it must be said, is miles off target. The British often complain. It is just we do it very badly. And no more so than when it comes to complaining in restaurants. We are the poor relations of Europe when it comes to explaining what we want to happen to this here slice of lasagne with its crown of hair. It is a terrible failing.

Complaining in restaurants is a delicate and important business. You have to have a just and righteous cause before you set off on a tableside crusade. To complain simply to try to get a freebie is indefensible. As bad, in fact, as not complaining when you really ought to. Complaints serve a vital purpose, after all. They expose faults and graft and overweening staff, often to managers and owners who wouldn’t otherwise know. We’d still be suffering under the yoke of the Lyons teashop if it wasn’t for a collective groaning voice. Moaning, done properly, leads to improvement.