Monday, December 4, 2017

The Operatives tv series (again)

 Well I caught another episode of the Operatives tv show today, they were in Costa Rica chasing illegal gold miners.
 Where do I start... this group of supposedly ex military (I have my doubts) are out in the jungle. Well, first obviously none of them have ever seen a jungle before. There they are following a stream and they run out of water as they underestimated the distance they could cover. Now anyone who has actually been in the jungle will tell you that time and distance mean nothing, it could take you two hours to cover half a mile, it could take you ten minutes, or all day!
 Add in the fact that despite being in a stream they had no water purification tablets or filters so they had to drink the unfiltered stream water, the last straw for me was watching them sitting on the jungle floor, thats a no-no, you always sit on your pack or anything except the floor. The floor is covered in stinging biting things..
 Then the cameraman fell and broke the camera so they called it a halt, even though theres footage of the cameraman there with the broken camera getting up after his fall, so obviously they have another camera.
 While this is happening a second group are planning on using a paramotor ( motorized parachute  sort of a hang glider) Except... none of them have ever flown one before, oh they did read the manual and watch a video on how to do it, needless to say after loads of attempts they end up crashing before finally one of them gets off the ground.

 These are supposed to be the professionals?????  Hell you'd be better off with half a dozen old ladies from the local Woman's Institute.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Going abroad and thinking of flying on one of their airlines?

 If your going abroad outside of Europe and planning on using one of the visited countries own airlines for short hops keep this in mind.
 Currently there are 178 airlines banned from EU airspace for safety concerns. Of these 172 airlines from 16 states are banned because of lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states.
 The remaining 6 airlines are banned because of individual safety concerns with those companies.

 Maybe they should put this in the inflight magizine, it might make people read the safety cards.

Friday, December 1, 2017

I'm not a celebrity get me the smeg out of here!

 Well good news, I have some of  the leaked next seasons list of celebrities for next years " I'm not a celebrity get me the smeg out of here!".

Dr Edwin Flangeplate. Butterfly collector appeared on BBC's countryfile in 1992

Donald  Seedratter  Butchers assistant who has served Michael Winner twice.

Katie Price.  Used to get her jugs out a lot back in 1996, more recently known for getting married a lot.

Betty Moredock. Worked at a hairdressers next door to the hairdresser used by Joan Collins.

Derick Collins. Appeared in the background of Top of the Pops in 1969 (now slightly dead but says that wont stop him re-booting his career.

Jayne Morley-Smethwich. dog trainer who trained a dog for Mel Gibson, sadly the dog was run over before Gibson got it.

Proffesor Harris Baconslice.  Nearly appeared on the sky at night in 1975.

Mary McDonald  Appeared in the tv series  The Sweeney when she accidentally walked past the camera.

Richard M Dickson. Cousin of the man who was the great nephew of the great grandson of the man who wrote the music for the film Village of the Dammed 1960.

Seriously though how hard is it to find real celebrites, not the bunch of has-beens no hopers and who the bloody hell are they's that they have now!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Orville tv series)

 I started watching the Orville tv series when it first launched, to be honest I wasn't expecting a lot. Written and staring Seth Macfarlane of Family Guy fame. Sadly films and series staring the writer have a nasty habit of being terrible. The Orville is different, it works, and it works well.
 The idea is a sort of Star Trek spoof, but in fact while having some comedy especially in the early episodes it's turned into a proper science fiction show that stands on it own, with good stories.

Waynes rating 8/10 well worth a watch if you like science fiction.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Red Dwarf last ever series??? (spoiler alert)

 The week saw the end of series 12 of Red Dwarf. The series has been different is a few ways but over the last two episode we've had sort of "flashbacks" of the first ever series, it's a bit like the series is paying homage to it's origin before it stops.
 We've seen Lister back in his first uniform and back in the setting we first see him in episode one of the first series, munching a pie with a cigarette in his ear.
 We have Rimmer back in his original uniform, Holly back, Captain Hollister returned, and lastly the old sleeping quarters.
 I hope it's not the end of Red Dwarf. But if it is goodbye and thanks for the laughs.

Yeah the boys from the dwarf!!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Fitbits Blaze (review)

 The Fitbits Blaze is a fitness tracker watch.
 It's able to track steps, heart rate (resting and active) monitor smart phone notifications, link to your music, give guided breathing relaxation sessions, has reminders to move, sleep monitoring and lots of other features.
 It's claimed to have a 5 day battery life, although many people claim it's more like 2 days.
 So whats it like to use?  Well first off it's big and chunky, the squarish design tends to catch on shirt sleeves or bag straps. The heart rate monitor seems pretty accurate, I'm not so sure about the step counter, that seems...  lets say optimistic and be kind, just swinging your arm counts as a few steps on my model.

Things I don't like.  First off the charging system if frankly bonkers, you take the firbits off your wrist then push the black part of the watch out of the frame, this then drops into a box with a frame on the front that plugs into a usb.  Really taking the bloody thing apart was the best idea they came up with?
 My issue with this is it's going to stress the thinish frame and sooner or later thats going to break, then I'm worried about the watch part falling out the front and loosing it. Now I know it's not suposed to be able to do that but I'm just not convinced
 Then theses the water proofing issue. This is a fitness tracker for outdoors types, yet it's only water resistant, WTF?  Theres no good reason whey this isn't waterproof, there 2 contacts on the back for charging no USB socket, so no problem making that part watertight.

 Ok is it worth the £150 which is the going rate at the time I write this...  Well no is my answer, you could pay a bit more and get the supposedly miles better Apple watch, or pay a lot less and get a heart monitor watch. Ok it won't have all the functions on a fitbits but to be honest 90% people will never use much more than the basics.

Mountains and dry sone walls

Some pics of guess what... Yes the title did rather give it away.