Retrocollect and Retro Asylum – sharing interests


What I liked about the latest Retro Asylum podcast was their link with a sister podcast named Retrocollect. In fact, there does not appear to be any competition whatsoever between podcasts. As is mentioned in the podcast (listen above), both sites appear to benefit from joining forces rather than battling it out for listeners.



Dennis Potter memories and a new vlog

At long last I’ve been able to get two of my favourite Dennis Potter TV plays, Lipstick on your collar and the Singing Detective. Tis nearly twenty years since I watched these and even had copies on VHS :)

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Gradlife has gone. They haven’t released a vlog in over a year. I’ve therefore searched high and low for a decent alternative. I found the KidShoryuken vlog, combines real life with retro – cool idea



From Bedroom to Billions – Retro Asylum

This week’s offering from the Retro Asylum podcast, featuring @PressPlyOnTape, a local Liverpudlian, is a much listen.

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The podcast highlights a new OpenEMU for the Mac. I’ve managed to paste some ROMs into the package, as you can see from the jpeg, and things appear to run smoothly.

There is also lots of talk about the new documentary coming out ‘ From bedroom to billions ‘. The reason why this is a much watch is due to its British perspective on gaming.

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I must say I’m looking forward to seeing this.

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Webb robs the Reds – a web perspective

Totally gutted. How on earth did Liverpool not get a second penalty last night?

On a positive note, it gives the Reds a good opportunity now to concentrate on the league and a top four finish.

If poor language does not offend you, watch the attached Redmen TV reaction to the game.



Howard Hughes on City and an age!

Great to see Howard Hughes back on the radio. He has been on City and since retuned to the Unexplained podcast since the loss of his father.

Sad loss for the Platts too back in April, hence the lack of blogging.

YNWA Dad x



2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Busy times

Busy times for us all!

I was really annoyed at the reception that Benitez got at Chelsea. Shouldn’t the fans vent their anger at the owner?

Still, only four weeks until Christmas – looking forward to the twins’ reactions on christmas Day.

Below are the two latest episodes of the Unexplained – interesting stuff.


The return of Gradlife

And I thought it had gone for good! Gradlife is back and it definitely made my day last week. Beats Coronation Street!

Below are some examples of the new looking vlog.


Oh Sandy

The audio recording below is of Howard Hughes’ show ‘The Unexplained’. It contains some fascinating stuff about Hurricane Sandy that hit the East coast of the States last week.

On the home front, things are still really busy for everyone, hence the lack of blog updates.


Audio recordings from Italy Comenius Project and general podcast interest

Below are two audioboo recordings from the students in Italy.

Also, some Unexplained podcasts from the past two months – interesting listening.


Some pictures from the Comenius Utopia Italy project, October 2012

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Tuesday in Fumane, Italy

After a morning in a Kindergarten, we gave our presentation again after the fiasco of yesterday.

The visit to the vineyard was interesting, yet the temptation to stuff your face with grapes was a dangerous one!

We were planning to go to Verona this evening, however the local buses are not the solution.

A meal nearby is the answer then!


Wet Italy

Ok I haven’t blogged for a while due to work, yet now I’m in Italy on the Comenius Utopia exchange, I thought it was about time to update.

Having landed at Verona and been up since three in the morning, we spent the day in Venice.

We were shattered by the end of the day. We are currently in a middle school in the small town of Fumane.

The hotel is lovely. We are so fortunate.


Iphone 5

iPhone 5 is just 4 days away. Apple sent invitations for a big Media Event last week that will be held in San Francisco, California, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, to unveil its most rumored long waited sixth generation of iPhones “iPhone 5″ on September 12th at 10:00 am Pacific Time.

iPhone 5 is expected to be Thinner, Lighter and will feature a 4 inch screen with 640X1136 resolution, A6 processor, 1GB RAM, 4G LTE capabilities and the new 9 pin dock connector. And will come with The new Nano sim card and upgraded Siri. Also it will come with the most amazing iOS yet “iOS 6″ pre-installed on it.

And here we are bring you the Event’s Time Zone for all countries and regions.

Chaos Theory – how ironic!

How ironic that on Transfer Day, the Unexplained have a podcast about Chaos Theories.


Rodgers on transfer latest – Liverpool FC

Transfer Deadline Day – Oh dear, what went on?

Before the read, however, check out our amazing son!

Brendan Rodgers is hopeful Liverpool can bolster their striking options before the transfer window closes at 11pm BST on Friday.The manager was quizzed about possible signings at his pre-Arsenal press conference.This after Jay Spearing and Andy Carroll departed on loan and Charlie Adam signed a permanent deal with Stoke.Rodgers said: “Were hopeful. There are obviously a lot of people upstairs who are doing a lot of great work and working very, very hard. Lets hope by the time it shuts later on that weve got some reinforcements.”There are a number of players were enquiring about. There is no doubt we need to add goals to the team. That was always an objective when I first came in.”If we can get recognised goalscorers to come in, thats the objective.”I dont want to, out of respect for the other clubs and players, sit and go through every single name that has been linked with Liverpool, or this would be the longest press conference in the world.”Therell be hopefully one or two coming in.”Lots of names that have been thrown out there, unfortunately have been thrown out there for other reasons than us having the money and resources to get them in, which is the brutal honesty of it.”

via Rodgers on transfer latest – Liverpool FC.

Google Earth Shows Undiscovered Pyramids and The Unexplained

Interesting article below about the Pyramids. i tweeted it in the week. Oh, and a new Podcast about the Pyramids too.


Google Earth Shows Undiscovered Pyramids, Amateur Archeologist Claims | PCWorld.

Bits n Bobs from the past week

The one advantage of being on holiday is to see the twinnies change daily and most importantly, to spend some time with them.

These things unfortunately can’t be done when we both have the stress of work. It certainly helps to make you put things into perspective.

Right enough before I lose the plot. Here’s some pics from Farmer Ted’s last week. The videos are from Luci’s birthday lunch today. More pics to follow.


What makes Liverpool so special

There’s certainly a magic about Liverpool. The people are unique, always with a story to tell and such a wry sense of humour.

I am proud to have been born there and glad that the twins were born there too. It may sound trivial to some, yet it’s important to our family that the tradition continues and remains.

Above is an interesting Audioboo about what the city means to people and how Liverpudlians are unique.


Man not alone?

(CNN) — Earth Day may fall later this week, but as far as former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell and other UFO enthusiasts are concerned, the real story is happening elsewhere.
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, shown after his Apollo mission in 1971, claims there “is no doubt we are being visited.”

Mitchell, who was part of the 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission, asserted Monday that extraterrestrial life exists, and that the truth is being concealed by the U.S. and other governments.

He delivered his remarks during an appearance at the National Press Club following the conclusion of the fifth annual X-Conference, a meeting of UFO activists and researchers studying the possibility of alien life forms.

Mankind has long wondered if we’re “alone in the universe. [But] only in our period do we really have evidence. No, we’re not alone,” Mitchell said.

“Our destiny, in my opinion, and we might as well get started with it, is [to] become a part of the planetary community. … We should be ready to reach out beyond our planet and beyond our solar system to find out what is really going on out there.”

Mitchell grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, which some UFO believers maintain was the site of a UFO crash in 1947. He said residents of his hometown “had been hushed and told not to talk about their experience by military authorities.” They had been warned of “dire consequences” if they did so.
But, he claimed, they “didn’t want to go to the grave with their story. They wanted to tell somebody reliable. And being a local boy and having been to the moon, they considered me reliable enough to whisper in my ear their particular story.”

Roughly 10 years ago, Mitchell claimed, he was finally given an appointment at Pentagon to discuss what he had been told.

An unnamed admiral working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff promised to uncover the truth behind the Roswell story, Mitchell said. The stories of a UFO crash “were confirmed,” but the admiral was then denied access when he “tried to get into the inner workings of that process.”

The same admiral, Mitchell claimed, now denies the story.

“I urge those who are doubtful: Read the books, read the lore, start to understand what has really been going on. Because there really is no doubt we are being visited,” he said.

“The universe that we live in is much more wondrous, exciting, complex and far-reaching than we were ever able to know up to this point in time.”

A NASA spokesman denied any cover-up.

“NASA does not track UFOs. NASA is not involved in any sort of cover-up about alien life on this planet or anywhere else — period,” Michael Cabbage said Monday.

Debates have continued about what happened at Roswell. The U.S. Air Force said in 1994 that wreckage recovered there in 1947 was most likely from a balloon-launched classified government project.

Stephen Bassett, head of the Paradigm Research Group (PRG), which hosted the X-Conference, said that the truth about extraterrestrial life is being suppressed because it is politically explosive.

“There is a third rail [in American politics], and that is the UFO question. It is many magnitudes more radioactive than Social Security ever dreamed to be,” Bassett said.

If you could travel to any time….!?

If you could travel to any time in history – when and where would you go? I would like to go anywhere, so long as there is no Coronation Street. Maybe to a time when Liverpool were winning? Still, the latest unexplained podcast above is worth a listen.

On the home front, Daddy is still busy looking after the twins during their terrible twos time. They are hard work, yet cute at the same time. Here’s some pictures from the week.


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A slow Mountain Lion and busy twins



The servers must have been jam packed today. Mountain Lion arrived in the App Store yet many were unable to download it due to an error and, I presume, busy servers.

Nevertheless, I got it in the end and will now install. More importantly, we hope that there aren’t any bugs to start with.

Today is the first day of the holidays that Daddy has been alone with the twins. Boy, they had some fun this morning, hence the pics.




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The beach it was….

It was a visit to Formby Beach today for the family. For once, the weather changed and we could enjoy a day at the beach with decent weather.

It certainly was a hot one. Reubs loved the sea, Izzy however, wasn’t that sure. So after a day on the sand and a big clean up once home, Debs settled down again to True Blood whilst I was left editing the video.

If only the weather……..


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Better Chrome?

Chrome for ios, on the iphone. Well yes I installed it the day it came out, only to be faced with numerous bugs.

Now there is Betterchrome for sharing on social networks.

Here’s what I read today.

Oh, before that, here’s what it looks like from the iphone browser –


Chrome has started to outshine Mobile Safari in iOS because of its latest up gradation. It is now not only possible to access your favorite links in Chrome on your iPhone, but also to insert news items on your browser if you set Chrome as your default iOS browser. However, this is not all it has to offer. There is an even cooler twist to Google Chrome now available up for grabs at the Cydia Store. BetterChrome, the latest tweak related to Chrome is extremely convenient, for it allows you to insert a complete set of options in the settings’ tab in Chrome. Due to this, you can now have the option of sharing pages with your social network through Chrome, using your iPad or iPhone.

For you to benefit from this cool new opportunity, you simply have to install BetterChrome and open doors to social sharing by clicking the ‘Share’ button. This feature does not ask for any modifications in the configuration of your computer or device, which is an additional advantage. Ascertain that you have successfully installed the application by running Chrome and clicking the Settings dropdown menu. You should be able to view the ‘Share’ preference as the second item on the menu. Furthermore, you can also insert your own heading or description to the pages before you share them.

The ‘Share’ preference is exactly like the one we are all accustomed to. As of now, this option is available Google+, Twitter and Facebook. In order to successfully share, you must first log in to your Google account from your browser. This wonderfully efficient twist in Chrome, called BetterChrome, is available at the Cydia ModMyi repo, for as less as $1, which makes it a superb investment. Feel free to comment on this post!

So we predict the future from the past?!

What a great thought, predicting the future from the past. So, the lottery numbers I put on last month would be, er, yep, so the future numbers, er…

Have a listen –


Nearly there

It’s been a tough year yet we’re nearly there.
We all went to the park today, the twins lived it. Let’s hope the weather picks up for the holidays.


A return

February was the last time I blogged. Long time eh!? Still, rather than dwell on the past,  let’s move on and focus on the now.


The twins are now at school and excelling.
More to follow,



Communicating with loved ones?

This is worth a listen. Again Howard’s podcast The Unexplained keeps the mind ticking.