Katie Mac

October 26, 2016 at 17:30 (Gigs, Music)

Coffee House Sessions: University Of Bradford

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Orchestra of Opera North: John Williams’ Heroes

October 16, 2016 at 15:00 (Gigs, Music)

Leeds Town Hall

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Stephen Bell – conductor

Featuring:

  • 20th Century Fox Fanfare – Alfred Newman
  • Superman – March
  • The Cowboys Overture
  • The Empire Strikes Back – Imperial March
  • Close Encounters – Main Title
  • ET – Flying Theme
  • Far and Away Theme
  • Saving Private Ryan – Hymn to the fallen
  • Jedi Steps and Finale, Star Wars – The Force Awakens
  • Olympic Fanfare & Theme
  • Theme from Jaws
  • Harry Potter – Hedwig’s Theme
  • Harry Potter – Harry’s Wonderous World
  • Schindler’s List – Theme
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Hook – Flight to Neverland
  • Home Alone – Main theme
  • Jurassic Park – Theme

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Tom Walker

October 11, 2016 at 17:45 (Gigs, Music) ()

Coffee House Sessions – Bradford Students’ Union

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September TV

October 2, 2016 at 11:25 (TV) ()

September 2016’s television in rough order of greatness…

  • Stranger Things (S1)
  • Go 8 Bit
  • Inside Amy Schumer (S4…)
  • Victoria
  • Only Connect (S12)
  • Wentworth (S4)
  • Veep S4
  • Bojack Horseman (S1)
  • Parks and Recreation (S6…)
  • Murder In Successville (S2)
  • Poldark
  • Later (S49…)
  • Newzoids (S2)
  • Cold Feet (S6…)
  • Red Dwarf
  • Angie Tribeca (S2)
  • New Girl (S5…)
  • Bordertown
  • 2 Broke Girls (S5)

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August TV

September 4, 2016 at 12:30 (TV) (, )

August’s TV in rough order making up around 4 days of viewing:

  • Wentworth (S4 Ep9)
  • Daredevil (S2)
  • Last Week Tonight (S3)
  • Friday Night Dinner (S4)
  • Only Connect (S12)
  • Veep (S3)
  • The Secret Agent
  • Man Down (S3)
  • Parks and Recreation (S6 Ep12)
  • Bojak Horseman (S1 Ep5)
  • Angie Tribecca (S2 Ep8)
  • Versailles (S1)
  • New Girl (S5 13)
  • The Americans (S4)
  • Forces Of Nature (S1)
  • Bordertwon (S1 11)
  • Drifters (S3)
  • 2 Broke Girls (S5 20)
  • Dicte (S1)
  • The Musketeers (S3)

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July TV

August 1, 2016 at 11:37 (TV) (, , )

This month I was mostly watching the BBC’s excellent coverage of Glastonbury and T In The Park.But here is everything else in some sort of order:

  • Mr Robot S1
  • Wentworth S4 (ongoing)
  • Taskmaster S2
  • Only Connect (ongoing)
  • Silicon Valley S3
  • Heroes Reborn
  • The A Word
  • The Living And The Dead
  • Mum
  • Man Down S3 (1-3)
  • Angie Tribeca S1+ S2 started
  • The Americans S4 (ongoing)
  • The Windsors
  • The Aliens
  • New Girl S5 (ongoing)
  • Dicte
  • Musketeers S3 (ongoing)
  • 2 Broke Girls S5 (ongoing)

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Flower

August 1, 2016 at 08:47 (Games, PS4)

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Without wanting to get into the “not a game” debate I’m not sure how else you could describe Flower. It is just a beautiful experience that was only really let down by the motion controls occasionally contorting my body into an unusual position. Nice to play a game for a few hours, get plenty from it and know I could (but won’t) go back to find more secrets or just to be carried along by the wind.

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Demo Roundup PS4

July 25, 2016 at 15:43 (Games, PS4)

I decided I didn’t have time to get stuck into another game this month even though I really want to play the re-release of Twilight Princess and The Witness. I did think I had time to play through a few demos. First up were the two (latest?) Lego games The Force Awakens and Avengers. Both were fun but even I’m now starting to feel like I’ve had enough of these now. The Force Awakens felt far too clutter and in the shooting and flying sections I often couldn’t tell what was going on. I think I enjoyed The Avengers more even though a bug at the end prevented me from finishing the demo but I’d seen enough.

Much more enjoyable was Unravel, when I first saw this it looked so beautiful and I was intrigued by the mechanics of controlling a character made from yarn. Indeed the game is one of the best looking I’ve seen (perhaps Uncharted 4 is as good) and there is a lovely atmosphere to the game. I enjoyed all the mechanics in the game and, as a demo should, it left me wanting more. I was tempted to purchase the full game and carry on but trying to be more strict about playing what I’ve already bought first. It’s a shame to glance at reviews and see them suggest that it becomes repetitive or the mechanics start to be inconsistent or not make sense but I’m ready for more before I lose interest.

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June TV

July 2, 2016 at 19:59 (TV) ()

  • The Good Wife
  • Last Week Tonight
  • It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (S4)
  • Disparue (The Disappearance)
  • Silicon Valley (S3)
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Gotham
  • Flowers
  • Angie Tribeca
  • Marvel Agents of SHIELD
  • 11.22.63
  • The Americans
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Dicte
  • Wallander
  • Love, Nina
  • The Musketeers

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Glastonbury 2016

June 29, 2016 at 21:59 (Festivals, Film, Music) (, )

Here’s a list of all the acts (and films) I saw at Glastonbury. My highlights are in bold, those in italic I only really saw as I was passing through and asterisk indicate where I didn’t see the whole set.

Wednesday

  • Film: Deadpool
  • Opening ceremony + fireworks

Thursday

  • Arcadia – Metamorphosis Show

Friday

  • Gwenno (Park)
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage (Cabaret) + KT Tunstall
  • Blossom (Other)
  • Michele Stodart (Acoustic)
  • Stephen Frost Impro All Stars (Astrolabe)
  • Ed Harcourt (Acoustic)
  • ZZ Top*
  • Explosions In The Sky (Peel)
  • Aluna George (Peel)
  • Sigur Ros (Peel)

Saturday

  • Cat’s Eyes (Park)
  • Izzy Bizu (Park)
  • Lady Leshurr (Park)
  • (Tried to see Travis at Croisant Neuf but couldn’t get close so only heard Sing)
  • Choir Of Young Believers (William’s Green)
  • The Last Shadow Puppets (Pyramid)
  • Chvches (Other)
  • Turin Brakes (Avalon)*
  • Adele (Pyramid) *
  • New Order (Other)*
  • Philip Glass’ Heroes Symphony (Park)

Sunday

  • Marcus Brigstocke’s Policy Unit (Cabaret)
  • Mark Simmons?  (Cabaret)*
  • Spencer Jones Is the Herbert (Cabaret)
  • Gregory Porter (Pyramid)
  • Marcus Du Sautoy (Astrolabe)
  • Jeff Lynne’s ELO (Pyramid)
  • Låpsley (Introducing)
  • Guy Garvey (Park)
  • Grimes (Park)
  • Coldplay (Pyramid)*
    • Barry Gibb
    • Michael Eavis
  • Doreen Doreen (Summer House)*

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