I never did file that report on my holiday... Happy to say it unfolded roughly according to plan. Spent time with the 'rents. Won a shot glass and had my name added to an honour board for scoffing nearly a kilo of cow plus chips and gravy (washed down with profiteroles and beers of the low-carb variety - wouldn't wanna get fat!). As described previously, though, the primary purpose of the break was to catch up with my good friends PG and DG. P. was technically working from home, but between his preparing documents and fielding business-related calls, we managed to play/watch a stack of games and movies. And during those periods when I was left to my own devices, I put a dent in his otaku library. Alas, it rained most days, preventing us from building the shed, but we did lay a few pavers one afternoon. That and regular walks to the shops stopped us morphing into gibbering slug creatures. For those who care, here's an alphabetical list of our and my chosen media (asterisks indicate titles we conquered) -
GAMES: the new "1942" (360), "Batman: The Brave & The Bold" (Wii), "Bayonetta"* (360), "Bit.Trip Runner" (Wii), "Endless Ocean" (Wii), "Espgaluda II"* (360), "Fallout: New Vegas" (360), "House Of The Dead: Overkill"* (Wii), "Mushihimesama Futari 1.5"* (360), "Tatsunoko Vs Capcom All Stars"* (Wii), "Tekken 6"* (360), "Typhoon Thompson" (Amiga emulator), "Wild Fang"* (MAME), "X-Men"* (MAME) and "Zing Zing Zip"* (MAME).
FILMS: "Feast" (DVD), "Ghostwatch" and "Ghosts In The Machine" (UK telly recordings), "Hatchet" (DVD), "Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths" (DVD), "Justice League: The New Frontier" (DVD), "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage" + extras (import DVD) and "The Social Network" (cinema).
PRINT: "The Books Of Magic: Life During Wartime #1-15" (comic), "Katsuya Terada's The Monkey King Vol. 1" (manga), "Retro Gamer #63-68" (magazine), "X-Factor Vol. 3 #1-15" (comic) and "Y: The Last Man #1-60" (comic).
(This unrelated quote was meant to go with an earlier post, but I temporarily mislaid it. Waste not, want not...)
"One wants not to spoil children's belief in magic. There will be plenty of time later for disillusionment" - Christopher Hitchens