First Time Writer from Aylesham in Kent

I’ve finally decided to commit to actually writing my first book.  As a first time write from Aylesham in Kent, it’s great to finally have a plan in my head.

First time writer from Aylesham

I’ve been trying to get a book written for quite a while now.  I have started a story approximately 5 years ago, and for various reasons I have never finished it.

But after a long think about what I want to achieve before I’m 50, I have settled on my idea and how I intend on writing it.  I’m really excited by this project and I can’t wait to get stuck into it.

I also have a full-time job, so finding the time to write as much as I can will be the main challenge.  Ideally, I would love to be able to book a cottage somewhere out in the middle of nowhere with no internet to spend all my time just writing.

Aylesham Housing Development Drone Video February 2019

There is enough material in my head to be able to write a whole book.  They say that you should write about what you know when you attempt to write for first book.  That was certainly the advice I take onboard to get started on my first book.

To keep myself motivated, I have opened up a Facebook page called Lee’s Writing a Book.  I have already invited all my Facebook friends.  My theory is that if I tell as many people as possible that I am writing a book, I’ll have to actually write it.

A Review of Todd Phillips Joker Movie

What happens when you get an unstable, mentally incapable individual who is treated as nothing but a nobody and trapped in a dystopian state city? The answer is given in Todd Phillips’ ingenious new movie, Joker.

todd-phillips-jokerPhillip’s presents to us the super villain as young man, troubled and just hanging on by a thread.

The brilliant Joaquin Phoenix portrays the character in a way that makes him seem creepy but yet also sympathetic at the same time.

Arthur Fleck (the Joker’s birth name) is an awkward figure, the kind of awkward that makes you want to stay away with a barge pole but also feel genuinely concerned for him.

He lives with his fragile mum (played by Frances Conroy) in a slumpy apartment and just about hangs on to existence as a party clown.

Gotham city seems to have run off the rails and lost its way. Rats are on the streets, rubbish hasn’t been collected for days and there are too many stores proclaiming that they are closing down or some that are already lost and empty.

Although not stated in the film, it is estimated to be the 1970s and most importantly, crime is at an all time high and for some it is a way of life. The gulf between the rich, shown by Thomas Wayne, and the rest of society is enormous.

Arthur is unable to stand up for himself, he is on multiple medications and when he is beaten up by young thugs on the street, he is unable to stop them. He is powerless.
Unfortunately for him, he suffers from a mysterious medical condition which causes him to erupt into hysterics of laughter at all the wrong moments.

He has to carry a little business type card that explains why he is laughing to anyone who happens to experience an episode of laughter. This doesn’t mean anyone immediately understands or feels sympathetic for him though.

As a party clown, he isn’t very amusing either.   The tone of the film is dark and more gothic than that of any of the more modern day Batman films. Although, Arthur is seemingly portrayed as vulnerable, the more he is bullied, the more grievances he builds up inside himself.

However, while watching this, it gave the feeling of the movie dragging on a bit. I know that the main purpose of the movie is to inessence give the Joker a worth -while backstory but it got to the point where I was just thinking, ‘can you become the Joker now?’

Although, the transformation into the malevolent figure with the disturbing red grin we all know, was worth waiting for.  Phoenix’s portrayal of the Joker is more broodier and heavier that perhaps any of the jokers that are depicted in the previous Batman movies and Suicide Squad. He doesn’t have the bouncy, mad happiness like in the cartoons or any quick fire energy that Heath Ledger gives.

He moves slowly, maybe almost elegantly in a deranged way. However, when his malevolent is released, he is an unstoppable lord of chaos.  This clearly isn’t a super hero movie so action scenes are in short supply.

One of my favourites is a scene involving the joker and hundreds of protestors dressed as clowns and two helpless police officers caught in the thong. It is amazingly staged by Phillips and takes place on the Gotham Subway which isn’t easy space to film in, a tube train with hundreds of bulky men acting ready for violent protest.

At times throughout this movie, viewers might be able to identify with Arthur in some way, not the kind of ‘I’m insane and I’m going to kill everyone’ type of way. But, in the simplest things like when no one laughs at his jokes or it’s like he is invisible on the streets on the way home from work and everyone bumps into him. It is a natural human instinct for someone of this situation to succeed and this can be felt with Arthur.

And therefore, there can be a sense of pride in way when he gets rid of the stumbling in his words and stands up for himself.   At times, the storytelling can become a little contorted, as the film makers strive for a nuanced- based character, that someone is used to seeing as an overly happy baddie, especially if they grew up on the DC cartoons and colourful 20th century Batman and Robin movies.

It also hard to get the right mix of reality and an inverted, over dramatic movie. In this day and age it is hard to get something that the ‘precious snowflakes’ of this generation won’t sprinkle their icicles on. And I think that Joker has managed to do this.

This movie is powerful, original and something definitely worth spending the few extra pounds to see it in the cinemas for a great immersive experience.

This review was written by Charlotte OSullivan

Upgrade – A Film on NOWTV Reviewed

Upgrade - A Film on NOWTV Reviewed

I was recommended to watch Upgrade – A film on NOWTV by a friend over a Skype conversation.  The wife and I often get to around 9pm in the evening and scan the movies on NOWTV for something different to watch.

Upgrade – A Film on NOWTV Reviewed in a nutshell.

So we sat down to watch Upgrade starring Logan Marshall-Green as Grey.  He starts the film as a classic car motor mechanic.  In first few minutes of the film the colour palette used make you feel as though you are watching Michael Bay Transformers movie. BUT you then realise that this movie is set a 10-20 years in the future from today.

Grey is a technophobe.  He prefers to work with his hands.  He preferred the way the world was before the human race relied heavily on computers and technology.  He doesn’t trust technology and he also doesn’t trust himself using the technology around him.  The skies are patrolled by drones that are used as the eyes and ears of the police force.

Logan Marshall-Green looks very much like a cross between Tom Hardy and that guy from 50 Shades of Grey…Jamie Dornan

In Upgrade – A Film on NOWTV,  without giving too many spoilers away here, but Grey finds himself paralysed from the neck down.  He become dependant on his wheel chair and other robotic technology in him house to do day to day chores.  He’s really not a happy bunny about this.

So when he is offered a way of being able to walk again, it was an offer to hard to refuse.  Even if it meant that he would have to rely on the technology he resented the most. Artificial Intelligence.

I have never heard of this film before.  I would of never given it a second thought unless it was recommended to me.  To be honest, the film poster and blurb makes it look and sound like an old 80’s cheesy sci-fi movie, and in parts it actually resembles one.

The robotic walk that Logan Marshall-Green has to perform is a little comical in places, and the voice in his head does sound like an 80’s arcade game voice.

If you are looking to waste a couple of hours and have nothing else to watch, then this will be a good time waster.  I managed to watch the full video and I really enjoyed the ending. It was a refreshing kind of ending in my opinion.

I would give it a 65/100 rating.  

Aylesham Housing Development Drone Video February 2019

Aylesham Housing Development Drone Video February 2019

This is the first drone video that I have created for 4-5 months.  I’m still flying a DJI Phantom Vision 2+.  It’s about 5 years old now, which in technology terms is about 20 years old.

I was not able to get as much footage of the Persimmon housing development in Aylesham as I wanted because the two batteries that I have are on their last legs.  Even though the battery power indicator was showing 90% left, it was still flash red and telling me that the power was critically low.

That means that either the batteries need re-calibrating, or they have just been re-charged to many times and can no longer sustain their power.

So it could be a good excuse to save up and buy a new drone.  The DJI Mavic Pro seems to be the popular choice at the moment.  But by the time I have been able to save enough spare cash, there is bound to be a new drone on the market.

Windmill in Kent Drone Video with Vlog

This is one of my many drone videos that I have recorded over the passed 4-5 years.  This windmill is in Chillenden in the Kent countryside.

This not only contains drone aerial video footage of this grade 2 listed windmill, it also features me recording a vlog style introduction to the video.

I am using a DJI Phantom Vision 2+ for the aerial footage, and a DJI Osmo mobile 2 for the time lapse photography. I also use the Osmo Mobile 2 to record my vlog piece to camera.

Have You Played me at Snooker?

One of my favourite Android phone games is Snooker Stars by Giraffe Games.  Personally I think it is the best snooker game available for Android devices.

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I have been playing it for about 1 year now.  You may of found my blog by typing in the domain name.  I use my domain name as my username of Snooker Stars.

If you have played against my, please follow me on Twitter and say hello.  If you are looking for a great snooker game to play on you Android device, then I highly recommend Snooker Stars by Giraffe Games.

I have spent many hours playing agains other players around the world.