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Video: IRON MAIDEN – Speed of Light

Here’s the video for new single ‘Speed of Light,’ from my all-time favourite band, IRON MAIDEN. The video sees the band’s mascot (Eddie the ‘Ed) playing through the evolution of video games from the early ’80’s right up to the modern 3D era, with the graphics getting better each time. Great stuff!

Their new album The Book of Souls is out next month. I can’t wait to check it out.

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True Survivor – The return of the ‘Hoff’

“Hey – you got a permit for those guns?”

For those who have been blissfully ignorant of the fact all these years, iconic 80’s and early ’90’s actor David Hasselhoff (better known as Michael Knight from the TV show Knight Rider) is also a singer. He specialises in extremely cheesy 1980’s-style power ballads and pop rock, and for reasons unknown to the rest of us, he is a huge music star in Germany (remember when he sang on top of the Berlin Wall in 1989? Sadly, I do!).

Hasselhoff (or “The Hoff” as he is affectionately known by ageing ’80’s kids like me), has lent his voice to ‘True Survivor,’ the theme song to the new Kickstarter-funded action-comedy Kung FuryI can’t work out if the Kickstarter was a huge success and it helped pay for David Hasselhoff, or whether he was going cheap! If the movie lives up to the footage in the trailer and music video, it looks like it could be good fun, though. I’m hoping for something along the lines of Hobo With a Shotgun or Dead Hooker in a Trunk, only much more over the top.

Future Learn, or ‘Why I haven’t posted anything for a while’

Future Learn logoFollowers of this blog may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything in the last month. This is because I have been taking part in a short course with online learning provider Future Learn.

They offer short introductory courses on a wide variety of subjects from art to science and are run in conjunction with universities from all over the country.

The course I’ve been taking is called ‘Start Writing Fiction.’ Presented by author and academic Dr. Derek Neale, it is a free course provided by The Open University (with whom I also did my BA a while back) and runs for eight weeks. (more…)