Games We Loved Playing…

Lisa – “It’s a funny week for games…there’s a kind of lull in the air with the anticipation of the Halo: Reach launch taking effect. I’ve been hacking zombie hordes in their thousands this week in Dead Rising 2: Case Zero on my Xbox 360. It’s the mini-prequel to the forthcoming Dead Rising 2 and has been a lot of fun if I’m honest. There are a few minor gripes, but it bodes well for the full release.”

Geoff – “I downloaded a new app for my HTC Hero that has whiled away several long train journeys. The app is called Speed Anatomy, and tests your knowledge of the human body, starting with the obvious – the heart, lungs etc – before getting much harder. The quicker and more accurately you hit your (sterile) pin on the correct body part, the more points you get. It’s not easy, though, and you really have to know your arse from your atrium.”

Chris – “This week I have been going through bookshops and “accidentally” knocking copies of the Blair biography off their shelves, before picking them up and saying…”Ahhhh…poor old Tony, eh?” It raised a couple of laughs, anyway……”

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Sights We Loved Seeing…

Lisa – “Went to see SoulBoy at the cinema. I can’t say I loved the film – it was OK in a “Four Weddings” kind of way – but it’s worth going to see for the dancing and brilliant music selection from the Northern Soul era. I went with my mum, who has always been a massive fan and fondly remembers trips to the Wigan Casino for the all-nighters and fending off pill-popping boys dressed in the coolest clothes and dancing with the most amazing moves. My Dad, who can’t dance for toffee, is less enthusiastic. In case you’re interested, she thought the film was “OK, but they didn’t quite get it right.”

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Geoff – “Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic sci-fi “Metropolis” has recently undergone a restoration – hardly anybody has seen the complete original, as chunks of it have been missing for years – and is re-issued from today at a cinema near you. Bit by bit, the film has been pieced back together to something close to its uncut original and now you can enjoy this hugely influential piece of work over 150 minutes. I’m catching it at the cinema tonight, but as preparation I’ve been watching the DVD version I have at home. Rubbing my hands for the Blu-ray version coming out at the end of November.”

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Chris - “I normally can’t stand watching Sky News, but it’s always worth keeping your eye on it, just in case you happen to tune in at the right moment to catch the utterly vile Kay Burley get her comeuppance. Thankfully, a guy with the profile of “mrpestopickles” did just that and managed to record it on his smartphone (?) an upload an almost-complete exchange between Sky News’s Witch-In-Chief Burley and Labour MP Chris Bryant onto Youtube. The first minute and a half sets the scene – it’s all about the Andy Coulson phone tapping scandal – and the rest is gold, with Burley’s lack of intellect and class shining through as usual, before being slapped down like the yapping chihuahua she is by Bryant……”

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Sounds We Are Digging…

Lisa - “Straight off the SoulBoy soundtrack and one of the only songs on there that I really knew before (also one of mum’s faves), Frank Wilson’s version of “Do I Love You” is an absolute belter – someone once paid £15,000 for an original copy of this. I really can’t believe I don’t hear it more at weddings. Turn up your speakers for this one….”

Geoff - “Myself and Mrs R were fortunate enough to get tickets to see the Penguin Cafe – reincarnated from the Penguin Cafe Orchestra – at the proms this year. I’ve always been a huge fan of them and it was great to see Arthur Jeffes take the place of his sorely missed father, Simon (who died of a brain tumour in 1997). The concert was recorded and you can catch it on the BBC iPlayer – although only for another 5-6 days, so get in quick. Truly inventive stuff with some fantastic Northumbrian piping from Kathryn Tickell. This is the studio recording of Steady State; far and away my favourite tune of the night…..”

Chris - “The summer is definitely on its way out and there’s not much you, I, or anybody else can do about it. Despite this, that hasn’t stopped everyone in the office repeating the same mantra over and over again “Sun…sun…sun…sun” – as if by doing so it would magically reappear. Sorry guys, it ain’t going to happen. However, as a tribute to the incessant moaning, I’ve decided to have Caribou’s album Swim on heavy rotation this week and, in particular, the track Sun. If you get the opportunity to crank up the volume on your stereo, I suggest you do so; Sun sounds incredible on a large sound system.”

That’s all from us…..but don’t forget, we want to hear from you. What’s been your highlight of the week?  Or, if you are Wayne Rooney, is it possible to get any more of a lowlight? Let us know your favourite – and your least favourite – happenings of the past week…..