Saturday, September 18, 2021

A Lost Boys Remake Is In Pre-Production

I’ve just woken up and read something that is in the news.

Warner Brothers is remaking The Lost Boys.

Oh my, WHY!? 

The original is a classic and does not need the remake treatment. I am totally against this idea.

I had read, years ago, that there was a plan to do a Lost Boys television series. If I recall correctly, it was going to have anthology seasons in which the vampires would terrorise different decades each season. It seemed like a neat concept. I don’t know what became of that plan.

As for the current Lost Boys plan - there is a saying that goes like this: if ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 

The Lost Boys - as an original film and story - absolutely does not need fixing.

Friday, September 17, 2021

'Is That The A-Team Van?'

The Smyths Toys Superstore catalogue arrived in the post yesterday afternoon and - as I usually do for what has become an annual ritual - I took the book out of its envelope to see if any WWE action figures appear on this year's cover.

To answer the question - yes, Drew McIntyre riding a motorbike was indeed on the front. It wasn't the thing that caught my attention the most, however.

Smyths Toy Superstore Catalogue 2021

On one of the shelves, I saw what looked like the van from The A-Team. 

'Is that the A-Team van?' I wondered. Surely not, it has been many years since the series was cancelled and it has been many years since the movie reboot. It couldn't be, could it?

I leafed through the three hundred and twenty-six page book and couldn't find anything. I then did what I should have done from the start - I typed 'A-Team' into the search function of the Smyths website.

I was led to a page which said that it was indeed an A-Team van. Playmobil make it. I looked back inside the catalogue, specifically where Playmobil toys could be found, and there it was!

Playmobil A-Team Van

I am stunned. I never thought I would ever see A-Team toys in this day and age. Back when the series was popular - I owned a toy van. I was able to put all of the figures in it and ride it around the floors of my home.

It's really cool to see The A-Team being targeted to children of the 21st Century. Still - I cannot help but wonder if this would appeal more to parents who grew up loving the series. Maybe, I suppose, as a way to then appeal to their children or other relations. 

The van comes with four figures and is priced at £69.99. I have no intention of buying it for myself, or my nephews (they're both too old for Playmobil!) for that matter. Not that I could - they're sold out right now.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Predicting The TNF Week 2 2021 Winner

My spreadsheet kicked off to a 2-0 start when it predicted that the Dallas Cowboys versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, to commence the 2021 NFL Season, would result in the Cowboys covering the spread at +8.5 and for the points to go over the line of 51.

The final score was 31-29 to the Bucs.

This week, the spreadsheet has Washington to beat the New York Giants by four and the total amount of points to be forty.

At the time of writing, the line has Washington -3 and the total is set at 40. Therefore, there is only one eligible play for this week and it's to back the point-spread.

Recommended Play
Washington -3

As per usual, I am not going to wager on this one. Personally, I do like the play because the Giants won in Washington last season and this places WFT in revenge mode.

What I don't like about the recommendation - when I look at my database with scores and results since 2001 - I see that New York is 2-0 whenever the team has played as a +3 road dog in these fixtures.

TNF 2021 Betting Results

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

0-1

I think it's going to be one of those seasons.

Again.

The results of week one of the NFL fantasy league I am a part of were confirmed following the conclusion of Monday night's game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.

My team scored a total of 90.90 points. The person I was up against beat me with 131.96.

Around the league, the eight other teams scored more points than me. I am bottom of the league!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Doing A Neighbours Codewords Puzzle

There is a Neighbours themed codewords puzzle inside the television guide we had in the newspaper over the weekend.

It's a regular puzzle, but there is an extra grid underneath in which the puzzle player transfers the related letters into the new grid to work out the name of a Neighbours character.

Here is what it looks like. 

Neighbours Codeword Puzzles

I'm now going to time myself and see if I can work out which character appears in the side-grid.

Neighbours Codeword Puzzle

As you can see, I was able to finish the puzzle in twenty-six minutes and forty-six seconds. I am used to completing puzzles in around twenty minutes, so this was way over what I am happy with.

I was able to work out that Levi Canning was the character in the additional grid.

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Day The Music Didn't Die

Today is the twenty-fifth anniversary of Tupac Shakur's death.

Twenty-five years! I cannot believe how long it has been. 

As I've written in the past, of all the rappers I've appreciated - it has to be 2Pac number one. At this stage of my life, I cannot see anyone overthrowing him. Mainly because I am not into that genre of music anymore.

Back in the day, listening to rap music was the cool thing to do. It wasn't as mainstream as it is nowadays. 

My introduction to 2Pac's music came in 1994. This was during the summer when Warren G and Nate Dogg came out with 'Regulate'. I bought the single. There were two additional tracks on the CD. Both featured 2Pac.

I loved those two songs - 'Pain' and 'Loyal to the Game'. The reason why 2Pac featured on the singles was because 'Regulate' was the soundtrack of the movie Above The Rim, which starred Shakur.

Even though I liked the two songs, I didn't hear anything else about 2Pac until later in the year when I read in the newspaper - during my little job as a newspaper delivery boy - that he had been shot in New York. Shortly after that, once again while delivering the newspapers, I read that he had been imprisoned.

Fast forward to the summer of 1995 and 2Pac had released a new album - Me Against The World. It featured a song that was played quite a lot on MTV while I was preparing for my GCSEs. It was 'Dear Mama' and is a classic, if I say so myself.

The title track also plays a part in this story of 2Pac memories because I can vividly recall walking away from my high school - on results day - and a car driving up the school gates opposing my direction. It was blaring out that song.

Quite a soundtrack to play as my group of friends and myself left the school gates for the very last time, eh?

By late 1995, and thanks to MTV News, I was aware that 2Pac had been released from prison. He was also signed up to my favourite record label - Death Row Records, which funded his bail.

What a coup.

Death Row released Pac's first album as a labelmate - All Eyez On Me - in early 1996. It was the birthday gift my parents bought me that year. I listened to that double album so much back then. 

As the summer turned to autumn, I remember being at an old school grounds with friends. One of them told me that 2Pac had been shot. I didn't think much about that. Shakur had survived the New York shooting two years earlier, so I just thought he would recover again.

Days later, while trying to find a copy of WWF Raw Magazine in the middle of nowhere, the very same friend - who was on his lunch break from his Saturday job - popped up at the petrol station I was seeking the missing magazine for my collection.

'Did you hear that 2Pac died?'

I hadn't.

And that's really where my interest in 2Pac's music intensified. I ended up buying his previous albums and would even find some 'rare' stuff that would pop up in HMV. Some was not so good, but there would be one or two decent songs along with the trash that Pac evidently didn't want released otherwise it would have been out there during his life.

I also disliked the concept of putting 2Pac's voice to other artists' and creating duets. It seemed tacky to me, but I still ended up having those songs in my collection. 

After all - it was still 2Pac music.

Even though I am not a keen on the posthumous content, my favourite 2Pac album of all time was released a couple of months after his passing. To this very day, I find myself listening to Pac's last studio album - The Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory, which was released by Shakur under his Makaveli alter-ego, from start to finish from time-to-time. 

I'm going to listen to it after I finish writing this post.

As noted, over the years, my interest in rap music has regressed to the point where I am close to not knowing anyone. I can't say I would have still been interested in it now even if Pac was involved in the game. However, there are times when I wonder what 2Pac would have been doing in this day had he survived.

He was an actor first and foremost which leads me to conclude he would have been in TV by now.

I can absolutely picture him rollin' on some cop series. Can you?

Sunday, September 12, 2021

My Week 1 Fantasy Team (2021)

Here is the team I've entered into the daily fantasy contest for this evening's NFL games.

DFS Week 1 2021

During the off-season, I noticed that I had $12 left in my Draft Kings account. I haven't played there for years, so it was a nice surprise. 

The bankroll means that at least the first two weeks of games will be played with DK. I'll return to the usual website I play DFS once I'm out of enough funds to enter comps (with that said, it looks like it uses Draft Kings' comps).

The contest I entered is the one which cost $5 and the top prize is $1,000,000.