Monday, 27 January 2020

5 Reasons Why Thor is the Best Avenger


Marvel comics have been around since 1939 and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) now features 23 films, a global fanbase, and a whole host of unique characters. With so many characters across all those movies, how can you possibly pick out a favourite?

For me, the answer was simple. Look to the Avengers, arguably the MCU's biggest success story, and then go from there! Now that the universe has drawn to a natural conclusion following on from the events of Avengers: Endgame, it only felt right for me to look back and reflect on the film series that accompanied me through my teenage years and into adulthood.

Thor has always been my favourite Avenger - here's why.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Book Review: The Sherlock Holmes Handbook for the Digital Age by Alan Pearce

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook for the Digital Age book cover

Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective of all time. He is driven to right the wrongs of the world. It is only natural that he should turn his attention to the Internet.

Luckily, Holmes has all the right answers. This is a cyber-security and digital counter-surveillance handbook like no other.

Our two heroes embark on a perilous journey to the Dark Side learning along the way to avoid the traps laid by their adversaries – the State, the Corporate Giants and the Criminals and Insane.

From self-destructing messages to anonymous browsing, we visit alternative Internets and discover how to employ the Dark Arts for the power of good.

This is a Call to Arms. The time has come to reclaim the Internet from the commercial interests, the scammers and the surveillance state. And – as Sherlock Holmes clearly demonstrates – it is really simplicity itself.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Book Review: The Tudors by Siobhan Clarke and Linda Collins

The Tudors book cover

Beginning on the bloody battlefield of Bosworth, when Henry Tudor seized the crown of England and ended the Wars of the Roses, The Tudors contains stories and characters that have fascinated readers for centuries. The Tudor age gave us Henry VIII, famous for his six marriages and for breaking from Rome; 'Bloody Mary' and her attempt to return England to the Catholic fold; and Elizabeth I, 'Gloriana,' who reigned in a new era of discovery and innovation.

Illustrated with contemporary artworks, photographs and documents The Tudors tells the public and private story of England's most famous royal family and the England they ruled.

Friday, 10 January 2020

5 New Year's Resolutions for 2020

January 2020 calendar

It may be a cliche, but New Year's resolutions are a great way to encourage many people to actively make a difference and commit to changing their lives in a positive way. While, admittedly, many do fail their resolutions early on in the year, others are persistent and manage to break bad habits, set new ones, and make lasting changes to their lives and routines.

Realistically achievable New Year's resolutions are a must - especially if you want to avoid setting yourself up to fail. Break big goals down into more manageable targets and don't be afraid to try something new or tackle those things you've always wanted to do or keep putting off. After all, 2020 marks the start of not just a new year but a new decade too - the perfect opportunity to make a positive difference in your life!

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Book Review: Tales of Old Northamptonshire by Marian Pipe

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This book presents an illustrated collection of stories from Northamptonshire's past, full of humour, romance and drama, retold by well-known local author Marian Pipe.