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  1. tonic_water

    Best New Music of 2018

    This is pretty good. It took me over a decade to fully appreciate the glories of Let It Come Down (I'm listening to it right now) and Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space and after a couple of plays of this album I reckon it will be a slow burner too. I'll come back and let you know how I'm getting on with it sometime in mid 2025.
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    Currently playing...

    Crazy Taxi on Gamecube. My daughters are disappointed that you can't run people over. They did enjoy drowning the monkeys in Super Monkey Ball 'Monkey Target' though.
  3. I've just checked and you can still download and buy it from winzip.com - £31.14p. I'm tempted to download a copy of the latest version and see if my licence key still works.
  4. Not gaming really, but I did find it in my loft over the weekend. It's the first piece of PC software I ever actually paid for rather than just pirating:
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    Reverse rose tinted glasses!

    On the BBC Micro the tape loader used to count up on screen as it loaded each 'block' of the program. You would know how many blocks there were to fully load each game and therefore how far you were through the loading process at any time. From time to time the computer would fail to load a block (even if you did the usual voodoo routines: precisely customised the volume for that particular game, sat silently in specific chairs in the room, had the tape player in a particular position on the desk etc). I believed for ages that if a block failed you had to basically turn the computer off and start again and it was an amazing day when I discovered that you could just rewind the tape a little bit to play a previous block that had successfully loaded and the computer would automatically pick up where it failed and continue loading. That saved me many minutes each day.
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    Good crisp bad crisp

    The motherlode...
  7. tonic_water

    The worst crimes in music

    Reminds me of this chancer:
  8. tonic_water

    Your Viewing Hall of Shame

    Real Housewives of Cheshire. Strangely compelling.
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    I'm not convinced by the new album. I've listened to it a few times and I think it's a bit flat. I mean it's not bad, but it's not great either. The new Slowdive album on the other hand I thought was a pretty decent effort. I saw Ride last night at The New Theatre in Oxford. It was a great concert - they've definitely still got it as a live act. They played wonderful versions of Seagull, Like A Daydream (which is my all-time favourite song), OX4 and Drive Blind among others. Their original material has held up really well over the last 20 years. Do they ever play anything live from Carnival of Light? Here's the epic 8 minutes of Drive Blind from last night...
  10. Having a cupboard clearout at work and I found this. I so wanted one back 20 years ago when they were first released. Couple of AAs later and Behold! It lives! Now just need to work out what (if anything) useful/fun I could do with it.
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    The worst crimes in music

    "12 inches of Snow" is a great album title though.
  12. tonic_water

    Your favourite TV ads

    I always liked this one: "Tell Charles I'm on my way! Taxi!"
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  14. tonic_water

    Viz - The Comic

    That would be the best thing ever. Farmer is worth following on Twitter if only for new strips of The Male Online. I'm actually right now at a talk/event hosted by Barney Farmer. He's talking about the history of Drunken Bakers and about booze. Mostly about booze. He's one of the funniest people I've ever listened to.
  15. You know nothing, John0... ...sorry.

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