Masterful Masters Snooker Overview…

This year watching The Masters I really enjoyed it, was the first time i had properly watched Snooker again in a long, long while. The last 16, or rather the first 16 it should be called as there are only 16 people in the tournament, right through to the final was all quite gripping. Disappointing not to see Ronnie O’Sullivan in this years Masters though, hopefully he will make an appearance at the World Championships to defend his title.

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Mark Allen I believe played an amazing game, in his quarter-final match against Neil Robertson he was pipped to the winning post by a lucky pot, which yeah was intended but by Robertson’s own admission it was a one in 30 chance of potting it. The final frame decider put Allen out of a tournament he definitely had a chance to win, at least he managed to win the high break prize of ¬£8,000, now that’s not bad.

Many people believe that Neil Robertson was very unsporting in his first round match against Ding where he shouted out “You Beautay!” after potting a tricky red. This outburst of emotion is simply that, it’s not unsporting, different players act in different ways, you can be offended but you can’t make it so that you’re no longer offended, the world would not work.

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There has been of course a spattering of exciting little things, Judd Trumps spiky shoes, Balls flying of the tables, many, many fluke shots, and of course if you were watching Mark Allen’s first round match his rest problems. Mark Selby laughing along with the crowd at jokes he couldn’t even hear was great, just goes to show how great the sport can be. And on the other side of the coin the frustrating moments, Stephen Maguire conceding in the middle of a frame, clearly very angry at his play. And John Higgins getting just as frustrated and leaving the snooker table as soon as he could after he got knocked out by an on form Shaun Murphy.

Another disappointment though for people was seeing Judd Trump leave the tournament earlier than expected after only the quarter finals, losing 6-1 to Graeme Dott who was playing his own game brilliantly it has to be said. Look forward to seeing Judd appearing at the World Championship there though.

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The grand final though, was set up to be exciting with Robertson and Selby both being previous winners of the coveted Masters trophy, and both being world number 1’s at some point in their career, in fact Mark Selby is currently the number 1 ranked snooker player in the world. He stormed ahead 5-3 after the afternoons session. He carried the momentum on through to the evening session and managed to beat Robertson 10 frames to 6. Even though it looked to be close on the cards, it was more of a one-sided affair, Selby was ahead the whole time and Robertson was struggling to make big breaks.

Anyway, bring on the World Championship…

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The Dark Knight Rises (aka…”where’s Batman?”)

I don’t understand why some people aren’t a fan of The Dark Knight Rises. In my eyes it is a great film in it’s own right. It really nicely links in with everything in the first film Batman Begins. In a way the trilogy is almost like a sonata of music. The first part sets everything up, it is the exposition. The second part is the development section where things are shook up and bit, and the third part is the (music language time) recapitulation, where it all goes back to what was outlined in the first part and adds it’s own twist. This almost exactly relates straight across to the Dark Knight trilogy. A work of art in a way, although i wouldn’t say that normally. Without that first film the ending just doesn’t work as well, it completely sets it all up and when you’ve seen all 3 films together i think you would agree with the order of greatness they are in.

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Bane is a great villain, but a lot of people had a problem with the fact that his voice could not be heard properly in the rough mix or whatever it was the sent out to trial audiences. So they reshuffled it to make it slightly more understandable and for me it works. But some people still can’t understand what he’s saying, maybe you just need to be listening properly, but i understood every word. Bane’s inflections at the end of sentences are odd and work well, you’re not expecting a bad guy to talk so calmly, but i think those inflections add something sinister to his voice. And after all, it is his voice that does most of the selling, as you can’t see his face that much.

The film is set eight years after The Dark Knight and shows Bruce Wayne in not so good shape as he was before. What with that walking stick thing and that goatee making him feel old. So it’s only right that we shouldn’t see Batman for a while, and when i was watching it at no point did I go “hang on, i’m here to watch a Batman film, where’s Batman?” Don’t worry he will come along, it’s all part of the story. That’s what this is more about, less action, more story. And it works brilliantly.

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I did have a problem with the Batcopter flying tank thing. It just seemed to me a cheap way to bring in the crowd and to allow Batman to get out of the trickiest of situations, and i think shows a little non-imagination from the writers. Also I thought there were a few unrealistic parts, like when ***SPOILER ALERT*** Bruce Wayne tries to jump out of the hole with the rope attached to him, he falls, how on earth does he not do his back in again, if not get mortally wounded, when the rope pulls taught to save him, he’s just, supposedly, recovered from a broken back for Christs sake! And how does he get back to Gotham from the hole? Does he use his Batcard (from the George Clooney Batman film) to pay for a flight, whats going on? ***END OF SPOILER ALERT***

This film links in so well with the first one that i think you can only really appreciate it when you watch all three back to back. And once you do i think you will agree that the order should go something like this:

  1. The Dark Knight Rises: because the story works brilliantly, and its place in the trilogy fits so well, i think i’ve made that clear already.
  2. Batman Begins: Simply becasue it is a great film once you understand whats going on, it took me a few watches to fully understand everything, but it does such a good job of setting up the trilogy that it has to go here.
  3. Finally The Dark Knight: now this is only in last because the others are better than it, it still is great don’t get me wrong. If only the Joker could have been involved in the final film maybe this film would have worked nicely in terms of the trilogy, instead it just seems to be an odd one out. It’s great on its own, but as a whole, not so good.

Let me know what you think, and i’ll leave you with a great voice dub by this guy on youtube if you haven’t yet seen it. COMBO-BREAKAR!!!

The Sound of Clouds…

There we go, a nice catchy title to fool you all into thinking this could be an interesting bit on what clouds sound like. Well here we go, err, I don’t know what they sound like. What were you expecting? No what this is really about is Soundcloud, of course though if you recognised the logo then you already knew that. This is the website where people upload their ‘sounds’ and that seems to be about it really.

Now you may be thinking that I’m obviously writing this because Soundcloud have asked me to and so I can advertise them. I can one hundred percent ensure you, that there is no way that’s true. For one, why on earth would they come to me of all people, on a blog that gets minimal traffic, and someone who would write in the blog about how there is no way it would be conceivable that they would have asked me to do this. Wait I’ve really confused myself there, it’s like a paradox. On!

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I Soundcloud tracks…what?

I joined Soundcloud not that long ago, thought, ‘hey, I like music, let’s try out something other than YouTube.’ Because the thing with YouTube, see here I am damning YouTube so they haven’t asked me to write this (let’s get over this, no one has asked me to write this, I am doing it on my own whim) …done? Yes. The thing with YouTube is that music people uploaded either has a boring video which is a bore and doesn’t compliment the music, or it is just a black screen, which doesn’t work on a video sharing site. So Soundcloud is better because it is just music, or rather ‘sounds’ as they call them, which you can have in the background. This works pretty well, makes life a bit more simple.

But I’ve found that it just seems to be just like all these other social networking sites, people trying to make others care about them. This kind of relates back to the name of this blog page thing. They only want others to listen to their own music, and it seems at any cost. Already I have had 2 people start following me and I haven’t uploaded anything! They are clearly just following me so I will get a little notification and they hope I will follow them back and listen to their music. Which also, kind of works, I listen to one song maybe and see if I like it, more often than not I will just listen to 30 seconds and think, ‘shit,’ and move on. Yeah maybe that’s being unfair, but well life’s not fair.

Annoyingly i don’t have time to upload anything there because I’m deep into exams, why you ask? Well have a look in the About section. But it’s pretty obvious anyway, probably the first thing that popped into your head. Yeah so all I’ve been doing on Soundcloud has been looking around. And it doesn’t really seem that well laid out, and when I say laid out I mean, structured. It’s difficult to straight away dive in and try to find the kind of music you want to.

Professionals have it easy

It’s clearly a struggle for musicians with limited funds to get anywhere on it, using¬† a microphone on their phone to perhaps record guitar and vocals doesn’t come off as overly professional, but could have just as much skill as someone who has used professional software and professional kit to produce, mix and master their track. I for one prefer to hear the more garagy sounds anyway, maybe I need to join some other site called http://www.soundcloudbutmoregaragydemolikestuffthatilike.co.uk or whatever.

If you are interested, and this is shameful, but a friend of mine, who records using not much at all has a profile, has a Soundcloud profile, go and add some plays to some of his tracks, I will be forever grateful. Click here. That’ll do…