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About velociraptor256

Hi, my name's Richard. I created this blog to talk about my interests - and I have quite a few of those. I love zoology in general, herpetology in particular (especially snakes!), writing (have won National Novel Writing Month seven times so far, plus three Camp Nanowrimos), reading, astronomy, palaeontology, and travel. Thank you for coming to my blog, and I hope you find something that interests you here!

Film review: Dunkirk

At the end of May 1940, as the Nazi war machine pushed into France, the British Expeditionary Force and other Allied armies proved unable to resist and were left trapped on the northern coast. Gathering at the town of Dunkirk, … Continue reading

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The Thirteenth Doctor Is Here

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” – Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park Ladies and gentlemen, after a very, very long wait, we finally know who the Thirteenth Doctor … Continue reading

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Film review: War for the Planet of the Apes

The previous installments in the Planet of the Apes prequel series – Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – were both very strong films. I admit I found their titles to … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 10: Final Thoughts

“I really love the fact that we’re still getting this level of quality from Doctor Who, nine series and more than ten years since its revival. Hopefully this shows that it still has plenty of momentum and will just keep … Continue reading

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Film review – Spider-Man: Homecoming

This was the movie I was looking forward to most in 2017. When it comes to my favourite superheroes, Batman and Spider-Man are neck and neck; so I was very excited when Sony and Marvel Studios did a deal that … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 12: “The Doctor Falls”

The beginning of this episode left me thinking wistfully of a time when Doctor Who cliffhangers actually followed directly on from when the previous episode ended. We finally get the Two Masters concept used in full, and it’s really great. … Continue reading

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Celine Dion Live in Leeds!

  Celine Dion has been my favourite singer for a long time, and one of my dreams has been to see her perform live. Back in January, I was tremendously excited to learn that Celine would be touring Europe later … Continue reading

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Kerbal Space Program: Ever-Expanding Horizons

Progress on Kerbal Space Program has continued steadily: having accomplished landings on the Mun and Minmus, and recovered debris from space, the Career Mode contracts were asking for more advanced manouvers. There was, for example, the contract to perform a … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 11: “World Enough and Time”

The problem with starting off your story with a flash-forward that shows the Doctor regenerating is that if you know Steven Moffat well enough, you immediately think “I bet it’s a fake-out.” I know the Doctor is supposed to regenerate … Continue reading

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An Evening with Simon King

Last night, my dad and I attended a very enjoyable lecture by wildlife filmmaker Simon King, organised by the Lancashire Badger Group. While Simon spends most of his time behind the camera these days, he was a familiar face in … Continue reading

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