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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!

Rotoscopers Review – Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

I just got back from a city break in Rome – it was a brilliant trip which I’ll be blogging about soon. But for now, I’m posting about a film review I’ve written for Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, the … Continue reading

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Richard COMPLETES A Triathlon!

After three months of gearing up, last Sunday was finally the big day of the triathlon, and so my dad, my sister and I headed down to Lancaster University. Unfortunately, as we had feared, the weather was the exact opposite of what … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Favourite Films

Today, I finished a project I’ve been working on every weekend for the past 10 weeks: making videos on my top 10 favourite films! This is something I originally intended to write about here on my blog, but when I set up … Continue reading

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Richard Tries A Triathlon – Part 2

Apologies that I haven’t been posting on this blog as regularly this past month or so. The truth is, I’ve been a bit low on both inspiration and motivation. But I’m sure I’ll rediscover both of them at some point. … Continue reading

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Film review: Your Name

When I went to see the Japanese animated film Your Name last night, it proved to be one of those “interesting” trips to the cinema, in the same manner as Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. First off, I … Continue reading

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Forrest Gump: The Book vs The Film

  Recently, I re-watched the film Forrest Gump as part of the series on my top 10 favourite films, which I’m currently doing on my YouTube channel. Following that, I decided to check out the original novel by Winston Groom, … Continue reading

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Borealopelta: A Dinosaur with Camouflage

Recently, a new paper was published describing an amazing dinosaur fossil, discovered in a mine in Alberta, Canada in 2011. The new species was named Borealopelta markmitchelli, meaning “Mark Mitchell’s northern shield”, after a technician at the Royal Tyrrell Museum … Continue reading

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Richard Tries A Triathlon!

I’ve never considered myself particularly sporty. I always crossed the finish line last on primary school Sports Day, and PE was easily my least favourite subject in high school. Yet here I am, at the age of 30, planning to … Continue reading

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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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