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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!

Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 7: “The Pyramid at the End of the World”

“I wouldn’t have voted for him. He’s orange.” Managing a jab at Trump without it actually sounding political and thereby offending people – nicely done. At first, the cuts back-and-forth to the agrofuel facility are just as distracting as the … Continue reading

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Manchester

Today has been a dark day. As I write this, 22 people are confirmed dead from last night’s Manchester Arena suicide bombing, one of them an eight-year-old girl. Any terrorist attack is a awful, frightening thing, but it causes a … Continue reading

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It’s Been A Great Year For Reading So Far!

I set myself a target of 40 books for this year’s Goodreads Reading Challenge, the same as 2015. (My target for 2016 was slightly lower at 35, as I was also doing a Harry Potter re-read that year.) So far, … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 6: “Extremis”

Well, I wasn’t expecting Missy to turn up so quickly in this episode. And it’s Missy in the vault, too? I wasn’t expecting that reveal mid-season, either. Should have known this episode was written by Steven Moffat, with that execution … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 5: “Oxygen”

The opening for this episode certainly does a good job of setting the scene, particularly with regards to its monsters. The suit-zombies are very Resident Evil with their tilted heads and slow walks, and certainly creepy if not really scary. … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 4: “Knock Knock”

Wouldn’t we all utilise the TARDIS as the perfect removal van, given the chance? I really like this initial concept of a bunch of students together in a haunted house. It brings back nice memories (of being a student, not … Continue reading

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Kerbal Space Program: I’m Getting The Hang Of This

When I last blogged about Kerbal Space Program, I was having difficulty just getting my spacecraft into orbit, let alone landing on other worlds. A few weeks later, however, after getting to grips with the mechanics and watching some more … Continue reading

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Titanic Month: Conclusion

Having introduced Titanic Month with a video, I decided to conclude it with one as well! I’m pleased with how this one turned out, especially with a better video editor. I didn’t feel it was fair to do a film-by-film … Continue reading

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Film review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Heading into 2017, the runaway train that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows no signs of slowing down. This year has seen the release of Iron Fist on Netflix, with The Defenders coming … Continue reading

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Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 3: “Thin Ice”

I’m still waiting for Bill to really stand out as a character from other companions, but I do still like how she’s progressing with each adventure: from looking astounded upon arrival at the Frost Fair, and telling the Doctor, “I’m … Continue reading

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