22 June 2013

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9 June 2013

The 75th Cosford Air Show 2013

Firstly, let it be known that I am in no way any kind of plane buff. I don't know my F-18 from my F30. Sure I am from a proud military family and I know how to march in step, but terms like drag and Lead Pursuit is all but Greek to me.

This was my first ever air show, and though I had no real expectations I found the experience completely enthralling from start to finish.

Amongst the Parachute drops and model aircraft flypasts nestled a few truly spectacular treats. I witnessed a fifteen tonne Chinook dance through the air with a grace hitherto unimaginable. The ferocious sound of its twin rotors buffeting the crowd as it faced nose up, before spinning away and falling towards the Earth. I saw an Army Core Lynx helicopter perform a back flip, and an Apache attack helicopter spiral backwards the length of the runway, as though it was performing some kind of heavy duty ballet manoeuvre.


The 'Red Arrows' demonstrated just why they are such a highly respected National institution with a breath-taking display of high speed precision flying and balls out bravery. Having only ever see them during flypast I, along with the entirety of the crowd was left spellbound by performance. Nine aircraft flying less than six feet apart at speeds of 300mph plus is truly a sight to behold!


The Battle of Britain Memorial flight comprised of a Spitfire, a Hurricane and a Lancaster Bomber was indeed an emotive experience. The Compere of the afternoon going into great detail to recall the amount of aircraft and her crews that were lost during World War Two whilst they made their series of passes. Lancaster crews had near enough a one in two chance of making it back home, a statistic that confounds belief in this modern age of War. If it was possible to fly with dignity, then these majestic aircraft were the finest examples. The PA announced their final approach and remarked simply to "be proud". And I was.

My personal highlight of the show was the appearance of the RAF Typhoon (also known as the Eurofighter) which was firstly out of sight before we even glimpsed it and caught the announcer totally off guard also. The cutting edge of today's Air force, 67.5 million sterling could not fail to impress. One could hear it literally tear the air around it, creating a truly apocalyptic sound. Never before have I ever heard anything so loud.

At one point it slowed right down and appeared almost to hover above the airstrip, before engaging its twin afterburners to speed away and make a vertical dash towards the stratosphere. The car I was leaning against shook, the kick it generated blew hats from heads and I fell totally in love. The skies were so clear you actually see the wings slice the air and disperse it evenly around its elegant shape. A modern miracle of technology ascending to the heavens leaving an audible fury in its wake. I imagine the pilot got a hell of a kick from his performance.

The 75th Cosford Air show was not only a celebration of aviation history, but also of mans mastery over machine. Each demonstration was performed by pilots at the peak of their abilities, and it was inspiring stuff indeed. The event made me feel something I had not felt for many, many years. I saw the world as a child again, full of awe and astonishment, once again believing anything is truly possible. If I was a few years younger I may well of signed up to her Majesty's Air Force right there and then, but I always was the impressionable type...

7 June 2013

Why doth ye sucketh so Diablo 3?

Diabolo 3 promised so much. I pure ordered the game gripped by a fervour of excitement which makes the disappointment all the more bitter.

If you like tiny one-dimensional characters, carpel tunnel and colourful numbers, then this is the game for you. I Don't enjoy any of those "gameplay mechanics".

What about multiplayer I hear at least one of you mumble? Well, I tried it once and ended up roaming a graveyard completely alone for 5 minutes. Then O threw my laptop in the bin.

The story is pretentious nonsense that not even the most anal of fantasy fans would give two Orc shits about. The narrative takes itself so seriously I found myself laughing in despair at its po-faced delivery.

I return to it now and again, on the off chance that it is me that's flawed, and the game isn't actually a repetitive exercise in tedium and hand pain.

Nope, it's not me, its you Blizzard. I thank the gaming gods I'm not the sort of sddictive personality that would find this compelling.

20 May 2013

Truth and Legend..

Oakamoors’ fabled Chained Oak has fascinated me for a great number of years. One of only two chained trees in existence (the second is a chained Fictus tree located in Wayanad, India,) I often wondered whom would decide to take up heavy hand forged chains and bind the Oak, and more importantly what possessed them to do so?

The tree itself is one of the oldest in the area. The size of its exposed roots, the thickness of its trunk and the length of its branches indicate a large number of years of growth. I have read estimates that age it at almost one thousand years old. Whilst I am no expert in ageing trees, it clearly is a few hundred or so years older than anything in the vicinity. It is important to note at this time that during the 18th and 19th century the area was logged extensively. This tree chained or not at the time must have commanded a certain degree of respect for it remained untouched.

The popular version of the Legend runs thus:

In 1830 on one stormy night, the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury (Charles Talbot) was returning to Alton Towers from a visit to St Giles RC Church (which is located in nearby Cheadle) when he was stopped in his tracks by an old woman, who was standing in the middle of the path.

She begged the Earl for coin, to which he cruelly refused her. Angered she uttered the now infamous words:

For every branch of the old Oak that falls, a member of the house will die

The Earl sought refuge within the Tower walls as the storm raged on. A stray bolt of lightning severed a branch from the old Oak and sure enough, that night a member of the Earls family suddenly and mysteriously died.

To prevent further anguish he ordered the same Oak chained tight, hoping this would secure any further damage to the tree and therefore keep the curse at bay.

Indeed, it is a fantastic story, and during my investigations it was deemed necessary to try and find the origins and truth (if any) that this story contained.

The legend itself has existed for a great many years, yet its origin is still unknown. Through personal correspondence I can confirm it was popular amongst the locals since at least the 1970’s but I suspect it dates much earlier than this.

My research however has found a few flaws with this popular version of the tale. For one, Charles Talbot (the 15th Earl) on whom this version is based died in 1827. Therefore he could not have encountered the woman or chained the tree in the year given (1830.) Secondly, the path was oft spoken of as used to visit St Giles RC Church. The church itself was commissioned by the 16th Earl (John Talbot) and was not completed until 1845. So even if the story is based on the wrong Earl, the dates quoted and the reason for travel still do not tie in.

There is a second version of events that is somewhat lesser known. The story is that in 1821, whilst again travelling back towards the Towers, the Earls son (which earl is not specified) was struck upon the head by a falling Oak branch and killed. Hence the Earl ordered said tree to be chained to prevent further accident.

The main issue with this version is that Charles Talbot had no children, and John Talbot had only two daughters. From a practical point of view, anyone who has visited the site will note that the Oak itself is set far back and high above the riding track. If indeed any branch would fall it would more than likely roll down towards the pathway, and not fall directly onto a passer-by. It is simply set to far back.

However, there is a recorded incident that did indeed occur on that very pathway in 1821, though no details were reported other than it was a “riding accident.”

My research has shown clear differences between fact and tale, yet still the Oak stands, draped in worn iron with secrets yet to yield.


14 May 2013

Chained Oak Movie back on!

OK, the news is finally out. My recently published piece "The Legend of the Chained Oak" is to be made into a movie, co produced by Dean "Midas" Maynard (the producer behind the originally planned chained oak movie) and myself.

Cast and Crew are in place and we are ready to roll. The film will be shot in various locations across the country but will include Oakamoor and Alton. We intend to utilise as much local talent as possible during the production of this movie, which both Dean and I see harbouring huge potential! We want all of our friends and family to help push this project far and wide across the web to bring attention to not only the beauty of the Staffordshire Moorlands, but to help tell one of Britain's best loved legends to atruly  international audience! With your help sharing trailers and updates we believe this to be possible.

We have a teaser trailer ready to release which I cannot wait to share with you all. I am very excited by this project and hope that it will help raise my profile and give me a more noticeable platform with which to promote my work.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me and taken time to read/like and comment on my work thus far. Without that constant feedback I would never of sent the piece to Dean in the first place, indeed it may well of languished on my hard drive, unread and forgotten.

Thank you


28 April 2013

Previously in 2013...

I realise I have neglected this blog for a while now, so please accept my apologies while I recap on recent events...

The year that by all accounts should never of existed (according to those ill-informed Mayans anyhow) started with a whimper as I found myself out of work. Having spent the best part of seven years tied to a desk inhaling stale body odour and printer fumes, I feared for the future, and to a lesser extent I still do.

I find myself as a full time father, the job market and I yet to find any common ground. Trying though it is entertaining a toddler with little money and driving a beat up 13 year old Punto with one working wiper, this year could be the most challenging and yet rewarding thus far.

The time away from KPIs' has given me the chance to really throw myself into my writing, and after switching styles from Comedy to Horror I have had more than a little success!

The next few months see the publication of my work, and I am excited and proud in equal measure! I worry I will be unable to produce the kind of quality I have thus far, a welcome pressure but a pressure all the same. Writing sets my mind free and to be published was a dream. Now that It is reality I want to push on and develop further as an author. My motivation is simple, I wish to make my daughter proud.

One last word before I return to my latest work. I am to be part of a big announcement very very soon. Big at least to me anyway! For this may be the making of Dan Weatherer the writer, or merely another step towards where I wish to be. In any case, its a huge leap forwards, and as long as I am moving in the right direction...that can only be a good thing.


11 April 2013

Down and out?

The facts:

Lowest scorers out of the 96 league teams

Lowest point to games ratio this year

5 points banked this year...4 needed from next 6 games (at least).

No wingers, reluctance to play attacking midfielders, tactically devoid of ideas. Confidence on the pitch and the stands is shot.

Is Tone the man to break character, take a few chances and galvanise the entire club? Will he bring Pennant out of the wilderness? Will he play Charlie Adam in his best position and field two out and out strikers? Will he drop the dead wood? Will he give one of the greatest centre forwards this country has ever produced time playing to potentially keep us up and end his career on a high (albeit a low high!)

Will he balls.

Championship here we come.