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Blog’s 3rd Anniversary

Posted in Uncategorized on January 3, 2015 by Mark Walker

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Okay, considering my relative absence from the blogosphere in the last few months, I’m in no position to be posting self-congratulatory or self-masturbatory nonsense. However, I only make these posts once a year and I don’t make them to self-indulge.

Cutting to the chase, I make them to thank all you guys out there. As I’ve always said, this site wouldn’t be the same without you. Yes! It’s the third year for me and I’m astonished that I’m still here. Do you want to know why? The reason is because of you… How can any blog thrive or remain alive without anyone interested in reading or peeking in? This post is for you guys and I want to thank you all.

Granted, I took a back seat mid-year but that was due to my passion and campaigning for Scottish Independence (hence the titled photo – incase anyone missed the reference). 2014 was a historical year for Scotland and I, honestly, couldn’t commit to blogging when it meant the future of my beloved country. In hindsight, I wish I had done more (campaigning that is).

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Needless to say… I’m gutted with the result. Scotland not only chose to shit themselves at the thought of freedom but the aftermath and choice to stay within the union has left many disheartened. A campaign that began with hope and positivity, unfortunately ended in hatred and disappointment.

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I’m not one to say I told you so but even the NO voters are regretting their decision under one of the most ruthless and elitist governments we’ve ever had.

Anyway, enough about politics and more about films and blogging. I’ll, hopefully, start blogging again with the real enthusiasm that I once had and I can’t thank all of you enough for sticking by me throughout this difficult year. It really is heartwarming and (as my previous anniversary posts have done) I’d like to give a shout out to my top five commenters.

#1: Zoe from Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger
#2: Fernando from Committed to Celluloid
#3: Alex from AlexRaphael
#4: Cindy from Cindy Bruchman
#5: Mark from Three Rows Back

I hate to single people out (as I appreciate everyone’s involvement) but it always gives me the chance to link to the sites that have given me the most commitment. Please check them out, they will reward you as they’ve done me.

Onwards to the next year friends. Here’s hoping I can be as active as I once was. l’ve learned how to tie my shoelaces in the blogosphere but now I’d like to tie my shit together!

Many thanks to everyone, though. Blogging is hard work and requires a commitment that I’m certain you all understand. I, personally, not only hope to continue but I hope to see more from all of you as well. Go for it people. Take you’re future in your hands!

It’s hard to describe to those that didn’t experience the passion (and) disappointment for Scotland in this year but I hope this rising young Scottish lad can condense it…

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2014 in review

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2014 by Mark Walker

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 69,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

TRIVIA TIDBITS

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 25, 2014 by Mark Walker

Welcome back to Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…

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1: Before Tom Hanks made the character of “Forrest Gump” a household name, both John Travolta and Bill Murray were considered for the part. Travolta admits it was a mistake to turn down the role. However, the author of the story always pictured John Goodman as the ideal Forrest Gump.

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TRIVIA TIDBITS

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 28, 2014 by Mark Walker

It has been some time my Trivia Tidbit enthusiasts but it’s a pleasure to welcome you back for more little movie facts. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related factoids that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…

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1: When Richard Nixon was elected President he compiled an “Enemies List” – a list of potential political opponents, of which, actor Paul Newman found himself to be on it. He was #19 for his anti-Vietnam views. Newman said that being on Nixon’s enemies list was “…the highest single honour I’ve ever received. Who knows who’s listening to me now and what government list I’m on”.

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TRIVIA TRIBUTE: Robin Williams

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 13, 2014 by Mark Walker

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It’s with a heavy heart that I’ve cut short my recent blogging hiatus to come back and offer up some special Trivia Tidbits after the sad passing of Robin Williams. Suffering from depression for most of his life it just shows how such an illness can overcome a person. Sadly at age 63 he took his own life. As it’s 2014, here’s 14 ways of shedding some light on a great talent from both ends of the dramatic and comedic scale.

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1: Early in his career, Williams told a reporter that he was born in Scotland. His original press releases indeed listed Scotland as his place of birth. He admitted that he was “under the influence” at the time of saying this. He was really born in Chicago.

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TRIVIA TIDBITS

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 19, 2014 by Mark Walker

Welcome back to Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…

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1: Although widely known as “Rocky“, this isn’t, in fact, the character’s actual name. His real name is Robert Balboa – this was seen in a rough script from the second film. He took the nickname from real-life boxer Rocky Marciano.

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TRIVIA TIDBITS

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 10, 2014 by Mark Walker

Welcome back to Trivia Tidbits. For those of you out of the loop, this is a little compilation of 10 movie related facts that I always find interesting. So without further ado, this weeks are…

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1: Much of Michael Mann’s “Heat” was based on a real-life confrontation between Chicago cop Chuck Adamson (renamed Vincent Hanna in the film and played by Al Pacino) and the real Neil McCauley (played by Robert DeNiro). Adamson was a retired police officer whom director Mann had been working with off and on since the film “Thief” in 1981. They later worked together on two of Mann’s TV shows “Miami Vice” (1984) and “Crime Story” (1986). According to Chuck Adamson (and confirmed by Michael Mann), McCauley was a professional robber whom he had frequently crossed paths with. Events such as the scene between Hanna and McCauley in the coffee shop and the warehouse sting where McCauley got tipped off that the cops were around due to an officer making a noise really happened. In real life, Neil McCauley was killed during the robbery of a grocery store (similar to the bank heist shootout in the film) by Adamson’s team who were tipped off to the robbery.

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