The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book reads like a children’s story, but is a recollection by an adult of past events. These strange events centre around the next farm and its’ unusual inhabitants. After an odd encounter with an entity in the woods a young boy must find out how to send it back to wherever it originated. If he can.

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So Rewind/Keep You Anyway Double A Side from NARROW PLAINS

‘So Rewind’ and ‘Keep You Anyway’ is the new double A side from the UK-based Narrow Plains, which follows up their début  EP ‘Somewhere In Between’.  I was lucky enough to hear a preview of these tracks before they were finished, and have been looking forward to their official date of release.  Now they’re out and these two songs should be making their way onto your summer playlist!

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Both new tracks have upbeat and catchy melodies which will have listeners singing along straight away.  For those who already enjoy the musical style of Mumford & Sons, et al; Narrow Plains bring their own personalities and sound to the mix.

Find this new single over on iTunes,  Spotify and other online music retailers.  Then see if you can catch the boys at one of their many gigs around the UK, or at a summer festival near you.  Perhaps I will see you there!

Keep up to date with the Narrow Plains boys by following them on twitter @NarrowPlains and by checking out their website

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Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Happy Birthday to the programming language that started the personal computer revolution! BASIC is 50!

I remember my dad trying to teach me BASIC when I was only 6 years old!  I had no idea what I was doing, but I’m glad of the early introduction.  I wouldn’t be the geek I am today without computers!



Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it’s a shame more people don’t learn to do it.

For years now, that’s been a hugely popular stance. It’s led to educational initiatives as effortless sounding as the Hour of Code (offered by and as obviously ambitious as Code Year (spearheaded by Codecademy).

Even President Obama has chimed in. Last December, he issued a YouTube video in which he urged young people to take up programming, declaring that “learning these skills isn’t just important for your future, it’s important for our country’s future.”

I find the “everybody should learn to code” movement laudable. And yet it also leaves me wistful, even melancholy. Once upon a time, knowing how to use a computer was virtually synonymous with knowing how to program one. And the thing that made it possible was a programming language called BASIC.


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