Arms Grant (Rings#8)

A Grant of Arms
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #8)
by Morgan Rice (2013)

Thor is caught between titanic forces of good and evil, as Andronicus and Rafi use all of their dark sorcery to attempt to crush Thor s identity and take control of his very soul.

Guess what.. all his friends will come to his rescue !



Le Père (The Father) is a play by the French playwright Florian Zeller which won in 2014 the Molière Award for Best Play. It premiered in September 2012 in Paris. The Court Theatre production features Mark Hadlow in the title role.

There is a woman in André’s flat claiming to be his daughter. But Anne lives in London now… Doesn’t she? And André lives in Paris… Doesn’t he? And where has Anne’s sister, Elise gone? Don’t tell him she’s dead. She isn’t… Is she?

It’s the story of a man descending into dementia. He forgets things and  who his friends and relatives are.

It’s one of those ‘insightful’ and ‘worthy’ plays. Written for actors, and Mark Hadlow really sells it as a man in decline.

Unfortunately for the audience there isn’t much, a few laughs and insights. But not much else. In the end it’s a rather depressing story.

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On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup, inviting collaborators.

This date is sometimes confused with the public availability of the first web servers, which had occurred months earlier.


Steve Jobs is a 2015 biographical drama film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from the 2011 book of the same name by Walter Isaacson as well as interviews conducted by Sorkin

The film is structured into three acts which cover 14 years (1984–1998) in the life of personal computing innovator and Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, with each act taking place immediately prior to the launch of a key product – the Apple Macintosh, the NeXT Computer and the iMac.

Jobs is portrayed by Michael Fassbender, at first it wasn’t clear that was who he was playing as he does not look at all like Jobs. He does a very intense portrayal of Jobs. Having read Isaacson’s book, it does not feel like the real man, Jobs was many things but this feels like a one dimensional portrayal of him as an asshole.

Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak is one of the worst castings I have seen. It’s as if they just looked around for an actor with a beard !

Kate Winslet is (as usual) solid as Joanna Hoffman.

Joanna Hoffman
Joanna Hoffman
Kate Winslet (L)
Kate Winslet (L)


And Jeff Daniels as John Sculley


Sword Rite (Ring#7)

A Rite of Swords
(The Sorcerer’s Ring #7)
by Morgan Rice (2013)

Thor grapples with his legacy, battling to come to terms with who his father is, whether to reveal his secret, and what action he must take.

Back home in the Ring, with Mycoples by his side and the Destiny Sword in hand, Thor is determined to wreak vengeance on Andronicus army and liberate his homeland and to finally propose to Gwendolyn. But he comes to learn that there are forces even greater than he that might just stand in his way.

This chapter turns out to be a version of Star Wars 2 ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ in reference to the relationship between Thor and his father. But at the end it seems that things will do differently…

Hobbs Shaw

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (also known simply as Hobbs & Shaw) is a 2019 American action film directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce.

It is the 9th installment and a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious franchise centered around Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Statham).

The film follows the pair who are forced to team up against the threat of a deadly virus.

Idris Elba is the bad guy, Helen Mirren does a days work and Cliff Curtis turns up, this time as a Samoan.

This is a very very B movie with a big budget ($200 million – none of it spent on the story) for lots of action, stunts and fight scenes.

Enjoyable while it lasted, but otherwise forgettable.

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