Learning to Code with Siobhan

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Until relatively recently I stayed away from coding because I was convinced (without ever trying it) that it would be too difficult to learn. I’ve discovered that I’m completely wrong and that, with clear instructions, the less complicated languages are actually very easy to pick up and so I’ve decided to start writing up documentation in a series of how to’s for beginners. The later languages will be progressing at a rate of one to a handful of tags a day as I’ll be learning them with you.

The two resources I recommend are http://www.w3schools.com/ and http://www.codecademy.com/learn Both clearly explain what each command means and give you the opportunity to test out your knowledge. Code Academy is definitely more fun and probably means you’re more likely to remember it but if you want to learn concepts fast W3 is good for that.

This project was inspired by an event at

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Horror Brought to Life: Lesson of the Evil (2012) at the CUT!

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“We haven’t had one with buckets of blood for a while now”, says Mr Chainsaw.

Yes, the Hothouse is back down in the dungeon at London’s Horse Hospital for our monthly fix of cult movie creepiness. There’s nothing quite like the prospect of a Japanese Horror movie to put bums on seats and the place is packed as Billy leaves the stage and cranks up the DVD player for Takashi Miike’s Lesson of the Evil.

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Mr Hasumi (Hideako Ito) is the young charismatic English teacher, popular with students and his colleagues. Hasumi soon gets a handle on the school’s ring of exam cheats and puts a stop to the games teacher’s sexual abuse of Miya, but none of this comes without a price. The kids really should have worked all this out much earlier, since Hasumi lives in a run-down shack with a pair of ravens and drives a battered old…

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The Shout (1978)

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The Shout (1978) is a curious film containing a story within a story. Based upon a short story by I Claudius creator and war poet Robert Graves, the film opens at a cricket match in the grounds of an upmarket lunatic asylum. Robert Graves (Tim Curry) joins Crossley (Alan Bates) in the scoring hut, where Crossley opens up and tells him a story.

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Fading to the sand dunes of the North Devon coast, we meet Anthony and Rachel Fielding (John Hurt and Susannah York). Living in a dilapidated farm house, the Fielding’s rural idyll is shattered by the arrival of Crossley who has spent 18 years living with the native people of Australia. As Crossley’s story unfolds, he reveals that an Aboriginal shaman has taught him how to project the legendary death shout. Anthony, a composer working on producing new sounds with random objects is curious to hear the shout, so Crossley advises…

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The Medusa Touch (1978)

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NASA loses contact with a the Achilles Moon mission, London is reeling in the eaftermath of a 747 striking a tower block and author John Morler (Richard Burton) is battered to death in his flat by a mystery assailant. Three unconnected events or are they?

Inspector Brunel (Lino Ventura), a French exchange officer with the Met is the investigating officer at Morlar’s flat (unlikely I know, but how else do you get European producers to cough for the dough other than casting an Italian who was big in France in a lead role?). As Brunel attends the crime scene the corpse stages a miraculous recovery and is rushed to the nearest intensive care unit. Brunel leafs through Morlar’s journal and discovers that he was being seen by a Dr Zonfeld (Lee Remick, bringing in the American finance) so he hotfoots it to the shrink’s consulting rooms.

Through a series of flashbacks we discover that Morlar has been seeing Zonfeld because he is convinced that the series of gruesome deaths…

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Indie Buzz: Daniel (2014) Review

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A darkened house, a blood spattered corpse and an angry guy with a baseball bat searching for someone hidden within the shadows of the interior. Is it the old psycho house invasion? Not saying, that would spoil your fun, but this three minute short from Dream Seekers Productions Channel will confound your expectations. Take a look and see.

I think you will agree, what you get is a tight paced, atmospherically lit claustrophobic little drama, that intrigues you as to both its origin and its outcome. Over the duration of this short you get one hell of a bang for your buck.

As they say, the devil is in the detail, big 555/666

For more information about Peter Dukes and his production company Dream Seekers Productions, check out Dream Seekers Productions website and don’t forget to like them on Facebook

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The Monster Club (1981)

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There’s something very disconcerting about the actor Donald Pleasence and even more so when he’s in a vicar’s dog collar and bowler hat. And well so there should be since he is head of the Bleeney Squad, a special police unit dedicated to wiping out the curse of vampirism in the second episode from 1981 portmanteau horror movie The Monster Club, now re-released as a sumptuous Blu-Ray disc by our friends at Network as part of their The British Film series.

The film opens with author Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes (played by Universal horror veteran John Carradine) admiring a bookshop window display of his own works, lurking in the shadows is Erasmus the vampire (Vincent Price), who in return for a drop of fresh blood introduces Chetwynd-Hayes to his exclusive members club.

Within the Monster Club, the author is introduced to the world of monster genealogy, watches a vampire movie, learns of the consequences of…

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