James Matthew Atkinson

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24th July 2014 at Gretna Green

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I waited quite a while to get it. There were some delays due to quality issues but I picked it up this morning. The Big Chief recent incarnation of the iconic Doctor Who Tardis is a true quality product. 1000 are being made and who ever orders them will be very lucky and satisfied fans.

 

 

The model is 15kg in weight and made from polystone. It has a removable top where 3 x AA batteries are placed. 4 x led lights illumina ... Read more »
Category: Interests | Views: 825 | Added by: James | Date: 18 March 2016 | Comments (0)

Last month I took delivery of a full size NSD Dalek after waiting after they made it at their workshop. The director, Ian Clarke, was very helpful on the telephone and gave me the options. I stuck by my intention of getting a slightly dirtied looking bronze version with voice and lights. When the delivery day came I was extremely excited by the prospect but after going to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, earlier in the year and witnessed the size of the base I was slightly concerned whether it would fit through our internal doors. I asked Ian and he said someone called Toby would be delivering it and would install it. I knew who Toby was from watching the new version of ‘Day of the Daleks’. That is a Jon Pertwee story from 1972 that reintroduced the Daleks after a long time off the screen. It also was a tremendous story regarding time travelling loops also known as the bootstrap paradox recently perfectly updated with an excellent s ... Read more »
Category: Interests | Views: 904 | Added by: James | Date: 29 November 2015 | Comments (0)

Warning - spoilers
 

 

During a recent week off Julia and I had arranged to go to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff. I had been looking forward to it for quite a while. We set off on Tuesday 22nd September and had arranged to spend the night at a hotel around an hour away from Cardiff. This was in order to go to Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves where parts of Doctor Who had been filmed. First of all, I will not mention the name of the hotel, ... Read more »
Category: Interests | Views: 516 | Added by: James | Date: 06 November 2015 | Comments (0)

Dr Who really does land in the most interesting places! This Police box appeared for the Nidderdale Pateley Bridge 1940’s event. I only saw it a week ago and asked Julia if she could take my picture with it. It seems very well made and on the 1940’s Facebook page it states that the Police box was made by ‘David and Tim’ Unfortunately I noticed that someone has destroyed one of the windows. Its times like these that you do wish the Doctor was real so he could track the culprit down.

 
Category: Interests | Views: 627 | Added by: James | Date: 31 August 2015 | Comments (0)



**Updated 14/03/2015**

Ben Wheatley is a British filmmaker that has a tradition of pushing boundaries. His previous direction credits include Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers. His fourth film is A Field in England, a true departure from the standards of cinema today. Ben does not shy away from violence. Kill List and Sightseers having some ultra violent themes. He also shows his commercial credential ... Read more »

Category: Interests | Views: 785 | Added by: James | Date: 09 March 2015 | Comments (6)

Before I continue with this blog I want to make it clear that alcohol should be taken in moderation and responsibly. This is especially true for high percentage spirit where it may still be in your system the morning after.

 

 
One of the most famous depictions of absinthe dates from 1900
Category: Interests | Views: 1762 | Added by: James | Date: 17 January 2015 | Comments (2)

When Verity Lambert convinced the then Head of Drama Sydney Newman that the Daleks would help with the making of new series Dr Who, I don’t even think they knew how much it would catch the viewing public’s imagination. The 1960’s saw what would be referred to as Dalekmania. There are some great images below that show the impact and give us a glimpse of how great ideas light up people’s imagination.
 

Category: Interests | Views: 1707 | Added by: James | Date: 02 November 2014 | Comments (0)

I really enjoyed this story. A pair of Dr Who fans with a Dalek ring bearer. Not only did the couple have one of the most evil foes but they also came down the aisle to the series theme tune. It was the idea of renewing their vows after 30 years that made them create this great event. It was to raise money for the little buds fund for special care babies at Darent Valley hospital. They both work there, one as a midwife and the other in the maternity ward.

 

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Category: Interests | Views: 858 | Added by: James | Date: 11 August 2014 | Comments (2)

I have never been a cycle racing fan. I previously tried to watch the Tour de France a few times and found it long and, at times, the racing situations did not make sense. I live in Yorkshire and it came here in 2 stages for the first time. My hometown of Harrogate hosted the stage 1 finish and the whole entourage of trucks and broadcasters came to bring the circus to a usually sleepy old spa town. I went to see it 2 days before the start and saw the amount of money it must cost to put on a show like that. Going with a friend who cycles he told me about some of the brands and I felt the excitement building. It surprised me that I was getting sucked into the spirit. The weather was good and we went to a local pub and soaked in a truly superb atmosphere. Harrogate’s central streets were closed off and it became clear this event was like no other. I watch Moto GP and have also worked as a volunteer ... Read more »

Category: Interests | Views: 637 | Added by: James | Date: 09 July 2014 | Comments (0)

Yes this is another entry regarding what I believe is one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time, Frank Herbert’s Dune. I have finally seen the recent film about the 1974 attempt at making a surrealist version of the story. The art house director Alejandro Jodorowsky gathered a troop of ‘warriors’ around him to create what he classed as an LSD trip minus the actual drug. The documentary film describing the project is worth watching, as it truly was way ahead of its time.

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Category: Interests | Views: 1898 | Added by: James | Date: 05 June 2014 | Comments (0)


 

To start with I have to admit my bias for this film. I’ve loved it since seeing it for the first time on an old VHS. Nothing has ever come close to an individual cosmic vision than Dune. There have been pages and pages of reviews full of hate and venom stating that David Lynch did not do justice to Frank Herbert’s Dune novels. Let me set the record straight about this, nobody can, or could, do justice to the whole set of novels. They are complex and deal with everything from politics to drugs, infusing it all with mysticism.

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Category: Interests | Views: 1765 | Added by: James | Date: 28 May 2014 | Comments (0)

As I have said before, Tom Baker is one of my favourite Dr Who actors. I have been making my way through the classic series. Visiting some stories I have never seen and others that I remember scaring the light out of me as a child. I have just seen Logopolis and just seeing the miniaturized victims brought a shiver to my inner child. The story itself is a great bow out for Tom. You can see the BBC website here for more information on the story which was series 18 of the long running drama.

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Category: Interests | Views: 1091 | Added by: James | Date: 22 April 2014 | Comments (0)

When David Tennant made his wrap party the following video was shown. It is new to me and is a real novelty for fans of David’s era as Dr Who. Comedy has always played a part in the Dr’s stories and behind the scenes japes are a pleasure to see.

I have included it in my blog as it reminds me of how great a show I feel the BBC gives us. My ‘Doctors’ are Tom Baker and Paul Mcgann but that does not mean I don’t like any other. In fact it is quite the opposite, each Dr brings his own ... Read more »

Category: Interests | Views: 553 | Added by: James | Date: 20 April 2014 | Comments (0)

Over the years we tend to forget what the greatest human wonders have occurred in our lifetime. I am talking of the way man has progressed in science. Not all is good, I admit that, but most is inspiring and literally gigantic in the way it has shaped our understanding of the universe. 
I have quite a few IMAX films that are based on space and, like one of the titles, keeps the dream alive. They are all truly great but one stands out from the rest as being one of the absolute tests of man and machine. That film is Hail Columbia!

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Category: Interests | Views: 1510 | Added by: James | Date: 29 March 2014 | Comments (0)

I love the fact that Steven Moffat's wife purchased a bronze NSD Dalek for him at Christmas 2013 from This Planet Earth
This Planet Earth are licensed to sell replicas of Daleks and other Dr Who items. 

Steven is firstly a true Dr Who fan, as was Russell T Davis before him, and you can see that through the writing. The love for the classic series shows through. The nod to past stories and the ingenuity that new adventures produce is glorious.
Just seeing this photograph shows even now, with all the stress of the position Steven has, that his childhood love for the series is still very much alive.
Category: Interests | Views: 679 | Added by: James | Date: 14 March 2014 | Comments (0)

What can I say? Over 50 years later, with a modern spin, it has returned and the limited edition 50 have already got peoples names on them.

"I wanted to build a bike that was the pure essence of a café racer, with no expense spared. The kind of bike that I would build if I took home a Norton Commando and stripped it down to it's bare essentials" - Simon Skinner, Norton Motorcycles

This machine really is the most exciting bike for years. I can't think of a machine I would rather be on come a lovely summers day. It exudes classic style and that sound would throb as thunderous as an E power chord played on a Gibson Les Paul played at full pelt through a Marshall stack.
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Category: Interests | Views: 1017 | Added by: James | Date: 12 March 2014 | Comments (0)

I have to say that I've spent hours on the web reading and viewing Dr Who information that mainly comes from one source. I blame this source for time that I will never get back but has been incredibly enjoyable. 

Gavin Rymill is an illustrator and 3D artist who really knows his Who facts. His art is stunning as he captures atmosphere exactly like my other favourite illustrator Derick Riggs (incidentally I have the most fantastic signed book of his Derick's work, pictures that I grew up with in the 80's)

I don't think it is too much of an u ... Read more »
Category: Interests | Views: 1082 | Added by: James | Date: 07 March 2014 | Comments (0)

My Girlfriends Mum went on a trip recently aboard a ship across the Norwegian Fjords. It was to relax with her husband, taking in the scenery and to see those amazing northern lights. They really enjoyed the trip and after seeing the photographs it certainly looked a fantastic experience.

Role on these last few evenings. Suddenly the Aurora Borealis comes further down north and illuminates Yorkshire. Now at this point I have to say that unfortunately I have not witnessed this enigmatic sight myself. It is rare to see the charged particles in the area I live. The solar wind is usually at the North and South poles and contained within a circular pattern. The Nasa website is perfect for finding out the details of ... Read more »
Category: Interests | Views: 594 | Added by: James | Date: 01 March 2014 | Comments (0)



Big Finish is a name that means pure quality to me.
They have produced audio adventures since 1998. I love them for the Dr Who adventures but have listened to other ranges with just as much glorious satisfaction. Ranges include 2000AD, Blakes 7, Dalek Empire, Highlander, Robin Hood, I Davros, Sherlock Holmes and even Sapphire and Steel. These examples don't even touch the edges!

The reason I love them is that the production is incredible. While listen ... Read more »
Category: Interests | Views: 574 | Added by: James | Date: 24 February 2014 | Comments (0)

I have always wanted to build my own home. We are a few steps closer but have a long way to go as I was made redundant just as I'd built up enough savings.

Looking into it again recently has reignited my passion to carry on with the plan. I have been in touch with a very helpful architect that won an award from Grand Designs under the affordable section. The structure was based on a barn, steel structure and wood panelling with straw insulation and solar energy. The house would be built in an 'area of outstanding national beauty' which means alternative structures do not usually get a look in. The term AONB ... Read more »
Category: Interests | Views: 2248 | Added by: James | Date: 15 February 2014 | Comments (3)

Well I have always been a massive fan of Dr Who.
I find both the classic series, new series and the Big Finish audios fantastic. They have got me through both bad and good times.
I like nothing better than listening to a Big Finish audio adventure in the car as I have a 30 mile trip to work.
Big Finish can be found here and are truly superb.

This brings me onto the case in point. I have always found the Daleks from Dr Who iconic. To me they are as British as fish and chips, red phone boxes and, y ... Read more »
Category: Interests | Views: 471 | Added by: James | Date: 01 February 2014 | Comments (0)

A wonderful short by Bréon George Rydell to watch on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day
Category: Interests | Views: 472 | Added by: James | Date: 26 January 2014 | Comments (0)

Here are just couple;
@Harrogate_News - Harrogate region updates
@ChrisGPackham - Wildlife presenter and all around interesting man
@Markgatiss - Master storyteller and brilliant actor
@MakingOfs - Behind the scenes photographs of famous films
@RAFRed8 - Red Arrows pilot
@hotelalpha9 - Local Police Officer 
@edenproject - Cornish pride
@NYorksPolice - Twitter feed of North Yorkshire Police
@HeliganGardens - Fantastic gardens in Cornwall
@ReeceShe ... Read more »
Category: Interests | Views: 397 | Added by: James | Date: 04 January 2014 | Comments (0)

Keeping up to date with all the new advancements in CS6 was intensive enough but now with CC I can not afford the monthly subscription. I have been told that some people in the industry still use CS5 so I am not in a big rush.
I have found the best evangelist to be David Blatner and his InDesign Secrets website
It truly is indispensable for InDesign!
Category: Interests | Views: 478 | Added by: James | Date: 04 December 2013 | Comments (0)

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