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New Year New You Ahead!

Hello folks. Happy New Year!  Christmas is officially over January 6th, when the tree and lights come down and so the year begins.  Resolutions and goals are planned but remember don’t dive in and ware yourself down by February.

Begin with:

Writing down your, year goals with a realistic view and in the time-frame you hope to achieve.

Get at least 7 hours sleep a night and catch up when you can.

Drink 1.5 liters a day, this is a must, eat your fruit and greens regularly.

Exercise at least 3 times a week and ten minutes outside a day.

Now with these easy basics in mind and consistent for at least 2 months your body and mind are good to go!

So whatever you set your mind to learn, conquer or complete you have a healthy mindset.  Also a massive word of advice folks one task at a time, too many and you will loose focus!

Remember life can be a beautiful thing the trick is your environment, so look at yours and anything or anyone who you feel, drain and are toxic keep at a distance or get rid.  You need to feel encouraged, inspired, safe to express but above all a good laugh.

Carpe Diem from www.setv.ie #PlatformingPeople, we are really looking forward to our year ahead, Videos and updates coming soon.

 

Assassin’s Creed

Historically speaking (pun intended) video games whose stories have been adapted into movies have never faired well in the box offices, with Mortal Kombat and Tomb Raider being the most successful but not necessarily critically acclaimed. So, when news broke that Ubisoft was going to make a movie based around their biggest selling game franchise, the fandom’s general censuses was ‘’high hopes, low expectations’’.

The big question was would Assassin’s Creed be the exception to the rule and break free of the stigma of video game movies. As a long time fan of the Creed I was determined to find out. Having played every AC title for the Ps3, from the original game with Altair, through the Ezio trilogy, the Kenway saga and (my personal favourite) Liberation, and now to find out if the movie stacks up.

First sign that things were looking up for the film was casting Michael Fassbender as the lead role, in fact the Fass does a double performance as modern day assassin Callum Lynch and his ancestor Aguilar. To make it even more impressive, Cal spars with a vision of Aguilar when he’s going through the Bleeding effect.

Sorry, I must have jumped ahead there, explanation: the central Mcguffin in the Assassin’s Creed story is a machine called the Animus (any Carl Jung buffs in the audience?) which allows a person to relive the memories and experiences of their ancestors. The games employ this to a metafictional level, in which you are playing a man who is in essence playing simulation of another man’s life. The aforementioned Bleeding affect is when a person starts to experience hallucinations and visions from their time in the Animus even after they’ve been unhooked ( if that isn’t a metaphor for game addiction then I don’t know what is. Again, metafiction).

In the present day Cal is a prisoner of Abstergo, which is the modern day face of the Assassin’s greatest enemies the Knights Templar who seek to, you guessed it, take over the world( Of course!( this joke is a reference to the Street Fighter movie btw).  To do so Alan Rikkin, played by the ever reliable villain role Jeremy Irons, seeks to use Cal to locate an artefact called the Apple of Eden, which ‘’hold the seeds of man’s first disobedience’’ and thus force the world into submission by removing our free will. What a charming fellow.

Rikkens’s daughter Sophia played by Marion Cotillard is Cal’s handler and the two have some chemistry with Sophia primarily there to humanize the Templars as she is the only person to care about Cal as a person.

Cal’s ancestor Aguilar is an Assassin active in Spain during the infamous Inquisition in protection of the Apple and of Sultan Muhammad XII and he must save the Sultan’s on from Templars and make certain the Apple doesn’t fall into templar hands. The action sequences are pure 100% AC baller, straight from the video games, visceral visual effects with Assassins fighting and running over and through rooftops with epic Parkour stunts and agility with energy left to kick Templar ass.

In conclusion, as a long time fan of Assassin’s Creed how do I feel about the movie? It does what it sets out to do: tell a story and get people interested, admittedly Callum’s story fells very similar to Desmond’s in the first game but that’s probably because the Templar’s don’t learn from their mistakes and you know what they say about history repeating itself. However the cursed history of video game movies doesn’t seem to plague this adaption, and with news of there being a Last of Us movie on the horizon, perhaps game developers should take a page from Ubisoft, and take a Leap of Faith.

If you want more Assassin goodness, play the games or check out the official comic book series, it’s an excellent read, but don’t take my word alone for it after all…

Nothing Is True…

By Daniel Murphy

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

SPOILERS HO!

 We all know the story by now, that a long time ago in a galaxy far away, Rebel Alliance’s, stormtroopers and wamprats and scruffy nerf herders saved the galaxy from an evil Empire and their planet-blower-upper-gun, but now the good Mr. Lucas has told us the story of the unsung heroes of the rebellion who were responsible for setting the entire original trilogy into motion.  rogue-one-death-star-core-comparison

You know, one of the criticisms of the Original Trilogy is that in a galaxy full of robots, aliens and space bears is that the human characters are decidedly pale and male, case in point Lando is the only non-white human we see, in the entire galaxy, a galaxy with hundreds of planets and a lot of them have humans.  The ladies, or lady, doesn’t fair any better, if you were a young girl growing up on Star Wars, you’re gender role models were Princess Leia, Mon Mothima and Luke’s aunt, that’s it.

 Thankfully, that is not the case in the most recent additions to Star Wars, let’s run down the Rogue One roll call:  Felicity Jones leads as Jyn Erso, the daughter of an Imperial officer recruiter by the Rebels to track down her old contacts, find her father and the means to destroy the Death Star. Keeping Jyn on the straight and narrow Diego Luna is Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor, who recruits Jyn for the mission but with ulterior orders.  Riz Ahmed defects from the Empire as Bodhi Rook, serving as the getaway driver when the team need to fly below radar.  Alan Tudyk voices K-2so a reprogrammed Imperial enforcer droid who serves as the Drax to these guardians of the galaxy far away, which leaves Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus, the ‘’heavy’’ of the group and Ip Man himself Donnie Yen brings life to Chirrut Imwe, a blind warrior poet with a connection to the Force and better aim the Imperial Stormtroopers (no, really).

Theirs is the story of how they steal the Death Star plans from its creator, Jyn’s father played by Mads Mikkelsen (who isn’t a bad guy for once) all the while avoiding Imperial officer Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and overseeing the development of the Death Star is a digital Peter Crushing, and while you know it’s CGI, it kind of works, especially with the uncanny valley, but the real heavy weight is James Earl Jones giving Darth Vader his iconic voice once more.

With the knowledge that Jyn’s father deliberately sabotaged the Death Star by installing the famous Achilles heel into the design, it really makes all the jokes about Imperial workmanship and poor development fall apart. But regardless the Rogue One team have to fight a hard battle to transmit the plans to the Rebellion (ensuring its inevitable destruction in A New Hope).

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Along with a ragtag team of volunteers, the Rogue One team arrive on the planet Scarif and while Jyn, Cassian and K-2SO infiltrates the data archives, Baze and Chirrut lead the attack to distract the Imperials while a Rebel fleet engages the Empire’s ships overhead. In the battle that follows K-2SO sacrifices himself to buy Jyn and Cassian time, while Chirrut, Baze and Bodhi are all killed in battle, but Jyn and Cassian are able to transmit the plans to the Rebel fleet just before the Death Star light speeds its way to Scarif and fires a single blast into the horizon that causes a nuclear like explosion, Cassian and Jyn make it to the beach where they embrace before being consumed by the blast.

So, yeah, the heroes die. But while it was a bittersweet and Pyrrhic victory for the Rogue One, their actions lead to the downfall of the Empire and without them Star Wars as we know it wouldn’t be possible.

(It also pokes a hole in the idea that Jyn is Rey’s mother but I guess Lucas is just trolling us now).

So show your support for the unsung heroes of the Rebellion, buy the official Rogue One LEGO sets this Christmas, and may the Force be with you.

by Daniel Murphy

Some Midweek News

Merry mid-week greetings all!

Evacuation of Aleppo is Under Way:

After being brought to a halt for a few days, the evacuation of the Aleppo is under way again. A total of 12,000 civilians have been evacuated according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from Aleppo and more buses are heading to government territory in Aleppo from two villages, al-Foua and Kefraya. The Aleppo evacuation was stopped over the weekend as the Syrian army demanded that these two villages be evacuated before they would let those in Aleppo leave. Aleppo is now under the control of the Syrian government, however the war is far from over. More than 300,000 people have been killed in the conflict, including 15,000 children.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers Show Postponed:

Unfortunate for RHCP fans going to see the group today and tomorrow, the band has been forced to postpone their concerts in the 3Arena, Dublin, due to lead singer, Anthony Kiedis coming down with the flu. The band stated ‘We are so sorry that we cannot come to Dublin as planned for the next few days.’ and explain that Kiedis was fighting the flu all week and that it was clear he needed to rest and recover after the previous show. The shows have been pushed back to the 20th and 21st of September 2017, with tickets still valid.

Failed Bank Robbery in Rosslare:

Last Friday an attempted armed bank robbery in Rosslare was foiled after an alarm inside the Bank of Ireland was activated, at around 10 a.m., alerting the Gardai who rushed to the bank. They were unable to enter the bank and the perpetrator fled the scene before being chased down. The Gardai recovered his firearm and brought him in for questioning. The man, who is in his early 20’s, was brought to Wexford Gardai Station. No one was hurt and no money was stolen.

By Séan Hynes for www.setv.ie #PlatformingPeople

 

 

Mid-Week Fix of News

Hello again everyone! Here is your mid-week fix of news.

Standing Rock Victory

A massive victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has been achieved as the U.S. Army has made a move to deny the North Dakota Oil pipeline access across their land. People of the Sioux tribe have been protesting as far back as April against the oil pipeline being installed across their land, as they feared it would contaminate their drinking water and because it also ran over sacred burial sites. Protesters endured harsh weather and temperatures to keep up their fight, and it seems that it has certainly paid off. The U.S. Army will be looking into alternative routes for the pipeline.

Hawaii Snow

An unusual sight in Hawaii as snow falls on the tropical island paradise. While it may surprise some, officials say that snowfall in Hawaii is not uncommon, however, the heaviness at which it fell and the altitude it fell at over the past few days are fairly strange. Over a meter of snow has fallen on the island since Thursday. A winter storm warning is in effect in Hawaii, as well as a flash flood watch as parts have been hit by flash floods.

Andrew Sachs Has Passed Away

Sad news was delivered last week. The family of Andrew Sachs confirmed that he passed away on November 23, aged 86. He had been suffering for four years from dementia. Many remember Sachs as the lovable Spanish waiter, Manuel, in the series Fawlty Towers. I certainly remember during free classes in maths when we were shown Fawlty Towers, anytime Sach’s character entered the scene, laughs would ensue and everyone in the room would be filled with joy. Tributes were paid by his peers, including John Cleese who called him ‘a very sweet gentle and kind man and a truly great farceur’.

By Sean Hynes with www.setv.ie #PlatformingPeople

 

 

 

 

Midweek News

Hey all! Here is your late in the week news.

Trump Vote Recount in Wisconsin

Suffice to say, many were upset over Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election. Many are un-easy with the notion of him being their new Commander-in-Chief. The election was quite close between Clinton and Trump and officials in Wisconsin are getting ready to do a recount of the votes. A member of the Green Party, Jill Stein called for the recount to make sure the votes weren’t skewed by computer hackers in Trump’s favour. She has pledged to get Pennsylvania and Michigan to do recounts also. Nothing will probably come of this, as analysts have stated that the result would have to be overturned in all three states which most likely will not happen. If it did though, it would change the outcome of the entire election.

Alien: Covenant

For avid fans of the landmark sci-fi/horror franchise, there’s some exciting news as a new Alien film subtitled ‘Covenant’ is in the works and slated to be released in May. It will be directed by Ridley Scott and according to him, the film will bridge 2012’s Prometheus and the rest of the Alien story. They’ll also be bringing back the original and classic (not to mention awesome) Xenomorph (the famous alien) design as evident by the simple, but incredibly effective and creepy poster. This’ll be definitely one to keep an eye on!

Conor McGregor Forced to Give Up his Featherweight Title.

While Conor McGregor is a successful fighter in the UFC, with two belts under his, well, belt, he was forced to give up one of his belts, his badge of office as featherweight champion, as he owns two belts and so the featherweight championship will go on. It was given back to Jose Aldo, whom McGregor originally beat for the title as the winner of UFC 206 will go on to face Aldo in the final fight for the title.

By Sean Hynes.

Trump Card on TTIP

The Trump card on TTIP! Majority of the European population despise TTIP and now we have the President of the free world who plans to abolish it on day one!

TTIP meaning the ‘Transalantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ The United States (orange) and the European Union (green) The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed trade agreement between the European Union and the United States, with the aim of promoting trade and multilateral economic growth.

A basic description on TTIP would give corporations as much power as governments if established, large companies to uproot and set up in poorer countries, resulting in the loss of more jobs in European Countries and the exploitation of human and working rights in the countries they set up in. To understand more http://www.waronwant.org/what-ttip

The bad sides to both TTIP and TPP is that they are more about consolidating and legalising exteme capitalists than more about free trade.

His priority on ethics, Trump being a Republican has vowed to “drain the swamp” in Washington.  He has promised “a five-year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the administration”.  Event though his own transition team includes several lobbyists! But if the five year ban is put in place there is obviously an issue for it.

Trumpy also speaks on the ‘Department of Labour’ to investigate abuses on Visa Programmes “that undercut the American worker”.  He also so plans for the Department of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to “develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyber-attacks, and all other form of attacks”.

He wants to cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy; including Shale Energy and Clean Coal, “creating many millions of high-paying jobs”.  This is all to ‘make America great again’.

Here is a link to Trumps ‘Six Points’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sb11bmYPsk

Wexford Events for November

Hello all! Here are some events coming up in November.

14th Century Sword and Buckler Workshop: If you’re one for swords and swordplay, then this event may just be for you. You can live out the fantasy of being a sword wielding warrior with this one-day workshop where you will learn different fighting techniques with various 14th century weapons. You will learn this under the supervisions of the Goat’s Head Historical Fencing group. All the protective gear and weapons will be provided on the day. Participants should have a basic level of fitness. If you are interested in the course, you can book for the 12th of November OR the 13th of November, the course running from 10am to 4pm on each day. The cost is €60 per person and spaces are limited, so book now while you can by ringing 0539120733 or e-mailing: reservationinhp@gmail.com

World Shore Angling Championships: If you’re partial to a bit of fishing, you’ll want to check this event out. The 2016 World Shore Angling Championships is being brought to Wexford running from the 12th until the 19th of November. The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers (IFSA) is delighted to host this event and have this event come to Ireland. The East and West coast of Wexford is playing host to this event with the HQ for it being based in Clayton White’s Hotel, Abbey  Street, Wexford Town. This will be an event to remember for anglers!

The 4 of Us: Critically acclaimed band, The 4 of Us, are playing a rare live show at the Wexford Arts Centre on the 19th of November. They’ll be playing an acoustic show consisting of a mix of songs from their new album and also their older stuff.  So, if you’re looking for your fill of live music, definitely save the date and check them out. The show starts at 8:30pm and tickets are €20. You can book tickets at this link: https://wexfordartscentre.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873552902

Enjoy folks view www.setv.ie #PlatformingPeople

 

Festivals this Weekend

Hey folks!  Christmas has officially kicked off this weekend with Halloween events only wrapping up.  Also happening in Wexford is the Wexford Fringe festival running until the 6th.  Artists from around Ireland and further afield participate alongside home-grown talent, in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, visual art and design. These events add to the carnival atmosphere that engulfs the town and includes the Wexford Festival Opera and Wexford Speigeltent Festival which is now over for fringe events go to http://www.wexfordfringe.ie/

last chance to attend Wexford Opera festival check out http://www.wexfordopera.com/programme/festival-programme-2016/  this years 65th Opera festival, such an event to attend in one of the top Opera houses due to the sound the stage produces.

Waterford’s 10th annual film festival is on this weekend view http://www.waterfordfilmfestival.net/  Filmmakers and festival goers will see the films screened on a full sized cinema screen, with Dolby Surround Sound.

For all you Manga fans that time of year has arrived, ‘Eirtakon is the largest and longest-running anime (Japanese animation) and manga convention in Ireland, held every year in Croke Park by a dedicated volunteer committee put in place by the DCU Anime & Manga Society.  If you are interested and want to see something different, details on http://www.eirtakon.com/

Enjoy folks and view www.setv.ie #PlatformingPeople

Red Dead Redemption 2

Believe the Hype!

A very exciting announcement came along Tuesday last week. A new Red Dead Redemption game is on the way! Rockstar Games had teased the return of Red Dead by uploading photos to social media of their logo in a familiar red and black colour. People got excited due to the familiar colours and speculation was rife that a new Red Dead Redemption was in the works. Then not too long after, it was announced that Red Dead Redemption 2 was being developed, slated for a Fall, 2017 release. Was it going to be a sequel? A prequel where we would get to play as John Marston in his old gang? Would we get to play as, or alongside Bill Williamson? All these questions floated around the internet among fans of the first game.  And the hype began to build rapidly. We were getting on new Red Dead Redemption game on the current consoles. The first RDR blew people away with its stunning American Frontier landscape and quality visuals, so just imagine what could be achieved on the newer consoles like PS4 and Xbox One. The West will be realised with the newer hardware, which is an exciting prospect. Rockstar is famous for the amount of detail they put into their games and RDR was no exception, so with more powerful hardware and their previous track record, I’m banking that the West will never have looked so beautiful, or felt so immersive in the realm of video games.

But despite all the excitement and hype, there are a few things about the project that people are sceptical about. One thing’ that has people worried is the announcement that ‘the game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online experience’; because of the success with GTA Online; (the online portion of GTA V).  The fears being the singleplayer and storyline, which made RDR so memorable and incredible, will ultimately suffer with more focus on the online’ portion of RDR2. GTA Online was a massive money-maker for Rockstar, with micro-transactions, etc. so it makes sense that they would try to replicate or adapt GTA Online for the Red Dead universe. This could turn out well, as while it wasn’t as popular as GTA Online, the online portion of Red Dead Redemption was still very well received and garnered praise.

So the hype for this game doesn’t look ready to subside anytime too soon, we’ll have to wait and see however on whether it will deliver the awesome Wild West, open world sandbox experience that Red Dead Redemption graced us with.

There is no word of a PC release and who knows whether it will get a PC release as the first RDR game didn’t. However the PC port for GTA V turned out pretty good (although it was a few years coming) so it would be nice to see one.

Now all they need to do is release a sequel to Table Tennis….

by Seán Hynes