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Posted on 2007/06/16 15:40:27 (June 2007).

[Friday 15th June]
By today I seemed to have completely worn myself out. Too many long days at the office. I overslept in the morning, got in late, and by the time it got to 5 I knew I was pretty much done for the day. So for once I actually worked an 8 hour day.

I was back home by not-long-after-6, and my walk home coincided with Chie's return journey.

Upon reaching the flat we were both consumed by a wave of utter lethargy. Eventually after about an hour of lying on the sofa I managed to summon the energy to call for some Chinese takeaway. Actually technically as we didn't go and pick it up I suppose it can't relaly be called takeaway - but Chinese delivery sounds a bit odd somehow.

I was entertained today by a couple of things on the interweb.

First the Death Star Canteen video on YouTube.

Secondly, a search for a possible Scandinavian holiday somehow led me to look up "Viking Raiders" a game my brother and I used to play on his Sinclair ZX Spectrum (can't remember what order those were supposed to be in). To my delight I found this page with a version of it which I could play online via some clever Java emulator thingy. It was delightfully nostalgic. It was also gratifying to see that, 23 years on, the computer players were no longer any kind of a match for me - I wiped the floor with them.

Comment 1

Have you noticed that too! Somehow alot of those old games are now so easy to play. I have an old "Galaxy Invader 1000" circa 1982 that I used to play and found it really hard. The other month I rediscovered it, and to my delight it still worked. However I managed to beat it first go. Very odd.

Posted by Kev at 2007/06/16 17:42:44.

Comment 2

I'd forgotten how good Eddie Izzard is! :D

Posted by Nigel at 2007/06/16 19:53:00.

Comment 3

This Eddie Lizzard guy is simply great, as for ZX spectrum game, it made me nostalgic too!!! Lovely stuff!

Posted by Lox at 2007/06/17 10:05:31.

Comment 4

You and Adrian have got a lot to thank (or blame) Sir Clive for.

Posted by Mum at 2007/06/17 11:40:31.

Comment 5

Lox: had you heard of Viking Raiders before then?

Posted by John at 2007/06/17 23:15:01.

Comment 6

I always played Wotan the Wicked. I believe my brother generally opted for Brunhilda the Bold. Odin the Odious was usually seen as an acceptable second choice for either of us, whereas Egbert the Execrable was clearly a laughing stock.

Posted by John at 2007/06/17 23:18:00.

Comment 7

John: Not that actual game, I used to play other games (such as Escape from Krakatoa) , but I gave it a go nonetheless... The problem is that not knowing how to play is a bit of a problem...

Posted by Lox at 2007/06/18 08:21:40.

Comment 8

On my test match I opted for Wotan the Wicked... Listen HOW DO YOU MOVE the troops around, I seem to have endless problems with that!!

Posted by Lox at 2007/06/18 14:52:38.

Comment 9

After a long fought match Egbert the Excrable actually won the game... :(

Posted by Lox at 2007/06/18 15:12:25.

Comment 10

There are two modes - special order (selected by pressing 's') and normal order selected by pressing 'n').

When you're using "normal order", you select a direction and then the army moves as far as it possibly can in that direction.

When you're using "special order" you select a direction and also a number of spaces to move (1-9).

The directions are just numbers as follows:


So 2 is North (or just up if you prefer), 7 is South, 8 is South East, and so on.

Oh by the way, it is very important you have the volume turned up, as the sound effects are quite breathtaking.

Posted by John at 2007/06/18 17:02:44.

Comment 11

Yes sound is the best part of it all, I am thrilled, I think if I had a cat it would be probably dead by now...

Posted by Lox at 2007/06/18 17:40:02.

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