Monday, December 31, 2012

Joseph D'Lacey's Blood Fugue





Books are like Christmas Dinners, some you struggle to finish, with those last couple of Brussels Sprouts staring their defiance at you from the dinner plate, while others are gone in the blink of an eye, leaving fond memories of juicy morsels and wondrous tastes. In the case of Joseph D'Lacey's Blood Fugue you are presented with a smorgasbord of horror & are left wanting to lick the plate clean.

A potent mix of blood, sex, ancient mythology and sex, it contains scenes that will burn themselves on the retinas of your mind like staring into a nuclear firestorm. Reading Blood Fugue is like watching John Carpenter's The Thing on acid, with a liberal sprinkling of WTF moments along the way.

At its heart Blood Fugue is a vampire story, with its main protagonist, James Kerrigan, battling the forces of darkness against insurmountable odds. No easy feat when he's afraid of the dark. But this is Vampirism as its never been done before, and the plot hints at a huge mythos, barely glimpsed like a dark shape moving beneath moonlit ice. In turns shocking, erotic and humorous, Blood Music delivers in all respects. A horror story that definitely leaves the reader asking for more. Recommended.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Scotch Pancakes

Ingredients
115g plain flour sifted
1 medium free range egg
150 ml milk
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp golden caster sugar
melted butter for greasing


Making the batterSift the flour, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and stir in the sugar. Add the egg and slowly stir in the milk. Beat until smooth.

Cooking the pancakesHeat up a griddle or frying pan for at least 3 minutes to get hot. Smear with a little melted butter using a paper towel. Pour in 4 lots of a tbsp of the batter mix. After a couple of minutes large bubbles should appear. Flip them over and cook for about another minute.

Eating

Serve warm with bacon and maple syrup, clotted cream and jam or whatever floats your boat.
Yum!

Friday, May 25, 2012

As a rule I take the hint.

 To switch to Oracle's rule based optimiser use the hint /*+ RULE*/.

You can include this in PeopleSoft MetaSQL with something along the lines of: -

%InsertSelect(XXX_UK007_BOND2, TL_RAPID_TIME R, JOB J, PROCESS_INSTANCE = /*+ RULE*/ DISTINCT %Bind(PROCESS_INSTANCE)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The 100 Best and Absolute Greatest Heavy Metal Albums in the World, Ever.


As I've just about completed my collection of 100 CDs culled from Jacelyn Bond's damn fine book, and bastard of a charade title, The 100 Best and Absolute Greatest Heavy Metal Albums in the World, Ever, I thought it was about time I blogged the list to aid anyone else who wants to make their world a little heavier. Collecting the albums has been a long strange trip through the annals of rock history and taken me through classics by the likes of Sabbath, AC/DC and Deep Purple to Scandinavian Death Metal. Yes the choices are debateable but the book is a great way of discovering some wonderful music to headbang like a maniac to. It's got some notable omisions too, in particular a certain Black Country band who most would argue are the greatest rock and roll band of all timel and who cast a giant blimp shaped shaddow over the genre.

In addition to the 100 albums I've also listed the other albums by the bands concerned that the book says are worth getting, so if any of the artists take your fancy you can always explore them further.
If you click on the covers It will take you to the albums on the Amazon UK website

With Christmas coming up Jacylyn's work would make a fine addition to any metalhead's Christmas stocking along with a generous selection of the albums it lists. They're so heavy though that Santa's sleigh may not cut it when it comes to getting them to your rooftop, he may need to enlist the help of a large gas filled dirgible of a metallic nature...

Enjoy.

Accept

Balls To The Wall



Also of note...

Restless And Wild



Metal Heart



AC/DC

Highway To Hell




Also of note...

High Voltage



TNT



AC/DC

Back In Black



Also of note...

Let There Be Rock



Alice Cooper


Billion Dollar Babies




Also of note...

School's Out



Alice In Chains


Dirt



Also of note...

Alice In Chains



All Shall Perish

The Price Of Existence



Also of note...

Awaken The Dreamers



Anthrax

Among The Living




Also of note...

Sound Of White Noise



Arch Enemy

Burning Bridges




Also of note...

Rise Of The Tyrant



At The Gates


Slaughter Of The Soul




Also of note...

Terminal Spirit Disease



Behemoth


Demigod




Also of note...

Satanica



Thelema 6



Zos Kia Cultus



The Apostasy



Benighted

Icon




Also of note...

Insane Cephalic Production



Identistick



Black Label Society
Hangover Music Volume VI




Also of note...

The Blessed Hellride




Mafia

Also Zack Wylde's solo album...

The Book Of Shadows




Black Sabbath
 

Black Sabbath



Also of note...

Master Of Reality




Black Sabbath
 

Paranoid

Also of note...

Black Sabbath Vol. 4




Sabotage


 

Black Sabbath
 

Heaven And Hell


Also of note...

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

 
Bruce Dickinson
The Chemical Wedding





Also of note...

Tattoed Millionaire






Accident Of Birth





Candlemass 

Nightfall



Also of note...

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus




Ancient Dreams



Tales of Creation



Cannibal Corpse

Tomb Of The Mutilated


Also of note...

Kill





Carcass

 
Heartwork

 


Also of note...

Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious




Swansong

 


Cradle Of Filth
 

Damnation And A Day



Also of note...

Thornography




Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder





Danzig

 
Danzig

 


Also of note...

Danzig II: Lucifuge


 

Danzig III: How the Gods Kill



 Danzig 4p




Dark Tranquillity

 
The Gallery

 


Also of note... 

The Mind's I




Damage Done



Fiction




Death

 
Human



Also of note... 

Scream Bloody Gore




Deep Purple


Machine Head




Also of note...



Fireball




Deep Purple




Deep Purple In Rock




Deftones

 
Around The Fur

 



Also of note...

White Pony




 Saturday Night Wrist 




Deicide

 
Deicide


Also of note...

The Stench Of Redemption



Death Do Us Part


Despised Icon


The Ills Of Modern Man


Also of note...
 

The Healing Process


The Dillinger Escape Plan


Miss Machine


Also of note...

Calculating Infinity



Dimmu Borgir


Death Cult Armageddon


Also of note...

Stormblåst


In Sorte Diaboli

Dio


Holy Diver


Also of note... 

The Last In Line

Sacred Heart

Dream Evil


Dream Theater


Images And Words


Also of note...

 A Change Of Seasons


Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes from a memory

Entombed


Wolverine Blues


Also of note...

Left Hand Path


Clandestine

Exodus


Bonded by Blood


Also of note...

Fabulous Disaster


 The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A

Gamma Ray


Land of the Free


Also of note...

Majestic


Land of the Free II

Godsmack


IV


Also of note...

Faceless


Gojira


The Way of All Flesh


Also of note...

From Mars to Sirius

Guns N' Roses


Appetite for destruction


Also of note...

Live ?!*@ Like A Suicide (EP)


Use Your Illusion I

Use Your Illusion II


The Spaghetti Incident?

Hammerfall


Legacy Of Kings


Also of note...

Glory To The Brave


Crimson Thunder

 Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken

The Haunted


Made Me Do It


Also of note...

One Kill Wonder


 Revolver

Helloween


Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2


Also of note...

Helloween


 Walls of Jericho

 Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 1

 The Dark Ride

In Flames


Whoreacle


Also of note...

The Jester Race


Colony



Clayman


Reroute to Remain


Iron Maiden


The Number Of The Beast


Also of note...

Iron Maiden



A Matter of Life and Death


Iron Maiden


Piece Of Mind


Also of note...

Somewhere in Time



Seventh Son of a Seventh Son



Iron Maiden


Powerslave


Also of note...

Killers


Fear of the Dark


Isis


Panopticon


Also of note...

Oceanic


Judas Priest


British Steel


Also of note...

Sad Wings of Destiny



Screaming for Vengeance


Judas Priest

Painkiller


Also of note...

Defenders of the Faith


Killswitch Engage


The End Of Heartache


Also of note...

Alive Or Just Breathing


King Diamond


Abigail


Also of note...

Fatal Portrait



Them


Conspiracy


Kiss


Kiss


Also of note...

Alive!


To be continued...