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Harry Potter Wannabe

Bill Clark

I’m a bearded sci-fi addict, a hobbit-like fantasy buff and all-round rock n’ roll disaster area. I’m James; the ‘pretty’ one of this delightful duo... Like Jack Black and Aragorn’s love child (or so I like to think...)

My general approach to gaming (and to a certain extent, life) is to ‘shoot first, ask questions later’, but I won’t lie to you, this doesn’t always work... Nevertheless, I still maintain that the brave soul charging in, armed with nothing but an iron dagger or empty shotgun (it was fired wildly in the general direction of the enemy), is still a hero. They’ve drawn away the volley of arrows and spells; mortally wounded a multitude of low-level grunts; and caused a blinding distraction... before dying valiantly and spectacularly in a flurry of howls and explosions.

This is the type of gamer I have been for years: run and gun like a madman with an amphetamine addiction.

From games, we come to films. As a wannabe actor, I have come to the realisation that it is much easier to watch other people do it, rather than attempt it myself. When it comes to what I watch, I enjoy almost anything. However, I usually prefer a physics defying action film or superhero blockbuster but have even been known to enjoy good old... *cough* Disney...

It’s because my girlfriend makes me watch them... No, really! It is... I swear...

I’m always looking to discover new things to keep myself occupied; shiny new worlds and stories are often as entertaining as dusting off the covers of past adventures that I’d forgotten about and can re-live. Those extra ten minutes can easily turn into an all-nighter...

And so that’s me in a nutshell...

...One last thing: Nathan Fillion is a God... Okay, now I’m done.

So, Bill: A Bio … If this were a film I could just play a montage of me staring at my bookshelf pondering what to read next; playing video games in my underwear (yes, I am that guy); pompously flicking through my vinyl collection; scrunching up balls of paper and lobbing them into the bin that is comically far away from my desk as I wrestle with my unforgiving and increasingly bloated novel; crying over a giant takeaway pizza … all this to the tune of "Frankly, Mr Shankly" by The Smiths. I am a collection of clichés … a chocolate box of clichés, if you will.

At one stage a failing actor and now a failing writer … I joke because it hides the tears ... Those who can’t do, teach; those who can’t teach, write; and those who can’t write, start a blog … my keyboard is currently swimming in a salty swamp of tears and pepperoni grease. James and I actually decided to start Mugwumps and Englishmen because of a mutual love of video games, movies, literature (although that one’s more my thing), and music. That’s the real reason we are here and not because we are sad-sacks who can’t act, write, play instruments, sing, dance, or do anything really.

When it comes to my tastes, I can come across as a snob, but I hope you will realise that it’s not an act and I genuinely have an interest in a wide variety of arts, from Japanese cinema to Indian literature; from hidden 60’s B-Sides to the complete box set of Monty Python’s Flying Circus … and anything in between. That’s not to say that if I’m feeling blue I wouldn’t throw on my worn copy of Hairspray or creek open a peeling and broken copy of Stephen King’s Green Mile.

 

I don’t know what else I can really tell you that you won’t find out over the course of our time on this blog together or by reading my top ten’s below. So there we go … that’s my bio … done.

PS. I am well aware of my overuse - and often incorrect use - of … ellipsis … and semi;colons. No need to bring it up.

Films
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1.       Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn

2.       The Lord of the Rings – Peter Jackson

3.       Warrior – Gavin O’Connor

4.       Hector and The Search For Happiness - Peter Chelsom

5.       The Dark Knight – Christopher Nolan

6.       Hot Fuzz - Edgar Wright

7.       Reign of Fire - Rob Bowman

8.       The Martian - Ridley Scott

9.       Hellboy - Guillermo Del Toro

10.     Se7en - David Fincher
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Oh she has no idea. If I had a black light, this would look like a Jackson Pollock painting.Guardians of the Galaxy
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TV Shows
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1.       Firefly

2.       Black Books

3.       Vikings

4.       Sherlock

5.       Game of Thrones

6.       Breaking bad

7.       Jekyll

8.       Father Ted

9.       Scrubs

10.     Stranger Things
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If someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill ’em right back. – Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly
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Novels
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1.       The Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan

2.       1984 – George Orwell

3.       The Belgariad – David Eddings

4.       The War of the Worlds – HG Wells

5.       The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers

6.       The Road – Cormac McCarthy

7.       The Abhorsen Trilogy – Garth Nix

8.       To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

9.       Windsinger Trilogy – William Nicholson

10.     Eragon – Christopher Paolini
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Death comes for us all. We can only choose how to face it when it comes.  – Robert Jordan, Wheel of Time
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Plays
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1.       A View from The Bridge – Arthur Miller

2.       Moonfleece – Philip Ridley

3.       The Crucible – Arthur Miller

4.       A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams

5.       Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee

6.       Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Tennessee Williams

7.       King Lear – William Shakespeare

8.       Love’s Labour’s Lost – William Shakespeare

9.       Ghost from a Perfect Place – Philip Ridley

10.     Hedda Gabler – Henrik Ibsen
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Nothing will come of nothing. – William Shakespeare, King Lear

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Poems
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1.       Invictus – William Ernest Henley

2.       Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep – Mary Elizabeth Frye

3.       In Flanders Fields – John McCrae

4.       If – Rudyard Kipling

5.       Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night – Dylan Thomas

6.       All that is Gold Does Not Glitter – JRR Tolkien

7.       Desiderata – Max Ehrmann

8.       Mrs. Darwin – Carol Ann Duffy

9.       Blue Rose of Illium – Charr the Krogan…

10.     Fire and Ice – Robert Frost
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I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul – William Ernest Henley, Invictus
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Albums
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1.       From the Fires - Greta Van Fleet 

2.       Sigh No More - Mumford and Sons

3.      Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

4.       Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

5.       Contraband - Velvet Revolver

6.       Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea - Black Stone Cherry

7.       Absolution - Muse

8.      Fallen - Evanescence

9.      Kosheen - Kokopelli

10.     Origin Of Symmetry - Muse
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Would you be the saviour of the broken/ the beaten and the damned? – My Chemical Romance, The Black Parade
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Songs
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1.       Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

2.       Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival

3.       Mr. Crowley - Ozzy Osbourne

4.       Fox on the Run - Sweet

5.       Hemorrhage (In My Hands) - Fuel

6.       Below My Feet - Mumford and Sons

7.       Primadonna Like Me - The Struts

8.       Famous Last Words - My Chemical Romance

9.       Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader

10.     Breathe - Breaking Benjamin

(Bonus Track)

11.     Pass Slowly - Seether
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Keep my eyes to serve and my hands to learn – Mumford and Sons, Below My Feet
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Video Games
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1.       Freelancer

2.       Destiny

3.       The Witcher 3

4.       The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

5.       Spore

6.       Dragon Age: Origins

7.       Baldur's Gate II: Shadows Of Amn

8.       Dark Souls 3

9.       Mass Effect

10.     Fable II
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You don’t need mutations to strip men of their humanity. I’ve seen plenty of examples.The Witcher 3

Films
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1.       American Beauty – Sam Mendes

2.       The Lord of the Rings – Peter Jackson

3.       The Godfather – Francis Ford Coppola

4.       Rear Window – Alfred Hitchcock

5.       Casablanca – Michael Curtiz

6.       Pulp Fiction – Quentin Tarantino

7.       Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Mike Nichols

8.       Good Will Hunting – Gus Van Sant

9.       The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson

10.     Psycho – Alfred Hitchcock
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If we stop breathing, we’ll die. If we stop fighting our enemies, the world will die.Casablanca
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TV Shows
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1.       Scrubs

2.       Grace and Frankie

3.       The Vicar of Dibley

4.       Avatar: The Last Airbender

5.       X Files

6.       Frasier

7.       Sherlock

8.       Stranger Things

9.       Monty Python’s Flying Circus

10.     Spongebob Squarepants
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Don’t smother your kids. - Scrubs >

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Novels
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1.       Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

2.       Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

3.       The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

4.       The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

5.       Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

6.       1984 – George Orwell

7.       The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

8.       The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan

9.       Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

10.     All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
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Virtue was vanity dressed up and waiting for applause. – Richard Flanagan, Narrow Road to the Deep North
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Plays
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1.       King Lear – William Shakespeare

2.       Angels in America – Tony Kushner

3.       Macbeth – William Shakespeare

4.       Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Edward Albee

5.       Uncle Vanya – Anton Chekhov

6.       The Seagull – Anton Chekhov

7.       All My Sons – Arthur Miller

8.       The River – Jez Butterworth

9.       The Pillowman – Martin McDonagh

10.     Love and Information – Caryl Churchill
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We both cry all the time, and what we do, we cry, and we take our tears, and we put 'em in the ice box, in the goddamn ice trays until they're all frozen and … then we put them … in our … drinks. – Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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Poems
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1.       Howl  - Allen Ginsberg

2.       The Tyger – William Blake

3.       Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night – Dylan Thomas

4.       Song – Christina Rossetti

5.       The Soldier – Rupert Brooke

6.       When We Two Parted – Lord Byron

7.       Dulce Et Decorum Est – Wilfred Own

8.       Sonnet 18 – William Shakespeare

9.       The Sick Rose – William Blake

10.     Shooting Stars – Carol Ann Duffy
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I shall not see the shadows,/ I shall not feel the rain;/ I shall not hear the Nightingale/ Sing on as if in pain – Christina Rosetti, Song
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Albums
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1.       Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan

2.       Graceland – Paul Simon

3.       [Untitled] – Led Zeppelin

4.       The Beatles (White Album) – The Beatles

5.       Bat Out of Hell – Meatloaf

6.       Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel

7.       Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon

8.       Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

9.       The Queen is Dead – The Smiths

10.     Band on the Run – Paul McCartney and Wings
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They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool – John Lennon, Working Class Hero
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Songs
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1.       Graceland – Paul Simon

2.       Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

3.       Tangled Up in Blue – Bob Dylan

4.       Hurt – Johnny Cash

5.       Yesterday – The Beatles

6.       All Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

7.       Stand By Me – Ben E King

8.       That’s Life – Frank Sinatra

9.       Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel

10.     Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf

(Bonus Track)

11.     The Lady is a Tramp – Buddy Greco
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I heard her say over my shoulder/ We’ll meet again someday/ On the avenue/ Tangled up in blue – Bob Dylan, Tangled Up in Blue
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Video Games
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1.       Pokémon Red and Blue (all main series Pokémon games)

2.       The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

3.       Super Smash Brothers: Melee

4.       Final Fantasy X

5.       Bioshock

6.       The Last of Us

7.       Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

8.       The Sims 2

9.       Fable II

10.     Batman: Arkham Asylum
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We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us. - Bioshock

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