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Title capitalisation made easy

Title capitalisation can be a little tricky. Some people capitalise every word, some people capitalise only the first word and proper nouns, and some people capitalise just some words. So who is correct? Well, it depends what you are writing. If you are writing for... read more

A great little movie – You Can Count On Me

By straying away from the usual blockbusters you can unearth some great hidden gems, and You Can Count On Me (2000) is certainly one of those gems. It tells a simple tale of the relationship between a sister (played by Laura Linney) and her brother (Mark Ruffalo). She... read more

Why my Xbox 360 is not for sale

I couldn’t believe it when my nephew said he had recently sold his Xbox 360 and the games. He said he didn’t use it and only played PC games now. It’s a mistake he’ll come to regret; my Xbox 360 is not for sale. Taking nothing away from PC gaming (or the new... read more

Is it capital “M” for Mainland China?

The question of whether it should be a capital or small “M” for Mainland China keeps coming up. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any clear consensus with different sources preferring one to the other. Tricky one this as, strictly speaking, “mainland” is not... read more

Is it a or an Xmas party?

A tricky one in time for Christmas. If you are writing “Xmas” instead of “Christmas” for a party, etc., is it “a” or “an” Xmas party? The jury is out on this one. Some people demand it should be “an” Xmas party because of the “X” vowel sound, while others... read more

Best 3 Xmas movies

Well, it’s that time of year again, and there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than watching a great Christmas-themed movie. So, without further ado, here are our best 3 Xmas movies. First up, we have National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). Chevy... read more

Best 3 cyberpunk anime (in our opinion)

Thankfully, the recent Blade Runner 2049 movie was a great follow up to the original. It is a haunting movie and, like the original, it will take some time for people to truly appreciate it. The cyberpunk world it depicts is extremely difficult to pull off in a... read more

Best video game trailer of all time

No matter how good or bad the final game is, you can’t beat an amazing trailer to fuel the hype machine. Trailers in general are a pretty standard marketing trick to arouse curiosity and trigger an emotion in the viewers. Movie and video game trailers differ though... read more

Is it ‘80s, 80’s or 80s for a decade?

Many people make mistakes when shortening decades. Take a look at the following extract. Do you spot anything wrong with the way the year is written? “Following the video game crash in the early 80’s, the industry was revived in the U.S. by Nintendo with its 8-bit... read more

Top 2 tear-jerker movies of all time

There are plenty of films out there that bring a tear to the eye, but these are the top 2 tear-jerker movies of all time that have us bawling every time. First up, we have Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009). Movies about the relationship between animals and humans often seem... read more

Avoiding a comma splice

Consider the following sentence. Spot anything wrong here? “He used to be one of our top sales reps, now he seems to have lost all interest.” When two independent clauses (i.e. a group of words which could stand alone as complete a sentence) are separated by only a... read more

Moonraker and the Mandela Effect

We were recently debating the question “Did Dolly have braces?” regarding a scene in the classic Bond movie Moonraker (1979). This is a reference to the “Mandela Effect”, a phenomenon concerning mass-shared (possibly incorrect) memory. It brings the novel The End of... read more

When reviewers get it wrong #2

Another game which still doesn’t get enough respect is Turok, released in 2008 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Though it was considered a commercial success, it only received mixed or average review scores. Many reviewers picked on some minor graphical flaws or inconsistent... read more

Using commas correctly with “such as”

The difficulty with using “such as” is to know when to use commas and when to not. Take a look at the following example – do you think commas are needed around the “such as” part or not? “Foods, such as burgers and chips, can be detrimental to your health when... read more

Movies based on Philip K. Dick novels

We are certainly looking forward to the upcoming release of Blade Runner 2049 – a follow up to the first Blade Runner from 1982, which was in turn an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, first published in 1968. Actually, you may... read more

When reviewers get it wrong #1

With the plethora of information available on games these days, researching reviews for a game before buying is pretty much standard. Unfortunately, those reviews may not be quite right, and you could be overlooking some amazing games as a result. One game that seems... read more

British vs. US English spelling

You always need to be on the lookout for British and US English spelling inconsistencies in texts. Take a look at the following extract. Can you spot any errors with the British/US spelling consistency? “The organisation predominately analyzes web trends for marketing... read more

5 great underseen or underrated movies

Maybe you’ve seen them, maybe you haven’t, but the fact is, for whatever reason (poor marketing, limited release, etc.), some movies just don’t seem to get the attention or love they deserve. Let’s take a look at five of our favourite movies which are either underseen... read more