#BloggersBeatingCancer? How you can help

Posted on Oct 9, 2016

Blogger Emma from Island Living 365 turned the loss of losing a loved one into something positive, inspiring her and Mumzilla to create #BloggersBeatingCancer, a virtual coffee morning to raise money. Here she shares her story? Cancer. A word that none of us want to hear. It has been estimated that 9 million people died from cancer in 2015. It is a disease that is indiscriminate. It is a disease that is cruel. It steals the young, the old, the rich and the poor. It doesn?t care what gender or race you are. It doesn?t care if you are a mum or a dad, a sister or a brother. I knew all of the statistics but I always thought cancer was something that affected other people. I never dreamed that I would lose Sarah to it. Sarah Bright, beauti-ful Sarah. A young mother who doted on her children. Sarah who did everything right. Sarah who was healthy. She had the life that she had always dreamed of. The life she had planned. This wasn?t part of her plan. Yet, she was brave and courageous and she told us that she would beat it. She wasn?t going to let cancer win. However, this was one battle that even Sarah couldn?t win. Fifteen months later she died. She fought to the very end. She was a warrior. In the immediate aftermath of Sarah?s death I struggled to make sense of it. Memories tortured me. Before I lost Sarah, I never really appreciated how grief is physical. In those early days I could al-most feel grief next to me. Some days grief would physically hurt me, pummelling me in the chest. Now just over a month later and I can still feel grief in the room. A memory will suddenly come back and I am floored. I come across a photo of us laughing on my hen do and I get cross with myself. Cross because I can?t remember what we are laughing about. I want to hold onto every good memory of Sarah, I want to remember everything about her. I?m scared of forgetting about the little things. How at university she came to my rescue on many an occasion. How we would have heating wars, Sarah being sensible and turning the heating down, while I would turn the heating back-up again. How at university I always looked liked a typical student where Sarah always looked im-maculate. We were very different, yet there was so much laughter and on Sarah?s part, a lot of patience! I was always a little in awe of Sarah. I wonder if she realised that. None of us would have predicted cancer taking Sarah. It doesn?t make sense. However, I have come to the sad realisation that death doesn?t make sense. For Sarah to be taken from her husband and young children, that will never make...

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Cardboard Children Post-Essen Shakedown

Posted on Oct 8, 2016

Hello youse. Well, it was Essen Shpeel (that?s how you say it). Another big games show, and lots more board game news. So let me just cherry pick a few bits of exciting post-Essen news bites, and then we can knuckle down to weeks and weeks of covering new games that will make a dent in your family?s bank account this Christmas. I?m a games man, not a news man. LEAVE ME ALONE, NEWS. MORE STAR REALMS I liked Star Realms. Carry it in your pocket, pull it out, have a game with someone you love or admire? It?s nice. A nice little distillation of the deluge of deckbuilding games we?ve suffered since Dominion came along and bullied its way into the brains of game designers everywhere. THAT IS ENOUGH OF THE DECKBUILDERS NOW, OKAY. Well, more Star Realms is coming. Of course it is. There?s a brand new 2-player starter box called COLONY WARS, because that?s exactly what space things get called, you know? This is a new jumping-on point, or you can combine it with the original set and have more cards ? doesn?t it seem like ?having more cards? is now what life is all about? 400 cards? Not enough. 2000 cards? Not enough. I never want to know how many bits of card I have in my house. Never tell me, Satan. The other expansion thing is a little one, like the previous expansions, adding a new wrinkle to the game in the form of ?gambit cards? that can be used as powerful one-shot gamechangers. And they?re purple, like the terrible superhero Gambit out of the X-Men or whatever they?re called these days. I?m sorry if I don?t feel incredibly enthused by these expansions, but I do feel I need to report them, because Star Realms is an incredibly popular game. In fact, just last night I saw two owls playing it up a tree. THE 7TH CONTINENT This is a beautiful looking thing. I?m so sorry that it?s yet another Kickstarter. That?s not my fault. Everything?s a Kickstarter these days, even this column. There?s 14 days to go on this one, and it looks like a really interesting bunch of cards. Oh, bother! Cards again?! But hey, at least this one is using cards in an interesting way. And in a number of ways. Let?s take a look at these bullet points? Relive the sensation of the adventure books where ?you are the hero? that thrilled so many of us in our childhood Okay, this has me interested. You all know I?m a big Fighting Fantasy fan, and I do feel that there aren?t enough games these days that try to capture that beautiful sense of choice that those games provided. No dice rolls! Make difficult choices and face the consequences thanks to the game?s innovative mechanics that determine success or failure! Jury is...

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Paper Helicopter DIY ? STEM for Kids

Posted on Oct 8, 2016

We do love a paper craft? paper is something that most people easily have to hand and with a snip here and a cut there (or just a fold and fold)? you can quickly and easily make ALL SORTS of fun paper toys and paper decorations. One such idea are these oh so simple Paper Helicopter Toys. Super quick and fun to make and great to watch them fly and spin! Based on nature?s helicopter seeds these really are a marvel. Get the kids making the basic shape.. and then why not experiment and see how you can turn this simple DIY into a proper S.T.E.M. activity. Get the kids to come up with alterations and predict what will happen to their toy? then explore and experiment what really happens and see if you can figure out why! Super simple science for kids! Paper Helicopter Toy ? materials: some paper paper clips (optional) scissors Yep.. that is REALLY it.. you can probably make these without scissors nor paper clips ? with some simple tearing?. making this a super fun on the go little paper craft! How to make a Paper Helicopter Toy Remember, if you like our videos you can subscribe to Red Ted Art on YouTube for free! You will be the first to see new videos (rather than having to wait a week or two for me to add them to the blog!!). Also do check out our YouTube Paper Crafts Playlist ? LOTS AND LOTS of paper crafts all in one place! Alternatively browse our Paper Crafts Here! I do hope you enjoyed the Paper Helicopter video. As mentioned previously.. do watch it RIGHT TO THE END to see the Helicopters fly, but also to hear about the extension ideas and how to turn this fun little Paper craft into a proper S.T.E.A.M. activity and really get the kids THINKING and EXPLORING! Enjoy!!!! Did you like this? Share it: Tags: diy, helicopter, how to, Kirigami, paper, Paper crafts, paper helicopter, paper toy, science, STEM, videos, vlogs Category: Kids Craft, Paper Crafts, S.T.E.M., Science, vlogs … read the report Read the full article online ( external link...

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We Can Rebuild It: Deus Ex Revision Out Now

Posted on Oct 8, 2016

Deus Ex: Revision [official site] is a project that overhauls ?the environments and soundtrack? of Ion Storm?s classic, and it?s out now on Steam. The release has the backing of Deus Ex?s current publishers and developers (Square Enix and Eidos Montreal), and is designed to work exclusively with the Steam release of the original. Caustic Creative are the folks responsible and their creative director, John French, describes the project as a ?love letter to the game and its fans?. ?Revision is a complete overhaul of the original Deus Ex. We bring in new level design, new music, and new world-building detail. On top of that, we also bundle in some of the best enhancements the community has to offer: high-detail textures and models, Direct3D 9 rendering, and alternate gameplay modes.? Three months ago, Caustic posted about their conversations with Square Enix and were hopeful they?d be able to release soon. Good to see that everything went smoothly. There was also talk of releasing the framework used for Revision to the modding community: ?[to make the changes] we started using portions of what has been named the Revision Framework (so named because we led to its creation, not because it is exclusive to the inner workings of our project), a piece of tech that makes it relatively easy to expand on the game?s content and systems. We are quietly working on RF, intending for it to be released to the DX modding community.? Here?s a launch trailer: [embedded content] If you want to join in on the fun and don?t have a Steam version of Deus Ex yet, there?s an 80% discount running through to the 16th. It?s down to £0.99. I don?t really need to ramp up my excitement for new Deus Ex to higher levels, having been so recently won over by Eidos Montreal?s vision of the future but I?m almost definitely going to install this later tonight. I need an excuse to replay Deus Ex about as much as I need an excuse to have a beer. Beers and Denton tonight then. Computer News Instructions Part...

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