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The Coliseum Porthmadog

_61520997_vlcsnap-2012-07-12-10h31m16s45Now I know some of you might get a bit heated under the collar from what I’m about to write, but please read through the whole post before casting a judgement.

Like most of you I’m rather saddened that the Coliseum has closed down and that developers are looking to demolish the place to build something else. Plenty of rumours about a Wetherspoon’s or blocks of flats etc, but the planning application simply asks for permission to level the place and start again. The developer has past interests in building Travel Lodges, pubs, retail units and flats, so who knows what he has in mind. Perhaps you would like to bend his ear, his name is Nigel Esterkin and his phone number is 0161 904 7708. Surely the press in North Wales is as astute enough as I am to find out such details, but they would rather write about rumour and hearsay it seems. Perhaps one of the local councillors would like to pick up the phone and put peoples minds at ease. Now this chap isn’t an ogre, he’s a businessman, he invests his money in Wales, and you know what, from what I have seen, he brightens up the places that really need some regeneration.

The Coliseum, as lovely as it was back in 1950’s is a fucking eyesore now, the building itself is close to falling down and as a cinema it leaves a lot to be desired. Even through rose tinted glasses you cannot say that you enjoyed sitting there on those uncomfortable seats in the freezing cold shouting Warwwwwws, whilst being pelted by hard boiled sweets from the little cunts in the cheap seats. The experience was unique, I’ll give you that, but let’s be truly honest, it was also a fucking liability and whichever film you went to see was spoiled. Hence why I have my own home cinema and rarely set foot in a picture house.  There have been figures banded about to save the building, around £800k I believe, but what are you saving? A cinema that no fucker goes to because the others in the area are far more comfortable and show the most up-to-date films.

I’ll tell you why this is. Some time ago all cinemas were told by the distributors to change over to digital as film stock is expensive to manhandle and deliver, all the small cinemas simply couldn’t afford to do this, so bye! The fact that the Coliseum managed to carry on for so long is a wonder, and I suppose I should take off my hat to people like Aled who fought tooth and nail to keep the place going. Sadly their efforts were in vain, but the questions you all should be asking is not why we couldn’t save this building for our kids, but the ones I am about to ask you now.

As far as I know, the people of Porthmadog owned this building, we all fought to save it years ago, we all bought a brick, we all had shares! So it begs the question, who sold it? Who got the money from the sale that the people of Porthmadog invested? Someone somewhere has profited, anyone know who?

Given that the people of Porthmadog rally together once again to raise £800k, who will be running the cinema? As well looked after as it was, obviously there was a problem because the place shut down, so the previous administration should have nothing to do with it. They obviously couldn’t be trusted with the upkeep of the building and securing the future supply of revenue, and worse still, not capable of ensuring that the cinema had funds to change over to digital. Does Porthmadog have anyone capable of running it? I doubt it very much, since places like the Ganolfan have died on their arse since Gwynfor died. These places used to be the hub of the community with huge stars every weekend. There is no reason why you shouldn’t see Michael McIntyre or Jimmy Carr in Porthmadog, they play much smaller venues, but the Ganolfan and all other venues in the area are shadows of their former glory, relying on bingo and Slimmers World to survive. So until you have someone dedicated, with the experience and knowledge to run these places, there is hardly any point to waste nearly a million pounds on something that will fail within a few years.

Why aren’t your local councillors fighting to make sure that this building and others like it are not a priority? It seems like the people of Porthmadog are very interested in keeping it, but it also seems that their representation is sadly lacking. Your councillors could work wonders during the upcoming planning stages, making sure that such stipulations like the frontage of the building be saved or rebuilt as it was within the new development, but it seems that nothing is being asked or done.

An astute supporter of the cinema would realise that the building itself is not worthy of saving, its fucked, its old, it needs too much money to be spent on it. So why not fight the battle on a different front? Make sure that the developer has to reinstate the frontage, also provide a cinema within the complex, as I’m sure he will be going for an A3 application once the building is demolished. So there is no reason why there can’t be a cinema there along with a pub and also a bowling alley, perhaps a hotel/flats above. Get into an agreement with Tesco to provide parking, so much could be done. Porthmadog deserves better than a crippled old building that is falling apart.

Remember Porthmadog, you’re no longer hidden away from the world, the city dwelling assholes want a piece of the action and they are not happy with dirty seats and 2 month old films, and neither should you, they and you need more to attract them to the area, because lets face it, since Tesco, Aldi and Lidl opened, there is no other way of making money in town than from catering to the visitors.

Yes, fight for what you want, but fight for the right thing!

The Lack of Anything Anymore

I used to be a very angry little fellow. Yes, me! For those of you who remember my time at Modblog and EFX2, you will recall that any little thing on the news would rile me out of my own little head and I’d tell everyone my thoughts and opinions until I was blue in the face. I used to enjoy baiting right-wing nutters from around the globe, especially bible battering Republicans from the belt, but nowadays I seem to have mellowed, or have I?

I don’t think I have mellowed at all, I have just become apathetic to the world. No matter how much I complained, shouted, moaned, whinged, nothing seemed to change. My views on gun ownership are well documented, I used to get absolutely mental at shootings in the US but now I couldn’t give a flying fuck about a whole classroom of children getting shot in the head by a disgruntled WoW player. Not because I don’t care about the plight of those dead children, but because nobody cares enough to make a difference. So many powerful statesmen with the muscle to do something about it, yet they are too scared to fight the mentalist NRA. So if they can’t make a difference, what can this ex-blogger do? Fuck all!

I’m looking at the news today, Israel and Palestine are technically knocking the sevens shits of hell out of each other, but as we know it’s a very one sided fight, as it always has been. I could be anti-Semitic and blame the Jews for everything, which is a rather blinkered view that half the world is siding with, but most Jews don’t actually live in Israel, so how can you be angry at my friend who happens to be Jewish but lives near London, who has nothing to do with the atrocities being carried out a billion miles away, and probably feels very guilty over whats happening in the name of her religion. Likewise I could say the same for another friend who happens to be Muslim, does he support Hamas? No, but the sheer terror of peoples views in this country make him feel guilty and fear for his safety when he walks down the street in Manchester. People shouldn’t need to feel this way in our country, we are secular, we thrive on our differences, yet day-in day-out I see posts on Facebook supporting vile groups, and these are meant to be my ‘friends’!

A lot of people are angry over GMO, one friend in particular is, and I love the fact he’s fighting his corner and making his views known as he used to be a pussy :P. But looking from another perspective makes his views wrong, do I get on my high horse and shout him down? No, I just don’t have the gumption to argue with him. From a scientific and commercial point of view, GMO is a good thing, from a social and ecological view, it’s rather harmful, but do you take the good for humanity over the good for nature? Do I really care? I’ll be dead soon, I don’t have any progeny, it won’t really effect me.

Rapists, paedophile Bishops, murderers and general arseholes, even internet trolls, they no longer rile me either. What pisses me off more is the BBC covering too much sport over the last couple of months, leaving me bereft of viewing pleasure even though they have several channels to show sport on. Why the fuck do they clog up BBC1 and BBC2 with crapness when they have all the other channels showing nothing but repeats all fucking night!! Seriously, if Ceebeebies is closed from 6pm, why not use that bandwidth to show Canada beating Tobago at skittles! Give me back QI and Michael Portillo on a fucking train!

Now I’m thinking about it, a few things still so make me angry, like being told to settle down, you’re nearly 40! Just because your not so perfect life demanded that you had to settle for the first partner that came along doesn’t mean that my life should be the same. I’m not a failure for not finding a woman of similar age to halve my rent, in fact, I am more of a winner for doing the job on my own. Sure, the sex is lacking, but from speaking to my married friends, I seem to be getting more sex than they do, so who’s justified now? The majority of you are having affairs, I know this because I’ve fucked most of you, so don’t preach at me for being single, I’m not the one breaking vows.

The number one thing that makes me super-angry, in a volcanic way, is sheer stupidity. Sadly this is more common now that it used to be. I think the advent of Facebook showed us all how educated the masses really are. I’d say 80% of the people who read my rant will not understand some of the plethora of words I have used in this short missive. Sharing the dates of a once in a lifetime Super Moon! Woo fucking Woo! Did you not think of looking to see if this was true? No? Go take yourself and jump off a cliff, you fucking waste of planetary space.

No, I’m not as laid back as I thought I was, I’m still an angry little cunt!

The ShowHawk Duo Acoustic Dance Anthems



Africa (acoustic Toto cover) – Mike Masse and Jeff Hall

A couple of guys singing Africa – Toto in a pizzeria.

The Prodigy’s ‘Firestarter’ Music Video Without Music & Re-Dubbed

Mario Wienerroither recently stripped all of the music out of the music video for “Firestarter” by The Prodigy. He then dubbed over the music video with all sorts of weird sounds and sporadic vocals from lead singer Keith Flint.