John Smedley

22 Jul 19

1-21-00  FANGORIA’s WEEKEND OF HORRORS / CREATION SUCKS! We survived another Fango show, especially the trip. Let’s just say it’s a long drive from the Chicago are to the Big Apple. The shows line-up pretty much sucked, except for Udo Kier. Unfortunately, since I was watching my table most the time, I didn’t get the […]

19 Jul 19
Learn English

The world’s longest-running factory in is Derbyshire. (Knitwear manufacturer John Smedley was founded at Lea Bridge in 1784.)

19 Jul 19

Alright, one final piece on American politics, and then I am going to liberate myself and go back to writing silliness that will hopefully make a few people smile and improve someone’s otherwise dreary day just a bit.

17 Jul 19
The Carter County News

Mrs. Phyllis Jean Crawford Cook, age 87, of Olive Hill, Kentucky, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 14, 2019, at Trinity Station in Flatwoods, Kentucky. She was born April 3, 1932, in Carter County, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Walter and Sarah Catherine James Crawford. Phyllis was a special education teacher at Olive Hill Elementary. […]

16 Jul 19
Lit by Imagination

What did we know, and when did we know it? … And when did we forget it? The Secret Wars of the CIA: Former CIA case officer John Stockwell speaks out, June 1986, on The Other Americas Radio John Stockwell was the highest-ranking CIA official ever to resign and become a vocal critic of American […]

14 Jul 19
Dave's World

There are several foundational principles in the Christian/Jewish Bible which I would call “magic”. I think “miracle” is merely sanctified magic, so rather than debate the sanctity of this work, I will merely debate its truthfulness and accuracy. First we need to differentiate between prediction and precognition. I can predict that there will be a […]

12 Jul 19
The Books are Taking Over...

It was on July 12th, 1862 that “A Resolution to provide for the Presentation of “Medals of Honor” to the Enlisted Men of the Army and Volunteer Forces who have distinguished, or may distinguish, themselves in Battle during the present Rebellion” was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.

12 Jul 19
Walks with welf

It’s 60 years since one of Derbyshire’s legendary Smedley family left behind a horticultural idyll that’s become a firm favourite on the county tourist trail. Knitwear tycoon John Bertram Marsden-Smedley died aged 92 in 1959 having collected 350 varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas at Lea Gardens. He also left an excellent start and finish point […]

10 Jul 19
The Most Revolutionary Act

By Matthew Ehret Source: Oriental Review With the nearly weekly revelations that the British Foreign Office, MI6, and GCHQ have been behind the long standing agenda to undermine the Presidency of Donald Trump and undo the peaceful alliance between nationalist leaders in America, Russia, China and elsewhere, a new focus on the British hand in undermining […]

10 Jul 19
Amazon Game Studios will collaborate with Hong Kong-based Leyou Technologies and Middle-earth Enterprises to develop and publish a free-to-play massively multiplayer online (MMO) game based on the milestone fantasy literary work The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. No release date has been set for the game. The game is part of a major bet that Amazon is making on Tolkien’s work, as Amazon Studios is also creating an Amazon Original TV series based on The Lord of the Rings for Prime Video unrelated to the game. That show will be based on the Second Age, or the period in the literary history that precedes the events of The Lord of the Rings. Set in the world of Middle-earth portrayed in The Lord of the Rings literary trilogy, the game will give fans around the globe a new, immersive game experience for epic exploration of the vast world of Tolkien. Amazon Game Studios “We’re committed to bringing customers games of the highest quality, both with our own original IP as well as beloved cultural pillars like The Lord of the Rings,” said Christoph Hartmann, vice president of Amazon Game Studios, in a statement. “Tolkien’s Middle-earth is one of the richest fictional worlds in history, and it gives our team of experienced MMO developers – from the same studio developing New World – tremendous opportunity to play and create. We have a strong leadership team in place to helm this new project, and we’re actively growing our team to help build this incredible experience.” Amazon Game Studios and Leyou will jointly develop the game for PC and consoles, and Amazon Game Studios will market and publish the title globally with the exception of China, which will be managed by Leyou. The collaboration brings together Amazon’s game technology and talented MMO developers, and Leyou’s expertise in designing free-to-play games and operating live-service games. Remember Gandalf from the EA game? “Bringing Middle-earth to life necessitates having the very best partners, and Amazon’s customer obsession, technology, and talented teams make it the ideal choice for a co-developer and publisher,” said Alex Xu, CEO of Leyou Technologies Holdings, in a statement. “We believe our combined resources and expertise will result in a beautiful and compelling game that customers will love and play for years to come.” The Lord of the Rings hasn’t been given the full video game treatment since Electronic Arts made console games loosely based on the Peter Jackson movies. But Warner Bros. and Monolith made the excellent prequel-era games, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Daedalic is separately working on The Lord of the Rings: Gollum. “Who among us hasn’t wanted to take part in an epic adventure,” said Fredrica Drotos, Chief Brand and Licensing Officer at Middle-earth Enterprises. “More than 60 years after the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring, we’re delighted that Amazon Game Studios has partnered with Leyou to bring their respective expertise to build a much-anticipated game that will immerse us in the beloved, epic world of Middle-earth, envisioned by Professor Tolkien.” The Amazon Game Studios leadership team includes veteran developers — such as John Smedley, Louis Castle, and Rich Hilleman — who helped create of some of the world’s most popular games. Amazon Game Studios is also home to New World, an in-development sandbox MMO game set in an alternate 17th-century world. The same studio working on New World is also working on The Lord of the Rings game, with resources pooled from Amazon Game Studios locations in Seattle, Irvine, and San Diego. Leyou announced last year that Athlon Games, a subsidiary of Leyou, was working on a game based on The Lord of the Rings. This is the same game.
09 Jul 19
Astute News

With the nearly weekly revelations that the British Foreign Office, MI6, and GCHQ have been behind the long standing agenda to undermine the Presidency of Donald Trump and undo the peaceful alliance between nationalist leaders in America, Russia, China and elsewhere, a new focus on the British hand in undermining the United States has become a […]

09 Jul 19

Over the last couple of years, teachers have been growing a movement here in Nashville, our own Red for Ed movement. It’s been slow to build, but then again, these things take time if they are really going to make a difference. We have a robust Facebook group, and we regularly move into action, from […]

08 Jul 19
Ouachita Parish History Tidbits

Name Volume Rainey, Hattie Bell 5 Rainwater, R. J. 32 Ralph, Rosa 17 Ralph, Rosa West 3 Ramey, Jeretha 11 Ramsey, Darlene Marie 35 Randell, Estelle 21 Randle, Alberta ( Sister ) 44 Randle, Eugene 19 Randle, Loriane 36 Randle, Loriane 43 Randolph, Sandra Denise 20 Rankins, Selma 47 Rasco, Joseph Jr. 27 Rawlings, Clarence […]

08 Jul 19

Source – – ‘…The republic increasingly became the “Dumb Giant” acting as “American Brawn for the British brains” using Churchill’s words. While a nihilistic generation of youth were tuning in on LSD, and an old guard of patriots surrounding Wallace and Kennedy had fallen to the “red scare” witch hunt, geopolitical theory was fed […]