The Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN

In the heart of London is another museum you can walk in for free like the British Museum or the National Gallery, but unless you have a tourist book you might not even know it exists.

Once you walk around Manchester Square you might not notice on first glance as there doesn’t look like much activity next to the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. But you will see the banner behind the open cast iron gates to see the collection. You can join the free tour or view the house in your own time.

Once inside you will see treasures the biggest galleries in the world would love to get hold of.

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This collection acquired over the years by the Marquesses of Hertford then additions added to the collection from Sir Richard Wallace the son of the 4th Marquess. In 1897 his wife Lady Wallace with no heir bequeathed the collection to the British nation.

Unlike a National Trust property the house doesn’t look lived in as there are no bedrooms, sitting room of any type. Instead you will see that it’s one big museum gallery with a weapons room, display rooms and an art collection with rooms that rivals the National Gallery.

In you go on the tour you will learn more about parts of the collection and see painting done by masters such as Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Titian, Rembrandt, Velázquez and others.

I was highly impressed with the collection and recommend everyone who have an interest in history, art or ancient weapons to have a look.

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I do like an empty restaurant

I just went down the road, the first place I wanted to eat was closed so I went across the road into Marks, but I couldn’t buy any food, microwave or oven baked products didn’t really appeal to me.

So out I went and crossed the road again looked at the menu on the door of an empty Indian restaurant and thought the prices seemed reasonable enough.

So I went in and took a table. When I am on my own I rather like empty restaurants. There is something easy going, no other customers to stare at me and think what a sad guy eating on his own. No, I don’t feel ashamed, but slightly imperious to have the place all to myself.

So I felt settled, ordered a starter of an onion bargie, a chicken dish and rice for my main. A little over £10. Very nice food and I didn’t need to make a mess in my own kitchen.

There is something very satisfying about every aspect and comforting that I was able to power walk home.

R.I.P Alan Rickman

I thought it was sad when we lost David Bowie, his music I am sure had an impact on everyone who listen to it. Now today Alan Rickman has passed away. To me he was a brilliant actor who’s on-screen chemistry was second too none.

I loved him in Die Hard where he made the bad guy fun, there was even good comedy in Robin Hood and he was the clear stand out in an otherwise less than impressive cast.

Then there was the Harry Potter films, I had watched most of them and really wasn’t that keen on the acting but he again was one of the actors who made it a good franchise.

He is a true legend and shall be missed.

Top Eleven iPhone game review

I wanted too play a good football manager game and there are a lot of good elements here but there are also a multitude of floors.

Being that I am not a Chelsea fan or a Moriniho fan the game entrance is the first sin.

  

You enter the game and you have a home screen showing you who you play next. You get to see your previous result and your positions in three campaigns.

Next is the squad screen where you select the players you want but into my third season the game has dropped half of my team too one star players.

  
I consider this a floor in the game mechanics as players should be improving after each season and not go backwards. When I emailed Nordeus who made the game I wasn’t impressed with the reply. They said players stay the same except when they go up a level they go down a level!

So if you do well and it’s easy to do because I don’t think many people take the game seriously. As I won the league in my first season. In the second season I was in the Champions League, in a cup so my squad got thin.

But you’re only limited to a 25 man team and not 50 as you get by FIFA rules. So I struggled a bit as players get tired and injured. 

So into the third season this game just gets frustrating. It feels like I am going backwards due to what I call floored game mechanics.

I do like the ability to expand the stadium and build it. You get a fincancial boost when all done. But even this element seems pointless. 

  

So with a confusing league structure, players getting crap for winning promotion you are left with a sour taste.

It’s a bit of fun this game. But don’t get your hopes up as I consider there are too many floors that will just annoy you.

Jessica Jones has too much realism for me.

I enjoyed DareDevil on Netflix but Jessica Jones is more real, more gritty, more down to earth but still not of this Earth.

Shows like this have better character development, there is more scope to work with than a movie yet the comedy you get with the Iron Man and Avenger films are not present here.

Instead you are left with a very raw show with character I am sure many people can relate too.

Jessica’s life starts off when her parents died, she somehow ended up with great strength. As P.I she is lead to her arch-enemy who is played by David Tennent (Dr Who). This in turn uses flashbacks and background stories to build a slow but powerful moving story which draws you in.

At times I felt like I was dragged for a long ride and when the end came I wasn’t surprised. There was insanity like the Joker from the last Batman film series. One could describe the Jones as a wash of cold hash water over the Marvel universe. This really is the gutter of it and at this depth you get a better range of story so I am looking forward to what comes next.