Author Archives: NFB

The Villain Checklist: Consistency

Character is everything in stories, in my opinion. You can have the most thrilling plot imaginable, the most dazzling special effects, the most triumphant score, but if you don’t have the characters, for the audience to root for, hiss against … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish Commandos

An oversight on my part prevented this post from going up on its usual day last week, and I only realized this the other day. Apologies! Due to the gold and diamond trade, South Africa was a popular destination for … Continue reading

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Review: Sand Castle

Sand Castle Trailer The Iraq War is already proving itself to be an historical quandary, not even 15 years after it began. The war was, in the title of the best expose of its incompetent motivation and planning, a fiasco of … Continue reading

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The Villain Checklist: Risk

In establishing what our villain wants and how they will go about getting it, the story we are experiencing we hopefully do one other thing of immense importance. All going well, it will establish the critical element of risk: Risk – The … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End Of The Boer War

Having gone this far with the Boer War, it’s only fitting that we finish things off, even if there is very little else to talk about in terms of the “named” Irish units of the British military engaged in the … Continue reading

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Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 Trailer     My enthusiasm for the “MCU” has been cooling at a steady rate for the last number of entries. They have their strong central performances, the right kind of spectacle and tend … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Yeomanry At Lindley

In order to better understand the focus of today’s entry, we have to better understand the concept of “yeomanry”. I’ve talked about yeomanry before now, largely in the context of the 1798 Rebellion, but I’ve never gone into specifics. A … Continue reading

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