Late to rise, late to bed..

This time on earth is only as exciting and original as we believe it is because we are at the CURRENT ‘present’ of time without the gift of foresight. When people in the 1920s (for example) looked back at Egyptian scripture (for example) they had on their minds the exact same ideal of being more important/relevant and at the forefront of discovery for the human race compared to their predecessors, yet less than a century ago is but a distant fable and we have the same preconceptions that they did of self-importance. We will all be forgotten in a cosmic blink of an eye after we die. Nobody can escape the futility of life but everyone tries to avoid it; instead view the human condition as an extremely fascinating phenomenon and see how lucky you are being one of the participants in such a cosmic rarity. NOTHING OBJECTIVELY MATTERS. NOTHING IS TIMELESSLY SIGNIFICANT. It’s both terrifying and incredibly liberating to know that as far as we know everything we do and say is so.. natural. We are just like the rabbits and the moles and the sharks and the birds. This is simply the experience that homosapians go through – we are one metaphorical drawer of one cabinet of the infinitesimal row of wardrobes that contain the species and genes of the forms of life and their sensory experience of their form of existance on this one particular rock in space out of billions in the cosmos.

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There’s More to Cider than Strongbow; Real Cider Recommendations

I tried my hand at writing short reviews on a variety of ciders I was drinking over a week or so.  Despite their pomposity I do offer these recommendations as genuine advice for anyone who’s into drinking cider:

Henney’s Vintage still cider 6.5% has big flavour, a strong earthy tang with a subtle metallic overtone that produces an ultimately refined (without sediment), heavily still scrumpy-type cider to the taste-buds.  An excellent choice for a drinker of real ciders, Henney’s offers an incredibly well-bodied session drink that pleasantly fizzes the tongue as the bold organic flavour of irony rustic apples provides a shock to the uninitiated.  4/5

Rosie’s Triple D scrumpy cider 7.4% (not on site) a cloudy, totally flat cider with a wholly dry rustic flavour.  With a blunt, heart-warming alcoholic after-taste, this real scrumpy cider (lots of sediment) represents the genuine, unhampered workings of small-scale orchards that use whatever apples are available.  With its smooth texture (zero fizz), Rosie’s scrumpy cider packs an earthy punch and puts the likes of Strongbow and Magners to absolute shame.  5/5

Henney’s Dry cider 6.0% is very dry, leaving the mouth feeling rather tight after successive drinking.  With a flavour of moderate depth, this session drink has minimal fizz, a translucent yellow-orange appearance (zero sediment/cloud) with a distinctly smoky/oxidized flavour that goes down without bite.  This cider presents a unique combination of texture and flavour; recommended if only for curiosities sake.  3/5

Thatchers 2011 Vintage 7.4% is a tasty medium dry cider from Somerset with a transparent, rusty orange appearance indicative of a real cider.  Although its respectably earthy flavour is dampened by its moderately fizzy texture, the alcoholic punch deepens the overall taste and allows for a pleasant session drink fit for most cider drinkers.  3/5

Dunkertons organic Black Fox cider 7.0% is a moderately cloudy, medium dry cider that as a fantastic body of bitter-sweet earthiness.  The moderately fizzy texture positively adds to the overall flavour with a warming alcoholic bite.  4/5

Aspall dry Premier Cru 7% is an odd drink that seems to have more in common with champagne than cider.  With a strong alcoholic after-taste, this pale coloured liquid offers a significantly fizzy texture (despite its lack of bubbles) with a Strongbow-like apple flavour that may ultimately disappoint the bewildered drinker.  2/5

Écusson Grand Cidre, Maison fondée en 1919, Bio Brut 4.5% is an incredibly fruity, sweet-tasting drink that is without the usual dry rustic earthiness of such calibre of cider.  With its mildly cloudy appearance and moderate fizz, however, the overall experience is one of genuine (a real cider) apple-y pleasantness; greatly recommended to all who chance upon it.  4/5

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I'm a 22 year old fella from England who makes digital art, animations and environmental design when time and motivation allows it. This is not very often.

Throughout my high school education I would always pursue some other creative discipline on the side. Over the years I've taught myself a fair amount of Photoshop and Hammer Editor knowledge; having produced concert posters for official events and released playable maps for Valve's Counter-Strike: Source and Left 4 Dead. I also produce stop motion animations for my YouTube channel; brickmation, claymation and time-lapse photography included.


My most favoured genre of any media format is surrealism: graphic novels by Charles Burns, paintings by Dali and television shows such as Xavier all have a twisted charm that I can't get enough of. I like to interject my own brand of the surreal into my works whenever appropriate.

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