September 2009

I finished watching Season 2 of True Blood a couple of weeks ago. I watched the entire first and second seasons online, as they haven’t yet been shown on any non-satellite channels over here in the UK. Apparently Channel 4 is going to start broadcasting Season 1 in October, but they’re a bit late – the DVD has already been released!

True Blood is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. I haven’t read the books yet, but I should probably invest in them! The first is on my Amazon wishlist, anyway.

Now, for those of you who have never seen this show, you’re probably thinking “Oh god…not another vampire series…not more Twilight”. I know lots of people are sick of the Twilight series; personally, I loved the movie, and the first three books (the only ones I’ve read).

True Blood is very slightly similar to Twilight – although the books were written before Twilight. The story centres around a girl called Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid and mind-reader in the small town of Bon Temps. In this world, vampires have made themselves public, and even have a voice in government. When Sookie comes into contact with a vampire called Bill, she’s in for a gripping adventure. There must be at least one sex scene or one murder in every episode…

I’ve enjoyed this TV show immensely, and I’d recommend it to anyone who has a remote interest in vampires.

True Blood is available to watch online, mostly in MegaVideo format. I found a handy application for Firefox which eliminates the time limit on MegaVideo (72 minutes, then a 54 minute break before you can watch any more). This application is called Illimitux, and works with MegaVideo, MegaUpload, Veoh and many more internet video platforms.


I am attending this fantastic event, Progressive Nation 2009, on Saturday 10th October at Wembley Stadium.

It’s only 27 days away…I’m rather excited.

I mainly bought tickets because Dream Theater are playing, and Opeth was just a great bonus!

There will be…

Bigelf; a psychedelic/progressive rock quartet from Los Angeles, CA (30 mins)

Unexpect; a 7-piece “avant-garde” metal band from Quebec, Canada (30 mins)

Opeth; a 5-piece progressive rock band from Sodermanland, Sweden. (60 mins)

And lastly, Dream Theater; again a 5-piece progressive rock band from Long Island, NY. (90 mins)

Readers: Anyone else going to Progressive Nation? How about at Wembley?