Film – Northwest (Drama)

It is a bit of an anti-hero as the film starts with the lead character robbing some ones house.

The film I about a 18yr old lad called Casper who makes his money robbing houses and selling at the “shop” which is run by one of the local gangs.He is contact then given a task by an organised crime boss and offered a new job with job prospects.

He quickly raises through the ranks which only puts the local gangs noise out of joint … Which can only end in conflict. It isn’t in English but it one hell of a cracking film, with an ending I really liked.

It was easy to get into the film even with the subtitles I would recommend this film to anyone after a gritty drama. It is available on iTunes.


Blood bowl 2 – Norse vs Wood Elves

Second game was against wood elves and it was only 5 minutes before the games started I notice they won there first game 6-0. Luckily I got the ball in the first half to try and smash a few of the elves for the second half.

First couple of plays I drive the ball up and the wood elves avoid getting in tackles and create a line near the endzone so I used my wear wolf to start smashing people into the sideline picking up a ko and running the ball in.

Kicking the ball to the elves I spread my guys out as much as I could to try and get as much coverage to make them dodge, but for some reason they stacked the line. Got some really bad dice rolls and the throw of the rock ko’ed on wear wolf and the other got ko’ed on the line … Brilliant

You can watch the rest here :-

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Travel – Aria Hotel (Las Vegas)

It took about 45 million mins to check in because of the queue. The room was amazing (39105) large with lots of space, there is a tablet that you can use to control the room, order stuff and look at amenities of the hotel which is pretty cool.

All the staff were very nice as well, everyone you passed said hello. Even the guys who are stood by the lifts to the rooms were ok … But always make sure you have your room pass or they will not let you up.

The concierge people were super cool they sorted out a couple of problems we had with little fuss and helped us book tickets to “O” we had read that it would be cheaper to book through the hotel but it wasn’t.

This seems a really weird thing to put but it is great that there are lots of lifts, we stayed at another hotel in Vegas which only had a couple of Lifts, which meant long waiting times.

Tip 1 – if you want to save some money eat in the strip. It is much cheaper, there is also a Walgreens and CVS 10minutes walk away.

I really like the layout of the hotel and Casino, lots of restaurants (all a little expensive) and the staff were all very nice and helpful. We had a problem with a free offer which we couldn’t find documentation but the staff sorted it.

The pools where nice, the only thing I didn’t like was how close all the sun beds are to one another, you do feel a little cramped in.

There was a couple of things which was a bit of a problem. There is a $150 per day for the first 4 days deposit for damages which was a bit of a shock, the “resort fee” is a bit annoying as it is quite expensive to stay at the Aria.

Tip 2 – when looking at budget before you come out most prices on sites don’t include tax or tip (they expect at least 18%)

Over the stay at Aria was very nice and the only negative is the price of food and drink, the “Resort Fee”, the deposits but everything else was really good.

We checked out online which was brilliant and meant we didn’t have to queue again. Over all the staff where amazing and did every thing to help us, the hotel is a little pricey and the “deposits” was a bit of a shock, but over I enjoyed the stay.


Real Martial Arts Movies – Part 4 – No Surender

We all know that the most important actor in the 80’s was Corey Feldman … no further discussion is needed on the subject … you like Goonies … there you go … I win.

Not sure who he is? HOW DARE YOU !!!! you have been raised no better than some sort of wild animal… he was Mouth in “Goonies” … that rock kid in “The Burbs” … AND he was Taylor in the amazing “No Surender” (also know as A Dangerous Place).


But Corey does not play the good guy … Why would we waste such talent. Our hero Ethan is a young Karate Student who believes his older brother was killed by the Scorpions and the only way he can learn what really happened is to infiltrate the group to get his proof.

A dangerous place
The investigation begins

With the Scorpions been the bad guys Ethan quickly get more than he bargained for and the final challenge. I know tense … but what do you expect from a bunch of dudes in Red Gi’s.

Will he prove himself in Scorpions Dojo?

Will he be able to win the heart of his high school squeeze?


Will he have to take part in “Scavenging”? Will there be an final battle?

There are some quality bits in the film which you need to pay attention too:-
1. At the beginning of the film, the Scorpions are dropped off by one of the guys mum, with the back story of “Going bowling” and not wanting to look lame so drop us off a couple of away is some of the best writing of this century. The plot twist that happens is bordering on genius as we find out the true nature of this lads night out.

2. When I bought the Video from a car boot many years ago, the film was titled “No Surrender” but if you search on Youtube for this master piece you need to look for “Dangerous Places”. There is a fantastic bit in the film where our hero manages to get the title of the film in to hs dialog … see if you can spot it.

All the twist and turns in this film can be hard to keep up with but for you kids moving up to high school this should be on your list of films to watch in preparation … because as you will learn … High schools can be “Dangerous Places” BOOM!


Blood Bowl 2 – Dwarf Team (Part 4)

This is part 4 of my newbie journey playing with a Dwarf Team in Blood Bowl 2 on the PS4 … Offence!!!

Here are the Blogs 1-3 on playing Blood Bowl with the Dwarf team:-

Spenfu Dwarf Blood BowlSpenfuDwarf-Part2








Disclaimer – “I don’t claim to be an expert … and I don’t play one on TV”, this is my experience only I do not claim to be an expert.


The tactics are pretty simple, pick the ball up using the runner and usually using his Sure hands skill and if your really unlucky a re-roll as well, then cage that play then bash your way up the field. In the below example from http://bbtactics.com.

Cage the ball
From http://bbtactics.com/

I really like having the Troll Slayers outside the cage and using them for blitzing actions.  In the above example, the troll slayer is just to the right of the cage near the sideline, so if the opponent try’s to come around the right hand side you can block/blitz them into the crowd.

I try not to have long beards in the cage if I need a quick (nothing is really quick with dwarfs) Touch down, as you will be only able to move the cage up the field at the Long beards movement allowance. There is some really good information here on the basics of the Cage…

Cage Basics



Real Martial Arts Movies – Part 3 – King of the Kickboxer

Two words … Billy Blanks … nope this isn’t Tae-Bo

How can I discribe this film up …. think Kick boxer meets 8mm


Martial arts experts are lurd in to leading Movie roles with the promise of fame and fortune … Dispite all the filming happening in the Phillipines … Dispite the film set been a low rent afair.

Billy Blanks plays “Kahn” a Kickboxing Champion

Kahn is a heavy weight kick-box champion, who often kills his opponents in front of the running camera, to sell it on video tape. Jake had to witness once how his brother was killed by him, and now has come for revenge. But first he has to improve his fighting skills; he asks Phang, the only person in the whole world who ever had Khan down on his back, to train him until he is a match for him.

Why is Khan such an unstoppable force? He has a combination which cannot stopped  … at all … the end of. “Spen could I sprawl” No! … “What is I did one of those leg sweep things” … NO!!!

So how is our is our hero going to avenge his brother? He is going to need to be trained by the best … but that is not available … so let’s go with the 2nd best … Phang!



Phang is a hermit and believe it or not is a martial arts master … who would of guessed? Will he help our hero prepare for the fight of his life with Khan to avenge his brother?

What is his back story and how does it tie in with Khan?

Will he help our hero get laid in a really weird dated way with his new love interest?

Again … Yeap … there is a final battle

Billy Blanks produces some classic scenes because of his impeccable acting skills … it is a shame his dialog was kept to a minimum, but he does all his talking with his Martial Arts Skills! This film was my first introduction too Billy Blanks and I was massively disappointed in his Tae-Bo DVD because he didn’t show his patented combination from King of the Kickboxer’s.


Blood Bowl 2 – Dwarf Team (Part 3)

This is part 3 of my newbie journey playing with a Dwarf Team in Blood Bowl 2 on the PS4

Here are the first 2 post about the dwarf team I am playing:-

Spenfu Dwarf Blood BowlSpenfuDwarf-Part2


Disclaimer – “I don’t claim to be an expert … and I don’t play one on TV”, this is my experience only I do not claim to be an expert.

Defense against a Bashy/Running Team’s

“STOP GOING ON ABOUT the Limitations of the DWARF TEAM!!!!”

I am sorry but I have found the lack of speed of the Long Beards has not only limited defending against fast/agile teams, it also limits playing against bashy teams … Lets be honest, with a dwarfs team you are entering a ball kicking competition and the team that does not get up loses.

With the the Longbeards, the high Armour value, thick skull and block really helps with been able to get up, tie up players (even big guys) with a smaller risk of injury, create tackle zones for Skinks/goblins… Just keep them involved in the game!

Runners I tend to drop back a little to grab any players who might break the line and keep an eye on any of the smaller players (again Goblins and Skinks), Blitzers I like to put just behind the Longbeards to plug any gaps in the line or to help slow the cage of the opponent.

The slayers can be played a couple of different ways, I personally don’t like to have them on the front line, I usually sit them just behind so when Long Beards are moved back if the opponent follows the slayers get a block.


If the opponent does not follow up with after pushing back, the slayers can be used to biltz and create gaps. If your opponent is going to cage down the middle of the field then you can switch the slayers with the line Longbeards on the same line and blitz your way in from the side.

That is pretty much it … Grab something … beat it up and smash your way to the ball. The only dynamic part of the game will come from the Slayers as the Frenzy skill gives you multiple blocks/blitz which helps create gaps/holes in cages.

What are you doing differently with the dwarf team? Any advice or help you want to throw my way?


Real Martial Arts Movies – Part 2 – College Kickboxer

The best College based Martial Arts film ever made

It is coming to the end of the school year and for some of my Students it won’t be long before some will be starting at University, this next movie will help those people work through some potentially difficult situations. So grab a note pad, take notes and make sure you watch the film in preparation for September.

I don’t want to spoil the film, but here are some life lessons I have taken and I think are importation for us all.

Our hero James Caulfield is a freshman and this bright eyed youth is unaware of the challenges that he will face, his first comes in the form of his new room mate …

It wasn’t love at first sight

Lesson 1 – Always take your Martial arts Trophies and Certificates with you, any problems/conflicts bust them out and show them to would be trouble causers.

Getting a part time job can be a great way to help finanace your studies … but you may have tricky customers to deal with

The bad guy – TANNER!

Lesson 2 – Make friends with the unassuming fat cook …. chances are he is a Kung fu master

So the fat cook sorts out the bad guy and saves your bacon … it is time to learn from the master

Training Montage

Lesson 3 – Bro Sciences Bro …. it doesn’t matter how dumb the training is … do it

But is not all Martial Arts, working and reading 1 book … love is in the air

He falls in love ….

Lesson 4 – If the girl says she is not interested … pretend to be interested in studying … chick love that kind of stuff

In the end … be the bigger man

Tense Final Battle

Lesson 5 – Even if he tries to kill you … its ok.

I bought this video many years ago at a car boot sales for £1 … worth every penny.


Blood Bowl 2 – Dwarf Team (Part 2)

This is part 2 of my newbie journey playing with a Dwarf Team in Blood Bowl 2 on the PS4

In this article I will go through some of the tactics against Fast/Passing/Agile Teams I have been trying to employ when playing with the dwarf team and the level up skills which helps. If you want to see how I have built my Dwarf Teams check out the first part by clicking the below link:-

Spenfu Dwarf Blood Bowl

Disclaimer – “I don’t claim to be an expert … and I don’t play one on TV”, this is my experience only I do not claim to be an expert.

Tactics Defending – Sweep the leg !!!

Sweep the Leg

I like to refer to this tactic as “sweep the leg” as the slayers move across the field breaking or pushing the opponents into the crowd.

As I mentioned in the first Article when defending against a Team that likes to Pass, I tend to drop the Slayers further back in my starting line up and leave a tackle free zone on the edge of the field for my opponent to run down the side line and use the Frenzy skill of the slayers to knock them into the crowd.


Next I try to drop 2 of the LongBeards back from the scrimmage line to form a line with the Blitzer’s which then creates a line which can drop or slide across to follow the ball.

The 2 Longbeard’s at the end of the line of scrimmage will tie up any players heading down the sidelines and I keep the runners behind the line to pick up any players they get past the line or the Slayers.

Patience and smashing the opponent is key, if you start trying to chase opponents you usually end up chasing and using “Go For It” (GFI) which is not a great idea with a Dwarf Team.

With a bit of luck, you will injury or push off some of the opponents which reduces the numbers and make it easier to cover/tie up the opponents.

Skill – Tackle

Tackle has really helped against fast dodge skilled teams by creating lots of tackle zones the Tackle skill becomes extremely useful as it:-

  • Increases Knock downs on Dodge players.
  • Makes Dodges higher risk
  • Can force opponent to make more rolls

Source –  http://bbtactics.com/tackle/

It is very hard to be tricky with the Dwarf team because of there movement limitations, most of my wins have come through if my opponent win the coin toss and picks to receive the ball allowing the passing team to score, get the ball with enough time to slowly grind your way up the field.

In the second half, tie the ball up, grind your way the field and score in the last turn so there isn’t enough time for you opponent to score again …. ah the glorious 2-1 dwarf victory!

So what do you think, any advice or amendments you would like to suggest?