These are guides only but should help anyone with a new piercing


Piercing Aftercare

These are guides only but should help anyone with a new piercing follow the rudimentary steps to having a good time with healing at a conventional speed without any nasty pus or gore.

Oral Piercing:

Cleaning Solutions and Direction for Use:
An alcohol-free antimicrobial or antibacterial mouth rinse should be used according to package instructions. These should be available in the oral medications section of your local drugstores. Check with your piercing studio; many studios sell these products for your convenience.
Rinse mouth for 30-60 seconds with solution after meals during the entire minimum initial healing time. Do not use more than 4-5 times daily and use it over intervals spaced throughout the entire day.

Mild salt-water rinses. Dissolve a pinch (1/4 teaspoon) of iodine-free salt in one cup (240ml) of warm or hot distilled or bottled water. (Avoid hot water for the first few days.)
If you have high blood pressure or heart problems, do not use salt — use only plain warm water.
Rinse mouth briefly (10-15 seconds) with the mild sea salt mixture no more than twice a day. If you are cleaning too often, the top of your tongue will start to turn a white to yellowish colour. Continue to clean your piercing, but reduce the number of times you are cleaning it per day.

A new soft bristled toothbrush should be used, to help minimize the introduction of bacteria into your mouth.

What is Normal?
Swelling of the area is perfectly normal during the first part of healing an oral piercing. It can be greatly reduced by gently sucking (rather than chewing) on clean ice. Chipped or shaved ice, or small cubes are best. The majority of the swelling usually lasts for only 3-5 days.

Any new piercing can bleed off and on for a few days. There can also be some bleeding under the surface resulting in temporary bruising or discoloration. This is perfectly normal and not indicative of any complication.

Some tenderness or discomfort in the area of a new piercing is not unusual. You may feel aching, pinching, tightness or other unpleasant sensations off and on for several days or longer.

Don’t be alarmed if you see a liquid like, yellowish secretion coming from the piercing. This is blood plasma, lymph and dead cells which is perfectly normal. All healing piercings secrete; it just looks different inside the mouth, as it doesn’t have a chance to dry and form a crust as would on an ear or body piercing. This is not pus, but indicates a healing piercing.

Plaque may form on tongue jewellery, commonly on the bottom ball and/or post. Scrub your barbell with a soft bristled toothbrush (gently during healing). If you are diligent with oral hygiene the jewellery will not need to be removed for cleaning, and it can usually be left in even for routine visits to the dentist.

Piercings may have a tendency to have a series of ups and downs during healing by seeming healed and then regressing. Try to be patient, and do keep cleaning during the entire initial healing time, even if the piercing seems healed sooner.

Each body is unique, and healing times can vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact your piercer.

Once initial swelling is down, having your piercer replace the post portion of bar style jewellery with a shorter post may be wise. Jewellery that fits more closely is less likely to irritate your mouth or get between your teeth and be bitten.

If you like you’re piercing, leave jewellery in at all times. Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person, and even if your ear lobe piercings stay open without jewellery your oral piercing may not!

Keep following the care procedures during the entire minimum initial healing time, even if the piercing seems healed sooner.

What to Do:
Try to sleep with your head propped up on pillows during the first few nights of healing; keeping your head above your heart will help to avoid much initial overnight swelling.

An over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen taken according to package instructions can reduce discomfort, and it can also help to diminish swelling in the first few days.

Check twice daily, with clean hands, to be sure the threaded ends on your jewellery are on tight. To clean hands, wash them carefully with liquid antibacterial soap. If your hands aren’t freshly washed, don’t touch yourself above the neck during the initial healing time.

Replace your toothbrush and make sure to keep it clean so that everything that goes into your mouth is hygienic while you are healing. A sensitive type of toothpaste may be less irritating to your mouth during healing than a usual, stronger variety.

Try to go slowly when you eat and to take small bites when you are getting used to your new jewellery. Cold foods and beverages feel great and can help diminish swelling. Drink plenty of liquids, especially bottled water.

Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal.

What to Avoid:
No oral sexual contact including French (wet) kissing or oral sex during the entire initial healing period, even if you are in a monogamous relationship. (If you had a large cut you would not allow anyone to spit into it! This is essentially the same thing.)

Avoid chewing on gum, tobacco, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses, etc., during healing. Don’t share plates, cups or eating utensils. Reducing smoking or quitting is highly advisable when healing an oral piercing. Smoking increases risks and can lengthen the healing time. Avoid undue stress and recreational drug usage.

Stay away from aspirin, large amounts of caffeine, and alcoholic beverages for the first several days. Alcoholic beverages include all beer, wine and hard liquor. These can cause additional swelling, bleeding and discomfort. Refrain from eating spicy, salty, acidic, or hot temperature foods and beverages for a few days.

Do not play with the piercing for the initial healing time beyond the necessary movement for speaking and eating. The mouth withstands a lot of trauma from normal speaking and eating. Try to avoid other disturbances such as excessive talking, actively playing with the jewellery, or clicking the jewellery against your teeth. Undue stress on the piercing can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration and other complications.

Even after healing, excessive play with oral jewellery can result in permanent damage to teeth, gums, and oral structures. Metal is harder than the human body; be gentle.

Do not use Lysterine or other mouth wash which contains alcohol. It can irritate the area and delay healing.

Don’t use too many different products; select and use only one cleaning solution.

Oral Piercing Hints and Tips:
Some piercees will carry a spare ball in their wallet or purse. This is particularly advisable if you wear non-metallic balls such as acrylic, which is more fragile.

If you break or lose a ball, a small piece of clean pencil eraser can be press-fit onto the post as an emergency measure to keep the jewellery from coming out until a replacement can be obtained.

On barbells/labret studs you may change the ball portion of the jewellery at any time, but the original post should remain until initial swelling is down.

Try to focus on keeping your tongue level in your mouth, to avoid biting on the jewellery as you eat. Your mouth is likely to feel uncoordinated at first, but this will pass.

Try eating small bites of solid foods by placing food directly onto the molars with clean fingers or a fork. Food that is already in the back of the mouth doesn’t have to get moved there by your tongue.

Gently brush your tongue and jewellery when you are healing. Once healed brush tongue and jewellery thoroughly to keep plaque away.

Lip / Cheek:
Be cautious about opening your mouth wide when you eat, as this can result in the backing of the jewellery catching on your teeth. Take small bites and go slowly at first.

The outside of the piercing may become somewhat red or pink during healing and this is normal.

Facial Piercings:

Cleaning Solutions:
A mild liquid antimicrobial/germicidal medicated soap with water can be used. Alternatives include products such as mild, fragrance and colour free liquid antibacterial soaps and should be diluted with distilled or bottled water, depending on product strength. Also, use mild sea salt soaks as is further described.

Salt Water Soaks:
Mild sea salt-water soaks are strongly suggested at least once a day to accelerate healing and increase your comfort. This may also help to reduce irritation in the area. Dissolve a pinch (1/4-teaspoon) of sea salt into one cup (240ml) of warm or hot water in a clean cup. Distilled water is advised. A stronger solution is not better as you can burn your piercing with too much salt. Invert it over the area to form a vacuum and soak directly for a few minutes. For certain piercings it is easier to use a clean cotton ball or gauze pad soaked in the salt water and applied to the pierced area. Follow with a clear water rinse or splash then pat dry with paper products.

Salt water soaks help to stimulate air and blood circulation, which encourages healing. You can do a brief salt-water soak before your daily cleaning(s) as well as several additional times a day. It is particularly advisable to soak before you do anything active, as it will prevent any apparent scabbing from being pulled inside the piercing as you move around. Salt water is the only additional product (other than the cleanser and water) we suggest you use to care for your piercing.

One soak per day should be for at least a few minutes. Additional soaks can be brief (1 minute or so) and still be effective for soothing the area and removing matter.

Cleaning Instructions:
Body piercings need to be cleaned once or twice daily, every day, for the entire initial healing time. Most people clean morning and/or night, in the shower. Do not clean more often as this can irritate your piercing and possibly delay your healing. For once-a-day cleaning’s, do it at the end of your day. Optimal frequency will depend on your skin sensitivity, activity level, and environmental factors.

Before cleaning wash hands thoroughly with liquid antibacterial soap and hot water. If you wish, you may wear disposable latex or vinyl gloves and/or also use a hand sanitizing gel. Never touch healing piercings with dirty hands. This is vital for avoiding infections.

Prepare the area for cleaning by rinsing or soaking with warm water and be sure to remove any stubborn scabbing using a cotton swab and warm water.
Never pick with fingernails! This step is important for your comfort.
Apply a small handful of cleaning solution to the area with your clean hands. Cleanse the area and the jewellery, and gently rotate the jewellery back and forth a few times to work the solution to the inside. You will not need to rotate your jewellery during the first several cleanings, as this will be more detrimental than helpful to the healing process.
Allow the solution to cleanse there for a minute. You may bathe normally, just don’t purposely work anything other than the cleanser onto the inside of the piercing.

Rinse the area thoroughly under running water, whilst rotating the jewellery back and forth so as to completely remove the cleanser from the inside and outside of the piercing
Gently pat dry with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, as cloth towels may harbor harmful bacteria.
Please try to be patient. Each body is unique, and healing times can vary considerably. If your piercing is tender or secreting, you should continue the care regime, even if it is past the stated average healing time range.

What is Normal?
Bleeding, bruising, discoloration and/or swelling is not uncommon. Any break in the skin, including a new piercing can bleed or bruise. These are not indications of any complication. Reduce intake of aspirin, alcohol, and caffeine. For above-the-neck piercings try sleeping with your head elevated above your heart (prop up on some pillows) to limit overnight swelling. Studies show non-steroid anti-inflammatory products can help minimize swelling.

Some tenderness or discomfort in the area of a new piercing is not unusual. You may feel stinging, burning, aching or other unpleasant sensations ‘off and on’ for several days or longer. During healing there could also be some itching.

Secretion of a fluid, which contains blood plasma, lymph and dead cells, is perfectly normal. It is like a sticky liquid, whitish-yellow in colour and forms a crust on the jewellery at the openings of the piercing. This is not pus, but indicates a healing piercing.

Once healed your piercing may secrete a semi-solid white malodorous substance from the oil glands called sebum. This is not pus, but indicates a healed piercing.

Piercings may have a tendency to have a series of “ups and downs” during healing by seeming healed and then regressing. Try to be patient, and do keep cleaning during the entire initial healing time, even if the piercing seems healed sooner.

Tightness is normal. Do not expect jewellery to swing freely in most body piercings, even after they are thoroughly healed.

What to Do:
Always wash your hands prior to contact on or near the area of your healing piercing!

Leave the piercing alone except for when you are cleaning it. It is not necessary or advisable to rotate the ring while healing except during cleanings. Leave the starter jewellery in during the entire minimum initial healing time! (Assuming your initial jewellery is appropriate in terms of metal content, style, and size. Only a professional should change inappropriate jewellery.) Those with captive-style rings or barbells (straight, bent, or circular) can change the bead/ball portion of the jewellery at any time.

Twice a day check, with clean hands, to make sure the balls are screwed on tight on threaded jewellery, such as barbells. Both balls tighten to the right.

If you like you’re piercing leave jewellery in at all times. Even old, well-healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person. Even if your ear lobe piercings stay open without jewellery, your body piercing may not! Contact your piercer if your jewellery must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure).

Monofilament nylon or another inert non-metallic substance (retainers) may be able to be inserted to maintain the piercing until your preferred jewellery can be reinserted.

Make sure your bedding is clean and changed frequently while you are healing, especially if pets get into your bed.
Wear clean, comfortable, breathable fabric clothing in the area of a body piercing.

A multi-vitamin mineral supplement containing zinc and vitamin C may help boost your body’s healing abilities. Take it with your morning meal, or according to package instructions.

Get enough sleep, eat a nutritious diet. Avoid undue stress, recreational drugs, and alcohol consumption. The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal.

Showering is safer than taking a bath, as bath tubs tend to harbour bacteria. To bathe safely, clean your tub with a bleach product before each bath, and rinse the bath tub before you fill it. Also, be sure to do a running water rinse on your piercing when you are done in the bath tub.

In the event that the piercing drains a thick pus discharge instead of the normal liquid secretion, you may wish to see a physician for evaluation and possible antibiotic treatment. If you do have an infection, the jewellery should be left in the piercing to allow for drainage of pus. If the jewellery is removed, the holes can close up, resulting in an abscess. LEAVE YOUR JEWELLERY IN!

What to Avoid:
Don’t use alcohol, peroxide, Betadine (iodine) or Hibiclens (spot soap) as they are overly strong and cause rapid drying out of the pierced area, which can hinder healing.

Don’t apply any ointment on your piercing without consulting a suitably qualified practitioner. Some ointments will prevent oxygen from reaching the wound and form a sticky residue, which can cause complications. They are not designed for use on healing piercings.

Don’t over clean. Cleaning more often than once or twice a day is NOT better. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.

Don’t use too many different products; select and use only one cleaning solution, remembering to also use sea salt solutions.

Avoid oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids, on or near you’re piercing during healing.

Don’t use plasters on a healing piercing. They limit air circulation and the adhesive can irritate the surrounding area.

Avoiding sleeping on a piercing during healing is advisable.

Don’t hang charms or any object from your jewellery until the piercing is fully healed.

Avoid submerging your piercings in water such as pools, lakes, jacuzzi’s, etc. unless you feel confident that the water is clean enough for you and an open wound (which is what your piercing is while it is healing). Most bodies of water harbor large amounts of bacteria. If there is sea life, motor oil or children in the water it is not clean enough!

If you are going to be in water of questionable cleanliness, use a breathable, non water-permeable wound plaster/covering (available at chemists and larger supermarkets) before you go in, to protect yourself and prevent dirty water from getting inside your open wound. Cleaning afterwards is not likely to be effective in preventing infection.

Exercise during healing is fine, just “listen” to your body. Try to avoid activities that put undue stress on the area. Your own sweat and bodily fluids are not harmful to your piercing, provided you clean daily as directed.

Hints for Particular Areas

Avoid tight, cinching belts and waistbands and inflexible clothing on the area during healing.
A hard, vented eye patch (sold at chemists) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of ace bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports.

Ear / Ear Cartilage and Facial:
Protect piercings from hair spray and avoid getting lotion, make up and other foreign substances in piercings.
Make sure pillowcases are clean and changed frequently.
Clean your telephone receiver with a disinfectant and avoid contact with public telephones.

It is advisable to sleep in a cotton tank top or tee shirt especially if you have any pets that get on or in your bed. Many women find sleeping in a bra or sports bra to be comfortable with a healing nipple piercing.

Sexual activity isn’t prohibited, but it must be hygienic.
Listen to your body! If something feels sore, it means you need to ease up or stop for the time being. Use condoms for all sexual oral/internal contact to prevent sharing of bodily fluids. This is required even if you are in a monogamous relationship. It is mandatory for your health and safety during the entire minimum initial healing time.
Ensure your condoms are able to accommodate extra room for jewellery.
Use water- based lubricants ONLY.
These guidelines are based on a combination of common sense, research, and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. But be aware, however, that many doctors have no specific training or experience regarding piercing and may not be educated on how to best assist you.

These aftercare guidelines for oral piercing are courtesy of the Association of Professional Piercers

A bit of information about some of the different types of piercing.


Types of Piercing

Belly Bars: The Belly Bar (also known as a Banana Bar, due to it’s curved bar) is one of the most popular piercings. The Navel can be pierced at the top or at the bottom and the healing time is usually 10 weeks+.
Due to the piercing being close to the waist band, it can take a long time to heal being frequently irritated by belts and clothing. This can cause infection. To help avoid infections, try to wear loose fitting clothes and ensure regular antiseptic cleaning of the navel piercing and belly bar.
Closure Rings/ Horses shoe Rings: Closure Rings and Horse Shoe Rings can be used in multiple piercing’s, from eyebrows and ears, to navel and nipple.

Eyebrows: The eyebrow piercing can look as fancy as you want to make it. The average healing time for an eyebrow is 6-8 weeks. The only negative side to the eyebrow piercing is that in time it may be rejected by the body, causing the pierced hole to push the bar out of the eyebrow, this is caused by the pressure of the skull bone, directly behind the piercing.

Labrets: The Labret is a popular piercing which is commonly placed below the lower lip, in the centre of the chin area. This position is least likely to interfere with oral and speech movements. The standard lip piercing can be placed anywhere around the mouth and the average healing period is about 6-12 weeks, however healing may take longer if the piercing is placed at the corners of the mouth. Piercings through the facial cheek take about 4-6weeks to heal.

Nipple Bars: Nipple bar piercings can be placed in any direction directly through the nipple, the most common direction is vertical. People with smaller nipples (usually men) may have the piercing placed just behind the nipple, rather than through the nipple itself. Healing can be between 8-26 Weeks and the piercing may be prone to infections, so you need to ensure regular antiseptic cleaning of the piercing and bar.

Nose Studs: The nose can be pierced in two places the most popular is to the side of the nostril and takes about 8 weeks to heal. The second piercing is called the septum piercing, this is placed through the flesh between the central nostril and usually heals within 6-8weeks.

Plugs & Tunnels: Plugs and Tunnels can be created on pretty much any existing piercing using tapers / stretchers but the time it takes to achieve bigger sizes can vary quite a lot. Ears are the part of the body which tend to be stretched . Healing times can vary between 1-12 months. Fleshy parts of the ear are quicker to heal than the areas with cartilage.
Retainers: Retainers are ideal if you need to take your piercing out for any reason such as interviews, pregnancy, x-rays etc. They can both make your piercing more discreet whilst reducing the risk of your piercing closing over or starting to heal.

Tongue Bars: Tongue bar piercings are placed near the front of the tongue and close to the centre. The healing period is between 4-6 weeks. Your tongue could swell and interfere with your speech during the healing period.

Possibly one of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s best performance’s and an absolutely spectacular and surprising showing from Rhys Ifans.



Possibly one of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s best performance’s as Edward Snowden and an absolutely spectacular and surprising showing from Rhys Ifans as the Director of the CIA. An all round great cast and an interesting and well put together storyline.

Based on the actions of Edward Snowden and primarily the original interview and documentary that was made in the Hong Kong hotel room, this film is both gripping and scary but in a very different way to a horror.
It’s a fantastic insight into (a) the life of an NSA worker (b) the way the NAS and US government deal with cyber (c) the life of Edward Snowden before everyone knew his name.

A US citizen, born into a military family that just wanted to follow in the foot steps of those before him and serve his country in any way possible, he is portrayed as the ubiquitous American patriot.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt captures Snowden extremely well and one thing that comes across superbly is the interview and meetings in the hotel and the conviction that was shown in the actual documentary, as a whole the casting crew did a bang up job on every role in this film.

There is, as with any Hollywood Docu Movie, a fair bit of ‘scripted entertainment’, but there is also a lot of ‘true to testament’ parts.
The cinematography is also very well done, emphasizing the hotel interview is a lovely touch and the way it build’s is enjoyable, the jumps between story and docu work well and doesn’t confuse the narrative at all.
If the implications of what is portrayed in this film are understood it makes it a pretty good horror that should scare everyone at nearly every turn.

Favorite Line
“You didn’t tell me we were running a dragnet over the whole world, Corbyn”. Information

I have had The Ziggurat 2 disc album in my playlist on shuffle for while but only recently played it on it’s own from start to finish and I was immediately hooked.


The Constructus Corporation – The Ziggurat

Only came across Die Antworrd properly a couple of years ago and really like the style and then I found some of the earlier stuff and got even more excited.

I have had The Ziggurat 2 disc album in my playlist on shuffle for while but only recently played it on it’s own from start to finish and I was immediately hooked.

The thing that got me the most is the flow and the narrative. Not only is there a brilliant mix of beats, bass and percussion with an Electronic / Hip-Hop base there is also a legitimately great story to follow with comedy, seriousness and flair. 🙂

One thing I find pretty crazy is that these 2 discs were made in 2002 and still sound really fresh now.

Now I have to find the Fucknrad and MaxNormal work, time to search the past. 🙂

Full album on YouTube

Allergic reaction to metal jewellery is also called as contact dermatitis. The delicate skin reacts to the metal component and gives rise to symptoms such as rash, itching, crusts and blisters.


Allergic reaction to metal ? .. what to do ..

Allergic Reaction To Metal: Symptoms And Treatment For Metal Allergy Rash

You may come across many women who complain of allergic reaction at the site of a piercing or where they wear jewellery in a piercing. It can be on pinna of their ears, on belly button or around the neck.

Metal Allergy Causes And Symptoms

Allergic reaction to metal jewellery is also called as contact dermatitis. The delicate skin reacts to the metal component and gives rise to symptoms such as rash, itching, crusts and blisters.

If untreated secondary bacterial infection can occur in such patients.

Nickel and copper metals used in ornaments are the two components which are blamed to cause allergic reaction on the skin.

Allergic Reaction To Metal Implants

Nickel and copper dissolves to form salts when they come in contact with moisture, perspiration and water during bathing. This salt reacts with the skin to cause allergic symptoms.

Copper buttons, wrist watch straps and metal coated key pad on a cell phone can also irritate the skin to cause allergy.

Treatment For Metal Allergy From Jewellery

Ways to treat and prevent metal allergies:

  • Do not wear cheap jewellery which contains excess of nickel and copper.
  • Remove the allergic jewellery at first instance.
  • Clean the skin liberally with water and avoid infection.
  • Steroid containing creams are often prescribed by doctors to lessen the symptoms.
  • Aloe vera gel often works as a home remedy in treating metal allergies due to its antiseptic and anti allergic properties.

If there is no improvement with the above suggested ways, you should consult a dermatologist for a prescription remedy.

Over 300 of the world’s greatest tattoo artists will be flocking to Alexandra Palace with some serious tattoo talent.


The Great British Tattoo Show

Over 300 of the world’s greatest tattoo artists will be flocking to Alexandra Palace, London, dominating The Great Hall with some serious tattoo talent. If you’re serious about tattoos, alternative fashion, great music and some pretty cool people, you’re in the right place.

Brought to you from the crew behind Skin Deep Magazine and four annual kick ass conventions, welcome to the Great British Tattoo Show.

Click here for more information


Having achieved 900 unique hits in the month, all at Alt Life are very pleased


First Month Milestone

The site has now been live for 1 month and is technically still in beta testing. With a build like this it will probably be under continuous development.
Having achieved 900 unique hits in the first month, all at Alt Life are very pleased with the way things are going.

We are constantly working on new content to add to the blog and sourcing fresh products to add to the shop. We are always thinking of new things that our subscribers will enjoy.
A massive thanks goes out to the people that have purchased some of our current products and it’s always great to receive feedback about what things you would like to see on the site.
Something that we have been asked about a lot (and are working around the clock to add) is Official Merch – keep an eye out over the next 4 weeks for this to start appearing.

A final note: If you are interested in contributing to the alt life blog, whether you have stories, experiences or something else you think people will find interesting, please get in touch via the contact page. We’re always looking to develop our community of contributors.

Many people struggle with the management of chronic daily headaches.


Headaches, Daith Piercings, and the Vagus Nerve

On November 28th, Science News published an interesting article on the science of the vagus nerve in the human body.

This is the tenth cranial nerve in the body traveling from the brain to multiple organs in the body. It has thousand of fibres, and influences functions throughout the body from the stomach and intestines to the heart and brain. The nerve has fibres that travel relatively superficially through the neck and in the skin of the ear. Stimulation of the vagus nerve in the neck has been used for a variety of disorders including many stomach and gastrointestinal problems as well as depression and seizures.

The ear is the focus of treatment of number of problems by stimulating the vagus nerve as it travels in the region of the tragus of the ear.

Naturally this will be of interest to anyone who has, or is thinking of getting a Daith piercing. Alt life would love to hear of your experiences.

Full article available here:

Probably my favourite documentary from 2016.


Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Probably my favourite documentary from 2016:

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Even though the main story revolves around two pretty ‘interesting’ guys that have some pretty ‘interesting’ ideas this documentary does touch on a lot of topics that concern how we – the human populace -live and consume.

It does a particularly good job at highlighting how:

  • we are far too happy to throw away and replace even when we don’t need to
  • advertising can brainwash us into thinking we need things when we don’t
  • it’s sometimes better to be who we want to be rather than try and follow the rat race to survive.

This is not an endorsement of every idea that is expressed but it should have enough to make you think deeply about the world around you.

A reboot of the 2015 release but with a lot of spit and polish gone in.


Carmageddon | Max Damage

From the official Blurb:

Carmageddon: Max Damage is the latest instalment in the legendary Carmageddon series. Carmageddon is the driving sensation where pedestrians (and cows) equal points, and your opponents are a bunch of crazies in a twisted mix of automotive killing machines. It’s the ultimate antidote to racing games!!

Available From: Steam

In a Nutshell

Carmageddon: Max Damage is a reboot of the 2015 release but with a lot of spit and polish to make it what the 2015 release really should have been.

The Playthrough

The game runs well in Career mode, this reviewer only crashed a few times so far but at least after playing a good 6 hours.

Quite a bit more content has been added: new areas to play in, new cars to destroy and a lot more things to run over (which is always good in Carmageddon), I’m particularly fond of the granny scooters and beach goers for some reason.

Vehicle upgrade still seems a little pointless, when playing the Hawk, the only visible mods are paint and rims. Maybe upgrading the armour, weapons etc or changing the body styling a little (to reflect the effective bonus of the mod added in garage customize mode) would improve things.

Overall this is now a very good game and a better challenge, definitely something to build on.

Testing a Full Starter Kit of a Samvod and 2x 20ml 6mg nicotine Pulp Juices for £37.


First Vape | Samvod / Pulp Starter

I’m sort of new to all this vaping malarky and I’ve been wanting to try and at least cut down on the tobacco.

I decided to buy a Full Starter Kit of a Samvod and 2x 20ml 6mg nicotine Pulp Juices (£37 from Al’s Vape Mods).

The questions I want to answer:

Will it work out cheaper than regular tobacco in the long run (considering the changes that are coming in May 2017)?


Will it be as much fun to smoke as a proper cigarette?

First Impressions

The instructions could have had a bit more information. It took a little while to figure out the turning ring is actually a valve and how that affects the operation. I’ll need to open the valve when using, and remember to close it when not using.

Samvod Data SheetIf the turning ring is left open it will leak – which is annoying as the juice is very sticky and means hands will need to be washed quite frequently.

Operation seems pretty straight forward: open valve, push the button and suck.

I’ll use it for a week and see if my questions are answered.

5 days in….

Being honest, I’ve been trying to use it more often for 5 days but – so far, I don’t get it. It’s harsher than a cigarette, the kick isn’t there and I still enjoy the act of smoking.
I will try an all electric day at some point!!

Conclusions so far

So far it’s not working for me, I like tobacco far too much.

The Crew is an UBI Soft game that is actually good.


The Crew | MMORG

The Crew - Opening ScreenOfficial Blurb:

“The Crew is a revolutionary action-driving MMO, developed exclusively for next-gen consoles and high-end PCs that leverage new hardware capabilities to connect players online like never before. The Crew takes you and your friends on a wild ride across a massive, open-world recreation of the U.S.A”.


In a nutshell

The Crew is a UBI Soft game that is actually good. It’s a pioneering Massively Multiplayer Online Racing Game which takes a lot of what was great about some of the original Need for Speed Underground games to a whole other level.

Available From: Steam |

The Crew - opening player online mapThe Playthrough

This game has plenty of things to keep you busy. The standard scenario has a good 15 hours worth of game time and takes you all around the map; also there is the landmark hunt where I found I was driving to find them rather than using teleport at all. I spent about 10 hours trying to get all the landmarks in just one ‘state’.

There is also a faction aspect, where you join one of five factions (mine was ‘eagle’) and complete tasks to earn points and bucks for your faction. You also get a daily cash bounty for launching the game.

The Crew - one of many car garagesThe  way the car is modified or upgraded is quite unique. There are the usual garages where  you can change the car, upgrade the styling, change the parts installed etc but you can also apply ‘perks’ to  aid your earning / gameplay / car making / thus making ranking up easier and quicker.

The Crew - vehicle mods for all owned carsAnother cool element is the presence of other garages where you can change  (or duplicate) the car to a different specification (street, dirt, monster truck, drag and more) which is then added to your available cars. Once purchased, more scenarios, challenges and gameplay events open up .

Tuning mods are handled by awarding an upgrade at the end of a scenario,  driving challenge or event that can be equipped either on the spot to improve the car or be sent to the H.Q. for later.

The Crew - winter resort driving in a GT4This aspect does mean it is a bit more fluid when driving where you’re not stop-starting a lot. It’s quite easy to drive say, from west to east, without too much distraction as you complete driving challenges and level up.

The MMO side adds another unique aspect that is fairly easy to get into. 4 P v P markers are on the map. Go to one and you’re entered into a moderately good match-up lobby. Votes decide the location and mode type -then it’s straight to the action.

Unfortunately the game still suffers from ‘other player jump’ lag but if  you get in front early it isn’t a distraction.

The Crew - racing to the center of the volcano ‘The Summit’ is a rolling competition that pits you against other players in a points-based championship which gives you specific targets to achieve.
There are 4 qualifier events throughout the month culminating in the main monthly Summit event where you can win game cash, cars and parts galore. You must pass each qualifier by completing free drive challenges.

The other absolutely brilliant thing with this game is the scenic detail. This is so well done it’s the main reason why I just like to free drive around this game and enjoy the experience. Sometimes the scenario aspect is second to just travelling to the start of said scenario. An example of the free drive obsession can be seen in the video above (along with the free drive stunts challenges on).

The Crew - night drivingEven with the graphic settings on medium it is still visually excellent.

The Crew - calling all unitsI recently purchased the Calling all Units DLC which adds greatly to the driving entertainment. It’s a different style of gameplay completely when being the chaser. Having lots of different scenario modes to play and PvP chase invites make a lot more sense. There’s not a massive selection of police vehicles but upgrading works the same. This also unlocked Wild Run which also means motorbikes, monster trucks and more!! I had great fun just honing in a straight as line as possible in a Nissan GT4 monster truck for 50+ miles. So, If you’require wanting to add DLC, Buy Calling All Units as it also includes Wild Run.

One last note worth a mention: I also own Need for Speed released by EA in March 2016 and bought on the day of release. I have logged 16 hours on that game and have completed the scenario. Contrast this with my purchase of The Crew around December 2015 where I currently have 52 hours logged – and it just keeps going up.

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