George A. Romero has died aged 77

It is with great sadness that the death of George A. Romero has been reported, my thoughts and condolences are with his family.

The contribution that Romero made to the horror genre cannot be understated. It seems a shame that Hollywood does not seem to respect the genre as much as it does others.. .. if there was ever a filmmaker who deserved more recognition for their work, it was surely Romero.

It was reported by the Los Angeles Times, that the director had died in his sleep after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer”.

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NEWS – The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is 35!

Sunday April the 23rd was the 35th Anniversary of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum!

ZX Spectrum 35th Anniversary

This diminutive little marvel with its tiny rubber keys was released 35 years ago in 1982. The collective minds of Sir Clive‘s team and the brilliant industrial design of Rick Dickinson produced one of the best computers to come out of the UK and a machine that many people are still in love with today.

So happy birthday to the ZX Spectrum!

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NEWS – Where are all the updates?

Firstly, a really big thank you to all of you that have visited my blog.

Question marks

I have been somewhat overwhelmed by the number of views the blog has received since I first started it back in March. I am now just short of 2,000 views from 718 people based in 44 countries, which is a fantastic response. I never thought I would have had as many people looking at, occasionally commenting on, my blog so early on into its life cycle. It is very humbling and I want you all to know that I am extremely grateful for your interest.

However, one thought that may have entered some of your minds lately is ‘Where are all the updates?’ Well, apologies for the scarcity of recent posts.. ..but I have been busy in the background..

..I really want to make Retrollection the place where people will prefer to visit for reviews, retrospectives and all round retro goodness. However, as you are no doubt aware, there are lots of alternatives.. to make this happen I have decided that I really need to additionally share my content via YouTube and Twitter. As such I have recently been spending time setting up content for distribution via those avenues, hence the lack of blog posts. Fear not, will keep going, but will be complimented by You Tube video content and Twitter feeds.

So in summary, please do keep coming back to for more exciting updates and why not also check out my Twitter and You Tube pages.

With very best wishes,

Dr Woody

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NEWS – Welcome to the future!


Well today was the day that Marty and Doc arrived in Hill Valley in the hit film ‘Back to the Future Part II‘.. ..a fantastic film full of interesting predictions.

Whilst we may not be flying around in our cars, many other predictions have indeed become reality.. ..giant TV screens, 3D film, info glasses, self-tying shoe lases (just!) and hover boards (almost!).

What I can’t believe is that is it is now 30 years since we were introduced to Marty, Doc and the gang.. ..seems like time really does fly!

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NEWS – DEV CON, Plymouth Guild Hall, 30th May 2015

For all you SCI-FI fans in the South West, remember that DEV CON is taking place at the Plymouth Guild Hall from 10:30 AM on 30th May 2015. This is the premier SCI-FI convention in the South West and well worth attending.

It promises to be a really good event and one stop shop for all of your SCI-FI gifts. Among other things there will be trader goods, action figures, comics, prints, games and cosplay.

As a bonus the record and CD fair is also taking place in the lower hall on the same day.

Sarah and Storm Troopers

COS PLAY comes to Plymouth!

The schedule

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Café Marvel will be serving hot and cold drinks and SCI-FI snacks.

10:30 AM Standard entry.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Open Q&A session with Graham Brown (Dr Who special effects designer)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Join the Pilgrim Ghost Busters and on a hunt for ghosts around Plymouth

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM COS PLAY competition

5:00 PM Event closes

The prices

VIP tickets which include ‘early bird’ 9:30 AM entry and fast track to autograph signers – £7.00

One day ticket, standard entry – £3.00

Family ticket (only available on the day; 1 adult and 3 8-16 year olds or 2 adults and 2 8-16 year olds) – £10.00

Under 8’s are free!

Tickets can be purchased now from the Final Frontier shop or via the web (Pay Pal) at

The venue

Plymouth Guildhall is located in the center of the city at PL1 2AA, click here for a map.

I hope to see you there!

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NEWS – Windows 10 is not Media Center friendly

It has been announced this weekend that Windows Media Center will not be available or supported in Windows 10.

First there was this FAQ from a Microsoft Community article:

Is Media Center supported in Windows 10? No. Persons who need to use Media Center should consider carefully before upgrading from their previous version of Windows. The Windows 10 upgrade will automatically remove any installations of Media Center.

So what are the alternatives if I need Media Center? Your best option is to continue running your existing version of Windows with Media Center.

  • Windows 7 editions that include Media Center will continue to be supported until January 2020.
  • Windows 8 Pro with Media Center will continue to be supported until January 2023.

Then there was an article on ZDNet saying similar, quoting a senior Microsoft Executive source.

Finally, the preview build actually detects Media Center and gives you a stark warning.

No Media Center

This is really disappointing news for some, who still find Windows Media Center to be one of the best ways to stream content.

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NEWS – Windows 10 – free upgrade.. ..coming soon!

It seems that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for qualified new or existing Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users will be launched shortly in the UK (currently rumoured to be 29th July to coincide with a global release schedule). I got an update/reminder via my Hotmail account this morning. The free upgrade offer is available for a year, so don’t wait too long before ‘taking the plunge’. I am also pleased to report that once your device has been upgraded to Windows 10 Microsoft will continue their support of the product for the supported lifetime of the OS. It seems there is no limit on the amount of devices that can be upgraded per account, they just need to be running Windows 7 or 8/8.1.

You can signup for this offer, via Hotmail verification, here.

Some of you may be thinking, why are you mentioning Windows 10? Not very retro.. ..true, but Windows is still the dominant platform for emulation etc., so this new version will be worth taking a look at. I hope to post a review soon after it’s release.

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