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Well, that's it for another blummin' year...

25w ago


Hello everyone! Hope you all had a very merry christmas, and I hope the festivities are far from over for you yet (providing they bring you joy). While christmas may not have seen you opening the keys to a brand new Singer 911 this year, I hope you’re thoroughly immersed in whatever gifts you opened yesterday.

It was an excellent day in the Uccello household, and saw me undertaking activities I haven’t had time to do in a while. For those of you who - like myself - opened an Xbox One yesterday, I hope you have it set up by now. After starting early in the day, I finally managed to have the console set up by 1:30am; that was prior to delving into the actual games themselves. While inconvenient, it didn’t anger me, because I am old and moderately-patient - but for the youngsters, I imagine such a wait would be infuriating.

The Xbox itself came with Forza Horizon 4. After being an avid player of Gran Turismo for the past 12 years, I have since gone over to the dark side to try Forza. Unfortunately however, where in the olden days you’d find a disk included with your console, they now provide a download code. Since I use TryToTalkTalk internet that has a download speed of - and I’m not making this up - 50mb-per-hour, it would take 33 days to download Forza. Providing it doesn’t drop out that is - which is my internet’s second favourite thing to do, after being slower than a one-legged tortoise.

It seems even for my disked games however that I cannot escape the forced need to download something. Upon installing Red Dead Redemption 2 this morning, not only did it let me know that there was 8GB’s worth of additional content that I needed to download, it also told me I’d be unable to play the game without downloading the other content. In other words, my first dabble with Arthur Morgan is - at best - a week away.

It’s a 1st world problem, I know, and one that circulates around an internet connection that would make the 3rd world think they weren’t missing out on anything. But technology’s reliance on downloading enormous files is not something anybody on TalkTalk will be able to adhere to swiftly.

The build up to Christmas is one of the most stressful times of year for everyone - but it’s widely considered worth it for those couple of days where you can put your feet up by the fire, and enjoy the presents you received - especially if they’re drinkable. So, for anybody out there whose presents won’t be ready until they’re too busy to use them, I feel your 1st world pain.

So to reiterate what I said to begin with: I hope you all had a wonderful christmas, and long may the festivities continue through the several stages of inebriation. And what’s even better: there’s only 364 days left until we have to do it all again! And trust me, it’ll be here before you know it.