Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The many different web places of Peter Inns

I have many different "homes" on the web, mainly because I've spent quite a bit of my spare time messing around with it since the late 1990's. Here are a few of the least bad places I've left a mark of some sort over the years:

I have two other active blogs here:
Mario and Sonic Games News
My WordPress Blog

I have a number of free fun and games websites, and they are:
Online Amusement Arcade
Disney and Pixar Online Games
Shrek and Other CG Movie Online Games
Mario and Sonic Flash and Java Games
  (Mario and Sonic Games - 1st "sister" site)
  (Mario and Sonic Games - 2nd "sister" site)

Closely related to those, here are my Dan Dare websites:
An Introduction to Dan Dare
Interactive Dan Dare
Meet The Mekon

My various Home Pages are:
Peter Inns - Old Home Page
Peter Inns - New Home Page
Peter Inns - MySpace
Peter Inns - Facebook
Peter Inns - Twitter
Peter Inns - Yahoo! Profile
Peter Inns - AboutUs Profile
Peter Inns - Google Profile
Peter Inns - Newgrounds Profile
eBay About Me Page

And finally, my YouTube Channels are:
The Pixar and Sci-Fi Channel
The Pixar Passion Channel

(See also here and here)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Star Trek 2009 movie - watch trailers, play games online and get wallpapers

One of the posters for the 2009 "Star Trek" movie

I am sooooo looking forward to the new Star Trek movie that is due for release early next month (in only 10 more days in fact!) - it looks fantastic in the trailers for it. You can watch the trailers yourself in my YouTube channel via these links:

2009 Star Trek Movie Trailer #1

2009 Star Trek Movie Trailer #2

And on the same subject, here are some excellent free Star Trek online games for you to try out:

  Star Trek: Flash Trek V2.0

  Star Trek: Flash Trek Assault

  Star Trek: USS Enterprise 1701-D

  Star Trek: USS Enterprise Two

There are also 4 superb Star Trek wallpapers included with the games for you to use as your desktop background if you wish, and there are 6 more very special ones available here: USS Enterprise Wallpaper Collection (including the 2009 Star Trek movie's USS Enterprise)

Enjoy! :-)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Play Pinball games online

Further to my posts last month about great online games for you to play for free (see here, here, here and here), this is an update of my post last year about online pinball games because there are now 3 fantastic new pinball tables for you to play in addition to the 10 brilliant ones there already were in my fun and games sites:

  Sonic the Hedgehog Pinball

  Bolt Pinball

  High School Musical 3 Pinball

  WALL-E Pinball

  Ratatouille Pinball

  Prince Caspian Pinball

  National Treasure Pinball

  Flushed Away Pinball

  Ben 10: Alien Force Pinball

  Mr. Men and Little Miss Pinball

  Illuminati Pinball

  Pepsi Wild West Pinball

  Old-Skool Flash Pinball

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Calm returns to Thailand after the recent troubles

After all the recent political trouble in Thailand, I am very happy to be able to report that things have significantly calmed down here now, and that it is therefore once again safe to travel to Thailand. Hoorah!

So you can now refer to my previous posts about cheap flights to Thailand and cheap hotels in Bangkok and Pattaya, and hopefully come here for a wonderful holiday without "breaking the bank"! :-)

Monday, April 13, 2009

UK Foreign Office warning about travel to Thailand

Before I head off out of the city for the Songkran holiday, and further to all my previous posts about the sudden upsurge in political troubles here in Thailand, I thought I'd share this with you that just appeared in Yahoo!:

Warning to Britons over Thai unrest

The UK Foreign Office has warned against travel to Bangkok and Thailand as the Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva declared a state of emergency.

Within hours, 49 people had been hurt as anti-government protesters clashed with soldiers in the pre-dawn darkness of Bangkok.

The confrontation was the first serious clash between the demonstrators and security forces since protests surged last week.

TV footage showed injured people being taken away as soldiers in full combat gear secured the area at the Din Daeng motorway junction to the north of the city.

Earlier, anti-government protesters had gone about the capital unchecked, with angry mobs commandeering buses to barricade major road junctions.

Dozens of men furiously smashed cars which they thought were carrying the prime minister as he fled the interior ministry having made the emergency decree. They used poles, a ladder and even flower pots as nearby police in riot gear stood by doing nothing.

On Friday, the protesters forced the cancellation of a 16-nation Asian summit being hosted in Thailand. In an embarrassment for the government, hundreds of demonstrators stormed the summit venue and the leaders had to be evacuated by helicopter.

The state of emergency is supposed to ban gatherings of more than five people and forbid reporting that is considered threatening to public order. But following its introduction, ousted Thai PM Thaksin Shinawatra called for a revolution.

"Now that they have tanks on the streets, it is time for the people to come out in revolution. And when it is necessary, I will come back to the country," he said in a telephoned message to followers who surrounded the prime minister's office.

Demonstrators claim the PM's four-month-old government took power illegitimately. They believe the military, judiciary and other unelected officials are undermining democracy by interfering in politics.
(End quote)

This is all starting to get way out of control now - unreported above is that there has also been trouble in some cities in both northern and north-eastern Thailand - the government needs to try and calm things down by entering into a proper peaceful dialogue with the protest leaders. Surely trying to crack down on them, in what is supposed to be a free democratic country, will only make things worse? I hope that this all ends peacefully with no fatalities.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A further update on the Thai political troubles

Following on from my Easter post earlier today and my post yesterday, it is with great sadness that I have to report that the political troubles here in Thailand have now gone from very bad to even worse, with the government moving decisively against the anti-government protesters by arresting their leader and declaring a state of emergency in Bangkok just over an hour ago. See this article in Yahoo! for more details.

This is extremely serious, and I would therefore advise any foreigners in Thailand to now stay out of Bangkok for safety reasons. Luckily, my wife Su and I live some distance from the capital, but even so things are getting a bit scary all round now. And, as I said in my previous post, it is actually the Thai New Year tomorrow, which clearly won't be a very happy one now, at least not in the short term anyway.

All this trouble seems to have come very quickly from almost nowhere - just a few weeks ago, there was only a relatively small group of peaceful anti-government protesters in Bangkok, and pretty much everyone here thought that life had more or less gone back to normal. How wrong we all were!

Su and I are heading off out of the city to our home in the family farming village tomorrow morning, where I think we'll stay until things return to something like normal.

Happy Easter!

And happy Songkran (which is the traditional Thai New Year) for tomorrow!! :-)

I hope the Thai anti-government protesters take time out from their ongoing demonstrations for the holiday - unfortunately, there is now some very serious trouble in Bangkok following on from yesterday's ructions in Pattaya.

It's very sad to see ordinarily very placid Thai people getting so angry and behaving in this way, but I always say that when so many people get as incredibly agitated about something as this, the powers that be really ought to listen to them and try to find a peaceful solution for the benefit of all sides.

Back in England, I see that the very admirable Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, has spoken out against there being two Premier League football matches today, saying that Easter Sunday should be kept as an equally special day as Christmas Day. I have to say that I totally agree with him, and you can read all about his most excellent outburst in this article in Yahoo!

Anyway, on a much lighter (but still reverential) note, if you get bored over the holiday period you can always play hundreds of great free online games at, and all the other free game sites linked to from within those two. Plus there's always tons of interesting stuff to read over on my blog. I feel sure that none of these activities contradicts the spirit of either Easter or Songkran! :-)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

More serious political trouble in Thailand today

Further to my previous posts about all things Thailand, including the on-off-on and (now) seemingly endless political troubles over here (see here, here, here and here for example), I am very sad to have to say that there is, as of today, even more serious trouble, this time in the major tourist city of Pattaya.

See this article in Yahoo! for more info on what has been going on, and this article in the Wall Street Journal for full details of what happened and, more importantly perhaps, why.

Basically, this afternoon anti-government protesters stormed the ASEAN summit of Asian leaders (including the leaders of China, South Korea and Japan) being held in Pattaya, despite increased security at the event, and despite actions by the government yesterday to try and ease the recent surge in protests.

This has led to the summit being cancelled amid security fears just as it was getting under way, with some national leaders having to be evacuated from Pattaya by helicopter, all of which is hugely embarrassing to Thailand. Indeed, given that this summit was postponed from late last year due to the political protests taking place back then, it is difficult to imagine anything that could be more embarrassing to the nation.

Given the very serious nature of this latest development, and the potentially dangerous longer-term consequences, clearly it is once again not a good idea to come here on holiday at the moment, despite what I said about it being fine recently - things have changed very quickly here with no real warning, and this unpredictability is making the situation even worse. Oh dear.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pixar video goodies on YouTube

For all you online video and YouTube lovers out there (and according to recent web statistics there are hundreds of millions of you, me included!), here are two great YouTube channels full of loads of lovely Pixar videos, including complete short films, movie trailers, mini-cartoons and featurettes:

Pixar Passion

The Pixar and Sci-Fi Channel

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Cheap flights to Thailand from England

Following on from my post last month about cheap hotels in Thailand, here are some tips on how to get cheap flights to Thailand.....

Normally, the cheapest way to fly to Thailand from England (and many other places in Europe for that matter) is to fly economy class with one of these excellent Arabian airlines: Etihad Airways of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Gulf Air of Bahrain, or Kuwait Airways.

A flight from England to Thailand with one of these airlines involves a short stopover and flight transfer in either Abu Dhabi, Bahrain or Kuwait (so they are not direct flights - typical total travel time is around 16 hours end to end versus around 12 hours direct), and as a result the airfares tend to be much cheaper than direct flights.

This is almost always the way that I fly between England and Thailand and back again. I have used all three airlines many times before, and they are all really good - they all have amongst the newest and safest aircraft fleets in the world and offer excellent service (but please note that there is no alcohol available on Kuwait flights, although there is on Etihad and Gulf flights).

Alternatively, it is also always worth checking EVA Airways of Taipei, Taiwan who fly direct to Thailand from England on their way to Taiwan - sometimes they have very cheap flights available, but not always.

Sadly though, I have to report that once again there is now some rather serious political unrest here in Thailand, and although it should not be a problem for anyone coming here on holiday, there is always the possibility of flight and other travel disruptions as a result, so please bear that in mind before you plan on coming here. It is always best to check the international news about what is going on anywhere you plan on travelling to before you book flights and so on.