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UK Gaming worth more than video and music combined

Interesting: The video games sector now accounts for more than half of the UK’s entire entertainment market, according to a new report by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

The industry is worth £3.86bn ($4.85bn) – more than double its value in 2007, and makes it more lucrative than video and music combined. The games market has grown, despite the fact that the physical console and PC games market shrank slightly in 2018, and digital also had a modest 12.5% growth.

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A quick update for Movember

Alexander Rehm's Movember photo
Me, in front of a poster at Jagex

Hi everyone,

Just to let you know, I have managed to raise GBP £239! Thank you all for your donations and your help, what an amazing experience!

In the end, Team Jagex managed to raise a whooping GBP £7,780, placing us #2 in the Gaming Challenge, just behind Ubisoft Toronto.


What happens next?

Donations can still be submitted year round, however, for reporting purposes Movember closes the financial year on April 30, and it is at this point that we’ll know exactly how much has been raised from the Movember 2012 campaign. In May, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) audits the financials and will determine the exact amounts to be directed towards programs.

Until then, the team will be working closely with each of our men’s health partners to ensure all funds go towards world class programs in line with their long-term strategic goals.  It goes without saying that everyone at Movember takes this process extremely seriously; it’s not simply a matter of handing over the funds.

This unique global perspective gives Movember a bird’s eye view of prostate cancer programs happening around the world, allowing them to help partners by facilitating collaboration, removing duplication and sharing best practices – all of which help to accelerate outcomes in the field. This position and knowledge is what helped form our Global Action Plan (GAP), which is the first program to be funded directly by Movember, involving partners from across the globe.

Once again, thank you all! 🙂

Movember – let’s change the face of men’s health!

Not my real mustache in this photo, of course, I am still growing it!

Last year, Movember had its most successful year to date with over 852,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas across the globe raising a phenomenal GBP £79.3 million. The hairy movement will continue to grow in 2012, as 21 countries across five continents unite to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

This year I am helping raise money for Movember. Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.

Please sponsor me or my team, and let’s change the face of men’s health! If I manage to raise over £100 I will paint my mustache blue! (much to the dismay of my wife I reckon!)


Click here to view my Mo Space

Thank you all in advance, photos of my blue beard will be posted here at the end of the month 🙂


Jagex wins 2012 NORA award for Best Major Employer

Nora award photo
Congrats Jagex! (Photo by Lee Maplesden)

Great news! Jagex’s careers website just beat the likes of BBC, Jaguar, NPower and LV at tonight’s NORA (National Online Recruitment Awards)!!

You can view the full lineup here:

Jagex’ Careers website can be seen here:

Well done Jagex! 😀




Final Fantasy VII re-release now available on PC!

Box art of FF7About time! Earlier today, PEGI’s website lists a release date of August 14 2012, which is….yes, today!

Available from the Square Enix store, the RPG classic returns to PC, now with brand new online features.

On top of that, the remake re-release offers the following features:

  • Achievements – Whether you´re a seasoned FINAL FANTASY VII veteran or exploring this RPG classic for the very first time, show off your in-game accomplishments and put your gaming skills to the test with 36 brand new achievements to unlock. Share your profile with friends online to find out who is the ultimate FINAL FANTASY fan.
  • Cloud Saves (no, not “Cloud” Saves) – If you´re away from home or simply using a different computer to play, enjoy FINAL FANTASY VII wherever you are. With cloud save support in FINAL FANTASY VII you can continue your game progress right where you left off (Requires Internet Connection).
  • Character Booster – Find yourself stuck on a difficult section or lacking the funds to buy that vital Phoenix Down? With the Character Booster you can increase your HP, MP and Gil levels to their maximum, all with the simple click of a button, leaving you to enjoy your adventure.
  • Optimized for PC – FINAL FANTASY VII has been updated to support the latest hardware and Windows Operating Systems.

The game will set you back £7.99 and is available on the Square Enix store here.



Alex’s Mum’s Pizza Dough Recipe

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This is the pizza dough - I have added some Rosemary and Oregano to the dough for a bit of an extra kick 🙂

And now for something completely different:

Since so many people asked for the recipe, here goes: this is my mum’s recipe, which makes me extra proud as it has turned out to be an amazing feast whenever I made it.As you can see from the picture, this is how much pizza this recipe makes, so feel free to adjust 🙂



  • 300 g quark (normally located in the soft cheese aisle as 250g packs)
  • 12 TBSP milk
  • 12 TBSP olive oil (plus extra if dough is too dry while mixing)
  • pinch of salt
  • 600 g strong flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder



  1. Sift the flour into a bowl or (preferably) mixer; add half the flour, then add half the Quark, milk, baking powder and oil, add the rest (makes it easier to mix then)
  2. Mix everything, adding more oil if the dough is still a bit stringy or doesn’t easily form into a ball. It doesn’t matter how much more oil you use, at the end of the day you’ll be using less for the tray or whatever you’ll be using to bake the dough
  3. Place the dough into tin foil and into the fridge for at least 20 minutes before reusing it again.


Personal notes:

If you want a bit more of a kick to the dough, just add 2 tbsp of crushed Rosemary and Oregano to the dough, and instead of just olive oil replace the 12 TBSP with 8 TBSP of olive oil and 4 TBSP of infused olive oil (e.g. chilli oil, garlic oil, basil oil, etc).