My Marvel Top Five.

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After some amazing and lovely feedback from the first part of this post, here I am . . . yes you guessed it – with the second part.

This was meant to be included in the guide but that post just ran away with me and got a bit too long to include a Top Five in it, but that is good because now I have a bit more space to go in-depth. Also remember I am only picking from the MCU. So lets jump straight to the point shall we.

Here is my list, in no order.

My Marvel Top Five!

  1. The Avengers  The first outing who the whole team. This gathered Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in one super-sized cinema screen which was something that had never really been done before. . . And my god I loved every single minute of it – I still do in fairness, it holds up nicely and has everything you could ever ask for. Favourite Scene: The Battle of New York, the way the camera pans around the streets and joins all the heroes up in one amazing action shot.

  2. Captain America: Civil War – Again another outing for the group and a bigger selection of character. I like this more and more nowadays, we’ve seen these characters and we know they live in the same world. So it makes sense we see them pop up in each others movies and this does exactly that. With the introduction of Spider-Man and Black Panther this just showed another level to the MCU and their ability to maintain so many big names and character in one scene. Favourite Scene: The Airport Scene – Watching everyone go against each other, even if they are friends – Clint and Natasha exchanging banter between blows. While Spider-Man brings a youth and excitement to the fight which is refreshing and comical.

  3. Guardians of the Galaxy – The Avengers in Space . . . with a talking tree. Not knowing much about the Guardians when it first came around I was intrigued about the idea of the ragtag group of space cowboys and douchebags. And let’s be honest the film did not disappoint – with an amazing cast, brilliant action scenes and phenomenal soundtrack, Guardians took the world by storm and became a hit. Favourite Scene: The Kiln Prison Escape Scene. The comedy mixed with the action works amazingly, using this scene to demonstrate each characters traits and styles. Related image

  4. Thor: Ragnarok – Now when people say the third in the trilogy is always the worst we can all response with this film. I am probably going to be bold enough to say this is the BEST Thor film out there. Expanding the world even more and somewhat grounding Thor as he meets not just Gods, but Dictators, Slaves and waste landers. The style of this film comes out swinging with a comical element that doesn’t grow old and the story plays a big part in the MCU, with several nods to the bigger picture of Thanos and the Infinity War. Favourite Scene: Has to be Thor fighting the Hulk. 

  5. Captain America: Winter Solider – The reason this gem has hit the list is because of the genre and style of the film. I am a big Spy / Espionage film fan and this one delves straight into the genre. Watching Captain America adjust to the modern world and deal with a whole new way of life is really interesting to watch as well. Also this film links really nicely to the TV show – Agents of SHIELD, you can see how they are effected by this movie. Favourite Scene: The Elevator Fight Scene, it might be short and sweet but it’s tense and slightly comical how many people keep getting in compared to the amount that walk (or burst) out.

 

I just love the MCU films as a form of escapism and geek rolled into one. They have worked the formula out and continue to nail it. If you are anything like me, you will be counting day the days till you see Infinity Wars (5 days to go) and trying to remain the calm and collective individual that you are while on the inside screaming in sheer fan girl style. I would love to know your Top Five films so drop me a comment or a line on twitter and let me know.

Right now go and enjoy the weekend. I have taught you all I can in the time we have left. I wish you luck, it’s been a pleasure as always.

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All photos on this post are not mine. I do not own them but I am very grateful for the use of them.

A Book Review – Our Little Secret.

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End of last year I wrote a book review. Today ive picked up a signed copy after its was published last week. This is that review.


So something you might learn about me is that I am not a big reader. I can read and I do enjoy reading at times but I can go for months or maybe years without reading a book. It’s just one of those things. I struggle to find something that can grip me and hold my attention because to me reading is a lot of work. It’s more so than say watching a film or playing PlayStation.

Saying this I am always proud as punch when I do find a book that I genuinely can’t put down and this post is about one of them books.

Our Little Secret is a short thriller from the mind of debut adult author Darren O’Sullivan (no relation – that we know of). A gripping story told from the point of view of several of its main characters. This is how the blurb sells it to us:

“A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches. Chris is ready to join his wife. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah. So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’t expect is to stop a suicide. As Sarah becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets that Chris is clearly hiding, he becomes obsessed with stopping her, protecting her. But there are some secrets that are meant to stay buried…”

This sold it, I thought – why not, let’s take this for a spin and I was not disappointed at all. Without it sounding cliché I couldn’t put it down – any chance I had I would read a couple of pages. Going to bed, bored at work, whilst eating breakfast and heck even when I was on the loo, I was captivated and hooked.

The story follows Chris a troubled man who is ready to end it all, as we dive deeper into his world his reasoning and motives both shock and surprise the audience. Constantly questioning what he is doing, what the next move is and how will it end.

Pair that with the dynamic and inquisitive Sarah – to me she drives the story along as a relatable character that discovers the truth as we do, which I also like in a story I prefer to learn with a lead character than to be talked at and expected to pick it up when they tell me to.

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Her character was so deep and well thought out that it genuinely felt like I knew her or at least people like her, which again helped keep the story engaging for me.

Like any classic thriller this keeps you guessing, suggesting one thing and convincing you that you know what is going on before taking one sharp hand brake turn in the opposite direction, but not before knocking your socks off and making you question your own ability to make judgement calls.

Right up to the bitter end the story had me glued and all I can say – or even urge – is buy a copy, give it a read and just be in awe. The finale is one amazingly scripted act – the reveal is somewhat haunting and makes the whole book fall into place and ends with a bitter-sweet stunned silence.  

A final touch that I loved with this story is the locations. This is set in Peterborough and March which are places I know oh so well and just something as simple as that helped make the story more real to me rather than the generic London setting, this idea to keep the setting localised and more at home just made the story even better in my eyes.

It’s currently only available on iBooks or Kindle but for a short story on the iPad it has cleared up several proud accolades and gained some supportive reviews and feedback that has made Darren the author one proud little bunny. So much so that he is already well into book two, which I for one can not wait to read.

Finally once more let me just say how much I really enjoyed this story and can not recommend it enough. Check it out.

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Below are the all the links and things you will need.

Our Little Secret

Darren O’Sullivan

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Click the image to take you to Amazon via an affliated link.

 

 

Full disclosure I am not on the take or being paid by HQ Digital UK or Darren O’Sullivan. I am just a guy who read a book (finally), wanted to tell you all about it and also I just want to help this talented author out – if I can generate one new reader then I have done my job.

A Quick Guide to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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With the tickets for Avengers: Infinity War now on sale (Yes I have got tickets for my first viewing already while also in the midst of organising my second viewing) and the countdown to the showing on. I felt it only right to take a moment to have a little chat about the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) as it stands and showcase my Top Five films. (Upon proof reading I am splitting this into two posts and the Top Five will come later)

For the newcomers and rookies to the MCU, I am going to quickly throw the groundwork out for you.

  • MCU is a studio, just because it says Marvel in the title doesn’t mean every Marvel film that was a comic book is part of it.
  • X-Men, Fantastic Four & Deadpool all Marvel creations but NOT part of the MCU.
  • First Five Spider-Man films (Maguire and Garfield ones) are NOT MCU but Tom Holland’s Homecoming IS.
  • Things get a bit deeper when we get to Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. But let’s not go there.

So starting 10 years ago, almost to the date. MCU snuck onto the scene with THE summer blockbuster of the year. Iron Man – Giving Robert Downey Jnr a shot of redemption for his past mistakes (Google it if you are unsure, look for the mug shot) which almost mirrors the story arc for Tony Stark. The film was an instant success, it slung wit, humour and action into one neatly wrapped package. But then it also did something not so new but thought to be the father of it and threw an after credits tease into the mix. Introducing the legendary Sam Jackson as Nick Fury who was looking to talk to us about The Avenger Initiative which wouldn’t grace our screens for another 4 years. We are one film in and there is already a sense of something bigger could be coming our way.

We got a second Iron Man movie, a Hulk movie (which I liked, and it was wayyyy better than that mess of an Eric Bana adaptation), Thor and Captain America origins. Before the biggest cinema experience ever hit the screens and saw the likes of Hulk, Iron Man and Nick Fury share the same screen time. This film was set up over the four years, teasing plot points (The Tesseract – The Blue Square floating about in The Avengers), character developments and new introductions along the way – mainly the very sneak peek of who we now know is Thanos. At the time a young 2012 Ross was left confused and asking – who is this purple chin dude. What the actual funk?

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Things took a darker turn in Phase Two, we saw SHIELD take a tumble and by that I mean become a mess as we find out it was filled with Hydra agents the whole time. Thor goes to the dark world as well, which is used to introduce another rare mystical power (The Ether) but more on that later. Then we got our first taste of space douchebags turned hero’s in Guardians of the Galaxy which bought a new team to the MCU game. Imagine the Avengers in space. Now we’re curious to see where this is heading – and wait is that a third gem (The Orb) that a story revolves around. What could these all mean.

This phase ends technically with Ant Man but just before that is the second Avengers movie, the team tackle a seemingly indestructible robot army, while also introducing a fourth mystical stone, recruiting a few new members, shipping one-off on a spaceship and also dropping a city on earth. All important pieces that once again will be used somewhere else to set up events in up coming films – but we don’t know that right now.

civilThe next phase swoops in and we see Avenger vs Avenger in the biggest event to date in the MCU (in my eyes) watching Cap and Tony go toe to toe backed up with hero’s galore. . . oh and a cheeky introduction of a now newly acquired Spider-Man and some guy in a Cat Suit. All of this came about due to the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron and will be seen in more to come.

That film leaves a massive void though, the team is broken, divided and both sides took some massive hits. Which once again is cleverly setting up more exciting things. Next we meet Doctor Strange in his origin film and along with it another mysterious piece of powerful jewellery. Wait is that five now? For the die-hard comic fans they know what is coming, what these stones mean and who that big purple dude is that keeps popping up. We then witness a Guardians sequel, a stand alone Spidey film, the third and maybe . . just maybe the best Thor film and The Black Panther movie (which I am avoiding talking about, as I only had one viewing and first impressions were weaker than expected). Again throughout all of these movies the insanely smart and ambitious production teams and writers are slowly setting up the genius links which, along with the frequent cross overs and nods to other theories and bigger pictures, we are one track nicely for THE BIGGEST comic book phenomena movie of all time – in fact it’s so big it needs two movies.

We’ve been teased about Thanos, this glove and these random stones – which all possess crazy amounts of power for 10 years now. It’s time to see the pay off, to witness the adventure come to an emotional yet without a doubt joyous and amazing conclusion.

Or will it?

I for one can not wait for this movie! I love the whole Universe and what it has done and produced. Yes we have all heard the rumours that someone big will bite the dust in this installment but nevertheless we WILL be there for them.

I hope this guide has helped you in some way bring you up to speed – if it didn’t help then you got 3 weeks to watch 18 movies – which is 6 a week. So one a night will get you there. I love a challenge!


Click on the images below to throw the Phase 1 or 2 box sets into your basket. Get buying, Get Watching, Get Ready.


Avengers Infinity War hits cinemas on April 25th – book your tickets now with your local cinema.

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A New Blogging Series – The Gadget Guide!

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This is a little introductory post about a new series I am putting together called “The Gadget Guide”.

Where I’ll take recommendations, or find some quirky gadgets that I can review and make a guide about. Tackling manly gifts that can work as gift guides and ideas for boyfriends, sons and dad gifts. But also I’m also looking at house hold gadgets – Like that frying pan that cooks every part of a Full English in one go. How cool is that!

Rest assure though boys, I will take the plunge and review things that can be aimed to the opposite sex, so you can have a helping hand when searching for gifts for your lady friends, Mothers, Sisters and Lovers

Basically I will be taking on everything and anything,

The end goal is to treat myself to a Google Home device to review and sing its praises – because let’s be honest that little thing is awesome and I CAN’T WAIT to get one.

Partly the reason for this series is. . . because I am a guy and I love a good gadget. But also because I can sense you all need my help when it comes to gift giving which is something I nail. Christmas, pfft easy. Birthdays KA-POW. Baby Showers – done and done. So now it’s time to share my knowledge with you all.

So that’s me – short and sweet just to keep you in the loop. But know I need to work out what the first review is going to be. I have had a little look on Amazon to see what I could work with. Any suggestions or if there is something you want to see reviewed by a somewhat trusting, charming and funny guy (that’s me) let me know. I love a challenge and let’s be honest this is going to be a hoot.

Peace and Love my beautiful followers.

 

 

P.S The above image “Gadgets” is not my art work. I am grateful for it’s design.

Beginners Guide to NFL.

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Well not exactly a guide to understanding the sport . . . I mean I’m not even sure  I can understand it all yet, let alone explain it. But this is more about my new-found fondness.

So Sports Fans we had the Super Bowl which was awesome!

I’ve always wanted to get into the game, but obviously being an American game and living in England it never felt like it was meant to be. It’s not easy to watch it over here and the support is low (which I was wrong about).

So after the Super Bowl, which I sat down and watched thanks to BBC iPlayer, I felt like I was ready to learn and understand the game. I picked up the majority of the rules pretty quickly and thought – Ok I am going to actively work on this, support the sport and follow the game.

Again being a Brit I have no clue who is good or bad. I know that the New England Patriots are one of the best, with Tom Brady’s arm and there Super Bowl wins. But I didn’t want to do that, you know that fair weather Manchester United supporting fan thing. I am just picking a side and rooting for them.

So as I have family in Houston I thought, this is an easy pick – Go Texans!

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When I was out there, we went tailgating – which if you don’t know turns a football game (which is already long enough) into a day session. Everyone turns up at the stadium with their pickup trucks and RV’s – they set up a tent, a BBQ and they just DRINK. I mean like they go to town on the beers and BBQ – my god it was amazing. I was so drunk that day it was unreal. It’s crazy how culture in the States is so different, over here you get a crappy pie and a warm beer before the game, over there you got a whole pre party that is good enough to be THE party.

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I then went and bought Madden 18 to help learn the rest of the plays, rules and dynamics of the game. Which so far has offered so much more than just that, the game is so in-depth in regards to what you can do, the drafts, the contracts, the coaching. It’s a whole different level of gameplay than what you would expect with something like FIFA – which is top of the football gaming world, Madden steps over that and gives so much more for NFL. I’ve been able to learn about techniques, plays and even the dynamics of drafting new players from High School – I can’t say I am 100% up on the know how just yet but it is coming along nicely and it’s so much fun.

I’ve also got a couple of friends that are fans of the sport which is helpful in my rookie state. One being a guy I work with – who is probably reading this right now and realising we are talking about him. Hey Steve! It’s useful to talk to these guys to help gain an understanding of bits of the game I might not get. I worry that I have become that person – now that I’ve found something new to take an interest in, everything can revolve around NFL. Like I want to get a Jersey but I also don’t want to be that guy. You know the one that after two months of having a new hobby has the team strip, some merchandise and a signed picture. It’s over kill. But you know what I mean.

I would love a Jersey but they are like £100 and well that is a lot of money right now. So hey if anyone out there wants to send me one in return for some favours, posts or reviews – sign me up. (Houston Texans Home Jersey – 2XL, 10 Hopkins, 4 Watson or 99 Watt)

Just an idea – worth a shot.

So here is to the continued learning of the game, the understanding of the nitty bits and the start of next season. Yes it’s about 6 months away but I can’t wait. Going to have to work out how to watch in the UK but it’s going to be fun. Any of my readers or followers an NFL fan? If so who do you support? Maybe you can help me get out of the rookie league and into the Pro status.

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THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

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Rules For The Sunshine Blogger Award

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  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog;
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you;
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award and ask them 11 new questions; and
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog site.

 

Step 1. A big thank you to Michael David for nominating me in this rather funky cool award. You sir are a classic gent! Guys check him out on his page . . . HERE

Step 2. BRING ON THE QUESTIONS:


Michael David’s Questions & Answers.
1. What do you consider to be your biggest strength? My biggest strength would be my ability to make the most or best of a bad situation. Turn people around and focus on the good.
2. If you could pick up and master any skill in just one day, what skill would it be? (Playing an instrument, speaking a language? Etc) Oh this one is easy – Parkour / Free Running. I would love to be able to do some Assassins Creed, James Bond style moves.
3. What is the best place you have visited as a tourist and why? Houston Texas – I went about 18 months ago to visit family out there and it was such an amazing trip. One of the first times I had travelled fully alone too – even though that didn’t bother me it made the trip more exciting.
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4. What are your three favourite films?
Are you kidding me . . . ermm . . . Die Hard, Pulp Fiction & The Avengers – that is a hard question for me.
5. List 3 fun things you would like to do before you die. I actually currently have a list of 30 before 30 – but if I don’t finish them they will end up on the bucket list. I would like to see the Northern Lights, Learn to play golf and start my own company.
6. If you could go back in time to any point in history, and stay there for 24 hours, just observing, where would you go and why? 1920’s New York City – the era of Gangsters, Speakeasy and Booze Running. I’d love to experience and see that world.
7. What is the most you have ever won or lost in one session of gambling or on a bet? Lost – £50. Won – £550 – What a night that was. Hello BlackJack.
8. What is your most prized material possession? Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 17.07.02A little leprechaun egg cup (that I don’t use as an egg cup but more an ornament) – it was my Nan’s and it’s something so little but it means so much to me.
9. What are your main goals (not blog related) for 2018? Buying a House is a big one, though unsure how realistic that is now. Tick a couple more things of my 30 before 30 list and get fit.
10. Who is the most famous person you have met face to face? Briefly describe the encounter. Jason Donovan – Briefly describe isn’t a pun I swear. But I was in my boxers – a few of us were getting changed and he walked in. (Swear Down)
11. What is your favourite alcoholic beverage? Depending on my mood or occasion – I love a nice GnT but saying that an ice-cold beer is always a winner after a long day.

Look who’s back! I have been tagged again – this time by Nathan over at DadsTechHub and on Twitter at: HERE
You should check out that blog, it’s brilliant and inspirational stuff. But now for what you came to see – the Questions.
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  1. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging because I wanted to start a Parenting Dad Blog in the future, but then decided to start a lifestyle adulthood blog to build a platform ready for when it becomes a Parenting Blog.
  2. What is the best blogging tip you would give new to blogging? Be yourself, Wow that sounded cliched but it’s true, don’t mould yourself or say / do things you think people want to see. Do or write about what you want. Be yourself. People will respect it more – don’t worry about being too close to the edge or controversial.  
  3. If you could which element of blogging would you dedicate more time to? I would have to say time management – which is a kicker, I would dedicate more time to time. I just struggling to keep things consistent and regular. 
  4. What is the most random fact you know? Not sure if this is a random fact or a random fact about me – so have both. Random: You are more likely to get hurt on the way to an Airport than on the flight itself. About Me: I am allergic to Oranges.
  5. Which film title best describes your personality? Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  6. What was the first Cassette tape/CD/MP3 that you ever purchased? Wow god knows! Erm The Grease Soundtrack on CD
  7. Which children’s film completely scarred you? I am not sure about Children’s film – but I always remember the Hell section of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey always creeped me out and scarred me.
  8. If you were a mad scientist, what experiment would you run, if money wasn’t an issue? Human Experiments with Teleportation 
  9. If you could travel in time to your future or past self a message, what would it be? I would travel into the past with the simple message “Time Travel is Real – Be Prepared” – cryptic but fun.
  10. If you could only have 1 piece of technology, what would it be? Real or Not? Because an Iron Man Suit is a must have right? If it’s a bit more realistic I would say a Google Home and all the kit to have a fully automatic house.
  11. Haribo or Jelly Babies? – Haribo hands down, as much as I like Jelly Babies, after one or two they get a bit sickly for me.

POW! Loved them questions, nice job! Now everyone – your challenge is to go and follow DadsTechHub & to also start a game of Tag with your friends. Both are musts!

 

Peace!


Now it’s my turn!
1. Who would you have play you in a film?
2. If you could have any super power what would it be?
3. Which Band or Album would you say is your favourite of all time?
4. You win the jackpot on the lottery, what is the first thing you do?
5. Which is your favourite Muppet and why?
6. If you could have any career at all what would you be?
7. What is your favourite sauce that is a must for the dinner table?
8. How many tattoos do you have and what / where are they?
9. Are you a, Starter or Dessert kinda person?
10. What is your favourite number?
11. Tell me a secret you have never told anyone

 


I nominate . . .

  1. Annie – The Next Avenger  @MissAnnieLarkin
  2. Alix – All Lady A @AllLadyA
  3. Tasmin – The Aspiring Kryptonian @AspiringKrypto
  4. Ellie – The Diary of Ellie @TheDiaryofEllie
  5. Megara – Mystic Mogwai @Megzmoz
  6. Christina – Navigation To Happiness @Navig8happiness
  7. Abbie – What Abbie Says @Whatabbiesays_
  8. Dave – The Yorkshire Dad @Yorkshiredadof4
  9. Matthew – MattsViews @MattsViews1
  10. Parris – ParrisElizabeth @ParrisElizabeth
  11. Megan – ReflectionsandRamblings @RamblingBlog1

 

WOW! The hardest part of these is deciding who to tag, linking them up and remembering to tag them in the tweet.

Thanks again Michael, this was so much fun. I love doing these, reading others and just doing blog content. Thank you. And to you lucky 11 I can’t wait to read your posts. Good luck, enjoy and POW! You got this.

 

Peace!