Lest We Forget.

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Lest We Forget

Today marks the 100th year anniversary of when the shooting stopped and the guns were laid down to mark the end of the First World War.


Remembrance Sunday is always a landmark day in my calendar – because in my eyes it shows great respect, honour and tribute to a generation that gave everything they had to give us our future. At heart I am a Royalist and Patriot – but sadly saying such things like thatImage result for first world war colour film gif now days open up connotations of racism and narrow-mindedness and that is something I don’t stand for and I can imagine the Men and Women that gave their lives 100 years ago wouldn’t stand for it either.

This post is not about today’s politics, today’s situation or location in the world. But about respecting and honour the biggest sacrifice for the greatest good.


As found on the Royal British Legion website it tells us the Poppy is; A Symbol of Remembrance and Hope worn by millions of people. The story of the Poppy comes from Flanders fields in Belgium. The Poppy was the first flower to grow in the freshly churned ground of soldiers graves and inspired the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae after visiting the site and grave of his friend and fallen soldier.

Image result for ww1This day is such a big part of our history, not just nationally for our country but also internationally for world history, which deserves the utmost respect and honour. Each year I go to town and watch the parade. Seeing the different factions of the forces come together to march for the service is always overwhelming and beautiful.

So please take this moment to pause and think of the people who gave for us. To show respect and give a two-minute silence in their name.

 


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One final note I would like to add – Blackadder Goes Forth, the final season of this show was set on the Western Front during the WW1 and even though it’s a comedy the final episode pulled out the stops and become a beautiful homage to the war, the lost and the fallen. Every time I watch the final scene where they are preparing to go over the top I get choked up. Because the script, the acting and the tone of that whole episode is perfect. The ending see the cast in slow motion filter into black and white image of the battlefield and then filters into a shot of a Poppy field in vibrant red.

If you are not sure on what I am talking about give this a watch.


Thank you for sharing this moment with me, no matter what your thoughts or feelings are on today, I am glad you stopped to take in mine, have a moment of reflection and just absorb the true magnitude of the day.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

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The Haunting of Hill House – The Review.

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I am home, I am home, she thought; now to climb.

 

Recently I have been watching “The Haunting of Hill House”, or commonly known as, the Haunted House on the Hill, The Hill Haunting House, or that show that makes you poo your pants! For some reason everyone I have spoken to struggle to put the name together properly . . . maybe it’s the show that has scarred them too much.

Firstly I want to begin by saying this review will be a SPOILER FREE review. One because I don’t like being THAT guy and Two, because the show needs to be watched rather that told. I won’t be able to do it justice if I try to explain the ending, the twists and the resolution.

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I went into the show, hearing so many people rave about it, sing its praises but also claim the nervous wrecks they became from it. Now horror films aren’t really my thing, I don’t think they are made these days with fear and horror in mind, but more to show special effect and a bucket full of fake blood. But I pushed on and jumped into this and wow I am so glad I did – I loved it! It is so much more than a horror show.

The premise of the show is about a family being haunted by mysterious supernatural forces within a house. The narrative jumps across about 30 years, from the family as kids moving into the house, to present day where they have all grown up in different ways after the ordeal of the house.


The main story revolves around 5 siblings who have all taken different paths in life after several traumatic experiences from their childhood. Showing different coping mechanisms from Drug Abuse, to Denial, to Over Compensation. I’ve read and agree with that each sibling in the show is a symbolic version of a step of Kubler-Ross “Five Stages of Grief” process. Which thinking back to how all the characters act and process their surroundings it becomes very obvious that theory could be spot on.

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Another aspect of this show that I loved is the cinematography and the style of shots. Most memorably Episode Six which included an 17 minute long shot. Which is beautiful. Giving the desired impression that the single shot is happening in real-time. While choreographing swift and solid movement with the cast and set to not interrupt the shot. You will know the scene when you see it and afterwards just think “Wow” – I did.

Overall the show, the feel of it and the story is superb, gripping and captivating. Even with the scares involved. The true horror I think comes more from the depiction of Human Nature and how it reacts to unreasonable events, or events you logically can not make sense of.

Please go and watch it. I can not stress enough how much I enjoyed this show and how I want everyone to witness it. True horror making at it’s best.

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Side note – after I had finished it, which I had started while moving into a new house (I know right), I had a small dose of paranoia set it, I found myself standing in the empty spare bedroom in the dark one morning getting ready for work, thinking about the end of the show and what it all meant. But the more I thought about it, the more my mind began to play tricks on me with sounds and imaginations of what could be behind me. Silly I know but I put this down to how good the show was, the idea and story stuck with me and played on my mind so much that I felt it could be real.

One final tidbit that I learnt when I was on about episode nine was from an article I read about the show and the missing ghosts. Take a read over HERE – I can’t promise it is spoiler free, but I can promise shock, this article goes into explaining how the show has ghosts all through it but you just don’t notice them because you don’t know where to look. The sheer amount of detail the show runners put into this is amazing. They knocked it out of the park and I for one love that.

Anyway enough of my ramblings, it’s Friday night. Pop Netflix on and start this show. You will not be disappointed.


Have a great weekend boys and girls  . . . . if you survive that long.

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Bohemian Rhapsody – The Review.

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I am struggling to find a way to start this post. Does that happen to you guys? Do you get lost in a sea of “Hey Guys”, “Morning” and “Welcome back” – well that is me this morning. So I am going to just jump into this post.

Because last night I went to the cinema to watch Bohemian Rhapsody and I was blown away.


For the longest time I have been a Queen fan, their music, talent and story has always been a part of my life. Top three favourite bands of all time and annoyingly it took me a good week and a bit to go see the movie when it came out. But I made a point to go this weekend, we’ve been very busy as you might know with house stuff but it was time to take a break.

So me and the GF went out for dinner, then popped over to the Cinema for some overpriced ice cream and a cute impromptu date night. With Bohemian Rhapsody on the cards we were set to go.


Let’s begin. Get on your bikes and ride!

Two years ago Channel Five did a docudrama about Freddie, his life, his troubles and his death – The Freddie Mercury Story: Who Wants To Live Forever. If you ever get a chance to watch this please do. It’s amazing. In my eyes this film and that Docudrama compliment each other so well they are almost like a double feature. Then when they announced they were making this movie I was hyped and psyched.

I loved this movie, the entire thing was amazing, breathtaking and emotional.

Following the life of Freddie Mercury a young Parsis man in 70’s London being discriminated for his heritage, his style and his teeth. We see Freddie meet May, Taylor and Deacon, form the a group called “Queen”, take some big gambles, record some unique styles and sounds, then just watching their music and career go from strength to strength.

But at the same time watching his lavish and promiscuous social life take its toll on his friends and real relationships as it spirals out of control into a drug binge.

The film hits all the emotional notes you’d expect, you take the journey with the band, feeling the highs and tingle of them writing; Another one Bites the Dust or Bohemian Rhapsody, to the lows and troubles of Freddie being played, relationships breaking down and then watching him realise and get diagnosed with AIDS. The last 40 minutes of the film I had a frog in my throat, it chokes you up big time. But that is his story, the magic behind the Great Pretender.

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And what a story it is – another thing that really helped this film was the incredible casting, because for me the entire cast were spot on.

Malek obviously goes without saying absolutely nailed his performance as Freddie. But saying that the whole band were amazing; Lee, Hardy and Mazzello playing May, Taylor and Deacon bounced off each other perfectly and it’s exactly what I would imagine the real band would have been like.

Even having Mike Myers as Ray Foster the EMI exec who tries to tell the band that Bohemian Rhapsody is too long and not what the people want, claiming that no one will ever rock out and head bang in their car to that song  . . . . (Yes they made that joke and I seemed to be the only person in the cinema that laughed) was amazing casting.

Overall the film was amazing, I am still in awe of it. This morning I woke up thinking about it on so many levels and I can not recommend it enough as it’s a story you need to know and see. I can see it making an impact next February when Award Season starts. You have heard it here first!

 


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Happy November.

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This is it guys, Halloween is over – time to pack the pumpkins back in the box, hang up your fangs and pop those sexy cat ears back in the draw for next year.

But don’t be sad – this is a good thing. Because now we are in NOVEMBER! And this means, Fireworks, Bonfires, Remembrance Day, GF’s Birthday, Christmas Markets and the countdown to Christmas itself!

I love this time of the year and I think this is also a great chance to start the season of with some festive loving and blog sharing.

I’ve hand selected three bloggers that I want to share with you all (it was hard to pick as if I could I would share and write about all my followers, as they are amazing people) but for this moment here are three that I strongly suggest you check out, follow and make friends with.


Nicole

 

Nicole – My Superhero Cousin with the Irish Blood. – What an absolute gem, kooky, crazy, funny and sweet. Sometimes she needs a wee boost of pick me up. But we all do every so often. Nicole is real, her photography on Insta are amazing and just all round swell gal. Go check her out and say hey. Twitter, Blog, Instagram.

 

 


Abbie 🐢🌱

 

Abbie – If I were King Arthur she’d be my Holy Grail, amazing, captivating but out of reach. Geographically we are miles apart. But that doesn’t stop me from loving everything about her – nailing Blogtober like a boss, rocking a new quirky hair style or sipping gin. The list goes on. She is incredibly supportive and well worth a good follow. Twitter. Blog. Instagram.

 

 


Matthew

Matt – My man! The lad. I don’t know about you dude, but I bet we’d be great drinking buddies in another life. If it’s not takeaways, his dogs or suits he is posting some stunning photography and my god I mean it’s something amazing. Well worth a follow if you ask me. Twitter. Blog. Instagram.

 

 

 


Also for any of my Insta / Twitter fans you will see I dressed up as POTUS Donald Trump. Which was awesome, so much fun and as we know I love dressing up. Didn’t I mention it [Yes, Here] – anyway here is me and then here is the results of the voting from the office competition.

I WON!

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Let me know what you love to do in November, I might try to take on some new traditions. Answers on a postcard please.

 

The Autumn Tag!

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Brrrr get the wooly hats out guys. Summer is gone. HELLOOOO Autumn!

As a younger man I would overlook Autumn – never giving it the appreciation it deserves. But now days this season is my favourite. In fact Autumn and Winter are my favourite – maybe we can make a new season. “Autinter” how does that sound. I’ll send a tweet to the PM, she has nothing major on . . . minus dancing to ABBA. Wow did you see that. What is she doing! We used to be a great nation, now we are just shite dancers.

Anyway, to the post. The loveable Abbie from WhatAbbieSays has tagged me like a game on the playground and now it’s my turn. If you don’t know Abbie she is an absolute gem! Funny, Inspiring, Supportive and Hella Cute! *Snaps Fingers in a sassy way* If you do one good thing today I would say make sure it’s follow her.


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Right enough of the flirting. Let’s do some questions!


What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

The change in colours on the trees, the chill in the air, the light drawing in earlier and the musky smell that fills the air.

What is your favourite Autumn scent?

I think it’s bonfires. Is that strange? That or that morning dew smell or calmness and peace. . . . think the fire one sounded better!

What is you favourite Autumn colour?

Anything along the spectrum of Yellow to Orange. From a Mustard, to a Tobacco, to a blood orange.

Are you a fan of a PSL (pumpkin spice latte) ?

I am not! I know this is blasphemy to the blogging world but I am not a coffee fan.

What is your favourite Autumn drink? 

It’s going to be a Toffee or Caramel Hot Chocolate with cream.

What’s your favourite coffee shop and their drink of choice?

OH GOD! I should have planned ahead before announcing my dislike for coffee. I am easy for either. I am curious to try the Bonfire Spiced Hot Chocolate from Costa. I will report back.

Apple pie or Pumpkin pie?

Apple pie. Everyday! Warm, with cream.

What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to in the next few months?

I stand by the fact Christmas T.V. is not as good as it used to be. But I am excited for Daredevil Season 3 on Netflix. That is out in a few weeks.

What is your favorite Autumn fashion trend?

Hat and Scarf. Love my scarf (is there a picture below) I saw it this time last year in GAP. Missed my chance to buy it. Gutted! A nice soft red plaid scarf – like it was made from a lumberjack’s shirt. Only to find out on my birthday (19th December, don’t forget) my GF had bought me it.

What is your favourite comfort food to enjoy in the colder months?

This season brings real hearty warm meals. For me it’s Chilli on a Jacket Potato. But a close second is a Cottage Pie.

What is your favourite Autumn activity?

Same as Abbie – I am not sure what we have here that we can call an Autumn Activity. Does Remembrance Sunday count? Start of November. It’s on the cusp surely. That is something I have so much respect for.

Are you a fan of horror movies?

I do enjoy them but I struggle to find a REALLY good horror. The classics work but now days it’s just some over the top gorefest and that’s not me.

Do you ever do anything fun for Halloween? 

Yes! Love it. I normally prepare several costumes. One low key easy one for work (this years is awesome) and then a big bad one for the annual Halloween Party. Me and a Friend usually throw a party. But this year we have both had to say we can’t due to life responsibilities. But another friend has taken the reins and is going to try to throw one.

What was your favourite part about Halloween as a child?

The as it is now, the dressing up. I love fancy dress – How much you ask. . . click here and find out?

Are you a bigger fan of Bonfire night or Halloween?

Both are high on my list. But I think Halloween pips it for first place. Bonfire night doesn’t have the cool creepy playlist of songs to jam to.

Where is your dream destination to visit in the Autumn?

I would love to do British Columbia or that area of America. It’s always looks stunning.

Do you always forget about the clocks going back?

No, I remember it happens. I just forget when sometimes. Never on the day, I am usually clued up by then.

When do you usually start preparing for Christmas?

Now for presents, I like to plan ahead and work round pay days. But the rest kicks off properly as of December 1st.


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The only picture I could find of the scarf I mentioned above. I will post a better one when it’s time.


These are always a pleasure doing, I love them and now I want to see the follow people scrub out my answers and put their own in.

And they are:

Chris. Nicole. Saph. Cara. Stacey.

 

Blogger Recognition Award

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Welcome one and all to the marvelous mysterious Blogger Recognition Award. Today I have to thank Laura from Purlls of Wisdom who has tagged me in this, to see her award click HERE. Laura I want to thank you so much for thinking of me, saying those kind words and for being all round AWESOME! You are doing such a great job and to see you grow and build in the community is amazing.

And I strongly recommend everyone who does follow her to go off and do so . . .NOW!


Right let’s get down to brass tax on this one. Here is the copied and pasted jargon. The T&C’s as it were. We all know them, but we have to show we know, you know!

So what exactly is the Blogger Recognition Award?

It’s an award given by other bloggers that think your blog is going places. That, or they think you deserve the recognition. We’re all here to help each other, and bring something new to the table.

Like many of these blogging awards, there are rules; these particular rules, while not-concrete, must be followed to claim the Blogger Recognition Award.


The rules are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post responding to the nomination.
  • Give a short story on how you started your blog.
  • Give 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers.
  • Let the bloggers know that you have nominated them. And provide them with a link to the post you created.

The Origin part to my Superhero Story.

I originally decided to get into blog because I wanted to set up a parenting blog, do something creative and help represent the male side of the population. This was all forward thinking as the children conversation hadn’t been discussed with the GF. But I got so excited with what the blog could be that I decided to change it to a documentary of my life so I could build a platform and then when I shift into the parenting world I will be ready. And now I am – because you are all amazing people who read this.


Advice Time for New Bloggers.

  • One: Stay Strong and Sassy! There will be moments you think, this isn’t working, no one is reading this, does that even make sense. Forget all of these thoughts. Blogging isn’t about the numbers and the followers. It’s about YOU! This is a place for you to be who you want and do what you want! There will always be someone who doesn’t like what you say, your thoughts or opinions. But for that one person there will be 10 people praising you. They are good odds.

 

  • Two: Interact. Don’t be shy. Introduce yourself to people or just comment on something you see. The best friendships come from the smallest step. Half the people I consider amazing blogging pals I can’t tell you how we got talking. But it would have been a small like, or a shared passion and it just blossoms.

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Nominations.

As you might know from other posts this is the bit I don’t like in these awards. Because I need to pick a few from the bunch and then also remember all their twitter handles so I can tag them later. But here we go.

Obviously goes without saying. Follow all the below. Trust me.

  1. Megs – Blog: Respirare – Twitter: @RespirareXO
  2. Leann – Blog: ArthritisFighter – Twitter: @lifewithcaleb_x
  3. Laura – Blog: DirectlyLaura – Twitter: @DirectlyLaura
  4. Janita – Blog: TylerBelle – Twitter: @TylerBelle2
  5. Sarah – Blog: UnexploredBoundaries – Twitter: @SarahDanne
  6. Matt – Blog: MattViews – Twitter: @MattViews1
  7. Laura – Blog: LauraJacquesAINH – Twitter: @Laura_AIMH
  8. Paul – Blog: BrutalHonestyBlogger – Twitter: @PaulMcG1994
  9. Bryony – Blog: BryonyPerfectlyImperfect – Twitter: @BryonyAshaw
  10. Annie – Blog: The Next Avenger – Twitter: @MissAnnieLarkin
  11. Alix – Blog: All Lady A – Twitter: @AllLadyA
  12. Ellie – Blog: The Diary of Ellie – Twitter: @TheDiaryofEllie
  13. Megara – Blog: Mystic Mogwai – Twitter: @Megzmoz
  14. Christina – Blog: Navigation To Happiness – Twitter: @Navig8happiness
  15. Michael – Blog: MNeale Writing – Twitter: @_MNeale

 

Thank you for the tag and for reading my ramblings.

Much Love!

Man Vs Movies – Venom Review.

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Eyes! Lungs! Pancreas! So many snacks, so little time!

This review will have two time zones in one post. This is exciting right. Currently as I write this it is 14.01pm on the 3rd (Yes today is October 3rd) and tonight we are going to go and watch Venom. But I wanted to do a brief bit before watching it because of the storm Twitter and Rotten Tomatoes have stirred up regarding how good. . . or how bad this film is.

Firstly I want to start by saying in regards to film reviews and reviewers I do not trust the words of two sources; one being Rotten Tomatoes because it’s built off the back of Joe Bloggs opinion and as we know, people behind a keyboard become a troll and just taint everything, plus film is art and art is subjective. The second source I don’t trust is Mark Kermode. But more about him another time.


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Let me start by saying (as you might know) I am a big Marvel fan. I love most of the films regardless of what studio is making what and so when Venom got announced I was pretty excited for it. A cool twist on the Villain we know from the 90’s cartoon and with Tom Hardy at the helm what is not to love. In honesty I am hoping for a dark film, along the lines of Logan or Deadpool with the adult content and dark humour. Though with it being a 15 it might end up being slightly tamer. But still I am excited to see what they do and having Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson involved (which both I rate highly) what can go wrong. See you shortly.


Good Evening – Told you, two time zones. It is now 22.02pm on that faithful October 3rd and I have just got home from seeing Venom.

Ok in three words; Not That Bad!

Obviously it is hard going into a film when you have heard nothing but bad things about it. But here I am. I enjoyed it. I thought they have made a good start and can see it growing into a pretty neat franchise. I think it needs a night to sink in and settle but as a film it was fun. It’s no MCU film admittedly but they have their stuff down. It’s like an X2 standard of film. It’s good, it has heart and potential – let’s just hope they don’t follow with a Last Stand style Venom and cock it all up.

Tom Hardy was, as always a delight. Charming, funny and badass all rolled up into his normal deadly teddy bear persona. He nailed Eddie Brock, his personality and his coping mechanisms towards Venom were brilliant. Which per the review I have to agree with – their chemistry and relationship was perfect, that slightly mad, voices in your head style bickering was spot on. Sadly I mentioned Woody Harrelson up their and without spoiler it, his part is brief. But in true Woody style it was great.

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Overall I thought it was a good bit of fun, a great Saturday night chilled movie. You know the type – get the gang over, grab some snacks and throw this film on. It didn’t drag, it just flowed nicely. I would recommend giving it a whirl. Also as always keep an eye out for the Stan Lee cameo. This one was smart with a cool quip that he throws at our duo.

I am very interested to see what happens next and I do hope they green light a sequel. Watch this space because I can see it growing into some kind of dark guilty pleasure. Forget what you have heard, heck even forgot this review. Go in with an open mind and no expectations and just enjoy the movie. As always boys, girls and true believers thank you for stopping by, thank you for listening and thank you for being you!