#PizzaMaMind

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Last night I hosted the first #PizzaMaMind twitter chat hour and it was amazing!

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The hour kicked off and I was worried there would be little interaction but the amazing world of Twitter proved me wrong and honestly that hour shot past. I was nonstop and I loved every minute of it. People started dropping in, saying hello and getting involved. There was a lot of people who showed up with the same mindset as myself – wanting to be able to offer a safe place to be open and talk about real things regarding Mental Health. That being said, I didn’t want to jump straight into the deep end and ask everyone to open up straight away. I wanted to create the environment, to give people a place of calm and fun. Just to be yourself. The MH talks will begin next time.

My GF said about the hour – “I was worried it was going to be a depressing hour but actually it sounds really positive and helpful. Sometimes it’s better to talk to a stranger through a screen than a real person”

And she is right. I’ve always thought this too – people are worried to open up to friends and family, but a supportive stranger on the internet rules out judgement. We don’t know each other, we can just vent and have people understand and be there for you.


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Merchandise was spoken about and frankly, that topic exploded. With Gemma taking charge and suggesting some AWESOME suggestions; Pizza Cutters, Plates, Blankets and Plush Toys that smell of Pizza. I’ve got my work cut out for me now, haven’t I?

T-Shirts were a popular pick, as well as hoodies, badges and mugs. Which is awesome.

We also asked for people to set challenges to strive towards for next time. This was a beautiful moment where one person would say something and everyone else came in for support.

This right here (over on the right) is why we are here. Why I wanted to do this. For the caring support of everyone.


I have a lot of work to do now to prepare for next weeks instalment but it’s so worth it. I’ve taken to Twitter this morning to ask for feedback and I’ve got some ideas floating around for little changes across the panel. Stay tuned for more.


 

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Good Omens Review

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Good Omens hit Amazon Prime on Friday 31st May and 4 days later this is my review.

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6 Minutes to the End of Review.

I’d never heard of Good Omens before Amazon Prime announced they were making a new show. Now like Netflix, I rate Amazon Exclusive shows because of their high production value, their amazing storytelling and genius work. Mix that with a breathtaking trailer, I was sold. I found myself curious to know what this cultural phenomenon was all about and what I had been missing for nearly 30 years.

The book’s blurb, in a nutshell, is as followed: “The book is a comedy about the birth of the son of Satan and the coming of the End Times. There are attempts by the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley to sabotage the coming of the end times, having grown accustomed to their comfortable surroundings in England.”

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5 Minutes to the End of Review.

Firstly I want to say that with all the hope in the world and Twittersphere there will be no spoilers within these words, but as we are at the beginning I can not promise that by the end of this piece the secrets of the story will be as safe as they are now.

If only we knew how this would end, if only we had an accurate prophecy that would steer us in the right direction.

Let’s begin, shall we?

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4 Minutes to the End of Review.

I have to begin by praising both Michael Sheen and David Tennant for their amazing portrays of The Angel Aziraphale and The Demon Crowley (respectively) who have started to enjoy life on Earth and over the many years have started to become friends – of sorts.

They are both over the top, larger than life and hilariously sweet characters. As mentioned I haven’t read the book so I never had an image of who they should be, but after watching them both – I can’t see anyone else playing them. The relationship the two have developed throughout the ages is well put together and has an underlying love as they go from, enemies on opposite sides of the religious divide to understanding each others point of view, to friends who support each other in the game that is much bigger than them. From early on they decide to ease up on their respected jobs, keeping humanity on track or invoking temptation as they realise they are counteracting each other and not making as much of a difference as first intended. So they decide to enjoy life on earth instead. Which involves the fine food of life, the great works of literature, a smart car and a lot of Queen’s rock music.

What’s not to love?

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3 Minutes to the End of Review.

From the start, the introduction of the world, the clever narration by God and the suggestion that the world was created on the 21st of October 4004 B.C. at quarter past nine in the morning was in my eyes very Douglas Adams. It had the same quirky feel that the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy had and that instantly sold the series to me, from that first episode I was hooked.

The style, the dialogue, the narration. All of it grabbed me and just worked. It’s a cool, quirky, science fictional twisted religious tale of good and evil. It takes jabs at the Bible and the stories we know so well. My favourite was just as Noah was loading his Ark, Aziraphale (Angel) was explaining to Crowley (Demon) that the lord almighty was ridding the world of impurity by using a flood. To which Crowley replies with something along the lines of – “That’s more of something my lot would do not yours” where Aziraphale tries to make it sound better by saying that in return God if gifting Earth with Rainbows.

Which Seems fair.

I really appreciate this style of comedy, a twist on words. As well as Douglas Adams, it’s very Monty Python. The comical aspect of this show doesn’t let up either. Even in times of darkness, and I mean it is pretty dark – what with the end of the world and all that. The humour still rolls through it and delivers every time, and with a cast like this how could it not. As mentioned with the amazing Sheen and Tennant, we can also add to the mix; the charming Jon Hamm, the foolishly funny Jack Whitehall, the amazing Anna Maxwell Martin and Oscar Winning Frances McDormand. To name a few.

Honestly, it’s a cast that just keeps giving so keep your eyes peeled.

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1 Minutes to the End of Review.

Right, where are we now? Did I mention the superb use of soundtrack? Queen! Crowley’s car seemed to only play belters from the British band. Commented on actors and humour – Check. How about the Nun’s? No, I’ll leave them for you to discover, the same with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – who I thought was wonderful. You can have those gems to look forward to, and “Dick Turpin”, there is a joke coming somewhere trust me.

Overall I really enjoyed this show, it flowed really well and was just put together with so much love and dedication that I bet both Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett (God rest his soul) would both be extremely proud of what Amazon has produced. . . well, they should be. Now I think it is time for me to read the book. I’ve heard the show is VERY true to the book which is always a great sign.

So time ticks on, the review is coming to an end – as it was predicted, as it shall be. I believe there were no spoilers in this – more like teasers. But that is for you to decide. I hope I’ve sold it well to you and that you are already loading up Amazon Prime in order to watch it. You will not regret it.

Promise.


 

End of Review.

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Game of Thrones Finale Review.

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So as Season 8 of Game of Thrones came to an end yesterday the world was left with mixed feeling about what is dubbed the greatest T.V. Show of all time.

This is my take on the end of the Seven Kingdoms Saga – Spoiler Free (ish)

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As a fan of GoT’s I have to say I have never written anything about it, though in conversation I have used my Film Studies knowledge to bring reason and understanding to the actions of the show. So this post is a first in regards to GoT’s but don’t let that make my words sound fickle.


The Petition.

Following the aftermath and firey episode of Season 8 – The Bells, a section of the fans were angry with how the season had been rushed and how this episode played out, with the shift in character personalities. Demanding the season be reshoot and remade. As of today, that petition has had over a million signatures. But for me, the idea of a petition is worse than a couple of lacking moments in the season.

I am all for social media, opinions and having your say. But this I think is too far – it’s THE biggest show in the world right now, it’s off book (they have surpassed the books that are currently written) and it’s coming to an end. I feel people are mixing emotions and letting things run away with them. The anger is more because the show that has been a big part of their life for all these years has come to an end and a void will be left. Regardless of how the season played out people would have been angry at it for the wrong reasons. It’s becoming a more done thing now, where the results are what was expected and so a recount or do-over is called for. It’s happened with Star Wars, with casting choices of Batman and the Joker and even with politics (Brexit).

The idea of not liking results and demanding change is becoming too common and it doesn’t work that way.

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The Daenerys Situation & Jon’s Heritage.

By now you all know Jon’s true identity and pretty sure you know what Dany did in “The Bells” – I’ll try and keep that one cryptic just in case but Jon wise it’s a free for all.

Starting with Jon’s parents and true identity, there is a lot of hate floating around asking – why make him a Targaryen if they don’t plan to follow it through and give him the Throne. In my eyes, I loved this additional and glad they didn’t act on it in such an obvious way. Jon has never wanted the throne. I think it was added to give another layer to Dany’s untrust and descent into paranoia and madness, rather than to further Jon’s storyline. Jon knew no better than a bastards life, earning respect as a bastard due to his actions, he always rejected leadership and the claim to the throne because he knew he was never that man. He got where he was through sacrifice, hard work and purely against the odds, not because he was entitled.

Where Daenerys was the opposite, she had grown up being the ‘IT’ girl. Promised the world by misguided lore and prophecies and for her to finally get to the last hurdle and find out of it meant nothing because of this new claim in Jon was stronger just angered her, which was something she always had problems with. She’s had signs of anger issues and spoilt kid tendencies since the start. If she didn’t get her way it would usually end in death. Even though SHE felt she was doing the right thing, looking back – it’s always been questionable. But the fan’s never complained then because they liked Dany – yeah she’s the strong independent women, but it shows how fickle some fans have been. Dany never had a strong moral code where she would only kill X type of people, in reality, she would kill any type of people if they stood in her way. This time that meant Women and Children and the fans did not like that. I put this hatred down to people’s misunderstanding of her capabilities, rather than the “Writers” changing her character.

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The Ending

All good things must come to an end. It’s the way of the world.

With this ending, I felt at peace – unlike half the internet, office and the world. I enjoyed it. It rounds off the story of the Starks. Which on reflection is what the show has always been about – they have been our Heroes, it started with them and it’s ended with them.

It pulled things together, people were granted their wishes or rewards for what they have been building towards and from the ashes of Kings Landing a new Kingdom was born, a new way of living and potentially a new era for peace. There were a few things I would have done differently in regards to the ending – especially with Grey Worm and the Unsullied but the overall vibe settled everything and put it to bed.

The final few shots of the Starks preparing to become the new versions of themselves I really enjoyed – in fairness Cinematography for the whole season has been amazing and beautiful, I hope we can all agree on that one.

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Overall I am satisfied with the whole season, I’ve loved the show and it’s been brilliant from the start. I can not wait to show my kids this in 20 years time and be like . . . . .      Get Ready for this.

One day the hate will fade and all that will be left is a story because Tyrion summed it up in such a beautifully poetic statement.

“There’s nothing more powerful in the world than a good story. Nothing can stop it. No enemy can defeat it.”

 

 

Avengers Endgame: Spoiler Free Review

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Hot off the press – Here is my Spoiler Free review of Avengers Endgame.

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Last night we saw the midnight showing of Avengers Endgame. It was a crazy experience where we all cheered when the certificate flashed up. The whole room shared this one magic moment and all sat in awe as we witnessed the culmination of 10 years of genius movie history unfold.

Obviously I will be giving very little away. No spoilers here. Which might mean the post is short. But I’ll try my best to tease and tempt you into wanting to see it even more.

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It’s an overall giant film. I’m still letting it sink in but the whole film is just massive and in fairness it had to be to match and smash Infinity War and round off this saga. It had everything you’d want and more. Highs, Lows, Comedy, Stunning Action Shots and just the overall jaw dropping awesomeness that comes hand in hand with an Avengers Movie.

It just begins, this is the fact of the matter, this is what we need to do, this is us doing it. It flows so well and answers all those unanswered questions that are stuck in your mind. An amazing effort as well goes to keeping the cast secret, I mean EVERYONE is in this somewhere, somehow. It’s so poetic and bitter sweet. Leaving you happy with the ending of our Heroes story, but also greedily and selfishly angry that this IS the End. Because let’s be honest we could watch these forever. But like a good book, fine wine or tasty box of doughnuts; everything must come to an end. It’s been an awesome ride but we all knew this day would come. The last doughnut is gone and the wine bottle is in the recycling and The Avengers (as we know them) is concluded.


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The only way I have been able to describe it to people asking today is by two words; “Unexpected” & “Huge” – I’m still trying to process and let it all settle in. But I can promise you this. You’ll laugh, You’ll tap your foot, You’ll be on the edge of of seat feeling every punch, You’ll cry and You’ll breathe a sigh of relief.

Do with that what you will.

So all that is left to do is: Book a ticket and Buckle in. This is the end of an era – this saga is nicely put to bed. This team, these films and this story will always be OUR Avengers – regardless of what the next ten years bring.

And for that, we thank you MCU.

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IPFooty Tips & The World of Betting.

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With the world of sport becoming more and more entertaining each week, the Football seasons are looking to be coming to a climactic end, the mighty Norwich are looking set on heading back to the big leagues, Liverpool are looking to clinch the top spot of the Premier League and England are two for two in the Euro’s Qualifying. But as we all know – in this game anything can happen.

image4Now I’m not much of a gambling man – but if and when I do have a little flutter on the football I follow IPFootyTips (IP) and of recent, they have been smashing it.

Starting back in 2015 with nothing but a head full of Football knowledge, a laptop and the drive to make something amazing happen, IP sat down and started InPlay Footy Tips. An online service that gives football tips and odds for the betting world. Within these first four years, IP has gone from strength to strength and now has three dedicated pages (which we will go into later), 25,000 twitter followers and a handful of staff manning the behind the scenes work. Proving what many of us wish for – with determination and dedication you can make your dreams come true.


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IPFootyTips has three active page – A Free Tips page and two V.I.P Pages (one for football and their newest one for Ice Hockey). Which works on a subscription basis, the free page is, well . . . it’s free obviously. This has daily tips that anyone can follow and then the V.I.P pages have subscriptions on offer which include; Monthly, Quarterly, Bi-Annually, Annually and Lifetime memberships. With these Subscriptions, you are given access to private Twitter groups, more tips and competitions.


How does it work? IP works in methods of ‘Units’ which was new to me when I first found them but once you know it, it makes perfect sense. A Unit is a value that you are comfortable with. So imagine I have £10 and look to make 10x £1 bets – a unit for me would be £1. Over the past three months alone their profit rate has been: +13 Units in January, +33 Units in February and +360 Units in March. Which means in March if your unit stake was £10 you would have seen a profit of £3,600. Which is a nice little win isn’t it.

IP’s strike rate is at 87% – which for a tipster is a ridiculously high success rate. But to get to this level IP has put a lot of time and research into ensuring his tips are accurate as possible and he prides himself on never posting a tip that he wouldn’t back himself. This research is a full-time job and it wants to be to offer betting tips 5 days a week across 3 twitter pages.

So why not check them out on their Website or Twitter Page and if you fancy, have a little flutter – who knows after this weekends football games you could have made a pretty penny.

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Now I wouldn’t be my supportive loveable self if I didn’t say this – Please remember Betting and Gambling should be recreational and fun. But in the hope to sound cliche – When the Fun stops, Stop!

If this post’s content has affected you in any way, please call the National Gambling Helpline: freephone 0808 8020 133 8 am to midnight, 7 days a week. Or if you don’t think you can then drop me a message. Help is always there. You just need to want it.

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Hellboy (2019) Film Review.

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Okay, I’d appreciate a prophecy with more relatable stakes.

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I went and watched the new Hellboy film the other evening and after asking twitter if you wanted to see a review you answered with ‘Yes’ . . . so here we are. Locked, Cocked and ready to Rock. Buckle up guys and gals.


Let me start by saying I’ve never been a big Hellboy fan, I’ve never read the comics, I never saw the second film and wasn’t a great fan of the first one. But I like the idea of what Hellboy is and love a good comic book movie so I went to watch this – Plus David Harbour and Ian McShane are worthy reasons to check it out, both of them amazing and slightly underrated actors.

Obviously like usual – this is a Spoiler Free review so don’t worry. I’m never THAT guy.

(What I think to people who spoil films)

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This film is everything you expect it to be – well it was everything I expected going in to it. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, it very self-aware, it knows it won’t win awards but it’ll make you laugh and you’ll have fun watching it.

The basic gist – Hellboy was summoned as part of a Nazi experiment, taken in by a British Agent and raised for good, some big bad comes back, threatens the world and Hellboy has to save the day. Standard kind of deal. But this one does something that the original films didn’t. Hellboy is struggling with purpose, trying to find his place, he has more of a rebellious teenager personality, riddled with curiosity and lack of direction. Where as the original films have him cemented as a bad-looking good guy who knew his purpose.

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The film comes together nicely with the casting, over the top action, kick ass soundtrack and just works. It’s a shame popular sites like Rotten Tomatoes have slated it so much – but if I were you, I wouldn’t listen to them. In my opinion RT make more bad calls than they do good (see Shazam’s Score compared to Captain Marvel) so tread lightly. As said up there – you can’t look into this film too much, don’t pick it apart and don’t go in with glorious expectations, literally go in after a long day and be ready to unwind and escape for 2 hours – just enjoy the fun of it.

Let me know if you do go and see it and what you think to this one.

Good luck out there – watch out for things that go bump in the night.
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March Round-Up

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Well that is March over and done with – a quarter of 2019 has gone and what have we done? It’s scary how within a couple of blinks we are in April. Like at the time the week drags, the weather is shite and the moods are low. But before we know it we are buying Easter Eggs and getting ready for some Bank Holidays.

BathroomSo what have I been up to? Well firstly that bathroom I mentioned in the last roundup is done – plastered, painted, looking fresh. I did spend a whole weekend painting the walls and ceilings and that was pretty tough because the night before I had done Arms at the gym and by the end of the painting they were on fire.

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Which rolls into my mention of Soph (who can be found over one Twitter and Instagram. She was looking for volunteers for her Fitness Challenge so I jumped at the chance to have a real work out routine and to help her out as she becomes the next PT Super Star. So I am a week in and this is my progress photos – not sure if you see a difference, but I can feel one, I’m really enjoying it and wish Soph all the best in all she does. My GF seems to notice a difference in my shoulders and arms and I bought a new jacket the other day and had to go down a size because my size was to baggy – so maybe it’s all coming up Milhouse.

 

 

 


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I was also invited back to the Theatre to review another play in a few weeks, which I am very grateful for the opportunity. I’ve also been complimented a lot this month from various people in and out of the blogging world for my support, writing style and general happy go-lucky outlook. Which is nice right. Though I felt mid March was a bit of a downer in regards to my life and my plan for the next steps. But hopefully a few irons that I have in the fires will spark up an opportunity soon enough. Stay tuned for that update.

March’s movie viewing consisted of Captain Marvel, US and Shazam. My review for Captain Marvel can be found here. Spoilers – I loved it. (Don’t worry the review is Spoiler free) US was as creepy and well made as you’d think it would be. In my eyes wasn’t as good or impacting as Get Out was but still worth a watch. But as for Shazam – the little I say the better in my opinion. It was a Shazambles!

Blog stats are on the up as well. I am now 3 for 3 on beating last years stats which is a given I guess as I grow and gain a bigger audience. But it’s still good to see it’s all going in the right direction. Now it’s time to tackle April – I have a busy month coming up so I bet the next round up will be stacked.

As always take care and all my love! Mwah!