Jack Ryan Review Part 1.

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“I’m just an Analyst”

Last friday Amazon Prime Video released the full season of Jack Ryan – the latest interpretation of Tom Clancy’s C.I.A hero.

For a few months now I had been excited to give this a try, it looked right up my street. Gun’s, Action, Spy Stuff, Drama and even the trailer had me hooked by the use of the song Human by Rag n Bone Man. Which is a song I’ve been loving recently.

So yesterday lunchtime at work I decided to start. I’d held off starting this as I was finishing Last Chance U on Netflix (which is brilliant if you get a chance). So with that over I was ready to start this one.

The first episode titled ‘Pilot’ was just over an hour-long but it set the story and show up in superb fashion. Introducing Jack, a low-level analyst in the financial team of the C.I.A. – in the first few scenes with Jack we learn so much about him, finding out he was in the Army, he had back problems, he rows and he has a vast general knowledge which is shown as he answers quiz show questions while eating his dinner.

He is set up perfectly.

We watch as he investigates money transactions in Yemen and comes across a potential threat who is assumed to big the next Bin Laden. After much deliberation Jack and his boss Greer end up at an Army Black Site in Yeman interrogating a money man and his bodyguard who have links to the mysterious account.

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I hope this first part has gripped up, because I don’t really want to continue plotting the show out. As it stands we are roughly 3/4’s of the way into the pilot now. But so much more happens throughout the episode that just keeps up gripped and on the edge of your seat. I did three episodes last night and intend on doing another few today. (Heck by the time you read this I could be up to episode 5 or 6).

The layers of the story are immensely inviting and intriguing – opening you up to almost like and side with each character, while also being left with a strange untrusting feeling as you ponder what their next move is.

I can’t sneaky off and wrap this up without mention John Krasinski who plays Jack Ryan. We know John from the American Office as the goofy, geeky, loveable Jim. Then POW he got shreaded for “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”, then he went and made “A Quiet Place” which were both amazing pieces of work and now he is here. This man’s talent is ever growing and any excuse to showcase a new skill and he is jumping at the chance which I love. Good job John.

Even the feel and look of the show is beautiful, even when it’s not working with the fantastic action scenes, fire and gunshots – we also get stunning scenic shots, aerial panoramic shots and cityscapes which just add icing and a cherry to the top of the well made, well enjoyed and very tasty cake.

So go, watch, let me finish watching and once we are both done I will do another review which will be bigger and spoiler filled. This will be fun. Enjoy it, it’s a must.

 

Please note I am not being paid for this, AMAZON have not asked me to promote their show or service. I am just a fan sharing and caring.
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Where Have I Been.

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Some of you might have thought or noticed that my presence has been lacking of recent. If not then good – but I have felt it and I just wanted to take a moment to address it.

Life has just taken a toll and I have been occupied and busy with other aspects going on. Annoyingly I have wanted to keep up with blogging but it was the easiest thing to drop for a minute.

I can’t reveal what has been taken up my time just yet as it’s still all up in the air – but I wanted to drop a little “Hello, I am still here, I am ok” post to reassure the few of you missing me that I am ok. The support on twitter has been amazing as always and in due time I will be back and normality will be resumed.

On another note I won a twitter comp for some free banners and designs and this is the finished product. I love it! Check out the fabulous @Kellylianneart she is such a gem and talent.

Also I have been supporting the GF with a new diet. It’s a bit of a killer – the 16:8. 16 hours of fasting and eating nothing and then an 8 hour window to have a couple of healthy meals. Couple of days in and I am 6lbs down. So something is going well.

So that is a quick check in and catch up. Like I said more is to come. Once everything is in order and I can tell you about it then I will be back to normal.

But remember I love you all.

The Unique Blogger Award

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Rules

  • Display the award
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog
  • Answer the questions they have written for you
  • Nominate other bloggers and give them three questions to answer, all in the name of sharing unity within the blogging community.

I love doing these kind of posts and I have to thank Leighann from WithLoveLeighann who I’ve only just recently found in the Blogger Community, not sure how or why it took me so long, she is a lovely, friendly girl with passion and comedy to spare. Check out her blog and twitter @LeighannLeAnn


My Answers

  • What is the best comment, you have received about your blog/blogging, since you started. – I try to save all the comments I get so I had a couple to pick from. (Sadly I forgot to record who said what . . . )

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  • If you could write about one thing ( that you haven’t yet) what would it be? Tough one because if I feel strongly about something I will write about it. I guess Parenting – Being a Daddy. That is the reason this blog started. I haven’t done it yet because I don’t have no child. But one day.

 

  • Where do you get your creative inspiration from? I struggle at times, I struggle to juggle work, spare time, blog time and life. So when I want to make something like this really big I need to big down deep to find something to push and make me focus. Creative just flows, I have always been a creative person – it’s just finding the drive to put those creative juices into action.

My Questions

  1. In the past 6 months what is one thing that has surprised you about yourself?
  2. What is the best life hack you have ever seen?
  3. If you could wake up tomorrow with the skills to play any sport or instrument what would it be and why?

My Nominations

Firstly who ever reads this, you are nominated. Doesn’t matter if your name is on the list or not, you are more picked. Feel free to take this and run with it.

@ImperfectMz – @whathannahwrote – @tottzilla – @NicoleCorbett94


 

 

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.

Robin Williams

Man Vs Movies – Top Five Comedy Films

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I used to have a job at a calendar factory but I got the sack because I took a couple of days off.

This week is Comedy week, you know those films that you can watch over and over again, regardless of the situation – get home drunk, sling this on, bored and feeling down, this is a go to pick. Comedies are the best genre that you can sling on for easy watching.


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SLAPPAA DA BASS!

This films follows Peter, a newly engaged estate agent who has to find a best man for his wedding. As a man with very few friends, Peter has some ups and downs until he finds the one! It features some Canadian rock n roll, some cheesy one liners and the Hulk.

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60% of the time, it works every time.

Following the number one news team in San Diego, Anchorman is a story of change and equality as the first female news anchor joins the team. Which does not go down well with the men in the current team. Which brings on a battle of the sexes.

Down as one of the most quotable movies

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I’m the dude, playing the dude, disguised as another dude.

A team of actors playing G.I.’s for a war movie are dropped into the wilderness for a sense a realism. Until they come across a real drug tribe. Still under the impression they are actors the team have to adapt and come to terms with the situation they are in.

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Oh, she’s engaged. – That was quick.

A duo of normal working London lads wake up from a messy night to discover things aren’t what they were and there has been a Z-Word outbreak (we are not using the Z-Word), so fuelled by love, a want to survive and the opportunity to find a place to smoke they set off to collect family and friends as they head off to the pub (classic British attitude right).

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It’s not a purse its a satchel Indiana Jones has one.

The one night guys love about wedding planning – the Stag Do and in this case, the lad’s head off to Vegas for a classy evening, steak dinner and a bit of gambling. But suddenly they wake up to find the hotel room trashed, no memory of what happened and the Groom missing. The group have to remember, investigate and find the groom to get back for the wedding.

Hilarity ensues.

 

I know all of these are pretty new, modern comedies but I just love them all – don’t get me wrong. I love the old school ones too; Brewster’s Millions, The Carry On Series, Trading Places, Airplane. Anything by Mel Brooks. But these ones just pipped it for me as a – I can watch anytime anywhere kind of thing.

What do you think? What is your go to comedy? What makes you chuckle?

This or That Challenge.

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HAPPY FRIDAY!

So I have been a bit ghosty over the last few weeks. I missed a ManVsMovies episode, my Insta game is slow and life has just been busy! Lots going on which I will fill you in with when it’s safe to say . . .  Yes I am now a Spy – but shh. Anyway this post has been in my drafts for a few weeks and POW it was time to hit post. With the help of Lauren over on BournemouthGirl I am here with a challenge.

If you don’t know Lauren, go and follow her and check out her stuff. She is amazing and so so supportive. I can’t speak highly enough about her. Promise you.


LET’S DO THIS!

Shower in the morning or the evening

In the morning, anything to help wake me up, feel fresh and get ready for the day!


City centre or close to nature

This one is hard, I like the City life because things are so close, but then in the City isn’t desirable it can be a real drag. But I think for now where I am in life City Centre is the one.


Bright colours or neutrals

I guess more of a neutral look overall, but I do like some bright. Tough one.


Spring or Autumn

Autumn. Scarfs, Fires, Hot Chocolate, Christmas around the corner. What is not to love.


Mint or cinnamon

Gahhh, not a big fan of either, but having to pick I would go for Cinnamon.


Planned or spontaneous 

There was a time in my youth I would pick Spontaneous any day of the week, but now days I need a bit more structure and planning.


A movie at home or at the cinema

Either, Both, ALL. I love the films so much. Though I think at home. I can get proper comfy, cook some treats up and just enjoy.


Espresso or latte

Latte at a push, but not a coffee fan at all.


Hugs or kisses

Hugs!


Spicy food or mild

Again life has kicked me into touch and were it used to be a clear hands down Spicy life. It’s now a more Mild pick.


Leather or lace

Ermm. . . . Lace? 😉


Overdressed or underdressed

Overdressed, I’d rather look smart and suave over scruffy and slobbish.


Adventure or comfort

Comfort, I’ve accepted I am getting old and so Comfort wins. But I still enjoy Adventure from time to times.


T.V series or movies

I am going to pick TV Series. Though tough call. I think the way production value and companies are going. Like BBC Drama and Netflix. The quality of TV is getting better and better.


Rock or country music

Rock Music, born and raised. But I do love a bit of Country on the sly.


Red or white wine

White Wine – love a nice Sauvignon Blanc


Working alone or in a team

Team Work all the way!


Swimming or sunbathing

Sunbathing – Turns out I am not a strong swimmer, though I like the water.


Fast food or sit down restaurant 

Sit Down Restaurant.


Matched or mismatched socks

Come on, who are you talking to – I got no time for matching them up.


Dancing or singing

Pfft, I can’t do either, which means I do both ALL THE TIME.


Phone or the internet

Internet.


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I’d love to see ZaraAnnie and Elizabeth to do this and show me what you’d pick. If you don’t know these three amazing ladies go and check them out. All of them are so supportive, friendly and just all round awesome! What’s not to like right.

Peace

Fancy Fancy Dress

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I have decided to throw a bit of a fun post out.

Just to keep you smiling as this week drags on. I feel you need a Humph and some motivation to get to the weekend and hopefully this will draw a little smile out and for a moment be a saving grace.

. . . sometimes I truly just waffle on don’t I.

Let’s talk about Fancy Dress.

Honestly I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for a chance to dress up and I don’t hold back. If I’m doing it – I am doing it right. Maybe I should do it professionally or help other people – which I can do, took the challenge to help my friend get a full costume within a couple of hours of a party for as cheap as possible. Nailed it!

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My all time favourite costume that I have done is the above. The Invisible Man. It was hot and warm but paid off when I would walk past people and they would gasp in awe and praise me for an amazing effort. This was Halloween 2015 – a night in town. Wearing a dressing gown, who was really loving life. Thankfully I didn’t get ID’ed anywhere. That would have been fun.

Other dress ups include; The Nun from the Conjuring for Halloween ’16, a wasteland raider for Halloween ’17, The Swedish Chef for Eurovision ’17, A Gun toting Spaniard for Eurovision ’16 and a Leprechaun for Eurovision ’15 (but if you remember rightly – Ireland didn’t make it to the final, so I had to tweak the full leprechaun costume that I had put together, adding a prisoners hat and shackles I adopted the guise of an Irish immigrant prisoner that had been sent to Australia. Not bad hey)

I’ve also done Doc Brown for a charity office event. There is an OAP snap in the middle somewhere from a night at Uni, the same with the Smurf and a Zombie Geek (posing passed out on the loo, but not actually passed out) and also The Hulk which took a lot of time and planning. Body paint isn’t a quick job – but boy it sure was fun.

I would love to know what you have dressed up as, send me your best. Also let me know what you think to my efforts. Let’s be honest you are so inviting me to your next fancy dress party aren’t you.

Much love!

 

SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

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So today feels like a day of awards. I had not long posted The Neat Blogger Award found HERE. When the ever so delightful Abbie tagged me in this.

Now I am not one to let my loyal lovely followers and fans down. So here we are again. Typing up another award (I love it, these are the best). You might have noticed the timeline doesn’t match up. That award was on Tuesday and it is now . . . not Tuesday (unconfirmed what day I will be posting). That is because I didn’t want to Saturate the market as it were. Keeping you all guessing, wanting more.

Shall we begin.

It was a lousy afternoon at work, the skies were grey and the air warm and humid. Suddenly a notification flew into my Twitter box. I had been mentioned in a Tweet by @WhatAbbieSays – Thank you for that lovely! Here is here Award if you want to find out more about here. Hit HERE now!

If you do not follow her then we need words, sit down, gather round and let me tell you about our heroine Abbie. Who can be found over on “What Abbie Says” she is such an; awesome, sassy, caring, amazing, lovely girl who supports everyone, doesn’t sugar coat it and then enjoys a cheeky Gin and Tonic when the day is done. I can’t remember how we met, but it can’t have been too long ago as I’ve only been here less than a year. But it feels like I have known her for years. I am going to move on now in worry that this starts to shape up into a soppy love letter or estranged fan mail letter.

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The Rules!

  • 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.

The Questions

Why did you start your blog?

This started with the idea of being a Parenting Blog, from the fathers point of view – as I feel the ratio of Mothers to Fathers blogs is in favour of the ladies. But as I have no actual child or the idea of having one yet, I decided to set up a blog about Adulthood and me growing up becoming old and dealing with crap. Then by the time the children come along this blog with be up and running.

Pineapple on a pizza? Yay or nay?

Ooh controversial question – probably not going to like my answer. But damn son I love the Pineapple, on pizza, on chicken burgers, on gammon. It’s sweet, sour, juicy – what is not to love. Keep the pineapple going strong.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?

This will sound soppy as SIN but I have always been told it, for like years, I give THE best hugs. Bring it on I would take home the gold.

What would you have for your dream three course dinner?

Now this might change but right now; Halloumi Fries with Chilli Jam, a beast of a Sirloin Steak (Rare) and to finish, a plain and simply tasty Vanilla Cheesecake. Not too shabby hey.

If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?

Now I am not greedy, I don’t need mansions or helipads. But you know the America Family Homes you see in films, where the Mom and Pop have the kids and grand kids over for Christmas dinner. The large open plan kitchen, dinning room, maybe two living rooms. Upstairs maybe four double bedrooms, a study, walk in wardrobes. The large bathroom with two sinks as the master bathroom. Double garage, large garden, decking area with outdoor furniture and a big BBQ grill.

Maybe it is sounding borderline mansion like, but I just want to be able to always host and have people stay. Y’all can come visit!

Are you usually early or late?

Early. It’s a big pet peeve being late. Sadly my GF has terrible time management and it drives me up the wall.

What would be your ideal way to spend the weekend?

Friday Night. Takeaway Pizza – Couple of Movies.

Saturday. Lounge, maybe a spot of shopping (in my favour though, none of this being dragged round Primark and Next for hours upon end, no sir), some Playstation. Then to a bar for a few drinks with some friends.

Sunday. A lay in, bacon and egg sandwich, then chilling with some binge TV or films. Just some chilled time.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

Make a list of 30 Before 30. It’s eye-opening, challenge yourself.

How different was your life one year ago?

The blog, less than a year old. It’s been a whirlwind and I love it. It has given me a place to express myself and meet some awesome people.

What is something that your friends would consider “so you”?

Hmm; I’d love to say my charm or comical genius. But it would probably be my film knowledge and intelligence – wow that sounded arrogant. But yeah film knowledge and actors is off the chain – Ross would know this, or Ross could tell you that.

I hope that’s the right answer, now I think about it is that “So Me”

If someone narrated your life, who would you want to be the narrator?

I would have to go with someone like Michael Caine or James Earl Jones – though I don’t think my life is exciting for his booming voice. Maybe Brian Blessed.


My Questions For You.

  • If you could see any Band or Musician that has sadly passed away who would you see?
  • What are your thoughts on Avocados?
  • What is your biggest pet peeve?
  • Would you rather have no hands or no feet?
  • We are going to form a band, what position would take?
  • What is the most influential quote you have in memory?
  • Which is scarier, Space or the Depths of the Ocean, and why?
  • What are your thoughts on the scandalous “Reality” TV shows, such as MADE IN blah blah or Real Housewives of who knows-where?
  • Morecambe and Wise or Two Ronnie’s?
  • If you could hang out with any Kids TV Character from your childhood who would it be?
  • What Animal would you be most excited to see at the Zoo?

Nominations.

This is the bit I dislike because it takes ages for me to decide who to tag (I want to tag you all) and then I have to find your info and remember to tag you in the tweet. But let’s go!

  1. Joanne over at Winging Mama-Hood
  2. Erika over at Mz Imperfect
  3. Laura over at Merkitty
  4. Sara over on Insta – I guess you’ll have to impressive the answers but I am psyched to see how you do it. SingleSara7
  5. Gareth over on 16BitDad
  6. Anne on Forever The Wanderer
  7. Holly over on Honestly Holly
  8. Katy & her travel tips on Katy’s Travel Hints and Tips
  9. Shannon over at Shannon Diana
  10. The Average Bloke (For some reason I don’t know your name, but none the less awesome blog) over on Average Bloke Blogger
  11. Stephie over on Stephie Chapman

 

All are amazing bloggers, friendly people and supportive guys and gals. You should check them all out, follow each other and spread the love.

Peace guys!

 

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