Roald’s World of Books

On Monday night I updated my GoodReads account with all the Roald Dahl books I have read over the past couple of months. I left it so I could add the reviews during my Roald Dahl Month. I have tried not to read all of his books so I have something left to review next year.

I have read some of these books previously when I was a child and it has been nice revisiting them. I not revisiting or planning on reading Roald Dahl’s entire collection, these are just the ones I have chosen to read.

Here is list of Roald Dahl Books I have read so far… 

  • Esio Trott
  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • James and The Giant Peach
  • The Twits
  • Danny Champion of the World
  • The BFG
  • Revolting Rhymes
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine
  • The Roald Dahl Treasury (Not really a story but a great book)
  • Boy : Tales of Childhood

Still too Read… 

  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
  • Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator
  • The Minpins
  • Going Solo
  • Tales of the Unexpected

What is your favourite Roald Dahl book??

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Special & Awareness Days – July 2017

Here is a list of Special and Awareness Days that are marked for July. I hope this post helps inspire your blog posts.

MONTH

Picnic Month

Water Colour Month

Ice Cream Month

Independent Retailer Month

WEEKS

3rd – 9th – World Sarcoma Awareness Week

24th – 30th – National Parks Week

DAYS

  1. Canada Day / Creative Ice Cream Flavour Day / Second Half of the Year Day
  2. World UFO Day
  3. Disobedience Day
  4. Independence Day
  5. Bikini Day
  6. International Kissing Day
  7. Global Forgiveness Day / Tell The Truth Day / Chocolate Day
  8.  –
  9. Don’t Step on A Bee Day / Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  10. World Population Day
  11. Different Coloured Eyes Day
  12. International Rock Day / Embrace Your Inner Geek Day
  13. Shark Awareness Day
  14. World Snake Day / Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
  15. World Day for International Justice / World Emoji Day
  16. World Jump Day / Moon Day
  17. Junk Food Day
  18. Samaritans Awareness Day / Tell an Old Joke Day
  19. One Voice Day / All or Nothing Day
  20. World Hepatitis Day
  21. International Tiger Day
  22. World Friendship Day / Paperback Book Day
  23. World Day Against Trafficking in Persons / World Ranger Day

 

I Can Save Today. You Can Save The World.

#WonderWoman

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W O N D E R   W O M A N 

CAST : Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davies

DIRECTOR : Patty Jenkins

RATING : 4.5/5

THE BLURB : Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

MY REVIEW :

While I endured Batman vs Superman there was one moment in particular that caught my attention. It was the moment we saw a photo of Wonder Woman taken with a band of four during World War 1. I wanted to know more about that photo, who were those men? And, what was Wonder Woman doing during World War 1? That was the movie I wanted to watch. Someone out there obviously had the same idea because that is the movie I got and I really enjoyed it.

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(l-r) SAÏD TAGHMAOUI as Sameer, CHRIS PINE as Steve Trevor, GAL GADOT as Diana, EUGENE BRAVE ROCK as The Chief and EWEN BREMNER as Charlie in the action adventure “WONDER WOMAN.” ©Warner Bros. Entertainment/Ratpac Dune Entertainment. CR: Clay Enos.

This movie is not without its flaws but I am not going to spend my time pointing them out, they are fairly obvious. Instead I want to mention what wonderful job all the actors did in their respective roles.

Gal Gadot our leading lady, Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman, is simply beautiful in her role. She proves that a female superhero can be just as fierce and loyal as any male but also empathetic stating that she “chooses love”.  Chris Pine was also very good in his role as Steve Trevor. Initially I thought he was just going to reprise his role as Captain Kirk. As much I love Chris Pine, I do find he plays a lot of his roles very similar. However, you cannot help but like Steve Trevor and his comical secretary, Etta Candy (Lucy Davies).  Sameer, Charlie and The Chief are also fun.

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The action sequences were engaging, I enjoyed the soundtrack that went along with them. I was interested in the way DC managed to combine the horrors of the Great War especially the introduction of chemical warfare. The scientist Dr Maru nicknamed Dr Poison was a character who was quite chilling in appearance as well as in nature. I felt as though her role should have been bigger.

For a DC movie there is quite a big dollop of humour which I would have associated more with the Marvel Movies which could be the reason why I liked it so much. Patty Jenkins did a really good job as the first female director of a Superhero movie. I think it is thanks to her that we have a movie that appeals to all, rather than just teenage boys.

I am hoping that this movie marks a turning point in the recent history of DC movies. Overall I really enjoyed this movie despite its flaws. It has erased some of mistakes made with Batman vs Superman which leads me to hope that there is some hope for The Justice League Movie.

Collectormania 24 – 2017

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On Saturday 3 June 2017 myself and my daughter attended our first “Collectormania” Film and Comic Con event at the NEC Birmingham. In the past we have attended the MCM Comic Con’s numerous times and we were interested to see what the differences would be between the two shows.

The first difference was the lack of crowds. We caught the train to the NEC and usually with the MCM Comic Con the experience begins at the train station where various people in costumes are waiting on the platform. We saw no-one till we hit the NEC and in all honesty the lack of crowds was really nice.

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The Collectormania show itself was a lot smaller in scale than MCM Comic Con but there were still a lot of people. There were also quite a few Cosplayers. I saw some great Cosplay. One of my favourites is pictured above. The Yondu costume was fantastic and I was determined to get a photo of him. (I want to apologise for the quality of my photo’s. I forgot my camera so I had to use my phone and I think the camera on my phone is breaking down.) Another excellent costume was a guy who is known on Instagram as @king_tide_cosplay, he is also on Facebook. He was dressed as a very impressive Aquaman. I recommend you look him up, he also does a very impressive Thor.

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As we walked into the show there was a company who took peoples photo’s with various props. One of the props was Groot, who I thought was really cool. It’s a shame they never had a Rocket too. There was also a TARDIS interior, a couple of vehicles one from Ghostbusters and another from Mad Max.

There were various stalls selling a variety of merchandise, collectables and comic books. The stalls were all quite samey and there weren’t that many. There was a nice Fudge Stall which really made the effort with the names there was Vulcan Baileys and Doctor’s Caramel flavour fudge. I thought it was a nice a touch.

The best thing about the show were the Guests. On one side of the hall there were sports personalities such as Harry Rednapp, Pele and Ricky Hatton to name a few. However, it was the other side of the hall we were more interested in.

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Marc Warren meeting the fans

There was a variety of guests there from Film and TV. My daughter was very excited to see John Barrowman. She has always loved him and it made her day. Another star who was there was Marc Warren. I love Marc Warren but I didn’t meet him. I did chicken out as I am quite a big fan of his, I loved Hustle and have watched him in everything he has done more or less since then. I did not want to be all star struck meeting the guy so I left it. I hope I get the opportunity to meet him again. I did take a sneaky photo though.

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The reason we went to the show however was to meet Ming-Na Wen. Again we have no photo’s with her, I did take a few photo’s while she was giving a talk on the main stage. Ming-Na was delightful she was so lovely. She had hurt her leg while filming Agents of Shield so we were lucky she made it as she had just had an operation on it. She is nothing like Agent May in real life which was a relief as Agent May is quite intimidating.

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Meeting Ming-Na Wen means I can cross off an item on my 101 List which was to meet someone from Agents of Shield. I didn’t think I would. I still want to meet Clark Gregg though.

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Dean Cain and Helen Slater were also there. We sat and listened to them talking for 30 minutes or so. They were quite interesting. Helen didn’t really have opportunity to say a lot really as I think the majority of the questions were directed at Dean Cain. I remember watching Helen Slater in Super Girl when I was about 10 years old and really wanting to be her. Lol! There were loads of other guests there Michael Shanks, Deep Roy and Jemma Redgrave to name a few.

Overall we both had a really nice time. It may have been smaller on scale than MCM Comic Con but it was just as enjoyable. We are hoping to go again next year.

Second Time Galaxy Savers

G U A R D I A N S   O F   T H E   G A L A X Y  –  V O L U M E   2

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Cast : Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel

Director : James Gunn

My Rating : 4/5

The Blurb: 

Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

My Review :

I have had a few difficulties putting my thoughts and feelings for this movie into words. In short: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is a hoot and a half.

Star-Lord a.k.a Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot are back along with some old and new friends. Like the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie this is a fun super hero movie, with lots of enjoyable moments and amusing gags. There was a nice mixture of both humour and sentiment which in terms of the storytelling flowed well.

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One of the best things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the casting and this movie is no exception. The main cast interacted so well together that you immediately forgot that two of them were CGI. There appeared to be no awkwardness or weird moments where they are talking above the CGI characters head or to their crotch. Whoever was in charge of the pointing did a good job. The supporting cast were also good and interesting to watch. Baby Groot with his adorable behaviour undoubtedly stole the show, he was just so cute.

Surprisingly one of my favourite characters in this movie turned out to be Yondu (Michael Rooker). I loved his interaction with Rocket and Baby Groot (Twig).

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There were however a few inconsistencies with this movie. The CGI effects in places were excellent and really drew you into the movie. The scenery in places was amazing however some of it especially while they were on Ego’s planet looked computerised and blocky. It was not enough to be bothered about really just made me a little sad after everything else was so good. I took a really big dislike to the gold people. I found their virtual fleet irritating.  The pacing was also a bit… well… different. There is not a lot of action but the movie itself did not drag.

The soundtrack Awesome Mixtape #2 was excellent and all the music worked really well. In fact any movie which begins with Mr Blue Sky gets my immediate attention.

Overall I loved this movie. I enjoyed the fact that they did not feel the need to pump it full of unnecessary action but concentrated on characterisation of the team. I felt as though the storytelling was good and the humour did not divert from that. It is laugh-out-loud funny and just as enjoyable as the first movie if not more so. I even liked Sylvester Stallone.

I think I have covered everything I can say without providing you with a multitude of spoilers. If you love Marvel and enjoyed the first Guardians movie then you will love this.

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A to Z Reflections Post

I have really enjoyed participating in the A to Z April Blogging Challenge this year. Views on my blog have been good and I have had some lovely comments. The best thing about the challenge though was finding some wonderful new bloggers.

I have listed a few of my favourites. (In no particular order)

Abbie’s Adventure Diaries  –  Abbie’s A – Z theme was things she had learnt by the time she was 30. Knocking on 40’s door (nearly) I was curious to know if they were similar things to what I had learnt. Quite a lot of them were.

Milly’s Guide  –  Milly’s Guide for the A- Z was centred around Mental Health. I have had Mental Health issues in the past and over the past few months due to some personal struggles they have been trying to resurface.  Reading this blog has helped me identify some warning signs and has made me re-think certain strategies before they get any worse.

Natalie Westgate – Natalie’s A – Z theme was A Secret Diary of A Serial Killer. This was great I loved getting a new chapter everyday. If you have not read it yet, you should. Go there now… Hang on read this first, then go!

Dorky Mom Doodles – This was a lovely little gem. Kids are so funny and the doodles that go with the posts are delightful.

Unfortunately I don’t have time to mention all the other wonderful blogs I discovered. I especially liked one who I cannot find now who put pictures of various hot men for every letter.

Linky List  – Yes or No

I did miss the Linky List this year. Due to being in pain during the last week (I lost a filling/crown mentioned in previous posts so won’t bore you again) I did not link my posts on any other social media or the A to Z blogs as I had scheduled my posts. Inevitably this led to the amount of views on these posts being significantly few. I also noticed that I only had 3 referrals from the A to Z website yet loads through the WordPress version and WordPress in general.

However, even though views on my blog are nice, it was harder to find blogs. I managed to visit at least 6 new ones plus the ones I decided to follow everyday. I used to like going through the list and knowing where I was. There were a lot of occasions when I clicked on the same blogs over and over again, not by choice. I understand the list is a lot of work for the moderators, but I did miss it.

Overall I really enjoyed participating in the A to Z Challenge 2017. Looking forward to next year.

Z is for…

Z I G G Y   T H E   V U L T U R E 

Ziggy

Ziggy is one of four vultures who appear in the animated tale of The Jungle Book. The other three vultures are called Buzzie, Flaps and Dizzy. Together they appear to parody The Beatles. I read somewhere that The Beatles were meant to voice the vultures but due to other commitments they were unable to attend the recording. I have no idea how true that is? But it would be nice if it was.

I love the vultures in the cartoon. When I was younger we used to have a show every school holidays called Disney Time. Back then we had very little in the way of Disney Home video and at the time where I lived lacked a decent cinema. Due to this classics such as The Jungle Book were not seen by children of my generation. That was why Disney Time was so popular, we got to see small sections of all these classic Disney movies we never got to watch.

One of the clips I remember loving was that of the vultures. I remember watching them tease Mowgli and loving the way moved. They move as though they are shrugging their shoulders all the time and sort of bounce. They also sing a song called “that’s what friends are for”.

I hope you have enjoyed my pictures over the A to Z Challenge. Some have been more successful than others. Thank you all for visiting, liking and all the lovely comments.

Back to normal blogging now…

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