Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Happy Birthday Ellie Bobs

My gorgeous baby niece is one. One ..... where has the time gone???

Shes crawling and almost walking and still the best birthday pressie I ever got.

So a big happy birthday darling and lots of love and hugs xxxx

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Who wants to live forever?

So I worked out how to use my TIVO this weekend and videoed a film that I hadn't watched in years - Highlander. To say it was made when I was 6 I still really enjoyed the whole concept of it. And to be honest Christopher Lambert is in his heyday looking abit dreamy.

Anyway it got me thinking about immortality. If someone told me I could live forever I don't think I would take that choice. I would hate to see people around me grow old and die.

In one sense my belief in an afterlife and reincarnation means we are all immortal. But if everyone is involved then I'm happy with that. The idea that you went through life alone like the highlander did, I couldn't cope.

Some people strive to live on and find ways to beat old father time. We have the ability to freeze heads and full bodies. Scientists are looking for ways to bring people back. More recently:

Personally - death is a natural process and not one I feel we should try mess with. Plus the idea or robots and avatars freaks me out somewhat when not in a Guild wars game naturally.

Films like twilight romanticism the idea of living forever. But we will say no more. If I get started on Twilight then this blog will go from something quite interesting to a total rant. Sorry but vampires should NOT sparkle!!!!

Some people reach immortality by the remembered deeds that they do.
I remember reading about a chap referred to as the Count of St Germain. He is supposedly immortal.

He has popped up over many centuries and there are lots of reports of him. Fascinating but its makes you wonder. Is he happy or lonely roaming the world forever?

Any thoughts?

Merlin Season 5 Ep 3

The one where Uther is back ........

Merlin and Arthur are returning back from an unsuccessful day hunting when they stumble on a village about to burn a witch. Arthur intervenes and they save her life. In thanks she gives him a horn that he can use to talk to the dead.

Being unable to resist the urge to speak to his father again, Arthur despite Merlin's protests that its powerful and dangerous magic drags him on a trip to some ruins (looked suspiciously like stone henge to me!) and he blows the horn, walks through a portal and has a chat with dear departed dad.

It was wicked to see Anthony Head back on the show again.

Arthur soon regrets his decision as Uther berates him for how he has run the kingdom and for marrying Gwen. Arthur argues he needs to run Camelot how he sees fit. Arthur leaves and before disappearing through the little portal back to the world turns back one last time to look at his father who says he will always love him.

Merlin trys to cheer him up and encourage Arthur that he is respected and a much better king than Uther ever was.

Back at Camelot - upon returning back from their magical detour creepy things are happening in the castle. Doors are opening, chandeliers falling. One of the knights gets attacked by an axe. The Gwen gets quite seriously attacked in the kitchens.

Big Bad - Gaius susses out that in looking back at Uther, Arthur has inadvertently brought his fathers spirit back with him and Uther is pretty mad. Upon Arthur's asking for help, he brews up a potion that will allow Arthur and Merlin to see Uther in his spirit form.

Arthur and Merlin go hunting for Uther. They get separated. Uther knocks his son out after more cruel berating at his running of Camelot. Merlin reveals he is a wizard and attacks Uther who then comes after him intend on killing him but Arthur manages to get there in the nick of time and blow the horn again sending his Dad back to death city just before he revealed our wizards secret.

I liked this episode. Firstly Uther was back and secondly it showed how far Arthur has come. He spared a witch, he accepted and used the magic gift, he sought Gaius to help fix the problem and he stood up to his dad. The magic reveal can't be too far away I think.

The atmosphere of the episode was creepy, flipping back and forth between Uther causing mayhem and some nice scenes between Arther and Merlin. Next week Morgana is back.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Red Dwarf Series 10 Ep 3

The one with the lemons .....

To be honest after feeling like the show was back on form last week, this ep just felt like it didn't cut the mustard as much. There was some fairly decent jokes but I wasn't laughing like last week.

Our boys find a rejuvenation shower flat pack. Queue some Sweden jokes and them managing to make a complete pigs ear of assembling it.Although the Cat hammering some tubing was funny.

Somehow - lord knows how when its a rejuvenation shower, they get transported back in to time to 23D and then discover that the remote to get them back is out of batteries. Queue Rimmer remembering back to his childhood and making batteries from potatoes. They are in England so no potatoes for many years yet. So then Rimsy suggests Lemons.

The boys hike thousands of miles to the far east and secure some lemons. They have a little break and get some eats only to discover Jesus is sat behind them. Rimmer wants to go get his autograph and tells the story of how he's from the church of Judas that believed Jesus had a twin brother who actually got crucified allowing Jesus to look like he lived. Interestingly I have not heard of any complaints - I'm sure that suggestion will have annoyed some Christians out there.

Jesus is in a spot of trouble, the guys end up transporting him back to Red Dwarf and then have to perform an op on him as Jesus has kidney stones. Now I think there was potential for a lot more comic gold having Jesus on Red dwarf but no besides him discovering bags! and freaking out reading about himself in a book Lister was reading for his robotics course, that was that.

I did like though the continuity - Lister has enrolled from last week.It will be interesting to see where that goes.

Jesus hops back to 23AD and breaks the remote. He then starts trying to break the commandments and cause trouble so no one will follow him and there be no wars from Christianity. Kryten and co catch up with him and hilariously it turns out they have the wrong Jesus. They head back to the ship - Lister interestingly mentions they need to search for Kochanski. Perhaps this is the story arc going to lead to the conclusion of season 10??? Nothing has been mentioned in the prior 2 eps.

End gag - Jesus is shown selling bags and then a group of twins turn up for a restaurant booking under the names Jesus and Judas.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Weird dream

Don't worry folks I am going to blog about some proper stuff - more TV - there's Red Dwarf ep 3 to review and Merlin will be on tonight but I just woke up from the weirdest dream.

Now normally I don't remember my dreams and the only thing different to my normal friday night routine is the milkshake and donut I had last night on my friend Yvonne and mines cinema trip to see Hotel Transylvania.

This is the donut, a crispy kreme butterscotch sundae and trailer for the film which was surprising very good.

Ah yes the dream. Well it had Adam Richman of Man vs Food fame (Maybe that was the donuts influence?) to begin with. For some bizarre reason I was interning for him and running back and forth like a blue arsed fly in a very strange world (Wouldn't be out of place from the 5th element) while he sat there chucking fruit into shelves. Again - bizarre. But I love Adam Richman and if he ever wanted me to intern for him and just sat there chucking fruit around - power to him.

Then a male friend of mine showed up. I have decided I am not going to name him. Thats when I get in trouble and cause if any of my male friends are reading this blog you will always be wondering ....... He was on the run from the police or police force in this strange Adam Richman world and begged me to help him disguise himself and get past them.

Anyway we all know how soft I am. I immediately caved and the next thing I know Ive changed into a dress (another thing that should have screamed out DREAM in my head) and him and I are pretending to be a disguised married couple. We get past the guards but then some of his mates (More male people I know turned up meeting us in a building me and him had climbed 5 floors up and my geordies turned up! Awesome!~)

His friends inform us that the police people bought our ruse but the illegal credentials they got for us came  up on a lottery and we had won places on a colonization ship to another world which we have to take or they will be onto him again. They urge him to go as getting more fake stuff will be impossible and he will get caught and sent to jail. They cannot follow him to this other planet. He has the chance to start anew.

Again soft old me gets talked into going as its a 2 person trip to work. The married couple has to go. I seemed to make the decision too easy - I think my dream persona had no family as I know in real life I wouldn't have put that much on the line for him. I hug my geordies for the last time and they gift me with some things. His male mates do the same and then we are on this ship. We get put to sleep - must be part of the transport process.

I wake up in a bed and he's spooning me. We have an awkward conversation about giving this fake marriage thing a proper go as we realise we will be the only people each other knows on this new world and can rely on. I agree and theres some kissing and we fall asleep again. Another reason Im not naming the friend ..... It was a dream no reason to get all clicky over dream kissing.

I wake up again alone and we are still on this ship but it seems allowed to walk around now. We have this tiny bedroom thing. I venture out and there's others and other people. I get attacked by this skinny woman. My dream fake hubbie runs up after a while (I was holding my own) and pulls her off. Seems even in the dark reaches of a colony ship an ex can pop up.

Then the dream flashed forward to the new planet and we have to build our shelter. (Too much simms? could it have been the milk in the milkshake. Is milk like cheese? Does it give you strange dreams?????) Anyway the alarm clock went off at that point thank god. I'm so crap at any kind of DIY and even though I was holding my own that lass kicked me around abit and in dream I was bruised.

What can I say ..... Bizare!

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Merlin Season 5 Ep 2

The wonder that is Gawain half naked continued! BBC 1 I really really like you now.

Arthur and Merlin manage to escape from Mordred and the Bandits and sneak into the Ismere tower where Morgana is digging to try find this "Key." Strangely through Mordred is bring kind to them, offering food and telling Merlin he will not tell his secret. Arthur has the opportunity to kill Mordred but does not take it much to Merlin's dismay - he is convinced Arthur will come to his end by Mord-reds hand.

Big bad - Morgana is getting her dreams again it seems and she wakes up having dreamed of being shackled to a dragon. Then is interesting twist, she calls out and a little dragon comes plodding up to her. So she has allied herself with a dragon that apparently the great dragon and Merlin as the Dragon-lord don't know about.

Meanwhile back in Camelot, it seems Gwen doesn't really want to execute her handmaiden Sepha who comes and begs for her life.

She's holding tight on the execution decision to lure her father to them so they can see what they are up against. Unfortunately this goes horribly wrong. Liam Cunninghams character comes back to rescue his daughter but he's pretty epic with a sword and some magic. Gwens brother though does manage to stab him. They both escape and he dies but not before managing to send a message to Morgana warning her that Arthur did not return to Camelot.

The creature from last week is healing Gawain. Arthur and Merlin sneak into where all the digging is at, hand a sword to Ser Percival and give orders for him to round up the rest of the knights. They go after Gawain and find him with the creature. She disappears and just as they are about to Gawain out of there Morgana's dragon charges in.

Merlin insists he's going to distract the dragon, follows it and gets to go all Dragonlordy. It seems the dragon understands him but cannot speak. It leaves them alone though.

Big Bad - Mordred arrives and him and Morgana share a hug and dinner in a nice touching reunion. They go down below and catch Arthur. Morgana taunts him with a flying dagger and Merlin comes back just in time to see Arthur get knocked out but he too loses consciousness. Then in the 2nd twist of the night, Mordred stabs Morgana and then returns Arthur to his knights who have cunningly overthrown all the Sarasons of course.

The creature from earlier comes back and heals Merlin and he reasons that she is in fact the key/font of all knowledge. She asks him if he wishes to ask anything and at first he refuses wisely saying it wouldn't be any good. But then in his worry about Mordred he asks about Arthurs bane. It seems that the person most danger to Arthur is in fact Arthur.

Then we return to Camelot where Merlin gives us a further twist. In reward for rescuing him and stabbing Morgana Arthur makes Mordred a knight. I think my jaw was on the floor at this development. Madness.

Merlin and Arthur have a conversation and both it seems are going to keep each others secret. Gaius says to Merlin that people can change but our little wizard clearly does not trust the other druid. And judging by the smile of the younger one at the end and the fact Morgana is still alive and escaping with the dragon, he's right too.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Red Dwarf season 10 Ep 2

In three words ........


Lister as we know from previous seasons is by some time traveling craziness is his own father. And this episodes showed us that every year Lister gets completely and utterly snockered to the point where he can't remember his drunken antics and writes himself a fathers day card, which he gives to Kryten for safekeeping and the droid delivers it on fathers day every to him. Lister always gets surprises at the contents then.

Rimmer and Kryten meanwhile are trying to get the new computer running and they install a blond gothic girl with predictive capabilities. The computer was rather amusing in that she calculated a ton of things and thereby they didn't need to have conversations. But alas she turned sinster towards the end.

There was some funny lines:

Kryten: Thank goodness for that derelict, sir. I am just so excited at the process of having another computer. We so miss Holly.
Rimmer: It's true. We just don't get the same quality of cock-up these days, do we?

Rimmer: Can you hear that?
Lister: What?
Rimmer: That! Can't you hear it? It's been driving me crazy! All over the ship, wherever I go, there's this really annoying, whiny sound!
Lister: Yeah, it's you. Stop talking at once.
Rimmer: It's still there.
Lister: You're still talking!

Also this ep had quite a good gag between Kryten, the Cat and a bunch of food machines around Chinese whispers - each machine of course hearing a different thing.

Lister also after getting really blind drunk decided he needed to discipline himself lol more and be a better father. Queue a few video messages from drunk Lister to sober Lister. Craig Charles nailed it big time!

Drunk Lister insisted that Sober/Son Lister enlist and do something with his life and also get his filling fixed in the medi bay. Lister went to start that process and after finding out he would get a free games package got the ship to open a fill for Dave Lister junior.

However he didn't enlist on a programme to better himself and Drunk Lister hilariously anticipated this and in a cruel move to force him while drunk quit the space core programme.

The new computer then got in on that and informs Lister he will lose his oxygen allowance. Lister ends up being jettisoned into space. The new computer turns even more loopy and attempts to kill them all by flying the ship into a sun but Lister makes it back in time and uses her kooky logic against her. Ironically his record for Dave Lister Juinor saves the day!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Totally loving this. I can feel a Mika Album purchase coming on .......

Anyway Im off to see a medium Dean James Fox this evening in the Hudd.

Heard good things about this chap. Its Rebecca's first experience of a proper show. Been wearing my charm bracelet my gran got me and having a few words with them upstairs. Fingers crossed one of em might have something to say. I never seem to get messages but I sure do feel them around.

Anyhooo onwards to Spirits of a different kind!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Two very cool vids

How intriguing is this? I'm not much of a bond fan. Admit-ably I will watch it if its on over Xmas but the idea that 2 guys could film something bondesque using a working holiday on a ship and a bunch of freebies perks the interest.

Secondly episode 2 of the Guild is now out and dream job it is not for Codex. Enjoy!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Merlin season 5 ep 1

SPOILERS .............

I better put this incase Ian reads it before he watches the show. Or I will never hear the end of it at work.



Oh yes Camelot was back and in full flow last night. We kick off 3 years after Arthur and Gwen's wedding. Camelot has flourished but as usual there are dangers afoot.

Arthur has installed the round table and Gwen has a seat at it too. Merlin is ending up covering for a new hand maiden of Gwen's who keeps getting things wrong and there's a little flirtiness between them.

It seems the Ser Gwaine has ventured north with some men and not returned so Arthur decides to go rescue them, despite the rumors that Morgana is up to her old tricks up north!

Now first off I have to congratulate the BBC for giving us an awful lot of half naked Gwaine time. The man who plays him is just delicious. Enjoy!

Big bad - Morgana catches Gwaine and co and makes them work in some mines. It seems she is hell bent on finding some sort of key. She has also allied herself with a druid played by Liam Cunningham. This was so weird because when he was screen all I could see was his character from Outsiders.

Meanwhile Arthur at Gwens suggestion decides to attack Morgana from the West meaning they march through an allies lands - Queen Ennis. There is a hilarious scene where they are all at dinner with the Queen and she requests Arthur's Fool (She thinks Merlin in a fool!!) entertain them. Then Merlin ends up doing a juggling routine much to Arthurs amazement with a little magic involved of course.

Arthur and his men march forward and come across a village completely annihilated. Merlin wanders off alone and encounters a druid who calls him Emerus.  He shows him a vision in which Arthur falls to a mysterious dark haired swordsman.

Merlin trys of course to warn Arthur but he won't abandon his men and they carry on forward anyway. Merlin sneaks off in the middle of the night, goes all dragon lord and has a conversation with the big dragon confirming that the druid was a seer and a pretty darn good one at that.

Meanwhile back at Camelot - Gwen's handmadien sneaks out in the middle of the night and goes to see Liam Cunningham who it seems is her father and has planted her as a spy. Dunnn dunnnn dunnnn. She tells him of course of Arthurs surprise attack and he goes off and warns Morgana.

Morgana immediately goes to war upon this news and Arthur and Merlin get seperated from the rest of the men as they try to flee as they are outnumbered.

Camelot - the rest of the knights return back and inform Gwen of Morgana's surprise jump on them and that they have lost the king. Gwen rationalises they have been betrayed. She works out it was her handmaiden and sentences her to death under the laws of Camelot. Everyone seems really shocked at this ruling. So hopefully our little Gwen isn't getting to big for her boots now shes a noble. We will see!

Arthur and Merlin manage to escape Morgana again only to get stuck in a trap making a grab for some rabbits. Queue hilarious Arthur/Merlin dialogue hanging in a net by a tree until some thugs cut them down. One recognises Arthur is Arthur and it looks like they are going to ransom or kill him until the mysterious guy from the earlier vision makes an appearance and its ......... dum dum dum Mordred.

All grown up and seriously creepy. For the moment I am presuming he has aligned himself with Morgana but alas we will have to wait till next week to see as its a 2 parter!!!

It also finishes with Gwaine being healed by a floaty luminous light being ...... 

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Red dwarf Series 10 Ep 1 - Spoilers as always!

It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere
I'm all alone, more or less
Let me fly far away from here
Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun

I want to lie shipwrecked and comatose
Drinking fresh mango juice
Goldfish shoals nibbling at my toes
Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun
Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun

I'll pack my bags and head into hyperspace
Where I'll succeed at time-warp speed
Spend my days in ultraviolet rays
Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun

We'll lock on course straight through the universe
You and me and the galaxy
Reach the stage where hyperdrive's engaged
Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun
Fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun

It was so nice to see the crew back after such a long long long time. Having been a Red Dwarf fan for at least 2 thirds of my life the last few weeks on Dave reliving all the classics really had me excited. More so when the Metro had a massive ad on the way to work monday.

I have to say I have been lucky enough to meet nearly everyone bar the bloke who plays the Cat. Danny - you are still on my bucket list! I have also got my father autographs of all the rest as he loves this show too. My last con, Chris Barrie - who by the way is one of the loveliest people and con guests you can ever meet had me in stitches leaving a party in Red Dwarf socks!

Anyway to the review ......

Episode 1 - the one with Rimmers Brother

Once again Rimmer has failed the officers test and he is grousing about it. He reads one of the questions and its to do with stopping a car in Canada. The reason being to avoid a moose. Queue a brilliantly simple yet hilarious all the way through joke about how everyone bar Rimmer knows its a moose.

Meanwhile they find another ship and there's a distress call from Rimmers brother! Rimmer trys again to pass his test as he doesn't want to see his brother again not being as successful as him. Rimmers holodrive malfunctions and it turns out its due to a Resentment overload. They drain him off and get him back operational again.

Cat and Lister end up getting suckered in by some droid infomercials and decide they want to order a stir-master. They spend most of the episode being passed from droid to droid and department to department. Kryten takes over at one point and ends up yelling. Lister adopts the attitude that he's getting through regardless and is still holding on 3 days later when the boys (after Rimmer fails his test once more) all agree to a ruse to pretend to Rimmers brother that he is a Captain.

Rimmers brother comes on-board with a female sim and he falls hook line and sinker for the rouse. And then hilariously his brothers holodrive has a resentment overload. The Sim says she is going to tranfer them back to a medi base and she allegedly disappears. But alas in a nice doublecross shes an insane women intend on wiping them out and only teleports 3 floors up to the armory.

Cat saves the day (he's ended up getting lost in the new ship and stumbles on the sim holding the rest captive at just the right time). He stabs a something containing the resentment into her neck. She gets neutralized and brilliantly at the end the boys have their stir-master in the form of the sim.

Funny and simple. It was great to see the boys back mostly on form. The Cat was just brilliant. Back in his over the top outfits, back doing his side walking thing. Kryten felt the same. But something was just a tiny bit off with Lister and Rimmer. I can't quite put my finger on it. Hopefully next weeks - whatever is niggling me will be gone.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Pink fluffly unicorns

Somebody I used to work with made a funny comment to someone I currently work with about Unicorns and when this randomly popped up in my Youtube feed I couldn't resist sharing it.

Now then ...... what colour are those unicorns!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Guild Season 6

Finally my fav web series is back!!!

Loving the new intro.

The guild is hilarious and if you have not watched this genius child of Felicity Days I insist that you go to YouTube immediately and marathon watch all the first 5 seasons. 

Then you have to praise Felicity for the creation of Fawkes played by Wil Wheaton.

 After that you must view all 3 of the awesome music video's they also created listed below:

Do you want to date my avatar?

Game on!

Now I'm the one who's cool

Being a gamer I can totally relate to this series. My guild the Army of Masks is just awesome.

Happy to report I finally got some specialist armour and it cost me a bloody fortune. Proudly presenting my Guildwars 2 character Lily Bloss in full on second tier Slyvari Armour.

Monday, 1 October 2012


Well sadly my sunday nights are not the same - no Sinbad sobs. But silver lining Merlin is back next week!

From the spoilerific 55 seconds of bliss above ..... the round table finally! Morgana's back, Gwen as queen ......

Bring it on :)