Thursday, 28 February 2019

Fighting fires

It was a day that started quietly and productively that rapidly went down hill! I had hope to leave at a reasonable hour but sadly the gods colluded against me as fires started popping up left right and centre.

Can't beat a nice late afternoon crisis to get the old adrenalin pumping! I did eventually managed to dampen things down and was at least home by 8pm.

A nice Indian take away and a bit of Jessica Jones helped me relax a little before I crashed out LOL


Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Cannoli and The Making Of Star Wars

It was another good day at the office with great things happening including my team being bought some cannoli because a meeting overran and I had to find another room and the colleague who had been in that meeting wanted to say thank you. Good times!

Fancying a bit of a Star Wars fix tonight I watched The Making Of Star Wars as told by C-3PO and R2-D2 (the 1977 documentary) on Youtube.

You can watch this delightful documentary here:

I guess I am long overdue in writing a Star Wars update. That will definitely be coming soon!



Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Back to normal

The day started really badly with some of Friday's shite spilling over (plus Monday too but I didn't bother bringing that up). Thankfully some management intervention and an offsite coffee has set the world to rights and now everything is hunky dory once again. It's not been a great situation to have been in but I am now glad that everything has been sorted out we are all working together properly with an air of renewed co-operation.

This actually really de-stressed my whole day and gave me some new perspective on stuff which was nice.

It was even better to go home and just enjoy an evening and not have any carry over stress or to have to unload all the shit on other members of the family. Long may this continue.


Monday, 25 February 2019

Turisas & Korpiklaani @ Islington Assembly Hall

It was birthday gig night tonight as a group of us went to Islington Assembly Hall to see the Turisas and Korpiklaani double headline tour. The gang was, Sam, Aaron, Callum and Dan with Toni and Zoe being sadly absent. We missed Trollfest but the rest of the night was great.

First up were Turisas providing their brand of Battle Metal. To be honest they were the main reason I wanted to come to this as they've always impressed me whenever I've seen them before. Tonight was no exception. As the set ended I was gutted that they hadn't played my favourite song only for them to come out and do it acoustically for the encore!
 Photo: Caz Mumin
 Photo: Angela King
Photo: Bryn Mathias

The Turisas setlist was:
As Torches Rise
A Portage to the Unknown
We Ride Together
To Holmgard and Beyond
Battle Metal
Hunting Pirates
Five Hundred and One
Stand Up and Fight
Rasputin (Boney M. cover)

Encore:
The March of the Varangian Guard (Acoustic)
For Your Own Good (Acoustic)

Korpiklaani put on a fine show but it felt most of the time that they were playing second fiddle to the fine set that Turisas had just played. Until the end that is, final song was Wooden Pints followed by an encore of Beer Beer (with Trollfest) and then Vodka. The place went nuts for those three songs and at that Korpiklaani stole the show, just!
Photo: Caz Mumin

The Korpiklaani setlist was:
Neito
Korpikuusen kyynel
Aallon Alla
A Man With a Plan
Juomamaa
Kallon malja
Pellervoinen
Harmaja
Kotikonnut
Sillanrakentaja
Kuin korpi nukkuva
Lempo
Pilli on pajusta tehty
You Looked Into My Eyes
Wooden Pintsv

Encore:
Beer Beer (with TrollfesT) (Øl Øl version)
Vodka

It was a great night out with friends and family and the bands were great making it a very memorable event.







Sunday, 24 February 2019

Foggy Stratford and back home

It was a tad foggy when we woke up this morning.

After some breakfast Toni and I did a run to the dump to drop off a couple of things for mum. Such a glamorous life we lead LOL.

The sun finally managed to start shining through as the day progressed.  I managed to get a before and after picture of the fog and then when the day turned out all beautiful

It wasn't long before we were having lunch and then it was time to pack things up and head back home again. It was great to see mum and also reassuring to see that she is well on the way to recovery.

The journey back was smooth and before we knew it we were back in our living room once again.

Indian food and many episodes of Midnight, Texas season two closed our night out

It's been a lovely relaxing weekend and I feel nice and refreshed now and ready take on whatever next week might throw at me!


Saturday, 23 February 2019

Birthday fun

We were up at 5am this morning to hit the road to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit mum. We made great time and were just after 8. As mum is healing well after her recent knee operation we made a walk into town to go and have breakfast at Benson's. Gluten free breakfast for £5 plus unlimited refills on the coffee!

It was a good day for presents. Sam and Sophie got me a Daughters Of Khaine set to kickstart my new Age Of Sigmar Warhammer army:

Giselle game some magickal tools:

Toni was amazing and gave me a gorgeous walking stick:

It was a lovely relaxing day. We had tea and cake in the afternoon at mum's insistence as it was my birthday :)

Nobody wanted to cook so Toni and I popped out to collect a Nando's order as not many places deliver in Stratford. It was delicious as Nando's rarely disappoints and there was plenty left for later/tomorrow!

We don't often watch 'normal' television and we spent a few hours tuned into Pick watch such gems as Border Security: America's Front Line, Border Patrol, Stop Search Seize and Brit Cops: War On Crime in what I started to call Catch a Wrong 'Un TV. Car crash TV at it's finest LOL It was a novelty but I couldn't make a habit of it.

It has been a great day spending time with mum and Toni, plus many messages from around the world.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Sometimes you have a day....

...where you just think this

Sadly today was one of those days. It takes a lot to push me anywhere near my limits but for the second time this week I have been tested. People can be really disappointing sometimes! Here's hoping that this silliness is now over and that next week will go back to being normal. Monday might be a tough one in the afternoon but after that all should be good.

It was a relief when the day was over and could head home, via the chip shop, for a delicious meal and a chance to relax. We had planned on heading to Stratford-upon-Avon tonight but have decided to get up really early tomorrow with a view to arriving at mum's by 9am. I intend to enjoy my birthday weekend free from todays garbage.



Thursday, 21 February 2019

TV shows to catch up on

We've just been binging a couple of TV shows so I thought i'd pass on my thoughts on these.

First up we have The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. This is one where all episodes were dropped at the same time.

The show is based on the comic books by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after their adoptive father, who trained them to save the world, dies. This superheroes with a difference show is well put together and tells a compelling story that slowly unfolds. There's a good mix of the serious and comedic. It was compulsive viewing and we managed to get through the whole thing over a weekend.



Next up is The Passage that we've been watching on NowTV.

This is a different twist to the vampire story done with a zombie-style epidemic twist. It's a weekly show and so far we are up to episode 6. It's a great story that has us desperate for the week to pass so that we can see the next episode


Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Busy busy and Seven Psychopaths

It's been busy old time at work over these past few weeks. Fires have been popping up everywhere and once again I am back into Red Adair mode to put them out. I think I am coming up for air now though which is a relief as it's pretty draining having reduced downtime.

Got home at 19:30 and enjoyed a lovely meal while watching Seven Psychopaths. The synopsis doesn't really do it justice! A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

The end scene turned into a talk along as Zoe has clearly watched this WAY too many times! LOL

It's a dark comedy with Christopher Walken at his finest. Check it out!







Tuesday, 19 February 2019

The Dirt

I'm really not sure how I feel about this. There are lots of things that are positive about Mötley Crüe but they also have that one BIG negative thanks to Vince Neil. It was probably inevitable that someone would turn The Dirt into a film and Netflix have done the deed.

Having seen the trailer now and the fact that they hint at the incident in question really does make this car crash TV.


Despite signing an agreement never to tour together as Mötley Crüe again they are still going to be recording and have apparently written new material for this biopic which will be interesting to hear.

The annoying thing is that it does look as though it might be quite good although I'll have very mixed feelings about watching it.

Monday, 18 February 2019

My Saga

Tonight I finally got round to watching My Saga, a documentary that I helped fund on Kickstarter.

My Saga follows the journey of Adam Harris, a husband, father and Star Wars fan. Four years ago, the discovery of a brain tumour and a serious health scare caused Adam to re-evaluate his priorities and follow his dreams.

Star Wars has always been a constant source of joy, comfort and even safety in Adam’s life. When it became apparent his children shared the same deep love and affection for Star Wars, Adam felt compelled to discover just what it is about Star Wars that creates such devoted fans that span across multiple generations, all around the world.

With his son Jack by his side, Adam has spoken with fans, enthusiasts, die-hards as well as cast and crew members from the films. All the while discovering what Star Wars means to him, and the impact it’s had on making him the husband and father he is today.

Every fan has their own saga. This is one.

If you love Star Wars you will connect with this documentary. There were tears in my eyes at numerous points, mostly Star Wars related but also just through the emotion captured on film.

If you get a chance to check it out at some point please do. I can't wait to receive my BluRay copy at some point.

Watch the trailer here:







Sunday, 17 February 2019

Now panic....................

......I'm back bitches!

It's been a while since I update my blog for one reason or another so i thought it was time to make a return!