Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Bond In Motion: October 2015

I had the chance to visit the Bond In Motion exhibition while I was in London in October, It is one of the best James Bond exhibitions I have visited in years and holds some great props and cars from the movies.

The exhibition is located in the London Film Museum near Covent Garden and is spread over 2 floors with some great storyboard and art work with many props from the films, there are even some white card models of the film sets which were really interesting to see.

There is a large selection of cars on show and many of the cars are presented in a perfect setting allowing the cars to stand out and be seen in near 360 degree access.

The projections of the car scenes from the films are a great way to show the way the cars were used and it made the whole experience very enjoyable to see the famous and iconic car chases that make the James Bond films so memorable and enjoyable.

The exhibition houses many great Aston Martin, BMW and other cars driven by Bond over the years, There are also many well known and famous cars driven by the villains of the worlds most famous spy.

I spent just over an hour in the exhibition looking at the cars, seeing some great props and taking in the full experience of the whole collection had to offer. You could quite easily spend a couple of hours looking round the museum.

Since October the museum has added the cars of spectre to the collection and I am planning another visit as soon as possible to go check out the new cars on offer and grab some pictures of the Aston Martin DB10 and the other vehicles used in spectre.

I have always loved the James Bond films and the cars of the series have always been a big part of the reason why the series has been successful and long running.

This is the best collection of cars on show I have seen in many years and highly recommend a visit to anyone but especially James bond fans.

You can buy tickets on the door or through the website: http://londonfilmmuseum.com/home/   

Be sure to go check out the exhibition if you are in London as it wont disappoint.

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

James Bond Exhibition, Palace of Westminster and Shrewsbury Update

I have not blogged a whole lot in the past couple of months but I have posted a new review just a few days ago and posted several pictures to Instagram from my recent travels.

London: October 2015

I spent a day in London a few weeks ago and had a meet up with a few mates and visited the Bond In Motion exhibition at the Film Museum near Covent Garden. I am going to post a separate article in the next week or so about the exhibition as it was an amazing place to visit.

In the afternoon I was privileged to join a tour round the Palace of Westminster and see around the houses of parliament and the house of lords, there was strict policy of no photography in the palace so I was not able to take any pictures to share on the blog... which is a shame because the architecture of the full building is mind blowing and so full of rich and interesting history. We met a member of the house of lords at the start of the tour who took us down into The Chapel of St Mary Undercroft which is normally out of bounds for the general public and we were able to experience the rich and vibrant gold coloured walls with delicately painted patterns that cover all the ceilings and walls, It was a real honour to see such a special place that not many people will be able to see in person.

Shrewsbury: November 2015

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours in Shrewsbury in Shropshire a couple of days ago and though the weather was very cold and wet I had a great time exploring the streets steeped in historical buildings and exploring the city centre with its mixture of old and new architecture.

The town has some great place to dine out and some amazing pubs serving local artisan ales, the pubs were full of character and history of the area. The town has many twisting and winding roads and amazing alleyways that lead to hidden away timber framed buildings and small independent establishments serving amazing local food and drink.

Due to the rain and bad weather I did not get many pictures during the day and went to the cinema to watch a film but was treated to the wonders of Shrewsbury as darkness fell and the buildings lit up with warm and inviting glowing windows and it was then I managed to capture some great pictures of the old historical streets lit up under the ever falling darkness. I was then picked up and transported to Rowton Castle for the evening party for my cousins wedding. I also managed to grab a few pictures of Rowton Castle lit up against the dark nights sky.

 More blog posts covering my London trip, James Bond Exhibition and Shrewsbury very soon...

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

My Love Of Music

Music is a great thing, there are so many genres and styles that there is something for everyone. Recently I have been listening to more music and enjoying the experience of just listening to different genres while I perform everyday tasks such as writing, cooking and travelling. Music is a great tool to pass the time and to motivate when energy is lacking and inspiration is at an all time low, music can help to get you through the day and make boring tasks seem more interesting. 

I go through phases with music and can go months with out listening but then I get in the mood to have a soundtrack in the background which can help me cope with what's going on around me and help to inspire and get the creativity flowing. Every time I have a creative block and need to get the creativity flowing I find my music collection can help to clear my mind or give me ideas and allows me to get on with more work.

I have been asked many times what is your favourite song and my answer is always the same every time I am asked and I just say I don't know, I listen to that much music from many genres and artists I would not be able to pick just one song or artist.

I have been exploring the TV series and films on the Amazon Prime Video Service and currently twelve episodes into season 1 of Nashville, its a great series so far. It is my new background noise/distraction on the TV while I am writing and working on the laptop. Speaking of Amazon I recently purchased the Classically Chilled Album  for while I am designing stuff and it really helps to relax the mind and release the creativity. Here is the link to the CD if you want to buy it: http://amzn.to/1NGtexs

What is your favourite song/music genre?

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Good Manners Cost Nothing: Line Pushing and Swearing...

Dropped by the supermarket yesterday on way home to pick up some stamps. On entering the store and joining the line of 2 people I witnessed a guy walk in which set off the alarms, he strolls up to the line that now consists of 1 guy and 86 year old lady wanting to put on her lottery tickets on in front of me and 2 mums with young children in prams behind me.

This chav walks up to me money in hand and the following exchange happened:  

Chav: Can you put this lotto on and get me cigs I can't be bothered to wait in line...

Me: No, sorry, You will have to wait in line like everyone else.

Chav: F***ing weirdo...

Me: Language please, there are women and children stood right here, they should not have to put up
with you swearing in front of them and their children, It's disrespectful so learn some manners and get to the back of the line and wait to be served like the rest of us." 

He then proceeded to leave the shop swearing and ranting without his lotto tickets and cigarettes, as he left the alarm went off again and he was picked up by a security guard... on leaving the store after getting the stamps and passing by him in the entrance he decided to call me every name under the sun in a barrage of insults. 


I admit that I do swear occasionally behind closed doors at home and have self control to stop myself swearing. And it annoys me that people swear so openly in public with out realising that they are swearing every other word or so. Good manners cost nothing and respecting others should be a universal understanding between everyone but some people don't seem to be able to grasp simple concepts like waiting in line and not swearing in front of children and people of the older generation.

This might be come part of a series of blog post as is have a few other situations I want to blog about so stay tuned and keep following this blog.

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Take a Break

Sometimes you have to step back and prioritise things over what has to be done and what you want to do. If only there were more hours in the day...

With the day to day stuff getting more and more piled up recently I have decided to re-evaluate my situation at the moment and what I want to do over the next couple of months with the blogs. I have decided to set myself the targets to get at least 2 blog posts a month on each blog at a minimum. I want to do more review stuff and have a large back catalogue of products that I still need to review so hopefully if all goes to plan there will be reviews very soon.

I have been getting more involved in my voluntary work in the community recently and it may be a great opening to a career I would never have thought of before the start of this year. I have found that I feel more creative and have some great plans for a few projects to pursue in the near future.

I am still working on the mathematics book project but it has slowed down recently due to work commitments from all involved but will be hopefully getting in to full swing soon.

Its been a tough couple of weeks but I hopefully will have more stuff to post soon.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Story Of This Blog Part 2

Creative visions can change and as an idea grows it can become something that was once unthinkable.

This blog was the starting point of my blogging career that started on the 28th March 2011. The blog has grown from a small little insignificant set of blog posts to a structured blog of  over 370 articles with over 26000 page views, the blog has become part of my life and lets me have a connection to the world that I would never have had unless it was for biting the bullet and starting the blog. I have a large amount of readers from around the world and my content has been read by people in almost every country imaginable. 

This blog has helped me in many aspects of my life as I have been able to help several charities and I have been asked to work with companies to review products I would never had got to test with out this blog and my social media platforms. The vision for this blog is always changing and very soon I will be showcasing some new content and evolving these blogs to become more accessible to everyone.

There may be a part 3 to this series soon but it may be a week or so before I get another part of this series typed up. I have 1 or two articles coming up next week that should be fun reading.

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Monday, 30 March 2015

High Barn Cottages Yorkshire

I recently stayed at a converted barn near Bridlington for a short break and it was a great couple of days with plenty of countryside and coastal walks with great scenery of coastal cliffs and fantastic architecture of historical buildings.  

The accommodation we stayed in was part of a farm with a set of luxury cottages set with in 150 acres of open farm land in a luxury converted barn. High Barn Cottages are set in a central location with everything you would ever want on your doorstep. We stayed in one of the 5 cottages known as the owl house which had a owl nesting spot built in to the outside wall with a 24 hour web cam feed to the television so you could see the owls take flight out in to the night.

The cottage was perfect and had everything you would expect from a country property, it was very clean and tidy with a modern finish fashioned around reclaimed timbers and clean eco-friendly modern country living. Here are a few pictures:
There was a full underfloor heating system in the down stairs areas of the property and a full set of radiators upstairs that ran off an eco-friendly ground source heat pump, all the electricity to the cottages was run from a large wind turbine and the cottage was the perfect place to be after a nice country walk as you entered from the cold and in to a nice open plan kitchen and living area. 

The bed rooms were large and felt cosy with on suite bath room and shower. The rooms were decorated in a nice but simple way with a nice homely feel that made the place very relaxing.

The cottage was part of the large barn that housed 5 other properties with two single floor properties boasting wet rooms perfect for disabled and elderly people. The courtyard was nicely set out and open plan with places to sit and relax in the fresh country air.

The place is a great holiday destination and I would highly recommend a stay at the cottages for anyone looking to relax and unwind in the countryside.

Here is the link to the website for the cottages and lots of information about the place and the areas to visit: http://goo.gl/6WjEAB

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Story Of This Blog Part 1

The story of this blog.

When I first started the blog it was just a mash up of different content while I refined my vision for content and what I wanted to create and over time I started to specialise the blog to give it a recognisable style and theme, this was only possible due to the launching of the other blogs (games, photography, review) and it made reading my blogs more user friendly as my work progressed.

This blog is the most popular of all my blogs and has some interesting content that I am proud of, there are a few things and many viewpoints of mine that have changed over time and it is always a journey when I go back and read what I wrote when this blog first started.

This blog has allowed me to see some interesting places and learn many things that I would not have learnt if it was not for this blog and how it has grown, I have learnt more about myself from this blogging experience than I would have thought possible and is a great resource that allows me to look back and see how much I have changed and how far I have come.

This blog may not have a regular stream of content each week but I am always trying to put 110% in to the creation of content on all my blogs to make up for the lack of weekly content that people have come to expect from bloggers. I use to be able to write up to 10 articles a week but over time I have learnt to refine my work and I firmly believe in quality over quantity when it comes to creating content. This blog is going to keep growing and all the blogs are going to have plenty of content very soon as I have a short break coming up. 

I will be doing a small photography project in a week or two and will be posting to my instagram and on the photography blog. 

The story of this blog will continue very soon.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Big Hero 6 Film Review

Big hero 6 is the the perfect family film for 2015

I recently went to the cinema with my nephew as he wanted to go see Big Hero 6 and the film is great as it works on so many different levels, at first the perception of the film could be seen as a kids film but it is so much more than that. The film is perfect for all ages as the story is really engaging and keeps you watching right through to the end. 

Baymax is a great character as he is very likable from the very moment he introduced, He is just one of the main characters that really make the film a family classic that can be watched again and again.

The film features a ton of Marvel comic references (including Stan Lee) and  Disney references on the billboards around the city. (see if you can spot them all)

The film is great and has a strong cast of characters, an engaging storyline, plenty of funny moments and plenty of interesting twists and turns. Go see it today or get it on DVD.

I don't believe in spoiling a film for people and would not like to ruin the film for anyone so be sure to go see it at cinemas or get it on DVD/ Blu ray at the Amazon links below to experience the full film for yourself.

My Rating: 9/10

Where to get it;
Amazon UK:

DVD: http://amzn.to/1LBpACq
Blu ray: http://amzn.to/1LyKpfK

Amazon US:

DVD: http://amzn.to/1B8akK5
Blu ray: http://amzn.to/1vuJ9Z9

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