REALISATION!!!

It has just struck me like a ton of bricks that the Orlando Star Wars Celebration, the biggest Star Wars event of the year, is only three weeks away.

This means we are ‘hopefully’ only 3 weeks away from getting our first glimpse of the next Star Wars episode!!

I’m not hyperventilating…… really I’m not!

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A TRUE ARTIST

Yoann Lemoine

Woodkid

A name that should be more widely known, but in my small world, if asked, most people would say they didn’t know who he was.

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Another name that should also be more widely known and maybe a few people would know who you were talking about if you asked them.

Certainly, if you played some music by Woodkid, people would light up and realise that they’ve ‘heard’ some of his music at least.

He came to my attention completely by accident after I watched a video on Youtube.

I have mentioned the video before. It features a male belly dancer called Horus Mozarabe. If you wait until the 2:30 mark, there is a change in the music and it is a piece called ‘I Love You’ by Woodkid. I immediately fell in love with it.

I thought this was my first encounter with Woodkid, until I started looking into his back catalogue and realised that he also did ‘Run Boy Run’ for the Divergent movies.

Now my interest was well and truly piqued.

I did the usual and Googled and Wikied the guy and found out more than I expected.
The guy is extremely talented.

Yoann Lemoine was born in 1983 in France. He is a music video director, graphic designer and singer-songwriter. His most notable works include his music video direction for Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”, Taylor Swift’s single “Back to December”, Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die” and Mystery Jets’ “Dreaming of Another World”.

Lemoine is also a neofolk musician, going by the stage name Woodkid. On March 28, 2011, Woodkid released his first EP, Iron, and on March 18, 2013, he released his first album titled The Golden Age, which is an autobiographical record.

He studied illustration and animation at the Emile Cohl School, where he completed his diploma with honors. He then left for the UK to follow a silk screen printing process course at Swindon College.

He joined Luc Besson’s crew and worked on the project Arthur and the Invisibles for a year. In 2006 Yoann directed a series of roughs for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.

In June 2010, he received 5 Lions for his AIDS Awareness campaign Graffiti at the Cannes Lions Advertising festival. A very clever, very funny video with a serious message.

In 2012, Lemoine received the award for Best Director of the Year at the MVPA Awards in Los Angeles and was nominated for 6 MTV Video Music awards for his videos for Lana Del Rey, Drake, and Rihanna.

However, it is his own video’s and live shows that really grabbed my attention.

I look forward to keeping up with his work in the future.
His imagery is amazing and his music is striking.

THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!!

I can’t believe this just happened.

Hubby bought me tickets for ‘Space Spectacular’ at the Royal Albert hall in June.

The Royal Alber Hall website describes the event as…..

Music from deep space and beyond

A voyage through a galaxy of favourite music from deep space and beyond, with lights, lasers and indoor fireworks.

Space Spectacular will feature works by Holst, Strauss and John Williams – perhaps the greatest film composer of all time and winner of over 40 prestigious awards, including five Academy Awards. Over the decades their music has accompanied us on epic adventures, told us stirring tales, and taken us on many emotional journeys.

Iconic pieces have even transported us back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, often painting a full picture before the actors even say a word!

JOHN WILLIAMS Star Wars • Superman • E.T. • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
HOLST Mars and Jupiter from The Planets

Plus: Star Trek • Battlestar Galactica • Thunderbirds

… and new music for 2017:
JAMES HORNER: Apollo 13
DAVID ARNOLD: Independence Day

AARGH!!
The bit that caught my attention was of course ‘Star Wars’!!
The thought of hearing John Williams scores performed live is mind boggling.

To be honest, everything on the list sounds amazing.
The Battlestar Galactica theme is amazing.
The Planets by Holst has always been a favourite.
Of course Thunderbirds is an iconic piece of music.

If they play ‘Duel of Fates’ from Star Wars, I will literally wet myself!!

I can’t wait!

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Ok, this is new for this blog.
Photo of the week.

I intend it to be a regular thing, as the title suggests it should be weekly, but I’m a bit of a scatter brain so I’ll probably forget and just do it as I remember to do it.

I am so pleased to post this photo as my first photo of the week.

Colton Haynes

A HUGE congratulations to Colton Haynes and his new fiance Jeff Leatham.
He is a stunning looking actor who hit my radar when he appeared in Green Arrow.

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I had absolutely no idea he was gay and quite frankly this revelation has only taken him from hot to smouldering.
They make an amazingly hot couple and I’m so happy for them.

The fact that they have been courageous enough to be so open about their relationship from the start is inspiring and with the way things are in America at the moment, I think it is also much needed.

I hope they continue to inspire and I wish them all the best for their future together.

P.S….

WE WANT WEDDING

PHOTOS!!!!!

ONE TO WATCH

Oh yes!!
Sergei Polunin.
Definately one to watch.

The bad boy of ballet…….

Tattoos and attitude and dances because he LOVES it. He dances with passion and couldn’t give a f##k what others think.

He’s just announced that he wants to get into movies.
YES PLEASE!!!!!!

If he cracks hollywood the way he’s cracked dance then I’m all for it!!

WATCH THIS SPACE.

STUFFED

So, don’t ask me why but for the last three days all I’ve done is eat and drink….alcohol!!

I know for a fact I can’t be pregnant so what is it?!

I think maybe it could be a stress release.
I worry all the time about Murron. What she’s doing (or not) with her life.
I worry about Dharma and her tummy problems and joint pains and all the time she has off school.
I worry about Ian and his psoriatic arthritis and the amount of pain he’s in all the time.
Marjorie is the only one I’m not really worried about at the moment.

Then there’s me.
Definately going through a bit of a mid life crisis at the moment. Trying to recapture my youth.
I’ve got my brother’s wedding to look forward to in Italy in August and I want to lose some weight for that.
The last few weeks I’ve taken a big step forward with my career and applied for a Nurse Associate position. On Thursday I found out that I have successfully got a place. That means that from 1st of April I am officially a University student!!

HOW SCARY IS THAT!!

So! After a long shift at work on Friday I had three days off and I think I just went into f##k it mode.

It started with a chinese on Friday evening and hasn’t stopped. I’ve stuffed my face with anything I wanted and enjoyed a couple of bottles of wine……ok and the odd JD and coke!!
I binge watched and got completely hooked on Sense8 and I’ve read a little fan-fiction.

I seriously need to get it out of my system today.
I have to get back on track with the diet. August will be here before I know it.

It’s a pretty good week this week. I’m only working Tuesday and Wednesday and then I’m off until Monday next week.
Perfect time to think about dragging my backside out for some exercise and get my mind on Italy.

So for today, I have a lamb stew to finish, a partial bottle of Pinot to finish and few crispy nibbles and Dr Strange on Bluray.

Time to chill.

WHERE DO I START?….

Right, where do I start?
How do I explain what I’ve just watched?
Can I explain it?
Thank god for IMDB and Wikipedia where a lot of this information is pieced together from.

A few months ago I attempted to watch a series called Sense8 on Netflix.
I obviously wasn’t in the right frame of mind the first time around and I gave up after a couple of episodes.

You see, you REALLY need to be in the right frame of mind to watch this mind f##k of a programme.

How do I know this?
I tried it again and I’ve just binge watched the whole of the first season and the Xmas special.

HOLY COW!!

IMDB put it simply….
A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.

That’s it in a nutshell but there’s so much more to it.
Once you wrap your head around the concept it’s AMAZING!!
So clever.

8 people from around the world, all born at the same time. They all experience a vision of the violent death of a woman called Angelica and that is when they develop a mental and emotional connection. They become ‘sensates’. They learn that they can sense and communicate with each other and share their knowledge and skills. They can literally step into each other’s lives without ‘physically’ doing it.

This is so hard to explain!!!

They are helped along by another ‘sensate’ called Jonas, who has a link to Angelica. He is trying to protect them from another ‘sensate’ called ‘Whispers’ who is hunting them down by tapping into their psychic link.

The scenes where they ‘connect’ are particularly clever and ‘WOWZERS’ does it make the sex scenes incredibly hot.

Orgy anyone?

The diversity of the cast is awesome.

One from Iceland – Riley Blue
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An Icelandic DJ living in London who is trying to escape a troubled past.

One from Germany – Wolfgang Bogdanow
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A Berlin locksmith and safe-cracker who has unresolved issues with his late father and participates in organised crime.

One from Mexico – Lito Rodriguez
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A closeted actor of Basque background living in Mexico City with his boyfriend Hernando.

One from Korea – Sun Bak
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Daughter of a powerful Seoul businessman and a burgeoning star in the underground kickboxing world.

Two from America – Nomi Marks and Will Gorski
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Nomi is a trans woman hacktivist and blogger living in San Francisco with her girlfriend Amanita. She was born Michael but changed her name to Nomi, which stands for “Know Me”
Will is a chicago police officer haunted by an unsolved murder from his childhood.

One from India – Kala Dandekar
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A university educated pharmacist and devout Hindu in Mumbai who is engaged to marry a man she does not love.

One from Africa – Capheus “Van Damme” Onyango
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A Matatu driver in Nairobi and a passionate fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme who is trying to earn money to buy AIDS medicine for his mother.

Over the course of the first series I have fallen in love with all of these characters.
They all have very different and troubled lives.
The only two who have ‘physically’ met are Riley and Will and I think these two are set to really go through the wringer in series 2.

However, when it comes to absolute favourites I will have to plump for Lito and his boyfriend Hernando. It simply doesn’t get any cuter or any hotter!!
They have both got bods to die for and watching them overcome Lito’s forced ‘outing’ during the season simply won my heart.
And just so you know… Lito’s Mum is a queen!!

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Lito and Hernando would have to be hotly followed by the tragic Kala and Wolfgang!!
OMG!!
Kala is so unsure about what she’s doing but firmly believes it’s the right thing to do.
The man she is marrying is successful and handsome and she would have a good life, but she doesn’t love him.
Then she connects with Wolfgang and although they never physically meet, there is an overpowering feeling of love that develops between them but Wolfgang knows his dangerous life is not what she needs and he gives her up!!
This realtionship had better go somewhere in series 2 or I may just burst!!

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Don’t let the photos fool you. Wolfgang and Kala have not ‘physically’ met yet!!
Confused?
Like I’ve been trying to say, this show is a real mind f##k and if you give it a go, I suggest you do it totally sober and concentrate!!

Roll on May when I can binge watch series 2!!