THIS JUST MADE MY NIGHT!!

Having a little play on Youtube and found this lovely reminder of what a great show The Killing was.
I really miss Holder and Linden!

DISH OF THE WEEK #60 – STEPHEN AMELL

This is going to be brief because I feel like poo!!
I’ve got a head cold brewing quite nicely.
I’ve done some chores and done some shopping.
The college work can take a leap off a cliff today.

As you may have noticed in the last few posts, I have become a little addicted to ‘The Arrow’
Not only that but I have come to realise what an absolute babe Stephen Amell is!!

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He has competition though because his cousin, Robbie Amell, made it to my Dish list first at number 48!!

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Robbie vs Stephen. Battle of the abs!!!

Can’t get enough of him at the moment.
He will be hitting big screens next year as he takes on the role of Casey Jones in the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

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I hope we get to see the pretty eyes behind the mask a bit more!!

Anyway, I am now going to go and die on the sofa while trying to catch up with the 3rd season of the Arrow!!

VERDICT?

That was not easy watching for a Sunday morning!!

Last night saw the finale to the first series of Outlander.
So as I had my morning coffee with the rest of the family in bed, I settled down to watch an hour of the most harrowing TV I think I’ve ever watched.

This is the adaptation of the first book in a series that I started reading nearly 20 years ago.
I’ve waited so long to see it brought to the screen and when I found out it was finally being made into a series I was both excited and scared.
Excited because the books are incredible! The story, the people, the scenery, the descriptions that bring it all to life, Diana Gabaldon really does her research to get it all right.
Scared because I know how the first book ends and it doesn’t end well for the hero of the books, James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser.
Doubly scared because I didn’t know if the TV series would be able to do the books any justice.

I needn’t have worried.
The series was in good hands with Ron Moore and his wife , Terry Dresbach, who is a big Outlander fan herself, did an amazing job researching and making all the costumes!

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Jamie wedding outfit Claire wedding dress

 

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Sixteen episodes later and we have been taken through every emotion imaginable.
We have seen Claire, struggling with her concience about abandoning her husband in 1945, we have seen her falling in love with Jamie, ‘we‘ have fallen in love with Jamie!
We learned about the history between Jamie and Jack Randall and we learned to despise ‘Black’ Jack Randall.
This all lead up to the finale.
A finale that has broken quite a big barrier for TV and depicted in quite some detail, the torture, rape and breaking of a man.

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These were the scenes from the book that I knew were coming at the end of this first series.
For 15 episodes, I knew in the back of my mind that this was going to happen.
It worried me.
I didn’t know what I was expecting but I knew that if they were going to stay as true as possible to the book, and up to episode 15 they had, then episode 16 was going to be excruciating to watch.

I wasn’t wrong.

Throughout the episode we see Jamie slowly broken, both in body and soul.
Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies did an astounding job with very difficult material and as difficult as it was to watch, they got it right!

I can now breath a sigh of relief.
The hard bit is over and I can’t wait for series 2 to start airing in the Autumn!!

I COULD WATCH THIS ALL DAY

Some bright spart took the best two Arrow workout scenes and put them on a loop.
So here, for your pleasure is Stephen Amell doing the Salmon Ladder.

This is not very conducive to serious work!

DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN

I do believe I have died and gone to heaven.

It’s only taken three years but I have finally got a tad hooked the Arrow!

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AHEM!!! The Arrow!!!!

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NOPE!! CONCENTRATE!!! The Arrow!

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It actually started with The Flash but as they are interconnected I thought I had better catch up with Arrow.

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I’ve just got through the first series and I’m onto series 2.
I can’t wait to finish the catching up and see where the next series of both shows takes us.
Most of all I’m looking forward to the CW’s next spin off of both shows, Legends of Tomorrow!

I have quite literally died and gone to heaven.

The Arrow (Stephen Amell)

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Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond (Victor Garber and Robbie Amell) who when combined become the delicious ‘Firestorm’
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Captain Cold and Heatwave, the criminals of the gang (Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller)captain cold heatwave
The Atom. Bumbling billionaire and Marvel’s attempt at an Iron Man/Ant Man character. (Brandon Routh)
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All this beefcake in one show!
It’s just too much!

And can I just say…. Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell!!!

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Cousins from an amazing gene pool!

So much for getting some college work done today!

I LIKE THIS IDEA!

So apparantly, Tom Hardy has expressed an interest in playing Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’ on the big screen!

OH YES PLEASE!!

There have been a few movies in the past and in my opinion the Thomas Jane one was the best.

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Although there will now be Punisher fans screaming NOOOOOO!
Forget the Dolph Lundgren one!!

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However, these movies never really made it big.

So, when I heard that Tom Hardy expressed an interest in a recent interview my heart skipped a beat!
With the recent Storming of cinemas by Marvel it would be the perfect time for someone to finally make a big budget Punisher!

OK OK, The Punisher is not your usual hero that kids can look up to.
WIKI states:
The Punisher is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime. Driven by the deaths of his wife and two children, who were killed by the mob during a shootout in New York City’s Central Park, the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob and all criminals in general by using all manner of conventional war weaponry. His family’s killers were the first to be slain. A war veteran of the U.S. military, Frank Castle is a master of martial arts, stealth tactics,guerrilla warfare, and a wide variety of weapons.

How about a Marvel film just for the BIG kids!!!
Think about that description and I think that Tom Hardy would be perfect!!

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Just saying!!

DECISIONS, DECISIONS

It’s been a good weekend so far.

I managed not one, but two decent lay ins!!
I usually can’t get past 8am these days but yesterday was nearly 10am and today was 9am.
After a crazy busy week I must have needed it!

I did a little bit of gardening yesterday morning and had a lovely afternoon helping to celebrate my Uncle Roy’s 60th birthday.

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It was lovely just sitting in the garden having a chat and a few drinks.

Me and Murron
Unfortunately, it was all too brief as little Dharma wanted to come home and wouldn’t go on her own.
She’s not great in crowds and to be honest, I was shattered anyway.

So, after my lay in this morning, I’ve just done a quick Tesco shop and now I have a decision to make.
Do I do a little more gardening?
Do I do some college work that is slipping a little behind again?
Or do I crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy a movie or two?

Looking at my rota for next week I’m working Long Days Mon, Weds and Thurs.
Tuesday the Mondeo is in for an MOT in the morning, the kids have got a dental appointment at 16:00 and I’m going to an evening event at the Vets in Brickhill with Marjorie until around 21:30.

I’ve got Fri, Sat and Sunday off!!

After a little think I have decided to do a little gardening and then chill with some wine and a movie.
I can do some college work on Tues and over the weekend next week and at least my garden will be nice and tidy so if the weather is good I can do that in the garden!!

IT’S A PLAN!!