The husband is in the bad books this morning.
I actually can’t believe he said what he just said.

As a Star Wars fan I shared a post on Facebook last night of two young girls playing Beat Sabre VR which I thought was awesome. I really would love to have a go.

However, when I showed it to the hubby this morning, he thought it was cool too but as we watched he went on to comment that as these were obviously meant as a bit of advertising for the game, wasn’t it strange how they’d chosen two young girls showing a bit of skin!

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I’ve just been online to find a man playing the same game.


Now you tell me, who’s showing more skin?!!

After watching a few ‘men’ playing the game, all I see is the fact that they’ve chosen two feisty young women who are absolutely ‘smashing’ the game, doing it in style and beating the crap out of any man trying to do the same.

The hubby was absolutely flaberghasted when I lost my shit at him.
He kept trying to defend what he’d said and just kept digging a bigger hole.
I’m really disappointed in him.


I’ve just watched the winner of this years Best Documentary Feature Oscar. Icarus.


I suppose you could say it was a documentarian’s dream.
What started out as a man who wanted to uncover the truth about doping in sports ends up with a geopolitical thriller and an Oscar winner.

Bryan Fogel is an American film director, producer, author and playwright, however, from childhood, a passion of his was cycling.
He pushed himself to the limits and became friends with many famous cyclists.
When Lance Armstrong was caught for doping, Bryan wanted to find out how this was possible.

Lance had taken over 500 dope tests throughout his career and passed every single one.

He teamed up with a top American scientist to start a regime of his own and improve his own performance and prove that dope checks can be beaten, but after 6 months, the scientist pulls out of the experiment because he’s worried about his career and suggests a Russian scientist to replace him.
This is where the documentary changes pace and goes in a whole unexpected direction and is actually quite frightening!!

Highly recommend a watch.
It’s a Netflix film and available to watch now.


So here is my little review of the Oscars.
I know it’s a bit late in the day but I was a little pre-occupied with blogging about my London trip followed by a little meltdown about Uni!!

First of all, I can’t believe I managed to stay up until 5 in the morning watching them.
OK, I may have dozed in a couple of places but I did get to the end.

The show itself felt a little bit lacklustre compared to shows I’ve seen in the past, even with the amazing performaces from Keala Settle and Sufjan Stevens.

So, how did my predictions go?

I didn’t make predictions on everything. Like I said in my previous blog, Nominations Are In, I don’t really watch animation or foreign films, so it would be wrong to make any predictions.
So here are the results of what I did predict.

First and foremost, Best Picture.

As much as I wanted ‘Call Me By Your Name’ to win, I knew it wasn’t going to happen.
I tentatively predicted that ‘The Shape of Water’ would overshadow everything and I was right.

I still don’t get it though!!

Shape of Water

Best Actor.

I knew that Gary Oldman was going to walk away with this one.


But it has been lovely seeing Timothee Chalamet relish in the spotlight. A wonderful, bubbly young man with an amazing career ahead of him. Like I said, I have no doubt there will be an Oscar in his future.

Best Actress

I couldn’t give a definitive prediction as I hadn’t seen all the films but I though it would be between Francis McDormand and Meryl Streep and I was right.
Francis McDormand gave a wonderful speech and roused the audience to acknowledge the work of women in the industry.

Francis McDormand

Best Supporting Actor.

No question about Sam Rockwell winning this one!!
I had no hesitation in predicting this one.

Sam Rockwell

Best Supporting Actress.

This is another one I couldn’t definitively predict as I had only seen two of the movies.
Naturally I got it completely wrong and now I really must see ‘I, Tonya’ to see how Allison Janney’s performance nabbed her the Oscar.

Alison Janney

Best Director.

I’m still a little bitter about the fact that Luca Guadagnino didn’t even get a nomination but I was ultimately correct in my prediction. I thought it would be between Christopher Nolan and Guillermo del Toro.
It didn’t surprise me when Guillermo del Toro bagged it.

Guillermo del Toro

Best Adapted Screenplay.

‘Call Me By Your Name’ all the way!!
Yay, it did at least manage to pick up one Oscar.
Deservedly so!
I’ve read the book and the screenplay captures the essence of the book brilliantly!

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I’m so glad I can actually call this film an Oscar winner.
My copy arrived on Bluray on Monday and I immediately sat and watched it with a grin on my face from ear to ear and ultimately floods of tears at the end. Beautiful film.

Best Original Screenplay.

I had wanted ‘The Big Sick’ to win.
I my heart of hearts, I knew it wouldn’t but I certainly did not expect ‘Get Out’ to win.
Three Billboards and The Big Sick were streaks ahead of Get Out in my honest opinion.

Get out

Best Cinematography.

This was a tough one and I finally plonked my prediction on ‘Dunkirk’.
It went to ‘Bladerunner 2049’.
I was surprised that the academy acknowledged a sequel to a sci-fi movie!!
2 things the Academy usually steers clear of are sequels and sci-fi!!

Bladerunner 2049

Best Editing.

I thought that ‘Baby Driver’ would pick this one up and in the end it went to ‘Dunkirk’.
Can’t complain.


Best Sound Editing.

Surprise, surprise, I wanted ‘Star Wars’ to pick this one up.
It went to ‘Dunkirk’.
Little bit sad about this one.
The sound mixing in ‘The Last Jedi’ was incredible. Like I said in my predictions, the Holdo sacrifice scene alone was worthy of the Oscar with the complete ‘absence’ of sound leading into the explosion having a HUGE impact on the scene.

Best Sound Mixing.

Wanted ‘Star Wars’ to win, adain it went to ‘Dunkirk’
I think the challenges for sound on a Sci-Fi movie are greater.
They are creating sounds from imagination.
With a war film, it’s all about sounds we have already heard and are familiar with.

Best Production Design.

I predicted ‘The Shape of Water’ and I was right.

Best Original Score.

Obviously I wanted John Williams to win this one for ‘Star Wars’ but it ultimately went to Alexandre Desplat for ‘The Shape of Water’

I can understand it but it still disappoints me.
John Williams has already picked up 5 Oscars. One for the original 1977 ‘Star Wars’, one for ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, one for ‘Jaws’, one for ET and one for ‘Schindler’s List!! He also has a further 32 Oscar nominations to his name. With a total of 122 awards wins and 252 nominations, he is the undoubted ‘KING’ of the film score.

Best Song.

Here is my shock for the evening.

I honestly thought that ‘This is Me’ was the ONLY winner of this category. As much as I love ‘Mystery of Love’ by Sufjan Stevens, this is me is a real feel good song.

I was gobsmacked when ‘Remember Me’ from Coco won.
All the reactions I’ve watched to this category announcement have everyone in complete disbelief!


Finally, in my own predictions is Best Visual Effects.

No surprise I wanted ‘Star Wars’ to win this one but what a list of films they had to choose from.
Bladerunner 2049, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Kong: Skull Island, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, War for the Planet of the Apes.

This was a really tough category this year and it ultimately went to ‘Bladerunner 2049.

So I was about 50/50 in my predictions.
Not too bad.

Roll on the next 12 months of films.
Not that I’ll get to see many with my Uni course threatening to swallow up all my free time.
It’s only March but I can’t wait to see the end of this year already.


University officially starts again for year two next Monday.
I’ve just been onto my online portfolio to see if anything has been posted regarding timetable and essays etc.
I am now a little overwhelmed.

Don’t get me wrong, I knew year two was going to be a step up but this is ridiculous!!
And on top of placements and work and homelife, I’m not going to know whether I’m coming or going.

Goodbye life for the next 12 months!!

I’m already exhausted and I haven’t even started.

I’m nearly 50, my knee problem is beginning to get me down.
With the level of Uni work I’ve just witnessed I’m seriously having doubts as to whether or not it’s actually worth it.

I want to cry!


Friday arrived and with the main event out of the way, we were free to do as we pleased.
After filling up on breakfast, we made our way to the DLR and into Central London.

The plan for today was a day and night trip up the Shard but the weather was not on our side.
We had a time slot of 11am for the day view, so we headed over to get our bearings and then popped into Leon’s for a coffee and a warm up!!

-2 degrees and bitterly cold but we still braved the first trip up to the viewing platform on level 72.
Unfortunately the view was not great because of the weather.
Ian was very uncomfortable and wouldn’t go too close to the glass but he enjoyed it.

Then we decided to have a mooch through Borough Market.
Lots of Salami, cheese, breads and world foods and drinks.
By now the snow really decided to start coming down.

Then we ended up in Covent Garden for Dinner at The Coal Hole.
Temperature still -2.
Even with gloves on, I felt like my fingers were going to drop off.

After warming up nicely, we braved the arctic weather and headed over to Leicester Square to visit the Lego store.
I wanted to cry!!
So many great Star Wars sets and no money!!

Then we braved the snow again and headed towards Picadilly to visit the Picturehouse Central.
I love this cinema but we were destined not to get to see anything on this trip.
The film I wanted to see clashed with our plans so we made a visit to the cinema’s bar to warm up before our trip back over to the Shard.

As we made our way back to the Shard for our night time viewing, we soon realised that it was going to be a waste of time. As we aproached the building we couldn’t even see the top due to the clouds so seeing anything was going to be impossible.
We managed to get extensions on our tickets and we will be going back when the weather is better.

By now, Ian was beginning to pay for all the walking we had done and my knee was beginning to complain so we headed back to the hotel and stopped off at the Asda store over the road to stock up on some nibbles before having an early night.

We had a bit of a lay in on Saturday before fuelling with breakfast again.
Then we headed into Central London and again headed for Picadilly Circus for a leisurely stroll down Regent’s Street for a visit to Hamley’s.
Tip for anyone buying Lego…. don’t do it at Hamley’s
The packs that were being sold for £130 at the Lego Store were being sold for £165 at Hamley’s!!
I dread to think what they were charging for the Millenium Falcon.

As you enter Hamley’s, you are faced with a Stormtrooper inviting you to go down the stairs the the Star Wars floor!! A WHOLE FRICKIN FLOOR!!


Anyway, after dragging ourselves up out of the Star Wars floor, I discovered Build a Bear!! and just had to get me a Peter Rabbit.
The only problem is that I ended up spending the rest of the day with a rabbit hanging off my back getting some very strange looks.

We continued wondering and went to check out Forbidden Planet. A Sci-fi shop we hadn’t been to in years.
They had loads of ‘Art Of’ and ‘Visual History’ books that I would kill for.
We seriously need to win the lottery.
Then we discovered Murron’s heaven. Denmark Street and surrounding area. Music shop after music shop with Guitars and Ukele’s galore!!

One of our plans for the weekend was to meet up with one of Ian’s cousins, Debi and her partner Greg, who he hasn’t seen in 35 years. She’s recently moved back from South Africa.
It was just after 3 and we weren’t due to meet until around 5 – 5:30 but we were both feeling the cold and the damp and Ian’s Arthritis was now becoming an issue, so we headed over to the agreed meeting spot, The Horniman Pub at the Hays Galleria opposite HMS Belfast.
The place was really busy but we managed to snap up a table big enough for 6 people!!
The difficulty was holding onto it until Debi arrived. We were asked several times how many of us there were but we managed to hang onto it and we had a lovely evening catching up and stayed there until just after 10pm!


Then it was back to the hotel for our last evening in London.
We were tired, we were sore, we had walked nearly 30 kilometers!!

Sunday morning arrived and what a difference there was in the weather.
The surrounding roads and paths that had been covered with snow for the last three days were absolutely clear!!
It had rained a little overnight and you would never have known we’d been in a blizzard for three days.

We literally couldn’t face another trip into London, so we had breakfast, packed up and headed home for a lazy day.
The temperature was nearly 15 degrees warmer on the trip home!!

It was all over too soon.
We have a quick trip into London in April to see the CC Smugglers launch their new album and that will officially be the end of trips for the next year.

Consolidation has now ended. Uni Starts again next Monday and placements continue on Tuesdays.
It’s going to be a tough year to get through.


So, we’re now home after almost 4 days in London.
Have to admit, if we hadn’t got tickets to see Imagine Dragons on Thursday evening, the trip would have been called off.
With the Beast from the East and Storm Emma creating havoc with drifting snow and consistently below zero temperatures, we had to have a serious think about making the trip.

After a millisecond of thought, we decided to go ahead…. IT’S WAS IMAGINE DRAGONS!!!

Anyway, the drive down was easier than anticipated. Visibility wasn’t great and the snow was a virtual blizzard but the roads were thankfully quite clear.
Our only issue was the temperature. It was -4 when we set out and the wind chill over the bonnet of the car made the anti-freeze freeze!!
The washer bottle just would not work. We had to stop several times to clear the windscreen and had to tailgate lorries to pick up enough spray to clear the screen.
The annoying thing is that 5 minutes after parking the car, now out of the wind chill, the washer bottle started working!! Typical.

Anyway, we couldn’t have picked a better hotel to stay in. For a start it was outside the congestion zone charge area and had plenty of free parking. The Premier Inn in Beckton was very friendly and attached to a Brewers Fayre. We were given a room that was meant for someone with mobility issues and I have to say, it was lovely. It had a Queen sized bed with a very comfortable quilt. Plenty of space for anyone in a wheelchair. Everything at lower levels making access for people in wheelchairs very good. The bathroom was HUGE!! It was a wet room with a folding seat and plenty of hand rails in the shower area and around the toilet and again, the sink was set at a lower level. The door into the bathroom was a sliding door so that it didn’t get in the way. Speaking from an abled persons perspective, I would recommend it for anyone with mobility issues.

The DLR was literally on the Hotel’s doorstep. A one minute walk had us on the station platform with easy access to the O2 and Central London. There was also an Asda over the road.

We arrived at noon and although check-in wasn’t officially until 14:00, they had a room available and we settled ourselves in before heading off on our adventure.

We arrived at the O2 and had a mooch around before having dinner at Zizzi’s.
Then, as it was still over 3 hours before the doors opened for the concert, we decided to make use of the Cineworld inside the O2.
I had forgotten to bring my Cineworld card with me so we thought I’d have to pay, however the staff were really friendly and said that if I used the online booking system, they would let me in anyway, without asking to view my card!!
So we went to see Black Panther.

Don’t hate me, not a huge fan.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed it, I’m glad I went to see it in the cinema, I can see why it’s important to a lot of people, I just found it a little bit too much for my tastes!
I’m sorry, don’t hate me.

After the cinema, it was time for the main event and the whole reason for the trip to London.


We made our way through all the security to our seats and patiently waited for the show to start.
The opening act was K.Flay.
She was good. A little too banging for my usual tastes but this song, High Enough, was brilliant!

The show was amazing!!
What more can I say. I’ve sat here this afternoon going through the videos I managed to catch on my phone and my kids now want to go and see them. Looks like a family trip next year when they are (hopefully) back in the UK.
I can’t possibly load all my videos here, it would take forever!!
Choosing a few to show has been a nightmare. They’re all good!!
Loved the pop at the press by singer Dan just before they did ‘Demons’.
Loved the balloons.
Loved the confetti guns.
Just loved, loved, loved it all.

Getting back to the tube and the DLR after the show was a bit slow going but the crowds were well managed.


It was absolutely freezing and snowing and we were shattered when we made it back to the hotel.

Really have got to go and see them again. They were amazing.

Now I have to get a couple of hours sleep. I want to watch the Oscars tonight and the show doesn’t start until around 01:30 UK time!!
Gonna be a long night.

Part 2 coming tomorrow.


So, the country is being battered by the ‘Beast from the East’ with temperatures dropping well below -5 consistently for the last few days.
Today sees the storm hit us full on and London is on an Amber warning.

So what are we doing today?

We’re off to London!!

We are spending the next 4 days in London and I’ve been really looking forward to it.
The snow situation is just making it a little more interesting.
The reason for the visit is quite simple.
We’re seeing these guys tonight at the O2.

imagine dragons

I really can’t wait!!
I just hope it’s not cancelled because of the weather.

Anyway, we have day and night time tickets for the Shard tomorrow so that should be interesting in the snow.
Otherwise we will just be chillin (literally), Enjoying good food & drink and I think a couple of visits to the cinema will be required in this weather.
We still haven’t seen Black Panther so that will be one for Leicester Square and my favourite cinema, the Picturehouse Central is showing Call Me By Your Name on Friday and Saturday.
I know I’m getting the Bluray on Monday by I really would LOVE to see this one in the cinema while I have the chance.

Right, time to go get ready and finish packing before we brave the outside world.
Signing off for a few days.