Tag: Black Panther

IMAGINE ADVENTURE – PT 1

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.

IMAGINE DRAGONS!!

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 ‘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.

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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.

MUST BE MAD

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.

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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.

DISHETTE OF THE WEEK #5 – Lupita Nyong’o

I am shamefully bad at updating my Dishette of the Weeks and it has been far too long seeing this young lady get added to the list.

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She came to my attention…. well everyone’s attention really, with her amazing oscar winning performance in 12 Years a Slave.

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When she hits the red carpet events it becomes clear that this young lady is quite the stunner!!

So it amazes me that she keeps getting voice or CGI work.
If you went to see Jungle Book, she was the voice of Raksha, the Mother wolf.

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If you went to see Star Wars The Force Awakens, she was the completely CGI character Maz Kanata. A role she has reprised for Episode VIII.

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Thankfully she is now getting film roles outside of voice work and CGI.
Watch out for her in 2018 as she takes on the Marvel Universe in the Black Panther movie.

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This extremely beautiful and elegant woman is going to have an amazing career!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

I’ve tried not to be spoilery so it’s up to you if you want to carry on reading.

So, I went to a Captain America movie marathon last night.
I handled it better than I thought I would. I didn’t fall asleep!!
It was good to see the first two on the big screen again and a nice re-cap before the main event at midnight.
Civil War.

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My reaction?

WOW…. Just WOW!!

So, what do I say without giving anything away!!

First of all, the film is bloody brilliant.┬áJust what you’d expect from a Marvel movie.
Comic book fans are literally going to wet themselves.
All those multiple superhero fights that are beautifully illustrated in various comics come to life extremely effectively.

There may be a lot of characters to contend with but they are all given respectable screen time and jobs to do.

The new Spiderman is going to be brilliant!!
He was given more screen time than I thought he’d get and we really get a good feel for how the re-boot is going to be. I think it’s another one to get excited about.

Ant Man was great and had some of the funniest lines in the movie.
He also had one of the biggest surprises!

Black Panther was done extremely well and will be playing a big part in future Avenger movies.
I’m having a little trouble seeing him in a stand alone movie but then again, I’m not a comic book fan and know absolutely nothing about him….. yet!
If his appearance in Civil War is anything to go by, it’s going to be another Marvel winner.

As for the rest of the team…… still looking good.
There’s right and wrong on both sides of the argument throughout the film and poor Bucky just can’t seem to win!!
I did however, see a lovely little bromance brewing between Bucky and Sam! I hope they continue with this in future movies. They were hilarious together.

All in all, if you’re a Captain America/Marvel fan you won’t be disappointed.
I did come out of it feeling like it should have been called Avengers: Civil War but other than that it was amazing!
It kept me awake until gone 2am so it must have been good!!