Thursday, 30 April 2009

Britians Got Talent

I don't usually watch vote in/reality/audition shows cause I don't like how they show all the OTT bad ones and take the mickey out of them. A prime example is DJ Talent - why did they buzz him of but put him through?? Idiots! - but once the show gets going and the good ones are through I enjoy it cause I like variety entertainment and especially dance groups like Flawless and Diveristy both groups were sharp but the latter had better moves and were funny too!) : )

I was watching clips and saw one about Hollie Steel, I love the style of her voice and also helps the song is from my favourite musical, My Fair Lady. I think it is a bit cheeky how they told a white lie but it was a pleasent surprise and I think she is wonderful : )

"Do Rei Me"

My Daddy sent this link and I really enjoyed it, I hope you do too : )

More than 200 dancers it is great. My favourite bit is when a coach load of kids come rushing in and dance down the stairs : D

Apparently after the T-Mobile "Life is for sharing" phone advert in Liverpool street station a few months back, lots of places have hold ups with large groups replicating dance scenes and clogging up the stations!

Sunday, 26 April 2009


If you haven't already been enthralled by Rapture and its delights, where have you been? (If you are interested you can take a look at this thorough synopsis) But if you have be lucky enough to play it and you are as keen on games as I am you will be eagerly anticipating the new game. On the 23rd April '09 windows games released a teaser trailer for the up coming Bioshock2 which may have been previously confused with the title "Sea of Dreams". The Big daddy doll is really creepy! There are also some awesome screen shots of the new game on this German website.

If you have a copy of Bioshock on the Xbox and have completed the game please go take a look at the extras because it looks brilliant on the big screen and the sound is eerily inciting. I'm sure there is going to be less art deco drama and more scary creepy stuff and from what I can gather there is a mysterious submarine pinching little girls from the coast, leaving strange foot prints behind in the sand...sounds great! There are lots of info on the big sister, as well as getting to play the first ever big daddy, how cool would that be! I'm not sure there will be as much rapture (sorry) as was with the first game after such a hype but I certainly look forward to what the artist directors can recreate some of that Rapture magic.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

St Georges Day

During the 3rd Crusade Richard the Lionheart awarded land in Essex to many of the knights who fought for him against Saladin in Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. Cressing Temple was the site of the Templar Knights headquarters way back when and has some ancient barns and buildings.

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This weekend Cressing Temple held a St Georges Day medieval joust and it was excellent! There was lots to see and do, men at arms displays, the joust itself with stunt men, a score of mistrals and several bands dotted around, a Tudor battle (from the War of the Roses) as well as a falconry display which was my favourite . It had plenty of medieval demonstrations from smelting to fletchers, as well as stalls with loads of amazing stuff I wanted to buy. I saw a couple of brilliant leather purses as well as several other pouches and accessories, including cutlery, scissors (there were awesome!) and tankards. Not to mention several swords and daggers ; ) But we resisted and kept from spending any money.

Well...Dave did buy a bottle of mead but I don't think refreshments count ; ) I’d love to join a group but I know that some of them take it very very seriously, and I think if I did it regularly it would be expensive. I love costumes - a lot – as well as history and I know to make them properly is expensive and to buy is even worse. My wench costume (Part one part two and part 3) cost £30 to make and that was only half, as the skirts were from my mums loft >_> Not to mention the accessories I referred to earlier. Everyone there was dressed up even the stall holders and ticket sellers; it had as many reinactors as visitors lol

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If you are interested in checking it out Cressing temple they have medieval and Tudor days once a week during peak season. As a lover of history I think it’s a definite must see for older children, anyone under 5 would find it boring though. I think the remote Essex country side is what has allowed this gem of history to be available to us now and to be wonderfully restored, I’ve never seen anything like it back home (west of London is much more built up that the north) and I think is historical reference and the suburb setting is what brings traders and reinactors from so far for this event.

Friday, 10 April 2009

Married to the army

What should be said when you get permission from the CO to get married lol It is American so lots about being a single mother etc (they have 12 months tours and go once ever 3 years...) If you have time to read through it, it is quite funny ; ) If the Army wanted you to have a wife, it would have issued you one!

“Dear family and friends, we are gathered here today in the sight of God and the Department of the Army to witness this exchange of vows and love that these dedicated, loving people have for one another.

“Do you _____ take _____(who was once referred to as the ‘dependent’), as your lawfully wedding wife, to dwell together in so far as the Department of the Army will permit?”

“Wilt thou love her, comfort her via the Postal Service or email or over the telephone, make sure she knows where the post office, PX, clinic and the church are and what time she is scheduled to use the laundry room the day she arrives, wherever you are stationed?”

“Wilt thou attempt to tell her more than 24 hours in advance that you will be leaving for extended periods?!”

“Wilt thou remember this special day in the future and somehow try to telephone her on the anniversaries you are separated.”

Do you _____take ____ this soldier as thy wedded husband, knowing that he is depending upon you to be the perfect Army Wife, running the household as you see fit and being nice to the Commander’s Wife (even when it is hard to)?
Further, you understand that your life with your husband (little that you may have together) will not be normal, that you may have to explain to your children, that mothers do have husbands, that children do have daddies, and that the picture of the man on the refrigerator is not the milkman, but the same individual who tucks them in at 2200 hours, long after they are asleep. This soldier is their daddy, who loves then very, very much”

“Wilt thou wear the cuckold horns and act as mistress to his first commitment The Army and understand your time comes second to that of the armed forces?”

"Wilt thou love, respect and wait for him, preparing his favourite meals when he does come home and freezing them when he doesn’t? When he is gone wilt thou send him his favourite cookies and pictures of yourself and the children so he can remember what you look like? When you are separated on your anniversaries (which will happen more often than not) you will remember this special day and celebrate it on the closest day possible to the actual date. And last but not least, put on the outside of the door his ‘WELCOME HOME’ sign when he is due to arrive.”

“I,________, take thee, _______as my independent wife from 1900 to 0600 hours or as long as allowed by my Commanding Officer (subject to change without notice) for better or worse, earlier or later, near or far, and promise to look at the pictures you send me, maybe not when they get to me in the field, but before I turn out the lights. I will send letters if time permits, and if not, to some how, some way make the time.

“I,________, take thee, _______as my proud husband for every moment of the day. I understand I will be a mistress and at times a single mother, for better for worse, earlier or later, near or far, and promise to cook for you and keep your home comforting and acceptable for when ever you shall need it and to take any material stains from your person. I will write often and send trinkets when we are separated and when you are here tell you often how much you mean to me.

“I now pronounce you – married to The Army!”

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

April Fool 2009

It doesn’t surprise me that the past few years the more widely know April Fools pranks have taken up online and are essentially game related, because lets be honest the game industry is a massive media, widely influential and is run by big kids!

Today Xbox released a new game called “Alpine legend” And Blizzard have once again come up trumps with 4 jokes circulating their websites and online games. Two of my favourite games involved in this new WoW pet - I want one!!

As well as the gamers there have half a dozen other pranks my favourite of which is Expedia advertising massive savings on their trips to Mars, I want to go! Better get saving eh?