Designer fair at the V&A

Yesterday evening – July 28th – we (as in the family) went to a fun and amusing designer expo in the back gardens of London’s Victoria and Albert museum. It only cost £1 to get in and only 2,000 people were allowed in to sample the designers’ goodness. But on the warm summer evening, it seems to be double the amount of people and everyone was enjoying themselves.

So what was special with this fair? Well each stall was set-up by a design agency or designer. Instead of showcasing the latest products or corporate branding, it was all fun and games. On one stall you have to hit a ‘rat’ (a black sock with red buttons sown on it to look like eyes!) with a gardening fork tool. The next, drawing a fantasy image for a cover based on the classic Penguin books (my sister drew an hilarious dove with guns based on Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”).

Each stall requires the punter to donate some money to a good cause (charity for the under-privilege children for example) so it was nice to participate in the event.

So what games did I play? Well, how about spin a wheel to win some designer t-shirts, badges and postcards? I actually won some cool prizes including a book on Vikings! There was a raffle as well. Didn’t win the cool design chic (you have to have a number zero on your raffle ticket to claim the item) but I got a free lollipop instead!

President Bartlet has left the building…

Tomorrow night (July 28th) on More4 will be the last ever episode of The West Wing.

The West Wing is a popular and widely acclaimed American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin for NBC, airing since 1999. The show is set in the White House – which serves as the residence of the President and his family – during the fictional Democratic administration of Josiah “Jed” Bartlet. The West Wing of the White House is the location of the President’s Oval Office and the offices of most of his senior staff. The show is produced and co-written by John Wells.

I love this show and I enjoyed the performance played by Martin Sheen as the President of the United States. The stories, characters and situation in which the White House staff were put though over the seven years kept me interested in American politics.

I’m depressed to see this show end but considering the many characters have left the show including the tragic death of John Spencer, I feel it’s time to end the series on a high.

Formula One 2006

As a passionate fan of Formula One motor racing, I like to write detail accounts on this year’s FIA World Championship. I have created a long thread on the main Eternal Sunset forum and will continue to post Grand Prix stories on the forum and here (plus eMagi).

For those who haven’t read my views on the pinnacle of motor racing, you can start reading this here:

Need a new mobile

After receiving my latest mobile phone bill from Vodafone (£65!), I have decided to ditch this network and go for Orange. Why? The attraction of Orange Wednesdays and free broadband access.

Will pop in to my local Orange shop to get the best package/deal from those sleezy sales people (Just give me a free phone dammit and I’m out of there!). I am thinking of purchasing the new Sony Ericsson K800i as a replacement over my old K750i. Nothing wrong with my current phone at the moment, it’s just that the new one has Walkman functions!

Will post a product review when I get the new Sony Ericsson.

“The worst pirate I’ve ever seen”

No, I don’t mean that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest is a bad film. It’s a quote from Jack Davenport’s character Norrington, when meeting Captain Jack Sparrow for the first time in the original movie.

The second film I have to say is great. It’s quite entertaining and it is nice to see Johnny Depp playing Captain Jack Sparrow once again. His performance as the ‘worst pirate’ with his slurred speech, swaying swagger and slack, waving arms still keep you amused. In fact, he based this characteristic on Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards (who is rumoured to play Jack Sparrow’s father in the third film).

Even though the film is around 150 minutes, there are plenty of action sequences to keep you captivated. And as for the ending, very interesting… We will find out what happened to Jack Sparrow in the third film next year.

I actually prefer the first movie as I watched this on DVD last weekend. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was more satisfying and fun to watch. The second movie lack that certain ‘heart/charm’ that the first film had, which I believe came because the first film was something very different (at that time), which of course this film couldn’t contend with. Still, this movie has a great story, featuring fantastic performances from the stars (Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Bill Nighy), superb visuals and plenty of laughs. Looking forward to the next movie!

Leaf on Superman Returns

This summer sees the the release of a new Superman film from director Bryan Singer. So does it match the quality of the original film starring the late, great Christopher Reeve?

Well, the key question I need to ask Bryan Singer, is why is it so DAMN long to tell a story? Superman Returns is over two and a half hours to watch and seems to drag on…

Despite that, the action scenes especially involving the aeroplane at the beginning of the movie was spectacular and the performances from Brandon Routh (Clark Kent/Superman), Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane) and Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor) was great. Though we do see Lex showing his ‘camp’ side…

The story was a bit weak in my opinion with the main focus on the love between Superman/Lois Lane. Some of the scenes were a bit amusing because you can’t believe what you are seeing (the bit when a bullet hits Superman’s eye for example).

To be honest, I’m slightly disappointed with the movie and I much prefer Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. At least that was action all the way!

And I must admit the casting of Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane was ill-judged by the casting directors. She was far too young (only 23 years old) and her on-screen relationship with Brandon Routh – Clark Kent/Superman – wasn’t convincing.

As for Lex Luthor’s plan to create a ‘Kryptonite’ continent so he can demand world leaders to buy land, oh please(!) What a weak evil scheme to dominate the world.

Plus the dialogue wasn’t that great. What sort of catchphrase is “I’m always around” anyway?

Banner image in place

You may have notice a new image on top of this blog. Create this in a matter of minutes in Photoshop and asked Mike to upload it for me. It looks great! Contrasting black and white images of my favourite items – 24, Super Monkey Ball and Formula One with a colour logo of three ‘leaves’.

Might change the image if it’s too dark…

Right, continue with the set up opitions here.

Red Hot Chili Peppers live in London

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Last night was simply spectacular after one of my favourite band were playing live at a packed London’s Earls Court show.

The band were the Red Hot Chili Peppers and I love the funky music performed by the California-based rock group.

I have always been a fan since buying the last three albums – ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’, ‘Californication’ and my personal favourite, ‘By The Way’. The new 28-track double album ‘Stadium Arcadium’ released this year is simply fantastic.

I always wanted to see them performing live someday… Well, my dreams came finally true when I saw them that evening.

Anthony Kiedis – the main vocal – was energetic and incredible, John Frusciante – guitar and backing vocals – was on awesome form with the lead guitar. His skills were truly impressive. Flea – playing the bass and providing the backing vocals was superb. And as for Chad Smith – on the drums – he couldn’t stop hitting away and was full of enthusiasm. He later threw his drum sticks to the passionate crowd at the end!

The highlights was the opening song to kick-start the two-hour live show with ‘Can’t Stop’, a fans favourite and my as well. John Frusciante’s sole version of ‘How Deep Is Your Love?’ was wonderful. Followed by a 15 minute guitar jam at the end of ‘Give It Away’… Sensational!

A great night out and I can’t wait to see them live once again.