Star Wars – The start of the future (no spoilers)

Everone else who has been to see the film is doing this, so I thought I would too:

What a film it was. I don’t know what others have been saying but I’ve heard that some have slated the new Star Wars saying it’s worse than the prequeals. All I will say to this is we were watching different films. It was truly, truly brilliant.

Around every corner was a little piece of nostalgia, something that brought you back to the original films. It was just the cast, or the plot there were lines, objects a plenty that took you back and made you smile. There was something in it for everyone – the old seasoned fan like myself and the new fans like my son who came with me. This to me is what the clever part of the film was – it wasn’t just making the peacemeal tip of the hat to the old films, this was the start of the future.

The new characters have already found a way in my heart just like the originals did, there are heroes from different and surprising backgrounds and this is how life throws many people together. This is the beauty of how this has been put together gives it the magic that I think it needed to pull the old and new together, ready to go forward again. This along with the brilliant special effects makes this something special and I  already want to see it again.

star wars - millenium falcon

This film had welded the old to the new and there’s no going back now and I’m excited for what the future of the StarWars franchise holds.The other thing to add is that when I saw it there was a bit at the start where the director and many of the actors were pleased that the film were made in England like the originals. This was touching for me, we’re very good at putting ourselves down and the fact that these masterpieces have all been made in England, is somehting to be proud of.

Simon 🙂





How does Space Tech help us on Earth?

Investing in space often gets criticised for being an unnecessary luxury. While on the surface this argument holds some weight, let have a look at what we on Earth have been able to enjoy becasue of advances in Space technology:

The Cordless Drill

Advances in drugs and medicines

Baby formula

Freeze dried food

Phones with camera’s

Memory foam

Solar panels

LED’s used in medical therapies

The space blanket

There are many other items we use or rely on everyday that wouldn’t have existed if not for the space program. The link here is a bit about what’s been going on more recently:


Simon 🙂


The Real Neat Blog Award

I had a pleasant surprise when I saw a post from Shannon, I hadn’t seen her about for ages. Then another surpise when her Real Neat Blog award had me nominated at the bottom. I like surprises like that… Thank you Shannon. It’s good to see you about again and thanks for nominating me – I’m pleased that you and so many others take the time to read / see my blog and actually like it.

The rules of this award are:

1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.

2. Answer the seven questions your nominator provided.

3. Nominate seven other bloggers.

4. Create seven questions for your nominees.

Shannon’s Questions for me are:

  1. What is your favourite word?                                                                         My favourite word is cool. I have no idea why – I use it more than I should but cool is… cool.
  2. If you could go on holiday anywhere on earth or somewhere in space where would you choose?                                                                    I want to go to Pluto – apart from being cool (literally) I think it would be quiet and there’s so much interesting stuff to look at there. But on Earth, I want to do a round trip to see all my bloggie friends.
  3. What is your favourite type of cake? (a tough one I know)                   Hmmm… intersting and difficult – it is the Jaffa Cake? Is it the Victoria Sponge or the Swiss Roll? On balance the Victoria Sponge wins…
  4. Tea or Coffee? Explain your choice.                                                           Tea, there’s nothing like a good cuppa.
  5. What is the last film you saw in the cinema and did you enjoy it?    I don’t remember, was it the Pippin movie? I did enjoy that.
  6. Do you write in your books?                                                                        No… not unless I have to.
  7. What do you love most in the world besides your friends and family?                                                                                                                      My dogs, and bloggie friends 🙂


Great question Shannon – I’m sorry, but I’m going to use them on my nominee’s too – they were great!

I nominate:




Dr Meg



My 7 Questions for you are:

  1. What is your favourite word?
  2. If you could go on holiday anywhere on earth or somewhere in space where would you choose?
  3. What is your favourite type of cake? (a tough one I know)
  4. Tea or Coffee? Explain your choice.
  5. What is the last film you saw in the cinema and did you enjoy it?
  6. Do you write in your books?
  7. What do you love most in the world besides your friends and family?

I hope you enjoyed my answers and gave you even more insight to me…

Simon 🙂

It’s my Birthday!!!

I’ve been kind of planning a blog part for my birthday for months now. I’m not sure it’s going to work out in reality how my mind thinks but hey – I’m always up for a laugh!

The first thing we need for a part is food, so here’s a few things I’ve made this year which I will add to the party mix:


I made sure that there are Jaffa Cakes for my good friend Robyn – please share them Robyn. No really, you must share… yes there’s plenty for everyone.


Another keen bloggie is my friend Amanda who loves a bit of champers. As you can see I’ve got a few bottles in s come in all of you – help yourselves. I see you like Champagne too Erika  – Oh dear… Amanda, are you really dancing like that? Someone get this on video will you – I think we have a viral hit here. 😉

So far it’s pretty  quiet so let’s get some tunes on… oh dear. Look I know I’m getting old, I can tell becasue I don’t know what most of these are! What happened to the birdie song and the village people? 😀


So come on in, get stuck in all of you who find this blog party. Make sure you come in and make yourself known. This party could go  on a while so make sure you pace yourselves.

Have a great day all!

Simon 🙂