This was my first outing in Las Vegas. Usually people come to Vegas to gamble, drink and celebrate stag/hen dos. I decided to find out about the history of nuclear testing in Nevada!
The museum charts the full history of the various sites used, the lead up, how it was played along in the public's eye and behind the scenes, how it became rooted in pop culture and the aftermath. It's quite a sobering experience when you read about the nuclear fallout and how indigenous people were forcibly removed from their lands and had to watch their home be destroyed and/or poisoned. I think it's a must see place to visit, for individuals, for families and for schools.
Because in between the debauchery of Las Vegas, we need something to bring us back down to earth and remind ourselves of the lengths people will go to, to make sure they stay in control of the power balance in this world.
File under: Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas, Area 51, nuclear weapons
I will confess that I only really got into the Avengers films at the end of last year. But the good thing is that I've not had to wait for all the films to come out, I could watch all of them without stopping (except for Thor: Ragnarok which was between cinema and DVD release)! When I found this exhibit, I knew I had to go.
This is something that caters for Avengers fans of all ages, from casual to hardcore. It tries to include all of the Avengers, plus some SHIELD agents as well. There are lots of photo opportunities and you can take as many as you want. Although the lighting isn't great in a lot of the rooms, which is probably to protect the costumes and props from deteriorating over time.
There's also a wealth of merchandise in the shop but you should expect to find a lot of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America and the other Avengers, not so much.
One of the things I didn't enjoy, is that you can't go round by yourself, it has to be part of a guided tour. Sometimes I felt the times we had in certain sections were adequate, but sometimes I would've liked to be able to wander round at my own pace. There's also the fact that prior to joining the tour, you get a green screen photo taken but it is not included in your ticket price, so you can feel a bit coerced into forking out more money at the end of the tour for your picture. As if you're not going to be buying every bit of merchandise in the building as well.
But I would definitely visit again, just to catch bits that I missed first time round, although I wouldn't bother with the green screen photo. There is another green screen photo booth that is seperate, but still within the gift shop that you can try for a smaller price, although the quality of the pictures aren't as good.
File under: Marvel, Avengers, Las Vegas, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Ant Man, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Incredible Hulk, Thor, War Machine, Nick Fury
Oh, I don't even know how many times I have been to see Bowling For Soup play live any more. It's eleven years since I saw them on their first Get Happy Tour and even though we're all getting older (but not getting no wiser - see what I did there?), I'm still finding new ways to appreciate this band. And, as is evident by the very young members of the crowd, there is an new and upcoming legion of fans. A new generation. People that went to BFS gigs in their teenage years are now having kids and bringing them along to share in the fun. That's how you know a band is good, because they aren't restrained by a single generational boundary.
Great music, a great show and a barrel of laughs are universal.
Because that's what you get when you buy the ticket. It's what you expect. And this band do not disappoint. They perform all the old favourites, but also shine a light on some album tracks that have been woefully underappreciated over the years. Their stage banter gets better and better every year.
Bowling For Soup have never disappointed me. Other bands come and go, but I think the reason these guys stick around is because they really seem like they're having the time of their life. Please go and see this band and witness the hilarity. Long live BFS!
File under: Bowling For Soup, Jaret Reddick, Erik Chandler, Gary Wiseman, Chris Burney, Manchester O2 Apollo, gig review
I did this fan art because I love Nekoama's funny little Pokemon comic strips every week. They really make my Friday work shift happier and I love her renditions of Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander.
Sponsor Nekoama on Patreon HERE
File under: Nekoama, Bulbasaur, Pokemon, comic strip, Kanto, The Beach Boys, Barbara Ann
File under: calligraphy, lettering, fonts, design, Lucie Fink, Living With Lucie, Refinery29
I had seen so many videos of Chris Rock on youtube that I knew when he announced his Blackout tour, that I needed to go and see this man and put my hard earned money into his pocket.
It turned out that the title 'Blackout' was a very literal description of the tour because all cameras were banned from the show and before entering the inner part of Manchester Arena, we all had to have our phones sealed in pouches that could only be unlocked with magnets by a member of staff. This may have been a cause for concern after the incredibly sad bombing at the Ariana Grande concert but we were able to leave the show at any point to visit the outer concourse and have our phone pouches unlocked at various zones.
Airport style scanners were positioned in the box office entrance with extra security standing by with handheld body scanners. I will also point out that upon the show finishing it took literally three seconds for staff on the doors to unlock each phone pouch with no queues building up. I never at any point felt unsafe.
It was honestly great to visit a show where you weren't distracted by all the screens flashing up in the dark. People actually sat and talked to each other properly during the interval and when the performers were on stage, they watched, they listened, they laughed and they paid attention.
I wish more shows would do this or at least have sections where people could take photos/videos for maybe one or two songs, but then have the rest of the show gadget free.
Chris was on fire. He is as witty and sharp as ever. The man does not shy away. He goes through various topics that he's known for talking about such as politics, gun crime, police brutality, white-black relations, but then he turned to other subjects as well, such as his divorce. I saw another side to him. Although he attacks the breakdown of his marriage with cutting humour, there's also a very stark honesty alongside.
My favourite part was where he attacks the subject of bullying and how it impacts how we let people treat us later on in life as adults.
Very funny stuff. I would recommend you see this guy if he's ever performing in a city near you.
Check his website for tour information
File under: Chris Rock, comedy, tour, Manchester Arena
Decided to get some new glasses as I haven't had some in two years & I'd started to see a change in the prescription. Because I'm so reliant on them, I am able to qualify for free eye tests & a voucher towards the cost of the glasses. I'm a little bit weird, but I really enjoy eye tests! I've been wearing glasses since I was 5, so when I tried contacts last year, I felt naked without the frames in front of my eyes.
I went with blue because I'm sick of black. And red. And burgundy.
We have a police phone box in the village where I work & also lived in for twenty years. It doesn't look exactly like the TARDIS of Doctor Who lore (the roof is more rounded), but it has always been a fond little fixture in Almondbury. It recently disappeared for a short time while it was being restored.
The house next to the 'TARDIS' has now put out a very cute TARDIS bird feeder & I can't help thinking how perfect it is.
File under: Doctor Who, Dr Who, TARDIS, Huddersfield
File under: Safiya Nygaard, fashion, clothes, hairstyles, make up, 1960's
I can't believe I have finally been able to see Harry Potter And The Cursed Child!!!
I'll be honest, I'm not really a theatre person. It's not that I dislike the medium, I've just never really explored it.
I had already read the script, which I purchased on first day of release and ended up staying up until stupid o'clock in the morning to finish it. I loved it. I loved the new characters. And I loved how it didn't feel identical to the Harry Potter books of past. There was a slightly different feel, which I think was necessary because we're not dealing with Harry as such, it's his son.
But while I could vision it as a film, I was struggling to see how they'd achieve some of the scenes on the wooden stage in front of a live audience. It's quite a long production as well. It's split into two parts and each of those two parts has its own interval. I needn't have worried. I had a blast.
The cast are superb. It must be so hard to step into the well worn shoes of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, but the actors do so and do it well. They embody the characters and make them believable but aren't afraid to add their own interpreted twists. You also notice a distinct change in the air as well loved (and hated) Potter characters appear on stage and the audience reacts. It's such a communal thing.
The special effcts make you audibly gasp at times. It's not the biggest stage in the world but they make do with what little area they have and the cosiness and grandeur of the theatre render it the perfect venue for the show.
Would definitely go again!
If you're anywhere near the show I would also recommend checking out the House Of MinaLima around the corner, which houses props designed by the team responsible for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.
Read my review of MinaLima HERE
File under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, review, theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue
Kel. 30. Half mad cat lady. Half ninja turtle. Huddersfield lass born 'n' bred!.
I love to draw cartoons & listen to film soundtracks & TV themes.
For unknown reason, my favourite number is 44.
Things I Like
Author: Jasper Fforde
Band: The Struts
Book: The Lost Art Of Keeping Secrets
Game: The Sims 3
TV Show: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie