Journal Your Ramadan – Day #14: N is for Night

Night-time is becomes a busy time in our household – as the sun sets the kitchen bustles with ovens warming up food, glasses clinking and plates being set out with food; and the lights slowly pop on all over the house as the blanket of night creeps over. (And occasionally I’ll creep out into the garden and whisper ‘I AM THE NIGHT’ as well before the husband shakes his head and drags me back in again.)

I took these photos today to show the view outside my window, it’s difficult to take pictures at night because they seem a little blurry but also surprisingly, the pictures came out a bright blue compared to the dark outside.

So here’s a peek of the clear sky, I tried to looking for the moon but didn’t have much luck, but I’ll keep trying – until then, it’s evening time so back to stuffing my face!

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Weekly Baby Goats in Pyjamas Links

I’ve been accumulating links for this post, so apologies if a lot of these are random (but then which of my links aren’t?).

8 ill-advised reasons for getting married from the eighteenth century. The last reason is pretty reasonable, if you ask me.

Why do we never get fed up of The Goonies. No, seriously? Thirty-years on, and we still love ’em. And guess what, you guuuuys – you can now buy squishy Goonies teddies now – the Sloth one is cute!

My husband showed me this and I though they were beautiful – beautiful glass paperwoeights painstakingly made by Paul Stankard, with beautifully crafted scenes of nature inside.

When something gets too immodest, we put underwear on it. The latest thing is underwear for water bottles. Japanese people are cray.

The Muppets version of Jurassic Park. Love it. Please apply this to all the other classic films, please?

It was National Donut Day last week – here’s some crazy designs that people made (and then ate, I assume).

Looking for a good book to read (aren’t we always?!) – here’s a list compiled by Lisa Simpson. I’ve read some of these, and they’re actually awesome.

For the cat fans – here’s a website to join your enemies up (or friends?) to. Just so they can get some random, detailed facts.

Russian paper artist and illustrator, Talamaska, has created a series of paper-art to take us into Wonderland. I love paper-art, and the sheer details of these are beautiful.

Here’s a silly one – a ridiculously entertaining website that shows a picture of someone pointing at wherever you put your cursor.

The Greek God Family Tree – I’m a big fan of Greek mythology, and this is pretty accurate in showing who comes from what.

Lastly, something to cheer you up (I loved it!) – baby goats playing around in pyjamas. They’re adorable!

Weekly Penguins in Sweaters Links

I do enjoy doing these. I’ve decided to start watching Hannibal after reading good reviews about it (it’s been on my to-watch list for a while), so while I do, here’s some links.

Apparently it was National Grammar Day last week, here’s a buncha cards you could have sent.

An idead of what it would look like if our Great-Grandmothers would’ve had Facebook and Twitter when they were young.

Penguins in knitted sweaters. Cuties, I tell you.

Good news, there’s finally a Pakistani-American superheroine called Ms Marvel (aka Kamala Khan) – I also liked this blogger’s take on the character.

Please stop falling down Jennifer Lawrence. Sincerely, all of us.

The Drama Button. Play at appropriate moments.

A photographer dresses up her little bebble in various film and tv characters (I like the Game of Thrones one!)

Bored on the train? Do what this artist does and make the journey more fun!

1000 Life Hacks – some of these are actually quite useful!

The pains and joys of having Very British Problems. I suffer from many of these, at least about 10 times in a day.

That’s all for this weekend, I’ve been caught up again going through a spiral of links which lead me to another twelve links, so excuse me while I explore the wonderful world of cats with moustaches or something.

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The Last DC-slash-Marvel Supper

I saw this yesterday and thought it was pretty interesting, a graphic-novel-superhero take on the iconic Da Vinci painting, The Last Supper.

I thought it was pretty interesting that Superman is put in the middle (I have read comparisons of Superman to Jesus so it makes sense), and it’s cute that Batman is in the role of Peter (the jealous disciple in this painting) – aka, Superman’s biggest rival. Also, Wonder Woman as Magdalene is a pretty good choice – the only other alternatives I can see there is Cat Woman or a X-Men heroine which would have been interesting too.

I like how all the major superheroes are in this painting – although I’m not sure how fans would like the mixing of DC superheroes with Marvel – although there is a good message of tolerance in this Last Supper!

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Weekly Totes Magotes Links

It’s holiday season (not yet for me though, I still have two days of work before the holidays!) – here’s some links to enjoy before the holidays where you’ll be too busy watching xmas tv and getting harassed by kids!

10 reasons why this blogger isn’t Batman. Or why I’m not either, for that matter.

This is so cute, Malcolm MacDowell and James Earl Jones in an advert talking about the totes magotes hottie mchotterson Ryan. There’s a few more which are cute too (like this one!)

Instagram through history – I love the Abe Lincoln selfie.

13 amazing Christmas decorations (gotta love the Star Trek one with Darth Vader in front of a manger).

I love this – after the ‘Happily Ever After’ bits of the Disney films – sang by a talented Jon Cozart in the style of Disney songs – but be warned, it’s a bit depressing (you might also want to switch the subtitles on to understand all of it!)

10 of the weirdest books of all time. Self explantory really.

The funniest things on the net in 2013 – according to the Huffington Post (some of this stuff is amazing though!)

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Superman: True Brit

Superman: True Brit is a silly, tongue-in-cheek satire about what life would have been like for Superman if he landed in Britain instead of the USA to live the American Dream. This book is a part of a series of ‘Elseworld comics which take DC Comics superheroes and takes characters out of their normal settings to theorise their alternative lives (for example, there’s another Superman novel called ‘Red Son’ about Superman landing in Ukraine to become U.S.S.R’s hero!)

Superman: True Brit is more of  a silly, light-hearted version of the story, with puns and plenty of poking of fun at the old British boys – although that’s to be expected with a graphic novel co-authored by the writers from Monty Python! So here’s a quick review-slash-recap of the graphic novel (*be warned, there’s spoilers ahead!*), I enjoyed reading this graphic novel simply because the idea was pretty funny, and it has crossed my mind a few times that Superman may have been a different person in a different country, rather than the all-American boy.

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So we start off with an alien baby landing – in all places – in the heart of the British Empire (or not quite), Weston-super-Mare, where he is found and brought up as Colin Clark; taught to mind his manners, suppress his powers and not scare the farm animals.

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His adoptive parents play their part, satirising middle-class British values (perhaps in the 1900’s, can’t say society is like this today!) with a social-niceties, paranoia about the neighbours and reminders to always wear clean underwear.

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In the meantime, Colin meets his girl-crush, Louisa Layne-Ferret, a Page 3 girl and ambitious journalist (with a convenient resemblance to her American cousin Lois Lane, who we also meet later on!), and has a fe20131117_125344w mishaps at school (such as playing cricket a little too fiercely and impaling a school-fellow with a cricket bat. Oh dear).

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Soon after (and inevitably), Colin is unable to suppress his powers and finds an outlet for them instead – in his alter-ego, Super Man, dressed in disguise to appease his parents while saving the country from disasters.

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Soon however, he is set three challenges by the skeptic public and his less-adoring fans – which of course turn out to be typical British complaints (and also satirical comments about British society!) The first task turns out to be to make trains run on time – Superman solves this by speeding up the trains and introducing the train staff to schedules (“Radical thinking!”)

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The second task turns out to be to reduce waiting times for hip operations, which Superman ‘solves’ by advising surgeons to play less gold and work more. Of course.

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The third and last task is challenging Superman to raise the quality of BBC programmes – which he resolves by scaring BBC executives into less ‘dumbing-down’ of television and more shows for  under-30s age gap.

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Despite all of this, poor Superman falls into more trouble, with the Bat Man out to get him (the previous victim of the cricket bat incident), the editor of the Daily Star out to defame him, and worst of all, his parents trying to run away from the embarrassment of their son being Superman.

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On top of this is the news that the ‘Three Impossible Tasks’ that he apparently succeeded in have had some negative results, meaning that Superman has to pay fines, gets further bad publicity, and his love life is not working out with Louisa quite how he wanted it.

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Eventually though (although slightly predictably, and in a very Monty-Python-ish way!), there’s a happy ending to be had, and Colin Clark reveals himself as Superman to avoid being black-mailed, and urges the public to stop supporting both the Bat-Man and the slimy editor of the Superman-hating newspaper. I loved this comment at the end, where Colin resolves to change his name – to Kent Clark.

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And Superman goes back full circle to say he is emigrating to the US for new opportunities (not before some references to The Rutles and a few digs at British society), changing his British-flag costume for a more recognisable one, complete with a Christopher Reeves-ish hair-curl.

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Overall, this graphic novel was certainly a lot less serious than the other DC comics I have read – and certainly, it’s not meant to be taken seriously. I liked the humour of it, but found it a little clichéd at times when it came to British traditions (I can’t help but wonder whether Americans still view us British at tea-and-crumpets-with-the-Queen types, although I did like the depiction of Queen Elizabeth in wellies and a crown!)

This is certainly something for Superman fans to read, especially if they want to get away from the dark tales that Superman sometimes comes across (and even Batman fans, which has plenty of dark humour and depressing stories!) Although this may not be to everyone’s liking, and some may find this a little patronising, it’s good for a few chuckles, and it certainly gives a good send-up of British media and culture.

Even Batman needs to mind his Ps and Qs

Saw this in a Batman comic –I mean graphic novel– book I was reading yesterday and thought it was hilarious.( Yes I’m a grown woman who still read comic books, don’t you judge me), I love finding little silly things like this in serious scenes (Batman’s trying to find out some information about his ex-protege who was killed in this scene), and I just thought this whole bit was just cute.

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Image taken from ‘Batman: War Games‘ by DC Comics

Weekly Ghostbustin’ Pacman Links

Weekend time means random links time. And maybe some films-slash-cakey-eating time. Enjoy these while I put the lights off and watch films in the dark.

This is kind of cute – Disney sloth princesses. I think I live with a few of these princesses.

How well do you know your fonts? Here’s a way to find out.

Not sure if you’ve seen this, but thought this was a sweet advert about how some people see themselves. Click here for the men’s version too.

Very simple and yet so cool. I’m pretty sure we can just paint the ones we have at home already though.

Is street art, art? I say it is, and so does this blogger.

Some very cool cakes and snacks you can try out and send to me. These ones are one of my favourites, although the Donkey Kong one comes a close second.

This is different, obituaries for things. Like a stressed out basketball.

Batman themed art and comics. I quite like this Batman’s Last Supper one.

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The Evolution of Batman’s Logo

Thought this was really cool, and something to weep over now that the Batman films have all been done – about thirty of the different iconic Batman logos as they have evolved over the years. And if you can’t be bothered to zoom in, here’s a video of all the different logos. Truthfully, I didn’t even know there were this many logos, some fan I am.

Now, back to the ‘bang-crash-wallop’ episodes, with a camp Robin in a tight outfit. Oh dear.

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