Weekly Beautiful Libraries Links

I’ve been looking for books to read, but have ended up finding silly links and games to play – so far I’ve played 5 rounds of Battleship on my mobile and only won twice. Here’s some links while I play again.

If 2016’s Oscar-nominated movie posters told the truth – let’s see which one of them wins tonight!

When Frozen meets Star Wars. A mashup by artist Katarzyna Witerscheim.

And while you’re at it, here’s some hijabi-fied Disney Princesses.

A magnetic collage – a short story with GIFs.

Thought this was good – a piece of fiction on an alien’s take of human behaviour.

This is one for Londoners – cute and quirky cafe shops around London to visit for something a little different.

This white chocolate sphere dessert. Surprisingly not that difficult to make!

An interesting article on China and it’s women-only mosques – part of BBC’s documentaries about China.

I’m a real library freak, and I always look for pretty bookshops and libraries whenever I travel abroad. A list of beautiful libraries around the world to add to my bucket list.

5 second films – enjoyment and wasting less of your time. Or more of your time depending on how many of these you end up watching.

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!

London Film and Comic Con 2014

My sister and I were able to visit the London Film and Comic Con this weekend, over Friday, Saturday and Sunday (we just went to the Saturday event, though), which was a really fun experience, especially as this is the second comic-con showe we’ve been to after the MCM London Comic Con last year. The event was held at Earl’s Court and showcased a number of things – I love that Comic Con has now become much more than just comic books and superheroes. This one covered film and TV series, comic books, computer games and also fiction books. There were a number of TV and film celebrities available for photos and signings, and also comic book artists and book authors who were in attendance, ready to sign their work.

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My sister had the foresight to buy ‘Earlybird tickets’ – which still meant queuing up but it meant that buy paying a little extra, we could get into the venue at 9.00am, which we managed to do. While queuing we saw a huge variety of costumes, merchandise and cute little children dressed up as Supergirl/Superman/Spiderman/that little girl from Dispicable Me which were a fun prelude (and a sign of who the real fanboys were).
When we finally got inside, the place was already busy and there was lots of things to see and visit. The venue was divided into different ‘zones’ for varying interests as well: the Book Zone, the Comic Zone, the Anime Zone, the Video Game zone, the Cosplay zone and Artists Alley, alongside the talks, celebrity photoshoots and signings which were going on, not to mention various raffles, stalls and competitions.

As always, this year’s Film and Comic Con was full of costumes which had been really well thought out, I loved some of the originality of costumes, not to mention the attention to details which made some of these look really good (a lot of them stayed in character too, Chewbacca spent the whole time growling and making squealing noises everytime we went past him).

The celebrities were a big appeal for us. We managed to see most of them with the exception of Carrie Fischer (Princess Leia in Star Wars) who we missed, and comic book legend Stan Lee, who was in a separate area and which we would have had to buy extra tickets for (which were expensive but still very popular!) Below are just some of the celebrities we saw, there were a lot more which I haven’t included! We recognised pretty much most of them, partly because I watch too much TV and also because some of these people were pretty cool. The celebrities all seemed really nice and down-to-earth, which was great to see.

There were also a lot of talks going on during the day with various actors and writers, my sister and I are big Sherlock fans (the British version) and there was meant to be a talk called ‘Sherlocked’ with the writers and producers of the show, which we wanted to attend. However after we took one look at the huge queue and the fact that it would be at least an hour and half wait, we decided not to go (and just stream the talk online at home!) – it was just too hot and would have made the long day longer, if we hadn’t been fasting it would have been worth the wait.

I loved the fact that there was a separate section for YALC – Young Adult Literature Con, which was apparently the first one in the UK. I’m a big book-reader and aspiring author, and it’s always great to see support out there for people who want to write. There were also a lot of names I recognised, many from books I read as a teenager whom I was a big fan of like Malorie Blackman, Darren Shan and Patrick Ness, who are pretty well-known.

And of course there were hundreds of stalls, booths and tables to buy all sorts of things, comic books, costumes, gadgets, computer games, toys and souveniers. We kept an eye out for anything we wanted to buy, but some of the things were a little pricey (I wanted a comic-book print dress but wasn’t really prepared to spend £65 on it), but it was still good to see the buzz of people selling all sorts of things.

My sister and I spent a lot of time looking at various comics, gadgets and quriky stuff, and we ended up at the table of an emerging artist, Hameed Catel, creator of kirucomics which we had a good discussion with as he told us the premise of his two comic book series (and also sold us one, which he also signed!) I really like the idea of both of his comic series, one about a young thief who is suddenly given powers, and who doesn’t behave as heroic as he should, which sounded pretty funny – the Champion of Dema graphic novel is the one we bought. He also told us about his other comic series which was waiting to be published, about a detective called Hani. We both really liked the idea of this one because it seemed more Middle-Eastern based, and also very Muslim-friendly, goodness knows there aren’t enough Muslim superheroes out there, although it’s a growing niche! The series is still waiting to be published very soon, I’ll post about it as soon as I hear more!

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We also stopped to play a few vintage arcade games, as well as look at the latest games being released (I beat my sister at Pacman, naturally). It was good to see people of all ages at this place, there were an area of old-style arcade games grouped together which gave an arcade-feel, as well as lots of computer and television monitors around with the more modern games.

 

Throughout the venue were plenty of displays, from books, TV series and films, and all pretty spectacular. I love the Sherlock set (I have no idea if its the original one, but I wouldn’t be surprised), and the Batmobile (something my nephews would love).

Because we were fasting, we didn’t want to spend all day at the Comic Con and left in the afternoon after we had spent time looking at everything and stopping again to peeki again at several celebrities. It was also a really warm day, and as we walked out of the building back to the Underground Tube station, we could see the queues of people waiting to come in were still getting longer and going down past the roads – it really was astounding how popular this London Film and Comic Con is, and how far people travelled to come.

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All in all we had a good day, and it was interesting to meet various fans who interpreted film, TV and comics in their own way. I don’t think I’m as big a fan as some of the people who attended, but it was fun, and who knows, maybe next time I’ll go in costume!

MCM London Comic Con 2013

I mentioned before that I visited the MCM London Comic Con, which is a big comic convention that takes place in London twice a year. While it’s not as huge as the San Diego Comic Con, it’s still pretty popular, and draws a huge crowd with interests in drawing, comics, gaming and various films.

We spent the day looking at comics and merchandise for sale, meeting comic book artists and seeing hundreds of fans in costume (known as ‘cosplay’), and generally had an interesting day. I’ve always wanted to go to a Comic Con but have never had the chance, so it was a different experience for me to see various different groups of people get together and have fun.

Here’s a few pictures of the hundreds I took, some of the costumes we saw were just mind-blowing, with some really great detail. I don’t have a single favourite costume because there were far too many, but among my top favourites would be a girl dressed up as Cersei Lannister from the tv series Game of Throne (and looked spot on!), and a girl dressed as Storm from the X-Men, white contacts and all!

Stormtroopers against the horizon at London Comic Con…!

I attended the MCM London Comic Con today, which was great fun, not least because of the amazing, detailed costumes worn by a lot of the fans. I’ll be posting properly about the Comic Con in a couple of days, but in the meantime here is one of my favourite photographs that I took at the Comic Con.

I’m not sure if it’s because of the awkward posing of the Stormtroopers, the fact that the backdrop of the Royal Docks behind make an almost anachronistic setting (it’s not the Death Star, is it!) or even the fact that I wanted to (and almost did!) dress up as Darth Vader (the hijabi version) for the Comic Con that makes this picture memorable for me – but I do think these were one of the many highlights of the day : )

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Journal Your Ramadan – Day #18: In My Bag

Like a lot of other people, I carry around a lot of junk in my handbag, half which I hardly use and which should have been thrown out ages ago (I don’t mean half-rotting food though! Mostly receipts and old papers). So this is a peep at the sort of things my handbag normally houses, laid out stylishly so you can see my creams, keys, and purse in full glory.

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Journal Your Ramadan – Day #14: Now Playing

I’m not really playing any games at the moment (I do like to play computer games every now and then, or just mobile phone ones), and I’m partial to my board games, but I haven’t really been playing anything recently.

So I thought I would just show a picture of what I would LIKE to be playing, since it’s been years. I used to play chess more often when I was younger (we bought a glass set for my eldest sister years ago because we all played it so much) – I have no idea whether we were playing by the right rules, and we probably cheated a little, but it was still fun.

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Oh, and in case you have tuned in recently and weren’t aware of my Lego obsession, I’ve been having a bit of fun with these as well. Here’s a picture of some Lego, seeing as it’s been a while. These are some Star Wars-themed Lego key rings I bought a while ago, the Darth Vader one is the one I carry around at the moment (and has been nibbled on quite a few times by my niece now), and the Darth Maul one I gave to a friend. There’s something very cool about them both, even though they’re only about three inch high, they’re still mean and proud.

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Weekly Fear Street Links

Weather’s finally looking up, folks, and the sun’s been staying longer! You know what that means, bring you pasty IT geek selves closer, close the curtains and stay in the dark while we bask in the glow of the computer screens and peruse these links.

Did you ever read the Fear Street and Point Horror series by the wonderful (read: terrible) R. L. Stine as a tween in the 80s and 90s? Then you’ll love this link, Fear Street book re-caps, which are written by a blogger who had me huffing and puffing in hysterics as she pointed out the genius (i.e. terrible plots, rubbish jokes and unrealistic ‘horror’ and ghosts) of Stine’s series of Fear Street books. It’s a good trip to memory lane, anyway!

Want a light-up tie anyone? Here you go.

How to Photoshop your Gremlin kids into a Star Wars poster. As you do, written by a grumpy uncle. I did like Step One though (‘Take some aspirin’).

I saw this Disney short in cinema recently, called Paperman, and loved it – no wonder it won an Oscar. Here’s the Youtube link if you can’t open the previous one.

Recycled bicycle parts used to make beautiful ballroom-style chandeliers to make a freeway pretty – I wish they would do stuff like this in the subway where I live, although it would probably get nicked in less than a week (and you’d probably see it hanging outside a grocery shop the next day).

I never thought about how similar Twitter and the telegram were before, although it makes sense (limited characters, wireless and half the time, pointless).

Cool famous people hanging out together. Because they’re awesome.

That’s it for this weekend, now excuse me while I laugh at a few more silly Fear Street books, and also work on a project which I’m launching with the sisters in a week or two (more about this soooonn!!).

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Weekly Handsome Butler Links

We’re finally getting some fun fun fun in the sun sun sun duh duh duh duh duh duh *POW BANG*. I’m enjoying the Bank holiday this weekend, a good time to relax, read a few books, and maybe a day trip to the beach! Here’s some links for when the rain and cloud starts coming back.

First World problems. I know the feeling, TV screen is too wide so it takes me longer to read the subtitles. Such a pain.

This blogger wants a handsome butler. So do I.

I had so much fun with this, drawing a Stickman. Yes I’m a child inside, but let’s see what your stickman looked like!

A silly but funny view of what they’re really saying – filling in the mumbly words of the world of lip-reading.

A view on American representations of English people. Too right, mate.

A list of University courses that you might not have heard of, but might love to study! Klingon degree, anyone?

A seriously beautiful building, 55,000 LED lights to make this cathedral. Definitely on my travel Wish List.

Following on from the ‘May the Fourth be with you’ celebrations, here’s how to throw a Star Wars themed party. I also want these cupcakes.

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By the wonderful Terry Border

May the Fourth be with you!

The internetz strikes back! Another reason why May is my favourite month of the year, it’s a good day for internet geeks (including myself) to taking advantage of the Star Wars pun.

I’ve always seen Star War fans show their love (and Force) in the memes and images on the Fourth in the last couple of years and it’s always made me laugh, so here’s a chance for me to jump on the Star Wars bandwagon and post one that I put together myself 🙂

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