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R.I.P Nathan Wills

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Some sad news hit the YouTube community yesterday when we heard about the death of Nathan Wills. My thoughts are with his family and friends and I hope you find some comfort knowing that he is now at peace. I didn’t know Nathan very well but I knew that he was a good person. I saw Nathan Last year during a YouTube meet-up for Katers17  and Cory Williams of SMP films. It was fantastic how Nathan took responsibility for the huge gathering of people who turned up at Trafalgar Square and he looked like he thoroughly enjoyed himself along with good friend and fellow Vlogger Sara Parker. They all helped to make that a day to remember for myself and my Niece and I’m grateful for that.

Nathan Had been suffering from depression and reportedly took his own life on Friday 27th July. A statement from Nathan’s father expressed how special Nathan was to the family. Fans have been leaving messages of condolence with Nathan’s friends Kate, Cory, Sara and others deeply affected by his death. He will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Nathan.

A Super Disappointment

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I’ve expressed my disappointment on twitter but now I’m going to express it here. I watched in horror as one talented individual was humiliated live on stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber on ITV1’s ‘Superstar’. Throughout the series Webber showed a clear dislike of  23-year-old rock singer Nathan James while auditioning for the role of Jesus for the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ arena tour. Nathan delivered a fantastic performance each night and took on board the comments that the judges gave afterwards. But no matter how much he adapted his performances to suit the judges previous comments, it wasn’t good enough.

His rendition of ‘Sweet child of mine’ by Guns ‘n’ Roses was mind-blowing yet he was accused of coming across as big-headed. Nathan regularly updates his followers on twitter and would urge them to get voting when he needed it. If anything, in my opinion he came across as insecure and was being misinterpreted by many people. He was fully aware that he wasn’t to everyone’s taste but people were confusing his efforts with being egotistic.

Last night Webber made a personal attack on Nathan regarding a picture that he re-tweeted. The picture in question was a drawing of Nathan wearing a crown of thorns created by a fan (which I must add was very good). Webber proceeded to say quite angrily “Why do you tweet this nonsense?”. Nathan was speechless and looked as though he was going to burst into tears.

In my opinion Andrew Lloyd Webber wasn’t liking the fact that Nathan was winning over more supporters with his talent because he had a clear favourite. Despite Roger Wright’s (former West End Lion King star) average vocal performances, Andrew praised him time and time again. When Nathan ended up in the bottom two with no other than Roger, there was an up-raw. Webber was accused of swaying the public votes and caused the people to think that the show was fixed. Fans had experienced trouble trying to vote for Nathan as lines were apparently busy. Nathan put %110 into the sing-off. He really acted the song whereas Roger had the same expression on his face throughout. Acting ability is also meant to be judged in the show but in this case it was clearly ignored. There was no guessing as to who Webber was going to put through even though Nathan gave the better performance out of the two.

I’d like to say that it was unprofessional of Webber to use personal criticism in such an aggressive manner on live television. Twitter has nothing to do with someones singing ability and if they were really that bothered about Nathan’s tweets they should have had a private word with him away from the cameras. It was embarrassing and uncomfortable to watch but Nathan held it together and made a dignified exit from the show. We certainly won’t be hearing the last of him and I look forward to hearing of his new ventures. On the other hand I won’t be tuning into the last two shows purely because I’m not the slightest bit interested in the final line-up and don’t think any of them would suit the role of Jesus.

 

Waffle Shmaffle

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I was going to wait until I had something more interesting to blog about but I was getting bored with not blogging so I shall do what I do best and just waffle a bit. So far the past couple of weeks have been all work and no play! work has been busy but I’ve managed to keep myself amused in-between. I’ve been concentrating on finding accessories to go with my gorgeous dress that I bought for my brothers wedding in September, I just need to get a white bolero, a bag and some suitable jewelery which is proving to be somewhat of a tedious task.

I have finally finished heroes season 2 and about to move onto the final season of Smallville. I also treated myself to the box set of anime series, Chobits which I can’t wait to get stuck into. The art of anime has always fascinated me but I have never got around to actually admiring a motion picture of it so I’m going to look up some top anime series/films to work my way through.

I never got a response from PortAventura about the complaint I made about the treatment of their horses during a show so I’m now contemplating my next move. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. It saddens me to think that these shows are still going ahead with the poor horses suffering.

One of my favourite bands are coming to the UK in November and this time I have tickets to see them. I have loved Evanescence for years but never seen them play live. You can’t imagine how excited I am. But I have so much planned before then and I’m going to see Blink 182 on Thursday with Mandy which I’m sure will be totally epic.

Anyway, waffle over… I’m sure I’ll have something more interesting to write bout soon 😛

Olympic Doom

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Like many Londoners, I still remain scepticle about the Olympics. Not only has it cost billions of pounds while we are still getting back on our feet after a recession but the amount of security planned means that there is an increased risk of terrorism during this time. Getting in and out of London and surrounding areas will no doubt be a nightmare, making it difficult for people commuting too and from work.

Businesses are going to suffer especially theatres in the West End and apparently there may be an internet meltdown due to more people going online. I’m not surprised that a lot of people feel the way I do about the games with problem after problem. Maybe it won’t turn out to be as bad as we originally thought but we’ll just have to wait and see.

The Art of Matt Dixon

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The work of this artist really caught my eye while I strolled around browsing at the London Film and Comic Con stalls. Digital art never used to interest me as I used to dabble in acrylic paint myself. It’s only now I see that digital art is just as effective. I would describe Matt Dixon’s art as alternative, quirky and incredibly sexy. His pieces range from sci-fi monsters/robots to fantasy creatures and pin-ups. Matt also designs illustrations for children’s books. His attention to detail and use of colour is amazing, not to mention his imagination. I will definitely follow this artist and maybe even learn a little more about digital art.

Matt Dixon has a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ArtOfMattDixon

My First London Film and Comic Con

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I’ve been wanting to go to one of these for a few years now but never got around to it. If I’m honest my first experience was a little disappointing due to the poor organisation of the event. I spent most of my time waiting around and queuing and I only had 3 photo-shoots booked so I don’t know how people only going for the day managed to do more than that and some talks as well. I didn’t even get much time to look around all of the stalls but the ones that I did see were really good with items being reasonably priced. I bought 4 mounted pictures of True Blood and the Vampire Diaries at £5 each and a Lost Boys mug at £5. In a way I’m glad I didn’t look at much as I would have spent a fortune on things that I didn’t essentially need.

I liked my photo shoot pictures though and I was most excited about meeting Alex Winter of ‘Bill and Ted’ and ‘The lost Boys’ fame especially as The Lost Boys is my favourite film of all time. Another impressive guest was Gillian Anderson… I used to be a big X-Files fan back in the day. And as I am currently working my way through Heroes, I had to have a photo taken with Hayden Panetierre 🙂

As LFCC had been moved to Kensington Olympia this year, its understandable that things were a little out of sorts for them. Having to organise an event like this must be incredibly difficult, especially when it involves having to get hold of guests. They certainly pulled that off really well as there were an array of guests to please everyone. Depending on next years guests I would definitely give it another go at Earls Court.