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‘Blackfish’

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Today I finally got around to watching ‘Blackfish’ which is currently causing a stir in all the right reasons or wrong (whichever way you’d like to look at it), I would personally say for all the right reasons as it’s been raising awareness of such a barbaric business since it’s release. For those that haven’t seen it ‘Blackfish’ is a powerful documentary/film about the Killer Whales at ‘Seaworld’ in Orlando, Florida and how these amazing animals can suddenly turn aggressive, causing serious harm and even death to the trainers that work closely with them. Namely following one particular one called Tilikum.

A lot of stories that came back out of the woodwork were covered up by ‘Seaworld’, obviously to protect their wealth. As you can imagine they must make millions each year by attracting the public to view their displays. Of course it’s a success because we as humans show a desire to be up close to amazing creatures like Killer Whales and many others.

I myself have watched Dolphin shows in Barcelona and swam with Sea Lions in Spain but that in itself could have potentially gone wrong at any moment as Sea Lions can give a nasty bite and their muscley bodies give an indication to how strong they are. All animals are unpredictable and I think people tend to forget that. We don’t know what’s going through their minds.

The emotional torture the Orcas go through is beyond belief. Originally they were captured from the wild and their babies were their main targets because they would be easy to transport and train. They sent boats after them and because the Whales knew what was happening they devised a plan and split up. The males would swim one way to cause a distraction while the females swam in a different direction with their babies staying underwater for as long as possible to avoid being seen. Unfortunately they couldn’t stay underwater forever and when they eventually came up for air they were found by planes that were sent out to direct the boats towards them.

They would be captured by nets in an area with no escape and a baby would be taken from them. As Killer Whales are highly emotional mammals, capable of emotions more complex than humans they were desperately communicating with each other during the ordeal. They build very strong bonds with each other and will suffer grief at the loss of a loved one. One man in the film choked up as he explained that he felt like he was kidnapping a child from its mother. On one occasion they had ended up with 3 dead Orca’s in their nets and were ordered to cut them open and fill them with rocks to sink them.

There are many ridiculous stories but that one will always stick in my mind. ‘Seaworld’ were given the chance to have their say but refused and because the film has made such an impact they have appealed. I know there are two sides to every story but I’m not the slightest bit interested to hear what they have to say. They’re business is despicable and needs to close down along with other similar establishments.

I would like to say well done to all of the former trainers, directors and other staff that came forward to help film the documentary/film, they deserve respect for sharing their stories which must have been hard to talk about. People need to know the truth, ‘Seaworld’ can not carry on treating the Whales like they do and lying and covering up things. Thank you to those who put ‘Blackfish’ together, it has opened the eyes of the naive (through no fault of their own) and confirmed suspicions for those of us that already suspected something dodgy.

What I have written about is just a snippet of what went on in the film so I would recommend that if you care a great deal about animals and don’t like to be kept in the dark to watch this detailed and well researched documentary/film. The whole thing made me angry and heartbroken but I’m glad I watched it. I could go on and on but the only way to gain a true perspective is to watch it for yourselves. Last but not least my condolences go out to the families and friends of the trainers that lost their lives while working with the Killer Whales.

‘Blackfish’ has been broadcasted on T.V but is also available on iTunes, DVD and Blu ray.

Facebook page ‘Blackfish’

The New Boy in Waterloo Road

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The Barry Family

The delightful Carl Au made his debut in Waterloo Road last night as the character Barry Barry (so good they named him twice). His arrival along with the rest of the Barry family caused quite a stir. He caused so many problems on his first day at school, I’m surprised he wasn’t expelled already. The part that Carl plays is quite different from his previous roles in hit West End show ‘Jersey Boys’  playing Joe Pesci and Understudy Frankie Valli. Having met Carl on many occasions I can honestly say that he’s nothing like his character, in fact he’s one of the nicest people you could meet.

Barry Barry

Last night Carl received many tweets of encouragement and support from Waterloo Road viewers and was taken by surprise when Barry Barry became a trending topic on twitter. We haven’t seen the last of him yet and I look forward to seeing more of him and his ballsy attitude.

Me & Carl

 

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.

 

Random Days are the Best!

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Hello there Blog masters! thought I would check in and tell you a little about how my Easter weekend has been so far! Firstly I’d like to thank Jesus for the four days off work… its much appreciated! I’m currently listening to the awesome new Lostprophets album which has been long-awaited. It’s good to have them back on the scene and I can’t wait to see them perform again next month.

I’m eagerly getting through the second season of the Vampire Diaries but I don’t want to come to the end of it. I just can’t get enough of Damon Salvatore 🙂 the story lines are as exciting as ever and the intensity quite often leaves me holding my breath. Elena quite clearly needs to get it on with Damon… we all love a bad boy!

My holiday wardrobe is almost complete. A major shopfest on Friday turned out to be successful although I did start off by thinking that it was going to be a pointless trip… maybe I should think like that every time I go shopping as when I go feeling optimistic I often can’t find anything I want. Just a few more things to get now and then I’m done.

I’m loving the early birthday present that my mum presented me with. Although my birthday isn’t for another couple of months I wasn’t going to complain. I can honestly say that the geek in me truly came out when I clapped eyes on my new Marvel bag. I can now carry my London Film and Comic con photo shoot pictures around with me in style in July.

Yesterday was quite random. Myself and my friend Mandy decided to go for lunch and to see a film in good old London town but we only managed to do the lunch part. The rest of the day/night turned into a kind of pub crawl instead. We started off at the Intrepid Fox, a rock/metal bar that played anything from Wednesday 13 to Evanescence. Then moved onto a small bar called the Crobar in Soho which seemed a little more hardcore and played a lot of heavy metal. Both bars I felt comfortable in, it was my kind of thing. I might actually review them at a later date. After that we went for a drink in the Sussex, had an expensive cocktail in Detroit and ended the evening in the Spice of Life.  Then feeling a little peckish I stopped in Subway to get a veggie patty before heading home completely sober 🙂 The best days are the random unplanned ones.

Being Human – The Big Change

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I’ve just finished watching series two of ‘Being Human’… I know I’m a late starter and there’s not really a valid excuse for it but as the saying goes; better late than never! and in this case that saying definitely sums it up. I mean, how can you beat such a great combination? A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost all living under the same roof. Its horror/fiction fans idea of heaven. So far my verdict is a big thumbs up. It has proved very addictive due to the superb story-lines and the original 3 amazing actors playing the main parts; all of which struggle with trying to be as normal as possible within their day-to-day lives. It doesn’t quite work out that way though.

Russell Tovey’s portrayal of a werewolf is beyond awesome. George is a sensitive soul but extremely comical, he’s had me in fits of laughter on many occasions throughout the first two series’. He’s struggling to come to terms with the fact that he may never be a part of a normal family. His ultimate dream is to have a wife and lots of kids. He expresses his emotions really well and will have you tearing up at the littlest things bless him. He’s the kind of character you just want to hug. He plays the part so well that he’ll have you convinced that he’s really turning into a werewolf; his display of pain and the scared expression on his face will make you cringe but I can’t say much for the werewolf itself… that’s not so convincing! they could have made it a little more realistic considering the technology they have these days. George is probably my favourite character.

Aidan Turner is very vampire like. They hit the nail on the head when they cast him, probably because they knew he was going to be popular with the ladies. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a little rugged… just what a vampire should look like! well in my eye’s anyway 🙂 Mitchell certainly adds a darker and more gorier side to the show. He too is longing for a more human life, but his attempts to go; how shall I put it… cold turkey (with feeding from humans) doesn’t really go so well.

Lenora Critchlow plays a very pretty ghost who was killed by her ex Fiance. After finding out the truth about what happened to her, Annie still can’t exit this world and leave her best friends George and Mitchell behind who have also become very attached to the slightly scatty apparition with an outstanding tea making ability. Annie adds vulnerability to the show but gets stronger with each venture she experiences. The friendship and loyalty of all three characters is rather heart-warming, excuse the pun.

Now here’s where someone sticks a pin in my bubble and bursts it! Having just found out that 3 of the now four main characters have been killed off,  its left me feeling somewhat… disappointed and disheartened. Obviously those of you who have been watching all along already know and is old news. Fortunately I’ve heard some good things about the new cast which is promising but it doesn’t help the way I feel about losing George and Mitchell even though I have to wait until series 4 to see the big change and I haven’t even seen series 3 yet. I just hope the new characters have some of the qualities which made George and Mitchell so appealing. Now I wait I suppose.