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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’

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Where has the Time Gone?

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I can’t believe we are nearly in April already! there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day lately. Shame on me for not dedicating more time to blog but in my defence work has been draining so evening blogging has become a challenge. The weather doesn’t help, which means I’ve not been out and about as much as I would have liked. Luckily events that I have planned for April should help me produce a couple of interesting posts. To be honest, I’ve been dreaming this month away in anticipation of my upcoming holiday at the beginning of May. But have now realised I had better get my arse in gear and begin to plan what remaining bits and bobs I need to get before I go.

I know a lot of people take books away with them on holiday but I’m not a big reader so that was out of the question. I gave it some thought and decided to purchase a couple of poetry books instead. That way I don’t have to stick to one long story that I might get bored with in five minutes. I also wanted something to help inspire me while sitting around the pool. I came across the work of E.J. Stevens and instantly knew that the poems in her two books entitled ‘From the Shadows’ and ‘Shadows of Myth and Legend’ would be my cup of tea and I look forward to reading them.

E.J. Stevens books

Now apart from watching a lot of ‘Supernatural’, last night I finally got to see the Theatre production of ‘Les Miserables’ and loved it. Although I still can’t decide whether I like the film or the stage show the best. I thought Tam Mutu’s Javert was brilliant and all the singing was amazing which you don’t quite get in the film but they do a great job none the less. There’s always something about being in the thick of the action and in front row I certainly had that. I would definitely recommend this award-winning show to anyone who is into musicals.

Speaking of musicals! I actually watched the film ‘Hair Spray’ for the first time last night ( I know it’s old now) and wished I had caught that in the West End while it was there. I found it highly amusing. First thing I noticed on the cover of the DVD was John Travolta’s name but I was disappointed that they hadn’t put a photo of him on there. I soon realised that he was, but his character was a woman so I hadn’t recognised him. I honestly don’t know why it takes me such a long time to see these things. For those of you unfamiliar with this film, here’s a picture of John Travolta as Edna Turnblad 🙂

Edna Turnblad

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.

Here Comes the Sun!

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Although I was wishing that I didn’t have to go to work this morning, there remained a certain spring in my step as I glanced out of the window while getting ready. That Monday morning feeling after a fab weekend was just made better by the sunshine. As I walked to work I noticed how beautiful the blossom on the trees looked against the bright blue sky. It was also nice to walk home from work in the daylight… it seemed forever ago that I could do that. So I just wanted to say welcome back sun 🙂

So I had a pretty awesome weekend. It began with a spot of holiday shopping which is no where complete as yet but I’m glad I made a start. A spur of the moment trip to the cinema on Saturday evening with my 13 year old niece presented us with ‘The Hunger Games’ which pleasantly surprised me as I wasn’t really expecting much from this film. I haven’t read the book but people who have tell me that its so much better than the film. I don’t doubt this for a second but as it takes me so long to get through a book I have no intention in reading it. Some people were disappointed because the film was aimed at pre-teens which I expected anyway as my niece has been going on about it for months. I couldn’t help thinking that the whole concept of the film was just a little bit brutal for young people to digest but I was happy that it wasn’t too graphic as I didn’t fancy explaining to my sister why her daughter was having nightmares. All in all I liked the weirdness of it but I wouldn’t say that it’s better than ‘Harry Potter’ as some media have been saying.

I had a lazy Sunday morning catching up with ‘Britain’s got Talent’ leaving myself just half an hour to get dressed and slap on some make-up before running out of the door to catch a train to Camden town where I met my mate Mandy for food, drinks at ‘The Worlds End’ and onto Koko to see Lostprophets perform. It wasn’t a proper gig, they were filming for an album chart show and people who had bought tickets to see them in May had been invited along for free to be part of it. To be honest I wasn’t expecting them to sing as many songs as they did… about eight from what I recall! One being their new single ‘Bring ‘Em Down’ and one of my favourites ‘Rooftops’. Roll on May when I get to see their full show 🙂

Corey Feldman on Ice

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I can’t say it’s been the best of days, it started off very early with the sound of droned news reporters delivering weather warnings of gale forced winds… just what I need on my first day back to work since the Christmas break. Luckily the day went pretty quick and I arrived home to some good news, well it depends how you perceive it really. I am easily pleased with the smallest of things. Now I’m not really a fan of reality T.V shows but this may be one to watch. Dancing On Ice have announced the line-up for the show that starts on ITV1 this Sunday the 8th of January and I’m rather excited that one of the celebrity contestants this year with be none other than the Lost Boys star Corey Feldman. Now for those of you who have read one of my previous blog posts ‘Vampires don’t Sparkle’ you will know that the Lost Boys is my favourite film of all time.

Corey who is also famous for films such as ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Stand by me’ will be teaming up with Skater Brook Castille to battle it out amongst other contestants on the ice. He’s moved to London and has taken this opportunity to return to the public eye. To some extent I will be happy he’s doing it, but like many others are probably thinking; it could be make or break for him. It’s unlike anything he’s ever done before and I fear that he may be out of his comfort zone. I’ll be crossing my fingers in hope that he’ll be successful.

Ghost the Musical – A Short Review

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In the run-up to Richard and Caissie’s transfer to Broadway with Ghost the musical I had to share with you my thoughts about currently successful West End shows. I heard mixed reviews to begin with so I knew I had to see for myself. I must admit I was a little reluctant at first as I knew that nothing could better such a classic well-loved film. For those of you who haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about, this is the musical theatre version of the legendary Patrick Swayze film in which his character Sam Wheat is killed in cold blood during a high point in his relationship with artist Molly Jensen. Caught in-between worlds; Sam, with the help of opinionated and witty medium Oda Mae Brown, solve his murder.

Considering that the original film was made over 20 years ago, the modernisation of the theatre production doesn’t affect the way in which the story is portrayed. In fact the story line stays true to the film with only minor alterations. If you are a big fan of the film then you will notice that they have re-written parts and missed bits out to make it more adaptable for the stage. But don’t let this put you off.

They couldn’t have chosen a better cast. All the mains have an incredible stage presence and the choreography is amazing. For those of you that have no recollection of who Richard Fleeshman is, then don’t worry about it. He will build more credibility in the West End than he ever did in his previous career. Accompanied by Caissie Levy, the pair of them will blow you away with their vocals. The songs are a masterpiece alone and even the overture will send shivers down your spine.

So much emotion has been poured into this musical which is how it should be. You start to feel as though the characters are real. Whoopi Goldberg eat your heart out, Sharon D Clarke as Oda Mae Brown will have you rolling in the isles and you couldn’t get a better villain  than Ivan De Freitas who plays Willy Lopez.

The whole show is visually stunning throughout and on occasions will leave you open-mouthed and gasping in disbelief. The illusions and special effects are phenomenal. You have to see it to believe it. That’s why I don’t want to give too much away. But if you walk into the theatre thinking that you are going to get a Patrick Swayze double and the show is going to be exactly the same as the film then your wrong. Go with an open mind and enjoy.