Friday, 23 June 2017

'Earth was abundant. When we had finally finished plundering its
resources, we moved on. But our new homes were never as rich.
So we sent ships with scientific teams to find new zoology in distant galaxies we could farm, synthesise or simply hunt down and eat...'

In the future, food is the new gold...

Join the crew of an Ark class spaceship as they search out new food resources across uncharted galaxies in order to keep humanity alive... (click here)

 Grove Jones stops on the main gangway of the space port and glances at the briefing alert on his digi-billet. The ship he is looking for is called the 'Saturn Anne II' but he can see no sign of it on the computerised docking list boards. Just like the Newtrishia Corporation to hire some tin-can space barge that can't even find its way to the right docking bay. He spots a techanoid and waves the billlet at him. 'Know where this is?'
The teachanoid blinks twice and then pulls the rictus grin of the very poorly made synthetic robot. 'Yes sir! The last bay, in late last night. Boards not updated yet. Very big ship. Have a very happy journey now.'

'Last bay, late. Says it all.' Jones growls in thanks at the too-cheery reply, shoulders his backpack and heads in the direction of the illuminated arrow sign lit up on the techanoid's chest plate.  

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

In A Midsummer Garden

One of the first projects for our new garden, after a few months of settling in, is repairing, repainting and re-utilising the decking. This has entailed cutting back and reshaping overgrown shrubs and plants, checking and replacing any rotten substructure and replacing worn out screws across the deck. We are going for a bold grey, pink and orange colour scheme on the deck and walls to give a Mediterranean/Mexican feel to what is turning into a lovely sun trap. The pots of salad are loving the hot weather and midsummer is only a heat haze away. Please don't forget to leave out a shallow dish of water for the birds and wildlife, always a must in a midsummer garden.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Don't forget to vote this Thursday... General Election 8th June 2017

I have blogged before about how hard women fought to win the right to vote in this country and I am sad to see voter turnouts are still low in this century.  

Please stand up for your rights and your local community and vote this Thursday. It isn't a chore, it's your chance to vote for someone to represent you in government. 

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday and you can still vote even if you've lost your poll card, as long as you are registered on the electoral roll.

The BBC have put together some info about a General Election with FAQs  worth checking out if you are unsure what a General Election is all about. 

All major parties have published manifestos (a public declaration of policies and aims), you can check out the Liberal Democrats manifesto here ~ Manifesto 

Monday, 5 June 2017

A Quintessential List of Science Fiction Movies

So here it is, a list of seventy science fiction films worth watching. I had to draw the line somewhere so decided seventy was more than enough for now. They are ordered alphabetically rather than in any preference and I have added the year of release to avoid remake v. original confusion. Perfect for a wet week in June... Watch this lot and you will know sci-fi.

  1.  Aliens (1986)
  2. Apollo 13 (1995)
  3. Armageddon (1998)
  4. Arrival (2016)
  5. Avatar (2009)
  6. Back to the Future (1985)
  7. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
  8. Blade Runner (1982)
  9. Brazil (1985)
  10. Capricorn One (1977)
  11. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  12. Ender's Game (2013)
  13. Escape from New York (1981)
  14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  15. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  16. Flatliners (1990)
  17. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  18. Gattaca (1997)
  19. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  20. Inception (2010)
  21. Independence Day (1996)
  22. Inner Space (1987)
  23. Interstellar (2014)
  24. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  25. Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2008)
  26. Jurassic Park (1993)
  27. Logan's Run (1976)
  28. Oblivion (2013)
  29. Mad Max (1979)
  30. Men in Black (1997)
  31. Metropolis (1927)
  32. Paul (2011)
  33. Pitch Black (2000)
  34. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  35. Predator (1987)
  36. Repo Man (1984)
  37. Robocop (1987)
  38. Short Circuit (1986)
  39. Silent Running (1972)
  40. Sleeper (1973)
  41. Stargate (1994)
  42. Starman (1984)
  43. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  44. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
  45. Solaris (1972)
  46. Terminator (1984)
  47. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
  48. The Abyss (1989)
  49. The Black Hole (1979)
  50. The Blob (1958)
  51. The Day after Tomorrow (2004)
  52. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  53. The Fifth Element (1997)
  54. The Fly (1986)
  55. The Man who fell to Earth (1976)
  56. The Martian (2015)
  57. The Matrix (1999)
  58. The Thing (1982)
  59. Time Bandits (1981)
  60. Time Machine (2002)
  61. Total Recall (1990)
  62. Tremors (1990)
  63. Tron (1982)
  64. 12 Monkeys (1995)
  65. 2012 (2009)
  66. 2001- A Space Odyssey (1968)
  67. Wall-E (2008)
  68. Waterworld (1995)
  69. Westworld (1973)
  70. When Worlds Collide (1951)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

New roots, new shoots...

Well, after one of the toughest six months for a long time, it is a pleasure to be settling in a new garden, new roots, new shoots...

new homes for old stones,

sequoia yearlings, 

the green man with blue hair, 




new oak leaves,

beautiful flowers,

and bees,

and Glastonbury Tor...