Gift Guide: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Gift Guide

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As the Wonder Woman movie is finally getting released on DVD and Blu Ray this week. I thought I would put together a gift guide of some of the Wonder Woman merchandise available. I have written before, how I impressed I was with the amount of merchandise DC Comics have created. Whilst, it still isn’t ideal it is an improvement on other franchises.

Den of Geek wrote an amazing article over the summer highlighting the problem with the Wonder Woman merchandise. And the problems Star Wars and Marvel fans have faced. I know the amount of girly products available might offend some people. I don’t mind it. In fact, I love it when cosmetic companies have collaborations with geeky fandom. Like the MAC Wonder Woman range from a few years ago or the Covergirl and Star Wars collection. Yet, it is pointing out the lack of Wonder Woman merchandise for non-girly fans!

Wonder Woman Gift Guide

Wonder Woman Gift Guide
Wrap Bracelet // Cross Body Bag // Mug
Nail Wraps // Shopping Tote // Top
Mason Jar // Make-Up Bag

What do you think of the girlier merchandise? Do you like geeky themed make-up or jewellery? Or would do you prefer to buy Lego sets and action figures?

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100 Cups of Coffee

Cold Brew in the Park

One of the best things about living in London is the green spaces. London has so many amazing parks and most of the time I never get the chance to enjoy them. When I know I am going to be visiting a new area, I search online for interesting coffee shops. As I knew I would be near Regent’s Park for an appointment. I searched for a local coffee shop, grabbed my kindle and sat in the park to relax after my appointment.

Mojito Coffee

Over the summer, I had a lot of meeting in St Paul’s. The first place, I discovered in the area was Nespresso Cafe. As well as serving all their own coffees, they have an amazing menu of alternative coffee drinks. So I finally, got to try a Mojito Iced Coffee!

Coffee with a view

Still in the St Paul’s area, I started to explore and found the amazing rooftop area on the One New Change shopping mall. As well as this amazing view of St Paul’s Cathedral, you can see the famous building in the city and along the river. At the time I was reading the book, The City’s Son. Which featured the Cathedral, so it was nice to spend my free time, reading this in the shadow on the dome.

My Favourite Coffee

The reason had not been blogging over the summer was due to me being called up for Jury Service in July. One of the worse thing about Jury Service was the lack of decent coffee. The coffee in the court was un-drinkable and they nearest coffee stand burnt the coffee. So after a fortnight of bad coffee on my first day off, I “earned” a decent coffee from one of my favourite coffee shops!

Same View, Different Coffee

In August, it was back to St Paul’s for more meetings. Although the weather had started to change. The roof garden at One New Change still provided the idea place to relax and drink my coffee. And I discovered yet another new place to try!

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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Art of the Brick: DC Heroes

One of the top items on my bucket list for this summer was the Art of the Brick show. With such busy schedules over the summer, we had to leave it until the last weekend to visit. Nathan Sawaya, has had art exhibitions all over the world, all using Lego as his medium. Build as the world’s largest Lego exhibition. Over 2 million bricks have created sculptures of DC Comics Super Heroes and Super Villains.
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Art of the Bricks: DC Super Heroes

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Art of the Brick: DC Heroes
I expected the exhibition to just feature life-sized figures of characters from DC Comics. The kind you see in the Lego Stores or at conventions. Yet, it was an interesting mix of statues, and smaller figures. Lego was even used to recreate of classic comic covers, and brick pictures which adorned the walls.

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What amazed me the most about these pieces of art, was the attention to detail. The Wonder Woman portrait had hidden Lego stars and shields in the frame. The full-sized Batmobile, included bat shaped headlights. Tiny bat motifs in the hubcaps and even a personalized license plate.

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Unfortunately, the Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes has now closed. Hopefully, Nathan Sawaya will do another exhibition in London again soon.

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Star Wars Identities

Star Wars Identities at The O2 London is more than just a show of props from the movies. Instead, it is an interactive experience exploring what elements make an identity, against the back drop of the Star Wars universe. Saying that if you are looking for an exhibition showcasing props, costumes and artwork from the movies, there are over 200 on display.
Star Wars Identities

Star Wars Identities Experience

The Star Wars Identities Experience has toured around the world for the last few years. It started in Canada in 2012 before heading to Europe, first in Paris and now London. Because the experience is over five years ago, there is no mention of the newer movies. In fact, the only reference to The Force Awakens is a model of BB-8. Instead, the focus is more on the original trilogy and prequels. There is even a large section devoted to Jar Jar Binks!
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Upon entering the experience we received an interactive wristband and audio tour headset. We watched a brief video, in which they quickly outlined how a personality is formed. Giving the examples of how both Luke and Anakin are from the same planet. Yet ended up having very different identities.

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There are ten stations in the exhibit. Each one designed to shape your character in the Star Wars universe. Some stations are as simple as picking which species you will be, or which planet you will live on. Others related more to your personality, for example, do you have an altruistic or egoistic drive. Each station features scenes from the movies. Or has artwork or props from the Star Wars mythology to accompany it.

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At the final station just like Luke and Anakin, you are asked by the Emperor, if you wish to join the dark side. Then you can meet your character. One final tap of your wrist band reveals your Star Wars Identity on a giant screen. It would have been nice if you could have an actual print-out copy of your Star Wars Identity, photo and personality breakdown, however, that was not the case.

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As a Star Wars fan, I loved the experience! I had been to Star Wars exhibitions, so I had seen a lot of the props and costumes before. This was an interesting twist on a traditional exhibition. I also loved thinking about what my role would be in the Star Wars Universe! I opted to be an X-Wing pilot and member of the Rebellion.

Star Wars Identities

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Geek Girl Guide to London

I love reading travel blogs, dreaming about all the places I would love to visit. What I love even more is reading tips from locals about their area. My favourites are tips for Disneyworld by Floridians (one day I will go back). I am a Londoner, I was born here and still stay in the same area. For all the wrong reasons London has been in the news a lot lately. I want to start writing about all the great things in this city.

Geek Girl Guide

Geek Girl Guide to London
London is an amazing place to be a  geek girl! I thought I would put together some tips and tricks from a local for other geek girls visiting the city. Everyone knows about the historic buildings, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and more modern attractions like the London Eye or Shard. I love to explore the geekier attractions!

Dozens of television shows and movies are filmed in London, from Jason Bourne to James Bond, even the recent Wonder Woman film featured a few scenes in the city. It is easy to find these locations on your own. However, you can take an organised tour (both bus and walking) around some of these locations. A quick search online can show you all the options from specialist tours for fans of Harry Potter to places include in British Rom Coms.

London isn’t just about film locations, the city has many museums and exhibits with a geeky twist. Currently, there are also several temporary exhibitions perfect for a fangirl. The Star Wars Identities at the O2, a journey into Sci-Fi at the Barbican. and at the end of the summer, the British Library will showcase their Harry Potter collection of manuscripts and props.

Westminister

London also hosts several conventions. In May over the same weekend, two of the convention centres in London held cons. MCM London in the east and Heroes and Villains in the west of the city. Last summer, Star Wars Celebration was held in the city. Still, to come this year are London Film Convention and the Vampire Ball.

Escape Games (or Escape the Room scenarios) are all the rage at the moment, with locations popping up all over the world. Whilst these, in general, are fun for a geek girl, there are several in London that have added to the geekiness by adding a pop culture theme. Including one set in a wizarding school or another based around the disappearance of Sherlock Holmes.

Even going to the cinema in London can be an adventure. Secret Cinema has taken to film going to a new level. They recreating the fantasy world from the movie, resulting in an interactive experience rather than just watching a film. Or how about a movie marathon? The Prince Charles Cinema regularly has all-nighters including Marvel Phase One and Harry Potter marathons.

What is your favourite fangirl thing to do in London? Do you have a London themed Bucket List? What would you like me to write about in the Fangirl Guide series? Let me know in the comments below.

Recommended Reading

Geek Guide to London (Reddit Guide)
Upcoming Cons in the UK (League of the Non- Aligned)
Shaan Haider’s Top 10 London Attractions for Geeks

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Currently… July Edition

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Currently Knitting… 
I have finally finished knitting the Hitofude Cardigan for my mum. It was two months after my self-imposed deadline and I still have to sew up a few ends. But I am hoping to take some photos later this week of the finished garment.

Currently Reading… The City’s Son by Tom Pollock
I adore reading books set in London especially Urban Fantasy, one of my favourite book series is the PC Grant Mysteries. Following a recommendation based on these books, I discovered The Skyscraper Throne trilogy, the first one of which is The City’s Son.

Currently Watching… Game of Thrones
July has been all about Game of Thrones. I re-watched season six at the start of the month in preparation for season seven. I have been loving the new season so far, it is amazing how this programme keeps getting better and better, and I have no idea how it is going to end.

Currently Loving… Adventure
On July over most weekends, we have visited family. First in Norfolk and the in Ireland. Whilst we didn’t get to do a lot of sightseeing on either vacation. But on both trips, we did have dinner at amazing places with stunning views! Upon returning from Ireland I am already planning my next longer adventure. I’d love to visit some of the locations from Game of Thrones and of course, Skellig Michael (the island at the end of The Force Awakens)

Currently Feeling…  Social
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I am trying to be more active on social media. I hate to say I am cultivating a brand, as this blog is just my little corner of the Internet where a share my rants, not a product. However, I have set up a Facebook page to interact with my readers more, don’t forget to like me!

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Con Envy

We are in the middle of Comic Con season! Whilst that is great to hear all the news about my favourite TV shows, or see trailers for upcoming movies. Watch the live stream of panels and see all the amazing photos on social media. It also means Con Envy! You know the feeling dreaming that you too could be in Southern California experiencing the wonder that is San Diego Comic Con (SDCC).

Con Envy

Whilst I had always been aware of SDCC and wanted to go, it wasn’t until about twelve years ago con envy set in. It was still in the early days of social media, so there wasn’t a lot of places to see the delights of SDCC. That year, I was obsessed with Lost, it was just after the first season had ended and I was eager for news of season two. I found a recording of the panel from “Hall H” and soon after that my infatuation with SDCC began.

Over the years, social media had increased my con envy. I have watched countless panels youtube, seen hundred of photos on Instagram, seen all the breaking news via Twitter. The weeks after SDCC I read numerous blog posts about other peoples experiences all dreaming that one day I will get to go! But this year I am going to try to be a little more realistic in an attempt to control my con envy.

First of all, you spend a lot of time at cons queuing. Yes I know lining up all night can be fun and that you make friends in the queue. But let’s be realistic, you have to queue to enter the convention centre, queue for the panels, queue for the shops and even queue for the toilets! It gets a bit much.


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Secondly, even if you are at the Con you will have FOMO. Have you seen the timetable for SDCC, it’s full. There would be a lot of events on at the same time. I know from previous experience you have to make decisions which panels or events you want to attend. Then there are all the unexpected moments that you hear about after all. When you are not in line you are rushing about to get somewhere.


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Finally, you would spend a lot of money! Cons are expensive, not just the tickets, travel and accommodation. There is also the merchandise. Funko, Hasbro and Her Universe are all teasing their SDCC exclusives online plus all the figures or comics you would buy to fill in your collection. Then there is the artist’s alley and official merchandise. It all adds up. Oh who am I kidding, we all know I will end up buying the Con exclusives from eBay for twice the price.


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Recommend reading if you are going to SDCC

Geeks Who Eat – Not Getting Hangry At A Con
My Geek Parade – How To Budget For A Con
The Nerdy Girlie – Comic Con Survival Bag

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100 Cups of CoffeeI really need to get better at writing my 100 Cups of Coffee stories. Here we are over three-quarters of the way through the project in the Spring of 2017. This spring features some glorious clear days but was still a little cooler. So whilst it was the ideal time to take photos, it still wasn’t quite frappuccino weather.

Coffee & a movie
As I mentioned for coffee number 75. I love going to the earlier screening in the cinema. Swapping fizzy drink for a coffee and the popcorn for an almond croissant. The film I was most excited to see in the spring was Beauty and the Beast.

Photographing Coffee
There were a lot of amazing clear days in March. Perfect for taking photos the spring blossom and wisteria. Did you see all the photos on Instagram? Wisteria hysteria definitely hit London. Photos of pink and purple flowers covered my feed, I also saw some photos taken at this cute café in a nearby park. The place has with chunky wooden tables, eclectic chairs and jam jars filled with fresh flowers.

When in Soho...
London has such a vibrant coffee scene. One of the reasons I wanted to the 100 cups of coffee project was to visit more of these coffee shops. When you are in certain areas they are coffee shops you have to visit. Monmouth in Borough Market, Farm Girl in Notting Hill and Soho Grind if you are in Carnaby Street.

Coffee Meeting
I meet up with Ling for a morning coffee, as she wanted to bounce around some ideas for an advertising campaign for Whimzy Yarn. We arranged to meet in our favourite coffee shop but discovered all the tables were full, We have been recommending it to too many people. Instead, we tried a new bakery in our neighbourhood.

Cold Brew
Finally, at the end of May, the weather warmed up making it iced coffee season. Starbucks seemed to have upped their summer menu this year. With Nitro Cold Brew, and iced teas, in the UK we didn’t get the unicorn frappuccino, so I can’t comment on that drink. Of course, this was all before the ice scandal.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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Fandom Friday: 5 Songs

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Five songs that remind me of a TV episode/Movie II

As I mentioned in my last Five Fandom Friday post, I had problems selecting just five songs to include on the list. So this week, I have decided to talk about the five more songs that remind me of TV episodes or movies.

  1. Moon River – Audrey Hepburn
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    This has always been one of my favourite movies. Yes, I am upset the song is now used in an advert now! But the classic scene of a “dressed down” Holly Golightly singing on the fire escape is one of my favourite from the movie.
  2. Eyes – Rogue Wave
    Heroes – Genesis (SO1E01)
    Remember the first season of Heroes, the show was original, unlike anything else at the time. In the final scene of the pilot, Peter gets into a cab that Suresh is driving. The two briefly talk, it’s one of the first meetings of “Heroes” As the cab pulls away, Peter watches the Solar Eclipse from the back window of the cab.
  3. Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap
    Lost Finale Teaser
    Technically, this isn’t from a TV show. In the U.K. The TV channel Sky One broadcast Lost, before the series finale, the channel heavily advertised the fact it was Sim-casting the show at the same time as it aired in the United States. The trailer for the finale, featured the Imogen Heap song, the lyrics of which were very apt for Lost!
  4. Come and Get My Love – Redbone
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Whilst Hooked on a Feeling might be the song most people associate with GOTG, this is the song that hooked me as a fan. I went to see GOTG, solely based on it being part of the Marvel Universe. I didn’t have any expectations. When the movie started and we first see Starlord dancing to this song. I fell in love with Peter Quill and the movie.
  5. Consequence – The Notwists
    Push
    Push is a guilty pleasure movie for me, it might be because of Chris Evans. I am not sure. It’s a silly science fiction about a group of people with powers on the run from an evil corporation. Of course, there is a subplot involving a love story and this song plays during the romantic scene. Extremely cheesy, but I adore the song.

Thank you The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick for creating Fandom Friday check out their blogs for more information. Or follow the #fandom5 or #5fandomfriday on Twitter.

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A to Z Challenge

A to Z ChallengeI have seen this quick challenge on a few blogs, The Howling Wolfheart originally started the A to Z movie challenge. However Geeky Brunette expanded it to include television programmes. I have attempted to do both challenges!

A to Z Movies

The Avengers
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Captian America: The Winter Solider
Dazed and Confused
Empire Strikes Back
Finding Nemo
Guardians of the Galaxy
Heathers
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
Juno
Kill Bill
Lion King
The Magnificent Seven
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Oceans Eleven
Pulp Fiction
The Quick and The Dead
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Wars: A New Hope
Terminator
Unforgiven
Veronica Mars
Wonder Woman
X-Men
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
Zack and Miri Make a P*rno

A to Z Television Programmes

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Breaking Bad
C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigates
Doctor Who
Elementary
Firefly
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
iZombie
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
K
Marvel’s Luke Cage???
Mad Men
The Night Of
Orphan Black
Pretty Little Lies
Quantum Leap
Ripper Street
Sherlock
Twin Peaks
Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt
Veronica Mars
The Wire
The X-Files
Yu-Gi-Oh!
Z

I was unable to think of any TV shows being with “K” or “Z,” can you think of any? The Killing (the orginial Danish version), has been on my to watch list for a while. Maybe it’s time I checked it out.

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