Currently… November Edition

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Currently Reading… Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno
As we are just days away from the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. So I¬†am getting into the “rebellious” spirit. We have brought our tickets for a midnight screening and I have bought merchandise and am reading the prequel book.

Currently Watching…¬†Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
During November, I have loved watching¬†Westworld. But the month¬†was devoted to the return of¬†Gilmore Girls¬†on Netflix.¬†I originally took Friday off, for Black Friday shopping but instead opted to spend the day in “Stars Hallow.”

Currently Listening…¬†Cashmere¬†by the Swet Shop Boys
I have loved this album for a few months, but seeing it performed live in November has increased my love for it. I am hoping for more material from Swet Shop Boys next year.

Currently Loving…¬†Hamilton Mixtape
As I mentioned in my post about Joy, this month I have been loving the pre-released tracks from the Hamilton Mixtape, I can’t wait for the release of the whole album this weekend.

Currently Feeling…¬†Christmassy
Last weekend, was the “Tree Decorating Party” for our extended family. An annual tradition when we all gather at my in-laws house and decorate their tree, eat, drink and relax before the craziness of December. It marks the start of the festive season for us.

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100 Cups of Coffee

Cold Brew & Bake OffSeptember means the new autumn television schedule and an important part of that use to be The Great British Bake Off. To mark the start of the seventh series, and continuing our little tradition. We popped to our favourite bakery, The Outsider Tart to buy cake for our viewing party.

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For the first time this year Starbucks released Pumpkin Spiced Lattes at the beginning of September, instead of the end of the month. The release of the drink happened to coincided with one of the hottest weeks of the summer. So I took the chance to try a Pumpkin Spiced Frappacino. I was not convinced by this cold version of my favourite drink.

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With the British weather being as unpredictable as it is. A few days later we had grey and rainy skies. This was the perfect weather for an autumnal walk along the river whilst drinking a Pumpkin Spiced Latte.Spanish Coffee

When I went to visit Jason in Gibraltar, we would visit a cute café around the back of his apartment for breakfast. It was on the corner of the mini square, and the ideal spot to people watch whilst eating. It also seemed right to have this photo in black and white, for that artistic European feel. Same Coffee
The next stop on Jason’s overseas working tour was the Philippines. Next door to his apartment here was a Starbucks. So every afternoon, just like at home I would pop downstairs for my afternoon pick me up. They didn’t¬†serve PSL here, but did¬†have traditional lattes and had an amazing range of teas.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
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Sparks of Joy

It’s been a tough week!

I have sat down several times over the last week to write a blog post. I have started a post about Batgirl and an update of for the 100 cups of coffee project, but discarded them. When writing I am normal pause to check Twitter or Facebook, but this week I have been more distracted. This last week I have spend what seemed like hours online reading, or watching the news.

Joy

So instead I thought I would write about joy. These are the 10 things that have made me smile or sparked some joy in my life over the last week (in no particular order).

  1. The Hamilton Mixtape.
    https://play.spotify.com/user/hamiltonmusical/playlist/4Rf5kHoohcqAS5Qc6gglaX
  2. Red Cup Season.
  3. Karen Hallion’s Feminist Agenda tee.
  4. Buster the Boxer.https://youtu.be/sr6lr_VRsEo
  5. Having a meal for Jason’s birthday in his favourite restaurant.
  6. Seeing Russell Howard’s show live.
  7. Pret’s Veggie Christmas Lunch.
  8. The new Lego Store in London (I can’t wait to visit).
  9. Winning a Bodhi Rook Lego minifig in eBay.
  10. Netflix A Series of Unfortunate Events trailer. 

What has brought you Joy over the past few weeks?

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Currently… October Edition

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Currently Feeling… Adventurous
Over the last few weeks Jason has had to work overseas. We are not used to spending time apart, so I took the opportunity to travel a lot this month. As a result I spend the beginning of October in Gibraltar visiting him for the weekend, and a fortnight in the middle of the month in Manila.


Currently Reading… Batman: No Man’s Land
I have toyed with writing a series of blog posts about Batgirl recently so have done so research – e.g. re-reading some old comics and trade paperbacks.

Currently Watching… Luke Cage


Currently Listening to… San Junipero Playlist
If you have seen the Black Mirror episode San Junipero, you will understand why I have become obsessed with the soundtrack. For days after watching the episode I couldn’t get the song “Heaven is a place on Earth” out of my head.

Currently Eating… Birthday Cake and Halloween Candy!
It was my birthday at the end of October on Halloween, so it’s the ideal time to pig out on sweet stuff!

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Funko Fantasy List

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The Five Funko I Wish They Would Make

As it’s my birthday next week, instead of blogging about my Funko wish list, I thought I would put together a Funko¬†Fantasy List,¬†the Pop! Vinyl figures I¬†wish they would make.

  1. Lyanna Mormont from Game of Thrones
    Lyanna Mormont
    For me this 10-year-old head of her house was the true star of the sixth season of Game of Thrones. The way she held her own when approached by Sansa and Jon or stared down Ramsey Bolton before the Battle of the Bastards. Lyanna Mormont is my spirit animal.
  2. Bodhi Rook from Star Wars Rogue One
    Bodhi RookOn Force Friday a few weeks ago. Funko released a new range to tie-in with the release of Rogue One. But one member of the crew was missing Bodhi! This month on the blog I have given a lot of love to Riz Ahmed. So it makes sense that I would want the Funko version of his character to add to my collection.
  3. Ravi Chakrabarti from iZombie
    Ravi ChakrabartiI know they have released a Liv from iZombie Funko and are planning on releasing a few more variations of her¬†character. In the show my favourite character is Ravi, her co-worker and sidekick, If I had a list of fictional BFF’s he would be number one on my list!
  4. Cassandra Cain (Batgirl) from DC Comics
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    The first Funko I brought was the Batgirl one. Since then I have brought every version of Pop!, Dorbz, or Vinyl Vixen they have produced. However, instead of all the Barbara Gordon varieties, I would love a Cassandra Cain version.
  5. Oracle from DC Comics
    OracleAs I said I have many version of the Barbra Gordon Funko, which mainly include copies of her classic costume and the new Batgirl of Burnside outfit. But what about her “Oracle” days? This version would complete my “Babs” collection.

What characters are on your Fantasy Funko List? Which Pop! do you which they would make to add to your collection? Which franchise do you wish they would add to their range?

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Review: The Good Immigrant

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I brought The Good Immigrant after reading an article published by Riz Ahmed in The Guardian newspaper. His article is one of 21 essays by Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority (BAME) immigrants about their experiences in living in Britain. Of the books I have read in recent years this collection has become one of my favourites.

In a time of post-Brexit, immigration is such a hot topic at the moment and everyone has their opinion. It is nice to have read an honest, and intelligent discourse on the subject of immigration and race. Shukla mentions in the blur, the some immigrants like Mo Farah or Nadiya Hussain, the popular culture classes as good.  But the media seems to see most immigrants as bad.

I am the daughter of immigrants and my parents where children of immigrants. (Both sets of my grandparents moved from India to South Africa before my parents were born). I was born in London it is my home, my parents would refer to South Africa as their home.

Growing up, I embraced the britpop music scene of the 90’s, I love American comics¬†and Japanese cartoons. My favourite foods are burritos, FroYo and pizza (deep crust – sorry). I consider myself multicultural. I¬†see myself as¬†a¬†Londoner – not British as I’ve never been to Wales or Scotland. But I do support England in the football. When I fill out a form I have to tick the British-Indian box. Yet I am still asked “where are you from?” I will always be seen as a child of immigration.

Themes

Whilst all these stories are different, they feature a lot of similar themes. The lack of decent roles of non-white actors is a reoccurring subject.¬†Riz Ahmed talks about the promise land of non-white actors. A time where actors are¬†given roles based on their talent and not their skin tone. There is a great episode of Master on None,¬†that talks about Indians on TV. Similarly in Wei Ming Kam’s essay she talks about the¬†stereotyping of East¬†Asian characters on British TV. Watching TV you would think all East Asian¬†women are¬†weak and need saving and Asian men members of the triad.

Language is another reoccurring¬†theme Vera Chok¬†discussed what is the collective term for people from East Asian is in the UK. They discuss what countries actually makes up East Asia? And should this classification include South East Asian countries. Whereas Nikesh Shukla¬†talks about the miss-use of Indian words in the English language. For example, “chai” means tea, when you order a chai tea you are in fact ordering a tea tea!

My Fandoms

I consider myself opinionated about the race in the media. Like most I was disgusted about the white washing of the Oscars this year. Creating a list of which films I thought should have been nominated. When Scarlett Johnahson was cast as the lead in Ghost in the Shell, I posted an angry rant on Facebook I rave about the multicultural cast of Rogue One. Generally speaking I had not really thought about my geeky loves as letting down the BAME communities.

It was interesting¬†to read about these fandoms from another point of view. Harry Potter is a children’s book about a boy hero bringing down a fascist villian. Yet where are the BAME teachers at Hogwarts? Harry’s classmates are “token” representations of the immigrant communities living in the UK in the 1990’s. Even Sherlock is guilty of prepetuating the myth of a submissive East Asian woman. That John and Sherlock (the white men) need to save from the triad!

I loved the personal nature of this book. Each of the authors provided an honest insight. Talking so openly and frankly, I would love to talk more about each essay with it’s author.¬†The collection is¬†thought provoking, funny and informative about an important topic.¬†I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in modern-day Britain, regardless of race or nationality.

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5FF: Favourite Fictional Teachers

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Five Favourite Fictional Teachers

As The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick are taking a break from Fandom Friday, I thought I would use the chance to catch up with the prompts from October 2015.¬†I originally thought it would be easy to pick my favourite fictional teachers. I adore a lot of teen drama television programmes like, Smallville or My So Called Life. But I couldn’t think of any teachers from these programmes.

  1. Rupert Giles (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)


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    Do Watchers count as teachers? I know Giles worked in the school library, and wasn’t really a teacher. But he was a trainer for Buffy and a mentor to the other members of the Scoobies Gang. Over seven¬†seasons, whether Giles was a member of the Watcher’s council or the owner of the magic store. He was always loyal to Buffy.

  2. Yoda (Star Wars)


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    The first time we meet Yoda he was teacher to Luke, but in the prequel films and Clone Wars, we saw Yoda sit on the Jedi Council. Teach the younglings and mentor Jedi Masters and Padawans. So in a way Yoda was the Jedi Masters’ Master.

  3. Remus Lupin (Harry Potter Series)


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    Of all of Harry’s teachers at Hogwarts, Lupin was my favourite. I have a soft spot for the Marauders. (I am still hoping for a Marauder’s book or movie). Lupin was one of many father figures that came into Harry’s life. During his time at Hogwarts, he became a teacher and mentor to Harry Potter and his friends.

  4. Roland “Prez” Pryzbylewski (The Wire)


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    Prez was useless as a police officer, he was controlled by his father in law. He did not suit field work but¬†did managed to find some success on the office listening in on the wire. But it wasn’t until the fourth season of the show, when he began working at the school that he found his place. Prez tried to help the kids stay “off the corners.” Ultimately drugs ended up affecting each member of the gang.

  5. Mary Margaret Blanchard (Once Upon A Time)


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    During the first season of Once Upon A Time. Mary Margaret was Henry’s school teacher, she was even the one that gave him the “storybook.” During this period I loved he haircut and clothes, if I ever became a teacher she would be my style icon for my work wardrobe. In the current season, it looks like Mary Margaret will be going back to teaching. So I am looking forward to seeing more of her amazing outfits.

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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5FF- Five Geeky Clothing I Need…

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Five Geeky Clothing I Need in My Closet Immediately.

As The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick are taking a break from Fandom Friday, I thought I would use the chance to catch up with the prompts from October 2014, this week discussing the five geeky items of clothing I need. The real reason most of these dresses are on this list is because the are from stores in the USA, and I don’t want to pay the postage or customs fees.

Geeky Clothing

  1. Agent Carter Dress – Her Universe
    I adore the idea of a cute everyday cosplay dress. A dress that I could wear to conventions or movie opening nights. If there is one company that has cornered the market in everyday cosplay it is Her Universe. This Agent Carter dress was my favourite from the recent “Women of Marvel” collection.
  2. Galactic Scavenger Dress – Elhoffer Design
    For a more customized everyday cosplay dress, my favourite company is Elhoffer Designs. I wanted to order the “Rey” dress to wear at Star Wars Celebrations,  but left ordering it too late.
  3. Sithkura Dress – Her Universe
    Of course, as a geek I don’t just want to show my geekiness at conventions. I want to show it off everyday. This Darth Vader dress is in my favourite style and is perfect for spring or summer.
  4. Vader Embossed Dress– We Love Fine
    Everyone needs a little black dress, don’t they? What better than a dress with embossed Vader masks, subtle enough to wear everyday (or night) and show off your geeky pride.
  5. Rogue One Tee
    After seeing the new Rogue One trailer last week, I wanted a Rogue One tee, instead of just wearing a normal Star Wars one. This was my favourite t-shirt from the new collection.

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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100 Cups of Coffee

Coffee & Queuing
Queuing

When I wrote about my experiences at Star Wars Celebrations, I mentioned how our adventures involved a lot of early starts and plenty of queuing. As a result most mornings started with a cup of coffee from the local coffee shop in the exhibition hall.

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Pokefuel

Over the summer Jason and I became obsessed with Pokémon Go. Our local park had several Pokémon Go play-days, where they set off lures at each Poké-Stops, hoping to catch some rare Pokémon, we attended one of the play-days. Instead we caught 17 Drowzee as well as the normal Pidgey and Rattatas.

Coffee & Waiting
Waiting…

I’m not really keen on Costa Coffee, it’s not that they make bad coffee – in fact they sell gingerbread lattes all year around which isn’t bad in my book. It is just seems I only go to there at awkward times, they have branches in hospitals, service stations or airports . As a result I associate Costa Coffee with queuing or waiting!

Houghton Hall
Pitstop

Another adventure of ours over the summer was our trip to Norfolk. Whilst at Houghton Hall as well as admiring all the artwork, we stopped at the amazing coffee shop – in the former stables. For a cake and coffee pit stop.

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Team GB pride

My final obsession over the summer was the Rio Olympics. I’m not usually a huge sports fan, but there is something about the large scale of the Olympics that I love! I dug out my Team GB t-shirt and Links of London bracelet from London 2012.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
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6 on 6 -Orange

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Nemo

As with all 6 on 6 challenges I have started with a Tsum Tsum (I love photographing these little toys). This month’s includes one of my favourites a Nemo, complete with damaged fin. The other photos I have taken for this challenge I have¬†devoted to everyone’s favourite little orange and white droid! Another tsum tsum, a funko figure, my amazing lego keyring and my fabulous BB-8 scarf!

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Tsum Tsum
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Everyone’s favourite little droid
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Funko
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Keyring
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Scarf

6 on 66 on 6 is a monthly photography challenge started by the Scruffy Little Nerd Herder #6on6

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