Friday, 19 June 2015

The Geek Mash E3 Round-up (2015)

This week was the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 for short). Typically it is a week for big games companies to show off what they have been working on and what they have planned for the next couple of years.

This week has certainly been no exception with huge games reveals such as Shenmue 3 and a remake of Final Fantasy VII along with recieving more details on games like Fallout 4 and No Mans Sky.

Some of the Geek Mashers have taken the time to reflect on how the week has been and reveal what they are most looking forward to.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Superman Day

It's Superman day!


NO, IT'S...


Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and the whole world took notice, changing the course of the American comics industry and the true start of the Superhero craze

So being Superman day I thought of my favourites of the character

Favourite Story

All Star Superman

All Star is a 12 issue series that came out in 2005 to much acclaim and rightly so. 

Written by Grant Morrison who before this was famed for his runs on Animal Man - taking a jokey superhero and turning him into an animal rights activist, and at the same time unravels the idea of a hero whilst breaking the fourth wall. 

He has also worked on 2000AD, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles and teaming up with artist extraordinaire, Frank Quitely on We3, New X-Men and this. Frank Quitely just does magical things with the page and panels of a normal comic book, pulling you into and out of the art in extraordinary ways

They teamed up again on this story, which is an homage to all things Silver Age, those old funny or ridiculous stories and gives them a modern twist.

The love for Superman just shines throughout this story, from the obvious homages through to the really small easter eggs only the most loyal of fans would get

I highly recommend seeking it out, even if you aren't a Superman fan...but...why would you be reading this otherwise?

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Christopher Lee - My Favourite Roles

Sir Christopher Lee, the veteran actor and star of many of the world's biggest film franchises, has died aged 93.
The English-born actor, who made his name playing Dracula and Frankenstein's monster in the Hammer horror films, appeared in more than 250 movies.
He was best-known for his villainous roles - including Scaramanga in James Bond and evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings.
The actor is reported to have died on Sunday at Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London, after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.
Here I look at my favourite of his roles in fandom

Star Wars

Count Dooku

Participating in more on-screen sword fights than any actor in history, it was inevitable that he would wield one of the most powerful energy based swords of all time

He even had his own hilt built especially for him and fought Yoda in one of the most insane fights in the prequel trilogies

Alice In Wonderland: 150 Years of Nonsense, Un-birthdays & Madness

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, the well-treasured books written by Lewis Carroll.

Alice and her surreal, nonsense-filled adventures in the magical world of Wonderland have captured readers imaginations, both young and old, since their original release by Macmillan back in 1865.

Arguably one of the most published set of books by an author, there are so many editions of the classic pieces of literature to choose from, but many pay homage to the original by keeping it packed with the original illustrations by Sir John Tennel.

Join me as I celebrate the books, the adaptations and everything in between. Happy birthday, Alice!

Friday, 5 June 2015

National Doughnut Day: Appreciating Fried Rings of Cakey Goodness

National Doughnut Day, always celebrated on the first day of June.

Now whether you say Doughnut, Donut, Berliner, Krapfen, Beignet or Monnki, prefer Ring, Filled, Topped, Fried, Oiled, the holes or just the mixture itself we can all appreciate the sweet cakey goodness of a Doughnut.

They are made and consumed in phenomenal levels worldwide, they have been made famous by Homer Simpson and various brands such as Krispy Kreme. Oh and for your information if you are ever in the States and you buy a drink from Dunkin Donut’s make sure to grab your free one.


Free Doughnut.

For years the general held truth was that doughnuts were invented in the 19th century by Dutch settlers in America where a sweet confectionary called oliekoek (oil cake) was popular. 

However one American by the name of Hanson Gregory claims that he invented the traditional ring doughnut in 1847, oddly enough on a lime trading ship. He claims that as a 16 year old boy he was dissatisfied with the other doughnuts of the time (normally twisted in in various shapes). He found them too greasy and due to the shapes they were twisted into the dough would sometimes be raw in the middle (I personally don’t see this as a problem). So he had the ingenious idea to make the cake into a ring and he accomplished this by putting a pepper grinder through the doughnut to make the hole.

Paul R Mullins, an anthropologist found the first cookbook to mention doughnuts. It was found in an English volume published in 1803. In the tome were a variety of doughnuts and by the mid-19th century doughnuts began to look and taste like their modern day counterpart. They were viewed as an American food.

A fourth theory on their origin came to light in 2013, appearing to predate all previous claims, when a recipe for "dow nuts" was found in a book of recipes and domestic tips written in 1800 by the wife of Baron Thomas Dimsdale, the recipe being given to the dowager Baroness by an acquaintance who transcribed for her the cooking instructions of a local delicacy, the "Hertfordshire nut".

Four theories into the origin of the doughnut. In all honesty if I could I’d claim discovery of this wonderful treat.
The word itself also brings along an interesting history the word Doughtnut was dated in 1808 short story and featured in Washinton Irving’s History of New York in 1809 however the spelling Donut appeared in the 1900’s. A common folk tale is that the New York Based ‘Display Doughnut Machine Corporation’ abbreviated the word to remove the silent u, g and h. Their logic being if non-English speakers could pronounce the word, they would be more likely to buy their products.

So why celebrate National Doughnut Day? Surely not to just celebrate the food itself, well why not?? Interestingly there is a rather nice history behind the day which focuses more on the people than the day itself.
During World War I, women volunteers of the Salvation Army made doughnuts for the soldiers serving on the frontlines as a way to boost their morale. In 1938 at the Chicago Branch of the Sally Army National Doughnut day was born, it came to be in part as a way to raise funds for, and awareness of, the group’s work in the community. The main spirit of the day however was the recognition of the contribution women were making to the war effort.

The tradition begun by the Salvation Army’s dough girls or dough lassies, as they were sometimes called, was picked up again by the Red Cross during World War II, when LIFE dispatched a photographer to capture the women in action. The women Bob Landry photographed were posted in England, one of 72 similar outfits across the country. And the morale boost they brought was not only a result of the treats they offered. As LIFE wrote of the volunteers, “They are hand-picked for looks, education, personality and experience in recreational fields. They are hardy physically and have a sociable, friendly manner.” The dough lassies were greeted with howls of delight and chants of ‘Doughnuts would win the war!’
So the doughnut, an object that’s bad for you? A flag to rally behind or a humble cake? Regardless, they are loved world-wide and I am glad there is a day to celebrate them.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Hug Your Cat Day!

Today (June 4th) is Hug Your Cat Day! 

Me and Kayleigh are total Crazy Cat People, when a friend sees something cat related they know to show it to either one of us because of our obsession


Because they are just Purrfect ^_^ (See what I did there?)

Join myself and Kayleigh as we totally squee over our love of cats and all things feline! 

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