Archive for February, 2012

Good Evening folks, just a quick note to let you know of an upcoming science fiction and horror comic and card trade event that I will be trading at in 2012.

I will be attending the Golden Orbit Science fiction, comic & card fair at the THISTLE HOTEL, PORTLAND STREET, PICCADILLY GARDENS, MANCHESTER M1 6DP on Saturday 10th March 2012 (12.00 till 3.30 pm).  The hotel is located in Manchester city centre near both Piccadilly Gardens and Piccadilly Railway Station. Also just a short walk from Sachas Hotel and Tib St Public car parks nearby. Bar and refreshments available all day.

I will be selling various surplus stock from my Ebay shop, including……..

Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert books.

Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr Who collectables and annuals.

DC, Marvel, Wildstorm, 2000AD, Image and other independent comics from Modern and bronze age.

So if you are looking for comics, books or collectables and are in Manchester on the 10th March then why not pop in and say hello. And if you spend over £10 on comics you will get 2 Comics free.

If you are looking for something in particular let me know before hand and I will make sure I will bring it with me.

Will keep you posted as I get other events booked in!

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We have had a number of reboots/rethinking of classic science fiction TV/Film and now there another reboot on the horizon and that’s of the classic 70’s series “Space 1999”.  The reboot will be called “Space 2099”.

Those old enough will remember that “space 1999″ was a science fiction series created by Gerry Anderson and starred Martin Landau (as Commander John Koenig). It chronicled the adventures of Moonbase Alpha (a research center stationed on earth’s moon), after an enormous nuclear waste explosion sends the moon, and men, women and children living on it, hurling through the galaxy. As they journey toward the unknown, the residents of Moonbase Alpha encounter many different forms of alien life, new civilizations and experience bizarre occurrences outside of human understanding.  If we forget about the plausibility of story (wouldn’t an explosion on the moon either blow it up entirely or actually drive the moon INTO the Earth) at the time it was a fantastic series to watch and I loved it.

ITV Studios America is teaming with HDFilms to re-imagine the series, and make it accessible to fans of the original, as well as those who’ve never heard of the program before.  Science fiction is a powerful format capable of visualizing the human condition in thought-provoking ways,” said HDFilms president Jace Hall,who will spearhead the effort and serve as an executive producer. “While we are indeed re-imagining the franchise and bringing something new and relevant to today’s audiences,” continued Hall, “I feel strongly that some of the overall tones set by the original “Space 1999” television show represent an exciting platform to explore possibilities.”

Not much is know about the cast or story at the moment.  Although it is thought that in this new one it’s going to be down to a dangerous super-collider style physics experiment going wrong and opening a rogue worm hole which sucks the moon away and keeps on spitting it into new solar systems every episode.

At the moment I’m unconvinced at to whether this will work or not.  In my opinion, most of the time, reboots just don’t work.  They don’t have to the atmosphere or story of the original.  Take the reboot of “V” which was an absolute failure in my opinion.

So what do you think? Do you agree with me? Do you know of any reboots that has worked? And are there any other classic Science fiction TV series you would like to see rebooted?

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Are you missing “Doctor Who”? Well I am.

I know its only been just over a month since the christmas special of “Doctor Who” but I am afraid I am missing it.  I am so sad that I have even been doing a lot of thinking about what delights we may have in the new series. I am a huge Doctor Who fan and have been watching it on & off since the 70’s and in my opinion it has got better and better. Although I  did not watch it much when Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy played the Doctor I got hooked again in 2005 when the series returned with Christopher Eccleston. I must admit that when Chistopher Eccelston left I never dreamed that David Tennant would do a better job.  But he did.  And when David left my heart sunk even lower because I thought he was amazing and irreplaceable, but Matt Smith (who I’m afraid I had never heard of before Doctor Who) has made it his own.

And now later this year we will see a new series of this classic science fiction series back on our screens.  Filming is due at the end of february. Thus far Steven Moffat has been pretty tight-lipped about the new series. It’s not even clear how many episodes there will be. Or even if it will be split between 2012 and 2013 to incorporate the 50th year anniversary.  We do know that we will see a bit of Amy and Rory and that they will be leaving during the series. He is quoted as saying “Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary is coming. In Cardiff, we’re gearing up for the biggest, the best and the most ambitious season we’ve ever made. There will be shocks, surprises and heartbreak – the Doctor is about to say goodbye to his very best friends, Amy and Rory.”

There is even rumour of a new companion but no news as to who it is. Mr  Moffat says “And then he’s about to say hello to someone very different – the Doctor is going to meet someone very new in the very last place he could ever have expected…” What ever that could mean I do not know.  Does it mean we might see something other than an earth-born human joining the Doctor?

There has also been a lot of speculation about what/who is going to appear in the 50th year anniversary. Will there be new monsters? Will the daleks or master return? Will it be a cross over story with an “old” Doctor Who series (like with the Star Trek deep space nine episode “Trials and Tribble-ations” where Captain Sisko and his crew go back to the time of Captain Kirk in the original “star trek” to find a bomb disguised as a tribble) or something completely new and unexpected?  Personally I would like to see a couple of older companions joining him, for example Donna, Rose Tyler, K9 and Captain Jack Harkness.  Wouldnt that be fantastic.  And since there is no “Torchwood” this year does that mean that John Barrowman is leaving time open for him to film in “Doctor Who”, or am I just clutching at straws? I even read somewhere, can’t remember where, that there maybe a remote possibility of different past “Doctors” appearing in some sort of reunion story.

Anyway, all I know is that I can’t wait. And when I get news I will blog it :).

Have you heard any gossip or want to see something in the new “Doctor Who” series let me know.

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Please please sponsor me……

If you know me then you will know I don’t normally ask people for money but as you may know one of my goals for 2012 is to complete the Bupa Manchester 10 k run in under an hour.

The Manchester 10K run takes place on the 20th May and last year I completed it in an 1 hr and 30 mins. Normally I would run in aid of cancer research (as both of my parents were taken from me by this disease) but this year I thought I would raise money for something different and run for a couple for a local charities instead.  Its taken me a couple of months but I have finally decided what charities to run for.

There are two charities that I have chosen. The “one in eleven” appeal and “Sanctuary for Veterans”, described below.  My aim is to raise £200 which will be split between the two charities.  You can either sponsor me when you see me in person or you can sponsor me using the link below. Also if you prefer you can wait till I have completed the event.  It’s up to you.

To sponsor me online please click here

The details of each of the charities are as follows…….

1) One in Eleven

The one in eleven appeal aims to raise a million pounds to create a new Neonatal Unit at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. Its called the one in eleven appeal because One in eleven babies born in Mid Cheshire every year needs additional support – ranging from a few hours of special care to a few weeks in an intensive care unit. The One in Eleven Appeal is aiming to raise significant funds for a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to further enhance the facilities at Mid Cheshire Hospitals. This will help transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable babies born in our local area.

This is very close to my heart as when Oscar (my son) was born he needed additional support in Crewe’s neonatal unit due to complications from an infection and jaundice. He was in there a week and we felt very lucky to have such a unit to treat our son.

2) Sanctuary for Veterans

The sanctuary for veterans will provide purpose-built luxury accommodation and support for injured veterans and their families.  It will also provide a bespoke service for widow(er)’s and their children. I personally don’t think we do enough for the men and women who protect our country. And with the recent wars and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan the statistics of service personnel being discharged through injury are set to rise dramatically.  Our country cannot cope with the needs and requirements of these brave individuals, because the demand and responsibility is too much.

Sanctuary for veterans is the brain child of Joe O’Connor who I have met through networking.  He is an inspirational speaker, who was seriously injured in  1999 whilst on a Special Forces training  exercise. He suffered a broken neck after a 400ft fall down a Welsh  mountainside. After spending years rehabilitating and rebuilding  his  life the idea was born  and Joe  became determined to turn a negative into a positive,  turning  this dream  into a reality.

So that’s it really.  I will keep you updated with progress of my training. At the moment my training is going really well and I am on target to smash last years time.

If you want to join me in the fun then click for more information. There is still time to enter :).

To sponsor me online please click here.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you are going to sponsor me, thankyou :).