Archive for March, 2015

Well folks, Hope you are well. The other day we saw “Guardians of the galaxy” on BT Vision (Released at cinema on 22nd November 2013) and here is my review.  Please don’t read if you have not seen the film, spoiler alert.

We have been looking forward to this for a long time as I was very curious how this fitted with the Marvel film universe and unfortunately we were unable to see it at the cinema.

The film opens In 1988, where following his mother’s death, a young Peter Quill is abducted from Earth a group of space pirates led by Yondu Udonta.

Fast forward 26 years and Quill, now played by Chris Pratt, is a charming renegade in the Indiana Jones mould. On the planet Morag, Quill steals an orb, after which he is intercepted by Korath, a subordinate to the fanatical Kree, Ronan. Although Quill escapes with the orb, Yondu discovers his theft and issues a bounty for his capture, while Ronan sends the assassin Gamora after the orb.

When Quill attempts to sell the orb on the Nova Empire capital world, Xandar, Gamora ambushes him and steals it. A fight ensues, drawing in a pair of bounty hunters: the genetically engineered raccoon Rocket, and the tree-like humanoid Groot. The Nova Corps arrives and arrests all four, imprisoning them in the Kyln. While there, a powerful inmate, Drax, attempts to kill Gamora due to her association with Ronan, who killed his family. Quill dissuades him by saying that Gamora can bring Ronan to him, at which point Gamora reveals that she has betrayed Ronan, unwilling to let him use the orb’s power to destroy entire planets such as Xandar. Learning that Gamora has a buyer for the orb, she, Quill, Rocket, Groot, and Drax work together to escape from the Kyln.

Elsewhere, Ronan meets with Gamora’s adoptive father, Thanos, to discuss her betrayal and the loss of the orb. Accompanied by Drax, Quill’s group escapes the Kyln in his ship – the Milano – and flee to Knowhere, a remote criminal outpost in space built in the giant severed-head of a Celestial. A drunken Drax summons Ronan while the rest of the group meet Gamora’s contact, the collector Taneleer Tivan. Tivan opens the orb, revealing an Infinity Stone, an item of immeasurable power that destroys all but the most powerful beings who wield it. Suddenly, Tivan’s tormented assistant grabs the Stone, triggering an explosion that engulfs Tivan’s archive.

Ronan arrives and easily defeats Drax, while the others flee by ship, pursued by Ronan’s followers and Gamora’s sister Nebula. Nebula destroys Gamora’s ship, leaving her floating in space, and Ronan’s forces leave with the sphere. Quill contacts Yondu before following Gamora into space, giving her his helmet to survive; Yondu arrives and retrieves the pair. Rocket, Drax, and Groot threaten to attack Yondu’s ship to rescue them, but Quill negotiates a truce by convincing Yondu that they can recover the orb. The group agrees that facing Ronan means certain death, yet despite that they also understand they must stop him from using the Infinity Stone to destroy the galaxy. On Ronan’s flagship, the Dark Aster, Ronan embeds the Stone in his warhammer, taking its power for himself. He contacts Thanos, threatening to kill him after the destruction of Xandar; hateful of her adopted father, Nebula allies with Ronan.

Near Xandar, the Dark Aster is confronted by the Ravagers, the Nova Corps, and Quill’s group and climatic battle ensues. I wont reveal the ending but the last 20 minutes or so are very exciting.

And watch out for the usual post credits scene.

BRILLIANT, that’s all I can say :).

I was looking forward to this for a while and I was not disappointed. I (well we all did) really liked the film. It was great fun.  The effects were brilliant. The humour is brilliant. The dialogue and action sequences were brilliant. In fact I think it’s the best film I have seen for a while.

Pratt carries the show marvellously, and Rocket the talking raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, nearly steals the show for me with his fast talking banter.  But I have to mention Groot (voiced by action man Vin Diesel) who knows only three words, “I am Groot,” which he repeats again, again and again with different inflections throughout the movie.

Although I have not heard of Guardians of the galaxy before and had not seen any of the characters in comics  before I warmed very quickly to them.  I think this is a brilliant stand alone Marvel film and fits very well into the Marvel film universe. Whether further films will link events between the avengers and guardians of the galaxy I don’t know.

Would I recommend it, well hell yes it is definitely worth a watch.

Hi every one.

This is an update on the kidney45challenge. Well, what a busy couple of days its has been trying to complete the challenges for February. It has been very tiring.

So what were my challenges for february?

Challenge 3) Not to eat spicy food or any food containing chillies, curry or spices for a month.

I thought this was going to be extremely difficult for me as I love my hot spicy food and have a curry 2 or 3 times a week. At the start of the month Simone, my lovely wife, hid all my spices, chillies and curry stuff at my mother-in-laws so that I wasn’t tempted. And I achieved it :). I managed a whole month without eating anything spicy. And on Tuesday (which coincidently is my birthday) I will treat myself to a curry.

Challenge 4) Get invited to downing street to meet the prime minister.

Well this was sort of completed. But instead of Downing street I was invited to the houses of parliament to meet the prime Minister (David Cameron) and my local MP (Edward Timpson).

last month I sent an email to Downing Street explaining my situation and my 45 challenges. And that 1 of the challenges was to meet the PM. I got a lovely letter back from the PM inviting me and family to see the PM at parliament. So on the 25th february we took the train down to London and was met by a nice young man called Dan Large who showed us around the houses of parliament and explained the history behind which was very interesting. We were then met by Edward Timpson and ushered into an office with David Cameron. David Cameron was a lovely man and took time out of his busy schedule to talk to us. We chatted about my health, my 45 challenges, organ donation and then he had a chat with Oscar about him being Home Educated. I must admit I was bit starstruck and loss for words. It was all very surreal :).


Challenge 5) Appear on local radio.

I was invited by Liz Southall from RedShift Radio (which is the local online radio station for crewe) to appear on her shown on Thursday 26th February. We chatted about my illness, organ donation and my 45 challenges.


And Challenge 6) Learn to count to 20 in Welsh.

Well I have completed this. This was very difficult as it is extremely difficult to remember things (due to my condition) I found it very hard to retain it. Plus I have been extremely tired and fatigued the past couple of days but I did it. Here is a short video.

So what are my challenges for March? They are:-

Challenge 7. Dont drink tea, coffee, coke or caffeine drinks for a month

Challenge 8. Complete 25 push ups and 50 sit ups in one go

Challenge 9. Dye hair red

Challenge 10. Learn to speak spanish (year challenge)

Challenge 11. Hot Chili or Curry Challenge

I have 35 challenges planned so far for this year, so still looking for more ideas.

If you have any challenge ideas please let me know.

So why am I doing this, Well to raise awareness for kidney disease and organ transplantation.

 •More than 10,000 people need an organ transplant in the UK.

•3,000 people a year die while on dialysis and more than 350 people a year die while waiting for a kidney transplant, that’s one person every day. The average waiting time for a kidney on the transplant list is about 1,000 days.

•Around 6000 people are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant

•Only 2500 kidney transplantations take place each year.

Organ Donation Save Lives

As well as raising awareness it is my intention to raise money for the British Kidney Patient Association who do wonderful work for those affected by kidney disease by providing grants to those that need it. And without their help last year I would not have been able to go on holiday to Mexico with my family.

Some come on every body, please sponsor me,

Catch you next time :).