Saturday, July 29, 2006

Mums Annual Party - 23rd July

My mum generally has a party each year. This year it was last Sunday (23rd) and what a great afternoon it was.

Lots of family that we only see a couple of times a year were there and they all commented on how much Alice had grown and, of course, how lovely she was.

Much booze was consumed but Victoria was driving and I was on a go slow after the previous days visit by The Family Callaghan, so it didn't get too ugly.

Mum made lots of really nice food as normal.

Victoria and I spent most of the afternoon accompanying Alice as she wandered around the garden investigating it's various nooks and crannies. All she likes to do at the moment is investigate and obviously she can't do this by herself.

I took many photographs. Mostly of Alice. I seem to have a strong urge to catalogue her life in minute detail via my camera. I suppose most parents feel the same.

Anyway, a good day was had by all. Pictures are available here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Dave (Harry Potter) Callaghan, Julie (his missis) and Luke (Skywalker) came for a visit last Saturday.

We had arranged a little gathering for lunch, a little wine, and for Alice and Luke to have a play together. We had not seen Julie or Luke since Luke's christening so Victoria and I were looking forward to it.

I see Dave all to often at work where he sits opposite me and asks me where stuff is in various databases, so only Victoria was looking forward to seeing him. ;-)

Apparently Luke has a bit of a biting problem at the moment. As in he does it alot and it hurts. There were concerns that Luke might bite Alice but he was as good as gold. The last time Luke and Alice met they were both unable to walk (Alice could stand though) but now they are both charging around all over the place. It was really nice to see them interact. Usually whenever Alice is with other children I am at work so it's something I don't see too often.

Dave was initially concerned that his son may be a little gay as he had a great love of Alice's pink pushchair, but he was no longer worried when Alice and Luke kept kissing each other. I personally wanted to know what Luke's intentions were towards my daughter and what his prospects were but he was not too forthcoming.

We had a nice lunch of pasta with pesto for a main course and a chocolate pavlova for dessert. The pavlova was a Nigella Lawson recipie so was obviously very healthy!!

A nice day was had by all. There are pictures here.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Movie Review - Superman Returns

I've always liked the Superman movies. Well, the first two anyway, and Christopher Reeve was to me always the only person who could ever play the part of Superman. Because of this I was a little wary of watching the new Superman movie.

I need not have worried.

Superman Returns is not a start again and ignore the old films kind of movie. It is a sequel to Superman 2 and takes place about 5 years after the events in that film. Superman has gone to see the remains of Krypton and finding nothing there returns to earth. Once back he finds a post 911 earth and a Lois Lane with a son and a boyfriend. It's not long of course before he is wearing spandex and flying around saving people.

I really enjoyed this film. They use the music from the Christopher Reeve films so as soon as the credits stared rolling I was smiling. I was worried that Brandon Routh would not be as good as Christopher Reeve but I need not have worried. It is as if he is channeling his ghost he is so similar when playing the role.

Kevin Spacey was also excellent as Lex Luthor, mixing humour with insanity in the same way as Gene Hackman did in the first two films.

The plot is of course standard Superman stuff but it does not really matter.

Ok, to sum up :

The Good:
Brandon Routh
The Music
Kevin Spacey
A shot in the eye ;-)
Re-creating the cover from Action Comics no.1

The Bad:
Er, the 'S' symbol on his suit is a bit small.

Make sure you see this film. It's brilliant.

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