The Hobbit – An unexpected Journey

I am a huge fan of all J.R.R Tolkien’s  novels and I am really looking forward to seeing the upcoming film version of  “The Hobbit. Once again directed by Peter Jackson, who did the Lord of the Rings Trilogy . This widely anticipated film has been split into two parts, the first of which is scheduled for release in 2012 and the second scheduled for 2013.

The film Stars Martin Freeman, Sir Ian Mckellern, Richard Armitage, James Nesbit, Andy Serkis and many more.The story Starts when a Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins(Freeman), is visited by Gandalf the wizard(McKellern) and persuaded to join a company of Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Armitage)  on a dangerouus quest to the Lonely mountain to recover a magical, and much sought after, artefact known as the Arkenstone. The only problem is that it is part of a priceless horde which has been stolen and is being guarded by a ferocious dragon named Smaug.

Along the way, they also face many other dangers too, including Wolves, Orcs, Giant Spiders, Imprisonment by the Elves of Mirkwood Forest and the devious schemes of a certain ring owner named Gollum (Serkis).

I think they should  release both parts in 2012 just in case the Ancient Mayan prophecy was right – well you wouldn’t want all that effort to go to waste  😀

Blackbeards Tea Party — Heavens to Betsy

I first heard about Blackbeards Tea party through a side-advert on Facebook, so being a big fan of enthusiastic Folk Groups like Bellowhead, I decided to investigate further and found that thier album “Heavens to Betsy” is a Lively and infectious mixture of traditional folk music, sea shanties, brass instruments and modern instrumentation like electric guitars which will soon have you dancing and singing away.

There are also a few slower more reflective ballads on the album too, and Although there are only eight tracks I found that this was sufficient – the album didn’t lose any of it’s momentum  and it wasn’t too short either – just right, here is the track listing

  • High Barbary
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Fathom the Bowl
  • Doom Waltz/ Aaron’s Key
  • Barrack Street
  • Hummeabar
  • A Hundred Years Ago
  • The Belgian tune

Torchwood – Miracle day (Part 3)

In the Latest exciting episode of the newly rejuvenated Torchwood we find that The world population has exploded since “Miracle Day”. People have started panic buying because everything is starting to run out in the shops, the Hospitals can no longer cope with all the seriously injured, a “Miracle Day” cult has appeared and polite society is slowly starting to disintigrate.

Meanwhile CIA Agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer) suspects that his boss may also be involved in some really dodgy dealings, and Torchwood discover A shadowy International Pharmaceutical company called Phicorp, in which creepy convicted Murderer Oswald Danes (Bill Pullman) and  unscrupulous Newspaper reporter Gilly (Lauren Ambrose) both turn out to be involved somehow- I think  Lauren’s lovely and really liked her in Six Feet Under, however I digress.