Dinosaurs On A Spaceship

A scene from the first episode of series seven of Doctor Who, Asylum of the Daleks, finds the Doctor (Matt Smith) standing before thousands of examples of every Dalek ever faced by the Time Lord since the sixties and is described as an epic Dalek adventure. If you think you know all there is to know about the Daleks, think again. The new series will also features Arthur Darvill as Rory, Alex Kingston as River Song and Rupert Graves as an Indiana Jones-style adventurer.

Episode Two, Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, looks like tremendous fun as wel, even if there’s a suspicion that the execution might come off as naff although it does feature the Doctor riding a Triceratops, and also features one of the largest sets used  to date,

There is also a western-themed episode, A Town Called Mercy. In this episode Doctor Who goes western, and elsewhere during the series, there’s a mischievous-looking Egyptian lady, some rather camp sounding robots, an ice planet, some classic Doctor emoting and River Song. Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling have also been seen filming  with Matt Smith and new assistant Jenna-Louise Coleman recreating their off-screen relationship on-screen, as they play a mother and daughter with a dark secret . Other famous faces appearing in the new series include David Warner (who has managed to appear in TWO films about the Titanic, including Titanic), Liam Cunningham from Game of Thrones and Jessica Raine (best known for the retro-drama Call The Midwife).

Series seven begins later this month and will be followed by a Christmas special, The five episodes that will air before Christmas will climax in the departure of Amy and Rory (Arthur Darvill) during the New York-set episode five halfway through the season, which follows on from the end of The God Complex last year, during which The Doctor deposited them in New York. Karen Gillan is being replaced by former Emmerdale star Jenna-Louise Coleman for the Christmas special. which means that what would normally be a preamble for the main event is serving as the big finale to an epic three-year story.

Doctor Who also looks set to do rather well in this year’s TV Choice Awards, if the nominations are anything to go by. The show is up for three awards, Best Family Drama, Best Actor (Matt Smith) and Best Actress (Karen Gillan). Once again Matt is up against Benedict Cumberbatch in his category (as well as Colin Morgan from Merlin and Martin Clunes from Doc Martin), with Sherlock appearing in Best Drama.

Personally I’m hoping that Rory turns to the dark side and starts calling himself “Darth Urarvill” 😀  Anyway, Arthur Darvill has signed up to appear alongside Ex-Doctor David Tennant in a new ITV drama Broadchurch, written by Doctor Who’s Chris Chibnall, which is about a small community which falls under intense media scrutiny, during the search for the killers of a young boy. David plays a newly-arrived police detective, trying to crack the case without the help of a local detective sergeant, played by Olivia Colman and Arthur plays the town priest.

Attingham Classic Vehicle Rally

I would also like to go to The popular Attingham Classic Vehicle Rally, which is bieng held on Sunday 12 August.This tremendous day out for classic and vintage vehicle owners and enthusiasts alike is held in the grounds of Attingham Park in Atcham, near Shrewsbury and is in aid of Severn Hospice.

On the day participants will gather at one of three start points (Shrewsbury, Telford and Newtown) before setting off on a drive through beautiful countryside. They will arrive in convoy at Attingham Park late morning. The vehicles will be displayed on the lawns throughout the afternoon, grouped by model, with those from specialist clubs parked together.

Those who do not wish to take part in the drive, or who have particularly slow moving vehicles, will be able to join the group at Attingham Park. To select this option please choose ‘None’ as your start point on the registration form.

During the afternoon the public will have the opportunity to admire the various vehicles on display and we hope owners will enjoy the opportunity to discuss their prized models with fellow enthusiasts.The tea rooms at Attingham Park will be open during the event but you are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the lawns.

It will be possible to sign up on the day for an increased payment of £15. Any drivers wishing to take this option should arrive at Attingham Park at 11.30am to avoid beyond delayed by the arrival of the convoys. There is no charge for spectators to view the exhibits on the day, although normal entry fees to Attingham Park will apply for those who are not National Trust members. We anticipate that the majority of vehicles will be on display by 12.30pm, and most will stay until at least 4pm.


According to a new poll conducted by Sight & Sound magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo has deposed Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane as the greatest film of all time. the British Film Institute’s much-respected Greatest Films poll, which has been conduct once every decade since 1952 voted for Hitchcock’s spiralling dream-narrative of obsessive love which tells a most unlikely tale about a wife-murder, as its number one choice.

It managed to end the reign of Orson Welles’s classic film Citizen Kane, which has topped the list since 1962 and  tracks the rise and fall of an American media mogul from the Colorado backwoods to a lonely death in his fairy-tale palace. Despite this latest poll Citizen Kane is still regarded as the greatest picture ever made. Third in the critics’ list is Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story, the 1953 Japanese drama tells you more about family life than any recent Hollywood film, I would suggest, even how we live today. It is very poignant and sad and heartbreaking and fabulous

There’ was also a separate director’s poll, which invited 358 film-makers to send their choices, among them Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Mike Leigh. Sadly though No films by the above-named auteurs have made it into the critics’ ten. The 2002 poll had Coppola in 4th place for the double bill of The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II,  Though Scorsese’s Taxi Driver features at #5 in the director’s list,released since Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), There were also a few silent black and white films Murnau’s indisputably magnificent Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925) the clockwork genius of Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929), , and  Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). The Searchers, the Dreyer, Jeanne Dielman, Beau Travail, The Third Man,  Lawrence of Arabia  and A Matter of Life and Death  were also in the top 100. the timing of Vertigo’s win also coincides with the BFI’s complete Hitchcock retrospective

The Critics’ Top Ten Greatest Films of All Time:
1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
3. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
4. La Règle du jeu (Renoir, 1939)
5. Sunrise: a Song of Two Humans (Murnau, 1927)
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
7. The Searchers (Ford, 1956)
8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927)
10. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

The Directors’ Top Ten Greatest Films of All Time:
1. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)
=2 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)
=2 Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)
4. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)
5. Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976)
6. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)
=7 The Godfather (Coppola, 1972)
=7 Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
9. Mirror (Tarkovsky, 1974)
10. Bicycle Thieves (De Sica, 1948)

Shropshire Festival of Transport

This years Shropshire Festival of Transport takes place on Sunday 5th August 2012 at the Shropshire Agricultural Showground, Shrewsbury and I would like to go. This years event celebrates 50 years since the launch of the MGB and MG clubs from all over the West Midlands, North Wales and Cheshire will be attending the event in Force.

Entertainment for this year also includes an aerobatic display by Bob Pooler and his Flying Machine and in the main arena there are a veriety of attractions including the Institute of Advanced Motorist who will be testing your driving skills around a Course designed to check your level of safe driving knowledge, The Company of Horsemen – Cossack Trick Riding Display, an MG Parade especially the MGB to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this iconic Sports Car and a Diamond Jubilee Parade featuring vehicles from the Jubilee years and other vehicles of special interest.

There is also an area dedicated to craft stalls and items to interest the whole family as well as car lovers which has a number of Trade Stands from car cleaning products to outdoor furniture, autojumble to specialist books, in fact come along and make your own discoveries, new stands applying daily! Our Food outlets are varied from Pizzas to Hog Roasts, All Day Breakfasts to specialty pastries/breads, Tea shop, Coffee Car and Beer Trailer.
The children are catered for with a Face Painter, Bouncy Castles and Children Fun Fair, so no excuse not to bring the whole family.

Entertainment for the event will be provided by Cleobury Mortimer Concert Brass Band, who will be performng on the Village Green at various times throughout the day.Last year’s show featured displays from 8 of the regions major vehicle dealers as well as over 300 classic and interesting vehicles and many other types of transport from vintage bicycles to horse-drawn transport to modern cars.