A Father’s Pride

With the onset of Father’s Day on Sunday the 16th, nothing can give me more pride than finding out a photograph I took of my girls has come runner-up in the Mary McCartney (Daughter of the famous Paul McCartney) Women in Focus Competition held in conjunction with The Lowry Centre in Manchester…YEE-HAA!! 🙂

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Man of Steel

You already know my love of Ken Taylor’s amazing Mondo work, which I’ve covered already on my blog, but he’s touched my heart string so much with his latest work he’s created for the Man of Steel, its such a stunning, beautiful and innocent vision of the young Clark Kent pretending to be a superhero at a tender age, something all of us ‘Geek Boys’ did at that time, but it’s how he’s captured Clark’s innocence before he has to realise the powers, and the foreboding responsibility he needs to become this man..this ‘Superman’ that needs protect his inherited home world…

…Blimey I didn’t realise how much I was looking forward to this film until now.. Can’t wait the share my thoughts after I’ve seen it…

On Ilkley Moor Bar T’at

It seems like there’s countless way to spell the phrase On Ilkley Moor Bar T’at (On Ilkley Moor without a hat) like..On Ilkley Moor Bah Tat or On Ilkley Moor Ba’ Tat, or like the song lyrics On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at… Who cares really as long as you’ve got a pint in your hand while blasting the tune out in full Yorkshire Style.

I enjoyed a full day in Ilkley a few months back with my ❤Wifey (pictured below) on what was a beautiful winters days, we travelled by train from Leeds and photos below practically photo-document the entire day…even a Video at the very bottom of the train journey…speeded up so it looks like we travelled at 756 mph 🙂

 

The Lyrics go like this…

Wheear ‘ast tha bin sin’ ah saw thee, ah saw thee?
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
Wheear ‘ast tha bin sin’ ah saw thee, ah saw thee?
Wheear ‘ast tha bin sin’ ah saw thee?
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
On Ilkla Mooar baht ‘at
Tha’s been a cooartin’ Mary Jane
Tha’s bahn’ to catch thy deeath o` cowd
Then us’ll ha’ to bury thee
Then t’worms’ll come an` eyt thee up
Then t’ducks’ll come an` eyt up t’worms
Then us’ll go an` eyt up t’ducks
Then us’ll all ha’ etten thee
That’s wheear we get us ooan back

Translated it says this…

Where have you been since I last saw you, last saw you?
On Ilkley Moor without a hat
Where have you been since I last saw you, last saw you?
Where have you been since I last saw you?
On Ilkley Moor without a hat
On Ilkley Moor without a hat
On Ilkley Moor without a hat
You have been courting Mary Jane
You are bound to catch your death of cold
Then we will have to bury you
Then the worms will come and eat you up
Then the ducks will come and eat up the worms
Then we will go and eat up the ducks
Then we will all have eaten you
That’s where we get our own back

Our Train Journey as if we travelled at 729 mph 😉

Film Constellations

I truly love anything to do with..

  1. Stars & Space
  2. Star Wars
  3. Typography

….so to find something that combines all these three is very rare, but Manchester based studio Dorothy have come up trumps again, following on from their success on the Song Map and Film Map, they’ve now created these stunning Star Charts based on the films of Hollywood. These beautifully crafted ‘typographical style’ Constellations, which look to have taken a lot of research and skill to execute, feature some of my most favourite films to come from Hollywood.

It seems Dorothy only initially planned to release the Golden Age Star Chart but got carried away and created the Modern Day version as well which they’ve included…you guessed it… STAR WARS, they’re also working on some ‘genre-specific’ prints based on the themes of science fiction and horror…I can’t wait for those also.

All are available to buy on the Dorothy webstore….

What Dorothy Had to say..

Dorothy on The Golden Age Print

The Golden Age version of our Hollywood Star Chart features constellations named after some of the most culturally significant films to have appeared on the silver screen since 1927 – 1960’s. The stars that make up the clusters are the Hollywood stars that appeared in them.

The chart is based on the night sky over Los Angeles on October 6th 1927 – the release date of Al Jolson’s ‘The Jazz Singer’, the first feature-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue which heralded a new era for cinema and the decline of the silent film.

The 62 films featured include those chosen for preservation in the US National Film Registry due to their cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance; Academy Award winners; and a few personal favourites. Films include King Kong, The Wizard of Oz, It’s a Wonderful Life, Gone with the Wind, Casablanca and Rebel without a Cause

Dorothy on The Modern Day Print

The Modern Day version of our Hollywood Star Chart features constellations named after some of the most culturally significant films to have appeared on the silver screen since 1960 – present day. The stars that make up the clusters are the Hollywood stars that appeared in them.

The chart is based on the night sky over New York on June 16th 1960 – the date of the first showing of Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ at the DeMille Theater. With its new approach to storytelling, characterisation and violence it is seen as a key movie in the start of the post-classical era of Hollywood.

The 108 films featured include those chosen for preservation in the US National Film Registry due to their cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance; Academy Award winners; and a few personal favourites. Films include Easy Rider, Bonnie and Clyde, The Exorcist, The Godfather, Chinatown, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction and Avatar.