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MERCER’S MUSICAL MUSINGS- SHATTER ME!

“Somebody make me feel alive and shatter me.”

 

SHATTER ME, performed by Lindsay Stirling and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm is an awesome duet. It’s the song that makes you fall in love with dubstep violins.

 

At times it feels like such a melancholic track. When you feel like you’re just going through the motions and desperately need an epic change of direction or 180’ turnaround or paradigm shift.

 

It would also make an awesome theme tune. If I ever get round to making my Star Wars fan fiction film ‘Another Chance’ about the Survivors of Alderaan and Officers aboard the Death Star, then this’ll be it.

I actually found it when I was looking for the Attack on Titan spin off No Regrets about Levi. Someone had made a music video

Levi/Attack on Titan AMV-

 

Then I used it for the theme of the first Cosplay get together in 2017. While roaming round the Museum and Library, saw a video with Tim Peake aboard the Space Station, so had to include a shot of him- Awesome!

My post on LS Facebook page-

https://www.facebook.com/lindseystirlingmusic/posts/used-shatter-me-as-the-theme-for-my-cosplay-vid-hope-you-like-ithttpswwwyoutubec/1302452973149457/

 

 

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busy busy busy at Mercer Central as catching up on three dozen videos for Tigletverse Photography.

Mostly it’s been hiking and events over the last year- Red rocks/Wirral festival of firsts/Liverpool Makefest/Upton Scarecrow trail from last year, while hikes from 18 and Jan 19, so far, plus Halton Comic Con and Chavassic Park, which has led me te rewatch Jurassic Park!

So, still lots to go, including a New Scarecrow Trail, in the meantime, here’s last years!

 

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU PART 2- DEWIE THE WOOKIE AT WIDNES LIBRARY AND WIDNES COMIC CON @THE STUDIO

Saturday was Widnes Comic Con, Part 2 at The Studio, the live-music venue and only part of the Queens Hall Theatre complex still standing. I decided a week ago to give my Chewbacca doll a shower and take him along, as I said I would in my last brief post.

I was going to follow up with thoughts on Phantom Menace and Last Jedi, but that’s proving to be a large essay-in-the-making, so to make a trilogy I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the event, plus the side-trip to the Library.

It was different from the first time, making use of the stage, so floor space had rows of Traders and guests, with Local Authors in the front room while a side room had craft activities. Very small scale, but nice and cosy, although a bit sparse on actually comic books. The thing I find at these smaller events, rather than MCM or Monopoly or the larger organisations is there are fewer crowds, especially early on. Space will be an issue with future events, like the Doctor Who one in November, something I thought about a couple of years ago when I began looking at the logistics of putting something on myself. The cost of doing it put me off, but it is interesting to see how the Studio have done it, while the approach by the management of Halton Lea was to get an outsider to do it for them and use several empty units. Either way has worked out fine, but I’m left wondering if there could be something of a more co-ordinated approach.

With the Library, it was a bit different. When I did my placement there in 2005/06 we had a Harry Potter day and a few years later a Doctor Who day, but the person who organised those left. I heard that there was a Star Wars Day event on- turned out to be a couple of craft tables and Lego-building, but took the Wookie anyway. It was a different trip than usual.

So, not a bad day, different, and I have even managed to edit a couple of videos and photos, which makes a change.

Now all I’ve got to do is finish my original essay about the 20th anniversary of the Phantom Menace, which should’ve been done yesterday, but I saw Avengers instead!

 

THE SUNCHASER RETURNS- MOST OUTSTANDING SUNSET FROM HALE LIGHTHOUSE

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It was a surprise. Something unexpected. At the end of a long Liverpool Comic Convention, with 800+ pics and vid clips taken and a freak hailstorm at the bus station, didn’t expect the Sun to come out.

But it did.

Once past the Airport, I decided to take a chance, see if it would last and it did, well clouds came over just as the Sun was setting, so it was near enough, plus getting a shot of the Lighthouse was pretty good as well.

While the footage is cut down to fit the theme, it did take about half an hour to forty minutes, but was a nice diversion on the way home. Now I just have to get another one, maybe once a month. Think it’s doable.

Plus this one has an epic 80’s theme- enjoy!

 

A TIGLETVERSE PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTATION 2019

 

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A Flock Of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song

A Classic slice of the 80’s!

 

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Bill and Ted’s Excellent 30TH ANNIVERSARY

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There was a thing on Facebook on Saturday how it is thirty years since Bill S Preston and Ted Theodore Logan embarked on their First most Excellent Adventure. 1989 was an awesome year, when the film was released (though it took two years to film>) It’s a hefty slice of 80’s Nostalgia and a roller coaster ride of fun, topped of by an awesome soundtrack.

While Doctor Who had a British Police Telephone box, B+T had an American Phone Booth, with which they kidnapped several Historical figures for their History report. Hapless shenanigans ensue, hilariously and most bodaciously, I might add.

So I’ve watched it twice, also with Bogus Journey, but this is my favourite of the two. A great slice of the 1980’s, with an Awesome soundtrack as a yummy topping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7wr5WtS-E4&list=RDfRqeA4ah6Mk&index=1

And with ‘Bill and Ted Face the music’ coming soon, you know it will be a most bodacious ending to the Saga

Be Excellent to each other and Party on Dudes!

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Welcome to the Year of the Pig

Gong Hei Fat Choi!

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Last month- 9th/10th February was my third time joining in celebrations for Chinese New Year in Liverpool. After the years of Monkey and Rooster (though I missed Dog.) This time, it is the final year in the current cycle- the Year of the Pig. (Yes I know it’s late- but life’s been hectic and I’ve got a lot to catch up on!)

 

The amount of photos taken over the two days was staggering- about 700, which with my old camera is pretty good- though a pain in the posterior to organise, edit and post. So far there are five albums and the first set is up on Tigletverse Photography Facebook page.

 

Anyway, seeing the Quest for the Arch and the preshow Traditional Lion and Dragon Dance at the Chinese Arch was a new experience. Liverpool Hung Kar Kung Fu Association performed by the Arch in LED costumes, though I was stood in the wrong place as the glare of red and yellow lighting made it too glary, hence a few psychedelic photos. Night time photography has always been challenging. There were several characters on stilts walking round beforehand, so caught a few pictures of them too.

 

Sunday was a whole different experience, again! The Black E was closed so had a wander round, quite a bit to find The Pagoda Arts Centre and the Chinese Youth Orchestra. That was very good, although quite a lot of photos taken and I haven’t finished going through them. Then I got stuck in a crowd as Two Dragons entered a restaurant, so that was interesting.

A Tai Chi demonstration and drumming was on at the mainstage, while I also dropped into the Wah Sing Centre to see how the Liverpool Chinatown Photography Society was doing. I’ve been on the fringes of this group for about a year or so, I was also hoping for a game of Mah Jong or Xiangqi- ‘zeong kei’- Chinese Chess, with cannons and Elephants! But alas, neither were found.

 

Here’s the wiki link to make sense of it-

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiangqi

 

Mah Jongg, like Dominoes is far more complex-

 

http://www.domino-games.com/mahjongg.html

 

I also looked at the possibility of a Chinese name- I got four variations-

Ma Yan Ning/Meng Ying Nu/Mao Yue Ning and Mai Yu Nu.

Have a go here and see what yours is-

http://www.mandarintools.com/chinesename.html

 

So there it is, a later-than-intended intro to The Year of the Pig. As the Tortiose said to the Hare- I may be slow, but I get there in the end!

Plus here’s one of my favourite songs from Asian band MAYDAY- YOUR LEGEND!

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/huangfeihong.tw

 

ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS- THE BEST OF 2018

ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS- THE BEST OF 2018

Time for another video update, well over due anyway, like my Library books probably are!

I had thought about another 10-15 minute epic, but Eric Calderone’s Metal cover of Bohemian Rhapsody swayed me toward something quick and simple, although watching it back, there should have been a few tighter edits- though the end is probably one of the funniest things I saw all year.

There are a few new events I’ve been to- Bolton Comic Con, Lightnight Liverpool, as well as The Pirate Festival and Fire sessions with the Fire Project. I even took in a bit more architecture, though I’m not sure about Art Fairs anymore.

Wildlife has been a bit thin on the ground, seeing the Fox was great, but need to practice that a bit more. Comic Cons are still the main events, so I’m looking at going London or Birmingham this year.

And there were a few Welsh Castles, something else to finish off, at least in North Wales anyway.

So there you go, Any way the wind blows, the Best of 2018!