This Week I Have Been Mostly….

this week i have been mostly

The weeks have been positively flying by. We’ve been having cold snaps, heatwaves, rain and wind. And all throughout this time I’ve been counting down to my awesome holiday.

At time of writing this it’s 29 days until we fly to Florida, and we’ve been trying to keep ourselves busy in the meantime.

We’ve been visiting friends, buying things we need for our trip, doing lots of planning, and I had a birthday too!

My birthday weekend was great. We went to the cinema twice, saw friends, did some shopping and watched some late-night Olympics.

Our cinema trips were to see Finding Dory in 3D and Suicide Squad in 4DX.

We knew Dory would be awesome, as we love Finding Nemo, and it didn’t disappoint. We really love watching movies in 3D and this film was perfect for that.

We saw Suicide Squad in 4DX. I don’t really know much of the back story for this movie, but I knew the 4DX element would help me to enjoy it even if I wasn’t following the plot. I really really enjoyed this cinema experience. The film was great. Though I lost the plot thread towards the middle, the beginning and end were great. And I know the 4DX experience made it a million times better than if I’d watched it on a standard screen. I’ve only ever seen Jurassic World and this movie in 4DX but I wasn’t disappointed either time. If you’re near Milton Keynes, I’d say make the effort to try it out. It’s worth the little extra cost!

I was also lucky enough to find the camera I have been lusting after for a while. Sony have been having distribution issues on some of their stock since an earthquake in Japan effected manufacture, and I’d been having massive trouble finding the Sony A5000 as a result.

I’d been after the white one, but knew I’d probably have to go for the black one and not be choosy. But G-Man managed to find a white one online and at the price I was happy to pay. I’ve been having great fun playing with it, and especially loving the wi-fi element, meaning I can send an image to my phone with no wires or computer needed. It’s going to be a real asset when we’re away, and I’ll be able to share more photos with friends and family (and YOU!)

I think the next month is going to be tough, trying to hold in my excitement for the trip of a lifetime coming up, but I’ve got some wonderful things coming up before then!

  • Luna Cinema at Waddesdon Manor to watch Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet
  • Hot 8 Brass Band
  • Bank Holiday!
  • My 10 year wedding anniversary
  • An exciting anniversary weekend in London
  • Planning and packing for Florida!!

And all that in just 28 days – I have a feeling it’s going to fly by!

There are a few more exciting things to share too, but all in good time 🙂

I’ve also been looking into books to take away with me. I’m currently re-reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which I’m loving again the second time around. I haven’t read the other two in the series yet, but I’m really looking forward to seeing film of the first book, once it’s out. I also plan on picking up the short story, The Grownup, by Gillian Flynn who wrote Gone Girl. I like the idea of taking short books with me, so I don’t feel like I’m having to dip in and out of the same book throughout the holiday. I often take a lot of books on my Kindle and don’t pick it up once. So I’m back to real books for this vacation!

So that was the past few weeks. Lots happening, and sadly I’m wishing it all away in the excitement for Florida. And before I know it it’ll all be over….. but I know I’m going to have the time of my life!

Jurassic World 4DX

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On Saturday evening Gary and I headed to the XScape building in Milton Keynes and to the newly refurbished Cineworld cinema.

We were off to see the eagerly anticipated Jurassic World – in 4DX. If you don’t know what 4DX is then I’ll tell you – you watch the movie in 3D where available, on special seats which move appropriately to the movie. There are lights, fog, water, smell and air to experience too. I knew this would be the perfect movie to try out 4DX for the first time, but I was a little nervous for some reason. Probably nervous excitement! Milton Keynes is home to the country’s only 4DX cinema, and we’re very lucky to live on the doorstep.

If you haven’t seen Jurassic World yet or experienced 4DX and don’t want to be spoiled, it’s probably best that you don’t read on. But do come back once you have, and let me know what you thought!

So entering the screen, you could see there were less seats than in a normal cinema screen. In rows of about 8-12 seats, but these were in blocks of 4. The seats are ergonomic and high off the ground, with foot rests. There’s enough space in front of your seat and the one in front that people can walk through your row without you having to get up or move to let them past. On your arm rest there’s a button stating ‘water on’ ‘water off’. I chose to leave water on 😀

The trailers started and I’d hoped we would experience a 4DX trailer to acclimatise us to the feel. And I wasn’t disappointed. Our trailer was for the new Terminator movie, not my cup of tea, but I loved feeling the seats tip forward, side to side, flashes to the sides of the auditorium, air from behind and in front and under the seat by the legs.

I couldn’t wait for the film to start. What surprised me from the beginning was the 4DX experience was all the way through, not just in certain action parts. When you’re introduced to the family at the start it’s snowing and there’s snow on the ground. You feel icy air all around you as if you’re there. The kids get on a boat and your seats move as if you’re on water, with a fresh sea breeze on your face. It’s incredible. Fast moving chases fling you around as if you’re being chased. The island, when you’re first introduced to it SMELLED GOOD. It was like being on the best ride, because it lasted the length of the film. Discussing with Gary, I discovered I experience more, as I was wearing a sleeveless dress so in certain parts I experienced things on my arms and legs that he didn’t. The water parts were fantastic (you don’t get soaked) and you could tell every effect had been thought through to complement the film.

I’ll stop talking 4DX now and talk about the film, but I’m so glad I saw the movie in this way. I genuinely want to experience it again, and it’s worth the extra few pounds.

So the movie; first of all fans of the original score won’t be disappointed. The important themes and phrases are in there and the new score is in keeping with the old, but new enough. During the film there are also massive references to the original movie, in a nostalgic and respectful way, which I really enjoyed.

The movie story and execution is brilliant from start to end, with nothing confusing or irrelevant. There’s masses of product placement but I guess that should be overlooked because of what the film is, you kind of have to expect it. (Starbucks, anyone?)

Most importantly, Jurassic World was in keeping with the other movies. In my opinion it’s up to the standard of the first and is no disappointment. I was fully immersed in this film, whether or not this was due to 4DX, I don’t know. All I’d say is if you don’t know whether to see it – go! See it in 3D or 4DX if you can, but if you liked the original, you’ll love this!

If you’ve seen the movie and/or experienced 4DX I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Lights and Pi

It seems that whenever I have a week off work, I get a cold. And this time was no exception. This is the kind of cold that keeps you up at night, and leaves your nose sore and crusty- nice! So I feel pretty rubbish. But I was determined to not let it ruin our planned day to London yesterday, so I sucked it up, packed lots of tissues and wrapped up warm.

We headed off fairly early because we had a full day of things we wanted to do. First we headed to Stratford Westfield shopping centre for some retail therapy. I got a few great bargains. We popped into Hobbs because I love their NW3 range and they had a sale on – I got a lovely little silk top that I’d seen before at full price but got it for half off, and also a pair of brown leather gloves which were also discounted and kept my hands warm all day! We also went into the Victoria’s Secret which has opened there. I’d never been into one before, and my impression is that it’s fairly tacky – no better than La Senza and much more expensive. Most of the stuff is made from manmade fabric. I bought a cami and pants set, but they’re made from Modal. Kept me warm last night but I had to remove the labels inside because they had stuck a very rough ‘keep away from fire’ sticker onto the care label which was scratchy. I think I’ll stick to Boux Avenue for my undies! We had lunch at a Chinese street food place and then headed off to the Southbank.

A while back we had seen a poster for Light Show at Hayward Gallery and really wanted to go. The whole show was light installations which did various things. Some sparkly, some moved and created shadows, some used lasers and mist or strobes. One in particular was called Exploded View (commuters) and was a ‘box’ of little lights on strings. It was suspended from the ceiling and we were queuing around it for about 10 mins while we waited to go into another room. At certain angles the lights just looked like they were blinking, but as you watched it, you could start to see images moving in it. I’ve found a video on YouTube but it’s not really that great (you weren’t allowed photography or video in the gallery) but here it is anyway! I think this was my favourite piece.

After the gallery we headed to Leicester Square. At this point I should probably mention that I have finished reading Life of Pi, and I found it amazing. As you know I really struggled with this book for at least the first quarter, but by the end I couldn’t put it down. So I immediately wanted to watch the film. We found that it was still showing in a few cinemas in 3D and one of them was the Empire in Leicester Square, so we headed there and booked tickets for the next showing. With some time to kill we popped into Bubbleology for a bubble tea and then went back to watch the movie. What a show it was.

First of all I’m not a great fan of 3D for the sake of 3D. I find it works for CG films like Pixar, but I don’t really like the real life ones. This film WORKED in 3D. It was visually stunning and I felt, at points, as if I could have reached out and touched the animals. The film stays fairly close to the book, it doesn’t miss anything majorly important and anything it adds is to make the story more relevent as a movie. I loved it. It makes me want to buy a 3D tv! But I know without the 3D element the movie stood up – beautiful to look at and the story was capture really well.

After the movie we popped to Ed’s Diner for a quick dinner and by then I was feeling so rough that we needed to head home. I woke this morning knowing I’d overdone it yesterday, but it was worth it. Our car is in to be fixed today anyway so I stayed in my PJs and moaned a lot. I hope I feel better tomorrow so I can carry on enjoying my holiday and get my hair cut! That should make me feel better 🙂
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