Thursday, 28 January 2016

Star Treks back in the UK 2016....

So I get home from work and i'm going through my email. Nothing stands out then I get an email  titled 50 years in the making from Destination Star Trek... I opened it and it was an advert for the next Destination Star Trek convention. I didn't think anything of it until I saw it was in the UK. It had an image saying Destination Star Trek Europe and the the last con was in London, so thinking it would be in Germany or France or somewhere like that. No big deal I would have to miss it but and it is a big BUT under that it said UK Convention Announcement. What could this mean... is the next DST con going to be in London again or in one of the other major cities in the UK??? 

Ok so what does this mean for me and my line up of Con for 2016. 

London Super Comic Con 20-21 Feb
London Film and Comic Con Spring 27-28 Feb
London MCM Expo 27-29 May
 Star Wars Celebration Europe 15-17 July
London Film and Comic Con Summer 29-31 July
London MCM Expo Winter ???

Now I know i am no longer going to Hyper Japan. For the only reason that for me it has gotten worse very year and the event at the O2 was the breaking point for me and that left a space in my con calendar. So how does DST fit in. I don't know I want to go i am a massive Star Trek fan and I was looking forward to the new movie Star Trek Beyond hell i really liked the 2009 reboot movie and Into Darkness was ok not great but i still enjoyed it for the most part.... Then i saw the trailer... I did not like the trailer. I pretty much hated the trailer but i will wait till i have seen the movie before I discount it all together. And it is the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek So this is a big year for Trekkies/Trekkers... 
I think i read there was a big 50th con in Las Vegas and/or New York SO the idea of a UK convention never crossed my mind. From what i understand the UK is the third biggest consumer of Star Trek with America being 1st and Germany 2nd. I guess it would not be the first time back in 1996 it was the 30th Anniversary and there was a big convention at the Royal Albert Hall in London. So why not the 50th at the Excel Center again in London or the NEC in Birmingham. 
And yet here we are with a possible UK con i will find out on the 2nd of Feb when i think the tickets go on sale. The good thing is that it is in October so there is plenty of time to get ready for it. Here is the link to the site
Let me know what you think or if you're planning on going.  

Monday, 11 January 2016

So yeah... Life gets in the way....

Let me start by saying.
I hope you all had a good Christmas and a great New Year. 
Like the title says Life gets in the way. I should of and if I am truly honest with myself I could of posted earlier but stuff just happens and sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. but one of my new years resolutions is to try to post more stuff regularly than i have done in the past.  
So lets catch up. 

First off Mecha month. 
Mecha Month was going great he first week with out any problems I watched Full Metal Panic and it was like seeing an old friend for the first time in many years. And that is one of the major points of doing it. It give me a chance to re-watch a lot of anime that I have not seen in a long time. Then came the second week and that is where i started to have problems....
Mecha Month Week Two.....
I spent the first four days watching Dual Parallel Trouble Adventure. I really like this show and it is an off shoot/side story/set some how set in the Tenchi Muyo Universe. And I am a BIG Tenchi fan so an mecha show set in that world I was all in. And it is a show that may not be roll on the floor laughing funny but it is comical and lighthearted with some real laughs in it. Most people compare it to Neon Genesis Evangelion, but that is very unfair to Dual. If you can do go out and try to see Dual it is worth the effort.   
Days five to seven. I watched the disc one to three of Dai-Guard. This is a great show that looks at what it would be like if the real world had Mecha in it and just who would be dealing with the paper work and red tape..
I should of done a post there was no real reason why i did not but things were starting to get busy at work and i lost track of time and days as one week just merged with the next. 
Mecha Month Week Three...
I finished off Dai-Guard in the first three days of the week. 

And that was when my DVD drive on my PC died. Nothing would work CD's, DVD's nothing I could not open the drive and if i could oppen it and test a disc then it would just make a noise and if it's doing that then i can't be a good thing. Now normily it would not be a problem I have a playstation and Xbox so i could still watch DVD's. But and here's the kicker.... 90% of my anime I own on DVD is from America so it's Region 1 and I live in the UK so I am Region 2. Because I live in the UK we just never got a lot of shows on DVD. We got mostly movies or OVA's. But full 13 or 26 episode shows were rare for us. So going to Cons I was able to get a lot of imports and so I started to use my PC's DVD drive to watch them. So I am without away to watch anything. I am looking to upgrade my PC and aprt from more Hard Drive space I want to get a Blu-Ray writer. In the four years i have been doing the whole Mecha Month thing i have never missed a day let alone a week. 
Next year I will be ok I think I will stick to Blu-Rays for the 2016 Mecha Month. 

So that was the failed Mecha Month. 

December and Star Wars!!! 
But then what happened in December... Well work just went mental there was so much to do and I had major changes to my time table I didn't know if I was coming or going. That is why December has only ever had one or two post each year. Also since the loss of my dad Christmas has been tough, it  was always his favorite time of year and it's the time of year we miss him most.
Also I had to take my mother to the hospital a few times and you can lose half a day just sitting waiting be been seen. She is fine so no need to worry  
But this year WE HAD A NEW STAR WARS MOVIE!!!!! I saw The Force Awakens 5 times I loved the movie and each time i went to see it the film just got better and better. Do I think it is the best of the movies... NO but it is a lot better than Episodes 1-3 and it was the kind of movie we were hoping for back in 1999. 
So that was December hopefully I will be back on track starting from now so here's to 2016 and all the fun we are going to have.