Best of British

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With Britain talking tough about leaving the European Union, no matter where you stand there’s a lot of patriotism floating around the media sphere. So getting in the patriotic mood, here are the 10 best British Superheroes.

V

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The eponymous hero from Alan Moore’s dystopian masterpiece V for vendetta. V has gone from comic book antihero to the symbol of revolution and is the face of almost every anti government movement from anonymous to occupy.

Pixie

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Pixie (Megan Gwynn) is a mutant” from a Welsh mining town. Her mutation grants her pixie-like eyes, colourful wings, and “pixie dust” which causes hallucinations  as well as the ability to use magic and the use of a magical weapon called the “Souldagger.” Pixie is currently a serving member of the X-men after graduating with honours from the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

Godiva

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Dorcas Leigh is a socialite from the United Kingdom with the power to control her hair’s movement. she has served with DC’s Global Guardians and in DC’s New 52 continuity was a founding member of the Justice League International and the Global Guardians, forming a close bond with Chinese team mate the August General in Iro

Captain Britain

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Brian Braddock was a physicist working at the Darkmoor Nuclear Research Centre when  the facility is attacked by the The Reaver Brian tries to find help by escaping on his motorbike. Although he crashes his bike in a nearly fatal accident, Merlyn and his daughter Roma appear and they give him the chance to be the superhero Captain Britain. He is offered a choice: the Amulet of Right or the Sword of Might. Considering himself to be no warrior, he rejects the Sword and chooses the Amulet. This choice transforms him into Captain Britain, the defender of the realm, Captain Britain has had a long career serving as founding member of the superhero team Excalibur, and serving with the Knights of Pendragon, The Avengers, the counter intelligence group MI13 and even as the leader of the ill fated Captain Britain Corps.

 

Union Jack

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Union Jack is the name of three fictional superheroes appearing in the Marvel Universe comic books published by Marvel Comics and Marvel UK. Created by Roy Thomas and Frank Robbins, the first Union Jack first appeared in Invaders #7 (July 1976), a second incarnation from the same creators appeared in The Invaders #21, and a third incarnation was created by Roger Stern and John Byrne for Captain America Vol. 1 #254 (February 1981). Following The Invaders, Union Jack has been featured as a regular character in ongoing series Knights of Pendragon, New Invaders and Invaders Now, as well two self-titled mini-series.

 

 

 

Hob-Nobing With Those Who Matter

When it comes to food I know what I like. I also know what I dislike, I am a fairly fussy eater. But most people wouldn’t think that about me. The main reason being, is that I will try anything once. I’ve tried some of the most bizarre foods on the planet, from deep fried locusts with with strawberry sauce to pickled baby octopus, I have tried many, many things.  Now food blogs often highlight the high points of haute cuisine and brilliance of intricate sugar craft.

I however am a little different, today I am going to be talking about that simple pleasure. The chocolate Hobnob. idshot_540x540

The chocolate Hobnob is king among biscuits, whether with tea or eaten alone, nothing compares to that raptures blend of chocolate and oat style heaven. From that first bite, through to the last crumb the Hobnob is the king of the biscuit world. What I love most is the contrast, the smoothness of the chocolate with the crumblyness of the biscuit itself, I can’t even begin to think how many of those bad boys I’ve consumed over the decades, but when they taste that good, why bother counting.

The Friendzone & How To Avoid It

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Does she wish all guys could be like you?  Do you like all her posts on social media? Does she love you, like a brother? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you sir are in the friendzone.

Let’s be honest, at one point or another we have all been in the friendzone. The person that we are interested in is not interested in us, except as a friend.

So here are a few tips to avoid the zone of terror.

  1. Be upfront about your intentions, don’t try and wheedle your way in as a friend, that’s a first class ticket to the friendzone.
  2. learn to recognise the signs, shopping is definitely a friend activity, going for cocktails to bitch about men is another one.
  3. Learn when to  cut your losses, if not for your sake then for everyone else’s. None of your friends want to hear about how “special” and “meaningful” your new friendship is, no one believes it, not even you do. If it isn’t going the way you want it to you owe it to yourself to get out. it isn’t worth the pain and heartache. Seriously let go.

I hope this little guide helps, but lets face it there is no reasoning with someone in the friendzone, because infatuation defies all reason. But if you do take the leap and are smacked back into the friendzone, do not under any circumstances become a bitch about it, do not think you are owed anything just because you were nice. Behaving the way in which you are meant to is not a guarantee of VIP access to someone’s genitalia, its a social convention, not a seduction technique. Don’t be a fuckboy.

 

 

Bat Parenting

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As a proud comic book nerd, one of my favourite characters is Batman. As a father I have been trying to get my daughter into the same things. Batman is the perfect character to start ones descent into comic bookery. To that end I began subtly by getting one or two outfits.

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Then I strayed over into toys. Firstly I got her some of the Funko Mopeez

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Then I moved into some of the dolls from the DC Superhero Girls, comics and TV series, a line of dolls and comics aimed at opening up the comic market to young girls. I originally got her a Batgirl doll, because she was a fellow ginger and most dolls (and super heroes) are either blonde or brunette, I then got Marianna a Wonder Woman doll, just because I like to spoil her, don’t tell her, but I’ve got her a Supergirl doll for Christmas.

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I didn’t just stop at toys I got more outfits, like this hoody from Primark, yes the hood is actually a bat mask.

12592277_10154063789345480_3835208392372842949_nAnd then I hit the jackpot. There are a ridiculous amount of batman related films and TV shows. We have spent hours watching the classic 1990’s animated series and recently have started watching the 1960’s live action version

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Aside from being terrified of both the Joker and The Riddler, she loves it, she now asks for Batman on TV. So I like to think I win at parenting just because of this.

The White Beast

This story begins with our hero, a young man, setting out to slay a fearsome beast. He thought he would be smart, looking about for information on how to slay the infernal monster, but searching gave up nothing, no clue or magic fix for how to take down the beast. Talking to those in his life proved just as fruitless as no one knew of how to end the fiend.

Our hero grew despondent, for there was no knowledge of how to terminate this foe. Our hero sank into a stupor for he knew that he had finish this cursed demon, but he could not find the means. The all consuming ennui  had crawled into his very being, his thoughts were riddled on the how of it. Thinking about it was torturous, The beast sneering in his minds eye was enough to drive any man to madness. Eventually our hero snapped. He decided to go in and attack, with no knowledge and blackened soul.

He attacked with all his might and talent, running headlong screaming and flailing into the abyss. Kicking and lashing, fighting and tearing our hero stormed the monsters lair.

The monster sneered, it bared its white teeth and sank them into our hero, it laughed as it devoured him, knowing that it had won. Knowing that he was gone our hero meekly surrendered, knowing that it was all over, knowing that the end was near he just submitted.

Then a thought stuck our hero, and he ran with it, the inspiration had been found, after all necessity is the mother of invention, and before our hero knew it, that white stare was gone and our hero was victorious, lorded by his peers and those who were of no use in the beginning, he knew that his foe had been vanquished…for now.

This post is part of a series of posts on writers block, if you didn’t get it the white toothed monster is a thinly veiled metaphor for the blank page. 

 

Dealing With Writers Block

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Who out there in the blogging community hasn’t, at some point or another, suffered from writers block? Today I had such a massive writers block it was as if I were actually trying to get past a physical block made out of every writer who has ever lived. But it got me thinking about writers block.

For those of you who don’t know, writers block is where a writer struggles to come up with new material or experiences a creative slowdown. There is no definitive cause of writers block and there are many things that can lead to a creative blockage. Such simple things as lack of motivation and or being devoid of inspiration. External factors can play another part in things, problems such as stress and depression can really be a kick in the sack to the creative process.

Another thing can also be the pressure to create work itself, when you look at a blank page, you can feel it staring back, mocking you, laughing at you, making you the joke. The sweat starts to drip as every second ticking away brings you closer and closer to your deadline. You can feel it creeping over you and then it consumes you.

And that, is what, in my effort to produce interesting daily content, I have been dealing with today. So just remember that the most effective tip for dealing with writers block is, when you are struck with that interminable C word, you can always write about your writers block, that’ll sort you out for at least the next day.