The kids, my nephew and I were thoroughly excited to go along to the advance screening of DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon 2 last Sunday. Admittedly my son and I caught up with the original How To Train Your Dragon the day before yesterday but we thoroughly enjoyed it. Such an original story!
DreamWorks’s 2010 Original How to Train Your Dragon
Anticipation was high for the sequel as we had no idea what the story would be now. We caught a glimpse of the trailer shown during the Rio 2 screening but it gave nothing away! And neither will I! All you need to know that it is a journey of discovery with Hiccup now 5 years older. He must discover who he is in order to become the person he needs to be for his family and all of Berk.
In short the film was EPIC. It has to be labelled as a blockbuster! And I don’t use that term lightly. It was even more original, engaging, emotional and hilarious than the original and the animation was the best we have ever seen. The Alpha dragons were awesome. Watch out for the scene where the alpha rises from the sea, the animation is amazing. So detailed. The cloud surfing scene which was part of the aforementioned trailer was awesome too, where Hiccup first encounters the mysterious dragon rider and the dragons lair scene are all proud moments that will take your breath away.
The Alpha Dragon
There was a point in the movie when we were left wondering how it would end – in that we did not see it coming (its so hard not to give anything away!!!) We also loved the growth of Hiccup and the underlying message of peace and harmony between man and err… Dragon.
It had it all! I had no expectations but I – we – (ha haa! Typo!) were left thoroughly entertained and we had adjective diarrhea all the way home talking about it.
The Whole Gang
Enjoying the XBox Video Game
Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Go and see this movie. It comes out in the UK on July 11th. You will not be disappointed. Well worth seeing in 3D too.
We love London in the summer and we love it even more when we discover pop up beaches on our doorstep. That’s exactly what The Conservatoire, Blackheath’s local independent arts centre, has done. And the best part is that’s it completely free.
Beach Sighted in Blackheath, London, SE3
The Conservatoire, led by its passionate chief executive, Sydney Thornbury, have experienced somewhat of a reinvigoration of late. With a variety of arts based activities on offer at present they have now converted their courtyard into an impromptu beach complete with beach hut, live music, bar, pop up cafe and street food!
Golden Sands of Blackheath
We were invited to the first full day and had a blast. It amazing what some soft sand in between your toes can do to lift your spirits. We even got a little creative with some beach sculptures.
The Conservatoire have a weekly list of activities at the beach so you can plan your visit.
And Why Not?!!!
As I said its completely free but to avoid ‘working-from-home’ business men from taking up all the space, places are allocated in 2-hour time slots.
Guests will need to pick up a wristband from reception upon arrival at the Conservatoire. For a small fee, visitors are able to pre-book a limited amount of spots online in advance or you can ring them on the day you’d like to come and they’ll book you a wristband for your chosen time slot: 020 8852 0234.
A very good friend of mine is getting married in Lagos, Portugal in September. We couldn’t let him go without a decent send off and what better place to start it off than at a carnivore heaven, Hoxton’s Red Dog Saloon.
The Devestator. The burger that put Hoxton Square’s Red Dog Saloon on the map.
The dilemma came of what to wear. London, well the UK has been surprisingly offering up a good dose of summer (I’m not complaining for the record!!!) so I was a bit stumped as to what to wear for this momentous occasion. The staple jeans + shirt/ t-shirt + blazer combo has become a bit of a uniform of late.
No offence Homes!
Having been inspired by summer in NYC, Guerrisms and all things denim I decided to sport my new Levi’s jean jacket (40 – eBay), some tapered, slim fit jeans from Spitalfield’s very own AllSaints (on sale 50% off at £42.50) and a gorgeous ochre yellow linen shirt from Reiss (70% off at £22).
Double Denim. notice the un-ironed – ahem -‘Crushed’ linen!
I weaved the yellow theme through the denim with a linen pocket square also from Reiss (£6), a tan brown plaited belt from Bloomingdales ($25) and my beloved Grenson Ellery double monkstrap shoes in tan, a recent steal on eBay (£80).
The shirt was perfect for the cool summer evening as the linen is quite thick so I stayed warm yet cool at the same time. The shoes are definitely a statement piece. They are very bold but beautifully crafted in every way. The jean jacket is from Levi’s commuter series so has some nice details, most notable a hidden breast pocket perfect for a pocket square
Levi’s Commuter Jacket and Pocket Square
The night was a blast. The DJ at the Cornershop played a truly eclectic mix we ate like cavemen. All in all a great night out.