Archives: June 16, 2019

Michael Palin Tour Dates for June 2019, Live on Stage

Sir Michael Palin will  be taking his new show on the road for this summer  starting in Bournemouth on June 7th. It coincides with the release of his most recent book about a ship called the Erebus which has been more popular than he ever expected. In the two approx. 2 hour show, he will be be telling the ships  story and looking at how writing a book about a 170 year year old voyage  fits in with a life of Python, Ripping Yarns and eating camel liver in the Sahara.

He comments that he is  really sorry that the tour cannot be longer and take in more of the UK. The reason, he says,  is that he is not lazy, just the opposite, and is because he is making plans for a busy autumn, including publication of his North Korea journal and hopefully some travels.

Friday 7th
Bournemouth, Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
Saturday 8th
Basingstoke, The Anvil
Sunday 9th
Cambridge, Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thursday 20th
Chesterfield, Winding Wheel Theatre
Friday 21st
Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Theatre
Saturday 22nd
London, Cadogan Hall
Thursday 27th
Bradford, The Alhambra Theatre
Friday 28th
Manchester, The Lowry: Lyric Theatre
Saturday 29th
Manchester, The Lowry: Lyric Theatre
More dates are booked for July

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Kit Harington, Game of Thrones Star at a Wellness Retreat

Kit Harington, or Jon Snow, Game of Thrones Star at a Wellness Retreat

Kit Harrington, better known as Jon Snow is reported to have checked into a wellness centre in the USA just weeks before the global hit show Game of Thrones reaches a conclusion. The actor’s publicist said via a statement: “Kit has decided to utilise this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues.”

The New York Post claimed Kit Harington was hit hard by the ending of the series, which he had become Jon Snow for eight years, and under treatment for exhaustion, alcohol use and stress.

Kit Harington, and his wife Rose Leslie, both 32, met on set during the filming of Game of Thrones season 2.

Rose played Ygritte, a wildling who fell in love with a Kit’s character.

Ygritte was subsequently killed off in the show, and Jon Snow went on to face all matter of other conflicts, but Kit and Rose’s love has remained steadfast

With the show filming in Iceland, it provided the backdrop for the couple’s real-life romance to blossom.

In a 2016 interview, Kit said Iceland was “beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love.”

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Lionel Messi Footballer, a Short History of his Career

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini

Born and brought up in Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a boy. When he was 13, he moved to Spain to play for Barcelona, who said they would pay  for his medical treatment. After a quick progression through Barcelona’s youth academy, Messi made his  debut aged 17 in October 2004. Despite being injury-prone in his early days, he established himself as an key player for the club during the next three years, finishing 2007 as a finalist for both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the year award, He also achieved this the next year. His first uninterrupted season was 2008–09, for which he helped Barcelona achieve the first treble in Spanish football history. When he was 22 years old, Messi won the 2009 Ballon d’Or and the FIFA 2009 World Player of the Year award by huge voting margins.

Thus was followed by three successful seasons with him winning three consecutive FIFA Ballons d’Or, including an unprecedented fourth. During the 2011/12 season he achieved the La Liga and European records for the most goals scored in a playing season, while setting himself as Barcelona’s all time top goal scorer in official competitions in March of 2012. The next 2 seasons, Lionel Messi finished twice runner up for the Ballon d’Or being beaton by Cristiano Ronaldo.

He regained his best form during the 2014–15 season breaking the all-time goal scoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League  in November of 2014 and leading Barcelona to an unprecedented second treble.

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Blakes Seven Science Fiction TV Series Summary

Blakes Seven cult TV series from the 1970s

There were 4  series of thirteen 50-minute episodes each and first aired in the UK between January 1978 and December 1981 by BBC1.  It is set in the third century of the second calendar and probably 700 years in the future. Blake’s 7s concerns the adventures of political dissident Roj Blake, who commands a group of rebels against the forces of The Federation that rules Earth and many planets planets. The Federation uses mass surveillance and brainwashing  and drug pacifiers on its citizens. Blake was arrested on false charges, and deported to a penal colony.  On the journey there  he and fellow prisoners Jenna Stannis and Kerr Avon get control of a techno advanced alien craft, which its central computer called Zen informs is called The Liberator. Its speed and weapons are superior to Federation craft, and it also has a teleport system to transport people to the surface of planets. Blake and his crew start a campaign against the Federation, but are hounded by Space Commander Travis—a Federation soldier—and Servalan, the Supreme Commander.

The composition of the “seven” changes throughout the series. The initial group—Blake, Vila, Gan, Jenna, Avon and Cally—included Zen as the seventh. At the end of the first series, they capture a supercomputer called Orac. Gan is killed in the second series, and then Blake and Jenna disappear and are replaced by Dayna and Tarrant. At the start of the fourth series, Cally dies and is replaced by Soolin. After the destruction of Liberator,  Zen is replaced by a new computer, Slave on their new commandeered ship Scorpio.

Blake is an idealistic freedom fighter, but his associates are crooks, smugglers and killers. Avon is a techno genius who, while apparently motivated by self-preservation and wealth, acts to help others. When Blake is separated from his crew, Avon assumes command. Avon believes the Federation has been destroyed and becomes tired of killing, and seeks rest. By the middle of the third series, Avon realises that the Federation is growing again, faster than realised, and he once more takes up the fight.

The BBC had planned to conclude Blake’s 7 at the end of its third series, but a further series was commissioned unexpectedly. Some changes to the programme’s format were necessary, such as the introduction of a new spacecraft, Scorpio, and new characters, Soolin and Slave.  Blakes Seven was watched by around 10 million people in the UK and broadcast in 25 other countries.

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