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Genre: Sci Fi, Family in Peril in Space
Released Date: 18 April 2018 in the UK
- Toby Stephens as John Robinson
- Molly Parker as Maureen Robinson
- Ignacio Serricchio as Don West
- Taylor Russell as Judy Robinson
- Mina Sundwall as Penny Robinson
- Maxwell Jenkins as Will Robinson
- Parker Posey as Dr Smith
Lost In Space (Netflix TV Series Reboot)
I am happy to see this classic TV sci fi series Lost in Space return for a deserved 21st century reboot.
I remember rushing home from secondary (high) school to watch the original series (seasons), running for 83 episodes from 1965 to 1968. The first series was made in black & white as colour TV was two years away. The second series introduced colour. Along with ‘Voyage to the bottom of the sea’ and ‘Dr Who’ (1963 to present) & ‘Star Trek’ (1965 to present , were and still are my favourites as with my friends.
Lost in Space is based on the classic 1812 novel ‘Swiss family Robinson’, about a family ship wrecked and castaway in the East indies. The Robinson family learn how to survive and become self reliant.
1965-1968 Family, Don West with Dr. Smith & Robot The 1998 Movie cast
The 1965 modern sci-fi reiteration sees a family of would be forerunners of planet colonisers along with the co pilot Major West and an unwelcome stowaway, enemy agent, Dr. Zachary Smith. Smith was sent aboard to sabotage the Jupiter 2 space craft. He succeeds but gets trapped as the spacecraft is lost in space. Smith brilliantly played by Jonathon Harris continually tries to thwart the family. In later episodes Smith becomes toned down & more comic. His bantering with the robot assistant (who becomes regarded as part of the family) is popular. The Robot’s frequent utterances of “Danger, Danger, Danger Will Robinson!” Smith gets into all sorts of escapades with aliens etc., dragging the family with him. My male school friends & I liked Penny Robinson as she was our age.
The 1998 movie generally keeps the same characters & roles, but is darker than the 1960s innocent TV show. Gary Oldman is excellent as Dr. Smith. technical evolution of SFX (special effects) and CGI (computer graphic imaging) add to the story.
Now the 2018 series approaches and the show’s trailer shows what looks like brilliant SFX and CGI now de rigeur for a successful screen sci fi creation. This time some tinkering with the characters. A mixed race daughter, a reformed rogue finding a family he never had character which replaces that of upright major Don West. Dr. Smith is now portrayed by a woman, which will be interesting as we see how the characters develop. The popular human constructed family robot is replaced by a mysterious alien robot found on planet they land on.
The New Dr. Smith
My only regret is that they did not keep the original classic shape I like for the Jupiter 2 spacecraft. I am looking forward to the series.
Jupiter 2 Spacecraft
Original 1960s version
Following Shrove Tuesday yesterday, today is Ash Wednesday, the official first day of Lent during the Christian year and the prelude to Easter. Lent represents the 40 days that Jesus Christ spent in the wilderness, fasting and contemplating his mission on earth. Known as the ‘Day of Ashes’ because of the practice of having ash rubbed & drawn on the forehead in the shape of a cross (representing Christ’s crucifixion), by a priest at the dedicated Ash Wednesday church service. The priest and participants from the church congregation intone the phrase either the words:-
“Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or the dictum “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Anglican,Catholic and most Protestant and Christians hold Ash Wednesday services around the world. Following the service, participants observe some sort of fasting,abstinence and spiritual contemplation for 40 Days, ending on Maundy Thursday in 2018.
The practice of using ash comes from the 11th Century and is taken from the Biblical Book of Daniel, where ashes are regarded as a sign of Penance & fasting. The ashes are normally made by the burning of palm crosses. These palm crosses were handed out to church congregations during the previous year’s Palm Sunday service (commemorating Christ’s entry into Jerusalem to crowds waving palm leaves in celebration) and given back to the priest shortly before Ash Wednesday. The priest will then burn the crosses and mix the ash normally with Holy Oil to sanctify and make a ‘paste’ with which to rub on the participant’s forehead.
What is Shrove Tuesday about? Has it become just a day of cooking and tossing pancakes?
Shrove Tuesday is the last day of merriment and feasting before Lent begins in earnest.
But in truth and in its history, today is about penitence. Shrove Tuesday got its name from the ritual of shriving, which early Christians used to do.
The act of shriving meant that Christians would confess their sins and their shortcomings and in so doing will receive absolutions.
Absolution means the person will be forgiven of his sins and released from his guilt and pain that he had caused.
This tradition is very old.
It was a custom and tradition of the early Christians to confess their sins a week before the start of Lent to their priest/confessor, who shall so shrive them.
Today is not only about pancake but a time to think about the wrong deeds that we have done or have continued doing. We must be penitent of them.
On the happier side, Shrove Tuesday is also about partying and feasting. Time to cook and serve all the foods that may have to be given up for the sober Lent to come. Barbecue the meat and fish and make pastas so no food are wasted for the coming Lent. Today is like a Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday.
Pancake became the ideal food for Tuesday because it uses up all the fats, milk and eggs with the addition of flour.
Passion fruit is sweet with a tinge of sourness. It is very seedy. The seeds are soft and edible.
The scientific name for passion fruit is Passiflora edulis. It comes from a vine rather than a tree.
It is native to South America.
Did you know?
To tell whether the fruit is ripe is to look at the skin. When the outer skin has shriveled then it is ripe. The shriveled the skin the riper it is.
Favourite Drama Twosome (South East Asian)
It is the chemistry that makes a drama works. Without it, it is hard for the viewers to connect with the leads and the story itself, especially if it is a romantic drama.
There have been plenty of instances where the chemistry is stronger between the lead girl and the second male lead that you wish they get together in the end. This was particularly in the case of Ma Jin Jo and Nam Gil in Go back Couple.
I have to confess, I quite know my way within the SouthEast Asian dramas as I have binged watched plenty of them these past two years. And Japanese youth dramas have the most amazing and cute chemistry.
Anyway here is my list:
Kim Bok-Joo & Jung Joon Hyung (Weightlifting Fairy)
Christmas Songs, World’s Favourite
Apparently, below is a list of world’s favourite Christmas songs, is your personal choice on the list below? 🙂
50 Best Christmas songs (according to PRS for Music) in full (position, artist, year, writer)
- Fairytale of New York, The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl, 1987 Jem Finer, Shane MacGowan
- All I Want For Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey 1994 Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff
- Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid 1984, Bob Geldof, Midge Ure
- Last Christmas, Wham! 1984 George Michael
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town Harry Reser 1934 John Fredrick Coots, Haven Gillespie
- Do You Hear What I Hear? Bing Crosby 1962 Noel Regney, Gloria Shayne
- Happy Christmas (War Is Over), John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir 1971 John Lennon, Yoko Ono
- Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney 1979, Paul McCartney
- I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Wizzard 1973 Roy Wood
- Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade 1973, Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
- Merry Christmas Everyone, Shakin’ Stevens 1985, Bob Heatlie
- Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson, 1950, Leroy Anderson
- Stay Another Day, East 17, 1994 Tony Mortimer
- Driving Home For Christmas, Chris Rea, 1988, Chris Rea
- Rockin Around The Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee, 1958, Johnny Marks
- Step Into Christmas, Elton John, 1973 Elton John, Bernie Taupin
- 2000 Miles, The Pretenders, 1983 Chrissie Hynde
- I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter, Connie Francis / Gabriella Cilmi 1962 / 2008 Hank Hunter, Mark Barkan
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Darlene Love 1963 Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Vaughn Monroe / Dean Martin / Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1945 / 1959 / 1963 Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
- Stop The Calvary, Jona Lewie, 1980, Jona Lewie
- Frosty The Snowman, Gene Autry & The Cass Country Boys / Perry Como / Johnny Mathis / Kimberley Locke 1950 / 1957 / 2003 / 2007 Walter “Jack” Rollins, Steve Nelson
- White Christmas, Bing Crosby, 1942, Irving Berlin
- I Believe In Father Christmas, Greg Lake / Toyah Wilcox / Elaine Paige 1975 / 1982 / 1986 Greg Lake / Peter Sinfield
- Christmas Lights, Coldplay, 2010, Guy Berryman, Johnny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
- Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), The Nat King Cole Trio, 1946 Mel Tormé, Bob Wells
- Thank God It’s Christmas, Queen, 1984 Brain May, Roger Taylor
- It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year, Andy Williams 1963 Edward Pola, George Wyle
- Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt, 1953, Joahn Javits, Phillip Springer
- Christmas Wrapping, The Waitresses, 1981, Chris Butler
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Frank Sinatra, 1957, Ralph Blanew, Hugh Martin
- Please Come Home For Christmas, Charles Brown, The Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi 1961 / 1978 / 1995 Charles Brown, Gene Redd
- Spaceman Came Travelling, Chris de Burgh, 1976, Chris de Burgh
- A Winter’s Tale, David Essex, 1982, Mike Batt / Tim Rice
- Lonely This Christmas, MUD, 1974 Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
- Cold December, Night Michael Bublé 2011 Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Bob Rock
- Mistletoe And Wine, Cliff Richard, 1988, Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart, Keith Strachan
- Merry Christmas, Bryan Adams, 2011, Bryan Adams
- Christmas Time – Don’t Let The Bells End, The Darkness 2003 Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham
- Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord, Boney M, 1978 Jester Hairston, Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Lorin
- Power Of Love, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 1984 Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Mark O’Toole
- Blue Christmas, Elvis Presley, 1957, Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson
- When A Child Is Born (Soleado) Johnny Mathis 1976 Ciro Dammiccom, Fred Jay
- Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Gene Autry 1949 Johnny Marks
- Winter Wonderland, Perry Como, 1934, Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Jimmy Boyd, 1952, Tommie Connor
- Mary’s Boy Child, Harry Belafonte, 1957, Jester Hairston
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Perry Como & The Fontana Sisters 1951 Meredith Wilson
- The Little Drummer Boy, Harry Simeone Chorale 1958 Harry Simeone, K. K. Davis, Henry Onorati
- We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Additional favourite (Mine):
Kissing Bow – Romantic Christmas
Let’s make Christmas that extra more fun and I dare say romantic as well. Forget mistletoe, let’s have a kissing bow.
Making one will bring out the artistic side in you.
Add anything you want like apples, grapes, garland of ivy, tinsels, etc. You are only constraint by your imagination. Hold these together with a wire coat hanger.
If you are familiar with Children BBC’s Blue Peter, then a kissing bow should be a doddle.
Making a kissing bow is pretty similar with building and creating the Advent Crown.
Another thing to add to this kissing bow to highlight it are lights. Thank goodness you can have a fire-proof battery operated Christmas lights now widely available in the market for a pound or two.
Sungka – Filipino Mancala Game
I used to be obsessed with this board game when I was a little girl.
For whatever reason my mother used to discourage us playing sungka. She was really adamant that we should not play it. I think I heard her say that it was a game of the dead or something. She made it sound like there was something sinister about it.
But I’ve always had a mind of my own, and the more I was told ‘NO’ the more I had to do it; it was like a red rag to a bull to me, a fascination of the forbidden. 🙂 I was a tad naughty! LOL
Probably that was the reason I loved playing sungka. I used to ask a neighbour, Lagring, who was a year or two younger than me to play sungka. We did not bother with the wooden board; at my instigation we would just dig little holes similar to those in the wooden board on the ground under our mango tree. We would then gather little stones and away we play for what seems like hours. 🙂
My mother always knew what I was up to as I would come home with dirty hands and even dirtier finger nails. And of course those little holes which suddenly appeared all over our backyard! 🙂
In the end, knowing that I would not really listen, she just gave up on her embargo against sungka. Funnily enough as soon as the ban was lifted I moved on to another obsession, Jack’s Stone! 🙂
By the way the photo above was taken at late president Ferdinand Marcos childhood residence in Batac, Ilocos Norte. It seemed President Marcos used to play sungka as well. 🙂
Click here to see a quick tutorial.
I actually want one for Christmas, thank goodness they are easily available here.
Happy Halloween 2017
‘Tis the night — the night
Of the grave’s delight,
And the warlocks are at their play;
Ye think that without
The wild winds shout,
But no, it is they — it is they.
~Arthur Cleveland Coxe
Happy Halloween 2017 to our visitors. Here in London we enjoy Halloween. On 31 October, millions around the world celebrate a festival that has evolved from nature rituals of ancient times.
Halloween, or it’s proper name Hallowe’en (Hallows evening)contracted from the Christian ‘All Hallows Evening’ or ‘Eve’, is thought to have pagan roots and from a festival name of ‘Samhain’.
Halloween is supposed to be the time when the earthly and spirit worlds meet allowing spirits of those departed and fairies to dwell for one night on earth and commune with us mere mortals. It is an important date for pagans, witches etc. The festival predates Christianity by thousands of years.
Wiccans hold one of their seasonal Sabbats (festivals) every 31 October. Witchcraft & witches are derived from the old English words, wiccecræft & wicce.
To try and suppress such pagan non-Christian beliefs, the Church hierarchy then later added All Saints Day (to commemorate all Christian Saints) on the 1st November, followed by All Souls Day on 2nd November, when the deceased family, relatives, friends etc., are remembered and commemorated with Church services.
Halloween is thought to mainly originate from ancient Celtic festivals in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and northern Europe. These Celtic festivals and rituals marked the end of summer and the coming of winter after autumn and the unwelcome arrival of longer darker & colder nights. Bonfires were lit to keep the dark at bay and rituals performed to banish ghosts, evil spirits, fairies from coming with the winter darkness. Candle lit turnip lanterns carved with scary faces were made which later evolved into the pumpkin lanterns we see now.
Halloween spread to North America in the 1800s with the arrival of Irish & celtic immigrants. It quickly became a big festival which, evolved over the years into what takes place today. Children dressing up as ghosts, witches etc., touring around the neighbourhod with patient parents on Halloween, trick or treating. Halloween themed parties are de riguer .
Before pumpkins became the favourite of Halloween lantern makers (they are easier to carve), turnips and swedes were and still are used. Some of these carved pumpkins are minor works of art.
The Irish settlers arriving in America found no turnips so used the native grown pumpkins as lanterns as are used to this day.
When I was a child on Halloween, my mother and I would carve two lanterns out of smaller root vegetable swedes (Swedish turnip), as pumpkins were rare here then. The swedes are harder to carve, but worth the effort to an imaginative young mind. We would put a lantern in our living or bedroom window
We would keep the lantern swedes until Guy Fawkes Night on each 5th November. We would re use them if they were still fresh as lanterns then burn them on the bonfire we had in our garden as we set off fireworks, so much fun and happy memories ?
This early evening, like the last few Halloweens’, we will take our 8 -year-old grandson and baby brother around the local roads. We meet other families too and exchange laughs. A lot of neighbours get into the spirit (pardon the pun!) and have pumpkin lanterns like us by their front garden gates. Some open their doors dressed up in scary costumes, a good fun evening.