A War of the Worlds Diet: Probiotics of Course!

...scattered about it, some in there overturned war machines, some in the now rigid handling-machines, and a dozen of them stark and silent and laid in a row, were the Martians - dead! - slain by the putrefactive and disease bacteria against which their systems were unprepared...

It's War of the Worlds week: Dieting with Probiotics

Orson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast. Could he get away with that now?

H.G. Wells: The War of the Worlds (Amazon UK)
 
Do you remember the science fiction novel 'War of the Worlds', by H.G. Wells?

I've always loved this visionary sci-fi classic, so of course I wanted to 'honour' it with a diet!

A search on Barnes and Noble shows so many new versions available: I love the cover art on this Nook Book, (but what are the Student Activities?!)

And I'm very curious about the graphic novels.

In America, The War of the Worlds was made famous by Orson Welles' infamous hoax radio adaptation. Cheeky monkey.

But for those of us who grew up in Britain in the 1970s and 80s, this progressive rock concept album by Jeff Wayne was our War of the Worlds:


 
Jeff Wayne: Musical Version of The War of the Worlds
Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War Of The Worlds, Audio from Amazon UK Also find this on Spotify

A bottle of Yakult should take this down: Michael Condron's sculpture of a Martian tripod from H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, in Woking, Surrey. By Warofdreams  (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

A bottle of Yakult should take that down.
Michael Condron's sculpture of a Martian tripod from H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, in Woking, Surrey. Photo by Warofdreams (CC-BY-SA-3.0) via Wikimedia Commons.

I was staying the night with a friend when I first heard it and I must have been about 9 years old.

Who could forget the mad curate? The tragic sinking of the Thunder Child? The weird progressive rock whistling sounds the Martian tripods made? Ooh-laaa...!

I'm very excited to hear there is a new version now, featuring Liam Neeson, Joss Stone, Gary Barlow and others (Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation, from Amazon UK), with a live arena tour coming soon!

For updates, check out Ticketmaster: Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds tour here, and the Jeff Wayne War of the Worlds Tour Facebook page here.

You have to hear it 🙂

But I'm getting distracted again: science fiction is so much more fun than dieting.

So:

How is the War of the Worlds going to help us lose weight?

The same way the Earth lost the Martians: with microbes. Because as Jeroen Raes says in this TED talk,

"You are not human. You are a walking bacterial colony"




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I Levelled Up: Ding! Now I need this World of Warcraft Level Up Button!

Greetings, Peasants, Minions and Peons! I almost can't believe this, but after months of threats and bribery, I've just got my 1000th Facebook follower!

(Go and join my page - it's probably back down to 998 now 😉 )

And, as if they were watching in admiration, ThinkGeek have just launched this licensed World of Warcraft Level Up Button:

World of Warcraft Level Up Button: 'Ding'! I might need this!

World of Warcraft Level Up Button: 'Ding'! I might need this!
Buy me one to celebrate! Or yourself. Whatever 😉



 
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A Pac-Man Diet? This Week It’s Really Silly :)

A Pac-Man Diet: Ready?

Ready? (Derived from original Pac-Man cookie photo by Maria Elvin. Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0



This week's diet is for all us snackers, and it's in honour of the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man, that greatest constant snacker of all.

Who can believe that Pac-Man is 35 years old today?

That must be how Pac-Man and I were exactly the right age for each other when it launched 🙂

I remember playing Pac-Man in arcades as a kid, then Miss Pac-Man on dates, and lots of other versions, like Gulpman on the ZX Spectrum, and my favourite cutesy variation, Pac-Land.

 

A Pac-Man Diet: Does anyone else sometimes wish a fairy would fly in with a sign that says 'Break Time'?

(Doesn't anyone else sometimes wish a fairy would fly in with a sign that says 'Break Time'?!)
See Pac-land Classic Arcade by Arcade Madman on YouTube for a play-through

So, Pac-Man, what's your diet?

(wakka wakka)

Pick any sensible diet that allows fruit, say a low fat diet or high fibre diet for example.

Make dinners you can squeeze some lemon on, like fish and vegetables, or chicken and salad.

See? Looks just like a Pac-Man 🙂

Then each day, the only snacks we're allowed are the (Miss) Pac-Man fruits, in order.

And all through the week we get points.

Because... points!

A Pac-Man Diet: The Miss Pac-Man Fruits

And Extra Lives... 😀 The Miss Pac-Man Fruits: Image via The Ms Pacman Bozeman Montana Think Tank




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Can You Take A Baby to Comic Con?

Can you take a Baby to Comic Con? This Baby Starfleet Captain says Yes!

Can you take a Baby to Comic Con? This Baby Starfleet Captain says Yes!

 

So, can you take a baby to Comic Con?

We tried it a couple of years ago, and we weren't the only ones. The short answer is: it depends on the venue, but almost certainly yes you can.

The longer answer is: be prepared to have a different Comic Con than most people!

Some may be wondering, "Why would you take a baby to Comic Con anyway?"

Well, why not?

We like it there, our older kids love it, and we're not inconsiderate to those around us. And for a baby, Comic Con isn't that different from a day out anywhere else with a lot of people around. Plus there are great photo ops 🙂

All in all, it makes for a great family outing.

Taking a Baby to Comic Con: Older Kids love this stuff. Babies don't even know it's scary.

See? Comic Con is a great family outing! (Older Kids love this stuff. Babies don't know it's scary yet!)



Anyway...

Tips for the Tricky Parts First:

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Why I don’t drink ‘Lemon Water’ in the Mornings

I've seen a lot of posts on Facebook lately about how we should all be drinking Lemon Water in the mornings.

That is, instead of a cup of tea, then another cup of tea, then a cup of coffee, and then maybe another cup of coffee, we should pour hot water on a slice of lemon and drink that.

No.

And here's why not:

Why I don't drink Lemon Water in the Mornings: "This little girl plays with her toys while Mummy and Daddy have a drink of tea or coffee..."

Ladybird Toddler Books: My Day 
(That's right: Their day)



Let's take a closer look at this 1983 classic...
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