The Spocktail: Let’s Drink to 50 Years of Star Trek!

The Spocktail, from TGI Fridays

The inscrutably elusive Spocktail

What could be better than 50 years of Star Trek?

Celebrating Star Trek with a space-themed cocktail of course!

I saw this 'Spocktail' advertised on a local TGI Fridays website when we were looking for somewhere to go out for dinner. Perfect, I thought: a science fiction cocktail would be a great way to celebrate Star Trek.

But when we got to our nearest TGI Fridays, the Spocktail was nowhere to be seen.

I still don't know why: perhaps it was only being sold in a different branch, or a special offer I'd just missed, or one of those interesting secret menu items I've read about but not been outgoing enough to ask for.

But I wasn't going to be daunted by my drink not existing, so I asked the friendly waitress and she went off to ask the barman, who said yes, they could make one (very nice of them too, and yes we did leave them a good tip!)

And they came back with this fantastic looking blue, green and black layered drink.

Since it wasn't on the menu, I had no idea what was in it but hey, we Trekkies are all about exploring the unknown, right?
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Shakespeare Monologues that got my son into drama school… (by Klingons, Teletubbies, Tom Hiddleston and two year olds)

Shakespeare Monologues that helped my son get into drama school: Tom Hiddleston as Henry V

The fabulous Tom Hiddleston as Shakespeare's King Henry V: and thanks Tom, for inspiring him!
Click here for audio (YouTube), or scroll down to see him perform his Henry V monologue in a TV interview




Non-diet update: My 12 year old son is auditioning for drama school today!

(Ed. Ok, I admit it: that was January and it's taken my this long to sort the videos out - and he did get in and starts next week, yay!)

So anyway, he has (or had) to perform two monologues, one modern and one classical (before 1912).

We were tempted by this one at first, but thought the original Klingon Hamlet might be a bit too classical for the admissions tutors:

Klingon Hamlet: Act 3, Scene 1, Line 64: 'To be, or not to be'


From the premiere of Klingon Hamlet: taH Pagh taHbe', a Still Picture Production performed by Brian Rivera and directed by Amir Sharafeh.

Click to watch more of the Klingon Hamlet on YouTube, or find out more about the Klingon Hamlet from the Klingon Language Institute.
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Happy Captain Picard Day!

Happy Captain Picard Day! They look up to you, you know. Like a role model!

Happy Captain Picard Day!



June 16th is Captain Picard Day. Time to do something awkward with children!
Because they look up to you, you know. Like a role model!


© CBS Star Trek: The Next Generation : The Pegasus. Watch this episode featuring Captain Picard Day on Hulu Plus

 
Of course you are... Please can we get back to the bridge now?
 
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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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Geek Fandoms by Politics?

Geek fandoms by Politics? Sherlock: Unbeliever

Sherlock: Unbeliever. Photo of Benedict Cumberbatch filming Sherlock in London, by Fat Les, edited by RanZag via Wikimedia. Unchanged, license: CC-BY-2.0




 
Do different geek fandoms appeal to different political types?

As the UK Election results come in, it's got me thinking: who votes which way and why?

Of course fandoms can belong to anyone, whatever their politics. After all, whatever my views, I like all these shows!

And looking at 'Political Compass', the biggest parties aren't even that far apart: see the UK 2015 Election and US 2012 Election here.

But off the top of my head, here are my hunches for how some fandoms might skew. I'd love to hear what you think about this:

 

Alien movie series:

The Alien movies feature the ultimate sociopathic corporation, evil biological weapons and a distrust of the military, while celebrating the 'common' soldier. I'm calling this series for the left wing.

Geek Fandoms by Politics - Alien: Crew Expendable. Workers Unite?

Crew Expendable. See? Exploiting the Proletarians again: a typical class struggle 😉
Image via Alien Anthology Wiki




 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

With a kick-ass female hero, single mother, nerdy NPR listener type librarian, techno-pagan teacher, 'good' demons, a lesbian best friend and a public high school setting, this series screams 'socially liberal' to me.

 

Doctor Who:

This one is a mixture!
 


Classic Doctor Who: Genesis of The Daleks (Amazon UK) Clip via the Official Doctor Who YouTube Channel

 
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