Strictly, Blackpool & Towers

The Blackpool Tower

The Blackpool Tower

It’s funny how things inspire you. In this case, how a recent stag do up in Blackpool sparked an office debate about towers around the world…

The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool

The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool

In the Saturday night clash of the telly titans – X Factor vs Strictly Come Dancing – my TIVO sights are set firmly on BBC1. Yep, tango and samba win out over wannabe crooners any day. Just as well really since one of my mates works on the sequin-fest that is Strictly. In fact, when it came to his recent stag do, a gang of us trained it up to Blackpool to the famous Tower Ballroom for a private dancing lesson. And yes, before you ask, Lycra was involved. We also got to scale the iconic tower and sip Champers from the glass-floored observation deck.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Back at work, I told my colleagues about my weekend away and how I got to go up the Blackpool Tower. It got us thinking – or rather arguing – about other towering super-structures around the world. So I pulled together a chart rundown of my favourites. Top of my list was the Eiffel Tower (bien sur!), followed by Space Needle in Seattle, with the Leaning Tower of Pisa taking the bronze medal. The Empire State Building and the Petronas Towers made the grade, too. For the full she-bang, click on the link below.

Read the full rundown here.

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5 TV Shows To Binge-Watch On A Long-Haul Flight

As you may remember, I got to go to the premiere of EXTANT a few weeks ago – the new sci-fi thriller from the States starring Halle Berry.

Extant Invite

Extant Invite

As well as writing a review for MostlyFilm.com, it inspired me to blog about what series to download for a back-to-back watch-a-thon on a long-haul flight. Other must-see shows included House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, The Honourable Woman and The 100. Here’s the full post that I wrote for Thomson’s travel blog…

5 TV Shows To Binge-Watch On A Long-Haul Flight

Extant, Halle Berry & Mostlyfilm.com

Extant UK Premiere

Extant UK Premiere

Well, you don’t do that every week – pop to BAFTA, meet a robot and watch a premiere. But that’s precisely what I did…

Extant - Canapes and Cocktails

Extant – Canapes and Cocktails

One of my friends is the editor at Mostlyfilm.com – a cool blog about, yes you’ve guessed it, films. Well, films and telly. Anyway, she asked me if I’d write a review of EXTANT, the new sci-fi tele-series starring Halle Berry that aired this evning on Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Extant Invite

Extant Invite

Being a) a writer by trade and b) a card-carrying science fiction geek, I jumped at the offer with both hands. And so, on Tuesday night, I rocked up at BAFTA in central London for an exclusive press screening. 

BAFTA

Hello BAFTA!

Before I settled down in the stall for the showing, I got to pose for a selfie with a robot. Yes, a robot. Reason being, EXTANT’s storyline includes a sub-plot about androids with artificial intelligence.

Robot

C3-PO’s mate

Robot

They’re taking over!

Anyhow, here’s what I thought about EXTANT. Oh, and thanks again to the lovely folk at Mostlyfilm.com – much appreciated.

My Review of EXTANT