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London commuters experience Star Wars 3D art

If, like me you are eagerly awaiting the new Star Wars film and looking to get your fix whilst you wait for the weeks to role by until December, then you might enjoy the latest stunt that took place in London on Friday. To mark the launch of the new Rise Against the Empire Play Set for Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits. an epic piece of 3D artwork underneath Southwark Bridge,

The artwork, created by world-renowned artists 3D Joe and Max, is a re-creation of the iconic Death Star trench run from Star Wars: A New Hope, and is featured in the Rise Against the Empire Play Set out Friday 2nd October, which features iconic moments from the original Star Wars trilogy.

Located a few minutes’ walk from London Bridge Station and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on Bankside, the artwork stretched 15 metres along the walkway underneath Southwark Bridge, complete with sounds effects of ships, laser fire and droids.

Disney Infinity 3.0 is the latest installment in the highly successful “toys-to-life” franchise, bringing together characters from across The Walt Disney Company for the ultimate family gaming experience.

The Star Wars Rise Against the Empire Play Set allows fans to embark on galaxy-spanning missions with legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker, Rebel leader Princess Leia Organa, heroic smuggler Han Solo and his trusty co-pilot Chewbacca to help defeat Darth Vader and overthrow the evil Galactic Empire. Featuring non-stop action, players can explore open world planets like Tatooine on foot or on a Bantha, take down AT-AT walkers aboard a snowspeeder on Hoth, out-maneuver stormtroopers on a speeder bike on Endor, and partake in epic space battles in an X-wing Starfighter to destroy the Death Star.

Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits is rated PEGI 7 and developed by Avalanche Software in partnership with Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital, Studio Gobo and United Front Games. A Disney Infinity 3.0 Play Set based on Star Wars(tm): The Force Awakens will also be available later this year, as well as additional Star Wars character figures and Power Discs.

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Rugby stars put 4K TVs to the test

Ben Foden Currys PC World

Ben Foden Currys PC World

So the Rugby World Cup is fully underway, and I’m pleased to say my team, Ireland, are doing rather well! I managed to see the boys in green this weekend smash Romania, and will be heading to Cardiff for the quarter finals, to hopefully see New Zealand, I’m hoping against France rather than my Irish boys.

If you weren’t luckily enough to get any tickets to any matches, and witness the action first hand, or you want to avoid the over-crowded pubs, and over-priced beers, then some rugby stars have tips on the best way to watch at home. Rugby stars Luther Burrell and Ben Foden and head coach at Bath rugby and former England defence coach, Mike Ford, have teamed up with Currys PC World to create the most immersive sporting viewing experiences.

Luther Burrell Currys PC World

Luther Burrell Currys PC World

The trio, who were brought on board to review a selection of some of the best 4K Ultra HD TVs from Currys PC World’s extensive television range, did so from the perspective of a player and coach, ensuring that those watching at home can catch all of the important plays, passes and goals.

The TVs were assessed on aspects including picture and sound quality, clarity, special features, ease of use, value for money, and overall design. 4K technology gives viewers up to four times the detail of 1080p Full HD. This means when watching Ultra 4K HD (UHD) content, what they watch is more realistic, more life-like, and lets them feel four times closer to the action, as though they’re witnessing it first-hand, providing viewers with a truly immersive ‘at home’ viewing experience. Of course, for those too impatient to wait for specific 4K-enabled sporting content, Burrell, Foden and Ford also tested the products on regular HD content – so you know you’ve got the star player no matter what you watch.

Mike Ford Currys PC World

Mike Ford Currys PC World

When asked if watching the games on a television could compare to the live atmosphere in the stadium, Luther commented that 4K TVs can actually deliver a more intimate viewing experience. He added that “you’re almost going to see more on these TVs than you would being sat in a stadium around 80,000 rowdy fans distracting you. You’ve got absolutely brilliant picture quality, the clarity is amazing, very vibrant, and you’re not going to miss a trick. You’re going to be up close and personal, as the players are. It’s a fantastic experience.”

So what TV did they vote top? Sadly my LG TV didn’t make the cut, although I am rather fond of it. But the winning TV is the Samsung JS9000 – £2,699. It was voted best for creating the most immersive at-home experience was the Samsung JS9000, which with its large curved screen and impressive speaker system is sure to “dominate a noisy room full of supporters” as noted by Ben. Luther added that “it’s perfect for [his] home”


·     Great resolution – very good depth, it is clear. Feels like you’re in the room;

·     Very clear sound, music quality is incredible;

·     Bit slower to stream Netflix via Wi-Fi connection – but easy;

·     Bit more expensive, but you get your money’s worth; and

·     Looks amazing, slick and impressive – perfect for my home.


·     Big clear curved screen makes viewing from all angles possible;

·     Picture remains excellent during all features;

·     Would make a very cool focus point in anyone’s TV room;

·     Perfect sound quality and will dominate a big noisy room; and

·     Very good for streaming but a little more complicated as two controls.


·     High quality and crystal clear sound, which adds to the experience when you can hear the crowd, but most importantly the referee can see it;

·     Sensational. Feels like you are there! Unbelievable clarity, a great viewing experience. Again important that you can see the detail when players are in a maul or scrum;

·     55”. Ideal for large family viewing;

·     Amazing what the TV has to offer from Netflix to YouTube;

·     Was able to use the Smart TV very easily. The kids of today will have no problem;

·     To be able to rewind, pause, fast forward etc. is a vital tool for a coach; and

·     Looks good and silky, very modern and state of the art.

Star Wars mania!


The Rugby World Cup might start today, but this year is really all about Star Wars. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is expected to break box office records this Christmas. But it’s not just in cinemas where Disney is going to make the big bucks from this franchise. Oh no, it is all of the incredible merchandise. There have always been some pretty cool Star Wars toys and gadgets, my sister had a Millennium Falcon and I bought my nephew a lightsaber a couple of years ago. But this year, with Disney behind the franchise they have really stepped up their game.

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I went along to Disney’s Christmas event to get a preview at the Disney, Marvel and Star Wars toys that will be available for Christmas (I totally want the adult Rey costume), and not only did I see some incredible toys, but toys that have already sold out, and in mere minutes.


I am of course talking about your very own BB-8 Droid by Sphero. It will set you back £165 on Amazon (note there are some sites selling for £135+), but I got to have a play with him and it really is like your own little droid. So what is so special about this little BB-8? Well ok I’ll tell you. He is controlled by your smart phone or tablet. You can give him instructions on where to go, he can perform in a figure-8, you can tell him its a trap and he will run in the other direction…and you can record a hologram message that will play through your phone or tablet. And that is just for starters, there is so much more he can do, he is seriously cool. But what I love most about him, is that he is essentially a ball with a head, and like the film, his head seems to stay in one place as the ball spins below it – amazing. Now if only I could justify putting him on my Christmas list.

Copyright: Camilla Greenwell

Copyright: Camilla Greenwell

And on one more Star Wars point. Some of you may recall that I went to Star Wars Secret Cinema. Well it is on until 27 September and there are still some tickets left. So if you want to go make sure you book your tickets now before its too late.

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Time to go Ultra HD


So I recently invested in a 4K TV. I decided my cheap HD TV wasn’t good enough, especially when you have a love of film and TV like me. I was debating what to get, 3D HD TV or a 4K Ultra HD TV, which was pretty much the same price as the 3D TVs. The staff at Currys PC World chatted me through both TVs, but said whilst there isn’t much Ultra HD content out the right now, when it comes this TV will be impressive.

They said 4K is so good you don’t need 3D. And boy where they right. Home I went with my LG 40 inch 4K TV and I tested out a few YouTube 4K videos. It felt like I was looking through a window, the colours are so vivid and the depth is incredible. It feels more real than watching something in 3D.


But watching some wildlife footage from YouTube was not going to cut it. The lovely peeps at Netflix kindly upgraded my account to put their 4K to the test. Some people have said there isn’t enough there for it to be worth the upgrade (at £8.99) but I disagree. There is plenty there to watch, plus all of the new shows are launching in Ultra HD. So what can you watch? Well, there aren’t many places that are listing it, so here is what you can watch at the moment (as of 13 September 2015)

  • Better Call Saul
  • Bloodline
  • Breaking Bad
  • Chef’s Table
  • Daredevil
  • Grace and Frankie
  • House of Cards
  • Marco Polo
  • Narcos
  • Sense 8
  • Video Game: High School
  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
  • What Happened. Miss Simone?

So as you can see, there is plenty to watch. I’ve just made my way through Wet Hot American Summer (review to come) and am slowly working my way through Sense 8 (again review to come) and Breaking Bad (yes late to the game, don’t judge me). Soon the 4K movies will follow, the US has some already. Amazon Prime Instant Video has them, but all to buy individually, rather than part of your monthly subscription.

So if you have just invested in a new 4K TV I recommend taking Netflix Ultra HD for a spin. If you are still looking for a 4K TV and don’t want to invest too much money, then this is the model I have and it’s pretty rocking!

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Juicing time – healthy recipe post weekend indulgence

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I’m a big fan of juicing and blending. It’s a great way to ensure you get your five a day and can provide a filling breakfast or lunch (I’m much more of a solid foods for dinner kinda girl).

It seems I’m not the only one, compared to last year, Currys PC World has seen a 57% increase* in purchases of juicers and blenders. Some people might be put off with what you can do with these gadgets, but there is so much. Currys has teamed up with Sarah Cadji, founder of London’s innovative eatery and juice bar Roots and Bulbs, to demonstrate how to re-purpose existing kitchen staples with the help of delicious new summer recipes.

Sarah started her journey towards health six years ago and expressed a passion for true organic ingredients which inspired her to create a place where people could have simple and heathy food on the go. Using her knowledge, she has created three delicious and healthy juice recipes that can easily be re-created at home using a variety of products likely to already be found in your kitchen, including must-have items such as the NutriBullet Original, Nutri Ninja and the Phillips Avance Juicer.

I thought this recipe was a bit of an interesting one and I’ll be putting it to the test in my machine.Festival Blitz Juice small


Perfect for festival-goers, this juice packs so much punch it will keep you going all day and night long at your favorite festival as it both energizes and hydrates you. With ingredients like cayenne pepper and ginger both acting as sweat-stimulants, it will detox you from the inside while you relax watching your favorite music act. And in case the added benefits of spinach for shiny hair and glowing skin for the perfect festival selfie wasn’t enough, the addition of Aloe Vera in this delicious mix provides you with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and folic acid to revive you after a long night of dancing.


1 Cucumber
100g or one big handful of spinach
1 Lemon
10g Ginger
1 tbsp Cayenne pepper
2 Apples
1 tbsp Aloe Vera
150ml coconut water


1. Pour the coconut water into the appliance, and then place the spinach in without chopping it
2. Chop the cucumber, apples, and ginger into large chunks and add on top
3. Juice the lemon, and add into the mixture
4. Pour in the Aloe Vera and sprinkle the cayenne pepper over the top
5. Blitz until smooth and lump-free. If you would like a more juice-like consistency rather than a smoothie, pour in additional coconut or regular water.
6. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

* Sales figures based on year-on-year comparison from July 2014 to July 2015

What are they watching? Play the TV reaction quiz

What are they watching?

I’m lucky that I enjoy my day job, and always try and blog about my passion for film and TV in my spare time. Luckily for me recently I’ve been able to bring my passion to work. I’ve been working with BT and had an idea to create a quiz on YouTube around people’s reactions to watching TV shows. I’m sure you’ve seen the reaction videos of people watching Game of Thrones: Red Wedding, but I wondered would you be able to tell if someone was shedding tears of joy or sadness, if they were laughing at a slapstick comedy moment or an uncomfortable moment? And wouldn’t it be fun if that was put into a quiz? Well here it is. The What are the watching? quiz. Now I can’t tell you how many out of five I got write, as after all I created the quiz. But I’d love to know how many you can guess right.

I work for BT in my job but I was not paid or asked to write this blog post. I am sharing this with you as I am proud of my work and hope you will enjoy playing the game.

Happy #ForceFriday

Jeff Moore 03/09/15

Jeff Moore 03/09/15

At midnight tonight Star Wars fans will be able to get their hands on the latest toys as Disney marks the global opening ceremony for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens products line launch.

Stormtroopers and R2-D2 joined a young Star Wars fan dressed as Princess Leia – Daisy, aged 8 – at the Disney Store on Oxford Street to begin the final countdown to midnight tonight, when the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens product line launches on ‘Force Friday’ 4thSeptember.

Jeff Moore 03/09/15

Jeff Moore 03/09/15

The costumed characters from the 501st UK Garrison appeared at the Disney Store’s Star Wars-themed opening key ceremony, which also saw the front of the Oxford Street store ‘unboxed’ for trading – to mimic the global live toy unboxing event taking place on the Star Wars YouTube channel.

Now live and unfolding over 18 hours in 15 cities and 12 countries, the world’s first-ever global live toy unboxing event  highlights the range of epic merchandise revealed to fans in a rolling New Year’s Eve style celebration featuring top digital stars from the Maker Studios network. The live stream kicked off in Sydney, Australia yesterday evening at 10:45 p.m. BST, with the UK unboxing taking place today at 11:30 a.m. BST.

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, gadgets, apparel and more officially hitting shelves tonight at 12:01 a.m., a variety of UK and Irish retailers are inviting fans to line up outside their doors, including Disney Store, Toys “R” Us, Smyths, Forbidden Planet and more.

In London, a flagship event will be held at Disney Store on Oxford Street, where fans in Star Wars fancy dress can start lining up at 8:00 p.m. later this evening. Then at 12:01 a.m., the Disney Store will open its doors for fans to experience its galactic line-up of Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise – with an exclusive theme pin and other giveaways*, as well as an in-store competition and product demos.

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Death Star cocktail anyone?

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Currys PC World sent me some cocktail recipes today to showcase the small appliances range. Currys has been working with founder of the London Cocktail Club JJ Goodman. These cocktail recipes can easily be made at home using gadgets such as the NutriBullet Original, Nutri Ninja and the Waring Soup Maker. In light of tomorrow’s Force Friday (when the Star Wars products go on sale at the Disney Store from midnight) and the fact that we are only weeks way from the Rugby World Cup starting, I’ve picked my favourite two cocktails from JJ’s recipes. I’ll be trying these out at the weekend!

Rugby Honey cocktail


In the lead up to the Rugby World Cup, and to celebrate a summer of sport, this clever beer-like substitute is perfect for the sporty sisters out there looking for something a bit punchier than a pint.


50ml gin
20ml dark honey
200ml apple Juice
20ml lemon
1 egg white
1 dash of bitters


1. Add all ingredients to blender with crushed ice
2. Blitz for 30 seconds or until all the honey has blended into the drink
3. Serve in a miniature tankard glass

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Keep your head cool in the lead up to the hotly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens film due out later this year by indulging in an icy coffee cocktail worthy of Skywalker himself.


50ml dark rum
2 teaspoons instant hot chocolate powder
2 teaspoons instant coffee
50ml sweetened almond milk
5 ice cubes


1. Add all ingredients to blender and blitz for 2 minutes or until all powder residue has disappeared.
2. Serve long, in a piccadilly glass over ice.
3. Garnish with coffee beans, a stick of dark chocolate, and a red straw.

For more information on the range visit

Films you might not watch but should – The Reluctant Fundamentalist


So recently I’ve been watching some more unusual films. Films that weren’t necessarily on at the cinema, or you might not stumble across on mainstream TV. This is one of the great things about streaming services, there are always lots to chose from, and lots you haven’t seen. I’ve been a bit lazy with posting recently, and its not for a lack of watching stuff, but just having the time to get round to sharing it with you all. So I’m going to try and promise to share some things that I think you should watch that aren’t always mainstream.

I stumbled across The Reluctant Fundamentalist on Netflix and my housemate suggested we watch it. Now I wasn’t sure i was in the mood for it, this, after all, is all Netflix had to say about it: The American Dream was in sight, but prejudice threatened to take it away. Now his loyalty is tested.

I of course went to IMDB for more detail and was met by this synopsis:A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland.

Slightly more detail, but still not enough. I could see that it was staring Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland and Kate Hudson so thought it was worth a shout. And boy was it worth it. This film takes a brave look at the 9/11 attack on America, and how a young Pakistani man, who is a successful young business man is treated and judged for the way he looks in America. He was once a fan of America, but starts to question if his dream is still the American one after the way he is treated.


The film, which was released in 2012 and flashes back to 2001 to the present date, where we are constantly questioning how did this sweet innocent young man become the man he is today. But not only that, but has he himself now become a terrorist? Is he involved in a hostage situation that is going on and is it too late to save him?

This is a great drama that keeps you guessing and judging yourself, but also understanding from his perspective how he might change his values and opinions. The star of the film is British actor Riz Ahmed, who really playd the young Changez through to the present day Changez so well, you really believe that what he went through has impacted his character. I don’t want to give away the result of this film as I really think it is worth a watch, but I promise it will keep you gripped until the end.

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Ant-Man reviewed


Last week I went to the Ant-Man press screening which was attended my non-other than the star of the film Mr Paul Rudd (heart him).

Like, Guardians of the Galaxy I didn’t know anything about this Marvel hero, but knowing that he will be appearing in Captain America: Civil War and then of course the next Avengers film, I knew I would be looking forward to this one. Ok let’s face it, I always look forward to any comic book movie adaptation. With Paul Rudd as the lead as well this was going to be a highly entertaining film.

For those that don’t know what Ant-Man is about, it follows Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), a burglar who leaves prison and is trying to stay on the straight and narrow for his daughter. But as he struggles to get a job and a place to live, he turns back to his life of crime. When he discovers a mystery suit, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) asks him to become the Ant-Man.

Mr Rudd didn’t disappoint, moving from a comedy star to an action hero…but still with the comedy. With writing credits he obviously brought his own humour to the role. Playing on the fact that this film is made when the Avengers are out saving the world, he points out the obvious point when asked to save the world and become Ant-Man “the first thing we need to do is call the Avengers”. Later when he stumbles across Avenger The Falcon, he is pleased with himself for ‘not dying’.

The film was presented to us in 3D, and whilst I usually moan about the 3D not being used to its full potential on the Marvel films (Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield could have been thrown at the screen more), Ant-Man was made for 3D. When he shrinks to ant size, the depth of the 3D really makes you believe he is the size of an ant.

This film has a thumbs up from me, and I recommend watching in 3D if you can.

Ant-Man is in cinemas this Friday (17 July).

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