Saturday, July 20, 2013

Arrow: Action, Amell and Abs

Everyone has their guilty pleasure right?

At the moment mine is the TV show Arrow.

The long-advertised Arrow finally premiered in Australia in April with the highest debut for a new American show this year, with more viewers than Elementary or The Following had when they debuted.

Why then does the nine network keep changing the TV schedule?  

At a time when networks are losing viewers to piracy or online streaming it seems strange to keep taking a show off air rather than letting it build on the following it already has. Out of sheer frustration I ended up downloading the entire Season 1, although I am watching it again when Ch 9 does actually air it (14 weeks after the initial air date and we're still only up to Episode 9).

So here's my 3 top reasons why you should be watching Arrow: 

1. Action
There's lots of action sequences on Arrow and they can have a surprisingly movie-like quality to them. In other words they're really well done.

2. Amell
Stephen Amell's portrayal of a rich guy who dons a hood and uses a bow and arrow in his pursuit of the bad guys who plague Starling City has a gritty realistic quality to it. Lead actor Stephen Amell has loads of talent and he's also a really nice guy. Few 'stars' interact with their fans the way he does via his almost daily Facebook posts of videos and pictures not to mention his Twitter account.

3. Abs
When it comes to male eye candy Stephen Amell's abs will send you into amelltdown.

If you haven't seen Arrow yet, and you like some action in your viewing,  now is a good time to join the ride. 

  Kinda amusing tweet from Channel Nine

And now for some more gratuitous Arrow pics:

There is also a Facebook page run by fans in Australia, which is a bit of fun. Join the Aus Arrowettes here.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The (new) Wiggles

On Monday I took the girls to see The Wiggles in concert for the very first time.

When I say "The Wiggles" I mean The new Wiggles as there are 3 new members, Emma, Lachy and Simon, who replaced Jeff, Greg/Sam and Murray when they retired.

My girls know a few of the older songs but they haven't heard much of the new stuff so I wasn't sure whether they would enjoy the show or not - I needn't have worried as they had a fantastic time.

The show opened with their favourite song 'Rock a bye your bear' - and its also the only song they know all the actions to - so we were off to a great start.

Annabelle stood up to dance and then she inched closer and closer to the stage just staring at the Wiggles (we were only 3 rows from the front) completely mesmerised.

I sent a tweet to the Wiggles before the show telling them Annabelle and Evie were excited to be seeing them in concert and when Emma Wiggle read out the message I thought Annabelle was going to pass out from excitement.

We all had a lovely day, I enjoyed the jokes aimed at the grown ups and the kids enjoyed dancing and watching the show.

I am a little Wiggled out now though as we bought a Wiggles DVD on the way out, which has been on repeat for the last 4 days! Everytime Annabelle watches it she says I love Emma, I wish I could give her a hug.

A successful day indeed.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Angel Belle

Today should be my niece's 11th birthday.

Instead of watching her blow out candles on her cake we went back to the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple and rang the Bell of Gratitude.

I am so grateful that we had Belle in our lives, but my heart aches that our time together was so short.

Happy Birthday Belle; I hope you heard the bell ringing loud and clear just for you.