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German Grand Prix, Hockenhem

Last weekend I got to go to the German Grand Prix in Hockenhem. It is the first time I have been to one. I have to say if you have not been to one, you should. The atmosphere is great and everyone is very friendly. The beer was great too!

My step-mother had booked it has a treat for my Dad and I. We were picked up by couch on Friday morning and got to the hotel in Bad Sodem just after midnight. Due to the long drive, by law the drivers have to have nine hours break before they can drive again. Because of this we got to the track a little late on Saturday and missed some of the morning events.

However we where there with plenty of time to see the days main event. We had some great seats on the third from last corner.
This was also the corner Lewis Hamilton breaks failed and he span off the track right in front of us and hitting the wall just to the right of us in Q1.

I was standing to get a picture of him when it happened but my crappy camera was still trying to focus. (It has no manual focus.) So missed getting a picture of the spin or the crash. But my dad did manage to get part of it.

When Lewis hit the wall he did not move for some time. So naturally everyone was worried about him. But when he did final start moving and got out the car. The spectator’s clapped and cheered him on.

No other crashes happened due qualifications but it was still entertaining. Afterwards we went into the F1 Village and did a little bit of shopping. I also got to see Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricardo, close and took a few pictures. I tried to get their autographs, alas I could not get close enough to get them. As I had to leave to get the couch back to the hotel. :(

On Sunday we got to the track nice and early. We saw the support races and got to see Patrick Dempsey do his First race in Porches supercars. He did not do to well, coming dead last. (It looks like he was not pushing the car enough.)

The main race was a lot of fun right from the start with Massa being taken out on the first corner.
There was lots of action and it was fun to see Lewis Hamilton go from 20th all the way up to second. He had to pit one more time. So this meant he ended up finishing in 3rd.
So his weekend finished better than it had started.

I had a great time and a lot of fun. Like I said if you have not been, you should as its well worth it.
I doubt I will get to go to another race this year. But I am hoping to go to Montreal, Silverstone, Spa or Texas next year.

Outline Work, Part 6.

Another calendar outlines.

March Gril

Outline Work, Part 5.

Another picture to go with my calendar project.
This was a lot of fun to do. The details took me far longer, than I expected. I am really pleased with the way this one turn out.
If you have not guessed I will be using this one for October.

October Girl

Outline Work, Part 4.

Another outline work for my calendar.
I will be using this one for one of the summer months.

Argust Girl

What I am up to.

You may have notice that I have not been posting every week like I use to.
This has been mainly due to being busy at work and at home. By the time I do have any free time I am just to tired to do anything.
Saying that, with schools about to break up for the summer holidays. Things at work should be slowing down and I won’t be so tired by the time I get home.

I am hoping to get back to Blender and finish off some project that are nearly finished there.
I have also seen a far few films over the last year, and I still got the review for some of last years summer blockbuster to do. So I will get back to that as well.
I will also be carrying on with my drawing/painting projects.

It might be a few weeks until I am posting regularly again, but expect it soon.

Outline Work, Part 3.

More outline work for the calendar.
This was a lot of fun to do. I thinking of using this one for one of the summer months.

June Girl

Iron Man 3, Film Reivew

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A sequel tends not to be as good as the original films. However there are exceptions to the rule, Terminator 2, Aliens, Die Hard with Vengeance, Back to the Future 2, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Just to name a few.

Iron Man 2, was an enjoyable film, but personal for me it was just was not on the same level as the original films. I also though that Mickey Rourke, was under used. Which is a great shame as he a good actor and his character has a lot of history which was not really used. (Yes I know it a film but they could have kept him alive at the end of the film, and pop up in a later film.)

Iron Man 3; on the other hand has come back to the same level as the original film. The hard core fan don’t like what Shane Black has done with the story. (I am not going to mention it due to spoilers.) But I like the twist and bring in some really great comedy to the film. (You should also watch the Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King, which also adds to this plot point.)

Iron Man 3, is set roughly a year after the battle of New York (Marvels Avengers’). It kicks off phase 2 for Marvels Cinematic Universe.
Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is suffering from Post Turmeric Stress Syndrome (PTSS), in order to deal with it, he has focused on building new Iron Man armour, all serving a different function, to protect the people he cares about.
While Tony is focusing on his armour, a new terrorist called the Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) has starts to attack America at home and aboard. Meanwhile an old friend of Pepper Pots (Paltrow), Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) visits her looking for help from Stark Industries. Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), reckoning Killian from a New Years Eve Park he Tony attended in 1999, and informs Tony. While talking to Tony, Happy Hogan does not like the look of Killian Bodyguard/ Driver and decides to follow him. This leads to Happy Hogan being badly hurt in an explosion, which the Mandarin takes credit for.
After visiting Happy Hogan in hospital, Tony Stark is stopped by the media outside. Tony vows to stop the Mandarin and challenge him to battle by giving his home address. This leads to the attack on his home. This was shown heavily in the trailers, but for change, does not give to much away.

Robert Downey Jr, is still on form playing Tony Stark. This really is the role he was born to play. Don Cheadle, gets a lot more screen time this time round and it great seeing him play Rhodes/ War Machine/ Iron Patriot.
Gewenth Paltrow, is back again as Pepper Pots, she even get a chance to put on the Iron Man suit. (Something I believe only recently happened in the comics.) Sir Ben Kingsley brings a lot comedy to the roll. (Yes I know the Mandarin is a Villain and not just for comedy, this is something that got a lot of hardcore fans back out of a joint. As I said before see the Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King. It will then make scene.)

Given how big the Avengers was, you had to wonder what Marvel was going to do to top it with Iron Man’s solo outing. The simple explanation is to strip everything back to basics, and this is what Shane Black has done.
What we get is a story of Tony Stark having to deal with the events of the Avengers as well as lose everyone close to him including his suit. This leads him to over comes his PTSS, and find how he is again.

Iron Man 3 is an entertaining film with lots of comedy, action and drama.
For those that love their CGI, there are lots of stunning moments, Tony house being blown up is one of them, but the standout moment is Iron Man saving people that are falling out of a plane. Thankful this does not override story, which is something Marvel have shown they are good at.
The film has a nice flow to it, which means that the story does not stall, This lead it to build up the final battle nicely.
The only great shame about this movie is that it could be Robert Downey Jr last solo outing as Iron Man as he is only contracted to do two more films as Iron Man and they will be next years Avengers’: Age of Ultron and Avengers 3.

So here hoping that he will sign on to do some more, because at this point I can’t see anyone else playing him.

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Tony Stark: Remember that game, Barrel of Monkeys? This is how it is: we got to catch all the monkeys!

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