As we start a new week, i’ll just leave this here…
Not seen the new Star Wars movie yet? It may be best to not read the following look, at the place of Dads in the Star Wars Universe – as it very much includes The Force Awakens.
No seriously, don’t read this if you haven’t seen it. If you still want to read this, please scroll past Darth…
Still here? Ok…
I came across this little article earlier “Patriarchy and Star Wars: The Mother Strikes Back” where its argued that Mothers don’t seem to be liked much in the Star Wars universe. The thing is, Padme dies in childbirth, Shmi doesn’t die well, and yes it is suggested that Leia sent her son away… but let’s see if Dads do well in Star Wars, by looking at the main male characters and how well they do at the father / child relationship thing.
Obi Wan Kenobi
While not a dad as such to Anakin Skywalker, it could be argued that the guy was a father figure in some ways (particularly after Qui-Gon Jinns death). Obi Wan seemed to only really listen to Anakin once he rebelled. In punishment for Anakin’s rebellion, it can be argued that Obi Wan slashed the guy with a light saber and left him to burn in lava. That’s not nice parenting.
Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader
Whilst growing up as a slave, Anakin didn’t seem to have a dad on the scene, until one day this cool guy that could do mind tricks turned up, telling him that he could be free and train as Jedi as long as he left his mother behind. Anakin chose to hang out with this guy who could potentially had been the dad that he’d never had. This “dad” died an hours movie time later.
The replacement father figure seemed a lot younger, didn’t seem to listen to Anakin much, seemed keen to keep Anakin from seeing his mother, and anyone else who he may have an emotional attachment with. This forced Anakin to see his Mum in secret (in time for her to die – and not die well), and for him to have a secret relationship with Padme. Due to not being able to discuss his fears about Padme dying in childbirth, with his father (Obi Wan), Anakin found another person to confide in.
This led to a chain of events that led to Anakin being left burning by his father figure, just to be saved by another one. This new father figure picked him, dusted him down, and gave him a new life.
When Darth Vader realised that his son survived child birth, he went across the galaxy to track him down, and offer him a chance to work with him. Sadly Luke went grumpy teenager, screamed No at him, and jumped down into Cloud City. (Yes Darth cut off his hand, but this was a result of the love shown to him by Obi Wan Kenobi)
After being shown this love, Luke went to see Darth Vader – who in turn took him to see the only family Darth Vader had on the Death Star. This set up a chain of events that led to Luke killing his Dad. Whilst his friends blew up Darths place of work, AGAIN.
Spent his teenage life living with his aunt and uncle who told him that his father Anakin / Darth had died, and felt trapped within his life as a farm boy. Possibly as a result of this sheltered upbringing he didn’t react well to the happy news that his father was alive, snogged his sister, and killed his own father, before setting his father’s dead body on fire.
Since then, it’s possibly the case that he has abandoned his family and went into hiding after a work project had gone wrong.
Let’s ask how the relationship with his son is? No wait…
I think it’s fair to say that families in general don’t do well in Star Wars.
Is there anything I’ve missed from the above list?
It’s a popular observation that 2016 has claimed many famous people. One of the most recent being Carrie Fisher known for her role as Princess Leia.
Considering the amount of beloved celebrities that have taken their bow this year, Carrie Fishers death struck me the hardest. She was the one that was part of a crew that I grew up watching fight their way through the galaxy. I spent weekends at home watching VHS recordings of Return of The Jedi, and explored the other two parts during lunch times on the school video players. (I guess I was a geek back then as well).
And I guess that’s why it’s hit the hardest.
I’m getting to the age that I get to see my heroes of the big screen die.
And I guess that’s one reason why being an adult can suck.
The thing with Princess Leia was, she didn’t just get rescued. She took control, rescued others, and bossed the guys around in the process.
The character of Princess Leia opened the way for Rey and Jyn, and all three are action heroes for people today.
But heroes can inspire new ones in their place.
Here’s one of my favourite Princess Leia scenes…
What is your favourite Princess Leia scene?
It all started with a random moment the other day when, Martin from Father Lee Moments wondered on The Dad Network Bloggers group, “I’ve often thought who from the world of cbeebies I would like on my team in the case of a zombie apocalypse!”
Now with the shops filled with Halloween monsters, and memories of 28 days later playing over (and over) in my mind, my imagination may have kicked in.
Therefore, here is my look at what CBeebies characters*, I would include in my team during a zombie apocalypse.
Duck. (From Sarah and Duck) Back when Sarah and Duck came to our screens, we joined them for a trip to the zoo, which ended with Sarah being surrounded by hungry penguins. Therefore, I would suggest Duck would be a handy companion for anyone surrounded by hungry zombies, he can swoop in, pick you up and fly you to safe ground.
Gem from Swashbuckle. She can apply the pirate dealing skills to the zombie apocalypse. I bet she’ll either be handy in a fight, or at least stealing jewels that can be used to bargain for food, weapons, or petrol at some point.
Tree Fu Tom, from the action packed CBeebies show. Tree Fu Tom. He is one who can channel Big World Magic to rescue his friends, and solve all sorts of issues. He just needs someone to send him the big world magic.
Maddie Moate from “Do You Know?” – Every team needs someone to be the “brains” of the outfit. Maddie Moate from the show “Did You Know?” would be the brains of the CBeebies zombie team. As long as she had the special cameras on hand to show us how it all works!
Peter Rabbit. Picture it. You are surrounded. Zombie hoards are closing in all around you. These aren’t slow slow zombies either, these are crap inducing, rage fuelled zombies that run faster then light. You don’t need to be fast, you need to be proper fast! You don’t just need to be Peter Rabbit fast, you need the updated cbeebies Peter Rabbit fast! Plus I imagine him being pretty handy in finding food.
Well that’s my team to get me through the zombie apocalypse. What do you reckon my chances are?
Check out Father Lee Moments for his take on what cbeebies characters would be in his team during the zombie apocalypse.
Who would you include?
*Obviously I may have played a little fast and loose with the term “character” at points.
Mrs Sofa checked out the advert for The Nintendo Switch, and didn’t say no… Its also out in the same month as her birthday…
Personally I quite like the apparent portability of it. Perfect for when you cat take over the lounge, but still want to be in the same space as other non-gaming people.
Can I get away with buying this for the wife as a birthday present?
We’ve set up a Lego shelf, using a theme of a park, with a tellytubby style green hill background.
The little one has moved onto to playing with other things, but at least this little guy seems happy.
(Note. The Little One has moved onto playing with lightsabers, and Star Wars cartoons – I am NOT complaining!)
As part of his battle for Labour leadership, you may have seen Jeremy Corbyn and his plans for a Digital Democracy to “democratise the internet” mentioned in the news. It seems this would be achieved by the use of a digital “bill of rights”.
A more simple way of looking at this, is that Mr Corbyn would like to make the internet a more level playing field (particularly in terms of internet speed, and access to information), and government use of the internet (with an apparent focus on engaging young people in politics). Which are policies I agree with.
The main pledge in the digital “bill of rights” that would probably get the most attention is the “Universal Service Network”, this is the pledge that says:
“We will deliver high speed broadband and mobile connectivity for every household, company and organisation in Britain from the inner city neighbourhoods to the remotest rural community.”
Sadly there doesn’t seem to be a commitment to the expected speed, and if the government would be reliant on BT for this promise. But according to his press conference, there would be £25bn pledged towards this happening. So I guess this would help the remote Devon farms to be connected.
The manifesto is available online here, and is an easy read. Reading it though I cant help shake the feeling that this has been said by previous governments before.
I would praise Mr Corbyn for his seeming want to create an inclusive society, as highlighted by comments made about not everyone being comfortable with online services, but I do feel his digital “bill of rights” misses out comment about the costs involved in buying a computer, and potentially teaching people in these online services.
Obviously many people access the web via a smart phone now, but I imagine using a number of the local and central government online services to be a challenge on a mobile device.
I like the heart behind a lot of today’s announcements, but feel more detail would be needed in the future.
For more information, check out the BBC website.
(Post originally appeared on AndesMedia – Photography and Web Design)
As I was sat waiting for a doctor type person the other day I came to a realisation.The only offline games I had on my phone were, CBeebies playtime, CBeebies Storytime, oh and Bing Bakes.
(PokemonGo doesn’t count as the reception was next to none).
I decided to fix this by installing this innocent little game.
This is not a drill. There is a new Bing App for your phone!
This isn’t a Bing app which you will not want to use for web searches, but may be useful to bargain with for another few minutes in Bed.
If your Little One is a fan of Bing Bunny on CBeebies, bare this in mind.
I’ve not had the chance to try the Little One out on this yet, but as she is a Dan of “Bing and Flop”, I’m expecting a positive welcome to less space being available on my phone for photos.
I have to admit, I think Pokemon just missed me when it first became big, but there was something about Pokemon Go that got my interest… it was possibly the huge amount of talk online that did it… and the lack of ability to download it in the UK at the time.
But what is Pokemon Go anyway? In the words of wikipedia… “Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game, developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company as part of the Pokémon franchise. It was released worldwide in July 2016 for iOS and Android devices.” Augmented Reality. is a fancy term for when a view of the real world has elements added to by computer-generated elements such as sound, video, or graphics. (See this mashable for more)
Why did I say all that?
Simply, Pokemon Go is a game where you walk around your neighbourhood looking for pokemon to catch. Walk a little further, and you can access powerups, and train your pokemon. There are expectations that there is a going to be a trading system in a future Pokemon Go update. I’ve heard its a little like Geocaching
Basically we have a game here that encourages people to go outside… and possibly even talk
to people around them. People are also tweeting that its helping with depression and social anxiety.
I’m not going to say that this is the perfect game for Little Ones to play, due to it not being massively little kid friendly (for that I would suggest checking out the Cbeebies apps), but for older kids, this may be a great game to load up on walks around parks… and to go and catch pokemon together.
Pokemon Go can be found at your mobile app stores… and I would suggest checking it out.
If Pokemon Go still isn’t sounding like your thing, how about Chardonnay Go?