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Outdoor Living — July 11, 2016

Outdoor Living

Spending a few days in the open, sitting in the evening air chatting with friends and sleeping under the stars. 

I love camping and so do my boys. It’s something they’ve done since they were very small (youngest was 9 months old the first time he went) and something that I try to do at least once a year.

This year were returned to Forest Camping in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk. A medium sized site set in the middle of the picturesque and ever changing forest, the site is perfect for the boys as the minute the tent is up they’re off in the forest building dens and creating tribes. It’s a fairly quiet site (even when busy) and obviously the locals are fairly used to having humans around.

Access to the forest is easy from the site, and there are a number of walking and cycling trails around the forest that are well signposted and allow you to take in the best of the forest. The UFO trail is a must as is tells the story of the 1980 UFO sighting and for those who enjoy geocaching there are plenty to find.

No camping trip would be complete without an obligatory shot of the tankard and the beer of the trip, which this time was Galway Bay Brewery’s ‘Diving Bell’, a salted caramel wee heavy that pulls off the salted caramel flavour perfectly and finishes with sticky, thick boozy feel.

Only downside of a camping trip is getting all the stuff back into the car at the end. Here’s to next time!

Forest Camping information and bookings here

THOUGHTS: Daredevil Season 2 — March 22, 2016

THOUGHTS: Daredevil Season 2

Season 2 of Daredevil launched on Friday and it’s taken me a few days to get through all the episodes. I’m aware of people who took the day off or stayed up all night just to get through the 13 episodes in one sitting. I love it, but not that much.

From this point on, there are going to be some spoilers, so if you haven’t see it yet and want to, stop reading. Otherwise, enjoy my thoughts and let me know what you thought…

Picking up from where we left off, Daredevil continues to show how Netflix are interpreting Marvel’s darker side. It’s more violent, with more bad language and it’s generally just, darker.

It doesn’t take long for new characters to get introduced, the much awaited appearance of The Punisher and Elektra are both introduced in the first few episodes. Later on we’re reacquainted with some other favourites but I’m not going to spoil everything. I was quite surprised that both The Punisher’s and Elektra’s stories arced through the entire season, but neither felt dragged out and both intertwined well.

We get lots of guns, fighting, bloody ends and a simply jaw dropping fight sequence in episode 3. The bad guys at the start of the season are quickly dispensed to allow us to get on the the real bad guys that this season has for us.

There’s great balance of the main character’s ‘life’ stories as we see them continuing about their business and dealing with how their relationships with one another change through the course of the season.

It all comes together to a grand finale, although I was a little disappointed with the final episode (there was teasing of much more) and the end has clearly lined up a third season. Thoughts turn to whether we’ll see a Netflix take on The Punisher either in a film or a mini series of his own.

All in all, another very enjoyable Netflix/Marvel production with a nice nod in the final episode to Jessica Jones.

Daredevil season 2 is available on Netflix now

THOUGHTS: Legends of Tomorrow — March 15, 2016

THOUGHTS: Legends of Tomorrow

‘Thoughts’ will be my attempt at reviewing ‘stuff’. Now, I can write about beer and interviews but I’ve never really reviewed stuff. This should be interesting then…

Legends of Tomorrow landed on Sky 1 a couple of weeks ago, the much anticipated DC Comics assemble series featuring a series of bit part players from both The Arrow and Flash series.

So what have we got? ‘Rip Hunter’ the ‘time master’ played by former Dr Who companion Arthur Darvill (no the irony wasn’t lost on me either) pulls together a bunch of “people who won’t affect the timeline if they die” to battle time travelling bad egg Vandal Savage across the ages.

There’s possibly a bit more to it than that but there’s also possibly a lot of people who are able to do the premise of the show more justice than me.

But was it any good? I watched it with my boys, both of who are massive fans of Flash but will happily take or leave (mostly the latter) The Arrow. We enjoyed it, there was enough mindless nothingness to not have to follow things too closely and the effects were about what you’d expect from a TV series. Let’s be honest, if your expecting a repeat of Avengers Assemble, you’re probably better off just putting that disc in and watching it again.

The interesting thing will be if they are able to make each episode different enough to keep you engaged each week. There’s only so many “let’s jump through time, jerk around a bit and complete the missions” I think I could watch before I start to get a little bored.

Plus, we wanna see Flash and The Arrow in it from time to time, obviously.

Catch Legends of Tomorrow on Sky 1 every Thursday at 8pm on or catch up TV