Wednesday, 28 June 2006

80s Wednesday

As mentioned last week, I present She-Ra, aka Princess Adora.

From Wiki:

The premise of the show is that She-Ra, whose secret identity is Princess Adora, and her friends must free Etheria from Hordak and his evil Horde, after realizing her true destiny through the help of her brother Prince Adam, who is also known as He-Man. The She-Ra cartoon's premise is similar to the He-Man premise, with the distinction that while He-Man serves King Randor and the rulers of Eternia (a neighboring planet), She-Ra is a revolutionary engaged in a rebellion against Hordak, the ruler of Etheria, and to a larger extent against the rarely seen Horde Prime, leader of an evil intergalactic empire. Another similarity and distinction is that while both series mixed science fiction and sorcery, He-Man's stories tended to lean towards science fiction while She-Ra's were geared more towards sorcery. She-Ra, like He-Man, wields a magic sword: the Sword of Protection. Adora transforms into She-Ra by holding it aloft and saying, "For the honor of Grayskull... I am She-Ra!" The Sword of Protection varies from He-Man's Sword of Power in that it has a crystal set into the blade. The crystal is the source of her transformation power, and if cracked, Adora is unable to change to She-Ra. The Sword of Protection is also unique in that it can change other forms to at She-ra's command, changing to shield, lasso or flaming blade.

Asides from Wonder Woman and Red Sonja, this was the other cool girl power character that probably helped shape my love in strong-willed-kick-butt female character in books, movies and shows. Sure, I don't actually remember that much butt kicking going on, but it still featured a girl with a sword. And although I liked He-Man too, given the choice, I always preferred She-Ra. :)

She was cool and carried a sword. How appealing is that for a little girl to see on screen? It just cracked me up that just like Wonder Woman and He-Man, she pretty much looked the same in both identities. Lol. Gotta love the big hair too!

Wednesday, 21 June 2006

80s Wednesday

Let me start with:

"By the Power of Grayskull! I have the Power!"

So... do you know who today's pick is yet?

That's right... He-Man!
Man, I used to love watching this show every morning before school. I thought it was the coolest, and back then, I guess it was! It was also the show that introduced She-Ra his sister. Being a girl, I totally loved her... but she can be a pick for another day!
There was a great cast of characters in Eternia too!
Here's a little about Masters Of the Universe from Wikipedia:
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is an American animated television series produced by Filmation based on Mattel's successful toy line Masters of the Universe. It made its television debut in 1983 and ran until 1985, consisting of two seasons of 65 episodes each. The show was one of the most popular animated children's shows of the 1980s and has retained a heavy cult following to this day.

Wednesday, 14 June 2006

80s Wednesday

Ooooops, I almost forgot again...

Anyway, since the World Cup's going on at the moment my pick is:

Wiki stuff: The 1984 European Football Championship (Euro 84) final tournament was held in France. It was the 7th edition of the European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament took place between June 12 and June 27, 1984.

At the time, only eight countries took part in the final stage of the tournament, seven of which had to come through the qualifying stage. France
qualified automatically as hosts of the event.

Now, why did I pick this particular event this week? Well, there are several reasons - first one being what I said above! There's soccer fever going on around here at the moment, we're all riding high on Australia's first match win!

Anyway, 1984 was a really cool year for me. The music was great, the hair was horrid, clothes bizarre and I was still in primary school. As I recall, this was about the time my brother was playing soccer on the weekends. And he was pretty crap, to be honest with you. I was a little pissed because I knew I was a better player, but my parents wouldn't let me be on the team because I was a girl. Mind you, there was a girl on the team already and she was actually better than the boys!

According to Wikipedia, the final was: versus

France beat Spain, 2-0.

Tuesday, 13 June 2006

Go the SOCCEROOS!

YAY for AUSTRALIA!

Last night, the hubby convinced me to stay up so we could watch Australia versus Japan in the World Cup. And well, I was less than entusiastic because it meant a pretty late night... yet, as the match moved along, I found myself getting so involved... it's usually the case. The main reason I don't like sitting down to watch sporting events - they're too involving and nerve-wracking.

Anyway, Japan was up 1-0 most of the match after a controversial goal. Then, with about 8 minutes to go, Aussie player Cahill scored! We were both getting very excited by this stage. Then Cahill scored another goal -- so we were up 2-1. Wow, I can't believe it but then another player, Aloisi scored! Okay, by this time we were jumping up and down with excitement.

Australia won!

What an excellent achievement! We're all so darn proud.

Sunday, 11 June 2006

ANGEL WITH ATTITUDE


Okay, so I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of Michelle's viral bloggers for her upcoming book Angel With Attitude. I got to read it several weeks before its release... which is great!

Valerie Grace has fallen from Heaven and she doesn't know why. She finds herself stuck as a human and working as a maid in a motel. She's trying to do good deeds along the way, hoping to find her way back into Heaven - where life is wonderful and safe. However, there's a Tempter Demon called Nathaniel who sets his sights on her, and he's determined to tempt her into Hell. I can't go into too much detail because it would give something vital away. Trust me. Everything that happens in this book happens for a reason. Michelle's constructed a wonderful, fun plot filled with very cool characters that keep you reading page after page to see where the adventure leads to next.

Val's a likeable heroine. All she wants is to get back home. Then there's her recently-turned-into-a-rat friend. He's funny and a little perverted, but always has something witty to say! And Lloyd, ah, definitely can't say anything about him but he's awesome. You'll all get a kick out of this guy! And of course, Nathaniel... the Tempter Demon that gets her burning inside, though she's determined not to let him get what he's after. There's also the wicked and snotty Julian... lol! There are a lot of other very interesting and hilarious characters to meet, but if I get started on them, this blog entry will go on for a looooooong while.

Anyway, Valerie's life gets even more interesting when she has to venture into the Underworld to retrieve the Key to Heaven. The imagery here is wonderful, starting with a sign that says: Welcome to the Underworld.

If you're after a very cool, funny, interesting and all round FUN read, make sure you do yourself a favour and pick this book up! Honestly, you'll get a kick out of it... just when you're sure what direction the story's gonna go, it throws you somewhere completely different. There are a lot of obstacles in the way of Valerie's quest, but everything counts towards the end.

So, go ahead! Get this very cool book when it comes out next month! ;)

Wednesday, 7 June 2006

80s Wednesday

D'ya know what I forgot today? I forgot all about 80s Wednesday... I got caught up in other things...

Anyway, here it is:

EYE OF THE TIGER by Survivor.

Okay, so I couldn't find the original single cover, but this'll serve the purpose.

I remembered this song this weekend when we were playing Singstar 80s. I love this song! Loved it back then and still love it now. There's something about this song that makes me wanna kick some butt! He. He.

And it isn't just because it was in Rocky III. Though I suppose that's the main reason why it's usually featured at some sort of sporting event.

Here's a cool tid-bit from Wikipedia:

Survivor's big breakthrough arrived in 1982 when they are asked by actor Sylvester Stallone to provide the theme song for his movie "Rocky III". Stallone had heard "Poor Man's Son" and wanted a song with a similar vibe. The band agreed to write him a song and soon released "Eye of the Tiger".

Monday, 5 June 2006

PAST REDEMPTION

I finished reading this very good book on Saturday night. I got so wrapped up in what was going on and what was going to happen, that we stayed up late just so I could finish it. And it was well-worth the time. I really enjoyed it! So cool. A great continuation into the Darkwing Chronicles, yet still left a lot of stuff up in the air. Makes me wonder what Daphne Urban will get up to next...

This one's about a new drug that hits the New York nightlife, called Susto. These cool vampire spies are called in to find out more about it and this is when the adventure begins... There's a bit of everything -- trendy vampires, vampire slayers, a creepy shaman, love interest, distraction love interest, sex -- yeah. I liked this book a lot. Can't wait to read the next one!

 
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