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     A determined family of Yorkshire cyclists conquered rolling hills, slipped chains and a puncture to complete a gruelling 75 mile bike marathon.

1044375_665159336831332_1503137070_n     The Crazy Wheelers team; comprising Gary Stephenson, son Harry (16), brother-in-law Allan Davidson and nephew Lex (13) cycled from London to Brighton to encourage sponsorship and raise awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

     Gary lost his father-in-law, Pat Sullivan to pancreatic cancer last year within weeks of a surprise diagnosis and with survival rates for the disease especially low, at just 3%, the need to fund ongoing research is vital.

936459_665159586831307_600355296_n     The Wheelers journey is even more incredible as their youngest member, Lex Stephenson is already familiar with the devastating effects of cancer having battled leukaemia since the age of 4.  Lex, who is now in remission, continues to receive considerable support from local and national childhood cancer charities and wanted to extend his fundraising to help other organisations.

1002699_665159780164621_1289522462_n     At the time of writing the team have raised over £1,700 of their £2,000 target and are still accepting donations now their challenge is complete.  It is easy and safe to donate online via the following link…      

 http://www.justgiving.com/teams/crazywheelers – you can also support individual team members and find information on how to donate by text.

Read more about The Crazy Wheelers…

https://lilywight.com/2013/06/22/london-to-brighton-pedalling-to-beat-pancreatic-cancer/

http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/Lex-13-cycling-marathon-beating-leukaemia/story-19428770-detail/story.html#axzz2Xb4rBeV2

DONATE HERE 🙂

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http://www.justgiving.com/teams/crazywheelers

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2013-05-23-073     A brave and determined Yorkshire schoolboy is set to cycle an astonishing 75 miles to raise funds for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (registered charity no. 1103253).

     Lex Stephenson, age 13, will be taking part in the Capital To Coast Cycle Challenge on Sunday 30th June 2013, starting at The London Eye and finishing at Brighton Pier.  Lex will be riding as part of a four man team, The Crazy Wheeler’s, with his Dad, his Uncle and his sixteen year old cousin.  The Wheelers were inspired to take part in the fundraising challenge after losing a family member to Pancreatic Cancer suddenly last year.

     Lex hopes his 75 mile journey will raise awareness of the vital need to fund research into cures for all types of cancer.  In 2004, when he was just four years old, Lex was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and underwent a gruelling three years of continual chemotherapy treatment.  Despite great discomfort and long stays in hospital Lex continued to ride his bike regularly and believes that fresh air and exercise helped him to stay fit and keep positive throughout his illness and recuperation.  Lex remains in remission and celebrated the end of his treatment with a Star Wars Fundraising Party for Children With Cancer UK (registered charity no. 298405).

     During the last forty years survival rates for Childhood Leukaemia have risen from few to 80% whilst survival rates for Pancreatic Cancer remain low at just 3%.  Lex is now focusing his continuing fundraising efforts towards helping to beat a deadly disease in need of greater awareness.

     You can read about Lex’s bike ride challenge and support him with an immediate donation via the link below.  If everyone who reads his story shares it and donates £1 Lex will be well on his way to reaching his fundraising target.

Donate here ~ http://www.justgiving.com/Lex-Stephenson

Thank you 🙂

Related Links

Children With Cancer UK ~ Lex’s Story

Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Website

Capital To Coast London To Brighton Charity Bike Ride Website

PLEASE SUPPORT LEX ON HIS CYCLE RIDE  ~ http://www.justgiving.com/Lex-Stephenson

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     So here it is, our first look at the next installment of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth multiplex pleaser.

     Despite the portentous dialogue snippets it seems much lighter than The Two Towers – a fellow sufferer of middle movie syndrome – and more action-oriented than it’s predecessor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

     When The Hobbit was first mooted Jackson declined the director’s chair, fearing perhaps that his confidence and experience would lead him to “do a George Lucas” and start tinkering self-indulgently and retconning his screen creation to its detriment.

     Alterations and additions are always necessary when adapting a story from one medium to the next but they are only truly successful if they integrate seamlessly with the original author’s vision:  we have a trailer that looks more like Peter Jackson’s Hobbit than Tolkien’s.

     If Jackson wants to make an Elf movie wouldn’t he be better adapting The Silmarillion?  Poor old Bilbo scarcely gets a look-in as we are treated to tree-running Timotei models who skid into shot with the enthusiasm of sugar-dosed kids on polished floors.  Back in his Rings days Jackson wisely cut leaked scenes of “Action Arwen” kicking Orc at Helm’s Deep after incurring the wrath of Tolkien fans.  Now it is hoped those same fans will accept original invention, Tauriel – a red-haired female Wood Elf who has achieved warrior status decades before poor Éowyn has to sneak off to Minas Tirith in drag.

     The biggest surprise is the full close-up reveal of Smaug’s head.  Despite the opportunity to allow the art department’s imagination to run riot the trailer delivers a very conventional-looking dragon – unless he’s hiding a serpentine body or a clockwork limb.  This may be a way to get the critique over and done with so, by December, audiences can relax and enjoy the flying, fire-breathing and vocal stylings of Benedict Cumberbatch.

     We revealed here some months ago that Cumberbatch had been cast as  Sauron The Necromancer (link to the article below) yet, whichever evil nasty he is portraying New Line seem desperate to keep Cumberbatch’s contributions under wraps.

     It’s nice to catch a glimpse of Luke Evans although such a pivotal character might have warranted a bigger fanfare and what about “sexy” Dwarf Kili – and all the other supporting Dwarves for that matter.  We need a longer trailer, but share your thoughts on this one while we wait…

Benedict Cumberbatch Is Sauron – Click to read.

Annatar ~ The Many Faces Of Sauron – Click to read.

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     The following “lunatic” spread features Patrick Valenza’s cheeky Deviant Moon Tarot; an inspiring deck with a wicked sense of humour!

     Please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments box below…

1.  The Enquirer/Present Day ~ The Queen Of Cups

The imaginative and empathetic Queen has much in common with The Enquirer; suggesting she is currently content, following her heart, being true to herself and achieving the right balance to stop that full cup from spilling over!  The Queen has much love to give and is inclined to take control of relationships but she is easily hurt and must choose her companions carefully.  With any tendencies to be secretive or possessive kept in check The Queen is at her most perceptive.  It is a time to nurture emotional fulfillment and finish what others have started.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Emperor

In the previous reading The Emperor appeared as a negative wish but he has lapsed into the past and been transformed into something positive suggesting valuable lessons have been well learned.  The Enquirer has become more inclined to shoulder responsibilities instead of wishing them away and has found a better balance between remaining independent and accepting advice.  The Emperor has triumphed over any ill-will directed at The Enquirer (see positions 3. and 5.) so self-confidence is renewed and ambitions return.  Solid foundations exist for a successful future.

3.  Subconscious Influences ~ The 6 Of Cups (inverted)

Painful emotional ties to the past have created an emotional drain.  Negative nostalgia saps energy and threatens depression by compromising The Enquirer’s ability to make positive choices for the future.  The Enquirer is encouraged to let go of the past and open their heart to new possibilities.

4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Four Of Pentacles

The Enquirer harbours a desire to thoroughly organise the financial and practical side of their life.  Financial security is hoped for; a wish to live well and make provision for the future.  The Enquirer knows how to value money but not idolise it, they are cautious in good measure and wise to resist the miser at their shoulder.

5.  Hidden Forces ~ The Three Of Wands (inverted)

Indecisiveness, heeding bad advice and an inability to resist negativity have secretly thwarted The Enquirer for some time.  The Three Of Wands, combined with The Six Of Cups (position. 3) has chipped away at creativity and productivity so The Enquirer feels as though they are “being tested”.  This card comes with some very good advice; “When your heart speaks, listen.  If something doesn’t serve you, drop it.”  The Emperor’s lessons (position 2.) are more than a match for these hidden forces!

6.  Events To Come ~ The Lovers

A crossroad is coming and a choice must be made: to stay the same or make a change.  Life-changing choices come with great risks but the payoff is happiness and emotional fulfillment for those who follow their hearts.  This card signifies union and the joining of opposites.  The Enquirer will soon devote themselves to whoever is sacred in their life.

7.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Four Of Swords

The recurrence and positioning of Fours in the spread suggest a stable and peaceful environment in which to grow, a place where past difficulties can be laid to rest and new vigour will arise.  The Four Of Swords represents a period of indulgent respite.  Suffering and tension will be laid aside.  The Enquirer can revel in this interlude following The Lovers union.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Six Of Wands (inverted)

The Six Of Wands indicates a joyous celebration, it can never be a “bad” card, the inversion simply suggests a delay in the outcome.  Others may not respond, participate or adapt as expected to The Enquirer’s happiness but this can not diminish it or the knowledge that difficulties have been transcended.

9.  Spiritual Forces ~ The Seven Of Cups (inverted)

The Artist combines creativity with hard work, trusting his instincts and learning where to focus his vision without distraction.  In this happy time he brings a small warning to keep a firm grip on reality because what The Enquirer wants and needs is right in front of them.  Prioritise what is real and be mindful of how the inverted Six Of Cups and Three Of Wands have caused distraction and stirred defeatism in the past!

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Six Of Swords

This card literally depicts a journey over or near water.  It is a significant break to mark the end of a trying time and a reminder that the world can be a beautiful place.  Action does not have to be aggressive and retreat does not have to mean defeat – an entirely positive “escape” is forecast: a journey into a more productive phase.  The Enquirer is on the right course.

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     Some people dance around Maypoles or enjoy a day-trip to the seaside, if you’re a film fan however the Bank Holiday Weekend is all about May The Fourth or National Star Wars Day!

     Yorkshire-based special events company, Hullywood Entertainment will be hosting another of their famous Movie Buffs Collectors Fairs in the airy atrium of Prospect Shopping Centre (Kingston upon Hull, UK) on Saturday 4th May from 10am – 4pm.  Special guest, Ian Whyte – all seven-foot one of him – will be meeting guests and signing autographs.  Ian played the iconic Predator in Aliens vs. Predator (2004) and The Space Jockey in franchise revival Prometheus (2012).  Genre fans will also know him from Clash Of The Titans (2010) Harry Potter (2005) and his first dramatic role as Gregor Clegane “The Mountain That Rides” in HBO’s award-winning TV Show, Game Of Thrones.

     Britain’s Got Talent favourite, The Entertainer-nator – who reached the live semi-finals with his Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonation – will also be putting in an appearance, releasing his “Keith Lemon Clone” and treating fans to a few new characters.

     As well as the usual specialist stalls selling Movie, TV, Sci-Fi and Fantasy collectibles and memorabilia there will be opportunities to take photographs with a Back To The Future Replica DeLorean and a scaled-down Tim Burton style Batmobile complete with Hullywood Entertainment’s own Mini-Joker.  You can  get up close and personal with an amazing Captain Jack Sparrow Lookalike-Impersonator and view a variety of rare movie-themed props and exhibits.

     Ian Whyte will be supported by The UK Predators costume group.  The UK Garrison will be attending with a variety of costumed characters from the world of movies, games and television and, if you’re experiencing any problems with the paranormal, you’ll be able to consult costumers from the UK Ghostbusters.

     Attending Movie Buffs: May The Fourth in fancy dress is positively encouraged.  Children who attend the event in Star Wars themed costumes will gain free entry and there will be plenty of folk from the Hull Cosplayers group to show you how it’s done.

     The event marks the fifth anniversary of Hullywood Entertainment’s launch and The Force is sure to be with them!

Links for event information

Official Website  http://www.moviebuffs.co.uk/MovieBuffs/Home.html

Send a friend request on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/hullywood.crew

Follow on Twitter  https://twitter.com/HullywoodCrew


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     Summer blockbuster season is well underway so, throughout August, there will be a red tip-up seat waiting for you at Lily Wight’s cinematograph.  I will be sharing and musing upon thirty days of eclectic viewing and hoping for your comments and recommendations as always.

     August’s Magickal Thing, a top recommended link, will be appearing in the homepage sidebar all month, so I hope you check it out.

     Also this month I have seven shiny One Lovely Blog Awards to give away and I will be posting my Tarot spread for Lughnasadh.

     Last, but not least, I would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful On Oxnard Shores for presenting me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  I will strive to continually deserve it xx

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