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What’s this Blogging all about?

When asked by a friend what blogging was about I had to reply with: “it’s about everything”

Following a quick discussion on the topic another question came my way “well what is there to write about”? The answer to this surprised me both in its scope and simplicty, “what isn’t there to write about” I replied with an excited smile.

So here’s to all the bloggers out there sharing their passions and views on the world with the world, because that’s what blogging is all about, isn’t it?

‘Dear Henry, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Russell.’

To be a fly on the wall when a 16-year-old Henry Cavill opens a parcel from Hollywood actor Russell Crowe. The pair had met briefly on the set of Proof of Life (2000) which was filmed at Cavills’ school and actually featured him as an extra in a rugby match.
While on set The youngster plucked up the courage to speak to his hero and ask him about acting, Crowe delivered a fair, if blunt assessment of the profession by stating:

‘The pay is pretty good but they treat you like shit’.

The parcel, contained various gifts including: movies, a CD of Crowes’ band and also a signed picture of the actor, reading:

‘Dear Henry, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Russell.’

In the years that were to follow young Henry Cavill began his journey in earnest, rising to acting prominence with roles in British television and commonly, (for emerging actors at least) bigger roles in smaller projects and smaller roles in larger projects; as his filmography outlines.

The Unluckiest Man in Hollywood

In 2004/05 the young actor looked all set to land a breakthrough role with a series of mouth-watering castings in the pipeline, however a series of agonising near misses prompted Empire magazine to label Cavill as the unluckiest man in Hollywood:

  • Superman Returns – Cavill was originally given the green light to don the red cape in a remake come sequel of the franchise. A change of director saw Brandon Routh cast in the autumn of 2004 based on his likeness of Christopher Reeve.
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Cavill then fell just short of playing Cedric Diggory in 2005 (despite an effort from fans) as the role was offered to Robert Pattinson.

    Near Misses

  • The Twilight Saga – Cavill was the first choice for the role of Edward in the eyes of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer. Two year delays in filming prompted the selection of Robert Pattinson (again), with Cavill now deemed a little too old to play the lovesick teenage vampire.
  • Casino Royal – If Cavill thought for one second that 2005 could get no worse then he was wrong. He narrowly missed out on playing 007 as Daniel Craig was handed the tuxedo. The choice of Craig v Cavill was the subject of tense debate with the director (Martin Campbell) favoring Cavell. The producers eventually opting for an older bond in the form of Craig in December 2005.

    The Luckiest Man in Hollywood

    Fast forward 8 years and Cavill finally lands a dream role playing the Man of Steel himself also being reunited with Crowe who plays the role of Jor-El (Superman’s father) with the irony of the castings not being lost on either actor.

    “We talked about how it’s hilarious and great and wonderful; how he’s playing that part, and this being the biggest moment of my career. And he’s here It’s one of those moments where you think to yourself – just what are the chances?”

    – Henry Cavill

    His past near misses also look to have borne fruit with the actor now in pole position to inherit the keys to the Aston Martin from Daniel Craig, once he finishes in the role of Bond.

    However you look at it the future looks extremely bright for Henry Cavill, and as a bit of advice to any youngsters out there on the set of one of his films; why not go up to him and ask for some advice…………………..you never know where it could lead!

    Man Of Steel 2013

  • Sun, Sea, Sand and Live Music – Festival International Benicassim 2012

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    FIB Lineup 2013

    FIB Lineup 2013

    Following on from my Last piece about Benicassim, this is an outline of our 2nd visit to the Festival International Benicassim (FIB). The aim is to give a flavour of the festival itself for anyone venturing to FIB for the first time or considering a visit.

    The Festival

    Sun, Sea, Sand and Live Music is the mantra for FIB and has been since its first ever outing back in 1994. Since then the 4 day musical bonanza has blossomed, surviving financial issues and even a sand storm, bringing the brightest and best to the sun drenched Spanish town.

    Benicassim from above early in the morning

    Benicassim from above early in the morning

    In terms of size FIB can probably be likened to that of the V Festival and takes place over 6 stages varying in size from the huge Maravillas (Marvelous Main Stage) right down to the silent disco; which serves as a lot of fun when you’re exploring the site after a few liveners.

    Maravillas Stage

    Maravillas Stage

    Outside of the main site there is also a stage at Villacamp in addition to gigs and a party around the beach. The seaside town fully embraces the festival as the atmosphere stretches right through the bars, clubs restaurants and of course the beach.

    In The Mixer

    Benicassim offers the musos out there a real chance to get face to face with the performers rather than watching Subbuteo style from row Z. The beauty of the whole festival is not only the range and mix of performers but also your ability to get up front with many of the acts, feeling the bass drum and energy of the performance.
    This is largely down to the majority of the younger contingent staying until the wee small hours and then heading off to the beach to sleep it off during the day. By the time they come round and head back into the festival it’s probably time for the headliners allowing plenty of time and room to soak up a wealth of music from an intimate vantage point (a precious rarity in festivals).

    Right in the mix for the vaccines as the sun sets behind the mountains and the fayre in Fib

    We’re rght in the mix for the vaccines as the sun sets behind the mountains and the fayre in Fib

    In all honesty, if you use your head when the headliners take to the stage, it’s easy enough find a sweet spot between the stage and the bar. Based on this being a four-day event with roughly 10/12 hours of music a night its worth doing your homework on the bands and artists that are playing to find the up and coming jewels.

    Perfect Holiday

    Totting up the costs of the tickets (£150) Return Flights (£100 give or take) spending money (prob about £500) plus a hotel on top (if you want a bed and air con) this isn’t the cheapest of the festival options out there. The experience and location does however make for the perfect summer holiday; soaking up the sun and cooling off in the pool during the day, then strolling over to the festival and watching top bands and artists all night. Repeating this for four days and nights? worth every penny!

    Benicassim Line Up Announced

    The full line up for the annual festival International Benicassim (FIB) has been announced. We’re almost finished booking all the particulars and as the sun makes a comeback I can’t wait.

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    We’ve been listening to as many of the lesser known acts as I can to make the most of this year. Roll on July is all I can say.

    I will be following up later this week with a look back to last year and also a preview of some of the up and coming bands.