Yeovilton Air Day 2015

Queen of the Sky

Another July, another Yeovilton Air Day and this year I took the family along. As ever it was a tricky day for spectators and photographers as the flight line has everyone looking up into the sun. It was lovely to see the Vulcan fly one last time before her retirement at the end of the 2015 airshow season. The highlight of this year’s show for me was the Sea Vixen, it’s such an amazing looking fighter – fast jets tend not to be that pretty anymore.

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Quick Jurassic World Review

Just jotting down my initial thoughts having just got back from the cinema, having watched Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World in 2D. It was great.

The trailers weren’t exactly representative – a few red herrings – and that’s a really good thing. I liked all the leads, I like that it set up some well worn tropes then didn’t go through with them in the cliched way. I thought the effects were very good. It was all very grounded, very little CGI swoopy cam, and the realistic cinematography really helped sell the dinosaurs as animals. Certainly in 2D I was sold.

I liked the look of the film. Obviously colour graded – but not in the over the top way of many current films. It had a much more natural look – closer to the original JP. It was also shot in quite a tall ratio and I felt the overall tone, look and atmosphere of the film was not very modern – and I mean that as a huge compliment. It felt like a worthy sequel to Spielberg’s original and I enjoyed the references to the original film.

I liked that they addressed the feathers issue in a realistic and genuine way. I liked the kids – I think having younger cast members gives it that Spielberg feel but also guides the younger audience through the film. Pratt and Dallas Howard were really good.

As I said I thought the effects worked really well. There was a solidity to them that worked. I think at times it looked like there was an attempt to recreate the look of the original film’s T-Rex animatronic using CG rather than try to completely make a realistic animal. Whether my guess is true or not – the T-Rex and some others – moved and looked a lot like the way we enjoyed them in Spielberg’s original.

I think the director Colin Trevorrow did a great job. He managed to keep a film about some pretty bonkers stuff very grounded and human, with good acting and action sequences that worked really well. I liked the restraint in many scenes – he didn’t feel he had to keep showing us brightly lit CG dinosaurs all the time but went for classic suspense. Excellent production design, dialogue and characters that were smarter than most summer blockbuster fodder, and some huge scary dinosaurs – what more could one ask for.

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk

Deadly goings on in our garden this morning as a Sparrowhawk captures a small bird. The prey was still very much alive at this point and screeching. The reason the hawk was standing like that was to defend itself as all the birds in the garden were dive bombing it in little squadrons to try to get it to leave. Meanwhile the poor sparrow wasn’t being finished off quickly and was very loud.

So I went outside with the hope of either getting the hawk to move off with its prey or leaving the prey behind. It picked up the sparrow and flew down under a tree, then over the wall and out of the garden – followed by lots of small birds trying to scare it away.

A Sad Day

Don’t be poor, or hungry, or have more than two children, or be disabled, or vaguely foreign, don’t need a new home, don’t get ill, don’t need a good education. Your country without soul, heart and compassion has abandoned you. Kindness is over, replaced by fear and austerity. Shame on you England.