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Virtual Visit – The UK

Flights across the pond might only be about a hundred dollars, but virtual tours of the United Kingdom are free. Here are some fantastic tours from London and all around Briton, including some personal favorites. Now with intermittent food pairing choices! We’ll get through this

 

The British Museum

Walk the halls, study the exhibits, and generally immerse yourself in one of London’s finest museums. Their fantastic scones? You’ll have to make your own. Plus, the entire Asian wing won’t be closed every time you go. I’m not bitter. Plan ahead for this one, because clotted cream takes TIME.

 

The Museum of the World

In other VERY cool things (and also at the British Museum), use this interactive timeline to browse historical artifacts by continent and date. Take a journey through centuries of design in Oceania, or see what everyone was doing in 1020 AD. Color coded and intuitive, I can’t wait to lose a whole day here.

 

The National Gallery

Not only can you wander the halls of the National Gallery, but you can click on paintings from the tour, for an immersive experience, and see close up images and information. Afterward, sit on your stoop and take this tour of Trafalgar Square. It looks sunny, but I wouldn’t rely on it.

 

The Tate Modern

These tours are going to include many museums I love, but goodness do I love the Tate Modern. It’s controversial, but I would save the Start Display for last. It’s kind of the greatest hits, and it’ll leave you starstruck, rather than starting with their most famous exhibits, and then wandering listless through the rest. I recommend a gunpowder green tea, and ending by a river, if you can find one.

 

The Natural History Museum 

Get up close and personal with dinosaurs and gorgeous architecture at the Natural History Museum in London. I mean it about the architecture, too. Everywhere you look, you’ll find something beautiful and fascinating. If you’re still feeling energized, pop around the corner to the Victoria and Albert Museum for heaps more virtual collections.

 

National Museum Scotland 

Just LOOK at that mezzanine. The National Museum of Scotland has absolutely everything, trains, ancient jawbones, washed out British sunlight. This place is at the top of my list as soon as we’re allowed to go outside again. I’m an absolute sucker for rain and vaulted ceilings.

 

National Museums Northern Ireland

Do you like famous historical dogs? Because I think I have a new obsession. Everything here looks fascinating and hard to pronounce. Add to the experience by pretending you got there by boat, listen to some Irish sea ambiance, aim some fans directly at your face, and splash brine everywhere if you’ve got it. If you can’t get to the heart of Belfast by boat, that’s knowledge I’m better off without.

 

National Museum Wales 

Claustrophobic, but want to learn the history of coal in Wales? This is the tour for you. One of the best coal mining museums in the UK, according to their website. For the authentic experience, put on some noise cancelling headphones and close yourself in a closet. The live tour is 300 feet underground, and as fascinating as it sounds, I could literally NEVER.

 

Historic Royal Palaces

I confess, I just wanted to know if it was possible to tour the Tower of London without becoming so waterlogged and cold that I have to dry my jacket under the hand driers. At least I can say I suffered. The answer is no, not really – you can’t tour specific sites, as far as I can tell, but you can view extensive galleries of gorgeous, detailed pictures.

 

Houses of Parliament

Do you like beautiful architecture and places that can’t be filmed for satire? I guess this needs to go on my list. Look at the tiles, with the lions of Anjou. And all the reliefs, I guess monarchs or saints. I definitely want to know more.

 

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Daniel Radcliffe Reveals How He Dealt with Fame

There’s always news of the stress fame can cause, but now Daniel Radcliffe is talking about the things that helped him keep grounded.

In an interview with the BBC, the Harry Potter star says he sees how fame puts a lot of pressure on child actors.

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Radcliffe credited his groundedness to his parents and his Harry Potter co-stars, who helped to give him the perspective he needed.

He also said that London kept him stable.

“I spend time in LA [Los Angeles] now and I feel like I’m going insane,” he said.

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He said he couldn’t imagine living in LA from the time he was a child.

Radcliffe is sticking to what works and staying in London, starring in a production at Old Vic theatre.

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London Book Chain Sets Up Libraries For Retirement Homes

 

 

 

Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean that you should stop reading, and Foyles wants to help with that.

 

Foyles

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The London bookstore chain struck a deal with Elysian Residences to install high-end libraries in its homes. Residents will be allowed to purchase books, DVDs and other content from Foyles through Elysian. There are currently plans to install bookstores in Elysian’s two retirement homes.

 

 

Gavin Stein

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Elysian chief executive Gavin Stein hopes that the new plan will provide residents with the kind of access to books that everyone can get:

“Libraries are an important cornerstone of a vibrant community, offering visitors a place of relaxation, learning and discovery. We wanted to provide our residents with a relaxing reading environment curated with the latest high-quality books.”

 

LONDON BOOK CHAIN FOYLES SETS UP LIBRARIES FOR HIGH-END RETIREMENT HOMES

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Foyles hopes to use this as a springboard for future deals to open more bookstores.

 

 

 

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Mahershala Ali to Star in ‘Blade’ Reboot!

Exciting news for Marvel fans! Over the weekend, at Marvel’s panel that reveled their next slate of films there were some exciting news revealed! Marvel’s Phase 4 films include several sequels to prior films including Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Widow. A few new titles were revealed to be underway as well, including television properties such as Loki, Wanda/Vision, and Falcon and the Winter Solider, in addition to original, new properties such as The Eternals and Shang Chi. But the most exciting announcement of the panel came at the very end, where seconds before the end Kevin Fiege, the head executive of Marvel Entertainment, revealed that a Blade reboot was coming. Even more exciting, two time Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali is to star in the lead role as the titular comic book character.

 

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For those unaware, Blade is an African-English superhero from Marvel Comics. Originating from The Tomb of Dracula as a supporting character, Blade is a vampire/human hybrid, with the powers of a vampire but able to walk in sunlight and to stave off his thirst for blood. Despite his cool concept, Blade didn’t become truly popular until a trio of films in the 1990s were adapted for the big screen, starring Wesley Snipes as the vampire slayer. Blade and Blade II were well received for their action, stylish flavor, and Snipes’s performance but the third film, Blade: Trinitywas so badly received that it sunk the franchise. Despite this, Blade has remained a popular character in the comics but has never truly risen to a starring role. Blade’s look is fairly simplistic, as he wears dark sunglasses, a long trench coat, and wields a sword.

Which makes it so surprising that Blade was unveiled is that Blade was already done in movies, so seeing him again is incredibly surprising. Not to mention getting an established actor like Ali to portray the superhero. It’s also incredibly exciting to see another black superhero besides Black Panther headlining a movie, showcasing that Marvel will be pushing for increased diversity in the future. Now, Blade was only just announced and isn’t even on the featured slate of films for Phase 4, so we likely won’t be seeing him anytime soon. But still, this surprise announcement was the highlight of the panel for us.

 

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Are you excited to see the superhero Blade take up arms against vampires on the big screen? What sort of role do you think he’ll play in the MCU? And how about Mahershala Ali to play him? Any speculation of how the movie will take form and who might direct? Let us know in the comments!

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First Look At Netflix’s Upcoming ‘Dracula’ Adaptation!

Sink your teeth into this, vampire fans. A new Dracula tv series, based on the original novel by Bram Stoker, is coming to Netflix and the BBC. While not airing for quite a while (the supernatural drama is expected to air in late 2019 or early 2020), what details have been revealed are quite salivating. According to The Radio Times  the series will be a collaboration between the BBC and Netflix, with the two corporations working together to air the series. Dracula will be helmed by the creators of SherlockSteven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Dracula himself will be played by Claes Bang, a Danish actor who said he would be ‘thrilled’ by the opportunity. He was further quoted as saying:

 

“I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Dracula, especially when the script is in the hands of the incredible talents of Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and the team responsible for Sherlock.”

 

Bang will be joined by a wide ensemble of actors to help bring the bloody world of Dracula to life. Actors Joanna Scanlan, Chanel Cresswell, Matthew Beard, Lydia West, Dolly Wells, John Heffernan, Lujza Richter and Morfydd Clark, Paul Brennen, Sofia Oxenham, John McCrea, Phil Dunster and Millicent Wong will be joining the drama in as-yet unknown roles. Mark Gatiss himself will also be in the cast, having expressed an interest in playing Dracula’s mad henchman Renfield. But nothing is set in stone yet.

 

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The show will last approximately three episodes, each of undisclosed length but since this is from the creators of Sherlock, we’re guessing each episode will be movie length in runtime, an hour or more to get their money’s worth of the material. The show’s plot will be, naturally, an adaptation of the Dracula novel but offering a new spin to make it relevant to modern audiences. Moffat said the show will re-centre Dracula as the hero of his own story, as opposed to the antagonist he was in the book and most other adaptations. He will be at the center of the action, as opposed to a more shadowy figure who makes fleeting appearances to menace the heroes. Moffat and Gatiss described the process as difficult, keen to give Dracula center stage but also not take away from his evil at all. They hope their hard work pays off and say they ‘handled’ making Dracula both the main character and truly evil. But we’ll have to wait to see how that plays out onscreen.

 

 

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The series is currently in production, having recently completed its second episode. The show is currently filming at Bray Studios, Maidenhead, which was also the location of many classic vampire films starring Christopher Lee as the titular Count, made by Hammer Film Productions. Not much else is known about the show at this time, how closely it will adapt the book or even what the plot will be but the BBC released a short synopsis as a little teaser:

‘Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.’

We can’t wait to see this adaptation of a classic horror novel coming to television. We’ll keep our eyes and ears peeled for further developments. Until then, watch the shadows and keep your garlic close!

 

 

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