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After that chocka-block SuperManx bank holiday weekend there was plenty of community goodness to go around and we’ve already collected some of the highlights on Facebook which you can see below
Oliver Chambers had big plans for 2020 with goals to run the Manx Mountain Marathon back in April and the Wicklow EcoTrail 50 mile trail run in September. Unfortunately, and not the first case we’ve heard, both of these events were either postponed or cancelled. However, not wanting to let COVID get the better of his ambitions, Oliver decided to take on the ‘Bob Baxter’ challenge instead. The challenge involves a route of around 50-60 miles and covering 37 hills which give a total of over 11,000 feet of elevation, so not just your average jog round Noble’s Park then. Raising money for MCH and Isle Listen, a mental health charity and listening service, Oliver took on his challenge last Saturday. Although Oliver didn’t get to run the whole route, thanks to a recurring knee injury, he still completed 41 miles of the trip with over 10,000 feet of elevation lasting more than 9 hours! If that wasn’t impressive enough already, all of Oliver’s hard work raised over £1,300 for the charity on his JustGiving page, which you can still donate to here. A truly outstanding effort from Oliver and a lot of money raised for a brilliant cause, well done and thank you!
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This week you should be listening to the brand new album ‘Zeros’ by Declan McKenna. This is the second album from the 21 year old British pop singer after his debut ‘What Do You Think About The Car?’ which came out in 2017, when he was just 18. Known for his topical and political lyrics, this album moves slightly away from that but doesn’t lose any of the originality. Hard to box into one distinct genre, Zeros is an interesting and highly enjoyable listen with influences from everything including country, rock, cyber/synth-pop and David Bowie, no surprise looking at the album cover which sees a blurred McKenna in a shiny silver jumpsuit. If you haven’t heard of Declan McKenna, who has been operating on the edge of stardom, yet then this is an accessible, yet not simple, jumping in point and if you’re already a fan then you’ll almost definitely enjoy this next step in his career. Stealing the closing line from NME, “climb aboard McKenna’s space shuttle, and let him transport you to a place where dancing and getting deep are equally encouraged.”
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If you’re not at least a bit partial to tuning in to Strictly Come Dancing once in a while then I’m sorry but you’re lying to yourself. You may think that sequins, shoddy moves and C-list celebs aren’t your thing but really you’re just depriving yourself of a classic bit of inter-generational Saturday night telly. This week we’ve seen the launch of the latest series, going ahead despite lockdown, with the list of names slowly being released online. Celebs announced so far include the usual suspects with a reality star in Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing (trying for the second time after an injury last year), an ex-boybander in The Wanted’s Max George (who was also apparently in Glee, who knew?), an Eastender in Maisie Smith and a young pop star who will probably get to the final in HRVY. Some of the bigger names include comedian Bill Bailey, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo and Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams, who will make TV history in the first same-sex pairing in the show’s 17 series run. You can find the full list of names on the @bbcstrictly twitter with the series beginning on BBC One later this year.
If ballroom dancing isn’t your thing (although, again, I question anyone who claims that), then hopefully you might just be a fan of that British spy James Bond. Although his next outing in ‘No Time To Die,’ a title which can only be described as very Bond, was scheduled to come out earlier this year, it has now been pushed to November but this just means we get yet another peak at what’s to come with a brand new trailer. The movie will be Daniel Craig’s final turn as Bond, and he actually will be leaving this time, and features a classic stellar Bond cast with Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, returning from Spectre, Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch and Knives Out’s Ana de Armas. There’s also a long returning cast list with, deep breath, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Jeffrey Wright and Rory Kinnear, and breath out. You can watch the action and suspense filled trailer to the left of this.
You should be watching this…
Although there are new movies out this week with Mulan on Disney+’s premier access and new tv shows with season two of Amazon Prime’s The Boys, with the devastating news earlier this week it only feels right to recommend Marvel’s fantastic Black Panther starring the late great Chadwick Boseman.
Whilst Chadwick had many other great performances in movies such as ‘42,’ ‘Get On Up’ and ‘Marshall,’ he will be remembered by most as the iconic T’Challa in Black Panther. It’s unlikely that you haven’t yet seen this movie, which won three of its seven Academy Award nominations, but now is the time to revisit one of the MCU’s (Marvel Cinematic Universe) best outings. Black Panther is a movie that does not hesitate to dive into real world topics whilst staying firmly in the superhero genre. Killmonger, played excellently by Michael B. Jordan, is perhaps the best MCU villain of the 22 movies, sorry Thanos, mainly because you can easily understand where he is coming from. The best part about this movie is that whilst we’ve seen villains who push a hero to their extreme, it’s rare that we see a hero who becomes more sympathetic to the villain’s cause. What also works about Ryan Coogler’s movie is the world building, as everything from the costume design to the music to the sets feels steeped in a culture that’s distinctly and familiarly African but also something new. Finally, there are many great performances in Black Panther with a stand out being the delightful Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, who’s bond with T’Challa, her king and brother, brings the often stoic hero to a more sympathetic and kind place. However, the lead role from Chadwick Boseman, an example of the fantastic MCU casting decisions, brings the film together in a way that feels like it couldn’t happen with anyone else. Boseman is T’Challa and despite the fact that he’s wearing a funny suit and throws around made-up words like ‘Wakanda’ and ‘Vibranium’ you fully believe that this character is real. There’s a sense of awe and wonder around this superpowered king which can only come about when the actor portraying him carries himself in the same, proud, way. Almost everything about Black Panther works, but without Chadwick Boseman’s outstanding and demanding performance it could easily fall apart. You can watch Black Panther on streaming now on Disney+ or you can purchase the film wherever you buy movies.