Rogue One: A Star Wars story. Brand new trailer

During the Star Wars Celebration which took place in London last month, rumours were constantly flying around about Rogue One and a new trailer that was going to be shown. This never came to fruition however what we did see is a behind the scenes featurette which was entitled Celebration Reel. We saw some incredible landscape shots which showed that Cinematographer Greig Fraser has achieved something spectacular. We saw brand new characters, taking on the dark side whilst being shot at by Stromtroopers. We saw Gareth Edwards speaking of his excitement of working on a Star Wars movie. Plus plenty of fight scenes, explosion and members of the cast talking about their roles and the roles of this film in the Star Wars universe. Very exciting. Even if it did end on a weak “May the force be with us”. Sorry, but I just didn’t like how it was delivered.

Rogue One poster

Well, now I’m happy to report that we finally have a new Rogue One trailer and it’s all that you want from a Star Wars trailer. We see more of Felicity Jones and Forest Whitaker plus brief glimpses of Donnie Yen and Riz Ahmed. As well as more AT-ATs, a TIE fighter, blaster guns, more Stormtroopers and more footage of the Death Star. With a special guest right at the very end which is foreshadowed by the music right at the very start of the trailer, this is going to be one hell of a film, telling an incredible story which not too many people know. Check it out below.

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Star Wars exhibition at Harrods

If you’ve not heard of the Stars Wars exhibition currently taking place at Harrods, I don’t blame you. The publicity has been kept to a minimum, apparently to primarily target those who want to buy any of the items on the display. Yes, ANY OF THEM.

From Propshop comes a collection of replicas from The Force Awakens as well as some really beautiful artwork that goes well with several items on display. You can buy BB8 (I WANT! I WANT! I WANT!), Kylo Ren’s helmet, the blood-stained Stormtrooper helmet, even the Millennium Falcon, it’s remarkable. As are the prices, that BB8 will set you back £10,000 and the Millennium Falcon? Well, it costs so much that I was not even privy to that information. The mind wanders…

With a very knowledgeable guide to take you round, some fantastic things to see, being able to sit in the parts of the Millennium Falcon and being in Harrods which is always nice, makes this a really worthwhile geekfest to go to. There’s the opportunity to make a personalised maquette which is 50cm tall. You can have the own action figure made to look just like you, choose from a Stormtrooper, TIE Fighter or Rebel Pilot. However, it will set you back £1595. Tempting. It’s on now until August 21st.

This is a free exhibition in London, of Stars Wars props, it’s very cool and really worth going to. If you want to check it out (why wouldn’t you?!) then book your timeslot here: http://www.harrods.com/content/misc/boutiques/star-wars

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The Great British Geek Off

For those of you who are like me and into the nerdy and geeky wonders of life but also enjoy a spot of baking now and then, you would have enjoyed this year’s Great British Bake Off. It had a wide array of contestants and brilliant bakes. Nadia’s soda cheesecake was one of my favourites and Paul’s (not the judge of course!) lion bread concoction was incredible! It got me thinking how I could combine my love of baking and all things geeky. I’ve found some amazing things to go with my Death Star cookie jar (yes I have one and it’s magnificent) all of which is being added to my Christmas wish list.

Now that we are approaching the festive season with Thanksgiving and Christmas not far off, I wanted to come up with some fun items that the nerd / geek in you will really want to use to create some amazing bakes. So to keep that in mind, here are some things you can use to create the ultimate geek bake off.

What to wear

You are going to want to cover up your threads so why not try on this lovely Tardis from Doctor Who apron on for size? You will look ever so stylish in this blue apron, whilst keeping up the appearance of being a nerd, good choice I say! Especially if you love Doctor Who. Who doesn’t?

http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/doctor-who-tardis-apron

Tardis apron

What to bake on

Yes you have your kitchen surface but it sometimes helps to have a chopping board, depending on what you are baking. If you need to make cookies or a cinnamon roll of some kind, you’ll want that extra layer of protection. Just use the Hulk chopping board and all is well. Just do what the Hulk does, which is to say SMASH!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Marvel-Breakfast-Chopping-Board-Design/dp/B00EE726D4

What to roll with

You will only occasionally need a rolling pin, unless you have an unhealthy (actually very awesome) obsession with cookies, whilst baking. So, with that in mind, why not get a fun one? I only have dull plain ones, which I’m not a fan of. However, I may invest in something like this. A Harry Potter embossed rolling pin. This will certainly add some magic to your biscuits!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/234523157/harry-potter-rolling-pin-embossing

harry potter rolling pin

What to cut with

If rolling patterns isn’t your thing, then maybe try out some funky cookie cutters. Yet another thing I would like to invest in are these 3D dinosaur cookie cutters. Never been a fan of 3D when it comes to the cinema, but I’m loving these. They are certain to give your cookies some bite!

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/19351/3D-Dinosaur-Cookie-Cutters

dino cookie cutters

What to bake in

This is for all you cake bakers out there, which I’m sure includes a lot of you. If you want to do something more special than your standard round cake, how about a Darth Vader head shaped cake? Sound good? Well lucky you, there’s a Darth Vader head cake mould just waiting to be used! Come over to the Dark Side and bake with Darth. He’s famously a big icing fan!

http://www.cake-stuff.com/equipment-c7/cake-tins-c55/novelty-cake-tins-c147/wilton-darth-vader-star-wars-cake-tin-pan-p1859

Darth Vader cake tin

What to store it in

Unless you’re very hungry, or you have lots of people to hand out these tasty treats to, you’ll need something to store your cookies in. (Yeah I looked for a cool cake tin, but alas there are none as cool as the rest of this list!) I have a Death Star cookie jar at home, which I absolutely love! But, why not keep this in the darkest of places? Why not keep them cool? Why not keep them in the Dark Knight? This wonderful Batman cookie jar is ideal for biscuits of all sizes. At least he’ll have an excuse for not defending Gotham, he’s just too full of your delicious cookies!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Westland-Giftware-25515-Batman-Cookie/dp/B008LY0U3E

BAtman cookie jar

So there you have it, all you need to enjoy yourself baking at home and to maybe even start your own novelty baking shop! Get out there my fellow nerds and geeks and get baking!

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