Flying Without Wings

Do  not  go  where  the  path  may  lead,  go  instead  where  there  is  no  path  and  leave  a  trail.
–  Ralph  Waldo  Emerson

I  sat  from  afar,  appreciating  the  view  with  my  pen  and  paper.  I  watched,  transfixed  as  the  men  threw  their  bodies  across  boxes  and  scaffolding  to  then  land  perfectly  on  their  feet.  I  was  mesmerised  by  the  unimaginable  flexibility  that  came  from  the  fluidity  of  each  movement.

Assured.  Fun.  Entertaining.

Muscles  bulged  from  the  strength  it  took  to  swing  their  bodies  from  one  bar  to  another,  finishing  with  a  flourish  of  flips.  My  heart  pounded  vigorously  to  the  upbeat  tempo  of  the  rhythm  as  the  next  trickster  stood  upon  the  highest  bar,  balancing  with  precision  as  he  took   to  creating  a  one-handed  armstand.

The crowd  erupted  with  cheers,  matching  the  roars  of  cars  nearby.  The  town  thrived,  increasing  the  visibility  of  a  sport  unmentioned.  Children  gawked  with  awe,  hurrying  to  join  the  line  to  participate  in  workshops.  It  was  a  chance  to  learn  the  basic  skills  safely.

A  beautiful  warmth  came  from  the  summer  sun,  brightening  up  an  already  cheerful  day.  The  energy  that  came  from  the  outdoors,  encompassed  by  nature  was  charismatic,  enticing  an  eager  crowd  to  understand  the  truth  about  the  mistaken  art.

Anything  and  everything  became  a  tool,  an  object  to  leap  across,  to  dive-roll  over,  and  even  the  elaborate  water  feature  surrounding  the  centre  of  the  area  played  host  to  gymnastic-like  flair.  A  man-made  playground  wasn’t  needed  when  nature  already  provided  its  own.

They  worked  like  a  team,  always  aware  with  the   space  available.  They  built  up  anticipation  to  which  the  audience  gripped  their  seats,  knuckles  white  from  the  pressure.  Like  an  established  stunt  team,  their  bodies  moved  with  control,  exhaustion  nowhere  to  be  seen.  They  were  ninjas,  Parkour  ninjas.

As  deserved,   comments  spread  throughout.  An  abundance  of  expressions  reiterated  one  thought;  “Whoa,  did  you  see  that?”

It  was  a  day  spent  well,  appreciating  the  artistry  of  a  soon-to-be  popular  sport.

Parkour;  the  sport  where  the  women  openly  swoon  and  admire.

An  exciting  day  indeed.

A  straight  line  may  be  the  shortest  distance  between  two  points,  but  it  is  by  no  means  the  most  interesting.
– Albert  Einstein


Back  in  the  summer  I  had  the  opportunity  to  watch  a  dedicated  parkour  team  demonstrate  the  fundamentals  of  this  fascinating  sport.  They  proved  that  parkour  and  free  running  is  nothing  like  the  unfair  stereotype  that  it’s  been  branded,  and  instead  they  showcased  how  delicate  an  art  it  was,  much  like  martial  arts.  Plus  the  Green  Arrow  is  a  Parkour  Jedi,  too.  Do  you  really  need  any  more  convincing  that  it’s  a  good  thing?  Thought  not.

The  team  I  mentioned  are  known  as  Kinetics  Wales,  and  F10W,  and  if  it’s  something  that’s  piqued  your  interest,  I  highly  recommend  you  check  them  out  here  and  here.

Don’t  think  the  movement,  be  the  movement.
–  Malik  Diouf

Target Acquired

A  couple  of  weeks  ago  I  wrote  about  my  love  for  the  amazing  TV  programme,  Arrow,  and  then  I  spoke  about  my  goals.  Today,  I’m  going  to  talk  about  both  because…

The  first  look  at  season  3  came  out  yesterday  at  SDCC!

Have  you  guys  seen  it  yet?  NO?  Than  have  no  fear,  I’ve  got  this  covered!  Be  warned  though,  if  you  haven’t  seen  season  2  yet  then  you  may  want   to  skip  this.  Not  only  do  we  get  a  quick  recap  of   the  previous  action-filled  season,  but  we  also  see  some  Super  teasers  of  what’s  to  come.

What’s  that  I  hear  you  say?  Can’t  wait  until  October  to  see  it?  Yeah,  I  hear  you.

I  know,  I  know.  Quit  jibber  jabbing  and  show  the  damn  clip.

Okay,  I  hope  you’re  ready…

Don’t  worry,  I  know  exactly  what  you’re  thinking,  and  how  you’re  feeling  right  now.  My  emotions  were  up  and  down  throughout,  and  don’t  get  me  started  on  the  amount  of  frowns,  smiles,  and  confusion  displayed  on  my  face.


Please  tell  me  you  didn’t  miss  this  guy?  Can  Roy  Harper  get  any  better?

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And  then  there’s  that  scene.  You  know  the  one.  Starts  with  dinner  and  ends  in  blood…


Oh,  man!  For  a  two  minute  clip,  I  could  dissect,  hypothesise  and  talk  about  the  plot  lines  for  days!  I’ll  save  you  the  earache  though.  I’m  nice  like  that.

So,  where  do  my  goals  come  into  this?  SDCC.  San  Diego  Comic  Con.  The  mother  and  father  of  all  things  epic.  The  heroin(e)  to  my  inner  geek.  I  will  attend  next  year.  I  have  to.  I  need  to.

Goal  set.  Operation  Geek  is  a  go.

Winter,  out.

Arrow meme

Enabling Addictions; Killing Sobriety

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If  you’re  anything  like  me,  then  just  seeing  this  picture  gives  you  the  warm  fuzzies  and  a  pleasurable  tingly  spine.  When  I  finally  got  around  to  watching  Arrow,  I  wasn’t  ready  for  the  impact  it  would  have  on  my  life.  Seriously,  you  guys,  I’m  addicted.

We’ve  all  seen  the  pictures  detailing  the  hardship  that  comes  when  we  read  an  outstanding  book  like  so:

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But,  what  about  a  TV  hangover?  

If  you  haven’t  seen  Arrow  yet,  I  suggest  you  get  your  butts  on  the  sofa/bed,  pop  some  delicious  salty  popcorn  in  the  microwave,  crack  open  a  can  of  coke,  and  settle  down  for  a  few  days  of  pure  vegetation.  Trust  me,  it’s  worth  it.  And,  just  in  case  you  still  need  a  little  more  goading,  I  give  you  this:

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Do  you  still  need  convincing?

I  swear  it’s  not  just  because  of  the  well-toned,  ab-mazing,  broodingly  handsome,  eye  candy  that  I  watch  it.  As  a  writer,  analysing  plot  lines  and  character  development  really  excites  me,  and  boy,  oh,  boy  does  Arrow  deliver!  Between  the  riveting  action,  excellent  character  background,  and  brilliant,  timely  humour,  the  recipe  creates  a  mind-blowing,  cake  explosion  of  awesomeness.

Did  I  mention  there’s  a  slew  of  ass-kicking  women  too?  It  makes  a  nice  change  from  all  the  damsels  in  distress  nowadays.  And  the  weapons?  Oh,  yes!  A  bow  and  arrow,  crossbow,  staff,  knives  –  not  just  your  average  guns.  It’s  about  time  we  had  a  little  diversity,  right?  Plus  there’s  plenty  of  DC  comic-book  characters  making  appearances  too:

Arrow Canary

If  you’re  one  of  my  friends  on  facebook,  then  you’re  no  doubt  aware  just  how  much  this  programme  has  suckered  me  in.  Everything  about  it  entices,  and  appeals  to  me,  but  I  think  my  family  is  fed  up  of  hearing  me  go  on  about  it.  So,  what’s  a  girl  to  do  when  even  after  four  days  have  passed  by,  it’s  still  all  I  can  think  about?  Therapy  is  an  option,  or  I  can  continue  to  obsess  over  the  facebook  pages  dedicated  to  Arrow  now  that  they’re  filming  season  3.  Or,  I  could  totally  re-watch  the  series  again…

Hooked Series

When  I  finally  appeased  my  mind,  a  truly  daunting  thought  flashed  by.  What  if  the  show  got  cancelled?  My  nerves  shot  through  the  roof,  my  heart  beat  faster,  and  my  temper  raged  like  I  was  injected  with  Mirakuru.  Without  Arrow,  I  would  spiral  into  a  Vertigo-induced  mental-breakdown.

Oh,  did  I  even  mention  that  this  is  the  one  programme  that  actually  makes  me  want  to  work  out?

Arrow workout

Not  only  does  season  3  come  out  this  Autumn,  but  so  does  The  Flash,  and  if  you’ve  watched  Arrow  then  you’ll  understand  the  connection  here.  I  mean, HELLO!  TV  just  got  upgraded  to  superhero  level.

arrow flash crossover

While  I  wait  for  my  phone  call  to  join  Arrow’s  spectacular  writing  team,  I’ll  leave  you  with  a  question.


What  TV  programme  are  you  completely  obsessed  with?