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Spartacus, Blood and Sand


As some folks will know I am a fan of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but I am also quite partial to some gladiatorial action.

Indeed having grown up catching the first glimpses of naked male thighs and bulging biceps watching classics such as Quo Vadis, Ben Hur and Cleopatra it would be difficult not to.

spartacus blood and sandSo curled up in my usual place on the sofa with my hands wrapped around a mug of decaff and a bar of galaxy at the ready, I settled down to watch the first two episodes of the new series ‘Spartacus, Blood and Sand’.

True to form I never seem to watch ‘realtime telly’ anymore – viva la ‘sky plus’.

Hmm, what can I say about it? Rather a lot really, but I better try and condense it, lest readers seek refuge in the land of nod.

Interestingly the makers have kept pretty close to the historical facts of the main character’s lives and the cultures of that period, what really bugged me though was the usage of modern swearwords.

Not for one minute do I believe that the combatants would not use foul language and they probably had colloquialisms that meant the same as f**k, c**t and sh*t.

It just seems wrong being uttered by guys wielding swords and spears.

I suppose the saving grace is that the expressions are used in context as insults and therefore don’t lose their potency, unlike these days, where swearwords are just meaningless sentence buffers – but I’m digressing as I always do.

The camera work and special effects are great and the artificial back-drops mixed with very realistic make up (dirty, crusty skin, matted hair, etc) give the program a surreal edge and the graphic novel/anime inspired transitions are cleverly done.

I like this a lot, but can’t help feeling they belong in a Sci-Fi setting.

spartacus, blood and sandHowever the musical score is inspired and perfectly serves to enhance the mood of the scenes and reminds me of the classics, where often the music was the main mood setter.

I am not so keen on the scenes (and there are a lot of them) where copious amounts of blood are spurting in slow motion all over the place and close ups of gaping wounds lingering on screen for us.

Again all is done in perfect context, just a bit too much too often, I guess that is the computer game influence.

a bum on spartacusThe revulsion I feel upon seeing these gory scenes is quickly soothed when faced with all those toned thighs, firm rounded buttocks, flexing biceps, luscious breasts and the odd cock thrusting and heaving themselves around in love as well as war.

There is nearly as much sex as there are fights and the sex scenes rival full-on soft porn, charged with an eroticism that appeals to me and certainly not recommended for viewing with the in-laws.

as batiatusBy the way, the cock was not thrusting, it was flaccid, yet impressive – and yes I rewound and paused for a closer look – and yes I am that sad.

Then we have the delectable John Hannah as Batiatus, ok, I know he is not a muscle bound young hunk, but what an improvement on Peter Ustinov (no disrespect meant) and that voice sends shivers up and down my spine – oh yes, I definitely would!


Sura, Erin Cummings


For those who are wondering where Peter Ustinov comes into it, I’m referring to the 1960s’ Stanley Kubrick movie Spartacus, where he starred amongst other greats such as Laurence Oliver, Kirk Douglas and Jean Simmons.


Since I’m star worshiping I should mention Erin Cummings, playing Sura, the love interest and wife of Spartacus in the series, wow, gorgeous. She reminds me of Liv Tyler or British actress Jaime Murray – again yes, I so would…

All in all, it’s a thumbs up from me for an hour of distraction, that doesn’t require any intellectual input.


Believe it or not – this is the condesed version… Just be grateful!




Chester events

My Scottish accent and my Chinese looks are probably a clue to me not being a native Cestrian. However I have fallen in love with this city and consider it home. So I feel I should share some of this love with you and want to tempt you to visit Chester and maybe as you are here anyway – visit me too! (of course there is an ulterior motive, lol)

So what is happening this month?

Sport events:

Show-Jumping 3rd – 5th July National Friendly British Masters held at Chester race course
I can’t say much about this, because as much as I like horses I haven’t got a clue about show jumping apart from Andrew Davis (a leading British show jumper) has nice buns.

Chester Races 10th – 11th July
Ladies & Gents evening on Friday and Saturday is totesport day, well the races are pretty well known so not much for me to say apart from: ‘Get your betting slips out?’

Music & Entertainment:

Chester Summer Music Festival 4th – 19th July
A wide variety of musical events from classical performances through to jazz as well as
sing-a-longs and performance talks. A number of exciting and interesting venues have been chosen, more info:

Chester Roman Games: Music, Dance and Death 18th – 19th July
Roman times and culture brought to life, military training displays, gladiator games have a go activities and more.

Bits and Bobs:

Raft Race 12th July; 10am to 1pm
This year the theme is Super Heros and Villans and there are about 40 rafts expected, a free fun spectacle.

These are just a few big events in Chester that caught my eye and I will post about other things to do in future posts including things I like, place I enjoy and more regular happening such as comedy nights and gigs. I hope you will enjoy reading about them and understand why I want to share my chosen City with you.