Jules Verne’s 2nd novel, but considered the first where he got the formula right for his future ‘adventure stories’. Although my first thoughts and perhaps yours too, is that it should be ‘ Around the World in 80 Days’ which Verne wrote about a decade later, but a hot air balloon didn’t feature in the book, it was only in the film adaptations of ‘ Around the World in 80 Days’ that one appeared. However ‘5 Weeks in a Balloon’ strangely as the title suggests did, and why it has become the book title to portray. Being a lesser known title by most then it’s also good to highlight it over Verne’s more well known novels such as ’80 days’ and ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea’.
5 Weeks in a Balloon ~ Jules Verne: Dr. Samuel Ferguson, a scholar and explorer, is joined by his servant Joe and his friend Dick Kennedy, as he sets out to travel across the African continent which is still not fully explored, in a hydrogen filled balloon. Whilst on their travels, the trio have to escape a variety of setbacks they encounter whilst on their journey.
Liberty had heard there was a new unicorn in town………
Who expected after a random conversation two years ago, that I’d once again be collaborating with the author Rachel Hamilton again for the launch of her next children’s book, and all because of a chance comment about LEGO loo’s!
This time she steps away from exploding objects (well I don’t think there are many exploding objects in her newest book) and enters into the world of unicorns. Not just any unicorn, but Louie the unicorn. A unicorn in New York.
So of course when she asked if I could come up with another LEGO based photo to coincide with the release of her book, I couldn’t resist. The thinking cap was on, and despite a slight technical hitch along the way ( a vital piece of my plan, that hasn’t turned up as yet) we have at least something LEGO minifigure based to do the job. Well I hope it does. I’m always a little nervous when I’ve done something specifically for someone else, as you never know if they are going to like it or not. Generally they do, which is great, and is the icing on the cake (something Rachel likes I believe, but who doesn’t like cake?) when they love your work as much as you do.
So Louie may make an appearance as part of the ‘booklego’ series I’m doing as well, or at least once Louie arrives here at World of Minifigs that is. So far it looks like he’s on an extended vacation to New York, however in the meantime, if you wish to find out what happens to Louie, you can find out by reading his adventures in ‘Louie Lets Loose’!
I’ve still not had time to think about the booklego series I was doing last year, however I will be continuing it until all 52 are done, then I will see where I go after that. I have an idea, I just need the time and opportunities to implement it.
In the meantime there is a new set of LEGO minifigures due out. Series 15!
It’s nice to see a few completely different figs appearing for parts usage and for adding to existing sets. Crutches with clumsy guy are great, as is Shark Suit Guy. Nice to see a ‘baby’ fig too as part of a main fig, as well as a couple of animals as accessories.
I will definitely be picking up a few. I didn’t buy many of the Monster series, but I’m hoping a new injection of figs for the collection will inspire me to find the time to get on with the project.
The tradition on Christmas Eve was to put the fairy on the top of the tree
After the frivolities of Christmas Day, it was nice to be able to put their feet up and relax with a mug of tea.
Tiffany was overjoyed with today’s discovery in the advent calendar
‘And laying his finger aside of his nose……’
Bob thought it was about time he started writing his Christmas cards
Bob just had one last present to put beneath the tree.
No matter how you celebrate or experience this time of year, I hope it is an enjoyable one. This year has been a whirlwind, passing by in what seems to be the blink of an eye. So much so, that the past few weeks and even months have vanished before I even knew they were here. It is for this reason why the blog and the photos has ground to a bit of a halt over this time. It’s not that I’ve run out of inspiration or ideas, but purely because I haven’t had the time to even think about it, let alone actually setting it up and taking the image.
I thank everyone who has taken the time over the past few years to enjoy what I do and for sticking with me even when updates have become less frequent. However when I have found some spare time in life I will be picking up from where I was before. The proof that life has been so busy is that I’m still to finish building a LEGO set I got all the way back at the start of the summer. I have only just managed to complete the first stage of it, but hopefully I will find some time over the Christmas period to sit down and build with my favourite bricks again, whilst enjoying some time with family and friends.
Look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year…….2016 had better be ready!
Not my usual genre of choice when it comes to reading material, however my cousin introduced to Asimov a few years ago when he bought me a couple of books as a gift. The Robots of Dawn was one of them, and I have to say I really enjoyed it, and the others in the ‘robot’ series. The Robots of Dawn is the third book in the series, the first two being The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun.
The Robots of Dawn ~ Isaac Asimov: Plainclothesman Baley must travel from Earth to another planet to investigate the murder of Robot Jander. Jander who was designed after Baley’s robot friend and partner, Daneel Olivaw, has been put in ‘roblock’ and his mind has been erased. The robot’s creator is suspected as the murderer because he has political motives, as well as admitting that he is the only person with the skill to have done it.
Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way. The Disney film, was shown on tv pretty much every Christmas when I was little, and it wasn’t until several years later that I first read the actual book. Like most books they differ slightly from the film adaptations, with some things omitted and other situations included that didn’t necessarily appear in any of the books. P L Travers wrote eight books based on and around the magical nanny, Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins ~ P L Travers: The magical English nanny, Mary Poppins is blown by the East wind to Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London, and into the Banks’s household to care for their children after their old Nanny, Katie Nana, storms out in a huff. Although Mary Poppins seems stern, vain, and usually cross, but the children soon discover that she has a magical touch that makes her wonderful, leading them to all kinds of encounters with chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and other various adventures. That is until Mary Poppins abruptly leaves when the West wind blows.
The Hobbit ~ JRR Tolkien: Bilbo is a hobbit who lives in Hobbiton and refuses to have anything to do with adventures. Gandalf, a wizard proposes an adventure to Bilbo after inviting himself to tea. When he arrives, he comes with a company of dwarves armed with a treasure map. The map piques Bilbo’s curiosity, and he is soon off on an adventure in search of the evil dragon Smaug who has stolen the Dwarves treasure.
At the moment I wish I had my own hobbit hole. Life is just far too busy and taking time away from the things I want to do, like photos, hence the gaps in posting the next installments here. Hopefully soon, like Bilbo I can retreat back to my hobbit hole for a quiet life, but there are a few more adventures I need to take part in first. Sadly none of them seem to involve treasure.
The Horse and His Boy was the fifth published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, although it appears as the 3rd book in the series, in order of chronology of Narnian history. I had read the Magician’s Nephew as part of a class topic in Primary School. I still have my work book from the time. Later on I read the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. Despite having the complete set of Narnia stories, I never got into reading the rest of the books until much later on in life. However once I did, I was drawn back into the magical world, and couldn’t put them down until I had finished them all. I just wish that I had discovered them all sooner.
The Horse and His Boy ~ CS Lewis: On a desperate journey, Shasta and his horse Bree, meet fellow escapee Aravis and her horse Hwin and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.
I know technically it’s only one angel and one demon, but you know what I mean…… Time is very precious at the moment and hardly stopping in the last week or so for anything other than sleep sadly affects my blog updates. Someone else who knows what it is like to have time ticking away ever quicker, when under pressure, is the main character in ‘Angels & Demons’, Robert Langdon. Most people will have heard of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ also written by Dan Brown, and probably think that that was the first book he wrote, but ‘Angels & Demons’ was in fact the first book Dan Brown wrote with Robert Langdon as the central character.
Angels & Demons ~ Dan Brown: When a renowned scientist is found murdered, Robert Langdon is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol that has been seared into the man’s chest. The conclusion is that it is the work of a secret ‘society’ that hasn’t been heard of for 400 years, who wish to continue their vendetta against their sworn enemy.
I thought whilst I had 5 minutes and before I get around to physically posting last weeks booklego image, I would add some pictures of the latest series of LEGO Minifigures due out on the 1st September 2015. It so happened that whilst I was out and about this evening, I came across some already out for sale in one of my local shops.
Now I’ve been wanting to get a wolf head minifigure for ages, but could never justify buying a Monsters set when they were out purely for the Werewolf minifgure inside one of them. So I’m quite excited to know that I can get my hands on one at a much more reasonable cost. The Monster Scientist reminds me of a minion, I’m going to have to get a Monster Rocker, purely because he looks like someone I once worked with, and I quite like the cheerleaders hairpiece. Other than that I’m not too fussed, but I can see how they will appeal, especially with Halloween looming.