This time last week I was going to bed in preparation for Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light 5k in the Phoenix Park. In aid of the suicide and self harm crisis centre, you can run or walk it. I walked it this plus the addition 15k home to Sandymount. I’ll run it next year and fundraise as they’re a tremendous charity.
As a Man Utd fan of 21 years, all I’ve known is the managerial reign of Sir Alex Ferguson. He has overseen the most successful period in our club’s history and we owe him a debt of gratitude. The best ever? Probably.
Premier League (13) – 1993, ’94, ’96, ’97, ’99, 2000, ’01, ’03, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’13
FA Cup (5) – 1990, ’94, ’96, ’99, 2004
League Cup (4) – 1992, 2006, ’09, ’10
Champions League (2) – 1999, 2008
FIFA Club World Cup – 2008
European Super Cup – 1992
European Cup Winners’ Cup – 1991
Inter-Continental Cup – 1999
I’ve been lucky enough to be present at Old Trafford a few times each year in the past three seasons. The last United game I saw him take charge of was the Liverpool game in January with the side winning 2-1. I was gutted when Eric Cantona, my favourite United player, left the club and have similar feelings today. Enjoy your retirement Sir Alex and thanks again.
This is basically a stream of consciousness seen as I saw it this morning. It doesn’t contain spoilers.
Star Trek: Into Darkness is the follow up to J.J. Abram’s 2009 film which introduced a time travelling element, skilfully avoiding pissing off the fanbase and setting a clean slate. As the name suggests, things get a bit darker in this one with Benedict Cumberbatch’s John Harrison the baddie that is out to get Star Fleet. Cumberbatch’s performance is gripping and he provides a menacing presence whenever he shares a scene. Chris Pine’s Kirk is the man in pursuit of Harrison and Pine gets the opportunity to really add some meat to the character’s bones this time around. Speaking of “Bones” McCoy, I really liked Karl Urban’s portrayal of the Doc in the first movie and he gets some brilliant lines this time around too.
The rest of the Enterprise crew are given proper arcs and each of the main members plays pivotal roles at times throughout. The action is on a par with anything you’ll have seen before and the CG is flawless. It actually feels like the characters are in the scene instead of being digitally placed (which inevitably they were at times). Are there plot holes? Yes but then again, there have been in the majority of summer blockbusters I’ve seen in the past few years. The thing here is that they don’t grate at all as the film goes at some pace. The only problem I had with it? It’s slightly too long but I could comfortably sit through it again and will. It’s unsure whether Abram’s will return for a third film as he journeys to a galaxy far, far away to film Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015. If he doesn’t, he’s set the Star Trek world in good stead for the future.