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  • Sponsored Fancy Dress Walk for GOSH


    Spiderman, the Gruffalo and fairies completed a sponsored fancy dress walk around an historic house to raise money for life-saving heart equipment at a children’s hospital.

    The fund-raiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London happened at Blicking Hall, near Aylsham, was joined by about 20 families from across Norfolk dressed in colourful outfits.

    Participants included Kathryn Howes and Michelle Ward, whose young sons were born with holes in the heart and Julie Johnson, whose daughter has an enlarged heart. All three children are cared for by GOSH.


    Organiser Mrs Howes, 37, from Lancaster Avenue in Watton, said: “The turn out is absolutely brilliant. Everyone looks amazing. Your life turns upside down when you learn your child has a heart problem.”

    Her 20-month-old son, Maximus ,was born with two holes in the heart and the problem was discovered when he was 15-weeks-old after he suffered heart failure. Maximus had heart surgery at GOSH when he was 19-weeks-old and is now on medication.

    The two and a half mile walk was for the Love Hearts Appeal which is raising cash for intensive care equipment at GOSH. A similar event was held at Blickling Hall last year and raised £1,600.

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is a sequel to both 2006's ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and 2011's ‘X-Men: First Class’, as well as a follow-up to 2013's ‘The Wolverine’. The film was shot in 3D and is scheduled to be released on May 23, 2014.

    The X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in a battle that must change the past – to save their future.

    With the mutant race on the verge of extinction, Wolverine's (played by Hugh Jackman) healing factor makes him the only X-Man capable of withstanding the rigors of time travel. He'll have to survive long enough to complete the most important mission of his life: to go back in time to prevent an assassination, which will trigger a chain of events that will bring about the end of mutantkind.

    Wolverine’s consciousness is sent into his younger self. Writer Simon Kinberg explained in an interview why Wolverine is the time traveller, "We made the decision for a lot of reasons... One reason is that he's the protagonist of the franchise, and probably the most beloved character to a mass audience."



    Jennifer Lawrence returns as Raven Darkhölme/Mystique; a mutant with the ability to shape-shift. In this film, Mystique is "less innocent, evolved, getting closer to where Mystique was in X-Men 2. Mystique is now split off from Lensherr and Xavier and she has one mission of trying to assassinate somebody. Lawrence said, "We’ve seen her [Mystique] in the future and what she becomes and this is kind of a turning point for her."

    To keep in shape, Jennifer Lawrence went on a diet and had to work out for two hours daily. For Mystique's blue form, she had to undergo an eight-hour make-up process. The first day with make-up even caused blisters to appear on Lawrence's upper body.

    The Oscar winner is nearly nude and blue from head to toe in the striking image, depicting Mystique, to promote the upcoming film.

    Mystique poster

    “Some of the Mystique look is a little different, but we’re still using the same paint,” Lawrence said. “But she’s different in this film too. She was struggling — like a lot of normal humans — with the way she looked, and she was covered up a lot in the first movie, but this time she is Mutant and proud.”

    Morgan Lily plays the young Raven— the actress wore a slip-on bodysuit and facial appliances which only took one hour and a half to apply, as submitting a child actor to the extensive make-up was impractical.

    The Beast

    Another actor who had to undergo an intensive transformation was Nicholas Hoult, who plays the Beast. The makeup took four hours to apply, which include a mask, contact lenses, a furry muscle suit and fake teeth. To make the Beast look more feral than the version Kelsey Grammer played in X-Men: The Last Stand, the redesign went through various tests, which tried to make Beast not resemble any particular animal but still look like Hoult, as well as with a furry body.


  • Grange Students And Staff Help Boost Funds For Prom Night

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    A fundraising day held by staff and Year 11 students at Shrewsbury’s Grange Secondary School has helped to boost funds for this year’s leavers’ prom.

    Both students and teachers donned fancy dress outfits for the fundraiser which was held last week at the Grange.

    Teacher Elaine Jones, who helped to organise the event, said that it had been a great success.

    “Every single penny from the day will be used towards prom night for the Year 11 students who will be leaving us in the summer,” she said.

    “It will help to pay for the food, decorations and the photographer – we are one of the few schools which actually stages its prom on school premises and it always turns out to be a wonderful community event.

    “The fundraiser was fantastic fun – it included a show at break time put on by the Year 11s and also a performance of Let’s Get Ready to Rumble by some brave members of staff.

    “During lunchtime students manned stalls in the hall including tombolas, cake sales and name the teddy.

    “The event gave students something to really be proud of as they were raising money for what will be a special evening for them as they leave the school at the end of the summer term.”

    Author Bio

    This post was brought to you by Alex Prevost form Character Fancy Dress Aylesbury. They provide Halloween Costume and also a great range of Halloween Costumes and Fancy Dress Ideas for every occasion.

  • The second Captain America film is here!

    ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ has hit our screens and is making a much bigger splash that its original, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’.


    Chris Evans returns as the red-white-and-blue crusader, Steve Rogers, in a plot that features Rogers struggling to embrace his role in the modern world, while battling the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. Two years on from the events in ‘Avengers Assemble’, the first avenger becomes embroiled in a dark political conspiracy and teams up with The Falcon to go against the mysterious Winter Soldier.

    Captain America

    “Audiences have had a lot of great exposure with the introduction of Captain America in the 2011 film and an integral role in ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ which is the third biggest film of all time,” says Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis. “The Marvel films are like interlocking puzzle pieces, so we expect to see increased interest.”

    ‘The Winter Soldier’ will no doubt be popular because it is the biggest step so far in terms of plot events, hinting at what we have to look forward to in the next Avengers film, ‘Age of Ultron’.

    If you want to find out what that is, well, you will have to watch the movie for yourself. You’ll find no spoilers here.

  • What is Cosplay?

    Cosplay has a couple of meanings, but the most relevant is the merging of the words ‘costume’ and ‘play’. If you want to wear a costume while attending an event (perhaps to compete or to perform a short sketch), then you have arrived in the exciting world of cosplay.

    Cosplay is the combination of the English words "costume" and "play". It is a Japanese subculture centred on dressing as characters from manga, anime, and video games. However, in some circles, "cosplay" has been expanded to mean simply wearing a costume.

    One anecdote about the origin of the word "cosplay" was that Nov Takahashi (from a Japanese studio called Studio Hard) coined the term "cosplay" as a contraction of the English words "costume play" while he was attending the 1984 Los Angeles Science Fiction Worldcon. He was so impressed by the hall and masquerade costuming there that he reported about it frequently in Japanese science fiction magazines. This ultimately triggered Japanese cosplay.

    Cosplay is a hobby where like-minded people gather to see other costumes, show off their own elaborate handmade creations, snap lots of pictures and perhaps partake in best costume contests.


    In the United States and Europe, it differs from Japanese culture in that cosplay concerning Sci-Fi films and TV shows along with Renaissance-era characters and historical re-enactments, especially at science fiction conventions, are far more popular in the West than they are in Japan.

    Cosplay is a favourite habit of Comic Con attendees, which fans attend in droves. There, you will see dozens of Batmen, Iron Men and Wonder Women, in addition to niche costumes, like characters of the Japanese manga series "Attack on Titan" and '90s throwbacks like Freakazoid and Hey Arnold.

    Brave Cosplay

    The costumes vary greatly in intensity. Some crafty cosplayers get imaginative and repurpose clothing and props they already own. For example, to cosplay as Katniss Everdeen of "Hunger Games”, you only need a black t-shirt, green cargo pants, lace-up boots and hair tied into a braid. You can buy a Mockingjay pin replica and use brown eye shadow for dirt and grime smears.

    Katniss Cosplay

    For cosplayers, the experience is nearly always worth the stress of choosing a costume and dropping the dough. It's an opportunity to be a hero, princess, or otherworldly creature. It takes courage to put on a costume and go into public. But cosplayers enjoy celebrating the characters that they love and embracing their fandom.

    Have you cosplayed yet?


  • Star Wars is Coming to London


    The new “Star Wars” will begin shooting in a time not long from now in a galaxy not very far away.

    The J.J. Abrams reboot of the classic space-opera franchise will begin production in London in May, Disney said via the official Star Wars site. The events in the film will continue from approximately 30 years after the last chronological film, “The Return of the Jedi,” which came out three decades ago.

    The production has been looking for up-and-coming actors to take the mantle from Luke Skywalker and Han Solo even as the new film is rumoured to include those familiar faces — namely, Mark Hamill as Luke, Harrison Ford as Han and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. George Lucas has said that producers were in negotiations with all three some time ago. It has also been reported that R2D2 will be returning to the series.

    A host of actors have read for a variety of the new parts, with Adam Driver, Jesse Plemons, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan among the actors who have reportedly been considered by filmmakers.

    The movie is the first of a trilogy that Disney has been planning since it acquired Lucasfilm. "Star Wars: Episode VII" will hit theatres Dec. 18, 2015.


  • Katherine Jenkins and friends go for superhero fancy dress theme in Vegas

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    Katherine Jenkins has been spending a lot of time in the US recently to record her new album. It's not all work, work, work though.

    During her latest state side visit, Katherine took some time out of the studio to join her friends at a hen do in Las Vegas. Where Katherine Jenkins dresses up as Tomb Raider and her friends went for superhero fancy dress theme.

    Katherine partied the night away in hotpants, tight-fitting vest top and fake gun strapped to her thigh. International recording star Katherine and her nine friends went to to VIP nightclubs in Sin City.

    Bride-to-be Angela Jay, who works for media giant Global Radio, invited a dozen friends for the special trip.

    The party stayed at The Bellagio an iconic hotel right in the middle of Las Vegas’ strip.

    The girls went to a shooting range in Nevada, a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, and on a shopping spree at the Encore Resort where relaxed Katherine dressed down in a denim jacket.

    This year, she and her girlfriends dressed as Wonderwoman, Cheetra from Thundercats, Catwoman and Batman villain Poison Ivy.

    They then went for drinks at the sophisticated Ghost bar – 55 floors up at the Palms Casino.

    Katherine and her friends later changed into little black dresses before going out on the tiles.

    They followed in the steps of the characters from the Hangover films, posing for photographs at Las Vegas landmarks.

    Katherine and the girls posed for snaps beneath a giant showgirl outside a strip joint.

    They then headed to the MGM grand where they took group shops in front of the silver horse statue and boxing ring.

    But unlike in the Hangover movies their night didn’t end in disaster – instead Katherine helped them skip the queues at the trendy Hakkasan nightclub.

    Katherine posed for photographs in superhero fancy dress with her girl pals and clubbers queued to get their snaps taken with her.

    They also went for sushi at Tao restaurant before heading to the a nightclub and beach bar in the same venue.

    Her friend said: “We had a great time - Katherine is tremendous fun and although she’s a worldwide star she is still one of the girls.

    “Some of us hadn’t seen her for a few years because she is so busy but we all clicked again straight away.”

    Katherine has been living in Los Angeles where she has been attending Oscar parties and working on a new album.

    But she took time out of her busy schedule to catch up with old friends – and the girls enjoyed themselves like any group of hens in Vegas on the trip last weekend.

    Some of the party was pictured jumping in superhero fancy dress before ending their night at a McDonald’s.

  • Easter Madness!

    Spring is finally here. It’s the season of rebirth and new beginnings. A time to look to the future.

    Daffodils are blooming and blossom is brightening up gardens and tickling our senses with sweet fragrance. Chicks are hatching, lambs are scampering around the fields and baby rabbits are popping up all over the place.

    With the spring, also comes Easter. With Easter, comes a whole range of fun activities you can enjoy with your family. Here’s some ideas to get your imagination whirring;

    Visit your local farm. For animal-loving children, witnessing the hatching of chicks and bottle-feeding lambs is a highlight of Easter. It’s a fun way to get them interested in animals and learning without even realising it.


    Get crafty! There are so many things you can make. From original Easter Cards. The ones shown below even have some sweetie treats inside:

    silhouette bunnies

    Plant an Easter Garden. Sometimes we forget what Easter is all about. By growing a Resurrection Garden this Easter, you will be doing your bit to remind everyone.


    Set up an Easter Egg Hunt. This is great fun for any age group. You can make it as easy or as complicated as you like, depending on who is involved. It can be set up across a town or city, in your garden, or even inside if the weather isn’t great.


    Get chocolatey by making your own Easter Eggs. You could make these as gifts for people, which would be very much appreciated. Also, if you're hosting a party this Easter, this would be a great crafty activity to get everyone involved in.


    Decorate eggs to make a beautiful centrepiece. If you’re having a barbeque or party over Easter, this is a great way to decorate. It is so much fun to do and will get people talking about your creative genius.


    Get dressed up! This Easter, no celebration is complete if you’re not dressing up. Transform yourself into an Easter Bunny, or a Chicken.


    It’s not just for adults; children can become whatever cute animal they want, too.


    So whether you fancy visiting a farm with the children to see all the baby animals, or you’re throwing a party – for which you’ll need to provide some fun activities – there are lots of ways to let out your inner Easter Bunny.

    What will you be doing this Easter?

  • New Tarzan 3D in 2014! Tarzan Fancy Dress

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    With the widely anticipated updated of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs production story of Tarzan coming out in 2014. Kids will follow back in love with Tarzanin the jungle, after the Tarzan animation going missing for a while. This would be a great time to rekindle the Tarzan fascination for kids in 3D.

    One of the classic tales from my childhood has been given a makeover for 2014 with the release of the new Tarzan movie which hits our screens on May 2nd 2014.

    Edgar Rice Burroughs’ TARZAN, has been completely reimagined for this latest release and will delight viewers of all ages with it’s stunning 3D cinematography perfect for the new generation of little monkeys (and big monkeys too).

    The film tells the tale of an expedition in the remote African jungle, John Greystoke and his wife are killed in a helicopter crash while investigating a mysterious meteorite site. Only their young son J.J., who calls himself Tarzan, survives. A Gorilla discovers the boy in the wreckage and brings him up as one of her own. Quickly discovering the rules of the jungle Tarzan lives as one with the apes he now calls his family. It is not until he comes into contact with another human being, the courageous and beautiful young Jane Porter, that he starts to question his past and uncover the truth of his childhood. Tarzan and Jane come together and fight to save the jungle from Greystoke Energies new CEO William Clayton, who plans to destroy the land in his search for a new energy source.

    Get the perfect Tarzan caveman costume to mark the occasion of the new release.

    Author Bio

    This post on Tarzan Fancy Dress was brought to you by Alex Prevost from Character Fancy Dress Shop in Aylesbury. They provide the Tarzan Halloween Costume and also a great range of Halloween Costumes and Fancy Dress Ideas for every occasion.

  • Where’s Wally fun run raises £67,000 for Literacy Trust

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    Yesterday 1,200 runners dressed in “Where’s Wally” fancy dress costumes and run a 10km course in Victoria Park to raise money for the National Literacy Trust.

    A total of £67,000 was raised for the Trust who work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

    The family event was backed by Olympic champion Sally Gunnel OBE. She said: “As a mother of three I believe the most important thing a family can do is spend time together. Sharing books and exercising together are both great ways to do this, and that is why I am supporting the National Literacy Trust’s Where’s Wally? fun run.”

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