An Imaginative Tribute

Among the many tributes paid to Sir Patrick Moore, I think there’s one in particular that says it all perfectly, while being a good example of ‘less is more’. You can link to it here.

Created by Paul Woods, the blog Moonbase Central is essentially about Project Sword and relative space-themed toys. Often described as the best Gerry Anderson series never made, Project Sword itself was created by Century 21 Merchandising in the 1960’s, after a Hong Kong based manufacturer was bought out by Century 21 Toys.

If like me, you grew up with the whole Century 21 world, including the comic TV Century 21, then I thouroughly recommend Moonbase Central for your fix of nostalgia and pleasant memories.

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Sir Patrick Moore: 1923-2012

Many tributes have already appeared online, following the sad news that astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died.

While he will always be best remembered for The Sky At Night, I especially remember the enjoyment of the Apollo 11 TV coverage, with Sir Patrick presenting this and other Apollo missions with co-presenter James Burke.

The BBC website has a detailed obituary which you can link to here.

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Flights Of Fantasy

Flight Ticket & Boarding Pass.

On the weekend of 24th-25th November, a brand new event, Cosford Flights Of Fantasy, was held at the RAF Museum Cosford in Shropshire, UK. Described by the museum as “displaying puppets and memorabilia from the iconic science-fiction shows of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson”, the event centred around an exhibition of original and replica puppets and models, along with costumes, sets and props, on the upper level of the impressive National Cold War Exhibition building.

Stand by for artwork!

As well as the exhibition which was free of charge along with the museum generally, there were specific talks on the Saturday, held in the 200-seat ‘bunker style’ auditorium.

The auditorium, or is it SHADO HQ.

With author and former Fanderson chairman Chris Bentley hosting the talks, David Graham, Shane Rimmer and Matt Zimmerman, three of the actors who provided character voices in Thunderbirds, were interviewed separately in the morning.

In the afternoon, Brian Johnson, Special Effects Director on Space: 1999, gave the first of two talks, with his second talk on Sunday morning being free on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Brian Johnson interviewed by Chris Bentley.

David Graham, Shane Rimmer and Matt Zimmerman returned together on the Saturday afternoon for a further talk, along with a surprise performance (for them as well) of a scene from the Thunderbirds episode ‘Atlantic Inferno’.

Matt Zimmerman, Shane Rimmer, David Graham.

Among the various items on display over the weekend, were original concept design illustrations by Mike Trim.

Century 21 transportation.

Captain Scarlet, Scott Tracy, Sam Loover.

With nearly 3,000 people attending over the two days, the whole event proved to be very popular. At the end of the Sunday talk, Chris Bentley mentioned that the museum organisers, pleased with the weekend’s success, were considering the idea of making Flights Of Fantasy an annual event. I certainly hope that happens as it was such an enjoyable time at a marvellous venue. Many thanks to all concerned.

Joe 90, Father Unwin, John Tracy.

Please follow the website link for more information about RAF Museum Cosford.

More Flights Of Fantasy pictures here.

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Windsor Memory Walk 2012

The Windsor Memory Walk venue.

On Saturday 13th October, the Windsor Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, took place at Dorney Lake.

As mentioned in an earlier post, following Gerry Anderson revealing on 28th June that he has Alzheimer’s Disease, both he and his son Jamie Anderson have been supporting the Memory Walks around the UK to raise money for the charity. Sadly, Gerry Anderson was unable to attend the Windsor event, but Jamie was joined by Matt Zimmerman, the voice of Alan Tracy in Thunderbirds, to help start the main 10km walk.

Jamie Anderson speaking before the walk.

Jamie Anderson still has his JustGiving website page, if you would like to make a donation.

Dorney Lake, having hosted the Rowing and Kayak events for London 2012, was an interesting and enjoyable location for the walk itself. For more information about the venue, follow the link to Dorney Lake.

It was good to see other Fanderson members there on the day, with the whole event being a positive way of saying thank-you to Gerry Anderson for so many years of enjoyment.

Special Guest, Virgil Tracy.

Please follow the link for information about the Alzheimer’s Society.

More Memory Walk pictures here.

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WDCS Is Changing

After having been in operation for twenty-five years, WDCSWhale & Dolphin Conservation Society has been re-branded (complete with new logo) as simply WDC, Whale & Dolphin Conservation.

WDC has released a new video to accompany the re-launch.

For more information, please follow the link to an introduction page on the WDC website.

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Revisions & Decisions

One of the few advantages of a media project taking a long time to get off the ground, is having the opportunity to carry out some fine tuning while developments continue generally. In line with that, a few small revisions have been made to the main website, both in content and appearance. To keep everything consistent, Chakralog has been updated visually as well.

Sunset at Pacific Chakra.

Sunset at Pacific Chakra.

While various possibilities for Dorad & Sirius in publishing are being explored, it’s clear that comic magazines generally are increasing their Internet presence as the way forward. Even the famous classic The Dandy will be sold purely as an online product by the end of the year. It may well be that the future for Dorad & Sirius is not to be in print at all (having said that, we’re still open to offers).

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Neil Armstrong: 1930-2012

It was very sad earlier this evening (25-08-12), to learn of the news that Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the Moon, has died.

Neil Armstrong’s family released the statement: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.” His family are also providing updates to the website, Neil A. Armstrong.

The website, Space.com has a comprehensive article covering the news. There are also other relevant articles linked from the website’s home page.

Apollo 11 landing on the Moon was one of those special events in history, whereby you never forget where you were at the time. I still have vivid memories of sitting up through what in the UK were the early hours of July 21st, seeing the first images and of course hearing the immortal quote.

It seems especially sad that Neil Armstrong has died before any serious return to the Moon has taken place. As a thirteen-year-old at the time of Apollo 11, with 2001: A Space Odyssey having been so inspiring the previous year, it felt as though it was the beginning of a whole new era on the Moon and in space. Well, maybe one day.

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And The Grand Total Is…

$221,267!

Earlier today (UK time), Space Command successfully completed its Kickstarter funding, while the whole campaign was being celebrated at San Diego Comic-Con.

During a Space Command panel at the convention, a new extended trailer had an exclusive screening for everyone attending. The very impressive trailer is now available to view online.

Along with the new trailer, the Space Command Movie website has had a major update with many new features.

Congratulations to Marc Zicree and the whole team, having created a wholesome optimistic science-fiction concept in such an innovative way.

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Gerry & Jamie Anderson’s Memory Walks

On 28th June, Gerry Anderson revealed that he has Alzheimer’s Disease. Since then both he and his son Jamie Anderson have been campaigning to support the Alzheimer’s Society, specifically with the Memory Walk events taking place at various locations across the UK.

Earlier today, Jamie launched his JustGiving page to raise funds for the Windsor Memory Walk on 13th October. As Jamie says on the page: “Dad and I will be walking at the Windsor Memory Walk on 13th October, along with a strong contingent of friends, family, and fans – please donate and join us”. “I will also be walking all three of the Society’s marathon Memory Walks throughout the month September”.

For more information, please follow the link to Jamie Anderson’s JustGiving page.

On a personal note, as I was born just a few weeks after ITV started broadcasting, I literally grew up with Gerry Anderson’s productions from Twizzle onwards. If like me, you enjoyed many years of entertainment and inspiration from all the series (and a few feature films as well), please make a donation if you can, for a very worthwhile cause.

Thank-you.

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