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The Weekly Bubble and Squeak


I’ve been playing with the idea of doing some sort of weekly round up of stuff. Stuff that doesn’t really fit in well to its on blog post, or I’ve not had the time (or in the case of Avengers – emotional distance) to process something about it yet. Its name is going to be Bubble and Squeak, if you’re not sure what that means…

Bubble and squeak is a traditional British breakfast made from boiled potatoes and cabbage. In modern times it is a dish made with the shallow-fried leftover vegetables from a roast dinner.

wikipedia

Basically… a mix of stuff

What I’ve watched this week

Yes, Avengers Endgame.

And yes. It is THAT good. No spoilers here, but once you’ve watched it, it could be worth a trip to mashable for “11 moments in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ that attacked us personally“. (There are plenty of spoilers there)

Personally I reckon there are more than 11 moments.

Quote that’s messing with my head

Have you read something to find the words leap of the page, and you just can’t get them out of your head? I was reading Be More Pirate, and this lept at me.

“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.”

GoodReads

What I’m Listening to this week

I’ve just started listening to the latest podcast from The Creative Introvert. I’ve described the podcast before as having your own support worker in your ears. (Not as weird as I’m making it sound)

This one I’m listening to at the moment is Video for Creative Introverts, which is kinda a good one for me as I’m a lot more comfortable on one side of the camera than the other.

Greta Thunberg 

You may have heard about a 16 year old girl, Greta Thunberg, getting some hate about what she has to say…

Here’s what she has to say. * 

*Please watch it



When “In The Night Garden” meets “Doctor Who”?

Have you ever watched “In The Night Garden” and wondered if it could be any more creepy? I mean it’s totally about a sailor nicknamed “Iggle Piggle” stuck on boat in the middle of the ocean, so kinda creepy anyway. But what if “Doctor Who” was mixed in with it? More specifically, what if The Master from Doctor Who was stuck “In The Night Garden”?


Fleeing the Time War, Derek Jacobi escapes the wrath of the Daleks only to find himself in a special kind of hell…. a CBeebies TV show.

Don’t have nightmares.

I’ve Redecorated

I’ve given the place a coat of paint. Hope you like it.

This may also been my attempt to encourage myself to post more.*

*He said. Hopefully.

This Easter in Exeter

A look at Easter Events in and around Exeter

If you’ve not already been there for (what probably feels like ages), welcome to the Easter Holidays! There are plenty of activities in and around the Exeter area this Easter, here’s a collection of what to look out for.*

Killerton have the National Trust Easter Egg hunt. It was awesome last year, its been awesome again this year. Costs £2.50 on top of normal charges, but you also get an egg at the end of it, and the money goes towards the upkeep of Killerton. There are also other National Trust Easter events going on near Exeter.

Trinity Church, have an Easter Egg hunt happening in the Newcourt area of Exeter.

Exeter Cathedral has a number of services over Easter (well it is Easter), there is also the Lego Big Build to check out.

The Amazing Pinhoe area have a Easter Trail happening on the Friday. Followed by a Easter Party at the community minded Alicia’s on the Sunday.

Loads of stores have Easter Egg hunts, Greendale Farm (great for food), Bernaville Nursery, Ikea has one where you get enter into a competition if you win, and Sainsburys also…. has an app… thing. (Nothing seems to happen after completing the first one, but tempts you back for a second go).

The Exeter Underground Passages have an Easter Egg Hunt. I’ve not confirmed if it involves kids getting lost underground…

Thats what I’ve found so far… please comment below what I’ve missed out. As I’m sure there’s plenty! (I’ve not mentioned anything happening in Princesshay, but I’m sure there’s a load of stuff happening in town)

*… also we kept forgetting about the activities we heard about, and I figured writing it up would help!

Remember When Rowan Atkinson Was Doctor Who?

Remember When Rowan Atkinson Was Doctor Who? After stumbling over an article about this on the Den of Geek site, I couldn’t stop myself from tracking this down on YouTube.

Written by Steven Moffat, its almost his era of the new series in a nut shell.

The Lego Set, Queen Queen Watevra’s Build Whatever Box from Lego Movie 2

Lego. Is simply awesome. Considering how awesome this house (and myself), reckon Lego is, I’m not sure why I’ve not written a Lego review yet. But there was something about this set, that simply inspires.

Gentle Spoilers for Lego Movie 2 are found below!  

Lego Movie 2, introduces us to Queen Watevra. A character who can best be described as a shapeshifter, and therefore appears as many different shapes throughout the movie.

This set is based around that idea.

This is a set filled with many bricks, and instead of just an instruction booklet, there is an “inspiration guide” and a poster, which talks you through the 15 different smaller characters that can be made out of the many bricks you find in the box.

Great for smaller people, who are getting into Lego for themselves. Where with previous sets we’d brought for required “adult supervision”, she seems to get on and really own this one for herself.

If nothing else, it’s amazing to see this level of focus happening, enabling her to build the various colourful characters and more.

Queen Watevra is available from Amazon (affiliate link), but we managed to grab it super cheap from our local Tesco.

The “Momo Challenge”. The Twitter Thread That Sums It Up.

The disused bridge in Exeter

I wasn’t going to post “that” picture of The Momo Challenge. But I loved this thread from Jim Waterson, the Media Editor from The Guardian. (Click the text below to open up more in Twitter)

If you read nothing else, please read this from the article:

The UK Safer Internet Centre called the claims “fake news”. And YouTube said it had seen no evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on its platform.
The NSPCC said there is no confirmed evidence that the phenomenon is actually posing a threat to British children and said they have received more phone calls about it from members of the media than concerned parents.
A Samaritans spokesperson was similarly sceptical, saying: “These stories being highly publicised and starting a panic means vulnerable people get to know about it and that creates a risk.”

theguardian.com

It does feel we are reaching some sort of feedback loop stage of this whole thing. Basically freaked out adults, are talking to their kids, and accidently freaking them out in the process.

Maybe The Momo Challenge is actually about how many kids could get accidentally freaked out by creepy lady with big eyes?

The “Momo Challenge”.

No, I’m not going to post any of those pictures of the Momo Challenge. Yeah you know the ones, the pictures of that creepy lady with big eyes. She’s probably found on your Facebook.

Creepy lady associated with a suicide game aimed at kids. Yeah flip, be worried about that one. She and it are the stuff of nightmares.

I’ve had a dig around the internet about the Momo Challenge. While there seems to be concerning stuff there, its worth bearing in mind some of the following…

The Momo challenge is an alleged form of cyberbullying which spreads over the phone messaging service WhatsApp. Children receive threats from an anonymous number associated with a picture of “Momo” – an alien-like woman with bulging eyes, an eerie stretched smile, and straggly hair. Momo allegedly forces children to undertake dangerous tasks – up to and including suicide – by threatening them with violence.


https://inews.co.uk/

Creepy, but The Daily Mail could only manage this

A 12-year-old girl from Argentina allegedly took her life after playing the game 

dailymail.co.uk



Allegedly. The Buenos Aires Times article from the time can be found here. While it says a link was investigated. There doesn’t seem to be anything confirmed.

The BBC article on this seems to focus on the (in comparison) more basic data security issues that Momo presents:

Momo may be creepy, but police believe it is clear it is being used by hackers to harvest information.

Officers in Northern Ireland moved to reassure parents about the doll figure with bulging eyes and a creepy grin.

https://www.bbc.co.uk

But should people be concerned? The answer from rollingstone.com is no…

The Momo Challenge and the subsequent moral panic it has spawned is eerily similar to that inspired by the “Blue Whale” challenge, a Russia-based phenomenon that went viral last year. According to reports in the Russian media, the Blue Whale challenge involved teenagers following a series of increasingly self-harmful tasks over the course of 50 days, culminating with them being encouraged to take their own lives.

Additional reports linking Blue Whale to other teen suicides, like that of 15-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez from San Antonio, have proven to be largely uncorroborated. “There’s no real truth to [games like the Momo Challenge] or evidence that it’s a real threat,” says Benjamin Radford, a folklorist and research fellow for the Committee for Skeptic Inquiry.

https://www.rollingstone.com

The independent, suggests the we (parents) should be more concerned about our own wellbeing

“In terms of whether Blue Whale did cause the deaths of any children as was reported, this has been difficult to validate – however there is more evidence to suggest parents talked about their fears of their children undertaking the challenge, rather than their children actually doing so,” Sugiura says. Momo, she says, seems to be following the same pattern. “It is more likely to endanger the well-being of parents and carers, concerned about their children.”


https://inews.co.uk

I guess this is all a drawn out way for me to say. Can we please stop sharing pictures of that creepy lady character. She’s creepy. We’re creeping ourselves out, and possibly terrifying any kids who see the images over our shoulders.

Please read the above links for more information, and dont have nightmares.