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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.

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.



Carnival Games! A Nintendo Switch Review.

Welcome to winter. The time of the year when nights draw in, weather gets worse, and… well… colour wise it all gets a bit dull outside. Bursting through the winter colours, comes Carnival Games on the Nintendo Switch. (Quick disclaimer – whilst the game was free, all the opinions are my own)

Carnival Games is mostly Nintendo through and through. If you think back to the games that made the Nintendo Wii great, the party games that got people standing up and joining in? The classics like Wii Sports and Wii Fit? Carnival Games tries to fill the void left by those games on the Nintendo Switch.

Based around the idea of an American style carnival, you’re presented with a couple of minigames based around different styled worlds, Jungle, Space, Western, and errr…. Steampunk?  Some of the games work better in their themes then others. For example the scifi style race game, could only ever work in the space series of games, but “Cosmic Bowling” could have fitted in anywhere really.

With that in mind, the “Cosmic Bowling” minigame is additive mini gaming at its best. Simple, and quick. Like how its meant to be.

Thinking about the game, I do wonder if theres something about a Carnival that gets lost in translation to a English Audience? Basically the more you play, the more tickets you get – the more games you can unlock. Which, I believe is very “carnival like”, but, Yes. The more fun games are there to be unlocked. It feels that Carnival Games could have been better served by giving more up front, by giving all the games, and motion controls up front.

Perhaps make us work at the games to unlock harder levels or something, but don’t make me work at getting to the fun stuff. Please? I feel there is a massively  fun game here underneath the need to unlock it all. It feels like its the sort of thing that a game update could very easily fix.

The good news is that the small one enjoyed watching me play, and cheered on my gaming efforts. Which is always nice.

Perhaps though, I’m not the suited age range for this? Perhaps if you have a couple of kids who get the carnival thing better than I do, I can imagine it being a fab purchase.

Doctor Who: The Ghost Monument

After the week following her first proper watch of Doctor Who, led to her quoting the Doctor – and not just quoting… playing being the Doctor. We settled down to watch the second episode together.

If last week was a slower paced introduction to everyone, this didn’t feel overly faster paced, it was a plod over the desert really, but the moments where the action did pick up, felt manic.  These moments sent the small one shouting in response, the smile never left during these moments.

Indeed, Twelves sonic screwdriver was helpful during the scarier moments (it was a way for the small one to help the Doctor and her friends on the screen).

I think I wrote last week about how gorgeous it all looked- that was no one episode fluke. This looked amazing from start to finish. Doctor Who, may possibly be having its best looking series ever (particularly better than anything from the 1980’s). Talking about the first episode, it’s good to see that Grace’s death hasn’t just been swept under the carpet.

As it finished, I asked the small one what her favourite part of the episode was.  “The last bit…”, was her response, “when they found the TARDIS”. I had to admit, I agreed. For the fun of the race through the desert, there was so much undeniable heart in the scene where the Doctor finally returned home. Perhaps that’s what we all felt?

I’m looking forward to The Doctor showing us a bit of history next week…

Doctor Who. The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Well, unless you’ve been living away from a TV set / Twitter for the last month, you’d have seen that Doctor Who isn’t just back, but the Doctor is now Jodie Whittaker.

Now I have to admit. I was worried. It was clear there were going to be a million changes to my favorite scifi show, but I also felt the last couple of episodes (particularly The Doctor Falls), were so good – they could have finished it at that point. Remember how the original series of The X Files kept going for at least a year or two to long? I was worried there was a repeat of that about to happen.

Spoilers are below…

But. Its new Doctor Who, and that will get my attention. Also considering its early start time, we decided to risk introducing our 6 year old to “Not The Christmas Special Doctor Who”. And well. She got won over, I did too.

Personally I enjoyed the focus on character. While I feel Steven Moffat was unfairly criticized for how he wrote female characters, he rarely made me feel for the supporting characters, for example – the security guard? Also the look! Its been a while since I’ve been to Sheffield but it looks glorious.

What won us over as a family? At the risk of sounding like a gushing fan blog. It was Jodie Whittaker. She felt and acted like the Doctor since fell into the TV screen. We didn’t spend too long in any post regenerative sleep / grumpiness, but it felt that the Doctor got on with saving the day. Admittedly she then took a nap, but it didn’t feel as long as “The Christmas Invasion” or “Deep Breath”.  (Did anyone else felt there was a nod back to “The Christmas Invasion” at this point?).

And the moment of the Doctor remembering her name? I wonder if there were any other smiles around the country, that matched the size of a 6 year old watching watching her Doctor for the first time?

Speaking to the small one afterwards, it seemed she also enjoyed the obligatory costume choosing scene at the end. I wonder how many small girls out there, now want to a Doctor?

Heres to next Sunday evening…

 

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