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May the ParcelForce be With You12/09/2015 19:35

To celebrate the release of the new star Wars film called Star Wars - The Force Awakens in December of this year (2015), the Royal Mail is issuing stamps to coincide with the film. The stamps features mainly characters from the original series and a couple of characters from the new trilogy such as Rey and Finn. Also available are stamps of the vehicles of both the Rebellion and the Galactic Empire. Whilst they can be ordered now from the Royal Mail website, they are not available until the 20th October. If you`re wondering, ParcelForce is the Royal Mail parcel delivery service.

Collection of Star Wars Stamps of main Characters from The Royal Mail

Collection of Star Wars Stamps of the Vehicles from The Royal Mail



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Rogue One Picture Released18/08/2015 20:04

The first picture of the forthcoming Star Wars prequel film has been released. Is this film episode III.5 ? The film is set immediately before the events of Star Wars IV - A New Hope, where the action focuses on a group of rebels who steal the plans for the Galactic Empire`s all powerful weapon that we know as the Death star. At the front is Felicity Jones who is believed to be playing the lead character. Although Darth Vader will not be the primary antagonist, he will be making a guest appearance in the film. Also joining the cast is Forest Whitaker who electrified filmgoers with his portrayal of of Idi Amin, the Last King of Scotland. Also joining is Mads Mikkelsen, who is best remembered for playing Le Chiffre in Casino Royale 2006, the film of the same titled book. Unlike in previous appearances, Mads has stated he will not be playing a bad guy.

Some of the cast from Rogue One



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Return of the Burning Legion - Warcraft Expansion06/08/2015 19:23

The sixth expansion of the World of Warcraft MMORPG has been revealed and its called `The Legion`. The title refers to the Burning Legion, the main anatagonist organisation that is causing all the grief on the planets of Azeroth and Draenor. The adventure takes place on a new continent called `Broken Isles`, presumeably, a newly discovered Island on Azeroth rather than Draenor. The main atagonist race this time round are a group of Night Elves who have sided with the Burning Legion.

Map of the Broken Isles

Also on show was the obligatory trailer that accompanies the reveal. There was another Video that shows Guldan, the Orc warlock from the previous expansion discovering Illidan Stormrages tomb and appearing to wake him up. However what was not revealed is when the expansion is due for, in terms of either this year or next to tie in with Warcraft movie. It was aloso revealed recently that subscriber numbers are down to 5.6 million active accounts now, down from 10 million when the last expansion came out and down from the high of 12 million when World of Warcraft - Wrath of the Lich King was out.



Trailer for the World Of Warcraft - The Legion expansion

In addition to the new continent, there is a new hero class called "Demon Hunter", which is a new hero class so guessing, you won`t have to start from level 1 like you did with Monk or other classes excluding the Death Knights. Demon Hunter is based around Illidan Stormrage, a Night Elf that was one of the higher bosses in World of Warcraft - Burning Crusade, the first expansion. The new class will be able to tank and dps but it doesn`t look like the hunter class that was in from the beginning.



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Star Wars at Madame Tussauds02/08/2015 15:13

So being interested in all things Star Wars, visited the Madame Tussauds star Wars Exhibition in Baker Street, London. They`ve recreated a number of scenes from the films, some of which you can pretend to be in. The scene below is from Star Wars V - The Empire Strikes Back. Other scenes include Jabba, the Hutt`s court, fight between Jedis and Darth Maul. The exhibition is at the end of the journey but before you get that exhibition, there are other non-Star Wars scenes and poses you can get your picture taken with. Be sure that when you go, you go early to beat the crowds and also make sure you buy the Star Wars exhibition pass.

Scene from Empire Strikes Back at Madame Tussauds



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Maybe life did hitch a ride on a Comet after all.30/07/2015 22:28

It had been reported recently that the rosetta space probe which had been sent into space to rendezvous with comet Churyumov Gerasimenko had discovered that the comet didn`t have the right kind of water in its mix and therefore couldn`t have the necessary ingredients (amino acids) and so not be the right candidate for life to have hitch-hiked across the galaxy to our planet to kick start life. After further analysis, it has now been found that the Comet does contain some organic compounds which over years under the right conditions could turn into life as we know it or don`t know it. 1



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N.A.S.A. Reveals a possible Earth 2.023/07/2015 19:35

N.A.S.A. scientists that working on the kepler space telescope have revealed that they have discovered an extrasolar planet (exoplanet) that is very similar to our our planet Earth. The planet is about 1.6x the size of our planet and is in the Goldilocks zone round its star Kepler 452. The fact that is located in the Goldilocks Zone increases the chances that there are Aliens out there and we are not alone. However the planet is about 1,400 Light Years away in the constellation of Cygnus and would take 1400 years travelling at the speed of light to get there. More information on this planet can be found can be found on the Kepler 452b dedicated page.

Earth 2.0 Kepler 452b in the Constellation of Cygnus



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Arrival-at-Pluto-Imminent13/07/2015 20:40

Tomorrow marks the arrival of the New Horizons mission to Pluto mission to Pluto probe at Pluto, the largest dwarf-planet in the kuiper belt. It`ll mark the end of a nine and half journey for the intrepid probe that was launched into space on January 19th, 2006. In the time its taken to get there, Pluto has been downgraded from being a planet to being a dwarf planet because its orbit round the sun isn`t clear of objects. So far we have learnt is that Pluto is bigger than we thought it was, it is 2,370 Km in diameter. More details are coming out all the time and we should hopefully see some better photos. Here`s a photo of Pluto with its bigger moon, Charon, not to scale and what we know of it at the moment.

Photo of Pluto and Charon



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Extended Batman Vs. Superman Trailer at Comic-Con11/07/2015 23:37

A new extended trailer for Batman Vs. Superman, Dawn of Justice was previewed at the Comic-Con conference. We get to see what made Bruce Wayne hate Clarke Kent so much and it would seem to be about what happened at the end of the last Man of Steel where Superman fought to the death General Zod. It doesn`t give too much away, you do see Lex Luthor. Jeremy Irons takes over from Michael Caine as the Alfred, British butler of Bruce Waye,



Batman Vs. Superman Comic-Con Special Trailer



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Star Wars Feature at Comic-Con11/07/2015 13:36

Comic-Con in San Diego is the biggest annual entertainment and comic book convention in the world. It is the place that studios tend to release their forthcoming film attractions to the world. A lot of the Visitors who go there dress up in cosplay in honour of their heros on screen and some times game. This year has been no different, a Star Wars special reel was released and Harrison Ford, who is known for playing Han Solo and indiana Jones made his first public appearance since his incident flying a plane in March this year. The special reel has been uploaded to Youtube and can be seen by clicking the picture below, be aware, there are spoilers in it.



Star Wars

Also, news came out this week that another stand-alone star Wars movie is to be made and will be released on the 25th May 2018, it will be based on Han Solo. The film will explore the early adventures of Han Solo before he met Obi-Wan Kenobi, the young Luke Skywalker and the droids in Mos Eisley, Tatooine in Star Wars IV - A New Hope. It might be a case of when "When Han Solo met Chewbacca. ", a play on the eighties film ("When Harry Met Sally").

Also a dedicated Star Wars app for both Apple and Android phones was brought to my attention. It looks free but as I`ve not been able to download it as my phones are compatible yet so haven`t been able to review. Although it might be free, be aware of any add-ons that it might offer you and how much it downloads. Its an official Disney application. The official page can be found here.



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First picture of Star Trek Beyond04/07/2015 14:45

Its been known that the third Star Trek film to come to the cinemas starring amonst others Chris Pine as Capt. James Tiberius Kirk is to be called Star Trek Beyond where hopefully the crew of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701A on its five year mission to explore new worlds and go boldly where no man has gone before. The previous two films Star Trek XI and Star Trek, Into Darkness have mainly been about setting up the crew for their journeys together. One of the previous disappointments has been the lack of galactic exploration which in the new film, they are expected to move beyond our Solar System for the climax.

It was also announced recently that Zacahary Quinto who plays Spock and Chris Pine who plays Kirk have agreed to do the fourth film. Currently, there is no Star Trek series in production. An idea for a new series called Star Trek Andromeda has been pitched by the original domain of StarTrekBeyond where Starfleet receives a signal from the Andromeda galaxy and they despatch a spaceship to investigate. This might sound a little like Stargate Atlantis where the Stargate Team Venture to the Pegasus Galaxy for exploration, different purpose but essentially the same idea, explore another galaxy.

The film is being directed by Justin Lin who is more well known for the Fast and Furious film series starring Vin Diesel, of Richard B. Riddick fame. The film is due out next year in the fiftieth year of the Star Trek franchise. The film is rumoured to have a new alien race that will be antagonists and Idris Elba is believed to be playing an alien. The first picture of the film has been released, its not much but it gives an idea.

First shot from Star Trek Beyond



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