Season’s favorite challenge

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When I started blogging, I stumbled on many prompts and challenges. I often thought I would like to create one myself and manage it through to the end. With my favorite season- summer- here and today’s morning coffee the idea came unexpectedly. I invite you to participate with me. Let’s enjoy some time together in the blog world.

Anyone is welcome!

The challenge will take place in July and it will include 5 posts.

2 July – Spring’s favorite

9 July – Summer’s favorite

16 July – Autumn’s favorite

23 July – Winter’s favorite

30 July – All time favorite

Each post has to contain your favorite: word, quote, poem, book, song, movie, town, animal, flower, food and image related to each seasonFor the last post on July 30, it should contain your all-time favorite.

If you are bi-or-multi-lingual and have a favorite word that is not English, please know the word is not limited to English. The poem may be written by you or by someone else. It doesn’t need to be titled with the name of the season. It needs to show what each season makes you write or think about. With the song you may include a video, but this is not a must rule. The town can be a place where you think a season is best spent, even if you haven’t been there. You can provide a recipe when you write about your favorite meal. Or, you can just name your favorite brand or include a little explanation of why exactly this is your favorite. Most of all the idea of this challenge is to share what we like with others. So be creative in any way you’d like! I would love to discover common or rare interests in the posts of others and to meet new people and be inspired by the desires of others.

After the challenge is over, I’ll choose the posts that I liked the most and create a winners’ tribute. My posts will be up every Saturday at 12:01 a.m. my time. I live in Athens, Greece. You will have a week – from Saturday to Saturday – to share your link in the comment section of my posts. Please feel free to use the banner for Seasons’ Favorite challenge that Sonam and I created. Thank you for the help Sonam! Also, I’d like to invite Cherlyn Cochrane from Over a cup of coffee. Cherlyn took part in a challenge called 31 days of blogging honesty, I enjoyed seeing her posting every day and now that the challenge is over, I’d like to give her more reasons to share with us her unique view on life. So, I think I said everything I was supposed to say about this challenge and if I haven’t, feel free to ask questions. I truly hope there will be enough people to find the idea appealing. I can’t wait for July and the first post of the challenge! Until then, be happy everyone! Peace & Love …

© 2011  Broken Sparkles

Spartacus – blood and sand

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.

They must be felt within the heart.”

~Helen Keller

It takes a lot something, someone to really impress me and to stand in awe, to loose myself in thoughts and wonders. But once in a while happens and the feeling of being touched has no match to any other feelings. Recently, a friend recommended a TV show called “Spartacus-blood and sand”, but it was just aired on USA Starz channel and I couldn’t find online link to watch the show, so I just forgot about it. A week ago, another friend mentioned the show and I tried finding it again and this time with success.

I saw the 13 episodes from season 1 for 2,5 days. I don’t remember when was the last time when I was absorbed that much in a show. “Lost” and “Prison break” had my attention, but not the kind of attention that will make me skip dinner or switch my phones off so I won’t be disturbed in the middle of an episode.“Spartacus- blood and sand” made me feel, made me think I’ve opened a door I shouldn’t have.

And when the end of the series came, I sat on the couch quiet for hours, thinking, what I’m going to do with my life now? And I must say, I’m still in this same trance, half- conscious state of mind. It will probably take a while to watch another movie or TV show, as and everything I’ve written for the past few days seems so plain and not worth sharing, compared to the effect Spartacus had on me. I decided to make a post about the show and get rid off the feelings and the thoughts, so maybe tomorrow I won’t find the world boring and gray again and I will be back to normal, enjoying the beauty of simple life. Enjoy!

Let’s start with the trailer, where I have to say, the show contains rather violent scenes, I personally don’t mind the violence in movies, though here, there were few times I had to turn my eyes away from the screen. Some might find the content of few scenes offensive and inappropriate, but I think, the makers presented the scent of the Roman empire very correct and with vivid success.


Series Directed byMichael Hurst, Rick Jacobson, Jesse Warn

Series Writing creditsSteven S. DeKnight, Brent Fletcher, Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing, Miranda Kwok, Daniel Knauf

Series Produced bySam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert, Joshua Donen

Series Original Music byJoseph LoDuca

I’m sorry I can’t post all names of the people that worked hard to create the show, the editors, the casting, the make-up, the costumes-design, the art decoration … special effects etc., their work as a team made the brilliant result, for the rest of the crew, link HERE.

I’d like to say WELL DONE to everyone, you certainly have the Oscar, the Golden Globe and the Emmy award of my heart.

History facts– little is known with certainty about Spartacus. An accomplished, Thracian military leader, captured by the Romans and condemned to slavery. Trained at a gladiatorial school in Capua/ Italy/, where among a group of gladiators, organized an escape and fought a way to freedom. Other facts may not always be reliable to history, which gives the chance to film- makers to be creative with the scripts of movies and shows. In “Spartacus – blood and sand”, I personally liked the way the writers handled the history facts and the intriguing story to seize the attention of the audience.

Series Cast

Andy Whitfield – Spartacus

Andy Whitfield /Spartacus/ – Separated from his wife Sura and sent as a slave in the gladiator’s house of Batiatus , fighting to prove his abilities, his place among the other gladiators, when the only reason to keep him going is the love for his wife, made Spartacus hero of my soul. Not only I sympathize the actor and his charm, but and the way he performed his role. The look in his eyes, the patience, the emotions hidden behind the fearless face, I wish there was a way to touch even a “pale shadow” of a man like this.

John Hannah – Batiatus

John Hannah / Batiatus/ – Never managed to reach the approval of his father, for his actions, Batiatus is ready to do anything to have glory over his gladiators house. To kill, to betray, to sell in the name of power, makes the TV character rather unpleasant. There were few times I wanted to strangle him with my own hands, for causing pain, for being the devil himself. But that only speaks about the perfect acting John Hannah performs. Brilliant actor in my eyes!

Lucy Lawless – Lucretia

Lucy Lawless /Lucretia/– wife of Batiatus, one of the memorable ladies in the show, always by the side of her husband. Not afraid to follow the ambitions of a Roman woman and wife, ready to make a sacrifice or two in the name of power, even if her actions appear cruel.

Erin Cummings – Sura

Erin Cummings /Sura/ – Thracian wife of Spartacus, once separated from him by the Romans and enslaved, never to be reunited, communicating in their thoughts and dreams. Sura is the embodiment of everything Spartacus fights for.

Manu Bennett / Crixus/ – Champion of Capua, before Spartacus arrives at the house of Batiatus. To keep the title is not an easy task. Crixus tries to teach Spartacus what being a gladiator is, sometimes in a rather nasty way, but on the end Spartacus is the one to teach him a lesson about life, love and respect for others. What I liked the most in the character of Crixus is that despite the brutality on the arena, he found love and tenderness for Naevia, innocent girl, Lucretia’s body slave.

Lesley-Ann Brandt / Naevia/ – Crixus’ passionate love, just starting to understand the secrets of being a  woman, learning that the position of a female slave is a delicate one.

Crixus and Naevia

Crixus and Naevia

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Craig Parker / Claudius Glaber/– The Roman commander of a legion, driven mostly by his ambition for political advantage. Glaber blames Spartacus for his failed military skills in battles, he is the one to capture Spartacus and wishes to see him die in the arena, a reason the Thracian gladiator to find himself in the house of Batiatus.

Viva Bianca / Ilithyia/ – Spoiled, selfish wife of Claudius Glaber. Playing with lives and destinies of people out of boredom. Amused and certain in her mission to ruin Spartacus, yet, I hope in season 2 there will be a lesson for her and her husband, one to hold for centuries.

Glaber and Ilithyia

Doctore

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Peter Mensah /Doctore/ – Doctore Oenomaus, one of the best gladiators at the House of Batiatus, survived a fight with the legendary Theokoles. After that trainer of the gladiators, when Batiatus didn’t let him return to the arena. Powerful presence indeed!

Katrina Law / Mira/– one of Lucretia’s obedient slaves with a fierce personality. She obeys the wishes of Lucretia without questions, she seems to accept her life as a slave, but helps Spartacus with the escape. In my opinion, because she has feelings for him. But we don’t know for sure if she really existed back then, and if she could’ve been a reason Spartacus to heal himself after the death of his wife Sura. Either way, I liked Mira very much.

Mira and Spartacus

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There will be season 2 in 2012, but I found out that Andy Whitfield /Spartacus/ won’t be in it because of his illness, he fights cancer and it was gone for a while, but the internet information says the cancer is back and they’ve already chosen another Spartacus. The show in general is great, everyone plays their roles perfect, but to me Spartacus in Andy Whitfield’s face was the finishing touch of the feelings this show triggered inside of me. I hope the actor will be well and find the power to get over this hard moment. I highly recommend to all of you stopping by here to see “Spartacus blood and sand” and enjoy it again and for me …

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I don’t hold rights over any of the images in this post or the youtube video, I’ve used Google to search for the photos and most of them have the Starz sign.

Thank you for reading and being with me … wishing you a lovely Sunday.

© 2011 Broken Sparkles