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Boy's touching plea leads to magical Spitfire flight 'I want to see my grandad smile'

So he sent a heartfelt letter to airfields and private Spitfire owners across the country last summer, asking if anyone could secure him a flight in the classic aircraft. Harrison had written: “It breaks my heart to see him so sad. When we are together now I can tell that he doesn’t have the same amount of fun and his mind is always thinking about Nanny.
“I want him to smile again. The only time he seems happy is when we are talking about the RAF and the Second World War, and so I am trying to find someone that could help me get him up in a Spitfire. His dad was a mechanic in the war but was discharged because of shell shock.”

Staff at the Spitfire Academy, based at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, were so touched by the appeal that not only did they agree to take Malcolm up in a Spitfire for his birthday but, as a special surprise, they offered to take Harrison up at the same time in a 1940s Harvard.

Harrison, from Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, only found out he would be joining his grandad just before the flight from the West Sussex airfield yesterday.

He said: “I was so surprised, it was such an amazing experience. We did a barrel roll, a dive and we did a loop the loop. When I was upside down, it was the best feeling in the world.”

Of his Spitfire flight, Malcolm said: “It was a wonderful experience. I felt fantastic. It is something you have got to experience. To see what that plane can do is just astounding.

“The pilot let me take over the controls and I saw how it could move from left and right. I will always remember it.”

Malcolm, from Hampton, Greater London, has been married to Sandra for 57 years. He was deeply touched by the lengths his grandson went in order to cheer him up.

He said: “He is an amazing grandson. It is unbelievable, he is very persistent.

“There’s nothing better that I could have received than a chance to go up in a Spitfire.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

Mini Review: Magical Drop II – Fun And Colourful Puzzle Action

Magical Drop is Data East’s take on the competitive puzzle game, but with a major twist – instead of falling blocks, like Tetris or Puyo Puyo, you control little characters at the bottom of the screen that grab and toss coloured balloons that drop from the top of the screen. Grab, toss, and match three (or more) in a row vertically, and they’ll disappear, as well as popping any other adjacent balloons of the same colour.

The remaining balloons will fall upwards, potentially matching up more colours and creating a combo. This will cause more balloons to show up on your opponent’s screen, with the overall goal being to overwhelm them. If you’d rather not play competitively there are two single player modes – one just presents an enormous playing field and continues until balloons appear too quickly to deal with, while the other presents simple puzzles that you need to solve within a time limit.

Each of the characters are based on a tarot card, and while their sprites are tiny at the bottom of the screen, their playing field also has an enormous animated background portrait that celebrates when you’re doing well and cowers when you’re doing poorly. There’s a lot of personality in the characters here, and the game is infamous for the bouncy World and Empress characters.

Magical Drop II originated on the Neo Geo, and this Super Famicom port is a pretty solid conversion. Some of the animations are missing, but it still looks fantastic for a 16-bit console game. The arcade game also used a generic jester character to represent the player, while the SFC version uses the chosen character themselves. Other changes are fairly minor, like some extra characters being unlocked from the outset.

The arcade game also had a Puyo Puyo-style Story mode where super deformed versions of the characters faced off before each map, though they were strangely silent. Here, they actually exchange some brief dialogue. The other notable change is that the playing field has been reduced from seven balloons in width down to six, due to the lower resolution of the SNES. There are also a few more game types available in the versus mode.

Magical Drop II is pretty good, but it’s still not quite as attractive looking as the Neo Geo original, which is available via the Arcade Archives range on the Switch. Also available is Magical Drop III, generally agreed to be the best game in the series, which has a larger character roster, an expanded game board-style story mode, and other improvements. Most of these additions make this predecessor redundant… although having it on the Nintendo Switch Online service is convenient for those who enjoy (or want to try) Magical Drop without plunking down the cash for it. It’s still a solid title overall.

The SFC version of Magical Drop II was initially Japanese only, but this version is fully in English. The translation is different from the one featured on Retro-Bit’s Data East Classics Collection for the SNES released back in 2018, so it’s believed the version featured on the NSO was originally a prototype created to pitch for an English release, but was ultimately cancelled. It’s certainly cool to see this released, just from a preservation perspective.

With five new additions to Nintendo Switch Online’s catalogue of NES and SNES games arriving today, we decided to review these new/old releases to help you decide which to play first. Enjoy!

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Reviews

Dad Designs Magical Costumes For His Kids

NEW YORK — “Whatever your dream is, it can come true. You just have to work really hard for it.”Nephi Gargcia is a talented fashion designer, but what he truly loves to do is make custom, transformable costumes for his kids! He started the Instagram account

@DesignerDaddy and went viral for the magical outfit he designs for his son and daughter.

“I got into designing when I was about 11 years old. My grandmother actually taught me how to sew. I remember, you know, I had my little sewing machine. And I had some scrap fabrics. Our whole family likes to play dress-up. So I decided to make my daughter a fairy godmother dress.” The dress, a photo of which quickly went viral, features a hidden mechanism that allows the wearer to transform. “I had no idea it was going to be such a huge hit.”

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Stepping up at the right time: Chelsea fans salute magical Mount

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Chelsea fans heaped praise on young talents Mason Mount and Kai Havertz as they starred in a clinical 2-0 defeat of Fulham to cement the Blues’ position in fourth spot in the Premier League.

Midfield maestro Mount bolstered his rapidly growing reputation with a sublime touch to set up Havertz to put Chelsea ahead after just 10 minutes at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, controlling a long ball from Thiago Silva before feeding the German who slid home his third league goal of the season since making a £75 million move from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

The finish was cute but the praise was all for Mount for the magical way the 22-year-old England man killed the ball dead before sending a perfectly-weighted through-ball to his teammate – a moment which sent social media into raptures at the youngster’s “scary” talent.

Havertz had the ball in the net again just over five minutes later, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Relegation-threatened Fulham – led by former Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker in the dugout – had chances of their own in the first half, with the hosts indebted to several acrobatic saves from Edouard Mendy in goal.

Hakim Ziyech – starting the game as one of a host of changes by Chelsea boss Tuchel after the midweek Champions League semi-final draw with Real Madrid – spurned a golden chance to double his team’s lead when the ball was cut back to him by Timo Werner, with the Moroccan sending the ball straight at Fulham ‘keeper Alphonse Areola.

Four minutes into the second half and the lead was two for Chelsea, and again it was Havertz who got on the scoresheet.

Left back Ben Chilwell drilled the ball across field towards Havertz, who brought the ball down and cut inside, feeding Werner while continuing his run intelligently into space.

Much maligned for his impotence in front of goal, Werner has at least continued to be industrious in his efforts to facilitate his teammates, and the German showed awareness to play in countryman Havertz as he slotted home calmly again.

The double for Havertz – which took him to three goals in his past three Premier League appearances – left Chelsea fans on social media proclaiming that the youngster’s struggles in adapting to life in England were firmly behind him.

“This is why you don’t write off young players like Havertz so early,” wrote one fan.

“He’s now finally adapting and you can [see] he’s absolute quality. People were seriously calling him a flop after having Covid, injuries, being played out of position and adapting to a new country. Unbelievable signing.”

Those sentiments were echoed elsewhere, as Havertz, 21, was praised for coming good at a crucial stage of the season for his team as they aim to secure a spot in the top four as well as chase an unlikely Champions League title, with their semi-final tie with Real delicately poised at 1-1 ahead of the return leg in London next week.

Mount made way for Tammy Abraham on 76 minutes after the midfielder was involved in a painful-looking collision, and fans will hope he will not be hindered from featuring against Zinedine Zidane’s men on Wednesday in the English capital.

After watching his team pick up an 11th clean sheet in 15 Premier League games under his management, Tuchel was full of praise for his men.

“We knew that Fulham gives everybody a hard time, they make you work hard and suffer,” the Chelsea boss said afterwards.

“You can’t get confused because of where they are in the table, so I have the highest respect for what we did today.

“We were spot on [with our focus]. It’s what we demanded of ourselves between two big games… There was absolutely no lack of concentration.”

Speaking on Havertz, Tuchel was full of praise for his fellow German, saying: “This is what we want, if somebody gets your chance you have to make your point. A very good performance from our two strikers [Werner and Havertz].”

While Fulham look increasingly doomed to drop out of the Premier League – finding themselves nine points from safety with four games to play – Chelsea will take pleasure from a routine win ahead of the sterner test from Spanish giants Real and a Premier League meeting at champions-elect Manchester City next weekend.

Heading into that clash, City could already be crowned Premier League champions, should nearest rivals Manchester United lose to Liverpool on Sunday.

Chelsea meanwhile are sitting pretty in the battle for fourth spot, six points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham, but having played one game more. Looking upwards, Tuchel’s men are just two points behind Leicester City in third.

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It Takes Two’s New Trailer Gives an Exciting Peek into a Magical World


  • Watch the exciting new trailer for It Takes Two, the next co-op action adventure from the award-winning creators of A Way Out.
  • Learn how the story and gameplay merge in an innovative and heartfelt experience.
  • Meet some of the weird and wonderful characters of this magical world – including a vengeful vacuum cleaner!

The new trailer for the upcoming action-adventure co-op platformer It Takes Two is here! It gives us another exciting peek into its magical world, the gameplay challenges and characters residing within, and how our protagonists Cody and May got there in the first place. Watch it now and learn even more below!

Rose, normally a happy and carefree 9-year-old, is devastated that her parents, Cody and May, have been arguing a lot as of late. It’s bad, and they’ve decided to split up. Believing that her dad and mom are too busy to pay attention to her, Rose takes matters into her own hands.

In secret, she pleads with a self-help book titled “Book of Love” and two scrappy-looking dolls representing her parents. She cries and desperately begs them to stay together. Unbeknownst to Rose, her tears magically transform real-life Cody and May into the dolls, throwing them headfirst into a fantastical world.

Here, Cody and May encounter Dr. Hakim – a living version of Rose’s “Book of Love.” Dr. Hakim claims that he promised Rose to fix their relationship. He further explains that this strange world they’re now in is a result of their own neglect – both for each other and the things around them.

The vacuum cleaner they didn’t get around to fix? Well, it’s alive now, and out for revenge. The wasp nest that was never removed? It has sparked an all-out war between a gang of squirrels and the invading insects. That’s just a taste of some of the obstacles Cody and May will have to overcome to get back to normal.

As a “famous expert on love,” Dr. Hakim has designed specific challenges for Cody and May based on his own philosophy on topics such as time, attraction, and passion. The key to success? Working together, of course!

Because in the genre-bending, magical, and disruptive world of It Takes Two, only one thing’s for certain: We’re better together.

Pre-order It Takes Two for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S today on the Microsoft Store for Xbox and get ready for a wild co-op adventure on March 26! With Friend’s Pass, invite someone who you’d like to share this genre-bending, mind-blowing, co-op only platform adventure with – for free! Curious to learn more about May, Cody, Rose, and Dr. Hakim? Jump over to the characters page on the official It Takes Two website!

Daniel Steinholtz, Editorial Writer, EA