Monthly Archives: July 2014

Music: Top 5

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Today, instead of a single recommendation, I’m going to recommend my Top 5 favourite tracks as of right now:

  • Affected – Meghan Tonjes feat. Tessa Violet

  • Your Love – Nicole Scherzinger

  • Louder – Neon Jungle

  • You Was – A Cover by Rusty Clanton and Tessa Violet

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YouTube: Jimmy0010

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Happy Wednesday everyone! We’re half way through the week!

Today I want to recommend a youtuber who deserves more subscribers than he has. Jimmy0010, or James Hill, has only 78, 725 subscribers on his personal YouTube channel and yet, his humour and creativity lends itself to the masses. He does a range of different videos including Q&As, advice, cooking, skits and vlogs, he does it all… and he isn’t always on his own as he has collaborated with some of the best British Vloggers on YouTube such as the likes of Crabsticks, ItsWayPastMyBedTime, Alex Day and Charlie McDonnell.

On the ‘about’ section of Jimmy’s Youtube Channel, this is his personal blurb: ‘Hi, I’m Jimmy and welcome to my channel Jimmy0010. I’m a YouTuber, presenter and writer, I’ve presented on a few different shows, and at the moment you can catch me on ‘The 4:01 Show’ or the YouTube music series Transmitter. Here on my channel you’ll find videos of me just messing around, answering your questions and sometimes trying to give a bit of advice.’

Here are some examples of his work:

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PS. Just a little extra info, Jimmy is the most recent person I’ve subscribed to on YouTube and I literally binge watched tonnes of his videos after I did.

Magazines: Superhero Movie Collection

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Today I’m reading SciFiNow’s Superhero Movie Collection Magazine, and I think you should be too! Personally, I’m such a massive fan of superheroes that I bought this very chunky magazine filled with all the superhero movie information you could wish for; from old to new to what’s coming up, it’s all mentioned. I’m going to open the magazine at four random intervals to show you some of what’s inside: 1) Articles on Avengers: Age of Ultron and interviews with the cast, 2) Article on Batman: The Movie, 3) Article on The Crow, and 4) Article on the movie Watchmen. I picked up my copy from W.H.Smiths (a UK news agents) for £9.99, a price which is well worth it for the amount you get.Upcoming Films

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Beauty/Skincare: Rhubarb Shower Creme

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Shower CremeWilko Shower CremeA new Monday, a new Beauty and skincare item, a new recommendation. So… today’s recommendation is  Wilko’s Tangy Rhubarb Shower Crème. This pink body wash works well, firstly doing its purpose: cleaning, but also in moisturising the skin and making you smell of wonderful rhubarb. Perhaps for an acquired taste; I think this product is luxurious and smells good enough to eat, really folks, it smells like those Haribo Rhubarb Stars. Delicious. In addition, it was a super cheap purchase. It costs less than a £1 normally and when I got it, it was on sale meaning it only cost me 50p for a whole 250ml bottle.

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Quote: Johnny Depp

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If you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn’t have fallen for the second.’

‘Am I a romantic? I’ve seen ‘Wuthering Heights’ ten times. I’m a romantic.’

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‘I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.’

‘There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is same. Only love.’

‘If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that’s it’s okay to be different; that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgement on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different colour.”

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture: It is from http://favimages.net/image/75208/

 

Films and TV: The Tourist

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The Tourist Film PosterI recently re-watched The Tourist and I’ve come to the conclusion that I absolutely love the film. Firstly, the cast is amazing: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Timothy Dalton and Paul Bettany are all people I absolutely love. Having Johnny and Angelina cast against each other was also another suave idea as they both are incredible at their jobs and were able to portray the appropriate type of chemistry between each other for their characters and the storyline and it is this mixed with their shared passion that made the two accurately complement each other.

The film is pretty simple in the way it’s portrayed. Yes, it has action scenes, but these aren’t the main focus and are only spotlighted throughout. This was very skilfully done in ensuring the classic romanticism was achieved to further the story. The Tourist has such an intriguing concept in this way and that’s why it can be loved so much and become ever more exciting despite its seemingly simple surface.

In addition, the film’s costumes and make-up were superbly done, Angelina looked stunning throughout and even Johnny’s normal film make-up was done noticeably well.

I truly recommend 2010’s film The Tourist to anyone who still hasn’t seen it because it really is an exciting feel good romance movie.

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Disclaimer I do not own the photo – The Tourist Movie Poster is from: http://cinema.theiapolis.com/movie-2SB0/the-tourist/gallery/film-poster-1046792.html

Food: Walker’s Baked Stars

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Stars Opened PacketStars PacketToday’s food recommendation is Walkers Baked Stars… This may well be a simple and short recommendation but sometimes we just need some lovely crisps to snack on or to fill our lunch boxes. I think these are the most delicious crisps on the planet and this isn’t a new find for me, it’s not just something I’ve tried once and thought were amazing, I genuinely have come back to this brilliant snack time and time again. I prefer the Salt and Vinegar flavour because I like Salt and Vinegar flavoured crisps the most but they do also come in a cheese and onion flavour. Honestly, if you haven’t tried them, go and buy them.

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PS. These may only be available in the UK, although Lays in other countries may have their own version.

Music: Charlie Simpson

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Charlie Simpson is a brilliantly talented young musician, who, after 12 years in the Music Industry, is currently releasing his second solo album, Long Road Home. Many of you may recognise his name without really acknowledging who he is as he was a member of the former pop band Busted (who I still love), and more recently a member of the heavy rock band, Fightstar. Over his years in the industry his music tastes have quite clearly changed with his current style exhibiting a more indie, singer-songwriter feel and not only does it have this fresher style, Charlie has created his latest music with so much passion which really does shine through.

What Charlie has said of his latest album is; ‘The making of this album has been an incredible journey for me, it is probably the hardest record I have ever had to make. It took me a while to find what I was looking for and there were points when I nearly had to go back to the drawing board. However, after taking some much needed time out from writing and all things music related, I came back with a completely fresh perspective and wrote in my opinion, some of the best music I have written in my career so far. It’s an album I am hugely proud of and one I had to fight for which makes it all the more special’. And this really does prove what I feel about his music at this current time.

So as today’s examples of his work, I’m going to show some Busted, some Fightstar and of course some of his Long Road Home album:

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Youtube: Meekakitty

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On to Youtubers/Video Wednesday…

I think the Youtube community can be a brilliant resource for good; not only does it refuse to allow people to get bored but it allows people’s creativity to get rewarded and for individual groups and communities to develop safely under mutual interests. It is for this reason; I want to, on Wednesdays share some of my favourite people and their channels on here.

Today’s recommendation is the wonderful Tessa Violet and her channel. Going under the username, Meekakitty, she has been a vlogger, a model and most recently a musician with her debut album now released. Coincidently, it was Tessa’s channel that first got me into the world of Youtube as most of us know it. She was the first vlogger I watched, the first person I made sure to follow and the person who has inspired me in so many different ways.

Here’s a few videos I recommend watching, and I hope you enjoy!

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Books: Wuthering Heights

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Wuthering HeightsEmily BronteToday’s recommendation is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (published in 1847). I have been studying the Gothic genre while doing my English Literature A-Level and this is one of the books we’ve started studying.

I completely loved the book; I think it’s a great example of the gothic genre with its sublime use of nature and intense characters. I know that many people share in that same love but it wasn’t always so well received.  As quoted from Sparknotes; ‘Even Emily Brontë’s sister Charlotte—an author whose works contained similar motifs of Gothic love and desolate landscapes—remained ambivalent toward the unapologetic intensity of her sister’s novel. In a preface to the book, which she wrote shortly after Emily Brontë’s death, Charlotte Brontë stated, “Whether it is right or advisable to create beings like Heathcliff, I do not know. I scarcely think it is.”’ I feel that what Charlotte comments on is exactly why the book is so well loved now. The Gothic explores the darker side to humanity, never admits that anyone is perfect and questions our own purpose and that, I think, we can agree is still very relevant to today.

It is at this point I must provide a disclaimer, Bronte writes the interesting character of Joseph and yet, no one in my entire English class could understand much of his dialogue. But as one of my friends found, if this becomes a problem there are translations available somewhere on the internet. Other than that, it is a brilliantly crafted piece of Literature.

I’m also going to briefly recommend Frankenstein, as written by Mary Shelley, which is another favourite of mine, and another of the Gothic genre, because it explores these same motifs while also questioning the purpose of man in relation to God.

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PS. I apologise to my followers for putting this recommendation up so late as I was ill earlier today.