Monthly Archives: August 2014

Quote: Bill Murray

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Bill ‘There’s only a couple times when fame is ever helpful. Sometimes you can get into a restaurant where the kitchen is just closing. Sometimes you can avoid a traffic violation. But the only time it really matters is in the emergency room with your kids. That’s when you want to be noticed, because it’s very easy to get forgotten in an ER’.

‘I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: ‘try being rich first’. See if that doesn’t cover most of it. There’s not much downside to being rich, other than paying taxes and having your relatives ask you for money. But when you become famous, you end up with a 24-hour job’.

‘The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself’.

‘I think all phases of one’s career are serious if you take it seriously no matter if you are doing high profile dScroogedramatic pieces or not’.

‘We’re born alone. We do need each other. It’s lonely to really effectively live your life, and anyone you can get help from or give help to; that’s part of your obligation’.

‘Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can’.

‘I don’t want to be that guy mumbling into his drink at a bar’.

‘Don’t think about your errors or failures; otherwise, you’ll never do a thing’.

‘I’ve never made any horrible, horrible movies. If you don’t ruin your reputation, you can always get work’.

‘But I can only take so much TV, because there is so much advice. I find people will preach about virtually anything – your diet, how to live your life, how to improve your golf. The lot. I have always had a thing against the Mister Know-It-Alls’.

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Film and TV: Doctor Who and Whocon!

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Today I’m recommending two things… Doctor Who and Lincoln Whocon at The Ritz.Whocon Banner

Saturday 23rd August 2014. A very busy day. I attended Lincoln’s (in England) annual Doctor Who Convention and then got treated to Deep Breath, Episode 1 of Series 8 of Doctor Who.

ritzFirstly, Whocon was absolutely fantastic.  It was held at The Ritz Cinema and Theatre which is such a cool (and small) venue. The convention was worth every penny and more; I had a standard ticket which cost me £25 plus a booking fee. This was totally reasonable for everything that was involved and bearing in mind that the Ritz are trying to fundraise to continue refurbishing and repairing the venue and trying to restore it to it’s former glory, it’s very reasonable. So Whocon… From start to finish, I cannot express how brilliant everything was. Everyone from the guests to the Ritz staff were so kind, so nice and so genuine. They invited amazing guests including; Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Simon Fisher – Becker, Peter Roy, Frazer Hines (who actually lives 15 minutes away from me!), Nick Joseph, Nev Fountain, Terry Malloy and Colin Spaull. Part of the festivities was an incredible video with Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann with the event organiser Steve Healey, who also, as far as I know, organised the brilliant opening ceremony that actually made me emotional. Then there was a beautifully organised raffle and auction which were both made amazing from the prizes/items themselves (DW figures, signed photos, board games, DW Guitar signed by all the guests, a replica working light Handles, as a few examples) and Steve’s commentary during this was hilarious. I loved the impromptu joke session too with Steve and Colin Baker, which was amazingly informal and included everyone there! AMAZING. THANK YOU SO MUCH STEVE and the rest of the RITZ team!…. I think it is worth going to the Ritz because they’re doing a lot of hard work restoring a wonderful place and it’s so great to see and to support.

Doctor Who Series 8Now onto the exciting bit… DEEP BREATH has finally hit all of our screens! Don’t worry this will be brief and therefore contain no spoilers… well, not really. New Doctor, good. Scottish sounding Doctor, good. New Theme, good. Clara, good (we all have opinions on Clara’s character but I personally love her), Strax, Jenny and Vastra, good. This episode provided a good backdrop for the rest of the series, this is because it has set up a lot of puzzles and storylines that are to be explored and figured out during Series 8. It also sets up the further characterization of the Doctor and his companions and it definitely leaves us needing more. I can’t say much more before spoiling everything but if you haven’t seen it, WHY NOT? But go on, find the episode, watch it, love it like I did. It’s such a great introduction to the new series.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above pictures they are from: http://www.ritzcinema.org/ , https://www.facebook.com/events/464390153633500/?fref=ts and http://techwarriorz.com/v2/im-excited-doctor-series-8/

Food: Marvellous Mix Ups with Oreo

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Packet Today’s food recommendation is the Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Mix-Ups, more specifically the ‘with Oreo’ version as I haven’t yet tried the ‘with Maynards’ version.

I first tried these when they first came out as they were on offer. I do tend to get bags like this only when they are on offer because the full price always seems a bit steep for the amount (111g) of chocolate you get. Anyway, I absolutely love them.

I think their concept is really interesting and new. If I got a pound for every time someone wished that there was a pack of different chocolates mixed into one so that they didn’t have to pay for four separate bags, for example, I would be the richest person on Earth ten times over. Not only is it a mixture of four different products in one packet it is also a packet of brilliant chocolates.

So what’s inside?

  1. Cadbury Dairy Milk Giant Buttons
  2. Cadbury Pebbles
  3. Cadbury White Buttons
  4. Mini Oreos.

If you like chocolate, who doesn’t, and you like these products and won’t die because you’re allergic or something, I urge you to try this product if you haven’t yet.

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Music: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

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Buffy Cd wholeI’m a massive fan of the TV Show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and somehow, I don’t remember how I got searching for it, I found the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Albums. There are three that I’ve found so far and they include music from the series, music that was played in the series and an official BtVS album.

I’ll list and explain the three albums I have here; they’ll be in the same order as the picture to the right.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once more, with Feeling

  • This album has the tracks from the Musical Episode (from Series 5) named, unsurprisingly so, Once more, with Feeling.
  • This episode was seen as brilliantly unique and remains one of Joss Whedon’s favourites.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale (music from the TV series)

  • This is the unofficial album collecting music from the show, namely music played as soundtracks and tracks played at the Bronze.
  • The music is very much 90s American, but I think for now I think the genre could be a mixture of alternative/punk/pop.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album

  • This is the official album collecting music from the show, so practically the same as the above album as it also plays soundtracks and music from the Bronze and has a similar genre.
  • Both albums have different tracks.

It’s hard to talk about the entirety of three albums as brief as I’m going to, but I think these albums are unique and include a lot of music of which is probably unheard and is very much not mainstream. I found the music to be really good and I liked that the album has a lot of different tracks so that if you don’t like one, it doesn’t degrade the whole thing, because you can skip that song and find another you do like.

The final album I would like to mention is the Official ANGEL album (ANGEL: Live fast, Die Never) that takes the soundtracks and music from the Buffy spin off series ANGEL. Now this I don’t rave about so much because it is heavily soundtrack based rather than songs and that’s down purely to the tone of the show, it doesn’t have something like the Bronze. Despite this I have found there to be about four songs that I really like and that has fortunately made me pleased that I bought this album too.

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Youtube: Good Mythical Morning

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Good Mythical Morning is a YouTube Show that airs every week day and is hosted by Rhett McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln ‘Link’ Neal, more commonly known as Rhett and Link. The duo have several channelsrhett and link including their own music channel, Rhett and Link, their morning show, Good Mythical Morning and their ‘extra’ morning show channel Good Mythical MORE.

I’ve watched Rhett and Link on their music channel for years, and these videos continue to get crazier and more hilarious as well as more professional with each new video now being made with an entire cast, an entire crew and on a huge production scale. From this, the pair created their morning show, which when it first started was also a very small production with the two of them just having a chat. Now the show, still very casual, has its own set (in the LA YouTube space I assume) and its own crew of interns.

It is this show that I would like to recommend. This is because I have been watching it every week day since I’ve been on my summer holiday and it has become the one channel I eagerly await an upload from, it is also a show that I miss on the weekends as they don’t post on Saturdays or Sundays.

I think Rhett and Link are awesome; they’re very good friends and have known each other since school, so this helps. Their show has become structured in that they do certain things on certain days.  But mostly they discuss random topics and it’s still very informal with the interns constantly asked to step in front of the camera instead of just working behind the scenes. This isn’t to say that they don’t do higher budget stuff; recently they had Daniel Radcliffe on as a guest to promote his new film and he enjoyed joining in with their crazy antics.

‘We are Rhett & Link and this is our daily morning talk show, Good Mythical Morning.

Check out our main channel for funny music videos, sketches, and ridiculous local commercials: http://youtube.com/rhettandlink

Our website has music, merch, and more: RhettandLink.com

 

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://seattletimes.com/html/living/2015408613_tvbriefs24.html

Books and Reading: Letter to an Unknown Soldier

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Today I’m not recommending a book, nor am I recommending a magazine. Today, I’m recommending a website, a website with lots of things to read and this is the 1418 website which is hSoldier Statueosting the Letter to an Unknown Soldier project.

This project was inspired by a statue of an unknown soldier in London’s Paddington Station to commemorate the 100th year Anniversary of World War One. The project asked for letters to be written to the Unknown Soldier but this was to be loosely followed with people writing to the soldier, from the soldier and some were just general ponderings. The project is now finished and the Unknown Soldier can no longer receive any more letters but all of the letters are now stored on the 1418 website creating a new kind of War Memorial. Letters will be shown on the website until 2018 when they will be transferred and stored in the British Library.

For a more in depth version of what I just said, here is some information from the website itself: ‘The website opened on the 28th June 2014, the centenary of the Sarajevo assassinations, and close at 11pm on the night of 4th August 2014, the centenary of the moment when Prime Minister Asquith announced to the House of Commons that Britain had joined the First World War. As the letters arrived, they were all published on the website and made available for everyone to read.

Letter to Unknown Soldier will be archived here, as part of 14-18 NOW, until 2018. After that, all of the letters will be archived in the British Library where they will remain permanently accessible online, providing a snapshot of what people in this country and across the world were thinking and feeling about the centenary of WW1.’

Many celebrities have taken part in the project such as Stephen Fry and our own Prime Minister, David Cameron. Not only that but many schools took part including my own, even I have taken part. I’ll enter my letter at the end of this blog post if anyone wants to read it. I then urge you to go over to the website and read some of the worlds’ letters.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, it is from: http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/war-and-conflict/first-world-war/art488420-Statue-of-the-Unknown-Soldier-receives-over-4000-letters-in-First-World-War-Centenary-project

 

Letter from an Unknown Soldier:

Tension has been building ever so slowly, as time goes on, the more we grow silent. There’s a chill in the air making everything feel unpleasant, the sinister wind is whispering tales to us from the future. I didn’t have any sleep last night, as the fear in my stomach fluttered, the anticipation numbs my thoughts, my very feelings. I haven’t eaten breakfast this morning, although I was served a hearty meal, I couldn’t eat a bite. I feel like a condemned man, awaiting the dark that’s inevitable. The others and I don’t bear to look into each other’s eyes for we do not know who will still be here in the coming hours. When the whistle blows, I may not be here either.

So this is my last goodbye I suppose, I hope my efforts and the efforts of my comrades do make a difference, that they’re worth it later tonight, worth it when the wars over, worth it in 100 years. Don’t cry, as I presume you already are, for I will finally be in peace, in my heart, as I won’t have to suffer the images of my friends, my brothers, dying… to finally see the end of the cries, the gunshots, to stop fearing death… it will be a great pleasure. When I’m in Heaven, I can once again enjoy the sweet sound of music, the taste of those boiled sweets, the baking you made for me the last time we spoke and I will once again be able to see my boys as they play football in the streets. I’ll forever be watching, my love.

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Dear Mrs. Locke.
            It is my painful duty to inform you that a report has been received from the War Office notifying the death of: Corporal Edward Locke, which occurred on the front lines.
            By His Majesty’s command I am to forward the enclosed message of sympathy from Their Gracious Majesties the King and Queen, I am at the same time to express the regret of the Army Council at his passing in his Country’s service.
            Any information that may be received as to the soldier’s burial will be communicated to you in due course. A separate leaflet dealing more fully with this subject is enclosed.
Will you also kindly accept my sincere sympathy and condolence in the demise of such a worthy citizen and heroic soldier. While one cannot too deeply mourn the loss of such a brave comrade and husband, I believe comfort can be taken in knowing that he did his duty fearlessly and well, and gave his life for the protection of his country.
            Again extending to you my heartfelt sympathy.                                                                             Faithfully, Major General William Phelps.

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I’m just an unknown soldier, going to die amongst other unknown faces, I know that. So remember, when you see an Unknown Soldier show him love for his name has already been forgotten… make sure his face isn’t.

Beauty: Skinology Cleansers

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SkinologyI want to recommend Skinology Cleansers. This is because I’ve found them to be very helpful in keeping away my breakouts and for generally cleaning my face. The difficulty in recommending things like this is that everyone’s skin is completely different and completely unique so these products may not work for everyone and may even make someone’s acne or spot related issue worse.

What do I use?

  • Skinology Tea Tree Blackhead Cleanser ‘bye-bye blackheads and don’t come back. No one likes you!’
  • Skinology Cleansing Lotion ‘our carefully balanced formula helps you on your way to cleaner, clearer skin.’

I’ve been using these products for a while, but I had a period of bad break outs so I stopped using  most of my skin products. Only recently have I started using these on a regular basis, without any of the other products I had previously, so I know that for me, these work. They help keep spots away and they’ve helped clear up the spots I have had quickly. The Blackhead Cleanser especially helps with dirt and grease. I feel like I have much cleaner and clearer skin.

Hopefully these products will be able to help you too!

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