Monthly Archives: October 2014

Music: Chicago

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Today I’m recommending the band Chicago and their greatest hits album. I’ve loved this band for a fair few years; ever since my dad got their album on CD and started playing it in the car. I eventually borrowed his CD, put the songs on my MP3 and listened to them myself. Recently, I borrowed the CD again to put it onto my iTunes and from that onto my iPod. I’ve been listening to the album once again almost non-stop.

Chicago is an American rock band who formed in 1967, unsurprisingly, in Chicago. They are one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups having sold more than 100 million records. Despite being dubbed as a rock band, their music tends to fit into other genres like soft rock, jazz fusion and pop rock.

Examples of their music will be below, since I can’t say much more about them without you hearing their music:

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Books: 5 Random books

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For today’s book recommendation I, once again, grabbed five random books from my bookcase…

9781906772352.225x225-75Number One

James Bond: Goldeneye by John Gardner

I’m a fan of James Bond. I love the whole atmosphere around it, I love its concept and I love its ability to engage anyone. I picked up this book because of all of this and although I haven’t yet read it, I’m sure it’ll be brilliant even if it is not written by the original author, Ian Fleming, who of course was the genius behind it all. Gardner has written fifteen Bond novels based on the script of the films. I can’t wait to read this one and all of the others!39-clues-cover

Number Two

The Maze of Bones – Book one of the 39 Clues series by Rick Riordan.

I absolutely loved this book when I read it, which I admit was a long while ago. The story is about Amy and Dan Cahill who after a relative’s death find a whole hidden world unravelling before them. They need to go around the world hunting for the 39 clues to find out exactly how powerful their family is. I bought this book not realising that it was part of an entire 10 book series and thus I got to the end of reading it only to find out I was being left on a cliff hanger. I finally bought the 2nd and 3rd books but I haven’t read them since I’m waiting until I have the entire series to read the first again and to continue the rest of the story. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the entire story when I finally read it.

In addition, this book series runs alongside a trading card game. It always confused me but I thought it was very cbooks_11ool. Perhaps if you are intrigued and purchase the series you’ll manage to understand it better than me, since trading cards were never my strong suit when it moved from collecting into playing.

Number Three

VIII by H. M. Castor.

‘Destined for GREATNESS… tormented by DEMONS.’

Another interesting book that I have not read and yet I believe will be good and quite interesting. I found this book in Aldi, it was £1.99, and I thought it looked good because I‘ve been studying Henry VIII and the Tudor period in my History A-level work. Since I can’t describe the book I’ll insert the blurb: ‘VIII is the story of Hal: a young, handsome, gifted warrior, who believes he has been chosen to lead his people. But he is plagued by the ghosts of his family’s violent past and, once he rises to power, he turns to murder and rapacious cruelty. He is Henry VIII.’13035

Number Four

Bleach by Tite Kubo (Volume 1)

About six years ago I was obsessed with the anime Bleach. I was introduced to it through friends who were equally obsessed and we all watched the episodes on YouTube. Soon enough we found other things to be obsessed with and I fell out of love with anime in general. But I still appreciate manga, the print version of anime. I enjoyed reading the Bleach manga, although I’ve only ever read or owned volume 1 and volume 4. I will try to quote the blurb here: ‘Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society. While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family; but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits and, along with Rukia-who is slowly regaining her powers-it’s Ichigo’s job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves BuffyNovelColl1find peace.’

Number Five

Buffy the Vampire Slayer by John Vorkholt, Arthur Byron Cover and Alice Henderson.

Stories – Coyote Moon, Night of the Living Rerun and Portal Through Time.

‘In every generation, there is a chosen one. A slayer destined to protect the human race. She alone must fight the demons of hell. She alone must risk her life to stop the spread of evil. Buffy is the chosen one.’

We all know Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favourite TV Show (or you should if you’ve been reading my blogs long enough) and so it was only natural that I would purchase this series of three BtVS novels. Each book has three stories within written by three different people. I think this first book is my favourite and I absolutely love the stories and of course I love the further development of my favourite characters. My only problem is that I wish these stories were made into episodes of the programme too.

The blurb for each story is: ‘In Coyote Moon, a typical night at the carnival becomes deadly as shape-shifters turn the amusement park into their own house of horrors. Buffy starts having past-life nightmares in Night of the Living Rerun, and must face her historic counterpart before the events of the past repeat in the present. In Portal through Time, Slayers over the centuries are in danger and Buffy must protect them in order to save her own life and legacy’.

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Disclaimer – I do not these pictures, they are from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/goldeneye/id672157889?mt=11, http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_(novels), http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/The+39+Clues+Maze+of+Bones, http://murrayhill.wikispaces.com/Read_Review, http://neilspencephotography.com/book-covers.html.

Quote: Colin Firth

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bbe045caacc829e533f784814dfba3ce‘It used to be that I was always paranoid or a loser or something so there’s usually something that you seem to associate yourself with at one time or another.’

‘I would rather five people knew my work and thought it was good work than five million knew me and were indifferent.’

‘I absolutely don’t care about my looks and I’m so used to them that I wouldn’t change a thing. I would end up missing my defects.’

‘As much as the next person, I want to be approved of, but I’m not greedy for that stuff.’

‘I have a kind of neutrality, physically, which has helped me. I have a face that can be made to look a lot better – or a lot worse.’

‘Bridget Jones is part of literary lore now and actually to be a part of it is enormously flattering.’

‘I was delighted to become a popular-culture reference point. I’m still delighted about it actually, and I still find it to be weird.’

‘I’m not patient, and some things drive me crazy. In my work, I get incredibly upset when people don’t get it right or don’t respect others’ needs.’

‘I work with the options I have in front of me and my reasons for choosing a job can vary enormously depending on the circumstances. Sometimes I take a job because it’s a group of people I’m dying to work with, and sometimes it can be a desire to shake things up a bit and not to take myself too seriously.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://www.pinterest.com/micaelaluque/colin-firth/

Film: Enchanted

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ad3a9bb7b384dda3967751bf4de82c6aI’ve recently been writing about Enchanted for my Creative Media work, so I thought if I can write about it for that, I can write about it for my blog too.

Over the summer I bought Enchanted from HMV as I had wanted to watch it for ages and had never got the opportunity (and bonus: it only cost £2.99 because I was buying other things). So, yay. I had bought it… but unfortunately it just sat on my desk while I chose to watch other things and then I went back to school so my time was limited. Over my first week back I started to feel ill and by the Friday I had to take the day off because I wasn’t feeling too good. I took this opportunity to just chill and watch films all day. Enchanted was one of these.

I absolutely love Enchanted. It’s about a beautiful princess, Giselle, and all she wants is to find her prince. But as soon as she finds him, she is banished by the evil queen from her animated land to our crazy reality of modern day New York City. Not only does she not understand the way our world works, she is lost, comically so, taking things very literally and getting upset by the fact she’s been ignored by most of the population of New York. This is until she finds a lawyer called Robert. Her entire world gets thrown around, again, when her view of love begins to change and as the IMDB summary finishes: ‘Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?’

The concept is very clever with a Disney Princess character falling into a world like ours and seeing how it all unfolds. I think this film is brilliant. It is the perfect family film and has such a feel good ending which, I’m sure by now, you all know I love.

This film also has a wonderful cast: Amy Adams as Giselle, Patrick Dempsey as Robert, James Marsden as Edward (Giselle’s prince), Timothy Spall as Nathaniel, Idina Menzel as Nancy and Susan Sarandon as the evil Queen, Narissa. In addition, Julie Andrews is The Narrator in a voice only part.

If you want something light and lovely to watch, I recommend Enchanted!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the movie poster, it is from: http://www.picpicx.com/enchanted/

YouTube: Jim Chapman

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IMG_4094Jim Chapman is a vlogger on YouTube. He is a brilliant person, so honest and kind, and an amazing YouTuber. He currently has two channels, his main channel and his vlog channel.

On his main channel he does a wide range of videos from challenges, sit-down vlogs, monthly favourites, cooking, DIY videos and collabs with his many YouTube friends including; Alfie Deyes, Zoe Sugg, Joe Sugg, Marcus Butler, Niomi Smart, Tyler Oakley and his fiancé Tanya Burr as a few examples. He posts each Sunday.

On his vlog channel, which he recently relaunched, he posts daily vlogs every week day. These follow his adventures at home, in London, in Norwich, with his family, with his friends, working or even at the gym.

Please check out some of his videos and subscribe:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://www.jimchapman.co.uk/2014_06_01_archive.html

Something Different is Called For.

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Hi everyone.

There’s going to be some changes. I’m sorry! I know people hate changes, but I’m sure that in the long run, this is going to benefit my blog.

I have been a little run of my feet since I returned to school and have had to do homework instead of writing recommendations. This has therefore led to less content and less love in my recommendations.

Therefore I announce my changes: I will not be posting daily any more. Instead I will be posting three days a week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These days will not be allocated to anything specific. I will still be recommending films, youtubers, music, books, beauty products, food and writing up celebrity quotes but these can appear on any day and in any order.

This is a massive change I realise, but I hope you guys, my followers, understand that this way I can keep a constant stream of content coming your way as well as ensure I don’t hit a wall.

Thanks so much for sticking with me these past few weeks, I truly appreciate it.

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Beauty and Hair: Argan Oil Heat Protectant

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Argan OilHello, I am back with today’s hair/beauty recommendation. Hopefully, we all know how important heat protectant is for your hair when you heat style or blow-dry. I use Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave In Spray.

This product is wonderful. Not only does it protect your hair from the damage caused by curlers, straighteners and hair dryers, it also makes your hair healthier as the ‘moroccan argan oil extract’ is ‘hydrating, nourishing and cleansing’ or so the packaging states. I couldn’t agree more. This product makes your hair brighter, softer and shinier and so overall healthier.

I also managed to pick up this product for about £1 – £1.99 in a local PoundStretcher – such a bargain!

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