Monthly Archives: November 2014

Quote: Leonardo DiCaprio

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NEC67kCZO21HFH_1_1‘I’m not the kind of person who tries to be cool or trendy, I’m definitely an individual’.

‘Everywhere I go somebody is staring at me, I don’t know if people are staring because they recognise me or because they think I’m a weirdo’.

‘If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people’.

‘That’s really my motivation. I want to do something as good as my heroes have done’.

‘My mother is a walking miracle’.

‘Drugs? Everyone has a choice and I choose not to do drugs’.

‘I really don’t know what I’m doing… I don’t. It’s terrible. I go in there and I learn how to be like the character and do the best I can, and that’s all I really do’.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo above, it is from: http://www.movieweb.com/leonardo-dicaprio-reunites-with-shutter-island-writer-dennis-lehane-for-travis-mcgee

Film and TV: New Girl

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NEW-GIRL-POSTER_510I have been watching New Girl at every free moment I can. I watched it when it first aired and now have Season 1 and 2 on DVD. This show has great characters, great scenarios and a great concept. The concept is that one girl lives in a loft with three guys. Hijinks ensue.

The plot is described as follows (from google+): ‘After going through a rough breakup, awkward and upbeat Jess moves in with three single guys. Intelligent and witty Nick is an underachiever who took the bartender off-ramp on his road to success. Schmidt obsesses over his social standing and looks at Jess as a personal project. Winston is a competitive former athlete who, after realizing he will never become a pro, moves into the loft. Together with Jess’ best friend, Cece, they bond to form an unlikely, and dysfunctional, family.’

The show is so loveable because of these four people who live together and because each episode allows us to see their relationships develop and grow both with each other and with outside characters. Part of this comes from excellent actors such as; Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Hannah Simone, Lamorne Morris and Damon Wayans Jr.

I am so obsessed, once again, with this show and I’m sad because I’m not watching the show right now!

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Disclaimer: I do not own the above picture, it is from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1826940/

YouTube: Top 5 Videos Right Now

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TOP 5 Favourite Videos right now:

Since I usually recommend people or channels, I figured I’d do something different for this YouTube recommendation and instead give a Top 5 of the videos I have been loving recently.

1 – Wheezy Waiter’s video ‘? (1000)’

It is such a beautiful video which not only is his 1000th video but is also his proposal to his long-term girlfriend Chyna.

2 – Carrie’s video on ‘The Friend Zone’

Carrie does a wide range of videos, but some of my favourites are her ‘advice’ videos or discussion type videos like this one.

3 – Jimmy’s video on Sexual Abuse.

I usually love Jimmy’s videos regardless of what they are and often because they are comical but in this case Jimmy gets very serious and talks about Sexual Abuse on YouTube. I enjoy this video because I feel like it deals well in commenting on a situation that is very prevalent in the YouTube community at this current time.

4 – The Best of Suits|Humor

I love the programme Suits so much and this video demonstrates some of the reasons why. If you love Suits too you should check the video out. It is well edited and put to great music.

5 – Tanya’s Halloween Night In

I love daily vlogs and right now, I love Tanya’s the most. I watched this video earlier today and I just think it was so casual and so relaxed it was great.

Enjoy!

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Book: Inkspell

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Onto the second book in the Inkheart trilogy (as I recommended Inkheart last week)… Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (published in 2005). Disclaimer: there are going to be spoilers for Inkheart in this recommendation since it follows on from t553808he same story. If you haven’t read Inkheart don’t read this.

The Blurb reads as ‘Let the imaginary become real… Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of the extraordinary events of Inkheart, and the story whose characters strode out of the pages, and changed her life for ever. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater, torn from his world of words, the need to return has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the magical ability to read him back, he sets in motion a dangerous reversal that sees the characters of Inkheart transported to a charmed Inkworld, about to be fought over by rival rebels and princes.’

This book has all the same things to it which made me like Inkheart before. The characters are amazing, the narrative is cleverly written and this is especially seen at the beginning of the novel as Funke makes subtle differences between Resa’s relationship with Meggie and Mo compared to Mo’s relationship with Meggie and it makes it apparent that just because the family is reunited doesn’t mean that Resa didn’t miss out on nine years of her family’s life, and that time still needs to be caught up.

Funke’s writing is especially brilliant when it comes to describing the new world, the Inkworld. She also takes the reader through various time shifts and switches between scenes without causing confusion. Throughout the novel there can be sets of characters in four different places and Funke carefully goes between these groups. It is flawlessly well done.

Another brilliant book in the Inkheart trilogy; now onto the third one… I have to say I still like Inkheart a little bit more, but it was interesting to see the Inkworld and to see all the twists and turns as the story developed.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, it is from: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28195.Inkspell

Quote: Donny Osmund

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‘If you’re climbing the ladder photo-bio2of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don’t look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don’t think you’re progressing until you step back and see how high you’ve really gone.’

‘I never smile unless I mean it’.

‘You have to believe in yourself, otherwise you can’t do it. If you don’t believe in yourself, how do expect anyone else to? Because ultimately, you’re the one who has to do it.’

‘I had a rough spot about being a goody-goody Mormon, and not drinking or smoking. But I’m kind of grateful I’ve got this image now. There are no skeletons in my closet. What you see is what you get.’

‘Sometimes people take it for granted that they had success, especially nowadays when you have instant stardom. A lot of people feel entitlement and nobody is entitled to anything.’

‘Romance is alive and well in America, but the 50 percent who can’t make it work fail because of selfishness. It gets down to that. You can’t oversimplify it because every situation is so complex.’

‘Our father taught us such a work ethic that if there’s something worth doing, it’s worth doing well.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://donny.com/donny/

YouTube: Jesse the Reader

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hqdefaultSlowly but surely the BookTubing community is growing. It finally found me through Jesse the Reader, a BookTuber, who I recently subscribed to.  So what is the BookTube community? Well, simply it’s a safe place for book nerds to gush over all the books they love.

Jesse is an intense lover of books and he does not hide this. His channel ‘about’ reads ‘I’m a BOOK WARRIOR, here to have fun & share my love for books. :)’. He manages through TAG videos, reviews and hauls. Not only is he amazingly enthusiastic about what he recommends or talks about he is also a touch crazy, which is never bad.

Here are some examples of his videos:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpN9Zka4f3s

Quote: Peter Capaldi

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doctor-who-photo‘I love people where, at the end of the day, they’ll pick up a paintbrush and paint clouds. They can physically make things.’

‘I was always admiring people who seemed to conduct themselves with ease in the world. Maybe that’s a great gift to give your kids if you can do that. Because they can move through the world without neurosis, this anxiety about everything, which our own parents gave us.’

‘I’m sure if Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be doing classic guitar solos on YouTube.’

‘My adolescence was a kind of motorway pile-up. I wish I had known that one day the geek would inherit the Earth.’

‘Real heroes are all around us and uncelebrated.’

‘The best advice is to get on with it. I’m very prone to falling into depressions – not clinical, just ‘can’t be bothered.’ It’s such a waste of time.’

‘When I was acting, I was always asking about the mechanics of filmmaking. I decided I would learn what everyone on set was doing, so I would feel less threatened.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from http://www.thewrap.com/peter-capaldis-doctor-who-will-be-darker-and-a-lot-less-patient-photo/

Book: Inkheart

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inkheartFinally I have finished reading a whole book, and a pretty chunky one at that. This week I’m recommending Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (published in 2003). I had originally watched the 2008 film before I realised that it was actually based on a book. I was inspired to read the trilogy (Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath) and as I write this I’m half way through the second book.

I think the most important part of the book that appeals to me is its extraordinary concept. The book is about people who are able to read characters out of their books. A skill that only a handful of people in the world have and a skill that only a few people care to demonstrate. It’s an extremely complex concept and is well explained in the novel so that the reader doesn’t get confused; although things do become even clearer in the second novel.

I think it’s apt to insert the novel’s blurb now (because if I keep going, I’ll end up spoiling something): ‘Dare to read aloud… Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he has never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger knocks at their door. He has come with a warning that forces Mo to reveal an extraordinary secret – a storytelling secret that will change their lives for ever.’

The characters are fantastic. I genuinely love them, even the ones you should hate. Mo and Meggie have such an amazing and loving relationship as Father and daughter, Elinor goes through such a massive character development, Capricorn is a captivating villain and finally, Dustfinger is an incredibly complex and interesting character and as such is my favourite of the book.

These characters are not only well created and described, Cornelia Funke has been able to show the many points-of-view, and the many thoughts of her many characters, and through this, has been able to deepen the characterisation without utterly confusing the reader. The novel is seamless in its ability to show so much in such a subtle style.

In addition, the author is amazingly well-read and this is shown through her knowledge of so many things relating to books from simply reading a lot and knowing about trades like Mortimer’s, in the novel, in bookbinding and being a book doctor, so to speak. The book is structured by chapters, of which each chapter begins with a quote from another work of literature. This is a format that is the same throughout the trilogy and it’s not only incredibly informative and interesting and proves how well-read Funke is, it stands as an introduction to each chapter and gives some form of foreshadowing or a notion of where the chapter stands in the whole of the narrative.

As a stand-alone novel or as part of the trilogy, this is a very well-written, brilliant book. I think the characters are superb and that every inch of the story is told in detail. It is this quality of the book that makes it hard to put it down, as the narrative flows so well and ever so flawlessly.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, it is from: http://www.adazing.com/young-adult-book-covers/

Tradition: Remembrance Day

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remembrance In England, and perhaps for many across the world, it is once again the time of year where we remember those who have fallen and wear a poppy to show our support of those dead  from war and of those still fighting wars.

For those who are not familiar with the Remembrance Day tradition, it is a day ‘to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts’. Traditionally, Remembrance Day is celebrated on the closest Sunday to the 11th of November but two minute silences are held on both the Sunday and on the 11th, known as Armistice Day. The Nation takes the time around the 11th of November to create memorials, lay and wear poppies which are sold to raise money for The Royal British Legion (which provide welfare for our service men and women, veterans, and their families).

It always makes me incredibly proud to see the effort that everyone puts into showing respect during this time and along with many, I will be having a two minute silence at 11am tomorrow with my poppy proudly displayed.

The reason for this blog post is that I find Remembrance day extremely important and a day that deserves so much respect as do the men and women it commemorates. I could not have posted any other blog so close to the 11th of November.In-Flanders-Fields

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PS. For more information do not hesitate to visit these websites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_Day and http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved

Disclaimer – I do not own the images, they are from: https://www.gwc.org.uk/news/lest-we-forget/ and http://runninggrooveshark.com/tag/in-flanders-fields/ and I gained information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_Sunday and http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/poppy-appeal

YouTube: Tanya Burr

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Tanya Burr's make-up tutorials on You Tube have attracted a wide audience.  Photo: Bill SmithTanya Burr is a vlogger and beauty guru on YouTube. She is the sweetest and kindest person I know. She currently uses just the one channel where she posts make-up tutorials, hauls, follow-me around vlogs and challenges.

Tanya’s vlogs regularly and has recently finished vlogging every day for the entirety of September. They followed her adventures at London Fashion Week as well as her ordinary life of meetings, hanging out with her YouTube friends (Alfie Deyes, Zoe Sugg, Joe Sugg, Marcus Butler, Niomi Smart, Tyler Oakley and her fiancé Jim Chapman), going to the gym, going to Premieres, baking and watching the X-Factor.

Check out her channel!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2087822/Tanya-Burr-Blogger-YouTube-sensation-make-tutorials.html