Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Letter to New Years

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Dear New Years,

New Years, we have a complex relationship as you know. I used to be excited by the new  year, a new number, a new month… but right now I would rather ignore your existence, I’d rather ignore that this is a special occasion, I’m ignoring that people are partying tonight as I never really have much to do at this juncture.happy_new_year_2015_hq

But moving on from the fact of the event itself, moving into the New Year is scary. I have to leave behind the joy of Christmas and return to school, to work, where I can see only coursework that needs to be finished and exams that need to be sat and for neither I am ready. The new year brings the end of an era as I ready myself to leave my school and my friends and embark on that new ‘adventure’ called University.

It is always a bittersweet time as we transition from what we are used to into something new and unknown. This coming year is going to be extremely bittersweet and so as I come to January 1st I fear what I know is coming and hope that some goodness comes from what I don’t know is coming.

Although I step unwillingly to the New Year, I feel a slight excitement for all the good that I’m sure is to come. New Years, I hope you can give everyone the happiness that they deserve.

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Ps. Hello! As with my Dear Christmas post, I wrote this in a very short period of time. I just tried to get my thoughts down and I know this isn’t written particularly well but I felt like I needed to post something a little more personal, a little bit more appropriate for this time. I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!

Disclaimer – I do not own the photo in this post it is from: http://inewyearimages.com/images-of-happy-new-year-2015-wishes-quotes-card-in-advance/
Inspiration for this post came from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAy1UkOt9nY

Music: McBusted (McFly+Busted)

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Today I’m recommending my absolute favourite band McBusted. You may not have McBusted_Albumheard of them as they are a British band who mostly tour around England, Scotland and Ireland. They have been a band for a little over a year and have a MASSIVE following since they are a combination of two former bands, McFly and Busted.

MAIN-McBustedBusted broke up around 10 years ago after being one of the most popular bands in both England and America at the time. They managed to realise two albums and consisted of Matt Willis, James Bourne and Charlie Simpson. The band broke up when Charlie realised he wasn’t enjoying being in the band and he decided to pursue his career in a different band, Fightstar. Charlie now works on his solo career and so has decided not to be a part of McBusted.

Having always worked closely with Busted, and its members, McFly are similar in their approach and style of music. They have been a band for little over 10 years, they haven’t ended or broken up, they have only put their music on hold while McBusted is doing it’s thing since this opportunity came about rather suddenly and they couldn’t miss it. They McBusted-supporting-One-Directionwere my favourite band prior to McBusted and are made up of Danny Jones, Tom Fletcher (whose YouTube channel I recommended last week), Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd.

When James, Matt, Danny, Tom, Harry and Dougp01lnxv7ie announced that they were forming McBusted they released their first tour fearing that very little would happen and that people wouldn’t want to see them. Instead their shows sold out in the first few hours and all subsequent shows since have sold incredibly fast too. What was thought to be a stand –alone tour has turned into an album and a second tour thus far. So due to the demand and success of the first tour, the boys  have just RB-McBusted_blogreleased their self-titled debut album (on the 1st December 2014) which probably holds some of their best music to date, and have been promoting that this past month. Next they’re going on tour this spring, in March and April, showcasing their new album and some of the McFly and Busted classics.

If you haven’t heard either of the three bands I have mentioned in this blog post, please check them out as they have created some really great music and in addition are some of the most down-to-earth people in this planet. Also, even though Charlie Simpson isn’t a member of McBusted, don’t neglect to take a look at his solo stuff and his Fightstar stuff.

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Ps. I must apologise for not posting last Friday (Boxing Day) since I didn’t have anything to post and I sort of ran out of time. Sorry! Hope you had a great Christmas!

Disclaimer – I do not own any pictures in this post, they are from: http://www.kerrang.com/24364/mark-hoppus-rivers-cuomo-alex-gaskarth-mcbusted/, http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/mcbusted-mcfly-busted-become-supergroup-2719950, http://www.onedirection.net/mcbusted-supporting-one-direction-paris-tour/, http://www.shootgroup.com/2014/07/mcbusted-ray-burmiston/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p01lnyc6

A Letter To Christmas

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Dear Christmas,

It is almost that time when we greet each other again. People believe that you are Santa, Father Christmas, St. Nicholas, whichever name the man in a red suit goes by but I don’t cool-fireplacesbelieve that he is you, rather, I believe he is only a part of the wonder that is Christmas.

Christmas, you can be seen in each and every person who smiles this time of year, whose face lights up with joy at the sight of fairy lights, or with the smell of pine needles. Every person who chooses to embrace this season for its simplest things shows the true meaning of Christmas.

Dear Christmas, I see you as a time for forgetting what might stress me, for forgetting those responsibilities that get me down. Christmas, you allow me to be happy just because I can be, just because the calendar reads December. Christmas, you give me cheer in many forms this time of year; through music, film, food, through a way of living. Christmas, you give a burst of positivity after yet another tiring year, you remind me to reflect and be thankful for all the good that I have seen and felt. Christmas, you remind me to show the ones I love that I love them and that is why you are so important.

Thank you for always picking me up at the end of every year, thank you for giving people a reason to be happy. Thank you for giving me a reason to be happy.

Merry Christmas.

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Ps. Hello! I wrote this in a very short period of time. I just tried to get my thoughts down and I know this isn’t written particularly well but I felt like I needed to post something a little more personal, a little bit more appropriate for Christmas time. I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays – have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Disclaimer – I do not own the photo in this post it is from: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=droidconsulting.livewallpaper19
Inspiration for this post came from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAy1UkOt9nY

Film and TV: Top 5 Christmas Films

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With each Christmas comes the same classic Christmas films. Unfortunately I’m not well-versed in Christmas films and I haven’t watched many more than the ones listed below, despite this I am 100% recommending these and urge you, 13475439681if you yourself aren’t well-versed in Festive Films, to watch them all.

Home alone (1990) – A film about a kid who gets forgotten by his family when they go on their Christmas Vacation. Being left was not the worse that could’ve happened to Kevin since he got to watch whatever TV he liked, eat whatever he wanted and he had an entire large house to himself to run around in. It’s the most fun he’s ever had, that is until a couple of burglars decide they’re going to rob his house on Christmas Eve, while the rest of the family is still away. 11174490_800

Scrooged (1988) – A fairly overlooked film, Scrooged is a wonderfully beautiful modern re-imagining of the wider known A Christmas Carol/Scrooge. Bill Murray’s character Frank treats people terribly, he’s not very postive, kind or loving. He expects his PA to work over Christmas and doesn’t pick a particularly nice Christmas gift for his brother. It takes a visit from The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present and The Ghost of Christmas Future for Frank to realise what he’s been doing wrong. It truly is a spectacular Compositefilm and it’s probably my favourite Christmas film.

The Holiday (2006) – A typical holiday Rom-com, yes. I remember finding this film while I was flicking through my TV channels one night and I instantly fell in love. I think this film is great and has great actors in it. The plot follows two women who are struggling in their romantic and work lives. They each feel the need for a change over Christmas and on a house-sharing website they swap houses over the holidays. Each find wonderful new people in their new surroundings and some of the characters even find true love. White_Chrismas_film

White Christmas (1954) – As I said, I’m not well-versed in Christmas films and so I have to admit White Christmas is the only older Christmas film I have watched. I have only watched this film twice and so I’m going to quote the IMDB description for it; ‘Having left the Army following W.W.II, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-nlO5GZTBlpv88TRf1IhtvRjgTsPand-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, as the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the General.’

The Santa Clause (1994) – This is one Christmas film I really want to watch again since I haven’t seen it in years, as a result I don’t remember the plot so well and so I will quote IMDB so that you gain a true understanding of it’s narrative; ‘Divorcee Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried – and failed – to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn’t real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas… then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he’s startled by Scott’s calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he’s involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he’s taken to the North Pole and informed by a group who claim they’re elves that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad’s new job, though Scott’s convinced it’s a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food… Now he’s accepted it, there’s just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family?’

Have a wonderful Christmas time!

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Ps. The Nightmare Before Christmas is technically one of my favourite Christmas films too but I tend to keep it in my Halloween Tradition as opposed to my Christmas Tradition.

Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures in this post, they are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Alone, http://jadoremusic89.wordpress.com/, http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scrooged/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:White_Chrismas_film.JPG and http://pixgood.com/the-santa-clause-2-poster.html.

Christmas: Cracker Jokes

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Christmas isn’t complete without those silly jokes that we find in crackers. All of the jokes I’m showing you in this post are from my advent calendar; I get a joke on the back of every door from my Maltesers Merryteaser Advent Calendar.

What do you get if you cross a snowman and a shark? Frost bite. Lidoff_540x540

Why did the golfer wear an extra pair of trousers? In case he got a hole in one!

How do snowmen get around? They ride an icicle!

What do snowmen eat for lunch? Icebergers!

What does Father Christmas suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney? Santa Claustrophobia!

What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? Tinsilitis!

What happens when you drop a snowball in a glass of water? It gets wet!

What did baby corn say to mummy corn? Where’s popcorn!

Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A mince spy!

How do witches tell the time? With a witch-watch!

Who delivers cat’s Christmas presents? Santa Paws!

Why did the tightrope walker visit his bank? To check his balance!

What has 22 legs and 2 wings but can’t fly? A football team!

What do you call just married spiders? Newly-webs!

What kind of paper likes music? Rapping paper!

What song did Cinderella sing as she waited four months for her photos to come back from the chemist? ‘Some day my prints will come!’

What sort of sentence would you get if you broke the law of gravity? A suspended one!

What is Santa’s favourite pizza? One that’s deep pan, crisp and even!

What’s white and goes up? A confused snowflake!

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Disclaimer: I do not own, nor did I come up with the jokes in this post, they are from Maltesers’ Merryteaser Advent Calendar. I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.joepelissier.co.uk/internet/christmascracker2011/and http://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=258048715

YouTube: Carrie, Tom and Gi Fletcher

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tomToday, I’m recommending three youtube channels at once. ‘Why?’ you ask… because these three channels are very similar and because the three people are related and between them conduct the series ‘Dear Tom, Dear Gi, Dear Carrie’.

Tom Fletcher is an English musician from the popular bands, and my favourite bands, McFly and McBusted. His sister is Carrie Hope Fletcher and carrieshe became a fairly popular YouTuber and so, following in her footsteps, Tom started to update his YouTube channel regularly. Soon to join the YouTube bandwagon was Giovanna Fletcher, a published author, Tom’s wife and Carrie’s sister-in-law.

The three of them, in their ‘Dear…’ series, each post a video once a week updating each other on the events of their lives in the past week or two while asking questions to the other person. Tom usually talks about McBusted and life in a giband, Carrie usually talks about her job and the wonderful opportunities she gets through being both a YouTuber and a cast member of Les Miserables in the West End and Gi usually talks about writing, or being a mother.

Now individually, their channels are brilliant. I genuinely love watching their videos so much. All three of them are so down-to-earth and get to do these amazing things.

Tom Fletcher. Musician. His videos are usually sit-down vlogs but he also has built lego, drawn disney characters, sung covers both with Gi and on his own as well as follow-me-around vlogs on video shoots and days out with his son Buzz. Tom is also known for his viral ‘Wedding Speech’ video.

Carrie Hope Fletcher. Musician. Writer. Actress. Blogger. Vlogger. YouTuber. A very talented young lady, Carrie is not only a very successful YouTuber, she also plays one of the lead roles in Les Miserables as Eponine as her day job. She also is currently touring around the UK on ‘The War of the Worlds’ tour. In 2015, she realises her first book. Her videos include; sit-down vlogs, follow-me-around vlogs, music covers, booktube videos and tag videos.

Lastly, Giovanna Fletcher. Actress. Writer. Gi, like Tom, trained as an actor. Although, she really enjoys acting she found her forte in writing and she now has two novels and a novella to her name.

Check out their channels and enjoy!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photos in this post, they are from: http://hopeful-family.tumblr.com/Carrie, http://emxxily.buzznet.com/user/journal/17464885/youtube-evolution-tom-fletcher/ and http://www.effierced.com/2014/08/giovanna-fletcher/.

Christmas: Top 5 Christmas Songs

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With only 10 days until Christmas, I think its right to recommend my favourite Christmas songs. Of course, most, if not all, are very well known and have been playing on the radio for that past two weeks but I couldn’t not post about Christmas music since it’s a huge part of my Christmas festivities. Here are my top 5 songs and their videos (which believe you me were very difficult to pick):

Mistletoe and Wine – Cliff Richard

Last Christmas – Wham

All I want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey

Do they know it’s Christmas? – Band Aid

I Believe – Robson and Jerome

Merry Christmas!

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Film: The Great Gatsby

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Despite the fact I studied The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, in English Literature for about a year; I never got the opportunity to watch the 2013 movie. But, alas I finally have.

gatsby‘In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like critizing anyone, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had.”’ This is my favourite quote from the novel and was also the opening line to the film, with Tobey Maguire, who plays Nick, saying it. The film hooked me then and there.

The film, from this beginning, continues with a very swift pace. This makes the film seem quite rushed, however, this matches the cinematic quality exhibited in Fitzgerald’s writing and therefore, I like how well The Great Gatsby 2013 has managed to stick so closely to the book. Of course, it does follow the book quite well, with entire scenes reading exactly as they do in the novel.

Although, the way in which the film was framed, through Nick’s therapy, I suppose, was not at all in the book. In the novel, Nick does write the story of Gatsby but not because he needs therapy from it. Not that this is a complaint. I actually really liked the way it was done because when Nick gets closure and is able to sleep, after being an insomniac, it gives the audience closure after such a pivotal moment in the narrative.

The characters and setting in the film were exactly as I had imagined them while reading the book. I know that other people wouldn’t be as easily pleased, but I thought it was extraordinary, as if I was watching my imagination play out in front of me. I think a part of why the characters were so good was because appropriate actors were cast. Tobey Maguire plays a perfect Nick; his style just suits how Nick was written, as does Owl Eyes’ character in the library, and Gatsby, as played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Other amazing actors in the film were: Isla Fisher, Amitabh Bachchan, Elizabeth Debicki and Joel Edgerton.

The soundtrack for this film is brilliant; I love how modern songs were made to sound like the songs of the time and just fit into the film as if they were classics from the 20s. I also like the onscreen edits with text running across the screen at specific parts of the movie; I think it just added another layer to the film.

I really enjoyed The Great Gatsby (can you tell?) and I do really recommend it. I also recommend reading the book first because Fitzgerald crafted an amazing novella, and I think that there will be a better understanding of the themes, such as decadence and hedonism, that are shown throughout, by doing this.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, it is from: http://operagasm.com/download-of-the-week-23/

Quote: Christmas

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‘Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.’ –Calvin Coolidge

‘Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.’ -Dale Evans

‘It’s true; Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look quoteback on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.’ –Caroline Kennedy

‘Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.’ –Dr.Seuss

‘The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.’ –Charles Dudley

‘Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.’ –Lucinda Franks

‘I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.’ – Charles Dickens

‘The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.’ –Alice Cooper

‘I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.’ –Ashley Tisdale

‘Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.’ – Dave Barry

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above picture, it is from: http://www.invyn.com/love-christmas-quotes/  The quotes were found on: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_christmas.html

Christmas: My Christmas Traditions

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Hello! It is the 8th of December and nearing the time when we start repeating all of our favourite Christmas traditions. In this blog I’m going to talk about a few of my Christmas traditions in an attempt to inspire you if you’ve not yet gotten Christmassy…

Leading up to Christmas:

Before December even starts, my first Christmas tradition is to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting in my village. I always go with my best friend and we take part in a fire lit procession from our Church to where the tree is stationed, we sing some carols and then the lights are turned on. After this we visit the nearby park where the most incredible firework display is held every year. This Lighting Event is held on a Saturday and so we always try to get the Christmas decorations up around our own house the same weekend.christmas-tree

In the first week of December, I have usually finished my Christmas shopping which means I finally get to wrap up the presents I have bought my friends and family. I leave it until this time just in case I buy anything else or forget what I’ve decided to give people.

I also write all of my Christmas cards, and I’m usually ready to give them out in the second week of December. I never know when to actually give out my Christmas cards – is it still too early in the second week? Every year I take the time to write a personal message in my cards to those that especially mean a lot to me – this usually means a good load of soppiness and a bunch of inside jokes.

Lastly, on the 1st of December until the 25th I open my advent calendar. This year I have a MerryTeaser calendar.

Christmas Eve:

Not necessarily always on Christmas Eve, but always a few days before Christmas, my Dad and I go in the car and drive around our village and any neighbouring places to look at any Christmas lights that people have decorated the outside of their house with. I always make sure that this tradition is kept because it’s something very personal to our family and not something that everyone else does.

Christmas Eve is usually a very chilled and quiet day for our family. The day is pretty much just spent being excited, waiting for the following day. The one tradition I try to stick to on this day is to fall asleep before midnight because even though I no longer believe in the magic of Santa Claus I still feel like the magic of Christmas is lost a little if I stay up until two in the morning.

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In my house we don’t rush to open the presents. I’m an only child so I’m the youngest in the household and I don’t have to fight with any siblings. I typically try to drag the day out a little and therefore I will wake up at a normal time, say 9am or 10am, as opposed to 3am or 4am. At this time I’ll go on my laptop, wish everyone a Merry Christmas and then grab my phone and text my closest friends and family a little Christmas message too. I’ll then go downstairs to ensure my parents are up and then I have breakfast and wait until they’re ready. During this time I’ll play with my cats and dogs, who although don’t understand what is happening, get equally excited.

After all of this, I finally start to move the presents from under the tree and begin to pass them to the people they belong to and open my own presents. Once presents are finished, I properly open any packaging on my gifts and start to really examine/use what people have bought me. Then we have our Christmas Dinner. This consists of turkey and vegetables, except I don’t have the turkey because I’m a vegetarian.

The rest of my Christmas is spent watching TV (programmes such as Doctor Who, Miranda and Strictly Come Dancing – all Christmas specials), using my gifts whatever they may be and eating tonnes and tonnes of chocolate.

Boxing Day:

In the UK, we celebrate Boxing Day on the 26th of December. My family always goes to my Grandma’s house on this day to celebrate her birthday. My parents, my cousins and my aunt and uncle attend along with myself. We eat food, give Grandma her gifts and generally converse.

And that’s pretty much all of my traditions during the festive season. I hope this didn’t bore you too much. Merry Christmas!

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Disclaimer – The images in this post do not belong to me, they are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas and http://www.madenimitliv.dk/2012/12/rigtig-glaedelig-jul-2.html