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Quote: Martin Freeman

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Freeman_2963057b‘My idea of a good night out is staying in.’

‘I’m a big believer that life changes as much as you want it to.’

‘I’ve always loved Christmas and that’s not really gone away from me from being a child to now. It’s always a magical time and I’m unashamed in my love for Christmas.’

‘On the one hand, we’re constantly told about recycling and cutting back, and on the other hand we have to buy the next gadget that comes along three weeks after the last one you bought. It’s absolutely insane. We’ve been suckered into buying and buying and upgrading and upgrading. We’re being given two very different mantras at the moment, I think.’

‘Disappointment is an endless wellspring of comedy inspiration.’

‘Acting is the only thing I’m even vaguely good at and acting is something that I think I do know about.’

‘Most people have a passive relationship with music and clothes, with culture. But music was my first contact with anything creative. Music is it, as far as I’m concerned.’

‘I’m not posh or common, I’m in between.’

‘I’ve got an overly developed sense of what selling out is, and I of course worry about it too much.’

‘I’m one of the few people I know who believes in God.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/10920472/Martin-Freeman-interview-Shakespeare-invented-Gollum.html
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Film: The Princess Diaries

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jhjfhToday, I’m recommending this film, The Princess Diaries, purely because it’s my favourite film. It may seem like a weird choice and I know this film won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but sometimes you don’t choose your favourite film; it chooses you.

I remember being given a VHS copy of The Princess Diaries as a birthday gift from one of my closest friends. I unwrapped it and put it to the side. I wasn’t particularly thrilled by a film that contained ‘real people’ as I was still of the age where the only things I watched were cartoons and animated films.

I don’t remember when I first watched the film, or what kept me glued to the TV when I finally did, but I do remember its incredible influence on me over my childhood. The film has once again come to my attention, hence triggering this post, as for Christmas I finally received a DVD copy of it as a gift, something I had been asking for, for a while. It was my watching it after several years of having not done so that reaffirmed my love for it.

Right from the beginning of the film, it has an incredible soundtrack, each song fitting the film perfectly. The atmosphere is wonderful, and the narrative, two things that make the film appropriate for audiences of all ages. The characters, as they usually are, are so endearing and warm enhancing the narrative. The film is also host to a wonderful cast of actors including Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway.

By this point, I should probably tell you the narrative. Simply because they do it so much better than me, here is the imdb summary; ‘Mia Thermopolis is the average teenager – sweet, a little geeky and pretty much invisible to everyone with the exception of her mother, best friend Lilly and Lilly’s older brother Michael. Making it through high school without throwing up is a challenge in itself for Mia, so it doesn’t come as welcome news when her estranged grandmother shows up out of the blue and calmly informs her that she is in fact the heir to the throne of a European country called Genovia. Suddenly Mia’s life is throwPrincess-Diaries-Annen into complete overload. She’s being taught about scarves, waves and pears in order to become a perfect princess, she gets a makeover and a tough looking yet sweet bodyguard/limo driver called Joe. Things get out of hand when the media gets a hold of the story and suddenly Mia is thrust into the spotlight in both the newspapers and in school. On top of all that Mia has a choice to make. She must decide by Genovia’s Independence Day Ball whether she longs to relinquish her claim on the throne or to become the princess and heir her father and grandmother want her to be’.

As I recently re-watched The Princess Diaries, I found that it’s influence in my childhood was rather larger than I had formally imagined. Whatever imaginative game I played with my friends, I would name my character Mia, since the main character’s nickname is Mia (short for Amelia). I was also obsessed with her bedroom, in a refurbished firehouse, in which she had a spiral staircase leading up to a hatch in the ceiling into another ‘secret’ room where she could hide out. The character’s call it ‘The Tower’ and I wanted a Tower of my own, I still do to be honest.

I genuinely love this film, and of course hope that if my recommendation pushes you to watch The Princess Diaries that you will like it too.

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Disclaimer – I do not own any pictures in this blog, they are from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0247638/ and http://www.sunsetrising.net/2014/07/06/overlooked-on-netflix-the-princess-diaries-i-ii/.

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