Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Day 5 of 30 days of films

Hello.

Day 5 - A Film That Reminds You of Someone

Ghost
I saw this twice with my first boyfriend and can't really bear to watch it any more because it reminds me of another time, another place. You know when so much has changed about yourself that it seems like it was someone else when you think about the past? It's like that.


Demi Moore is so great at crying!

Thanks for reading.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Day 4 of 30 days of films

Hi!

Day 4 - A Film You Watch to Feel Down

Man on Fire 

I can't say how much I love this film. It might just be my second favourite film ever. The relationship between Denzel Washington's character and Dakota Fanning's is hard to watch at first, but the little girl warms the tough old bugger up, and their relationship is heart-warming to say the least. To anyone who has never seen this film I say: check it out and I doubt you'll regret it. 

I don't actually watch films to feel down, that'd feel quite counter-productive to me :) I like being happy. But I do watch this film and feel sad, especially at the ending. 

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Day 3 of 30 days of films

Day 3 - A Film You Watch to Feel Good

Love Actually. 

This film makes me happy and sad and back again many times.



This scene makes me laugh and cry.

Thanks for reading. 

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Day 2 of 30 days of films

 Hello!

Day 2 - Your Least Favourite Film

 You'd think this would be easy, wouldn't you?!

I don't take a dislike to much to be fair, so something has to be pretty damn diabolical for me to hate it. Categorically the worst ever 2 minutes of cinematorial guff I've ever seen was in Battlefield Earth, with John Travolta, the Scientology film. 


Pile of steaming wank. It's rated on IMDb as 2.4 out of 10.

Thanks for being here. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Day 1 of 30 days of films

 Hello you!

Day 1 - Your Favourite Film

Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Two Towers. 
I'm sure I don't need to post the clip for this, but I will anyway ;) 


Why this film?

Well, even 10 years on from the release of the first film in the LOTR trilogy, the 3 films stand apart (for me) in several ways not surpassed until I saw Avatar - sheer scale, complexity, and beauty of scenery. The hotness of the male characters (Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom and Karl Urban immediately spring to mind) didn't hurt either.

This film is my favourite of the three because The Fellowship of the Ring set the scene, The Return of the King made me sad as the series was over, so this middle film is my favourite.

I have to say Avatar comes a very close second, though.

Thanks for reading.


30 Day Film Challenge

 Hi!


Similar to the 30 Day Song Challenge, the 30 Day Film Challenge is a challenge that lasts thirty days, one film per day for the appropriate category. Here's the guide:

Day 1 - Your Favourite Film
Day 2 - Your Least Favourite Film
Day 3 - A Film You Watch to Feel Good
Day 4 - A Film You Watch to Feel Down
Day 5 - A Film That Reminds You of Someone
Day 6 - A Film That Reminds You of Somewhere
Day 7 - A Film That Reminds You of Your Past
Day 8 - The Film You Can Quote Best
Day 9 - A Film With Your Favourite Actor (Male)
Day 10 - A Film With Your Favourite Actor (Female)
Day 11 - A Film By Your Favourite Director
Day 12 - A Film By Your Least Favourite Director
Day 13 - A Guilty Pleasure
Day 14 - The Film That No One Expected You To Like
Day 15 - The Film That Depicts Your Life
Day 16 - A Film You Used to Love, But Now Hate
Day 17 - Your Favourite Drama Film
Day 18 - Your Favourite Comedy Film
Day 19 - Your Favourite Action Film
Day 20 - Your Favourite Romantic Film
Day 21 - Your Favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film
Day 22 - Your Favourite Horror Film
Day 23 - Your Favourite Thriller/Mystery Film
Day 24 - Your Favourite Animated or Children's Film
Day 25 - Your Favourite Documentary Film
Day 26 - Your Favourite Foreign Language Film
Day 27 - Your Favourite Independent Film
Day 28 - The Most Obscure Film You've Ever Seen
Day 29 - Your Favourite Film As a Kid
Day 30 - Your Favourite Film This Time Last Year

I'll start later. I hope there's a trailer or some kind of clip on YouTube for each film.

Thanks for looking.

Summer in pics

Hi!

Someone on Facebook lined out today what things she was looking forward to this summer, and it made me think of images you automatically think of when you think of summer. 

Here are some of my photos which make me think of summer:

Blue sky and clouds

Rides by the beach

Seaside piers

Sunsets (Hastings Pier before the bastards burned it down)

Acres of mesmerising blue sky

Bustling harbours and the ubiquitous seagulls

Deck chairs

Walks in the park

Sunshine washing buildings whiter than white, a beautiful contrast against the bluest skies

...and best of all...foreign holidays! Me in the pool in Cyprus 4 years ago
What makes you think of summer?

(All my own photos are click-able).

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Perfect day in Hastings

Hello.

Wow, what a scorcher today was!

My brother, his girlfriend and her two daughters came to visit Hastings for the day.

Once we parked we got fish and chips and ate them on some grass opposite the beach. I had a tooth out yesterday so I ate very gingerly but it was soo nice! Once in a while you can't beat those greasy, squishy chips! I put on suntan lotion for the first time this year as it was super roasty-toasty.

We went to the arcade to play the 2p machines. The girls had brought £2 worth of 2p pieces each from home and were lugging them with them everywhere so they were keen to unload. After 5 minutes of watching everyone play the 2p machines I thought "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!" So I went to get some 2ps. I won 5 Voodoo Doll toys in about an hour. 






Cute, eh? They're about 5 inches high.

I think I spent about £8 to win these 5 and I had such fun doing it. I couldn't believe how competitive I got once I was on a roll! I got one of the girls to guard whichever machine I was using to stop lurkers getting in there when I had to go and get change when a toy was near the edge. My brother turned his back for all of 30 seconds to go to the nearest change machine and some woman jumped in, put about 10p in (if that) and won two toys. Fair enough you could say, as he had left toys hanging while he had to get change, and there's no ownership in a public place, but then the nosy old bat started leaning all over my machine as there were a couple of toys about to drop. How rude! If she thought I was going to walk away just because she was in my face she had two chances - slim and none! Maybe it works on some people. Not me :)

I couldn't wait to get out of there after an hour or so. God knows how the people who work in there can stand the noise and heat all day. They're run ragged unlocking machines all the time to take the toys out for you (if the money drops were bigger you'd be able to sneak a skinny arm up through the slot to grab toys and money).

After we came out of the arcade we went for ice cream and ate them stood overlooking the far end of Hastings Beach, at the Old Town end. 

Clicky click

It was a beautiful day and I think I might have caught the sun on my face a bit.
Apparently there's a nudie beach down in this direction somewhere, but I've never been on it.

After we came back home, the girls drew pictures and made them into badges using our machine. There was much commotion when they had to leave as they were enjoying themselves so much. I could use some badge-making fairies to help me during our busy times!

How was your day?

Thanks for reading.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Monday Mutterings

  • I had a tooth out today. It was at the back of my cakehole and I almost had a panic attack when the dentist swapped each pair of pliers for increasingly bigger ones as he struggled to get it out, until he had a set in there which resembled something to castrate horses with! Eep. I have major jaw ache now. 
  • Frijj milkshake was my tea!
  • My brother, his girlfriend and her 2 kids are coming to visit tomorrow. The plan is a walk around and lunch on the beach. I hope I can manage to mush the fish and chips up enough to scoff them or else it'll be torment watching (smelling!) everyone else eat.
  • I'm watching the Gadget Show. They're talking about the GS Live show we went to at the NEC last week :)
  • Simply Be have a VIP 35% off sale on at the mo and I'm sorely tempted by these boots. Sorely tempted.
What's new with you today?

Finishing off the A-Z of music. V-Z

 Hello.

I've started so I'll finish :) 

V. 

Velvet Revolver - Fall To Pieces


X.

X-Ray Spex - I Am A Poseur
 

Crappy quality but I had to find a video I could embed. 

This song was played at my friend Carmen's funeral. She was just 44 when she died. 

I am a poseur and I don't care
I like to make people stare

And people did stare, because she was gorgeous inside and out with the filthiest laugh you ever heard.


EDIT. 26/04/11.

Poly Styrene died yesterday aged 53 after a battle with cancer. I hope she and Carmen are creating mayhem 'upstairs'!

Y.

You Me At Six -Kiss And Tell



YMAS are a bit of a guilty pleasure. I'm way too old to be emo. I'm also too old to want to boff Josh, the vocalist, but hey ho.

Z.

There's only one Z in my Spotify list, so this was an easy choice!

Zodiac Mindwarp - Prime Mover



Pure cheese!

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Sunbasilgarden soaps

 Hi all :)

Occasionally I'll find some photos on my camera weeks after the event and wonder if I blogged about them or not.

This is one occasion where I hadn't. 

I've always loved funky soaps, and there are a lot of birthdays in my calendar for May, so I bought some soap from Sunbasilgarden from the US. Thankfully the order didn't get stopped by customs, because these are artisan soaps and thus a little pricey compared to your average bar of Dove.

I'm just going to go ahead and post all the photos and say they all smell as good as they look! 


















Shipping took about 7 days and was wrapped wonderfully. I think all in all the order came to about $44, as there was a sale on when I ordered.

Recommended!

Thanks for reading. 

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Gadget Show Live - Birmingham

On Thursday my fella and I went to Birmingham to see the Gadget Show Live, which was on Friday. We got back at lunch time today.

We stayed in an Etap hotel, which is a budget chain. We normally stay in Travelodge hotels when we travel. The room was basically as you see it here, with a shower to the right of where I was standing to take the photo, and a loo behind me. There was no complimentary tea and coffee (the outrage!) but there was food and drink in the reception area 24/7 at a price (£1.20 for a cuppa!) They can manage the cheap price of the rooms by only giving you only 2 paper-thin towels, by having no wardrobe (the hooks on the wall behind my fella is the 'wardrobe') and one thin pillow each, but at £55 in total for 2 nights right in the centre of Birmingham, you can't grumble.



The bed was comfortable, the shower hot, and we couldn't hear any of our neighbours. Win!

We went to the cinema on Thursday night to see Source Code, which was really good. Staring at Jake Gyllenballs for 90 minutes was no chore for me, and there was an unexpected twist at the end. Recommended!

On Friday morning we were up with the lark to get to the NEC for the Gadget Show Live. We had tickets for the live theatre show at 10.30 am. I must say, after no end of experiences of large events in London, that Birmingham wins hands down for ease and efficiently. London, you suck arse. I just know if this was in London it'd be an absolute clusterfuck.

We arrived at the general area of the frankly effing huge NEC and were directed by lots of fluoro-jacketed peeps into the right car park. We got out, bought a parking ticket from a little man in a portacabin, then crossed over the road to get on a bus which left with us on board approximately 90 seconds after we started waiting for it. It dropped us off at the right area of the NEC and we went off on our merry way, ambling along aimlessly until we realised people were heading off to the theatre 45 mins early, so off we trotted like little sheep.

 We got to the right stand and sat on the bloody uncomfortable blue plastic seats (arse sweat, anyone?) and waited for the fun to begin. 

The Titan robot spraying the crowd with water


Jason Bradbury and robot Jase

Suzi in her leather catsuit

It started off with Suzi Perry and Ortis Deley coming down to the stage on wires from the back of the theatre above the crowd. Pretty cool. There was one of those 8 feet Titan robots jigging around in front of the front row spraying water at people. Jason brought out Robot Jase and Suzi had her avatar self (as seen recently on the Gadget Show) which Jase borrowed and started to do a strip tease with. There was a quiz involving audience members, a photography challenge involving audience members during which Jase modelled a mankini (oh my EYES!), a personal transport race and Ortis and Pollyanna sang a song each. Paul Xenon the magician did a smart trick where he got tanks to run over 2 audience members' phones over, put them through an industrial blender and finally flame throwered them....then gave them a goody bag each with their original phones sealed in tins. Nice. I don't know how he did it, but it was pretty awesome.

This was during the quiz. Each contestant had a Titan robot behind them

Ortis belting it out, in very good voice
 Ortis did Europe's The Final Countdown, and had leather get up and an 80's metal fright wig on.

Paul Xenon and Jason Bradbury flambéing audience members' phones

Pollyanna singing Bad Romance by Lady Gaga. You could see right up her cranny
Pollyanna had a dress with 10,000 LED lights on it which at one point were in the pattern of the Union Jack.

Suzi, Ortis, Jason and Pollyanna getting ready to do their personal transport race around the theatre

Suzi Perry from the rear - many a man's dream

Suzi's abandoned bike while she went through the crowd
 I gave her a high five as she ran up the stairs next to me :) Yay!

Ortis won the race and went on the wire back down to the stage

Byeeee!
 After the theatre show (which lasted about an hour and 15 mins) we went and explored the enormous bloody halls full of gadgety tat. We remained stoic in the face of temptation and left empty handed, got back on a bus after another whole 90 seconds of waiting, and aside from a silly bitch nearly killing us in the car park, we emerged from the whole experience thoroughly un-stressed. It was a thing of real wonderment after so long of being treated like cattle at lousily-arranged events in Laaaaaaaarndarn Tarn (London Town to those of you uninitiated in Cockney).

The stall by Pro Mech racing

This was the stall we liked the best


Pro Mech Racing do a great line in Predator tables and sculptures made out of bolts, as seen above, but also do some brilliant fold up chairs which are really wide and sturdy for the plump ones of us who like to go camping. And they do them in pink! Yay!

Here's a video of everyone waiting to go into the NEC on day one of GSL. There was no embed function. Bah :(


At the end of a long day the fella and I snuggled up in bed.

All photos are crappy camera phone pics, but are all click-able.