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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Quick Film Chats #01.

Quick Film Chats #01.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
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This year I'm attempting to document every film that I watch, leaving a small review with each and I believe there's a whole host of other bloggers doing the same. Why not because films are great, I enjoy them at the cinema just as much as I do from the comfort of my sofa on a rainy day. In a bid to be spending less money each month I want to work my way through my DVD cupboard (it's a hefty collection let me tell you) and just in general do some movie-esque reviews! Being a Culture blogger this fits in perfectly within my niche.


17 Again (2009) 
17 Again is a  easy to follow, quite predictable but fun film focusing on a former high school basketball star that gets a second shot at life when he's miraculously transformed back into the teenager he once was, with the offer to redefine his future. Mike's future was chosen for him when he sacrificed his opportunity to create a career in basketball in order to stay with his then expectant girlfriend, Scarlet and become a great father instead. Before given the chance we see Mike 20 years later with his dreams long gone, gathering dust somewhere and his marriage as well as the relationship with his own teenage kids falling apart. I really enjoy following him on his journey of rediscovering what's important to him! I watched this on the plane home from holiday so it was a perfect easy to watch but isn't spectacular.

Billy Elliot (2000) 
I've been obsessed with this film since watching the stage production of musical back in March, falling in love with the original film all over again. It centres around young Billy, the son of a miner in Northern England whose life is changed forever when one day he stumbles on a ballet class on his way to boxing lessons. He becomes engrossed in the world of Ballet under the direction of Mrs Wilkinson who sets a fire within him to try out for the Royal Ballet. It's a really interesting story of relationships between the working class in the mining industry as well as the collision of the Ballet world that has gripped a young boy's imagination. I am also a big lover of the entire soundtrack, it's my jam!  

Daddy Day Care (2003)  
Daddy Day Care is an absolute classic to watch at the weekends so finding it on Netflix whilst in Spain was a godsend, especially for the flight home. I still find it as hilarious and engaging as I did when I first watched it all those years ago. Eddie Murphy leads the cast in this film, based on two fathers who become stay at home fathers after losing their jobs and are forced to take their kids out of Chapman Academy, an expensive day care school for kids. They take on the mission of creating their own day care facility, "Daddy Day Care" is born and it's great. There's so much to laugh at, the kids are superb in their naturally flawless acting too! 


Dirty Grandpa (2016) 
If your looking for a film that will make you chuckle and completely distract you on a down day then this 2016 film starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron is definitely right up your street. I thought the film was hilarious and an essential whilst on my flight to Spain. It contains a lot of Adult Humour and sexual references of which are pretty predictable for the themes of the film itself. It's a lot of good fun, a great watch with friends or for the occasion when you need perking up.

Doctor Strange (2016) 
I'm a huge fan of the Marvel franchise and am always excited when a new release is on the horizon (I'm buzzing for the next Guardians of The Galaxy film at the end of the month) and the latest one I've seen is 2016's release of Doctor Strange. We follow a former surgeon, Stephen Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch becomes a powerful sorcerer under the the influence of a mystic known as the Ancient One. I thought the plot was engaging, really easy to follow and the visual effects are stunning. They're obviously far better represented on the big screen in cinemas than in our own living room but if your a fan of the Marvel films and haven't seen this one yet, then what are you waiting for? 

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016) 
I'm a big lover of the Harry Potter franchise having grown up submerged in all it's glory, so it's safe to say I still feel sad about the ending of the original story. I wasn't too excited for the release of the 'Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them' journey as I wasn't sure on what to expect and whether the magic of Harry Potter would be ruined. I was pleasantly surprised by the film, the magic was still very much there in an new era that Eddie Redmayne leads well as main character Newt Scamander. I didn't think the storyline was as strong as it could have been and there was definitely a lot of separate smaller stories that were happening within the main thread that made it at times a little confusing. However, I did enjoy watching it and am curious to see how the rest of the films in the series unfold especially with the news of Jude Law playing Young Dumbledore in the next film!

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) 
I'm quite surprised I re-watched this film after not being so attached to the film when I saw it in the cinema. The influence of Tim Burton's visionary directing is so apparent in this production of Ransom Rigg's creative novel, I fell in love with the book when I read it in 2016 so I was slightly disappointed by the changing of the plot. There's a great essence of fantasy and mystery in this film, the storyline is very interesting but I definitely hoped for more from this film! 

Moana (2016) 
I loved this new animation film from Disney when it was released in cinemas back in late 2016 so it's release on DVD was something I had been awaiting. I have fallen in love with the story of Moana, the story of her family heritage in the greatest sailors in the world and their voyages across the Pacific. They discovered the many islands of Oceania but for a whole millennium, their voyages stopped and nobody knows exactly why. The unravelling story keeps your focus entirely and the soundtrack itself is one of my favourites! If you haven't seen it already why have you been living under a rock for all of this time?!

Sing! (2016) 
I was unfortunate to miss this one when it was on at the cinemas but the animation produced by Illumination Entertainment was an enjoyable movie to watch. With a host of great actors behind the animations including Seth MacFarlane and Reese Witherspoon your in great hands for this all singing, all dancing and fun film. It had a predictable storyline but would be great for the younger audience to enjoy.

Pete's Dragon (2016) 
The original Disney's Pete's Dragon is a much loved animation from from 1977 and it is a great re imagining of the story in this new 2016 release. I watched this on holiday more than once and I thought that they managed to recreate the adventure of orphaned boy Pete and his best friend, a dragon named Elliott. It's hard not to get emotionally attached to this film in one way or another, it fully tugs on your heart strings even very much so in the conclusion. It was a great up to date version of a very much loved film and I would watch it again.

What films have you watched recently?
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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Dance | Ockham's Razor 'Tipping Point'

Dance | Ockham's Razor 'Tipping Point'
Sunday, 23 April 2017
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Drawing a circle is a potent and symbolic act. Humans have been using circles as part of ritual and performance for thousands of years. 

Ockham's Razor are a aerial theatre company who combine the disciplines of circus and visual theatre to create work that grabs your attention and is also highly entertaining for all ages. Their specialism in creating physical theatre work on original pieces of aerial equipment brings awareness to the vulnerability, trust and reliance on another that we share as human beings, especially when your in the air without harnesses.

4 Places To Visit in the Costa Blanca, Spain.

4 Places To Visit in the Costa Blanca, Spain.

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Armed with the guide left for us by the villa owners we managed to discover quite a few gems amongst the beautiful landscape of the Costa Blanca on our trip.. It's almost mandatory to spend tour holiday discovering new places, taking photos and fully emerging yourself within the country's culture and surroundings.

I feel very much like in the 4 full days we had in the area didn't limit what we managed to experience in that time. All of the things in this post are definitely places we'd visit upon our return to the area next year.
Friday, 21 April 2017

*Exploring the Cumbre del Sol with Clickstay

*Exploring the Cumbre del Sol with Clickstay
Friday, 21 April 2017
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Holidays are usually on top of everyone's list of things to do during the year and it's definitely been on mine for the last 5 years,but it just hasn't been accomplished. I've not had a big holiday since Venice back in 2012/3 so it was definitely well overdue for me to pack a suitcase and jet off somewhere warm to have some time out. It's important for us all to switch off, take a break and relax so that's exactly what I did when Clickstay gave me the opportunity to head to the Cumbre del Sol in Spain to stay in one of their villa rentals which I had been lusting over for months on their website.

If your on the search for the affordable getaway then I would pop over to Clickstay's website, with over 20,000 holiday homes to choose from there's definitely something for everyone there. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

7 Magazines for Bloggers.

7 Magazines for Bloggers.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
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In a challenge to be more productive outside of the blogging scope, spending more time with my head more into reading something that scrolling social media seems to be the perfect antidote at the end of the day. Magazines sometimes feel 'out of date', a thing of the past and something not a lot of people spend their time reading these days. With the digital age people find it a hell of a lot easier to read topics their interested in online, because they are so quick and easy to access but also because magazines can be full of advertisements which leaves little actual writing structure to the publication. 

I still read quite a lot of magazines, I find them so aesthetically pleasing and when I just want a quick read of something different from my latest novel then magazines are the solution to that. 

Recently I have collected together a few of my favourite magazines to show you, some are old and some are new favourites but all in all magazine publications that I would hand on heart recommend for my fellow bloggers to get stuck into. They are also great props for that blogger flatlay too. 


Blogosphere Magazine
This is the one publication that most bloggers need to get their mitts on if they haven't done so already. Blogosphere is now in it's 4th year since it's beginning back in 2013 and serves as an essential for bloggers to get some inspiration, understanding in the blogging community but also to find new blogs to explore and love. I've got my hands on every magazine from it's beginning and to see how it's developed into quite a chunky publication is pretty damn awesome! 

As I don't engage in a lot of Fashion or Beauty blogging on a daily basis the magazine definitely serves as a purpose for me to do that with the recommendations of some much loved blogging individuals in those specific niches I don't dip my toes into. I've also had a couple of my tweets and Instagram photos published in the pages of this publication too! The founder of the magazine Alice is also super duper lovely and very supportive of each blogger individually and in a community that continues to expand it's good to know that somebody has your back. 

Debut Magazine
This magazine is a new love of mine after discovering it through Jemma's (Dorkface) blog a while back. It's described as the UK's first career and lifestyle magazine highlighting women in the media and creative industries and I absolutely love it. The issue I picked up recently was focused on the topic of self-love and it does just that in it's focus on girl power, confidence and positive vibes in their short interviews with like minded girl bosses out there. 

The publication is quite small and easy to carry around with you, it's also full of beautiful imagery too. One part of the magazine I particularly loved was their playlist page were they share what to put on when it's time to get moving, I now have every song on that page in my motivation playlist. It is £4.50 an issue which can seem a bit on the pricey side but I can assure you that it is well worth the purchase. 

NME 
If there's anything that is a good shout, then it's a free magazine which contains the latest news and gossip about the music industry. NME is a fab free magazine that is released weekly, small in size but perfect to pick up with enough content for your daily commute. Whenever I'm in the city centre I will make sure to pop by my HMV store and grab the latest issue I can get my hands on. It contains some great little reviews on the latest releases too and gives you a round up of the week's best gigs. If you love Music then definitely give this a read. 


OH COMELY
This is the most pricey magazine I got my hands on, the OH COMELY publication started as the bedroom project of three university friends which is now being produced by a small publishing house. It focuses on stories, film, music, fashion, mischief and ideas, becoming the perfect publication for women to dive into. I loved the topics within the magazine, each of which really sit well with me and engage me completely. I love at the beginning of the issue there is a short phrase of words, in the issue I recently purchased it's focal point was strength and I really enjoyed it. I also love their feature on what they're reading, including Roald Dahl's Matilda which was music to my ears. This magazine feels very much relevant, I will definitely be purchasing more of these in the future even with their price tag. 

They do have a blog that you can pop along to were some of their magazine articles are actually transferred into blog form for you to enjoy, however I urge you get the real thing in paper form. It's also a great magazine that could live happily on your coffee table for visitors to enjoy whilst you go and make them a cuppa.

COSMOPOLITAN
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Cosmopolitan, I don't always 100% agree with the topic they write about and the way in which it's written but it always seems to end up in my hand, especially when it's only being sold for £1. However what I do like about reading Cosmo is their section 'Self Made' which focuses on a girl boss and how they obtained their career, it's the one page that I always flick straight to when I get hold of the magazine. Also a lot of magazines like Cosmo get stick for the amount of advertisements within it's pages, I definitely agree that they are far too many and it is probably why I don't enjoy the magazine as much as I could do. This magazine is better suited to the fashion and beauty bloggers out there, or the occasional lifestyle blogger. 

GLAMOUR
Glamour is very much like Cosmopolitan for me when it comes to these kind of magazines, it's content can be on point and very enjoyable whilst on other occasions it can be off the mark and I'll lose interest in the issue rapidly. I definitely enjoy reading Glamour for it's latest news and article on the hottest trends, from make up, hair and beauty so that if your like me and barely read bloggers who deliver this content then Glamour is a great quick fix for the latest. Whilst also again this is a publication that has a lot of advertisements within it, it also has some great sample products for you to try in it which are great if your looking for the latest beauty product to purchase. This magazine is definitely suited towards fashion and beauty bloggers to enjoy.

EMPIRE
Being a huge fan of movies I've been on the lookout for the perfect magazine solution to get my fix of the latest Movie news and also some features on TV & Streaming too, especially if your a huge lover of Netflix too! Empire is reasonably priced for it's quality in content, even more so if your wondering whether to see that film you've seen on TV recently. I know I need honest pre-reviews on some films I want to go and see so Empire is definitely a reliable source for that. Movie fans will really enjoy this magazine if they don't so already, I really like their specific features on films too, developing some understanding into how they're able to create big blockbuster films in various locations. I really enjoyed my first issue of Empire so will be definitely purchasing it again in the future. 

Tell me if there's any magazines you enjoy, if they're not on this list then definitely give me some recommendations to check out. I'm thinking of beginning to do some reviews on specific issues I read to give a more in depth overview of what I've enjoyed and not so etc etc. 

thanks for reading,








Sunday, 16 April 2017

Dance | COAL, Gary Clarke Dance Company.

Dance | COAL, Gary Clarke Dance Company.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
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One of the most poignant events in our UK history is the mining industry, something that often feels lost and unrecognised for it's importance in our understanding in society. Gary Clarke's piece COAL serves as an importance reminder of this industry, keeping the memory of it very much alive. 

In the 80 minute production, Gary's choreography is flawless, perfectly executed and full of energy from beginning to end. The emotion behind every single movement was breath taking, from the choreographic elements of labour and effort that Gary wanted to explore in showcasing the realities of working down in a mine that thousands of people did. I loved it from the moment the curtain went up it perfectly showcased a response to the upbringing Gary experienced for himself in the working class mining village of Grimethorpe in South Yorkshire. 

It was raw, emotional and very much real. It was also historic and educational, it wasn't politically forced but personal and brought together communities at the heart of the production. It's political drive was within the piece but it wasn't at the forefront. It felt like a celebration of those who lived through the times, those who stood up for what they believed in after the threshold of Margaret Thatcher's leadership and how it affected the ones closest to them. Through his creative process, Gary Clarke invited women from local coal mining communities to perform in the production. This worked so perfectly and the women Katie Adkins, Tara Cousins, Patricia Kneale-Buxton and Sylvia John performed a convincing and strong performance as Pit Women. The ability to present a piece that has authenticity at the heart of it all was important to make it as honest as possible and was well executed.


I loved the use of recruiting local brass bands to be a part of the production too, which in our performance was Members of Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band using their live score to bring a new layer into the performance which was unique and added to the whole realness feel of the entire production.

Another big emphasis on the piece was not forgetting the women, women who were as affected by the mining industry as the ones working within it. Forging the working class relationships between a man and women we see how emotionally motivated they were to not only stand besides men in their protests on the mining industry but also create their individually views and protests on what was just as important for women. There were some less emotional but comedic elements to the piece that made it a lot less dark and emotional to watch, these were well blended in without causing distraction from the main thread of objective that the choreographer wanted to create. 

The production definitely made you feel as though you were transported back to capture this moment in history, even for a split second you had to remind yourself that all of this is very much real. I would absolutely love to see this performance undertake a educational tour, I feel it's benefits to educate and inform young people of a time in the UK history that has shaped a lot of the future in this country we're now apart of.

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