Monthly Favourites #5 (January 2016)

The first month of 2016 is slowly wrapping up, so it is time for a favourites blog post!

Film – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
I enjoy the Star Wars films, like the originals and I like the prequels so at some point I would go see The Force Awakens. Nearly everyone I know saw episode seven in December, where as I saw it January. However, this meant the cinema wasn’t as crowded and I could enjoy the film without some person sat next to me ruffling sweet packets. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is good quality film, maybe a little dull in places but overall it is good. There are plenty of action and emotional scenes but the one thing that really impressed me about episode seven was the new trio, Rey, Finn and Poe. The new trio are great, they are not just stereotypical tropes and I can’t wait to see more of them in action. If you haven’t seen any of the Star Wars films before go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is easy to follow and you will be introduced into a great sci-fi series.
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TV Show – Supernatural
From recent blog post it was obvious that Supernatural was going to be in a favourites blog post. I have banged on this show a lot to my close friends and family and I think everyone is sick of me going on about it. If you want to know what Supernatural just check out this blog post where I talk about some great TV shows.

Music – Panic! At The Disco
I have been a fan of P!ATD since my emo days some years ago, (if am I honest I am still secretly an emo kid). I have followed Panic! on and off over the recent years and saw them live around the Vices & Virtues album, in truth I have never gone off Panic!. This month Panic! (that consists of the original and only member Brendon Urie) released their fifth album Death of a Bachelor. Death of a Bachelor is Panic! if you know there sound you can tell from the first beat it is them, perhaps with a more pop twist. The fifth album is great, LA Devotee and Emperor’s New Clothes are some of my favourites from the album. Brendon has been improving on his writing and music since the first album and you can hear that all the hard work is paying off, there is no doubt this man is full of creative ideas. I would love to see Panic live again so maybe this year I can do that because they sure throw one a hell of a gig.

Product – Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover
One day my local supermarket didn’t have any of the above eye make-up remover in store, no worries I thought I will just get something else. How wrong I was! Previous eye make-up removers either burn or don’t actually remove waterproof mascara, I have at least two bottles of rubbish eye make-up remover in my house. But imagine my joy when visiting a friend I found Nivea remover, let’s just say taking off my eye make-up is now a joy.

Documentaries –Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief & Cobain: Montage of Heck &
This month I watched two great documentaries, the first I watched was the Scientology documentary, which received wide spread praise from critics. For some time I have been wanting to watch the Going Clear documentary due to the amount praise it has received and I wasn’t disappointed. What I took from Going Clear was that initially Scientology had good theories with bettering oneself but things definitely took a sour turn. Scientology for is very what the hell? Some of the things to documentary revealed shocked me and that is all I am going to say.
The other documentary I watched was Cobain: Montage of Heck, which is about the life of Kurt Cobain. As a fan of nirvana and someone who wrote a whole essay on grunge, I have always been intrigued by Cobain’s life. Montage of Heck is great as it doesn’t focus of Kurt being seen as a famous drug addict, it shows a side to Kurt that only his family and friends knew. Kurt Cobain, from what I could gather was extremely creative, almost bursting with it but he also suffered a lot emotional. It is a well-put together documentary and it is the first documentary to involve Kurt’s family, if you like Nirvana this documentary is a must.

So that is all my favourites this month, do you have any favourites this month if so share them in the comments below.

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What is good to watch on the box?

As you may know by now, I am a fan of TV. I also like recommending things to other people; you can see where this is going. In conjunction with my newest YouTube video, here are some TV shows I would recommend watching if you haven’t already.

Sons of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)
At first glance Sons of Anarchy (SOA) is about a bunch of bikers who have a taste for crime but trust me the show is so much more. SOA follows the life of Jax Teller, his family and his beloved club, Jax Teller (Charlie Hunman) is a compelling lead and struggles with his moral compass and what is best for his family and what is best for the club. Over the seven seasons as the club falls into more illegal practices cracks slowly begin to show within the club and its members.
I can say with certainty each season of SOA is full to the brim with action, heartache and excellent storylines. The acting in this show is second to none and there is not one character who seems to be wasted. If you are into crime drama at its best then this is the show for you, but be warned it gets emotional so bring some tissue along for the ride.
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Supernatural (2005 – present)
Supernatural is about two brothers Sam and Dean Winchester who go hunting things that go bump in the night, that in its simplest form is Supernatural. It recently surpassed Smallville as the longest running sci-fi drama on North America TV. Supernatural is a lot more than just two brothers killing things, it is funny, emotional, heart wrenching and exciting. It is currently on its 11th season and from the recent news, it looks like it will be getting a 12th season if leads Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are still happy with the show (from what I gather this seems likely).
I am late to supernatural, like super late. Only late last year I started watching the show and I was hooked. I am currently on the 6th season and it is just getting better with each episode. I think Jensen and Jared are phenomenal with their acting and they portray Sam and Dean so well. Before I finish rambling about Supernatural, I have to mention the viewers of the show who are ever present on social media and are incredibly welcoming.
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Once Upon A Time (2011 – present)
Emma Swan is a bounty hunter who apart from her job has a normal life, until her son turns up at her door and insists that she comes to Storybrooke and break the curse that is upon its residents. Once Upon A Time (OUAT) is on ABC which Disney owns so expected a lot of fairy-tale/Disney characters in this show. Throughout the five seasons, OUAT takes it viewers to Neverland land, the Enchanted Forrest, Camelot and back in time. The acting is good, the plot sometimes falls flat and the graphics are not amazing but the show is loved and that’s what makes it still worth watching.
I started watching OUAT as soon as it came on to UK TV and I loved it from the start. Some people may hate OUAT, others may love it but there is something very homely about the whole thing.
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The Thick of It (2005 – 2012)
The Thick of It got a mentioned in the video but it also gets a mention in this blog because it is a damn good show that is underrated to say the least. I am not going to add much more as I talk about the show in some detail in the video but if you like dark/black comedy this show is for you.
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So that’s all the TV I have to recommend for now, do you have any TV shows recommendations, if so let me know in the comments below!

Beautiful Books

As a bookworm, I try not to judge a book by its cover as the old saying goes. However, some books are much more aesthetically pleasing to the eye than others. Some books could have great covers but the contents of the book could be poor, this works vice versa. But today I am not talking about what is on the inside, I am talking about what is on the outside.  Not all the books I have chosen are favourites of mine, in fact some of the books I didn’t rate that much but the cover of the book is simple beautiful.

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The first three books are different from the rest as they are the ones with pictures or illustrations in. The illustrated version (illustrated by Jim Kay) of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was gifted to me this Christmas by my Nanna, the illustrations in the book are sooo pretty and remind me of some of the concept art from the film. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Illustrated by Robert Ingpen) is a beautiful book with some illustration in colour while others are black and white. I have always been a fan of Alice and her tales of Wonderland; I find the nonsense of the whole plot absolutely wonderful.  Primrose Bakery Everyday is also a new book (Christmas present from my stepdad), I asked for a baking book and this is what I received. The colour combinations of the book are well put together and they complement the stunning pictures of the various baked goods. I can’t wait to start baking some of these delights, they all look so appetising.

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These last four books are a mixture of soft and hard backs and all have great covers (or dust cover in the case of After Alice).  Fahrenheit 451 is probably my least favourite book of this whole lot but it is probably my favourite cover, it is simple and striking. The cover of Out of the Easy is a clear and crisp image. Once you have read the book, the image on front symbolises the whole book about trying to break out. Extraordinary Means sadly fell short in my expectations, yet I still find the front cover one of my favourites to date. Just like Fahrenheit 451, the tree shaped lungs tell you a lot about the novel. And the final book that pleases my eyes is the dust cover of After Alice, I have yet to read this book (another Christmas gift) but I always like Maguire’s take on retellings.

I know there are many beautiful books covers in the world but these are the few that I own and have to hand. I have seen some YouTube videos on book spines so that may be a blog posts at some point.  Do you have any books were the covers are striking or appealing, if so let me know? Or do you have different editions of the same book because you love the range of covers?

2015 – A look back

I’m late to this ‘my year’ blog post, I did aim to have this post up before the new year but Christmas and work got in the way. I digress; let’s talk about the past 365 days.

Overall 2015 has been a good one, there has been a lot of highs but as expected there have been some low points. Three major things happened this year, in April I cut my hair off for charity. It was a huge deal for me and I raised £160 in the end, you can read all about it in my blog post here. I graduated, I finished university (maybe not forever, I might do my masters at some point). University introduced me to a lot of great people and open my eyes to the world, it was a long three years though. In November, a whole year had been and gone since my mum passed. The day itself went by with a few drinks and talk of good times. I am still grieving, I accept that and it might last for a few more months or perhaps several years, I have to take each day as it comes.

This year music, family and friends have played a large role. This was one of my favourite years for seeing live music, I saw some bands I really wanted to see and they did not disappoint. My family has been a strong rock this year, I feel like we all got closer and this year Christmas just seemed to have that extra twinkle (despite my lack of festive cheer). For the most part my friends have been amazing, yet there is a friendship that I may need to take another look at this year. Also a special shout out for TV being awesome this year, I started watching Supernatural and I am in deep, if you are curious I am on season 5.

So where do I want 2016 to go? I want definitely two things from this year, a salary paid job (no more zero hours) and to move out, also finishing my driving lessons and passing would be ace. Everything else can fall into place, I guess. I will continue to improve myself be that through being more creative or just by reading more. Either way I am ready to see what the New Year holds, I am welcoming it with open arms.