Thursday, 20 April 2017

Friday Frivolity - Rain

Friday Frivolity

I'm forever playing catch up with the linky the last few weeks - it's election season. I'm standing for re-election in the local council elections (two weeks to go!) and the Prime Minister has just announced a snap general election (six weeks to go!).

Rain is kind of summing up my mood every time I think of all the canvassing still to come...

Who wants to be foretold the weather? It is bad enough when it comes, without our having the misery of knowing about it beforehand

Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday Frivolity - Easter

Friday Frivolity

I'll edit - and catch up with comments - in the morning! x

Friday, 7 April 2017

Friday Frivolity - Spiders

Friday Frivolity

This week's theme is my greatest fear - spiders! Man, I hate those creepy crawlies. Just the thought of them makes me feel ill, and look around the room to check there isn't one lurking... The only spider I'll give the time of day is Anansi and, even then, I try not to look at the illustrations!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

This Week

A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water
Life This Week

It's been a long week. We've been out canvassing every day for the council elections in May which is always a slog - let's face it, nobody really wants politicians banging on their front door! We've pretty much finished the initial knocking now, so it will be leafleting next week and that's both quicker and easier.

On Wednesday a water pipe burst in the kitchen. We spent the night at my mum's and the landlord got it all sorted the next day so it was fine; the only real victim was my stress levels. I've done something to my leg too, so the end of the week had me hobbling about the place, and then I almost bust yet another laptop. I dropped my own in the middle of March and have had to share with Anthony which has been just as awful as you might imagine. Then that one wouldn't load... thankfully my dad fixed it.

Pay day has finally arrived though so today I'm ordering a new laptop, and doing nothing but sitting on the sofa entering competitions. I mean, I might have to move at some point, but I won't be happy about it!

Photo of the Week
Marianna and Anthony
Marianna and Anthony. :)
I Have Been Mostly...

☆ READING: I've reviewed what I've been reading this month HERE. Mostly kids books, and a critical study of existing LGBTQ themed children's and YA books by B. J. Epstein.

☆ WRITING: I haven't had much time to write this week to be honest!

☆ WATCHING: Check out my monthly film review post.

 LISTENING: You Can Call Me Al - Paul Simon.

☆ WEARING: Labour rosettes. :)

☆ EATING: Sandwiches.


On the Blog

I've got a couple of new competitions running - one for a paperback copy of Five Go Adventuring Again and another for Desierto on DVD.

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Friday Frivolity - National Cleaning Week

Friday Frivolity

The fourth week of March is National Cleaning Week, a time for me to be reminded why I keep putting off all those cleaning jobs in the first place... In celebration, enjoy some retro advertisements for the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Keep Britain Tidy with Ronnie Corbett

Keep Britain Tidy with the Bee Gees

Keep Britain Tidy with ABBA
And the mascots of litter picking, The Wombles:

Thursday, 30 March 2017

What I Read In March 2017

What I've Read This Month

Here's what we've been reading this month!

The GruffaloThe Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fiction, 1999. This is a modern classic for a reason! Very easy to read, fun to listen to, and a lightly done message about brains beating brawn.

The Gruffalo's ChildThe Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fiction, 2004. A worthy sequel and another really fun read. I like that it paints the Gruffalo as a more sympathetic character too, showing children that we all have many aspects to our lives and personalities.

Tyrannosaurus DripTyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fiction, 2007. I didn't like this one - the writing and art is fine, it's just that the central message didn't sit well with me. Not everything has to be cutesy and heartwarming, true, but I wouldn't read it to my toddler again all the same.

mor hyfryd yw'r byd (what a wonderful world)mor hyfryd yw'r byd by Bob Theile
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fiction, 2014. Lovely illustrations and bilingual lyrics to the song.

Are the Kids All Right? Representations of LGBTQ Characters in Children's and Young Adult LiteratureAre the Kids All Right? Representations of LGBTQ Characters in Children's and Young Adult Literature by B.J. Epstein
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Non-Fiction, 2013. Interesting study of 60 LGBTQ children's books and the kinds of messages being disseminated to young people. I don't necessarily agree with all of Epstein's assertions - I felt the case against 'issue books' was somewhat overstated, given that a lot of the sample texts were explicitly written for the purpose - but the work as a whole certainly highlights the continuing scarcity of LGBTQ themed children's books in general, and the lack of intersectionality within them.

To help you get started with your reading for April, I have a copy of Enid Blyton's Five Go Adventuring Again to give away. Just fill out the Gleam widget below to get up to five entries.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Film Reviews for March 2017


The Ring (2002) was the scariest film I ever saw. That's not to say it's the best horror film ever made by any stretch of the imagination, but it's the one that shook me up most. It's the one that gave me nightmares, and the one that made me sleep with the light on and want to cover up mirrors and the television set. That image of Sadako / Samara (I watched the Japanese version straight after because, like any horror junkie, I want to be scared) climbing out of the well still has the power to creep me out.

Rings gif

So, I was really looking forward to Rings this year. It had a few interesting ideas, and some cool imagery - the rain falling upwards, for example - but ultimately it falls flatter than a pancake. The backstory of Samara's conception had the potential to lead to some truly creepy cinematography and story telling, but it ended up feeling more like a 70s road trip horror. None of the storylines felt particularly well developed, and they didn't even make the most of the spider walk depicted on the posters!

My verdict? 2 / 5.


Film Review

Other films I've seen this month, in the order I watched them:

 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016). 3 / 5.
Brave (2012). 4 / 5


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