Friday, November 05, 2010

Glee.

I AM SO EXCITED THAT DARREN CRISS IS GOING TO BE ON GLEE.






that is all.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I am very happy.

There are no words adequate enough to describe how much my love of Elmo has been reignited.



He's just so adorable :')

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Smerch.

Last weekend I was annoyed, so I watched the entire box set of Extras. This weekend, I've been ill, so - in between throwing up - I've been watching The Office.

I don't think its going too far to say that they were both brilliantly written and that Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are amazing.



If you know me quite well, you'll understand the extent to which I am in love with television. Not in a couch-potato 'I cba getting up so I'm gonna sit and watch utter rubbish all day' way, but in a 'This is amazing and I want to be a part of it' way. Ofc.
I'm getting kinda pissed off that all my A-Level coursework is distracting me from my own writing, but I guess sometimes you have to prioritize. Anyways, at some point in the future, you will all be sat at home watching some programme that you (hopefully) love and my name will pop up at the end and it will be proof that I haven't wasted my whole life.

Getting back to the point, I'm really impressed with the stuff Steve Merchant has done on his own. People tend to focus on Ricky all the time and assume that he was the brains behind most of it, presumably because he's in the spotlight more, but taking into account Steve's 'extra-curricular' activities, it's obvious that the roles were equal.

If you don't really know much about what he's done, I refer you to his very old Radio Warwick shows, his time on The Steve Show on BBC 6music, his stand-up career and various smaller writing credits along with various acting roles in Tooth Fairy, Burke & Hare, Hot Fuzz, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and new animated satirical production 'Jackboots on Whitehall' to name but a few.



That video never fails to make me crease with laughter.

Anyway, my overall point is that Steve Merchant is brilliant and everyone should pay more attention to him and stuff.
:)

Oh, also, whilst I was looking for videos to include in this post, I came across a tumblr - www.tallbaby.tumblr.com - which is devoted to all things 'Smerch'
I suggest you look at it.

Particularly if you have a bit of a strange crush on him like I do.

BAI.

Just Because.







This video makes the 15 year old girl that still lives in my head VERY excited.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Sao Paulo

Sometimes I could cry for miles...



lovelovelove.

I don't even...


Here are some things that have been said to me that I cannot comprehend:


1. "You DO have talents!! Everyone has talents! You can...analyse stuff."

2. "You're so funny, and half the time you don't even realise it."

3. "There's something about you...I don't know what it is, but it's there."

4. "I thought I'd ask you to look after it because you're...y'no...sensible, I guess."

5. "It's not like you're an expert on the matter."


I wish people would explain themselves.

I'm aware that this could come across badly; as though I'm being self-indulgent or attention seeking, but I'm beyond caring and am genuinely miffed.

Please, if you plan to baffle me with some form of cryptic sentence, don't. Be frank about it, or just shush.

On a lighter note...

It's 45 days until the release of Deathly Hallows Part 1 and I am EXCITED.

Imax 3D here I come :D




Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 21st.

Last night I went to see Fyfe Dangerfield at Shepherd's Bush Empire with my friend Emily. It was amazing.






But that's all I'm going to say, because I'm still speechless.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Day 16 - Another picture of yourself

I forgot about this. Oops...

I don't have any pictures of myself that I want to put on here. Here is a picture Emily drew in science two years ago. I feel that it is accurate enough.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Thinking back on it...

The general public response to J.K Rowling's revelation that Dumbledore was gay was absolutely ridiculous.
People seemed to decide that it was completely farcical and refused to believe that one of the series' best-loved characters could be homosexual.

Today, I remembered that a lot of 'hard-core' fans even went so far as to say that Rowling was joking or looking to draw more attention to the franchise.
'OMGZ! Dumbledore is NOT a gay!'

Really? You believe that he's a wizard, but being gay is a surreal concept?

Be serious, guys.
Gay people actually exist.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Just Say Yes


I’m running out of ways to make you see, I want you to stay here beside me.
I won’t be ok and I won’t pretend I am.
So just tell me today and take my hand.
Please take my hand.

Just say yes, just say there’s nothing holding you back.
It’s not a test, nor a trick of the mind, only love.

It’s so simple and you know it is.
You know it is.
We can’t be to and fro like this all our lives.

You’re the only way to me, the path is clear.
What do I have to say to you for Gods sake, dear.
For God's sake, dear.

Just say yes, just say there’s nothing holding you back.
It’s not a test, nor a trick of the mind, only love

I can feel your heart beat through my shirt.
This was all I wanted, all I want.
Its all I want

Just say yes, just say there’s nothing holding you back.
It’s not a test, nor a trick of the mind, only love

Just say yes, 'cause Im aching and I know you are too
For the touch of your warm skin as I breathe you in.




Saturday, August 28, 2010

Clouds.

Today, I was on the Eurostar on my way home from France when I realised how brilliant clouds are. I know it probably sounds really ridiculous, but they fascinated me.

Anyways, at the time I was texting a friend of mine, and I think he might have thought it a bit odd that I was talking about clouds, and I started to wonder if other people would. So I've made a mental note to bring the point up the next time I see my friends, which is hopefully soon, and see what they say.

It will be a riveting conversation with talk of shape and fluffiness and animal resemblance.

Maybe I'm just over tired.

: )



Oh, and on a side note, the cherry jam on the Eurostar is yummy, so if you're ever eating on the train, I suggest you request a pot.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Brb, France.





T'ra.

Day 15 - Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play

1. Best of You - Foo Fighters
2. Impossible - Shout Out Louds
3. You're Gorgeous - Babybird
4. Ooh La La - Faces
5. Do You Believe In Magic? - The Lovin' Spoonful
6. Don't Be Shy - Fyfe Dangerfield
7. If You Leave - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
8. Spiralling - Keane
9. Both Hands - Ani DiFranco
10. Babylon - David Grey

Day 14 - A picture of you and your family

Monday, August 16, 2010

I Have Forgotten Politics.

I've actually forgotten most of the things I learnt in politics last year. I wouldn't mind, but it's making my summer homework very difficult to do.

When I say forgotten, I don't mean like, I can't remember any of it at all. I remember bits.
For example, I remember that the Westminster Model is based on Parliamentary sovereignty, but I forget who made it and why it matters.

The fact that I can't find my USB to read over my work and refresh my memory means that I am being very easily distracted from this 1000 word essay.

Since starting, I have written the title.
On top of that, I have eaten some Quavers, tidied the sitting room, watched videos of Snow Patrol and Tired Pony on Youtube, fallen in love with Gary Lightbody for the millionth time and drawn a picture of a goat.
Here is an example of two of those things:



Anyways, the fact that I strayed from the task at hand meant that I ended up on Facebook, where I found a stupidly long list I made with Claire ages ago called 'A collective list of the freaks we fancy'

Now, I am sat in front of the laptop, cringing and swooning at the same time.

Some of them are awful. Really and truly awful. But the message in its entirety is hilarious and makes me miss St. Catherines and, in particular, Mr Lenihan and all his fictional quirks.

Nostalgia. I'm going to look at old photos and read old emails. This politics stuff can wait...I'll bring my laptop to France or something. (No I won't.)

I love my friends :D

Day 13 - A Letter To Someone Who Has Hurt You Recently

I don't want to do this.

I'm not the kind of person that clings to bad feelings - at least not anymore - and I think that writing a 'letter' to someone that's hurt me would be ridiculous; especially considering that they would probably never see it.

On top of that, it would make no difference to my life, other than making me feel completely crap during the time I'd take to write it and then every time I see it afterwards.
Counter-productive.

Nope. I'm quite happy right now, and I don't feel like doing this one :)



Sunday, August 15, 2010

Day 12- How You Found Out About Blogger And Why You Made One

Media.
Because I was bored.
That's essentially it.

Basically, some of my friends were on at me to make one and I couldn't really be bothered to as I didn't think I'd have anything to say; but then all this stuff happened and I was pretty pissed off for about a week and a half so I made one to pass the time.

Unfortunately, there was no deep and meaningful reason for this coming to exist :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 10 - Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad

I love this question :)

Happy





Sad





Bored




Hyped






Mad



If I were you, I'd go and download all of these songs. Even the Jonas Brothers one.
They are good, I promise.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day 9 - Something You're Proud Of In The Last Few Days

I've not really done anything of any note in the past few weeks, let alone the past few days, but I guess I can blag this using emotional growth. :)

Basically, I'm quite proud of the fact that I'm getting good at dealing with emotional things. When it comes to sorting out practical problems or handling medical issues I've always been pretty good, but I'm crap when emotions and feelings get involved because, to me, dealing with people is like dealing with a minefield.

Anyways, recently (like, mega recently - as in yesterday) I figured out that if I consider things logically, emotions arent too different from practical things.

This probably isn't making much sense, but the whole thought process has put me in a really good place, and I feel like I'm ready to move on from a lot of unfortunate situations and negative feelings that have been around lately.

So yeah, haps. :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 8 - Short Term Goals For This Month And Why

There are a couple of things I need to focus on this month so that I don't go completely insane.

The first is that i need to chill out about my AS results. I keep panicking about them because I'm not happy with how my exams went, but obviously, stressing out now can't change the results and it wont make me feel any better. Basically, I need to be more optimistic when it comes to academic stuff, because even if i did nause the exams, I can always retake them :)

Secondly, I need to start organising myself. I haven't even started thinking about everything I need to do for my trip to Lourdes yet, and it's in like, 8 days.

On top of that, I havent bought any new equipment for college or sorted out my provisional driving license or found a job.
In short, I need to stop being lazy and actually do stuff :)

Oh, and I should probably find some more uni courses to apply to so that my life eventually has some kind of direction to go in.

I think that's enough to deal with this month, considering that it's already August 11th. :)

Determination ftw.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Oops

I'm getting really bad at sticking to this 30 days thing because of new house-rules regarding internet sharing. Bummer.
Anyways, that's why the last couple have been clustered in one day. I shall try and stick to the allocated days in future :)

Aside from that, these pictures made me laugh.



Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you

I think people in my life have quite a big impact on me. Mostly my friends and close family, as they basically create the environment that I live in and all that jazz.

In particular, my Mum has a big impact on me because I've learnt a lot from her and I talk to her about a lot of things and ask for advice and stuff. Even though we argue and we're quite different people, she's basically helped to make me who I am. :)





Other than friends and family, stand-up comedy has had a big impact on me.
I dont think I'd ever be a comic because I dont have the guts and I'm really not funny enough, but in a wierd way it's helped me to be more optimistic. I think it's probably because comedy is proof that pretty much everything has a funny or bright side. On top of that, it provides a kind of escape when I'm stressed and fully made me believe that laughter is the best medicine :)
Russell Howard and Jon Richardson are the two that I listen to/watch the most so here are some pictures and i suggest you youtube them :)



Day 6 - Your Favourite Superhero and Why

I'm not hugely into superheroes, and I think any answer I give would probably be really predictable like saying Superman or Catwoman.

Anyways, I couldn't pick one that didn't make me sound like an idiot, so I've picked a group of anti-heroes who are the seven members of the Umbrella Academy from the comic book series.



(I know there are only six in the picture, but one died.)

Basically, I chose them because a lot of superheroes irritate me. I don't like the idea that these people are supposed to be amazing and good-willed and virtuous all the time, because if I had to save the world on a regular basis, I'd be pissed.

I suppose their story is kind of cliched but it's really interesting and I enjoyed it :)

I first read it when a section was released in a Dark Horse free publication, and that led me to the main collection'Apocalypse Suite'

"In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-three extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world."

Anyways, it's good, go and buy it. :)

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Day 5 - A Picture of Somewhere You've Been To

This is hard.
I'm gonna put down the place that I visit most abroad. To me, it doesnt really seem like another country because I feel quite at home there and it's quite family-orientated but it still counts :)

Limerick, Ireland.



This is the view from King John's Castle just outside the city centre. It shows one of the bridges that crosses the Shannon river and on the other side of it is St.Munchin's church, where my parents got married. Every time I go to Ireland, I walk past this view; whether it's going to visit family, going shopping or on the way to or from the airport and I dont think it's a view that I'm ever going to forget.(Altzheimers permitting)

Limerick gets a pretty bad slating in the media because the city outskirts arent the nicest places to live and there have been some problems in the past. In my opinion, it's all blown out of proportion. It's a shame to think that people would be put off visiting on the basis of a few bad news reports because there's so much beauty left in the city.

My favourite things about limerick are the simple things. The fact that if you walk next to the river, you'll see dozens of swans; the small row of 'houses' opposite the castle that aren't actually there, but are painted on as a mural on the back of shops; the friendliness of people in the town center; the fact that you can drive for 20 minutes and be in the depths of the countryside; how the whole city embodies tradition and pride without throwing it in your face.

Another highlight is that the position of the new sports arena - Thomond Park means that if a concert is on whilst i'm there, I can sit in the garden of my grandparent's house and hear everything.



Perhaps it's just personal opinion, but Limerick is a place that makes me feel comfortable. Obviously, like any place it has it's quirks and isn't completely picturesque; but I don't think the sight of someone riding a horse and cart to the shops to get some sugar is going to put me off visiting again.

Day 4 - A Habit You Wish You Didn't Have

The habit I have that tends to irritate people is my compulsion to correct grammar in speech and spelling. I didn't really notice how much I did it until my sister called me tipp-ex :)
I get why it annoys people, but it's just a thing that I have. Although, it is getting easier to do it in my head so I don't think it's as annoying anymore.

I'd just rather I didnt feel the need to correct everything all the time because I know it probably seems condescending and I guess if someone did it to me, I'd be pissed too.

Here's hoping I can kick the habit.
Or that people learn to spell and speak properly. :)

Day 3 - A Picture of You With Your Friends

I have quite a few people and pictures I could put here, but I think im gonna focus on my two best friends; Emily and Claire because they mean the most to me.

Unfortunately, I look crap in all the pictures I have with them but I'm gonna put some on here anyways because I just love them that much :)

I think I like the second one best, because it pretty accurately represents how much fun they both are.





Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Day 2 - The Meaning Behind Your Blog Name

The title is from a Guillemots song that's actually called Don't Look Down'. I really like the lyrics and it's one of my favourite songs from their album 'Red' (which i recommend you download) :)



I tried to find a video but Youtube is being crap so i could only find a slowed down live one that starts from the third section (it's at the bottom)
Don't knock it, mind! Fyfe's voice is beautiful.


So the king went riding on a silver horse,
Quit the throne - Gone running.

For a bit of sugar and a bit of salt
He waged a war. About nothing.

But it's alright! Yeah, it's alright.
The King is dying, come out with me tonight.

Take on the world, Take up your act
Take out your violence on the sun!

You're a speck of dust, I'm a speck of dust
and one day we'll fall on everyone

Can we try laughing,
Instead of fighting on the phone; dancing on our own?

The King's in the corner saying:

Don't look down!
Don't look down!
Don't look down!
Don't look down!

I can't walk. I can't talk.
I'll probably find my home
Without singing like a dog chasing a bone

The sky is laughing!
The sky is laughing!
At me.

So when the devil asks you what went wrong,
Just tell the beast his kids are in the garden.

You can find a million faults in me,
But darling you can't say I gave you nothing!

It's alright!
Yeah, it's alright.

Oh, you look so good
Come out with me tonight!
Come out with me tonight.



30 Days Challenge - Day 1

A Recent Picture of Yourself and 15 Interesting Things About Yourself.

I dont really like photos of me and I'm not the most interesting person, so bear with me.




1. I really love ginger hair.

2. I can't go to sleep without listening to music or a podcast.

3. I've made it my mission to save up enough money to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando asap.

4. I'd choose to listen to the Guillemots over any new 'trendy' music anyday.

5. I'm kinda hopeless when it comes to fashion, I just wear stuff that I like.

6. I constantly feel awkward, but it's kind of a way of life now.

7. I will never be a stay at home Mum.

8. If you de-alphabetise anything in my room, I will punch you in the face. :)

9. I over-think most things.

10. When I get annoyed or upset, I watch stand-up.

11. I have a massive girl crush on Aristazabal Hawkes.

12. On my iTunes, there is a playlist devoted to crappy boybands.

13. I'd like to move out of this house. Alternatively, I'd like everyone else to move out of this house.

14. In my opinion, Twilight is scum.

15. I am currently following the story of Adam and Jane in the BT adverts. Shamelessly, might I add.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Trainspotting.

Today, I fell in love with this film all over again.

The film was adapted by Danny Boyle and John Hedge from Irvine Welsh's novel and their portrayal of characters is pretty much flawless.

Danny boyle is one of my favourite directors. I find his ability to manipulate space on a set in order to create and emphasise focal emotive points within the screenplay incredible. In the case of Trainspotting, this technique highlighted some of the more gritty and disturbing scenes and Boyle was successful in representing the main character, Mark Renton's feelings and circumstance through his surroundings.





The film can fall into a number of genres, such as cult, comedy, drama and crime and somehow it still manages to make a valid and solid point rather than blurring into a background of hybrid films.

The main quote from the film is 'Choose Life...'
It could be said that there is irony created through the use of that phrase during a film about heroin addiction, which could create the idea that it is merely a satirisation of the ever-growing prominence of drug abuse in society; however, when the film eventually draws to a close (I wont ruin the ending if you havent seen it) those words are what resonates with the viewer the most.
Here is the full quote:


"Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourself.

Choose your future.

Choose life."


Monday, August 02, 2010

September 21st 2010

I am sooooooooo excited about this day!! A month or two ago I booked tickets to go and see Fyfe Dangerfield in concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire and it's close enough now that I am willing the days to hurry up.




I'm a huge fan of the Guillemots so when Fyfe went solo, I basically had a heart attack. I think it's gonna be a really really good gig : )
Im hoping he'll bring the same offbeat charm as he does at Guillemots gigs and dance around with his tambourine.

[ I was gonna blog about the Guillemots at some point, but essentially, it'll just be me going on and on and on about stuff that nobody cares about and revealing the true extent of my fandom - which is not necessary : ) ]

Anyways, I've asked my best friend Emily to come with me, which will make the whole thing looooooooads better because she's so much fun and we havent been to a gig together before : )

Basically, I am EXCITED.

The only problem is that my tickets still havent arrived even though I ordered them yeeeeeeeeeeears ago. It's a right to-do. If they arent here by the end of August, im gonna have to send a panicked email.

Look at this, and look at the hair and look at Fyfe Dangerfield all in his nice self. :D

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Things.

There are a lot of things that i've seen and done recently that have made me think 'ooh, you could blog that' but I do believe my laziness prevented any of it from coming to light.

As a result, I have about a billion things listed in the notes section of my ipod that i'll hopefully actually write down on here eventually.

This all seems fairly pointless, considering that I havent actually told more than three people that I made a blog in the first place; but perhaps I could recompense by screaming publicity from the roof of the local Morrisons.

Anyways, until I work up the botheration to actually post about substantial things, here is something which, although it made me laugh, probably further highlights my already prominent geeky side.

T'ra!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

I really do.

Jersey Boys.

Wow.




I've been a fan of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons for as long as I can remember, and I'd been promising myself for ages that I'd go and see this show. On Friday I went into London with my parents and we decided to see if we could get tickets, and we could. For £20 each, which was a bonus.

Anyways, it was properly uplifting. It sounds such a cliche but I literally laughed and cried and sang the whole way through (although not simultaneously, that'd just be ridiculously inappropriate). The members of the group are so well casted and their accents are amazing. I may have developed a crush on Ryan Molloy who plays Frankie, but it's probably just his voice...probably. On top of that, the whole thing played into the love I have for the 1960s and created a really brilliant atmosphere.

I think what I loved most was that the production really stayed true to the group and showed that it wasn't all sunshine and roses. In my view, audiences appreciate a frank portrayal when it comes to musicals like this, which is why it's such a good thing that the dialogue was put together using interview responses from the band.

I had a really amazing time, and it managed to cheer me up completely : ) Plus, i got a really nice jacket and a notebook that I will put to good use.
Productivity ftw.

Go and see Jersey Boys!

(Around 6.30 is when this video gets really good.)