Monday, 13 October 2014
Saturday, 11 October 2014
When 5SOS released their new single last night at 9PM and I watched it several times even though my internet was supposed to be off (good girls are bad girls that haven't been caught) I realised that I should probably reveal my love of them to you. And what better way than through a review of their debut album.
If you didn't know 5SOS is short for 5 Seconds of Summer a group of four Australian boys who claim to be punk rock. Their self-titled debut album reached number two in the UK album charts and I love it if for no other reason than the packaging I mean... look!
With the gorgeous packaging aside I have to admit that the songs - although brilliant - are perhaps more mainstream pop than the majority of the fandom had been hoping for. That's not to say that I don't love them all - I've had 18 stuck in my head for days - it just means that fans are worried about the band being labelled as a boy band. Yes, they're boys. Yes, they're in a band. But they play their own instruments, fail miserably when they try to dance and their latest music video should dispel any 12 year old fans.
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
You may remember that on Saturday I told you about the escape of my family's three horses. Well it seems that everyone it at it as at 4pm today my mum called me to tell me to get dressed into my riding gear because her friend's two horses were loose.
I was dreading it. We had heard terrible things about the younger of the two - who was sold as 5 but my mum and I are not so sure - and so we approached the two apprehensively.
Luckily for us the two got onto their lead reins a lot easier than ours did - although they had integrated themselves with someone else's herd - and so we managed to get them no problem. Walking them back was a different matter altogether though, the younger horse was skittish and seemed to skit at every little thing.
Here's to hoping that no one else decides it's time for a strange of scenery.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
|My dad and I are both Chester Zoo fanatics. We go several times a year and we like to think that we are both somewhat of an expert on the animals and how Chester Zoo started.|
That was why I was delighted to find out that the BBC had commissioned a 6 part drama about the Zoo's history surrounding its founder George Mottershead. Of course with all things you look forward to there is a possibility of disappointment but I was thrilled to find that it exceeded my expectations.
|'Our Zoo' is a light-hearted drama that tugs on the heart strings on occasion but also provides several laughs. The acting in this is superb and perhaps one of the greatest performers is Honor Kneafsey who plays young June Mottershead. She - along with the rest of the female actresses - I feel really adds a certain feel to the show, and stops it from just being about some mad man obsessed with animals.|
'Our Zoo' is available on BBC IPlayer and the final episode of the six part series (episodes are an hour long) is airing tomorrow night! I can barely contain my excitement.
Sunday, 5 October 2014
I am afraid that there is no pictures to accompany today's post, but I just have to tell you about the 'fun' time I had this morning.
I was woken by my Mum shouting my name and was quickly informed that our three horses had decided to escape during the middle of the night. Luckily for us we live in a relatively quiet area and so although we were worried about where they were, we were also pretty sure that they would ne unharmed.
We managed to track them down - luckily they were only about a five minute walk away - however once we found them we then had the problem of trying to get them back. The ring leader (who happens to be a rather large Gypsy Vanner) was having none of it and my mum and I soon realised that they weren't going to be very complaint.
Luckily the eldest - a quiet cob - decided she had had enough of an adventure and so we managed to get her on the lead rein and as we walked her back the other two decided to follow behind us, although it took a bit of food to convince them!
Forty-five minutes later we finally made it back and I was thoroughly exhausted. I've only just worked up enough energy to write about it!
Friday, 3 October 2014
|It's very simple really. I love strictly. A lot. And so I have recently been thinking about who my prediction is to win - my dad, mum and I have a sort of mini competition going, I have won the past two years and I am not planning on giving up now.|
And this year my pick for the win in Frankie Sandford and her partner Kevin (from Grimsby). Now if you don't watch Strictly then you obviously won't care - and won't have got my reference before - but I felt like I had to share my prediction with the world - or at least the people who read my blog.
|I think these two are going to win for many reasons.|
1) they're cute together, just look at the selfie below, I know they're both in relationships but they still look good together.
2) Frankie Sandford is going to be a good dancer, she dances at her concerts and she is in shape, also her first dance was great.
3) Kevin is likeable, and popular.
Basically the two of them are going to win, and if they don't I'm going to be slightly disappointed.
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
My school planner contains a weekly quote - some of which are great and some of which are downright weird - and so I decided to share some of them with you.
The one above is this weeks quote from Samuel Butler (who my internet search revealed to be Victorian Era author) and I think it might just inspire me to relax a little bit more. It seems especially topical at this time in my life - when everyone around me seems to be worrying about school and exams - and so reading this quote reminded me that I have to enjoy what I'm doing.
I think it is also important to remember throughout your life. You should enjoy your job, you should enjoy your hobbies, you should enjoy lounging in bed on a Sunday Morning and you should spend more time making sure that you fit in things you enjoy into your life.
And it is true, you don't see squirrels worrying about these kind of things after all!
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
This seems like a really weird thing to recommend but I am recommending Lemsip cold and flu tablets, especially the ones that come with both day and night capsules. I took these for a couple of days and almost instantly felt better and I love the fact that they acknowledge the fact that you don't particularly want to be taking capsules that contain caffeine at night.
Monday, 29 September 2014
|When I walked into the cinema to watch 'What We Did On Our Holiday' I was quite looking forward to it. It looked like a feel-good family film with a quality cast (it stars Billy Connolly, David Tennant and Rosamund Pike) and of course it has to be good, it's directed by the same people who make outnumbered.|
And indeed throughout the film several similarities between the film and outnumbered did appear. Three rowdy kids, two hapless parents with a difficult marriage and a story about coping with what you've got.
The film was great, however not so much the feel-good film I was expecting. There's a shock twist about half way through and the way the kids react to it is unexpected to say the least. I would definitely recommend the film (it is funny after all) although perhaps not to a younger audience as it isn't quite the family film you expect.
None the less 'What We Did On Our Holiday' is a quality British film that entertains and conveys a nice message. Family is family, no matter how annoying they might be.
Sunday, 28 September 2014
For some reason I have recently decided to put myself through the torture of reading travel blogs. I have always followed a couple but after discovering some great bloggers (and scrolling through their archives) I now have an intense sense of wanderlust.
Where for? About a thousand places, well okay maybe that's an exaggeration but there is a lot of places I want to go and I don't seem to have the time - or money - to go there.
Russia is a place I want to visit desperately. After reading several books set there and reading numerous blog posts about different destinations I really want to go. I think the historical background of it all and the architecture makes the place special.
I also want to visit New York City, I have visited America before (for Disneyland when I was seven, I'm not sure if it quite counts) and I really want to visit the 'Big Apple' no thanks to Love Taza's New York City Guide.
I also want to visit Mexico. That happens to be a dream both me and my Dad share and so hopefully that one stands a better chance of becoming a reality.
That's just a brief highlight of the places I want to go but I can't help this feeling of wanderlust. Who knows, maybe one day I'll actually be able to satisfy it...