Monday, 31 October 2016

Halloween - looking back at my pumpkins

So its Halloween.

 Here are this year's pumpkins:

10 Scary Films for Halloween #10 - Paranormal Activity

10 scary films for Halloween number 10. Paranormal Activity.

Paranormal Activity was released in 2007. This is a film about the supernatural - not surprising from the title that fact really.

Its one of those now well known "found footage" style films, where its billed as if its true. What it was and still is as the original, is scary.

It focuses on a couple - Katie and Micah. Katie feels a presence in their house, and they set up some cameras. They have no idea what they are letting themselves in for.

At first, it starts slowly - the cameras just picking up a few things. Then things ramp up. Katie is seen standing staring at Micah at the side of the bed, footsteps are found that aren't theirs, It gets really scary then - she gets dragged upstairs, so they start to sleep downstairs.

Me? I would be out the door, never-mind sleeping downstairs. Micah finds bite marks on Katie's neck, and they try to get help to deal with it.

Finally, Katie becomes possessed. It ends where she is screaming in a weird voice, and the camera picks up Micah being thrown across the room.

It doesn't sound scary. Many of the sequels and imitations since haven't been. But this one, the first one, had me petrified.

There are no big stars in this, no huge budget, yet it delivers what a horror should - scares and fear. Perfect for Halloween.

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10 Scary Films for Halloween #9 - Fright Night

10 scary films for Halloween number 9. Fright Night.

For my top 10, I am referring to the 2011 film, not the old one. That said, the old one is good fun, but this one? Well this one is scary. Its directed by Craig Gillespie and stars Colin Farrell as the vampire.

Its set in Las Vegas, and the main character is a teenager called Charley. He lives with his mum, played by Toni Collette. A new mysterious neighbour moves in, which is Mr Farrell - Jerry.

Charley's school friend, Ed, has this conspiracy theory about people going missing in their town. Ed tries to convince Charley that Jerry is a vampire! Charley thinks he is being ridiculous. Ed soon goes missing and unbeknownst to Charley, he is now a vampire too!!

Charley begins to realise Ed may have been right, and creeps into Jerry's place to investigate. He finds a girl captive there. He tries to rescue her, but once he gets her outside, the sunlight hits her and she turns to ash. Charley, terrified, tracks down Peter Vincent, famed vampire killer. Played by Brit ace David Tennant (Dr Who).

Peter doesn't think Charley is serious, and dismisses him. Back home, Jerry knows Charley came into his house and comes after them. He can't come inside, but he sets the house on fire instead, with Charley and his mum and girlfriend Amy inside. Amy is played by Imogen Poots - who is one of the stars in 28 weeks later.

They just manage to escape, and flee in their old banger of a car. Jerry though, is soon on their tale. He is really scary now, and though Colin Farrell is the sexiest vampire I have ever scene (sorry Edward off Twilight fans, its an age thing), he is also bloody scary!!

Charley's mum manages to slow Jerry down by impaling him with a For Sale sign, but not after he has killed a passing motorist!! He is in his real vampire guise, with the sign sticking out of him as they escape again.

His mum gets put in hospital, whilst he and Amy go back to try again with Peter Vincent. Ed shows up, in his new vampire guise, and they fight. Charley has no choice but to kill his old friend - either him or Ed. Amy though, gets bitten by Jerry and he takes her.

Peter finally agrees to help, and he and Charley hatch a plan. They head into the basement, where Jerry's vampire family come for them. The plan works, and Charley kills Jerry by driving a stake through his heart. The vampires turn back to their human form once he is dead including Amy.

This one is a different sort of scary - fun scary, but full of jumps and scares. As I said, Colin Farrell is the fittest, sexiest vampire of them all. Fabulous fun for Halloween. I love this film!

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10 Scary Films for Halloween #8 - Psycho

10 scary films for Halloween number 8. Psycho.

Psycho was released in 1960, and is probably one of the most famous horror films out there. Its an Alfred Hitchcock movie, and it really has stood the test of time, being re-covered and referenced ever since. It is a classic.

This original version stars Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh, who play the main leads - Norman Bates and Marian Crane. We meet Crane when she is having a rendezvous with her lover at a hotel. They discuss lack of money, and she returns to her humdrum office job.

A customer comes in to pay for a purchase, as she works in a property office. Crane takes the money to deposit it, but never gets to the bank. She instead, runs off with it. After a scare when she has taken a nap at the wheel, and is approached by the police, she goes to a car sales lot and changes her car.

She drives on, but when the weather gets bad, she pulls in when she sees the Neon sign for "The Bates Motel". Its so off the beaten track that she is the only guest, as she is told by none other than Norman Bates himself.

To be honest, Perkins is good looking and charming, and you could easily believe he is harmless. He isn't!! He insists they eat together, and they do. Its safe to say, this was their only meal together, as I am quite sure everyone is aware of "that shower scene" and the "screech screech screen" music to accompany the knife slashes!!

Marion's sister raises the alarm when they realise she is missing, and hires a detective to look for her. He finds the Bates hotel, but his finding is short lived as he is killed too.

Her lover and her sister, fearing the worst, head off themselves. Puzzled, when they speak to the local sheriff and discover Norman's mother is dead, as the detective had said he was going to speak to her.

They don't find Marion, but they do find his mother - who is of course, a corpse!! After trying to kill them to, Norman is arrested. It turns out that he takes on the persona of his mother, as he hadn't coped with her taking a lover as a boy and had murdered them as well!!

Its a brilliant film, with brilliant actors, and yes, the clothes, the cars etc.. do date it, but the plot and the shocks are just as fresh.

Another brilliant film for Halloween. You can find more over at My Film page - just click here.

10 Scary Films for Halloween #7 - Carrie

10 scary films for Halloween number 7. Carrie. 

Carrie is a famous and classic horror film. It a Stephen King book adaptation, along with another of my favourite scary films - Salem's Lot.  I remember watching this for the first time, and though it's clearly an old film - 1976 can you believe, the scares still shock. 

The portrayal by Sissy Spacek of a young girl - Carrie - growing up with no-one to tell her about life as a woman is so convincing. You feel the emotions with her, and its painful at times and despite knowing all is not going to end well you cant help rooting for a different outcome for her. 

At 17, Carrie, is an isolated figure - no friends, no boyfriend and no life experience. When she experiences her first period (at 17??) she has no idea what is happening to her, as her obsessively religious mother has told her nothing of life. Walking from the showers, naked and terrified, the other girls taunt her by throwing tampons at her. As Carrie gets more upset, a light bulb explodes. 

Her teacher tries to teach the girls the wrong they have done, by making them pay in exercise in PE. One of them though, Chris, is having none of it, and ends up being slapped by the teacher. She storms off, not caring that she can't go to prom as punishment. Chris persuades Sue to ask her boyfriend Tommy to ask Carrie to the prom. Carrie refuses at first, but after he seems so sincere, she accepts, despite her mother's forbidding. 

Chris meanwhile, conspires with her boyfriend Billy to seek revenge. Billy (Travolta) slaughters a pig, and he and Chris hoist a bucketful above the stage. Carrie arrives, with Tommy, looking beautiful. Chris though, has rigged the prom king and queen vote, and they are named as the winners. 

As they take the stage, Sue has sneaked in to make sure Carrie is ok, as she is actually the nice one. She notices a rope, leading from the booth where Chris is hiding. Unfortunately, the teacher sees Sue and mistakenly thinks she is there for no good reason, and escorts her out before she can warn Carrie. 

Chris pulls the rope, drenching Carrie with blood. Its horrific. The bucket knocks out Tommy. Chris and Billy leave, laughing, as Carrie sees everyone laughing at her, just as her mother warned. She unleashes the full force of her rage. 

She blocks the exits and turns the hose on the room, knocking them over, using her mind. A fire starts, and everyone inside is killed. Chris and Billy witnessing this, get in their car and try to escape. They see Carrie as she leaves and try to run her over. She flips their car, it explodes and they are killed. 

Carrie gets home, and showers herself clean. She sobs to her mother, and briefly, her mother softens. Only briefly though, as she then talks of how Carrie was conceived, by rape, after her father got drunk. She stabs an unsuspecting Carrie. Her mother is mad. Carrie, scared, terrified, unleashes her rage once again and all the knives in the kitchen impale her mother like she has been crucified. The house begins to tremble, and falls upon both of them. 

The ending is the biggest shock. Sue dreams that as the sole survivor of the prom, she is visiting the graves. As she does, a bloody hand shoots from the ground and grabs her, and she wakes up screaming. 

This is a scary film, and despite it being 1970's when it was released, it is still scary. There have been loads of remakes, and re-tellings of this tale, but this original is still by far the stand-out of them all.

So there we have it, number 7 of My Films for Halloween. You can check out the others over at My Music page by clicking here.

10 Scary Films for Halloween #6 - The Blair Witch Project

10 scary films for Halloween number 6. The Blair Witch Project.

The Blaire Witch Project was released in 1999. It had a massive response back in the day, and was a huge hit. That's because it was proper, and unexpectedly, scary.

It was ground breaking then, but there have been loads of imitations since, so remember this was the original. Its the first time "found footage" documentary style filming became mainstream, as far as I'm aware anyway.

So, what's all the fuss about? The film centres on three American students, who decide to make a documentary about the legend of The Blair Witch. Heather, Michael and Josh head out into the Black Hills, to interview locals about the story. The locals tell them spooky tales about hauntings, witches and murderers.

They head into the woods to further explore the tales. They encounter fisherman who tell them about a girl who went missing, and then they find 'Coffin Rock', scene of a sacrificial murder. They set up camp that night, and start to hear strange cracking noises.

The following day they head further into the woods, but now they are getting lost, and getting deeper in. They find these weird stick figures dangling in the trees, and strange rock formations on the floor. When they awake the following morning, after hearing the strange noises again, they find their tent surrounded by these weird shapes.

They realise they are lost, but when they try to locate their position, Michael admits to having lost it, or rather, he kicked it into the river. When their tent starts to shake, they basically leg it - and I would do to! When it gets light, they find the tent ransacked, but mainly Josh's stuff. When he goes missing, Heather and Mike try to find him.

This is where it gets utterly terrifying. They hear him screaming, but fail to find him. The next morning, Heather finds a bundle. In the bundle is blood and its clearly Josh's shirt. She doesn't tell Michael about this. They are still lost, they can't find Josh, and they are scared. Truly, and convincingly scared. Heather videos herself apologising to everyone, before admitting how scared she is.

They continue to hear Josh scream, and Mike races to try and find him. They find an abandoned house, and Mike is still charging ahead. Heather, with the camera, tries to keep up, but Mike keeps saying he can hear Josh. He goes upstairs, then into the basement. Just like the story the locals told, she finds Mike facing into the corner, the way the murderer who claimed to be haunted murdered those children. Heather screams, and the camera falls to the floor. Then it goes totally quiet.

This film must have been so low budget as there are no special effects, no luxurious locations, no big stars, and yet its one of the scariest films out there. It gave us something new, something we hadn't seen before, and it was hold your breath and watch behind a cushion time for most of us.

This is another perfect Halloween watch, just like the others I have mentioned, don't watch it alone!!

Check out my Halloween choices over at My Films page here.

10 Scary Films for Halloween #5 - Drag Me to Hell

10 Scary films for Halloween number 5. Drag Me To Hell.

Drag Me To Hell came out in 2009, but don't worry about it being a few years old, as it will still scare the pants off you!!

This one is directed by Sam Raimi (he of Evil Dead fame). The film is all about a bank worker Christine, played by Alison Lohman, who is brilliant in this. An old gypsy woman comes into the bank to extend her loan, but given no choice by her boss, as she wants to impress to get a promotion,  Christine has to refuse the woman's request.

Not impressed by this, the gypsy woman, Mrs Ganush curses Christine. When she leaves work, Ganush is waiting for her in the car park and attacks her. She tears a button off Christine's coat, and reaffirms the curse. Christine later goes to see a fortune teller with her boyfriend (Justin Long - Jeepers Creepers), who tells her he sees spirits haunting her in her home. That night, those spirits do indeed haunt her in some very scary scenes.

She desperately goes back to the fortune teller, who tells her that being in possession of the button, the cursed item, will draw the Lamia - a demon. He suggests a sacrifice, which Christine does. Her kitten. She even goes to try and find Ganush, but when she gets there, she finds the family having a wake for her death. Ganush is dead.

Things seem ok, so she goes to her boyfriends parents for dinner. At first, she is charming but then they think she is bonkers as the Lamia scares her with illusions and tricks that they can't see. Back to the fortune teller again, and this time they suggest a seance and the help of a medium with old ties to this demon. It doesn't work. The assistant is possessed, and the medium is killed.

Christine had just 3 days of being cursed before she is to be dragged to hell. In a last hope, the fortune teller seals the button in an envelope and tells Christine to must gift it to someone else, and in doing so pass on the curse. She tries to give it to her conniving work colleague Stu, but he is so pathetic and grovelling that she cannot do it.

She decides to find Ganush' grave and curse her with the button. As even after death, the soul lives on. She digs her up, falls into the grave, but manages to put the envelope in her mouth.

The next day, at the train station with her boyfriend, Clay. He brings out the envelope with the button in it - she had left it in his car - she had got the envelopes mixed up. Terrified, she backs away, falls from the platform into the path of the oncoming train. Before she can meet her end that way, hands come up from the ground and drag her down into hell. Clay is left on the platform holding the cursed button.

This is such a good, scary film. Another great halloween choice, and one of the most unexpected scares there is. Not predictable, and not dated, just scary. Brilliant.

10 Scary Films for Halloween #4 - Insidious

10 scary films for Halloween number 4. Insidious.

Insidious was released in 2010, and since then there has been a second installment, Insidious 2, as a result of the brilliance of the first one.

Directed by James Wan this is a truly terrifying film, with a proper scary plot line. Its stars Patrick Wilson, who featured in my previous scary film review, The Conjuring. It also stars Rose Byrne, who is off another off my favourite scary films, 28 Weeks Later.

They play a couple with 2 small sons and a baby girl. Renai (Byrne) and Josh (Wilson) Lambert, the parents, move their family into a new home. Dalton, their son, starts to hear strange creaking sounds up in the loft, but trying to investigate manages to fall off the ladder. He screams, as he sees something in the corner, and his parents come rushing to him.

Dalton seems ok, so Renai and Josh decide the loft is a no-go zone for the kids to be on the safe side. The next day though, Dalton goes into a coma like state. After three months with no change, the hospital let his parents take him home. Things get much worse once he's back.

How terrified would you be if you heard noises over your baby monitor? Yep, that's what happens. Absolutely petrifying. The burglar alarm goes off, Renai sees dark figures in the house, and gets attacked by one of them. They abandon the house. I would too -  I was by this point utterly scared.

They move to another house, and Josh's mother Lorraine joins the family. She has a dream featuring a horrible demon with a vivid evil red face, and he summons Dalton, who is still in a coma. Renai sees more supernatural beings, and its clear whatever wants Dalton is going to come wherever they move to. They decide to call in the experts.

Elise, the single spookiest character I have ever seen, is hired to investigate. She comes to the house with her assistants, and immediately Elise feels a presence. Elise sees the demon, and her assistant sketches it. Its the same red faced lovely from Lorraine's dream. The demon who wants Dalton.

The paranormal investigator tries to explain that Dalton is not in a true coma, but rather is somewhere else, leaving only his physical body. He has somehow travelled too far into the astral plane and is trapped there. The longer he is away, the more vulnerable he becomes. Josh isn't buying it, until he realises Dalton has been drawing this demon all along.

They try a seance next, but when the demon proves too strong, Elise has to stop the spirits coming through Dalton to attack them. Knowing time is of the essence, Elise reveals that she and Lorraine had to do the same thing with Josh as a child. He too was able to astral project, but his demon was a horrible scary old woman.

Elise persuades Josh to go into the scarily titled "The Further" to go and get his son back, telling him only he can do it. Josh rescues Dalton, but the usually jaunty song "Tiptoe through the Tulips" will now forever fill me with fear - you will know what I mean if you watch it!

Josh brings Dalton back, and whilst they should be celebrating, Elise is concerned. She snaps a photo of Josh sending him into a full blown rage. He roars at Elise and murders her, strangling her to death. Renai finds the camera, and sees that the photo is of the twisted dark old woman. Josh has been possessed. Josh speaks "I'm right here" but she is frozen to the spot. The old woman puffs out the candle and it all goes dark.

I can't remember ever being more scared by a film. This one is not for the faint hearted, it really is a scary film - perfect for Halloween, but don't watch it on your own!!

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10 Scary Films for Halloween #3 - The Conjuring

10 scary films for halloween number 3. The Conjuring.

This is quite a recent film. It only came out in 2013. This is also very very scary. It centres on a couple who happen to be paranormal investigators. One of whom is played by Patrick Wilson, who is also the star of another very scary film - Insidious. The other is his wife played by Very Farmiga, who is also the star of a scary film - Orphan.

They play Ed and Lorraine. It is seriously creepy right from the get go. It starts with them listening to a story about a haunted doll. Now, I am not a doll fan anyway. I find them sinister, and this did not help that phobia at all!!

This was 1968. In 1971 another couple are moving in to their new house with their family. Weird stuff starts to happen, their dog is found dead. The scariest bit by far is the clap hands game, when someone who is not one of them claps hands! Arggghh!! Behind the pillow time for me.

The investigators are called in, and they trace it all back to a witch 'Bathsheba'. Loads of scary stuff then ensures - paranormal activity, possession - terrifying. I won't ruin the end for you, but it kind of leaves you hanging.

This one truly scared me, so is a perfect choice for Halloween scares.  You can see the full list over at My Films page by clicking here.

My Top 10 Halloween Movies

Halloween Movies
Jeepers Creepers
Salems Lot
The Conjuring
Drag Me to Hell
The Blair Witch Project
Fright Night
Paranormal Activity

10 Scary Film for Halloween #2 - Salems Lot

Salem's Lot. Even the name sounds sinister. Jerusalem's Lot to give it its full and correct name. Originally a Stephen King book, released in 1975.

You will know already that Stephen King is the master of horror, and you know that as one of his books, its going to be 1 - scary, and 2 - great. Salem's Lot is quite possibly the best of his scares. 

This is a classic film and is packed full of scares and jumpy bits. Its based on the book, and was released in 1979. It revolves around Ben Mears, played by David Soul. He returns to the town he grew up in, only to suspect something is wrong.

What is wrong, is that the town is being turned into vampires! A mysterious new arrival in the town, Mr Straker and his elusive and unseen partner Mr Barlow, open their new antique shop and purchase the town's alleged haunted house. The Marsten House was the scene of Mears being scared as a child. Its no less scary as an adult he soon discovers!!

Make no mistake, this is one scary, scary film. I feel made all the more so by its aged appearance. Mr Barlow is the ultimate scare - think old school vampires, but the Glicks tap tapping on the window is the single most scary scene ever. Not so much while watching but you just wait until the next time a branch taps on your bedroom window in the night!

Vampires and gothic horror at its best. James Mason as Straker was an inspired choice, but this is so well written and so utterly scary, that it couldn't fail to give you the spooks. Stephen King, master of horror at his very best here.

Be warned - if you watch this, you will never hear tapping on the window without remembering the Glicks!! Brilliant choice for Halloween this one.

10 Scary Films for Halloween #1 - Jeepers Creepers

So my first choice to kick us of for our 10 Scary Films for Halloween is the now classic Jeepers Creepers. This was released back in 2001, and was billed as an American Horror film.

Its much better than that though, so don't be put off! This is one of my favourite scary films. Its got all the ingredients to make you watch it, get a bit creeped out, but then watch it again, and again. Its become one of my horror staples.

Why is it called Jeepers Creepers? It sounds creepy for one thing, but actually its because of the old song by that plays throughout it at poignant points. "Jeepers Creepers, where'd you get those peepers". Ooh spooky.

The film focuses on brother and sister, Trish and Darry (played by Gina Phillips and Justin Long). They are driving a class big old American car, with a dodgy stick shift, down huge big empty highways that you only seem to find in the states.

An old truck harangues them, and has the licence plate "BEATNGU", before charging past them and disappearing into the distance. Just the truck itself, battered looking and scary looks terrifying enough, before we even get to see the driver!

The siblings come across an old abandoned church, and see the same truck with what looks like a body wrapped in a sheet being pushed down an old pipe into the bowels of the earth. As you do, they sneak back when the truck has gone and after falling into the pipe unintentionally, Darry discovers a really gruesome scene. The ceilings of the underground chamber are lined with the bodies of young people, who have been stitched back together and embalmed. Lovely!!

Be warned, this film will make you jump and will gross you out to at times. I won't spoil the ending for you, as this is a great film. Not an all time great - but you know what you are getting and its a fab Halloween choice.

It's makes you jump, is tense, creepy, and has just enough ghoulish factor to appeal to horror fans but with a bit of tongue in cheek dialogue that keeps it pacy and entertaining. Justin Long is convincing as a teenage dufus, with his sister being the smart one. Throw in those long American roads and creepy locations, that scary truck and voila - spooky classic. The creature, whatever it is, is one of the most horrible things I have ever seen!!

Even after you know the twists and turns when that old song cranks up "Jeepers, Creepers, where'd you get those peepers" you cant help but want to run - or at least hide behind a cushion!!

Let me know what you think of this one and enjoy. Happy Halloween #1 woooohhh!

My perfect Halloween Dinner Party

First up, who would I invite? Well, I would invite Stephen King, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Pattinson, John Bishop, Quentin Tarantino and Dave Grohl.

So we have a story teller, some glamour, a vampire, a comedian, a director and a rock star. Should be interesting! They would all have to be in fancy dress of course - Stephen could come as Mr Barlow, Marilyn as a corpse bride, Robert - vampire, obvs, John as a zombie priest (see what I did there), Quentin as a pumpkin and Dave Grohl as the devil.

Playlist for Halloween

My top 10 favourite songs for Halloween:

Thriller - Michael Jackson
Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield (The Exorcist)
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Junior
Ghost Town - the Specials
People Are Strange - The Doors
Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
Disturbia - Rihanna
This is Halloween - Marilyn Manson
Highway to Hell - ACDC
Jump to the Left - Rocky Horror Show

My Top 10 Halloween Costumes

  • Wicked witch
  • Sexy vampire
  • 8 legged freak
  • Frankenstein's monster
  • Corpse Bride
  • Walking Dead Zombie
  • Skeleton
  • Pumpkin
  • Jigsaw from Saw
  • Beetlejuice

Happy Halloween

Here's to having a spooooky day. Happy Halloween :)

If you were a pumpkin, what would your face be?

So its Halloween. A kind of annual tradition in my family is to carve a different pumpkin face each year, which got me to thinking - if I was a pumpkin what would my face look like?

So what would your pumpkin face be? Drop me a comment and let me know :)

Sunday, 30 October 2016

What's happening in the world this week?

  • Aberfan disaster - 50 year anniversary. Unbelievably, some damn idiot has stolen the wreath placed by Prince Charles. What is wrong with some people!! 

  • Third runway approved at Heathrow. Personally, I approve and think its fantastic news. England needs to bring in more tourists to boost the economy, and needs more flights to accomodate those wanting to travel. 

  • Hugh Laurie awarded Hollywood star. Quite right too. One of the best of British - BlackAdder is a personal fav, but my god, as House he does American to perfection. Well deserved. 

Bit of Cake? Looking back at Crete 2015

Every afternoon in Crete it was time for cake!!

Chocolate cake and ginger cake. 

And butter biscuits!! Yum!! 

Halloween and Ghostbusters

It would not be Halloween without Ghostbusters. Today, I heard the song on the radio, twice. It put me in a great mood and I turned it up way loud.

Tonight, first up and on now - Ghostbusters -the original one. I love it!! Then, after this, Ghostbusters 2!!

I love Halloween, and any excuse to watch both these films is fine by me. :)

Halloween - am I too old?

So tomorrow is Halloween. We are having a family party - spooky decorations and spooktacular food. My mum is an amazing cook so I have no doubt we are in for a treat!

I'm not a huge fan of trick or treat - it can be a little scary at times when masked faces appear at your door, but always keep a box of treats to hand, and that way you can be sure, well, almost sure, to avoid any tricks.

But I find myself wondering - at what age is it too old to be the vamp temptress? Should I hang up my devil horns or is this the one occasion where age truly is of no concern?

Saturday, 29 October 2016

If you were a Pumpkin what face would you have?

So next week is Halloween. A kind of annual tradition in my family is to carve a different pumpkin face each year, which got me to thinking - if I was a pumpkin what would my face look like?

So what would your pumpkin face be?

Not long until Halloween - Spooky :)

Its Halloween on Monday. Do you celebrate? Do you dress up?

I love Halloween. Absolutely love it. This year, its on a Monday which is a bit rubbish, but I am still going to have my pumpkin carved and celebrate!! Happy Halloween!!

So how do you do your Halloween? :)

Another one for the bucket list - fly in a chinook!!

  • Write a novel
  • Learn another language fluently
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Pay off my mortgage
  • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt 
  • Own a place in the sun
  • Own an apartment in London
  • Own an apartment in Manchester
  • Ride a horse across a beach
  • Go skiing
  • Learn to cook Sushi
  • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
  • Have no money worries
  • Live abroad for a few months 
  • Go on a round the world trip
  • Own a horse
  • Go the races
  • Go on a theatre break
  • Learn to ride a motorbike
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Travel the world
  • Be in a play or a film
  • Change career
  • Get a degree
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Shark cage experience
  • Skinny dip :)
  • Formula One experience
  • Go to all the continents - 3 to go - Antarctica, Asia and South America
  • Have a sailing lesson
  • Have a flying lesson
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Go camping / glamping
  • Stay in a log cabin
  • Be published
  • Get married
  • See The Northern Lights
  • Ride a Gondola
  • Ride a motorbike
  • Niagara Falls
  • Wimbledon
  • F1 race
  • Visit a pink beach
  • Fly in a Chinook Helicopter

Its Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!

Yes folks, its Saturday. What are you up to today? Me? I'm not up to anything today really. I have the onset of a cold, and am determined its not getting a hold of me, so its indoors for me today.

Right now, I'm listing a few items from last weekends epic wardrobe clearout!!

Yes, it was immense!! Took me forever, but well worth it. But that was last weekend. Today, I need to get the stuff listed and hopefully sold!! 

What else am I doing today then. Well, I have a cupboard upstairs that could be fairly accurately described as my "messy" cupboard. Full of paperwork, folders - you name it. It needs a sort out, so that is on today's list. 

Other than that, not really got much to do today, so I shall be doing some serious comping of course, maybe even a few creative ones! I love weekends. If I won the lottery, I would find plenty to do!! No problem! 

Friday, 28 October 2016

Defo Wellie Weather - Hoorah!!

These are my bright red Hunter Wellington Boots. They were one of my best Chrimbo pressies last year. Its been a few months, but now its definitely wellie weather once more!!

All I have to say about that is - hoorah!! And its about time! Bring on the muddy puddles :)

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Rewards at the end of intense effort - 3 weeks today :)

3 more weeks of suffering will earn this:
  • Haircut
  • Nails done - acrylic
  • Spa Body Scrub
  • Eyebrow wax
  • Leg Waxing
  • Chin wax
  • False eyelashes
  • New bikini
  • New handbag
  • New songs
  • New books
  • Glass of wine
  • Pandora Charm
  • New dress
  • Full English Breakfast
  • Holiday
And anything else that grabs my fancy!! Bribery. Can't beat it as a motivator!! 

Retro single of the week - REM - Everybody Hurts - Look Back

My retro single of the week for this week is from REM with the wonderful 'Everybody Hurts'.

Everybody Hurts was released as a single in 1993, and was taken from their 1992 album, Automatic for the People. This was one of their biggest successes, and peaked at number 7 in the UK charts.

Let me say this - this is one of my all time favourite ever songs. Its a beautiful gorgeous sounding ballad without being a ballad if you follow. Its slow tempo, with emotional sounding vocals from Stipe and his unusual voice.

The video this song is also brilliant. Its a traffic jam on a main road in the USA. Captions pop up on the screen depicting what the occupants of various vehicles are thinking. Its very clever. The lyrics give it a real thought provoking backdrop. Everybody hurts he sings over and over, which is true.

Eventually, the occupants of the cars get out and just walk on, leaving the jam behind them. Michael Stipe and the band members are amongst them. Michael then starts to sing. Its brilliant. It ends with a news report of over 300 people just walking away from their cars.

This is a song that makes you think. Its quite dark, and very powerful. Its wonderfully sung, wonderfully orchestrated with strings and guitars. It doesn't sound dated even now.

Go take a listen of this one. If you somehow haven't heard it before, you will love it. If you just haven't heard it for a while go remind yourself how great a song this is. Drop me a comment if you like it.

For more of my music, check out My Music page by clicking here. Happy listening :)

Retro Single of the Week - Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy - look back

My new retro single of the week for this week is the brilliant 'Unfinished Sympathy' from Massive Attack.

Such an iconic song, and such an iconic video from a great UK band. Massive Attack are an English group, who have had their share of great songs, but for me, none reached the greatness of this one.

Massive Attack formed in 1988 and consist of members - Robert "3D" Del Naja, Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall. 'Unfinished Sympathy' also included another Brit artist - Shara Nelson on vocals.

It was the second single from their debut album Blue Lines. It was released in 1991 in the UK and reached number 13 in the UK singles chart.

This song is a dance song, but with a slower tempo and featuring lots of strings, and a looped vocal background of "hey hey hey hey" which is really distinctive. It has some beautiful moments, where the gorgeous sound of the orchestra and the vocals lift up in a really satisfying peak.

Shara Nelson's vocals are perfect for this track. She also is the star of the video, which is a single shot of her walking through a City - Los Angeles no less. It is a great video, and no doubt the inspiration for the later video by The Verve with their classic 'Bitter Sweet Symphony".

This is a true classic - if you have never heard this, or just not for a while, go check it out - remind yourself how much of a tune it is, or find a new piece of music you might just fall in love with.

You can find more of my singles of the week - new and retro, plus loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Let me know what you think of this one :)

Things I want to do with my life

Things I want to do in my life 
  • Write a novel
  • Learn another language fluently
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Pay off my mortgage
  • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt
  • Own a place in the sun
  • Set foot on every continent
  • Own an apartment in London
  • Own an apartment in Manchester
  • Ride a horse across a beach
  • Go skiing
  • Learn to cook Sushi
  • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
  • Have no money worries
  • Live abroad for a few months 
  • Go on a round the world trip
  • Own a horse
  • Go the races
  • Go on a theatre break
  • Own a place in Gran Canaria
  • Learn to ride a motorbike
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Travel the world
  • Be in a play or a film
  • Change career
  • Get a degree
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Shark cage experience
  • Skinny dip :)
  • Formula One experience

Imagine yourself 6 months from now

I'm working hard to improve my body, my self esteem and lose some weight. Its incredibly hard going, and its going to be incredibly hard to resist temptation. So I need to imagine myself 6 months from now.

If I continue to eat, well, everything in site, then 6 months from now I shall have gained a couple of stone at lest.

If I cut it back to normal, 6 months from now I shall still be as I am now.

If I go for it, stick to what I am doing, work hard, then where will I be 6 months from now? I will be at goal weight, maintaining it, with toned abs and great definition. That's the one to aim for then :)

Bucket list - a few I can cross off the list :)

Bucket List - crossed off the list
  • Swam with dolphins
  • Jumped out of a plane - tandem skydive
  • Sang Karoake
  • Been on stage in a show
  • Flown in a helicopter
  • Grand Canyon
  • NYC - Empire State Building
  • Wine Tasting - Marlborough - New Zealand
  • Won a competition
  • Hiked a glacier - Franz Josef - NZ
  • Stayed in a hostel
  • Spa break
  • Flew across the world solo - UK to NZ
  • Island Hopping - Fiji
  • Jumped off a boat into the sea
  • Been the only person on an island - Fiji
  • Whale Watching - NZ
  • Mountain hiking - Canada
  • Arrived in a country with nowhere to stay
  • Done a charity fun run - Race for Life
  • Seen an octopus up close - Egypt
  • Seen a shark in the water I was in - Egypt
  • Visited Alcatraz - USA
  • War Rooms - Jersey, Channel Islands
  • Tower of London - UK
  • Cruise ship to New York - QM2
  • Guinness Factory - Dublin
  • Giants Causeway - Belfast
  • Been to 4 of the continents - Africa, Europe, North America, Oceania/Australia
  • Rode a horse
  • Rode a camel
  • Got engaged to my soul mate

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Retro single of the week - 'Stay' - Shakespears Sister - Look Back

My retro single of the week this week is the classic from Shakespears Sister - 'Stay'.

'Stay' was released in 1992. It was in fact the second single from their second album Hormonally Yours. This was a massive hit in the UK, hitting the top spot in the singles chart and staying there for 8 weeks!!

Now, I was a bit of a Bananarama fan when I was little, so I already knew of Siobhan Fahey, as one of the original members. Shakespears Sister was her own project post Bananas, and this track was Siobhan and an American singer named Marcella Detroit, whom I had not heard of before this.

'Stay' was one of those instant stand out tracks. It was dark, and brooding and sultry, but so catchy and pop. It was Marcella hitting the high vocal notes, but Fahey on the deep, growling parts that give this song such depth, such darkness and light, good versus bad almost.

The video to this is one of those that you remember. Its all dark gothic make up and life and death stuff. Detroit and Fahey are basically fighting for a man, but the point isn't love. Its whether he lives and "stays" with Detroit, or goes with death as in Fahey, who is the ultimate dark angel of death in this vid. They both look amazing. Life wins though, and death goes away having failed.

Its these lyrics "you'd better hope and pray that you make it safe back to your own world" that really stick in my mind. This is the part where Siobhan kicks in. Its so powerful, so memorable. Just brilliant. The contrast between Marcella's amazing soaring notes as she sings "Stay with me" is just so compelling.

This is a truly great song, and on listening to it again after all these years, its actually still great. This could be released now and wouldn't sound dated. A true classic. If you aren't familiar with it, go take a listen. Let me know what you think.

If you want more, then check out My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

Crisp clear day - Autumn is here

Well its cold today. Cold, cool and crisp, but the sun is shining.  Not at all like the usual late October weather.

Which got me thinking - what is the best part of Autumn turning?

For me, its the cool air on your face. You have the central heating on, you step outside and that freshness hits you. Its like taking a cool shower - instant refreshing.

I also love crunching through the golden brown autumn leaves. I love walking in the muddy woods in my wellies. I love togging up in my warm winter coat.

Summer is great, carefree and easy. But Autumn has my heart.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

25 Words of the Week

10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial
23 Archetype
24 Pastiche
25 Disquietude

New Word of the Week - Disquietude


  • the state of disquiet; uneasiness

  • Having the position that the current situation is untenable. The creation of a non quiet state. The disruption of one's "groove"
  • agitation

definitions derived from Urban dictionary, and Miriam Webster

Half Stone Pandora charm! Genius!

Chatting away about the woes of dieting, and the toughness of getting my behind to the gym, me and the other half got onto the topic of rewards.

As a joke, I said I might treat myself to a Pandora charm for each half stone milestone I reach. I do respond well to motivation like that. To my surprise, the other half, not known for his loving or supportive gestures it has to be said, suddenly said he would get me one too for each half stone! Wow!

So now I need to get planning for which ones I might buy. So far, I'm loving the Stiletto charm and the Handbag charm for two. Plus those with hearts on. Decisions decisions.

One charm I shall not be buying though, and woe betide anyone foolish enough to purchase for me when the time comes, is the 40 charm. Why on earth would I want to broadcast to the world that I have reached that particular milestone? Not a chance.

The Red Apple charm is gorgeous and actually quite apt for a diet theme. Wishing star charm is lovely and getting to my goal would be my wish. The sparkling leaves one would match my ring and earrings which I had for my birthday.

I like the Bear Hug and the Penguin family charms too. The pink pave charm is beautiful so is the lots of love charm. The Aries charm is quite personal to me. The sparkling butterfly charm is really pretty.  I like the S as well as that's my name!!

Back on the healthy food theme and there is a strawberry charm which is really cute. But I also like the castle and the Frog Prince charms - bit Fairy Tale time.

On a quite poignant note, there is a Cupcake and an elephant - quite a good combination to remind me what happens to my body when I eat cupcakes!!

So many to choose from and such a lovely way of remembering the journey to get to my goal weight and an incentive to firstly lose the weight, and secondly to keep it off!

Monday, 24 October 2016

Passports confirmed, baggage allowance booked!!

Oh my gosh, now I am excited!! We booked up to go to Gran Canaria a few weeks ago. I have kept meaning to log into the booking and register our passports since then, and tonight, I finally did.

So we are all registered. It came up with a message saying we were ready to go!! OOh exciting!!

I noticed our baggage allowance was 15KG each. That just wouldn't do, so mine is now 20KG there and back. I mean seriously - I would have had no allowance for shoes!!!

So all ready now. Just 3 weeks to go (and 1/2 stone to lose!). So excited. :)

Learning Spanish - 3 new words

  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - quatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

My ever growing wishlist

  • 4 man tent 
  • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
  • Apple TV 
  • Audi TT 
  • Backless dress 
  • Ballet pumps 
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Barefoot Sandals 
  • Bathroom 
  • Beach bag 
  • Bedding 
  • Bicycle 
  • Bikini 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Body butter 
  • Campervan 
  • Caravan 
  • Carpet 
  • Chaise longue 
  • Champagne 
  • Chanel No 5 EDP 
  • Chanel tote 
  • Chunky knit jumper 
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
  • Clarins treatment 
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP 
  • Colouring fine point pens 
  • Comedian tickets / show 
  • Converse 
  • Corset 
  • Cottage break 
  • Courvoissier 
  • Crystal glasses 
  • Cuddly Toy 
  • Curtains - made to measure
  • Designer Watch 
  • Digital photo frame 
  • Dining Table 
  • Dress 
  • Egg Chair 
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules 
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 
  • Elemis treatment 
  • Faux fur jacket 
  • Festival tickets 
  • Garden statues 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Gates 
  • Gig tickets 
  • Great red lipstick 
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
  • Handbag 
  • hardbound notebook 
  • Hobbit house 
  • Holiday 
  • Hot Tub 
  • House extension 
  • Hunter Wellies 
  • Icandy pushchair (for step grandchild) 
  • Ice Watch - different colour 
  • J'adore EDP 
  • Jaguar 
  • Jeans 
  • Jodhpurs 
  • Land Rover 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Light fittings throughout 
  • Lingerie 
  • Luggage 
  • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro 
  • Manolo Blahniks 
  • Motorbike 
  • Motorhome 
  • New bedding 
  • New Kitchen 
  • Nutribullet 
  • NYC Trip 
  • Olloclip for iphone 
  • Pandora charms 
  • Patio Heater 
  • Pearl necklace 
  • Pedicure 
  • Picnic Basket 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • PJ's 
  • Plastering work 
  • Pop up tent 
  • Posh shower wash 
  • pottery for painting 
  • pottery paints 
  • Range Cooker 
  • Range Rover 
  • Rattan furniture set 
  • Riding Boots 
  • Shoes 
  • Shower unit 
  • Slippers 
  • Solar lights 
  • Spa Break 
  • Spa facial 
  • Sport tops - Size M or 12/14 
  • Spray tan 
  • Stationery 
  • Stone bench 
  • Storm Lanterns 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
  • Swarovski Jewellery 
  • Tartan skirt 
  • Tefal Toast N Egg 
  • Treadmill 
  • Trip to Australia 
  • Tumble drier 
  • TV - curved
  • Veneers 
  • Vespa 
  • Vintage luxury chair 
  • Weekend away 
  • Wellies rack 
  • West end show 
  • Whiskey 
  • White suit jacket 
  • Wine Fridge 
  • Winter coat 
  • Yankee Candle 
  • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
  • Silver cutlery
  • Microwave
  • Cosmetic treatment
  • Expensive shampoo and conditioner
  • Wrought iron radiators
  • Diamond jewellery
  • Board games
  • Double Oven 
  • Roll top bath 
  • Electric shower 
  • Shower cubicle 
  • Sink drainer 
  • Kettle tap 
  • Slim Dishwasher 
  • Towel Radiator 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Spa massage
  • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
  • Copper saucepans
  • LED projector mobile
  • Water Feature
  • Table lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Art - canvas
  • Gym bag and towel
  • Sink unit and drainer
  • Induction hob
  • New toilet and sink
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Kitchen tiles
  • Kitchen units
  • American fridge freezer
  • Flip flops
  • Wine rack
  • Craft Stuff
  • Dinner Set
  • Funky Socks
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding Dress
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian
  • Nissan Navara
  • Wine subscription
  • 3D printer
  • Silk shirts
  • Tunic dress
  • Fire Stick
  • Bali Beach Beds
  • Solar charger

I am going to be superfit, lean, mean and smoking - starting tomorrow !!

This is the plan-  I am going to be superfit - a lean, mean and smoking hot machine!! Yes, that is the plan.

Now, for those of you familiar with my regular attempts to get fit, lose weight, then gain weight and start all over again, you may be thinking - here we go again.

Suddenly, today, I want more. I don't just want to lose weight for holiday. I want it off for good.

I want toned thighs, a six pack, a back fit for backless dresses, a bikini body if you will. Starting tomorrow, Monday, I am going to run, I am going to jump, I am going to do it all and get fit.

I want sexy arms, no belly, cheekbones. So I am going to start tomorrow, then 2 PT sessions a week after that. Instead of having body envy on the beach this year, I will be one being envied.

This is the beginning, and I will get there. Beach body, here I come!!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Miss you Puppy

I was scrolling through my photos and as is always the case, there are those that evoke strong emotions. This one was of my beautiful amazing dog George. We had him when I was about 11, and he was immediately my best friend.

We had always had dogs before George, and we have had dogs since we lost him, but none that I ever had that amazing bond with. I miss my boy to this day, so felt that I should remember him here. He was a black and white border collie but had so much personality. I loved that dog. Miss you puppy.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Boofle goes on Holiday

I always take my little Boofle with me, and we always start as we mean to go on.

Now I realise it was 7am, and I understand that in normal circumstances its not the time for a pint. But its the airport, and its the start of the holiday, so here is Boofle having his first tipple of his hols last year:

This was at Manchester airport, and let me tell you, this dog had a fabulous time. He is a lush though, and we couldn't allow him to drink alone, so we joined in. It was rude not to!! 

Learning Spanish - 3 new words

  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Word of the Week - Pastiche


  • something (such as a piece of writing, music, etc.) that imitates the style of someone or something else:

  •  a piece of writing, music, etc., that is made up of selections from different works

  •  a mixture of different things

  • a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style of previous work; also : such stylistic imitation

  • a musical, literary, or artistic composition made up of selections from different works : potpourri or hodgepodge

definitions derived from mirriam webster

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Word of the Week - Pastiche


  • something (such as a piece of writing, music, etc.) that imitates the style of someone or something else:

  •  a piece of writing, music, etc., that is made up of selections from different works

  •  a mixture of different things

  • a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style of previous work; also : such stylistic imitation

  • a musical, literary, or artistic composition made up of selections from different works : potpourri or hodgepodge

definitions derived from mirriam webster

28 weeks of "My Week With"

Week 28 - Morrissey
Piccadilly Palare
How Soon is Now
Shoplifters of the World Unite
This Charming Man
The Boy With the Thorn in his Side

Week 27 - My Week with INXS
Never Tear Us Apart
Suicide Blonde
Need You Tonight
New Sensation
Devil Inside

Week 26 - My Week Goldfrapp
Black Cherry
A & E
Strict Machine
Ride a White Horse
Number 1
Ooh La La

Week 25 - My Week with The Kaiser Chiefs
I Predict A Riot
Coming Home
Little Shocks
Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Never Miss a Beat
Love's Not a Competition
The Kaiser Chiefs

Week 24 - My Week with The Killers
Mr Brightside
Read my Mind
Smile Like You Mean It
Somebody Told Me
The Killers

Week 23 - My Week with Paloma Faith
Only Love Can Hurt Like This
New York
Stone Cold Sober
Never Tear Us Apart
Just Be
Upside Down
Paloma Faith

Week 22 - My Week with Taylor Swift
Love Story
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Everything Has Changed
I Knew you were trouble
Shake it Off
Blank Space
Taylor Swift

Week 21 - My Week with Kate Bush
This Woman's Work
The Man with the Child in his Eyes
Hounds of Love
Don't Give Up
Running Up That Hill
Wuthering Heights
Kate Bush

Week 20 - My Week with Kylie
Spinning Around
Can't Get You Out of My Head
Where the Wild Roses Grow
All the Lovers
I Believe in You
Kylie Minogue

Week 19 - My Week with Amy Winehouse
Love is a Losing Game
Back to Black
Our Day Will Come
Tears Dry on Their Own
You Know I'm no Good
Amy Winehouse

Week 18 - My Week with Foo Fighters
My Hero
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
All My Life
Best of You
Foo Fighters

Week 17 - My Week with Justin Timberlake
Cry Me a River
Sexy Back
Holy Grail
Rock Your Body
Take Back the Night
4 minutes
Justin Timberlake

Week 16 - My Week with Calvin Harris
Feel So Close
Acceptable in the 80's
You Used to Hold Me
Sweet Nothing
Drinking from the Bottle
Calvin Harris

Week 15 - My Week with Madonna
Into the Groove
Hung Up
Like a Prayer
Beautiful Stranger

Week 14 - My Week with Arctic Monkeys
I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor
Snap Out of It
Fluorescent Adolescent
Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High
Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair
One For The Road
Arctic Monkeys

Week 13 - My Week with REM
Everybody Hurts
Losing My Religion
The Great Beyond
The One I Love
Bad Day
Its the End of The World As We Know It

Week 12 - My Week with Coldplay
The Scientist
Fix You
A Sky Full of Stars
The Hardest Part

Week 11 - My Week with Britney
Hit Me Baby One More Time
Piece of Me
Scream and Shout
Oops I Did it Again
I'm A Slave for U
Britney Spears

Week 10 - My Week with the Rolling Stones
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Ruby Tuesday
Paint it Black
Start Me Up
She's A Rainbow
Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones

Week 9 - My Week with Rihanna
We Found Love
Love the Way you Lie
Russian Roulette

Week 8 - My Week with Robbie Williams
She's the One
Rock DJ
Come Undone
Robbie Williams

Week 7 - My Week with Kings of Leon
Wait for Me
Use Somebody
Molly's Chambers
Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon

Week 6 - Pink
Who Knew
Just Like a Pill
So What
Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
Raise Your Glass
All About Pink

Week 5 - My Week with Take That
Never Forget
Rule The World
The Flood
Greatest Day
Back for Good
Could it Be Magic
It's Take That!

Week 4 - My Week with Beyonce
Beautiful Liar
If I Were a Boy
Love on Top
Single Ladies (put a ring on it)
Crazy in Love
R&B / pop icon - Beyonce!

Week 3 - My Week with Oasis
The Importance of Being Idle
Half the World Away
D'You Know What I mean
Go Let it Out
Some Might Say
Live Forever
Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Classic Rock & Roll Music - Oasis

Week 2 - My Week with the Stereophonics
It Means Nothing
Local Boy in a Photograph
Mr Writer
Maybe Tomorrow
Pick a Part That's New
the Bartender and the Thief
Classic Music - Stereophonics

Week 1 - My Week with Blondie
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Blondie - Call Me
Blondie - Atomic
Blondie - Sunday Girl
Blondie - Dreaming
Blondie - Hanging on the Telephone
Blondie - Rapture
Classic Music - Blondie