Sunday, August 12, 2012

Long time no blogging

I'm really useless at blogging, it's been a long time since my last post. What a time it has been, roller-coaster of of a few months. But I went to Isle of Wight festival. Seriously was amazing, the acts were amazing and getting to see Biffy (again) and the Boss was a dream! Everyone should go seriously best weekend ever, even through the knee deep mud and having a tent break on the first night, it's all part of the fun!

Yesterday in the glorious sunshine went to bristol zoo, it always bring back childhood memories of being excited and getting to go see and learn about the animals. It meant I got to test out my new Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G lens and what a beauty it is!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


I've finally got round to update my flickr with all my new photographs on.

more photos on...


The Woman in Black

When I saw the trailers for this, I decided that I wanted to go see it even though I knew it was gonna be dark and twisted because I went to see the the stage play about 4 years ago. I purposely chose not to go on an orange wednesday knowing that it would be full of kids. Unfortunately it still was. But luckily they kicked some of them out for being to noisy.

It's a very good adaptation from stage to film. The plot is chilling, it's about a ghost haunting the local village and convincing young children to kill themselves, after she lost her own son was taken from her. It all begins because Kipps (Radcliffe) comes to sell on the house, that he sees the ghost at, in order to protect his job. After the first death, the locals tell him to leave because whenever somebody sees her it results in a child's life being taken. He doesn't leave and continues to see the woman's ghost. The scenes that take place in the house about half way through the film are quite chilling to watch, as she pops up a lot behind him and in various places.

The one thing I remembered clearly about the play was the rocking chair and as soon as I knew what to expect. One minute she's not there then the next she is and gone again. It's typical thriller/horror that plays on the fear senses. The way they filmed the deaths of the young children is quite chilling and adds to the horror of the rest of the film.

Kipp and Sam (Hinds) pull the wagon that crashed with the woman's young son in, out of the sinking mud to reunite them and to protect Kipp's Joseph. Although he attempted to stop his Joseph and nanny from heading up to meet him, he was too late in his efforts. He reunites them in nursery and then a female voice says "I never forget. I never forgive". When he meets his Joseph at the station and is distracted talking, she gets his Joseph to walk on to the track and when Kipps realises and runs to save him from the on coming train. It's to late. But the end of the film is sweet, they are reunited with his wife and Joseph's mother Stella (Stuckey).

I don't agree with the certificate of the film thought, I know this is currently being debated by a lot of people and everyone has different opinions. But personally I would rather them had left that 6 seconds of gruesome to up the rating. I personally don't feel it's appropriate for most 12 year-olds because of the grueling story.

Monday, February 27, 2012

From Baghdad, With Love

I was given this book to read by mum and it truly is beautiful and moving real-life story...

It's the story of Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman and the rest of his squadron discovering an innocent puppy in amongst the darkness that is war. This book discusses the horror that is war and is a real eye-opener. He describes all the rights and wrongs that they are told to follow, including the law that forbids them to keep him as a pet. When they know that they shouldn't become attached to this little puppy and the know the harsh reality of what they've been told they should do to it, none of them want to. It's truly moving to read about how much happiness an innocent animal can bring to all of them.

The Lieutenant tries not to become attached to him, keeping the puppy at a distance but slowly his love for Lava turns into a struggle to hide/protect and save him. It portrays the lengths and depths that man will go to for his best friend. It discusses his every plan to keep Lava safe as he comes up against so many obstacles trying to keep Lava a secret from higher powers and from the terror that is all around them. It also gives you hope at how many people want to help, it is actually quite incredible.

There aren't enough words I can write about this book because it is so emotional and had me in tears reading it. But I cannot say to much because I think people should read it for themselves. I truly cannot describe how incredible this book is. This is one of the best books that I have read, I literally could not put it down from the start because I want to know what happened. It really is a roller-coaster of a book. It honestly recommend that everyone should read it.


So it's been around two months since I last blogged because of spending time with the loved ones, work, decorating and I have missed it. But now I finally have my room all sorted and my desk with my laptop on, so I have no excuse not to from now on. I haven't just sat on my ass though, luckily I've been reading and catching up with all the films I've wanted to so I can talk about those. The first will very shortly follow after this post! I've also been trying to take more and more photo's of wildlife which is beginning to pay off, cos I've been getting some decent shots so I'll post some of those too when I sort them out :)

I've also been attempting to shift some of the weight I put on during my time in uni. It is slowly beginning to pay of, my legs are turning pretty much into mostly muscle (I can thank waitressing for helping with that). It's been a hard few months but I'm trying to make the most of the important things in my life and striving to make the most of my life. This has massively been helped by my parents as they know that I'm falling more and more in love with animation, which was something that I never attempted in university. They bought me a set with modelling clay, background and some helpful instructions so I've been having a go at building things. Hopefully I'll have a stop motion short in a few months (although I'm not promising it will be any good)! If anyone has any tips please feel free to share, it will be much appreciated.

It's a new year and time to make a good start to it. So I hope you will stick with me and keep reading what I write. I'll definitely be blogging a lot more now... I promise!