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Looking back

Once again, another month is over. Today I’m travelling back to the oh so delightful land of Northern Ireland where the only exciting thing will be seeing the animals again (Baron and Maisie).

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Baron looking pensive

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Maisie holding my finger
I cannot wait to see these two fluff balls again tonight! Travel is always boring and so today I have made sure to have my dvd player and a few dvds handy to watch – The Lady in the Van, and season 1 of Scandal. Mary keeps recommending Scandal so I thought I should give it a go, plus this way I can get Mum to watch it with me since it’s a dvd and she can keep it if I finish it!


 Just thought, the last 2 summers have been spent watching 24 but now that we’ve finished it I have no idea what we can watch as a family… Will have to think about that and find something different that everyone will enjoy!

The main reason I’m posting now is to give you a chance to look back at the goals for May before tomorrow’s post includes new goals for June! This can be found here – Another month goes by. Still can’t believe we’re actually so close to half way through the year. Soon it’ll be my 21st birthday then Rachel’s 18th! Still thinking of her birthday present… Is a holiday away together a bad idea?

 

Speak soon! I’ll let you know what I think of my new dvds when I get them watched.

 

Ktkinnes xx

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Quick question

Should I sign up for Disney Life? It’s 

A unique digital membership giving you access to [Disney’s] biggest collection of Disney movies, kids’ TV box sets, books, music and apps, in one place for the first time!

They have a one month free trial and then afterwards it’s £9.99… Should I go for the free trial? Not sure how many films I have time for over the next month… But I suppose it is summer… Help!

Ktkinnes xx

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Freedom Writers

Tonight, Nuala and I watched this incredible “feel good” film. Not sure what I was going into, as all Nuala described it as was “a teacher in a very gang based school where everyone’s fighting each other”,  I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. 15/10. Without a doubt, best movie I have seen in ages.
Based on a book called The Freedom Writers, the film followed new teacher Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) as she tried to teach English to a class of 13/14 year olds – many of them with the reading level of a 5 year old. The film follows her initial struggles to gain their respect and shows you how a simple teacher teaching out to her pupils can seriously affect their willingness to learn.
It was well acted by all the actors and actresses, with many now familiar faces, well it was made in 2007 (still can’t believe that’s 9 years ago!). The soundtrack fits perfect while helping set the tone. Going to have to look it up too. I’ve now ordered the book and it will arrive on Sunday apparently. That’s my Easter reading sorted! 
What I personally loved about this entire film was the message that if teachers actually care about their students, the students are more likely to progress and succeed. Many of the students have their problems at home as much as the problems in society as a whole. Their lessons learnt in the classroom transferred into everyday life – no longer were they left feeling that their education was useless and that no one cares for them.

All I ask is that you please please please give it a try. Blame me if you hate it. But definitely consider it.
Night!
Ktkinnes xx

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Blue is the Warmest Colour

  
Rating: 8/10

Well to start, 3 hours is long for any film. And yet, any shorter I wouldn’t have found myself as attached to the characters as I was in the end.

Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

Not knowing much about the film, except for hearing some people compare it to a feature length pornography film, I decided to give it a go and I’m glad I did.

Thankfully I was able to find a website with subtitles as the film is in French from beginning to end, something I hadn’t realised at the start. Although, I don’t think I would’ve given it a chance had I known it would be in French. Certainly wouldn’t have started it at 11pm. However I feel the language added to the romance and raw emotion of the film. 
The actresses portrayed their characters brilliantly from start to end, neither of them fell into the trap of making you aware you were watching a film. It felt as though I was standing in the shadows of Adele’s life as she progressed from high school through to her career. Not many films do that so easily.
Similarly, there aren’t many 3 hour long films that I would choose to watch again, but now Blue is the Warmest Colour can be added to that list. 
  
But for now I shall say goodnight. It’s been a long day!
Ktkinnes xxx

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The Bridge to Teribithia

For anyone who read my blog post yesterday, you’ll know that I spent the beginning of the week unwell. So on Monday night, Nuala, Jason and I sat down to watch Bridge To Teribithia, a heartwarming children’s film released in 2007. 

Without wanting to ruin the story, all I will say is this film was a delight. The story of two young friends, with different family problems, who escape the real world only with each other in Teribithia. I would rate this film 10/10 and class it as a must see film for all ages. 
Currently, the full movie is available to watch on YouTube here but for anyone with Amazon Prime it’s also available there. I’d never have known about this fantastic film if Nuala hadn’t been trying to choose a film for herself to watch so now I’m sharing the magic with you. Enjoy!
Ktkinnes xx

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Mockingjay Part 2

Hello lovely friends! Firstly I must apologise, it seems my Paris post only actually was posted tonight and not last week when I wrote it. Technology doesn’t like me.
It’s almost the end of the month already!! There’s so much stuff to do and I am beginning to panic a little. Retail therapy might be needed to resolve the stress…

My presentation went well I think, I didn’t hang around for long after it as I rushed out to complete my physics test. Got a third of my marks in it which isn’t bad considering the lack of revision put in there. I’m now working on a physics report about the Spitzer Space Telescope (any clues on it would be appreciated!) and have started revision. It’s not exactly easy to do when you’re exhausted a lot of the time.

Last night, technically this morning, Jason, Mary and I went to the midnight showing of the final part of the hunger games films. Considering I didn’t really enjoy the books I was curious about the film and having seen the other 3 parts I decided I should complete them. And this time it was brilliant. I absolutely adore Jennifer Lawrence and her performance was super. As for the rest of the cast, they did a fantastic job. Go and see it as soon as you can if you haven’t already! Let me know your opinions 🙂
Irish Dancing didn’t kill me as much this week but I’m kind of disappointed that it didn’t, feels like I haven’t had a work out. However my healthy living plan went completely out the window and I don’t want to even think about how much debt I’m currently in due to overspending… But after Christmas I will work on my money situation. I NEED A JOB! This is no longer working and the sooner I can get a job the better. Maybe with a job I’ll also get more work done…
I’m about to go to sleep considering it’s been a few late nights in a row and I am actually looking forward to my 9am class tomorrow. Goals for the weekend are to have completed my revision timetabled items, finished buying decorations, wash and iron the throws in the living room, and finally Hoover my bedroom! Doesn’t sound too bad does it? I didn’t think so either.

Night guys!

Ktkinnes xxx

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An Inspector Calls

This morning when I woke, I decided to watch BBC’s most recent production of An Inspector Calls. Having not read or seen it before, I wasn’t sure what to expect or even what the story was. Sometimes that’s the best way to go into something – both feet first and with your eyes closed. Wikipedia gives this as the synopsis for the play/film (depends which you watch I suppose but from here I shall refer to the film):

An Inspector Calls is a play written by English dramatist J. B. Priestley, first performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union and in 1946 in the UK. It is one of Priestley’s best known works for the stage and considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th century English theatre. The play’s success and reputation has been boosted in recent years by a successful revival by English director Stephen Daldry for the National Theatre in 1992,[2] and a tour of the UK in 2011–2012.

The play is a three-act drama, which takes place on a single night in April 1912,[3] focusing on the prosperous middle-class Birling family,[4] who live in a comfortable home in the fictional town of Brumley, “an industrial city in the north Midlands”.[3] The family is visited by a man calling himself Inspector Goole, who questions the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman, Eva Smith (also known as Daisy Renton). The family are interrogated and revealed to have been responsible for the young woman’s exploitation, abandonment and social ruin, effectively leading to her death. Long considered part of the repertory of classic “drawing room” theatre, the play has also been hailed as a scathing critique of the hypocrisies of Victorian/Edwardian English society and as an expression of Priestley’s Socialist political principles.

As I’m sure you’re aware, I can’t go into too much detail in case anyone feels like they want to watch it on BBC iPlayer. It was first shown on Sunday 13th September so there are only 27 days left to view it apparently. I loved it. That’s the only way to put it. The acting was brilliant, the storyline excellent and, above all, the production was superb. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed something this much since ITV aired the last ever Poirots to involve David Suchet. Supposedly aired on Sunday to prepare us for the period drama Downton Abbey’s last ever series *sobs uncontrollably*.

Some well known names from An Inspector Calls include Miranda Richardson, Ken Scott and David Thewlis. With these three being the most known and having big parts in the show, it was always going to be a success. An interesting piece of trivia (and warning this may be considered a spoiler) playwrite J. B. Priestley died before disclosing the true indentity of the Inspector.

So if this sounds like something you might be interested in, here’s the link. Let me know what you think!

I am currently sitting at my desk, listening to The Archers Omnibus, and waiting for Jason to wake up. We’re meant to be going to the fresher’s fayre this morning together however the plan was to leave 25 minutes ago… Unsure whether to wake him, wait for him, or just go off on my own. It’s quite a scary prospect – navigating the advertising teams along University Avenue and Library Hill. I am meeting my Granny today in Glasgow City Centre. She’s coming over for a while to look after my cousins while my aunt and uncle are out of town. Granny is actually travelling to Dundee but her bus has about an hour and a half of a stop over in Glasgow and so we are going to go out for dinner. This doesn’t bode well for the healthier eating plan but I suppose the box of After Eights I ate last night in bed doesn’t help either… I wouldn’t have eaten them but they were a birthday present and it’s rude to say no, right? Yes, I know… I have no self control whatsoever. Hopefully today will go better.

Have a good afternoon, whatever everyone gets up to! At least I’ve now crossed a few things off today’s to do list…

Thanks for reading!

Ktkinnes xxx