Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Olympic Opening Ceremony

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Opening Ceremony

It watched by millions across the world and after the Beijing Olympics and seven years of planning expectations were high for Britain and the man behind the plan, Danny Boyle.

It was a very British celebration, very cultural, historic, and diverse. If the Brits know how to do anything, it’s to put on one hell of a show, and to show the world how great we are. For example, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert earlier this year, and the Royal Wedding last year. It is incredible that even in times of economic and financial uncertainty that our little nation can be so proud and patriotic of its history and culture which make Britain what it is today. And yes the walk through of every country participating in the Olympics was a bore but it’s not our fault! It would have been quicker if we were still an empire and owned half of those countries. But hey, you can’t win them all.

It included everything from agriculture, the Industrial Revolution, the NHS, Jame Bond, the Queen, J.K. Rowling, Mr Bean, British music new and old and everything that screamed what a proud nation we are. And shame on you Americans tweeting Sir Kenneth Branagh was dressed as Abraham Lincoln when he was actually dressed as Isambard Kingdom Brunel who played a major role in the Industrial Revolution (a little history lesson for you there).

What did irritate me is the number of tweets and Facebook status’ which I saw at the beginning of the Ceremony of people complaining they didn’t understand what was happening. These are people who were born here, grew up here, and went to school here yet are so blatantly unaware of their own nation’s history and culture. Admittedly, the Olympic Ceremony was not a complete representation of Britain today due to the reforms, and high cost of living and the NHS most definitely is not what it used to be (courtesy of David Cameron) but it did represent the best of British.

It was a very different ceremony to Beijing, however, we live in a very different country where we are, when the occasion rises, proud. 99% of Brits will agree that it was a fantastic Opening Ceremony and that Danny Boyle is incredibly imaginative. Okay, he’s no Nicki Minaj ‘You a stupid hoe’ (lyrical genius!). I doubt it will take long for him to become Sir Danny Boyle, and quite rightly so. James Bond and the Queen = Genius.

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The Fifty Shades Trilogy – Why The Hype?

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Book Covers

These books are getting on my nerves! Quite frankly, these books are not my cup of tea but I have heard endlessly about them.

I didn’t want to make a judgement based on my friend’s next door neighbours mums cousin, Rita (you get the idea) so I read a few reviews to see what all the fuss is about. Here are reviews I found on books one, two, and three. The general consensus is that the reviews are fairly accurate and a better read than the books!

So, the main characters are Anastasia (Ana) Steele and Christian Grey. Ana is a naive, dim-witted invertebrate who is so insecure for the life of her she is unable to stop questioning herself. Literally.

Christian is a handsome billionaire, and a control freak with a very disturbing childhood. His sexual interests are just as disturbing as he claims Ana reminds him of his dead crack whore mother (oh to be in love!).

The author cannot stop complementing his looks and it seems to be the only reason Ana has any interest in him whatsoever. My mistake, I forgot about his billions of dollars. Ana seems worse for feminism than what’s her face from Twilight and that’s saying something!

So, if it’s not the characters that have millions of people hooked to these books, maybe it is the quality of writing or the plot? WRONG. There is no plot and a child could string better sentences together.

And then there’s the talk of the books hitting the big screen. A FILM. SERIOUSLY?! You want to make a film about a borderline abusive lover which is basically going to be a porno? As long as he’s pretty, right? There is also talk of Emma Watson playing Ana. A lot of us have watched her grow up beside us, whilst watching and reading Harry Potter so the idea of it is cringe worthy. I’m not going to pretend I personally know Emma Watson, but by her image, her attitude towards education  and choice to represent high-end brands such as Lancome, I highly doubt she would consider the degrading role of Ana.

I cannot tell you the reason behind the Fifty Shades hype. I do however, weep for humanity.

Stuff Happens

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Have you ever wondered why we are who we are and what control we really have over our lives? Recently I have been doing just that.

Some people believe that everything happens for a reason and they chose to live their lives by this mantra believing there is some big reason why a certain event in their life occurred. I can’t justify this. To me, that is like saying our lives are already set out for us and we are just a small part of a big story.

There are a lot of reasons why we are who we are but to say something was ‘meant to be’ seems ineffable. We can’t choose the era which we are born into, our families, or where we are brought up. These things are not optional but do these things define who we are?

I like to think that it is our choices that define us more than our abilities or where we come from. And that we do have a choice in who we are and what we do with our lives. We are all responsible for our own actions but not necessarily everything that happens in our lives. We meet people. Stuff Happens.

Maybe we just need one of these to get on with our day….

Cup Of Courage

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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I recently read this book because I saw the trailer of the film and I was curious about it. I’m glad I did because I think it will go down as one of my all time favourite books.

The layout is risky for a typical book as it is basically letters written by the main character, Charlie. I was skeptical about it and I was really hoping it wouldn’t be a soppy ‘Dear Diary’ kind of thing, which it isn’t.

So, without giving too much away (I really recommend you read it!), Charlie is an outsider and he is 15 years old. He doesn’t have any friends and the one friend he did have committed suicide. The only member of his family that he was particularly close to was his Aunt Helen but she too, passed away.

He notices pretty much everything that goes on around him but he doesn’t ‘participate’ he just sits back and watches life pass by. Then one day he met Sam and Patrick. Two people who took a real interest in him.

A few quotes from the book.

‘Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve’

‘And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.’

‘I am very interested and fascinated by how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.’

‘I don’t know how much longer I can keep going without a friend. I used to be able to do it very easily, but that was before I knew what having a friend was like. It’s much easier not to know things sometimes.’

‘But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.’

‘It’s great that you can listen and be a shoulder to someone, but what about when someone doesn’t need a shoulder? What if they need the arms or something like that? You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things.’

‘So I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them’