Thursday, 20 November 2014

#56 See 4 Shows at the West End

Number 2; Made in Dagenham. I really hadn't expected much. I really hadn't expected anything to be honest other than Gemma Arterton singing trills about feminism (It is so much more than than). So I was really happy when instead I found myself in a very very British musical which made me laugh and had me tapping my foot away at the motown inspired tunes. It wasn't typical in anyway. What I mean by this is that there was no head over heels love, or great tragedy, even the drama was offset by the fact history was being made in Essex, but it was interesting, even more so for it's wit, charm and the fact of course that it is based on a true story.

Also, incredibly intelligent set design. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


Like chewing on a lovely gooey gummy bear...

#92 Speak Portuguese

In Portugal I was able to practice a few questions, mainly 'Onde e...', as in 'where is..' and 'Qaunto e....', 'how much is' but ultimately my Portuguese is still pretty terrible for most everyday scenarios. My most successful conversation was actually with the 9 year old daughter of my Mum's friend. We spent about half an hour on an off discussing Disney star Violetta and the Portuguese version of Polly pocket - Obrigada Violetta!

Friday, 14 November 2014


Finished Raising Arizona, one of Film 4's 15 films to see before you die, and I only realised afterwards it's one of the Coen Brother's earlier films *Hand to Face*

Holly Hunt, one of my favorite actresses, whose reverse lisp is literally the best thing to enter my ears EVER, is naturally great and even more so, dare I say it, is Nicholas Cage who gives perhaps the best performance of his career (there is no basis for this statement other than my faint memory of National Treasure). The film is really charming, to put it best, and has some really nice use of framing, costume and scene to create the twee hillbilly world of the Americana, as well as a very prevalent soundtrack.

Monday, 20 October 2014

#34 Go to Portugal

So I actually got off my arse, booked a room, then the flights and got on a plane to Portugal. (Lisbon to be precise). I have actually been to Lisbon before, but it was ages ago and all my Portuguese lessons would be wasted without more trips to Portuguese speaking countries (plus it's so cheap!).

Quite sneakily the trip incorporate a few resolutions so I'll try and split up the posts, but otherwise I've also taken my Mum to Portugal.