Saturday, 5 March 2011

Sand and Teenage Awkwardness

Submarine looks like a fantastic film. Filled with duffle coats. Teenage awkwardness. Beaches. Brel playing in the background. And sparklers. Now all I have to do is try to find a cinema in the vague region of North Wales that will actually be showing it.
'Good luck' is needed I think.

Monday, 28 February 2011

Fallen Wings

I am really liking the new Lynx advert - the dramatic music, the wonderfully wrinkled faces of the locals, but most of all, the gorgeous dresses worn by the Fallen Angels. Reminds me of the outfit from The Fifth Element...

Sunday, 30 January 2011

The Space in between Spaces

Being in a playful mood, I decided that a muck around with my lovely new (new to me anyhow) camera (Nikon D40) was in order.
I can't be in a room if there aren't things that inspire me on the wall.
It just has to be done.
My rather retro boater hat (the theme of St. Trinians is always fun), one of my favourite rings complete with Stephen Fry and finally my Christmas present of a White Owl from my boyfriends mother - what more could you ask for?!

This week has comprised of "The King's Speech" and "Black Swan" - in other words a movie binge of the best kind. The King's Speech was filled with fantastic wall papers and colours, little injections of humour all based around a true story. Black Swan was a mental mind twist that left me scared of my own reflection! Both fantastic and inspiring, but both so totally different.

And a tune for a frosty Welsh Sunday morning would have to be The Lodge by Agalloch.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

In Your Place

Wow - second blog in two days. I'm doing well!
I have a habit of writing down things that I see - book titles, websites, musicians that I haven't heard of before - and always mean to follow it up but rarely do.
In Urban Outfitters they had a book called The Selby is in Your Place. It is a book filled with photos and tit-bits of peoples lives who are arty, interesting and inspirational. And I finally went onto The Selby's website.

Another item that had lain forgotten, was the musician James Blake. I can't remember where I first heard his music, but I do rather like the video for his song, Limit To Your Love.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Fresh Beginnings & Toasty Winter Warmers

Here are a few photos of the Christmas period when I went back home. We ended up making in down to Cornwall (just escaping all the snow and black ice) and were held captive for 5 days by bright blue skies, sunshine and snow. It was truly beautiful. As was our unconventional Christmas tree - a large branch of an oak tree that had been cut down due to it being covered in a mound of ivy. Not a problem if you add fairy lights. Instant Christmas!

I have just purchased off my Marverlous Mate Max, his Nikon D40, complete with fisheye lens! I have said farewell to my trusty Canon SX120, an am going to venture out to photograph as much as I can with this new digital SLR! Exciting times ahead!

Friday, 24 December 2010

The Frosty Tundra

As it is that Festive time of year, I thought it only right to post some rather festive looking photos. Ok, not really 'festive', more snow-filled and wintery. These were taken a couple of weeks ago up in Aberdeenshire. Frosty trees, white outs, blizzards and knee-deep snow to push the cars out of. The largest snowman (and woman) you've ever seen. Beautiful gates covered in a dusting of snow.

I am currently in the darkest (it was however exceptionally sunny today) depths of Cornwall busting out some rather fetching winter jumpers (pictures up soon), sitting by roaring log fires, going on bracing wintery walks in the fresh air and gaining gloriously rosy cheeks, and generally eating, sleeping and drinking!

I hope that everyone has a wonderfully Merry Yuletide, and is looking forward to a bright new start in 2011!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

New and Exciting Things for the Autumn

A Restless Autumn of Protesting

Been a busy bee recently. And a highly pro-active political protester!

Firstly - the above song, Hope There's Someone by Anthony and the Johnsons was a gem of a tune that I heard on Radio 2 , that rather eclectic mix that has something for everyone. The song is wonderfully haunting and melancholy - perfect for the encroaching darker evenings that are now upon us.

Secondly, as those - especially in the UK - may know, on Wednesday there was a (to start with at least) peaceful protest outside No. 10 Downing Street and was supposed to continue on past the iconic structure of the House of Parliament in London. This was my first protest, and although it was an early set off from North Wales (had to get up at 3:30!!) it was most definitely worth it! The feeling of so many people being in the same place to try and change the way we learn was amazing.
However, as ever there are always a few who decide to ruin things, and so our largely peaceful protest became over shadowed by people crashing into the Conservative Head Quarters and setting fire to the protest plaques that shortly before had been for something so positive.
The press loved it.
It showed students (even though many of those who were doing the smashing were in fact not students - merely people who wanted a fight) in a tainted light.
I hope however, that the main message gets across to those who we have unfortunately entrusted power to.
Cutting the Arts is UNacceptable. It is our culture, a way of expressing ourselves, it is as important as know how to walk or talk.

Thirdly in my relaxed Sunday catch-up, is the find of the film called Restless. It stars Mia Wasikowska, the star in Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland. Yes - she has cut hair hair. Those gorgeous golden locks that made the character of Alice what it was are no more. What remains is a cute pixie hair cut that she can really pull off! I can entirely empathise with doing this; a few years ago I had over a foot of hair cut off all in one go. Liberating beyond words!
Anyway, I hope that you enjoy the look of this film as much as I do. I especially am liking her rust coloured tartan jacket with broaches attached - may have to go and scour out some charity shops....