Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Artist

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I would firstly like to apologise for my lack of blogging this month, however I have had a valid excuse. I started back on the 9th of January and was revising solidly for an exam in ‘Public Admin.’ I also had other deadlines to be met and tried to avoid the internet as I get easily distracted. Fear not, I am back and will be making an effort to bring cheer to you all!

As a little treat for myself I’ve been going to the cinema with friends for a little escapism. With  the Oscar nominations there was one film that picked up the most nods, one which  I didn’t think would be my cup of tea but I was wrong! After much persuasion from my best friend I decided to go to see ‘The Artist’ last night. The thought of watching a silent movie did not appeal to me in the slightest but ten minutes in and I was hooked.

The main actor, Jean Dujardi and his hilarious little dog were central to the comedy of the film and his cheeky and charming mannerisms made him a likeable character from the start. Bérénice Bejo, the lead actress and her love towards Jean Dujardi  was a beautiful love story and again was a great source of humour. The silence of the film didn’t seem to matter as the narrative was so easy to follow and the pathos worked really well.

I won’t go into too much detail but for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, it truly is an  incredible film and worthy of all its nominations in the Oscars. It’s also one which will definitely put a smile on your face.

Reasons to be cheerful

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It’s January 2012 and I’m just as shocked as you are at how fast another year has flown by. After spending vast amounts of money on celebrating Christmas and New Year’s January is usually the month that sees many people feeling  a bit down. The weather is miserable (which most of us living in Wales should be used to by now!) and money’s tight BUT fear not because my job is to remain positive and to spread the cheer.

Writer and actress Meera Syal has a three-part series at 10.30 AM (BBC Radio 4) on Saturday’s designed to keep us cheery through the dark days of January. In her opening series she celebrates the fact that women can enjoy boxing, sings of praises of karaoke, and looks at the good things about modern motherhood. The second part of the series will be this Saturday (14th January) so tune in to a series which:

 seeks to challenge the prevailing atmosphere of doom and gloom and dares to be optimistic

I thought I would also provide you with some reasons to be cheerful:

1) Life’s simply too short to be miserable- as illustrated by tragic stories we read about every day in the media. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-16510035

2)  The world is our Oyster. Work can be stressful but why not take a leaf out of my dad’s book (whose 56) and take a trip. Though I am slightly jealous as I leant him my backpack to trot off to Thailand for 3 weeks!

3) There’s always something to look forward to (holidays, weddings, spending time with friends/families etc.) Arrange some fun things to do and jot them in your diary.

4) New year= New attitude: Why not pick a random hobby to do with a friend e.g. pole dancing or salsa classes.

5) YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE!!

Live one day at a time and make it a masterpiece (Dalai Lama.)

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Hungover?

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New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve

Just a brief little post to say Happy New Year and to reflect upon the state of my hangover today. I sincerely hope those of you who had the chance to read my ‘hangover cures’ will have tried number 1, i.e. bacon butty as it certainly helped me.

Every New Year’s Eve I always find it extremely difficult to decide what to do. This year was much the same as every other, my options were as follows:

A) Go on a night out to the same place I always go…(no thanks.)

B) Stay in with my mum and dogs…(as much as I love them…another no.)

C) Decide last-minute to get the train to Exeter to spend an evening in a little town with a LOT of pubs by the sea with one of my best friends…(RESULT!)

Fox hunting.

Fox hunting.

The last-minute spontaneous decision definitely paid off. The theme for the New Year’s Eve party was ‘Hunting,’ and so I headed into town to ‘hunt’ through the charity shops for a creative costume.

After visiting 6 charity shops I successfully gathered the necessary attire: Navy Blazer, leggings, black leather boots, black hat and white shirt. Disturbingly my mum provided me with a whip…(it’s not what you think honestly!) Surprisingly after an evening of drinking vodka jelly’s, playing giant jenga and the infamous ‘pass the balloon’ game we still made it into town.

The atmosphere was buzzing as everyone in the village was dressed up in various fancy dress and I don’t think I have ever seen so many pubs in one place, good times. All in all it was a very successful night apart from when a fight broke out in one of the pubs and as I innocently sipped my drink received a side punch to the face. It was accidental and luckily enough the excessive vodka jelly intake helped numb the pain.

As predicted when I woke up this morning my head was pounding and my stomach was churning but thanks to the carbohydrates and protein in a bacon sandwich I was soon on the mend. Happy New Year everyone.

Giant Jenga.

Giant Jenga.