The film list update

Guess what I forgot to do last year ?

That’s right update the film challenge from 50 things

I had a look at the end of January at the current IMDB 250 list, although I have been to the cinema, it’s not been as much as in previous years and I haven’t watched as many films as I’ve been too busy catching up on TV series box sets.

Looking at the most recent list there aren’t very many from the last 2 years that have made the top 250 although I haven’t seen a couple of the ones listed and I did notice quite a few older films that I’ve still not seen so maybe it’s time to track some of them down and rack up the total.

The current total is 176 of 250, close but still plenty to watch, although I have to say I’m not sure why some of them made the top 250 list. I’ve watched plenty of really good films which never made the list but should have.

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A little about me …

There are often these lists floating about on social media, and usually I don’t complete them, but love reading people’s answers, you learn surprising facts about people you think you know quite well.

I thought it would be a good way for you to learn a little about me.

  • Who are you named after : I am named after an elderly lady my mum knew. Unfortunately just after I was named the Gilbert O’Sullivan song – Clare was released and it became a hugely popular name. Personally I don’t like it, but not sure what I would prefer to be called. 
  • What is your favourite meal : I enjoy flavoursome food, strange thing to say but let me explain. I love chilli, ginger and garlic. I love Indian, Italian, and Thai food. Well cooked, well seasoned food. I can’t abide coriander, lemongrass and mashed potato. 
  • What is your favourite smell : I love the smell of newly cut grass, of lavender in the garden, lilies and tomatoes in the greenhouse, but my most favourite smell is my freshly showered boy snuggled up next to me watching tv. 
  • What was your favourite holiday : A difficult question to answer, I’ve been very lucky to visit some wonderful places and many I would love to return to for various reasons, but there are so many places still to visit. However there are two places that I will definitely return to again, India and Italy. I love India and have been a few times, the last time I was 6 weeks pregnant. The people, food and country are amazing, so many temples, shrines, cities, and beaches to see. Italy is beautiful, and where I was married. A country of historic cities, Rome, Milan, Venice, Verona, and my favourite Florence.
  • What is your favourite book, author and/or genre : I’ve always loved thrillers and horrors, Stephen King is still a firm favourite but over the last couple of years I’ve discovered Liane Moriarty, I’m not sure what genre these books would fall into but she is a wonderful storyteller with characters full of warmth and life. I have laughed and cried during these books, they leave you feeling like you’ve made some new friends and wanting to know them more. 
  • What is your favourite ice cream flavour : I love a really good vanilla ice cream, a honeycomb, last year I had a gorgeous rhubarb and ginger. 
  • What was the last movie you watched : Aquaman (in the cinema) and all the Spiderman films (not my choice – at home) 
  • What is one thing you like about yourself : I’m a caring person and will try and help anyone, if I’m able, or get help and advice when I can’t help directly. 
  • If you were a crayon what colour would you be : Without doubt I would be purple.
  • What is your hair colour : Light brown, with lots of  hidden grey (with help).
  • What is your eye colour : Brown 
  • Coffee or tea : I discovered a few months ago Moroccan mint tea in a restaurant, they make it themselves, after chatting with the owner she gave me the name of a few brands that have a similar one, my favourite is Tea People Moroccan mint, its a loose leaf tea so you can add as much as you wish to make it weaker or stronger. I’m avoiding coffee, only because I prefer it  with sugar and am trying to be good.

So that’s a little about me. Anything else you’d like to know feel free to ask, however I reserve the right not to answer…

 

Harry Potter revisited

We had a few days away at half term and took the opportunity to revisit the Harry Potter Studio tour since they’ve added lots of new areas since our last visit and it didn’t disappoint.

We spent around 6 hours wandering, reading and exploring the studios where the Harry Potter films were made over 10 years. It’s a fascinating place, especially seeing the attention to detail that has gone into making all the props, costumes, tapestries, paintings, even the books are fully printed inside just in case they were caught on camera during a scene.

The forbidden forest and creatures are all new since our last visit and it was good fun walking through the mists unsure of what or who we may encounter.

We even got to see the Hogwarts express this time, that wasn’t there on our last visit. They even had costumes and props from the fantastic beasts film (which was partly filmed in Liverpool)

Since our visit Oscar has started listening to the audio books thanks to the library.

 

The film challenge update

I’ve had a lot of time over the last few months and have watched a fair number of films, some have been fantastic but not made the top 250 list and others (on The list) have been awful, tedious and boring.

I finally got organised and put the film list onto an Excel document, marked and highlighted the watched ones, so now I know I have seen 156 out of 250, not a bad figure.

One film I have watched recently (not on the list) was Dreams of a life, a documentary type film. A true story about a woman, Joyce Vincent, who was found dead in her London flat. She had been dead for three years, she had friends, family and work colleagues. So how could it happen ? How can someone just disappear and it not be noticed ? Since finishing work I can understand a little how this could be, I have hardly seen anyone. If it wasn’t for the school run and my immediate family I could have dropped off the earth and not been noticed. Everyone relies on the very ‘unsocial’ social media to keep in contact but I find that I’m using it less now, possible because it feels like my life has nothing going on and very little worth telling anyone about.

Any way enough wallowing, I’ve still got films to watch ……

 

An update

I’m rubbish at blogging recently. I have time but nothing to write or lots to write but not enough time.

I missed my blogversary, it was 25th Feb and to be honest I don’t even remember what I was doing that day/night. I do know that my first post, 50 things was written to give me some challenges in a somewhat boring, mundane life. Since then my life has been turned upside down and inside out and if anything it feels even more boring now than 12 months ago. I am still working on completing the challenges but trying to change to a more enjoyable life is a bigger priority.

My new job isn’t working out very well, although it is at least paying the bills. I have other options ongoing so hopefully better things are to come.

The Oscar’s have been and gone, so I will update the film list in the next few days. I have watched some excellent films recently, although most haven’t made it on to the top 250 list. The book challenge is coming along well, travelling by bus most days allows reading time I never had when driving to work previously. It does have its drawbacks though, like when school ring about a sick child and it takes over an hour to get there, even though its only about 5 miles.

I will make an effort this week to post more and read as many other blogs as possible.

 

 

 

January

Where did it go ! The month seems to have flown by and quite a few things happened which kept it interesting.

We started the year with a broken boiler, thankfully it was replaced quickly and without us being without heating or hot water for very long.

The job hunting was still ongoing, applications being sent everywhere, every day and with very little in response. Then one of my old employers died and at the funeral a chance encounter led to a job offer. I met with my new employer and within a couple of hours I was registered for classroom training, online training and my work rota organised. I spent a good few hours doing the online training, thankfully my previous employment had prepared me well for this tedious task.

As well as my old employer we also lost my great uncle, a lovely man who is now reunited with the love of his life.

I spent an evening at the ballet – Giselle – with my mum. Not a ballet either us had seen before, it was very enjoyable. We also bought our tickets to Matthew Bourne’s production of the red shoes for later in the year, super excited !

A few good days out to some new places and some old favourites, mostly alone, the Lady Lever art gallery, Sudley house, World museum, St Georges hall and The Walker art gallery. Not bad for one month.

I’ve also been reading tons, watching films and updating all my challenge lists. more details to follow ….

I hope your January has been a good one x

 

Reading Challenge

I was doing well with  The Reading Challenge last year, until September then I seemed to lose my focus and concentration. I didn’t do too badly though.

So I’ve started the new 2017 one, again I’m sticking with instagram #26bookswithbringingupburns

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A couple of the categories were the same as last years, or very similar so I’ve missed a couple out and kept the others.

  1. About a place/time you wish you lived –
  2. In a genre you usually avoid –
  3. With yellow on the cover –
  4. That’s becoming a movie in 2017 –
  5. Book with one word title –
  6. An audiobook –
  7. You can get for free –
  8. You planned to read last year but didn’t –
  9. You read on a trip/vacation –
  10. Suggested by a friend –
  11. From a series you started but have yet to finish –
  12. You can finish in a day –
  13. Published this year –
  14. With an epic romance –
  15. That takes you somewhere warm –
  16. Of short stories or under 200 pages –
  17. Considered a 20th century classic –
  18. Set in the future –
  19. You choose because of the cover –
  20. With a mother/daughter relationship –
  21. With a reputation of un-put-down-able –
  22. A free choice –

I have already begun and made the most of a few child-free moments, I have set a target of 20 but would like to complete it, I need suggestions please (especially for number 10)….