Wednesday, 20 July 2016

VISITING THE HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOUR


I know this post has been done time and time again by other bloggers, (who have taken much better photos than me) but I just couldn't resist writing about my visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. We booked our tickets months ago, so when Saturday finally came around I was very excited. My boyfriend is what I'd describe as a 'die hard' fan of the series, having read the books when they were first released and multiple times since. I came to Harry Potter quite late, although I did watch all the films when they were released and even went to midnight viewings of a couple of them. The books I only read two years ago.  I really did enjoy them, but I think I missed out on that 'child's view' I would have got if I'd read them when I was younger.

That being said I am fascinated by film production and always love seeing how they are developed. The studio tours were everything I hoped they would be, the sets are incredible, especially The Great Hall and Diagon Alley, there is just so much detail! I didn't think there would be so much to look at: thousands of props, costumes, prosthetics and models.It took us just over three hours to walk through the whole place and I probably could have spent longer there if I wasn't so exhausted. I can completely understand why some people have been multiple times! It really was as good as everyone made it seem and if you haven't been already I'd definitely recommend a visit.

I'm not convinced on the Butter Beer though...

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

REVIEW | UNDYING BY MICHEL FABER


Like most people my age I was put off poetry by the dreaded anthology that followed me through both my GCSE's, and my English Literature A-level. It was filled with somber and very traditional poems that just didn't capture my attention. We had to annotate and study them so carefully that I ended up getting no pleasure from them at all. For me poetry is one of those things I enjoy listening to. They are made to be spoken, and normally the way they are pronounced sets the tone for the whole thing. I don't enjoy reading them to myself much and quite often I struggle to get the pace right. For that reason I can't remember the last time I read a poetry collection.

I've read a couple of Michel Faber's novels recently and as someone who didn't know much about science fiction he's really helped introduce me to the genre. So when I found out he was releasing a poetry collection, I thought I'd give it a go. As a non-fiction work I already knew it was going to be very different.

Michel Faber's wife died in 2014 after a long battle with cancer. As a way of dealing with and understanding her death Faber wrote this collection of poetry. Undying documents everything he felt during her battle with the disease and then after and how he coped. The poems are raw and full of emotion, as you'd expect, and it left me feeling so heartbroken. It's a really hard one to take in.

I can imagine that this could be relatable to a lot of people, including me. Most people know someone who has battled cancer and it affects so many lives. I've not had anyone quite as close to me as Faber suffer from cancer but I can't even begin to imagine how hard it must be. At some points I felt like I maybe knew too much about their relationship, Faber gives away quite a few intimate details and it's hard not to feel uncomfortable. But then maybe that's the point. Cancer isn't comfortable and the treatment can destroy a persons body. I can understand why people haven't enjoyed this aspect of the book in some of the reviews I've read, because the details are just SO intimate. It could seem like a bit of a 'money making scheme' to publish these poems, but I think that if Faber is proud of them why not... They are his personal details to share.

This book is so different from Faber's other work, and it is a lot more sensitive and personal than I'd expected. It's a hard read, I don't think there is a way not to be affected by the poems, but they are deeply moving and they'll stay in my mind for a long time. It has definitely given me a fresh look at poetry; maybe it isn't as difficult to read as I first thought.

Goodreads / Rating: 4 stars

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

CURRENTLY NO.5


Three posts in a row, that is pretty unheard of for me! Although lets be honest this is a pretty easy one to put together, I just thought it would be nice to have a little catch up!

Reading: I have just finished Undying by Michel Faber, a collection of poetry that was released a couple of days ago. I think I'll have to write a review because it left me feeling so many emotions, and I'm not usually a poetry lover. I haven't decided what book I'm going to read next yet, I just have too much choice!

Watching: I was looking for a new series to watch on Netflix, something light that I could just put on in the background and not have to pay too much attention to. Grace and Frankie seems to have fit that criteria pretty well and I've just started watching series two. It is really funny in places and good easy to watch entertainment!

Buying: As you probably saw I just spent most of this months spending money on a new lens for my camera. I haven't got the hang of it quite yet, but my god does it take good photos! After that purchase I'm putting myself on a spending ban for the rest of the month...

Listening: I've been listening a lot to Gaz Coombes' album Matador. He is supporting The Last Shadow Puppets at their gig I'm going to on Friday so I thought I'd familiarise myself. I'm really enjoying the album!

Feeling: Anxious almost constantly at the moment. Most of the things I'm worried about are completely irrational and I'm really trying to remind myself that. It is frustrating and exhausting but I'm trying to fight it.

Enjoying: The fact that it is Sunday and I have no plans. A day for trying to relax, reading and soaking up the intermittent sun. Why can't the clouds just go away for a little bit?!

Eating: I have a bit of an obsession with houmous at the moment, and I've been having it on a almost daily basis. With carrot sticks, pitta bread and I even made some falafels the other day. It is just good tasty lunch food and great in the summer.

Wanting: It to be next weekend already, I'm so excited for our trip to London.

Wearing: Completely the wrong clothes for the weather... Yesterday I went out in black jeans and a leather jacket before realising it was actually really humid, I ended up over-heating just a little! Whenever I wear shorts though I end up being freezing, why can't the weather just be consistent!

Needing: Maybe a few extra days off, that would be nice!

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