Pride: Film review

There are some films that I'll sit down and watch to the bitter end, without fail, whenever they come on the telly and regardless of what point I come in. To me that's either testament to great writing, or at least indicates a firm favourite. Pride,  a British comedy-drama from 2014, is one of my watch-to-the-end films, and I genuinely consider it a modern classic. In my opinion it's massively underrated, very possibly because of it's subject matter. The true story of how a group of LGBT Londoners and a Welsh mining community came together during the miners' strike of the 1980's and struck a blow for solidarity and friendship, it's an uplifting, funny, warm-hearted film with a fantastic cast and a great message about sticking up for others even when it's not 'your' fight. It's fifty years since being gay became legal in the UK, and there has been  a lot in the papers and on TV this week to celebrate that fact. So, I thought it was a good ti…

The Aussie Book Tag

Disclaimer: First of all I'm not Australian, and my only exposure to the country is from watching Neighbours. (Also that film The Sapphires - and I liked Round the Twist when I was a kid. Ooh, and Noah and Saskia! And Out There... and Genie from Down Under...I'm going to stop now. The Aussies make good kids TV, don't they?) But anyway, Jess from Curiouser and Curiouser tagged me in this (thanks by the way!) and it looked fun, so here goes.

A character you want to cuddle all day long.

Not to be taken in the wrong way, but probably Ron Weasley. I'm very fond of Ron - I love how loyal he is and that he always steps up despite never getting the glory. Plus, he makes me laugh. People are very down on Ron, and he's also kind of down on himself, so I feel he could do with a hug a lot of the time. When you find out in Deathly Hallows that he think his mum loves him the least of his siblings, I think my heart broke a little bit.

Vegemite A book that you love but everyon…

Dubrovnik, Croatia :D

(Apologies in advance for holiday photo sharing!)
So, this week I got back from my holidays - three nights in sunny Dubrovnik. It was a bit last minute, my first holiday abroad in a while and my first time in Croatia. It was lovely. I booked with my friend Hannah, as we've wanted to go away for a while but never got around to organising it. I don't know what made us alight on Croatia (well, for me it was partly the Game of Thrones connection, not going to lie) but I'm so pleased we did. We stayed Airbnb, which was a much cheaper alternative to a hotel, and our host, Vanja, was lovely and picked us up from the bus station so we didn't get lost. She was also able to recommend some good places to try, and as she was local we knew to believe her! We were staying in Lapad, twenty minutes outside of the Old Town by bus, in a residential street, but just across the road from a supermarket, the touristy bit with bars and restaurants, and ten minutes walk from the beach. It wa…

Classic Movies starter pack: Films to try if you like...

I turned on the TV on last Sunday morning and found myself watching Casablanca. It was very near the beginning and my first thought was 'I'll just watch five minutes while I eat my breakfast'. Obviously, five minutes turned into the whole film. I'd not seen it for ages, and it's just so good. It's also got the highest number of iconic quotes I've ever heard together in one movie. (Even if you're not sure where they come from, everyone's heard "Here's Looking at You, Kid" or "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.") The thing is, classic films are considered classics for a reason, and although black and white or the hammier style of old movies can be off-putting, if you write them off just because they're old you really are missing out. I thought I'd put together a little starter pack of recommendations - films to try if you're unfamiliar with old movies and unsure where to start. Below are some …

Nashville Tour!!!!

This blog has turned into nothing but reviews again, which isn't a surprise, but what might surprise you, is that I do occasionally do things other than read and watch TV (I know, shock horror) and last week I went to the Nashville Tour! If you're not aware, Nashville is an American TV drama about the country music industry - and if you appreciate great writing and acting, engaging characters, soapy story-lines and country music you should definitely try it! (Although season 5 is pretty dire, got to be honest.) I've been a 'Nashie' since season one and I'm not the only one in my family, so when the tickets came on sale we couldn't resist.

*In case you're planning to go to another of the UK shows, the following contains set-list SPOILERS* 
 On Friday my two sisters, my mum, dad and I, traveled down to Birmingham's Barclaycard arena (Gunnar wasn't doing the Manchester show) to indulge our mutual love of ABC's Nashville and its music. And it wa…

Teaser Tuesday: Sofia Khan is Not Obliged

'Teaser Tuesday' is a link up hosted at The Purple Booker (I think - it keeps moving around!) To join in, turn to a random page in your current read and share two teaser sentences. This week I've been reading Sofia Khan is not Obliged by Ayisha Malik. I've been trying a few new books lately (I work in a library Saturday mornings so always like to take something home - because, free!) and it's been a while since something's really held my interest. But I loved Sofia Khan! Here's your quote:

'10:55pm. Of course it's not important whether someone's read Harry Potter or not. Except they must have been asleep for the better part of this century. Also, one shouldn't off-handedly disparage something they've not read. 11pm. Though I reserve the right to do so for self-published erotica. Obviously.'

The book has been described as a Muslim 'Bridget Jones' and although it sounds disparaging to compare the two, it is actually quite a go…

Why 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' is my ultimate feel-good film

Olivia at 'Meanwhile in Rivendell' is holding a Robin Hood Week over the next few days, and I couldn't pass it up. The Adventures of Robin Hood (the Errol Flynn version) was one of my favourite films as a kid - I always considered it the 'real people' version of the Disney film - and even now it's a film I return to whenever I'm feeling low, to let the genuine merriness of the Merry Men cheer me up. It's old-fashioned and cheesy and silly. But also rousing and light-hearted and a lot of fun. And there's lots of throwing back of heads and belly-laughing, which I count in its favour. I think everyone's in need of something feel-good this week, so here are my reasons why Errol Flynn's Robin will make you smile.

The music

From Gone with the Wind to Harry Potter, an iconic film score is quick to bring memories rushing back. And there's nothing more nostalgic for me than the Robin Hood music. I only need to hear the first few bars and I immedi…