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2017 favourites

So 2017 is nearly over, and again, I'm quite glad to see the back of it. I've had some sad times this year, but there have been positives too. I got my first proper nine-to-five job (in a library, which is nice) I've visited some new places (Dubrovnik and Edinburgh) I've been a bridesmaid at my friend's wedding and been paid for a published piece of writing for the first time ever (it was 500 words on carpets but you've got to start somewhere!) I've also had some nice times with family and friends. In terms of films and books I've not read a lot this year really, and there have been almost no films to get me excited - but TV has been decent. Here's my run-down of my favourite new reads and watches for 2017:

TV Series'
Game of Thrones (Series 7)
Lets start with the TV event of the year. Game of Thrones season is a weird time for my family. I seem to spend most of my time during the month and a bit when it's being shown, waiting excitedly for t…

Miracle on 34th Street: 1947 vs 1994

That time of year is finally here, in which we can justifiably sit down in front of the TV with a big blanket and settle down to a Christmas film. I possibly overstepped the mark last week though, when I watched Miracle on 34th Street two nights on the run. No, I'm not weirdly obsessed with the film, I just happened to find both versions and was curious to compare them. I grew up with the re-make, and it's lovely. There are things I prefer in the new version. But when you put the two films together, it becomes clear that the original is just... better. I mean, it's a matter of opinion, obviously. But as a piece of film-making, I just think it's much cleverer and classier - if a little less kid friendly. 

Miracle on 34th Street is the story of a department store Santa who thinks he's the real deal. But is he? The woman who hired him doesn't think so, and neither does her daughter, whom she has brought up as a non-believer. But, when the nice man who styles himse…


For a long time I've been saying I should travel more, and last week I was feeling a bit bored and restless. So, in a bout of spontaneity, my sister and I booked a trip to Edinburgh. We both had the weekend off, we've quite fancied going to Scotland for a while and so we booked our trains, booked an Airbnb and that was that. We took a little rucksack each and planned some things to do and off we went. Cost us about £80 each on travel and a place to stay, which wasn't too bad at all.

The train trip up into Scotland was gorgeous. The journey took roughly four hours and we passed through the Lake District which was beautifully snowy and picturesque. We even thought we spotted the bridge from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. However, one thing we didn't plan for was the Rugby (Scotland vs Australia) which meant from Carlisle the train was packed and we weren't able to reserve seats. We were turfed out of ours and crossed the border into Scotland sitting on the…