Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sherlock Series Three Review

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I thought I’d leave it until all three new Sherlock’s had been aired until I posted my review.  Following the first one, which came as a bit of a shock to me I’ll be honest, I thought it was important to see how the series progressed. If you don’t know what Sherlock is then it’s a brilliant, brilliant, brilliant BBC One show that has just aired its third season. Hoorah! I’d definitely recommend it as one of my top ten current TV Shows.

I give it:

MY SHERLOCK SERIES THREE REVIEW: SPOILERS AHEAD

Oh by the way, please bear in mind that I wrote these reviews as the series went along, so they may not follow on entirely coherently, seeing as things tend to develop and change.

THE EMPTY HEARSE

It took less than seconds to have me flailing. I was honestly foolish enough to believe that Sherlock’s miracle was being revealed in the first two and a half minutes of the first episode. Needless to say I was both disappointed and a little pleased that I was wrong. I’m not sure how I felt about these reoccurring little dream sequence style pieces (please ignore my abismal descriptive skills). Like everyone before me has said, I felt Moffat was trying too hard to do something for the fans and that’s not what Sherlock has been about for the first couple of seasons. I think that maybe the writing suffered a little because of it.

My dad described the episode as a bit slow, and I might have to agree with him there. It seemed lacking in magic moments and brilliant lines. I missed the urgency and the action that we saw in A Study in Pink or The Great Game. And part of me wonders if it’s just not going to be the same without Moriarty. I know we saw his new nemesis (or whatever he was) at the end of the episode watching him, but I’m just not sure if that’s alright with me. The Great Game remains to be my absolute favourite episode of Sherlock, The Pool Scene possibly one of my favourite scenes in all of television history. It’s just not Sherlock without Moriarty.

That being said there were some brilliant bits to this episode. Firstly I love Mary, I think she’s brilliant and so real and relatable. A very welcome addition to the cast in my opinion. I thought the scene between Sherlock and Mycroft playing operation was absolute magic, as well as the bit with his parents. The episode was generally lacking in interaction between Holmes and Watson and the sequence where John continually got angry seemed a little contrived and out of character.

On the whole I enjoyed watching the episode but I feel like it perhaps didn’t live up to all the hype.

THE SIGN OF THREE

I can’t honestly say I’m entirely sure how I feel about that one. I’ve come straight to blog having watched it and it’s all a little bit of a blur. I’m pleased it all came together in the end, the episode felt somewhat disjointed at the beginning. I spent most of the first half exclaiming how much I loved Mary and boy if I had to allow someone else to plan my wedding then I wouldn’t mind for a minute if it were Sherlock.

Like last week I still thought the episode felt slow, lacking so much of the drama that I loved in the first series. But in a way I suppose that’s life and that’s Sherlock. He was having a human moment and I have to admit that I thought the climax of his speech was beautiful and sentimental and all the things I hoped it’d be. That being said one of my facebook friends described the episode as “This week on ‘Tumblr writes Sherlock'” and I do see his point. Once again it was little too fan focused for my liking (and this comes from a dedicated Sherlock fan).

I did enjoy watching it, it’s just easier to remember the bad bits than the good. I still love the show and I’m still looking forward to the final installment, I just hope it’s a little more reminiscent of original Sherlock.

HIS LAST VOW

Did you miss me? Why yes I did, how did you know? Well, well, well Sherlock, that was a bit more like it. Firstly can I say how utterly amusing I find it that I described Mary as “real” in my review of the first episode. MARY’S NOT EVEN HER REAL NAME. Nevertheless she remains to be a wonderful addition to the Sherlock family and I liked the twist much more than I thought I would when I first saw her holding the gun. Of COURSE she had to be some sort of assassin, no ordinary woman would actually LIKE her husband gallivanting around and getting into scrapes with a man of questionable morals. I also really liked the twist they put on John here, how could he have picked anyone normal? He just couldn’t.

Can I just say, I honestly thought than John was going to shoot him but it was SO much better that Sherlock did. Such clever writing. I love that we get to see Sherlock being so much more of real person now, because ultimately he is. It’s also tremendously amusing how normal and lovely his parents are, the juxtaposition is one of my favourite things to watch. Can I also just mention how much Mycroft has grown on he this season. And this is where I begin to feel like I’m gushing. Though I didn’t feel like it was up to the standard of the first series, I still don’t have a lot of bad things to say about this episode. Aside from the fact that of COURSE he had a mind palace, once Sherlock had inspected the glasses, how could he not have known that? Error of judgement that I honestly don’t think Sherlock would have made and a bit sloppy on the writers part I think.

It’s hard to review the episode because it just felt like so much happened, which is great because the fast pace made such a welcome change from the more sedentary first  and second episodes. The whole dying sequence was lovely, particularly Moriarty’s little role in that and I hope we get more Molly in the future because I do love her as well.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: SERIES FOUR

I want  to know how he didn’t die. I don’t want it to be lame or rubbish or unexciting. If Moriarty is alive then I want a very, very. very good explanation as to how because you know… he shot himself… THROUGH THE HEAD. Seriously though, with Sherlock there was some question but there’s no bringing back Moriarty without sheer brilliance. That being said, I truly hope that Moffat manages to have a stroke of genius because I really want Moriarty back in the show. As much as I enjoyed it, it wasn’t the same without him.

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

BBC Sherlock || Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Official Website || My Favourite Sherlock Blog

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A New year: A New Gym Playlist

arty things

I know this is not technically an “arty thing” but it’s technically something that I made, so it’s going in this category. So there! Since it was back to the gym today it’s time to get ready. You see the thing is when I was going to the gym last year I would just listen to the radio or the music channels on the screens of the exercise machines but I found that by doing that there were too many periods where I just wasn’t motivated to work hard enough… Either because of a slow song or because a radio presenter was babbling on about something. But this shall no longer be the case! I’ve made a 111 song playlist to take to the gym with me!

It’s lots of fast paced, let’s work hard tracks but I’ve got some slower stuff in here too, because I can’t be going full speed for an entire workout, plus I’ve added some songs that I know will cheer me up if I’m nearing the end a need that extra boost of motivation. Although with some of them I am mildly worried that I’ll start singing along in the gym… Nobody wants to hear that. At the same time I didn’t want to pick any of my favourite, favourite songs because I didn’t want to subconsciously associate them with the gym and not be able to listen to them anymore… A few years ago I made You Talk by Babyshambles my alarm every morning and now it just doesn’t sound the same!

THE BEST OF THE LIST

Here are my top ten (in no particular order) tracks on my gym playlist:

Chelsea Dagger by the Fratellis

Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler

Uprising by Muse

I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked by Ida Maria
It’s upbeat and the lyrics will remind me why I’m in the gym–everyone wants to look good naked

Pump It by the Black Eyed Peas

The Final Countdown by Europe

Don’t Stop Believin by Glee
Don’t hate me but the Glee version just fills me with such joy

Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars
This was my favourite song to work out to in 2013

Somebody Told Me by The Killers

And no list would be complete without…
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

THE REST OF MY GYM PLAYLIST || MY FAVOURITE HOME WORKOUT || GYMSPIRATION

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If I were a Sim… A different kind of Introduction

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I did a massive clearout of my room the other day and I came across a whole bunch of Sims games. I had them all… Makin’ Magic, Pets, Late Night, Superstar. I thought they were the bees knees and then I got to thinking how many times I’d made myself as a sim. Many. But I wouldn’t really make me, I’d make a better version of me, I’d be a bit prettier and friendlier and more intelligent. And that made me think that if I could honestly be summed up by five sim traits which ones would they be…

AN INTRODUCTION TO MY SIM SELF

A relatively comprehensive list of sim traits can be found over here. Now there are some that I would immediately discount such as Angler, Equestrian, Evil, Genius, Handy, Neurotic and Vegetarian because I’m certainly none of those things. But beyond that it gets a little more tricky. I would say that the ones that most apply to me would be:

Absent minded, Ambitious, Charismatic, Childish, Clumsy, Dramatic, Excitable, Family Oriented, Friendly, Grumpy, Heavy Sleeper, Hopeless Romantic, Night Owl, Nuturing, Over-Emotional, Workaholic

Of those the five I’d say are most accurate would be:

  1. Ambitious: I always set numerous, high targets for myself and I always strive to do a be better.
  2. Dramatic: I do like to make a bit of a scene and I’m not afraid of attention coming my way.
  3. Heavy Sleeper: I’ve slept through storms and even an earthquake before now.
  4. Hopeless Romantic: I can’t help it, I love all that stupid cutesey lovey dovey disney stuff.
  5. Nurturing: I’m a bit mumsie, I just like taking care of people.

Now what I think is equally interesting, are the five traits I’d pick for myself, if I could have any. Well the long list would be as follows: Adventurous, Ambitious, Artistic, Bookworm, Charismatic, Computer Whiz, Excitable, Family Orientated, Friendly, Genius, Good Sense of Humour, Great Kisser, Irresistible, Lucky, Natural Born Performer, Natural Cook, Neat, Nurturing, Perceptive, Schmoozer, Social Butterfly, Star Quality, Virtuoso.

I think what I’ve mostly established is that I want to be ALL THE THINGS. It’s encouraging that at least six of my actual list cross over here, so I don’t officially hate my personality. Hoorah! I guess everyone strives to be something more than they are and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, as long as we embrace who we are to begin with and aim to build on that. But which would I most like to be if I were starting afresh?

  1. Ambitious: Got this one down, though there’s always room for more ambition.
  2. Charismatic: I’d love to be the sort of person that makes a lasting impression.
  3. Genius: Who doesn’t want to be a genius?
  4. Social Butterfly: I’m much better social that when I was younger but it still doesn’t come naturally to me.
  5. Virtuoso: I struggled between this and artistic, but music has always been a closer passion of mine.

So what does that mean exactly? I’d like to be more musical and better with people I suppose. I think my ambition keeps me in the right place but there are things I can work on. I’ll never be a certified genius, but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t read more or visit more places or stop trying. I hope that’s what 2014 will be about, getting better at things I didn’t even know I wanted to be better at. That’s what seems to happen anyway.

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

Psychology Today: Who Am I || About Me || Sims Wiki

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Rants about bags and being broke

I’m aware that making my first non-introductory blog post focused around a rant isn’t exactly the greatest way to start. But it’s something that I’ve been thinking a lot about over the last week or so and I have therefore decided it’s better just to get my thoughts out there.

THE PROBLEM IS…

This bag:

Now granted the bag itself isn’t all that offensive. Baby pink isn’t really my colour and I’ve never been one for a clutch because of the probability that I’d manage to drop it and break my phone or my camera or something equally fragile. But all that is beside the point. This bag, which you can purchase here at amara.com in case you were wondering, costs £63 (which is roughly 103 USD or 76 Euros).

Oxforddictionaries.com describes broke as “having completely run out of money”.

Now if I was really “broke” where did I find £63 to spend on what can only be described as a flagrant waste of money? The correct answer is I didn’t, unless I bought it with the last £63 I had to my name in which case I am an imbecile and I fully deserve to be broke.

I know it sounds like such a petty thing to be ranting about, but to some people £63 is a lot of money. I won’t regurgitate the “less than a dollar a day” facts that we’ve all heard a million times over. But just because we’ve heard them before doesn’t make them any less true or any less important.

Sept Bruxelles, the accessory company that designed this bag, sell some really beautiful things and I’m in no way opposed to spending £63 on a bag or another luxury product, but the phrase on this particular item is in my opinion thoughtless. I know it’s just a seemingly harmless clutch bag and it’s only meant in the sense that ‘I love shopping so much I’m always broke’, but it’s just a little irksome.

What can I say, I’m a stickler for accuracy.

Am I being a hypocrite when I buy myself a £70 pair of Topshop heels? Or £55 on Origins face serum? Because that’s the first thing you think whenever you read a post like this. It’s all very well complaining about something but aren’t I part of the problem too? The answer is yes and no.

Yes I am part of the problem, I’ve been well and truly sucked in to this mass media, consumer culture of the developed world. I spend money on unnecessary things all the time, and I know that I shouldn’t, but I do. There should be a word for that, something we know we shouldn’t do but we do anyway; a deliberate error, a conscious mistake, a chosen wrong. Whatever it is I’m guilty of it and perhaps it makes me a bad person, but that’s a discussion for another time (in fact, Hank Green summarises it beautifully over here).

No I am not a hypocrite. In this instance, in this little rant I present to you, I’m a bit cross with the wording on a bag. I’m not saying I wouldn’t buy a bag of the same price or by the same company and I’m not saying that other people shouldn’t either. Do I give to charity? Yes. Do I give nearly enough? No I do not. Not if I’m a believer in cosmopolitanism, not if I strive to be a citizen of the world. And perhaps that’s something I’ll pick up on at a later date.

/rant

SOURCES AND RELEVANT LINKS

World Hunger || World Bank: Poverty || Sept Bruxelles

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365 Picture Challenge : January

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This is where I’ll be posting my daily pictures for my 365 Picture Challenge.

001-JANUARY 1ST: New Year’s Day with the Family

scarlet forrest

002-JANUARY 2ND: Cheeky Treat before back to the gym on Monday

sausages

003-JANUARY 3RD: Making lists and procrastinating

making lists

004-JANUARY 4TH: Try saying no to those big brown eyes

adorable scottie dog

005-JANUARY 5TH: Putting away the Christmas decorations

disney christmas decorations

006-JANUARY 6TH: Came home to lots of police outside the house… Cheeky behind the curtains snap

007-JANUARY 7TH: Back to Leicester, took Mum to her first ever Indian restaurant

poppadoms leicester

008-JANUARY 8TH: First day back in the gym

black and pink nike trainers

009-JANUARY 9TH: Cheeky Half Price Nandos (to SHARE, let me just reiterate) omnomnom

nandos

010-JANUARY 10TH: 7000 words to write in 70 hours, I love deadlines!

essay stress planning

011-JANUARY 11TH: Essay writing is already killing me

anxiouslybold

012-JANUARY 12TH: I always seem to end up reminiscing over all photos when I’m avoiding doing work

anxiouslybold

013-JANUARY 13TH: Avoiding work and realising I have too many necklaces I don’t wear (this is just over half)

necklaces

014-JANUARY 14TH: Used a hair doughnut for the first time today

black and white bun

015-JANUARY 15TH : Just relaxing with my yummy vanilla candle

vanilla candle

016-JANUARY 16TH: First Ed’s Diner Experience

eds diner leicester

017-JANUARY 17TH: First Night out of the New Year

anxiouslybold

018-JANUARY 18TH: Cheeky cocktails into the early hours

revs leicester cocktails

019-JANUARY 19TH : My mates Ben and Jerry make everything better

phish food

020-JANUARY 20TH: Lunch with the parentals

toby carvery leicester

021-JANUARY 21ST: All the shopping!

starbucks lunch

022-JANUARY 22ND: Red Leicester pre drinks selfie

anxiouslybold

023-JANUARY 23RD: Red Leicester!

024-JANUARY 24TH: Because if you can’t take a cheeky selfie before a night out then when can you?

scarlet forrest

025-JANUARY 25TH: Such a brilliant night

scarlet forrest

026-JANUARY 26TH: Richard rehearsal

lutheatre richard III

027-JANUARY 27TH: Because taking pictures of people you don’t know getting with each other is the most sensible thing to do on nights out

wingmanning

028-JANUARY 28TH: In bed with my new boyfriend, Mr Evian

evian the saviour

029-JANUARY 29TH: Got a new book on the go

shock of the fall

030-JANUARY 30TH: First attempt at a fishtail braid

fishtail braid

031-JANUARY 31ST: First rehearsal for Eden-that’s how we ‘roll’

lutheatre eden

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Happy New Year!

I’ve been thinking about doing this for a really long time. 2014 is the year I start a blog, and start using twitter, that too. It’s not that I feel social media deficient, I make ample use of facebook and polyvore, I just wanted somewhere I could write down all my nonsense. Like most people I suppose… Something to look back at and remember what I’ve been up to.

The best place to start seems to be as I mean to go on. To 2014…

MAIN GOALS
  • Look and feel healthier
    • Christmas is a time for quality street and shortbread and far too many potatoes. If I’m honest I feel heavy and greasy and I really need a change.
  • Graduate from University with a 2:1
    • With a little luck and hard work there’s still a chance that this could be a first, but a 2:1 is a realistic goal and I’d be more than happy with it.
  • Get a grown up job!
    • Whether it be a great success at my civil service assessment centre that I have lined up, or something else entirely, it’s time to grow up at last.
  • Go on holiday
    • I haven’t been for a few years now. The last place I went to was New York which was amazing, but I’d really like to go on a sunshine retreat before I have to take my place in the real world as a working adult.
SILLY LITTLE HOPES

(Because everyone needs them!)

  • Prepare for a charity run in 2015
  • Get a first in my dissertation
  • Donate blood
  • Take a picture every day for the entire year
  • Do at least one Muses showcase
  • Give Yoga a Try
  • Take part in as any plays as possible
  • Take my Mumma to the Harry Potter Studios
  • Try a tea detox
  • Read more
  • Hoard less
  • Blog and tweet
  • Do more adventurous cooking

If I can manage all of these things in the new year I’ll be a very happy girl.

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