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Two by The Calling

Published December 7, 2019

Two by The Calling

I love this album, not quite as much as the first from The Calling but really good. The first half I know very well, from a time when I would start listening to albums and get bored halfway through. So the first half is stacked full of tunes, and the second half, whilst it tails off for me, is still really good.

Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen

Published December 7, 2019

Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen

Wasn’t really on board with this one. The new albums haven’t been that inspiring for a few weeks now, and I sort of just gave in to listening to a bit of bog-standard pop. That’s exactly what this is, a few fun songs but for the most part just poppy background music.

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

Published December 7, 2019

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

I liked the concept of a couple that never meet but correspond mostly through notes. It was even better than I thought it was going to be, especially considering the two heroes don’t even meet until at least halfway through. But you’re gripped by the two lives, each having their own problems that somehow keep them apart but also drive them closer together.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby

Published December 5, 2019

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby

This is such a terrible movie. Not even the normal fun but stupid holiday adventure. It’s badly written with terrible dialogue and goofy acting, and it really, genuinely feels like it was made by young movie students.

I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

Published December 5, 2019

I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

This psychological thriller tells the story of a very dysfunctional family dealing with a lot of history that was considered buried. The trouble is, the two big twists are both so obvious right from the start, that for most of the first half of the book, you’re just waiting for it to happen. I’ll admit that I didn’t see just how far it was going to go, nor how the ending would pan out, but for the most part, you’re not really left guessing.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019, Week 11 thoughts

Published December 4, 2019

Strictly Come Dancing 2019, Week 11 thoughts

Quarter finals, musicals week, the famous five, all the ingredients for a fun show. It’s amazing how short and sweet the broadcasts are now - just an hour of dancing and we’re done. But we’re getting close to the end now, who will miss out on the semi-final spot? Here’s my thoughts throughout the show. This is an opening. Anton and Kevin singing?? Craig? Bruno being under-utilised for a change? Too much!

Jaws

Published December 3, 2019

Jaws

I love the book, I’ve read it a couple of times and the film picks out the best of the tension and the most important of the plot developments to generate a tension-filled two hours. From the very start, there’s a general feeling of inevitable dread that doesn’t let up until that explosion at the end.

Mixing it up

Published December 3, 2019

Mixing it up

This time last year, I had seen zero music concerts. Basically my entire life. Plenty of theatre and musicals and stuff, but no musicians up on stage giving it their all. Fast forward twelve months and I’ve wrapped up my fifth visit of the year with a similar number already scheduled for next year. Turns out I was missing out on quite a lot and I have a lot of ground to make up.

The Knight Before Christmas

Published December 1, 2019

The Knight Before Christmas

So… the first of December rolled around and immediately I re-subscribed for Netflix, and got watching their latest Christmas movie offerings. This one, it was fun in the moment with a glass of wine and getting that early festive spirit on but oh no, it wasn’t a good movie. You sort of know it’s not going to be groundbreaking with the concept - a knight time travels and something about Christmas? Oh-kay.

How to be a grown up

Published December 1, 2019

How to be a grown up

When Mischief Theatre announced a year-long residency at the Vaudeville in London, I was intrigued and determined to see as much of the output as possible. I’ve previously seen their plays and pantos and bank robberies that go wrong, and consider myself officially obsessed with this comedy troupe. The first of three shows wraps up this weekend, and I just managed to catch Groan Ups “before term ended”. Unlike The Play That Goes Wrong and the other shows, which are basically non-stop slapstick comedy, Groan Ups is character-driven, with a story that tracks the lives of five friends from about 6 years old, to 14, and then to adulthood.