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Holy bluh, that's a lot going on there

Published August 7, 2019

Holy bluh, that's a lot going on there

Tennis tournaments quite often gather their sports stars together to do small promotional stunts to promote the event. You know the kind of thing, holding koala bears in Australia, or visiting the Great Wall in China. The Rogers Cup in Canada has a different take on this - getting a selection of WTA players to try and guess which of four cups is proper maple syrup. This seems like a totally unfair challenge, partly because actual Canadians are taking part who must have an advantage, and also because they’ve got honey as one of the options and honey and maple syrup are pretty similar.

She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper

Published August 5, 2019

She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper

So I know the two main songs from this, obviously, and they are both outstanding but that doesn’t always mean the rest of the album is going to follow suit. Thankfully, it does! I loved it. Lauper has that great punky but poppy sound that I like, and it’s a relatively short album that packs a powerful punch. Plus, and it bears repeating, Time After Time is SUCH a good song.

FEVER DREAM by Of Monsters and Men

Published August 5, 2019

FEVER DREAM by Of Monsters and Men

Loved the last album so was looking forward to this one and was not disappointed. Of Monsters and Men deliver a slightly new sound, although it’s still reminiscent of where they were before. I did find myself thinking of The XX quite a lot as I listened, but there’s nothing wrong with that as it was all good and exactly what I was hoping for.

Destination Wedding

Published August 4, 2019

Destination Wedding

I really loved this. I can totally understand that this is going to be a film that you either love or hate, but I loved it. It’s just Winona and Keanu bickering for 90 minutes, and it was brilliant. Although at times things got a little bit wordy and it started to feel you were watching a high-brow play, but whenever that happened, one of them would just let slip an insult that brought you right back down to earth.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Published August 4, 2019

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

My overwhelming thought after watching this was simply that it was not at all the film I thought it was going to be. Perhaps I should have expected it because whilst John Hughes does good teen comedy, he’s not averse to sneaking in some serious content and thought-provoking issues at the same time. So whilst this was a fun romp about a cheeky teen having a day off school and the unlucky headmaster going overboard trying to catch him out, there was a lot more to it.

Galaxy Quest

Published August 4, 2019

Galaxy Quest

This was a bit of a weird one, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but in the end it won me over a little bit. I thought it was going to be more like Space Balls, more of an actual farce, but whilst it did poke fun at the sci-fi world, particularly Star Trek, it still had its own original story - and one that I got quite invested in.

Drinks with Lukeh

Published August 3, 2019

Drinks with Lukeh

Made an unfortunate typo in the url for this photo, but actually it’s kinda accurate, so I’m leaving it as it is.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Published August 2, 2019

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

How have I not done this film yet? It’s genuinely one of my favourite films of all time, I’ve seen it over and over and could probably watch it every day for the rest of my life. It’s short and sweet, with a banging soundtrack. A glimpse into the lives of two super optimistic friends, who have a great outlook on life, and go to their reunion to learn a few lessons and to teach us viewers a thing or two.

Backdraft

Published August 2, 2019

Backdraft

This was not the film I was expecting it to be, although in hindsight, knowing it came from Ron Howard, I probably should have been thinking along these lines. It gets off to a slow start and the brothers are very frustrating to the point you just want to bang their heads together. There’s a lot of testosterone flying around and the women aren’t particularly treated very well. Lots of punching and ego and blah.

One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

Published August 2, 2019

One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

A domestic thriller, this book charts a turbulent time in a family’s life, when someone they trusted turned out to be… well, a psychopath. There are a lot of interesting concepts in this book - firstly, whether to trust and how long to trust for when you start to have suspicions, whether the backstory is true or not or whether it is all in our villain’s imagination, that the protagonist is no hero and made plenty of mistakes herself.