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The Merry Christmas Project at Cathy Bramley

Published December 14, 2021

The Merry Christmas Project at Cathy Bramley

I really loved this book, very well written, in depth and with some lovely characters that developed as the book wound its way towards Christmas. At first I thought we were never going to get there, we started so far out from the big day and there was so much evolving, but we made it, and everyone got a happy ending of sorts. I just want to know what happens next… how on earth is Merry going to manage all those orders in the new year!

Strictly Come Dancing 2021, Week 12 thoughts

Published December 13, 2021

Strictly Come Dancing 2021, Week 12 thoughts

Semi-finals!! Somehow it feels like it’s come round really quickly but at the same time, when you watch the opening credits featuring all the participants of 2021, some of them seem like such a long time ago! I really think this is one of the closest competitions we’ve had in a long time, every one of the semi finalists has topped the leaderboard, so how can we possibly predict? Anything can happen.

The Night Before

Published December 12, 2021

The Night Before

I’m not a huge stoner movie fan, it’s just not something I have reference to, and you know that’s exactly what you’re getting when Seth Rogan teams up with some buddies for one final night out. It was better than I thought it was going to be, although still a bit of a hot mess. The supernatural angle was only slightly there which made it more irritating than insightful, and I really feel like he could have said that Miley 90% forced him to propose which might have calmed her down a bit.

Single All the Way

Published December 12, 2021

Single All the Way

I really loved this film, it was so good in that it totally embraced the cliches but then didn’t always stick to them. I thought it was going to be another one of those ‘let’s go home and pretend we’re a couple’ movies, but it didn’t do that. It threw in a blind date curveball. I loved the quirky family, although they interfere way too much, and I love that there was an underlying friendship, always, and it was just about taking that risk. Lovely. Plus, there was a dance routine to Britney. SOLD.

A Castle For Christmas

Published December 12, 2021

A Castle For Christmas

Mildy better than the third installment of The Princess Switch, but probably not a great film. It was entertaining and cosy, the argument at the end felt a bit over-the-top and really just there to give the conflict that needs to be resolved for a happy ending. The characters were cute though and the village adorable, and I liked that he wasn’t your traditional heroic lead. A medium level entry in the Netflix Christmas Universe.

Martika by Martika

Published December 12, 2021

Martika by Martika

I know Martika for two reasons - Toy Soldiers, obviously, and then being discussed in the first episode of Peter Kay’s Car Share. This album is very much of its time - strongly 80s pop with a couple of covers in there. In fact, it might almost be missing the peak of the 80s, given that it was released in 88/89. Toy Soldiers stands out as a great track, it also doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the album, where it has such a deep meaning and resonance to it. But overall, a good fun album.

Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night by Bleachers

Published December 12, 2021

Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night by Bleachers

I always have high expectations of a Bleachers album because of how prolific their lead singer is in other circles. This was another good one, and what a great thing to have Bruce Springsteen featured on one of the tracks. I don’t know that is was hugely memorable, none of the songs specifically stood out, but it was very listenable and made good background music (in the best possible way).

Father Christmas is Back

Published December 10, 2021

Father Christmas is Back

This… is a weird film. It’s not particularly well made, and it does that thing where it thinks it’s a cartoon - someone pops their head up and a weird sound effect happens, or creeping through a door to creeping sound effects. Annoying. Despite the quite impressive cast, the chemistry and acting isn’t great.

Doctor Who, wait, what now?

Published December 8, 2021

Doctor Who, wait, what now?

It feels like we’ve been waiting for this short Doctor Who series for a long time but somehow, even though I was keen to see what happened, I didn’t feel the normal hype that I usually would. I can’t put my finger on why, although I’m wondering if at this point I just want to get on to the second Russell T Davies era and see what that brings. However, I dutifully watched every episode and revelled in many people enjoying what they were seeing.