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Friday, 26 February 2016

5 Films They Shouldn't Remake

"You know you've been around when they start to remake your own movies when you're still alive."
Sylvester Stallone

Sometimes it feels like these days nothing is sacred. I feel that is especially true when it comes to films. So often these days every book is turned into a movie franchise and every franchise has every little bit of money they can ring out of it. Not even old movies are safe because we'll get sequels or prequels and, even worse, remakes. Or as the cool kids are calling it these days... reboots. Sometimes you just want to cry out, "For the love of God, leave them alone!" Well, if there was any hope that it would do any good but when money is involved there usually isn't.

I've had the idea for this post in mind for some time but I was reminded of it this week when I heard ABC are remaking Dirty Dancing, staring Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin in the iconic roles of Johnny Castle and Francis - or Baby - Houseman. The idea of anyone but Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in those roles just feels wrong. So with that in mind today's post is a list of five films I believe should never be touched and that, inevitably, probably will be.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

'You Have To Have Boobs'

"Real beauty is to be true to oneself. That's what makes me feel good."
Laetitia Casta

I was probably about thirteen by the time I realised I wasn't developing the same as other girls. At first I thought I was. I was sure I was getting boobs and why wouldn't I? I mean my mum is pretty busty and my older sister even earned the nickname Lara Croft because of hers. So it seemed obvious I should expect the same. But they just never happened. I had training bras like most girls did but when I came to realise I was never going to even fill those I stopped kidding myself. I was destined to only ever have a chest. Not boobs. A chest. 

Monday, 22 February 2016

My Week In Words | #8 2016

"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."
John Barrymore

Howdy and welcome to this week's My Week In Words. Another week of shopping, ice hockey and work on my new toy box blog! It was a good week on the most part and although Saturday was a tough day it ended on a good note. This post covers from Sunday 14th to Saturday 20th of February. Enjoy!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Crazy People Songs

"the only people for me are the mad ones,"
Jack Kerouac

I love crazy people songs. You know the ones I mean, right? The type that go well with the crazy, psychotic characters that we all know and love. I'm drawn to them the same way I'm drawn to those characters and I don't really know why. But we're not here to analyse why, I'm here to share my favourite crazy people songs! I've included a video to the song and also my favourite lyrics. Enjoy!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Meet My Marimo

"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Howdy and welcome to today's post. I've been meaning to write this post for quite a while but you know how it is, my blogging schedule basically has a life of it's own and I'm never really quite sure what I'm going to post or when. Anyway! Here I am, finally introducing you to Moe the Marimo.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

My Week In Words | #7 2016

"A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others."
Frank Morgan

Welcome to this week's instalment of My Week In Words. It was a great week, the beginning of a new blogging venture that I'm super excited about and a lovely family Valentine's dinner... that happened to be the day before Valentine's day. This post covers from Sunday 7th to Saturday 13th of February. Enjoy! 

Friday, 12 February 2016

Celebrating A Year With Drag Race

"Look at me--a big old black man under all of this makeup, and if I can look beautiful, so can you."

On the 10th of February I came across an entry in my five year journal I knew I just new I had to write a post about. On that day last year I was introduced to a show that changed my life, RuPaul's Drag Race. I've always loved the idea of drag - you may remember I wrote about it in the first of My Obsessions series - but the show made it accessible in a way that it infiltrated my every day life. Probably more than I realised it would when I started binge watching it.

I don't say 'changed my life' lightly. Watching the queens and their fierce attitudes and approach to things just clicked something within me. I felt confidence that I didn't have before, my make up changed and my clothing style changed. I felt comfortable wearing things I wouldn't have before. Even my vocabulary changed. Yaaaas, shady and fierce, to name a few, became words that use almost every day.

I decided to celebrate a year since I discovered RuPaul's Drag Race that I would give my top ten queens from all seasons. In no particular order. 

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Pancakes! Glorious Pancakes!

"The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves."
W. C. Fields

If there is one thing I love about religion it's the food or at least the food we traditionally associate with or eat at certain holidays. I mean I may not be able to tell you what we're celebrating or why but I can probably tell you what food goes along with the holiday. Christingles (not strictly to eat but they had sweeties on them that never made it to the end of the Advent service. Plus a burning candle and what kid doesn't want to be trusted to hold a burning candle that's stuck in an orange surrounded by sweets?), Christmas dinner. Easter eggs and, lastly, pancakes.

Monday, 8 February 2016

My Week In Words | #6 2016

"A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier."
Tom Stoppard

Welcome to this week's My Week In Words. Another busy week. Ice hockey, hospital and shopping! This post covers from Sunday 31st of January to Saturday 6th of February. We're already into the second month of 2016. Where does the time go? Anyway, enjoy!

Friday, 5 February 2016

Toys 'n' Stuff | Amuse Bootlegs vs Authentic

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort."
John Ruskin

Welcome to the latest edition of my Toys 'n' Stuff series. Today I will be discussing some of the ways I determine whether or not my plushies from Amuse are authentic or in fact bootlegs. These may not be all the ways to tell and I'm not saying by following these that you 100% won't get caught out with a bootleg. Just that these are what I use to determine what I feel is genuine to the best of my ability. These things are also always subject to change as bootleggers get more clever. Some items will be closer to the real thing than others.

The original idea for this post came when I made an order with blippo.com, a Japan and Kawaii store. After doing some research I knew before I made the order that Blippo was known for selling fakes. Especially fake Alpacasso plushies by Amuse. However, as I've written in a former Toys 'n' Stuff post, I don't always mind fakes. So I figured I would judge for myself.

Sure enough when my Alpacasso plushie arrived it turned out to have all the markers of a fake that I had researched. I decided then I would purchase the same plushie from another store, Tofu Cute, and compare them. I'd heard that Tofu Cute had sold bootlegs in the past but on their site they boast 'Tofu Cute is an official retailer of Amuse Co. Ltd in Tokyo, so authenticity is guaranteed!'  So I was confident that they had mended their ways. Thankfully I was not disappointed, so here I am. Both Alpacasso plushies are supposed to be from the Goodnight series.

First I am going to show you a photo of the authentic and the bootleg side by side and I would like you to guess which you think is the fake on first glance. Then tell me if you guessed right at the end.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

My Animated Baes

"The mark of a true crush... is that you fall in love first and grope for reasons afterward."
Shana Alexander

I think everyone - whether they are comfortable admitting or or not - have at least one animated character they crushed on when they were younger. That one character that made you go, 'oh wow'. It didn't always make sense. It wasn't always the overtly sexual characters like Jessica Rabbit, sometimes it wasn't even the human characters. What can I say? The heart wants what the heart wants. Now for some these crushes are merely a childhood thing but for others - namely me - they linger and some new ones might surprise you in adulthood.

I used to be embarrassed by my crushes on these characters but I soon learned it wasn't all that uncommon. Whether that makes it any less creepy or weird I don't know. I'll leave that up to you to decide. I thought it would be fun to share my animated crush list and see which, if any, of my readers share my feels. Now on with the list!

Monday, 1 February 2016

My Week In Words | #5 2016

"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional."
Chili Davis

Welcome to this week's My Week In Words. Another week full of binge watching, procrastination and ice hockey. Another month has almost been and gone. This week covers from Monday 25th to Saturday 30th of January. Enjoy!
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