I don't mind people friending me, but if you do friend me, leave a comment on this entry introducing yourself, who you are, and why you'd like to be my friend. It's disconcerting to have friend messages pop up and not know where you come from. And if I don't friend you back immediately, don't be offended. I like to take my time getting to know people. If you friend me without posting this entry, I won't friend you back. Too many of these leads to friends-only journals and while I understand the idea, I want to try and avoid that policy for the moment.
I'm so sad. I feel sick and frustrated that old people have been allowed to vote us out of an organisation when they're not the ones who'll have to deal with the consequences. I don't want to go to work and have to deal with people gloating over leaving when it's the last thing we should be doing. Most of all, I want a recount. Seriously considering leaving this country.
Just got back from a week in Cyprus with the family, which was lovely but had very limited internet access so will be catching up on entries and commenting today and tomorrow. Aside from a three hour delay on the outward flight(!) due to poor weather conditions and then debris on the runway (caused by an Airbus CRACKING THE TARMAC according to Twitter), we all had a good time. Madeleine behaved so well, honestly could not have asked for more from her, she was so sunny and happy despite the change in time zone and the heat. I don't think my sister will suggest going there in June again, haha.
I have been sick on and off since my last entry so I'm sorry to have been absent. D&V, plus fever, plus hot and cold rushes. Joy! This has also interrupted my gym sessions because if I can barely manage going to work, I'm not going to the gym. Back on track now and hoping to stay there. Getting sick so often is frustrating because I couldn't plan for anything. Overtime? Nope. A meal out with friends? Nope. Cinema? Only if I take a whole box of tissues and prayed my throat didn't get too dry (which is how I saw Zootropolis aka Zootopia and The Jungle Book). I loved them both by the way.
I've also seen Civil War, I Saw The Light and Miles Ahead, feel free to ask my opinion.
Recently rediscovered the album Tiger Bay by Saint Etienne. Originally released in 1994 (*sob*), the version I have is the 1996 re-issue, which I bought in 2004. The re-issue includes the band's biggest commercial hit He's On The Phone. The song embedded below perfectly captures springtime for me.
I started shivering and aching yesterday which meant I had to miss work today. I'm annoyed mainly because I'd signed up for some good overtime which I now won't be able to cover. I'm also missing Deadpool, which is less irritating but still frustrating. If you need me, I'll be huddled under blankets with hot water bottles.
In Praise of Older Women – Stephen Vinzinczey Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch Marina – Carlos Ruiz Zafon From a Distance – Raffaella Barker Singled Out – Virginia Nicholson Findings – Kathleen Jamie (nf) Half Bad – Sally Green The Silver Star – Jeannette Walls A Song for Ella Gray – David Almond Bone Jack – Sara Crowe The Year of the Rat – Clare Furniss We Were Liars – E. Lockhart Foxglove Summer – Ben Aaronovitch The Prince’s Boy – Paul Bailey The Lost Books of the Odyssey – Zachary Mason Dust’n’Bones – Chris Mould The Mercy of Thin Air – Romlyn Domingue The Old Ways – Robert Macfarlane (nf) Meet the Austins – Madeleine L’Engle The Moon At Night – Madeleine L’Engle Twenty-Four Days of Christmas – Madeleine L’Engle And Both Were Young – Madeleine L’Engle A Ring of Endless Light – Madeleine L’Engle The Green Road Into The Trees – Hugh Thompson (nf) Girl Friday – Jane Green Summer Falls and Other Stories – Amelia Williams Five Children on the Western Front – Kate Saunders The Wolf Princess – Cathryn Constable H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald Twilight – William Gay Instrumental – James Rhodes (nf) The Arm of the Starfish – Madeleine L’Engle Mr Mac and Me – Esther Freud Lucky Us – Amy Bloom Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman Absolute Pandemonium – Brian Blessed (nf)
(bold = book from the library and nf = non-fiction) I read a lot more this year than last year, probably due to the fact it wasn't half as stressful (despite becoming an aunt for the first time).
Films The Theory of Everything The Imitation Game All This Mayhem Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows No My Old Lady Big Eyes Kon-Tiki The Eichmann Show Big Hero 6 Shaun the Sheep Movie The Book of Life Birdman Foxcatcher Penguins of Madagascar Whiplash Wild Jupiter Ascending Kingsman: The Secret Service Maxine Peake as Hamlet Paddington Selma Argo Love Is Strange Still Alice Lost River Interstellar The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Burlesque Cinderella The Legend of Princess Kaguya Far From The Madding Crowd Cobain: Montage of Heck Prometheus Avengers: Age of Ultron Mad Max: Fury Road Testament of Youth Pitch Perfect Jurassic World Annie Mr Holmes Cake Terminator Genisys Amy Inside Out Tomorrowland Song of the Sea The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson Woman in Gold Ant-Man The Water Diviner Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation The Man from UNCLE 45 Years John Wick Mud The Martian Danny Collins Marshlands Macbeth SPECTRE Suffragette Crimson Peak The Lobster Mockingjay Part II The Lady in the Van Star Wars: The Force Awakens (bold = rented from TV or ITunes, italic = seen in cinema, no style means I saw it on the TV)
Sorry for going quiet. Thank you all for your kind words about my niece. She is growing all the time and becoming interested in the world around her and the people in it. Unfortunately, it turns out she is a little bit like me and doesn't sleep very much. When I was a baby, someone told my mum that this meant I was going to be very smart. My mother, suffering from undiagnosed post-natal depression and sleep deprivation, was not amused and said she would rather I be a little stupid and sleep more!
I went to see Elton John with my dad in June and we had a great time. Elton clearly loves putting on a show, which means you enjoy it even more. He lost his temper with a steward for telling people to stop waving their hands and ranted about it, but then changed his mind and apologised after the next song, saying that she wasn't in charge and he shouldn't have insulted her. He invited her up on stage so he could apologise personally. She arrived on stage and he hugged her and apologised. It's always nice to see someone admit they're wrong, doesn't happen very often.
I have recently discovered a new cinema in Gloucester, the Sherborne (which only opened this year so I didn't feel like I'd been missing out). It is independent, decorated in Art Deco style, with its own small free car park. Afternoon showings are £3.50, late afternoon showings are £4.50, evening showings are £5.50. Tea and coffee are £1. To give you a comparison, going to see a film at the chain cinema here costs just under £10 unless it's the cheap day, and that's with an online discount. This place is so cheap that I am determined to patronise it as much as possible so that it doesn't close down by next year. I have also told all my friends about it, especially those with children.
I have just signed up for the new Gym at the Quays, which is open 24 hours and costs only £12.99 a month. A whole group of girls from my office go there so I think I will be motivated to go because they'll expect to see me there, haha! I used to attend a Legs, Bums & Tums class on Wednesday evenings but that was cancelled as the owner of the venue was messing our instructor around with times and would put up the price for hiring it without even telling her. Unfortunately, the only options left were Monday evening, with the time often too early for me to make it, and Thursday evening, which is in a totally different location. I might try going to the Thursday evening one, anyway.
My Windows laptop has been fixed and I am going to try writing on it.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronvitch Holloway – Robert MacFarlane Between the Lines – Tammara Webber Black Diamonds – Catherine Bailey The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling Tinder – Sally Gardner When To Walk – Rebecca Gower Fortunately, The Milk… - Neil Gaiman The Fault In Our Stars – John Green The Arrivals – Melissa Marr Otter Country – Miriam Darlington Through The Woods – Emily Carroll Red as Blood – Tanith Lee Scarlet – Melissa Meyer The Silent Stars Go By – Dan Abnett First Aid – Janet Davey Hollow City – Ransom Riggs You Say Potato – Ben Crystal and David Crystal
(bold = book from the library)
Unfortunately I didn't read as many books as I did in 2013. I will try to read more books in 2015.
Films The Heat Troll Hunter Deliver Us From Evil (documentary) Saving Mr Banks Blue Jasmine White Elephant Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Frozen Any Day Now 12 Years A Slave August: Osage County Frankenweenie Philomena Promised Land The Client The Butler Captain Phillips Blancanieves The Selfish Giant Inside Llewyn Davies In A World… The Lego Movie Ginger and Rosa Monuments Men Looper Le Week-End Captain America: The Winter Soldier How I Live Now The Invisible War Stories We Tell American Hustle The Invisible Woman Enough Said Bridesmaids Blue is the Warmest Colour The Grand Budapest Hotel The Sea Hot Coffee Lovelace The Amazing Spider-Man 2 All Is Lost Weekend Godzilla Muppets Most Wanted The Lunchbox Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit The Angels’ Share Dallas Buyers’ Club Nebraska Frank X-Men: Days of Future Past The Two Faces of January Beautiful Creatures The Perks of Being a Wallflower Maleficent Cuban Fury Belle Her The Past 20 Feet From Stardom The Wolf of Wall Street Guardians of the Galaxy The Fault In Our Stars How To Train Your Dragon 2 Begin Again Jersey Boys Boyhood Chico & Rita Chaplin The Hundred-Foot Journey Cycling with Moliere Thank You For Sharing Before I Go To Sleep Pride What We Did On Our Holiday The Night of the Demon Shame Mr Turner Gone Girl The Boxtrolls Effie Gray St Vincent The Possibilities Are Endless Mockingjay Part I The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
(bold = rented from TV or ITunes, italic = seen in cinema, no style means I saw it on the TV)
Sorry that I haven't updated the journal in a while. I have finally moved back to my old department (after being kept in the 'temporary' one for the first two weeks of January) and I'm able to take part in team activities, actually rely on my shifts, swap the times and book holiday knowing that there'll be space on the calendar for me.
My sister is going to have her baby on May 6th (well, that's the due date). We still don't know if it's a boy or a girl. Her husband's family haven't had a girl born into the family in a century, so if it is a girl, I will be suggesting Ginny for a middle name. ;)
I'll be posting the list of books I read and films I saw last year this week. I didn't read many books last year, which is a shame. I'll try and read more this year.