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Being Human – The Big Change

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I’ve just finished watching series two of ‘Being Human’… I know I’m a late starter and there’s not really a valid excuse for it but as the saying goes; better late than never! and in this case that saying definitely sums it up. I mean, how can you beat such a great combination? A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost all living under the same roof. Its horror/fiction fans idea of heaven. So far my verdict is a big thumbs up. It has proved very addictive due to the superb story-lines and the original 3 amazing actors playing the main parts; all of which struggle with trying to be as normal as possible within their day-to-day lives. It doesn’t quite work out that way though.

Russell Tovey’s portrayal of a werewolf is beyond awesome. George is a sensitive soul but extremely comical, he’s had me in fits of laughter on many occasions throughout the first two series’. He’s struggling to come to terms with the fact that he may never be a part of a normal family. His ultimate dream is to have a wife and lots of kids. He expresses his emotions really well and will have you tearing up at the littlest things bless him. He’s the kind of character you just want to hug. He plays the part so well that he’ll have you convinced that he’s really turning into a werewolf; his display of pain and the scared expression on his face will make you cringe but I can’t say much for the werewolf itself… that’s not so convincing! they could have made it a little more realistic considering the technology they have these days. George is probably my favourite character.

Aidan Turner is very vampire like. They hit the nail on the head when they cast him, probably because they knew he was going to be popular with the ladies. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a little rugged… just what a vampire should look like! well in my eye’s anyway šŸ™‚ Mitchell certainly adds a darker and more gorier side to the show. He too is longing for a more human life, but his attempts to go; how shall I put it… cold turkey (with feeding from humans) doesn’t really go so well.

Lenora Critchlow plays a very pretty ghost who was killed by her ex Fiance. After finding out the truth about what happened to her, Annie still can’t exit this world and leave her best friends George and Mitchell behind who have also become very attached to the slightly scatty apparition with an outstanding tea making ability. Annie adds vulnerability to the show but gets stronger with each venture she experiences. The friendship and loyalty of all three characters is rather heart-warming, excuse the pun.

Now here’s where someone sticks a pin in my bubble and bursts it! Having just found out that 3 of the now four main characters have been killed off, Ā its left me feeling somewhat… disappointed and disheartened. Obviously those of you who have been watching all along already know and is old news. Fortunately I’ve heard some good things about the new cast which is promising but it doesn’t help the way I feel about losing George and Mitchell even though I have to wait until series 4 to see the big change and I haven’t even seen series 3 yet. I just hope the new characters have some of the qualities which made George and Mitchell so appealing. Now I wait I suppose.

Here Comes the Sun!

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Although I was wishing that I didn’t have to go to work this morning, there remained a certain spring in my step as I glanced out of the window while getting ready. That Monday morning feeling after a fab weekend was just made better by the sunshine. As I walked to work I noticed how beautiful the blossom on the trees looked against the bright blue sky. It was also nice to walk home from work in the daylight… it seemed forever ago that I could do that. So I just wanted to say welcome back sun šŸ™‚

So I had a pretty awesome weekend. It began with a spot of holiday shopping which is no where complete as yet but I’m glad I made a start. A spur of the moment trip to the cinema on Saturday evening with my 13 year old niece presented us with ‘The Hunger Games’ which pleasantly surprised me as I wasn’t really expecting much from this film. I haven’t read the book but people who have tell me that its so much better than the film. I don’t doubt this for a second but as it takes me so long to get through a book I have no intention in reading it. Some people were disappointed because the film was aimed at pre-teens which I expected anyway as my niece has been going on about it for months. I couldn’t help thinking that the whole concept of the film was just a little bit brutal for young people to digest but I was happy that it wasn’t too graphic as I didn’t fancy explaining to my sister why her daughter was having nightmares. All in all I liked the weirdness of it but I wouldn’t say that it’s better than ‘Harry Potter’ as some media have been saying.

I had a lazy Sunday morning catching up with ‘Britain’s got Talent’ leaving myself just half an hour to get dressed and slap on some make-up before running out of the door to catch a train to Camden town where I met my mate Mandy for food, drinks at ‘The Worlds End’ and onto Koko to see Lostprophets perform. It wasn’t a proper gig, they were filming for an album chart show and people who had bought tickets to see them in May had been invited along for free to be part of it. To be honest I wasn’t expecting them to sing as many songs as they did… about eight from what I recall! One being their new single ‘Bring ‘Em Down’ and one of my favourites ‘Rooftops’. Roll on May when I get to see their full show šŸ™‚

A Big Price to Pay for Being Different

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Every now and then you come across a story that really affects you; and the story that I am about to share with you is no exception. I have no connection what so ever to this girl or her family, I just merely want to help raise awareness about this particular tragedy and others similar and maybe some good can come of it. I blogged this story previously elsewhere a couple of years ago and have adapted it for present readers. It’s now approaching the fifth year anniversary of Sophie’s death and I feel that its more important than ever to spread the word about hate crime and help tackle the problem in the UK and around the world.

I consider myself to be an open-minded person. My taste in music varies and my style changes as often as the wind. Most importantly I am very accepting towards people I meet no matter their background, gender or culture. As the saying goes ‘never judge a book by its cover’, the same applies to people! I think open-mindedness which includes accepting change and difference is an appealing quality for a human being to have. I would like to think in this day and age that everyone was as open-minded as me although this isn’t the case.

Some people just can’t handle it! and I would describe these people as small-minded and weak. These are people who will go to any lengths to express their disgust toward anyone who appears different or has different views to themselves. The truth is, they don’t know what to expect, they judge the cover before reading the book and assume that they won’t like it.

Now having been part of the alternative scene in the past, I have met many interesting people who have established their own individual styles in order to break away from the “norm” as some people may put it. These people whether they be Goths, Rockers, Emo’s etc are probably the most intelligent and stimulating people I know. On the inside they are no different to anyone else, they just choose not to follow the same old trends. The world would be an incredibly boring place if everyone in it were the same.

Being the sort of person I am, I was sickened and saddened by a story that I had read a few years ago about a girl called Sophie who was brutally attacked along with her boyfriend by a group of teenagers they had met in a park in Lancashire. It is believed that the pair were targeted because of the unique and individual way in which they were dressed. While her boyfriend pulled through and survived the attack, Sophie sadly died on August 24th 2007. Words can’t express how angry this makes me and many others who have heard this tragic story. People shouldn’t have to live in fear because of how they dress… its insane!

Photo taken by Robert Maltby

Sophie’s family and friends have worked hard to raise awareness since her death and strive towards a less violent society by starting a campaign in her memory. The S.O.P.H.I.E campaign has a powerful message attached to it:

Stamp
Out
Prejudice
Hatred
Intolerance
Everywhere

and is growing in popularity through the fun organised events that they put on. To find out more information about the campaign or to donate to the SOPHIE LANCASTER FOUNDATION please check out the following sites:

Ā http://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/

www.myspace.com/inmemoryofsophie

http://www.facebook.com/thesophielancasterfoundation

The Big Egg Hunt

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If you’re a Londoner you may have noticed something new. There are 200 giant eggs scattered around town and all of them have different designs. I spotted some while in the West End at the weekend and I managed to take a photo of one that I really liked.

It’s all in aid of a couple of charities stated in this websiteĀ http://www.thebigegghunt.co.uk/Ā see how many you can find when you’re out and about šŸ™‚

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Is it May yet? I’m asking myself as I sit in bed ill because that’s when I get to go on holiday with the girlies. I think too much when I’ve got nothing to do so I’m thinking of all the cool new things that I need for our two weeks in Spain. I’m currently considering sacrificing an ipod classic for a brand new camera instead, which will most certainly get used more.

So seeing as its apparently international women’s day I thought I should give a few of my favourite females a mention.

Singers

Amy Lee from Evanescence

Avril Lavigne

Pink

YouTuber/Vlogger

Kate ‘Katersoneseven’


Ā Amanda Holden

Ā Actresses:

Reese Witherspoon

Ā Jennifer Aniston

The past couple of days

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After having had such a good weekend catching up with friends in the lovely town of Guildford I’m starting to feel those pre Monday blues. We enjoyed a bit of retail therapy before a pleasant meal at Jamie’s Italian which I must say didn’t really have a wide choice of vegetarian meals on the menu, neither did it state clearly which dishes were vegetarian. To be honest there wasn’t a wide range of food full stop which I suppose eliminates having to spend ages deciding what to have. I had the Honeycomb Cannelloni done 3 ways usingĀ aubergine and sun-dried tomato pumpkin, ricotta and spinach. I enjoyed the variety of taste but I wouldn’t have said it was amazing. For dessert I had the ultimate brownie; made with chocolate, raspberry and amaretto with a side dollop of vanilla ice cream. Apart from getting raspberry seeds stuck in my teeth and feeling a tad sick half way through the soft textured desert I quite enjoyed it although it could have done with just a bit more ice cream which accompanied the brownie really well. The service was to a high standard and the waiters were quite humorous and chatty.

Today I had one of my favourite kind of days…a lazy one to which I spent most of in bed watching heroes and Smallville. I have finally finished season 9 of Smallville, it took me a while but I got there in the end. I’m putting off buying season 10 at the moment because I don’t want it to end, its my favourite show! I’m not entirely sure about carrying on Smallville season 11 in a comic book but I might take a look if I see it. I’ve never really read a comic before but there’s always a first time for everything. I’m starting to get more and more into heroes now and its all starting to link together and make a little more sense. I’m only on episode 8 of season 1 but it seems pretty awesome. I bought the first season of ‘the Walking Dead’ and series 1 and 2 of ‘Being Human’ yesterday so I now have plenty to keep me occupied.

I’ve posted in my new creative blog again today… two posts actually! One is another new poem and the other is a couple of photographs of Guildford castle from yesterday’s trip. Please feel free to pop by there and check them out. Any feedback would be much appreciated.

New Blog

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So as you know I’ve been working on a bit of poetry recently and I have now made a new blog to accommodate my creative works. My first poem is called ‘The Gathering’ and it can be found hereĀ http://sherylscreativecuriosities.wordpress.com/

I would appreciate any feedback and constructive criticism. As its my first displayed poem, I’d like to know if it’s any good but as I said in a previous post it won’t be to everyone’s taste.

I will also begin to display art work once I have some completed pieces. I still need to go shopping for some new materials and equipment so I don’t know how long this could take but I’ll keep you posted. I’m excited by the fact that I can share my creative side with everyone in Blogsville, I just hope people like it.