30 Days of Thankful

#4 – The Things People Can Do With Paper

Okay, yes that’s a pretty vague title, but what I mean by that is art. Again, art is a pretty vague subject so I’ll narrow it down a bit again. Studying art at A-level means you look at a lot of artists, and I admit that sometimes I look at them and think ‘wait, that’s considered art?!’. But every now and again I come across someone who’s work is just amazing. And an artist like this is what inspired the title of this post. His name is Rob Ryan, and he makes me thankful that we live in a place where people can create things like this and share them with the world. I mean seriously, these are paper cutouts …

rob ryan 1 rob ryan 3 rob ryan 4

thirty days

Hannah

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About, A Boat And A Completely Unrelated Post

Firstly, we’ve edited our About page! It’s so much prettier now and very much an improvement on the last one! Head over and take a look, you might learn somethings you didn’t know! If you have any other questions you’d like us to answer, comment on the page and we’ll get back to you.

Anyway, back to this post (can we all just appreciate the lack of digression in that link, eh? Also, the fact that I just used the word digression).

Who’s a fan of YouTube? I’m not talking about cats playing with printers here, (though that one is pretty good) but the people who have made it their actual job to sit in front of a camera and ramble on for our enjoyment. Obviously, there’s all the really popular ones like Daily Grace, whose hair always seems to be absolutely perfect every single damn day; Tyler Oakley, who my mum thinks is on drugs because he “talks too fast to be natural” and Zoella*various numbers* who I’m still subscribed to despite the fact that I don’t give a shit about make-up.

Amongst the other people I’m subscribed to, they’re all pretty good – apart from one person *ahem*, but we won’t go into that. But my actual favourite is Sawyer Hartman. His are the videos that I see and squeal a a lot little bit. If you’ve never seen any of his videos, he does a collection of short films. Most of them are little sketches, like you used to make when you were little, just a lot better quality. But the ones I really like are his ‘Thru My Eyes’ videos.

Once you’ve excused the spelling, you’re free to fall into a world of slow motion and beautiful scenery. They’re literally the most gorgeous things ever and the perfect thing to watch when you want to pretend you’re not really sitting in rainy, grey England. Here’s my collection of favourites:


Who are your favourite YouTubers?

Also, last night I had a dream that I was a boat. Like an actual boat. Just thought you’d like to know …

Hannah

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Eurovision 2013

So shit went down on Eurovision last night.

If you’re American/not European and crying because you feel so left out and confused, Eurovision is basically a massive night where lots of European countries get together and spend a couple if hours in a singing war like we’re in some weird musical. Some countries make an effort but mainly, the countries don’t actually want to win and have to pay for next year’s competition, so send the worst act possible. We all have a laugh for the first half, then it gets to the voting and everyone gets very angry. Countries vote politically and for the ones they border.

Unfortunately for England, most of the countries were part of our Empire so … everyone kind of hates us. And our only bordering country is Ireland and they don’t really like us too … but France, I’m disappointed in you. Two World Wars we helped you out and you gave us nothing.

Anyway, I’m not quite ready to let Eurovision go for another year so here’s a little run down of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly:

The Good:

Moldova:

I really like the songs where people sing in their own language. And as an added bonus, this one end with a massive dress on fire.

Spain:

Starting with the very Spanish bagpipes of course, but we’ll forgive you for that. Okay, she’s a little off at the beginning, but it gets better and I really like her dress. Plus the drummer looks insanely happy to be there.

Malta:

This guy just looks SO happy. And no, unfortunately he’s not in love with Jeremy, Jeremy’s in love with some other girl.

United Kingdom:

Okay, I might be ever so slightly biased here, but this was quite good for us. Come on it’s Bonnie Tyler! But for anyone who has never heard of Bonnie, she hasn’t got some weird throat infection, she just sounds like that.

Sweden:

Sweden were the reigning champions and though I’m not entirely sure on his outfit, this was actually my favourite. And I think it should have done better than it did.

Hungary:

This guy’s name is ByeAlex. Actually. It didn’t really bode well but he was actually quite good. Didn’t really fancy getting dressed up for the occasion though. I particularly like the chorus because it sounds like ‘bish bosh bash’.

Denmark:

This was the eventual winning song, and it was one of my favorites. I also like how those guys who are meant to be soldiers can’t stop smiling. (Also, if you’re getting suspicious, all of the musicians are always miming, but the singers are live)

Iceland:

You weren’t expecting a guy like that to sing a ballad were you? This was another one of my favourites just because I could sing ‘Yeah gone leaf’ over the top of him.

Wow, that was a lot of good ones! Was it just me or were there way more actually good ones this year? Anyway, let’s get onto the … urm, not so good ones …

The Bad/The Ugly (Read:The Weird)

Belgium:

As Graham Norton warned us beforehand, the dancing in this is just woeful. The song isn’t bad, though maybe not the happiest thing in the world. But the guy singing … wow. Just look at his eyes. He looks like he’d keep you tied up in his basement …

Belarus:

This started off well … then went downhill. Weird dancing, teamed with breathless singing of dodgy rhymes. ‘The sun is always shining on yow’

Romania:

Wow. This is what Eurovision is all about. I like how the line before the chorus, is ‘High, so high’ … and it really is.

Greece:

If Greece had won Eurovision, the whole of Europe would have been sent back into recession. So they sent these guys. Unfortunately for them, Europe has a cruel sense of humour and they were very close to the top and were actually in the lead at one point.

Ukraine:

Okay, I don’t mind this song but what is with the giant guy? It has no relation to the song and why is he in a medieval costume?

Finland:

Saving the best till last, this is frankly, terrifying. Apparently, she wrote it as a hint to her boyfriend. He hasn’t asked her yet. Surprised?

So now we have to wait another YEAR till we go off to Denmark for next times … antics?

Hannah

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My Film Wishlist

*Sorry for the layout of this post, nothing seems to be sitting right*

I’m a big filmwatcher. I’d choose a film over tv anyday. I don’t care if I’m at the cinema, in my living room or sitting with my laptop, two and a half hours will beat 30 minutes hands down. Maybe that’s just because it wastes more time of my day, but I think it’s just that I need a more complex story in order to keep my concentration, unless it’s How I Met Your Mother of course.

My favourite filmy website at the moment is IMDb. It lets you know what’s coming, what’s been and what other people thought of it. So here’s a little list of the films to be released in the near future that I will definitely be off to see:

gatsby

1) The Great Gatsby

Released: 16th May 2013 (UK release)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio
Carey Mulligan
Joel Edgerton

It’s Leonardo DiCaprio, need I say more? And he’s looking fine. It’s set in the 1920s but after
that I’m not entirely sure what goes down. Something involving war, parties and Leo
looking sad. But let’s be honest – it looks amazing and Leo looking anything makes it worth
seeing.

2 guns

2) 2 Guns

Released: 2nd August 2013 (US release – there’s no UK date yet)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg
Denzel Washington
Paula Patton

Now this one looks amazing. My favourite films are the ones that have car chases and gun
fights mixed in with a little humour, and this looks like it has it all.
I already have a favourite bit:

“So we’re working together?”
“No not like we’re working together, like we’re working in the same … city”
“Together?”
“No, in the same … area code.”
“Together.”

Now

3) Now You See Me

Released: 31st May 2013 (US release – there’s no UK date yet)
Starring: Morgan Freeman
Jesse Eisenberg
Mark Ruffalo
Who doesn’t love a bit of magic? This one’s about a group of magicians who rob banks as
part of their acts. If we’re being honest, the magic they’re using does look like it would be
more at home in Hogwarts, but we’ll allow them some artistic license. And it has Morgan
Freeman in it and he’s awesome.

 

Peeples

4) Peeples

Released: 10th May 2013 (US release – there’s no UK date yet)
Starring: Kerry Washington
Craig Robinson
David Alan Grier
Here’s a little comedy to mix in with all this drama. It’s a pretty obvious storyline. A guy
wants to marry a girl but has to get the permission of her scary father first. It’s probably
quite obvious how it’s going to end too, but the bits in between look pretty funny.

Favourite part of this trailer is definitely when he puts on the headdress and does some sexy
dancing.It kind of reminds me of King Julien XIII from Madagascar.

Epic5) Epic

Released: 22nd May (UK release)
Starring: Amanda Seyfried
Beyoncé Knowles
Josh Hutcherson
Okay this looks quite good – I mean, the slug is my new favourite thing in this world, but let’s
be honest, I kinda only want to see it because I want to listen to Josh Hutcherson’s voice for
a few hours. I don’t even need his face to be able to be slightly in love with him. Oh, and
Beyoncé’s in it too, and that can only make a thing better right?

Kings

6) The Kings of Summer

Released: 31st May 2013 (US release – there’s no UK date yet)
Starring: Nick Offerman
Moises Arias
Nick Robinson

Three guys run away from their parents and live in the woods instead. Kind of like when I
was little and would run away to the bottom of the drive until the Tweenies came on. It does
look kinda funny though and there’s even some bare chestedness which I wouldn’t say no
to. Favourite trailer bit:

“Did you wear the blue shirt today, not the one with the pocket?”
“Yeah”
“Woooh, rope in the attitude mister, this is your mother you’re speaking too. Who’s he
putting on a show for?”
“Oh girl check, girl check. Checking for a girl in a bikini.”

Any other suggestions for me to add to my worryingly large list?

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