Thursday, 26 November 2015

I've Got My Ticket... The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

"May the odds be forever in your favour" 

is bound to be a line that you have heard slip from someone's mouth since 2012. 

If not, then you are one of the very few people who hasn't heard of the worldwide phenomenon that is The Hunger Games. 


Film Name: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
Release Date: 19.11.15
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks
Running Time: 137 Minutes
Certificate: 12A
 
Brief Information: 
Similar to other blockbusters, it was an exceptionally talented author who was behind the making of the three installments of The Hunger Games. American writer Suzanne Collins first book on the soon-to-be film was published in 2008.

Capturing attention of readers globally was the gripping introduction of a 16-year-old girl, Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence).

Previously known as North America, but now renamed ‘Panem’ is where twelve districts are divided around. For the upcoming seventy-fourth annual Hunger Games one boy and a girl must be picked at random to enter an arena and individually fight against each other, plus two youngsters from separate districts to stay alive, and escape as the champion of this horrific ‘game’.

When the most dramatic thing happens and Prim, the younger sister of Katniss, is the name that gets taken from a lottery-inspired draw to be the female participant in the playing field, she promptly demands to take her place.

Peeta Mellark is who accompanies Katniss in the televised competition and after, the TWO of them finish with both of their hearts still beating.

With every film comes a villain and, this one’s is President Snow. Along with his swarm of soldiers, this unpleasant personality will not stand for peace to ever surface.

In the following segments Katniss is forced to relive her original frightening experience and at this stage she is still a survivor to the disapproval of the male leader. Seen as an inspiration by most, this young but wise female’s aim is to help all of the districts show bravery and stand up so that violence is no more.

My Opinion: 
My dad and I have bonded over this series since the emergence of it and like before, we were rushing to the cinema to catch it. In the screening
 along with my eyes being firmly glued to the monitor I also did not move from my seat - very rare, when I usually need to use the toilet.

I hadn't read the last book which meant that I had absolutely no idea about the final half, except from one thing. The cliffhanger it was left on in part 1 was that Peeta had been tortured so much that he was convinced Katniss was behind all of the chaos that had been caused. This hurt Katniss terribly, along with everything else bad that had occurred, so she set out to finish what President Snow had started.

What did you like?
It was a relief that Peeta began to get his real memories back and that the troop were all together once again. The twists and turns were surprising and all that I wouldn't have guessed would develop. On numerous of occasions I found myself gritting my teeth at the manifold of enthralling scenes, like when I saw if Snow would get his 'just deserts.'

What would you change?
Cruelty is one thing that I see no reason for, but obviously this wasn't going to be something that the director couldn't steer clear of. It wasn't horrendous and the special effects were incredible.

My star rating out of five:
 

Find out more about The Hunger Games on the official website:
http://www.thehungergames.movie/
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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Bargain Buys... My Dressing Table

A little while ago I was seriously thinking about redecorating my bedroom.


Each of my walls are either painted in a light shade of pink or in white.
I had grown a bit bored of all the pink accessories that I had and wanted to tone it down a bit, without it costing more than what was in my purse at that time.

So, stepping away from the idea of a new DIY job, I instead settled on swapping and changing some of the articles in places.

 
Ebay is a website that I visit daily as I have won the highest bidding on quite a few objects for next to nothing - One of them being this dressing table, which to everyone's astonishment set me back just 99p! All it needed was a lick of paint on the top surface and three new handles on the drawers, which my dad had spare in his workshop.

My chair was a refurbished project that I gave an explanation about in a previous post.
The elegant jewelled cushion upon it was bought from Primark three years ago for £4. 

  

Having a main area that your attention gets pulled towards is what I think every room should have.
Although mine is the section where my dressing table is positioned, you could accentuate another by adding fairy-lights to a headboard or mirror, or wallpapering one wall, whilst the others are kept plain. Gathering an assortment of patterned pillows is a further option.

The sight of a candle seems to influence a homely feel, which is why I got this vanilla-scented one from the 99p Store. The accompanying piece next to this is a stone off of one of Gambia's beaches. My parents decided to bring it back as a little souvenir for me when they holidayed there last year.

As I mentioned in my first post McFly are my absolute favourite band.
I waited over seven years to meet them properly and now own a collection of photo's either with, or of them.
The full lot are displayed together in a separate frame, but my most treasured ones are in this love heart frame that came from the Poundstretcher for £2.50.
A logo pin badge priced at £3.00 from one of their past tours is kept in front.

'Smile and the world smiles with you' is what my little wooden sign reads that I also got from the 99p Store.
Behind this uplifting inclusion is a bowl obtained from Wilkinson's.
It is a clear purple round shape that has a mixture of bits and bobs in, such as jewellery, Danny and Tom from McFly's used plectrums, beside Taylor Swifts!
An authentic one dollar note (I heart America), shells from Egypt, a Hello Kitty figure and the outline of a 'T' for my name remain here too.


 You can never have enough smellies! And these are mine.
I don't have a preference as they all offer a ravishing fragrance. 
Along with an Eiffel Tower pendant that I took off of a necklace, a striking shell and a picture frame 
(I have had this for years) showing my appreciation yet again for America are in this arrangement as well.

It can be the table in your bedroom or the study, but what does yours have on it?
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Grab the Remote... November

 I wouldn't necessarily say that I am a couch potato, but I do switch on the television at night and tune in to something that I find entertaining.



Sometimes deciding on what to watch can be troublesome, especially when there is a lot on at the same time (thank goodness for the recorder box). Then stages pass by when there is not a single thing on, apart from repeats, or screenings that would have that affect on me to yawn. 

 So, depending on what kind of mood I am in, (or what is due to broadcast at that minute), I want to report what I had on my electronic screen over the last four weeks.

One human being who is seeking love, with five menu's to choose from. Simple. Either a single male or female person narrows the food plans that they are presented with down to three, and these are the people they will go on a date with (before even seeing them). 

The trio of individuals slave over a hot stove to prepare and cook a starter, main and dessert for their guest, then they meet at their house and whatever happens next is unknown until they greet one another. 

After, each 'chef for the evening' rates the other same person out of three stars. Then, at the end the woman or man confirms who they would like to see again for another date.

I like it when before the finishing titles, you find out who is still single and who is dating. It is quite rare when the end pair start a relationship, however it is impressive when they do.
When: Weekdays @ 8:30am and 1:40pm.
Channel: ITV2.

2.) Gogglebox
I will keep it short and sweet because this show requires little explanation on what its all about. When the first season had aired I persuaded my parents to watch this with me and we have all been laughing our heads off to it ever since.

A selection of families that are located in different cities around the UK all sit down to watch the same programme, while we watch them and their reactions. Still not sold on it? - Just give it a chance. You will not regret it!
When: Fridays @ 9:00pm.
Channel: Channel 4.

Okay, so I admit that I never usually bother with this programme, yet when I caught the advert for the new series start date I flicked channels to see what it was like. I wasn't overall won over by the first episode, but it didn't stop me from avoiding the second week... or the next.

The eleventh series returns where 18 aspiring entrepreneurs have to prove their worth in a variety of tasks to reach the end of a twelve-weeks time scale. Each week one person will get fired, but whoever is left at the end and takes first place will win a valuable investment, then go into professional work with business expert Lord Alan Sugar.
When: Wednesdays @ 9:00pm.
Channel: BBC1.

Even though I don't have Sky that doesn't prevent me from skipping back to the 90's (and the noughties decade) to have a giggle at the absorbing plots that take place in the Spellman's house. I have three out of the seven seasons on DVD to pick and choose which one I want to sit back and watch.

Half-mortal, half-witch Sabrina gets a major shock on her 16th birthday by her Aunts Hilda and Zelda. Not only has this teenager got to get used to the fact that she has magical powers, but how to control them too - or she could land herself in a serious amount of trouble.
When: Everyday at various times.
Channel: PopGirl.

4.) DIY SOS
During my childhood years I used to be intrigued by Nick Knowles and his determined team who fight through every obstacle to give someone in need a new home. 

Most recently there was a good deal of coverage on their two-part specials: Homes for Veterans. The normal faces of the show were supported by countless of volunteers who did some hard graft to transform a WHOLE street of houses (a total of sixty-two properties) for ex members of the army.

Princes William and Harry must have been eager to see with their own eyes if the humongous build would go to plan as they paid a very royal visit in part 1.
When: Stages throughout the year.
Channel: BBC1.

5.) Matilda
When this film was released in 1996 I hardly took my eyes off of it, and when my mum and I stuck it in the DVD player not long ago this hadn't changed at my older age.

Matilda is dealt with possibly the most careless parents in the world and a horrid school principle, but its not all bad. This young girl soon figures out how clever she really is and with the help of her class teacher, Miss Honey, she can start smiling for good reasons.
Available to buy from a supermarket near you.

Have you watched any of these?

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Taking A Trip To... The Retreat Animal Rescue Centre

Up until a few days ago I had absolutely nothing at all planned for Halloween.

Then out of the blue, my friend Claire invited me along to a fundraising event at The Retreat Animal Rescue Centre in High Halden, Kent.


Claire is one the few volunteers who helps out when she has the chance to.
She had told me about this place before and I had shown an interest in going one day, so I was looking forward to the 31st of October.

The shelter has saved the lives of an enormous quantity of different animals.
Goats, sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys and ducks are the farm-type ones that I noticed at first glance. There was donkeys, horses and ponies to welcome you too. Some of the old or feral and FIV cats that may have not passed behaviour tests to be re-homed are, I am pleased to say, not refused a space here. The same goes for dogs.

One of these was a tombola table that was in aid of another good cause, the South East Dog Rescue & Rehabilitation who, again aim to protect animals of the furry kind and find new homes for them as well.


As you could guess, there was plenty of sweet offerings available, including a variation of gluten-free cupcakes, with the addition of home-made hummus and grated carrot bread rolls. 
Hot food was also served and this was all promised to be of the vegan sort.

Drinks, a tour of the site and prepossessing flower headbands were other parts of the 2-5pm do.



Overall, I had a fantastic afternoon. 
I was utterly impressed by the dedication and politeness of all of the volunteers, and the certainty that they are giving so many animals a right to still have an existence on this earth
- no matter what their problem is.

If you would like to volunteer yourself, make a sponsor or donation, or simply buy something from the teams wish list, please head along to their website:
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