4 of my favourite comedy routines

I’m a big fan of comedy, in fact I have been told that I am easily pleased. Not sure if that’s a compliment or not… Either way, here are some of my favourite comedy routines, because let’s face it: we all need a little cheering up every now and then 🙂

Horror films I enjoyed even though I have necrophobia

I have necrophobia. Yes, I know that that’s unfortunate when I am married to a horror author. Especially when I handle a lot of the admin online and have to view stuff I’d rather not see that Michael helpfully tells me is “make up”. Hmm, it looks suspiciously realistic to me…

That being said, there have been a few films I have watched that, even though they were gory, I still enjoyed. I shall list them now for you! 🙂

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Johnny Depp plays police constable Ichabod Crane who gets sent from New York to a village called Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of murders that seem to have been carried out by a Headless Horseman. This is another film where Johnny Depp teams up with Tim Burton (I love some of their other collaborations too such as Edward Scissorhands and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which I’ll talk about below). There is an all-star cast in this film, including Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Christopher Walken, Richard Griffiths, Christopher Lee and Alun Armstrong. There is quite a bit of beheading in the film but because I have seen the film that many times, I know when to look away to avoid the really gory bits! It’s a great story-line and I would recommend this to fellow necrophobics, as the film really is worth watching 🙂


28 Days Later (2002)
Activists break into an animal laboratory. They try to free chimpanzees that are being used for medical research. The activists are interrupted by a scientist (played by David Schneider). He warns them that the chimpanzees are infected with a virus dubbed “Rage”. He tells them it’s highly contagious and only one bite will cause it to spread. The activists don’t listen and open the cages anyway and release the chimpanzees. One of the chimps attacks one of the activists and she immediately becomes infected with “Rage”. She then infects other members of the group. 28 days later, Jim (played by Cillian Murphy), wakes up from a coma in a London hospital. He leaves the hospital after discovering that he is the only person in the place, and finds that London is completely deserted. He comes to a church but it is inhabited by zombie like humans so he runs. He is rescued by Selena (Naomie Harris) and Mark (Noah Huntley). They then set about trying to survive. This film was directed by Danny Boyle and also stars Brendan Gleeson and Christopher Eccleston. Even though there are gory bits, I really enjoyed 28 Days Later, and I am yet to watch 28 Weeks Later.


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
This is another film where the marvellous Tim Burton joins forces with Johnny Depp. Sweeney Todd is a barber and serial killer who murders his customers. Mrs. Lovett (played by Helena Bonham Carter) runs a meat pie shop and turns the murdered victims into pies. It is gruesome, but I was enjoying the film so much that I could see past all that. It also stars an all-star cast including the fabulous Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall and Sacha Baron Cohen.

They were how old?????

I just left a comment on someone’s blog post about the ages of a couple of actors in Clueless where they were supposed to be playing youngsters and it inspired me to write this blog post. A lot of times actors are nowhere near the age they’re supposed to be playing, so how old were they really? (All ages are taken from Wikipedia).

Grease (1978)
Danny John Travolta was 24

Sandy Olivia Newton-John was 30
The T-Birds
Kenickie Jeff Conaway was 28

Doody Barry Pearl was 28
Sonny Michael Tucci was 32
Putzie Kelly Ward was 22
The Pink Ladies
Rizzo Stockard Channing was 34

Frenchy Didi Conn was 27
Jan Jamie Donnelly was 31
Marty Dinah Manoff was 20

Grease 2 (1982)
Michael Carrington/Cool Rider Maxwell Caulfield was 23

Stephanie Zinone Michelle Pfeiffer was 24
The T-Birds
Johnny Nogerelli Adrian Zmed was 28

Louis DiMucci Peter Frechette was 26
Goose McKenzie Christopher McDonald was 27
Davey Jaworski Leif Green age is unknown
The Pink Ladies
Paulette Rebchuck Lorna Luft was 30

Sharon Cooper Maureen Teefy was 29
Rhonda Ritter Alison Price age is unknown

Clueless (1995)
Cher Horowitz Alicia Silverstone was 19

Dionne Davenport Stacey Dash was 28
Tai Frasier Brittany Murphy was 18
Amber Mariens Elisa Donovan was 24
Christian Stovitz Justin Walker age is unknown
Murray Duvall Donald Faison was 21
Travis Birkenstock Breckin Meyer was 21
Elton Tiscia Jeremy Sisto was 21

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Andrew “Andy” Clark Emilio Estevez was 23

Brian Johnson Anthony Michael Hall was 17
John Bender Judd Nelson was 26
Claire Standish Molly Ringwald was 17
Allison Reynolds Ally Sheedy was 23

Mean Girls (2004)
Cady Heron Lindsay Lohan was 18

Regina George Rachel McAdams was 26
Janis Ian Lizzy Caplan was 22
Gretchen Wieners Lacey Chabert was 22
Karen Smith Amanda Seyfried was 19

American Pie (1999)
James “Jim” Levenstein Jason Biggs was 21

Chris “Oz” Ostreicher Chris Klein was 20
Kevin Myers Thomas Ian Nicholas was 19
Paul Finch Eddie Kaye Thomas was 19
Michelle Flaherty Alyson Hannigan was 25
Jessica Natasha Lyonne was 20
Victoria “Vicky” Lathum Tara Reid was 24
Steve Stifler Seann William Scott was 23
Heather Mena Suvari was 20
Nadia Shannon Elizabeth was 26

I was really surprised by so many of these!!

Nadeen Strachan, independent fashion designer and seamstress :)


My friend Nadeen’s website went live today so I thought I’d do a blog post to spread the word and let people know about it. The below is from her website:

“All of my clothing and accessories are designed and made in the UK by me. I use fabrics that range from the finest silks to re-worked denim, to create one-off pieces and ready to wear garments.

I offer a bespoke service where a pattern and clothing is made from your specific measurements to suit your requirements as an individual. Plus I can make clothing from photographs, pictures and even your own sketches. No request is too bizarre.

I also offer a variety of items that can be purchased straight off the hanger, such as men’s ties, children’s wear and women’s wear.

On a number of occasions I have designed and made wedding dresses for ITV. For example: The pink wedding dress for Becky Granger (Katherine Kelly) and Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford) from Coronation Street.

Besides making clothing for all ages, budgets, sizes, and occasions, I have been known to make cushion covers, curtains, bags, replacement covers for a 2 piece suit/sofa. I have even made a silk Tinkerbell corset and skirt for a fancy dress party.

In addition to the above I can perform alterations and customizing of almost anything.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements or to make an appointment to visit my workshop.”

She is based in Leeds so take a look if you’re interested in beautiful custom designed, handmade garments 🙂