Song Of The Day: Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth

It’s Julian Cope’s birthday today (he’s 56!) and I have just listened to World Shut Your Mouth about 7 times on a loop. It’s one of my all time faves from 1986 when I was around 8 years old but already really into music (I had a cassette-playing boombox in my bedroom, get me!).

Film Review Friday: The Groomsmen (2006)

Starring: Brittany Murphy, Edward Burns, Matthew Lillard, John Leguizamo, Donal Logue, Heather Burns
Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
Rating: 15
LoveFilm synopsis: A groom and his four groomsmen have a series of misadventures in the week before his wedding. Grappling with growing up and the responsibilities that come with it, this group of thirty-something men realise they can’t be adolescents forever.

My verdict: I love a good romantic comedy and this one didn’t let me down. The cast seemed to have a good chemistry and were really believable as friends. The sight of Matthew Lillard with his shirt off made me laugh!

A note to my younger self

If I could write this note, time travel, and leave it somewhere that my younger self would find it, I SO WOULD! Turning 35 next month has left me somewhat reflective about where did my life go? Like, how am I 35 in November??!! Crazyness. Anyway, I wanted to write myself a note, and maybe a younger Jenny in internet-land will see it, and it will help them. I couldn’t fix me, maybe I can fix them. Nothing like a cathartic blog post, eh?

So, what would my note say?

1. No matter how poor you get, don’t sell your stuff on eBay or at car boot sales, as that stuff is important to you now, and believe me, you will be ruing the day you got rid of them. That 7″ Take That single they signed before they were massive? Where is it now, younger Jenny? What the **** did you do with it? Gah. Also, you should NEVER have left that queue to meet Take That when you were 12. You’d already queued for an hour! So what if your friend Vicky wouldn’t queue anymore and left for the bus home, you should have stayed. Rookie mistake.

2. In relation to above, be better with money. Just because you suddenly have some, don’t go ker-razy and spend it on tat. You’ll need that money for say food, rent, etc. This see-sawing of affluence and gutter-bound will continue for many years, so maybe learn the basics of saving early on, eh?

3. Also connected to #1, don’t lose all the photos you had of concerts you went to, like Party In The Park when Let Loose waved to you from their van and you felt like the world had stood still for a moment. We all know what Blue and people like that look like now but there was no Twitter, Facebook, etc when these concerts took place, and maybe people who also attended, or are your age, would like to see those photos of a moment in time in a fit of retro flashbackness.

And most importantly:

4. You will always try to fix everyone and everything. You cannot avoid this one. You were born this way so I’d just get used to it early on. Sometimes that urge to be a ‘vet’ or ‘miracle worker’ will lead you into strange situations. Yeah, try and avoid them. You will always have strange OCD and only be able to tidy a room starting at the doorway and working clockwise. It helps you to see what you’ve done so far, rather than scatter-gunning, so that’s a useful one.

I guess you’ve already figured that fate leads you. Continue to believe that, because it’s true. Try and be happy, life will work itself out. Even though you have to wait thirty long, stressful years, your knight in shining armour will ride up on his white charger and rescue you, and believe it or not, you will live happily ever after, because he really is the most amazing, wonderful man you could ever meet and hope to marry. Which you do, when you’re the ripe old age of 31. The best things in life are worth the wait, and Michael proves that.

So, I hope that you get to read this, younger Jenny, and that you’re the happy me I am today when you’re 34. Because, despite what you’ve always thought, you’re actually alright.

Song Of The Day: Rudimental – Waiting All Night ft. Ella Eyre

I think I’m on replay number 5 now. Love it! It’s such an inspirational video. No matter how bad things get, never give up!

The YouTube info says, “The official video for ‘Waiting All Night’ is the inspirational true life-story of San Francisco born BMX champion and actor – Kurt Yaeger, who became an amputee after an accident in 2006. All the characters in the clip are pro bmx’ers and the real friends of Kurt.”

Film Review Friday: Hansel and Gretel – Witch Hunters (2012)

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes
Rating: 15
LoveFilm synopsis: 15 years after their traumatic gingerbread-house incident, siblings Hansel and Gretel have become a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.

My verdict: I had heard so many good things about this film so I was glad when it arrived from LoveFilm. I must admit that this is the first film I have seen Jeremy Renner in and I only knew Gemma Arterton from the St. Trinian’s films. I really enjoyed it, and even though it’s a comedy horror, the horror bits weren’t too gruesome but the comedy was often and very funny. Famke Janssen was beautiful and scary (depending on which face you were looking at) and Peter Stormare was hilarious as Sheriff Berringer. I would recommend this film and I am looking forward to watching the sequel when it comes out.

I have a new blog!

I have always enjoyed being touristy and visiting places, and once I met Michael that enjoyment grew as we would go places together. But then his car accident and brain injury put a stop to all that and left us unable to visit anywhere because the noise of crowds, new sights, bright colours etc put too much of a load on his brain cognitively, and he would become ‘full’ in his head and need a nap. All of the new data would just be too much for him to deal with, so eventually we decided to stop going anywhere to give him the best quality of life.

We are hoping that in time he’ll be able to cope with places again as it’s been 4 years now since his brain injury and I know that people with brain injuries can still be improving years later. With this in mind, and also because I miss going to places and being all touristy, I decided to start a new blog: Each blog post will feature an upcoming, or already ongoing, event in the UK and I will also tweet about it on my Twitter accounts: @JennyPughUK and also @WhatsOnWhereUK. If even one person pops along to an event because they read my blog post, or saw my tweet, that would make me very happy indeed 😀

Sultana Flapjacks

Michael decided to make some flapjacks recently but didn’t believe that you needed butter or golden syrup to do this. He devised the below recipe, and I have to say: they are gorgeous, and so easy to make, that even I could make them if I wanted to, but I think they’d be much tastier if Michael carried on making them 😀

Sultana Flapjacks
Makes 18

600g porridge oats

600g semi skimmed milk
200g sugar
200g sultanas

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and then place the mixture into 2 square baking tins (ours are 8″ by 8″).
3. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes in the middle of the oven.
4. Turn the flapjacks out onto a wire tray to cool.
5. Once cool, cut them into 9 per tray (3 by 3).

Et voila!

Though I said to cut them once cooled, no-one here can actually wait that long, so we cut ours first and eat them hot!

Enjoy! 😀

Film Review Friday: The Stroller Plan (2012)

Starring: Raphael Personnaz, Julie Ferrier, Charlotte Le Bon
Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
Rating: 12
LoveFilm synopsis: A lighthearted romantic comedy centered on one modern man’s reckless plan… Thomas gets dumped by his girlfriend Marie, because he’s unable to commit. But a year later, Thomas still can’t get over her. When he finds himself with a baby on his hands, he decides to use the child in an attempt to win back the girl of his dreams.

My verdict: This is a French film with English subtitles and is available to watch on LoveFilm Instant. It was a really funny film with quite a few watching through your fingers cringe moments. Thomas is so likeable that you’re championing his cause to win Marie back from the start. Baby Leo, who he has to look after for his sick neighbour, is so cute that he almost made me broody! I would recommend this film to everyone as it was so enjoyable 🙂

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars.