Happy birthday Amanda Marshall!

I’m a big fan of Amanda Marshall and it’s such a shame that she’s not more well known in the UK. One of my favourite albums is her debut album, Amanda Marshall. Amanda is a Canadian pop-rock singer. She signed to Epic Records in 1994 and Amanda Marshall came out in 1995. It reached number 4 in the Canadian album charts, but only number 47 in the UK. To celebrate it being Amanda’s 42nd birthday today, below are some of my favourite Amanda songs 🙂

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Craft ideas I can’t wait to get stuck into

I have been a craft fan as long as I can remember but life has a habit of getting in the way of hobbies, and before you know it, you haven’t crafted anything in aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages. I have found a few ideas online that I’m so excited to try so I thought I’d share them with you!


Leopard hot air balloons
 via Craft Schmaft


Cool Lamp Shade Ideas
 via Kids Kubby


Lantern DIY via Splash Of Something


How to Make a Yarn Wrapped Ombre Monogrammed Letter
 via CatchMyParty


Mini Snow Globe Ornament
 via NoBiggie

Liverpool Pirate Festival At The Albert Dock 12th & 13th September

This looks awesome!

Liverpool Noise

The annual Liverpool Pirate Festival at Albert Dock returns with two days of spectacular, swashbuckling fun for all the family on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September.

Running from 11am-5pm daily, come along dressed like a scurvy sea-dog and get into the spirit of the day.

There will be sword fighting, musketry and cannon fire, shanties and storytelling, free face painting and activity workshops, plus a spectacular ship-to-ship pirate battle across Albert Dock.

Discover how people lived in the days when pirate terrorised the high seas. Come aboard the pirate brigantine Zebu and learn the amazing true stories behind some of the real life pirates from legend.

Join the children’s pirate parade and march under the pirate banner and don’t forget to enjoy the range of offers and deals at venues all around Albert Dock.

For More Info Check The Official Facebook & Twitter Pages.

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Song Of The Day: John Otway – Bunsen Burner

I’m currently in the process of listening to every song on my iPod at work, in alphabetical order of song title, which means it’s like a gigantic jukebox with over 5,000 songs in total, but also means that you get to hear cover versions and original songs back to back, which is both a good and a bad thing.

There are times I question why a song is on the iPod as it’s chock-full of both mine and Michael’s songs, and usually I blame Michael if a song is random and rubbish. Today, while innocently ploughing through my to-do list, the below song came on and blew my mind. I don’t remember it being released in 2002, especially as it got to number 9 in the charts. It’s just fabulous. If you haven’t heard it, I highly recommend watching the video below, the live Top Of The Pops version is simply genius.

Film Review: They Came Together (2014)


Starring
: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Ellie Kemper, Cobie Smulders
IMDb synopsis: A small business owner is about to lose her shop to a major corporate development.
(Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2398249/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

My verdict: Wow. I spent much of the film shouting “no!” in various levels of pitch and I kind of felt like I wanted to watch this through my fingers.

We recently watched the Michael Showalter/David Wain genius that is Wet Hot American Summer, and having loved it so as we had, we decided to watch They Came Together next, which is also a Showalter/Wain film. Paul Rudd plays Joel, a ‘corporate drone’ who works for a big sweet manufacturer, and Amy Poehler plays Molly, who runs a small independent sweetshop. One night, Joel and Molly are having dinner with Kyle (Bill Hader) and Karen (Ellie Kemper) and the discussion of how Joel and Molly met comes up. The film is basically them telling Kyle and Karen the rollercoaster story that is their life. It’s juat hilarious. And hard to watch. And cringe-worthy. Because basically, this film is a spoof of pretty much any rom-com, chick flick, romantically clichéd film you may have seen. Nothing is sacred; the scene with Joel and his Bubby made me actually shout, “noooooooooooo!” at the screen. As Lt. Joe Kenda says, ‘my, my, my’.

If you go to watch this, knowing it’s a spoof, you can’t go wrong. Reviews where people are complaining because it’s too silly, or they “don’t get it”, well, I don’t understand them because I loved it. But then, I loved Wet Hot American Summer too, and it’s just as epic.

Rating: 5 out of 5

As I love to quote from Travis from Clueless,

‘Water’ way to spend your birthday

Some people like to celebrate their birthdays. Others like to retreat back into their caves of denial about their next milestone. If you’d like to help others on your special day, there’s a very special way that you can. You can pledge your birthday and help change someone’s life forever.

Take a look at the video below, it will explain everything 🙂

Wet Hot American Summer

WHAS

I’d recently seen adverts for the Wet Hot American Summer series, so I looked it up on Netflix. I hadn’t realised that there was a film before the series, so recently me and Michael had a bit of a WHAS Netflix marathon! (If you click on the image above, it’ll take you straight to the Netflix page with all 3 listed – how good to you, am I, eh?!)

First up, Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – the film
You need to watch the film first. It stars a whole host of big names, with quite a few of them crediting WHAS as their first feature film (Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Elizabeth Banks). The rest of the cast includes Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth and A.D. Miles. I tried to write a synopsis, but then I realised that Wikipedia had already created a great one, so here it is:

In 1981, Camp Firewood, a summer camp located near Waterville, Maine, is preparing for its last day of camp. Counselors have one last chance to have a romantic encounter with another person at Camp Firewood. The summer culminates in a talent show.

Beth (Janeane Garofalo), the camp director, struggles to keep her counselors in order – and her campers alive – while falling in love with Henry (David Hyde Pierce), an astrophysics associate professor at Colby College. Henry has to devise a plan to save the camp from a piece of NASA’s Skylab, which is falling to Earth.

Coop (Michael Showalter) has a crush on Katie (Marguerite Moreau), his fellow counselor, but has to pry her away from her rebellious, obnoxious, and obviously unfaithful boyfriend, Andy (Paul Rudd). Only Gene (Christopher Meloni), the shell-shocked Vietnam war veteran and camp chef, can help Coop win Katie—with some help from a talking can of vegetables (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin).

All the while, Gary (A.D. Miles), Gene’s unfortunately chosen apprentice, and J.J. (Zak Orth) attempt to figure out why McKinley (Michael Ian Black) hasn’t been with a woman, the reason being that McKinley is in love with Ben (Bradley Cooper), whom he marries in a ceremony by the lake; Victor (Ken Marino) attempts to lose his virginity with the resident loose-girl Abby (Marisa Ryan); and Susie (Amy Poehler) and Ben attempt to produce and choreograph the greatest talent show Camp Firewood has ever seen.
It really is a funny film, and I highly recommend you watch it!
Watching time: 1h 37 minutes

Then, there’s the series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
This eight-episode Netflix series is a prequel to the original film, and so really I would recommend watching the film first. The series is set on the first day of camp, and so (if you’ve watched the film first), a lot of things will start to make sense. Like, how did Gail end up with Ron? How did Katie get to together with Andy? Why is there a talking tin can in the film? All these answers, and more! As well as all of the original cast, there are a number of famous faces who pop up: Chris Pine, John Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Josh Charles, Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Jayma Mays and even “Weird Al” Yankovic.
Watching time: There are 8 episodes at around 30 minutes each so let’s call it 4 hours

Then, there’s the making of Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot
This is a behind the scenes view of the making of the 2001 film, when Michael Showalter (one of the writers) and David Wain (the other writer and director) try to make a film set on one sunny day in camp, when in fact the elements are against them and they had nothing but driving rain and muddy conditions. After watching the film and the series, it is a perfect way to round off your Netflix binge watch.

Watching time: 1h 4 minutes

Total watching time: 6h 41 minutes

All totally worth it 🙂

On this day: that cover photo on Abbey Road

On this day, 8th August, in 1969, photographer Iain Macmillan took a photo at a zebra crossing in London that went on to become the cover image of the Beatles album Abbey Road. It’s such an iconic photo and is great to see what London looked like back then.

You can actually watch the crossing on a webcam and people are always trying to recreate the scene, but the traffic is so busy. I can imagine that it’s both a great place to visit and an annoying place to drive if you just have to take that route!

http://www.abbeyroad.com/Crossing