Happy birthday Phil Collins!

Phil CollinsToday (30th January) is Phil Collins’ 65th birthday! I have been a big fan of Phil’s music, both his own and with Genesis, since I was small. While putting together a list of my favourite Phil Collins/Genesis songs, I realised that I liked 28 songs, so I created a playlist! 🙂

If you click on the little icon in the top left hand corner of the video box, it will show you all of the videos in the playlist, and you can choose what to listen to. Or just play the first video, and listen to them all in turn!

Happy birthday Phil, thank you for all of your amazing songs and performances over the years 🙂

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I’ve got a Liebster Award!

liebster-award-10Thank you so much to the lovely Vinnie for my Liebster Award! It’s always an honour to get an award from my blogging peers 🙂

The rules of the Liebster Award are, you answer the questions posed to you by the person who nominated you, you think up 11 questions and pose them to 11 of your chosen blogs. I have no idea why it’s 11 questions and blogs, but I’ve usually seen it to be 11. I like to read the answers to the questions other people have asked, it’s a great way to learn more about the people you follow and leads onto all kinds of conversations 🙂

So, here are the questions Vinnie posed to me:

1. What do you find most beneficial about being a blogger?
I actually wrote this answer after writing number 6 as I’d originally skipped it, so now I know that it gives me the opportunity to just chill out and read some amazing blog posts by clever and funny people 🙂

2. What are your views on nudism?
I used to live in Brighton and they have a nudist beach and it never bothered me. I think it’s great that there are nudist camps where nudists can just be themselves without worrying about complaints or the police trying to arrest them.

3. Have you ever gone to see a movie that you were too young to watch at the time?
No, I am so dull! I would never have dared try in case my mum found out. I’d have been for the high jump if she did!

4. If you could date a Hollywood star, who would it be?
Before I was happily married, I would have said Channing Tatum. I love Step Up, he’s so good in that.

5. If you were the supreme ruler of a country, what would be the first law you would pass?
That people had to be nicer/more helpful/more supportive/any positive trait really, or they’d be thrown in jail. I know that’s unrealistic as how would you even police that? There doesn’t need to be the amount of murders, burglaries, crimes, etc. that there are daily, it’s so sad to constantly read negative news in the, erm, news. I love blogs like Kindness Blog, they share the most inspirational stories, guaranteed to make you smile. And cry.

6. What do you consider to be the best thing about your blog?
Another hard question! I don’t really think about my blog. I think because I run so many other websites; for Michelle’s books, for the magazine, for events and attractions, this blog is my downtime blog, where I get to chat about what films I’ve seen, or music I like, or “it’s hug your cat day!” type posts! So I guess the best thing is, it helps me chill out after a crazy day at work before I start working on all of my other websites! Thanks Vinnie, I hadn’t thought of it like that before!

7. Do you believe in the supernatural or paranormal?
I do believe in the supernatural and paranormal. I had to look up what the difference was and I still don’t fully understand it. I have experienced things in the past I couldn’t explain away and I sometimes feel like I pick up ‘messages’ for people. I don’t exactly hear a ‘message’ as clearly as someone verbally delivering it, it’s a weird intuition. A lot of my ‘messages’ for people have come true, I have quite a high hit rate. I have no idea what it is though.

8. Where is your dream destination for a holiday?
Believe it or not, with all of the places we can travel to, it’s Brighton. I lived there for just over a year a long time ago, and of all of the places I have lived (I am now living in my 7th city), Brighton was hands down my ultimate favourite. It’s such a great place to live, there’s always something going on. I moved there in a very cold February, and even though it’s by the seaside, there was plenty going on. From eating freshly cooked doughnuts on the pier, to going to the aquarium, to going shopping in The Lanes and Churchill Square, Brighton is a great place for a holiday and if I ever won the lottery, I’d buy a house there in a second.

9. What is the first horror movie you recall viewing?
The People Under the Stairs (1991) when I was around 14. I had a small portable TV in my bedroom, and it was on Channel 4 as part of some horror season, it may have been around Halloween. I shouldn’t have watched it, it really freaked me out. I can’t even discuss the plot here. If you don’t know it, Google it, you’ll find out all about it! I also saw The Poseidon Adventure (1972) when I was about 7, but only the part after the water comes in. That actually gave me a lifelong phobia of boats and ferries!

10. If you had a magic power, what would it be?
To remove the calories from chocolate. That would be awesome!

11. And finally, what do you believe the future holds for you?
Wow, happy stuff, I hope. The last 6 years since Michelle got her brain injury in the car accident have been so hard, I really hope that our luck is turning. My magazine comes out in April so I’m hoping that people get behind it and spread the word. I’d love to do that, and the events website, full-time, so you never know!

Thanks for those great questions Vinnie, I had fun answering them.

Now it’s time for me to nominate 11 great blogs (though I could only choose 8!):
Nanny Cool
Abbi Osbiston
Cinema Parrot Disco
Mr Rumsey’s Film Related Musings
Nostalgia Pie
Beetleypete
Squibb Vicious
Steve Says…

My questions for the lucky 8 who choose to accept my challenge are below:

1. Which film do you think everybody should see, and why?
2. If money were no object, what would you do with your time?
3. Do you have any funny responses when you receive spam phonecalls?
4. Is there any animal that you’d like as a pet, but can’t because they’re not really ‘in the house’ pets?
5. If a film was being made about your life, what would they call it and who would you want to play you?
6. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
7. What was your favourite place that you’ve ever been?
8. What’s your favourite quote?
9. What was the first record/cassette/CD/download single you ever bought?
10. What do you love most about where you live?
11. What made you start blogging?

So, I hope you enjoyed my blog post and good luck to my nominees!

My latest knitting project

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Baby bootie 230116b

As well as currently knitting a blanket for my auntie, I am also going to be knitting baby booties. I don’t have any exciting pregnancy news, I’m knitting them to be included in packs that go to hospitals and families where babies were born too soon. I enjoy knitting and it’s the least I can do. This is my first bootie and was knitted in rainbow wool as a prototype, but the actual booties will be white wool.

I’m knitting them for a branch of ‘Angel Wings Forever Dressed in Love’. They provide clothes, gowns, bonnets, nappies, shawls, blankets and teddy’s made from donated wedding dresses for babies gone too soon. You can find out more about their amazing work here: https://www.facebook.com/Foreverdressedinlove

I’m starting my own online digital magazine!

Calling all independents
As much as celebrities can be interesting, I always found the people I follow online to be much more engaging. I’ve had the idea of starting my own online digital magazine for a while now, and I’m finally on my way! It will be a quarterly magazine and will cover different things each issue. It is called ‘Merryn’ because I think everyone needs a little joy in their life and Merryn means “joyful” in Cornish 🙂

The mission statement is to:
* to champion those independent businesses and individuals who need the support
* to feature interesting people with a different story to tell
* to feature those people who are of the “pay it forward” belief

Right now, I’m looking for people to include in issue 1, which is due out in April. So if you know anyone who is in the UK you think have a great story to tell, they can sign up at the website: http://merrynmagazine.com/

I’m looking to feature all kinds of independent people
* retailers
* artists
* writers/authors
* comedians
* musicians
* photographers
* film-makers
* theatre groups
* sports groups
* crafters
* makers or creators

So, please spread the word! Thank you 🙂 xx

An early end to #365Project

So, I managed to get 6 days into January and the #365Project before I realised that I can’t keep this particular project up. We don’t tend to go out anywhere at the moment, so I don’t really have that much to photograph. Plus, I market Michelle’s books and I’m organising my digital online magazine, which I’ll blog about in my next post, so that takes a lot of my time up. I think I’m going to keep the ethos of the project going, i.e. trying to take pictures of things that interest me and including them on my Instagram account (my account name is jennyontheyacht if you wanted to follow me there) but for now, I’ll no longer be putting myself under pressure to have an interesting picture to blog every day. Life’s too short to put yourself under social media pressure.

RIP David Bowie

This morning started just like any other, except it was no ordinary morning. I got to work, checked the BBC News app on my phone while my PC booted up, and couldn’t believe it when I saw that David Bowie had died. I mean, just, how? Why??! Such a terrible thing to have happened to such a fantastically talented man. Absolute Radio played David Bowie songs from 9am – 10am, and I’d just about kept it together, until the start of this song. We can be heroes, just for one day. RIP David, thank you for the years of happiness and entertainment you gave us x

“Heroes”

I, I wish you could swim
Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim
Though nothing, nothing will keep us together
We can beat them, for ever and ever
Oh we can be heroes, just for one day

I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can be heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day

I, I can remember (I remember)
Standing, by the wall (by the wall)
And the guns shot above our heads (over our heads)
And we kissed, as though nothing could fall (nothing could fall)
And the shame was on the other side
Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever
Then we could be heroes, just for one day

We can be heroes
We can be heroes
We can be heroes
Just for one day

#365Project #Day6: Garstang Museum, Liverpool

Day 6 - Museum

Myself and Michelle had to pop to Sydney Jones Library in Liverpool city centre as our library cards had run out and we needed to renew (we’ll be going there soon as Michelle needs research books as the next book that she’s writing is The Undead: Book Three, Asia; the third book in our zombie series). I noticed a sign on the building opposite the library for Garstang Museum of Archaeology, which we’d never heard of. It’s only open on Wednesdays but I’m hoping that we can pop in in the future!

#365Project #Day5: The Big Brother lift game

Day 5 - lift
One way to fun up a journey in a lift is to play the Big Brother game. Pretend when you get in the lift that you’ve won Big Brother, and when the lift doors open, ask yourself: are the crowd booing or cheering?

#365Project #Day4: I’m on the road again. Okay, it’s a treadmill

Day 4 - treadmill

Welcome to day 4 of the 365 Project*. It’s been aaaaaages since I’ve been on the treadmill, but I thought with Christmas over, it was time to work off some of the damage caused by Stollen bites and Quality Street. I walk for an hour on the treadmill, at a heady 2.2 miles per hour but I’m hoping to get faster! I’ve got 4 stones 7 lbs to lose, which I’m hoping to do by the end of this year. That’s 63lbs, which is only 1.2lbs a week, which is totally do-able! By the way, the dark patches in my shoes are just shadows as the light wasn’t brilliant!

* This post was written on Sunday 10th January, which is day 10, as I’m slightly behind with posting!

January 2016 film releases that I want to see

I’ve been checking out up and coming films, and there are quite a few that I fancy watching 🙂

The Hateful Eight
UK release date: 8th January 2016

Synopsis: In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters (via IMDb)
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Room
UK release date: 15th January 2016

Synopsis: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery (via IMDb)
Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers

Breakdown
UK release date: 15th January 2016

Synopsis: A professional contract killer, haunted by visions of his violent past, spirals out of control. His work compromised as he reaches breaking point, he is forced to defend his family from his ruthless employers (via IMDb)
Stars: Craig Fairbrass, Emmett J Scanlan, James Cosmo

The 5th Wave
UK release date: 22nd January 2016
Synopsis: Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother (via IMDb)

Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber

These Final Hours
UK release date: 22 January 2016
Synopsis: A self-obsessed young man makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth, but ends up saving the life of a little girl searching for her father. Their relationship ultimately leads him on the path to redemption (via IMDb)

Stars: Jessica De Gouw, Nathan Phillips, David Field

Dirty Grandpa
UK release date: 25th January 2016
Synopsis: Right before his wedding, an uptight guy is tricked into driving his grandfather, a perverted former Army general, to Florida for spring break (via IMDb)

Stars: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Julianne Hough, Zoey Deutch

Lazer Team
UK release date: 27th January 2016
Synopsis: Residents of earth receive a coded message from outer space telling them that they are not alone and the galaxy is a dangerous place (via IMDb)

Stars: Irina Voronina, Alan Ritchson, Alexandria DeBerry

Youth
UK release date: 29th January 2016
Synopsis: A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday (via IMDb)

Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz

The 33
UK release date: 29th January 2016
Synopsis: Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days (via IMDb)
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche

Backtrack
UK release date: 29th January 2016
Synopsis: Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts (via IMDb)
Stars: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Bruce Spence