Posted in Diary Entry, life update

Update: Back Again!

Hi everybody!

I am writing this on a rare day that I am not at work! ย Isn’t that fun? I thought I would give you a brief update before I head out to commence today’s long awaited chores. So, without further ado here’s where I’ve been and what you’ve got to look forward too on this blog.

I have been in Brighton from the 1st of August till the 8th and then from the 9th till the 13th have been non-stop working. My time has been equally taken up with evenings filled with seeing friends and watching live broadcasts from the RSC at our local cinema. As well, my dad’s birthday is coming up and I have decided to write a short story for him about the war.

So, as you can see I have had a lot on my plate. But here are some upcoming posts to look forward too.

  1. My time in Brighton, specifically visiting Virginia Woolf’s house and my experience there.
  2. A review on Dodie Smith’s ‘I Capture the Castle’ (I am super excited to talk about it).
  3. Another review on Titus Andronicus.
  4. My TBR list (University Reading List mainly).
  5. Daily updates on my shenanigans.
  6. Another review on Angela Carter’s ‘Nights at the Circus’ which I am currently a short way off finishing (I may have put it down after becoming a tad obsessed with Smith’s book).
  7. A review on Laura Marling’s music.
  8. How To Prep for University.

My focus for the last week or so has been on finishing off a journal of mine which was quite time consuming but great practice when it comes to writing. That’s all finished now (I wrote 43 pages in about two and a half days) so I feel very accomplished and can now spend a bit more time on this and my other blogs.

Anyway, I am already behind schedule so should crack on with getting to the bank.

Goodbye for now!

-E

 

Posted in music, reviews

Top 10 Songs to Start Off April

So I thought I would do a quick post just detailing the top ten songs that I’ve been listening to. With coursework, exams and print deadlines I think we all need a little something to cheer ourselves up with.

  1. Karmina- All the Kings Horses
  2. Lindsey Stirling- Love’s Just a Feeling
  3. Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
  4. Natasha Blume- Black Sea
  5. Olivier O’ Brien- Hate u Love u
  6. Eurielle- Hate Me
  7. Hey Violet- Brand New Moves
  8. You’re Welcome- Moana Soundtrack
  9. MIIA- Dynasty
  10. Ursine Vulpine ft. Annaca – Wicked Game

Have a fun little listen if you dare and I’ll chat more tomorrow!

-E xxx

Posted in film reviews

Amadeus Review- Mozart Was A Lad?

Vienna: the music capital of the world.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

-National Theatre Summary of Amadeus

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/amadeus

*Warning spoilers*

I went to the Savoy Cinema here in Nottingham the other day to watch a live broadcast of Amadeus. My friend Freya had been wanting to go and see it for a very long time and so me and our little Albion crew all decided to go and see it one night.

It’s kind of a thing we do- as well as with the alternative film society Dark Celluloid at UON every Sunday. Which reminds me that I have something else I want to review too.

I don’t really know what I was expecting. But upon arriving and seeing that we among the minority of old people: young people ratio it became clear that a lot of the older generation had gone to see it.

My vague impression would have been that it would be a rather stoic and professional play- something that I would come away from feeling a lot more cultured… as well as sleepy.

But that was nmozartot the case at all.

Instead I was hit with crude comedy, beautiful music numbers and poo jokes?

And lest I forget the love story, ups and downs, musical showdowns and generally an ecstatically upbeat performance!

I was taken aback at first by Mozart’s character in the play, completely the opposite to how I had imagined the historical figure. But Adam Gillen did a fantastic job, the amount of energy needed for his role was incredible.

I must also comment on the eccentric and amazing outfits. Seriously, Mozart’s clothes were aesthetic goals! And I picked up on the fact that the cast were pretty much all wearing DM’s throughout the performance.

So yes, it was a mishmash of the past and the present colliding all at once. Interestingly put across through the perspective Salieri whom in the documentary short that preceded the broadcast we are told the play was originally to be titled and who is mainly shaped around. In that sense the actors and the producers comment on the irony that even in a play centred on him, Mozart had still managed to steal the limelight.ย wow

Salieri (played byย Lucian Msamati) was also an intriguing character. He would literally do anything to stick in peoples memories music wise. Even if it meant breaking apart a musical genius just so that he could prevail.

I really liked the ending too, in a melancholy way. Peter Schaffer did a great job on really getting Salieri’s unrelenting character across- the audience is tricked into believing that after feeling remorseful for Mozart’s untimely death that he is done scheming. But oh no the greatest irony is seen in
the suicide scene at the end with his ploy being that he would claim to be Mozart’s murderer and retain eternal life as a historical figure.

Only problem? Nobody believes it and quite frankly nobody cares.

Anyway I give this performance 5 stars- and might even read the play and read up some more on the history surrounding Mozart. If so I will definitely do a follow up post.

Thank you as always for taking the time to read my humble thoughts,

Adieu,

E xxx

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This is an adequate picture to represent the play…
Posted in Diary Entry, life update

Boxing Day; Cousins, Realisations and A Lot of Trivia

Hi guys, just thought I’d have a little check in to let you know how my day’s been. I mean technically it’s the 27th now but oh well we can pretend right.

I have had a dawning realisation since being home in this town and that’s that I’ve grownwho-cares out of a lot of things. The things that were important to me before are not anymore – not in a bad sense but just that they don’t mean life or death to me anymore as they used to.

I can live without a lot of things, I even find myself turning down social interactions just so I can crack on with my writing (you must have noticed that I’ve been a lot more active on this blog). I used to care about the number of likes and views on my blog, now I just care about the therapeutic nature of writing and having a place where I can store my life and memories.

So, what have I done today?

My Auntie and cousins came down from Coventry to visit us for boxing day and to be
honest I was a little apprehensive about the idea due to all the work I have had to do. In the end I really enjoyed going down and messing around with them all. It was a lot of fun meeting my cousins new boyfriend, chatting about anime and me lecturing them both on WW2 and literature.

(They’re both about to do their GCSE’s you see)

And joking around with my Aunt and Uncle, and chasing my little 7 year old cousin around the house- although the little sod did accidentally kick me in the throat. My friend Freya would have been impressed with his karate moves aha!

And then my parents friends Helen and Alex joined us too and we chatted about books and university life. It was incredibly fun, and then my cousins et al left and we all played trivia. Danny (brother) got peed off that he didn’t know any of the answers though and went upstairs sulkily.

Funny boy.

So yeah that’s howboxing-day my days been thus far. After that, I headed upstairs, danced to some Bowie and did some linguistic work. I was going to crack on with my Hero and Leander poem but to be honest I want a whole day to invest into researching and writing that up. And I was in the mood to get some work done whilst listening to music (something I can only do when writing notes and not when I actually have to be paying attention).

But yes, this has been my day. I could probably get through another workshop for linguistics but I’m knackered and would much rather watch some netflix and drift to sleep.

Also, I might as well document that my emotions have been a roller coaster of late and I stayed up till three am last night writing angrily in my journal and listening to The Clash.

I truly am a strange one…

-E

xxx

P.S. ^^^ This is pretty much the only thing that comes up on Google Images when you type in Boxing Day gif…

 

Posted in Diary Entry

Good Morning! Or errr Afternoon rather ?

I am sitting here in bed typing this out yet still having a million other things that need doing. I guess I should actually start packing for university today… and I’ll admit I’m still worrying about money and my definite lack thereof.

Finding a job is my main cause for concern so I think I shall crack on with phoning up some places as soon as I can be bothered to get out of bed.

My room also needs a serious clean!

Okay back now, my room is semi clean, my periods come on so I feel like shite and I’ve rung up some job places and may have a job at DW Sport if I have any luck (which I probably don’t).

I’ve also already managed to have an awkward encounter. I went downstairs to use the bathroom which is right next to the front door and Danny came home with a girl.sonic

Now picture this, me in my dressing gown, my hair wet from the shower and because it’s short I look like sonic the hedgehog. So I had to very quietly flush the chain and sprint as soon as I heard them go upstairs.

Now I’m listening to The Lumineers – yes I know my last post was about them, but I seriously love them! And I’m about to go with Megan so that she can get her helix pierced.

So we are headed to Luton where I also hope to stop in at Tiger to buy a couple more folders for University.

Damn I wish these cramps would go.

Never mind- wish me luck on my job applications!

-E