Sunday, 19 October 2014

Talking Politics With The BBC

There were lights, cameras and lots of action on Monday 13th October; I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to contribute in an interview/discussion concerning the concept of English votes for English people following the Scottish Referendum. I say 'interview' (which is what I presumed it would be) but I was excited to learn that the lovely Marion Roe (a BBC news producer) and a great BBC correspondent were organising a series of, albeit short, mini documentaries for the 6pm and 10pm news. This particular 'episode' took place in Winchester's Great Hall - a building with a great historic background and a beautifully archaic aura to match. 
I arrived early and introduced myself to the very important, but very friendly, BBC employees. 
After being given a brief but informative background of the specific details behind the question 'What do you make of English votes for English people?' we were placed at a decorative table that replicated a very English medieval banquet - complete with fruit, candles and medieval wine goblets...
With several camera men standing directly in front of us, I was slightly nervous but even more excited to begin! The debate was almost like a simpler, friendly and more relaxed version of BBC's Question Time, with fewer people and a calmer atmosphere. 

I can't say too much about it before it airs on tv but I'm so grateful to have been involved in such an exciting production!



Friday, 10 October 2014

Fringeworthy?

What better way to determine whether a new hairstyle will suit you or not than to fake it, rather than make a lifetime (or, a few months...) commitment!  I bought a clip in fringe online for £1.99 as opposed to spending £35 for instant regret. It was described as 'dark brown' and I had anticipated that it would be an entirely different colour to my natural hair colour but surprisingly, it was an exact match! Amazon have a great selection of 'winges' (a wig fringe) if you're not brave enough to chop a real one! 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Cups of Tea and TV

It's officially two and a half months until Christmas, aka, the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. And everyone knows one of the best things about cold winter days is the fact you can spend an entire day inside watching films and drinking hot chocolate without feeling guilty. I've decided to write about some of my all time favourite films to keep you busy during the winter months. 

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Bueller...Bueller...Bueller...This is one of my favourite films and I've watched it a million times! Nothing makes me happier than seeing Ferris lip sync all the words to 'Twist and Shout'. This is a classic and if you haven't seen it yet then where have you been and what have you been doing?

With the exception of Ferris and his day off, I love love love British films. I LOVE them. There's something really lovely about films set in London and hearing British accents! 

Love Actually 
This one is a clear winner, I don't think it needs much of an explanation. This is the film everybody watches during the lead up to Christmas. 

About Time

I cannot recommend this film enough. It' one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen and had me crying at points that probably weren't expectant of a few tears. What I love about it is that some of the locations used within the film are places that can be visited in real life! This means I could go to the actual restaurant where the actual actors actually go to actually film the actual scene. Actual.

Notting Hill

Hugh Grant is a splendid actor and wows in any film he stars in. In this film he plays quite a vulnerable character who falls in love with the beautiful Julia Roberts. Who recognises the phrase 'I'm also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her'? Hugh Grant, or Will, is hesitant to fall in love because he knows of the devastating consequences of heartbreak. But does he take a risk? After all, love is the one thing we all seek. 

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Richard Curtis is undoubtedly the ultimate screenwriter. He has produced some of the most amazing films - including Four Weddings and a Funeral. This film is one of the funniest films and I love how the combination of a male British character alongside an American actress works so brilliantly, just like the characters in About Time and Notting Hill.