Television

The League Returns

Hello, hello what’s going on? What’s all this shouting? We’ll have no trouble here!

You must have heard the local news by now – we’re going straight back to Royston Vasey later on this year! (Did we ever leave, that’s the question).

The BBC have confirmed the return of much-loved dark sitcom The League of Gentlemen, frontlined by Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, with Jeremy Dyson completing the foursome from behind the camera.

In terms of being part of the fandom, I’m fairly new to the game considering it’s approaching its 20th anniversary. I absolutely binged it earlier this year after discovering it was the same writers of the beautifully twisted Inside No. 9, a show I had fallen in love with since watching an episode at uni.

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For whatever reason at the time, I had felt myself become disenfranchised with script writing, but both Inside and League reignited that little flame inside of me. Not only did I want to watch them all the time, but I also wanted to know where the ideas came from, how they grew, how they were worked and stretched. I wanted to know everything, so I watched every single video and read every article I could find… I became thoroughly engrossed in Royston Vasey and the masterminds behind it.

We’re expecting three special episodes to be aired this year, and that’s all the information that’s been released so far. How exciting!

If you haven’t watched The League of Gentlemen, you can stream it on Netflix or get the DVD from the usual places like Amazon and HMV – it’s as simple as Mickey. I can’t recommend it enough, and surely as someone who’s seen each episode upwards of 10 times, that’s a good enough endorsement for you?

Just bear in mind that once you arrive at Royston Vasey, you’ll never leave…

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Film, Life Experience

One for the History Books…

Sunday 20th August is going down in history as one of the greatest days of my life, and I know this already because it will be the day that I finally pick up my very first, very own, not-very-new car!

I passed my test in mid-July after taking double lessons every week for 6 months and since then I’ve been driving my Dad’s car to and from my Nana’s, to the shops, to see friends and to pick up my sister from work – nothing too exciting unfortunately. BUT the point is that I am driving after being desperate to for years.

The independence you get from driving is incredible, there’s nothing else like it, especially when you’ve relied on England’s horrendous public transport every day, or have had to beg for lifts when the usually buses fail. It feels like something people take for granted, but I’m still amazed that I can literally hop in the car and go wherever I want, whenever I want.

I feel that a lot of people do actually take driving for granted, and see it as a right more than a privilege, which is a shame. I’m sure you know that when you’re a learner, you experience a lot of aggression from people who might be annoyed that you’re going as fast as the speed limit, or get frustrated if you stall the car, somehow forgetting that they were also a learner driver once.

Since passing, I’ve had a green P plate fixed to the back of the car which I’d like to think creates a bit of a bubble around me (it doesn’t); but in theory it serves as a warning to people that I’m still finding my feet with driving a car on my own without the observations of an instructor. However, it by no means curbs any aggression from people. Sometimes, it actually makes it worse, but getting a thicker skin while driving is something that I’m definitely working on each time I’m on the road.

Back to the excitement however, all that aside, by Sunday evening I will be the proud owner of a little A-B, runaround vehicle, my very own bright blue four wheels! I can’t wait, I can’t physically wait. Please do anticipate a myriad of photos when I have him (he’s called Marty)! Ah!

P.S. It’s not a DeLorean unfortunately…

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Writing

Pink Carnations

Not a single call, note or text
Just a missing set of keys
Gone at a quarter past 12
When you thought I wouldn’t see

It became a frequent occurrence
For you to disappear,
Vanish without a goodbye
Into the cold night air

Where would you go,
To the shop, or the pub? And then
I realised you were cheating, darling
You just couldn’t cover it up

Around 5 you’d come back
Believing I was asleep
Slinking under the covers
Before the alarm started to beep

It was driving me insane
The daily distance in your eyes
Love gone, and purely absent
Replaced with tired, empty sighs

You thought you were clever
But I found out her name
If only you were smarter
Honey, you’re not, what a shame

Now the wondering is gone
And I can sleep without pretending
I feel relief now, my love
The constant stress finally ending

It’s much better now that
I always know your location
Since I buried you next to her
Right underneath our pink carnations

From: Creative Writing

Film, Film and the Female

Film & the Female: Womanly Wisdom

From my other blog, Film & the Female

Our beloved ladies of the silver screen are nothing without the genius writers behind them, so I’ve compiled a list of some of the best, kick-ass, inspirational, and uplifiting quotes from my favourite female characters across the years:

Female Character Quotes

Let me know of your favourite women and their fantastic lines!

Writing

New Story: A Change of City

New bit of flash fiction added to the site today! Inspired by my favourite band’s song A Change of Heart, it’s a small piece about being in the very moment of a break-up.

I could see the desperation in her eyes but her lips remained sealed. Her expression revealed everything, but she would never admit it. She would never admit when she was hurt, when I was hurting her.

Minutes dragged by as I watched her hold in tears. “Is there someone else?” Her sweet anger made me smile internally, and I was careful not to show it on my face.

“There is always someone else,” I explained, unsure how….[read more]

Life Experience

This 14th February, treat yo self

I always liked Valentine’s Day, the romance, the cutesy-ness, the flowers. Love is in the air, as they say at the end of Strictly Ballroom the Musical (my latest obsession).

And a few weeks ago the thought occurred to me that I’ll be single this Valentine’s Day for the first time in a few years. For about 0.5 seconds I felt sad, but then I remembered that the last few years haven’t been the most romantic experiences. In recent times I’ve bought my own flowers after being told I didn’t need any; a sweet aquarium trip meant for 2 turned into a busy group outing; and I’ve heard the actual words, “I’m going to let go of your hand before we go in so we don’t look like a couple.” That last one is my favourite.

If you’re single and think you’re going to be miserable around this Valentine’s period, take it as a day to treat yo self. Love yourself, and why not? Here are a few things that I think will guarantee a super time spent in your own company away from the faff of couples fighting for romantic restaurant tables:

  1. Clear at least an evening of any plans or work
  2. Line up a few of your favourite and most-loved films or TV shows
  3. Get in your favourite food, whether that’s something you love to cook, or ordering from the Chinese takeaway down the road
  4. Add some snacks to your shopping list – my favourites are cookies, shortbread, Magic Stars, Galaxy chocolate and Kettle Chips (maybe not all at once!)
  5. If you drink and, like me, love a good rose, get in some of your favourite alcohol that you wouldn’t normally have during the week

These are actually my plans for the day – absolute and pure relaxation. I might add in a facemask and new PJs somewhere…

This Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided that I’m going to get the most love ever, from me. I’m going to treat myself to some pretty daffodils and have a day where I can just be. Being single is definitely better than being unhappy, 100%.

You’re the best person that you know, so spend the 14th of February taking care of number 1, you deserve it!

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Misc.

7 Years!

It’s 7 years since I registered with WordPress and started this whole journey. I can’t even think what I was up to 7 years ago, when I was a stupid little 17 year old.

I will have been at sixth form, studying Media, English etc at my school and I was probably with my first boyfriend at the time…gross.

According to Timehop, I tweeted “I feel like shit…oh..what’s new?” because I was so cryptic and borderline emo back then. I remember having the most ridiculous bob haircut which absolutely did not suit me no matter what my mum kept telling me so it’s no wonder I was feeling like shit. I used to wear nothing but plaid shirts and jeans, with knock-off Converse.

Okay, stop, stop, I don’t think I can talk about the embarrassing pre-18 year old that I was when I used to proclaim that I would never drink alcohol – hilarious – or that I would be with that boyfriend for the rest of my life – let’s not go there please.

I can’t wait to see where I am when my WordPress anniversary comes around next year. 2016 has been a barrel of utter shite, and hopefully 2017 will be a delightful improvement.

Misc., Uncategorized

New Blog Theme

This whole year has forced me to embrace ‘the new Brittany’, so doesn’t it seem fitting that I should include a new blog theme in that process?

Aye!

Totally different to anything I’ve ever had before, I’ve now got a massive header featuring a giant selfie of yours truly, and a couple of free stock photos that pretty up the rest of my bad quality pics.

ENJOY, and I promise, I seriously PROMISE to write more, I swear. (I’ll try).

B x

Misc.

Do It Yourself

On a sunny day in October, I packed up my room in York and escaped back to Leeds. Five years in the historic town definitely served me well but for one reason or another aka boys, it was absolutely time for me to go.

Moving back in with your parents is never easy, even when you get on as well as I do with mine. However, the turbulent teenage years are far behind us and at 23 (now 24) I had no worries about coming back home.

There’s always a sense of failure when you have to go home, even if it’s straight after uni. When you’ve lived for so long independently and all of a sudden you have to live under someone’s rules, go back to a single bed and sacrifice your personalised TV schedule.

Not only that, but if you haven’t lived in your old bedroom for a good few years, chances are the decor is not exactly to your current tastes…as was the case for me. I decided before I even stepped through the door that I was going to change it. The lilac flowers and mauve wooden dado rail had to go.

Step 1: Choose a wallpaper. This was far harder than it should have been, but it seems that wallpaper just isn’t the decoration of choice anymore. Options were limited and I almost considered just painting the whole thing. A huge DIY shop in town, however provided me with this gorgeous owl paper. I can’t get enough of it.

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Beautiful, right?

I love how light and bright it is, and it has really warmed up my room (not that it needed extra heat, but it certainly feels more homely.

Here are a series of pictures showing the (tiny) room going from a 13 year old’s lilac hue to a sophisticated single 24 year old’s room. Holy shit, I’m 24. Still can’t get over that.

Misc.

DIY Project Owls

For the last week me and the parents have been stripping wallpaper, painting and pasting. We’re redecorating my preteen bedroom and I’m so excited to share it with you! When it’s done, I’m going to write a nice big post with the progress that we’ve made with lots of photos.

Here is one of me looking super professional to give you an idea of what’s to come.

Love!