Game of Thrones. Can you not?

Just going to put this out there…I LOVE GAME OF THRONES!! However there are bits of the book (and therefore the TV series) which really annoy me.

1. Glamorising Rape and Prostitution 

sex sex sex.

GoT is basically porn at times. But what gets on my tits is when rape is talked about openly on the show as if it is just normal day-to-say living for them. That’s NOT a good message to be putting out there, because believe it or not, some people are absolutely stupid and will do anything a TV show says! Some people actually think soaps are real life events…yes those people exist.

Also I feel that all the sex doesn’t contribute to the story, personally I’d rather see more dragons.

2. The spelling of people’s names!! (maybe it’s just me)

This doesn’t go for every character, but more often than not in the book a character has a name I have never seen or heard of before. Therefore it sounds different in my head to how it is actually supposed to sound. Such as Jaqen, Myrcella, Pyat, Tyrion, and Ygritte. When epically confuses me when I watch it on TV cause I’ve got the pronunciation wayyyy off.

3. Accents.

Yeah sure Eddard Stark, Jon Snow, Robb Stark and Catelyn Stark have Yorkshire accents, or at least try; actually because Sean Bean can’t do any accent other than his own! But Arya and Sansa don’t sound northern at all is it just me? Personally I would have thought that is you give a house an accent, you stick to it! Perhaps this is more annoying for English viewers as apparently American’s cannot tell a northern/ southern accent apart.

Please let me know if any of the above annoy you too! And also tell me what you like/dislike about GoT.

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My top 10 current obsessions!

I say current, but to be honest most of these obsessions are what I’ve been addicted to for a very long time. Some are more random than others, but who doesn’t love a bit of randomness in a blog post ey?

  1. Disney

My obsession with Disney has done nothing but grow with me. The Disney store is the most amazing shop on Earth and I wish I could purchase all of its goods! (I recently just bought a Little Mermaid mug). I love how you can watch one of their films and be entertained at whatever age… or so I think, I do have a child-mind after all. I also don’t have one favourite Disney film but I will list the ones I like: Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Oliver and Company, Lady and the Tramp, The Lion King, Aristocats, 101 Dalmatians (animation) and Mulan. Also just out of interest, did anybody else know that The Lion King is a take on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”? I only found that out today. Also Oliver and Company is a take on Dickens’ “Oliver Twist”.

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    2. Soft Toys

A rediscovered obsession. When I was little I had all my cuddly toys lined up along my bed against my wall, and before I went to sleep I used to play with them (I was so cute). But now I find that having something to cuddle in bed helps to reduce my anxiety, and I can’t argue with that!  Everyone had a favourite toy from their youth, what was yours? Mine is a TY black dog called “Blackie”, I was clearly so original with names when I was 2 years old.

3. Marvel 

In particular The Avengers. I especially love Captain America and Iron Man, not a fan of The Hulk I’ve got to say. Also if you know me, you know that I have a massive obsession with Clark Gregg/Phil Coulson which has come from watching Agent’s of Shield, follow his Instagram it’s funny! You’ll love it if you love marvel… Also check out Chloe Bennet. I’m also currently watching the new series Agent Carter (which I wish they aired in the UK), it’s very “girl power”, there should be more female roles in Marvel films/series I believe.

    4. Doctor Who

Typical British obsession. Must admit I think it is going a little downhill and becoming way too complicated. My favourite series is series 2 because it was just so laid back, David Tennent is also my favourite Doctor… and one of my all time favourite actors. I used to be way more enticed by it when I was around 12, my bedroom was coated with Doctor Who merch. Including: a themed Tardis clock, remote control Dalek, Doctor, Rose and K9 figurines.

    5. Murder Mysteries

This has been my grandparents’ doing. When I was younger I stayed at their house every Saturday and we watched murder myseries, their favourites being: Poirot (don’t know if I’ve spelt that right), Columbo and Midsummer Murders. My favourites are currently Death in Paradise (my favourite), Broadchurch series 1, DCI Banks and I also like Midsummer Murders. I love playing detective and trying to figure out who did it!

    6. Adaptation and Evolution (Ecology)

Going onto why I do my degree, I love watching ecology documentaries. It’s amazing how beings adapt to their surroundings, in amazing, unique ways. I recommend watching David Attenborough’s “Galapagos” documentary series, it’s very interesting. Encase you don’t know the Galapagos Islands are situated next to South America and they are different to one-an-other, and there are species that have adapted in different ways on the different islands.

Galapagos

    7. Cheese on Toast

All time food fave. It’s simply the best. Dairy will always be my main weight contributor. That is all.

    8. Animals…but not Insects

Leading on from my Ecology interest. I’ve been obsessed with animals since I was very small, I’m never going to be a “cat person” or a “dog person” because I love them both to bits! Wanna take me on a day out? Take me to the Zoo! When I was 11 my parents gave me a Christmas present to feed the penguins at the Zoo, this has probably been my most memorable and favourite present. My life goal is to visit Antarctica and see the masses of penguins there, but everyone else wants to do the same thing too. Tourism is unfortunately having a massive effect on Antarctica’s beautiful landscape.

    9. Warm Milk 

Another thing from when I was younger. Warm milk makes everything better, it is actually the cure for the common cold! I’ve also never understood people who dislike milk. I’ve drank so much of it I have insanely dense bones, which makes me heavier and also less prone to braking bones!

    10. Spy Films/Series

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I want to be a super spy! However this is very unrealistic as I’m quite unfit, crap at telling lies and life as a spy probably isn’t the same as it is in the movies. My favourites? Jonny English, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Skyfall, Spy Kids, Mission Impossible and Austin Powers! I also can’t wait to see the Kingsman, I’m going to see it next week 🙂

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Down it fresher – University 101

I mentioned that I’ve started university (again) in a previous post. But I think it’d be helpful to share my experiences and a few do(es)/don’t(s) with the internet.

I moved into my halls on Thursday the 18th and was instantly shocked with how different everyone in my flat was. Same with people on my course.

I’m a bit of a weirdo so I’ve been trying not to bombard people with my personality too quickly, I think easing people in is a good plan. But on the flip side, you’re not going to make many pals if all you do is constantly judge people.

Loads of people (including me) get really put down if they don’t meet their best friends in fresher’s week. Getting to know people takes time, and it’ll be so worth it when you make close friends.

5 tips for freshers:

  1. Those canvas bags you keep getting from club/fast food promo? Don’t throw them away, do keep them and use them for when you’re doing a food shop. Otherwise you’ll get bombarded with millions of plastic bags and be forced to throw them away.
  2. Do bring a printer with you! Especially is you have a fair distance to walk to the uni library. Printers are useful for printing off tickets for a club as well as essays and handouts.
  3. Don’t overwhelm yourself. University is going to come as a big change in lifestyle for you, especially if you’re moving city/country. So don’t think you can go to 18 hours worth of lectures, 7 clubs, 4 society meetings a week. All whilst getting 9 hours of shut eye each night. It’s not going to work.
  4. Do realise that not everyone at university will have the same experiences/come from the same cultures and you. Take advantage of this and ask questions, get to know people. You don’t have to have things in common with people to become friends.
  5. Do try and go out as much as possible during freshers to get to know people. If clubbing isn’t your thing, join people for pre-drinks or go to the pub. Don’t sit on your own in your room all the time..

At uni? Graduated from uni? Put forth some tips too, make a discussion out of it!

Film Bucket List

Films are amazing. If I knew how to make films I would, if I could star in films I would and if I was productive enough to write a film I would.

However I am rubbish when it comes to watching the “classics” that everyone raves on about. It’s only since going out with Dan (he’s a bit film obsessed) that I’ve seen Star Wars, Jurassic Park and The Matrix. I don’t really get Star Wars as much as I’d like to have done because Sci-Fi is one of my favourite genres, I’ll probably have to watch it again to understand it more. I loved Jurassic Park…’cause dinosaurs. I think we watched all three of them in a week. As for The Matrix I have no idea why I haven’t watched it before, I love it (again with the Sci-Fi, I’m such a massive nerd).

I’m trying to think of films that everyone rants on about that I haven’t seen. (Ok I may have only done this post so I can look at it and watch the films I’ve wrote down) This is the list, and if you want to recommend a film to me (please not horror I hate horror) then please do!:

  1. Titanic
  2. Dirty Dancing
  3. Star Wars Episodes 1 2 3 and 7
  4. Die Hard
  5. Forrest Gump
  6. Pulp Fiction
  7. Fight Club
  8. Spirited Away
  9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  10. When Harry Met Sally
  11. Moulin Rouge!
  12. Pretty Woman
  13. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  14. Independence Day
  15. The Social Network
  16. A Clockwork Orange
  17. The Godfather
  18. Alien
  19. Shawshank Redemption
  20. E.T (I’ve seen the beginning and the end but not all of it)
  21. Ghost Busters (same as above)
  22. Star Trek
  23. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  24. Beverly Hills Cop
  25. The Mask of Zorro
  26. Casablanca
  27. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  28. Armageddon
  29. West Side Story
  30. It’s a Wonderful Life
  31. Hitchcock
  32. Roman Holiday
  33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  34. Annie Hall
  35. The Darjeeling Limited
  36. The Green Mile
  37. Romeo and Juliet
  38. Ghost
  39. Notting Hill

So there we go, suggestions are welcome. Bare in mind I like Sci-Fi, Thrillers, Comedy and general 80s films like Ferris Bueller’s Day off, Beetlejuice, The Goonies stuff like that.

I’m going to go through this list and cross off as I go!

-BethanNicole

The British Tag

So I’ve seen this tag floating around YouTube (Just watched LillieLoves) so I thought, sod it’ll i’ll do a YouTube tag on a blog post, because I’m awkward like that.

Also if you’re British and You’re reading this – or even if you’re not British and you fancy doing it – then answer these questions do and link me to your post! I think tags are a great way of getting to know fellow bloggers 🙂 

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? + How many sugars?

2-3 and no sugars, gosh, sugar in tea is vile! I don’t get how people can drink it.

2. Favourite part of your roast?

Yorkshire Puddings hands down, but none of this frozen crap, gotta make them from scratch.

3. Favourite dunking biscuit?

Hobnob because it has been proven to be the best for dunking. Rich tea’s are by far the worst for their dunkability.

4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?

Eating a scone with clotted cream and jam in a garden centre.

5. Favourite word?

I have many favourite British words. Spiffing (really good), Mardy (grumpy, but this is regional dialect from Sheffield) and Chuffing (also really good). For a nation of moaners and groaners we sure do have a lot of words for “good”.

6. Cockney rhyme slang?

 

Apples and pears – Stairs, Dog and bone – Phone, Bakers dozen – cousin, Dicky bird – word, Jam jar – car, Raspberry tart – fart. 

7. Favourite sweet?

Pear drops, hands down.

8. What would your pub be called?

“The Fox and the Hound”, because I love that Disney film. Or “Goodhead” because it’s my last name, and my last name comes from pub owners, as in a “good head” on a pint.

9. No.1 British person ?

Kate Middleton obviously! Oh and Sean Bean! #dontkillseanbean….and Alex Turner….and Ed Sheeran, Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch. 

10. Favourite shop / restaurant ?

Topshop/ Jack Wills for shops. Nandos/Wahaca (I used to love Chiquitos, but when I went to Wahaca it was like 100000000x better, if you love mexican food you have to check it out)

11. What British song pops into your head?

 

The national anthem haha even though I have no idea what the words are past “God save our gracious queen”. But in a club the songs that usually get the most response are anything by the Arctic Monkeys.

12. Marmite.

Yes. Cheese on toast with marmite is so sexy.

Bored and Broke

It’s the summertime and my dream plans are always pictured spending time in the sun with friends, going shopping, going to the zoo, going on holiday, taking trips with my boyfriend etc.

However it hardly ever becomes into being, partly because all my friends are off doing stuff with there other friends, my boyfriend lives in another city, and I have no money. So all of my days are spent on the internet, wishing I could be doing something other than being on the internet.

However when my friends are free and I see them, the situation that we usually share is a financial one. So I thought I’d share a few things we sometimes do to pass time when we’re broke.

  1. Play board games – These are especially good if there’s a big group of people, and they can usually always be turned into drinking games!
  2. Have a film night/movie marathon – I remember when we tried to watch all the Harry Potter films in one sitting, we got there but it took A LONG time. Also we recently had a girly film night of watching Disney, Legally Blonde etc (much to my boyfriend’s amusement).
  3. Start a blog – Yeah I started blogging because I was bored.
  4. Start exercising – I started doing this and failed, but if you get into it then it can be great fun! Ages ago me and my friend started boxing, we had such a laugh.
  5. Build a fort – Yes I’m 19. Yes I still like to build forts.
  6.  Write a bucket list – I’ve found that this takes my mind off being bored, and I start dreaming about what I’m going to do when I actually have enough money to do things.
  7. Go freebie hunting on the internet – Because you never know when you’re going to need a bin freshener sample and some fish tank cleaner.  
  8. Facetime someone – Sometimes getting out the house to see someone can prove difficult, especially when you live in England and it’s raining 8/10 days a year.
  9. Play cards – Like bored games, I get competitive. The only card games I know though are shithead, bullshit, ring of fire and goldfish. That’s right, no actual card games.
  10. Go to the playground – You’re never too old to go on a swing, but go when it’s empty because children get miserable when you take their swings.

*pictures shown aren’t mine apart from number 3

-BethanNicole