Oscar dresses 2018!

I can't believe it's already a year since the last Oscars, time is flying. These posts seem to be becoming an annual thing, so here are some more of  my family and my inane comments on the Oscar fashions. (So the code is C: Me, Catherine. M: My mum - because she's also Catherine so it'd get confusing. R: Rosie, my sister, and D: my Dad, who I think chips in once.) 

Viola Davies

C: Ooh pink! Looks like the kind of dress you'd get on a cheap Barbie though. M: I don't like it much. Too neon. And she didn't look comfortable walking in it.

Lupita Nyongo

C: Aw she always looks amazing. M: Oh she looks amazing, she always looks so gorgeous. C: I like that she wore her glasses. M: Stunning. C: Rosie? R: What? Oh, gorg. I like the slit at the bottom of it. M: Look how it moves, that dress, it's like liquid. 
(Safe to say I think we all have a bit of a girl crush. But the dress did look more knock-out when you saw it on the show as opposed to in the still ima…

100 Years of Votes for Women - and a few films to celebrate

It's a hundred years today since women got the vote in Britain (or a few of us anyway - most didn't get it until a decade later) And I thought I better do a post to commemorate the occasion. I tried to think of some great feminist films about women making waves or fighting to achieve something other than a relationship - and to be honest I struggled to find many, which I guess shows us how far the film world still has to go when it comes to equality. Still I remembered a few crackers and here they are - if you fancy watching something to make you feel inspired!

Made in Dagenham

I love this film. I really do. It tells the story of the Ford Machinists in the sixties who wouldn't settle for a re-grade that branded them as 'unskilled'. They knew what they were worth and they fought for the right to be paid based on their work, not their gender. They made history by coming out on strike, and their actions made a difference across the globe and down the decades. There…

Stuff I'm liking lately

Bit of a general post today, just for the sake of writing something. Been reading and watching some good stuff and been away on a little weekend break. Anyway, here's what I've been liking of late:

My book: The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier

The only Daphne Du Maurier I've read before isRebecca, but I'd loved the TV adaptation ofthe Scapegoat(starring Michael Rhys and Sheridan Smith) that was on a few years ago, and thought I'd give the book a try. It's about a man who meets his doppelganger and finds himself living the unknown man's life, when the guy steals his clothes and car, leaving his double to face up to his responsibilities . This was a quick read, an unsettling thriller and en-grossingly written - but I much preferred the (very different) ending of the adaptation.

My trip: London 

I met up with some of the girls from my old uni house the other weekend for a little reunion, which was lovely. It's been a while since there's been four of us toget…

How their decades shaped the Disney girls

Bit of a random post today, but I caught the end of The Little Mermaid on TV not long ago, and it struck me that Ariel's wedding dress was a bit like Princess Diana's. And that started off a whole train of thought. Little Mermaid was what, late eighties? The same era anyway. And thinking about it Ariel is very eighties in design, isn't she? With her big hair and big puffy sleeves. I wondered whether the trend would show up in the other Princesses. Their stories may be set in real and fictionalised 'olden times' locations - but are both their stories and their style really influenced by the fashions and fads of the last century? 

1930s: Snow White

Snow White was my first Disney Princess obsession - which is fitting, since she's the first official Disney Princess. (I think they re-released Snow White in Cinemas/on video in the early nineties?) And I sometimes get annoyed when people dismiss her as the Princess of the least substance. It's not her fault - femal…

What I read on my Jury Service (because no, I didn't get a case and yes, I'm gutted)

So before Christmas I got a letter summoning me to do my civic duty and attend Liverpool Crown Court in January for Jury Service. I was excited and apprehensive, but I needn't have been either because I basically sat in the 'pool' of jurors, waiting to be picked, for seven working days, until today they were like, yeah, there are no more trials this week, your Jury Service is over. Yay. (That's sarcasm. Disappointed would be an understatement.) But hey, there are worse things you can do than sit with a book for hours on end and get paid for it (although I probably spent a fair bit of anything I made in Liverpool One on my lunch breaks... January sales are a dangerous thing) and at least I made inroads into my TBR list. Anyway, here's what I've been reading as sponsored by the British taxpayers - thanks guys ;)

Alias Grace

I was about half-way through Margaret Atwood's fictionalised take on the story of Grace Marks (a notorious convicted murderess in late 19…

2017 favourites

So 2017 is nearly over, and again, I'm quite glad to see the back of it. I've had some sad times this year, but there have been positives too. I got my first proper nine-to-five job (in a library, which is nice) I've visited some new places (Dubrovnik and Edinburgh) I've been a bridesmaid at my friend's wedding and been paid for a published piece of writing for the first time ever (it was 500 words on carpets but you've got to start somewhere!) I've also had some nice times with family and friends. In terms of films and books I've not read a lot this year really, and there have been almost no films to get me excited - but TV has been decent. Here's my run-down of my favourite new reads and watches for 2017:

TV Series'
Game of Thrones (Series 7)
Lets start with the TV event of the year. Game of Thrones season is a weird time for my family. I seem to spend most of my time during the month and a bit when it's being shown, waiting excitedly for t…

Miracle on 34th Street: 1947 vs 1994

That time of year is finally here, in which we can justifiably sit down in front of the TV with a big blanket and settle down to a Christmas film. I possibly overstepped the mark last week though, when I watched Miracle on 34th Street two nights on the run. No, I'm not weirdly obsessed with the film, I just happened to find both versions and was curious to compare them. I grew up with the re-make, and it's lovely. There are things I prefer in the new version. But when you put the two films together, it becomes clear that the original is just... better. I mean, it's a matter of opinion, obviously. But as a piece of film-making, I just think it's much cleverer and classier - if a little less kid friendly. 

Miracle on 34th Street is the story of a department store Santa who thinks he's the real deal. But is he? The woman who hired him doesn't think so, and neither does her daughter, whom she has brought up as a non-believer. But, when the nice man who styles himse…