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Baby It's Cold Outside...

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The soundtrack to this time of year is a familiar one. There's only so many Christmas songs, and with Christmas coming earlier and earlier each year (the Coca -cola advert has been on already. It's still November!) you've probably already heard most of them played at least once. As I see it, you can either let yourself be driven slowly mad, or just embrace the crazy.




One of my favourite Christmas songs - particularly at this stage, when it's too early for the proper anthems  - is 'Baby it's Cold Outside'. Despite the slightly dubious theme (I wouldn't go as far as to call it a date rape anthem, but maybe it's a little creepy in parts) it's a great tune, with clever lyrics and always delivered with style. I realised however, that I didn't know where the song came from - I had an idea that Tom Jones had covered it once, but knew it must have dated back much earlier. Turns out it's from an old Hollywood musical called Neptune's Daughte…

Teaser Tuesday - Beatrice and Benedick

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Going to try and get the features started early on this blog! Teaser Tuesday is a weekly tag over at A Daily Rhythm  and anyone can join in. Here's the rules:

1. Grab your current read... 2. Open to a random page... 3. Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page (no spoilers!) 4. Don't forget to share the title and the author's name.

I'm ready for it this week, since for once I'm actually reading something new (as opposed to comfort reading an old Narnia/Harry Potter/Jane Austen, as is the usual). My teaser comes from Beatrice & Benedick by Marina Fiorato...






"Giving her the Settebello card was a good start. It usually worked; ladies were intrigued, flattered and full of questions. They always asked about the card first, and then I could get on with the serious business of making them laugh. But this lady did not wait for me to marshal my wit. She spoke first. And she did not mention the card."

Told from the alternating points of view of Beatrice…

The Poppies come to Liverpool!

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(Note: this post should have gone up on the 11th, but I couldn't find the bloody camera wire. I still can't so sadly these aren't the pictures that I specially went into Liverpool to take, but I'll put them up when I find it - these come from the Liverpool Echo and Telegraph websites if you want to see more of the same.)

Last year, for Remembrance day, the tower of London hosted a stunning art display, to commemorate the hundred year anniversary of the First World War. Titled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red the installation featured 888,246 red ceramic poppies cascading from the tower, each poppy representing a British soldier killed in WW1 alone. It's pretty grim really, but gorgeous to look at.





Anyway, this year, some of those poppies made their way to Liverpool, and so on Remembrance Day (11th November) I nipped over to have a look. The Liverpool installation, titled the 'Weeping Window' might be just a small piece of the picture, but it's humblin…

What I'm Watching: Working Girl

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Released: 1988  
Starring: Melanie Griffiths, Sigourney Weaver, Harrison Ford, Joan Cusack, Alec Baldwin
My Rating: ***

As someone who has seen their fair share of chick flicks and really enjoyed the majority, if I come across one that I haven't seen, it automatically goes down on my 'to watch' list. Working Girl is a classic eighties film starring Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill, a girl (well, she's thirty, so I think we should class her as a woman) who for years has been trying to get ahead at work with little success. 'Moved on' from her job for insulting her sleazy boss, she's made assistant to successful career woman Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) where she believes that things are starting to look up. But Katharine isn't as nice as she seems...




Working Girl was an easy watch and a fun film, but there were definitely a few things that grated on me. Still, lets talk about the good things first. Back in the eighties, work-place equality was in a mu…

Woah - I went to Ibiza!

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Now that Halloween's over, according to the world of retail it's officially okay to crack on with Christmas. Since it's much too early for that in my opinion, I'm going to reminisce about the summer instead - or my summer holiday anyway, which was in September. Yes, one of the more interesting things that's happened to me in recent times, was my visit to the iconic party island immortalised in the Vengaboys song...







When my cousin Laura (Little.Red) first suggested we take a girls holiday to Ibiza (girls being me, her and my sister Rosie) saying yes was kind of spontaneous. I didn't exactly think it through and the next thing I knew, everything was all booked. Then I started to panic. I'm really not a 'party island' kind of girl. I like a night out in Liverpool as much as the next twenty-three year old, but Ibiza was going to be another level. As the months sped past (and the plan for the bikini-ready-body went well and truly out of the window) I go…