Monday, 22 September 2014

From the sick bed... Or Madly Watching All The Things

Being sick sucks.

It's kind of  obvious but I feel I just had to put it out there on behalf of .... well everyone really.  There is though one shining light when one is sick.  When you're at the moment between being not quite capable of standing on two feet without the room swaying from side to side and wishing for death to swallow you up and take you now.

You know the moment.  The one where you can lay on the couch, all snugly with tissues, water and medication nearby and just veg out in front of the television.

It is, as they say, the perfect moment to catch up on all the things you've been missing out on or to indulge in something you love.

Fargo

Dark, comic, and violent, Fargo is The show that everyone is talking about.  And no wonder. Because it is seriously good.

There's murder and blackmail and ruthless hit men and people with funny names.  And it's all set in Minnesota.  In the middle of winter.  Where the temperature can drop to minus 20.

Minus 20

Just a tad chilly then.

So it's the perfect show to curl up on the couch and watch with a hot drink, maybe even a hot toddy.

Penny Dreadful

Seriously dark and twisted Penny Dreadful is just my kind of show.

It also features some famous characters from literature such as Dr Frankenstein and Dorian Gray.  It also features the amazing and always lovely Eva Green.

Who I adore.

That she wasn't nominated for an Emmy or a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the haunted and gutsy Vanessa is a tragedy.

Black Sails 

Pirates.

Do I really need to say anything else?

Okay maybe just a little more.

Pirates.  Hunting for treasure. Led by Toby Stephens who is kind of swoon worthy in the bad boy way.

Pretty much sums it up.  It's also pretty damn good. Because Pirates.

Did I mention pirates?

Arrow

I'd be the first to admit that Arrow isn't a great show.  But that's okay because it is a good show.  One that keeps getting better and better with each season.

It's a superhero show. So there's costumes and some kick ass fighting and training scenes.  There is also the awesome Felicity Smoak.  IT girl extraordinaire who is geeky and funny and all-round wonderful.  And there's Olicity moments.  Which as far as I'm concerned is the only OTP (One True Pairing)

And if that doesn't work for you well there's always Stephen Amell's abs.  Which almost deserve a show of there own.

Pure indulgence.

Perception

Quirky, intelligent, entertaining.  These are just a few words that I would use to describe this show.

And it's glorious.  And it's all due to Eric McCormack's (he of Will and Grace fame) portrayal of Dr Daniel Pierce, a neuroscience professor who helps the FBI while at the same time battling his own mental health issue, paranoid schizophrenia.

He's also an fascinating lecturer. So much so that I almost wish his classes were real just so I could attend them.

Pretty incredible for a fictional character.

Angel

I know that I have mentioned this show in the past.  But regularly marathoning my favourite shows is just something that I do.  And this is one that I have been marathoning recently.

Weirdly enough Angel isn't my favourite character.  Instead I adore Fred and Wesley (who becomes a total badass) and of course, Spike.

It also made me cry.  Like buckets.  Because Joss Whedon is a cruel, cruel man.  If you watch season 5 you'll know what I mean.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Oh Captain! My Captain!

Yesterday a wonderful actor and comedian died. Robin Williams filled my childhood with such joy and laughter and I want to share with you a few of my favourite movies that he brought to life ! Here are clips from some of my (to this day!) favourite films, featuring Robin Williams.

 Aladdin - Genie


Ferngully - Batty (apologies for the quality!)



I couldn't find the right clip, but I'd strongly suggest that you all go and watch Hook again (or for the first time) too, it's absolutely worth it.

Farewell, O Captain, my Captain. 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Homeland Season 4 teaser


Homeland is returning for its fourth season in October with a huge reboot since the departure of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis).

This season will be largely set in Afghanistan and Pakistan where CIA officer Carrie Matheson (Claire Danes) works to maintain stability in the region after US forces pull out. 

Friday, 1 August 2014

All Things Bookish...

I love books.  I also love bookish things.  And believe me there is a wide range of bookish things out there.  From movies about books to book trailers to books about books and everything in-between.

So if you've ever struggled with trying to find a gift for a bookie family member or friend or, if we're being honest, yourself, then why not check out some, if not all, of the things below.

I'm already writing up my Christmas wish list...

Mugs

You can never have enough mugs.  There is something comforting about the feel of a mug.  Even the word mug sounds solid and steady.

Happiness Is...

I kind of want this mug.  And I don't even drink coffee.  Weird or what?  Don't answer that.

Okay, Okay

If you've read John Green then you'll recognise this mug straightway.  Then again John Green is kind of awesome.
Banned Books

Educational and inspiring too.  What better mug can you ask for.
Writers Mug

A mug designed especially for me.
Things to wear, things to carry

Of course if you've got the mug why not have the clothing.

Library Stamp t-shirt

Well I am a Librarian.  So I just had to include this t-shirt.  Because how could I not.  I also highly recommend that you check out the rest of Outofrprintclothing because their stuff is just awesome.

Pride and Prejudice Bag
I just love this bag.  It's pretty and girly and kind of perfect.


Of course if you've got the t-shirt and the bag you just have to have the tights.  I'm just a little bit in love with them.
I carry your heart...

Romantic that I am it probably comes as no surprise that I've included this bracelet.  It is all kinds of lovely.  A perfect gift really.

Around the House

Okay I'd probably wouldn't go quite so far as to furnish my house with bookish things... then again...

Bath set

Yeah bookie things even make it to the bathroom.  Just be grateful I didn't post the link to the bookish toilet paper.

Bookworm Pillow

You've got the book and the bookish mug and you're ready to lean back and read so why not have a bookish pillow to lean on.
Literary Candles

Reading by candlelight.  Probably not that good for the eyes.  Still the candles are pretty.
Novel Tea

You just know they had to do it.
Comics

I just had to include some comic related stuff because awesome!  Like seriously.  I'm  this close to buying that Marvel bag.  Because how cool would that be.

Wonder Woman Sneakers

What every woman should have in their wardrobe.  A pair of Wonder Woman sneakers.
Comic Graphic Leggings

I wish I could wear leggings.  Because if I could I would be madly buying all the pairs because there are some amazing leggings and tights out there.  Sadly  my legs just look like a sausage about to explode.  Tragic really...

Comic Shoes

These shoes rock, lethal looking as they are.

Gym Bag

I want.  And that's all I have to say really.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing

I am excited about this one !!

A trailer has been released for
The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing - English mathematician and logician, the father of modern day computing, and the man who cracked the German Enigma code during the war.

Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, known for the crime thriller Headhunters, presents this true story of Turing and his team. In a race against time they work at Britain's top-secret code breaking centre during World War II to break the German Enigma Code. The film spans Turing's life from his unhappy teenage years at boarding school to the triumph of his secret wartime work, to his post-war life where he was the victim of persecution for a now outdated criminal offence.

'The Imitation Game' will be released in New Zealand cinemas on Thursday, January 8th, 2015.

In the meantime check out these books we have on Alan Turing, he was a very interesting man! 

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age






Alan Turing and his Contemporaries: building the world's first computers