Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Monday, December 04, 2017
We also get to meet her younger sisters Katherine and Mary, who are at the mercy of their cousin Queen Elizabeth the First and must follow her instructions or risk being branded traitors like their sister.
For me this felt like an original story about three sisters where there is little written about them, and I enjoyed the novel, easily getting lost in the Tudor times and thinking about how heavy and awkward those big dresses must have been to wear. 4/5
Saturday, December 02, 2017
At the time it came out I lived in London and I remember going to see it at a cinema in Wimbledon which had 1/2 smoking and non smoking seats. So you coughed all the way through and came out stinking.
At our work Christmas party that year one of the young girls turned up wearing a knock off of the Versace safety pin dress that Luz Hurley wore to the premiere. The boys at work talked about it for months after.
Oh and I had a boyfriend who was an extra in the final church scene. It was so long ago I can't remember what he looked like - haha.
So everytime I watch the movie it makes me smile and remember my years living in London. I love it's easy English charm and funny characters, and have a soft spot for a young Hugh Grant. So a highlight if the holiday season as all the old movies are rolled out again. A refreshing change from car chases, computer generated special effects and super heroes.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Her book is part autobiography and part self help in how to get on with your life, to ignore the bullies, how she was able to move on after her divorce, why she doesn't want children, how after a variety of mundane jobs she decided to try being a comedian. All of it was interesting and entertaining, and I felt at the end of the book I liked her even more. 4/5
Monday, November 27, 2017
I thought I would love it - Colin Firth, Mark Strong are all good actors - Nicole Kidman is a bit meh for me but she can still carry a film. I couldn't help but feel that if I were waking up next to Colin Firth each morning, I would be happy. Not having to go to work and swanning round in the big house would be cool too. Colour me jealous, but I would have made the most of it, rather than being all morose and moody.
So it is a sad 2/5 from me.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
It is the story of Ray Kroc one of the founders of the McDonalds chain of fast food restaurants. Its an interesting story, but I can't really say I enjoyed it. Ray seemed to have spent his time ripping off the original McDonalds founders brothers Maurice and Richard. He seemed to undermine them at every turn, and ended up mega rich, while the brothers were forced to close and were not legally entitled to the money that had been promised to them. His sneaky business tactics did not make me like him, and in the end I became a bit bored with this movie. 2/5
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Living with the stories of their wartime experiences, the author considers what happens as they grow older and when they die - who will tell these stories? How the children and families of survivors also suffer from the pain that parents still feel and carry. She also talks about many other major traumas in recent history and the effect on survivors and their families - how they move forward yet still honor their loved ones. 4/5
Friday, November 24, 2017
It can be tricky for a lot of people to deal with as each death affects us differently, and everybody has their own way of processing that pain, and you can see that her job is to help guide people into moving on with their lives while acknowledging the loss.
While interesting - I felt a bit detached from this book. 3/5
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Being the same age myself, I could understand her position, but I found it all terribly predictable and a bit smug and self important. I felt that if I knew Kate, I wouldn't like her much and felt like I had to trawl through this brick of a book. 2/5