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Once Upon a Time…

…in a far off land, there lived  a princess…

We all grew up listening to the same, old fairy tales. And of course, for those who are a little more obsessed they will know that these are not how the original fairy tales went…

Written by the brothers Grimm, lets just say these tales are not completely appropriate for a four-year-old unless blood, horror, mental unstability etc is something you want to subject them too. Yet, these are the fairy tales kids heard (once upon a time) and now, we are told of the beautiful lands, good versus evil without too much blood. So, why?

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As a kid, I loved fairy tales and my favourite is Alice in Wonderland! Honestly I still love them to this day. With television shows such as Once Upon a Time or Grimm I’ve kept up my interest as well as owning a brothers Grimm fairy tale book… And had I known about the real folk tales as a child, I definitely believe until I reached around 11 they would have grossed me out so, maybe the should be introduced during some point of our childhood?

But, I’m not discounting the flouncy, moralistic and happy fairy tales we were brought up on…many of them adaptions on the original story I just don’t believe a ‘dumbing-down’ should take place. Not everyone is aware that the stories we grew up with in modern society, are not the originals. Perhaps, we should provide a child with the knowledge of a more gruesome version of beloved classic fairy tales and give them the opportunity to read them once they are able to independently read, making the choice themselves?

I’m an avid reader, and I have been since I was little. My mum often speaks of times when she sent me upstairs as a child and she’d wonder why I wasn’t making more noise-I was reading so I didn’t mind being upstairs- and after that she used to make me sit on the sofa away from my books. Or the time when I was reading Harry Potter and my brother got that upset with me for some reason he hid my book…I slept with it for the next couple days so he couldn’t get his hands on it? My point: I independently read from the age of four/five and would not necessarily have been old enough to understand the brothers Grimm fairy tales but, as I grew older had I been given the choice at 8/9 I probably would have read them instead of 11.

I was lucky growing up because I had two parents who saw how much I loved reading and encouraged me to do so. So, I did know about the darker tales yet, many of my friends had no clue?

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I have loved books all my life and will continue to do so! I wanted to blog about this because I love fairy tales and having recently stumbled upon an article about fairy tales thought I would blog. If you have an interest now in the brothers Grimm fairy tales then read them…or while it may not be factually correct watch GRIMM or Once Upon a Time and enjoy them. It’ll be a piece of your childhood!

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Summer has arrived…and left again

Pray for the UK!

It has over a month since summer officially began and if you live in the United Kingdom (as I do) then you’ll be well aware we’ve had sun, cloud, rain and more cloud! That’s right, we had that week of boiling hot sun and I’m guessing that is it for us…

Meme: summer clothes, chucking it down.

I should not be surprised. I grew up here, I actually remember the English floods we had ten years ago this summer. Here summer is humid and cloudy most of the time. It’s a good job I haven’t gone away camping, it always seems to rain when that happens. I have an interesting factoid for you all though which I can certainly witness:

  • It is the most thundery time of year…

Yes, it is, and especially here in the UK. You see its either cloudy and humid leading to a build-up or it chucks it down and thunder always comes with rain. Either way, if you are from the UK or visiting expect some thunder or rain or both.

And you wonder why the English are so prepared. You see when we leave the house we need to make sure we pack for any sudden changes in the weather. Just because we left the house and it was warm does not mean that you won’t get soaked coming back from a day out or work? It’s a rule of thumb but you get used to it and this preparedness rubs off on us wherever we go. So next time you are laughing at an overprepared tourist with a pac ‘a’ mac, an umbrella, wellies on with shorts and a strappy top and a warm jumper wrapped around out waists just remember this is what we have come to expect. But also, when it does rain and we are perfectly dry and you are soaked because we came prepared then yes, we are laughing at you.

But you’ll also find this odd weather climate has prepared us. While it drops below 14 and you begin to get cold…if you live in a warmer climate those of us from over the pond still consider this warm! Or in the Autumn when we just stick a pair of tights on underneath our skirts and dresses that’s because we are used to the cooler climate, and for us it is still warm. SO, in some respects English weather has prepared us to be resilient and organised in the face of all weather.

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With summer time officially here and uncertainty in front of us all I ask is those of warmer climates send their sunshine over here to us. Or risk the English coming over to holiday…

#prayforasunnysummer #englishsun

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REVIEW: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Yo ho, haul together

Hoist the colours high

Heave ho, thieves and beggars

Never shall we die…”

Hans Zimmer- Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

As a fan of the franchise, even the films some would consider questionable I was very excited to see the new installment. Aside from the fact it was forecast to bring the greatness of the first installment- The Curse of the Black Pearl to a new adventure, it also had the job of wooing new and old fans alike to fall in love with series all over again. I can only speak for myself and I have enjoyed all the films within the franchise but, this one was great. I cried, I laughed and I enjoyed it that much I waited till the film ended before I went to the bathroom and I had a large drink!

Needless to say, if you are waiting for it to come out on DVD before you watch or one of the many streaming services available then I suggest you find another blog post as spoilers lie ahead….

Henry Turner embarks on a journey of self discovery alongside, Carina Smyth whilst Captain Jack Sparrow rediscovers his old friendships, introduces another “Turner” to the pirate life and goes to meet yet another man who is intent on killing him. He really does anger everyone he meets. He functions as a supporting character reminiscent of the first film allowing for his charmingly drunk antics to  be considered hilarious, slightly dangerous and above all demonstrates how intelligent he truly is despite playing dumb for most of the film. Will Turners fall from grace is shown early on the film, from the good looking, moral captain aboard the Flying Dutchman to  crew that looks eerily similar to that of Davy Jones era. Henry, his loyal son discovers a way for his fathers curse to be broken alongside Carina Smyth- a woman of science who has been deemed a witch embark on this journey as she questions who her father is. In walks Hector Barbossa, who left it as a comfort with her on an orphanage doorstep not a quest for her to complete. A secret he keeps until his death, when she has to accept her father was truly a man of the stars but also a pirate at heart. Meanwhile, Captain Armando Salazar pursues Jack intent on killing him and breaking his curse through the Trident of Poseidon hoping to wipe piracy of the face of the earth.

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An imaginative and complex story, this film is a journey of self-discovery and freedom from imprisonment. Henry’s blind faith in his task to bring his father home through Jack Sparrow, the man who imprisoned him to the Flying Dutchman in an act of friendship shows how fall Jack has truly fallen. Forgetful of all his friends, complacency that he can do everything on his own Depp portrays a pirate who is truly lost as the sea no longer shows him everything he wants. Little by Little, through the help of Henry, Barbossa, Carina and his ever faithful crew Jack begins to gain everything he lost however, losing his oldest friend in the process to save them all. As he looks on at the end of the film, seeing Elizabeth and Will reunite he shows a moment of happiness at his old friends before reverting to his old self with his ship and compass, and of course Jack the Monkey.

Inspired by the first film, Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario play the two main protagonists; Henry and Carina. Functioning as the main characters, this relationship is a throwback to that of Will and Elizabeth who also fell in love throughout their adventure, while rather hilariously Jack takes on a drunken uncle-type stance advising them both on their relationship similar to the way he did with Elizabeth and Will. These young actors take on a very complex set of characters, succeeding and making their relationship more than just another ‘Will and Elizabeth’ love story. They have dared to make these characters their own demonstrating the personal growth of Henry- from loyal to his own man and Carina- from orphan to independent, intelligent woman alongside a growing relationship. But the real growth truly comes from Jack, allowing Carina to stay with the Turners showing his belief she’ll be better off with that family to rediscovering his old friendship with the Turners through their youngest son.

This film is amazing. A true masterpiece. Reminiscent of the first film, it will draw a lot of the disenchanted fans back to the franchise whilst, providing yet another great installment for all those who enjoy each film and drawing in a new younger audience as the first film is 14 years old. With a box office figure of $735.2 Million dollars it is clear this film was as successful as hoped by the producers and the post-credits scene is suggestive of a sixth installment reintroducing our old, favourite characters Will and Elizabeth against Davy Jones where I am sure, Jack will be joining the fight alongside other pirates.

It is a must-see. If you have yet to watch this film, I suggest you find time to watch it because it is truly amazing!