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An Open Letter To Myself

It is a fact of life- when we were younger, less experienced and innocent- a child we all imagined what life would be like. Who we would be when we grow up, who would stay in our lives and who would disappear. And nine times out of ten we all wished we could grow up faster. I’m 22, an adult-in-training and if I could go back to my younger self now there are things I would tell her. So, I’ve decided to write an open letter to myself. And maybe we should all do this. Is there anything you would have done differently or people you wished you’d have given more time too. The open letter is one way to get all of that out. Here goes…

To a redhead, blue eyed, freckled care-free yougster,

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Oh the innocent days

Aged 4-11

I’m here to tell you a few things. First off, that attitude you’re sporting at home is not impressive and in about a years time you’ll suddenly mellow out and wonder what all the fuss was about. If I could go back, I’d still push the same boundaries but not so loudly. However, I would thank you for this because without learning from that attitude I wouldn’t be able to harness the same confidence for job interviews, getting through university and meeting some amazing people. But we could have toned it down a bit.

Secondly, you’ll eventually get your own room at eight/nine so just put up with sharing for a little longer…He’s not that bad. Although, the trick of dumping his mess in his bed was the best thing ever because he always tidied up and it still works now. Maybe you could have gotten rid of some of the clutter before hand though because it took myself and mum a week to do when we finally sorted through everything. It was a pain and at heart we were all ready into the simplistic look so do yourself a favour and keep on top of the clutter instead of getting stressed.

And finally, embrace your hair. We are stuck with this for life so, just embrace it. The colour, the curls because now people try and dye their hair this colour and can’t. So, when someone teases you about your hair simply reply with “And? Your issue is…” That puts off the kids if they don’t know it bothers you. Also you are currently growing it out so you can wear you long, thick curly hair down more…so maybe tell mum you don’t want it cutting short that would have helped a lot. It’s a pain to grow now. Also, you are going to start to straighten it in secondary school so, it isn’t all bad. And when you start putting lowlights in and straightening it- nan does complain but you’ll carry on doing it regardless and she liked it actually once you didn’t put as many in.


Okay, so we’ve just started really getting into secondary school and focusing on studying. The first thing I’m going to tell you is that it is alright not to know what you want to do in life. As a kid, we wanted to be a load of things;

Nurse: Mum and dad can attest to the fact that this should not be your career choice. They had the bruises to prove it.

Teacher: You don’t have the patience for it. I remember getting bored every five minutes and wanting to do something else. Well you have more patience but if you do teach it would probably be at college level because you’ve now turned into one of those adults who can’t believe the mouth on young kids these days. 

Athlete: So you fell down some stairs and that put a stop to that. But it’s all good because we like to go for a run now as it is a great de-stressing tool. Plus, by stopping the athletics you got to try out new things. For a start, you became more girly for a while. But, it’s all good because you’ve now settled on somewhere in between a girly girl and a tomboy.

And many other careers… But, at 22 we’ve finally made a decision. So it’s time to start trying to get into that. However, rest assured that you are young, we are still young and can try as many things out as possible. Life is not about money, it is about experiencing things, memory making and having fun.

We finally got that bookshelf and the double bed after years of asking. So it pays off. However, that book shelf is nearly full so the dream of owning a home with a library in one day may become a reality because we won’t be throwing away books anytime soon. The only thing we would probably change now is not asking for two colours in our room because as much as I still like blue and purple, turquoise was then and still is our favourite colour. And would probably match the curtains, carpet and bedding much better. Also, don’t put posters up…you get bored after a few months and now both the walls and doors are bare except for the faint marks of blue tack.

Thirdly, embrace the clumsiness. You not only fell down some stair aged 14 which resulted in a trip to the hospital, eight-twelve weeks of recovery and causing your mum stress on her day off but, the falling is going to happen a lot and you’ll always have bruises to prove it. Just last year, you damaged your ankle again which resulted in some very good friends convincing me to go to the hospital again but the year before that you couldn’t run for four weeks after hurting your knee while running. I’d say don’t push things when it comes to injury, don’t be stubborn but we still are now which gave mum and dad a lot of stress last summer.

Finally, you are now and were then a huge geek. With a love of action adventure films, marvel films, Doctor Who and many other sci-fi/ fantasy books, films and tv shows you aren’t exactly into the girly love films. You will sit and watch a few but they really aren’t your cup of tea. So, when you were putting on all that makeup, straightening your hair and attempting to fit in…well that is what sets you apart from others now. Basically, you should embrace your uniqueness because it’ll be much easier down the line and you’ll meet some amazing friends with the some of the same and different tastes as you.


You know when your parents tell you- you don’t stay friends with everyone in life? You should have listened much earlier. All the stress could have been avoided. In life, we don’t get on with everyone and if you’d have realised that sooner well a lot could have been avoided. Overall, if you hadn’t have gone through this though well, I don’t think I’d be the person I am now. It reminded me of myself, the person I liked who exuded confidence, embraced challenges and loved life and well, we are that person and more now. This doesn’t go without saying that some of the people you meet over these few years won’t still be in your life, and other still are and these are the people who are there for you no matter what. Just remember there are still those childhood friends who you still talk to, and even when you are busy know you will still be there. A click away.

You’ve applied for university and are waiting to get in. Well, you do. And we’ve just graduated with a 1.1 class honours degree so, we did something right. It is something to be proud of so as you make those difficult decisions, expel the negative energy and start to see your grades rise? Well you made the right decision. Be proud of getting an offer from all five universities, be proud of improving with your overall grade every year and be proud of achieving such an amazing result because it’s all us. We did it!

And finally, at 22 we are still an adult in training. We moved out for university which was the best decision in the end. At 22, we are still growing so don’t feel at 18+ that this is now the time you need to know everything in life. Because all that pressure isn’t good for anyone. Achieve the goals you set for yourself like you have so far. We’ve lost that weight, we run regularly, we eat healthily, we have some amazing friends and we are well on our way to becoming an amazing adult. Although, the best adults are those who never really grew up, the one with their inner child still joking about and laughing.

With Love

We graduated

Still a redhead, blue eyed, freckled, but experienced slightly older youngster….

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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!


Warm Bodies:Review

Director: Jonathon Levine

Writer: Isaac Marion


  • Nicholas Hoult as R
  • Teresa Palmer as Julie Grigio
  • Rob Corddry as M / Marcus
  • Dave Franco as Perry Kelvin
  • Analeigh Tipton as Nora
  • Cory Hardrict as Kevin
  • John Malkovich as Colonel Grigio
  • Patrick Sabongui as Hunting zombie
  • Justin Bradley as Unknown
  • Tod Fennell as Armed Patrol

Certificate: 12A                                                                       

This movie is the perfect cross between humour, romance and horror. Every audience member is left both amused and scared.

Pic of zombie and girl with text next to them reading he's still dead but he's getting warmer

Jonathon Levine, most known for directing the film 50/50, has in my opinion made one of the most amusing zombie films ever.

Warm Bodies is about the world post apocalypse, set in a city where most of the zombies have been living in an airport and the human survivors behind a wall to stay safe. Julie, daughter of the colonel heads into the city to collect medical supplies where she meets R who saves her. He’s different from the rest. He eventually takes her home but they have already affected other zombie’s lives. Can the zombies be cured?

Nicholas Hoult, an up and coming actor is pushed into the limelight as he plays the main character, R the zombie. We see the story from his characters point of view, who makes quirky, amusing comments all the way through the film.

What am I doing with my life? I just wanna connect. Why can’t I connect with people? Oh right, it’s cause I’m dead.’ – R

 Is it possible for the humans and the zombies to live together as one? Can there be a cure?

There is an amazing fight at the end where we see the bonies (zombies too far gone that they ripped their flesh off) fighting against zombies and humans together but who will win the battle? What will become of the loser?

This film was based on a book and I think that Jonathon Levine has been successful in creating a whole new genre of zombie movies. I would recommend you put down whatever you are doing and go watch this film… if you dare.

Rating: 4/5

Verdict: I would watch the film over and over, it’s something that you can just sit back and watch.



Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Tim Burton is a genius! I love his work and this just sealed it even more for me.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a masterpiece. Tim Burton has succeeded in creating another world, just in the way he made Wonderland or The Chocolate Factory-it is beautiful.

Set in the present day and war-time 1940’s Burton brings a wonderment to the peculiar children demonstrating their beautiful gifts and how it could be seen as a curse. Each peculiarity has its ups and downs but this film demonstrates that it’s the most simple peculiarity that is the most important. The best part about this film, is that it’s for all ages. Upon, leaving the cinema it was wonderful to hear adults praising it and a small child asking everyone what peculiarity they would like to have. It is just amazing for someone to have a reaction to it in this way, and a testament to the worlds Burton creates.

With a star-studded cast; Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Samuel L. Jackson and many more, it is easy to see why the box office said it had a great opening weekend. I would particularly like to draw attention Samuel L. Jackson’s performance. I’ve never pictured him as the ‘baddie’, maybe because he’s currently one of the best hero’s in  the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) but I loved him. One word to describe his character; sassy. I have never seen such a sassy villain, he definitely picked his moments and they were timed to perfection.

Eva Green…I enjoyed her performance so much. Her character displayed care and sacrifice in order to help children cast out by society and she played it so well. Also, I have to say, she was very good as one of the protagonists opposite the antagonistic Samuel L. Jackson. I look forward to seeing them act together again. But, all of this is testament to the genius of Tim Burton. His assembled cast worked well together to get his vision across and I hope he makes the remaining two as this was indeed a book adaption.

I would give this 5/5 for brilliance and genius and I would also repeatedly go and watch this. Don’t forget to buy the DVD when it comes out.


Now You See Me 2-A Film Review

Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!

The entire premise of this film is to trick the viewer into looking at the obvious meanwhile, completely misdirecting us from what’s actually happening. I believe it’s the premise for the entire series. It’s very clever and impressive they’ve managed to pull it off in both films without people catching on until the end.

Jon M. Chu brilliantly manages to misdirect the audience from the true plot of the film: Who is the eye? I won’t spoil it for you, I suggest you buy it on DVD when it comes out in November and find out for yourself. When you hear it’s a film about magic and illusion, one thing that must be amazing is the special effects- nobody wants to watch a film if you can see through the tricks and illusions on offer. So, it is a good thing that the special effects are second to none.

Big names feature throughout the first  film; Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Jesse Eisenberg and many more. However, with Daniel Radcliffe trading in one magical world for another also, switching from hero to villain alongside the brilliant Michael Caine we would expect an amazing second film. I found Daniel Radcliffe’s a bit strange throughout the film but if you’re playing a sadistic, billionaire, genius recluse I would expect nothing less and so, I’m of the opinion that he carried it off really well. The addition of Lizzy Caplan  to the four horsemen was great she showed that she could keep us with the boys and was more than capable to join the group replacing Isla Fisher as the only women in the group.

I love this film. I can not hide it. Its funny and enjoyable as well as easy to watch. So, based on that I would give it full marks and with a third sequel rumoured to be in the works I suggest you all catch up on the previous two films.