A Little Magic at the Weekend…..

I don’t know if there are any Harry Potter fans out there? But yesterday I was Harry Potter. My boyfriend’s sister had a Harry Potter themed party (well it was actually Harry Potter, Merlin, Disney, Percy Jackson and randomness but let’s stick with Harry Potter to keep it simple!) I painted some house banners, you know of Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Slytherin to decorate the house and I wore a Daniel Radcliffe mask….. that I had to add a red lightning scar to make it authentic….. a wand, a cloak, a scarf and tie. Very funny.

Me in my Harry Potter gear………….Expelliarmus!

There was lot of activities supplied by my boyfriend’s Mum. We had to go and do a treasure hunt yesterday. This involved looking round our local town for random things such as flowers, bus tickets, leaflets, newspapers etc and ticking them off as we went! Bear in mind that I was dressed as above (though I must confess that I left the wand and mask at the house and in my long, black winter coat I looked quite normal… well for me!), my boyfriend’s sister and her mates were dressed as random Harry Potter students and Bellatrix Lestrange and my boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend was dressed brightly as Luna Lovegood! So yes, we looked a right sight and it made me think that it could be real. Like in the books where the wizards visit the muggle world. That is what it could have been! A group of people at one point were getting into a car dressed as witches (for a Halloween party I assume!) and they said,’Oh look, we aren’t the only weirdos about!’ I said to my boyfriend’s sister that it would have been really funny if they had exclaimed, ‘Err we aren’t in fancy dress… we are actually witches and just visiting your muggle world for the afternoon!’ That would have been really funny and an attempt to bring Harry Potter and the world of Hogwarts to life for the afternoon!

Anyway, the treasure hunt went well. The other team consisted of my boyfriend, his twin, their brother and his mate. So girls vs boys. They boys won, sadly, but I was really pleased with how we did because we didn’t spend a penny (on getting items like Macdonald’s wrappers… we hunted the floor…. or a bus ticket…. one of us charmed the bus driver to give us a stub.) We also went on foot, whereas the boys went in the car. This meant we were slower but not by much! So I think we did very well in that case. Shame we didn’t have actual broomsticks to use like in the film!

I want to end this post byexpressing my ultimate envy for J.K Rowling. Not for the money and the fame. If i was going to be famous, I would want it to be for writing a book and she just has it so good having written a great series of books that have appealed for years to all ages. And then eight great films get made too! It is just such an original idea (even though there was some controversy over her getting the idea from another book about wizards or something?) She not only created great characters but a whole new world, language and culture. I am in awe. I would love to come up with such an idea that I could write seven books about. Maybe it is in me somewhere!

Have a magical evening!

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50 Darker Shades of Opinion (by Miss Gray)

Evening guys, thought I would finally share with you my thoughts on the second book in this famous trilogy. I summed up the first one as ‘bad writing, good sex.’ If I have to sum this one up in the same way, I will say, ‘Less sex, more plot.’ I preferred this one a lot more. I suppose people will be drawn in to read the trilogy by the sex and by the second book they are engrossed and want to know what happens in the actual story.

I still stand by my first review as I am trying to look at them as separate books. The writing is similar but I can happily get used to that. The characters do seem a bit more developed and I start to find them believable in this book. In fact, I like them quite a lot. Ana seems to come to terms with who Christian is and takes on, not only her first ever relationship, but a very complicated and high maintenance one. She starts to accept him for who he is, which brings out favourable qualities in her. She seems to be tipped over the edge a bit too often for my liking though and I don’t get the fact that she can handle his screwed up past but can’t handle him giving his mentally disturbed ex-submissive a bath? Guess she has a lot to deal with though…. Christian, we found out a lot more about and it becomes very interesting why he is like how he is. Power, control are the only things he has ever understood and the only way he has learnt how to be. As Ana learns to deal with more about this for their relationship, he also learns the other side; ‘hearts and flowers’. There is more romance in this book to balance out with the sex.

One theme that I have discovered runs through the book is ‘hunger’. That’s what I would write about if I wrote an essay about it. Yes, I think about that sometimes being the English writing geek that I am! Christian spent his childhood being ‘hungry’ for food, which is why we discover he is obsessed with Ana eating regular meals so that she is not hungry. Ana is always ‘hungry’ for information. Constantly asking him about his past, the Room of Pain, ‘Mrs Robinson’, his ex submissives, his real mother etc etc etc. She is like an inquisitive child, pushing her luck really with someone who doesn’t really like being open and talking. And of course they are both, quite frequently, ‘hungry’ for each other. For sex. Ana often responds to the, ‘Are you hungry?’ question with the response, ‘Yes, but not for food..’ Ooooh how saucy.

‘Mrs Robinson’ features in this book. Obviously I give her name in quotation marks, as that is not her real name. For some reason, I picture her to be that actress who plays Stifler’s Mum in American Pie. I think it’s because she, too, goes for the younger man and the song Mrs. Robinson plays in the first American Pie film when Finch first sleeps with her. I think the character in 50 Shades is meant to be more sophisticated and more beautiful (no offense to the actress!) but that is how I picture her at the minute. So, yes we neet her and that definitely adds some action to the plot. As does, his ex-submissive Leila and Anna’s boss, Jack. We are talking, thrown drinks, arguments, sexual assault, guns and break-ins. But I won’t give anything away 😉

When we read we like to escape don’t we? Escape our reality and to know that anything could happen. This is why I quite enjoy the whole ‘rich lifestyle’ of it all. Ana gets to fly in helicopters, visit fancy restaurants, view mansion style houses that are then bought, sail on amazing boats and drink expensive white wine and Champagne all the time! Jealous, much?! The thing I am jealous the most of all is that Christian has his own library in his own flat. He must be the person who has a Red Room of Pain full of whips, nipple clamps and handcuffs and also a room full of shelves of great literature. Of course, the most endearing thing about it all is that Ana isn’t impressed by money. She enjoys all he has to offer yes but that isn’t why she is involved. I guess it helps though! It’s almost like she has to ‘learn’ to be rich and get used to having whatever she wants. Mmm… hard life.  I found the part when she bid on the auction at the masked ball hilarious. Not very often I laugh at books but that was funny, as she had no such money but got swept along with the moment.

So yes, I enjoyed the second book and it has a great cliff hanger at the end too 😉 The question now bugging me is – ‘Who is going to play Ana and Christian in the film?!?!’ Everyone seems to have views. Will Ana be beautiful? It seems to say she is nothing special, physically. But we have to remember that it is from her perspective and she doesn’t have a lot of confidence in herself. So, will she be more beautiful that she lets on?? Christian, naturally, has to be a god in human form. Brilliant opportunity for some actor out there, they are going to be loved by all women! I imagine him as Neil Patrick Harris in his role as Barney Stinson from How I met you Mother. But a bit more rugged and less cheesy. Maybe no man exists? Truth is, whoever is chosen, someone is going to be disappointed because we all have our own visions of who the dark, handsome millionaire will be. I look forward to finding out….

So, on to the third book…..

See you tomorrow,

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Ginger Rules

Good evening people!

Thought I would dedicate today’s post to my good ginger friend, as it is her birthday! She is very defensive about her hair colour and reinforces the  fact that it is ‘auburn’ every time we call it ginger – which we do all the more to wind her up naturally 😉

It got me thinking and wondering why there is such a stigma attached to people with ginger hair. It is still seen as so negative to have ginger hair and in our society they are victimised also. If it was taken as seriously as racism then people would be in trouble a lot! With nicknames like ‘gingernut’, ‘ginga’, ‘carrot top’ etc. I and I just don’t get it because it is a gorgeous, rich hair colour. And no I am not ginger and trying to defend my corner… I am brunette and can just see this from outside the hair circle.

People always say things like, ‘oooh I wouldn’t want my child to be ginger.’ Or ‘ooh she is pretty for a ginger,’ or ‘he is really fit – shame he is ginger!’ Which is just ridiculous – it’s a hair colour at the end of the day! I once dyed my hair ginger – by accident I must admit. I never lived it down for ages! It’s really silly because as I say, it is a nice colour and why don’t people dye it ginger? Blonde hair dye sales tend to go up as many gingers turn to that. But ‘blondes’ aren’t without their own stereotypes are they? Dumb, bimbos and all that. Think I’d rather be known as a fiery ginger!

My ginger friend (the one whose birthday it is today – because believe it or not I have quite a few 😉 ) told me that her ginger friend was on holiday the other week and had a funny story. Now I can’t remember where she said the holiday was now – I’ve just text her so I can tell you but seems she is having too much birthday fun! So I may be able to tell you in the comments later. Anyway, on holiday there was a bar that held a ‘ginger night’ once a week! Gingers would go from far and wide and other people (with a fetish for gingers maybe or just curious drinkers?) If someone pulled a ginger they would get a free shot! I thought this was hilarious! I made the point that if you were a ginger and pulled a ginger then surely you should get two shots? What a great way to get drunk! I wonder if the shots were all orange in colour like… whisky, erm… can’t think of anymore – orange vodka maybe? Cointreau has an orange flavour? And surely ginger beer has to be on offer! So if you see a bar like this then do go take a look.

I also discovered that there is a National ‘hit a ginger’ day on November 2oth. One for the diaries people! Honestly you can’t make this stuff up and it seems there is a ‘National’ day for everything!

There also seems to be rules that occur when you are a ginger, as if they don’t have enough to be concerned with. Like they shouldn’t wear red because it clashes with their locks or they can’t stay out in the sun too long because they tend to have very pale, sensitive skin… well I think they should be ginger and proud and wear red and stay in that sun and get redder if they choose!

Think of all the good ginger things out there, like gingerbread, cake, biscuits and the spice itself. Very warming and good for you – just like our ginger friends! So if you have a ginger friend then celebrate their uniqueness and take them to a bar for free shots… oh and maybe avoid them on Nov 20th 😉

If you have any funny ginger stories then let me know!

Some famous ginger faces to leave you with……

See you tomorrow,

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