March Round-Up

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Well that is March over and done with – a quarter of 2019 has gone and what have we done? It’s scary how within a couple of blinks we are in April. Like at the time the week drags, the weather is shite and the moods are low. But before we know it we are buying Easter Eggs and getting ready for some Bank Holidays.

BathroomSo what have I been up to? Well firstly that bathroom I mentioned in the last roundup is done – plastered, painted, looking fresh. I did spend a whole weekend painting the walls and ceilings and that was pretty tough because the night before I had done Arms at the gym and by the end of the painting they were on fire.

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Which rolls into my mention of Soph (who can be found over one Twitter and Instagram. She was looking for volunteers for her Fitness Challenge so I jumped at the chance to have a real work out routine and to help her out as she becomes the next PT Super Star. So I am a week in and this is my progress photos – not sure if you see a difference, but I can feel one, I’m really enjoying it and wish Soph all the best in all she does. My GF seems to notice a difference in my shoulders and arms and I bought a new jacket the other day and had to go down a size because my size was to baggy – so maybe it’s all coming up Milhouse.

 

 

 


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I was also invited back to the Theatre to review another play in a few weeks, which I am very grateful for the opportunity. I’ve also been complimented a lot this month from various people in and out of the blogging world for my support, writing style and general happy go-lucky outlook. Which is nice right. Though I felt mid March was a bit of a downer in regards to my life and my plan for the next steps. But hopefully a few irons that I have in the fires will spark up an opportunity soon enough. Stay tuned for that update.

March’s movie viewing consisted of Captain Marvel, US and Shazam. My review for Captain Marvel can be found here. Spoilers – I loved it. (Don’t worry the review is Spoiler free) US was as creepy and well made as you’d think it would be. In my eyes wasn’t as good or impacting as Get Out was but still worth a watch. But as for Shazam – the little I say the better in my opinion. It was a Shazambles!

Blog stats are on the up as well. I am now 3 for 3 on beating last years stats which is a given I guess as I grow and gain a bigger audience. But it’s still good to see it’s all going in the right direction. Now it’s time to tackle April – I have a busy month coming up so I bet the next round up will be stacked.

As always take care and all my love! Mwah!

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Golden Globes – The Review.

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Award season has truly got under way and last night Beverly Hills hosted the Golden Globes, an award set to praise and recognise talent in both Film & Television. With this in mind it means the Oscars are about 6 weeks away. The only difference really is who decides the winners. The Globes are chosen by the Press office and the Oscars picked by the Academy of Motion Picture, Art and Science.

The Golden Globes don’t have as many categories compared to the Oscars but it hosts the major ones such as; Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor & Actress in both Drama and Musical / Comedy, Best Screenplay, Original Song, Director and many more.


I am going to breakdown a handful of categories and give some feedback on what I think about the selection and the outcome. Please note as much as I am a film buff / geek. There are films mentioned that I have not seen. Which I will try not to let affect my feedback.


Best Motion Picture – Drama. 

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Great start to this, having only seen 3 of the 5 nominated films. I have not seen BlacKKKlansman or If Beale Street Could Talk. Which is a shame. I really wanted to catch BlacKKKlansman and felt it might have been a hidden gem. Which I guess it was. Beale Street I have never heard of so best go find a copy of that. Now the ones I know, As much as I am a BIG MCU fan (What me? Who knew?), I didn’t rate Black Panther as highly as the critics or other fans. It’s a good film but in the running with these I feel like it’s out of its depth.

Now to the big two; A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody. I loved them both. Even reviewing BoRap which can be found HERE – shamefully I never reviewed A Star is Born which I regret now. Both of these were amazing films and I am happy to see either or win. Though I think deep down A Star is Born deserved the win a tiny bit more, I am not mad at the choice.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. 

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Across the board I rate all of these Actresses bar Melissa McCarthy. Her brand of comedy and style really annoys me. But that aside the film she is Nominated for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” looks good. Being a true story drama piece it might change my mind of her.

In honesty I have only seen Lady Gaga’s performance, which was breathtaking, so I am slightly disheartened that she did not win. But knowing how talented the competition was I can imagine Close’s performance must have been off the chain and I bet this award is well deserved.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. 

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I wanted to controversially mention this category as an excuse to air some feelings I have. Which I KNOW will be met with some heat, anger and disapproval. But here we go.

Lin-Manuel Miranda. I don’t know what it is but I don’t like how hyped he is, how you are expected to like and appreciate this man out of nowhere. Don’t get me wrong the Moana music was good and I really want to watch Hamilton, but I just feel like he is overrated and I am almost forced to like him for some unknown reason. It might be me subconsciously wanting to not like him because he is the next big thing all of a sudden. Who knows I can’t put my finger one it – Sorry. Rant over.

The category – I am very excited to see both Stan & Ollie and Vice. But all four of the remaining men are brilliant performers in their own right. So I can imagine this one was a tough call. Also I thought Redford was retiring? Maybe I missed something.


  Other Awards.

Rami Malek took the Best Actor (Drama) from Bradley Cooper with his Freddie Mercury portrayal. Which well done – but Cooper was phenomenal. Though the Oscars are on their way Bradders. The same goes for Best Director – as a debut film Cooper nailed it in my eyes but lost it to Alfonso Cuaron who I had to google to see what else he had done . . . not sure I can agree after looking at this IMDB page but what do I know compared to the LA Press.

Olivia Colman took Best Actresses in Musical or Comedy (not sure about this title) for The Favourite which must be well deserved, I have always rated for as an actress.

Richard Madden won for the Bodyguard in Best TV Drama Actor and Sandra Oh won the Actress version for Killing Eve (which I keep meaning to start). Rachel Brosnahan grabbed Best Comedy Actress for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – which if you have not seen I beg you to go home tonight and start. I love it.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung into the top spot for Best Animated Motion Picture (seeing it tomorrow night). Everyone I know that has seen it has urged me to go – saying it’s the best thing ever. The Americans picked up Best TV Drama and The Kominsky Method took Best TV Comedy.

Lastly I want to mention Best Original Song – Shallow from A Star is Born, which won this hands down. And too bloody right. It was the 22nd most downloaded single of 2018 – which to say it only came out in October shows how much it took the world by storm. I can’t not listen to it when it’s on. It’s beautiful.

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Next stop BAFTA’s and then the big boys, the Oscars! The nominations are released at the end of the month where I will do a post placing my bets . . . while maybe placing a bet or two.

What do you think to the Golden Globe results? Do you think someone missed out or was robbed? Like I said I am in mixed emotions, feeling bad for A Star is Born but happy for Bohemian Rhapsody. But let’s see what happens next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would You Rather Tag.

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The ever so delightful Nicole from “Just a Belfast Girl” tagged me in this “Would You Rather” tag – which for me seems odd to be playing without a beer in my hand. It’s that ever popular drinking game that just turns into a showcase of sex exploits . . . maybe we will keep this one a bit more PG though shall we.

If you do not follow the wee bonnie Belfast gal then this is the perfect chance to do so. You will be regret it. Promise.


Right, now to the tag and the rules.

Below are a set of questions and answers that I have been set. Then below will be another set of questions for you to do. Shall we begin?

 

  1. Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken? 
    Being a photographer I shouldn’t say all the photos I’ve taken, but the amount of items I class as valuables that hold so many memories to me that outweighs the choice. While also being picky, am I able to say I would still have photos taken by other people.
  2. Would you rather be able to see 10 minutes into your own future or 10 minutes into the future of anyone but yourself?10 Minutes of my own future. I feel that the short period of time probably wont be beneficial to help others. But it would help me in making some choices.
  3. Would you rather be famous when you are alive and forgotten when you die or unknown when you are alive but famous after you die?I would rather be unknown while alive and the be famous when I die. I want them to tell tales of me in hundreds of years.
  4. Would you rather go to jail for 4 years for something you didn’t do or get away with something horrible you did but always live in fear of being caught?I would rather live in fear of being caught then spending my life having people think I have done something horrendous.
  5. Would you rather your shirts be always two sizes too big or one size too smallI’d have to opt for the two sizes to big then small. Think of the comfort.
  6. Would you rather live in the wilderness far from civilization or live on the streets of a city as a homeless person?The Wilderness gets my vote, but I’d opt to move to Cornwall or somewhere by the sea – Beautiful part of the country. Sadly I have seen how people treat the homeless in the city and I would not want to face that.
  7. Would you rather the general public think you are a horrible person but your family be very proud of you or your family think you are a horrible person but the general public be very proud of you?As long as my family are proud of me, I couldn’t give two hoots what the public think. I am always the bad guy. Let is be.
  8. Would you rather live your entire life in a virtual reality where all your wishes are granted or in the real world?I love the idea of Virtual Reality and knowing how the real world is today and what could be. I think Virtual Reality would be the option I’d pick. Imagine a world like “Ready Player One”.
  9. Would you rather be alone for the rest of your life or always be surrounded by annoying people?As much as I am a very social person, I can not stand annoying or ignorant people and for that I would much rather live alone then have to suffer the annoyance.
  10. Would you rather never use social media sites/apps again or never watch another movie or TV show?
    Social Media Apps – I am sorry guys, but as much as I love the technology, the people and the modern social media world. I would give it up for the movies. Plus those ignorant people I mentioned above rule some social media platforms and they ruin it for everyone.

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Wow I think some of those answers got a little real didn’t they. I am a good person. But yeah this is where we are at, I hope this hasn’t changed your opinion of me – if so, who cares. You ready for some questions of your own.


  1. Would you rather be deaf or blind?
  2. Would you rather have fingers for toes or toes for fingers?
  3. Would you rather be able to hear people’s thoughts but have to speak them out loud. Or have no filter and speak every single word that comes to your mind?
  4. Would you rather have no cheese at Christmas or no chocolate on Easter?
  5. Would you rather lose the ability to lie or believe everything you’re told?
  6. Would you rather Win £50,000 or let your best friend win £1 million?
  7. Would you rather know how you will die or when you will die?
  8. Would you rather Look 10 years older from the neck up, or the neck down?
  9. If you were reborn in a new life, would you rather be alive in the past or future?
  10. Would you rather Be the funniest person in the room or the most intelligent?

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Now how are they for some questions. I would love to know what your answers are:

I tag the following people.

  1. Megs – Blog: Respirare – Twitter: @RespirareXO
  2. Leann – Blog: ArthritisFighter – Twitter: @lifewithcaleb_x
  3. Sarah – Blog: UnexploredBoundaries – Twitter: @SarahDanne
  4. Matt – Blog: MattViews – Twitter: @MattViews1
  5. Laura – Blog: LauraJacquesAINH – Twitter: @Laura_AIMH
  6. Bryony – Blog: BryonyPerfectlyImperfect – Twitter: @BryonyAshaw

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Blogmas Day 11 – A Letter To Yourself About The Year.

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I found this idea and thought it might be very insightful and fun to write and even read.


Dear Ross.

It’s that magical time of year again – Christmas. We love it so much don’t we. I just wanted to write a few words to remind you of what a year you have had and just to remember at this time of year we are meant to be forgiving, thankful and full of joy.

It’s been a big year in regards to the 30 before 30 list – ticking a lot of things off it.

An all-inclusive holiday in May to Benidorm – that was so much fun. A music festival in September and then Buying a House. You are now a homeowner. Scary right. This time last year you would never have thought any of those three things would be on the horizon let alone ticked off the list.

There has been sad moments too, a funeral, a bad memory full of tears and just general life’s ups and downs. But that has made you stronger, more determined and passionate. Next year is a new adventure, you know it’s time to find a new job, sort finances out and just be more prepared for a rainy day. But there is no rush for anything. Hey kids might even be next on the list . . . did I say that out loud. Good Luck!

You celebrated a year anniversary on the blog with your awesome following. The people who read this and float about on Twitter are just brilliant. Keep it up. One day you will make this blogging thing work full-time. Everyone starts somewhere.

So here is to next year, to the new adventures and the new memories we are going to make.

Take care, enjoy the festive season, be happy and share the love.

Now let’s have some photos of these memories. Imagine Green Day’s Time of your Life playing in the background.

Peace and Love.

Ross.


 

Happy Anniversary!

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We’ve been together a year now. Started seeing each other in September but October 11th we became official. I told all my friends about you. Share photos of us on Instagram and started to make many memories.

We’ve bought new people into our relationship, met some great friends and loved every minute of things. Even the dark times where we wouldn’t talk for a week or so. We worked through it, we have become stronger and still as much in love as when we first started.


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My main thank you, is to you guys, the readers, the followers, the friends I have made. This year has been amazing and I have loved what we have made here. I can’t wait to see it grow, to get better and even more awesome.

Honestly I never thought when I first started that I would have met such inspirations and amazing people such as: Maud, Abbie, Lauren – and then the #BlogVengers; Colin, Gareth, Elle, Annie. These are to name a few – I could go on forever naming all the gems in this blogging world. Basically if you are reading this, you are one of them! I am so thankful! I also want to thank the brands who have trusted me and given me the chance to work with them to promote their amazing brands. I have loved every chance I have had.

To the next year!

Flawesome Award

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The Beginning

My first thought when getting the notification that the lovely Liz from Kentucky was “ooh tagged – she is a gem” then I opened the link. “Flawesome Award? What the fudge is this . . . I like it”. I’ve never heard of it but I love these kind of posts and I am so thankful for the tag. If you don’t know Elizabeth go and check her out, she is funny, insightful, informative and has a tiny obsession with Ryan “Hot Stuff” Reynolds . . . who knows why!

She can be found Here, Here and Here. Blog. Instagram. Twitter.


About the Flawesome Award:

Created by Sophia Ismaa, the objective of the Flawesome Award is to celebrate the flaws that make us awesome. With this award, we are reminded that our flaws are unique things that can give us strength, and make us awesome. Sophia said: “Our flaws make us human, our flaws tell us more about who we are, and in turn we turn those flaws into awesome strengths. In short, our flaws make us #flawesome.”


Rules of the Flawesome Award:

Link back to the creator – Sophia Ismaa Writes

Display the award

List 3 flaws and turn it into a strength

Tag 10 other people


My Flaws.

I am going to struggle with this post I think, not because I think I am perfect and flawless – because I don’t. More because I struggle to highlight flaws in myself as I always try to turn even the negative things into positive. Which is the aspect of this post so I guess I just need to suck it up and start my usual ramblings.

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Flaw 1.

Struggles with being impatient.

IMG_0204I have always been a fantasist. Dreaming of a better life, job, dream. Thinking – when I do this it will mean I can do this, this and that. Which would be awesome. But sadly my life hasn’t gone like that. I become very impatient to want to have that end goal NOW and skip the years of slog it will cost and cause me to get there. But with this is mind I have been able to look at this, process and make smaller targets to build to the bigger picture. Rather than jumping straight for the end goal and getting disheartened when I fail. Instead I can go step by step and build mini victories.


Flaw 2.

Being in Control.

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I have a tendency to be in control, as much as I don’t worry or panic about anything. I still like to know what is going on and the gossip or info. It’s not a great thing because obviously because as soon as I am out of the loop or not able to get the information or knowledge I need I get filled with anxiety and worry that I am going to miss out or not know the answer. But on the flip side what makes the FLAWESOME is that fact I am very observant and always listening. (I’d make a great Spy). Which means even if I am not involved I am gather info. You know upon reading that back it sounds very shifty. Honestly I am a good guy!

 


Flaw 3.

Caring & Kind.

IMG_20180315_153049_455.jpgWait what? How is that a flaw? You are right is it a flaw? Well in my case I think it can be. I care too much, I want everyone to be happy – even if that means putting my happiness at risk to allow someone else to be happy – I will do that. I always have. It is something I need to work on, everyone deserves to be happy – even me. Not to say I am not, it boils down to priorities doesn’t it. Looking after number one while also caring and spreading love to others.

 


My Nominees for the Flawesome Award:


Enjoy & Good Luck.

I can’t wait to read all your posts!

10 Unusual Things About Me

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So here we are, back again – trying to get an understanding of who I really am? I mean come on guys don’t you know enough already – well Nicola from Nic’s Healthy Life thinks not and so has tagged me in something fun. “Ten Unusual Things About Me” check out her post just HERE and find her on social media – she’s a hoot. – TwitterBlog

So here we go. Firstly let me start by saying 10 is a big number, this is tough. So I am sorry if some of the later ones down the list are just silly.

  1. I put milk in first when making tea. (It’s the British way. Milk cools the china so stop it cracking)
  2. I used to be a Vegetarian – Not sure why or how this came about. Just I remember a period of claiming it. Until I ate a burger at our Year Six School leavers Party. #Wild
  3. I’m allergic to Orange Juice – Awkwardly went on a first date once, she was drinking OJ all night. Then we got to a point where we discussed allergies. We laugh about it now.
  4. I love a challenge! Regardless of what is it – I will try my best to complete it. But I am also wise enough to admit defeat at times.
  5. I am not a fan of Horror films – but I like Supernatural spooky stuff. I think the films thing is because there isn’t really a good Horror now days. Over the top blood fests are just not scary.
  6. I love the era of 1910’s 1920’s Gangsters – the Italian, Irish Mafia Bootleggers. I’d love to experience a week in the life. Maybe I should work on time travel.
  7. I love Christmas – Not much of a hidden fact. But I am running short of ideas and as the season rolls around I felt you should know. I LOVE IT!
  8. As much as I am a film fanatic – I have never seen Titanic.
  9. My favourite number is “19” – can’t tell you why as I don’t know.
  10. I am a big believe in anything and everything unexplainable, creepy, or conspiracy based. JFK Assassination – Magic Bullet hmmm, Zeus and the God, Creepy haunting stuff, Aliens. All of it interests me and I have opinions on all.

Wow I did it. Ten. Go me – what do you think? Happy? Feel like you know me better?

Now to the bit I don’t like with these . . . tagging people. I love to share but this bit is time-consuming and hard to whittle it down to only a handful of awesome people. But here goes I want to know more about; Gemma, Megan, Jay, Soph, Erika, Zara, Katy, Lucy, Anne, Clem.

Team, your challenge is to share 10 unknown facts about yourself so we can get to know you better.

Enjoy!