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Liebster Awards

liebster2-pagespeed-ce-fzvb3mebe_Because I am a terrible person, I was nominated for a Liebster award by the ever so kind Cumuloquoise last month, but I never actually got around to doing the challenge.

Then yesterday, I was nominated for another liebster award by the equally lovely Chilly Milly. So to assuage my feelings of guilt, I have two sets of questions to answer, and five blogs to nominate to pass on the award, but at least I’m actually doing it!

So the basic premise of the Liebster award is that it works like a sort of chain letter, allowing people to discover new blogs, with not very many followers, and acknowledging bloggers! You answer the questions set by your nominator, and set your own questions for your nominees.

The Rules are These:

  • You have to link back to the person who nominated you.
  • You must answer all 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
  • After completing the questions, you must nominate at least 5 bloggers with under 200 followers and give them 11 questions of your choice.
  • You are not allowed to nominate the person who nominated you.
  • You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it.

So, question set number one comes from Cumuloquoise:

  1. Why did you decide to blog in the first place? I started blogging because I liked to write, because my diary didn’t have enough space in it, because I won a free domain and wanted to do something with it, and because I’m basically a massive narcissist and wanted to talk about my life. Very admirable reasons, as I’m sure you’ll agree.
  2. Name three of your pastimes or hobbies. My primary hobby is playing music – I’ve played since I was a very little girl, and still play in the Concert Band in my university. Unfortunately, they’re >still< on summer break, so it’s been a while since I’ve actually played anything. Hobby number two would be reading – I spent a fair whack of time commuting to college every day, which gives me ample time to read (although that does occasionally cause me to miss stops). Does blogging count as a hobby? I do that. If not, swimming – a lapsed hobby, which I’m planning to get back into this month.
  3. If you could interview anyone right now, who would it be and why? Awh man, uh, Hargreaves, to ask why his impact assessments are so rubbish (nerdy research interview ftw.)
  4. If you could interview anyone who has already died, who would it be and why? Interview questions are difficult. Errrrrrrr – Edward VIII, to ask him whether he knew the consequences of wanting to abdicate, and if he did, whether he would’ve done it anyways. Mostly because I watched The King’s Speech two weeks ago.
  5. Recommend a movie. And thus, you see what film I recommend – The King’s Speech. Very excellent.
  6. Recommend a book. Sabriel, by Garth Nix, or more widely his Old Kingdom trilogy. Still one of my favourite trilogies, and I am desperately awaiting the launch of Clariel.
  7. Recommend an album. Absolution by Muse – one of my favourite Muse albums!
  8. Recommend a Youtuber. MysteryGuitarMan, although I temper my recommendation with the fact that I don’t actually follow any youtubers.
  9. If you could cosplay as any character, who would it be and why? I think Sabriel! Who WOULDN’T want to be able to bring back the dead? But I don’t think I ever will – embroidered costume would be far too difficult.
  10. Who is your celebrity crush? Jennifer Lawrence, like half the world, for being amazing. Although, in terms of straight crush, currently Andrew Scott.
  11. What’s your favourite fandom? The Avatar/Legend of Korra fandom. Incredible series, with so much dedication and amazing skill behind it, and a fandom which is generally very friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming!

And question set number two from Chilly Milly:

  1. If you could convey a message to the people of your fellow generation, what would you say? Probably something along the lines of ‘Don’t listen to me, I don’t know any more than you do’.
  2. Of morals and principles, what is something you stand by steadfastly?
  3. What is it that you detest the most?
  4. What are some of your greatest literary loves? I don’t know if this is characters, authors, or books. So! Characters: Sabriel, Lirael, Mogget, Ethan Roberts, Arkarian, Rochelle Thallimar, Hanno Hath, Pinpin Hath, Mumpo Inch, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger. Also Mia Hall and Adam Wilde. Authors: Garth Nix, Marianne Curley, William Nicholson, Gayle Forman, Dorothy Koomson, Lauren Oliver, Jaclyn Moriarty, Malorie Blackman. Books: the Old Kingdom trilogy, the Guardians of Time trilogy, the Wind on Fire trilogy, My Best Friend’s Girl, My Sister’s Keeper, If I Stay, Where She Went, the Brookfield/Ashbury books, the Redwall books,  Harry Potter, Noughts and Crosses (all books), The Night Watch (series)… I could go on, here.
  5. When in need of an escape, where do you seek solace? My bedroom, generally. I don’t often feel the need to escape, but I find most things can be solved by sleep (the human equivalent of turning it off and on again).
  6. What is your opinion on the ways social media has influenced our modern day society? Social media has blurred the line between what’s public and what’s private – the relative merit or demerit of that is up to individuals. Personally, as someone who lives in a different country to half her family and all her college friends, I find it’s a magnificent tool for keeping in touch, and keeping up to date on the lives of those you might have an interest in their wellbeing without actually bothering to actively seek them out and ask them.
  7. What is a quote that you love most? Does the Walker choose the Path, or the Path the Walker? – The Book of the Dead, from Sabriel, by Garth Nix.
  8. If you could make one irrefutable change in the world today, what would it be? I’d bring Ireland and England much closer together. Purely selfish, but God, it would make my life much nicer.
  9. What is your favorite sound in the world? The voices of my sisters and my boyfriend.
  10. What is a characteristic you praise the most in a person? Hard work and determination. Even without success, trying at something is always worth praise.
  11. What is a painting that captures your heart and soul the most? Cliché, but The Starry Night, by van Gogh.

My nominees are as follows:

Emily Rose, Makeup & Beauty by Amy, Dapper, Irish and Butch, The Book Spa and Chitownbooks

And my questions are thus (assume, for any where appropriate, that it is followed by ‘and why’):

  1.  What’s your favourite colour?
  2. If you could invite anybody (alive or dead) to dinner with your family, who would it be?
  3. Who’s your favourite author?
  4. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  5. What’s your favourite book cover?
  6. What are your top 3 most-visited websites?
  7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  8. What are your three desert-island must-haves [you can’t have a mirror, and assume survival is already provided for]?
  9. What is one thing you wish you knew more about?
  10. If you didn’t do what you do now (school/college/work-wise) what would you do instead?
  11. What’s your favourite flavour of ice cream?

 

That’s it! Have fun!

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Frozen

A few days ago, in conversation with Sinéad, she seemed to get rather upset about the fact that, because Alex and I give joint presents, and she and Mark don’t, as a couple, we were gaining in terms of presents.

I tried to convince her that sort of wasn’t the point of presents, keeping score, but she was unmoved by my arguments.
So as compensation, I decided to bring her to see frozen today.

So we traipsed out to the cinema this evening, although evening might be stretching it a bit. Apparently Disney films don’t tend to be on very late. In any case, today we watched frozen.

I love Disney any time, really, it’s probably the only sort of films that I can claim any kind of real knowledge about. I’ve really enjoyed the last few films they’ve brought out, especially with their lessened focus on romantic relationships.

Frozen is a gorgeous film. It’s visually amazing – the eternal winter lends itself to some incredibly picturesque icy landscapes.

The story focuses on Anna and Elsa, two princesses of the kingdom of Arendelle. Anna, the younger, is a clumsy shut-in, lonely and isolated from everyone. The reason? Her elder sister, Elsa, is trying to hide the fact that she was born with the power to create ice and snow.

Naturally, hiding it doesn’t go so well, and in attempting to run away, Elsa accidentally thrusts Arendelle into an eternal winter. Cue adventures trying to find Elsa, cease the winter, and various other things.

I really enjoyed frozen. I think it was visually gorgeous, and the music was great (with powerhouse Idina Menzel on board, let it go is the standout song of the film) and the themes of the story – love, family, acceptance, – were beautifully portrayed. There are lots of theories online about what Elsa’s ice-powers represent, but to be honest I don’t care that much about them. I just really enjoyed it as a film. Very cute. Highly recommended.

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Spike Island

I went out today to meet a friend, and we went to the cinema. We ended up seeing Spike Island, which was actually really good.

It’s a coming-of-age film about a group of Mancunian teenagers trying to get to a Stone Roses concert on Spike Island. It’s got a bit of everything, good music, friends, romance, family drama, some abuse, children, happy things, sad things, dancing, drugs, really everything you could ask for in a film.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would recommend that you go see it. If you’re into British cinema, or the stone roses, or Manchester, or films, or things, I don’t know. I liked it, anyways.

But it got me thinking. I’ve never had a coming of age weekend/moment? There was no point in my life which changed everything. I just… grew up. Gradually, you know, one day at a time.

There was no massive experience in my life which changed me from a child to an adult. Even now, at the age of 23, I still feel like a child sometimes. And I say this, even though I live on my own and pay my own rent and cook my own food and am a PhD student.

I don’t know. Maybe I’d feel more like a grown-up if I’d had a coming-of-age moment/weekend? Can I have one now? Some time soon? Am I too old to be having one of those?

I probably am too old. That’s alright though. I’ll just accept that I grew up gradually. Like most people. And I am a grown-up. Sort of.

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