31 July 2013

Favorite Quotes and Lyrics #3

"Never apologise for being nerdy, because unerdy people never apologise for being assholes"

This is pretty self explanatory, embrace your inner nerd!

30 July 2013

The Great Gatsby bar, Sheffield

Last week I finally got a chance to visit this beautiful looking bar I'd been eyeing up on my trips to Sheffield for several months.  It's called The Great Gatsby and it's a 1920's themed cocktail bar.

Row 1 L-R- the front the bar, a snippet of the artwork inside, my sister waiting for her food to arrive
Row 2 L-R- funky looking lamps, some of the furniture inside, bar from the side
Row 3 L-R- making cocktails at the bar just look at all those spirits!, looking out of the window, condiments basket
It is predominantly a cocktail bar but it also serves food and even has a beard garden (yes you read that right).  It should be painfully hipster and pretentious however I am happy to say the atmosphere when I attended with my sister a week ago was very relaxed and friendly.  It was around 6pm on a weekday so it wasn't in party mode just yet.

The decor of the venue was beautiful, I would describe it as art deco with a modern twist.
Clockwise from top- My sisters bean burger with chips and coleslaw, empty plate, my peppermint tea
We only went in for food and a soft drink.  However I chose not to eat as the menu is limited, selling only pies, pizzas and burgers and not suitable for my diet (i'm currently on the slimming world program).  My sister is a vegetarian and quickly settled on a bean burger along with a water and I ordered a peppermint tea.  The food prices were pretty reasonable and my sister reassures me the food was delicious, my tea was pretty tasty too, as far as tea goes.

Now the main focus of this bar is cocktails and although I didn't have any on this occasion there were people ordering some at the bar and they looked amazing, really unique.  The video below of how they make one of there signature cocktails, it will give you some idea of the general theming too.

This is defiantly a place I'd come back to, i think Amy would love it so we will have to work at checking it out together some time :)  I sugest you check out the website here for the menu, cocktail list and other infomation

28 July 2013

Favorite Quotes and Lyrics #2

"Our Words are weapons, they are our shields
Our Words are weapons, fist by fucking fist."
-Funeral for a Friend, High Castles

Funeral For a Friend are a band that will always be close to my heart, I've loved them since I first picked up Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation at the age of 14/15 (10 years ago now!).  They have now dropped in popularity since then but there latest album Conduit is, for me, there best album since Hours.  It's good to hear them with a heavier sound once more and I honestly don't think this album has received the recognition it should have.  

This quote is taken from my current favourite song from this new album High Castles , to be honest I nearly quoted the whole song, I don't think its as effective picking out individual lines, but I did it settled on this. Its a song about language and relationships so it's an obvious choice for me.

Expect to see Funeral for a Friend lyrics for me in the future for this project, I think at times they can be practically poetic.  Check out the song here and if you like it make sure you pick up the album!


26 July 2013

The Sunshine Award

I've been given a blog award! Can you believe that? I sure can't!

The award is described as follows: 

The Sunshine Blog award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. It is given to “bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.

The totally lovely, sweet and dedicated Amy from cocktailsinteacups has nominated me for the Sunshine Award.  If you've somehow stumbled here and don't know her blog you should really check it out, she's a huge inspiration for me and defiantly give her a vote! 

There seems to be 2 different versions of the rules floating round, I've decided to follow the ones Amy used:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you- Thank you again Amy, you are awesome :)
  • Post the award logo on your blog
  • Nominate 5 other blogs you love
  • Share seven facts about yourself

So 7 facts, jeeze these are always harder then you think

  • My life sometimes feels like a list of medical conditions, off the top of my head:  Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Bulimia, Alice in Wonderland syndrome, Body dysmorphia, chronic social anxiety.  Most of these have gotten a lot better over the years.
  • I am fascinated by the uses of language, specifically word origins and colloquialisms
  • I have a love of British history, mainly the Restoration Period concentrating on Charles II and The Second Earl of Rochester
  • I am obsessed with Disneyworld, I have been something like 18 times and I never get enough (especially now Hogwarts is on the doorstep!) I spend way too long looking up facts and history of rides etc and can ream of backstage secrets and hidden gems to anyone whose interested, which generally is no one.
  • Another of my obsessions is reading and collecting books, my bookshelf i currently bursting at the seams and perfectly colour coded of course.  I can't remember the last time I ran out of books to read, there the first thing i pack and unpack when I'm going anywhere and I spent way too much time rearranging them when i should be doing other things, as well as buying books I can't afford from America (dam you Barnes and Noble leather-bound editions for being so pretty!)
  • I will buy pretty much anything with ears attached, recently it was a purse with dog ears, usually its headbands with kitty ears, I have quite a few
  • Another thing I collect (I have quite a lot can you tell?) is Alice in Wonderland related items.  Especially the disney version.  I have books, ornaments, kitchen items, teacups, key holders, bookmarks, snow-globes, clothes, jewellery and lots more

I am new to the blogesphere so i don't follow a lot of people as of yet so i'm only going to do 4 but I've found a few gems from people I'm lucky enough to know IRL, so I nominate:
Thank you again Amy for nominating me.  Happy blogging everyone :)

25 July 2013

OOTD; #1 Spikey Summer

I swear my face isn't actually an Iphone cover

Here is my not so summer, summer outfit from a museum trip I went on yesterday.  Don't expect a lot of these from my blog as I'm really not fashion conscious, and this happened largely by accident.  I wasn't wearing make up (I only wear it on a night out or a "lunch with the girls" kind of event)  so I didn't see any point in documenting it.

Clockwise from top left: Dress: £9.99 Ark, Creepers (borrowed from sister) £30.00 Ark, Headband £1.00 Poundland, Back of dress, Studs on the top half, dress "in action" at the museum teamed with a sexy WW2 tin helmet!

I'm going to start by apologising  for the state of my roots, I have a wedding coming up in 3 weeks and I am determined not to touch my hair until then, meaning I have hideous roots and a distinct lack of pinkness!  The headband is from Poundland, who would have thought!  The one in my hometown actually does a decent line of headbands and books.

This dress is flattering and comfortable, I got it last week from Sheffield in the Ark sale, I'm a definite wear shape and this fits me in all the right places.  The only thing that put me off was the back, the cut out makes it imposable to wear a bra and I'm not a girl who can go without.  I hate clear straps (they always discolour and are generally uncomfortable) so I sucked it up and just wore a black bra.  The mistake I made was wearing this on a day that i thought wouldn't be that hot.  I bought it for nights out but seeing as I have none of those coming up in the near future I got fed up and wore it, let me tell you, lycra and latex is not a good idea on a warm humid day!

That is all for now, I will be blogging about the museum mentioned in this post soon and I have plenty of other posts lined up.  Happy reading! :)


17 July 2013

Favorite Quotes and Lyrics #1

 I love language, especially colloquialisms and as a result I have for a long time, been somewhat obsessed with song lyrics and quotes.  Books, songs, poetry, off hand remarks, speech and more rarely for me, film and TV quotes.  They strike a note with me deep inside, some stick with me, some are fleeting, some are silly, some are serious, some I've liked for a long time some I've just found.  With this in mind I'm going to start a series of these uses of language that I love.  Kicking off with a strange one:

As the blood flowed from her head-wound,
Right down into those golden little curls,
Then it struck him, his wish was granted,
He finally had a redheaded girl

Its a strange starting quote because it doesn't have any deep meaning, it's not something I've loved for a long time, I literally saw it on my friends Facebook last week and loved it.  Turns out it's a song lyric from the song redhead by Blanche.  If you want to listen to it you can check it out here:


13 July 2013

Review #1, The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

what shall we do?” Said Twoflower.
Panic?” Said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival
As if moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld could do with a hero. What it doesn't need is a singularly inept and cowardly wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world, or a well-meaning tourist and his luggage with a mind (and legs) of it's own. Which is a shame, because that's all there is....

So a few months ago I went into Waterstones and picked up the first three books in the Discworld series The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic and Equal Rights. I had heard many great things about these books, how funny they are, how the characters are crazy and ridiculous, how inventive the world is, so my expectations were high!

It is important to point out that until recently, i'd never read any fantasy. Ever. Last year, at christmas, for the first time I picked up the Harry Potter series. Now not only had I not read them, I had no idea of the plot. I knew it was about a wizard that went to wizard school, that was literally it. How I had got this far in life (especially as an avid reader) and managed to avoid spoilers or even plot direction is beyond me. I remember my housemate at the time Amy going to watch the final film and mentioning something about a war, I was very confused! Then at the end of the year I picked up and read The Hobbit, my second venture into fantasy, and finally I was ready for Discworld.

So first, a confession......I am not very good at reading fantasy. I'm just not, I adored Harry Potter and The Hobbit but my brain sometimes struggles to imagine the worlds properly, especially if I make a mental image and then something in the text changes it. I find it frustrating.

With this in mind I found the first book The Colour of Magic disappointing, the were certain parts of the world building I just didn't get, I didn't find it funny, and I sometimes got a little lost. I think this is partially due to my inexperience in the genre and partially because of the book. Either way for me, it was a miss, I put the other books to the back of my mind.

Then last week, I felt compelled to pick up The Light Fantastic, and I'm glad I did, simply, this book saved the series for me.

It sticks with the same main characters as in the first book, Rincewind, Twoflower and the luggage, and continues were the other book left off, with them falling off the edge of the planet (the most literal “cliff hanger” moment in literary history). Now I liked Rincewind in the first book, and liked him just as much in this, frankly he a bumbling buffoon, and then theres the luggage......... My favourite new character has to be the toothless Conan the Barbarian, going from an epic legend to an old man, he is hilarious. Thats the main difference in this book, it is genuinely funny. I laughed out loud at several points, in the first book I could see where it was supposed to be funny but it just didn't hit it off for me.

My only real negative is that I still struggled a bit with imagining some the settings (partially because they are always moving around and every place they go is more crazy then the last!) but defiantly not as confusing as I found the first book.

I'm glad I decided to give this second book a chance and I've decided I'm sticking with this series (over time...I mean come on theres 39 books!)and hopefully I won't regret it!

I would give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars

Favourite Quote: ( This is hard, because it's full of great one liners and descriptions, I'll pick one of my favourites at random)

The short conversation that follows eventually led to a tree religion. Its tenet of faith was this: a tree that was a good tree and led a clean decent and upstanding life could be assured of a future life after death. If it was very good indeed it would eventually be reincarnated as five thousand rolls of lavatory paper.”
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