Thursday, 24 June 2010

Blogging Vay-Cay

I had no intention of taking a blogging break this week, but that pesky thing called life got in the way and blogging just ain't going to be possible past today.

First off my laptop died.  I'm hoping it just needs life support and TLC and not a coffin but who knows?

Secondly I have to move.  ASAP.  Admittedly so my current flat can be made all shiny and new and lovely for me, but I thought I had weeks, not days til I had to be out.  Now stressing and desperately searching for boxes.

So, I'm sorry guys, but when I come back I promise to be more awesome than before.  It'll be a hard task, but I'll try.  (Note to self, work on the whole humility thing.)

Bike Week - Thursday Threads

In another life (aka 2008-2009) my job involved telling the good people of Nottingham town that they should get out and about on their bikes.  Or feet, by bus, tram, train, pogostick... essentially anything but a car.  One of the best times was National Bike Week when we got out there and did everything we could to convince people that two wheels are great.

Last year I was working with art galleries, cinemas and bike shops to organise fun events, but my most favourite was the Wheelie Big Breakfast.  No, I did not come up with the cheesy so-bad-it's-good name, more's the pity.  Essentially anyone who hopped on a bike and joined us earnt themselves a free breakfast for being so fabulous.  It was fun, we made people happy with free food and felt a collective sense of cycling enthusiasm.

This year's Wheelie Big Breakfast is today, and while I'm shedding a silent tear at not being involved, I still want to do my bit.  So to thank every awesome cyclist out there, feast your eyes on some cycling treats:

Bicycle Toe Bag

Bike Print Blouse

Bike Love Tshirt
Bicycle Print Tshirt Dress

Bike Necklace

Happy Bike Week everyone!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Playing the Game - Words on Wednesday

So last weekend I hopped in a car and hightailed it out of the country - all the way to sunny Wales.  I say this with absolutely no irony.  I spent an amazing long weekend enjoying stunning sunshine in a gorgeous little cottage in the middle of nowhere.

And finally, with no distractions, with nothing to stress about and no appointments, I finally got to Read A Book.

Yes, after struggling for a month to read a whole book, it only took me two days to (almost) complete my latest book.  Normally I don't tell you about books til I've actually finished them, but as I'm only 20-odd pages off the end I figured you wouldn't mind.

Book cover for Playing the Game - a novel by Belle de Jour
 via Amazon

Playing the Game is by Belle De Jour - as in the blogging call girl - but this time she's written a novel.  With "Belle" as the central character.

This tells the story of how Belle's life might have played out once she quit the sex industry - or is it how her life did play out?  The minx is mixing things up and blurring the lines between fact and fiction.  And... I feel unfair critiquing this like it's some great novel, when it's more of a light summer read.

Seems like the author just couldn't let that part of her life go when she hung up her lingerie and whip, and that makes for a great trashy novel.  And I love my trashy novels - they're fluffy, fun and entertaining - and this one is a little bit smarter, sharper and a whole lot sexier than the rest.

Do you have a favourite trashy novel?  Or a summer read that's something of a guilty pleasure perhaps?

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Wimbledon Snacks - Tea on Tuesday

I know the country's gone crazy for the World Cup but, well, let's just say football isn't my thing.  And having grown up on the Isle of Man, I don't really think of myself as English.  So if they don't win, frankly colour me unsurprised and uninterested.

Now tennis on the other hand, that's a sport that gets me excited.  Wimbledon especially so.  Not only are the world's best tennis players doing their thing just a few (well a LOT) of miles down the road in London town, but the Wimbledon snacks are right up my street.

Wimbledon Snacks - Strawberries and Cream

No greasy pies or dodgy hotdogs to be seen here, only the best strawberries and cream, perhaps with a scone, all washed down with Pimms and lemonade.  How civilised.  If you need me this week, you'll find me obsessively watching tennis and indulging in the finest Wimbledon treats - I'm being patriotic after all.

PS Don't tell anyone, but I'm rooting for Federer - even after his less than impressive first round match, although I will of course be dead pleased if local(ish) lad Andy Murray wins the tournament.  Will you be watching Wimbledon?

Monday, 21 June 2010

Lovely Landscapes - Monday Masterpiece

Welsh Landscape

Is there anything nicer than escaping to the countryside for a few days?  I love the lush, green, Welsh countryside.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Emma - Film on Friday

One of my favourite movies is the delightful 1996 adaptation of the Jane Austen novel, Emma.

Emma Movie Poster

Now, clearly I cannot credit the film makers with the amazing plot, but they have written an excellent version of this classic story that perfect captures the book.  Yes, I've seen other versions, and they were great, but this for me is the definitive Emma.

Still from the movie Emma

Gwyneth Paltrow is mischievous and misguided with all the charm that this feisty heroine deserves.  I've read other reviews that criticise this version - Miss Smith is too silly, there's too much humour, Mr Knightley too light hearted...  Maybe I'm too kind on the film because I saw this before I read the book.

Still from the movie Emma

But I don't care.  I love Jeremy Northam as Mr Knightley, and the wonderful chemistry between him and Gwyn.  This film - and their love story - makes me happy every time I watch it.  In fact the only thing that bothers me is that dodgy strap line: "This spring cupid is armed and dangerous."  Really?

I'm looking forward to a relaxed weekend with family and good food - hope you have lovely plans too.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Feeling Blue - Thursday Threads

I was going to start this post off being all British and reserved and commenting on how it's been an odd few weeks for me.  While that's totally true, it doesn't even come close.

I'm not even going to try to go into it, but a bit of obvious advice for you:  If you're missing a friend you lost to cancer don't be stupid enough to watch the final series of Sex and the City.  Four friends hanging out, having fun and surviving cancer isn't what you need.

Anyway, for today I pulled together some images that suit my blue mood:

Blue Patterned Tea Dress
via Oasis

Bold Blue Cardigan
via ASOS

Vibrant Blue Dress
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