Saturday, 25 December 2010

Day 25



What more could you want this year then these two fabulous ladies all wrapped up in a bow. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Day 1

To kick off the countdown to Christmas I give to you the first instalment of the Sugar and Cynicism Online Advent...


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

So Here It Is...


As surreal as it may seem it is almost December and the run up to Christmas is upon us. Where the times gone I have no idea but I definitely in favour of embracing the Christmas spirit. I'm aware of my recent tardiness when it comes to updating, and let me begin by apologising. I won't bore you with excuses. However the next few weeks I intend to be a good girl and keep up to date, but there will be a difference. Rather than my regular features and random rants I will be attempting to create an on-line advent of sorts. It will of course revolve around the lovely women who have graced our screens, because I can't think of anything better to open every morning. So without further ado I give to you the Countdown to Christmas...

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

My Leading Lady


Karen Walker/Megan Mullally

I don't think I've come across a single person who watches Will and Grace and doesn't adore Karen. Sure she's a loud, pill popping, drunk but she's utterly fabulous. There's something about the way she can deliver a perfectly timed sarcastic comment while sipping a Martini, that just makes her irresistible. You'd expect that her insanely high pitched voice would be annoying but somehow it merely adds to her unique charm. She spends her days pretending to work and critiquing everything about Grace but you can tell that there's a deep friendship there, she has a similar relationship with her maid Rosario and even Will, she insults them but you know she loves them really. But her real devoted is of course to Jack; her poodle. Those two are inseparable and magnificent together, in fact they virtually steal the show. As the show progressed we can to see more of her personality as well as her general liking of French kissing girl, which lets face is what we had all been hoping for. Karen is one of a kind and I personally wouldn't change a thing about her.

Monday, 15 November 2010

My Weekly Addiction


Will & Grace

It was inevitable that Will & Grace would eventually find its way onto my addiction list. after all it's one of my favourite shows. I imagine I'm not the only one who loves it, I mean who can resist the fabulous foursome of quirky and loveable characters. Its one of those rare shows that doesn't rely on extreme drama to capture its audience. That's not to say it doesn't have its fair share of drama but what's really appealing about the show is the everyday lives of these people we came to adore. When it first aired it was a breakthrough for the GLBT community. It paved the way for future shows to revolve around gay main characters. Something we will forever be grateful for. Of course we also love the upfront humour of the show. With such different characters, there was a never ending supply of funny situations and comical, sarcastic conversations that made us smile week after week. One of the most important aspects of the show was without a doubt the friendship that these four people shared. Its the kind of friendship we all crave and if we're really lucky can relate to in our own lives. I like to think I'm one of those lucky people. It may be gone but this wonderful show is simply unforgettable.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

My Leading Lady


Detective Sergeant Sam Murray/Heather Peace

Now she may not be one of the 3 main ladies but she certainly caught my eye. I think maybe its the swagger or the hot sex on her desk. Who knows? I do feel sorry for her though, I wish Cat would stop messing her about and forget about Frankie. She's got a great girl in her bed and for some reason she keeps coming way to close to blowing it. Last nights episode only expanded my admiration for Sam,I mean did you see that sheriffs outfit, it was hot. And of course it added to the whole good girl locking up the bad guys image she's got going. I also think bonus points should be awarded for the fact that Heather Peace is in fact gay in real life, therefore making any fantasies much more realistic.

Monday, 8 November 2010

My Weekly Addiction


Lip Service

Now I know I'm a bit late to start singing the praises of the latest lesbian show but better late than never. We're entering the 4th week of the show and so far I've been quite impressed by the programme. Its one of the few decent shows on British TV. Of course it has its faults like the rather annoying and delusional Ed but other than that it has a lot going for it. There were originally fears that there would be too many similarities between the one and only Shane and Glasgow's Frankie. But I'm pleased to say that while there are some parallels the characters are actually very different. Overall its a great show with all the necessary components that go with drama and lesbians.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Kicking Ass and Taking Names


R.E.D

It took me over a week but I finally managed to get to see the much anticipated RED. It didn't disappoint that's for sure. From the beginning it was cram packed full of drama, violence and even romance. All the while being the kind of film that makes you laugh out loud. This falls into one of my favourite category's that portrays the older generation in a positive if somewhat unusual light. It one of those films that you watch and then spend the next week randomly bursting into fits of giggles as you remember certain parts. Like watching several Legends of the film industry kick some serious ass. Without a doubt one of the best aspects of this film is without a doubts seeing Helen Mirren in charge of a machine gun. Priceless.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

My Leading Lady


Catherine Willows/Marg Helgenberger

I can say with out a doubt Catherine Willows was my first girl crush and still remains one of my ultimate favourites. From the first time I saw her in CSI I knew I was in love. In fact I can remember the exact episode; Unfriendly Skies. She was sat with her feet on a desk telling Grissom she'd basically had enough. She made me smile, her attitude was great and suited her down to the ground. I think that's one of the things which I find so appealing about her, aside form the obvious fact that she's drop dead gorgeous, she's strong and independent. She knows who she is and isn't ashamed of her past. Which lets face it the fact that she's an ex-exotic dancer only make her more appealing. In fact I think a petition should be started which requires her to demonstrate these skill on the show, just an idea. I was thankful to the producers when they came to realise what potential Catherine had and began to put her more upfront with better storyline and, as shallow of me as it is, better outfits. She swapped the suits for skirts and I'm almost certain her tops got tighter, all of which I personally found very satisfactory. When you watch her you know she won't take any crap from anyone, especially when it comes to her family. When it comes to protecting Lindsey she can be down right fierce, which is still hot. That's not to say she doesn't have her vulnerable moments as we've all witnessed, its in these moments that you just want to hug her.

Monday, 1 November 2010

My Weekly Addiction


CSI: Las Vegas

CSI is one of the originals for me, and what I mean by that is it was one of the first TV shows that got me hooked. In fact I think it was one of the first three. So its safe to say it has a special place in my heart. When it first arrived on our screen it was a completely new and fresh concept, with an insight into a whole new world. Admittedly that has changed now with forensics been a dominant theme in many shows, however CSI has remained strong and is still considered the original and the best to most people. I was only a small child when the show first started so unfortunately I didn't follow it from its conception, instead I became a DVD junkie, catching up on all that I had missed. But once i started I couldn't stop. There was something about the science involved that fascinated me, I'd always loved crime shows but this was so different. I also quickly came to adore the characters; especially Catherine but I'm saving that for another post. It was so great to see a cast that gels so well, you can see the genuine compassion and friendship these people share. Of course I was gutted when the original team began to thin out, so to speak. First Sara, then Warrick shortly followed by Grissom. I must admit its not the same without the whole gang but its still ticks the right boxes for me. While I may be a fan of all 3 CSI shows Las Vegas is without a doubt my favourite, maybe its because it was here first. I don't know but I think part of it is down to the fact that it seems more realistic in a bizarre way, I meant the Vegas team have no problem diving through dumpsters or sifting through a human stew, their willing to get down and dirty. It is without a doubt the best of the rest and one of my personal favourites.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Halloween


I Put A Spell On You...

I simply adore Halloween, it's one of my favourite holidays. I can't help but love the atmosphere it creates. With small children running round in their costumes trick or treating and the good old Jack O' Lantern's lining the streets. Its such a fun night full of frolic and laughter. I personally make sure that every year I complete my only tradition of watching one of my childhood favourites; Hocus Pocus. It's one of the best films in my opinion. Considering it stars Bette Midler it's hardly surprising how great it is. So whether you spend the night out partying or stay in with a good film like me, I hope you have a Happy Halloween.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

My Leading Lady


Katherine Mayfair/Dana Delany

Before I begin i think we should all take a minute to admire the photo... right all done? I know she's not one of the original ladies of the lane, but in my opinion she was the best. Within the first hour of her arriving on the lane she had become my new favourite. I like everything about her. from her spunky attitude to her hair... god that hair. Further proof of my red-head addiction. As she became more established she became interwoven in the usual drama. At first I didn't like the direction her character was going when she fell into the grasps of insanity but eventually i came to accepted it. Then the writer redeemed and excelled themselves all in one fell swoop. They introduced Robin, the stripper. When I first heard of Katherine's gayness I struggled to see how they would make it work without it seeming like a cheap stunts rating. Nothing annoys me than when shows play the gay card just because they think it'll attract the "cool" crowd. But I must admit I thought DH managed to do it with their own flair and it worked for me. Of course I'm not that hard to please and I was never really going to disapprove of the pairing, I mean who in their right mind would. Then they have to go and spoil it by sending them of god knows where, with no sign of return. I know that it was down to Dana that she choose too leave but even so couldn't she have stayed for a bit longer. At least i can take comfort in the fact that they left together and the writers didn't just pass it off as a lesbian phase. For that I am thankful.

Monday, 25 October 2010

My Weekly Addiction


Desperate Housewives

It seems like an eternity since the ladies of Wisteria Lane last graced our screens but finally their back with a few new additions and of course a whole new set of drama. I know the show borders on cheesy but I think that's one of the things that draws me to it, I mean who doesn't love a bit of fun completely insane drama with no strings attached. Normally I get annoyed by shows that revolve around an unrealistic perfection with beautiful houses and even more beautiful people, but I have made an exception this time, mainly because despite appearances this show is possible as far from perfect as is humanly possible anything and everything that could go wrong for these ladies does with a vengeance. Despite this they always remain composed and their friendships strong. In a way its kind of inspiring if you overlook the insanely dramatic side of it. Of course it was inevitable that the show would be a success it ticks all the right boxes; sex, lies and murder. The seductive hat-rick that we all secretly crave for our TV screens. Gotta say I though don't think it'll be the same without Katherine, although I do have high hopes for the new housewife on the block; Renee. So for the next several weeks I will be having a turbulent love affair with these lovely ladies and I don't think ill be the only one.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Equality


A Right, Not A Privilege

After overcoming several obstacles I finally managed to get to a cinema to see the much anticipated Made In Dagenham. I've got to say I certainly was impressed. This film managed to handle every aspect well, resulting in a successful and respectful film. It was great to have a film that had such strong feminist themes without coming across as simply man hating film. It got across an important message while managing to keep a sense of humour. It showed a great moment in the history of women, and conveyed the passion of several strong and admirable women. What's sad is that even now despite all that these women and thousands of others have fought for women are still not considered as equal to men. Were getting there but there still a long way to go. I think its great that we have a film like this to remind us of what has and still needs to be achieved.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

My Leading Lady


Captain Kathryn Janeway/Kate Mulgrew

It appears I have a particular type when it comes to women; fiery redheads, and Janeways definitely no exception. That's not to say I'm exclusive but there's a clear pattern when it comes to my tastes. There's something about a girl with a gun that makes me swoon, I can't explain it but I'm not complaining. I remember one episode of voyager in particular where Janeway must stand alone against some form of macro virus. In it she has one big-ass gun, I gotta say she looked formidable if not sweaty, that teamed with the tank top she was wearing... well lets just say it was a good combination. She's the dame in charge and everyone knows it not to mention respects it. Maybe that's my attraction, the power she possesses. Then again it could be that killer smile she has.

Monday, 18 October 2010

My Weekly Addiction


Star Trek: Voyager

Voyager was my first Star Trek love. I have a friend who is a Star Trek buff and after a great deal of persuasion she convinced me to give star trek a chance, well that was is I was hooked. Gotta say I'm thankful for her persistence, I should have trusted her in the first place after all she's responsible for a pretty high percentage of my TV addictions. Any-who I managed to watch the first season in just over a day and haven't looked back since. One of Voyager's greatest attributes has got to be it's strong female leads, having a female captain like Janeway definitely goes in its favour. Unlike most of my friends I view everything as a separate entity, I don't compare the books to the films, similarly I don't compare one star trek to another. However that's not to say I don't have a favourite because I do and it is inevitable that it would be anything but Voyager. I cant explain why, but I can tell you that with a cast with such great chemistry and unique setting, as far as I know there isn't another show that focuses entirely on a crew lost in space. Whatever its is it works with gusto.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Apologies

I've been living in at work for the last week and unfortunately they have no internet access. Therefore I've not been able to update my blog. But fear not my creative juices have been flowing and I've backdated my posts. I've even been writing a little fanfiction, something I havn't done in quite a while. So I though I'd post the link just encase anyone fancies a read, it's West Wing based and of course femslash. So feel free to have a look and enjoy.


P.S. The website it's posted on is great for femslash fanfiction so I've also added the link for the home page. If FF's your thing you should definitely check it out.


Thanks for reading.
Marlene

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

My Leading Lady


Delilah Buchanan/Beth Broderick

As soon as I started watching the 5 Mrs. Buchanans I knew that Delilah was going to be my favourite character. In fact she was the reason I discovered the show, after I decided to have a look at the other persona's of everyone's favourite bewitching aunt Zelda Spellman. The ditsy but endearing southern belle certainly makes for entertaining viewing. I'm not sure I can think of anyone else who could quite pull off the character of a former stripper turned preachers wife, but Beth does it with a unique flare. Then again I wouldn't expect anything else from her. I've also got to admit that I think that her outfit choices certainly go in her favour. Even if the skirts are a bit short for a preachers wife I cant imagine anyone complaining, I'm certainly not.

Monday, 11 October 2010

My Weekly Addiction


The 5 Mrs. Buchanans

I recently discovered this gem of a show on YouTube. Me being the person I am proceeded to watch every episode. It didn't take long for me to get hooked, after all any program that can make me laugh out loud instantly gets my respect. But alas like many great shows its life was destined to be short-lived. After a mere 17 episodes CBS bizarrely saw fit to cancel it, God only knows why. This was one of those rare shows that just works, its difficult to explain what makes it so, perhaps its the unique combination of quirky characters or the simplicity of the story lines, of course the fact that the entire lead cast is female helps. I know its a cliché but its good clean fun and I often think that's the best kind of humour. It such a shame that it never got the chance to continue but at least we have the memories.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Who Do We Care About More?


Pets Or People

Now I've posed the question as a self-confessed animal lover. I admit it I adore dogs and can't imagine life without them. Me and my mum always seem prone to express more sadness or sympathy for situations of suffering that involve pets then when its people involved, I know that proberly makes us bad people but its who we are.

A recent event made me consider the contrast between how we treat pets in comparison to people. On Friday (my birthday) I was preparing for a family meal when I learnt that my Mum was trying to get my Dad to hospital. As you can imagine this was quite a shock. I quickly rushed home to find out what was going on. When I got there I found my Dad in agony and my mum on the phone trying to get an ambulance. We had a pretty good idea of what the pain was as my Dad had had the same problem before, its nothing life treating but even so he needed to go to the hospital. However it seems the emergency services did not agree with that, they refused to send an ambulance as the situation was not life threatening. Instead we where told to take him to a near-by medical clinic. So that's what we did, by this point an hour had passed but he had been in pain for 3 hours. We were greeted by a guy who answered the door without a word but instead a look, after a rash explanation he let us in and told us to sit down and wait for a while, even though there were no other patients and it was extremely painful for my Dad to sit. Several unhelpful members of staff and injections later we tried to ring for an ambulance again, once again one was not sent. Eventually my mum drove him to the A&E department herself he was scanned, poked and prodded yet again before been referred to another hospital, this time they actually sent him in an ambulance by this time it was 8 hour since we had phoned for the first ambulance, that's 8 hours of excruciating pain. It wasn't until this point that he was given food and painkillers. Every step of the way was an uphill struggle, littered with rude, unhelpful and uncaring people. I couldn't help but wonder what had happened to our medical system. When had it become so appalling? But its not just the staff that upset us but general people we came across too. At one point me and my mum had a quick dash to the local store to buy some painkillers on the doctors recommendation. When we got there there was a queue so my mum asked if she could cut in, explaining the situation, one women turned round and said "No, I want my lottery ticket." Safe to say she joined a long list of people me and my mum were prepared to put in the hospital just so my dad would have some company, if your catch my drift.

The whole experience was a disgrace. At one point my mum turned round to me and said " We'd have been better taking him to the vets." and I can't help but think that she was right. If a pets in pain we give them painkillers, if their hungry we feed them, and if their suffering we put them to sleep. We take such good care of them and cater for their every need, so why can't we extend that same kind of treatment to people.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

My Leading Lady



Natalia Boa Vista/Eva La Rue

Wow, well let me start by saying that blue is definitely a good colour on Miss Rue. Hell I'd bet any colour looks good on her. She sleek, she's stylish, she's smart and she stunning, what more could a girl ask for. One of the thing that strikes me the most about Natalia is that she is always elegant and delicate and yet you know that she has the ability to be incredibly strong, hey that's another 'S' word to describe her, but anyway, throughout the show she's shown that she is just as capable and dedicated as any other member of the team. She also comes across as very caring, like the kind of person you could go to if you had a problem. Did I mention that she's beautiful, not that I need to because well... duh. But just encase you didn't quite notice the obvious I thought I'd provide you with a little additional visual aid...

...because a picture says a 1000 words.

Monday, 4 October 2010

My Weekly Addiction


CSI: Miami

During the course of this week I decided to indulge myself in a little DVD session, my chosen tipple: CSI: Miami. It's been a while since I watched the show but only a couple of episode to suck me back in. What with the bright colours and many attractive females, who am I to try and resist. Although my heart still lies in Vegas, I must confess that Miami is certainly a close second. I even like Horatio despite he slightly bizarre dedication to never really showing emotion. Maybe its the slight rogue tendencies both him and Delko have. I like the fact that their willing to serve their own form of justice for those who really deserve it. Miami certainly is a stark contrast t the much more dark and gloomy New York and the continuous night-time of Las Vegas. I find it refreshing for the show to be filled with sunshine and beaches, although I have to admit I am fascinated and somewhat bemused with the way everyone feels the need to wear white. Whenever I watch it I can't help but feel that I've been transported to an alternative reality where the good old Miami Vice look is the height of fashion. However I can't complain about the women's fashion because without a doubt they always look amazing. Even in white.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Commonwealth Games


Good Luck England

As we prepare for the beginning of the games in Delhi, it difficult not to wait with baited breath to see if in fact they do pull it off. Through out the last few weeks the papers have been packed with stories of construction disasters and cleanliness nightmares. Many people have doubts that anything will be completed by tomorrow. I however have faith in India. I think that they will pull out all the stops and bring it all together, not to mention I don't doubt that the situation had been grossly exaggerated by the media. I am looking forward to the opening ceremony, with such a rich culture to draw from it promises to be a wonderful celebration of colour and life. I'm also looking forward to the games their self, being an English girl I am of course rooting for my home country and all the other British athletes as well as Canada, since it has a special place in my heart. Looking at the line up of events it seems were in for an exciting couple of weeks of competition and I hope it lives up to expectation. One aspect of the Games I'm hoping gets attention is the Para-sports. These men and women deserve so much recognition for what it is they are achieving, to overcome so much and reach this level requires so much dedication and strength and I hope that everyone remember that and supports these athletes. We should be proud of every person who take part in this event and I wish them all luck.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

My Leading Lady


Sandra Pullman/Amanda Redman

One of the things I admire the most about Superintendent Sandra Pullman is her spirit. She a career girl whose aim in life is to lock up bad guys, and I for one enjoy watching her do it. I think what I like the most is that she's a dame in charge, even though she gets on well with her boys they all know who's giving the orders. She's not afraid to boss around those below her or defy those above, which is fair enough as she's usually right. Her success in her professional life has lead to a general demise of her personal one, but during the show we see how the rest of the team is helping her to build relationships with people. She's developed strong bonds with all of her team even if she does think their crazy, she cares for them. It's no secret that my taste tends to lean towards women who can both mentally and physically kick ass. Sandra is definitely one of these people, this girl knows how to throw a punch. She's feisty, female and in charge, what more can a girl ask for.

Monday, 27 September 2010

My Weekly Addiction


New Tricks

This has got to be one of the few decent shows still running on British TV. The drama that follows a group of retired officers headed up by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman. The UCOS team's job is to investigate unsolved 'cold' cases. Each member has their own unique character and quirks, and when working together they always get their man, even if they do have to bend a few rules along the way. Its one of those shows that although its main focus is crime and drama, it regularly weaves elements of comedy throughout. With such a great cast and interesting story-lines the shows bound to be a success.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

My Leading Lady


Lorelai Gilmore/Lauren Graham

I'm fairly certain that their isn't a person in the world who can say they don't like Lorelai, for the simple fact that she is so lovable. Her sweet nature and sharp sarcasm can win over even the most cynical of people. Lets face it she the kinda Mom we all wish we had. The way she chose to raise her daughter so that she could be an individual rather than sticking with her rich parents who would easily turn her into another step-ford drone. Don't get me wrong I love Rory but occasionally she gets on my nerves which is why Lorelai takes the prize. I should also point out that even though Emily is a whole new level of infuriating a part of me can't help but love her, especially as the show progresses. But anyway back to the lovely Lorelai, I gotta say she damn fine too. The complete package, and you also have the added bonus of knowing that where ever she is, coffee is never far behind.

Monday, 20 September 2010

My Weekly Addiction


Gilmore Girls

I'm not ashamed to say that Gilmore Girls is still one of my guilty pleasures. There's something about that small town and the quirky mother/daughter relationship that keeps me hooked. I'm sure there's not a woman or girl alive who does not crave the connection that Lorelai and Rory have. Their timeless banter and insane obsession with all things that resemble food and coffee, especially coffee, create the foundations for what is a great show. It's virtually unique in the fact that it relies on emotions and relationships rather that explosions, violence and generally dramatic events. I must also confess I adore the town in which they live, sleepy stars hollow creates this atmosphere that you can't help but crave from your own humble abode. The intimacy between residents and the way they always look out for one another, is something rarely seen. Of course I can't forget the wonder that is Luke's diner and it's endless supply of delicious looking food. Just watching makes me hungry.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Religion


Saint Or Sinner?

With the pope's visit in full swing I felt it was appropriate that my rant for the week revolved around that ever controversial topic of religion. I personally am not a fan. It's not the belief or faith I object to, it's the concept of religion itself, in particular it tendency to discriminate and promote hate. I believe that everyone is entitled to believe in what they believe and worship whoever they choose, however it is the notion that everyone must live by a set moral code that is not only outdated but at times outright ridiculous.


Don't just take my word for it. The fake President of the United States of America agrees.

But back to the Pope, on the one hand I think its an amazing thing that one person can mean so much to so many people. The problem I have with this is that I have always believed that a person must do something to gain that level of respect. When you think about it he's not really that different to the Paris Hilton's of this world.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

My Leading Lady


Regina Barnes/Paula Marshall & Lydia Barnes/Stockard Channing

I simply couldn't choose between these two lovely ladies, so I decided to make this a special Mother/Daughter edition of My Leading Lady. Both these women have been graced with the gift of comic timing as well as a sharp sarcastic wit. With their grace. elegance and frankness, no episode is every boring. And lets face its they're not bad on the eyes either. When you watch them you can't help but marvel at their relationship, although they fight you can see that they love and support each other. They shine as individuals and are even better as a team.

Monday, 13 September 2010

My Weekly Addiction

Out Of Practice

This has to be one of the most under appreciated comedy's of my generation. This quirky show about a family of Doctors is without a doubt one of the funniest and most upbeat shows I have seen in my entire life, and I've seen a lot of shows. Despite the fact that it hit all the right buttons and had a fantastic cast it somehow failed to impress the network and CBS axed it before it even completed its first season. So we the fans are stuck mourning the loss without even a DVD set for comfort. It is such a shame as it truly was great. Any show that can make me laugh out loud repeatedly wins my approval. I'm a big fan of Stockard and it was great to see her in such a fun role, the chemistry between the entire cast was perfect. Lets not forget the fabulous and very gay Regina. I mean seriously what more do you need?

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Education


What's It Really Worth?

I have spent the last 14 years of my life in the education system. I've progressed through the various stages of primary school, secondary school and college. I'm now at a point in my life where I can reflect on where that has gotten me. As it turns out, it hasn't gotten me that much. All I have to show for my many years of tedious studying is a few sheets of paper with a bunch of letters on them. Unfortunately for someone looking for a job, any job, aka me; these pieces of paper are completely worthless. So now I'm struggling to find a job for the simple fact that I spent my life sat in a classroom like everyone told me to do rather than gaining the experience that every potential employer seems to require. Don't get me wrong I understand the potential benefits that education has for some people, but the simple fact is that generally its worthless. If your not aiming for a specialist career that requires certain qualifications, several A-levels and a degree aren't necessarily going to make the slightest difference in getting you to where you want to be. The problem with education today is that it has lost so much of what it should be about. The pursuit of knowledge has been replaced by a league tables and exam results. There's a small loophole in this reality, occasionally students are blessed with a teacher who cares about helping kids get a well rounded education. These teachers challenge the system by daring to stray from the curriculum and telling the student something that's not necessarily going to help them pass the test but might instead give them knowledge they didn't have and may even make them better people. However there's still classrooms in which the teacher says "It doesn't matter if you don't understand it, so long as you can remember to write it in the exam." I don't blame the teachers though, I blame the system. The problem is education has lost its integrity.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

My Leading Lady


Dr Beverly Crusher/Gates McFadden

One thing that's for certain, I wouldn't mind being sick if this was the woman looking after me. Dr Crusher certainly has a spark about her, she's feisty and she stands her ground even against the Captain and she usually right too. Of course it helps that she's stunning, eternally graceful and strong. I imagine all it would take is one look into her eyes and you couldn't help but submit to her every whim. I'm only on the first season of Next Generation but my curiosity got the better of me and I had to do a bit of research into the direction the show was heading. You can imagine my surprise when I read that Beverly had been completely cut out of season two. Luckily they rectified their mistake and restored her to her rightful place on board the Enterprise for season 3. I've got to admit I'm glad they brought her back or else I don't know if I could carrying on watching the show. It simply wouldn't be the same without the redhead to bright up my day.

Monday, 6 September 2010

My Weekly Addiction


Star Trek: The Next Generation

Now a while ago a friend of mine introduced me to the wonder that is Star Trek, it started with the latest movie, then she lent me Enterprise, followed by Voyager. Then this week she lent me the first season of Next Gen. I quickly found that this one is just as addictive as the rest. Now I'm sat twiddling my thumbs trying to resist spending my money on the rest of the seasons. I couldn't help but become fascinated with the ins and outs of each crew members personality, it seemed bizarre at first for the captain to appear so disconnected from the rest of the crew, but you quickly realise that he's merely connected in a different Jean-Luc kinda way. I also found it interesting to see a Star Trek that included families on board the ship and to have one of the children as a regular character was a great new angle. I must admit I also enjoy the quality that this show has, as it was made before our huge advancements in special effects the show focused much more on the characters and less flashy dramas which give it more depth than many of today's shows. Another highlight of the show is that we get to see several strong leading women throughout, which lets face it is what we really want.

Men and Alcohol


Never a Good Combination

Unfortunately circumstances beyond my control, namely the economy and an irritating need of money to survive, have resulted in me working as a barmaid at the local pub. Don't get me wrong I admire barmaids and its a decent job, for people who aren't me. I simply don't have the personality for it. But getting to the point one of the observations I have come to make during my recent shifts is that men rarely improve with the consumption of alcohol. To be fair though men aren't exactly appealing to me at the best of times, basically never. With a few exceptions, in a strictly platonic sense, although they are usually gay anyway (you know who you are). So during my usual people watching session tonight I came across a group of males, consisting of both young and "mature" i use the term loosely. Out of all these males none of them failed to hit on me. Which fair enough I work behind a bar so I'm used to putting up with a certain degree of flirting and tasteless comments. But tonight one male in particular was persistent. I found him stood behind the bar patting his thighs and jutting his pelvis towards me. As if that was going to help him get in my pants. Apparently my earlier threat to put my stiletto through a certain part of his anatomy was not clear enough. So I tried again; simply stating that he shouldn't do that because he hasn't got anything I want. This finally seemed to do the trick. So I'm curious, why does alcohol make men think they are invincible and irresistible?

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

My Leading Lady


Jennifer Angell/ Emmanuelle Vaugier

Detective Angell may not have been a lead character in the series but she certainly won my heart. She comes across as tough and can certainly take care of herself. Throughout the series we got to see several side to her, including her light-hearted and more flirty nature during the course of her relationship with Don. One thing that is a definitive part of who she is is her ability to do her job and to do it well. As with most of the characters her jobs is very important to her, a constant throughout her life. Coming from a family of police, its hardly surprising that that's the path her life took. I'm sure I'm not the only one who shed a tear when her life was taken, but she fought well and went down shooting. Over all she came across as a bit of a tomboy but she combined it perfectly with her femininity and beauty. The result was a unique balance that could only be Detective Angell.

Monday, 30 August 2010

My Weekly Addiction

CSI: New York

I consider myself a dedicated CSI fan, although I did not discover it until several year after it began, I soon caught up. I began with the Original, progressed to Miami and finally made my way over to New York. It took me a while to get into the third of the trilogy, at first I found it too gloomy and everything seemed to be various shades of grey, certainly a stark contrast with the bold and bright scenes of Miami. But the more I watched it the more I became hooked, I quickly came to like the characters and its somewhat darker more sadistic themes. I also came to notice the sudden advancement in their technology, every scene seems to include a new high-tech gadget, I must admit I'm a sucker for a shiny new toy. Overall the show has a somewhat morbid quality to it with the odd ray of hope and humour, usually supplied by Danny, but it works.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Road Rage


Misdirected

In the past week in the city close to where I live there have been two incidents that have involved lorries tipping over. Tragically one involved a cyclist who lost her life. As a result of this the papers continue to run stories revolving around them, most recently they involve a public outcry for better safety regarding the roads and trucks. However what they have failed to mention is that in the case of the most recent accident there is CCTV footage clearly showing that it was in fact the fault of a car which cut of the lorry and caused it to tip. This is a regular occurrence, its always seem that the blame is laid at the lorries feet. Don't get me wrong I know it sometimes is down to them, but more often than not is the fault of another vehicle. Its not only lorries that get the blame for accidents, motorbikes also regularly face prejudice. But why do these kind of vehicles have such a stigma attached to them. For some reason I am not aware the majority of the pubic despise these relatively innocent modes of transport, that is unless your a biker or trucker. Motorbikes and lorries are no worse than cars and vans, so why are the constantly singled out. I personally think that rather than hating the bikes and lorries we should focus our attention on the real devils of the road, push-bikes. Without a doubt I see more close calls on the road due to push-bikes than any other vehicle. Most of them seem completely oblivious to the fact that they are on the road with much bigger chunks of metal that could easily crush them and seem to fell the need to constantly cut off cars and cycle down the middle of the road. Not to mention the fact that I'm sure more road rage is caused by cyclists than anything else. To be honest I don't understand why the law states that they must ride on roads. Surely they're more risk to drivers than to pedestrians. So I say we need to refocus our dislike towards push-bikes and leave the bikers and truckers alone.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

My Leading Lady


Addison Montgomery/Kate Walsh

When we first met Addison she was simply McDreamy's wife. Now we were all shocked by this revelation, and at first couldn't help but resent her for becoming between Meredith and Derek. But after a while, she settled in and began making friends, and she became more and more likeable. By the middle of the second series she was a firm favourite of mine. She has this aura about her, she strong an independent, she knows what she wants and isn't afraid to fight for it. However your repeatedly get a glimpse at her more vulnerable side, especially during the course of Private Practice. Away from the staff at Seattle Grace and in a new surrounding you really get to see a whole new side to Addison, she more relaxed and happier which mean we get to see more of her killer smile.

Monday, 23 August 2010

My Weekly Addiction


Private Practice

Now I know I'm not the only one who was sceptical about the idea of a Greys Anatomy spin-off, After all how could it work without the addictive bunch of interns and surgeons we all came to love. Don't get me wrong, I've always loved Addison from the moment she joined the gang, but it was difficult to see how she alone could carry off the show. Yet she did, and she surpassed my expectations. Private Practice managed to become something entirely different, rather than being an imitation of it mother show it went in a different direction. Sure it still resolves around a medical practice and a group of close friends, but the core concept of the show is entirely different. Rather than being fast paced and filled with high octane and explosive drama, it focuses on more personal and emotional drama. Instead of gunshot and bombs, we've got family' and friends who struggle with certain aspects of their live. While I love the action of Greys I equally adore Private Practice and its more subtle approach. Of course it helps to have Addison as a central character not to mention a great new cast. If only we could get a few guest appearances from Callie, it would be perfection.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Kick-Ass Women


Women Who Kick-Ass: Metaphorically and Literally

Okay so here's the thing, my addictive personality has had a long time affair with lists and women. So I've decided to combine the two, after all who am I to deny my mind that which it craves so intensely. But these women aren't just your ordinary people, these are my top nine kick-ass women, well characters really, but same difference. I know nine seems like a random number but I figured that this way you get to pick your number 10.

1. Catherine Willows (CSI)
2. Gemma Teller-Morrow (Sons Of Anarchy)
3. Kathryn Janeway (Star Trek: Voyager)
4. CJ Cregg (West Wing)
5. Callie Torres (Greys Anatomy)
6. Abbey Bartlet (West Wing)
7. Irena Derevko (Alias)
8. Helen Stewart (Bad Girls)
9. Kathrine Mayfair (Desperate Housewives)

Now I have my reasons for adoring these women. But that's a story for another day. For now I'm content just staring at their pictures and watching their shows.

Friday, 13 August 2010

My Leading Lady


Gemma Teller-Morrow/ Katey Sagal

Without a doubt there can only be one leading lady this week. Gemma Teller is one kick-ass biker queen, she makes this show what it is. She is the one who holds everyone together. By managing to be this strong independent woman who has this softer side which means she is the one everyone goes to. However everything about Gemma screams attitude, from the way she holds a gun to her killer heels. There is something about powerful women that makes me swoon. Throughout everything she never stops protecting the ones she cares about; she's a fierce mother and loyal wife. As much as I adore the bikes and the club itself, its Gemma that keeps me glued to my TV screen.

My Weekly Addiction


Sons Of Anarchy

When I first became addicted to dvds I'd greet each parcel that graced my doorstep with intense excitement. But after a while the joy subsided, and as with any addiction it became more of a need. However there is an exception. Sons of Anarchy is without a doubt my favourite show. I didn't discover it until recently but I waited patiently for three whole month for the release of season 2 on dvd and today's the day. You have no idea how excited I was, I'm that sad. I'm not sure what it is about this show that gets me so hooked, perhaps its the ability it has to combine such a dark side with such deep connections and of course the Harleys help, my love of dvds only comes second to my love of bikes. I'm not a violent person by nature but I must admit I do love the violence in this show especially the combination of Gemma and a skateboard. What's most impressive about the show is that it had the potential to go so wrong, it could have ended up so superficial and just another show full of blood and swearing. Yet it managed to go so much deeper. It shows so much raw emotion and deals with many situation that create opportunities to show the true bond of the people in the club and those connected to it. At the end of the day, its a show about family, a huge and dysfunction one but a family none the less.

Superstition


As the day draws to an end and we bid farewell to yet another Friday the 13th I've decided to reflect on life and superstition. Now I'm not a great believer in superstition, in fact I'd even go so far to say that I have a tendency to rebel against it. If there's a ladder I'm damn well gonna walk under it. Do I think that this is to blame for all the bad stuff that happens in my life, hell no! Don't get me wrong I believe in fate and karma but most superstition just doesn't fly with me, I certainly don't think that just because its Friday the 13th bad things are going to happen. However I do make a couple of slight exceptions when it comes to the unexplainable, I do believe in the power of the magpies and that deaths come in 3's but that just in my experience. So from now on I encourage you to be brave and not freak out when you break a mirror or spill the salt. One thing I've learnt from life is that shit happens regardless of what direction the black cat walks. So deal with it.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

My Leading Lady


Marina Ferrer/Karina Lombard
When I first began watching the L Word there was one person that really caught my attention. Without a doubt Marina stands out from a crowd. I don't know if its her wonderful accent or her exotic beauty but something about her just makes me sigh with contentment every time she makes an appearance. You get the impression that her presence alone gains her the respect of those around her. Beside anyone who is as passionate about books as Marina is definitely wins my heart. I was devastated when the she just vanished at the end of the 1st season, although I am thankful for the occasional fix from her guest appearances.




Jodi Lerner/ Marlee Matlin

Of course after the departure of Marina I had to find a new object of my affections, I played around with Helena and Tina for a while but then came Jodi. I may of had to wait until the fourth season but it was worth it. She burst onto our screens with her strong personality and kick ass attitude. She knew who she was and wasn't afraid of it. Lets not forget how awesome she looks in a pair of jeans (for proof see above). It was after she joined the cast of the L Word that I made the decision to learn sign language, British because I live in England, but still its all down to Marlee.

Monday, 9 August 2010

My Weekly Addiction

The L Word


Now I know its a cliche but I adore this programme. Ilene Chaiken managed to create a group of characters who you can't help but fall in love with, while the direction of the show may have become somewhat obscure, the characters remain strong throughout. The show itself is without a doubt unique and strange at times but that's what kept me hooked, its ability to surprise you. I must admit though that for me the finale was the biggest let down, not only because it meant the end of a revolutionary show but also because it just didn't feel like anything was finished off. It left us with more unanswered questions than we had to start with. Even though I wasn't that upset about the demise of Jenny, I would of like to have know who did the deed, overall the whole thing felt a bit anti-climatic. The only truly redeeming factor about the finale was the reappearances of the people from the past, even if it was only a brief goodbye on a tv screen. However the bad ending can't take away from what was 6 fabulous years of, as Alice would say, "dyke drama". What would we have done without Bette and Tina's on again off again relationship, Shane's numerous conquests, Jenny's extremely neurotic tendencies, Helena's lost fortune or even Alice's addiction to gossip. We've been with them through the love, the hate and the vast amount of sex and they will always have a special place in our hearts.


P.S. I know I'm in a minority here but I loved the B.E.T.T.Y theme tune.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Inspiration


Thelma & Louise

I have just this minute finished watching this amazing film. Now I'm the kinda girl who spends her entire life in front of a TV screen, sad as it may be it provides me with my escape from the real world. But needless to say when you spend as much time as I do watching films it take a lot for something to really capture my attention. Well to say Thelma & Louise succeeded would be an understatement of the highest magnitude. This breath taking piece of work literally left me with my heart beating against my chest so hard I thought it might burst clean through. I'm well aware that my take on this film is as different as the next persons but I know it will have struck a chord with numerous women all over the world. Perhaps it's the underlying concept of women once again being undone by men. Regardless of the reason this portrayal of these two damned women left me genuinely touched and of course inspired. I know it not proper behaviour to be inspired by a couple of outlaws but its not what they did that's important it's why and how they did it. To overcome everything they did and stay strong and together through it all. I've got to admit I'm not a fan of men, I'm not a man-hater, I just see them for what they are... flawed. I'm well aware that there are exceptions, in this case Detective Hal. He was without a doubt the only redeeming feature for the male race. But lets talk about the women, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis where outstanding as the two strong and determine women who stole our hearts. They played the parts with such emotion and grace creating two people who you can't help but give you undivided loyalty to. Now some people feel let down by the ending, I am not one of those people. I can't help but feel that this ending is perfect, it's iconic and it represents what these women are all about; it's fearless. They never give up and they're in it together until the end. It's the perfect ending to what was a truly dramatic journey. From this Thelma & Louise I drew my inspiration, it may seem odd but I feel that what this film has shown me is that women should be empowered. As an aspiring photographer my dedication to this film is that I will never photograph men. Women are my only subject from this day forward. Like I said it may seem odd and even irrational but I don't question my inspiration, I follow it.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

My Leading Lady

Angela Montenegro/Michaela Conlin

So this week to follow on from my Bones addiction, my chosen Leading Lady is none other than Angela Montenegro/Michaela Conlin. This woman has a certain something about her, she seems to ooze grace. This grace is teamed perfectly with a gleaming personality and astounding beauty. The character she portrays in Bones has always been my personal favourite even before the appearance of Roxie, which without a doubt gained her numerous bonus points. As Hodgins once said "she's the heart of the team." He's right on several counts; in one sense she is the glue that holds them all together, but she 's also the warm and kind member of the group, a welcomed contrast from the literal and scientific personalities of the rest of the gang. That's not to say I don't adore the rest of them because I do. It's just Angela has a certain something extra about her. Also it has got to be said that with a name like Angela Pearly-Gates Montenegro she has a lots to live up to. But in my books she passes with flying colours.