Monthly Archives: April 2012

Merchant’s Tale: Fantasy Version

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A while back I started to attempt turning the Merchant’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer into a fantasy. Well, I kind of forgot about (as you can tell from the lack of posts about it) I have however found the little bit that I did for college a few years ago that inspired my rather lack lustre attempt.

I thought it lost forever, but I cleared out the deep, dark recesses of my room and found it tucked away in some random little box beneath my bed. Anyway, I’ve put it below to see what you think. Continue reading

Shakespeare: The Sonnets

So, you know it was Shakespeare’s birthday a couple of days ago, well I recently went into an email account that I hadn’t frequented for a long time and found an email asking to run news about Shakespeare: The Sonnets.

It has taken six months for the album to be recorded and I have to say, from what I’ve heard so far, it’s a pretty good release. It could not have come out at a more appropriate time, not only did it become available for sale on the bard’s birthday but the sonnets were written during the reign of Elizabeth I and have now been modernised in the lead up to the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Continue reading

Procrastination: The Bane of Life



To defer action; delay: to put off untill another day or time. Continue reading

Which Would You Like to Read?

Right, in about three weeks I’m finishing my final year of university (AHHH SCARY).

But I promised you all my Robert Hardy interview once it has been marked. I should be getting results back on the 16 July (hopefully a very good belated birthday present from the uni) and when I do I will be posting it on here.

But what do you want to see. Do you want the full unedited interview which extends to beyond 4000 words and will most likely come in two parts or the written up profile piece that is hopefully incredibly eloquent and an enormously enjoyable read?

Happy Birthday, Not so Happy Deathday and Happy Album Release Day William Shakespeare

List of titles of works based on Shakespearean...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 Phew, that was a bit of a mouthful.

Today is St George’s Day, however it is also the anniversary of the birth (and death) of one of the world’s greatest bards; William Shakespeare, adored by literature lovers and abhorred by students everywhere. If his body had had the longevity of his work he’d be 448 today. Continue reading

The Studio Ghibli Mission

 Studio Ghibli

I’ve made it a bit of a mission to mine to see all the Studio Ghibli films, granted it’s kind of lasted a while but I’m making some headway.

According to Wikipedia (I know, not very reliable but I’m feeling lazy!) there are 18 Studio Ghibli feature films to-date, and that will be upped to 19 next year. So far I’ve seen 11 (that’s actually more than I expected).

Castle in the Sky, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbour Totoro, Porco Rosso, Ocean Waves, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Howl’s Moving Castle, Tales From Earthsea and Ponyo. Continue reading

Random Day Full of Musical Dogs, Titanic and Books

Yesterday my last ever student grant went into my account (it’s actually called the summer grant, my friends have laughed quite often at this) and I planned to buy tonnes of books, but that didn’t really happen so mum and I sort of had a random day out in Southampton.

I bought my boyfriend a birthday present (it was actually his birthday on Tuesday so I feel pretty guilty that I didn’t have anything for him before now) and then I headed into HMV because I wanted to see if they sold the Game of Thrones book for cheap while I was searching for it my mum found something else. Continue reading

Little Fish Paper Club Gift

Little Fish Paper Club gift

So people who have been following my blog for a while might know that I’m a huge fan of Little Fish, the Oxford based band who I firmly believe have a bright future ahead of them. Not only are they talented but they’re exceptionally nice too. Unfortunately the lifestyle of an independent band has taken their toll on them and you might remember my post about Nez the drummer leaving. Continue reading

Any One Book: River God by Wilbur Smith

As usual there will be spoilers.

Basically it follows the Eunuch slave Taita who is wholeheartedly devoted to his mistress Lostris and friend Tanus, together they share a wonderful vision of Egypt and despite all their troubles and hardships they begin to achieve it.

In all honesty I had my reservations, like I said before the first part of it is quite difficult to get through but once I got through it I was swept up on their journey, almost as if I was caught up in the Nile with them. It’s a remarkable book, so much happens that by the time you get to the end you’ve forgotten what happened at the beginning. It’s a book I’m glad that I’ve read, I was too young the first time round, I didn’t appreciate it then, but I sure as hell do now. This story is going to stay with me.

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Tim Burton: Master of the Big Screen

Tim Burton, speaking at ComicCon 2009

Tim Burton, speaking at ComicCon 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know, I’m not a massive film person, I mean I like to watch them but I couldn’t for the life of me tell you the different techniques directors use and I have only a basic grasp on the types of camera shots. I’m also more a follower of actors and not directors, but there’s one exception (well, two, but Jane Goldman writes screenplays and well, no offence to her but this blog post isn’t about her), and that’s Tim Burton. Continue reading