Film Reviews in 10 Tweets or less: Tropic Thunder, Cockneys vs Zombies and Drive Me Crazy

I know, I started this series and then last posted about it in February. I am the very definition of commitment-phobe. Anywho, even though I started listing the films I watch each month in my monthly round ups, occasionally I still live tweet my thoughts while watching them… So, you lucky people, here we go!

Tropic Thunder

220px-tropic_thunder_ver3Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

I remember the DVD of this being released while I was in my second year of uni and my house mate was going through a severe Robert Downey jr phase and I was convinced I would hate this movie. How wrong I was!
For some reason I had a craving to watch it again recently and decided to tweet some of my favourite lines from the movie… Sorry.

17th September

i don’t drop character til after i done the dvd commentary

the first time I watched this was in my second year uni flat with and she drew me a picture of Twigman for my wall of stuff

what do you mean you people? What do YOU mean, you people?!

you ma ma ma make me happy. Why don’t people quote this movie? It’s genius!

i’m a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude!


i need to watch Tropic Thunder more often!

Basically, if you haven’t watched this movie, you need to, it is silly af, but so, so, so funny and if you watch it with a friend, the inside jokes will be well worth it!

Cockneys vs Zombies

cockneys-vs-zombies-dvd-001 A gang of bank robbers fight their way out of a zombie-infested London.

First thing you need to know about me, I have cockney in my genes. Second, I miss a good old bit of rhyming slang and regularly drop it into conversation, partly to confuse and partly to amuse. Either way, the subtle language of the cockney is dying out and we must preseve it. Thirdly, this was so bad it was bordering on genius.

23rd September

Attempting to cover the blue streak in my hair for good while watching cockneys vs zombies. I am prepared for much hilarity

Bricktop off Snatch is in this!!

what this film needs is an appearance from danny dyer.

omg the old people vs zombies is the best idea ever! “No good he’s mutton Jeff!” I miss rhyming slang

 omg. legit incredible.

Drive Me Crazy

p23056_p_v8_aa A high school girl must find a substitute date to escort her to the prom.

Ok, so Sophie talked about this film in her podcast forever ago and I was like, I vaguely remember that from childhood but… Whatever, then  I saw it pop up on Netflix and I was like, you know what, let’s give it a go and well, it was so cheesey I felt my lactose intolerance flaring up, but it was an enjoyable enough way to spend an evening. Also I decided to tell Twitter about it too.

17th October

After hearing talk about Drive Me Crazy I am finally watching it!

i dont believe any of these people are in school

is Nicole blind? She clearly hasnt noticed she lives next door to the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen!


is that mario lopez!?

how did i not predict this outcome?

wait what… are they like step siblings now? I’m so confused!

What a wild ride that was!
Tune in again at some random point in the future where I will live tweet a movie which will make no sense to a single one of my followers!

#LoveThisQuote – Catcher in the Rye


I haven’t read this book in forever, but I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot recently.

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.

Is it just me or does reading a book feel weirdly intimate sometimes? Like you’re reading something that came out of someone else’s head, these are their thoughts, maybe their experiences and it often makes me feel like I’m getting to know them a little through their characters. Sometimes, I forget that a book is a separate entity and think of it and its author as being the same thing. Anyone else get that?


Dans le sac and other examples of my limited French

Why hello there, it always feels like I’ve not updated this thing forever, when actually its only been about nine days. I should get another hobby, one that would make for lots of interesting updates. Anywho, I actually did something fun recently and who else can I tell apart from my corner of the internet?

So, you guys might remember this post from last year when I went to Walt Disney World in Florida, seriously, it was the best fun I’ve ever had. I know there are many problematic things about Disney, like the whole casual racism of the earlier films and the whitewashing of the newer things and all that jazz, I know, I know and I’m not gonna make excuses for it, but honestly, there is nothing quite like the feeling of getting through the ticket barriers and looking up at that castle in front of you. God, its making me a little giddy just thinking about it. What I’m getting at here (as you’ll know if you follow me on Instagram) is that I’ve spent the last few days in Disney, sadly not Florida, but we all know that I love Paris just as much. Anyway, I figured I’d give you the low down on the last few days of Halloween at Disneyland Paris.


Seriously though look how pretty!


Isn’t it weird seeing Halloween stuff with bright blue skies?


So, things from the past few days:

  1. If duolingo tells you that you’re 3% fluent in French, it does not mean that you will understand anything that is said to you. (Though I can quite confidently say dans le sac (not the most useful thing to say), bonjour ca va and je suis froid – that one was useful, it was bloody freezing in Paris the last few days!)
  2. Literally everyone in disney can speak about four languages and it makes me super jealous cos I can speak one fluently, one a bit and I’m 3% fluent in another. I want to be multi-lingual.
  3. Staying at a Disney resort is the best. If I do disney again, I am totes spending the extra to stay on site. Our room was Bambi themed and it was so pretty! Also it meant I got to see this sight every morning:untitled-1789
  4. Being in Europe makes me super sad that 52% of my fellow brits have taken us away from this wonderful continent.
  5. That being said, being in France did make me miss British breakfasts. Seriously, I can’t eat butter laden croissants, which is a massive shame, but I don’t understand the concept of cold meats. Give me cereal, give me jam, give me toast, give me baked beans.
  6. Similarly, why is there egg in literally every packaged sandwich? Any French people read this blog? Let me know!
  7. This year’s trip did not feature Chubby Dan Howell which I am very sad about.
  8. There are however some incredibly attractive Jedi masters working at the Jedi training show. Like hot dayum. The force was strong with those ones.
  9. The fact that Star Tours isnt open yet is the saddest.
  10. Nowhere smells as good as Mainstreet does.
  11. Pirates of the Caribbean is still the best ride. Hands down.
  12. I have post disney depression and I’d quite like to go back again. And again.
  13. Hearing a French person shout Allons-y was the highlight of my life.


Anyway, there you go, some titbits from my trip to France, though it was a shame not to get to explore the city again (I do love cities), getting to feel like an eight year old again was magical and pretty cool for the first holiday of 2016. (Yes, the year is nearly over and only now am I getting the holiday time in…) I’ll be back in Europe in a couple of weeks for a trip to Belgium, anyone been before? Tell me some cool things to do when I get to Brussells!

September round up

Ahh, September, the month in which my existential crisis increases ten fold because I am very neurotic and now am closer to thirty than I am to twenty. I am not a youth any more. wtf. Anyway, remember that I was attempting to achieve gingerness? Well, September has seen me get closer to this goal. This month featured bantz, wii tournaments, Yorkshire pudding failures, frozen churros, birthday celebrations, the first theatre trip of 2016 and fun times with my favourite munchkins. The oldest munchkin just started school. I can’t even.

What I read this month:

27766357Moth Girls – Anne Cassidy
What to even say. On the one hand, I raced through this, on the other it was quite simplistically written for something with such a creepy subject and because I’m not good with like kidnapping and murder as a plot line it did freak me out a bit! I was kind of disappointed with the ending, there was closure, but I wanted more and I felt like Tina was kind of robbed by having one chapter where the others got way more.

22913648Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill
Is Louise O’Neill the feminist author I have longed for? You know, I think she might be. If you’ve read A Handmaid’s Tale, this won’t be anything new for you, its essentially the same story, young women chosen by men to either be wives/companions or handmaids/concubines, only this features children rather than grown women, children being groomed into the most perfect they can be so that they can be picked by eligible men. Reading this made me think that this is life before the events of A Handmaid’s Tale. If I had a copy of Handmaid’s Tale, I’d have read it immediately after reading this, I think it would have been interesting to have the two as companion novels. Not exactly pleasant reading, but brilliant nontheless.

dangerousDangerous Boys – Abigail Haas
I read Dangerous Girls a while ago and dear God, it was incredible. One of those books that really stay with you, you know? If you’ve never read it, I recommend that you do so immediately. This wasn’t anywhere near the same standard,which was so disappointing. It didn’t have anywhere near the same thrill that Dangerous Girls did, I didn’t find myself desperately tearing through the pages trying to get to the bottom of the story and I do kind of find love triangles a bit… meh, essentially, this book was a teenage love triangle trying to be Dangerous Girls. It was entertaining enough and I think had I not loved Dangerous Girls so much I might have liked it a bit more… But… Yeah.

20797806The Apple Tart of Hope – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
I bloody love apple tart and it is September, the season of apples, so… yeah, I might have picked up this book based on the fact that I really like apple tart. Or pie if you happen to be into pastry. Which I am. Anyway. Though I enjoyed this I did have a lot of questions. This is the story of next door neighbours, Meg and Oscar, Oscar likes to bake apple tarts and is a genuine ray of sunshine, like he saves a man he thought was considering suicide by baking him a pie. Anyway, Meg moves to New Zealand for six months during which time Oscar makes friends with the girl renting Meg’s house who is a total bitch and then Oscar goes missing and I’m just like… How great was this pie for convincing someone not to kill themselves? Wtf is up with Pamela? It was well written and flowed nicely, but I felt like it needed more…

895856Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald a marriage – Kendall Taylor
You might have noticed (and if you haven’t you’re in luck because I’ve linked it below for you) that I wanted to read more non fiction. I guess this was me easing myself in to exploring the world of non fiction by picking a subject I’m already knowledgeable on. Though I think this book was a little too wordy in places, I did like that unlike other books I’ve read about the Fitzgeralds. You can see my review of this here! I did find little notes in this from the last person who read it, which is awesome! I love reading other people’s thoughts on books!

23210035My own story – Emmeline Pankhurst
Yes, I’m furthering my quest for non fiction! I spent some time in the library hunting for a specific biography, which I didn’t find, but then my eye caught this. I am hugely interested in feminism and the suffragette movement and I want to read more about this subject and I do find autobiographies easier to read than anything else. This was so interesting and I learned so much more about the period and the suffragette movement. Also I’ve completely changed my view on Gladstone, he used to be one of my favourite prime ministers! (Yes, I have a list of favourite prime ministers. The current one and her predecessor aren’t on the short list in case you wondered.) Its a shame, but we weren’t taught an awful lot about the Suffragette movement at school, all that was covered was that a group of women wanted the vote and went around terrorising the government and throwing themselves under horses. This should be part of the curriculum, especially as we have such low voter turn outs. Since finishing this, I did go and do some further reading and while this was biased (being an autobiography) and didn’t acknowledge that the Pankhursts were privileged (for instance, the majority of women didn’t have access to education or money – though it would have taken people of the Pankhurst’s position in society to have gotten the vote in the first place) or the not so nice things that took place, like the disowning of her own children. That sort of thing. Regardless, from a historical point of view, political point of view and feminist point of view, this was super interesting and now I want to check out the film!

26255907How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne
This isn’t the first Holly Bourne book that I’ve read, but it is the first Spinster Club book that I’ve read and I appear to have started with the second one rather than the first. Ooops. I was drawn to the series seeing the author appear on YouTube talking about how the theme of the series is feminism and well, I am into that equality. I did enjoy this in a nice, fun, YA kind of way, but I can’t say that I got an over riding vibe of feminism coming from this. Had this been sold to me as teenage girl with serious mum issues spending the summer in a foreign country trying to make sense of her dysfunctional family I’d have enjoyed it so much more. The story line with Amber’s mum was so interesting and though I usually get annoyed with whiney white kids moaning about their parents, I was totally with Amber on this one. I’m not saying this isn’t feminist, I think there are many things that make it feminist, but I can’t say it is the most feminist thing I’ve ever read.

Films I watched this month:

You may have noticed if you follow me on twitter, have been keeping up with my Film reviews in 10 tweets or less posts or this video, that I really like films and that I spend a lot of time watching them, so here are all the films (some new, some rewatches) that graced my television this month!

  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  • Brooklyn
  • Tropic Thunder
  • Bridget Jones’ Baby
  • Cockneys Vs Zombies


TV I watched his month:

  • Great British Bake Off
    Best enjoy it while we can, eh?
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Ripper Street
  • Adolf and Eva – Love and War
    I am a massive history nerd and love learning about World War 2 so I couldn’t resist this documentary about Eva Braun, I don’t know an awful lot about her, so this was super interesting!
  • Brooklyn 99
    I’ve never seen this before and it is legit the funniest thing I’ve seen in a very long time! Also I’ve accidentally fallen for Jake Peralta and I can’t get up.
  • Go 8 bit
  • Teen Wolf
    Netflix just uploaded the first two series and its been forever since I watched this show… So…
  • Gogglebox

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

The 1975's reading set on the tv and updating the scrap book only six months behind…

A photo posted by leeeeeeeeah (@leeeeeeeeah) on

Full of food and walking around Bishop's Palace with mum – pretty good celebration of my birth so far

A photo posted by leeeeeeeeah (@leeeeeeeeah) on

What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:

Well, the first thing I saw that made me go YES. YES, LET’S SHOUT THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS this month is this video from my friend Joe explaining his stance on Nuclear Weapons. Coincidentally, the day after I uploaded a video about reading non fiction, Sophie uploaded this abut non fiction! I got so many recommendations from her video, so thanks Sophie! Other mentions have to go to this episode of Drunk Advice with Rose and Rosie – can these two make videos with Hannah all the time? And while we’re on the subject of Drunk Advice, here’s the episode with the Midnight Beast. I feel like its been a while since Casey Neistat made an appearance, so here’s his vlog showing us how the other half live with this incredible airplane journey. And I can’t not mention my bae, danisnotonfire and the hilarious story of how he almost blinded himself.

Great Bookish Bake Off – Dairy free chocolate brownies!


The cakes I bake and the books I read while baking them


Firstly, I can’t make this post and not mention the absolute travesty that is the bake off controversy. I haven’t been this upset since Brexit. That aside, this series has been great, Selasi is my fave, he reminds me of someone I know and its just too much!
Anyway, partly inspired by bake off, partly inspired by a recipe I saw on the internet and partly because I was approaching my day of birth and cake… Well… I decided to give these a try and then tell you about them – so here we go – dairy free brownies that can also be made peanut butter flavoured and gluten free. LETS GO. Though it became a bit of a monster as you can see. It did taste pretty good  though.

What you will need:
A mixing bowl
A wooden spoon
A baking tray (I did not have a deep enough baking tray and instead made this in a loaf tin. ROOKIE ERROR)
320g flour (I used self raising, but feel free to use gluten free stuff if you like!)
240g brown sugar
240g caster sugar
225ml cold water
225ml vegetable oil
2 tea spoon vanilla extract
80g dark chocolate
optional – 1 table spoon of peanut butter/ biscoff spread. Whichever you prefer, I put biscoff in mine because caramel.
Your other option is a book to read while baking cos this does take a while. I was reading Emmaline Pankhurst’s autobiography, My Own Story, which is so interesting. I might have to make a post all about it when I’ve finished.

Firstly, get your mixing bowl and wooden spoon ready, then add all the dry ingredients first. Mix the flour, sugars and cocoa powder together. Once that’s all mixed in add the optional spread if you want to use it, oil, vanilla, chocolate and mix it again. Once you’re happy with the constistency, pour into your baking tray. Cos you’d have been clever enough to find out if you had one of those before you started making this right? Stick it into the for 45 minutes on 170 degrees and get reading.

Like I said, I just started reading Emmaline Pankhurst’s autobiography and it is so interesting! I’m a bit history nerd anyway and I’ve been wanting to read more about women’s suffrage and gender politics, so I was pretty happy to find this in my library. Its super interesting so far and I’ve learned so much more about the movement and how it came about. Also, its made me rethink Gladstone’s place on my list of favourite prime ministers. Yes. I have a list of favourite prime ministers. Gladstone was on it. Now I’m not so sure.

Anyway, would be interested to see if any of you guys give this recipe a go and if you actually manage to cook it in a tray…

Sometimes Madness Is Wisdom: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald: A Marriage


Sometimes Madness is Wisdom: Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald: A marriage – Kendall Taylor

Hello and welcome to my commitment to reading more non fiction! Also, what a title! It certainly is a mouthful!

Irresistibly charming, recklessly brilliant, Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald epitomized everything that was beautiful and damned about the Jazz Age. But behind the legend, there was a highly complex and competitive marriage–a union not of opposites but almost of twins who both inspired and tormented each other, and who were ultimately destroyed by their shared fantasies. Now in this frank, stylish, superbly written new book, Kendall Taylor tells the story of the Fitzgerald marriage as it has never been told before.
Following the success of Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise, Scott and Zelda took New York by storm. Scott was recognized as the greatest American author of the twenties and everyone was fascinated with Zelda, his ravishing young wife, known as the model for all his flapper heroines. Ultimately it all fell apart, and Kendall Taylor tells us why. Drawing on previously suppressed material, including crucial medical records, Taylor sheds fresh light on Zelda’s depths and mysteries–her rich but largely unrealized artistic talents, her own ambitions that were unfulfilled because she was Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald, her passionate love affairs. Zelda’s contribution to Scott’s fiction, which was based on her diaries, her letters, and her life, was her only great achievement–and for that she may have paid the terrible price of her own sanity.
In Sometimes Madness Is Wisdom, Kendall Taylor has created the definitive Fitzgerald biography. Written with sympathy, original insight, and dazzling style–and featuring memorable appearances from Edmund Wilson, Gertrude Stein, and Ernest Hemingway, among others–this is a stunning portrait of a marriage, an age, and a fabulous but tragic woman.

So, you may remember at the beginning of the month I made a plea for help in getting more into non fiction, you guys really came through for me on here, Twitter and YouTube, so I, armed with a list of titles from you all, headed to the library. Sadly, there wasn’t a single one in the library, I am undeterred, there are other libraries to try! However I did find this, so I figured I should ease myself into my non fiction project by grabbing a book on a subject I’m already a bit familiar with.

Long time visitors here (or any of you that know me IRL) will know that I bloody love the Fitzgeralds. Scott is a problematic fave of mine, I find him and the other writers of his time infinitely fascinating and I learning more about the time in history and them as people is always something I’m happy to do. This book was one of the best biographies of the two I’ve ever read, mostly because it spent a lot of time talking about Zelda, her life before Scott and referred to her as a separate entity to him. So few biographies on the Fitzgeralds and their relationship focus on her, which is a shame because Zelda was a fascinating woman, she was incredibly talented and often overshadowed by Scott – who, although a very talented author, did use bits of Zelda’s writing in his own. Like I said, problematic fave.

Aside from being interesting historically and socially, especially as the Fitzgeralds lived in so many different countries and seeing how society moved with the times in each of those places was pretty captivating, I think the most fascinating part of this book was the chapters talking about Zelda’s health, particularly about the  onset of her schizophrenia and how it affected her marriage and her creative aspirations. I’ve been interested in mental health issues for a really long time (previous readers of this blog, will know why), so reading about the different symptoms and treatments, especially in the time period, was so interesting! (How many times have I used that word so far? Sorry, but this was FASCINATING, this was exactly why I wanted to read more non fiction!)

Basically, this was great, although I was familiar with a lot of the material, I did learn so much more! The only thing I would say is that I didn’t appreciate the way the author wrote about Hadley Hemingway. Hadley may not have been as vibrant as Zelda, but she was an incredibly strong woman with integrity and I aint got time for any shade throwing!

Got any more non fiction I should read? Give me titles to add to my list!

#LoveThisQuote – Love and other man made disasters


I do try and put stuff that’s profound and that here, but this little gem made me smirk so, I figured, why not make a note of it. (I am majorly paraphrasing this, just roll with it)

These are just some of the things I’m afraid of … 5) Getting Cancer and dying without ever falling in love. I’m pretty sure that if I get cancer, there won;t be a gorgeous guy with one leg in my support group.

Everyone got that reference right?
This was a great, fun book so, if you haven’t checked it out, I recommend that you do!