Absence makes the heart grow fonder?


You may have noticed I have been away for some time… I have been working some crazy hours. Full time work seems to have a way of sucking any creativity out of you. Dont you think? Alongside working I have been studying towards my TEFL and diploma in children and young people work force. Still…excuses.

I will ensure I keep writing and updating you on lots of cool things happening in and around my world. I was tempted to move my blog to another site where it was easier to manage as I am a bit technically challenged when it comes to making it all pretty and nice to look at. I want to include a lot more reviews, rants and general posts as well as keep in the art and updates on my work. Open to suggestions too 🙂

That is all for now 😉

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So I finally took the plunge and booked on for a Teach English as foreign language course! I figured I moan about wanting to see more of the world but not being able to afford it and here it is being offered on a plate.A way to see the world get paid and experience the real culture of the place.

I am very excited and just hope I can get through all the grammar which I haven’t done since school and yes i know it shows 😛 Even better news to hear my friend is also doing the course so at least I will have a TEFL buddy to trade stories with and hopefully lost of interesting blogs to come.

Has anyone you known done tefl? or have you? let me know!

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To kindle or not to kindle?

So i have been debating with myself for ages now if i should enter the dark materialistic side and get yet another bit of tech!

I love reading. Ever since i was a little girl i have loved ploughing through books. From the magic far away tree to the roald dahl classics i enjoyed drifting off into another world. Books are very powerful filled with entertainment and knowledge. The question is can a kindle live up to that feeling of holding a book in your hand and getting lost in its pages?

The idea of staring at a computerized devise is a bit of a put off although im told the screen is like looking at the page of a normal book!

I like the idea of having choice at my fingertips and being able to carry a library in one small space although in this modern day are you really going to want to whip out an expensive bit of kit on the bus to town. I have noticed that if your sporting a decent phone you can get a kindle app which im told is in sync with your kindle and you can pick up where you left off. This does avoid the problem of having to read on buses because lets face it if your a bus warrior like me then you get a lot of reading done on your commutes. This being said on safer travel like planes and holidays i imagine not having to lug a giant book in your suitcase can be a huge benefit as currently i am reading a paperback of ‘The pillars of the earth’ which is seriously weighing down my handbag!

Expense is a big issue im one for borrowing from the library to keep them open as im scared devises like these could wipe places like that out! I am also a fan of picking up a book from charity shops and donating them back when im finished to make sure a good cause is again supported although this method can be a bit of a reading lotto.

Another downside! With the rise of kindles and other e reader devises what will happen to great things like ? For those not familiar with book crossing it is a network of people who leave books in places for people to pick up for free and read. The other great feature of this is when a book is registered to bookcrossing (anyone can do this online) you can then track the book. Seeing how it travels, the places it goes and what others thought of it! This in itself is a story. Now you can’t do that with a kindle!

However as a bit of a study whore i do like the notes feature on a kindle. Being able to make quick notes and also picking up on others could be very useful for students around the world.

Im also noticing a lot of authors selling kindle only versions of their books. Is this a way that aspiring writers can cut out the publisher and get their work seen? If so that is a great progression so long as we don’t end up having to wade through an ocean if crap to get to the gold. Although with people like Katie price writing and having their book published it can be argued we already do! 

As you can tell i am torn in my decision so come on guys what do you think?

Throw the switches @ Trove August 5th,6th and 7th

Trove and dynamic artist Kate spence got together to celebrate the works of James whale.

Dudley born whale goes down in history for classic horrors. The legendary films include ‘Frankenstein’ the bride of Frankenstein’ and ‘the invisible man’. Working hard in many aspects of theatre including acting and set design Whale found himself going up the ladder to stage manager and eventually director. Some of his plays even reached new york which is where Whales work caught the eye of some big Hollywood film producers. This is where Whale began his big film making career with films such as ‘journeys end’ and ‘Waterloo bridge’

Whales style was highly influenced by that of the german expresionism movement. Combining elemetns of gothic horror with comedy very theatrical and controversial pieces. His work has inspired all creatives over the years and is still relevent and inspiring to this day. Throw the switches was a celebration of Whales inspiration.

Friday Trove opened its doors and kicked off with a performance from kate spence as “the human puppet”. Suspened in the air everyone was invited to pull her strings to make her move like a real life puppet. This went down really well with everyone tugging the strings to bring life to the limp character. Kate did a great job of staying in character and remaining compeletly still and limp for the whole performance even when carried off stage a very dramatic moment when all her strings had not been untied added to the overall performance. Human puppets was a technique developed by sasori in which he was asked to create a human puppet using dead bodies. I find human puppetry to be a massive statement on society many people are walking talking human puppets having their strings pulled every day most without even realising it. Kates performance was very erie and powerful and I look forward to seeing what she next has in store.

I had never been to trove before and was sad to hear that it would be closing its doors after this weekend. A beautiful space or urban decay. The space had been used well with lots of little gruesome treats spotted around to set the atmosphere. I personally loved the blood monster an instillation from Kate spence which reminded me of a bloody fetus dancing around on screen. Not sure if you should be amazed or repulsed but not able to take your eyes off it. I found myself glued to it a number of times over the weekend.

Another regular feature throughout the weekend was the blood fountain. A great touch to see bloody gushing up really added to the grisly horror theme. All great horror settings should come complete with their very own gore I cant believe we didnt have some awesome features like this at the halloween monster movie challenge. All these little elements have given me some great inspiration to get a new fest or event moving and just proves that adding little gorey pieces really can make a difference.

Next up was an informative talk by Darrell Buxton a judge from halloween monster movie challenge last year. Mot only does Darrel really know his stuff but is also a very friendly interesting guy to talk to. Having Darrel introduce Frankenstein couldn’t have been more fitting as he was filled with facts and history about both whale and the horror genre. If you would like to hear more from Darrel not only does he teach film in derby but he also has a book available for your reading please. my links are not working but that is where it can be found!

In the comfort of random sofas we were able to watch Frankenstein with plenty of great snacks. Frankenstein has always been a massive fav of mine and it was great to see it in a different atmosphere. Projected onto the bare raw wall of Trove.

Saturday had more treats in store. The performance piece came from Richard Peel and George Merchant. ‘Frankenstein 2099’ would have had Frankenstein himself popping his stitches i was giggling so much. If you ever get a chance to see these guys i urge you to go will bring a smile to your face and puts a new spin on the film but watch you dont get bashed by a Frankenstein monster! Check out the website where you can see some examples of their work.

Another great talk from Darrel brought us into the amazing sequal ‘the bride of Frankenstein’. Amazing watching as the sun went down and darkness filled the room gave the film a much more dramatic effect.

Another new feature to the day was an amazing piece of art that had been borrowed to trove for the rest of the weekend a Frankenstein portrait by an amazing artist. Unfortunately I do not have a picture as i broke my phone :(.

Sadly due to soem surprise family visitors i was unable to make the last day which i was pretty gutted about as it promised an evening of short films and the invisible man.

In all it was a great weekend with a great variety of art James Whale was truly celebrated and it is very apparent that his work will continue to inspire artists all over the world in many different forms. Well done to Kate and the trove team for putting this together.

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