The greatest love story of the 20th century?

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W.E. is a film directed by Madonna, which was a box office flop and which was panned by critics.  Despite this, I knew I had to watch it at somepoint.  Now I have, I am so very glad I did.

I am by no means a fan of Madonna, but I know that I (and so many others) share her fascination with Wallis Simpson, the woman who King Edward VIII loved so much that he gave up the throne for her.

W.E. tells the story of Wally, a woman living in the modern day who is unhappily married and desperate for a baby.  She is named after Wallis Simpson and becomes enthralled by their story, which she uncovers on daily trips to Sotheby’s to look at items of the couple’s which are up for auction.  Wallis and Edward’s relationship unfurls through flashback scenes, the lives of both Wallis and Wally having eerie parallels.

Ultimately, this is a story about finding true love.  Edward VIII may have given up his throne for Wallis, but what about her, what did she leave behind to be with him?  I love how the film imagines this, with some very intense, claustrophic scenes between Wallis and Edward as they face their uncertain future.  Was it really Happily Ever After for them? I don’t believe it was.  Yes, Wallis may have been a social climber, but I think she got more than she bargained for.

The cast feautures many familiar faces… James D’Arcy from Broadchurch, Katie McGrath from Merlin, Laurence Fox from Lewis, even Mrs Crawley’s suitor from Downton Abbey!  I LOVE Natalie Dormer and she plays the Queen Mother so playfully, but Andrea Riseborough as Wallis is mesmerising.  She stole every scene; her accent and mannerisms evoked Wallis so well.

I love the scene where Wallis and Edward meet for the very first time.  The dancing, the music, the dresses… it’s such a sumptuous scenario and I just want to jump into that era and go to a party!  I wasn’t keen on the modern day story at all though, and the film could have been much stronger if it had been just a historical drama about Wallis and Edward.  Wally’s hallucinations of Wallis did nothing for me (except more screen time for Andrea) and did she really have to be named Wally?!

All in all, I highly recommend this film, if you can just go with the flow through the modern day story because the historical scenes more than make up for it.  If, like me, you are fascinated by this relationship, I highly recommend reading That Woman by Anne Sebba.  I definitely intend on reading more about Wallis now I have seen this film.

Have you ever really enjoyed a film that flopped at the box office?

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Disney Fun with Amour Vita!

Hello there Amour Vita!

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Which Disney character is your bff and why?

I would say Belle, and it’s because I love her personality. She sees the best in people and that is what makes me adore her. Belle would definitely be a BFF of mine since she would totally balance me out.

The Fairy Godmother says you have to become BFFs with one of these, who do you choose and why?

  • Cinderella’s stepsisters
  • Cruella de Vil
  • Sneezy the dwarf

Cruella De Vil. Like come one she’s one of the famous villains, she totally works it! I would find sneezey boring, and with the stepsisters I would just have the urge of getting annoyed at them, I can’t be like Cinderella and take their nonsense in haha. Whereas with Cruella, damn all that mischief I would get up to. She would totally encourage it.

Which character’s wardrobe would you raid?

Elsa! I love Elsa’s wardrobe. Them long gowns, gloves, hair accessories. So stunning!

You’re getting married. Which Disney song do you walk down the aisle to?

I see the light from Tangled. That songs is absolutely beautiful. It touches my heart, the lyrics is so lovely and I would love to have that song played.

Which Disney setting are you going on holiday to. Eg wonderland, under the sea with Ariel?

Wonderland! Got to choose something imaginative. Those sceneries, various destinations, food! Oh that is so good for a person like me.

Gaston has noticed you. What do you say when he asks you out?

“Pardon me, but you are quite treacherous. I politely decline”

The Disney pets are in the animal sanctuary that you are visiting. Who is going home with you? 

Oo! This is tough because I love Minnie and Mickey Mouse and since I have to pick one, I wouldn’t be able to tear them apart. So I would choose Fluffy from the Three Orphan Kittens. This kittens are adorable! I’ve always wanted a kitten so why not Fluffy.

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Book Cover Reveal: Whyte Lies by KC Acton

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WHYTE LIES (DCI Faith Whyte Crime Thriller Series Book 1)

The perfect family? Or the perfect lie?

 Gunshots ring out on the sweltering summer air, shattering the peaceful silence. The stench of exhaust fumes and burning rubber fill the humid breeze as the wheels spin against the embankment. In front of the car, a girl lies hunched, her blonde hair stained red. Her light summer dress is torn. She’s missing a sandal. Part of her wishes she were dead.

Inside the car, the girl’s father is slumped over the steering wheel. Behind him, the girl’s mother lies motionless.

The forest is eerily quiet, silenced by the violence, while the shadows of the trees protect the carnage.

Crime and justice are Detective Faith Whyte’s business. Murder is her speciality. She thinks she has seen it all, until she investigates the brutal killing of a family in Killarney National Park.

However, the killer is closer than she thinks, and Faith must open her eyes before someone else becomes the victim of a dark and deadly mind.

Faith has spent a lifetime running, but the past is about to catch up with her. Now, she must surrender to the present and trust her instincts more than ever.

What happens when the present collides with the secrets of the past? Find out in Whyte Lies, a story about family secrets, the ties that bind, and the true cost of the lies we tell.

WHYTE LIES is the first book in a gripping new series of detective thrillers, set against the beautiful backdrop of Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.

The dead are silenced, and Detective Faith Whyte will stop at nothing to give them a voice.

Available at Amazon: http://rxe.me/JPM5MW

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30073312-whyte-lies-a-gripping-suspense-thriller

Author Bio:

KC Acton is the author of the gripping new detective series featuring DCI Faith Whyte. WHYTE LIES is the first book in the series, which is available to preorder now at the special launch price of 99p or $0.99. It will be published on July 1st 2016.

Reading, writing, travelling, and all things French, especially red wine and cheese, are Kate’s main passions in life. She speaks French (badly) having lived in La Rochelle, France for a year. She now lives in Galway, Ireland.

She is currently working on WHYTE HEAT, the second book in the DCI Faith Whyte crime thriller series, which will be available in Autumn 2016.

Twitter: @KCActon

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The Top Three Best Ever Unseen TV Characters

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There are some TV characters who make a huge impression on viewers despite never being seen.  Here are my picks of the best unseen characters ever

Stan, Will and Grace

Stan is the hugely rich husband of narcisstic Karen Walker.  Although Karen herself is a very entertaining character, I found myself feeling more interested in Stan.  He is obese, wears a wig, is jailed for tax evasion and fakes his own death.  Not bad for a man whose face we never see.

The President, Veep

I love that we never see the President in this comedy all about climbing the geeasy pole of Washington politics from within the Vice President’s office.  Selina Meyer is an inept politician, clearly out of her depth, yet driven by her ambition to become President of the United States.  The President is like a spectre hanging over her office; the man whose job is just out of reach.  Selina regularly asks if he has called her office while she has been out, and the answer is always a resounding no.

Maris, Frasier

However much I love the characters above, Maris Crane is my undoubted favourite, the queen of the unseen TV character.  Maris is the wife of long-suffering Niles at the beginning of the show’s tenure, and is a constant subject of plotlines and jokes.  The other characters clearly dislike Maris intensely, and physically react to her, such as with covert looks or running to hide from her, while Niles puts up with her outlandish behaviour with slavish devotion.

Maris is extremely wealthy and self obsessed.  Her physicality is such that no actress could ever have played her; she goes from stick thin to obese, has webbed hands and does not produce saliva.  Finally Niles divorces her and she eventually goes to jail on suspicion of murdering her lover, before escaping to a private island.

Which is your fave unseen character?

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My favourite Twitter chats

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Recently I have been enjoying Twitter chats and I even hosted my first one!  If you have never taken part in one, basically a chat is usually based on a particular topic and you answer questions on that topic.  Chatting and interacting with others in this way is really fun!

Here are my favourite chats, with the Twitter handles and times.  Just turn up and join in the fun!

Monday

#TheGirlGang @TheGirlGangHQ 6pm GMT

#BDIB @blogsdoitbetter 7pm GMT

#SmileItsMonday @erincadams 8pm GMT

Wednesday

#LateNightBloggers @LateNightBlogs 9pm GMT

Thursday

#disneybloggerschat (various hosts, search the hashtag) 8pm GMT

#budgettravelhr @themousechick 9pm GMT

Friday

#girlsonlychat @GirlsOnlyChat 6pm GMT

Saturday

#fblchat @fashbeautylife 3pm GMT

#socialbloggers @skinnedcartree 6pm GMT

Sunday

#TeaCupClub @TeacupClub_ 5pm GMT

#lbloggerschat @lbloggerschat 7pm GMT

Tell me, do you know of any chats that I am missing?

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Disney Fun with Alana Narna!

Welcome to Alana Narna!

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Which Disney character is your bff and why? 

Belle from Beauty and the Beast is my total bff! I’m relearning French, and she would constantly make me learn more and more, also you got to have a book obsessed best friend, if not you’re missing out. 

The Fairy Godmother says you have to become BFFs with one of these, who do you choose and why?

  • Cinderella’s stepsisters
  • Cruella de Vil
  • Sneezy the dwarf

That is easily Sneezy!! Growing up my whole family referred to me as sneezy, so why not become best friends with someone exactly like you! Plus just because he sneezes a lot, doesn’t mean he can’t be a good friend, and I’m not the type of person who be befriend people who are mean like Cruella and the stepsisters. 

Which character’s wardrobe would you raid?

See I’m not sure if this counts 100%, but Ken in Toy Story 3! Have you seen his wardrobe!? and the little catwalk that he does for Barbie before she starts ripping them all up so he tells her about the manual! I don’t know what outfit I’d want to try on more, probably something Disco and shiny!

You’re getting married. Which Disney song do you walk down the aisle to?
A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes – from “Cinderella”  has got to be the one I’d walk down the aisle to, and there would be no doubt I’d be crying like crazy! It’s such a beautiful and heart warming song, it’s slow pace and soft, it really would compliment anyone’s wedding. It would be a song I’d walk down the aisle, half mumbling/singing along to, trying not to ugly cry!

Gaston has noticed you. What do you say when he asks you out?

I’d politely decline!! He’s definitely not my type, BUT I would try and match him up with someone more his taste. Just because I’m not interested doesn’t mean I can’t help a guy out!

The Disney pets are in the animal sanctuary that you are visiting. Who is going home with you? 

Well apart from wanting to take every single one of them home, in particular I won’t be leaving without bringing the Cheshire Cat with me! I need someone to be a bit puzzling and mysterious with me. 

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A trip to Tenby

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Over the May bank holiday weekend, we left Cardiff behind and went to Tenby for the day.  I am so glad that we did because it was one of the loveliest days out, ever.  Here’s what we got up to!

Tenby is a pretty seaside town in Pembrokeshire, and as it was a beautiful sunny day, we were excited to arrive.  It took us about 1 hour and three quarters to get there in the car, and we arrived at about 11am.  We were greeted by these stunning views.

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We headed for a coffee after admiring the view for a bit, and then I wanted to go shopping!  The town is full of gorgeous little shops like this one.

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Charlton Cards is a stationery lovers dream, there are so many gorgeous gifts and Welsh language items.

I picked up these postcards, having fallen in love with the camper van design by Peter Adderley.  They will be going in a snail mail letter soon!

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I then bought a beautifully smelling bath bomb with a passionfruit fragrance, I simply cannot wait to have a luxurious bath with it!  Junkees, the shop where I got it, is such a pretty, feminine store, exactly like a treasure trove.

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How adorable is this dragon? I bought it as a gift for my mum, and ‘caru ti’ means ‘love you’.

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I think the shop where I got it was my favourite of all; The Cranny.  I browsed all around the shop several times and discovered many very talented creators.

After browsing the shops we went for lunch at The Lifeboat Tavern, then we spent the rest of our day on the beach.  We paddled in the sea and enjoyed the feeling of sand between our toes.  The only downside was that there were several large jelly fish washed up on the shore, I’ve never seen anything like it.

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We had such a wonderful day!  Do you want to visit Tenby?

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London ahoy!

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This is me and my mum last year on our annual trip to London.  Well, we are off there again today for a few days.  So I will be taking the rest of the week off from the blog, to enjoy our trip and relax. See you next week!

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Disney Interview with Writing Rambling!

A big welcome to Sarah!

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Which Disney character is your BFF and why?

I would have to say Balloo from ‘The Jungle Book’ simply because it is one of my favourite Disney films and he’d be a cool bear to hang out with!! haha!!!

The Fairy Godmother says you have to become BFFs with one of these, who do you choose and why?

  • Cinderella’s stepsisters
  • Cruella de Vil
  • Sneezy the dwarf
I would be BFFs with Sneezy the dwarf – I’d try to come up with cures to stop him sneezing! haha!
Which character’s wardrobe would you raid?

Belle from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ that yellow dress is amaze!!!! :O :O

You’re getting married. Which Disney song do you walk down the aisle to?
OOOooo tough question…….probably the song from ‘Beauty & the Beast’ I just love it…who wouldn’t want to feel as beautiful as Belle on their wedding day?!?!? Or ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin! 💚💙💋
Which Disney setting are you going on holiday to and why. Eg wonderland, under the sea with Ariel?

I’d love to go to Arandale!!! hahaha! I wouldn’t even mind the snow!!! Plus I’d get to meet Olaf!!! There or I’d go visit Aladdin!!

Gaston has noticed you. What do you say when he asks you out?

Ha! ‘OO how lovely of you kind sir, but as you can see, I am to wed my prince’

The Disney pets are in the animal sanctuary that you are visiting. Who is going home with you and why? 

OOOO I’d take Aladdin’s monkey, Bagheera from The Jungle Book & Timone and Pumba!! haha!!  I’d like to think my Disney theme tune is ‘Hakuna Matata’ =) Love it! xoxo

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