• Book review: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

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    In my little mind Nicholas Sparks novels (and movies based on his novels) have a certain stigma attached to them.

    Because I am a woman of the world, however (well, in that I indulge in social media), I know many—mostly women—LOVE his books and movies. I also suspect there’s the occasional guy who doesn’t mind being dragged along to a Dear John / Safe Haven / Best of Me type flick. However, the problem with offering such popular schmaltz is that some people— like yours truly—shy away from his work because of the aforementioned stigma. (And anyone who knows my tastes knows I’m far from a literary snob!) 

  • Just a bit of history repeating

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    I recently watched the first series of a TV show called The 100 (pronounced ‘the hundred’). Essentially it’s a post-apocalyptic drama in which 100 juvenile offenders are sent to earth 97 years after a nuclear war rendered it uninhabitable. The remaining humans have been living on The Ark in space since before the war and, as they’re running out of oxygen, decide not to wait the century before returning to earth as originally planned.

  • Old school: TV on DVD

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    I tweeted this from my local Twitter account on Saturday evening:

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    And got no responses. I wasn’t sure if people are just ridiculously self-absorbed and unhelpful; or…. if most on social media thought to themselves… “What the fuck is a video?”

  • TV show: Scorpion

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    We all have our guilty pleasures. Fortunately I refrain from reality TV shows involving the bloody Kardashians or housewives and stuff, but there are a few TV shows I find myself awaiting each week with unexpected glee.

    One of those is the (new) TV show Scorpion.

  • Famous doppelgangers

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    A visiting girlfriend and I were recently watching an old episode of Cold Case  when we both realised we’d seen one of the actors in something since the demise of the show. After some pondering we worked it out. We congratulated each other on our most-excellent skills of deduction and laser-sharp memories, but… as we sobered up we both realised we may have been wr-wr-wrong. He just didn’t look quite right. 

  • Not at all ordinary

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    If anyone ever asks me my favourite movie my response is simple. It’s been a favourite for many many many years. In reality I probably need to rethink the answer, but my old fave is amazing enough – in my belief – to have stood up to the test of time.

    Ordinary People  was released in 1980 and directed by Robert Redford. It stars Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton and Judd Hirsch.