Do You Hear the People Sing?

Wednesday, I had the whole afternoon off work. So with the late winter sun shining upon us, mum and I went to the Odeon cinema at Liverpool One to see Les Miserables. I couldn’t help but sing along to the great tunes! We even got in for 2 for 1, so was a cheap day out!

Afterwards we stopped off at the Lindt Easter Egg Hunt, 101 painted eggs in an art instillation  You all know I love street art and I happily dragged mum around the display and snapped at a few of my favourites!

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Scouse!

After a weekend of gloss painting the house. I decided to spend my Sunday afternoon making Blind Scouse (a local dish without meat) and Rhubarb Tart. My mum helped and afterwards we thoroughly ate like kings!

The stew was divine! Pearl Barley is a revelation for me, I will cook with that more in the future!

The ingredients were: http://www.scouseveg.co.uk/?s=blind+scouse

  • 1 leek
  • 2 medium onions
  • 3 medium (500g) potatoes
  • 3- 4 (300g) carrots
  • 1-2 handfuls pearl barley
  • 1ltr vegetable stock
  • 1x 410g can butter beans
  • to taste salt and pepper

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Mr. Dunnock!

My eyes alighted on a most blessing sight this cold, dull winter morning. Mr. Dunnock was spotted nearby!

I watched him for half an hour as he ‘bold a brass’ hopped about the garden sifting through the soil and eating fat balls! I was so overjoyed and it gave me a much needed boost to go to work with a skip in my step.

I hadn’t seen him since before Christmas last year, so it was a happy sighting!

Find below a video I managed to take of the little critter. 🙂

St Valentine’s.

Last Friday I got confirmation that I had won a competition held by Escentual on Facebook. The prize was a 60ml bottle of 212 Sexy by Carolina Herrera for women and men. I was totally bowled over! All I said for the competition was that I was going to the Valentine’s evening concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic and afterwards celebrating with a glass of Bucks Fizz! I didn’t think I would get picked! 😀

So last night David and I went to the Philharmonic smelling gorgeous! The concert of Ravel’s Bolero, Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev was sublime! 🙂 I really can’t wait for Mahler’s 10th in March!

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After Plato.

Well news from today was that I didn’t win the Racy Reads writing competition on Lorraine. The sad thing is, I never even got short listed! David emailed me saying, he preferred mine, but he would say that being my fiancé and all! I am left breathing a sigh of relief actually as I think they would have forced me to write a ‘chick lit’ novel while the ideas that are flitting through my mind are quite dark!

Below find a short passage from the novel I am currently working on. It was inspired by Plato’s Symposium. I hope you enjoy! Please do comment, thanks!

Christine.

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Dartmoor Killing!!

Ok, it’s a bit of a gruesome title for the blog, but today I am advertising a new film project by BAFTA wining writer and director Peter Nicholson. The film came to my attention from my continued Jonathan Firth affliction. 😦 The administrator of the Facebook ‘fan site‘ I am a member of, found a link to a promotional video on the psychological thriller called, ‘Dartmoor Killing‘, where Jonathan was one of the featured voices.

Warning! The below clip isn’t suitable for younger viewers!

The director and all who are involved in the project are eagerly looking for funding for the film and are welcoming any advertisement, hence this blog!

I also found another blog post on this subject that gives more background to the project: It can be found here:

http://horrorbug.com/movies/dartmoor-killing-2013/

All members of the Jonathan Firth Facebook page are wondering whether this could be a new project for him?

Charmed!

Today, Sunday my back yard was awash with the golden flash of wings from 18 Goldfinches! 18! There were all squabbling over the three sunflower feeders I have and flew in from a neighbouring tree opposite. They were funny to watch, swooping down upon the seeds, but what a racket they made!

Yesterday, David went walking in Cumbria with his work colleagues so I stayed at home, in the warm, away from the cold rain and wind. I enjoyed a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio and a Shahi from our regular curry house Saffron! It went down a treat. 😀

With work at the university starting again, my days are busy going back and forth too lectures. I have two students who are studying Law and a student I am mentoring who is studying American History.

Two weeks ago, Mum and I went to the Odeon cinema in Liverpool One to see The Hobbit!

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I did not have much hope that I would enjoy it as much as Lord of the Rings as I was unable to get through reading the first chapter of the book! However, from the opening scenes to the end, I was hooked! I loved the film! The cinematography, the acting (even the Dwarves) and the score were all wonderful! It was great to revisit Hobbiton. I love Bag End! I so could see myself living there! 😀 I can’t wait for the second film in the trilogy now! 🙂

Ohh exciting times ahead…

Today my tickets for Mahler’s 10th arrived! I am so excited about that… perhaps listening to it will be life changing?

 
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I was looking at my diary and David and I, though we don’t have a holiday booked, do have lots of things to look forward too at the local theatres in Liverpool the first half of 2013!

On the 14th February I am ‘dragging’ David to the Liverpool Philharmonic to hear their Valentine’s concert. Then we are back there on the 23rd of March for Mahler and then in June again to listen to Stravinsky’s Firebird!

In March I have booked to see The Phantom of the Opera at the Liverpool Empire and in May, I am going to the Echo Arena to see Walking with Dinosaurs which I saw in 2009! I look forward to that! I loved it the last time!

Ohhh! Now that’s what I call a weekend!

Phew! this weekend has been great! Well great to my standards, anyway! I don’t know what David thinks! 😮 There were no worries, or work on the ‘house’! 

Saturday, I dragged David to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to hear a 65th birthday concert in honour of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber!

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It was sublime! I loved it! Scott Davies singing ‘Music of the Night,’ was wonderful! In the concert programme, my eyes alighted on a billing for the Liverpool Philharmonic performing Mahler’s ‘10th Symphony‘. I am featuring that symphony in my ‘romance’ novel and I am wondering should I ‘drag’ David to that? The finale of the symphony usually renders me in tears, it is that heart-breaking! Should I go and hear it? What do you think I should do?

On Sunday David and I have planned to go to a preview screening of ‘Hitchcock’ at Cheshire Oaks. I ‘won’ free tickets via Vue cinemas. Again, I think I will ‘drag’ David there! I hope the film will be good??

UPDATE: I have booked for Mahler! I can’t wait!! Pass the tissues! 🙂