Thursday, 24 December 2009

A very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!!

Hurrah! No more work for me and as I settle down with a drink in hand I would just like to wish you all a very lovely Christmas and New Year.  I am very much looking forward to 2010 and posting my very first Coffee Break on the Novel Racers Blog.  Hopefully I shall see you there if I don't see you here or indeed at yours first!

Monday, 14 December 2009

Ahhh a day off!

I am trying to be productive today as it is my last day off before the xmas holidays (if you exclude the weekend of course).  My room is a mess and the floor is full of empty boxes that need filling and bags of shopping that need emptying (from yesterday) and truth be told I can't be arsed to do a thing about it.  Thanks to those wishing me a speedy recovery on my last post.  Annoyingly, my back is still hurting - I'm not in agony but I am yet to find a comfortable sitting position which is a nightmare as I sit at a computer all day.  I have a solution to the problem but as it involves copious amounts of white wine I shall probably have to forget that one.  I had a lovely evening yesterday, hence the day off.  I went with my Mum for a wine, dinner and wine, and then more wine.  We chatted about the novel and what she liked and disliked and I was feeling pretty good about it so we had more wine to celebrate.  I woke at 6am still dressed, makeup smeared across my face, and the room fully lit.  Luckily the morning after headache that usually comes complimentary with the wine was not included and my day hasn't been ruined at all.  I am perfectly capable of ignoring all my tasks without the help of a little bunny banging symbols inside my head.  No, I am procrastinating just fine without you thanks!  So anyways, I must go and get on with my story for Womag2Weekly.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Busy Bee

I apologise for my lack of bloggage of late.  It's been a mad week.  After the drool fest that was Friday night with Gerard Butler, I had a fabulistic time at Cally Taylor's book launch.  I met the most wonderful people: Cally herself - who I was pleased to say recognised me straightaway and introduced to me to lots more lovely people such as Leigh Forbes and Spiral Jen.  Then Karen Clarke arrived and I was so pleased to meet her and be able to thank her for all her help with my first womag sub in person.  Everyone I met that night was so interesting and friendly and I was sorry to have to drag myself away from the speeches and the singing... yes singing (not from Cally though which was a shame - there seems to be no end to her talents!).

Sunday brought me quite literally to a screeching halt when someone drove their car into the back of mine.  As a result I now have a sprained back and I am due to be moving house soon.  Oh the joy!  Luckily my car came away unscathed (well from the look of it - I am yet to have her looked at by the car doctors) and noone was seriously injured.

Monday saw an early start with me having to go to Amsterdam for the day with work.  Sadly I had to head straight to Brussels once the day was out so I saw nothing of the City except for some window ladies, and A LOT of bikes.

Work has been hectic due to my boss going on sabbatical for 6 months to Central America while I attempt to fill her shoes.  I am bricking it!  So while I try not to let the work thing get to me I have the womag group to concentrate on, along with all things christmassy and my house move.  So I may be a bit quiet until the new year.  I will be floating around your blogs leaving comments and what not.  I just wanted to let you all know I am still here!

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Film Review: Law Abiding Citizen

Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Fox

At the start of the film we are in introduced to Butler’s character Clyde Shelton, a family man who is attacked at his own front door by two burglars who brutally murder his wife and child before his very own eyes. Shelton is devastated after Fox’s character Assistant DA Nick Rice makes a plea bargain with the murderer to keep his conviction rate high. Cut to ten years later, the man who murdered Shelton's entire family is free to walk the streets. Shelton, however, has spent the last ten years studying the legal system in order to bring revenge on all involved in the case.

This film was great. I thought it would just be blood, guts, explosions and more blood and while it was that it didn’t just rely on that to reel people in. It told the story of one mans revenge and Butler does it in a way that keeps you on his side. You understand why he does what he does and he’s funny with it too.

Despite the fact that I am easily scared, I loved this film. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, in suspense and wanting more. The settings were great, plenty of scenes that have you jumping out of your skin and one in particular that makes you not want to answer your mobile ever again!

Don’t let Butler’s dodgy American accent put you off though (Lolly thought he was being Irish). He is a great actor aside from this, delivers some hilarious lines, and looks great in the buff too. Not quite sure why he needed to get naked in one particular scene as there was no shower or love making involved but hey who am I to complain!

I think the ending could have been better, as a few questions for me were left unanswered.  That said this is a great revenge film, very clever and in parts laugh out loud funny.

A great revenge film and a good laugh.  Definitely recommended from me!
8 OUT OF 10