Lizzie Bennet Diaries Episodes 29-32

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Another Saturday is here and more Lizzie Bennet awaits, I wonder if we will meet Darcy yet?  Lets see…

The whole issue of morals of discussing other people online is raised, but it is not really questioned with any real depth or insight but may possibly be an interesting blog topic at some point.  I have decided that Caroline reminds me of Cordelia from Buffy, we get to learn more about both her and her brother, he is so sweet, a little too saccharine for my taste but the perfect Bingley replacement. Lizzie and Caroline are doing well at pretending they like each other and possibly in this Lizzie is taking longer than her Classic counterpart to realise that Caroline is in love with Darcy and sees her as a rival.  The idea of the two young ladies still taking a ‘turn around the room’ didn’t quite fit, yes it allowed them to use the line from the original novel but I think I would have preferred a change there.

I am wondering when we will meet more characters, yet another week has passed without us getting to meet the man himself maybe next week?

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Contests – Worth the investment?

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Recently I seem to have been hearing the same advice everywhere, blogs, podcasts, magazines they all say the same thing enter competitions.

I do have writer friends who do enter lots of contests, partly in the hope of getting a little financial remuneration for the hours at the keyboard but most of the time I think for the sheer fun of it, but there is a more serious side to contest entry.

This is where the advice comes in, it is suggested that if you do enter and win or if it is one of the bigger more prestigious contests are short-listed that this achievement on your writing CV or cover letter could seriously enhance your chances of an agent or publisher actually taking the time to read your work.

Now no way am I going to be entering anything this side of Christmas life is far too hectic but I have taken the time to actually look though a couple of my Writers Forum magazines at some of the contests in there.  It is eye opening to see not only the range of contests out there but also the range of prizes from dictionaries and a smile to publishing deals.

The other thing which also varies is the cost of entering, while there are free ones there are also a range of contests who charge for entry, I think the thing to do is actually consider very carefully whether you really want to enter these and what they offer in return.  Some offer detailed critiques of your entries for an extra fee of course and the cost-prize ratio also is something to take into account is is worth entering a competition which charges you £10 to possibly win a hundred when if you had researched better you could have won a thousand.  It can also be worth keeping an eye out for who judges which competitions, it costs £15 to enter the Ruth Rendall competition which she judges herself but if you write in that genre being able to add her vote to a cover letter by winning or being short-listed in her competition cannot do you any harm.

I really don’t have the time to do this this year but as one of my writing resolutions for next year I am going to enter at least one competition per month fingers crossed if I could win one or get a couple of places it would cover the cost of the rest lol

Parkin Time

The Autumn or Fall for my Transatlantic friends has descended and it is once more time to dig out my family Parkin recipe and get some made and going gooey in the tin ready for Bonfire night but really it is perfect for any winters evening.  Click on my assistant to link back to the page where I show you how to make this family favourite…

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Strictly Spectacular Week Four

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(remember the opinions are mine as a viewer I have no actually knowledge in terms of the technical side of the dancing)

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271673  Celebrity; Ashley Taylor Dawson, soap actor

  Professional; Ola Jordan

  Dance;  Viennese Waltz

  Judges Marks; 31

  What I thought;  The looked gorgeous, serious contender for costume of the week and this should have really suited them, it was nice, I wasn’t sure about the music choice as it has been over used on so many tragic stories of abuse, but even without that this dance just lacked the spark that makes this the most romantic dance that is performed on Strictly especially when compared to others.

 

Mark-Benton-and-Iveta-Lukosiute-2274047  Celebrity; Mark Benton, Actor (starred in Doctor Who)

  Professional; Iveta Lukosiute

  Dance; Cha Cha

  Judges Marks; 26

  What I thought;  What can I say in theory I should have hated it, tacky costumes, cheesy song but I loved it.  If pure joy was what this competition was judged on he would win hands down.  Thought Craig’s comments were uncalled for Mark is not the best technical dancer but he is the best entertainer.

 

Kevin-Clifton-and-Susanna-Reid-2274044  Celebrity; Susanna Reid

  Professional; Kevin Clifton

  Dance; Samba

  Judges Marks; 29

  What I thought; Didn’t like the start but once the music got going I really enjoyed it.  There were a few moves that could have been a little sharper, she is certainly  improving each week and growing in confidence I do agree with Craig that at the minute she is stuck in the middle ground and while it is enough to keep her there at the minute as the competition hots up she may find herself in trouble if the WOW factor does not improve.

 

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271676  Celebrity;  Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Singer

  Professional; Brendon Cole

  Dance; Foxtrot

  Judges Marks; 35

  What I thought;  I loved it that once more Sophie totally immersed herself in the whole feel of the dance complete with shopping trip to try on period clothing.  The dance itself was fantastic, once more a contender for dance of the week, the costumes were gorgeous a close runner for costume of the week.

 

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271675  Celebrity; Natalie Gumede, Actress, ex-dancer

  Professional; Artem Chigvintsev

  Dance;  Quickstep

  Judges Marks;35

  What I thought; First I have to say as someone who has gone through serious spinal issues I have so much respect for her keeping going with a bulging disc, that said I hope that she is listening to her doctors because I know the risks involved with any spinal issues an it is not worth risking your long term health for a dancing competition.  Loved the dance but didn’t like her hair it made me think of my grandmas poodle, it is almost as if the are determined to make it look strange.

 

Kristina-Rihanoff-Ben-Cohen-2274060  Celebrity;  Ben Cohen, ex rugby-player

  Professional; Kristina Rihanoff

  Dance;  Salsa

  Judges Marks;31

  What I thought; Was great to see Matt Dawson pop back to give his mate some inspiration and show clearly he still has the moves.  Sadly I didn’t feel they rubbed off in this dance in terms of hip action but I did love it and the ease with which he threw her around excites me for some of the dances to come.

 

Anton-Du-Beke-and-Fiona-Fullerton-2274048  Celebrity; Fiona Fullerton, Actress and Bond Girl

  Professional; Anton Du Beke

  Dance; Rumba

  Judges Marks; 22

  What I thought; Fiona looked great, and you can certainly see she still has Bond girl legs, but the dance itself lacked for me, there was no real spark or sensuality between them, I know in someways this is harder for older women to get away with but with Anton she could have achieved it without it looking as inappropriate as some other pairings.  Needed

 

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271679  Celebrity; Dave Myers, Hairy Biker Celebrity Chef

  Professional; Karen Hauer

  Dance; Waltz

  Judges Marks; 23

  What I thought;  We all know Dave is not the best dancer but I think he actually put in a really good performance this week, his strictlification ensured he looked the part and it even looked as if he has actually lost a little weight since the American Smooth in week one.  Ballroom generally suits him better than Latin, hopefully he will be here for weeks to come but the competition is getting harder and everyone is improving.

 

Rachel-Riley-and-Pasha-Kovalev-2274046  Celebrity; Rachel Riley, TV presenter and Maths Whizz

  Professional; Pasha Kovalev

  Dance;  Quickstep

  Judges Marks;26

  What I thought;  Technically the dance was good but it did not blow me away.   I think the problem was I didn’t like the costumes and music and really didn’t understand the need for all the messing about with the safe.  Disappointing because I know she can do so much better.

 

Janette-Manrara-and-Julien-Macdonald-2274041  Celebrity;  Julien Macdonald, Fashion Designer

  Professional; Janette Manrara

   Dance; Salsa

  Judges Marks: 23

  What I thought;  High energy, he was obviously having a great time dancing to a song he loved.  They looked great and as you would expect his costume was fantastic.  He is not the best dancer and his partner has tried to compensate for the fact he seems to have trouble straightening his legs

 

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271678  Celebrity; Deborah Meaden, Businesswoman and Dragon’s Den Investor

  Professional; Robin Windsor

  Dance; Jive

  Judges Marks; 23

  What I thought;  Perfect song for this dance, fun, flighty and flirty but I am sorry to say I didn’t enjoy the performance, firstly I was distracted by the wig Robin was wearing and as Darcy said this just wasn’t Deborah’s dance, not enough bounce and kicks and flicks.

 

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271677  Celebrity; Patrick Robinson, Actor

  Professional; Anya Garnis

  Dance;Cha Cha

  Judges Marks; 33

  What I thought;  I really enjoyed this, I admit he is not my favourite contestant sometimes I feel like he is getting there technically but the performance chemistry is missing but in this dance he came alive, he seemed to be totally enjoying it and he had relaxed into this dance,

 

 

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271680  Celebrity; Abby Clancy, Model and Footballers Wife

  Professional; Aljaz Skorjanec

  Dance; Tango

  Judges Marks; 35

  What I thought;  Loved the fact she threw herself into the assault course to prepare,serious contender for costume of the week and the woman in red was amazing,  choosing dance of the week this week just got even harder, I love the tango it is one of my favourite dances and this is possibly one of the best I have ever seen on strictly,  if she could only get her Latin to match her ballroom I think she would take some beating in this competition.

 

My Dance Of The Week

Okay I couldn’t choose between these two for very different reasons one is fabulous, glamorous and sexy the other is fun, crazy and wrong on so many levels.

Costume of the Week

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The Dance Off

 

The dance off sees Rachel pitted against Julien and I think to be honest we all know the dance off is pure formality, even Julien seems to know that as he prepares for it, and as I expected Rachel stays and Julien has to put away his sequins.

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Lizzie Bennet Diaries Episodes 25-28

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Its Saturday and time for the next instalments of Lizzie’s diaries, we are a quarter of the was through and I am enjoying it although I would like to start seeing more of the other characters.  See you on the other side…

We get to join Lizzie at Vidcon and also to meet Mr Collins who we have heard of briefly in an earlier episode.  I was curious how they would arrange for Jane to stay at Netherfield given modern transport would easily allow someone ill to be transported, the remodelling excuse is perfect and the fact that in a modern setting sleeping over is perfectly acceptable this ruse allows for the mother to still appear manipulative. I like that Mary gets a name check even if she has been demoted from sister to cousin.

The stay at Netherfield is fascinating, we get to meet Bing and his sister Caroline though Darcy remains elusive.  Caroline is well played and this modern version perfectly reflects the two-faced sister that Elizabeth sees but fools Jane in the original novel.  I think she had been on screen around ten seconds before I hated her lol.

GlossyBox Monthly Review – October

So this months box arrived and of course I got all excited and rushed to open the lovely pink parcel before me…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As always it is very exciting taking a closer look at what you have received and as you will see from the products overall I am really pleased with this months haul.  So Lets start with the smellies…

Killer Queen Fragrance by Katy Perry

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I love the smell of this, often I find many of the celeb perfumes are quite overpowering but this is really nice and if you think Oriental meets Floral that pretty much sums it up.  I received a 1.5ml spray sample which probably won’t last long (might wear it out on Saturday night) full size is 50 ml and costs £29.50.  Would I buy it, actually yes I would and might actually buy some after Christmas is out of the way, next up…

Illuminating Primer by Monu

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have to confess I don’t normally use a primer, though possibly I should and may experiment with it now I have this sample.  It comes out in quite a big blob and I did feel a little more than I needed can out, but I just went with it for today and applied it to the skin.  It actually left my skin feeling really good and did give it a bit of a healthy glow which I put down to the opalescent effect of it as you apply.  I didn’t want to take lots of pictures today because my batteries were running low in the camera but I did find my foundation went on a little more evenly than normal especially around my nose which tends to be a little dry and flaky at this time of year.  The sample I received is 12ml and to buy a full size version is £24.95 for 50ml, I am not sure at this minute if I would buy it, the price does seem quite steep but I will use the sample and see how long it lasts possibly the length of time a full one might last could justify the price I think it is wait and see on this one although the actual product is good.  Next up…

Multi-Vit Smoothie Serum

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Rich and creamy a little goes a long way.  My skin felt great after applying this and it did soak in very quickly, however like the primer this is a product which will require further use before I can decide if I would buy it again.  I have combination skin some areas are dry others get a little greasy so it will take repeated use to discover whether I can use this product all over consistently or whether I would have to just put it on in certain places.  The sample I received is 20ml, a full size 50ml version costs £22.50 and although only a little is required they advise using morning and evening so I think it will need extra time testing this before I decide if it is worth the cost, I do however think I will definitely look into vitamin serums if I decide this one is too expensive for my needs.  Now we move onto…

Cleansing Bar by Gamila Secret.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHand made in Galilee it smells lovely, made from lots of natural ingredients, I am fascinated by the 28 day healing claim.  After wetting it takes a little effort to build up the thick suds and it does feel good on the skin.  It is not something however you can really use in the bath or the shower easily as they state you should allow it time to soak in and work before rinsing off, I have had home made soaps before and this reminds me very much of those, though I must say it is very rarely I buy soap in this time of block form anymore.  The bar I received was 30g it does not say what weight a full size bar is but at £21 for the full size version I really cannot see me buying this.  It will be interesting to see what effects if any it has over the next few weeks but I cannot imagine anything can justify that price for me.  Now the final Item…

Cherub’s Blush – Cheek & lip Tint by MeMeMe

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Sadly I really did not like this or possibly I should say this didn’t like me!  First I followed instructions and tried it as a blush but the colour is just not right for my pale skin I looked a little like I had been slapped then I tried it on my lips, well when you get to a certain age no matter how hard you try unless you have botox fine lines will appear and this showed all of them round my mouth.  Because of the fact it is a liquid no sooner than you apply it with the brush the colour bleeds, I did try applying it with a cotton bud but to be honest I could achieve the same result without the bleeding and longer lasting by eating beetroot.  They sent the full size 12ml product worth £5.50 and maybe if I were younger or darker skinned I would think more of this product but sadly this is one I wont be buying.  I will be passing it on to my daughter and if she doesn’t like it well I might try painting a picture with it lol

So that’s this months box I am quite pleased with the facial products but the make up item was a huge miss, and I still can’t quite get my head round the idea of paying £21 for a bar of soap, if I have anything to add on any of the products I will update you on next months review.

Writing Vs Reading.

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As you all know as well as writing I am a book lover, I love reading but recently I am finding it harder and harder to not only fit in reading but to focus on other peoples words.

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This was my TBR pile last christmas rather than reducing it continues to grow and the number of actual books I have read this year is less than it has ever been before.

My problem is I always used books as a way to relax, they were new worlds in which to disappear and be absorbed by but now when I sit down and pick up a book my mind races away to the worlds which I am creating, constantly new stories, plot twists for ones I am writing spring to my mind and the book in my hand remains unread.  I would love to be able to switch off and just enjoy a book once more, but instead if I manage to focus on the words on the page before me my mind questions each choice the author has made, would I have had that character do or say that? 

Don’t get me wrong there are still certain authors whose judgement I never question I just stand in awe of them, two of them I have added to the new fangirl tab above,  but they are few and far between though thankfully I have new books to look forward to from both of the two named authors. 

So the question for my writer friends, how do you switch your brain off in order to just enjoy you reading? Do you still read for pleasure rather than research?  Do you find some authors easier to immerse yourselves in than others?

Please leave so answers in the comments would love to know if I am alone in this.

Strictly Spectacular Week 3 – Love Week

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First apologies for the delay in posting this I started it on Sunday evening but my internet was cutting out ever few minutes so I decided to leave it till Monday to finish but since have got distracted rearranging my bedroom, sorting out my Twitter account to make it more suitable for Tweetdeck and registering to do Nano this year. But better late than never….

Week one everyone was safe and the marks were carried over to this week (remember the opinions are mine as a viewer I have no actually knowledge in terms of the technical side of the dancing)

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271673  Celebrity; Ashley Taylor Dawson, soap actor

  Professional; Ola Jordan

  Dance;  Samba

  Judges Marks; 31

  What I thought;  I really didn’t like this.  I have to be honest and I hated it, the dancing was probably great but I was totally distracted by the music.  They looked good, his physique doesn’t quite match Artem but its not too bad to look at and of course Ola looked stunning, but the music for me was all wrong at first I thought it was starting slowly and going to speed up but it never did it was like listening to a song on a radio when the batteries are dying.  It was a real shame because I think given different music I might have enjoyed it but I have to be honest it was spoilt for me.

Mark-Benton-and-Iveta-Lukosiute-2274047  Celebrity; Mark Benton, Actor (starred in Doctor Who)

  Professional; Iveta Lukosiute

  Dance; American Smooth

  Judges Marks; 26

  What I thought;  Great music a song a really love, Iveta looked stunning and the dance was charming and reminded me of the American films from the 50’s and 60’s but there is just one thing.  I can say this because I am overweight, it is a fact that being certain shapes effects your ability to do certain things and in this dance the lifts are an important part of it which was sadly lacking.  The real sad thing is he gets each dance so well and I can’t help but think if he had been just a little slimmer that he really would be a contender for the glitterball.

Kevin-Clifton-and-Susanna-Reid-2274044  Celebrity; Susanna Reid

  Professional; Kevin Clifton

  Dance; Viennese Waltz

  Judges Marks;  34

  What I thought; This must be the most beautiful and romantic dances when it is done well and tonight it was.  Great music choice, glamorous,elegant costumes, they looked like they had been dancing together for ever and I totally bought the performance.  Definite contender for dance of the week and costume of the week, it just looked such a natural performance as if she danced this every week.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271676  Celebrity;  Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Singer

  Professional; Brendon Cole

  Dance; Samba

  Judges Marks; 31

  What I thought;  After last weeks Charleston this felt like a bit of a let down which I know is probably not fair.  It was a nice samba but it seemed a little elegant for a samba for me.  I would love to have seem a little more high energy fun, it was like watching someone pretend to have fun rather than actually having fun even though I know she was.  Hopefully the next dance will suit her style a little more.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271675  Celebrity; Natalie Gumede, Actress, ex-dancer

  Professional; Artem Chigvintsev

  Dance; Rumba

  Judges Marks; 36

  What I thought; This is a hard one to describe my feelings on because I don;t know if I am being fair but I guess it is my blog and about my feelings. First her dance training really showed here the dance itself was breathtaking the moves so well executed but and here is another big but her face spoilt it there was definitely a lot of over acting going on.  But I also get there is a real dilemma here Artem and Kara were the huge love story a few series ago and they are still a couple, for there to look like there was real chemistry between him and another soap actress would no doubt send the tabloids into a frenzy so the realistic romantic, sensual Rumba like Ben performed was not an option but this overly dramatic one would have had she left the gurning at the stage door.

Kristina-Rihanoff-Ben-Cohen-2274060  Celebrity;  Ben Cohen, ex rugby-player

  Professional; Kristina Rihanoff

  Dance; Rumba

  Judges Marks; 28

  What I thought; A very steamy and sensual rumba, this is a contender for dance of the week.  The music was brilliant, the chemistry between them sizzled a little more hip action from Ben would have been nice but it is a giant leap in the right direction and if he keep improving like this he could go all the way.  It is hard for the bigger guys to move about at times but in someways this is a good Latin dance for them because it is that little bit slower, it certainly worked for Ben this week.

Anton-Du-Beke-and-Fiona-Fullerton-2274048  Celebrity; Fiona Fullerton, Actress and Bond Girl

  Professional; Anton Du Beke

  Dance; Waltz

  Judges Marks; 28

  What I thought; It was Fiona’s birthday this week and you know what as birthday presents go dancing a Waltz with Anton is actually a damn good present.  Lovely music, smooth, elegant and charming.  Maybe lacking a little bit of magic and the connection between them is definitely friends rather than lovers which okay in real life we know is the case but for the dance it could do with the hint of a little extra but I still enjoyed it.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271679  Celebrity; Dave Myers, Hairy Biker Celebrity Chef

  Professional; Karen Hauer

  Dance; Pasa Doble

  Judges Marks; 16

  What I thought; You know I fully appreciate this is a dance contest but sometimes sheer entertainment value has to win the day. I LOVED this, the music was fantastic, and I don’t think Dave will get to the final but I hope he is here for weeks to come the enthusiasm with which he throws himself into each dance is a joy to watch and to see someone having such a laugh is contagious.

Rachel-Riley-and-Pasha-Kovalev-2274046  Celebrity; Rachel Riley, TV presenter and Maths Whizz

  Professional; Pasha Kovalev

  Dance; Cha Cha Cha

  Judges Marks; 27

  What I thought; Once again she looked fab and a great music choice, the dance was a bit of a mix.  She certainly looked and moved better than last week. Yes more improvement needed still and at times she looked a little scared but when she let go she did so much better.  I enjoyed it and think it will be interesting to see how far she can go if she keeps improving at this rate.

Janette-Manrara-and-Julien-Macdonald-2274041  Celebrity;  Julien Macdonald, Fashion Designer

  Professional; Janette Manrara

  Dance; Jive

  Judges Marks: 22

  What I thought; I really thought this dance would have suited Julien’s energy levels sadly I was hideously mistaken.  I have to say it wasn’t all his fault I was not in love with the routine and styling but one thing that was wonderful was his smile and seeing how much he enjoyed it.  Maybe that is why they did the dance this way, they possibly realise he could be heading home and wanted to have a great time before he goes.  I love him as a personality but his days as a dancer are numbered I fear.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271678  Celebrity; Deborah Meaden, Businesswoman and Dragon’s Den Investor

  Professional; Robin Windsor

  Dance; Quickstep

  Judges Marks; 28

  What I thought;  If I had to pick one of the professionals to teach me to dance it would be Robin, he manages to teach while still having fun and Deborah is certainly learning.  I loved this dance, it was fun and flighty and I have to say looking at Deborah dancing agrees with her and she is looking younger each week.  I think hers could be the journey to watch as she goes from strength to strength each week.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271677  Celebrity; Patrick Robinson, Actor

  Professional; Anya Garnis

  Dance; Foxtrot

  Judges Marks; 27

  What I thought; They looked stunning the costumes really suited the character of the dance, so elegant and the music was perfect for the dance. Loved the start and finish at the piano and I really enjoyed it maybe not the most exciting dance and I will confess the Foxtrot is not one of my favourite dances but it was stylish, suave and I enjoyed it not much more to say.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271674  Celebrity; Vanessa Feltz, TV Presenter

  Professional; James Jordan

  Dance; Tango

  Judges Marks; 20

  What I thought; Oh dear!  She looked much better this week the little sleeves disguised the batwings a little better but sadly the dance let her down.  The acting and character at the start was great but once into the dance this was not one that was great fro her.  I think Latin is harder for those who are not naturally gifted at dance and her only hope is to improve enough in the ballroom to keep her in but I fear she will go in the next week or two.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271680  Celebrity; Abby Clancy, Model and Footballers Wife

  Professional; Aljaz Skorjanec

  Dance; Jive

  Judges Marks; 28

  What I thought; Loved the outift and of course dancing to the Beatles how could anyone not love the music but I wasn’t overly thrilled with the dance.  It was okay there was nothing really wrong it just didn’t make me go wow.  Maybe having such long legs it takes away from the sharpness of the flicks and kicks but I think of the three dances she has performed so far for me this was the weakest.  However I think she will be safe and look forward to seeing her next week, she is actually one of my favourites.

My Dance Of The Week

Costume of the Week

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I liked this outfit the only thing I might have been tempted to change would have been to either wear white knee boots or to wear Mary Jane style shoes rather than the sandals.

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I didn’t like this dress, I know she has the figure for it and maybe if a bit more thought had gone into it it could have worked but it looks like she is wearing a school swimming costume or leotard with the top layer of Vanessa’s dress from last week shrunk onto her.  The tassels on the leg split stops randomly about 6 inches from the bottom and I just think they could have been creative and also the make up did not match her outfit, sometimes you wonder if one department talks to the other.

The Dance Off

Julien VS Vanessa this will be a close one, Julien and Janette stayed and we say goodbye to James and Vanessa it was close one and I will be honest I expected Julien to go.

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Lizzie Bennet Diaries Episodes 21-24

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Okay guys better late than never we continue with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries see you at the other side of todays four episodes

I love the idea of Vid-con playing a part in the story, am not quite sure how it really fits in.  It is too earlier in the story to be any of Lizzie’s trips in terms of correlating to the book possibly it replaces Aunt Phillips house and the evenings there but if that were the case Wickham should have already been introduced.  I think it helps to try to forget the actual novel timeline and embrace the one as they play it out.

 

I am really enjoying this and as I am plotting a P&P fanfiction I get to class watching it as research lol

Strictly Spectacular Week 2

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First apologies for the delay in posting this I started it on Sunday evening but my internet was cutting out ever few minutes so I decided to leave it till Monday to finish but since have got distracted rearranging my bedroom, sorting out my Twitter account to make it more suitable for Tweetdeck and registering to do Nano this year. But better late than never….

Week one everyone was safe and the marks were carried over to this week (remember the opinions are mine as a viewer I have no actually knowledge in terms of the technical side of the dancing)

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271673  Celebrity; Ashley Taylor Dawson, soap actor

  Professional; Ola Jordan

  Dance;  American Smooth

  Judges Marks;

  What I thought;  Well the baby has arrived and it shows, his face had lost the strain it was showing last week and he looked totally into the dance. I really loved this perfect music and a great interpretation, could almost have been watching Fred Astair or Gene Kelly, great musicality and totally enjoyable to watch.  Looked fabulous and great lifts everything sadly the other American Smooth of the evening from Dave was not.

Aliona-Vilani-and-Tony-Jacklin-2274049  Celebrity; Tony Jacklin. ex-Golfer

  Professional; Aliona Vilani

  Dance;  Charleston

  Judges Marks; 13

  What I thought;  Sadly the cutesy golfing theme did nothing to distract me from the dancing.  I hate sounding like Craig but it was a dancing disaster!  I do confess I have issues with older men doing certain dances until today this was not on the list but now it is.  I feel so sorry for Aliona, sadly Tony is not a natural dancer but also because he is a sportsman he does not have the showmanship to compensate, I think as I watch this he may be going home.

Mark-Benton-and-Iveta-Lukosiute-2274047  Celebrity; Mark Benton, Actor (starred in Doctor Who)

  Professional; Iveta Lukosiute

  Dance; Salsa

  Judges Marks; 22

  What I thought; Loved the music and loved her outfit.  His outfit was very unflattering but what distracted me more was seeing him without his glasses which was very strange.  Not exactly a sexy salsa more Austin Powers meets the Fast and the Furious but it was certainly fun and totally enjoyable.  I hope he will stay but fear his size will count against him in the other Latin dances.

Kevin-Clifton-and-Susanna-Reid-2274044  Celebrity; Susanna Reid

  Professional; Kevin Clifton

  Dance; Tango

  Judges Marks; 31

  What I thought;  Loved her outfit, liked the music choice but was not convinced by her performance.  It did seem to me at times a little like he was pulling her around, nothing really major and definite potential maybe confidence may have been an issue. There were times when it all fell into place and overall I did enjoy it and look forward to next week as I am sure she will still be here.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271676  Celebrity;  Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Singer

  Professional; Brendon Cole

  Dance; Charleston

  Judges Marks; 36

  What I thought;  Loved everything about this, it was just about the perfect dance, you could actually believe that they were just doing it without it all being planned it looked so natural and effortless.  I also loved that she spent time learning about the history of the dance and I think that really showed in the dance with the way she immersed herself into it. As you can see below my dance of the week.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271675  Celebrity; Natalie Gumede, Actress, ex-dancer

  Professional; Artem Chigvintsev

  Dance; Waltz

  Judges Marks; 34

  What I thought; Okay first thing is a negative I didn’t like the dress, not her fault but I just thought the lines of the dress did not float like you would expect it to.  Over all I loved the dance except the head rolls which all the judges raved about, I get they are technically difficult but given the huge bun she had on the back of her head it just made me think she was being weighed down but apart from that I did enjoy the dance and the music was a good choice.

Kristina-Rihanoff-Ben-Cohen-2274060  Celebrity;  Ben Cohen, ex rugby-player

  Professional; Kristina Rihanoff

  Dance; Waltz

  Judges Marks; 25

  What I thought; Loved the music perfect for a waltz, her outift was great, his I am afraid made me think of the incredible hulk and I kept expecting them to rip and fall from his body.  I do think he would have done better in a black tail suit which might have hidden the bulging muscles a little more.  Normally the bigger guys tend to do quite well at this dance but I didn’t enjoy this.  I can’t put my finger on what it was, maybe just his tight clothes distracting me, the footwork looked okay but there was just no magic and no real connection between the two of them but it is only week two and he should be there for a few more weeks to come so plenty of time to improve.

Anton-Du-Beke-and-Fiona-Fullerton-2274048  Celebrity; Fiona Fullerton, Actress and Bond Girl

  Professional; Anton Du Beke

  Dance; Cha Cha

  Judges Marks; 22

  What I thought; Loved the music choice, was not thrilled with her dress think with a little thought it could have been more flattering, the dance was not perfect but I liked it, she really looked to be thoroughly enjoying it.  If she does not get her nerves under control her stay may be cut short which would be a shame because she has the ability now just needs the confidence to carry it though.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271679  Celebrity; Dave Myers, Hairy Biker Celebrity Chef

  Professional; Karen Hauer

  Dance; American Smooth

  Judges Marks; 17

  What I thought; Oh dear! I have to say I love his enthusiasm and I really hope he does stay in but this really was not his dance.  Infact I would question Karen’s decision to go for this dance so early in the competition as it is one that most save for once their celebrity partner has had tie to gain a little fitness and technical skill especially in order to take advantage of the lifts but in this the lifts were unspectacular and the whole thing was rather stompy and lacked grace.  I still really hope he will be here next week but I fear he could be in the dance off.

Rachel-Riley-and-Pasha-Kovalev-2274046  Celebrity; Rachel Riley, TV presenter and Maths Whizz

  Professional; Pasha Kovalev

  Dance; Salsa

  Judges Marks; 20

  What I thought; She looked fantastic, the music was great but sadly I didn’t enjoy it.  She just seemed stiff and for want of a better word terrified.  I didn’t believe she was enjoying it and there didn’t seem to be any chemistry between the two of them.  She did okay shaking when she was stood still but moving she was awkward and it showed.  I think she will be here next week but unless she start improving she won’t be here till the end.

Janette-Manrara-and-Julien-Macdonald-2274041  Celebrity;  Julien Macdonald, Fashion Designer

  Professional; Janette Manrara

  Dance; Tango

  Judges Marks: 18

  What I thought; Well what can I say my thoughts on the costume are further on in the blog, I loved the music choice but that’s where the good points finish.  I love Julien but the idea of him doing a macho tango well lets face it this was never going to be his dance and his attempts make him look like a stomping toddler having a tantrum.  He is trying bless him but it just doesn’t work, part of me can’t help thinking maybe they should have done role reversal and he should have played the female role for the dance.  I really hope he stay in but he may be in trouble.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271678  Celebrity; Deborah Meaden, Businesswoman and Dragon’s Den Investor

  Professional; Robin Windsor

  Dance; Cha Cha

  Judges Marks; 24

  What I thought; I don’t care what the judges thought I absolutely loved this. I wanted to get up and join in bouncing round the living room.  Okay she is not the best dancer but it was fun, engaging and just made me smile so much. I  love it when you can see someone having such a good time.  her dress was great actually for a woman her age which at times you can feel the costume department aren’t sure how to dress older ladies for Latin.  The music choice was not something I would have thought of for a Cha Cha but worked really well.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271677  Celebrity; Patrick Robinson, Actor

  Professional; Anya Garnis

  Dance; Tango

  Judges Marks; 27

  What I thought; Overall I really enjoyed this I  loved her dress and the music choice was good but I was really not sure about the clockwork puppet start and finish.  I didn’t get the need for it, it didn’t match the rest of the dance really it added nothing to it and wasted seconds where they could have been getting into the dance.  I think he has potential to go far in the competition but at the minute he is not a favourite, he is a good dancer but not blowing me away.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271674  Celebrity; Vanessa Feltz, TV Presenter

  Professional; James Jordan

  Dance; Waltz

  Judges Marks; 23

  What I thought; I really loved the dance.  The music was perfect and it was a joy to watch how much Vanessa connected with the dance.  I have had moments on the dancefloor where the music connects with emotion and the room disappears and can imagine how she felt experiencing the true magic of dance for the first time.  Her dress however was a different story and I fear may feature later in the blog.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271680  Celebrity; Abby Clancy, Model and Footballers Wife
Professional; Aljaz Skorjanec

  Dance; Cha Cha

  Judges Marks; 30

  What I thought; Brilliant music choice and of course she looked stunning how could she not.  I have to say though I think he body worked against her in this dance, she lacks the natural curves for wiggling which may be an issue in some of the Latin dances but also because her arms and legs are so incredibly long she has a fluid grace which did make this look a little slow and ‘lazy’ at times by which I do not mean she was not giving it everything rather that it just looked like she wasn’t.  Overall I still really enjoyed it and for me they are the favourites but I do think it will depend on making her limbs move with more snap.

My Dance Of The Week

Costume of the Week

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The dance may have been terrible but the costumes were fabulous.

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This is something I find a little annoying, the wardrobe department are really good at dressing the stick insects and dancers but when it comes to the larger figure lady they forget to actually consider they have to actually move in the dress.  I have put on lots of weight and for the first time in my life size +age had equalled the pull of gravity and slight bat wings, this dress needed sleeves every time she held her arms out as she whirled it was so unflattering to her and I feel really unfair, the costume department need to give everyone the same attention.

The Dance Off

Julian VS Tony and the vote was unanimous and we said goodbye to Tony

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