Thursday, 24 January 2013

Gig Tribes

Photographer James Mollison's project  The Disciples, is a brilliant study of social groups coming together for concerts. He describes how the project began as such: 

Over three years I photographed fans outside different concerts. I was fascinated by the different tribes of people that attended them, and how people emulated celebrity to form their identity. As I photographed the project I began to see how the concerts became events for people to come together with surrogate 'families', a chance to relive their youth or try and be part of a scene that happened before they were born.

The result are these funny and kinda sweet portraits. 

It kinda makes you think about the people you know and how they fit in. I definitely know some Klaxon type people - I work in advertising. I also know some Oasis types. 

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

I got a blogging award

A Liebster award to be exact. And I was kindly nominated for it by Emily Lewis. My dear, we have the same surname! That makes me like you even more (and no she isn't my sister). So thank you very much to Emily Jayne Lewis at I Hate Ads.

So because this isn't The Golden Globes I will attempt to explain what this means: 

What is the Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award is given to new bloggers with less than 200 followers and therefore helps promote and support those bloggers nominated.

The Rules:
-Nominees must link back to the blogger who awarded them.
-If nominated, write '11 Random Facts' about yourself.
-Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you wrote for you.
-Come up with 11 new questions to be answered by 11 new nominees.

Ok so here I go. 

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. The first album I ever bought was Dangerous by Michael Jackson. 
2. I love singing the ridiculous words to Chesney Hawk's "I am the One and Only".
3. I really love shows, films and books about witches and wizards.
4. Growing up I wanted to be Sarah from The Labyrinth SO MUCH!
5. When I was about 14 I got bullied so I made up an invisible dog friend called Seb to keep me company. He was a border collie.
6. If I won the lottery I'd become a painter.
7. When I was young I wanted to be a gipsy - I wanted to live in a caravan, sell lavender and travel around the country. When I realised this wasn't a career option I decided I wanted to be an actress. 
8. I've played a stripy alien, Daisy Meredith from Daisy Pulls it off, an oompaloompa, a 19th century teacher, a fairy, a Hitler youth, a chavvy murderer, a santa, a bin man, a child who can't talk, a massacre victim, a ghost, a Welsh dragon and a prostitute on stage. 
9. I really like those cheese and ham croissants from Pret. 
10. If I had a last meal on death row I'd choose my Dad's meatball curry. 
11. One of my favourite memories is dancing to T-rex with my family with my dad with a tea towel on his head strumming on a french loaf. 


And here's the answers to your questions Emily:

1. Who/what was your blogging inspiration? 
I started blogging because I wanted to work for a cool Advertising agency. At one such agency an interviewer asked me if I had a blog. I said no, I didn't get the job. 

2. What is your guilty pleasure? (Chocolate, Justin Bieber...?) 
My guilty pleasure is The Spice Girls. I love them. 

3. What was your fashion fail of all time history? 
So many to choose from...probably a navy long legged playsuit. I looked AWFULLY lumpy. But I refused to throw it out because it was fashionable...must throw it out.

4. What's in your handbag/manbag? 
Purse, blistex, pressed powder, an instruction manual for my dishwasher, the guarantee for my boiler, beats by dre headphones, an umbrella, a plug, tissues, lipgloss, glasses, keys. iPod. Yes, I need to empty it. 

5. What's the best advice you have ever been given?
"No matter if you have a job lined up or not, set yourself a deadline and leave" - the career's advice lady at Oxford University when I was so unhappy in my job that I went back to university to talk to the careers service.

6. How would you describe your style? 
UMMM...rock-pop comfy. 

7. What one item from your wardrobe can you not live without? 
There's not one thing I can't live without but my favourite item is s pair of Furry tasselled snow boots.

8. Do you prefer designer or high street?
High street. But was I rich it might be different.

9. If you were to model for a company/designer who would it be? 
Noone would have me. But if my body shape became miraculously fashionable I'd model for Alexander McQueen's brand. 

10. Do you have any tips on hair/beauty/fashion that you could share?
Ok - I have a stripe of purple hair on one side cut in about halfway so it's subtle. I've had a lot of compliments and it's quite unusual. 

11. What fashion item do you despise? 

So here are my nominees for an award: 

My questions for you are:

1) If you could interview anyone in the world who'd it be? 
2) If you won the lottery what would you do with your life?
3) What do you dream about in your sleep the most?
4) What are you scared of?
5) What is the song of your life?
6) What was your first ambition in life?
7) If you could snog one celeb, marry another and lock away another who would they be?
8) Which celebrity reality show would you go on if you were famous?
9) What do you eat for breakfast?
10) What is your favourite book?
11) The worst advice you've ever been given was what?

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

My 50 Top films

In the lull before Christmas my fellow copywriters and I put together lists of our top 25 books to make into a poster. It's quite a fun exercise if you are a bookworm like me - picking out the ones you love the most. 

Take a look at my list on my other blog The Copywriter's Bookshelf.

We then challenged each other to think of our top films. So here is my top 50 with directors and dates. Starting with my favourite of all time...oooooo David Bowie in those tight leggings and sexy eyeliner.....mmmmmmm. 

1. The Labyrinth, Jim Henderson (1986)
2. The Muppet Christmas Carol, Jim Henderson (1992)
3. Monster, Patty Jenkins (2003)
4. Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrmann (2001)
5. Some Like it Hot, Billy Wilder (1959)
6.  Ferris Bueller’s Day off, John Hughes, (1986)
7.  The Shining, Stanley Kubrick, (1980)
8. The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan (2007)
9.  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michael Gondry (2005)
10. Edward Sissorhands, Tim Burton (1990)
11. Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson (2002)
12. Harry Potter franchise, Chris Columbus/Alfonso Cuaron/ Mike Newell/David Yates (2001-11)
13. This is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner (1984)
14. Shindler’s List, Steven Spielberg (1993)
15. A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick (1971)
16. Goodfellas, Martin Scorsese (1990)
17. Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen (1996)
18. Walk the Line, James mangold (2005)
19. It’s a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra (1946)
20. Mama Mia, Phillida Lloyd (2008)
21. The Royal Tenenbaums, wes Anderson (2001)
22. Clueless, Amy Heckerling (1995)
23. Se7en, David Fincher (1995)
24.  The Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme (1995)
25.  Anchorman, Adam McKay (2004)
26.  The Lion King, Disney (1994)
27.  Beauty and the Beast, Disney (1991)
28. Interview with a vampire, Neil Jordan (1994)
29. Sin City, Robert Rodrigez, Frank Miller (2005)
30. Dodgeball, Rawson Marshall Thurber (2004)
31. Romeo and Juliette, Baz Luhrmann (1996)
32. Kickass, Matthew Vaughn (2010)
33.  The Sound of Music, Robert Wise (1965)
34. Pirates of the Caribbean, Gore Verbinski (2003)
35.  Juno, Jason Reitman (2007)
36. Little Miss Sunshine, Jonathan Dayton (2006)
37. American Psycho, Mary Harron (2000)
38. Kill Bill1&2, Quentin Tarantino (2003-4)
39. Pretty Woman, Garry Marshall (1990)
40. The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan (1999)
41. Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle (2008)
42.  Grease, Randal Kleiser (1978)
43. The Nightmare Before Christmas, Henry Selick (1993)
44. Sweeney Todd, Tim Burton (2007)
45. An Education, Lone Scherfig (2009)
46. Mean Girls, Mark Waters (2004)
47. Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright (2004)
48. Titus Andronicus, Julie Taymor (1999)
49.  The Full Monty, Peter Cattaneo (1997)
50. Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Robert Zemeckis (1988)

So that's it. What do you think? What makes it into your list and what is your favourite of all time?