Saturday, 30 July 2011


When I was little I used to have a video (you know, one of those big black boxes that had films in them?!) of Watership Down, which I drew little rabbits on the label and went over the writing in gold gel pen. It was one of those things I could watch every day of the week. And then one day, I couldn't find it in the video cupboard... or anywhere for that matter, and it became just another thing (as well as a twenty pound note belonging to my mum and a few home videos from years back) that disappeared into the black hole that is my house.
That was the last time I watched this film. Until now.
Yep, I found a dvd of it in Sainsburys for £4, so obviously snatched it from the shelves and almost started crying. (It was a very emotional moment.)
Watership Down is probably one of my favourite films of alltime (apart from Juno, Nowhere Boy and Where the Wild Things are- which mum said was rubbish, but I think she slept through most of it...). It is sad, beautiful and rather profound for a cartoon... but if you have never watched it, please don't just dismiss it as that, as it will change your life (or your evening, anyway...) It's also pretty damn scary for a U!!
Also in film news, Studio Ghibli have launched an anime film based on The Borrowers. Sounds awesome!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

my dreadlocks!

Ok, so after WAY too much time, and WAY too much Tetris, my dreads are finally finished. It would be an understatement to say I am relieved, and even thinking about the tiresome pain of backcombing and endless tantrums (I really can't help myself... when I'm tired I would shout at someone for making me a cup of tea.) makes me shake. But on this one occasion, I will recall the events of the past few hours:
I got this great Dreadhead HQ kit full of all the stuff you need to make dreadlocks off the internet, which came with shampoo, locking accelerator, wax, a load of grips and a metal comb. I was reading about it and it said that a plastic comb wouldn't work for this hardcore backcombing, and I was like "yeeeaahh... right.", but seriously, even the metal one started bending!! Also, my bible for this whole experience was the Dreadhead HQ website, so if you have ANY interest in dreadlocks, head right on over there.
After washing my hair with non-residue shampoo, dad (my hairdresser- thank you!) undertook the fiddly task of sectioning the whole of my hair into sections, a bit smaller than the dread size I wanted.
Spraying the stuff on:
The 'stuff' is locking accelerator, and spraying it on is easier said than done.
I'm not entirely sure what goes on here, you would have to ask my dad. Or the very good website I mentioned earlier. It does hurt unbearably when you start the dread off though...
woo! half done...
And finally, waxing:
Basically just putting a really small amount of special dread wax in each dread. Thisis a picture before the wax went in:
And here is it after, the final result! Yay!
Finally, my very own dreadlocks. The photos don't really show off the whole dready-ness of them, plus mature dreadlocks look better than half hour old ones (I hope!!)... What will my flute teacher say...

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Flying shoes

Now, I like trainers. And as you are very well aware, trainers come in all different shapes, sizes, brands, colours and price ranges. But out of all the different styles, I think the best types of trainers are hi tops... I mean, hi tops of any colour will go down well with me, but now I want you to imagine a pair of shiny gold hi top trainers... Wouldn't that be awesome! (yes!) Now take the wow factor of them and times it by 100 by adding wings. Thats right, wings. I think I have just found my perfect pair of shoes.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Things that I love

Animal costumes
Dressing up as animals amuses and amazes me. When I was little, my uncle apparently asked me and my cousins what we wanted to be when we were older. Sophie and Lucy obediently answered 'nurse' and 'doctor'... I said camel.
(currently, I own this^ -I will do a blog post about it one day...- as well as a wolf hood and a panda hat)

Old cameras
After I got my holga, I have been obsessed. At the moment, I would kill for a Polaroid camera and some film... *sigh*

Carrying lots of shopping bags, even if they aren't mine...
I think this just makes me feel like I've bought loads? I love the feeling of kicking your shoes off after walking round shops with a load of bags, and falling on a bed like your in a Premier Inn ad.

Going out for a coffee - well, the idea of it...
I don't actually like coffee, but I would feel so cool popping into Starbucks and ordering a 'Latte to take out please.'

Lyrics to folk-y songs

"do it for the living and do it for the dead,
do it for the monsters under your bed.
do it for the teenagers and do it for your mom,
broken hearts hurt but they make us strong."
-loose lips, Kimya Dawson