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Recipe for a fun afternoon

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Ingredients

  • 400 g milk chocolate
  • 1 punnet of raspberries
  • 1 tin of mandarin segments, drained
  • 1 packet of sponge fingers
  • 1 packet of marshmallows
  • 1 DVD of Frozen
  • 5 five-year-old girls
  • 1 three-year-old boy

Equipment

Method

Stir for three and a half hours.

Another Film-related Post

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

What film am I thinking of?

Two sisters who grew up in isolation from each other. One of them cute and warm-hearted. The other dresses in blue a lot, has white hair, is kinda magic, and is… shall we say… a little frosty. An unusual winter threatens the land. In trying to stop it from destroying the kingdom, the first sister is seriously injured by the cold. Only her icy sibling can save her.

Now I know what you’re thinking, but actually I’m describing Tinker Bell: The Secret of the Wings. Despite being seemingly derivative of Frozen (at some point the writers must have bumped into each other in a hallway and inadvertently swapped ideas), it’s not a bad film. In fact, none of the Tinker Bell series is a bad film. (Even though they are Disney straight-to-DVD films, which is never a good sign.)

I think the thing I like the most about them is that Tinker Bell is a tinker. Her job in the fairy kingdom isn’t to deliver flowers, or tickle butterflies, or collect honey from bees. Instead, she makes stuff. With hammers. This seems like a good role model for young girls. Perhaps in another 15 years or so we’ll start to see an upswing in female applications for engineering courses.

Or maybe I’m overestimating the impact that a series of straight-to-DVD films can have.

Postman Pat: The Movie

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Went to see Postman Pat: The Movie today. While most of the action revolves around Postman Pat, his family, and various new characters introduced in the film, I was glad to see that all the old favourites were in there. I noted:

  • Mrs Goggins (but no Bonnie?!?!);
  • Alf, Dorothy & Bill Thompson;
  • Ted Glenn, who always seemed to be in the company of Amy Wrigglesworth (something going on there? I’d assumed he was a bit Daffyd Thomas);
  • Ajay, Neesha & Mira Bains;
  • Rev Timms (who seemed more overtly religious than he is in the series);
  • Dr Gilbertson, PC Selby & Lucy Selby;
  • Charlie Pringle (but not his dad, to whom something unspeakable has happened);
  • Ben, Lauren & Lizzy Taylor;
  • Michael Lam; and
  • Some of the characters from the 1980s who have been missing from our screens for many years — Major Forbes, Miss Hubbard, and (I’m fairly sure he was in the opening sequence…) George Lancaster.

Overall, a good film; not great (it was no Frozen), but good. Much better than I expected it to be.