Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The 'I love Your Blog' Interview!

God, this takes me back to the five-questionnaires-a-day era of Bebo many years ago ... but I loved that era, so here we go! ;-)


Why did you create your blog?

It was originally a first attempt at a media project in college ... I then changed my mind and sort of abandoned it for a while, but then I realised its a really good way at getting your own writing skills across, and sure its fun!


What kind of blogs do you follow?

All sorts ... mostly personal blogs, because I love reading people's opinions on a variety of things! Any sort of post that makes me laugh is a definite plus, and I do love the odd fashion blog ... I am a girl :-)


Favourite make up brand?

I actually use a bitta everything! Bobbi Brown foundations are the absolute shizzle, as is their translucent powder (keeps everything actually on your face), Smashbox primer, Diorshow blackout mascara, Lancome eyeliner, MAC eyeshadow, Bourjois blush, Revlon lippy, and Benefit bronzer ... I actually don't think I use one brand for two things ... ?! Oh and you absolutely cannot beat Laura Mercier for tinted moisturiser when its too hot to cake your face in foundation!


Your indespensible make up product?

Has to be foundation. I refuse point blank to leave the house without it on.


Favourite clothing brand?

Hmm.. for basics and cheapness, H&M is a lifesaver. I'm quite fond of Mango, they have some lovely stuff in there, and I love almost every bag in River Island. Topshop is about the only place in the world I can get jeans, because I have the most awkward size ever; 25-34, and every other shop in existence seems to think that if you have a small waist then your short, or if you're tall enough for a 34 inch leg then you're a 10 or 12. Topshop have every combination under the sun!
If we're allowed include daydreams in this, then Burberry Prorsum is top of the Most Wanted... ;-)


What's your favourite colour?

Ooh tricky ... it depends, really? Like I love pink; nailvarnish, phone covers, iPod, camera, laptop ... but then again I would never wear anything pink, I wear neutral tones mostly; cream, white, beige. Love MAC deep green eyeshadow though!


And your perfume?

Dior, Hypnotic Poison. I've used it for two years, all my clothes smell like it :-)


Favourite film?

Nooo, I hate these questions! Its impossible to choose ... up there would be the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Braveheart, Gladiator, Titanic, The Notebook, and pretty much anything Disney (Pocahontas being one of the all time faves)


What country would you like to visit and why?

Oooh Thailand is definitely next on the wish list! As is Japan! I've done most of Europe, and the only place in the States I've ever been interested in is New York, which I crossed off the list this summer, so I think a total culture shock would be great!


Write a question yourself and answer it ...
What's the best concert you've ever been too?

Muse at the Point a few years back ... I'd seen them already at Oxegen, but they absolutely blew me away this time. Plus, I was almost close enough to Mat Bellamy to practically nick his guitar out of his hands and do a runner ... I didn't, though ...


I think most bloggers have done this by now, so I'm just going to tag these two lovely ladies who I don't think have done it yet ... although you may well have been tagged already, apologies if you have.. :-)

Skinni Peach

Whisty

Monday, November 29, 2010

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

In an uncharacteristic act of kindness, work gave me the day off today ... (I won't lie, they were probably more concerned about the Spin minis than us.. ;-) ) So I took total advantage of a free weekday and wrapped up and trekked into town in a bid to get ALL my Christmas shopping done in one go. Lads ... I succeeded.

Now that I'm resigned to the world of Monday to Friday, weekends are my only shopping options; something I used to avoid at all costs because shopping actually stresses me - I do not like business and crowds and people who stroll along slower than your eighty year old granny. And because of the weather, town was even less busy than it would usually be at eleven o'clock on a Monday morning. Happy days!

I have pretty much everything sorted, so after all that hard work, I indulged in a bit of retail therapy ... last friday was payday, and in light of recent weather I didn't go out at the weekend so logically I could afford it ... ahem ;-)

The laser card took a bit of a hit ...


Bag: River Island



Coat: Zara





Necklace: Forever 21.
It opens and everything, so cute.. :-)



Shoes: New Look
 (they look a lot better in real life..)



Scarf: Topshop



I deliberately did not include prices, and I am leaving my purse at home the next time I leave the house...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ahh, bittersweet irony..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdjLBXlieI0&feature=player_embedded

So... where did it all go wrong? Well Columbus reached the entire frickin world too, he just didn't do it in a boat that cost the tax payer several billion euro.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Freebies!

In light of the UBER DEPRESSING post I did yesterday (sorry, everyone needs a rant occasionally) here is something to cheer you up!

The fabulous Licentiate is giving stuff away ... and pretty amazing stuff, might I add!

Check it out here ...

http://thelicentiate.blogspot.com/

Read, enter, and be merry!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Welcome to Ireland... you do know you have to pay tax on breathing our air and treading on our soil, don't you? Don't worry, it's only ninety percent....

Well.. it seems the country is properly fucked, then.

As if the lousy Budget wasn't enough to contend with, we now have the prospect of an eighty million euro bailout of debt hanging over our heads for God only knows how many years to come; which us lowly taxpayers shall be footing the bill for, no doubt. Cheers. Not to mention the fact that an awful lot of this will go to bailing out the banks, rather than on spending for the good of the country.

Things are so bad we have even made Sky News, who have temporarily abandoned repeated coverage of Will and Kate's impending marriage to provide coverage of our serious downward spiral.

What happened to, "the recession is over"? "Things are getting better"? "We'll be over this by the end of 2010, don't you worry!"

The government told us it was all getting better, when in fact it quite clearly was not. Here is a list of rather stupid things that they have done lately to waste all that lovely tax money forced out of your parents' hands every month.

1: Transport Minister Noel Dempsey (the fact that he is the transport minister is wonderfully ironic) used the government jet to fly up to Donegal. First of all, this jet costs nearly eight grand an hour to use, is capable of crossing the Atlantic and is ridiculously lavish; you do not need such an expensive jet to fly twenty minutes to Donegal. Second of all ... Dempsey made his chauffeur driven limo follow him up so that it could pick him up from the airport, take him to his meeting, and take him back to the airport. Then it drove all the way back to Dublin on its lonesome.

WHAT a waste of petrol and time and everything else. Never heard of a fucking taxi, you spanner??


2: Spending a staggeringly ridiculous forty million euro on nothing but plans for a new DART line, which, given current circumstances, will most likely never even be built.

Can I repeat that for emphasis ... forty million quid ... on drawings on pieces of paper. Lads. Come on now.


3: Proposing college fees. Baaad idea. There will be furious students who unwillingly hand over their money because they've already invested two or three years of their life in obtaining a degree, and then fuck the hell off out of this country out of sheer spite - not to mention the fact that there will be no jobs waiting for them upon graduation. Then on the other end of the scale, there will be those who have, again, spent the past few years in college, and now can't afford to pay their fees. So they will be thrown out into the real world, searching for jobs that don't exist, with unfinished degrees. Fab.


4: The fact that the Dail only work about ninety odd days of the year. Try working three hundred and something days like the rest of us plebs and then maybe we'll see better results ... yiz lazy feckers. And stop employing an entire Senate to work all the days you don't.


5: The Taoiseach earns more than the fecking president of the United States. A country with a population of four million can afford to pay its leader more than a nation with a population of over three hundred million...?


6: Free cheese.

Free cheese.

Rejoice, we are all OK again, free cheese for all! Seriously ...? wtf, like?


Basically, Brian Cowen handed over control of Ireland, and won't even let us have the option of a general election; clearly because he knows he'll be shot out of a cannon. RTE are showing about half the coverage that the BBC are showing; its been on Sky News all day. No wonder the Green Party have quit. I mean, how does an entire, long established political party just throw up their hands and pull out of everything?

And you know things are bad when one of the most widely applauded news stories is how Iceland have created tonnes of crappy supermarket jobs with crappy minimum wages that people were more than happy to let the foreigners have a couple of years ago.

For your entertainment...
http://www.wheelspinninghamsterdead.com/comics/0027-stall.html

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Film Review: the only one worth reviewing right now!!!

Lads... finally... FINALLY! It's Harry Potter time!!!

I saw it last night in a completely packed out cinema (having spent the last two weeks desperately counting it down I was late and almost missed it altogether..) and I have to say I was well impressed.

As you may or may not know, the final book has been split into two films; this is the first half, and the second is out next July (something else to start counting down to...)


*SPOILER WARNING!!!* 





I won't bore you with plot details, because I'm going to assume that anyone going to see it has most likely obsessed over read the book already. But I will tell you that its very well put together. This is the first film that takes place entirely outside of Hogwarts, and considering I remember the trio spending the majority of the first half of the book stuck in a tent in various different fields, I wondered just how interesting Yates could make that - very, it turns out. For one thing alone, the scenery is surprisingly gorgeous.

Right from the beginning the tone is set, as the opening scene in Malfoy Manor is very dark indeed. This is felt repeatedly throughout the film; the scene with Bathilda Bagshot and Nagini the snake in particular almost had me thinking I was watching a horror film, and the part where Ron destroys the locket gave me definite chills. Bill and Fleur's wedding was beautiful, only to be cut short by tragedy, and its from here that the trio are on their own.

Their acting skills have most definitely improved. Ron and Harry's fight, followed by Ron's departure, was really well done, and even Emma Watson has toned down her over-acting of Hermione. She seriously impressed me during the scene with Bellatrix in Malfoy Manor - those were some crushing screams. Hermione and Harry's friendship is also touchingly done, particularly after Ron leaves.

We also have to remember that this is the book in which JK discovered her murderous streak, and disposed of an alarming number of characters. If I recall correctly, most if this happens in the final battle, and thus the second film, but there are one or two sad bits in this one ... a certain lovable elf in particular nearly had me crying.

Its not all tissues at the ready though; there are some funny moments, most of which occur at the beginning and can be contributed to the ever excellent Fred and George. "Saint like", anyone?!

One thing I wasn't happy with was the lack of time spent in Grimmauld Place at the start; I know that for the plot to progress to the fast paced stuff they had to cut it reasonably short, but I am a major Sirius fan, and I was looking forward to Harry snooping around and finding out a bit more about Sirius's past. Overall though, this was definitely the best of all the films, in my opinion, and I absolutely cannot WAIT for the last part now. The film does end on a cliffhanger; fair enough, you don;t generally find natural endings in the middle of books. A few people are grumbling about this, but I personally would prefer a cut off point and have the film stay faithful to detail (which this one does, more so than previous films) than rush through things to fit it all in. Its still a solid two and a half hours of pure entertainment, and now you have another one to look forward to!

So to summaries ... GO AND SEE HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Who knew Minnie Mouse was a Geordie?

I'm thinking about starting a theme here ...

Cheryl Cole's Halloween costume...



Sooo... who's next week?!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hi, I'm Mary, and I stalk two random guys off the telly!

I met Diva Fever's one stalker last night.

You might wanna re-read that ... oh, nope, you read right. I met Diva Fever's stalker last night.

Diva Fever, you ask ... those two sparkly lads who were on the X Factor for about five minutes? That no one particularly knows anything about?

Yeah ... they were booked to play a private Spin party in the Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar. That's right, they actually have bookings. They have been on the X Factor for five minutes, within the last few weeks, haven't even written any songs, and they have bookings and stalkers.

For the love of all things fame whore-y.

I mean, they seem like lovely guys, they know they're only a bit of a laugh really so fair play to them, but it just slightly upsets me that we live in a world that people who have done nothing whatsoever to earn a stalker, get a stalker, and are even making money.

Like ... who are these guys??

Actually never mind them, you probably want to hear about their stalker!

Stalker: "Em, sorry, do you know if Diva Fever are going to be coming out this way?"
Me: "I'm not sure, I think so though. Are you a friend?"
Stalker: "No, I was just waiting around to see them."
Me: "Oh, are you a fan yeah?"
Stalker: "Yeah, I absolutely love them to bits, I think they're amazing!!!"
Me and fellow Spinis: "Uh huh ..."
Stalker: "I saw them last night, they were in Dandelion and some other place, so I followed them here! I love them so much, like I was talking to one of them on Facebook even, isn't that mad!"
Me and fellow Spinis: "Uh huh ..."
Stalker: "I'm not a stalker or anything, I just think they're amazing!"
Me and fellow Spinis: "Right ..."
Stalker: "So you think they'll be out this way? This is the only entrance like, I checked?"
Me: "Yeah ... if you just wait down at the bottom of the stairs, over there at the door ... *cough* away from here, basically..."
Stalker: "Ok, if they go out a different way though make sure and let me know!"
Me and fellow Spinis: "Uh huh ..."

Honestly. No joke. Not the exact words, but literally just about. This girl scared me. Not purely because she was a stalker (well, obviously that was a fair part of it...) but the fact that she was so obsessed with someone so ... not famous. Not even not famous, but not known. I don't want to sound cruel, because they were really nice guys, but to put it bluntly ... they're nothing. And they will probably disappear once the X Factor is over, if not before then.

So why was this weirdo so obsessed?!

People baffle me sometimes. Fine, if your life's dream is to become a stalker, go for it, who am I to deny you ... but at least stalk people who have done something worthy of it!!



PS - I finished work and went home before Diva Fever had left ... pity, I would have liked to have seen that little encounter.. ;-)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I'm so working class that I can only afford Chanel ... no Dolce and Gabbana for me...

Well kids, its finally arrived ... the Irish version of 'The Hills' starts on RTE tomorrow night at nine! I for one am UBER excited - not because I think its going to be in any way good, but because I do love a good bitta car crash telly. Who doesn't?

Check it out ...

http://spin1038.com/entertainment/fade-street-promo/


I read an article recently in which the producer defended the show, saying it was accessible to everyone because these girls are just like everyone else; "they're working class girls, earning a living ... but they're the working class girls with Chanel handbags".

HA.

Seriously ... cannot wait.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

'You're so original and different..'

I hope Katie Waissel had a good Halloween ... this is what she should have dressed up as ...

I give you ...



...


Katie ...






Anyone else see the resemblance?


Thursday, November 4, 2010

"That's my little girl, playing with her dollies there ... and that's her little girl playing with them also..."

I heard something on the news today that positively terrified me ...



Are you prepared for this?

...

There is a girl in Spain ... ten years old - TEN - and she has just given birth.

What ... the ... FUCK, like?

Here's an article I dug up after much Googling to see whether this was some kind of twisted joke;

http://www.iol.co.za/news/back-page/girl-10-becomes-a-mother-1.708378


What frightens me the most, I think, is the fact that the girl's mother doesn't see what all the fuss is about. Apparently, this is common with Roma gypsies. I know marrying young is actually common within that culture, but surely this is a step too far ...? To be perfectly honest, I didn't think it was even physically possible for a ten year old's body to carry a child to term?

And then there's that little additional line stuck in at the bottom of the article there; the age of consent in Spain is thirteen?! For feck's sake yiz Spanish eejits, that's not even asking for trouble, its practically begging for it like! There might aswell be a poster and billboard campaign for it!

'Come on kids, put down your dolls and tea sets and make yourself a REAL baby!'


Jaysus. Did any of you even know what sex was at the age of ten? I think I was too busy playing tip the can.