Kendra Bean Talks Vivien Leigh at National Portrait Gallery, London

Thursday (28/11) saw a very special talk at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Kendra Bean, author of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, gave a talk to a packed out audience on the life of the wonderful Vivien Leigh. The … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Well Did You Evah!

Wow we’ve made it a full year! (Okay maybe a year and a few days)

We did have big plans but because we left these plans a tad bit late we haven’t been able to fulfil them. Organisational skills are obviously not our strong point. We will however be bringing special things throughout the festive month of December as a thank you for you our lovely fans. We wouldn’t have made it this far without you!

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As part of our birthday celebrations we wanted you, our fans, to write for us. I also wanted to send chocolate reindeers to people but this idea was squashed in the early stages.

We’re also doing a special poll where you choose your favourite film, actor and actress of 2013 and which ever gets the most votes by the end of December will win. I was thinking we’d basically write a post on them. This all depends on you guys participating! So please get in touch on here or Facebook and we’ll get the poll started!

So lets all go eat cake, raise a glass of something nice and give three cheers for Well Did You Evah! A blog I am dead proud of and get to write about what I love for people who love reading about it. Here’s to another brilliant and fabulous year!

Here I’ll leave you to the song (and our namesake) Well Did You Evah from High Society. What A Swell Party It Is!

International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women

You don’t have to be a woman to support this. International 1in3

It is said to be that 1 in 3 girls or women will experience some kind of violence in their life, now that’s the same statistic of experiencing mental health issues or developing cancer and that effects both genders. It’s not that they witness it, women are subjected to it, either trafficking, domestic violence, physically, emotionally, economically or sexually and that just doesn’t mean rape. 70% of women have experienced some kind of violence from their intimate partner, so it should be someone they trust who does this hurt, that won’t just hurt them physically, it will also slowly eat away at them emotionally as well, it can effect their whole health, they may just be physically abused but the thought processes which will go off behind each assault will effect them in other ways. Violence against women is a human rights violation.

It’s known that some countries to other countries treat their women unfairly, but as this is a United Nations International Day it admits it’s a world wide issue, ok it probably won’t be wiped out entirely probably anytime soon, the root of the cause of violence against women is said to be from the persistent discrimination against females, but at least with things such as this enough awareness out there to help it slowly diminish.

Because some of these facts are sickening-

In Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa and the United States, 40 to 70 per cent of female murder victims were killed by their partners.

Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria. According to World Bank data

In Colombia, one woman is reportedly killed by her partner or former partner every six days.

A 2004 study in the United Kingdom estimated the total direct and indirect costs of domestic violence, including pain and suffering, to be £23 billion per year or £440 per person

Every 9 minutes a woman is raped in Britain and up to 3 million women in the UK experience violence each year.

During the conflict in Bosnia in the early 1990s, between 20,000 and 50,000 women were raped.

One in three girls are ‘groped’ at school and sexual harassment is routine.

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This year, there is a theme to spread awareness.

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“Orange the world in 16 days.” Is the theme -stating the 16 days of activism against Gender violence ending on Human Rights day, where people are invited to wear orange to spread awareness and show support for this cause.

Raising awareness against female violence will not just give the message to people that it is wrong but it will also help those who are experiencing the violence help and support, hopefully give them the courage to get out- with their children if they have any, to get out as there are many shelters which can help or even just groups or seeing a councillors which are free and available for those women who have experienced violence such as sexual abuse.

If you or you know a woman who is experiencing any form of violence, there is support out there and you are not alone.

Twitter# for this event- #orangeurworld

Links-

http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/index.shtml

http://www.unwomen.org/en/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

23rd Of November 2013 saw a landmark day for all Whovians and possibly those unfamiliar to the show but wanted to see what the hype was about.

Whovians, acknowledged that this day would be the 50th anniversary of their beloved Time Traveller (Which first aired that day in 1963) However, fans were met with the news that there would be a 50th Anniversary Special, all news and the scripts were kept secret, occasionally some news would be realised news that David Tennant would be returning to play the 10th Doctor would have some fans screaming, but as Whovians would know there could be two forms the Tenth Doctor could take, the Tenth Doctor himself or his Human-Time Lord Equivalent in the parallel universe. The Hints the BBC released would leave more questions then answers, we were told the villains that would be involved and at the end of Series 7 in the episode, “In the Name of the Doctor,” Whovians were left with the knowledge that John Hurt some how would appear as The Doctor.

So, fans are left with questions that could cover all, Who? What? Why? When? How? And this is possibly one of the best kept secrets of the BBC.

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7.30PM 25th of November  2013. Get Fish Fingers and Custard Ready. (That’s just what I did, I’m not sure if other fans ate the same thing, but for the record it isn’t as bad as it sounds)

7.48PM- Screaming at the TV Hoping Strictly Come Dancing would hurry up

7.50PM Simultaneous broadcast Doctor Who was shown on the BBC, selected cinemas and 93 other countries, Breaking a Guinness World Record- Some significance to Doctor Who Series 3 episode 13 “Last of the Time Lords,” Where the whole world thinks, “Doctor,” At the exact same moment saving him?

The Episode-

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I’m not going to go through the whole episode minute by minute, as we could be here all day as I point out and explain all the little details which probably hold hardly any significance.

But I will admit I had chills when the credits came on screen and it wasn’t the traditional colour 12th Doctor Logo, instead we had the logo with the first 20 seconds of the first ever episode of Doctor Who in the 1960’s and the name “I. Chesterton,” Is written on the school board. Those who don’t know I.Chesterton= Ian Chesterton, one of the Doctors first companions. There are a few things what Old Who fans might have picked up on, such as the first 30 seconds we see, “I Chesterton,” but before that is the name of the scrapyard the TARDIS landed in in the first episode. The Long Scarf worn by one of the Scientists, gives a reference to the scarf worn by the 4th doctor.

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11th, 10th and The War Doctor

Keeping this short-

Some things I loved about this episode-

All the references to old doctor who, I screamed seeing a picture of Susan (The Doctors Granddaughter) on the Pin board of UNIT.

The drama, competition and humour between the three Doctors, such as the Sonic Screwdriver stand off.

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The awesome special effects especially those involving Gallifrey (Although I will admit, it did seem a bit Star Wars at times)

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All thirteen Doctors coming to save Gallifrey in the end including the 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi.

The fact Fez’s were involved

Tenth Doctor warning a bunny rabbit.

We see old TARDIS console- including the circle things

Tom Baker’s (4th Doctor) appearance near the end of the episode *Squeal*

Some Things I was disappointed about- 

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The fact that we didn’t find out how Rose and the Doctor were in the alternate universe (Spoilers- Billie Piper was in this episode but didn’t exactly play Rose and it was the actual Time Lord Doctor).

The amount of plot holes, there were certain things where it felt like, “That shouldn’t have happened because if that doesn’t happen, this and this doesn’t.”  The fact Gallifrey got saved there are lots which need to be explained. The 9th and 10th Doctor will still think that they destroyed Gallifrey but people such as The Master it could be questioned if he should still be around. Also in the 10th Doctors last episode, he admitted that the Time Lord’s have changed for the worse, so it could be argued why did the 11th Doctor save Gallifrey when he knows the President and a few others on Gallifrey are practically waiting to take over the universe?

The amount of flirting the Tenth Doctor did, no, just no.

It seemed the plot was over complicated, not sure how to explain this one, but it felt like there wasn’t a plot line, but that’s because there were around 3 different ones-

  • 1- War Doctors (John Hurt’s) plot line, deciding if he should destroy Gallifrey+ The Time War. The other two Doctor’s got brought in because the War Doctor needed to know what he would be like after he destroyed Gallifrey.
  • 2- 11th Doctor’s (Matt Smith’s) plot line, investigating paintings then trying to make an arrangement between humans and Zygons.
  • 3- 10th Doctor’s (David Tennant) Protecting and marrying Queen Elizabeth I against Zygons.

We see the end of the 1st plot line, although that isn’t the one that this episode started off with, it started with the 11th Doctor. There isn’t much suggestion to the hint of the end of the other two.

The Daleks were said to be one of the villains that were going to be in this episode but depending on how you are looking at it they weren’t exactly. The Zygons were the main villain the Daleks were only the villains when the Time War was shown, which we knew about that anyway.

The Tenth Doctor’s last words were the exact ones what he said before he dies- wasn’t disappointed in that, I cried about that

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I do recommend this episode, like any other episode, because even if it does have flaws there is something that makes up for it and if you are a Whovian you probably know that even if you do dislike one part of it it doesn’t mean that you will stop watching or loving Doctor Who.

It will be interesting to see where the series is going to go now that the Doctor knows Gallifrey is out there, viewers are left thinking maybe future series will evolve around The Doctor going on a hunt for his home planet. There is some confusion unfortunately if John Hurt’s appearance changes the Time Lord Numbering, meaning 9 is now 10, 10 is now 11, 11 is now 12 and 12 is now 13. However, I think this for the moment is down to viewers personal opinion I know sites such as Google etc (On date 24.11.13) Still has Peter Capaldi down as the 12th Doctor not the 13th.

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Apologies-

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Ok, my last post over a month ago, I said I’d do a Doctor Who post multiple times a week, unfortunately I forgot that as well as this November being the month where I squeal like a kid because of Doctor Who, I also do NaNoWriMo (I’ll hopefully get around to explaining that later but it involves me writing a 50,000 word novel in a month) Also I’ve had to be at rehearsals because I’m in a Panto this year.

For now…

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BFI re-release classic film Gone With The Wind Nationally in Leigh’s centenary year

b70-3219We all know it’s Vivien Leigh’s centenary celebrations this year. I’ve also made clear on the blog that BFI in London were showing a lot of her films, some well known some not so. It’s now been announced that Civil War epic Gone With The Wind will be re-released in cinemas NATIONWIDE! Yes that means that coming to a cinema near you, in the next few weeks, you’ll be able to watch Vivien & Clark portray one of the worlds best known couples.

Gone With The Wind won 10 Academy Awards in 1940 and when you watch it you will easily see why. It was the first colour film to win the Best Picture Academy Award, remember Wizard of Oz was filmed and released in the same year. The film is a romance set in the American Civil War and contains something to keep everyone happy. Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara a feisty Southern Belle who as a difficult love life. Clark Gable who plays Rhett Butler the very handsome suitor who eventually wins Scarlett’s hand. There’s war, break ups and make ups, big life upheavals, sorrowful deaths and dresses made out of curtains.

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I’ve just checked and even Cineworld are having a showing (check their site for listings near you.) Locally for me we have Showroom in Sheffield who are having a showing a day 20th December to 24th December. What a perfect way to spend the Christmas week. Obviously some cinemas will include the interlude within the film so don’t worry about having to sit for four hours.

480px-Clark_Gable_and_Vivien_Leigh_-_WindRe-releases from the BFI are big news for old Hollywood lovers because they use the original negatives and make the colours, sound quality and overall viewing experience more vibrant and beautiful than ever before and yet you still feel the originality of the film you love.

I hope you’re all going to try and go! Check for listings with your local cinemas as Gone With The Wind will be shown in over 70 cinemas across the UK. As it’s a romance it’s a great excuse to take your partner with you!

Gone With The Wind Listings for Showroom Sheffield

Click here to see where Gone With The Wind is been shown near you!

Well Did You Evah 1st Birthday News!

This is it! On Friday 29th November Well Did You Evah will be turning one! We (Me, Cat, Vanessa & James) would be thrilled if you could join us in our celebrations! We’re still figuring out details but keep an eye out at http://www.facebook.com/welldidyouevah for more information… and please like our page if you’d be so kind! A small hint is that we’re planning some guest posts. If you’d like to guest post from another blog please contact us!

For now I’ll leave you with our heartfelt praises and warmest thanks for being such loyal and kind followers. We’ve had a great first year and plan to have many more! Merci Beaucoup!

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Vivien Leigh; Classical Beauty and Style Icon

When we talk about fashion icons from the bygone era we automatically think of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Vivien Leigh doesn’t seem to appear in the category. She doesn’t seem to appear in many categories applied to … Continue reading

Happy 100th Birthday Vivien Leigh!

Today is special. No. It’s more than special. It’s a day for celebrating Vivien’s life, achievements, loves and losses. Born in India while it still belonged to Great Britain she was our original Golden Girl if you like. Her and … Continue reading

Late Night Ramblings of a Girl Who’s Wisdom Tooth Prefers Pain to Wisdom

StoopidWisdomTooth-24337You read that right. My dreaded (I mean lovely) wisdom tooth as decided to make an arrival. Oh it’s not visible but I know it’s there because I haven’t slept more than 4 hours a night in 10 days, I’m munching pain killers like sweets and I smell of clove oil. Clove Oil is brilliant by the way for toothache. I just seem to use that much I smell of it for days after.

I did go to the dentist today where I had a filling next to said wisdom tooth. The local anaesthetic numbed my mouth, lips and cheek so much I still look like a hamster and am drooling food all over but wisdom-teeth-suckdid it numb my wisdom tooth? OF COUSRE IT DIDN’T. The dentists suggestion? Use mouth wash regularly for the next two weeks and see if that calms it down. If not it’ll be a trip to the hospital. Maybe if I mix mouthwash with some strong painkillers it might have some affect. Knowing my look it’ll send me into anaphylactic shock.

I’m starting to regain some feeling in my face. I no longer look like I’ve been punched several times… all though it feels like I have.

I am entitled to put this under Late Night Ramblings because here in the UK the sun sets about 4.30 pmish. Which means now it’s basically pitch black out there. Here’s the evidence.

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The view from my bedroom window.

I’ve never heard anything good about wisdom teeth so they’re definitely not full of wisdom else they’d have sorted themselves out by now. Any good/ horror stories please comment!