International Women’s Day 2016

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Ladies and gentlemen! Today is a pretty awesome day for all the sexes. Today is a day where we appreciate women, where we strive for equality, talk feminism, and basically tell the world why ladies are kick ass and why our issues matter. Each IWD has a different focus and this years is to focus on the Planet 50-50 by 2030 which is a United Nations backed scheme to help see women gain better equality and prospects by the Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development comes around in 2030.

56c4be02e74370e73f0f7876e318fa63As you’ve probably seen a lot of the British (and worldwide) press and media organisations are really taking to the subject of today and Twitter and other social networks are all aflutter with you lovely people joining in. We’re seeing the Guardian have a live blog and asking people ‘What does equality mean to you?’ The Independent have a pretty cool 10 ways you can make a difference article that takes into account the likes of donating to rape charities and looking at everyday chores in the household and see who does them most. I really like Google’s doodle for the day and the hashtag they’ve created #OneDayIWill It really gets us involved and they’ve also got some videos of women from all over the world doing things we might not necessarily see as feminine just drilling in what International really means!

We at Well Did You Evah thought we’d try something a bit different. We could talk about equality and feminism till the cows come home. I could tell you how it’s going to take about 118 years for the gender pay gap to become level or how women in some countries still don’t have their basic rights and needs met. I could tell you about how in this country a lot of careers still have a large ratio of male to women staff and don’t get me started on the top jobs.

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The ratio of women in political power compared to men

After seeing what others have been writing about today we thought we’d stick with actual women who have made a difference, are making a difference or are just so cool we’re proud to have them be the same sex as us. We’re going to pick figures from history, actresses, writers and artists and most definitely throw a few in their who you may not have thought of but we think deserve to be in the mix. This in no way means no one else should be on our list, we’re just picking the ones we shortlisted because to begin with we could have created an entire month.

 

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This will give us a few days worth of posts so, drum roll please, we’d like to introduce you to Well Did You Evah’s Ladies week!

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What Really Happened That Week We Went To Brussels

This week we went to Brussels for 4 days. They were a quite good four days filled with shopping, food, museums and rain. Lots of damn rain.

We took photos as evidence of our epic journey. We didn’t document the rain because that would be stupid and at one point we were being pelted by football sized hail (might be a tad exaggerated). As Cat quite rightly puts it we experienced The Day After Tomorrow in weather conditions, that’s NOT an exaggeration. But enough about the weather!

IMG_0311On the Eurostar on the way to Brussels Mama paid for us to be upgraded to Standard Premier… The difference between the norm and this is amazing. You feel all posh as they bring you a meal to your table, they balance a tiny tray with your coffee cup, milk and sugars in one hand while pouring your coffee from a snazzy coffee pot in the other hand. Oh and the train is moving.

We stayed in a lovely penthouse near Grand Place. Such a stunning place owned by a lovely couple who had great tastes in the antique area.IMG_0318 This meant we could buy in and cook our own food which led me onto Cheese Fondue flavoured crisps… I’m still undecided on them. Speaking of food we all know what Belgium is famous for. If it’s escaped your attention it’s chocolate, beer, chocolate, waffles, chocolate and chips. We bought lots and lots of chocolate. We also bought some beer.

One of the nicest places to go walking (when it’s not raining loads) is near the Hotel D’Ville and the Grand Place. This is a beautiful courtyard type square that in summer is filled with vendors selling flowers and the likes. At this time of year it was quieter even with the tourists bustling around. You can also have horse drawn carriage rides from here and there’s a Starbucks and a tourist information centre. On the first night we actually ate in this area… We went to Hard Rock Cafe where you can get some very decent American food served by wonderfully friendly staff who aren’t afraid to sit down and have a chat with you. I know you don’t go on holiday to eat the same food but we make it our mission to go to the Hard Rock Cafe wherever we go so we had to do it.

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On the second day it rained. A lot. We walked up rue du Neuve which is a pedestrianised street full of high street stores. It can get quite busy but it’s worth a browse. We also had breakfast in one of my favourite cafe’s in Brussels. It’s a little place called Peck 47. They do gorgeous smooth coffee, excellent blends of fruit juices and some stunning food. I had Eggs Benny and Cat had Eggs Hemmigway. The Benny came wth loads of crispy bacon and really set me up for the day. We carried on shopping and buying chocolate after that then we went back to the flat to have a picnic and allow me to get some work done. There was a reason why I had to go to Brussels, journalism waits for no man.

Thursday may be the most profound awe inspiring day of my life. It rained a lot of the day, not all though! Then the meteorite hail came and I saw someone knocked out by it (I’m joking, it was probably close though) First off we went to BelVue museum which, when it’s open, is a lovely little museum about the history of Brussels and Belgium. It’s currently being refurbished though so we went to the Coudenburg part instead. This is a museum under BelVue.filename-img-0339-jpg

It’s the old Royal palace and as some amazing archaeological history to it. It won’t be everyones cup of tea but it is worth having a look around. Even if it’s just to watch the big door swing closed and shut you in. An even better part is finding your way out. You do get a map but when you’re that deep underground that you have no phone signal and you realise they’ve installed toilets and seats it can make you feel a little unnerved about the situation.

After this we had lunch in Green Kitchen their lovely restaurant/ cafe. Here everything is freshly made on the day and you can create your own salads or pick from the ready made quiches, sandwiches and soup. It really is a great place to go eat, most of the museums have great food selections to them and usually have great deals on.

IMG_0326We then took a leisurely, rainy, walk down to the European Parliament. This is where I work a lot of the time when I’m in Brussels. If you get a chance I would highly recommend the guided tours they have on. They must be one of the only working Parliament buildings in the world that gives almost full access to tour groups and the tours are available in the corresponding languages to the 24 countries in the EU.

Behind the EU building you’ll find the Science Museum which contains rocks, shiny rocks, sparkly rocks and DINOSAURS. Everything from big dinosaurs to tiny dinosaurs. The kids and school groups that were there seemed to be really enjoying it. I liked the dinosaurs too.

You might be wondering what part of my day was awe inspiring.IMG_0337 Well I met a certain little boy. A certain little NAKED Boy who is doing something that some people might laugh at and other people might be disgusted by. Yep I went and found the Mannekin Pis or as we Brits call him the Pissing Boy. This little boy is on souvenirs all over the city and is well worth the effort to find him and join the crowds to have a selfie with. At certain times of the year the locals like to dress him up in appropriate clothing so it’s fun to see what state of undress he’s in. As I mentioned he was in his birthday suit when I visited him.

I might add that me and Cat went to one of our favourite museums in Brussels on the Wednesday… The Belgian Comic Strip Centre. They have some awesome permanent exhibitions showing all the best of Belgian comics including the Smurfs. They look at the progression of the comic and how digital art as changed what we read and look at in todays comics. They also have a floor of temporary exhibitions which on this visit were the works of Fred Jannin and Jean-Pol. Take my word for it you’ll be smiling the whole way around the exhibitions and it’ll really open your eyes to the Belgium contribution to the comic world.

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I had fun on my Brussels adventure I ate lots of yummy food including, sushi and waffles. In fact I didn’t buy anything but food and drink. Oh wait I bought a flat pack t-shirt. I have a new found love for the French language because I really don’t get Dutch.

So as I write this from my Standard Premier seat on the Eurostar to London, in which we’ve literally just exited the euro tunnel to the great British sunshine (Fuck me there’s no rain!), the first message I receive on my iPhone to alert me I’m back on British soil is not a hello from my service provider but an alert about Jeremy Hunt, I realise I’ve had a pretty good week. Not all work, not all play but there’s lots of chocolate to eat and a naked boy to smile at on my photo album.

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  • We travelled to Brussels Midi Station from St Pancras International with Eurostar and booked our accommodation through Airbnb. Other alternatives are available.
  • There are plenty more places to eat and museums to go to in Brussels. We just wanted to show you the variation there is in the city and some of our favourites.

Why 2015 will be a spectacular year

2015 is here guys! We’re all probably looking for holidays, short breaks and just nice things to do for the rest of the year to keep us smiling. This year has some great things in store for us Old Hollywood lovers. There’s also some marvellous stuff in store for all film, fashion and art lovers.

To give you a taste we’re going to run down what we’re looking forward to in 2015… Obviously not everything is here yet, some exciting things will pop up later this year.

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I’m looking forward to Into The Woods. A mash up of fairytales, songs and an all star cast featuring Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp and James Corden the film is sure to be a hit. Anna Kendrick also returns in Pitch Perfect 2 later in the year.

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Katharine Hepburn at BFI Southbank are holding a month katharine-hepburn-portrait-001-00n-7xkof this brilliantly talented woman’s work. I was very excited when I found out about this! Films range from The Philadelphia Story and Adam’s Rib to A Woman Rebels and Stage Door with everything in-between. For the full list visit BFI You can also buy tickets here if you really, really need to. I might even see some of you there.

February also brings the Fifty Shades of Grey film which I hear millions of women are super excited for. Based on the book of the same name it features the very wonderful looking Jamie Dornan. With an 18 rating it’s definitely for the adult audiences. Prepare for sexiness, stalking, no romance, kinky fuckery and a very controlling rich man. It’s due out in the UK on 13th February with tickets available now from most cinemas.

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2015 sees a brilliant treat from director Maria Friedman who is bringing High Society to the London stage. Old Vic is going to be holding this swellegant, elegant party which will be kicking off on 30th April. As of yet no cast as been confirmed, can’t be long to wait though! Tickets are available here

Two films I probably don’t need to mention, but I’ll refresh your memories, are The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Both look like sure hits this year.

Big Hero 6 is worth a mention for an animated film…

Exhibitions

V&A host a stunning looking exhibition of the late, great Alexander McQueen’s work and creative brilliance. Savage Beauty runs from 14th March to 19th July and will be well worth a visit as it’s the largest collection looking back at McQueen’s work in Europe.

Fans of Audrey Hepburn will be flocking to National Portrait Gallery this summer to see their Portrait of an Icon exhibition. NPG have a range of photographic portraits spanning Hepburn’s life. These include fashion, film and philanthropic based photos from a range of photographers.

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TV

There’s probably to much happening with TV shows to mention here but here’s a few that caught my eye and/or I enjoy watching.

Supernatural is celebrating it’s 10th birthday this year. It doesn’t feel like two minutes since we met demon hunter brothers Sam and Dean Winchester. Here’s to many more years on TV hunting demons, saving us from apocalypses, getting trapped in hell and singing and dancing for us.

 

Police show Blue Bloods reached it’s 100th show on 9th January. No small feat with the way shows get cut and cancelled these days. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic also celebrates it’s 100th episode later this year when season 5 airs.

37871045I’m excited to see Rizzoli & Isles return for Season 6 and Bitten for Season 2. Both are shows based on books so it’ll be interesting to see which direction they go in. A lot has happened in both series that’s nowhere close to the book so we can’t guess what’s going to happen next.

2015 seems to be Marvel’s year. New comics, Age of Ultron film and the premiere of the tv series Agent Carter. This started in US last week and I’m quite impressed with it. I’m so glad Hayley Atwell as stayed on as Agent Peggy Carter and remains kick ass and a true role model to women.

As shows begin others unfortunately end. This year sees Lost Girl end on season 5. I’ll be sad to see this sexy succubus go but I’m glad we get a proper ending especially after the ending we got on season 4. Bo, Kenzie, Lauren and Dyson we’ll miss you guys!

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We’ll keep you updated throughout the year on these and many more happenings in the world of movies, tv and exhibitions. Until then enjoy the vast array of spectacular big and indie films out this year and keep your eyes peeled for other great ways to pass the hours.

York Coffee: The Perky Peacock

York is one of those places that suits everyone. It’s historical, touristy, quirky and studenty all at once. It’s even better for hidden gems of the coffee variety. We’ve become quite the York lovers over the years and added together with our love for coffee, cake and artisan foods we thought it was a no brainer to share our knowledge with you.

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Perky Peacock at Lendal Bridge.

One of our all time favourites is The Perky Peacock. Perky is in two locations, one in the tower at Lendal Bridge (blink and you’ll miss it) and the other on Gillygate very close to York St. John Uni. It’s all ran by the wonderful Nicola Peacock and her fantastic team. Nicola knows all there is to know about the food and coffee they sell and can put together an excellent bacon butty on Via Vecchia’s cheese bread. The coffee comes from Origin Coffee Roasters and no matter who makes your drink the coffee is wonderful. All food products are baked freshly every day and sourced locally which should keep everyone visiting York very happy. If you manage to get to the Lendal Bridge one early enough you’ll find yourself being led there by the smell of bacon.

The team put together a great range of sandwiches everyday and the shop at Gillygate do wonderful warm sandwiches and platters to suit everyone’s tastes. The bread PerkyIMG_1553 uses is an art form by itself, none of this plastic bread or stuff that looks rustic, all the bread is supplied by the guys at Via Vecchia so is artisan to the very core and is literally produced 2 minutes away from both shops on the Shambles. Bluebird Bakery also have some input with their temptingly gooey brownies. Honestly you’ll have to take one home. Both sites are completely different to each other but still a great place to chill out with a lovingly made coffee and a slab of cake. The ranges of cakes they have everyday is amazing and their NobHobs rival the Mcvities version.

In Cat’s uni days Nicola even made porridge with marshmallows along with a hot chocolate with marshmallows. Unforgettable really. If you have a take out drink from Perky take a look at the cup and try not to smile.

Things to most definitely try: Bacon butty on cheese bread and a flat white.

Things to look out for: Any cakes that catch your eye and the awesome tote bags. Help promote Perky Peacock! Oh and watch out for the rising water line when it rains badly at Lendal Bridge.

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Doctor Who- Season 8 Episode 1 – Deep Breath

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Sit back this is going to be a long one…

I’m still on mixed reviews on this episode. Peter Capladi I expected him to make a brilliant Doctor. I was worried about his and Clara’s relationship. Moffat constantly put to viewers that her and the 11th Doctor, a young attractive guy had a deeper connection, than just a usual companion relationship. Since New Doctor Who started we have gone through 3 young Doctor’s each attractive, so now it was time to see how much the writers were going to make the age issue blow up in everyones faces.

At times the episode was like this-

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First let’s start with the issue that might have me clawing my eyes out… that new opening sequence. Doctor Who has been running for 50 years… WHY ARE YOU SCREWING THE CLASSIC??? If you had to change the imagery whyyyyy did you have to change the theme song?? Also how many times do you need to change the interior of the Tardis???

 

When the Doctor first walks outDoctor Who door of the Tardis, I’ll admit at first I was sort of offended as it seemed like Moffat was trying to make it seem like the Doctor had some sort of mental health problem on first viewing some parts seemed seriously over written. At times I was laughing because I related to some of the stuff he was saying and doing, that whole over the place, don’t want to sleep,, no real idea what they are saying or doing, or what anyone else thinks… It’s like me in a Manic state! Hey I’ll probably understand Dinosaur too… and I have climbed out of windows.

I’m interested to see what the Doctor will be like once he’s found out who he is. We saw it with the 10th Doctor (David Tennant) when he regenerated when he woke up after having a rough regeneration he had a few issues figuring out who he was, but mostly concerned with the fact he wasn’t ginger. With the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) he seemed to adapt into his new character and form with ease. In this episode like the 10th Doctor was the opposite of the 9th Doctors (Christopher Eccleston) regeneration (as we didn’t actually see any problems with his physical regeneration) the 12th is the opposite of the 11th. The 11th had no mental problems with his regeneration and the 12th seems loaded with them. Even between the moments 12th is figuring out who he is we are getting the picture that 12th is a darker character and compared to the 11th he is a less warm, straight to the point character. There are moments especially when he leaves Clara in danger of the robots where I questioned his emotions, in the past we wouldn’t have seen the Doctor put his companion in harms way. However, we won’t see till later if this is a permanent part of him or if it’s just the regeneration. Although one major question is, Are the Doctor’s running days over? As in this episode we saw less running and more of the Doctor tackling the danger head on.

 

We get to the scene where we meet this episodes main villain. Clockwork robot thing which is taking out organs, which we later find out he is using the parts to repair his army and his ship… Umm seems familiar… Doctor who4

Well no one can argue with Moffat for stealing anyone else’s idea. Considering that Series 2 episode which involved Clockwork droids, who were stealing organs to get their ship working, and Madame De Pompadour. For a episode one in the new series though I was hoping for something a bit more original than Moffat recycling his other ideas.

It does get confirmed in the episode that these two episodes are interlinked only the ship which is mentioned in this episode is the Madam De Pompadour’s sister ship, Marie Antoinette.

 

We have a scene where some of my favourite characters, Madame Vastra and Jenny, it finally gets said they are married! Yay! At least this episode shows off a lesbian relationship, however, there is a kissing scene between them but they weren’t kissing in a moment in love they were kissing because Madame Vastra could store oxygen and they needed to hold her breath. Sweet that Madame Vastra was practically saving Jenny’s life, not so sweet that the only scene with them kissing was because they had to.   Vastra has a bitch fight with Clara, on if she is judgemental. This is where it really gets down to business on if Clara is bothered about the Doctor being an, “older,” person. Turns out she isn’t… All this is happening while the Doctor is running on the rooftops talking to the dinosaur…

THEN THEY KILL THE FREAKING DINOSAUR!!!

We have another cDoctor Who scaredonnection to a past episode, this time series 1 of the New Doctor Who, where the pig in a spaceship flies into Big ben… This time we have a dinosaur being burned to death near Big Ben. In both cases the Doctor, in grief, says, “It/She was scared.” Putting forward this idea that he’s sad that the Human Race doesn’t know how to distinguish between a threat and fear.

Moffat’s connection to Sherlock then comes out, as the Dinosaur’s death (the Dinosaur has basically combusted) then becomes a murder mystery as the question is, “Have their been any similar murders?” Turns out there has. The Doctor disappears leaving Clara questioning him again.Doctor who hit

Since New Doctor Who Started in 2006, only Rose has seen the Doctor regenerate and continued to be his companion. Compared to her, Clara has more doubt about who the Doctor is. This idea of accepting age comes back, although I know Rose and Clara are completely different characters, but if you think about it like this. Rose saw 9th Doctor change into a physically younger looking 10th Doctor, there was that romantic attraction there and in some cases the 10th Doctors attitude was more upbeat and positive- it was mentioned the 9th Doctor was still getting over the war. Here Clara has to sort of accept the opposite, accepting her young, childish Doctor has turned into an older Doctor, who on first appearances seems unstable. There’s a hurtful (for viewers) part where the 11th Doctor phones Clara up from Trenzalore in the past (Timey wimey Wibbly wobbly stuff) mentioning the version she is with now, will be scared and need help, that plus the 12th Doctor asking Clara if she wants to go for chips, connects back to the first series. There is the possibility that The Doctor needs Clara to be Rose, as he mentioned before at the end of series 4, Rose made him better. Where as the 10th Doctor and the 11th Doctor has similarities I’m thinking the 12th Doctor and the 9th Doctor are going to have similarities, winding the series down a darker path.

Mentioning Donna.  There is a scene where the Doctor, confused with who he is, Questioning an old poor man “Have you seen this face before?… It’s funny because I’m sure that I have.” One problem I saw with Peter Capaldi being the new Doctor was that he HAS been in Doctor Who before.

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Series 4- Fires of Pompeii which is one of the first places The 10th Doctor takes Donna. It’s a long shot but another theory could be is we have a connection to Donna here.Like Rose, Donna also had the attitude to tell the Doctor when to stop and had the plus that she wasn’t crushing on the Doctor all the time.

Also if we are connecting the Doctor back to Pompeii it could mean that the Doctor might not just have some control on what he looks like, it get’s mentioned he chose to look youthful to fit in, but who he looks like.

I mentioned before that the Doctor put Clara in a situation where she was in danger- leaving her trapped with the clockwork droids, the only thing that properly saved Clara was the fact she remembered the Doctor telling her, “How long can you hold your breath?” As these droids seem to be able to sense any human because of their breathing, although in the end Clara was still caught because let’s admit it we need oxygen to live. It still shows that the Doctor is willing to take more risks and maybe in future episodes the companion isn’t going to be safeguarded and locked up in the Tardis sent home every so often. This placing Clara, in danger also is a trust test. Although the Doctor left her, she had to see that he would always, “Have her back.” It’s different to see that instead of the Doctor insulting just the robots/villains, but he also throws an insult at Clara, “5’1 and crying.” and calling her a, “Control freak.”

There is also something I’ve actually become annoyed about. The Doctor’s change of attitude and the fact we will be getting a male companion, has Moffat put this characteristic in the Doctor to fit in with the male companion? Also this new quality might give a theory that Clara’s exit from the show might not be a clean one.

 

THE PHONE CALL

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I cried and I will keep crying for possibly the next 10 times I watch this episode. I know the Doctor is now not a, “Hugging person,” but I believe most of the Whovian fandom was giving him a hug at that point.

 

Questions (weirdly both of these questions the answer River has crossed my mind but then I’ve had to dismiss it)-

Who is this woman who is trying to keep them together? I always thought, “The Woman at the Shop.” was River, but if you remember Clara has met River so hopefully she would have mentioned when the Doctor asked who gave you my number that it was River.

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Who is Missy?

Right I have been asked if this could be River Song, due to her calling the Doctor her, “Boyfriend.”

*Sigh*
*turns lights off*
*sets up projector*
*opens powerpoint* 
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At the moment looking at the past story lines there is only a slim chance Missy is River Song. We met River Song as Mel, when she was a child growing up with Amy and Rory. We saw her grow up then change into the River Song we all know. She can’t regenerate, meaning River can’t change, as she gave her regeneration energy to save the Doctor. Also the small fact River is now dead and stuck in a library database, so even if she could change she’s stuck anyway. What about before Mel changed into River Song? Ok we find Melody again as a child in 1969 where she regenerates. If Missy is Melody, this would mean she regenerated, grew up, went back to the Victorian era, did whatever she is there for, then regenerated again into Mel to go back to school with Amy and Rory in I’m guessing the 1980’s/1990’s.

There is also another theory- Tumblr- that Missy could be the Master. Missy- Mistress- Master.

But from what I’ve seen with Moffat’s writing anything could happen.

– One thing about the Missy scene. This is either connected or the Doctor Who team really need to find new locations

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We have seen that garden in Series 6, The Girl Who Waited, Where Amy is quarantined in a place which is almost described as, “Kindness centres.” which allow people to live out the rest of their lives in the best way possible. It could be the same place- planet Apalapucia- Missy says it’s the, “Promise Land. Paradise.”

We’ve also seen it in a Sarah Jane Adventure episode where the gang go investigate a, “Haunted,” Building, only to find out it was the work of an alien magician.

 

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Coolest entrance goes to Madame Vastra and Jenny, I know the Tardis entering via a dinosaur was cool but I have more chance of being able to do aerial acrobatics… although chances are I’ll just end up killing myself and fall like Strax did.

 

Favourite quotes-

 Doctor. “Planet of the pudding brains.”

Strax- “By bringing it (the Tardis) here, he’ll be lured from the dangers of London to this place of safety… And we will melt him with acid.” 

Clara- “Okay that last part,” 

Strax- “And we will not. Melt him with acid.”

Doctor- “I’m Scottish, I can complain about things.”

Doctor “I don’t know but I’d probably blame the English.”

Doctor- “I don’t think I’m a hugging person now”

Clara- “I’m not sure you get a vote.”

 

The Crimson Field Review

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For the past six weeks the BBC have treated us to a fantastic war drama called The Crimson Field. This series was based in France and was set in a medical camp close to the front lines.

Throughout the six hours it’s been on our tv screens we’ve managed to see more of women’s lives in WWI than we’d possibly read in a book. It’s definitely bolstered the fact that women were indeed a crucial part of WWI

p01vbnlcThe main three ladies we get to know from the beginning are Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin), Flora Marshall (Alice St. Clair) and Rosalie Berwick (Marianne Oldham) all of them have their own secrets which we find out in the series. We get to watch them all grow in the short time we know them yet after the finale Sunday night it left me feeling like I’d known them forever. Suranne Jones plays another character who we know from the beginning, she plays Sister Joan Livesy. Sister Livesy is keeping a bigger secret than the rest of the ladies which makes her very interesting to watch.

One part I have to applaud the BBC on tackling is the taboo subject of Germans residing in Britain after the sinking of the Lusitania. We find out early on that Sister Livesy’s fiancé is a German, living in Britain, who goes back to be a German soldier. We find out that Germans who lived in Britain were treat very badly throughout this time. It’s quite an eye opener to see how different nationalities were so strictly divided but then we see this same division between the sexes and particularly ranks within the army.

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Each week we saw a different mix of soldiers come through the doors. This gave quite a visual of how the army, doctors and nurses dealt with different scenarios. A few that cropped up were desertion, keeping homophobia on the quiet, shell shock and mental health problems caused by the war and trust issues between the staff. Put in the time era of WWI and the punishments in place made these serious issues.

In some ways this series has been different to many you’ve seen before. I know when I first heard about it being commissioned I fell in love with the fact that thesuranne-jones-and-hermione-norris-in-the-crimson-field-136389032614410401-140404164356
main characters were female nurses from an everyday background. I loved that the actors were fairly unknown but you had the guiding light of experience such as Hermione Norris, Kevin Doyle and Adam James to keep it all in check so to speak. Everything else you learn about the war is an added bonus. The characters are obviously different to films you may have watched about both WWI and WWII, they feel a lot more gritty and strict. The nurses are also strict and stick with the rules, but you sometimes see the newer nurses facades crack a little reminding you they’re only human and they’re still only young.

In Sunday nights finale, which was a corker, the news comes in about Edith Cavell being executed which ties in with the storyline at that point. Everything within the series works well especially with the writers managing to weave real life stories into the scripts.

tumblr_n4d382JUTh1si51pco1_500The Crimson Field is really a series that needs to be watched. In my opinion it wouldn’t have worked as well for any other war. WWII sticks with women being Land Girls, Lumber Jills and Donut Dollies. WWI only seemed to depict women as nurses, there doesn’t appear to be many other roles for the fairer sex. The series manages to fit all the good, bad, ugly and forbidden of a year in WWI into six hours. Yes some questions don’t seem properly answered but this may leave room for another series… Just remember there’s still a lot of the war left at this point.

Watch The Crimson Field on BBC iPlayer here

Learn more about the series here

Happy 85th Birthday Audrey Hepburn!

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Google’s doodle for Hepburn’s 85th Birthday

Today’s birthday girl, Audrey Hepburn, really needs no introduction. Her films have become classics, her charity work changed the world and made her legendary and she still remains a fashion icon 21 years after her death. Even today she’s on TV in the Galaxy chocolate advert. Hepburn took what we knew of the film industry and films themselves and gave us a fresh, brand new perspective. She worked with all the greats, won plenty of awards and was best friends with Givenchy (yes the famous fashion designer) and still remained humble and down to earth.

Here we look at five of the films we deem as classic Hepburn films… Enjoy!

Roman Holiday (1953)

tumblr_n51hjzdJ8y1tymyz0o1_500The first film Audrey was credited for, had a leading role in and won an Academy Award for. Here she plays Princess Ann who sneaks out to explore Rome on her own. She meets Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) who’s a reporter. The film is wonderfully light hearted and has some lovely funny parts. Hepburn’s performance shows why she won Best Actress and with her age in the film, she was 24 at the time, makes her stand out as one to watch.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Well what do we really say about Breakfast at Tiffany’s? I suppose (and hope) we’ve all seen it. Hepburn tumblr_n50hm1Spix1qa70eyo2_r1_500plays Holly Golightly a very fun, outgoing, party girl type in public but seemingly very quiet in public. Paul Varjak (George Peppard) plays opposite. Hepburn said the film was one of her biggest challenges because she had to play an extrovert when she herself is an introvert. The film shows so much emotions and has some very memorable scenes and fashion choices.

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My Fair Lady (1964)

my-fair-lady-1964-the-real-thingA very loveable musical with songs everyone remembers. Hepburn plays Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle who get’s picked by phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) to show that he can teach her to speak correct English so she can be presented in Edwardian Society. It’s fun seeing Hepburn talk in Cockney and see how she blossoms into a lady of society at the end. Her character changes throughout the film and she pulls it off fantastically. Hepburn doesn’t sing herself in the film but it certainly doesn’t detract from her performance.

How to Steal A Million (1966)

I love this film. Audrey stars with Peter O’Toole in this comedy heist film. It’s all about art forgery and claiming offtumblr_n517wfOVL01qiawh2o1_500 scams when art work goes missing. At some point in the film you realise that Hepburn and O’Toole’s characters aren’t as serious as you may have expected them to be, but their partnership works very well on screen and is very believable. The cupboard under the stairs scene is fantastic. It’s well worth a watch because it’s quite different to Hepburn’s other works.

Funny Face (1957)

tumblr_n51i3ie1QX1ttqe7vo1_500Another musical with Audrey playing Jo Stockton a very shy bookshop clerk who’s bookshop is used in a fashion magazine’s photoshoot. The photographer is none other that Fred Astaire. Lots of Hepburn and Astaire dancing and a great Hepburn makeover turn Stockton into the next big model in the industry. The songs work well and the change of clothes is a plenty. We also here Hepburn’s true singing voice for the first time ever.

This is just a mix of a few of Hepburn’s films. Remember she’s not just an actress, she was a woman who we can call a role model and someone who’ll be remembered forever for her work on screen and throughout the world. Even Google have acknowledged her birthday.

Happy Birthday Audrey. It truly is a day for celebrations.

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November: Dracula, Classic Horror and Vivien Leigh

I was looking through my Simon’s Cat diary and was quite pleased by what’s coming up over the next month. We thought it was our duty to fill you in on all the goodies that we have to look forward to.

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Friday 25th October brings Dracula to US screens. This version looks sinfully brilliant with the very pretty Jonathan Rhys Meyers playing Dracula (We drooled and squealed so much when this was announced.) Meyers is a great choice for Dracula and after seeing him a few times in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones I think he’ll pull the sexy supernatural role off very well. The trailer also looks quite amazing. I’m hoping it lives up to expectations as there seems to be a few gothic style TV Shows airing this fall/ autumn. Sleepy Hollow and Witches of East End to name a few. British fans will recognise Katie McGrath who played Morgana in BBC’s Merlin, in Dracula she plays Lucy. The 10 episode show airs in the UK on Sky Living on 31st October. This means we’ll be in for a ghoulishly good Halloween Night.

Where Horror films are concerned there’s a great film event you need to look out for at Independent cinemas. The event creatively titled Gothic: The Dark Artelsa-lanchester-bride-of-frankenstein-c10102251-1_7942 of Film runs fully at BFI London where they are showing a huge selection of old and classic horror films. Think Nosferatu Symphony of Horror, Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee Draculas and The Bride Of Frankenstein and you’re definitely on the right lines. After some checking at my local cinemas (Showroom Sheffield and City Screen York) we’ve found out that they are also showing selected films (YAY!) Obviously they don’t have the full selection but they do have some corkers. This Sunday I’ll be in York to see Nosferatu in all it’s silent glory. Showroom are running Gothic well into December so people of Yorkshire you have no excuse to miss classic horror!

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For all the films in Gothic: The Dark Art of Film visit BFI: http://www.bfi.org.uk/gothic

Vivien_Leigh_BFI5th November marks Vivien Leigh’s 100th Birthday. Me and Cat are big lovers of this golden starlet and so are making the effort to make her birthday as big as can be. BFI Southbank are also celebrating by showing her films until January 2014. They’re showing classics like Gone With The Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire along with Waterloo Bridge and The Deep Blue Sea. Keep an eye out because there’s also a few talks taking place at BFI, National Portrait Gallery (with none other than Kendra Bean, Exciting!) and one at V&A Museum on 13th November. I’m very much looking forward to all these. Those who are free on Saturday 16th or Monday 18th November can also buy tickets to have a sneak peek in the V&A archives which now contain some of Ms. Leigh’s clothing and personal affects. What a perfect month November will be!

For a more detailed list on Vivien Leigh talks and events visit http://www.vivandlarry.com This site is basically all you need for everything Vivien. It’s ran by Kendra Bean. All screening times are available here: BFI Vivien Leigh showtimes

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As you’ve been warned we will be contributing lots on Vivien Leigh throughout November. It’s our way of showing our love and appreciation. You’re welcome to get involved too!

Early-ish night ramblings of a girl too excited to sleep AKA We just won Hockey.

Right so I’ve been watching the England women play hockey against the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships (EHC) which is held in Boom, Belgium.

If you were planning on watching the replay over on the BBC STOP READING NOW… Or just carry on. It’s very exciting.

England were up 1-0 after a own goal (yay!) then Eva de Goede scored a superb goal to equalise (I would boo but it was a pretty awesome goal).

The second half saw Sally Walton stretchered off from a very serious, nasty looking foot/ankle injury. She received gas and air and even through TV speakers you could hear her moan in pain. Watching the replay of her fall over from side stepping made everyone watching wince.

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Photo courtesy of Getty images/ BBC

The 70 minutes ended at 1-1… So we went to penalties. England and penalties don’t usually mix but the last time we went to penalty shuttles (that’s hockey speak for penalty shot/strike) against the Dutch in 1991 we won. Alex Danson and Helen Richardson scored for us! But the Dutch equalized leaving it 2-2 out of 5. Sudden Death time *dun dun dunnn* All I really need to say is that the Dutch missed and Danson scored. TAKING US THROUGH TO SATURDAY’S FINAL!! Yes we beat the Euro and Olympic champions to get through to the final… ON PENALTIES. Take that football! I screamed a lot but it was very necessary.

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I digress slightly. The hero of this match was the superb England goal keeper Maddie Hinch. She’s like Supergirl on the pitch but in protective clothing. Watch a replay. She’s very quick and agile. A force to be reckoned with, I’m just glad she’s on our side.

So on Saturday at 3pm I will be watching the Gold medal match against Germany because, lets face it, it’ll be a great match. Until then my thoughts are with Sally Walton in hoping her injury looked and sounded worse than it was and with our girls for playing brilliantly!

For more information on Hockey or playing in your area visit http://www.englandhockey.co.uk and to watch the games live http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/hockey

In other news 30/7/13

I have been asked to do this again… I think just because the rest of the Well Did You Evah team are glad I actually paid attention to the news last week.

So, This weeks post will feature, Handcuffs, Bigfoot, Lady Gaga and Jelly fish… Before you think of it, no Big foot hasn’t handcuffed it’s self to Lady Gaga and some how a Jelly fish was involved.

1. Handcuffs

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Lots of people have heard the hype of Fifty Shades of Grey? If you haven’t head out to your local charity shop… or maybe not, first think on how dirty minded you are. If you shy away or look in disgust just someone mentioning sex, then stay away. Some time in the past year, possibly a bit longer than that, the Fifty Shades Trilogy came onto bookshops highlighting the world of BDSM- which to be honest has been around a while- and bringing controversy. Taking lessons from the Big Quiz of 2012 we at Well Did You Evah call these BDSM, pantie dropping books, Kinky Fuckery. Apparently, we can thank these books for helping us out of the recession. Fifty Shades

Although Fifty Shades has got to the point of being possibly one of the most popular books in charity shops, and there is the possibility that these other kinky fuckery books are too graphic or something to be on proper bookshelves.  The UK are still keeping up with Kinky practices in the bedroom.

The past 3 years the fire brigade, in London, have been called out to 79 incidents where couples have used handcuffs and lost the key. Now I have two theories on this. 1, they were just so in the moment they lost the key. Or 2, They were secretly hoping a hot fireman/men (more the better) would join in.

What happened to the days where handcuffs came with a spare key?

But the Fire service have also admitted to other strange situations which they have been called out to, one being some man trapped his penis in a toaster… now I’m not sure if I want to know or not.

For the top ten- I’ll admit some of these I wouldn’t class as that bad- http://metro.co.uk/2013/07/29/top-ten-weirdest-objects-london-fire-brigade-has-had-to-free-people-from-3902591/

 

2. Bigfoot

Now, does he- or you never know she- exist? There has been another apparent sighting in Canada. From this video that has made it into a UK newspaper, the figure walking could easily be a tall person. But I guess it depends how much you want it to be Sasquatch.

On Youtube you can find loads of videos of Sasquatch, so by this rate, if Big Foot does exist, he’s either reproduced and has children all over the world or has access to a private jet. Considering his existence is questioned, he’s doing a pretty good job by confusing the human race. This video was posted on the 24th of July so if your on the watch for Bigfoot, get your passport and make travel arrangements for Canada! As for me I’m going back on the hunt for Narnia.

 

3. Lady Gaga

This Super Famous Popstar, responsible for creating songs such as Bad Romance and Poker Face and known for her striking dress sense. Has announced some news that I’m sure her devout fans will be (or will have been) sending her, “Get Well Soon Mother Monster,” cards.

Although she has hidden the news, Lady Gaga was a performance away from a hip replacement. Now I have never been personally to a Lady Gaga gig, but I see from everything she does she puts 100% into her work, so honestly I do want to give her a hug and wish her well. After 6 months she believes she is recovered, although it is thought she would have needed a year, if her injury had gotten worse and she needed a full hip replacement, which would disrupt her tour dates

Lady Gaga again, is showing the world is not only she is she an individual, that people can look up to, but with her own strength, she can over come her illnesses to be there for fans.

Full Story- http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/jul/30/lady-gaga-hip-replacement-scare

 

4. Jelly Fish

It’s been reported that the UK has seen a rise in Jellyfish on it’s coast. They said it’s down to the warm weather… yes around 7 days of warm weather new animals start flocking to the UK… Does this mean if the UK can keep up 14 days of warm weather we could end up growing our own banana’s in our back gardens?

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I doubt the Jellyfish are going to stay here long once they figure out this rain we are having is a permanent thing.

Another theory why the Jellyfish are coming to the UK is that Ponyo (Studio Ghibli) is out there looking for Sōsuke, that also explains the storms and flooding too.

News 2 PonyoNow if you are in the UK and decide to dare going to the beach with this weather it is advised, not to follow the Friends Episode where Monica gets stung by a Jellyfish and Chandler pees on her to stop the pain, according to some big scientist dude this act is a myth and is just unhygienic, plus think what this will look like to other British folk on the beach… It is funny on the Friends episode though.

That’s it for this week… lets see if I’m back to do this next week…