Sunday, April 28, 2013

"A Thousand Years"

I've just been listening to the fabulous song "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri...it really is a beautiful song from the 'Breaking Dawn - Twilight' film. :)

SmileyRose x

Thanks Tonto! I Had A Lovely Day Today :o)

I've had a lovely day today.  My youngest daughter Lauren and I spent the early afternoon together at the Huntingdon Garden and Leisure Centre. She helped me choose some flowers for my garden tubs.:)

It is always great to catch up together.  Much to her delight, I kept calling her 'Tonto' for much of the day....she's definitely Mummy's little helper.;)

After dropping my daughter off, I became the Lone Ranger once again. :(

I decided to pop to the Showcase Cinema to watch the film 'The Place Beyond The Pines' which starred the brilliant actor Bradley Cooper, along with Eve Mendes.

Everyone likes a good cop verses baddies film...however this one had a little twist, as there were a few corrupt cops too!;)

I am not going to be a complete spoiler here as I know full well that the film hasn't been out in the Cinemas for very long, however the film gets top marks from me.....I absolutely loved it!:)

Briefly: The film told the story of a motorcycle racer, unfolding an action packed drama spanning over 15 years.  It is definitely worth a watch.  OK enough said. Go and watch it! :)

Until the next time Tonto. I love you. ;o)




















SmileyRose x

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Favourite Impressionist

My favourite impressionist has to be Alistair McGowan :o)

CLICK HERE! :)

SmileyRose x

Dress Sense :)

I would say that I am quite a modest dresser, particularly when I am around children.  I grew up in an era when fashion consisted of frilly blouses and shoulder pads and when women were treated more respectfully by some males. Yes they were more inclined to look for relationships rather than one night stands.

I know it's a free country and folk shouldn't be told how they should dress, however I think there are certain venues which people attend and folk should dress in a more respectful manner/more appropriately depending on where it is they are attending.

Years ago folk used to wear their Sunday best whenever they attended church. Some folk didn't have a lot of money to be able to afford the best of clothing, however they always saved at least one outfit for their Sunday best.  These days it seems 'anything goes.'  I have never been to church wearing a pair of jeans!  It just goes to show how times have changed over the years and respect seems to have gone out of the window as far as some are concerned!

I used to work in the fashion industry a number of years ago and I love to look at the different fashions. I often comment on my favourites.  :)

I think some places should definitely have a dress code. I once attended a golf club venue for afternoon lunch and I liked the fact that there was a dress code notice on the door asking that folk should be appropriately dressed or else they could risk being turned away. :)

There isn't a good reason why folk shouldn't make the effort when they go out to Sunday lunch. Thinks you  can wear jeans at any time....I don't have a problem with that, however to me Sunday is a day when I like to make an effort if I go out to lunch. :)

When it comes to buying goods I tend to only purchase those items which does not use sexual images in order to sell the item....not unless I pop along to somewhere like Ann Summer to specifically purchase goods from a shop which deals with that specifically. ;)

I would not buy a CD for instance if the front cover didn't look appropriate/the artist was not appropriately dressed on it. :) So there you go. It's nice to make an effort sometimes. :)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"Don't Know Why"

I've just been listening to "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones :)

SmileyRose x

Anglo-Indians

Thinks it may be something in their genes however Anglo-Indian females/males seem to be very attractive looking individuals.....Anglo-Indian women in particular. :) They definitely seem to stand out in a crowd...in more ways than one sometimes. ;)

Anglo-Indians are not the same as those born into the Indian culture/faith/religion because they do not celebrate the same festivals etc nor do they speak the same language as the Indian people. Anglo-Indians are of British descent, they speak the English language and they celebrate all of the same British festivals. :)

As Sir Cliff Richard once sang "Congratulations" "Living Doll" "We're All Going On A Summer Holiday" "Move It" "Young Ones" "Do You Remember" "Miss You Nights" "Some People" ;)

Something I MUST read at some stage:  "At the Age for Love": A Novel of Bangalore during World War II" by Reginald N. Shires, published 2006, is a story of Anglo-Indian life during the war.



As quoted on wikipedia:

This article is about people of mixed Anglo and Indian ancestry or people of European descent born in India. For other uses, see Anglo-Indian (disambiguation).

Anglo-Indians are people who have mixed Indian and British ancestry, or people of British descent born or living in the Indian Subcontinent or Burma, now mainly historical in the latter sense.[6][7] British residents in India used the term "Eurasians" for people of mixed European and Indian descent (cf. George Orwell's Burmese Days). The Oxford Dictionary's definition of "Anglo-Indian" is "Of mixed British and Indian parentage, of Indian descent but born or living in Britain, or (chiefly historical) of British descent or birth but living or having lived long in India".[8]
The Anglo-Indian community in its modern sense is a distinct, small minority community originating in India. It consists of people from mixed British and Indian ancestry whose native language is English. An Anglo-Indian's British ancestry was usually bequeathed paternally.
Article 366(2) of the Indian Constitution defines Anglo-Indian as:[9][10][11]
(2) an Anglo Indian means a person whose father or any of whose other male progenitors in the male line is or was of European descent but who is domiciled within the territory of India and is or was born within such territory of parents habitually resident therein and not established there for temporary purposes only;
This definition extends "Anglo-Indian" to include Indians of purely European (male) ancestry.
This definition also embraces the descendants of the Indians from the old Portuguese colonies of both the Coromandel and Malabar Coasts, who joined the East India Company as mercenaries and brought their families with them.[12] Similarly the definition includes mesti├žos (mixed Portuguese and Indian) of Goa and people of Indo-French, and Indo-Dutch descent.[13]
Anglo-Indians formed a significant portion of the minority community in India before independence, but today more live outside India than within it. The Anglo-Indian population in India dwindled from roughly 500,000 in 1947 to fewer than 150,000 by 2010. Many emigrated to the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and the United States.[14]

History

The first use of the term was to describe all British people living in India. This is the definition contained in the Indian Constitution. However in popular usage the term changed to describe Anglo-Indians as people who were of mixed blood descending from the British on the male side and women from the Indian side.[15] People of mixed British and Indian descent were previously referred to as 'Eurasians' but are now more commonly referred to as 'Anglo-Indians'.[16]
During the British East India Company's rule in India in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it was initially fairly common for British officers and soldiers to take local Indian wives and have Eurasian children, due to a lack of British women in India at the time.[17][18] By the mid-19th century, there were around 40,000 British soldiers, but less than 2,000 British officials present in India.[19] As British women began arriving in British India in large numbers around the early to mid-19th century, mostly as family members of British officers and soldiers, intermarriage became increasingly uncommon among the British in India and was later despised after the events of the Indian Rebellion of 1857,[20] after which several anti-miscegenation laws were implemented.[21][22] As a result, Eurasians were neglected by both the British and Indian populations in India.
Over generations, Anglo-Indians intermarried with other Anglo-Indians to form a community that developed a culture of its own. Anglo-Indian cuisine, dress, speech and religion all served to further segregate Anglo-Indians from the native population. They established a school system focused on the English language and culture and formed social clubs and associations to run functions like their regular dances on occasions like Christmas and Easter.[15]
Over time Anglo-Indians were specifically recruited into the Customs and Excise, Post and Telegraphs, Forestry Department, The Railways and teaching professions - but they were employed in many other fields as well. A number of factors fostered a strong sense of community among Anglo-Indians. Their English language school system, their Anglo-centric culture, and their Christian beliefs in particular helped bind them together.[23]

Originally, under Regulation VIII of 1813, they were excluded from the British legal system and in Bengal became subject to the rule of Mohammedan law outside Calcutta - and yet found themselves without any caste or status amongst those who were to judge them. In 1821, a pamphlet entitled "Thoughts on how to better the condition of Indo-Britons" by a "Practical Reformer," was written to promote the removal of prejudices existing in the minds of young Eurasians against engaging in trades. This was followed up by another pamphlet, entitled "An Appeal on behalf of Indo-Britons." Prominent Eurasians in Calcutta formed the "East Indian Committee" with a view to send a petition to the British Parliament for the redress of their grievances. Mr. John William Ricketts, the first noble pioneer in the Eurasian cause, volunteered to proceed to England. His mission was successful, and on his return to India, by way of Madras, he received quite an ovation from his countrymen in that presidency; and was afterwards warmly welcomed in Calcutta, where a report of his mission was read at a public meeting held in the Calcutta Town Hall. In April 1834, in obedience to an Act of Parliament passed in August 1833, the Indian Government was forced to grant government jobs to Anglo-Indians.[23]

During the independence movement, many Anglo-Indians identified (or were assumed to identify) with British rule, and, therefore, incurred the distrust and hostility of Indian nationalists.[citation needed] Their position at independence was difficult. They felt a loyalty to a British "home" that most had never seen and where they would gain little social acceptance. (Bhowani Junction touches on the identity crisis faced by the Anglo-Indian community during the independence struggle.) They felt insecure in an India that put a premium on participation in the independence movement as a prerequisite for important government positions.
Most Anglo-Indians left the country in 1947, hoping to make a new life in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in the Commonwealth of Nations, such as Australia or Canada. The exodus continued through the 1950s and 1960s and by the late 1990s most had left with many of the remaining Anglo-Indians still aspiring to leave.[24]

Like the Parsi community, the Anglo-Indians are essentially urban dwellers. Unlike the Parsis, the mass migrations saw more of the better educated and financially secure Anglo-Indians depart for other Commonwealth nations.[15]

There has been a resurgence in celebrating Anglo-Indian culture in the 21st Century, in the form of International Anglo-Indian Reunions and in publishing books on Anglo-Indians. There have been seven reunions with the latest being held in August 2007 in Toronto. Books on Anglo-Indians recently published include Anglo-Indians - Vanishing Remnants of a Bygone Era[25] published (2002), Haunting India[26] published (2003), Voices on the Verandah[27] published (2004), The Way We Were - Anglo-Indian Chronicles[28] published (2006) and The Way We Are - An Anglo-Indian Mosaic[29] published (2008). "The Leopard's Call: An Anglo-Indian Love Story" by Reginald Shires, published 2005, tells of the life of two teachers at the small Bengali town of Falakata, down from Bhutan; "At the Age for Love: A Novel of Bangalore during World War II" by Reginald N. Shires, published 2006, is a story of Anglo-Indian life during the war.

Present communities

India constitutionally guarantees of the rights of communities and religious and linguistic minorities permit Anglo-Indians to maintain their own schools and to use English as the medium of instruction. In order to encourage the integration of the community into the larger society, the government stipulates that a certain percentage of the student body come from other Indian communities.[citation needed]
There is no evident official discrimination against Anglo-Indians in terms of current government employment, but it is widely perceived[by whom?] that their disinclination to master local languages does not help their employment chances in modern India.
Anglo-Indians distinguished themselves in the military. Air Vice-Marshal Maurice Barker was India's first Anglo-Indian Air Marshal. At least seven other Anglo-Indians subsequently reached that post, a notable achievement for a small community. A number of others have been decorated for military achievements. Air Marshal Malcolm Wollen is often considered the man who won India's 1971 war fighting alongside Bangladesh.[30] Anglo-Indians made similarly significant contributions to the Indian Navy and Army.[31]
Another field in which Anglo-Indians won distinction was education. The second most respected matriculation qualification in India, the ICSE, was started and built by some of the community's best known educationists including Frank Anthony, who served as its president, and A.E.T. Barrow who served as its secretary for the better part of half a century. Most Anglo-Indians, even those without much formal education, find that gaining employment in schools is fairly easy because of their fluency in English.
In sporting circles Anglo-Indians have made a significant contribution, particularly at Olympic level where Norman Pritchard became India's first ever Olympic medallist, winning two silver medals at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris, France. In cricket Roger Binny was the leading wicket-taker during the Indian cricket team's 1983 World Cup triumph. Wilson Jones was India's first ever World Professional Billiards Champion.

Several charities have been set up abroad to help the less fortunate in the community in India. Foremost among these is CTR (Calcutta Tiljallah Relief - based in the USA), which has instituted a senior pension scheme, and provides monthly pensions to over 300 seniors. CTR also provides education to over 200 needy children.[32]

Today, there are estimated to be 80,000-125,000 Anglo-Indians living in India, most of whom are based in the cities of Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Mumbai, Madurai and Tiruchirapalli. Anglo-Indians also live in Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Cannanore, Goa, Pune, Secunderabad, Visakhapatnam, Lucknow, Agra, and in some towns of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Also a significant number of this population resides in Odisha's Khurda Road, which is a busy railway junction. However, the Anglo Indian population has dwindled over the years with most people migrating abroad or to other parts of the country.[2]

Most of the Anglo-Indians overseas are concentrated in Britain, Australia, Canada, USA, and New Zealand. Of the estimated million or so (including descendants), who have emigrated from India[citation needed], some are settled in Asia including Pakistan and Myanmar, and also in European countries like Switzerland, Germany, and France. According to the Anglo-Indians who have settled in Australia, integration for the most part has not been difficult.[33] The community in Myanmar frequently intermarried with the local Anglo-Burmese community but both communities suffered from adverse discrimination since Burma's military took over the government in the 1962, with most having now left the country to settle overseas.

Political status

The Anglo-Indian community is the only Indian community that has its own representatives nominated to the Lok Sabha (Lower House) in India's Parliament. This right was secured from Nehru by Frank Anthony, the first and longtime president of the All India Anglo-Indian Association. The community is represented by two members. This is done because the community has no native state of its own. States like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, West Bengal, Karnataka Uttarakhand and Kerala also have a nominated member each in their respective State Legislatures.

Other populations

Britons in colonial India

Historically, the term Anglo-Indian was also used in common parlance in Britain during the colonial era to refer to those people (such as Rudyard Kipling, or the hunter-naturalist Jim Corbett), who were of British descent but were born and raised in India, usually because their parents were serving in the colonial administration or armed forces;[15] "Anglo-Indian", in this sense, was synonymous with "non-domiciled British".

Anglo-Indian population in Britain

Since the mid-19th century, there has been a population of people of Indian (like Lascars) or mixed British-Indian ethnic origin residing in Britain, both through intermarriage between white Britons and Indians, and through the migration of Anglo-Indians from India to Britain. Though sometimes referred to as Anglo-Indians,[8] people of Indian or mixed British-Indian ethnicity residing in Britain generally like to be called Anglo-Indians, also preferring the terms White British, British Indian and mixed White-Asian instead.[34] The first and latter categorisations are also used by the UK census.


Some Famous Anglo-Indians :)



Click Here :)



SmileyRose x

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Next Giant Leap For Mankind :)


The next giant leap for mankind may be the planet Mars. :)

It may take 7 months to travel to the planet however it is still in the planning stages for a new settlement on Mars due to take place in 2023.

Mars1 have designed a mission for humans to go and live the rest of their lives on the planet Mars. It is expected to create the largest media event ever.

Humans are expected to land on Mars in 2023.

Can you imagine leaving this world behind, leaving your family and friends to go and live in another world for the rest of your life? :)

In fact, if I am honest with you...I quite like the idea. :)  It certainly wouldn't be any different to living in this current world. Many spend their time keeping in contact with their loved ones via the internet/space anyway. Some families and friends emigrate and you never see them again....so what difference would it make? :)

I'm seriously considering putting my name forward hoping someone will consider me to go and live on Mars, somewhere where it isn't overpopulated with folk you can't understand and where the traffic isn't all that bad. A place where folk will have time for each other instead of emailing/phoning one another. I quite like the idea of this already. :)  Oh dear! Wonders what dinner would consist of if there are no cows grazing. There may not be any Sunday roast dinners...but pot noodles instead.;)

Wonders if that's how Adam and Eve came to live here on planet Earth?  ;)

Anyone want to come along with me? Excitement! Don't worry, I'll still Tweet you from Mars. ;)

Ps

I just had a funny thought. What if I came back down to Earth to visit you all. If technology progressed as quickly as it has been in recent years....and I said "Beam Me Up Scottie" ...or is it "Beam Me Down Scottie" whichever. Then when I'm all done and dusted I can say "ET Phone Home" and my Spaceship would be awaiting me. ;o)

Oh Jolly Hockey Sticks. ;)


SmileyRose x

I'm Tweeting :)

























SmileyRose x

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The London Marathon

Wishing everyone who is taking part in the London Marathon today the very best of luck.:)

Also thinking about all of those victims who lost their lives during the Boston Marathon last week. x

SmileyRose x

Happy Birthday Her Majesty :)

Many happy returns to Her Majesty the Queen who is 87 years old today. Long may she reign over us. .:-)

SmileyRose x

Friday, April 19, 2013

Pre-Nups

I was reading the below article not all that long ago only I forgot to post it. :)

A pre-nuptial agreement (also known as a pre-marital agreement) is a written contract between a bride and groom-to-be that sets out to agree on how their assets are distributed (or remain theirs) should their marriage fail.

For many, the idea of entering into a marriage with a contract that deals with what happens in the event of the marriage failing seems to question their commitment to each other. However, they are useful for marriages between couples where one has substantial wealth and the other does not.

Are they legal in the UK?

"In the United Kingdom, pre-nuptial agreements currently have no legal standing. The divorce courts have the last word in the division of all matrimonial property and would ignore any pre-nuptial agreement if they thought that it was in any way unreasonable to either of the parties involved, particularly regarding to the maintenance and housing of children. For example, regardless of whose name a couple’s property is in, a court may order it to be transferred to the other. This applies to all property that is owned separately or jointly

However, the rules for unmarried couples are quite different and legally binding contracts are enforceable so long as the couple remain unmarried. It is divorce that gives the courts jurisdiction to intervene and make orders. The widespread belief that long standing unmarried couples have rights as common law husband and wife is a myth"

SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Take That

I'm listening to "A Million Love Songs" by Take That :)

SmileyRose x

Bright Individuals

Thinks youngsters who are NOT very good at writing in English are less likely to learn to write well if they mostly write in 'text talk' language.

Of course if you are a bright individual and you are well written then 'text talk' is less likely to harm the way in which you write. :)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One Of The Best Acts

Awesome! On Britain's Got Talent recently: The Hungarian shadow dancing troupe Attraction...one of the best acts I've seen in a long time. :)

SmileyRose x

Saturday, April 13, 2013

'THE HOST'

I recently went to see another sci-fi film called 'The Host' at the Showcase Cinema.  The film was adapted from a Stephenie Meyer novel.

Small Spoiler: Alien beings infuse humans with 'Souls.'  One of the souls called 'Wanderer'  discovers the human hideout through Melanie, whose body she has captured.

The Seeker tries to capture Wanderer so that she can be put into a different body so that she can be inserted into Melanie's body.  Wanderer and Melanie make their escape. Wanderer teaches Doc  how to remove Souls from the bodies of humans, without harming them.  She is eventually removed from Melanie's body but rather than to let her die the doc learns that there is a brain dead woman who is on the brink of death. Wanderer/Wanda becomes her Soul. Eventually they learn that there are other Souls who all live peacefully with other humans.

An interesting story re Aliens and Humans living in harmony together. :) A fabulous film. I enjoyed it immensely. :)

SmileyRose x

Friday, April 12, 2013

'OBLIVION'


This evening I went to watch the film 'Oblivion' at the Showcase cinema.  It is a sci-fi film which starred the fabulous actors Tom Cruise (*sighs*), Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman.  :)

I'm a huge fan of the film 'Top Gun' which also starred Tom Cruise, however  this film definitely tops 'Top Gun'. :) It is a film adaption of an unpublished novel of the same title -  written by Joseph Kosinski.

The film tells the story of former Commander Jack Harper. He is one of the last humans on the planet after an alien invasion which almost destroyed the earth some 60 years prior to the story.  Commander Harper rescues a female from a sleeping capsule whom he recognises immediately. They are both captured by the insurgency who demand he re-programme a drone. The drones patrol the skies and protect the planet from the aliens.

That's the general gist of the story without being a complete spoiler.

The film gets a huge thumbs up from me. I loved it. :)

Hehe watch out for the spaceship chase, with the drones. Fabulous! It reminded me of a time I was passenger in a fast subaru impreza car. Wow! That car could really go!!! I must admit to doing a lot of swaying just like the female passenger in the spaceship chase with Tom Cruise. ;)

The film ends with a Jack Harper's clone no.52. ;) Now that is one occasion I would not mind if they did a little cloning....a nice Tom Cruise clone would do me a world of good. ;)

Enough! No more spoiling. Go and see the film. :)

SmileyRose x

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Foreign Friends

Of course I have lovely foreign friends who do not speak the English language very well.  Indeed I have visited them when I have traveled abroad. :)  Some of my foreign friends have also visited me during their trips to England. I have loved visiting them because you can learn so much when you visit the other countries. I have loved meeting the locals from all of the countries I've had the pleasure in visiting so far. Some people can be so hospitable during my visits. I love it when folk teach you some of their good phrases..... in their language of course. ;) It can be fun to learn. I like to learn about the different cultures during my visits too. :)

Oh no! If I could not speak the language fluently in the country I chose to permanently reside in then I would not live in that country, certainly not on a permanent basis. My main home would have to be in a country where they spoke the same language as me. :)

I would consider having a holiday home perhaps which I could visit sometimes...but that's about it. My main residence would have to be in a country where I could speak and understand the language of that country.

Of course I can only speak the English language therefore I am quite happy to live in ANY English speaking country.  :)

PS I also have foreign friends who live abroad and they all speak the English language beautifully. :)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Let's Join Forces ;o)

Thinks every man living in the United Kingdom should join one of the Forces after they leave school.... for at least 5yrs. :)  It should involve Square Bashing! Remembers my father having to do this when he first joined the Royal Air Force.

I do not think males should join the dole queue after they leave school. 5 years as a voluntary member in the services will make real men out of them. :)


My own Father did his FULL service in the Royal Air Force. I am extremely proud of him. ;)

When I was growing up I always moved around with my Father when he was in the Royal Air Force and I mostly only mixed with other RAF personnel & their families. :)

Of course my little army consists of Me, Myself and I :)

SmileyRose x

*SMILES*

I agree that not everyone always has something to smile about....however I've been through bad times when I haven't always wanted to smile but I have always made the effort to smile whenever I can. A simple smile now and again never hurt anyone. :)

I am always very weary about those folk who cover up their smiles because a smile is one expression which shows a persons friendliness.:)

I believe all those people who have a nice smile..... they should show it off. :-)

Take a baby for instance. If you covered a baby's smile up then you wouldn't see the cuteness of the baby when he/she smiled back at you. A baby doesn't fake her/his smile unless he/she has wind. One of the first things we all learn to do....apart from eat and poop, is to smile. :)

SmileyRose x

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Is Revenge Really So Sweet? :)

Is revenge really so sweet one wonders? :) Would it make us all feel better to get our own revenge on someone because that someone hurt us? Do folk really thrive on getting their own back after being wronged? Hmm you've heard that old saying: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Eww guys, it's time to duck! :)

If someone purposely tried to hurt me even if they thought it was only a joke/silly prank/slight revenge, then I wouldn't be very chuffed with the person concerned and I'd perhaps find it hard to forgive the person very easily...therefore revenge is never a good idea or else I'd be wanting to get my own back on a lot of folk out there. Even if you're planning something as a joke/prank you never know when it can backfire particularly if you are trying to prove a point and you never know just how much you're likely to hurt someone through your own stupidity!!! I can take a joke but not everyone is as smart as they think they might be and sometimes jokes can go too far!

I think I'm the sort of person who would prefer to turn the other cheek rather than to try and get my revenge on anyone....besides, I wouldn't want someone to think they really got to me, however I'd grin from ear to ear if they got their comeuppance. Now that would be the best revenge of all. :)  I don't think I am different to many folk out there. I would never want to hurt anyone intentionally, certainly not in a physical manner. Eww and how I dislike folk who lie when they are playing a stupid prank/trying to get revenge on someone.

 

We all love a laugh and a joke, the odd little leg pull perhaps...but not when it goes too far and beyond a joke... and you end up hurting someone in the process of it!

 

Here's a little sweet revenge which made me smile. :)

Playwright George Bernard Shaw sent Sir Winston Churchill a caustic invitation, reading: "Am reserving two tickets for you for my premiere. Come & bring a friend - if you have one." Churchill replied: "Impossible to be present for the first performance. Will attend second - if there is one."
:)

SmileyRose x

Monday, April 08, 2013

So Sweet!

Now this is what I call a cute puppy.  I think it's puppy love. Wants one just like him one day. :)























SmileyRose x

The Iron Lady Has Passed Away

Such sad news.  Lady Margaret Thatcher passed away today. She will be sadly missed by me.  She was one great lady.

Prayers and love go to Mrs Thatcher's family at this sad time.

Lady Thatcher will have a ceremonial funeral with full military honours. Oh! Not a state funeral then.

It is one sad day for Britain. It does not seem all that long ago when I visited Mrs Thatcher's home town in Grantham, Lincolnshire and I photographed the museum there.  I also photographed the home she grew up in. It was a pleasure to walk her path. :) Of course I grew up during Mrs T's term in Government. She was one strong lady!

SmileyRose x

Sunday, April 07, 2013

So Emotional!!!!

This evening I went to watch "The Odd Life Of Timothy Green" at the Showcase Cinema. It was a Disney fantasy film. :)

The film starred Jennifer Garner and it told the story of a childless couple who long to have a child. They make a wishlist writing down each of the qualities of how they would like their child to be and then they bury their wishlist in the back garden.

Very suddenly a child is born, however he is very different to an ordinary child. He's special! He builds up a strong friendship with various people around him, including a girl.

As suddenly as he appears, he very soon has to leave. :( His time of existence draws to an end after each of the qualities are met on the wishlist. Timothy touches the lives of a few people before he disappears forever. :(

The couple who are touched by their son set out to explain to an adoption company why they want to adopt a child. They produce a letter which Timothy left for them before he disappeared.

I don't want to be a total spoiler, however the film was beautiful. I loved it. It's a bit of a tear jerker therefore I advise you to take your hankies. :)


SmileyRose x

Saturday, April 06, 2013

The Grand National

Wishing all of the horses and the jockeys riding in the Grand National this afternoon all of the very best. :)

I have placed my bets.....wishing myself some luck. ;o)


....and they're off!!!!

What an exciting race. I am pleased to say there were no injuries

Four top horses: Grand National 2013 result

1) Auroras Encore 66-1

 
2) Cappa Bleu 12-1

3) Teaforthree 10-1

4) Oscar Time 66-1


I bet on Oscar Time, each way. :)


SmileyRose x

Monday, April 01, 2013

'The Croods'

We recently went to watch 'The Croods' at the Showcase Cinema. It was an excellent animated film about a family whose cave is destroyed. However, with the help of a young boy they find their way into a colourful fantasy land by following the sun.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Go and watch it! :)


SmileyRose x