Sunday, October 26, 2014

Harry's South Pole Hero's

I am watching "Harry's South Pole Hero's" on the TV.   It's a documentary about three teams uniting and racing a 200km trek to the South Pole.

Four wounded British soldiers are led by Prince Harry to race to the South Pole. The teams are: The UK, The USA and The Commonwealth.

The teams all set off from the Antarctica and they all face challenging experiences during their race.

We get to meet each of the team members and we take a look at each of their individual profiles. We learn about each member and the seriousness of their injuries...and how they overcame life changing injuries. Team UK: Prince Harry, Duncan Slater, Ibrar Ali MC, Kate Philp, Guy Disney and guide Conrad Dickinson.  


Before the team set off, they visit Buckingham Palace to meet The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. It's a special honour for them all. 

They all seem excited however there are tearful goodbyes as the teams set off from Heathrow Airport, a 6 hour flight.  When they arrive, it is -40C. Brrrr that sounds a wee bit cold to me. :)

....and so it's time for the race to begin!!!!

I am really looking forward to watching the second part of this documentary. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Turning Back The Clocks

I hope everyone has remembered to turn the clocks back this weekend. It's means we will all gain an extra hour in bed. Yay! I am mighty pleased about this, as I really enjoyed my extra hour in bed this morning. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Catherine's (daughter) - Graduation Day















When people ask what my proudest accomplishment is, I often say 'My Children' :) 

Nothing could prepare me for the moment when I heard my daughter Catherine's name being called yesterday.... and I then watched her proudly walk onto the stage to be confirmed with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. A proud moment for both her Dad and I. Catherine Graduated with honours, 1st Class in English! When you see your child achieve something like that, it's a very emotional moment, believe me. :) 

My day began with a train journey to Ipswich. I headed for the Ipswich Town Hall, a very imposing building which dates back to around 1868. The Graduation ceremony was very lovely 


indeed. We later enjoyed canopes and wine in the marquee, where we met up with our newly graduated daughter, her lecturers and her close friends. It was an absolutely beautiful day, one I shall always treasure. 

I have taken plenty of photographs to remind me of the day. ;) 

After Catherine had a few official photographs taken, she handed in her robe and mortarboard and we then headed for somewhere to eat and drink. A good day was had by all. I later headed back to the railway station to catch my return train back to Peterborough. I had a quiet, but very pleasant journey home. I love my daughters!!!! :) 

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"You're My World" Cilla Black

SmileyRoseFrances x

"Cilla" :)

Thanks to my Mum who recorded the three part serial "Cilla" for me. Unfortunately, I was away on holiday during the series, therefore I missed it! :(  This evening I made the time to sit and watch all three parts!!! :)

I am more familiar with watching Cilla on the television, however I was a little too young to remember how she became famous and her singing career. It was all very interesting.  I have enjoyed many of her songs from the 60's. Even my young daughter Catherine likes her songs! She has three generations of fans just within my own family. ;)

I knew Brian Epstein was an English music entrepreneur who was best known for managing the Beatles after he discovered them in November 1961, during a lunchtime Cavern Club, however I didn't know he also discovered Cilla Black. :)

One of the reasons why I really like Cilla, is because she is smart, funny and down to earth. ;) It was a fabulous drama and I enjoyed watching it.

My favourite Cilla songs: "I Can Sing A Rainbow"  "Anyone Who Had A Heart" "You're My World" and "Alfie" :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Holiday In Zakynthos, Greece - 2014 :)

 More to follow and a few photos :)



SmileyRoseFrances x

"Gone Girl"

Suitability (not for kids!) - Rated 18 

I went to see the film 'Gone Girl' at the cinema this evening. The thriller starred Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. It was a very clever film and I loved it! There was a good twist! I wasn't quite expecting that! Ben Affleck is definitely one of my favourite actors after watching this film :)   

I love clever films which keep you guessing until the end.. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, however the film is definitely worth a watch,, particularly if you like watching mystery thrillers. :)

Rosamund Pike, who played Amy was such an evil character. LOL I could see some of the folk I actually know, in Amy's character. I could also see my character type in the film, it was definitely Nick's geeky sister, Margo. 

'Gone Girl' is a film adaption of a book by the same title, written by Gillian Flynn. 

I managed to close my eyes at one gory part in the movie, however I managed to chuckle at a few parts in the film too. ;)

A quick synopsis: Husband and wife are both writers. They go broke. Wife goes missing and husband finds himself a suspect for her disappearance and murder. It's a brilliant film. I really enjoyed watching it. I won't be a complete spoiler here. 

PS Amazing Amy used to be one of my daughter's favourite dolls when she was a youngster.  ;)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Monday, October 13, 2014

"The Rewrite"

This evening I went to see 'The Rewrite' which stars actors Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei. The film may not be everyone else's cup of tea, however I found the film to be quite heart warming in some places. It is indeed a romantic comedy with a few emotional moments. :)

A little bit of a spoiler: 

The film tells the story of a 'has been' screen writer who makes it in Hollywood, with one really good Oscar winning film script. I liked the way they used the acceptance speech from Four Weddings and a Funeral for this clip in the movie. ;)  

His career is on a downhill slope as he finds nobody is interested in his scripts anymore. He makes a decision to go and teach screen writing in a small American college, within a small town (It looked a little like Ipswich Uni), however, no sooner does he begin teaching he embarks on a sexual relationship with one of the students. He soon learns that it is not good practice for a teacher to have any hanky-panky with his students and so he risks losing his job. In the mean time, he gets friendly with a single Mum 'wannabe' scriptwriter. She becomes a student in his class. They become good friends and he finds her easy to get along with. He finds himself falling for her. He also encourages another student to finish writing a script. The script is well received and eventually it goes to Hollywood. Hugh Grant's character, Keith Michaels feels his relationship with his son is lost because he thinks his son thinks of him, the way he thinks of himself! He's a bit hard on himself and the single Mother, encourages him to get in touch with his son, which he does. :)

The story line is clever as he plays a scriptwriter who ends up convincing everyone that he is writing a script about a washed-up scriptwriter, based on himself! Someone in the class thought Matt Damon should play the lead role. :)

There were a few chuckle moments in the film, especially ones which I could associate with myself ie., having my bags checked going through customs at the airport, the pink diary, Stamford, Speadie and dancing with my two daughters LOL. 

I couldn't help but feel let down by the film towards the end of the film, when you're left wondering if he and the single Mum really get together after she completes her script writing studies. I suppose they do get together, but you want to see it! Although it was a romantic comedy, there was no kissing in the film! Thinks a true romantic comedy ought to have at least one kiss. ;)

The film was written and directed by Marc Lawrence. He actually graduated from Binghampton University. Could the film have been about himself? I love his romantic comedies, my favourites being "Two Weeks Notice" and "Music and Lyrics" Thinks the film is definitely worth a watch. There's no sex, bad language, drugs or violence in the film...there's only slight reference made re a sexual interlude between teacher and student. You do not get very many films in this genre anymore. I actually liked it. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x