Wednesday, 31 May 2017

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Book of the Month - Stephen King - Gerald's Game

My book of the month for May is a Stephen King classic - Gerald's game.

Quite an old book this one, published back in 1992. I read it near the time it came out, but decided to revisit it as my memory was that it was good. Crikey is it - not one for the squeamish though. Its one of those that makes your stomach churn at points, and whilst its not action packed as such, the sheer horror of it is mind blowing.

So, it begins with Gerald and wife Jessie heading off to their summer house by the lake. Its well past summer though, and the house and its surroundings are deserted. Not a soul around. Wanting to spice up their sex life, Gerald has bought along a pair of police issue handcuffs and gets to work placing Jessie into them, hooking her up to the bed.

Jessie however, has a sudden change of heart, but at the wrong moment she lashes out and finds herself alone, cuffed to the bed, with Gerald on the floor - dead. As she battles her sanity, and begins to deal with the cramps and pains and thirst, she suddenly realises no one is going to rescue her from her predicament, and that if she is going to live, she has to escape.

Cue a terrifying tale of sheer horror and the ultimate battle for survival. Certainly makes you think!! A book that hasn't aged, Gerald's Game is well worth a read, as relevant today as it was back then.

Highly recommended this one - and the twist that comes in at the end, just when you had put it down to Jessie's overcharged imagination will really unsettle you. Scores a 9 out of 10 this one. Brilliant.

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Things to do in May

  • Celebrate 2 Bank Holidays!
  • Enjoy the longer days and lighter evenings
  • Mow the lawns
  • Plant your borders
  • Go on a picnic
  • Visit a National Trust property
  • Take in some scenery
  • Go to the Chelsea Flower Show
  • Check out a food fair
  • Go to a gig
  • Have your first BBQ
  • Get summer ready - go for a run or walk
  • Sort out your wardrobe
  • Visit a garden centre
  • Go fishing
  • Watch the sunset
  • Get those windows open
  • Watch the FA Cup Final
  • Jump in some puddles if it rains
  • Get plenty of fun
  • Get outdoors
  • Eat outdoors
  • Wear your shorts
  • Pack away the winter woollies

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Learning Spanish - this week's full list

  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio
  • key - llaves
  • dunes - dunas
  • home - casa
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Jump - saltar
  • May - mayo
  • October - octubre
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Leg - pierna
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Six - seis
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Seven - siete
  • July - julio
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Eight - ocho
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Woman - mujer
  • Night - noche
  • Another - otro
  • September - septiembre
  • Hands - manos
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
  • Black - negro
  • Bread - pan de molde
  • April - abril
  • Five - cinco
  • Sand - arena
  • Hot - caliente
  • Ear - oreja
  • Dark - oscuro
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Flowers - flores
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Feet - pies
  • December - diciembre
  • Cake - pastel
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Dress - el vestido
  • Year - año
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - cuatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

My Top 10 Rich Smoothies


  • Strawberry shortcake 
  • Cherry vanilla
  • Creamsicle
  • Mexican coffee
  • Chocolate banana
  • Oatmeal cookie
  • Peanut butter, honey and banana
  • Mango and honey
  • White chocolate and raspberry
  • Chocolate nutella smoothie

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

My New Retro Single of the Week - Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence

My new Retro single of the week is Depeche Mode with 'Enjoy the Silence'.

Now back in the day, I was quite the Dep Mode fan myself, and 'Enjoy the Silence' was right up there as one of my favourites. In making it my retro single of the week, I listened again, and watched the slightly bonkers video, and was reminded how great this song is even after all these years.

'Enjoy the Silence' was released in 1990, and was taken from their album of that year Violator. It was an iconic image of a red rose on a black background on the album, and this single had the same rose image in white against a blue background. You would have had to look hard to find a corner somewhere back in the 90's where that image was not on a poster or a t-shirt!

Depeche were an English band, led by Dave Gahan on vocals. The band themselves were the very height of cool back then - think black leather, quirky videos and rock and roll personas. We wanted to be like them - personally, I wasn't!

The video seemed a bit odd at the time, but seems even more so now looking back. Basically, lead singer Gahan, dressed in a king's robes and crown, wandering about with a deckchair in various isolated locations like lakes and mountains. Fits the song though - maybe he was just trying to actually find a quiet place to enjoy the silence, as the song suggests.

The lyrics to this song are quite dark but somehow beautiful. "all i ever wanted, all I ever needed, is here, in my arms, words are very unnecessary they can only do harm". Sung in Gahan's deep tones, it sounds sultry.

Depeche Mode were very into the electronic synth sound, but their sound was quite unique and stand out. They were definitely more dark and sinister sounding than many of their bubbly pop contemporaries!

I think this song still sounds as great and as morose as ever. Well worth a listen either to reminisce or to listen for the first time. Let me know what you think.

For more of my singles of the week, retro choices and loads more music stuff, you can check out My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

16 Retro Singles of the Week - but what will be next?

#16 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
#15 Simply Red - Holding Back the Years
#14 Stiltskin - Inside
#13 George Michael - Fast Love
#12 Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
#11 Duran Duran - Wild Boys
#10 The Human League - Don't You Want Me
#9 Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved
#8 The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
#7 Radiohead - Karma Police
#6 Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
#5 REM - Everybody Hurts
#4 Shakespears Sister
#3 Elbow - One Day Like This
#2 Baz Luhrman - Sunscreen
#1 No Doubt - Don't Speak 1997

Monday, 29 May 2017

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Going for it now - feel the burn? everything burns...

Its now less than 2 weeks until Barcelona, which means my training just notched up a ramp. I have quite a way to go still to get anywhere near target weight, but that doesn't mean I am going to ease up - I can still make improvements if I keep going for the next 2 weeks.

Here is today's gruelling session:

  • 0.2 mile warm up walk on treadmill
  • 50 star jumps
  • 50 knee up jumps
  • 50 punches with weights
  • Shoulder routine:
    • 5 sets of 2 arm rotations forward and back each arm with weight
    • Military dumbbells - warm up set of 10, then 4 sets - 2 x 12 reps, 2 x 10 reps
    • 90 degree lateral raise - 2 x 15 reps, 1 x 10 reps, drop set 1 x 15 reps
    • arnold campbell dumbbell press - 3 sets of 12 reps
    • front raises - 3 x 20 alternating, 1 x 10 alternating plus doubles
    • dumbbell upright rows - 3 x 20 reps, 1 x 24 reps 
  • 0.2 mile jog on treadmill
  • 500 abs
  • 50 squat jumps
  • 30 burpees
  • 60 squats
  • 40 dog leg raises
  • 40 donkey leg raises
  • 0.3 mile jog
  • 50 butt kicks
  • kettle bell swings - 15 reps at 12kg, 2 x 12 repa at 16kg, 1 x 11 reps at 16kg
  • 50 push ups
  • 50 tricep dips
  • 14 kneeling to upright lunges with weights
  • side to side lengths with side lunges - 10 lengths
  • 20 inner thigh pulses 
  • 15 front kicks each leg
  • 20 inner thigh raise
  • 20 outer thigh raise
  • 20 sumo squat on raised step box
  • 6 plank walks
  • 5 minutes on stepper
  • 50 ski walk jumps
  • 50 box burpees
  • 10 knee lifts on 2 step boxes per leg
  • 10 box squat jumps
  • 0.6 mile run / sprint
Phewf! 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Learning Spanish - this weeks learning

This weeks learning:


  • Summer - el verano
  • February - febrero
  • Pillow - almohada


Weather:
  • Cloud - nube
  • Sun - sol
  • Winter - invierno
  • Cold - frio
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Windy ventoso
  • Umbrella - paraguas
Time:
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening Buenas Noches
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Night - noche
Days, Weeks, Months:
  • Monday - lunes
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Thursday - jueves
  • Friday - viernes
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Sunday - domingo
  • January - enero
  • March - marzo
  • April - abril
  • May - mayo
  • June - junio
  • July - julio
  • August - agosto
  • September - septiembre
  • October - octubre
  • November - noviembre
  • December - diciembre
  • Spring - primavera
  • Autumn - el otoño

Colours:
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Gold - oro
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Brown - marrón
  • Green - verde
  • Black - negro
Food & Drink:
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Ice - hielo
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Cake - pastel
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • The Menu - La carta
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Bread - pan de molde
Holidays:
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Shower - ducha
  • Swim - nadar
  • Bathroom el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Beach - La playa
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Sand - arena
  • dunes - dunas
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
Numbers, dates, years:
  • One - uno
  • Two - dos
  • Three - tres
  • Four - cuatro
  • Five - cinco
  • Six - seis
  • Seven - siete
  • Eight - ocho
  • Nine - nueve
  • Ten diez
  • Year - año
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
People and body:
  • Man - hombre
  • Woman - mujer
  • Back - espalda
  • Ear - oreja
  • Hair - cabello
  • Feet - pies
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Leg - pierna
  • Hands - manos
  • Eyes - ojos
Animals:
  • Cat - gato
  • Dog - perro
Clothing:
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Dress - el vestido

General:
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Big - grande
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Money - dinero
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Seat - asiento
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Good - bueno
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Hello - Hola
  • Goodbye - Adios
  • Soap - jabon
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Flowers - flores
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Bed - cama
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Hot - caliente
  • Dark - oscuro
  • key - llave
  • home - casa
  • Jump - saltar
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Another - otro
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
Christmas Special 
  • trifle - nimiedad
  • reindeer - reno
  • santa - de santa
  • turkey - Turquía
  • advent - adviento
  • tinsel - oropel
  • fairy lights - luces de hadas
  • presents - regalos
  • family - familia
  • Christmas - Navidad
  • Christmas tree - árbol de Navidad
  • snow - nieve

Adele Day 1 - Hello

So for my first choice of my week with Adele is the utterly fabulous 'Hello'.

Adele is a huge talent with a huge voice, and its never been better showcased than in this particular song. 'Hello' will most likely go down in history as one of the best songs of all time.

Released back in 2015, 'Hello' was the lead single from her third album 25. Unsurprisingly, it hit the number 1 spot in the UK singles chart, not to mention virtually everywhere else in the world, giving her a second number 1 to date at the time.

'Hello' is a very pure, clean song, and in that I mean its just piano, drums and vocals - no synth, no effects - just her raw talent. And raw too is the content - its like she's speaking to an ex, years later, lessons learned and moved on, but still remembering that things ended badly. Most of us have that experience behind us, one way or another.

The simplicity and the power of this song, combine with her beyond comparison vocals, to hit one powerful note - emotionally, metaphorically and in reality. The accompanying video adds to the effect, in black and white and simple and powerful. Adele looks mesmerising and beautiful.

This is a sort of pop soul ballad, but like none other. She puts such range and emotion into each note, and it just lifts you off your feet and takes you somewhere. Adele is such a huge vocalist, but it doesn't overpower - it envelops you, and makes you feel wonderful.

So there we have it, my first song choice of 7. Check back for my next choice, or check out my Music page for more of my previous choices, singles of the week and more. Loved listening to this again - still amazing. Go remind yourself - happy listening :)

28 Weeks Later


Week 28 - Morrissey
Piccadilly Palare
How Soon is Now
Shoplifters of the World Unite
Suedehead
Panic
This Charming Man
The Boy With the Thorn in his Side
Morrissey


Week 27 - My Week with INXS
Mystify
Never Tear Us Apart
Suicide Blonde
Need You Tonight
New Sensation
Disappear
Devil Inside
INXS

Week 26 - My Week Goldfrapp
Black Cherry
A & E
Strict Machine
Ride a White Horse
Number 1
Happiness
Ooh La La
Goldfrapp 

Week 25 - My Week with The Kaiser Chiefs
I Predict A Riot
Coming Home
Little Shocks
Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Never Miss a Beat
Ruby
Love's Not a Competition
The Kaiser Chiefs

Week 24 - My Week with The Killers
Mr Brightside
Spaceman
Read my Mind
Smile Like You Mean It
Human
Runaways
Somebody Told Me
The Killers

Week 23 - My Week with Paloma Faith
Only Love Can Hurt Like This
New York
Stone Cold Sober
Changing
Never Tear Us Apart
Just Be
Upside Down
Paloma Faith

Week 22 - My Week with Taylor Swift
Love Story
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
22
Everything Has Changed
I Knew you were trouble
Shake it Off
Blank Space
Taylor Swift

Week 21 - My Week with Kate Bush
Babooshka
This Woman's Work
The Man with the Child in his Eyes
Hounds of Love
Don't Give Up
Running Up That Hill
Wuthering Heights
Kate Bush

Week 20 - My Week with Kylie
Spinning Around
Kids
Slow
Can't Get You Out of My Head
Where the Wild Roses Grow
All the Lovers
I Believe in You
Kylie Minogue

Week 19 - My Week with Amy Winehouse
Love is a Losing Game
Rehab
Valerie
Back to Black
Our Day Will Come
Tears Dry on Their Own
You Know I'm no Good
Amy Winehouse

Week 18 - My Week with Foo Fighters
My Hero
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
All My Life
Best of You
Everlong
Rope
Foo Fighters

Week 17 - My Week with Justin Timberlake
Cry Me a River
Sexy Back
Mirrors
Holy Grail
Rock Your Body
Take Back the Night
4 minutes
Justin Timberlake

Week 16 - My Week with Calvin Harris
Feel So Close
Acceptable in the 80's
You Used to Hold Me
Bounce
Summer
Sweet Nothing
Drinking from the Bottle
Calvin Harris

Week 15 - My Week with Madonna
Vogue
Into the Groove
Frozen
Hung Up
Like a Prayer
Beautiful Stranger
Hollywood
Madonna

Week 14 - My Week with Arctic Monkeys
I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor
Snap Out of It
Fluorescent Adolescent
Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High
Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair
Arabella
One For The Road
Arctic Monkeys

Week 13 - My Week with REM
Stand
Everybody Hurts
Losing My Religion
The Great Beyond
The One I Love
Bad Day
Its the End of The World As We Know It
REM

Week 12 - My Week with Coldplay
Yellow
The Scientist
Paradise
Fix You
Trouble
A Sky Full of Stars
The Hardest Part
Coldplay

Week 11 - My Week with Britney
Toxic
Hit Me Baby One More Time
Piece of Me
Scream and Shout
Oops I Did it Again
Womaniser
I'm A Slave for U
Britney Spears

Week 10 - My Week with the Rolling Stones
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Ruby Tuesday
Paint it Black
Start Me Up
She's A Rainbow
Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones

Week 9 - My Week with Rihanna
We Found Love
Umbrella
S&M
Love the Way you Lie
Diamonds
Disturbia
Russian Roulette
Rihanna

Week 8 - My Week with Robbie Williams
Misunderstood
Shame
She's the One
Rock DJ
Angels
Come Undone
Candy
Robbie Williams

Week 7 - My Week with Kings of Leon
Wait for Me
Radioactive
Use Somebody
Supersoaker
Molly's Chambers
Pyro
Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon

Week 6 - Pink
Trouble
Who Knew
Try
Just Like a Pill
So What
Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
Raise Your Glass
All About Pink

Week 5 - My Week with Take That
Never Forget
Rule The World
The Flood
Greatest Day
Back for Good
Patience
Could it Be Magic
It's Take That!

Week 4 - My Week with Beyonce
XO
Beautiful Liar
If I Were a Boy
Love on Top
Bootylicious
Single Ladies (put a ring on it)
Crazy in Love
R&B / pop icon - Beyonce!

Week 3 - My Week with Oasis
The Importance of Being Idle
Half the World Away
D'You Know What I mean
Go Let it Out
Some Might Say
Live Forever
Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Classic Rock & Roll Music - Oasis

Week 2 - My Week with the Stereophonics
It Means Nothing
Local Boy in a Photograph
Mr Writer
Maybe Tomorrow
Dakota
Pick a Part That's New
the Bartender and the Thief
Classic Music - Stereophonics

Week 1 - My Week with Blondie
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Blondie - Call Me
Blondie - Atomic
Blondie - Sunday Girl
Blondie - Dreaming
Blondie - Hanging on the Telephone
Blondie - Rapture
Classic Music - Blondie

My Week With Adele Begins

So here we go - my week with Adele begins. But first, lets have a look at where this mega talent came from and how she got to where she is.

Adele's full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. Who knew? When you only need your first name for everyone to know who you are, noone ever learns your surname but there it is. Amazingly, born in 1988, Adele is still very young even though she seems to have been around forever! 

Now Adele is English, she is from Tottenham, London. She was always into her music, writing her hit song 'Hometown Glory' when she was just 16. She attended the BRIT school for performing arts. When she graduated, she recorded a couple of demo songs which got heard, and she got her first contract in 2006. 

She performed live a number of times, before her debut album was released in 2008 and she immediately hit the charts. Her album 19, her first, hit the number one spot in the album charts. Chasing Pavements was the first song I ever heard from Adele, and it reached number 2 in the singles chart. A superstar was born. 

Her second album came out in 2011 - 21. Unsurprisingly, it went to number one in the albums chart. Rolling in the Deep was the first single from the album, and reached number 2 in the UK singles chart, but also started her megastardom in the US. It was her second single from the album that reached number one - the amazing 'Someone Like You'. 

In 2012, Adele released the James Bond theme 'Skyfall'. Her third studio album came out in 2015 - 25. It became that year's best selling album, and the lead single 'Hello' hit the number one spot in the UK and in the US. 

Sell out tours, and her latest tour continuing well into 2017, culminating in her hometown London in the summer, mean Adele is at the top of her game. Worldwide success, and personal happiness for Adele - marriage and a child, plus charity work, mean she is a 100% success but still keeps it real. When she speaks, she is down to earth. For all her fame and fortune, she is a genuine person and that is what makes us love her all the more. 

I shall choose just seven of her tracks for my week with the wonderful Adele - reviewing each, then deciding which of her music thus far is at the top of the list, according to me of course!! 

I am looking forward to this - the only problem is choosing just 7! Pop back to find out which make the list. :) 

All these films that I have seen 10 #133

Here are my next 10 films in my ongoing project to discover just how many films I have seen:

The Calling
Chained
Zulu (2015)
John Carter
Die Hard 4 - Live Free or Die Hard
Die Hard 5 - A Good Day to Die Hard
Blind Date
Hudson Hawk
Loaded Weapon 1
Rugrats Go Wild

Here are all the previous ones:
 

films #1             films #45             films #89
films #2             films #46             films #90
films #3             films #47             films #91
films #4             films #48             films #92
films #5             films #49             films #93
films #6             films #50             films #94
films #7             films #51             films #95
films #8             films #52             films #96
films #9             films #53             films #97
films #10           films #54             films #98
films #11           films #55             films #99
films #12           films #56             films #100
films #13           films #57             films #101
films #14           films #58             films #102
films #15           films #59             films #103
films #16           films #60             films #104
films #17           films #61             films #105
films #18           films #62             films #106
films #19           films #63             films #107
films #20           films #64             films #108
films #21           films #65             films #109
films #22           films #66             films #110
films #23           films #67             films #111
films #24           films #68             films #112
films #25           films #69             films #113
films #26           films #70             films #114
films #27           films #71             films #115
films #28           films #72             films #116
films #29           films #73             films #117
films #30           films #74             films #118
films #31           films #75             films #119
films #32           films #76             films #120
films #33           films #77             films #121
films #34           films #78             films #122
films #35           films #79             films #123
films #36           films #80             films #124
films #37           films #81             films #125
films #38           films #82             films #126
films #39           films #83             films #127
films #40           films #84             films #128
films #41           films #85             films #129
films #42           films #86             films #130
films #43           films #87             films #131
films #44           films #88             films #132

Who knew there would be so many!! 1320 so far. Wow.

Friday, 26 May 2017

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Summer Activities - have some fun in the sun ( or in the rain)

  • Picnic in the park
  • Paddling in a stream / river
  • Making sandcastles on the beach
  • Horseriding
  • Cinema (when it rains - inevitable really)
  • Bake some cakes
  • Make Sushi
  • Play Monopoly
  • Go for a walk
  • Visit a castle
  • Feed the ducks
  • Tye die some old t-shirts
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Treasure hunt
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Write a story
  • Read a book
  • Do some crafts
  • Play Twister
  • Have a water fight
  • Go white water rafting
  • Hire a canal boat
  • Build a pond
  • Gardening
  • BBQ
  • Go to the Zoo
  • Go to a theme park
  • Do some art
  • Make cupcakes
  • Catch a bus someplace new
  • Catch a train someplace new
  • Learn to sew
  • Go to a museum
  • Do a jigsaw
  • Make a den
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Go swimming
  • See old friends
  • Fly a kite
  • Cook something new
  • Make a collage
  • Go to the seaside
  • Go to a market
  • Go to a carboot
  • Make ice cream
  • Have strawberries and cream
  • Eat breakfast outdoors
  • Go fishing
  • Drink wine!!
  • Make Sangria
  • Make ice lollies
  • Sunbathe
  • Make popcorn
  • Watch a movie outside

New Word of the Week - Perturbation

Perturbation

  • the act of perturbing.
  • the state of being perturbed.
  • mental disquiet, disturbance, or agitation.
  • a cause of mental disquiet, disturbance, or agitation.
  • Astronomy. deviation of a celestial body from a regular orbit about its primary, caused by the presence of one or more other bodies that act upon the celestial body.


definition derived from dictionary.com

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35 Words of the Week

Gregarious
Symbiosis
Incongruous
Lascivious
Negociant
Propitious
Commodious
Veneration
Pulchritudinous
10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial
23 Archetype
24 Pastiche
25 Disquietude
26 Rapacity
27 Metamorphose
28 Auspicious
29 Salacious
30 Chicanery
31 Byzantine
32 Capricious
33 Peregrination
34 Assemblage
35 Indecorous

Its hot - hoorah!

Phewf its been a warm one today! Typically, we were working outside though, and not just lazing about sunning it up. Still - much more pleasant gardening in the mid 20 's than in previous months where frost bite felt like a real possibility!

It always amuses me though, when we get a hot spell here in the UK. Everyone goes summer mad temporarily - you see the legs come out ( ladies) the top come off (men), often not having seen the sun for quite some time. Then you see those same backs, arms and legs sporting a lovely shade of bright red after an afternoon outdoors with no suncream on!

Most of us have done it, but you hope to learn your lesson. Some of us do, some of us don't. Then there is the mad rush for the BBQ stuff. I guarantee this weekend burgers, sausages and baps will run short. People will be buying beer by the crate, and bottles of spirits for cocktails as we speak!

Its like a frenzy comes over everyone - suns out - BBQ on! Nothing wrong with it, just so a sign of the lack of decent weather we endure. One of the joys of Blighty, but I love it.

So it's hot - hoorah! We all think - the we overeat, over drink, stay up too late making the most of the light nights, get burnt and its a huge amount of fun. :)

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Learning Spanish - 3 new words

This weeks learning:
  • Nine - nueve
  • Eyes - ojos
  • June - junio

Weather:
  • Cloud - nube
  • Sun - sol
  • Winter - invierno
  • Cold - frio
  • Rain - lluvia
  • Windy ventoso
  • Umbrella - paraguas
Time:
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening Buenas Noches
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Night - noche
Days, Weeks, Months:
  • Monday - lunes
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Thursday - jueves
  • Friday - viernes
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Sunday - domingo
  • January - enero
  • March - marzo
  • April - abril
  • May - mayo
  • July - julio
  • August - agosto
  • September - septiembre
  • October - octubre
  • November - noviembre
  • December - diciembre
  • Spring - primavera
  • Autumn - el otoño

Colours:
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Gold - oro
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Brown - marrón
  • Green - verde
  • Black - negro
Food & Drink:
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Ice - hielo
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Spicy - picante
  • Kettle - tetera
  • Cake - pastel
  • Cooking - cocina
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • The Menu - La carta
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Breakfast - desayuno
  • Rice - arroz
  • Vegetarian - vegetariano
  • Butter - mantequilla
  • Sandwich - emparedado
  • Bread - pan de molde
Holidays:
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Shower - ducha
  • Swim - nadar
  • Bathroom el baño
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Beach - La playa
  • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
  • Sand - arena
  • dunes - dunas
  • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
Numbers, dates, years:
  • One - uno
  • Two - dos
  • Three - tres
  • Four - cuatro
  • Five - cinco
  • Six - seis
  • Seven - siete
  • Eight - ocho
  • Ten diez
  • Year - año
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
People and body:
  • Man - hombre
  • Woman - mujer
  • Back - espalda
  • Ear - oreja
  • Hair - cabello
  • Feet - pies
  • Stomach - estómago
  • Leg - pierna
  • Hands - manos
Animals:
  • Cat - gato
  • Dog - perro
Clothing:
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Dress - el vestido

General:
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Big - grande
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Money - dinero
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Seat - asiento
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Good - bueno
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Hello - Hola
  • Goodbye - Adios
  • Soap - jabon
  • Like - me gusta
  • Sick - enfermo
  • Flowers - flores
  • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
  • Door - puerta
  • My name is - me llamo
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Bed - cama
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Hot - caliente
  • Dark - oscuro
  • key - llave
  • home - casa
  • Jump - saltar
  • Thirsty - sediento
  • Hungry - hambriento
  • Moon - luna
  • I don't know - no lo sé
  • Tired - cansado
  • Speak - hablar
  • Mirror - espejo
  • Small - pequeña
  • Amazing - asombroso
  • Toilet - inodoro
  • Excuse me - disculpe
  • Tasty - sabroso
  • Mountain - montaña
  • How far is - que tan lejos esta
  • Waves - olas
  • Roof - techo
  • Blanket - cobija
  • Forgot - olvidó
  • Another - otro
  • Flight - vuelo
  • Laugh - risa
  • Sing - canta
  • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
  • Spoon - cuchara
Christmas Special 
  • trifle - nimiedad
  • reindeer - reno
  • santa - de santa
  • turkey - Turquía
  • advent - adviento
  • tinsel - oropel
  • fairy lights - luces de hadas
  • presents - regalos
  • family - familia
  • Christmas - Navidad
  • Christmas tree - árbol de Navidad
  • snow - nieve