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Holly
28 July 2005 @ 09:39 pm
To be honest, I have no actual reason for an update, my life is incredibly empty at the moment. And as if knowing how lazy I've been recently, today I received a package from my French teacher at college - a ton of work to do over the summer, which will keep certainly keep me busy for a while. I've felt exhausted lately, I have no energy to do anything. Simple things are such an effort to do. And is it normal to have over 12 hours sleep a day? Because it's getting me down, and it really doesn't help when your mother says it's because you don't do anything. God, it's like one big vicious circle!

The one bright spot of my week was a postcard from a friend who's in Italy at the moment. Vanessa used to be the French assistant in my class, and she's one of the sweetest people I know. I miss her a lot.

Oh, and my inspiration finally came back! I scrapped all the Gwyneth icons, just because I hated the results, but I'm working on a set for a new icon community by call_me_daisy called indieworldicons. So yes, I'm shamelessly pimping that, as her icons are damn gorgeous!

One last thing, Talitha, in your entry I wasn't sure whether you wanted the song or the video clip from House, of Massive Attack's Teardrop (that was probably me not reading it properly.) But I have the song if you still want it. :-)

Considering I had nothing to write about, I've still managed to ramble lots. ::rolls eyes::
 
 
Holly
21 July 2005 @ 08:54 pm
I don't know why, but it seems that some comments aren't appearing on my friends list, which is very strange. I apologise to medullaxemb morenaclara and I have a lot of catching up to do!
 
 
Holly
14 July 2005 @ 07:29 pm
The Emmy nominations are in, and I'm so happy for Ian McShane and Hugh Laurie particularly. Yay for the British guys! Also, I'm pleased that Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross got their nods, because they totally deserve it too.

In other news, my family and I have finally been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, and purchased a digital box. So I have spent a very pleasant day watching some good (and not so good) television, and I had my first experience of Sports Night! I have a feeling that it may become an addiction, hehe! I love it. :D

Recently I've been going through a lack of inspiration for icons, everything I do just seems really rubbish. I've been mainly trying out new things, seeing what works and what doesn't, and generally trying to expand my icon making knowledge. Sometimes it's so frustrating, but I guess it's true that the only way to improve is with time and practice. So I shouldn't complain really, because I do try :-)

I was going to do the sex meme, but I'll save that for another day. Especially since The Royal Tenenbaums is on on Saturday, I've never seen it, and I have an inkling that a character or two may creep into my top ten. ;-)
 
 
Holly
07 July 2005 @ 05:11 pm
Today is the day that I had feared so much would happen, as many other people probably did too. It's a horrible day for Britain, absolutely hideous.
I feel so helpless. I'm not in London (couple of hours away, in fact) but it's scary that an attack like this can happen near to you. It kind of puts things into perspective.

My thoughts are with London.
 
 
Holly
01 July 2005 @ 08:53 pm
Today I've been preparing an English Literature essay on:

"The fragility of women in Virginia Woolf's "Mrs Dalloway" and "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham."

We have to choose our own books to compare and the theme, and I'm so pleased with my choice. It needs a bit of working on, but I think this is going to be a very interesting project. I just love how college gives you this kind of freedom!

Yesterday I finished reading "The Da Vinci Code". I had put of reading it because, quite simply, I had thought that with all the acclaim, it wouldn't live up to the massive hype. But it was actually such a compelling read. I just couldn't put it down! I liked the twists and turns of the mystery, plus the depths to the characters, especially of Silas, who was such a fascinating person. Maybe it's just me though, but at times it seemed to try to be too clever for it's own good, too overly complicated. I couldn't help thinking that it seemed a little too convenient in parts (particularly of religion, mythology etc) Also, the pace was often incredibly fast, which worked well sometimes in creating suspense, but there were other times when I wanted description! And to say "Hold on to this moment for a minute!" But I suppose this meant that the book is an impatient person's perfect read ;) Anyway, the positives truly outweighed the negatives, and I thought it was a very enjoyable read. As I said, I couldn't put it down! :D

In other news, I totally covet this sweater. I can dream! ::cries::
 
 
 
Holly
25 June 2005 @ 05:19 pm
I had an argument with my sister earlier, and it's eating me up. She's 13yo, so at the age where the whole world is against her, and she's never wrong. Except, in this case she so was wrong, and her cockiness totally crossed the line. I don't know what to do, I hate that we're not talking, but what she said was awful, and I just don't feel I can back down on this one. ::le sigh:: I'm sure we'll sort it out eventually, but I get the feeling it may get uglier before it gets better.

On a nicer subject, Marcia was so gorgeous on "Richard and Judy" yesterday. Really radiant, and all kinds of sexy. The interview itself was kind of lame, but that was Richard/Judy's fault for their dumb questions, not Marcia's. There was just nothing new, it was the same questions that have been asked before, so very repetitive. And Richard seemed to have a deep concern for her weight, which Marcia expertly laughed off, but was totally honest at the same time, which was refreshing. And the way she said "pasta", stretching the "a" ::melts:: Maybe it's wrong that I take notice of things like this.
I liked that she was interviewed first for 10 minutes before the others came on at the end. But two things that pissed me off:

* The amount of clips they showed. It was as though every time they ran out of questions to ask, they just cut to a clip. It was fun to see them again, but another 10 minutes of valuable interview time was wasted! Urgh!

* Richard is probably the most insensitive person in the world. Between his questions about Marcia's weight and the Vanity Fair incident, I don't think he could have chosen a more embarassing set of questions if he'd tried. Plus, he kept interrupting, not letting them give their answers to his incredibly rubbish questions!

Anyway, it was just incredible to see the guys on British television, even if the interviewers weren't the greatest (understatement there!).
__mercury actually met Marcia after the show, as she went outside. Apparently, her minder didn't want her to stay, and tried to usher her straight into the car, but Marcia actually stayed and signed some autographs for a while, which I thought was very sweet. I like that she made a few people very happy, just with her presence.

Summer, to me, is two things: Wimbledon and Glastonbury. Sadly, I've never been to either, but one day, for sure! But I, like the majority of the country, is simultaneously cheering on the British hopeful Andrew Murray, and adoring the gorgeousness that is Glastonbury. The White Stripes set last night was, fucking amazing. Ahhhh, to be British in the summer!
 
 
Holly
24 June 2005 @ 08:28 pm

I finally saw "Notre Musique" on Wednesday night, and it was...and experience. It's true, some parts are very powerful, others beautiful (the "Heaven" section particularly), but a lot of the time it was just so confusing. I'm not a philosophy student, so a lot of it most probably went right over my head. I detested the "Hell" part - which I guess was kind of the point. I think the images were supposed to be shocking, and they were for a while, but this section went on too long. The really loud, clancky music here was really effective at first too, when it first came on I almost jumped out of my seat, but in the end it became quite annoying. The "Pergatory" part was my favourite section, I enjoyed the parallel stories of the two women, who were heading in completely opposite directions. I also liked (and understood!) the conference Godard gave, explaining the two faces of truth, which was very strong. I totally believed what he was saying, which was important in a speech like that, I think.

There were moments that showed the work of a true genius, but a lot of the time I really struggled with what was going on. Some things just didn't seem to connect for me at all. However, the acting was amazing (especially the woman who played Olga), there were sections that were, visually, gorgeous, and it gave me the opportunity to listen to French.  

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Holly
21 June 2005 @ 08:46 pm
Yesterday I went to Stratford, which is always really beautiful, and went to see "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the theatre. It's probably one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, so I was kind of anxious about how it work. I shouldn't have worried, it was brilliant, so funny. It was quite clever too, as Bottom and the troup of actors spoke with West Midlands accent. As someone who's accent is (sadly) this one, I guess it could have been offensive, but it totally wasn't. It was cringe worthy to think that I speak a little like that (but certainly not as exaggerated!) ::cries:: My only criticism was the actor who played Titania, she just wasn't ethereal and regal enough, but I suspect that this may be because I can only really imagine Michelle Pfeiffer in the role.
Anyway, it was silly, fun, and so enjoyable. The guy who played Oberon was particularly incredible - he was everything Titania was not, powerful, mysterious, and actually quite sexy ;)

Today I went to French class, and found I was the only one that showed up! So instead of doing "real" work, I sat with my two tutors and talked, drank wine (how French!), and watched "Les Visiteurs", which I hadn't seen before, but is so funny. I have a ton of Jean Reno love. :D

Okay, so it can't possibly beat llama walking, but I've had a really nice couple days.
 
 
Holly
I admit it. I've developed a potentially unhealthy liking for Melrose Place. It's just, crazy Kimberly rocks my world! But whoever decides that it should be on at 4.30am should be shot though, I'm so tired! At the risk of sounding totally fan girly, I have to say that even though Peter is just using Kimberly to help him keep his license, they are so good together. I wanted to hug Kimberly when she says to him:

"You know, for years I've been trying to get invited to this event, but now, all I want is to go home and jump your bones."

It's so dirty that I wanted to do more than just hug her. ::blushes:: But Marcia's delivery of the line was just perfect. When isn't she though? :D
Plus it's really weird to see Doug Savant in a role that isn't Tom Scavo, but I do love poor, trusting Gay Matt. According to a reply I received from Channel 5 a few days ago, they don't have the rights to Season 4, which is, from what I've read, the best season. I'll be so disappointed if they don't eventually get them.

I'll be back at college on Monday, but only for the week, as a kind of preperation for next year. Actually, it will e good to motivate my brain again, I've become so lazy ::hangs head:: Also I've lost lots of the French I knew, just forgotten it, and in less than a month, and this worries me a little. I need to start revising again, because I haven't been practicising much at all.
On Monday I'm also going to Stratford, which should be really fun. I'm so excited, I'm going with my English Lit class to see "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in theatre. I went last year to see "Romeo and Juliet", and totally loved it, so I'm sure I'll have a great time. I'm hoping to go see a production in Staffordshire at the open air festival too. I'm such a Shakespeare whore ;)

Last week I went shopping for my summer wardrobe, and have not a lot of money now. It's a big deal for me actually, as I'm usually so careful with money, but I went completely crazy and bought a ton of stuff. So I'm broke, but happy. (makes note: it's time to go get a job, methinks)

Oh, Talitha, I want to thank you! I read one of your posts whilst browsing (I think it was in an Isabelle Huppert community), and you mentioned getting more difficult to locate films through a video club, on a free trial. What a brilliant idea! Thanks, I'm totally going to that.

Oohh, and how cool is "House"? I didn't see the episode on Thursday, but the one before was great. Hugh Laurie is my (new) love. :D
 
 
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Holly
15 June 2005 @ 02:42 pm

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