Friday, 31 October 2014

Film Friday: Gone Girl

I'd been looking forward to seeing Gone Girl for a while as David Fincher was directing, and the book got such rave reviews. Fincher is known for Seven, Zodiac and The Social Network and there are elements of each in Gone Girl. Ben Affleck plays a husband who arrives home one day to find his wife Amy missing. The film then explores their relationship using flashbacks and Amy's diary entries. But all is not what it seems..

I thought the film was really gripping, it really drew you in and Ben Affleck was brilliant in portraying the uncaring husband, throughout the film you can't quite work out whether you're on his side or not. I didn't enjoy the second half of the film quite as much though, I found the plot got a bit hard to believe towards the end and wasn't keen on the ending. But I enjoyed Gone Girl and would definitely recommend it. Have you read the book or seen the film? Let me know what you made of it!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Turkish Delight

Tonight I'm combating the horrible weather outside by playing some old Justin Timberlake and looking through some holiday snaps taken last week when Tom and I headed for a break in Kalkan, Turkey. We're not usually ones for 'relaxing' holidays spent lounging by the pool but I have to admit it was brilliant to escape our daily schedules and spend a week in the sunshine doing not much more more than reading, swimming and eating nice food! Tom's dad recently bought a flat there with an amazing view of the sea below, we felt very lucky indeed to have chance to stay there. It all seems quite far away now however... time to start snuggling up on the sofa with a good film and a hot chocolate I think!

Some memories of Turkey...

- Spotting little fishes swimming near my feet in the clear blue sea
- Stray dogs sleeping on the pavements
- Spotting pomegranate, lime and olive trees
- Beautiful pink bougainvillea trees 
- Watching lightning light up the clouds across the mountains
- Breakfasts of fresh yogurt, melon, pomegranate and honey
- The sound of the call to prayer from the Mosque in the distance
- Delicious hot Turkish tea, sheltering from a sudden rainstorm


Sunday, 5 October 2014

24 Hours in Nottingham

Yesterday I welcomed Leicester-based bloggers Janet, B & E for a wander around Nottingham. It was the perfect chance to visit some new places that have recently opened up here, including an amazing sweetshop and a Berlin-themed bar complete with photobooth. If you find yourself in Nottingham for a day here are a few places that are not to be missed.

First up is a trip to the wonderful Hopkinson, an antiques & arts centre handily located opposite Nottingham train station. Hopkinson is a real treasure trove of vintage goodies spread across 4 floors. As well as antiques the ground floor is home to a cafe while the basement is full of furniture (including some rather nice old theatre chairs), toys, buttons, letterpress blocks, scrabble tiles and other bits and bobs. Upstairs you'll find sewing goodies and vintage material, beautiful '50s frocks, cameras, jars and other quirky finds. And finally on the top floor there is a gallery space, where you can buy art supplies and zines.

Next up was a trip to Nottingham's newest sweet-shop The Treat Kitchen. Even if you're not the biggest sweet fan it's hard not to swoon over that window display. I picked up a pouch of crunchy rhubarb-crumble sweets, yum!

Nottingham is home to a wealth of cosy cafes and tea shops, but if it's cake you're after the new Edin's Patisserie in Hockley has a great selection. I opted for a brownie this time but on my last visit went for a huge hunk of the chocolate & apricot cake which was pretty impressive.

If you wander around Hockley you'll find a range of independent shops and charity shops including White Rose, Oxfam and Sue Ryder. There's also Wild Clothing and Cow if you're looking for vintage clothing. Lee Rosy's tea shop on Broad Street is good for a brew as is the Jam Cafe nearby.

By now we were in need of a bit of refreshment so headed to Das Kino, a new bar that's popped up opposite Yo Sushi in the Lace Market. As you can tell from its name, the bar is themed around a German cinema and houses an old photobooth in the entrance (although the prints are digital), and ping pong tables in the back. It can get pretty busy in there though so get there early if you want a table. To end the day we all crammed into the booth for a photo - although were caught unawares in the first shot, oops!

It was a lovely day in Nottingham which went by in a flash. Our only regret was missing out on the metre-long pizza at Das Kino which looked amazing... it's definitely on the list for next time!

See also: Top 5 quirky Nottingham pubs, Nottingham's top 5 curry houses.
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