Day 28 β€” 10 People You Admire

Without any preamble…

1. John Barrowman

*beams* So much lovely. Here is a man who is the perfect example of always looking at life’s positives, living it to the full, and following your dreams. John is such an inspiring role model, especially through the support he provides for LGBT and for musically-talented people. And playing a hero like Captain Jack – it’s natural that people look up to him! He’s a truly genuine person, which can easily be seen in his books. Actually, after reading them, I really did feel like John’s best friend πŸ˜€ Wonderful actor, stunning singer… a beautiful soul.

2. J.K. Rowling

Bet you guessed this one, right? πŸ˜‰ Good old J.K. is the perfect picture of writerly success. She never gave up, even though she had many publishing houses turn her down – how gutted they must be now! Slaved away, plotting and writing for years! Ooohh, and the whole image of her writing in a cafe… heheheee. A very romantic idea of a writer, love it! πŸ˜€ And, well – she gave the world Harry, and Hogwarts! How could we not admire her?

3. Billie Joe Armstrong

Aaaah! Too awesome. Love his lyrics, love his voice… he’s really an awesome rock musician. And the fact that Green Day have been together for over 20 years now, with only one band member change after their first album – so, aaaages ago! – wow… simply amazing! And hell, Billie Joe is just so darn good looking… πŸ˜‰ That eyeliner? His ties? Those beautiful green eyes? Mmmm, yes please! πŸ˜€

4. Stephen Fry

*smiles* And not just because he’s in Wellington at the moment, either. I first fell in love with him through ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ and the Harry Potter audio books, and of course, his Twitter!Β  But I’ve been discovering more and more about Stephen – and I just adore him!! His documentary about Manic Depression (Bi-Polar) is so interesting, and heartbreaking, and it’s such a good thing to increase understanding of people who have it. It displayed such a real side to him, what is really underneath his comedic appearance. I have bought his two autobiographies, and can’t wait til my trimester of uni is over so that I have time to dive into them!! I actually also have his ‘The Ode Less Travelled’ book about how to write poetry, which is awesome! He’s got such a brilliant writing voice, I’m definitely planning on reading more of his books. And that’s another thing – he is incredibly funny. His use of language – his voice! – oohhh and his adorable smile πŸ˜€ Loooove.

5. Ma’a Nonu

*drools* Ohhhh. What to say? Love the eyeliner, the dreads, the muscle, the tatts, the smile! And his rugby skills, of course! πŸ˜‰ He’s bloody brilliant – did you see that try he scored last night against the Wallabies?? Pure. Gold. The first time I saw him in person, I’m embarrassed to admit that I was literally too starstruck to ask for his autograph. He had suddenly appeared on the field after a rugby game, to sign along with the other players there, and he was coming through the crowd. He said “Excuse me” to ME!! in order to get past, and I just gazed up at him like the biggest fangirl in existence πŸ˜€ The second time I met him, I was much more collected, and managed to get his autograph AND a photo with him. I did, however, tell him that story about being too starstruck… I also may have let slip that it was on my Bucket List to meet him… *cough* What a stalker, hahaaa!

6. William Shakespeare

…the Master of Words! πŸ˜€ Seriously, even if I didn’t study English, I would have read as many plays as I have by Shakespeare, as he truly is brilliant with plots, with characters, with twists, with emotion! He’s got it all down, mannn. It’s hard to choose my favourite play, as I’ve not read all of them yet, but… I think it would be Richard III, actually! May sound like a weird one to love, but it’s more than a mere history play – Richard III is one of the most devious villains ever, it’s great!

Ohhh and something that everyone must know, because it annoys me when people get this wrong: you know that quote, “Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore art thou Romeo?” Yeah, the “wherefore” actually means why! Which means that Juliet is actually asking “Why are you called/named Romeo?” , not “Where the bloody hell are you Romeo?” !! She’s brooding over his name because she just got told he’s a Montague, and therefore from the Capulet’s (her family) arch enemy’s family.

PLEASE pass this knowledge on. πŸ˜›

/end rant/

7. Andrew Lloyd Webber

From the Master of Words, we get the Master of Music! Such a fan – honestly, I WISH I had even a fraction of this man’s talent! He composes music that tells stories, makes you feel the same emotions as the characters, gives you chills… when I think of a song that give me chills, “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” immediately leaps to mind, after being lucky enough to see it sung live in a show celebrating the best songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber. And ‘Phantom of the Opera’ is obviously fantastic πŸ™‚ However, I have a special love for ‘Cats’ because I grew up listening to the soundtrack, and remember rather vividly how I used to pretend to BE a cat, dancing around to the music. Can never say no to ‘Sunset Boulevard’ either, or a bit of ‘Joseph’s Amazing Techni-Colour Dreamcoat’. Oooohh and don’t forget his “flop” (insofar the “The Lord” can have a flop – it still got a DVD recording/release!!) ‘By Jeeves’!! πŸ˜€

8. Emma Watson

Awww, such a beautiful nature. She’s such a good role model – mostly πŸ˜‰ Emma didn’t go all crazy at being given fame at such a young age, which I guess would be easy to do, if you weren’t grounded. So, in that way, she’s really down to earth and genuine. The way she played Hermione was very fitting, and Hermione herself is someone to look up to too. I can’t help but love her accent… and she’s so pretty!!! πŸ˜›

9. Dr Matthew Trundle

To come back a little closer to home… here is one of my past lecturers, my idol! πŸ˜€ Ohhh man, I would go along to a lecture for a paper that I’m not even taking if it meant being able to listen to him lecture. He doesn’t need a microphone – he just booms it out, and he doesn’t have notes or anything – he just goes for it, off the top of his head! But he sounds perfectly articulate – like he just knows it, like the back of his hand. He lectures for Greek/Roman Classics, and has a book out, on Amazon! *gasp* πŸ˜› He even has his own VERB *giggles* Let me explain: One of my other Classics professors was lecturing when his microphone broke, and he was like “Oh well, guess I’ll have to Trundle it!” Teeheee. Love it.

10. My Mum!

Couldn’t leave my good old Mum out, could I? πŸ˜€ She’s the person I talk to the most, and the person that I know will always be there for me! She’s so strong, determined, and passionate about what she believes in. She’s still reaching for the stars, too – having just finished her first university degree a few years ago, which is something that I would be far too weak to do at such a time in my life!! πŸ˜› And she’s got dreams for her future, which I find truly inspiring πŸ™‚ It’s never too late to make a difference – thank you, Mum, for showing me that!

Awwww, soppy end to today’s post πŸ˜› Worth it though!

Have fun!
Bri xx

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Day 07 β€” A Photo That Makes You Happy

Well, this is probably meant be a photo that’s more ‘close to home’, but that’s not really what this blog is about. I’m sure you’d much rather see this kind of photo anyways… πŸ˜‰

John Barrowman – Sunset Boulevard

This is a photo of John Barrowman during the time that he was cast as the leading man (Joe Gillis) in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Sunset Boulevard‘ musical. He played Joe from 1994-1995 at the West End, and in 1996 at Broadway.

It makes me happy for two reasons. First – come on, he’s gorgeous!! πŸ˜€ Look at how young he looks, so pretty… and oh my, his hair! *fangirls* Ahem. πŸ˜‰ The second reason is that I adore Sunset Boulevard – it’s a fantastic musical, a great story. It’s actually based on an old black and white film by the same title. I hired it from our library earlier this year – being the first black and white movie I’ve watched all the way through – and it was marvellous. The characters are intriguing, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s transformation of that into songs, music… is beautiful.

So yes. Happy times. Especially when I make it my desktop background… *swoons* πŸ˜‰

Care to share a photo that makes YOU happy?

Don’t forget to check out the awesomeness that Amber has been up to here!

Have fun!
Bri xx

Jack/Ianto Snog Squee!

*heart flutters*

Yeah, so… had to post this, mainly because I just spent a couple of minutes staring at my laptop screen without blinking and drooling on my keyboard.

*shrugs*

Jack/Ianto Snog Squee!

Squee indeed… best scene of 2×03 ‘To The Last Man’ πŸ™‚

Have fun!
Bri xx

Day 04 β€” Your Favourite Book

Good old books.

One of the lifesavers of reality! Unfortunately at the moment, my time seems to be mostly taken up by reading books that I have to, for my English courses at University… but they’re mainly good, so that’s no sad thing. I must admit, I seem to be a bigger fan of older, classic books, rather than modern contemporary fiction. My study has probably influenced that… or maybe it’s the other way round? *shiftyeye* Ah well, guess they’re called classics for a reason, right?

Harry Potter series – J.K Rowling

What can I say?

Fell in love with the series when I was 9 years old. As many others of my age, my teacher was reading the Philosopher’s Stone to the class. However – he neglected to finish it! Summer hit, and I didn’t know the ending! So, of course, I had to save up to buy it – a big deal when you’re 9 years old. And the rest, as they say, is history. Even today, holding my very first copy of Harry Potter sends chills down my spine. πŸ˜‰ Nowadays, I have somewhat of a collection of Harry Potter books…

  • Philosopher’s Stone: 6 copies (1 softcover, 1 hardcover, 1 special edition, 1 French, 1 Chinese, 1 Thai)
  • Chamber of Secrets: 4 copies (1 softcover, 1 special edition, 1 Chinese, 1 Norwegian)
  • Prisoner of Azkaban: 3 copies (2 softcover, 1 special edition)
  • Goblet of Fire: 3 copies (1 softcover, 1 hardcover, 1 special edition)
  • Order of the Phoenix: 2 copies (1 hardcover, 1 special edition)
  • Half Blood Prince: 2 copies (1 hardcover, 1 special edition)
  • Deathly Hallows: 3 copies (1 softcover, 1 hardcover, 1 special edition)

Wow. I didn’t realise I was that bad.

Plus, I have 1x Tales of Beedle the Bard, and 2x each of Quidditch Through The Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (1 softcover, 1 hardcover).

Yep. Obsessed.

But anyway… I just adore the series. The whole magical world of Hogwarts is so enchanting, how could one resist? The characters are brilliant, the names, the plot, the intricate planning that J.K Rowling put into the books… overwhelming. It’s a cemented part of my childhood – I can say with certainty that without Harry Potter, I would be a different person today. πŸ™‚

Anything Goes – John Barrowman

Best. Autobiography. Ever!

In fact… it was pretty much the first autobiography I’d ever read. I never really felt the appeal, before – but when I love John Barrowman this much, it seemed like an obvious move. And wow, was I blown away!

It’s a completely honest and hilarious portrayal of his life – like he says in the ‘Author’s Acknowledgements’, it truly feels like you’re lounging around at John’s house in your pyjamas, sharing a pot of tea and some stories. The tone of the book is perfect. Not to mention – he’s done some fantastic things in his life, and a huge range of different things at that!

Never fails to make you giggle. Be prepared for odd looks from surrounding folk – all totally worth it.

Jane Eyre – Charlotte BrontΓ«

This is my favourite ‘Classic’ book so far. I studied it last year in an English course called ‘The Novel’, and to be honest, I was expecting it to be kind of fluffy.

Boy, was I surprised! πŸ™‚

I absolutely love Jane Eyre, as a character. Female characters rarely satisfy me, as either they’re too soppy, or too hard, or… but Jane is perfect to me. She’s strong, but passionate, has firm morals, and really follows her dreams. Plus, being a bit of a fan of Gothic fiction, I loved the setting, the Byronic hero of Rochester, and the whole style of BrontΓ«’s writing. Superb!

Okay, so…

Your turn! What books are your favourite – and why? πŸ™‚

Have fun!
Bri xx

Day 03 β€” Your Favourite Television Programme

Ahhh, this is too easy! Mostly, anyway.

Torchwood

Best. Show. EVER.

I think what I love most about Torchwood is the beautiful, complex characters of the team – Jack, Ianto, Tosh, Owen, and Gwen. Even the minor characters of Rhys, ‘Captain’ John Hart and Andy are adorable! They all have unique elements to them and the interesting thing is, we never find out everything about them. There are several questions or aspects of their personality/past that are left unanswered. Although I would have loved more shows/seasons to explore these characters, I also like that we’re not told everything – leaves us plenty of room for fanfic, after all! πŸ˜‰

At the risk of sounding cliched, my favourite character is Ianto Jones. Obviously, he’s gorgeous! Loving those Welsh vowels. He’s witty, and caring, and seems to know exactly what any member of Torchwood needs at any moment. Plus, he looks good in a suit. But, more than that… he is so incredibly fascinating. His past is littered with mystery, and tragedy – his family & childhood, Torchwood London and Canary Wharf… and on top of all of this, there’s his relationship with Jack.

Which is a whole other story! πŸ™‚

Of course, I adore Captain Jack Harkness, the sexy beast. No doubt that there’s plenty to be explored there, regarding his past – there’s so much of it, see… πŸ˜‰ I also have a soft spot in my heart for Toshiko Sato – she’s super cute, and makes for a great ‘different’ perspective on Torchwood. If I had to pick a favourite season, I would pick Season 2, and if I absolutely *had* to pick a favourite episode… aaagghhh… I would pick… Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. But that was a hard choice!

I’m currently watching Miracle Day (Season 4), and have yet to make many judgements yet… it’s still early days. I am enjoying it, but there is something about it which makes me a tad uncomfortable… but it’s hard to explain. Just have to keep watching πŸ˜‰

Sherlock (BBC)

*coughs*

Second. Best. Show. EVER!

Gosh, I just adore the chemistry that these two have! Their characters make the whole show, really. Plus, their banter is brilliant. Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing in regards to his attention to detail. Sherlock Holmes is one of the most portrayed literary figures, with over 200 different actors having played him. And yet, he still manages to perfect the role. The way his eyes are always flickering, scanning his environment… everything! Martin Freeman gives us a stunning Dr John Watson – he’s not a bumbling idiot, for one! And he’s just so endearing… come on, those smiles! And the knitted jumpers! Wee cutie.

Another of my favourite elements of Sherlock is the way in which Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also plays a perfect Mycroft, who is Sherlock’s brother!) managed to update it, so that the world of Sherlock Holmes could still operate convincingly in our modern society. The way that they’ve altered details from the original series is spectacular, really very clever.

I cannot wait for Season 2!

So, how about you guys? I am admittedly rather fanatical when it comes to these two shows, so I would definitely be up for discussing them! πŸ˜€ Leave a comment, or give me a shout on Twitter πŸ˜‰

Ah, and don’t forget to check out the lovely FallenRedNinja’s own 30 Day posts… her latest one features a stunning picture from my home town!

Have fun!
Bri xx