Top 5 Shakespeare Inspired Pop Songs

This is just too absurdly amazing not to reblog. This collection of songs is weird, wacky and… witty, or worrisome? My humble apologies for the awesomeness of Shakespeare’s sunglasses and these epic Shakespeare-inspired pop songs. There are actually enough to make a list? This calls for a trip to iTunes.

Thanks, Siobhan, for culminating this list which was… inevitable! :)

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Lizzie Bennet’s Vlog

Watchable Wednesdays

True to its name, every Wednesday I hope to share with you videos which I have enjoyed and think you might, too.  We all need a bit of cheering up to last until the end of the week, don’t we?

So, Lizzie Bennet has a vlog. Thoughts?

Other episodes in the series can be found here.

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What the Dickens?

Did you know that the phrase ‘What the dickens?’ doesn’t actually refer to Charles Dickens at all since it was used before he was even born? Shakespeare used the phrase in III, ii of Merry Wives of Windsor, but it was seen in writing in as early as the 1500s. According to The Guardian, some say that it derived from a Dickins or Dickson, a bowl maker who had a habit of losing money. What the dickens? Well, at least we can’t blame Charles…

I’ve decided to enter the Charles Dickens Reading Challenge hosted by Abby, from Newly Impassioned Soul.

Charles Dickens reading challenge

I know I am a bit late to join and it’s not exactly the beginning of the year; however, I hope to read three of his books to celebrate it being the bicentenary of his birth. I have already finished Great Expectations earlier this year in January, so I suppose that counts as one to cross off my list. I have also read Little Dorrit, A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist; however, none of those were read this year.

As part of the challenge, I would like to read:

1. Great Expectations

2. Bleak House

3. Our Mutual Friend

How exciting! Thanks to Abby for organising this challenge.

Which Dickensian books are you reading this year?

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Keep Calm

Miss Dashwood asked us to think of Jane Austen Keep Calm and Carry On posters. Here are my ideas, but I need to pick the best two! Please take the poll and help me to choose!

Keep Calm He Understands Muslin

Keep Calm He Understands Muslin

Keep Calm and Marry Her Nephew

Keep Calm and Marry Her Nephew

Keep Calm and Admire the Veg

Keep Calm and Admire the Veg

Thanks for your help! I am much obliged.

Update: Thank you to all who voted for helping me to choose. The winners were the second and third posters, which I will now duly enter in Miss Dashwood’s mini-contest. I’ll add a link to the post with the ones she picks! Prepare yourself for some hilarity.

Update: Unfortunately, none of mine were picked as finalists. But, it’s ok… sniff… Haha, I’m just kidding! The finalists are over here, go and check them out! They’re all excessively diverting. On the upside, I’ve posted them all on tumblr, and they’ve spread like wildfire! Reblog, please! Here, here and here.

Update: Congratulations to the winner! :)

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For All of You Delightful Readers!

Here are some awards which need handing out! I’ve tried to be fair so if I’ve already given you something before, then that’s why I haven’t given you something here. But scroll down, there’s something special for all of my wonderful readers at the bottom!

Please note that all of the awards are optional and that you do not have to receive them!

In no particular order…

Beautiful Blogger Award

Firstly, I would like to thank Mandy, from Bork Adventures, for awarding me the Beautiful Blogger Award. What an honour, thank you! If you haven’t already visited her blog, you definitely should as she offers wonderful insight into the books which all bookworms have read, are reading or aspire to read. It’s all in the name: Books + Dork = Bork. In a cool way. Thank you so much, Mandy and thanks for cheering me on as I’ve started up my blog.

Edit: Thank you also to Tracy, from The HeSo Project for awarding me this, too! HeSo stands for your heart and soul and she has a lot of both! From reading her inspiring blog about her fascinating experiences, my favourite post being ‘A Lesson I Learnt From My Dad,’ I have learnt a lot and have been highly motivated.Thank you so much, Tracy!

The Beautiful Blogger Award:

  • Thank the person who gave you the award
  • Paste the award on your blog
  • Link the person who nominated you for the award
  • Nominate 7 bloggers or less
  • Post links to the 7 blogs you nominated

My nominees: Charity U at Austenitis (one of the sweetest bloggers I’ve met so far!); Indi at The Nook (she has plenty to say!); Mandy at Little Maison (adorable blog); Vintagefrills at Vintage Frills (Vintage + Jane Austen = winning combo.); Anne at Scribblings of My Pen and Tappings of My Keyboard (can’t wait for hero week!).

kreativbloggeraward

Firstly, the Kreativ Blogger Award from Indi, over at The Nook. Thank you so much, Indi! I really appreciate your reading my blog. : )

I have to tell you all ten things about myself, and then nominate at least six others.

I like the smell of freshly cut grass. I prefer cows to sheep and Austen to Brontë. I don’t have a car, but if I did, I would like a Mini Cooper in cream or silver, or a VW Beetle in light blue. I like the look of Blogger, but WordPress is cooler (largely because it’s the one I have… Obviously*). The Simpsons is one of the best things ever invented. If I were an animal, I would be a monkey (and maybe a movie star, like Marcel). I like slipping in Friends references to see if anyone notices. The best kind of jokes are always Chuck Norris-related. I never run out of things to say…

*I kid you not. Ok, I’m joking… Can’t believe you actually thought I was that arrogant… I’m now slightly insulted…

My nominees are: Lisa at Carr Party of Five (a kind and highly inspirational blogger); Payton at Dirt and Dickens (just wonderful and her country-girl boots are bootaful); Miss Dashwood at Yet Another Period Drama Blog (brilliant writing style and I love her blog to bits); E A M Harris at E A M Harris (soon-to-be author!), Abby at Newly Impassioned Soul (her blog is gorgeous); Miss Elizabeth at Elegance of Fashion (a truly ‘elegant’ blog); Cassie at Books and Bowel Movements (see, even the name of her blog is creative – sorry, kreativ); Tracy at The HeSo Project (see above).

This Creative Chaos Award is from Indi at The Nook, as well. Thanks, Indi!

This award is a bit different. The Creative Chaos Award recipient must complete the following:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Take your best shot at 3 tasks listed below.
3. Nominate 5 recent followers.

The Tasks:
1. 3 weird things I do… Answer questions like this; not eat peanut butter; not drink tea/coffee. (“Whatttt?”)

2. You must tell why you look at the “glass half full” scenario and ask, “what? No coffee?”… I don’t drink coffee, so I would never say that; therefore, the only logical conclusion which I could come to in this situation would be that someone (probably an alien) has infected my brain and taken over my body. Someone who drinks coffee. I would then run to Sherlock, who would get me out of that mess. Or the Doctor. But I prefer Sherlock. (“Ooh, controversial.”)

3. You find yourself in a desolate place when the car breaks down. You have no phone service, no Wal-Mart, and only a candy bar for food. It’s 150 miles to the closest town. What color are your underpants and why?… That is so American! In the UK, we don’t have Wal-Mart; however, they own Asda stores, which is the same thing. We call ‘candy bars,’ ‘chocolate bars.’ I use kilometres, not miles (although a lot of people still use miles). We spell ‘color’ with an extra ‘u.’ We call ‘underpants,’ ‘knickers’ or ‘pants.’ So first, I would have to translate those American thoughts into English thoughts so that my brain would be able to function normally* (in 0.002145 seconds – faster than Google translate), and then I would reply to you, “That is a highly inappropriate question! Anyway, this happens all the time in movies and books. Let’s just do a Jane Eyre and run around wildly from house to house, then collapse with exhaustion until someone gives us food.” Jane Eyre annoys me. (“Ooh, really controversial.”)

*Jooooking. Random fact: I learnt fluent American English for emergency situations such as these. “No worries, y’all gad it under controwl wid de underpants thang.” (American accents are Awesome.)

My nominees are: Jenny at Caffeinated and Random (she is awesome and shares her coffee with me every morning… well, a picture of it); Thoughtsy of Thoughts Appear (Awesome – capital A); Jules from GoGuiltyPleasures (she will be able to sell her used tissues  for $100s when she is famous, mark my words); Mandy from Bork Adventures (already said how great she is, see above); Meg at Snobbery (the most crazy-in-a-good-way blog I’ve found so far. The bar has been raised, bloggers).

I kind of ignored rule no. 5 there a bit, oops. Couldn’t resist - sorry!

Again, thank you, Indi! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading The Nook!

The only requirement of The Reader Appreciation Award is to list the nominees.

My nominees are: ALL OF YOU DELIGHTFUL READERS! I appreciate every single one of you and cannot possibly single any readers out. I therefore would like to offer this award to anyone who would like to accept it, so that they can reward their readers too and show their appreciation.

You’re all brilliant. Thank you.

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“Reality Faced by Book Reviewers,” by Charlie Brown

Watchable Wednesdays

True to its name, every Wednesday I hope to share with you videos which I have enjoyed and think you might, too.  We all need a bit of cheering up to last until the end of the week, don’t we?

Charlie Brown reveals the truth behind the book reporter.  Kids’ cartoon, or satirical microcosm of the book blogger’s world?!

Haha, it leaves me in fits of giggles.  As seen on Scribblings of My Pen and Tappings of My Keyboard – thanks, Anne!
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not actually called “Reality Faced by Book Reviewers, Book Bloggers, Et Al.,” but simply: “The Book Report.”
Enjoy the rest of the week.
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R.M.S. Titanic – 100 years of

For all of those who perished as the R.M.S. Titanic sunk on 15th April, 1912.

A collection of thoughts:

The Titanic

The S.S. Titanic

SS 'Titanic' leaving Southampton.

S.S. Titanic leaving Southampton

TITANIC life boats on way to CARPATHIA (LOC)

Titanic lifeboats on way to Carpathia

TITANIC survivors on way to rescue-ship CARPATHIA (LOC)

Titanic survivors on way to rescue-ship Carpathia

Survivors of TITANIC on CARPATHIA (LOC)

Survivors of Titanic on Carpathia

Getting TITANIC news - White Star Office (LOC)

Getting “Titanic” news – White Star Office

We are still touched by the tragically poignant tale:

Titanic

Behind the scenes at one of the greatest pieces of cinema of all time

I am currently watching Julian Fellowes’ new Titanic series, an interesting approach to the world’s most famous shipwreck. The finale airs tonight on ITV1 at 9:00pm.

Trending on Polyvore – Titanic Fashion:

TITANIC fashion

A Titanic Memorial Cruise set sail this week to pay remembrance to the great cruise liner.

Eva Hart, the last person said to have any memory of the catastrophic event, died at the age of 91 in 1996. She described the plaque placed on the shipwreck at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean as:

“A tribute to man’s arrogance. [...] This was a ship which needn’t have lost a life.”

As a young child, I found the Titanic infinitely fascinating and devoured any mention of the vessel in non-fictional works, particularly encyclopedias. It is a tale which never ought to be repeated, nor forgotten.

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

-Mother Teresa

Rest in Peace, the more than 1500 people who perished in the early hours of this day, 100 years ago.

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