Welcome to Somersaulting Through Life’s new weekly feature:
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?
To kick off, here is a thoroughly informative and entertaining cartoon documentary of the birth of the English language. It is the first of a 10-part series by the Open University, which I highly recommend for all avid readers or any who are interested in the words we use on a daily basis.
The full length version (PG) only takes up 10 minutes of your time and is sure to make you chuckle. The cartoons are rather “Horrible Histories”-esque and that is why I like them. My personal favourite is Chapter III: Shakespeare - a perfect example of an educational diversion from the stress of weekdays.
The Harry Potter studio tour looks fascinating! Also, for those who haven't already heard, the Harry Potter books are now available to download as ebooks from the Pottermore website. Has anyone bought any yet? Personally, I don't see the point in buying them online because I've already read them. The whole collection of ebooks is £38.64 and the whole collection of audiobooks is £167.34.
I just saw this advert on TV, featuring Stephan Fry, Rupert Grint, Julie Walters and Michelle Dockery, and now have an urge to visit the Giant’s Causeway after seeing Michelle elegantly poised on the rough basalt columns of rock. I loved Julie’s reference to Wordsworth, too (I’m reading his poetry so it made me feel clever). So very British.
Courtesy of Tara Wray Photography (Regrettably, I didn't have time to take a picture of Belle; however, this baby alpaca is just as charming!)
Whilst visiting friends in Devon, I spent a portion of my weekend on a remote farm, feeding alpacas. I met Belle, a blind alpaca who is so sweet and passive, she wouldn’t even scare a baby. She began losing her sight a few years ago and now has to be led to her food. Sadly, this means that she can no longer watch the serene sunrise of Devon in the morning. Out of the four alpacas in the field, only one stood to the side, munching on a different patch of grass. Poor Belle…
If you’ve never seen any, you’re missing out! Alpacas are beautiful creatures which are larger than sheep, but smaller than horses and cows. These inspirational animals originate from South America where wild herds roam the picturesque Andes.
Although I wasn’t in Devon for long and unfortunately the weather was rather miserable, I could see that the writers of Devon such as Agatha Christie, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Charles Kingsley must have had a wonderful childhood there. The hilly landscape is beautiful and the tranquil atmosphere is certainly enough to awaken one’s inner creative spirit.
Below are some pictures, including one of a quintessential pub with a thatched-roof which I spotted, but found that it was closed. Please excuse the bad quality – by the time I got my camera out, it was almost too dark and misty. I’ve fiddled with the exposure so that you can see everything, but the quality is rather dismal.